Powerhouses Interested in Buying IPL Teams

With the BCCI ready to announce details regarding the two new franchises next week, big companies have shown keen interest in investing their money in the IPL. 

Avram Glazer the owner of Lancer Capital the company who owns Manchester United has shown an interest in buying an IPL team as well. Glazer, who also owned football teams in the United States such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, home to the best American Football players, Tom Brady. 

Glazer wasn’t the only one to show interest however. 22 other business entities have shown an interest in owning the IPL franchise. Amongst them were giants like the Adani group, Sanjeev Goenka’s RPSG, Jindal Steel, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, Hindustan Times Media and many more privately held firms. 

The two new teams BCCI will announce will be based in any 2 of the potential 6 cities announced by the BCCI earlier this year. Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Indore and Lucknow. 

As for RPSG, this will be the second time they would invest in the IPL after owning the Pune SuperGiants for two years. They also own a football team in the Indian Super League, ATK Mohun Bagan, and the RPSG Mavericks in the Table Tennis League

Hayden: India Pakistan is Like ‘Nothing Else I’ve Ever Seen’

Matthew Hayden, commented on Babar Azam as the target for all bowlers, and Pakistan’s chances of winning the cup. Hayden who recently became Pakistan’s batting coach/consultant talked about the grand nature of India vs Pakistan matches. 

“Babar obviously has his own role to play not only in terms of leadership but as a premier batter,” Hayden said. “Because as you’ve seen through the IPL, the two dominant captains here in the UAE, MS Dhoni, a World Cup winner and [Eoin] Morgan, a World Cup winner…even though their individual performances weren’t as good as what they have previously done within their own statistical record. But the way that they led their troops and conduct themselves is an important part of the UAE because as I mentioned, it’s not one side, it’s not necessarily going to run away with it here. It’s a real dogfight.

“The conditions and the margins for errors are very little and so good leadership is going to be key. I think Babar has that and commands that presence and that role and he needs to fulfil that role and in a batting sense as well. He, I think, is the premium player and he will be targeted. He will also be the person that everyone is wanting to put in his pocket. There’s going to be additional pressure on him, both as a captain and also as a batsman. I sense that the way that he goes about it is going to be spot on.”

India and Pakistan both begin their campaigns on the 24th against each other. So far, Pakistan has had a 0% win record against India in World Cups. With Hayden on their side they might have a better chance of winning this time around, buthis limited coaching experience might be a hindrance. Hayden, who retired in 2009, and recently started coaching continued, “Calmness is maybe something that I want to bring in,” Hayden said. “A sense of calmness and control of remaining very present in play because World Cups are such a challenging thing and playing multiple World Cups has been such an important part of my life. One of the things that I’ve learned is that for whatever reason, you’re always under pressure so you don’t need to create it. You know, pressure environments are additional to what the game demands, so to remain calm, that’ll be the one thing.”

Ford Comments on Ireland’s Chances Against Namibia

With 2 matches down for both teams, tomorrow’s match between Ireland and Namibia has been dubbed the ‘winner take all’ match. Tied at 2nd place, with the only difference coming in net run rate, whichever team wins will make it to the World Cup Super 12. Graham Ford, Ireland’s coach, has been in talks with people from the IPL, trying to understand the pitches a bit better. 

Ford commented on the whole situation and their road to this match, “I’ve had a few good chats with some of the IPL coaches, but we’ll keep that to ourselves for now, win or lose, we are gaining and we are learning, but quite obviously we’re desperate to go through to the next phase of the tournament.”

“We had a long bus journey then caught the end of the game and they did hit the ball extremely well at the end,” Ford said. “We know that they’ve got some very dangerous players and David Wiese, who put on a show – we caught the end of that show. He’s played for South Africa in the T20 World Cup before and I’ve seen him in South Africa and on the county circuit. He can be absolutely devastating, which he was today. They’ve got some dangerous players. They’ve got some very hard-working cricketers. Quite a few of them have learnt quite a lot of their cricket in South Africa and they pushed us close in the last game of the qualifiers. We know that they’re going to be tough – if we’re slightly off our best, we will struggle.”

