Kolkata Knight Riders – 5 Record Breaking Moments

Kolkata Knight Riders - 5 Record Breaking Moments

In the 2008 inaugural season of the IPL, an outstanding 158* off 73 by Brendon McCullum set the stage for the rest of the tournament, turning Kolkata Knight Riders into a global phenomenon. 


Kolkata Knight Riders are known for a number of excellent knocks. However, no one can beat the team when it comes to excellent comebacks. The USP of KKR is that they know exactly how to redeem themselves when they have lost an immense amount of supporters. The team has constantly been in the news, whether it be due to their superstar owner Shah Rukh Khan, or due to their unique team decisions like multiple captains.

KKR also has an excellent research team, which always keeps in mind the need of the hour, and is always scouting for new talent. Most famously, KKR backed up Sunil Narine when nobody did, bringing him to the spotlight, and making him one of the best bowlers in the world.

KKR has set a number of records during the eleven years of the IPL. Here’s taking a look at some of them.

Highest Opening Partnership

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In the first game of IPL 2017, Gujarat Lions had set up a formidable score of 183-4. However, the captain Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn, who replaced the previous opener Robin Uthappa, made a mockery of the target. The runs were reached in merely 14.5 overs, without the loss of a single wicket. Gambhir scored 76 off 48 balls, and Lynn smashed 93 off 41 balls. This record is yet to be broken.

Also Read: KKR – A complete analysis

Highest Successful Run Chase in Finals

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In 2014, KKR had yet another experience of chasing a big score in a final, just like in 2012. They were playing against KXIP, who had reached the finals for the first time. Punjab struggled initially, but with the help of Wriddhiman Saha, they managed to put up a score of 199-4 on the board.

The run total was obviously huge, but in addition, KKR lost Orange-Cap holder Robin Uthappa in the first over itself. However, Manish Pandey rose to the occasion, scoring 94 off 50 balls, coupled with Piyush Chawla, who hit the running runs for KKR with just three balls to go.

Throughout their innings, KKR was well above the asking score of 10, thus setting the record for the highest run score chased in a final.

Bowling rivals for lowest total

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In a match of KKR versus RCB in 2017, KKR were bowled out for 131. Sunil Narine gave a good start to the team. However, once he got out at 34 runs, the entire batting side collapsed, with KKR losing 9 wickets in 66 runs. Everyone thought that the match was surely one-sided, with RCB surely winning.

However, in a dramatic turn of events, something which was truly out of a storybook, the KKR bowling line-up rose to the occasion. They did not let the RCB side even cross 50 runs, which should have been a cakewalk for them, given that they had the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers with them.  RCB were bowled out for 49, with not one cricketer crossing the double-digit mark.

Most Consecutive Wins in the IPL

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The 2014 edition of the IPL was a roller coaster ride for the Kolkata Knight Riders. In the first seven games, they lost five and won only two. They were in the bottom half of the table, and their chances of qualifying were next to nil.

However, KKR lived up to their reputation of historic comebacks, and how. In what seemed like magic, they won the remaining seven games, won the first qualifier, and went on to pick up the trophy for the 2014 IPL tournament. In this edition, they went on a 9-match unbeaten streak. They then won the first game of the Champions League that year, finishing the streak at 10 matches, a record that remains unbroken till today.

Highest Score in the Powerplay

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In 2017, RCB and KKR had yet another iconic showdown. During the first inning by RCB, Mandeep Singh and Travis Head helped Bangalore put up a decent score of 158-6 on the scoreboard. Having to chase 159, skipper Gambhir chose a new tactic, sending recently recovered Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine to open. This was surely odd, but an excellent decision nonetheless. They did not show respect to any bowler, smashing an astounding 105 runs in the powerplay. Narine smashed a 50 in just 15 balls, and Lynn followed suit in 21 balls. They broke the record of CSK, who held the record of most runs in the first six overs at 100-2 and still maintain it to this day.  

