Shane Watson, after watching Ambati Rayudu’s performance for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Mumbai Indians (MI) is inspired as the player performed incredibly linking his match-winning knock to a deserving victory for the side.
Watson believes that India made a bigger mistake as they dropped him back in the World Cup 2019. He was quoted as saying that Ambati might have been Men in Blue’s major asset to score runs.
Ishan Kishan, who was highly expected to play for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020), missed out on the game after the skipper Rohit Sharma disclosed the squad. On revealing, the masses were shocked to see the foreign dominant side. It was even more astonishing to see Ishan replaced with Saurabh Tiwari.
The news was revealed by Kiran More that was worth grabbing attention. Saurabh was a part of the same side back in 2017 and made his appearance once again scoring 41 of 32 balls fixing his place probably for the next matches.
It was shocking for the masses after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) missed their two important and consistent assets; Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. However, the franchise dealt calmly and was not under pressure after their two major players left. Also, in the inaugural game against Mumbai Indians for IPL 2020, CSK declared their first win of the season and a win straight after five matches as they drew a streak of five losses against Sharma’s side.
The massive five-wicket victory over them has shown to the world that side does not lack any potential with or without Raina and Harbhajan. However, the skipper MS Dhoni has taken a sly dig to both of them saying that a few are subjected to criticism.
MS Dhoni takes a sly dig at Suresh Raina
“It is an amazing job done by the IPL, especially ones behind the scenes. To make it happen there are a hundred different things; as cricketers we easily criticize stuff,” MS Dhoni said.
He also added that it was good to utilize the facilities provided in ICC academy that are helping teams to commence exceptionally in IPL 2020.
“To have the practice facilities like these at the ICC academy were fantastic. Unless you get practice facilities you won’t play well in a tournament like this,” the 39-year-old added.
After Australia vs England cricket matches have ended, the players from both the countries have left the UAE, and a few of them have reached the destined venue for the Indian Premier Leagues (IPL). With a few who are to reach on Thursday night, the protocols and quarantine rules say that the Australian and England’s players will be in the six-day quarantine before featuring in any of the league’s matches.
However, the scenario that is highly dependable on the player’s home base, will be deciding whether the teams will suffer six-days quarantine. The players that will have to head at Abu Dhabi after landing at Dubai, will probably have to go under isolation. The two teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have Abu Dhabi as their home base.
Ray Jennings, the former head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) believes that the best is yet to come for the skipper Virat Kohli. He says that he is a good player and it has been exceptional to see him growing as a captain but at the times, he used to be alone and backed a few of the wrong players.
Jennings’s statements might be a sign that Kohli’s backing some undeserving players could have been the reason that RCB have not made it to the winning title yet.
Kohli sometimes backed wrong players: Former RCB’s head coach
“If I have to look back then I would say that in IPL there used to be 25-30 players (in the squad) and it was the coach’s duty to look after all the players. Sometimes he was a bit of a loner in the team. Sometimes, he backed the wrong players. But, you can’t blame him for that. I wanted certain players to bowl or bat in certain conditions/situations, but he had different ideas,” Jennings told Cricket.com.
“You needed somebody around Virat to guide him (at that point in time). Of course, he and I bumped a few times, but he is a good guy and a very quick learner. Nice to see him grow as a player and now as a captain. His mannerism is great. His best is yet to come,” Jennings concluded.
The Bangalores are ready to tie their knots on 21st September with Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH). This time, Kohli’s side has a different kind of confidence in them as concluded by De Villiers and the skipper’s chat.
The former cricket player of India, Aakash Chopra, believes that the wonderful wicket-keeping batting sensation, KL Rahul, will soon be the skipper of the Men in Blue after Virat Kohli.
He mentioned as Rohit Sharma and Kohli are on their ways to be aged, it will be the time for the captaincy to witness Rahul as the leader. Chopra has spotted the way of playing along with leadership styles in the lad.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to be started by 19th September and the fans are waiting eagerly to witness the matches. The fate of the league was not sure as the COVID-19 got dominant over everything. The sports scenarios were badly hit across the globe. The situation cannot go ahead like this hence, the cricket boards, following health measures, are slowly beginning the cricketing activities.
Many countries, West Indies, England, Pakistan, and Australia have kicked off international cricket and also, the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has been winded up lately. IPL is also to hit the floors with the first match between four times IPL winners, Mumbai Indians (MI), and three times winners, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Rajasthan Royals (RR) are unsure whether they will be utilizing the services of Ben Stokes for the thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) or not.
It was earlier speculated that Stokes might miss on a few matches of IPL 2020 for RR. The management has been cooperative as Andrew McDonalds, the head coach of the franchise believes that he shall have the required time with his family.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are yet to win their maiden title for the Indian Premier League (IPL). The extravaganza is to be started by 19th September and KL Rahul’s leading side are looking forward to hunting for the trophy.
The CEO of the side also seems concerned about the win as he had made several statements. However, the availability of foreign players is still confusing. They have Chris Jordan and Glenn Maxwell from England and Australia and according to the CEO, KXIP are unsure of their availabilities.
The sides are going busy in their bilateral series and will be shifting from one bio-secure bubble to another (IPL 2020).
Kings XI Punjab opens up for availability of the foreign players
“Nobody has any clarity on that yet. The BCCI is supposed to come back on whether the quarantine can be reduced as they are coming from a bubble to [another] bubble. We don’t have any clarity as yet,” Menon said as quoted by InsideSport.
“From what I hear from the bubble, things are exactly as it was planned. We have been following the SoP that has been laid out by the BCCI and authorities,” he added.
“We are hopeful of winning the title this year. The format is one where anything can happen on a given day, so we will have to see how it goes,” the CEO stated.