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.”

Assad Vala the Captain Wants Papua New Guinea to become World Cup Regular Team

Captain wants team to bring smiles to his countrymen who have endured a tough fight with covid-19

Papua New Guinea may be first-timers at the T20 World Cup, but captain Assad Vala spoke of their ambition of making it out of the competition’s first round and make their appearance in this tournament a habit. At the same time, they want to ensure that people back home, who are suffering from what is being described as the “worst surge” in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, have something to smile about.

“It is really a proud moment for me and the boys,” Vala said. “It has been a long time coming. We have come so close on so many occasions. We are a couple of days away from playing our first World Cup match. The boys are looking pumped up for the game on Sunday. During this pandemic, it will mean a lot for people back home. We are trying to put a smile on their faces.”

“To be honest, we believe in ourselves,” he said. “We want to play to the best of our abilities. We want to express ourselves. We want to make it to the second round to test ourselves against the best teams in cricket. We don’t want this World Cup to be a one-off. We want to keep improving. We want to get the exposure and knowledge against the best teams.”

PNG are known in the Associate circuit as nearly men after throwing away good chances to make it into the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups. They topped Group A in the 2019 Qualifier tournament to make it into this tournament.

“We got a lot of confidence from the 2019 World Cup qualifiers,” he said. “We have played a lot of cricket over the last 18 months. We have got better by playing more matches, particularly the ones we played in Oman and Dubai. It has put us in good stead. On Sunday, we can hit the ground running.”

He is among the key players, but so are Norman Vanua and Charles Amini, talented allrounders who have done well for them in the past. Vanua however is nursing a shoulder injury, which Vala is confident will be okay come Sunday.

Pooran Looking to Refocus After the IPL 2021

After a poor season for the Punjab Kings, the West Indian Vice Captain Nicolas Pooran said, “I just have to refocus and go again.” He added, “It’s just for me to refocus now, hit the nets, work hard and plan again – as simple as that.”

Nicolas Pooran, a vital player for the Punjab middle order, didn’t have the focus and form required by the side this season. But, he looks to improve on his skills and abilities to help his country win the T20 World Cup

Although his performance wasn’t up to the mark in the IPL this season, he did produce amazing strike rates and shots in the CPL for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, proving that this poor performance was just a minor distraction. 

He also mentioned that the West Indies side will be trying to take more singles this time around as compared to their previous campaigns, but the focus will still be on the big shots. The two time world cup winners look to dominate the tournament again with the heavy hitters like Gayle, Brathwaite, Russell , Pooran and more on the squad.

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.

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.

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.’

Gautam Gambhir Gives Advice Regarding MS Dhoni’s Batting Position For CSK

Against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match of the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, Chennai Super Kings recorded a comprehensive six-wicket win against Virat Kohli and his team. In the same vein, MS Dhoni and his team CSK have climbed to the top of the points table and are all but guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Gautam Gambhir, a former Indian cricketer, has given an idea regarding  Dhoni’s batting order in the playoffs.

Gambhir went on to say that if CSK makes it to the playoffs, the CSK captain should be elevated to the top of the batting order. It is well known that Dhoni often enters the field in the sixth or seventh position and promotes other players ahead of himself. According to the former cricketer, it doesn’t matter if CSK is chasing or batting first; Dhoni should come to bat at number 4 in any situation.

“MS Dhoni should bat at No.4 after Chennai Super Kings qualify for the playoffs, regardless of whether you are chasing or batting first, in order to be able to spend more time in the middle of the innings. I’ll be interested in seeing it, and I hope it occurs. The greatest thing about a captain is that he can bat anywhere he wants, and he can do it at his own discretion,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports.

Gambhir went on to say that three and four-number batsmen do not always come in and score runs and that Dhoni should take the initiative now and take the game to the opposition. Even in CSK’s most recent game against RCB, he appeared in great form and hit a four to add to his total.

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It is not always the case that your No. 3 and No. 4 will score runs: Gautam Gambhir

“Your No. 3 and No. 4 hitters will not always be successful. You will have to come up with a bit of extra grit. The more runs you score, the simpler it will get to complete the target.” He said, “You will qualify for the playoffs, but it should not be that the burden rests on your shoulders, that you lose early wickets, and that you have to come in and score runs.”

When it comes to the game between CSK and RCB, although RCB could only muster 156 runs on the board, CSK put up a solid opening combination and went on to win the game by six wickets in the end. MS Dhoni and his team have climbed to the top of the standings and are virtually certain to make the playoffs.

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.

Virat Kohli Breaks Another Record In T20 Cricket

Virat Kohli, an Indian batsman, became the sixth player in T20 cricket history to reach 10,000 runs on Sunday, September 26. At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the 32-year-old achieved the milestone while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians. With a massive over-boundary off fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, the veteran accomplished the task.

Virat pulled Bumrah for a six over the square leg area on the third ball of the fourth over. The hitter didn’t have complete control of the shot, yet he was able to easily pass the boundary. The Delhi-born batsman had also smashed the bowler for a four-over fine leg in the previous delivery. Virat Kohli, the RCB captain, achieved the milestone in the 312th match of his T20 career.

Virat Kohli hasn’t had the greatest of seasons in the Indian Premier League in 2021. Kohli was gasping for air with the bat in his hand, despite his team’s continued success. However, the fact that he is still the IPL’s all-time leading run-scorer cannot be disputed. Virat Kohli came close to scoring 1000 runs in a single IPL season in 2016.

Virat Kohli's highs and lows as RCB skipper | Sports News,The Indian Express

Virat Kohli has joined an exclusive group of cricketers

He joined West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik, and Australia’s David Warner on the exclusive list after reaching the 10000-run mark in T20 cricket. Gayle, who was born in Jamaica, was the first hitter to achieve the milestone. In the shorter format, the left-hander has almost 14,000 runs, 22 centuries, and 87 fifties to his credit.

Pollard then arrived at the landmark. While Gayle is a member of the Punjab Kings, headed by KL Rahul, Pollard is the MI squad’s vice-captain and only leads the team when Rohit Sharma, the normal skipper, is unavailable. The 39-year-old Malik, on the other hand, was a member of the Delhi Daredevils, who are now the Capitals, in the IPL’s first season.

In the meanwhile, Warner is playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the current IPL. He was also replaced as the captain of the Orange Army earlier this year, with Kane Williamson taking over. Rohit Sharma and Aaron Finch are the only batsmen in the current squad who have scored over 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.