Gautam Gambhir in Association with the Funngage launches India’s First Cricket Scholarship

Gautam Gambhir in Association with the Funngage launches India's First Cricket Scholarship

HIGHLIGHTS

Funngage PowerPlayer is a Cricket Scholarship Program to select the best Cricketing talents in India in the age groups between 12 to 24 years.

Gautam Gambhir has been associated with the Funngage Sports firm for a while now.

The registration for trials have begun and the chosen youngsters will be provided with full benefits of the Cricket scholarship. 


The Funngage Sports firm aims to leave no stones unturned in order to help out the talented aspiring cricketers of today. The brand ambassador of Funngage is the former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. The nation-wide program “FG PowerPlayer” has now been launched by the ex Kolkata Knight Riders captain. As described by the Funngage website- “Funngage PowerPlayer is an all Scientific and Digitally Powered Cricket Scholarship Program to select the Best Male and Female Cricketing Talent in India in the age groups between 12 to 24 years.” 

Benefits of the program

This program fixates its aim to examine the cricketing talents of boys and girls in the age group of 12-24 years. The talents who get selected for the scholarship program will receive a fully paid for Cricket Development Scholarship with a three-week of training camp in Perth, Australia at Guildford Grammar, under the supervision of former South African Test Cricketer, HD Ackerman. The objective is to provide financial and administrative support to these budding talents. 

Also Read: 5 cricketers who deserved a farewell match 

The Cricket Scholarship that will span for five years will include everything free of cost. Starting from Cricket coaching, cricket equipment to training and travel costs. The scholarship will also cover the costs for medical and physiotherapy sessions for the players.

“This is an opportunity for all boys and girls aspiring to live the dream of cricket to get the best training not only in India but also abroad. More importantly, Funngage will also mentor and manage the selected cricketers by helping them evolve as a sportsman and a better human being. A participant need not to be a part of an academy, it’s more about the wish and willingness to pursue his passion of becoming a professional cricketer. All are welcome to come and live their dream without worrying about the means and finances. Talent, Perseverance, and Passion are the only yardsticks here,” said Karan Singh, Founder & CEO, Funngage.com.

Registration for trials

The registrations are open and can be at Funngage’s official website or on their mobile application. For physical registration, the window is open at Funngage counter set up at Videocon Cricket Ground, adjacent to Dhaka International Bus Terminus, Salt Lake from 17-18 January from 11 AM to 7 PM. The trails are grouped age-wise and have been scheduled from 21st to 24th January. Further details are available on their website.

5 Indian Cricketers Who Deserved Farewell

5 Indian Cricketers Who Deserved Farewell

After contributing a huge portion of life to cricket and serving the nation each cricketing legend deserves a farewell match. A match that would give the fans a proper chance to show their respect to their heroes. But not all cricketers are fortunate to get a farewell match. 


Situations have often influenced some of the legends to take sudden action on one fine day. There are many such cricketers around the globe who have not received a farewell match. We are listing down such five Indian greats whom fans still miss and who deserved a proper stage to bid adieu.

Rahul Dravid

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Rahul Dravid is arguably the most reliable bat Indian cricket has ever witnessed. Famously known as ‘The Wall’, Rahul Dravid is truly that ‘wolf who lived for the pack’.  Rahul Dravid scored 23,208 runs across all the formats in his sixteen years of career. Although he was the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 10000 runs both in ODI and test,  Dravid wasn’t a conventional limited over batsman.  When he was dropped in 2009, not a lot hoped for his comeback. But surprisingly he was recalled in ODI in 2011 against England. He decided to retire after the series from ODI. After a successful stint in England test series and a not so great performance during the 2011-12 tour of Australia, Dravid announced his retirement from international and domestic cricket in March 2012. It was such a sudden call that Indian cricket couldn’t bid goodbye to its most dependable son.

