Brian Lara Compares Ruturaj Gaikwad And KL Rahul After Brilliant Batting Performance

On Saturday, Ruturaj Gaikwad of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batted well (October 2). He blasted an unbeaten 101 off only 60 balls, batting through the innings and contributing to his team’s 189-run total. Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara was blown away by the youngster’s batting and lavished accolades on him after the game.

Gaikwad smashed nine fours and five sixes during his time in the middle and never lost his form despite taking huge smashes. All of them were clean hits, and Lara was pleased with the way Ruturaj managed his innings. The opening batter hit 30 runs off 29 balls and then cruised through the opposing bowling attack in the second part of the innings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is in KL Rahul category: Brian Lara hails CSK opener after  magnificent ton against Rajasthan Royals, Sports News | wionews.com

“Yeah, he might have been on 135 if he had more strikes in the last overs. However, it was a full display of batsmanship. That is what I appreciate about him: watching how he strung together that inning, how he surged in the second part of the inning. He was simply incredible to watch,” Lara remarked of Ruturaj Gaikwad in an interview on Star Sports.

Lara describes Gaikwad’s knock as extraordinary and incredible

Brian Lara went on to say that the 24-year-old CSK opener pulled out genuine cricketing strokes and demonstrated to the world that T20 cricket isn’t only about slogging. Lara was so pleased with his exploits against RR that he placed him in the same category as KL Rahul in terms of batsmanship.

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“He demonstrates that you can play excellent cricket strokes and yet get a lot of runs. And it is something I am proud of as a batsman. It was really amazing and incredible. Am going to put him in the KL Rahul group now,” the 52-year-old said.

Unfortunately, Gaikwad’s innings ended in a losing cause, as the Royals’ hitters made a joke of the 190-run chase, mowing it down in the 18th over alone. Despite this, Gaikwad was named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance with the bat.

MS Dhoni Teases A Return To The IPL In 2022

When Danny Morrison questioned whether CSK’s last game in IPL 2020 would be his final appearance in yellow, MS Dhoni said, “Definitely not.” The former Indian captain kept his promise and competeD in the gala event in 2021. However, many believe Dhoni will not play in the next season, and he has been dreadfully out of form with the bat.

That does not seem to be the case, as Dhoni has hinted at playing another IPL season. Speaking virtually to some of his supporters, the former Indian captain said that he would ‘hopefully’ play his last game in Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. With the current IPL 2021 in the UAE, Dhoni’s remark plainly suggests that he intends to play again next season.

“You will still have the chance to wish me goodbye. Hopefully, you will come to visit me in Chennai, where I will play my last game, and I will be able to meet all of my fans,” MS Dhoni addressed some of his supporters during a virtual engagement with India Cements. The news spread like wildfire among the wicketkeeper’s supporters, who were overjoyed.

MS Dhoni hasn’t been at his best with the bat this season

Meanwhile, Dhoni, who withdrew from international cricket last year, has been far from his best in recent seasons. The dasher, who is known for hammering sixes for pleasure, has failed to score runs. The 40-year-old has collected 84 runs in his first 13 appearances in the 2021 edition of the tournament, with an average and strike rate of less than 15 and 100, respectively.

These figures are far from outstanding. However, the talismanic player continues to excel in the areas of leadership and wicketkeeping. Notably, a big auction is planned for next year, with all clubs permitted to keep just a few players. As a result, it remains to be seen if CSK keeps Dhoni directly or whether the great cricketer will be auctioned off.

When it comes to CSK’s IPL 2021 campaign, the three-time champions have been on a run. After a difficult season, the Men in Yellow have easily earned a spot in the playoffs and will be keen to win it all again.

Sanjay Manjrekar Makes Massive Comment On Yuzvendra Chahal

Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer who now works as a broadcaster, feels Yuzvendra Chahal is back to his best. If his past two appearances in the UAE offer any indication, Chahal is returning to form. During the first half of the season, he only achieved four wickets at an average of 47.25 and a costly economy rate of 8.26 in seven appearances. In three games in the UAE, though, the Haryana leg-spinner has taken five wickets at an average of 12 and an economy rate of six.

