All eyes will be on the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League, which is set to get underway from September 19 in UAE. The former India skipper is going to make a comeback on the field after a long sabbatical. The 39-year-old star batsman hasn’t played competitive cricket since World Cup 2019.
Although Dhoni has retired from international cricket, the fans will continue to see his impressive batting skills in the cash-rich league.
With the Ranchi-born star is all set to lead Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming tournament, Rajasthan Royals batsman, David Miller, has showered praise on MS Dhoni for his calm and cool attitude.
The 31-year-old South African player, who is in awe of Dhoni’s finishing skills, recently claimed that the CSK skipper is one of the best finishers in the world.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Miller said, “I absolutely love the way Dhoni goes about his business. Certainly his calmness, he’s always under control. I tend to be in awe of some of his chases rather than ‘I want to bat like him’. I just want to finish games as he does.”
I’m better than ever before - David Miller
Miller was released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the 2020 auction and joined the Rajasthan-based franchise. Talking about his experience in the KXIP squad over the past few years, the left-hander said, “I had one bad season for Kings XI but it wasn’t a horrific season, to say the least.”
“In terms of consistency, I feel better than ever before. I’m a lot more experienced now.”
Ahead of their opening fixture against MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals' skipper Steve Smith has been declared fit to play, having passed his concussion tests.
Smith has missed three ODIs against England in the UK due to a concussion issue, and there were doubts whether he will be fit to feature in Royals’ season opener.
Andrew McDonald, RR's head coach, confirmed that Smith is available for selection against CSK.
“Fantastic news that Steve is available. It’s fantastic especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK. It’s obviously great to have your skipper available for the first game as I’ve said before we are in really good hands. In terms of the rest of the squad, we couldn’t be happier with their preparation. We have got what we needed, having been here nice and early to get our preparation going on the back of the long lay-off,” McDonald said in a RR's virtual press release
“We have got the bases covered and have some really good depth in the squad and really looking forward to seeing what it looks like in a real competitive match against CSK. They had a fantastic first game, they’re one game into the tournament which is a slight advantage when you come out against the team that’s already played and performed. So, we’ll definitely have our work cut out and really looking forward to what our guys can bring to the table and we’re really excited about what the journey presents,” he added.
Smith, meanwhile, revealed that he is eager to get back to action, having missed the ODI series against England.
The 31-year-old, Smith, is one of the four main overseas players in the team alongside English trio of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
Jofra is expected to be in the playing XI while both are Buttler and Stokes will play no part in the game. Buttler is serving a 6-day quarantine period with his family while Stokes has not yet arrived in UAE.
The Indian Premier League 2020 campaign finally went up and running after Delhi Capitals won a thrilling Super over against the KXIP on Sunday.
After being put out to bat first, DC suffered a massive top-order collapse, only for Marcus Stoinis to save the blushes with a match-deciding half-century.
In their reply, KXIP's openers couldn't better their counterparts but Mayank Agarwal's knock of 89 turned the game in their favour. However, the match forced to Super over after KXIP failed to score 12 runs in the final over.
In the super-over, DC's Kagiso Rabada showcased his class and restricted KXIP to a meagre 3-run target. DC achieved the target with four balls to spare.
However, KXIP's Kiwi all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham, couldn't believe that his team lost the Super over and posted a funny reaction on Twitter. Neesham is very famous for his social media banter.
Interestingly, Neesham was part of New Zealand's team which lost the 2019 World Cup final to England, which went all the way through to the Super over.
The BlackCaps haven’t been lucky, especially in Super Overs. They had also lost two back-to-back T20I's against India in the tie-breaker earlier in 2020.
Neesham posted a gif of famous American comedian/actor, Jim Carey, to express his feelings after losing the Super over. “Oh come on!” said Carey in the gif.
In their second match, Punjab will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 24.
Ambati Rayudu was at his ruthless best as Chennai Super Kings outclassed Mumbai Indians on the opening day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
He smashed 71 runs off just 48 balls, which proved substantial to guide his team to a famous win over their eternal rivals.
Rayudu knock was heavily appreciated by fans, who flooded the social media with memes targeting former BCCI selector MSK Prasad, who ignored the former during last year's World Cup squad selection.
Former Australian cricketer and Rayudu's current CSK teammate, Shane Watson, believes that Indian selection panel made a big mistake by not picking Rayudu in the World Cup held last year.
“He an incredibly talented batsman and I think so it was a loss for the Indian ODI team for not picking him in the World Cup squad,” Watson said in a YouTube show named The Debrief.
“He batted incredibly well with scoring options all over the ground,” the Aussie veteran added.
Rayudu was expected to take the crucial number 4 spot, but MSK Prasad decided to pick all-rounder Vijay Shankar, describing the latter as a 'three-dimensional player'.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra posted a cryptic tweet to MSK Prasad, following Rayudu's match-winning knock on Saturday.
"Might not be a 3D player but still fairly efficient at the one dimension he has....top knock Ambati Rayudu," Chopra tweeted.
As the Sunrisers Hyderabad are ready to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the third match of the Indian Premier League 2020 in Dubai, fans are curious to know what will be the team combination of the David Warner-led side. SRH have plenty of quality batsmen in their ranks.
While David Warner and Rashid Khan will definitely be seen in action against RCB, the choice becomes difficult when it comes to in-form Jonny Bairstow and experienced player Kane Williamson or Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi.
Shedding light of SRH’s best possible team combination, former New Zealand all-rounder, Scott Styris said that the former SRH skipper, Williamson should warm the bench in the upcoming clash against Virat Kohli-led side. Explaining the reason behind his bold statement, the Kiwi great highlighted that Bairstow was in a blistering touch in the 2019 IPL and his opening partnerships with 33-year-old Australian stalwart gave SRH flying starts in several matches.
Afghanistan duo Rashid and Nabi will add more balance to the side
Speaking on Star Sports’ show Game Plan, Styris said, “Kane Williamson sits out, I know he is the orange cap holder. But I just think with the balance of that side, they have got a proven match-winner, David Warner. Bairstow’s performance last year and the relationship he has with Warner at the top. They just seem to gel and sink nicely.”
"Nabi is certainly in my eyes and so is Rashid. So, out of that group, unfortunately, Kane Williamson sits out,” the 45-year-old added.
Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has rejoined the squad for training after finally testing negative of Covid-19.
Earlier, Ruturaj had tested positive of Covid-19, not once but thrice, and has been quarantined ever since the squad's arrival in the UAE.
Gaikwad was one of the 12 player and staff members to have tested positive of Covid-19 in the CSK camp. As a result, the entire contingent had to quarantine themselves for longer than expected.
"The first thing you wanna see on a Monday morning. Look who's back! #Ruturaj #WhistlePodu," CSK captioned a picture on Twitter.
The three-time champs made a winning start to their IPL 2020 campaign as they secured a five-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians./p>
CSK will now take on Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday, September 22.
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