VVS Laxman

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The very very special artist of Indian cricket who has been a nightmare to Australia for his entire career is one of the unsung heroes of Indian cricket. VVS Laxman played some match-saving innings at number 5 or 6 positions which eventually helped India to win the matches. His heroic 281 at Eden Gardens is one of those moments that took Indian cricket to another level. He was not an ODI specialist but managed to score 8,781 test runs without being a top order batsman. Although he was a threat to the yellow army, Laxman didn’t have a memorable tour of Australia during 2011-12. He eventually retired from cricket after the tour and Laxman’s last match was the same as Dravid’s, against Australia at Adelaide in Jan 2012.  Indian cricket is still in search for the most suitable replacement of VVS Laxman at number 6 position.

Virender Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag (Photo: BCCI)

The Sultan of Multan, Virender Sehwag also never got any farewell match. The Hyderabad test match against Australia in 2013 was the last test match played by Sehwag. He was one of the most destructive batsmen who never really cared for any grammar book cricket. He played only the way he wanted to. But this nature of Viru didn’t stop him doing extremely well even in test cricket. He scored 8586 test runs at a strike rate of 82 which is even difficult to achieve in limited overs cricket. He was the first Indian batsman to record a triple hundred in test cricket. During India’s tour to Pakistan in 2006 Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid almost broke the opening partnership world record of Vinu Mankad and Pankaj Roy (413) but Sehwag got out for 254. Dravid mentioned in an interview how it was impossible to ask Sehwag to bat carefully just for the record whereas he reached that 254 with his own ‘careless’ batting style. This careless attitude is what made Sehwag special and this is exactly why the Indian cricket fans still miss the Delhi guy.

Zaheer Khan

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One of the most skilled Indian fast bowlers of all time, Zaheer Khan had everything in his stock from yorker to inswinger. His bowling troubled many cricket legends like Graeme Smith and Kumar Sangakkara. He achieved the feat of 300 test wickets against South Africa in 2013 by picking up Jacque Kallis. During 2011 world cup Zaheer was India’s trump card and finished the tournament as the joint highest wicket-taker with Shahid Afridi with 21 scalps. But being a fast bowler the injuries never spared him. Zaheer had his issues too but he kept on trying and made comebacks against all the odds. He played his last test against New Zealand in 2014 and was dropped after the New Zealand tour. He didn’t take much time and immediately called it off on 15th October 2015.

Gautam Gambhir

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Gautam Gambhir (Photo: Reuters)

Gautam Gambhir is the recent one to join the league who definitely deserved a farewell match. After 15 years of international cricket for India, Gambhir scored 4154 runs in 58 test matches and 5238 runs in 147 one day matches. He was probably the most balanced batsman of Indian cricket. He could produce aggressive shots whereas he was capable of showing class and consistency at the same time. He was dropped from the team before the 2007 World Cup. But months after that he took the charge of India’s batting in twenty 20 world cup in the same year and won it for India after a crucial 75 runs from 54 balls in the finale. He finished as the second highest run-getter with 227 runs and three fifties. Life took a full circle when Gautam Gambhir became one of the reasons behind the world cup triumph of India in 2011 and scored a blistering 97 in the final against Sri Lanka.  He kept on proving himself whenever he got an opportunity. He has been that warrior of Indian cricket who kept on serving the team silently whenever he was asked for.

‘I made enemies, but I slept in peace’, says Gautam Gambhir

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gautam Gambhir has recently announced his retirement from all form of cricket on 3rd December 2018, ahead of his final match for the Delhi against the Andhra in the Ranji Trophy on 6 December 2018.

  • Gautam Gambhir scored a steady hundred in his farewell Ranji Trophy match against Andhra.

  • His contribution in India’s triumph in 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup can never be unnoticeable. 


The unsung hero of Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir has recently announced his retirement from all form of cricket which came all of a sudden that no one even thought of it. Though he didn’t get that attention ever what he should get, he has no regret on that even if it meant an “unfulfilled career” and “lot of enemies”, he got “sleep peacefully at night”.

Recently in an interview with PTI, he shared that he can’t tolerate any wrong-doings.