Manjrekar, speaking on Cricinfo, believes Chahal is a person who is roused by a challenge. He further said that Chahal’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup would have enraged him even more. In this sense, Manjrekar stated:

“I believe he (Chahal) has returned to his old ways, and this is what Chahal does. He bowls with a lot of passion, and he’s one of those people who will be roused by a challenge and refuse to seek refuge or be slowed down by it.”

The Indian leg-spinner was instrumental in RCB’s stunning victory over the Mumbai Indians a few days ago. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled four overs for 11 runs and three wickets, including the vital scalps of Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan.

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Sanjay Manjrekar: “I understand why the selectors chose Rahul Chahar over Yuzvendra Chahal.”

Many cricket fans and commentators were perplexed by Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion from India’s T20 World Cup team. Manjrekar, on the other hand, believes the selectors had good cause to pick Rahul Chahar over the RCB leg-spinner. This is due to both bowlers’ recent form in the build-up to the IPL’s UAE leg.

Chahal has only 46 wickets in 44 T20s since the start of 2020, with an economy rate of 7.83. After a string of poor performances, he was pulled from the Indian XI midway through the England T20 series earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Chahar has taken full use of his opportunity in the IPL and on the national squad. Chahar has 44 wickets in 35 T20s with an economy rate of 7.59 in the same time span. Manjrekar expressed his thoughts as follows:

“However, to be fair to the selectors, when it came to picking the side and having to include one wrist spinner, Chahal and Rahul Chahar were the two options. It was just after the tour to Sri Lanka, and while Chahal was the best of the spinners there, Rahul Chahar was head and shoulders above Chahal in terms of T20 cricket performance.’

Ramiz Raja Names Australian Players Who Play Against India Only For IPL Contracts

Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has accused Australia of playing ‘cheerfully’ against India, rather than with their normal aggressive attitude, as reported by the BBC. As part of his analysis, the 59-year-old said that the Australian players had even altered their genetic makeup for the purpose of the money they get by participating in the IPL.

Raja went on to say that international cricketers are now under pressure to preserve their IPL contracts and that players get a substantial sum of money as well as a number of other benefits as a result of participating in the IPL.

‘Because of the money, the Australians have altered their genetic makeup, and they now play against India with joy and without an aggressive attitude.’ In an interview with ARY News, Raja said that international cricketers are under pressure because they want to keep their IPL contracts, which provide them with substantial compensation and other benefits.

PCB chairman Ramiz Raja says England 'failed' Pakistan over cancelled men's  and women's tour | Cricket News | Sky Sports

New Zealand was the first to flee, and now England has followed suit: Ramiz Raja

Ramiz Raja also believes that both England and New Zealand avoided playing against Pakistan because they were afraid of being humiliated. The present Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) even said that both of these teams had ‘wronged Pakistan. “New Zealand bolted, and England followed in their footsteps. “They have both done something bad against us,” Raja said.

He also recounted what former Pakistan cricketer and current Prime Minister Imran Khan told him. After both England and New Zealand announced their withdrawals, Khan informed Raja that Pakistan had made no mistakes and thus did not need to provide any explanations about the issue.

“They made the wrong decision by not touring, but it was their decision. We do not have to provide any further explanations since it is not our fault; they are at a loss,” Ramiz Raja stated in response to what Khan informed him.

The New Zealand cricket team withdrew from their limited-overs series against Pakistan due to security concerns, according to the team. England followed suit and announced that they would not play against Pakistan as well, citing the possibility that their players may be exhausted.

Ramiz Raja represented Pakistan in 57 Tests and 198 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). When wearing whites, Raja amassed 2833 runs, but when wearing coloured clothes, he amassed 5841. It was in the year 1997 when Raja played his last international match for Pakistan.

