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Kevin Pietersen: Only Dhoni should know when to retire, nobody else

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Kevin Pietersen: Only Dhoni should know when to retire, nobody else
Kevin Pietersen: Only Dhoni should know when to retire, nobody else

MS Dhoni was absent from the international cricketing events for almost a year. After semifinals of ICC World Cup 2019 against New Zealand, Dhoni has not been spotted on the grounds. However, he was seen doing net practice sessions for the upcoming Indian cash-rich league, the Indian Premier League (IPL), that has got suspended indefinitely.

The retirement of MS Dhoni is being the fuming topic for the cricketing media for the last few months. It seems like his own nation has stood against him and wants him to retire. MS Dhoni has served India Cricket for so long and he, no doubt, deserves a farewell with dignity. A few are of the thoughts that if he has not taken part in international cricket since ICC World Cup 2019 and has been on the gap for this much longer, he shall think about retirement, however, a few think that it is totally up to Dhoni whether to come back or not.

Kevin Pietersen is one of those minorities who think that it is totally up to Dhoni’s choice whether to retire or not and nobody else shall not be concerned regarding the topic.

Kevin Pietersen: Only MS Dhoni knows when to retire, no one else

“I think after what MS Dhoni has done for Indian cricket, he decides when he wants to hang up his boots, no one else,” Kevin Pietersen said.

Kevin had earlier praised Dhoni’s captaincy skills as well.

“It will be very difficult just with the weight of expectation to go against MS Dhoni because of what everybody expects from him, how he has to live his life and what he has been through captaining India and then captaining the CSK,” Pietersen had said.

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Venkatesh Prasad: Not easy for MS Dhoni to make a comeback

Venkatesh Prasad: Not easy for MS Dhoni to make a comeback

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Venkatesh Prasad: Not easy for MS Dhoni to make a comeback
Venkatesh Prasad: Not easy for MS Dhoni to make a comeback

Venkatesh Prasad, the former Indian cricketer thinks that it is going to tough for MS Dhoni to make a comeback in the Indian cricket squad.

MS Dhoni was absent from the international cricketing events for almost a year. After semifinals of ICC World Cup 2019 against New Zealand, Dhoni has not been spotted in the grounds. However, he was seen doing net practice sessions for the upcoming Indian cash-rich league, the Indian Premier League (IPL), that has got suspended indefinitely.

The retirement of MS Dhoni is being the fuming topic for the cricketing media for the last few months. It seems like his own nation has stood against him and wants him to retire. MS Dhoni has served India Cricket for so long and he, no doubt, deserves a farewell with dignity. A few are of the thoughts that if he has not taken part in international cricket since ICC World Cup 2019 and has been on the gap for this much longer, he shall think about retirement, however, a few think that it is totally up to Dhoni whether to come back or not.

Venkatesh Prasad reveals that it will be tough for the veteran with every passing year to mark a comeback again.

Venkatesh Prasad: Not easy for MS Dhoni to make a comeback

“It’s very tough for him to really break into the team. It’s tough for him now again to make a comeback because he’s not played cricket for almost a year. It’s not going to be easy for him. There is no doubt he is very fit but then your reflexes tend to come down as you grow old. He is nearing 40.

“So, it’s not going to be easy for him. I would also leave it to the team management. If he shows good fitness and also if team management comes up with some strategy,” he was quoted as saying by Times of India.

He said that if Dhoni plays, I will want him to bat in the top order instead of playing as a finisher.

“Instead of treating Dhoni as a finisher, I will play him up the order. I would probably ask him to bat at number 3 or 4. Or, if I have only 10 overs left, I will tell Dhoni to go and just play his game the way he plays as a finisher.

“Let’s not forget, Dhoni has the experience and the inputs that he would give, that’s extremely valuable,” the former India bowling coach added.

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Rohit Sharma will continue following short-term goals

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Rohit Sharma will continue following short-term goals
Rohit Sharma will continue following short-term goals

Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsman who has rocked the world and gained the name with his consistent shots and brilliant batting techniques, is not a huge fan of long-term plans. Keeping an eye on the effective self-management, Sharma prefers short-term goals and tries to achieve them rather than planning directly big on a long-term basis.