“It’s not only about cricketing system, in general our society doesn’t like to be shown the mirror. We like to maintain the status quo and not look at the reality. I get suffocated by all this,” Gambhir added. “I can’t tolerate wrong things and artificiality. A lot of people around me say that I could have been diplomatic but that is simply not me. Yes, I made many enemies but I slept in peace.”

In his 15-year long cricketing career, he scored 4,154 runs in 58 Tests, 5,238 in 147 ODIs and 932 in 37 T20I matches for India. Along with these, he played 198 First-class matches, 299 List-A matches and 251 T20 matches where he scored 15153 runs, 10077 runs, and 6402 runs respectively.

Also Read: Best Knocks By Gautam Gambhir In His International Career

Last year, Gambhir had an ugly fight with KP Bhaskar, when he told that the former coach was trying to destroy the career of junior players. He had arguments with Chetan Chauhan over Navdeep Saini, a rookie bowler, who he thought has the ability to go long.

But he never gets frightened to say the right thing to the people.

“It did affect me. I am human after all but then like I said, I could not have let the unfair (practices) prevail. Look, I am not being holier than thou but some of the things that go on in our system are absolutely ridiculous. I was vocal about them and I paid the price by having an unfulfilled career,” Gambhir expressed with a sad note.

While talking about the misunderstanding and how that affected his career, he said,

“Misunderstood a lot of times. For example, if I said, a captain is as good as his team, media and critics thought I was taking a dig at M.S. Dhoni. These critics would conveniently ignore when I repeated the statement when I was leading KKR or Delhi Ranji team. All these misunderstandings played a negative part in my career,” he admitted.

Though he is a son of a wealthy businessman, to create his own identity urged him to push the limits as he didn’t get anything easily and had to fight for everything.

“A lot of people would say that I didn’t need to play the game as I came from an affluent background. But I wanted to have an identity of my own, I wanted my dad should be known through me rather than the other way round. Besides, I didn’t get anything on a platter, as I had to fight at each and every step. Therefore I am up for a scrap each time someone throws a challenge at me,” he said.

With 8.63 million followers on Twitter, sometimes Gambhir’s views on many political issues have got mixed reactions from the people. Recently he has criticized the Delhi government for air pollution in the national capital. While asking about his take on prominent politicians or a political party, he replied that he does nothing with any prior “planning”.

“I am not taking anyone (on) or I am not doing it with any planning. It just comes naturally to me. I want to raise issues rather than get personal. I think it is my right to question if things are not falling in place. I would urge each Indian to do it, otherwise we will be steamrolled by the system,” Gambhir replied.

He decided to take the retirement in the middle of the season despite scoring a ton in his final appearance.

“Well, there is never a right time or a wrong time for decisions such as retirement. I have been thinking about it for some time but enthusiasm and eagerness to win got the better of retirement thoughts.”

His shoulder niggle was also the other reason for his retirement. Moreover, he thinks there are so many new talents are coming up and they will experience the game as well.

“I wanted to captain and play for the entire season but due to my shoulder niggles, I thought I should re-look at that plan. I discussed with my family and they were also of the opinion that I should move on. In fact, it is good as so many youngsters are also coming through. At least they will get a look in now to play for Delhi,” said Gambhir.

While talking about himself, he expressed that he was never destiny’s favorite child and could have played a lot more for the country.

“Well, destiny has been mixed to me. I think I was good enough to play a lot more but variables were not in favour. But then I also had the honour of winning not one but two World Cup titles. So, the hundred in my last game is one more day when destiny has been kind to me.”

Best knocks by Gautam Gambhir in his international career

Best knocks by Gautam Gambhir in his international career

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most underrated cricketers who donned the Indian jersey in the last decade.


With a Test average of 41.95, 11 ODI tons and countless match-winning knocks, the southpaw from Delhi carved his own niche in the cricketing realm. As he announced his retirement, we look at the five best knocks from the left-hander’s willow.

