IPL 2020: Top 5 all-rounders of the season so far

Vedant Yadav Updated: 1 November, 2020, 10:59 AM IST

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is nearing its end as the final will be played in nearly a week's time at the Dubai International Stadium on November 10. After the tournament was postponed, after many hindrances and altercations, is currently being played under a secure bio-bubble.

T20, especially IPL, has always been a type of cricket that is constantly evolving, be it with the invention of various shots like reverse-sweep or the utilization of slower deliveries with the ball. Therefore, someone who can tick both the boxes can be an important component for any franchise.

Just like any of the previous editions, IPL 2020 has also witnessed players, who've showcased their all-rounded skillset and their suitability. Having said that, here are the top 5 all-rounders of the season, so far.

1. Washington Sundar - Royal Challengers Bangalore

After enjoying a breakthrough IPL season in 2017, Washington Sundar had experienced a dip in form in IPL 2018, and IPL 2019. However, this season, he has regained his magic. So far, he has bagged 7 wickets and has also worked on the economical aspect of his bowling. His batting has always improved this season, scoring 106 runs with a decent strike rate of 120.45.

2. Rahul Tewatia - Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Tewatia is enjoying a breakthrough season in IPL 2020. The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder has scored 224 runs at a healthy average of 44.80, including 16 sixes and 11 fours. His knock of 53 against KXIP has been the highlight of his season as he had smacked 5 sixes in an over. Tewatia has also contributed to the bowling department, bagging 7 wickets with a fairly decent economy.

3. Sam Curran - Chennai Super Kings

Sam Curran has been the surprise weapon for CSK this season. Though the franchise has exited the competition without making it to the playoffs, Curran has been a joy to watch. He has scored 186 runs, so far, with a fairly decent strike rate of 143.36. He has also registered a fifty, just like last season, while he has also let his presence felt in the bowling department. Curran is CSK's leading wicket-taker with 13 scalps to his name.

4. Pat Cummins - Kolkata Knight Riders

Pat Cummins was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores. Though his performance with the bowl has been decent, bagging 7 wickets with a pretty decent economy of just under 8, his batting prowess has been the highlight of his season. He's scored 131 runs with a decent strike rate of 127.18, including an unbeaten knock of 53.

5. Ravindra Jadeja - Chennai Super Kings

Ravindra Jadeja has been MS Dhoni’s go-to-man when he needed to break a partnership. However, no one can doubt his batting prowess too as he's been a pretty handy customer with the bat for both CSK and Team India. This season, Jadeja has scored 232 runs at an impressive average of 46.40.

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Watch: Irfan Pathan introduces fans to his adorable coach in quarantine

Vedant Yadav Updated: 24 November, 2020, 5:36 PM IST

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan took to Twitter on Tuesday introduced his fans to his new coronavirus quarantine cricket coach, and it was none other than his son, Imran Khan Pathan.

Irfan is married to Model and Journalist, Safa Baig, and the couple's son Imran was born in 2016. Irfan posted the video on Twitter, and captioned it as, "Meet my new quarantine coach... nice try daddy #cricket #love #fatherson".

Here's the video:

In the video, Irfan's son can be seen bowling to the all-rounder. After a certain delivery, Imran says, "Nice try daddy", which leads to Irfan laughing in a quirky manner.

Irfan represented India across all three formats. He was a part of India's 2007 T20 WC winning team, as well as the 2013 Champions Trophy winning side. He had announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket in January 2020.

The all-rounder is currently in Sri Lanka for the inaugural edition of the Lankan Premier League (LPL). He along with Munaf Patel will play for the Kandy Tuskers. The franchise is owned by Bollywood actor Salman Khan's brother, Sohail Khan.

Ruturaj Gaikwad reacts to MS Dhoni's 'no spark in youngsters' comment during IPL 2020

Vedant Yadav Updated: 24 November, 2020, 4:52 PM IST

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni had to face the heat from fans and the cricketing fraternity after his 'no spark' comment for the youngsters in the side during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

Dhoni's comments came after CSK lost their 7th game of the season against Rajasthan Royals (RR). CSK experienced an abysmal campaign in IPL 2020 as they failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in the tournament's history. The franchise finished at the seventh spot on the points table after managing only 12 points from 14 games.

While the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman disappointed throughout the season, youngsters weren't given many chances, initially. However, towards the backend of the season, young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad impressed with his willow.

After managing just 5 runs from his first three innings, Ruturaj went on to notch up three back-to-back half-centuries to finish the season with 204 runs from six games and cement his spot in the side as an opener for IPL 2021.

Recently, Gaikwad was questioned about Dhoni's 'no spark' comments for the youngsters in the CSK side. Interestingly, he was dismissed for a duck in the game against RR. However, the youngster said he never read too much into his captain's comment and it never got into his head, as many had speculated.