Huge Update On The Schedule Of Team India Ahead Of The T20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be hosted in the United Arab Emirates in the months of October and November (UAE). And the Indian team, captained by Virat Kohli, is one of the favourites to win the T20 World Cup. On the 24th of October 2021, India will begin their campaign in the 2021 T20 World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan, but Kohli and his team will also play a handful of practice matches before that. India will play two warm-up matches, one against England and the other against Australia.

The match against England will take place on October 18, 2021, while the match against the Kangaroos will take place on October 20, 2021. The same was also confirmed by sources. “Yes, India will play England and Australia in warm-up games, which will be shown on Star,” a source said.

In the maiden edition of the T20 World Cup, held in 2007, the Indian cricket team came out victorious. In South Africa, the then-MS Dhoni-led Indian team made history by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the tournament’s final match.

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Since 2007, India has not won the T20 World Cup

The last time India came close to winning the T20 World Cup was in 2014 when they reached the final of the competition. The ‘Men in Blue’ were then defeated by a tenacious Sri Lankan team by six wickets.

In the previous edition of the T20 World Cup, held in 2016, India was eliminated from the competition in the semifinal stage by the West Indies. India batted first in a high-scoring match and recorded a total of 192/2 on the board.

The West Indies, on the other hand, chased down India’s huge mark with seven wickets and two balls to spare. On that day, Lendl Simmons was the wrecker-in-chief for the West Indies with the willow, hitting a ferocious 82* off just 51 deliveries. The West Indies are presently the defending T20 World Cup winners.

Virat Kohli Expresses Gratitude After Decision To Leave RCB Captaincy

Virat Kohli has now decided to step down from the role of captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team. That is once the VIVO IPL 2021 season concludes. Without a doubt, King Kohli is one of the franchise’s most accomplished players in the team. He will remain with the RCB club in the years to come. Virat Kohli also stated earlier this week that he will stand down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup. Cited workload as one of the reasons for standing down at the time, and he has now chosen not to manage RCB again in the next season, with the big auction due to take place later this year.

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“Virat Kohli is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers in the world. Has been a genuine asset to RCB. His work ethic and leadership abilities are currently second to none. We accept and support Virat Kohli’s decision. Appreciate everything he has already done for the RCB leadership group. Made an indelible impact on the franchise and will remain a key component of the squad.”

IPL 2021, RCB vs CSK, RCB Predicted XI: Should Virat Kohli Go In With An  Unchanged Side That Lost To KKR? | Cricket News


Virat Kohli announced that he will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore till he retires from cricket and thanked the whole franchise for the opportunity to lead.

He said, “Captaining a strong group of players in the RCB team has been a terrific and inspirational journey. Would want to take this occasion to express my gratitude to the team’s management, coaches, support staff, players and the whole RCB family for their contributions to the franchise’s success throughout the years. It was not an easy choice, but was well-considered and made in the best interests of this fantastic franchise. As we continue to strive for greatness, the RCB family stays near to my heart. As I have stated several times, I will only play for RCB till I retire from the game of cricket.”

A controversial statement is made by Michael Vaughan about Ajinkya Rahane

Just ended is the third test between India and England. The visiting team suffered a humiliating loss after 3 years. India’s batting collapse sealed the match in either inning.

However, England’s confidence would be sky-high. The ball, the track, and the home conditions were ideal for them. English pacers all contributed to breaking India’s solid batting lineup.

Fans and analysts alike have questions about the Indian batsmen. Some players failed to come back in these tests after terrible batting.

Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Indian team, is one of these players. Rahane has not been playing well lately. He has played an important role in India’s victories in the past. We are seeing a complete contrast in England. Michael Vaughan has the perfect topic for his sermon.

Michael Vaughan blasts Ajinkya Rahane’s performance

Michael Vaughan is now well known as a spokesperson for cricket. Quite often, he sends controversial tweets and clashes with his Indian counterparts as a result.

In one of the videos, Michael Vaughan was seen talking to Harsha Bhogle. Rahane’s retention in the team clearly shocked Vaughan. After a series of bad hits, a player is generally asked to warm the bench. Rahane, on the other hand, remains on the sidelines and has poor form.