He is a man of action and rules and according to him, he set rules specifically for the nearby matches or series which helps him being focused on a single scenario at a time.

“Setting goals for each series or tournament helps me a lot.” Rohit Sharma says.

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, no cricket has been played since months and one yet doesn’t know when the situation will improve. Consequently, Sharma misses going outside and is waiting freakingly to play cricket outdoors.

Rohit Sharma will continue following short-term goals

“In the upcoming years, I hope we get the opportunity to play cricket, as we don’t know when we will play again. Over the years, I’ve realised that long term goals won’t help you in any way, on the contrary, it will add to your pressure and stress.

I have always focused on short term goals which are mainly the next few games in the upcoming 2-3 months – who is it against, what can I do best,” Rohit was quoted as saying on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.

He says that we don’t know what we will be playing once the lockdown settles. India have a couple of series and leagues in the near future and nobody knows whether the cricket season in the subcontinent will begin from Australia vs India, IPL, or ICC T20 World Cup. Whatever it goes with, Rohit Sharma will be planning accordingly.

“When we resume playing cricket, we will have to see what’s coming our way – whether it’s T20 World Cup or IPL. We even had a big bilateral series against Australia planned – we will have to analyse and see who we are playing against. Setting goals for each series or tournament helps me a lot and I will continue to follow this method in the future,” he added.

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BCCI introduces ‘work from home’ app amid Coronavirus for players

BCCI introduces ‘work from home’ app amid Coronavirus for players

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BCCI introduces 'work from home' app amid Coronavirus for players
BCCI introduces ‘work from home’ app amid Coronavirus for players

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has launched an application by the usage of which the Indian players can be benefitted. During the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus, as there is no cricket from the last few months, the board has taken the step to visualize and to train the players working from their homes.

The app comprises of videos of individuals and teams performances, skill-specific duels, and a database on the frequent cases of injury, etc. This will be providing an assist to the coaches, players, and support staff of the Indian Cricket Board.

BCCI introduces ‘work from home’ app amid Coronavirus for players

BCCI is aiming towards training their players for physical and mental fitness. The app comprises of several questionnaires and chat rooms and the players can get along each other as well as the top management for solving queries if they have any. Online training sessions will also be provided.

Arun Dhumal, the BCCI treasurer has explained the working of the app. “It’s a step-wise process that’s been put in place and the secretary (Jay Shah) is reviewing the progress on a daily basis,” BCCI treasurer told The Times of India. “What we’ve tried to do is divide this process into different phases. Aspects pertaining to the physical and mental health of our cricketers, professional assistance online, monitoring of diets, fitness sessions etc are being conducted on a daily basis.”

The Indian batting coach, Vikram Rathour, sees it as an opportunity that is rare.

“It’s a rare opportunity to introspect,” Rathour was quoted as saying by the English daily. “It is the players who are doing the talking. I’m trying to listen and work around the topics that are being brought up. We have an app. We’ve started to put videos in that app. Simple things about facing a certain kind of bowler or foot movement, any particular way a batsman has been getting out, what’s worked for him what hasn’t,” he explained.

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Yuvraj Singh: I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for a single franchise in IPL

 

Yuvraj Singh: I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for a single franchise in IPL

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Yuvraj Singh: I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for a single franchise
Yuvraj Singh: I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for a single franchise

Yuvraj Singh, an Indian batsman, has presented his disappointment for not playing the Indian player League (IPL) consistently for a single franchise.

Yuvraj wants to be the part of any single franchise at least for 3-4 years like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and MS Dhoni are of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings respectively in IPL.

Through the years, Yuvraj Singh has been moving to different franchises. From 2008 to 2010, he was the part of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). For 2011 and 2013, the player was chosen by Pune Warriors. He has played for four more teams; Bangalore (2014), Delhi (2015), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016 and 2017) and Mumbai Indians (2019). He received the highest bid after the auction of 2014 of INR 14 crore when Royal Challengers Bangalore brought him. Later, in 2015, Delhi chose him raising 2 more crores into INR 14 crores. That was the highest bid of the time.