 

The composed 75 in the WT20 finals against Pakistan, 2007

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Months after he was ignored for the 50-over World Cup, Gambhir was leading India’s charge in the 2007 WT20. Facing Pakistan in the summit clash, the pressure was immense on both sides and it needed a calm knock under pressure to take the side to safety. The Delhiite held one end up and even as regular wickets kept falling at the other end, he ensured that the side got to a formidable target by scoring 75 in 54 balls.

Though the attention throughout the tournament was on Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Joginder Sharma, and Robin Uthappa, Gambhir was the silent warrior in India’s triumph, finishing as the second highest run-scorer with 227 runs and three fifties.

 

206 runs against Australia at Delhi in 2008

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Gambhir’s only Test double hundred came at his hometown against the ferocious Aussie unit in 2008. After losing Sehwag and Dravid early in the third Test, the local boy took it upon himself to thwart the threat of the rival bowlers, combining with Sachin Tendulkar and then with VVS Laxman to take India to safer shores. His knock of 206 that came in 380 balls after nine hours of batting was memorable for it came against a rampaging Aussie unit.

 

150 runs against Sri Lanka at Kolkata in 2009

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Long before Gambhir had won over the Kolkata crowd with his captaincy while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders, a selfless act endeared him to the packed Edens in 2009. Chasing a stiff 316 runs to win in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka, the Indian side had lost Sachin and Sehwag inside 4 overs and it was imperative that Gambhir stood strong and pave the way for a memorable triumph.

He combined with tyro Virat Kohli to stitch together a 224-run partnership, with the senior player making 150 runs. He shielded Kohli away from the lethal Lasith Malinga and held his nerves as he took India over the line. He later passed on his Man of the Match award to Kohli, who had smashed his maiden international hundred in the game.

 

Batting for 643 minutes against New Zealand in 2009

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India’s first series win in New Zealand came at the back of a fighting knock by Gautam Gambhir. The Indian side were 1-0 in the three match-series but were in danger of conceding their lead after they were asked to follow on in the second game, with two and a half days still left at Napier. New Zealand still had a lead of 314 runs and just when it seemed that all was lost, in emerged Gambhir, who possibly played the best knock of his Test career.

Batting 643 minutes and 436 balls, Gambhir ensured that India were always in the game. He kept the Kiwi bowlers on the field and tired them out and as India walked away with an improbable draw, Gambhir had already reached Dravidesque levels for his undying patience and commitment.

 

The knock in the 2011 World Cup finals that no Indian can forget

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The best knock of Gambhir’s cricket career has to be the knock of 97 that he played in a dire situation against Sri Lanka in the summit clash of the 2011 World Cup. Chasing 275 runs for a win, India had lost Sehwag and Sachin by the time the scorecard read 31, and as a hushed silence prevailed, Gambhir, once again with Kohli, rescued India from the abyss.

His innings was overshadowed by Dhoni’s six, yes, but his contributions can in no way be overlooked as he helped India clinch their second world title after 28 years.

Gautam Gambhir and Kolkata Knight Riders- The Love Saga!

Gautam Gambhir & Kolkata Knight Riders- The Love Saga!

The story began in 2011. Gautam Gambhir was just picked by one of the least successful teams in IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping $2.4 million, then an IPL record. The city this team represents is known to have one of the most passionate cricket fans in the world who just witnessed their icon player be dumped during the auction.


An icon who was widely considered as the city’s favorite son. It was not an easy job. Gambhir had to face an assignment where he had to build a successful team and also win the trust of the KKR fans outside the cricket pitch.

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After 7 years and 2 IPL trophies when Gambhir left KKR in 2018, he ensured that he had managed to build a trusted relationship with fans and the owners. Over the years KKR had many superstars representing them. They had global T20 superstars like Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Andre Russell and Indians stars like Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, and Kuldeep Yadav- players whom fans adored and gathered in thousands to watch their performances at Eden Gardens. With Gambhir, the relationship was different. Gambhir was a true leader, someone who led the team from the front both in and outside the ground and more importantly developed a character of the team in the same line as himself; a team of limited ability with big heart and maximum application to achieve the best possible result just like Gambhir did in his career.

