Five batsmen to watch out for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020

Abhishek Singh Updated: 22 February, 2020, 4:07 PM IST

Delhi Capitals did pretty well in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. After changing their name, they made it to the knockout stage for the first time in the last few years. Under their skipper, Shreyas Iyer, Capitals are looking forward to land their first IPL trophy in the upcoming season. Let’s take a look at five batsmen, who can lead their team to IPL glory.

Marcus Stoinis

He was the best batsman in the last edition of the Big Bash League and was rewarded with the best player award for his heroics. In BBL, Stoinis scored 705 runs at a strike rate of 136.63 and an average of 54.23. In IPL though, Stoinis has not been able to leave his mark so far. He has had a decent outing though, having scored 473 runs from 29 matches. But apart from his one performance, where he took 4/15 against Mumbai Indians, playing for Kings XI Punjab, the Western Australia player has not lived up to the hype. However, his track record in the shortest format is worth applauding. With 2430 runs and 62 wickets in 114 T20 matches, Stoinis has proved to be a genuine all-rounder.

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Lack of form, injuries and whatnot. It hasn’t been a good year for Pant so far. But as soon as the IPL arises, Rishabh Pant is like 'Cometh the hour, cometh the man’. He can turn the tide in his favor. He is one batsman who has been mastering the league like no one else. Over the past four seasons, Pant has scored 1736 runs in 54 matches with a phenomenal strike rate of 162.69 and a decent average of 36.16. Although at the international level, Pant has not been able to replicate his IPL form and that has been a reason of worry for the national team. But we are talking about IPL and over here, he rules the roost. He has an array of shots in his kitty that are destructive, to say the least.

Shreyas Iyer

Captain charismatic comes at number three on the list. Mostly because he hasn’t made as much of an impact as Pant in the IPL. But boy he is in some form in the International circuit! In his last 10 matches, the Mumbaikar has scored 421 runs at a whopping average of 60.142. Not only that, but he was also India’s leading run-scorer in the recently concluded ODI series in New Zealand. In the Indian Premier League, Iyer has done quite well. In 62 matches, Iyer has scored 1681 runs at an average of 30.56 and a somewhat modest strike rate of 126.96. But since May last year, Iyer has performed exceedingly well. In 2019-20, Iyer scored 334 runs in 15 innings at an average of 33.4 and a strike rate that dwells between 135 and 140.

Jason Roy

Along with Stoinis, another foreigner, who has performed well and has made himself a playing XI permanent is- Jason Roy. Since the 2019 World Cup itself, Roy has been in supreme touch. Although, he did not go through a good patch in Mzansi Premier League and missed the New Zealand T20I series. Since his return to the national side against South Africa, earlier this month, Roy has performed well for the Three Lions, both in the ODIs and in the T20Is. Roy has scored 5977 runs in 232 innings in his T20 career and has played all around the world.

Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw scored runs in the Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. In the domestic T20, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Shaw made 240 runs from five matches at a strike rate of 170 and. He also played quite well even for the India A team, before getting a call for the national side’s 50 over travails in New Zealand. Although he failed to convert the starts he got in New Zealand, but Shaw can never be kept out of a match especially in a T20 game on Indian pitches. He has played a few superb Knocks in IPL. Overall, Shaw has scored 598 runs in 25 matches at a prolific strike rate of 141.03.

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He would have captained the same way: Shoaib calls Sarfaraz weak after he is seen carrying shoes

Abhishek Singh Updated: 7 August, 2020, 9:01 PM IST

An awkward incident took place on the second day of the first Test between England and Pakistan. When all-rounder Shadab Khan was batting with opener Shan Masood, the former asked for a change of shoes and former Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed entered the ground as the 12th man carrying those shoes.

This did not go down well with former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar who termed as a humiliation of not only Sarfaraz but of respect and seniority in the game of cricket. Unlocking a barrage of words, Shoaib called Sarfaraz a weak and docile character who compromised with his respect. The Rawalpindi express didn’t stop there and rained on team management for making such a senior player carry the shoes.

“Those visuals, they were disrespectful. You can’t do this to a player who has led the national side for four years and got you the Champions Trophy. While I also believe that Sarfaraz is a weak character and he compromised with the situation. To me carrying the shows is not wrong. But the intent behind making Sarfaraz do that is very wrong. Even if he did it on his own, then someone senior should have stopped,” Akhtar said while speaking on Boss news.

No disrespect, it’s very humble of Sarfaraz to do that - Misbah

Late in the day an explanation over the same issue was given by current head coach of the team, Misbah-ul-Haq. Misbah said that it was a rather very humble gesture from Sarfaraz that he did it.

“I think there was nothing wrong with it. He was helping the team as the rest of the players were either playing or practicing. I think Sarafaraz is a great human being. He knows that it’s a team game and everybody needs to help. Plus, it is a sign of a good team,” Misbah said.

Cat mesmerizes fans with fielding skills, Harsha and Jones couldn’t stop themselves from reacting to it

Abhishek Singh Updated: 7 August, 2020, 8:58 PM IST

One might have seen dogs going out with their owners and playing with Frisbee or dodge balls or sometimes with rubber cricket balls too. We associate such playful characteristics with a dog quite easily. But what if you were told that a cat can catch balls with paws? Are you shocked? Well, don’t be, as the cat in the video below catches balls better than many fielders and even the renowned cricket commentators agree to it.