Michael Vaughan also provided examples from the England camp. He said Dominic Sibley and Zak Crawley were expelled for their uninspiring performances. The BCCI should do the same for Ajinkya Rahane.

According to him, he shouldn’t be kept on the team based on his position or past performance. A player must apply the same rules to all players in order to earn a place in the tournament.

Here’s what Vaughan said

Rahane is an issue. And I think when you see these things happening, you have to make changes. England made changes. They got rid of (Zak) Crawley, they got rid of (Dominic) Sibley. I think India needs to make changes. England needs to see a different face or two at the (Kennington) Oval,” Vaughan said.

“I mean Rahane, is he being backed because of his vice-captaincy? Is he being backed because he played some outstanding innings in the last few years? but consistency-wise, he just doesn’t seem to find it,” Vaughan added.

Ajinkya Rahane is participating in the ongoing tests against England

Ajinkya Rahane clearly isn’t having fun with The Willow. His recent figures indicate this is the case. Rahane scored 5, didn’t bat, 1, 61, 18, and 10 points in this series. Except for the 61 runs in the second test, where India won the match, the performances speak for themselves.

Vice-captains have greater responsibilities. Rahane has overcome similar lows in the past. The fourth test begins on 2nd September, so it will be interesting to see if the management continues to trust him or drops him.

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Read Full Story: Jos Buttler Missing Test Series & David Wiese Might Play For Namibia In T20 World Cup 2021

Jos Buttler is likely to miss the remainder of the Test series against India. (Daily Mail)

Jos Buttler’s wife is expecting their second child. Because of the birth, he knew he might have to miss the final test with India. Instead, Buttler may miss the fourth match as well as the Ashes later this year. However, Joe Buttler looks set to miss the rest of England’s summer, as well as this winter’s Ashes, after the captain said he was unable to confirm whether he would be available for the fourth Test against India this week.

It was revealed last week that Buttler might miss the final Test against India at Old Trafford next month, as his wife is due to give birth to their second child on the day of the match.

However, given the fact that the final two matches of the series are back-to-back and the due date is so close to The Oval Test, it appears England will allow the 30-year-old to stay home for the remainder of the summer.

Root admits Buttler could miss England’s entire summer and the Ashes

Asked about Buttler’s availability this week, Root said: ‘That will be cleared up in the next couple of days. Hopefully, we can have some clarity on that and get that across to you as soon as that’s set in stone. I couldn’t tell you honestly either way at the minute. I don’t want to say one thing and it not turn out to be true.’

Given Buttler’s admission last week that he might miss this winter’s Ashes series in Australia because players’ families may not be able to travel to Australia, this move could signal the end of his Test career.

Up to ten England players are considering sitting out the tour, but Buttler was the only one to publicly state his position, stating: ‘One of the challenges is working out where the line is where you say, “I can’t do that“.

‘I’ve sacrificed a lot for cricket and my wife and family have sacrificed a lot. You have to be open to saying no”.

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David Wiese to play for Namibia in T20 World Cup 2021

David Wiese will play for Namibia in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman in 2021. Namibia’s head coach Pierre de Bruyn confirmed this during a recent interview.

Wiese played for the South African team at the T20 World Cup 2016 in India. However, due to limited opportunities, he opted to sign a Kolpak contract, which prevented him from playing for South Africa.

In addition to six One-Day Internationals, he took 33 wickets in 20 T20Is. In 2016, he last played for South Africa.

De Bruyn revealed that Wiese is eligible to play for Namibia due to his father’s birthplace.

David’s dad was born here, so he’s eligible to play for Namibia. He’s playing in the T20 Blast in England, but will join us after that and is also available going forward after the World Cup, so I’m super excited about that,” said De Bruyn.

He has played 255 T20 matches around the globe and has played T20 cricket around the globe. De Bruyn is delighted to have the veteran player on his team.

“His team, Sussex, are in the quarterfinals so we must see how far he gets there, but I hope he will be able to join for the Free State trip at least. With the experience of playing in various T20 leagues around the world, including the IPL, he will be hopeful of making an impact with his new international team,” he further added.