Also read: Players KKR should eye for in the upcoming IPL auction

Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the flashiest teams in the league. IPL boasts of developing multiple linkages between cricket and entertainment industry through the presence of Bollywood celebrities in the ground and in those post-match parties. However, KKR has an owner who is arguably the biggest superstar in the contemporary Indian film world which resulted in various global sponsorship and many other distractions and controversies. Gautam Gambhir, with his brand of captaincy, successfully managed to build a team which was oblivious to those outside events and focussed on the job in hand. This was a bigger contribution of Gambhir to KKR than his powerful batting at the top order or handling his bowling stock intelligently.

Gambhir is the all-time highest run-getter for KKR with 3,345 runs and 30 fifties, almost thousand runs and 14 fifties ahead of Robin Uthappa in the second position. KKR fans can tell you many match-winning innings of Gambhir where he either anchored the chase by holding one end up or gave a quick start to up the tempo. Along with Kallis and Uthappa, Gambhir developed a very strong top order for KKR around 2011 to 2014. In the field, Gambhir had a relatively easy job while managing his bowlers because of the presence of some leading world class bowlers like Sunil Narine and Brett Lee in the team. However, in a format like T20, you cannot play with a set formula and keep innovating to surprise the audience in regular intervals. Gambhir was very successful in that and in many occasions had the uncanny knack of getting a wicket from nowhere through an inspiring bowling change.

Gambhir captained KKR in 122 matches with a win percentage of 57%. Only MS Dhoni has captained more matches in IPL than this KKR legend.  Gambhir took KKR to 3 Play-offs and 2 championships in the 7 seasons he captained. KKR was never short of fans for their superstars and Shahrukh Khan but Gambhir brought his inner fire to make them a successful cricket team which was admired for its toughness and fighting spirit like Gambhir himself.

3 high profile Indian players who might go unsold in IPL auction 2019

3 high profile Indian players who might go unsold in IPL auction 2019

The IPL Auction for the 2019 season is scheduled on December 18 in Jaipur. This IPL season might just have a lot of unforeseen surprises in store for us. The franchises have already released, retained and transferred players ahead of the IPL auction. 


Some very popular Indian players have been released by their franchises. And there is a high probability that few of them might not find a buyer in the IPL auction for next year’s tournament. This leaves us in the curiosity about the fate of some big Indian names who might go unsold in the IPL auction 2019.

 

Let us have a look at those possible players:

Gautam Gambhir 

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Former KKR and DD captain, Gautam Gambhir.

The two-time IPL winning captain with the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir was sold for a low amount of Rs 2.80 Crore last year. In addition to his lack-luster batting performance in the past few seasons, under him, the DD lost five of their first six matches. He stepped down as captain and put Shreyas Iyer in charge. Little did he know that he would be dropped from the playing XI as well. Consequently, he was released by the Delhi Daredevils this year. He is likely to go unsold in the IPL auction for next year.

The full list of released players by the Delhi Daredevils: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Gurkeerat Mann, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, Dan Christian, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala, Naman Ojha

 

Also Read: 3 high profile overseas players who might go unsold in the IPL 2019 auction

 

Yuvraj Singh

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Yuvraj Singh hitting the nets for KXIP last year. @NewsBytes

The Kings XI Punjab released 12 players that included big names such as Australia’s Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh. The latter had a bland run in the previous IPL season. Also, his batting performance was below-par last season and was a shadow of himself. Sold at his base price of Rs 2 Crore in the 2018 season, the Kings XI Punjab was the only franchise that bid for him. His poor form throughout the tournament continued and was consequently dropped. In the eight matches that he played for Punjab last year, Yuvraj could only manage to score 65 runs with a strike-rate of 89.04. Perhaps, Yuvraj Singh would most likely be ignored by the franchises in the IPL auction for 2019 season.