It was the former Australia cricketer turned commentator Dean Jones who shared the video on his official Twitter handle. Uploading the video, Jones wrote, “Have seen worst fielders I can assure you.”

In the video, a girl hits balls with a golf stick and shoots the activity on her mobile phone. Her cute little cat catches every ball and that too with just her two claws. There is a small net placed behind the cat just so that the ball doesn’t go far.

The video went viral with as many as 1.5 lakh views gathered by it in a very short span of time. Additionally, it got 7,000 likes and more than 1200 retweets.

Look at the second catch: Harsha Bhogle in awe of the cat’s catching abilities

Dean Jones was not the only commentator who was super impressed by the cat. Even Indian commentator and cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle remained awestruck by the cat’s abilities to hold on to such cats.

Replying to Dean Jones’ tweet, Bhogle wrote, “That second catch!” with clapping hands emoji.

Fans too were amazed to see the cat take the catches so easily. They compared it with former South African cricketers and one of the revolutionaries in the field- Jonty Rhodes, while others called former Pakistan wicketkeeper, Rashid Latif who was known for his agility behind the wickets and small height.

Two weirdos in love – Rohit Sharma shares adorable photo with wife Ritika Sajdeh

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 August, 2020, 6:10 PM IST

Indian opener Rohit Sharma hasn’t played any game since the past six months, owing to the threat of coronavirus. Hitman is spending quality time with his lovely wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaira. He is posting the videos and pictures of his daughter on a regular basis. He recently uploaded an adorable photo of his better half.

The 33-year-old batsman recently took to his official Instagram handle and shared a picture of Ritika imitating his “weird” pose from the training session. The caption of the post caught the attention of Rohit Sharma’s fans and followers. "Just two weirdos in love," the cricketer wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just two weirdos in love.

A post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) on

However, Ritika was also quick to reply to her husband’s post. She commented, “Hahaha owning the weirdness is key.”

Ritika has played a huge part in my life – Rohit Sharma

Earlier, expressing his feelings for Ritika, Rohit has said that his wife has played a big role in his life since they met in 2008.

“Ritika's role has not just been in this little while. She has played a big part since I got to know her in 2008. She has played as a friend first, then-girlfriend, wife and then a mother now. She has played a huge part in the entire cricket career,” Rohit said

Rohit is all set to lead four-time title champions Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of IPL, starting from September 19. Last year, the Mumbai side put up a great show to beat MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting finale.

Amazon ahead in the race as Unacademy, Dream 11 scamper to sponsor IPL

Abhishek Singh Updated: 7 August, 2020, 6:02 PM IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have had to struggle a bit after it received a shock in the form of Indian Premier League (IPL)’s title sponsor VIVO mobiles pulling out from the deal. The Chinese company pulled out just ahead of the tournament because of the negative publicity it got on social media.

However, now things seem to be materializing in a better way for the board as there are a variety of companies ready to sponsor the league and leading the race is e-commerce giant Amazon. If reports in News 18 are to be believed then, BCCI is ready to negotiate a deal even with 1/3rd of the amount that VIVO was offering.

"If they are able to strike a deal worth Rs 180 crore, which would be just one-third of VIVO’s 440, even then also it would be a win-win situation for the board," a source close to the board was quoted as saying in the report.

Non-competitive brands can partner to pull in money for sponsorship

The source further hinted that BCCI is also looking at the idea of two non competing brands to take the lead and pool in the money for the sponsorship to serve their causes.

"You know the board is also looking for partners, so for example, BYJUs and Unacademy are rivals and so are Dream 11 and My Circle 11 in their own core areas. But if Dream 11 gets the title and BYJUs come in as official partners to pool in the money or if Unacademy gets the title and My Circle 11 pools in then that is also accepted by the board,” the source said.

KL Rahul becomes a career counselor for Hardik’s son, wants him to become all-rounder

Garima Kotroo Updated: 7 August, 2020, 5:24 PM IST

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and his partner Natasa Stankovic were recently blessed with a baby boy. The cricketer had shared the good news on social media platforms. While enjoying his duties, Hardik is posting adorable videos and pictures of his son. The newborn is hogging a lot of limelight these days.

Hardik’s brother Krunal Pandya recently uploaded a clip with his nephew. Taking to his official Instagram handle, Krunal posted a video. He captioned the video as, “Let’s talk cricket”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s talk cricket �

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Tell him to become a fast-bowling all-rounder - KL Rahul

While people showered blessings on the little one, India batsman KL Rahul predicted the career profession of the junior Hardik Pandya.

He suggested Krunal to make the baby boy a fast-bowling all-rounder in future.

“Please tell him to become a fast-bowling all-rounder,” Rahul commented on the post.

KL Rahul is currently gearing up for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, which is scheduled to take place from September 19 in the UAE. While Rahul will lead Kings XI Punjab franchise, Pandya brothers will be back in action for the defending champions Mumbai Indians.

Notably, all the matches of IPL 2020 will be played across three cities - Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.