“I didn’t read much into what MS (Dhoni) had said and I never felt he intended that way. He must have thought of something and said, but people took it the other way."

"What he said didn’t matter to me or didn’t even get to my head. At nets, he would advise me regarding my batting and on top of that, he has always liked my batting," he told the Telegraph.

Gaikwad also revealed that Dhoni has always liked his batting and would keep advising him in the nets to not worry too much about the results and get the process right.

“At nets, MS used to tell me, ‘just make sure your process is right and don’t worry about the results.’ I just followed that,” he added.

Netizens react as Shikhar Dhawan gives a sneak-peek into new 'retro' jersey for Australia series

Vedant Yadav Updated: 24 November, 2020, 4:24 PM IST

Team India has always sported jerseys which have become a huge hit among their ardent fans and followers. Among them, the jersey sported by players during 1992 has a great recall value among fans even in the modern era.

Earlier, it was reported that Team India is set to turn the clock back and go retro against Australia, by wearing a jersey similar to the one sported during the 1992 WC. Ahead of the three-match ODI series Down Under, veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan gave a sneak-peek of the jersey.

Dhawan on Tuesday took to Twitter and posted a photo and captioned it: "New jersey, renewed motivation. Ready to go."

After Dhawan gave a sneak-peek of the jersey, a plethora of Twitter users flooded the micro-blogging site with mixed reactions. Here are some of the reactions:

Earlier, the BCCI had announced Mobile Premier League (MPL) Sports as the team's official apparel sponsor after the deal with Nike ended earlier this year.

MS Dhoni's mentor Deobrat 'Deval' Sahay passes away in Ranchi after prolonged illness

Vedant Yadav Updated: 24 November, 2020, 3:18 PM IST

Deval Sahay, mentor of former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, passed away due to multi-organ failure in the early hours of Tuesday in a hospital in the Jharkhand capital. He was 73 and is survived by his wife, a daughter, and a son.

Sahay, who is also credited with preparing the first turf pitches in Ranchi, was admitted to a hospital due to breathing problems and was laid low by a coronavirus. He was discharged from the hospital on October 9.

"After spending about 10 days at home, he was again admitted to a hospital when he developed complications. And today at around 3 a.m. he passed away," Sahay's son Abhinav Akash was quoted as saying by IANS.

Sahay's funeral will take place at around 1 pm in Ranchi. His daughter Meenakshi, who lives in the USA, is in Ranchi these days.

Sahay, an electrical engineer, was instrumental in preparing first turf pitches in Ranchi, first at MECON, where he was the Chief Engineer, and then at Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), from where he retired as Director (Personnel). MS Dhoni's father, Pan Singh Dhoni, also worked at MECON.

While Sahay was at CCL, hired a young Dhoni on stipend and provided him the first opportunity to play on turf pitches. His role has been portrayed by actor Kumud Mishra in Dhoni's biopic, 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.

Sachin Tendulkar comes up with a piece of advice for Indian pacers to tackle Steve Smith

Vedant Yadav Updated: 24 November, 2020, 2:39 PM IST

Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has urged the Indian bowlers to target "fifth stump" against Steve Smith as his unconventional batting style will warrant a slightly wider line. He had missed the last India-Australia series Down Under due to a ball-tampering ban and will be eager to make his presence felt.

Smith has always performed against India and has six hundreds and a 92, a statistic that cannot be taken lightly.

"(Steve) Smith's technique is unconventional...Normally, we tell a bowler in Test matches to bowl on and around off-stump or maybe fourth stump line. But for Smith, because he shuffles a lot, maybe that line (of delivery) moves further away by four to five inches," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI.

"One has to aim between (imaginary) fourth and fifth stump for Steve to nick one. It's just a mental adjustment of line, more than anything else," the former captain said.

"Smith, I read, said he's ready for the short-pitched stuff...probably he is expecting bowlers to be aggressive up front with him. But I think he needs to be tested on and around that off-stump channel. Keep him on the back-foot and induce that early mistake," he added.

One being asked whether the in-swinging yorkers won't do the trick against Smith, Tendulkar said that depends on whether the ball swings much or not.

"For that to happen, you have to see how much the ball is swinging. All those things matter. You can't use saliva, so it's a different case if wickets have a lot more life. In England during the Test matches, on occasions, the Dukes wouldn't be swinging much," he replied

"I don't know if they will have greenish wickets for the ball to do a little bit. If the ball doesn't swing. That swinging yorker, you might not even see."

Sachin, while praising India's potent bowling line-up, advised the management to look for a defensive bowler.

"As I have always said, we have one of the best and most balanced bowling attacks India has ever had. Eventually, you have to pick 20 wickets to win Test matches. But 20 wickets shouldn't be too expensive either," he further added.

"...along with our attacking bowlers, we should also identify bowlers who can hold one end up on unresponsive pitches, bowl those continuous maiden overs to build the pressure."