MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli Interact With Pakistan Players After Defeat, Win Hearts On Social Media

After India’s loss to Pakistan in their Super 12 fixture on Sunday, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni showed the “Spirit of Cricket” and interacted with the opposition players.

Despite a big defeat to Pakistan in a T20 World Cup Super 12 match on Sunday, captain Virat Kohli showed the “Spirit of Cricket” as he interacted with the opposition players after the match. Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam stitched together a 152-run partnership to help Pakistan cruise to the chase. 

Kohli was seen speaking to Pakistan’s opening duo right after the match. Broadcasters also showed Team India mentor MS Dhoni in conversation with some Pakistan cricketers after the game and it sent social media into a state of meltdown.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took to social media to share a photograph of Kohli interacting with Rizwan Azam and captioned it as, “Spirit of Cricket! #WeHaveWeWill”.

Chasing a target of 152 runs, Pakistan reached 152 for no loss in just 17.5 overs. Openers Rizwan and Azam remained unbeaten after knocks of 79 and 68, respectively.

Earlier, India posted 151 for seven in 20 overs after making a disastrous start. Openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were trumped by pacer Shaheen Afridi with the latter getting dismissed for a first-ball duck. Meanwhile, Rahul could only muster three runs off eight deliveries.

IPL 2021 – This Star Cricketer’s Rumoured Girlfriend Reacts to his Fifty

This season of the IPL has not been so great for Ishan Kishan. The cricketer has not managed to score so well getting out at a low score in the tournament.

One can witness his condition from the way he shed tears after the match against RCB. One could see Virat Kohli approaching him after the match and consoling him.

Ishan seems to have recovered from this phase. The 23-year-old cricketer scored a fifty in the last game of Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals. He was seen being brutal towards the bowlers with a strike rate of 200.0, scoring 50 out of 25 balls during the run chase. This included 5 fours and 3 sixes making Mumbai Indians win the match against Rajasthan Royals easily with 8 wickets in hand.

Amidst the win, Kishan’s rumoured girlfriend Aditi Hundia attracted the limelight with a story of her’s on Instagram. It involved a selfie of hers along with the caption “God’s delays are not God’s denials.” It was followed with a blue heart and joining hands emoji.

There have been rounds of her supporting her love towards Mumbai Indians.

Ishan in his talks stated that he has gained his confidence back. He credits the same to talking and chatting with the senior players that helped him in great regard. He in his post-match presentation stated, “I feel ups and downs are a big part of any sportsman. I was also not in good shape. Most of our batters were not getting runs like in previous seasons.”

“We had great support staff. Our captain [Rohit Sharma] too. In fact, I chatted with Virat bhai and Hardik Bhai, and everyone was there to support me.”

Who should be the captain of RCB after Virat Kohli – Ashish Nehra states his choice!

Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has performed very well in the Indian Premium League 2021. The team is on the line of being a part of the playoffs this year making it a great year for Virat Kohli. But as per the reports, this is the last season for Virat Kohli as a captain for the franchise, although he would be part of the squad as a batsman. A lot of opinions are being voiced of who should be the next captain of the team and one such name suggested by the famous bowler of his time, Ashish Nehra is that of the youthful Devdutt Padikkal.

There are a lot of experienced players in the squad such as Ab De Villers, Glenn Maxwell, Yajuvendra Chahal and many more. Ashish Nehra in his interview stated that “Devdutt Padikkal can lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore group adequately. In the event that the group is searching for a player as the skipper for quite a while, then, at that point, they should give up the captaincy to Padikkal.”

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Ashish believes that Paddikal has all the qualities that make him one of the idealist candidates for the position. Devdutt has been doing very well in homegrown cricket and is quite young as well. He has scored 822 runs in 26 matches with his best score being an unbeaten 101.

RCB lost their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where Devdutt Paddikal made the maximum run from the RCB side. Virat Kohli after the loss said that “I don’t think thus, the goal must be to attempt to make it happen quickly. We would prefer not to extend these games excessively profound, however having lost several early wickets, modifying was critical.