Yuvraj Singh: I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for a single franchise

“I never got a chance to play for 3-4 years for one franchise team. Virat (Kohli), (MS) Dhoni, Rohit (Sharma) have played for the same franchise team for many years. You get a base but I have never been able to get a permanent place” said Yuvraj Singh during the interview as quoted by Times Now.

He also revealed that he loved to play for Punjab but he wanted to run away from the franchise. He disclosed that it was not him even as the skipper to choose the players of his own will.

“There was a place from where I wanted to run away, it was Kings XI Punjab. Whenever I asked for a player, they did not give it to me. It is also amazing that when I left, they bought all those players. I was just the captain on the team for the sake of it. I loved playing for Punjab but I wanted to run away from that franchise”, Yuvraj said.

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Gambhir: New Zealand shall have been the joint winners in ICC World Cup 2019

Gambhir: New Zealand shall have been the joint winners in ICC World Cup 2019

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Gambhir: New Zealand shall have been the joint winners in ICC World Cup 2019
Gambhir: New Zealand shall have been the joint winners in ICC World Cup 2019

New Zealand got some excellent strokes of performances since 2015 but never got enough credit and appreciation. When the ICC 2019 World Cup began, New Zealand was one of the underrated teams with less people willing them to win. However, Kane Williamson’s exceptional captaincy took them to the finals where they got crushed under ICC’s rule of deciding the winner in case if super over ties as well, i.e, the team with the most number of boundaries will be the victor.

Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian cricketer and at present, a politician, has spoken in favor of New Zealand. He has reckoned that New Zealand performed up to the mark and they shall have been the joint winners along with England.

The most number of boundaries shall not have decide the winners according to many cricketing figures. Williamson’s side has received sympathy after what happened in World Cup 2019. They always put their keen efforts in the game but couldn’t manage to win in the finals.

“There should have been joint World Cup winners last time around. They should have gotten that tag of being World Champions, but it was unfortunate,” he said while speaking in Star Sports’ program Cricket Connected.

Gambhir: New Zealand shall have been the joint winners in ICC World Cup 2019

Kiwis have been the runner ups in last two consecutive worlds. They have also bragged it to the semifinals twice back in 2007 and 2011. Gambhir has praised their consistent momentum by which they have never given up and stayed consistent till yet.

“If you see their overall record, they have been very consistent. For the last one World Cup, and the World Cup before that, they were the runners-up and they have been very consistent. I think they have been very competitive in every condition they have played. We don’t give them enough credit,” the 38-year-old added.

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BCCI: Pay cuts may also be on the cards

BCCI: Pay cuts may also be on the cards

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BCCI: Pay cuts may also be on the cards
BCCI: Pay cuts may also be on the cards

Arun Dhumal, who started his new innings as the treasurer of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), has hinted towards pay cuts of the players in the near future. He said that cutting the salaries might be on the agenda but it will be the last thing board will be considering, as, in the end, it’s board’s duty to pay their players.

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected sports scenarios badly in India and globally as well. IPL, that was to go ahead by 29th March, got many delays and latest windows for rescheduling but in the end, all of them vacant as the authorities have chosen to suspend the league till further notice. Consequently, after an elongated lockdown, the board will be suffering financially. The financial disturbance caused by leagues and series delay can deprive the board to pay the players’ salaries regularly. In the end, pay cuts might be the last option as disclosed by Dhumal.

BCCI: Pay cuts may also be on the cards

“We are not sure whether we will be able to have it this year. We will only be able to figure out the exact revenue loss once we are sure of how many games we have lost,” Dhumal from BCCI stated.

“That would be the last thing that we would want to do at our end. That is why we are working (on) how much is the loss finally we have to pay. So, once we are able to assess that then we might consider it, but it will be the last thing on our agenda,” he added.

The board also revealed that they might be losing approximately INR 40 billion if India’s cash-rich league got called off completely in the near future.