Bangladesh Hopeful Ahead of Clash with Papua New Guinea Tomorrow

The last time the group stage winners were decided by the last day was when Netherlands scored a whopping 190 in only 14 overs to beat Ireland and book a spot in the World Cup. 

Bangladesh, who have both won a game and lost a game, are currently placed in 3rd in their group. Below the likes of Oman and Scotland. Bangladesh would have to win convincingly to have a good chance of reaching the world cup as they stand tied with Oman at this stage. If Oman win their last match, Bangladesh would not only have to win but do it in quick fashion to assure a good net run rate. 

The Bangla tigers beat Oman last night to score their first win of the group stage, with Shakib Al Hasan finding his form back after a tiring IPL. Hasan scored 42 runs with the bat, and showed his class with 3 wickets with the ball, a classic all-rounder. Mustafizur Rahman also joined the party with a four wicket haul.

Their power play batting still remains a problem, however, this Bangladesh team seemed to be better balanced and more energetic in all terms as compared to their encounter with Scotland earlier in the group stage. 

Stoinis Back in the Bowling Attack?

Marcus Stoinis, the Australian all-rounder, returned to action last night against New Zealand. Missing from the Delhi Capitals side for most of the second leg of the IPL, the Aussie was busy recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Marcus returned last night to play a small cameo for Australia in their 3 wicket win against New Zealand as he went on the pitch to score 28 runs from 23 deliveries. Though his batting form seemed to be fine post injury, he still has to return as part of the Aussie bowling attack. 

“My hammy is good. I didn’t bowl tonight, but it’s tracking pretty well,” Stoinis said. “It feels like it’s on the right track and it’s ready to go. I guess I’ll probably bowl in that next game.” 

Marcus Stoinis looks to return to taking wickets for his country in the next warm up game against India on Wednesday. 

“I felt alright. It was nice to spend some time in the middle. I’ve spent a lot of time in the nets lately, so it was nice to get in the middle and just build a little partnership and do what is required for the team”, Stoinis said.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021, a Preview

Yes, it’s finally here! The ICC T20 International World Cup is back. After getting a big change in location, the world cup is ultimately set to emanate from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The decided stadiums will be the Dubai International Cricket stadium, the Sheikh Zayed stadium and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. 

This world cup will be a bit different from its predecessors. 8 teams, divided in 2 groups will fight each other, for 4 teams to qualify to the final teams to play in the world cup, also known as the Super 12. 

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman

Super 12 Table 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2

Super 12 Table 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, B1 and A2 

With the top 2 teams of each Super 12 group proceeding to the finals, the world cup will take place between 17th Oct to 14th Nov in its entirety. 

In terms of the rules, each team will be given 2 DRS reviews in hand for each innings, making the calls tougher. In case of a tie, a Super Over will be played, and if tied, another will be played until one team wins. With no extra days for bad weather, and no rain expected in the UAE in the coming 3 weeks, the coast seems to be clear.

The winning team will be awarded the trophy with a cash price of USD $1.6 Million. 

The spectators will be allowed, but only fully vaccinated members of the fanbase at a reduced capacity, similarly to the IPL. 

So are you ready for the World Cup?

McCullum on not Playing Russell for the Final Match

In the second leg of the IPL it seemed like Russell had found his form back. It was good news for the Kolkata Knight Riders, until he had his hamstring pull. The injury took him out of the remainder of the tournament. This meant that KKR had to experiment and replace him in the playing XI. 

Shakib Al Hasan, who has proved his worth in earlier seasons was picked. Although he has been vital for KKR before, this time his form was not consistent enough to give KKR that middle order balance they required. Especially with Captain Morgan’s form not being up to the mark as a batsman, KKR’s middle order was doomed to fail.