A Namibian team will compete in the T20 World Cup 2021 qualifying round. They are placed in Group A along with Sri Lanka, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The top two teams will advance to the next round of the tournament.

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In a Press Conference After England’s Defeat, Virat Kohli Controls His Frustration

India lost the third Test against England at Headingley. The visitors won brilliantly at Lord’s. Nevertheless, this match was not the game, and the Indian side had no answer for their opponents. Kohli and co. couldn’t handle the challenges they faced. From the very beginning, after Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat, it was apparent.

Being out for just 78 runs on the very first day of a Test match is always unfortunate. It can also be frustrating to go into a bowling match and not pick up wickets. As Team India struggled with this issue throughout the Test, England came out to bowl a second time once they had completed their innings. The visitors lost by an innings and 76 runs.

How Virat Kohli Kept His Cool After The England Loss

India was easily defeated in this game. Virat Kohli and his team did not address the opposition’s questions. During the press conference following the game, something similar was seen. The Indian skipper appeared calm and relaxed. He wasn’t as arrogant as usual. It was a crushing defeat for the team.

As Joe Root had done, Virat Kohli also accepted responsibility for his mistake after the last Test match. In some cases, the media went too far when asking questions, so he was analyzing a few things further.

King Kohli kept his cool and his video was shared on social media platforms like Twitter. Below is the Tweet –

As the series stands at 1-1 heading into the fourth test against England, what are Team India’s next steps?

The Indians should ignore this match and focus on the two games to come. If they dwell too much on the past and fail to address the issues at hand, they will lose this series. It has happened in the past as well. To compete against England, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will need to get the team in the right frame of mind.

This is more than just a normal series. Wars are raging! As a result, teams will want to prove their worth to their fans, who will have high expectations of them. It would be rather embarrassing for either side to lose from here on. Surely they won’t want to lose.

India’s fans will be hoping that Team India delivers when it counts. Kohli will also work on improving his own form. He managed to score some runs in the second innings at Headingley. As a result, he should be able to carry it forward into his future games. Let’s see what Team India does next!

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The ECB Wrote a Humiliating Statement Over The Banner of a Plane Flying Over Leeds Stadium in The Third Test

On Day 3 of the third test between India and England, some interesting things happened. A standard was spotted flying with a plane over the Leeds Cricket Ground. It read ‘Sack ECB and Save Test Cricket’, which was embarrassing for the England and Wales Cricket Board. During India’s subsequent innings, it occurred in the 25th over.

Evidently, the ECB’s recent focus on white-ball cricket hasn’t piqued the interest of all cricket fans. During the 2019 World Cup, there were similar messages, but they were political in nature. The cricketing assortment of England was examined this time around by someone. 

Many times this year, the ECB has shown a preference for white-ball cricket rather than Test cricket. Because of their return from the Indian Premier League or the 100-ball competition, you can rest a portion of the top players during the tests against New Zealand.

Further, the ECB requested that some of its test players play the underlying matches of ‘The Hundred‘. Therefore, this was an ill-advised practice for the high-profile test series against India. Even some players admitted that their training before the series had not been the best. 

There are several reasons why the ECB is despised, including the 100-ball tournament, which is not very interesting to fans of the longest configuration.

Jarvo’s participation in the Test Match

Jarvo, who was seen again on the pitch on the third day of the Leeds Test after contributing as an Indian defender in the second test. In this case, the intruder was disguised as an Indian batsman. Jarvo wore a face veil during the event to protect the players from infection. On Day 3, there was another diverting event.

Matches in a thrilling mode

A few Indian players abandoned execution in the primary innings, which resulted in the entire group being packaged out for 78. As a result, England scored a magnificent 432-run total. England had a lead of 354 runs on Day 3 of the game. On Day 3, the Indian batsmen had reduced the lead to only 139 runs. 

Kohli and Pujara have both dealt with 99-run organizations thus far. On Day 4, if both batsmen complete the underlying overs, the pressing factor may shift to the Englishmen.

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