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CSK: Playing IPL without international stars will resemble Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy

CSK: Playing IPL without international stars will resemble Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy

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CSK: Playing IPL without international stars will resemble Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy
CSK: Playing IPL without international stars will resemble Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy

The top management of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), one of the franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) thinks that there is no point to continue the cash-rich league without international stars. Continuing the league without foreign stars would be like playing another Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy according to CSK’s management and relevant bodies.

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the flights across the globe have been suspended indefinitely and there isn’t any probability when the things will get back to normal. The sports scenarios have been badly affected in India and globally as well.

IPL, that was to go ahead by 29th March, got many delays and latest windows for rescheduling but in the end, all of them vacant as the authorities have chosen to suspend the league till further notice. As a consequence, the availability of the players from overseas is going to be one of the main issues and CSK feels like, there is no point to commence the league like that.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), that is Kohli’s leading side, presented their views to kick off the league with the involvement of only local Indian players. CSK totally denied their point of view by disagreeing on their thought and resembling it to another Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. Dhoni’s side has suggested pushing the league on later this year than following RCB’s view.

CSK: IPL without foreign players will be like another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

“CSK is not keen to do an IPL with only Indian players. That way it would be playing another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (domestic T20 competition). The franchise has not been in touch with the BCCI of late as the situation is worsening. Let’s hope we can have the IPL later this year,” a CSK source said as quoted by The New Indian Express.

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BCCI could lose INR 40 billion if IPL gets canceled

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BCCI could lose INR 40 billion if IPL gets canceled
BCCI could lose INR 40 billion if IPL gets canceled

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) could lose an estimate of INR 40 billion in case if the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets canceled.

As all the cricketing scenarios have been stopped due to widely spreading Coronavirus, cricket in India has got badly interrupted. IPL, that was to be commenced by 29th March first got interrupted by the sudden lockdown and then when the situation worsened ahead, organizers moved it ahead to 15th April. Situations instead of getting better got much adverse and the Indian government extended lockdown till 3rd May. In the end, after the 3rd may have passed, no news has been heard but the authorities have decided to delay the money-surplus league till further notice.

In case, if the league goes ahead, there will be minor or no chances of the availability of the international stars as the flights almost across the Earth has been postponed for indefinite span. The league going ahead without the major shining stars could bear the major revenue loss.

IPL, being in its thirteenth edition, was to be kicked off with the full swing, however, the pandemic rose suggested the authorities commence without the spectators. Moving ahead behind closed doors with no sales of tickets might have caused another financial disturbance. Keeping all the consequences under consideration, the board has decided not to go ahead as an approx of INR 40 billion could be lost.

“The BCCI is looking at a big revenue loss. In case the IPL does not take place, the loss would be close to 40 billion rupees ($530 million), or even more. We are not sure whether we will be able to have it this year. We will only be able to figure out the exact revenue loss once we are sure of how many games we have lost.” Arun Dhumal told TOI.

BCCI to lose INR 40 billion if IPL gets canceled

It is to be noted that earlier, BCCI denied the ay cuts but as the situation is no longer good, play cuts amidst the outbreak might be on the cards.

“We are not sure whether we will be able to have it this year. We will only be able to figure out the exact revenue loss once we are sure of how many games we have lost,” Dhumal stated.

“That would be the last thing that we would want to do at our end. That is why we are working (on) how much is the loss finally we have to pay. So, once we are able to assess that then we might consider it, but it will be the last thing on our agenda,” he added.

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Gautam Gambhir says Australia were pathetic away from home

Gautam Gambhir says, Australia were pathetic away from home

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Gautam Gambhir says, Australia were pathetic away from home
Gautam Gambhir says, Australia were pathetic away from home

Recently, ICC has announced latest ranking for the team for T20, ODI, and Test formats. Luckily, Australia have gone for the top-notched spot in dual foramts; T20 and Tests.

Unluckily, India have lost their first spot and have dropped down to the third spot as Australia have snatched their first ranking from them. As a consequence, Indians have found it disgusting for them and seems like it has become unbearable for them.