McCullum after the finals defeat said KKR “Couldn’t afford” picking a 80% fit Russell over any other player. 

“Look, Andre, he obviously had a hamstring tear earlier on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. There was still a risk there, and it was a risk that I felt in a final, we just couldn’t afford to take,” McCullum said at the post-match press conference.

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.

Was getting ready to congratulate David Warner: Brian Lara | Cricket News -  Times of India

“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.

Jason Gillespie Responds To Shane Warne’s Criticism Of R Ashwin

Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie slammed Shane Warne for labelling Ravi Ashwin’s performance in the Indian Premier League 2021 “disgraceful.” Ashwin was investigated for allegedly violating the Spirit of Cricket during the Delhi Capitals’ match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Tim Southee and KKR captain Eoin Morgan were engaged in an argument with Ashwin. The incident arose after Ashwin attempted to sneak a second run after the ball struck Rishabh Pant’s arms. He received a lot of backlash from the cricket community and netizens for his actions. Former Knights captain Dinesh Karthik also addressed the issue at the press conference.

Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game?' – Jason  Gillespie hits back at Shane Warne for criticising Ravi Ashwin

Meanwhile, Warne was irritated when Ashwin attempted to grab the extra run. Morgan, according to the veteran, was well within his rights to criticise the DC off-spinner.

Warne took on Twitter to say, “The world shouldn’t be split on this subject and Ashwin.” It is simple: it is disgusting and should never happen. Why does Ashwin have to be that person again? @Eoin16 had every right to nail him!!!!

Jason Gillespie lets his guard down and opened up on the topic about R Ashwin

Gillespie, on the other side, felt Ashwin had done nothing wrong and followed the Marylebone Cricket Club’s rules.

“The world should not be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It is pretty simple- it is disgraceful & should never happen. Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game? I believe players have every right to play within the laws of the game as set out by the MCC.”

“The ‘spirit of cricket’, and what constitutes this, differs from country to country, and in some cases, between states/counties/provinces/islands. The laws of the game are in place. Stick to them, and the grey areas within our game are removed.”

Later, Ashwin sent a series of Tweets in which he stood up for himself in the face of widespread criticism. Ashwin was again chastised in 2019 for running out Jos Buttler at the non-striker’s end.

Want to Know About Chennai Super Kings Rituraj Gaikwad’s Rumoured Girlfriend?

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Rituraj Gaikwad gained quite a storm with his phenomenal performance against Rajasthan Royal on October 2 2021, in the current season of IPL. The batsman hit his maiden century in the match in Abu Dhabi. This brought him and his love life in highlight. Rumours are that the CSK batsman is in a relationship with Marathi actress Sayali Sanjeev. Although both of them have refused to comment on the matter, people are leaving nothing to assumption. The dating rumoured between the two surfaced when Rituraj commented on one of Sayali’s Instagram posts.


The actress uploaded a picture on which the cricketer wrote – “Woahh”. Sayali reacted with heart emoticons making it a source of gossip for people.

Here is brief information gathered by people about Sayali:

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Sayali was born on January 31 1993, in Maharashtra’s Dhule and completed her schooling at RJC Bytco High School in Nashik. Following this, she completed her graduation from HPT Arts and RYK Science College in Nashik. Sayali was awarded the best actress award in a college event making her decide to pursue a career in acting. She has worked for brands like Dentzz, Quikr, Swarovski Gems, and Birla Eyecare. She made her debut with a music video that featured Sushant Shelar. Sayali bagged her first big project with Zee Marathi’s TV serial ‘Kaahe Diya Pardes’ in which she played the role of “Gauri”.

Along with that Sayali has also been part of Raju Parsekar’s film ‘Police Lines – Ek Purna Satya’ and has other films like Atpadi Nights, The Story of Paithani, Mann Fakira, and AB&CD lined up.

Currently, Rituraj is all busy and geared up for the playoffs in which CSR would be competing against Delhi Daredevils for making a spot in the finals.