Maxi’s [Maxwell] run-out was the game-changing second as far as energy and Maxi was in the zone to get a few major overs. With AB [de Villiers] you are rarely out of the game; however it is tied in with ensuring that the person who’s in stream is protesting in the essential minutes. We had a decent first half with the ball yet not as powerful with the bat pursuing that down. Shahbaz [Ahmed] played an essential thump at that stage, it is a round of little edges, I think Sunrisers held their nerve and bowled out their last couple of conveyances really well to not permit us to get us those successes we were searching for.”

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.’

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.

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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.

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.”

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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.”

Aakash Chopra Gives Recommendations To IPL Teams Before Phase-2

In a few days, the second phase of the Indian Premier League will begin in the United Arab Emirates, with the first match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Former Indian cricketer and pundit Aakash Chopra has offered six intriguing recommendations to all of the teams ahead of the high-profile event. Chopra’s initial aim was to play just fast pacers and stay away from medium pacers. RCB should avoid playing Harshal Patel in favour of Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj, according to him.

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Chopra’s second argument was that batting first after winning the toss is the way to go in the UAE, as chasing cannot be the motto, as teams tried it in the 2020 season and failed.

“Do not use medium pacers; instead, use fast bowlers with speeds of above 137-140 kph. Fast bowlers who bowl faster than 140 kph have a higher average, economy rate, and strike rate than slower bowlers. This indicates that the pitches are aiding the speed of the bowlers. So, instead of playing Harshal (Patel), I would suggest Navdeep and Siraj, who have more speed. Pick (Josh) Hazlewood over (DJ) Bravo and genuine fast bowlers over swing bowlers.”

Akash Chopra added, as his third suggestion, that teams should select spinners who are faster in the air, such as Varun Chakravarthy and Rashid Khan. Chopra’s fourth argument was that suitable openers should be used against pinch

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The Fourth Key Is To Use Suitable Openers: Chopra

“The fourth thing is to use good openers. If you are thinking of starting with pinch hitters or ‘doing something new,’ do not. The first 30 games here revealed a lot of dot balls at the outset, with at least two wickets falling in the powerplay. In such a situation, appropriate openers with correct approaches are required.”

Chopra’s third suggestion was that teams should go with left-armers because they were highly effective in the first 30 games, according to his study. The veteran cricketer ultimately advised teams to aim for a total of more than 180 runs when batting first, since anything more than 170-175 becomes hard to chase.

Virat Kohli’s captaincy will continue as before, BCCI treasurer confirms

BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal downplayed reports suggesting that Virat Kohli would step down as a skipper following the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Times of India reported recently that Kohli would step down as white-ball captain and Rohit Sharma would lead the team in ODIs and T20Is if India fails to win the ICC T20 World Cup in October or November.

However, BCCI treasurer dismissed such claims, quoting the IANS, he said, “This is all rubbish. Nothing (as) such is happening. This is all that you guys (media) are talking about. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue (split captaincy). Virat will remain as the captain (of all formats).

Virat Kohli’s failure to steer the team to victory in the knockout stages of the marquee ICC events despite having some of the world’s best bowlers and batsmen may mean Rohit Sharma will have to step up to lead the side in limited-overs cricket.

Since India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in England, where they were unhappy with Virt Kohli’s selection, BCCI top officials have discussed the issue. Kohli played a couple of spinners during the WTC final in overcast conditions that were seamer-friendly.

“No such meeting took place,” the BCCI treasurer confirms. In 95 One-Day Internationals, Virat Kohli has led India to 65 victories and 27 defeats, for a winning percentage of 70.43. Under his captaincy, India has won 27 T20Is and lost 14. In 10 ODIs, Rohit has led India to eight victories and two losses. He has captained them 19 times in T20Is, and they have won 15 and lost 4.

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