The full list of released players by the Kings XI Punjab: Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Aaron Finch, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Dwarshuis, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar

 

Also Read: Find out who your team Retained: RCB, SRH, RR, MI

 

Mohammad Shami

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In action for the Delhi Daredevils, Mohammad Shami. @AP

Recently in the news due to his controversial personal life more than his Cricket, Delhi Daredevils’s Mohammad Shami was released by the franchise ahead of the auctions. Despite his good form in Tests and ODIs, the Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has almost mostly been in a disappointing form in the T20 format. Nonetheless, Delhi Daredevil stunned everyone by buying him for 3 crores last season. With over an economy rate of 10, he could claim only three wickets for DD. Furthermore, his overall IPL figures are quite dismal and it’s highly unlikely for any franchise to bid for him in the IPL auction. 

 

Also Read: Find out who your team retained: CSK, DD, KKR, KXIP

 

DD VS CSK

IPL 2018 | Match 52 | DD vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings will be looking to catch up with table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad as they clash against the Delhi Daredevils tonight at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Delhi Daredevils are out of the running for the playoffs as they remain at the bottom of the table with 6 points. With nine losses in the twelve games they’ve played, DD failed to make a comeback like the rest of teams at the bottom did and has now lost its chance this season to make any significant change to its position. 

CSK, on the other hand, have won eight matches of twelve and will look to gain that two more points that would place them at par with the Sunrisers, before they head to the playoffs. With their net run rate, they will replace SRH on top with a victory tonight and will secure a spot in the top two. 

Today’s weather forecast has the warning of probable rain and relatively cooler temperatures. Feroz Shah Kotla has always been known to be batsman-friendly. 

A win for the Delhi Daredevils will not do much good as they are six points behind Kings XI Punjab, who are placed seventh. However, with young and ambitious Shreyas Iyer as the captain, they will play for the sake of their dignity and self-respect. CSK is the more probable, some might say definite, winners tonight. 

Head-to-head, DD has clashed with CSK seventeen times previously, of which they have won only five times. Even at Kotla, DD’s home base, CSK has had a better running. 

CSK has had a good season after the two years ban from the IPL. With the change of venue from Chennai to Pune, they have still managed to gain footing. They have had consistent performances and have provided entertaining matches for all cricket fans to enjoy. They have also been the only team to have defended themselves against SRH’s bowling attack both matches this season. 

With their deadly opener duo of Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson, the team has chased high totals and emerged victoriously. Especially Rayudu’s performance this season with 535 runs across twelve matches, he is a contender for the orange cap. Even MS Dhoni was found to only have words of praise after his unbeaten century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match.

“Even before IPL started I had to make space for Rayudu because he is somebody I rate very highly. He can play both the fast bowlers and spinners very well. Most teams look to exploit the opener with spin bowling. He is someone who does not look like a big hitter but almost clears the field every time he plays the big shot.”, Dhoni was stated as saying. 

Watson has also had an exceptional performance with 424 runs in his pocket. 

Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja will take care of the bowling front with Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo at the head.

DD, on the other hand, lies on the opposite side of the spectrum with their issue being inconsistency and lack of coordination. With big names like Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, they were unable to bring them all together and form a solid wall against any team. With the change in captaincy, they seemed to be doing well as they won three matches back to back, but as soon as they tasted defeat again, they found themselves unable to stand back up. 

Sandeep Lamichhane, Abhishek Sharma, and Junior Dala made their IPL debuts in DD’s last match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and will be expected to make an appearance again. Spinner Sandeep opened the bowling debut for the Delhi boys last time while Sharma impressed with his unbeaten 46 off 19 balls. Dala, however, was unable to make an impression as he conceded 34 runs in 3 overs with no wickets. CSK will mostly stick with the same lineup with a position in the top two on the line. 

This game may be a dead end but with ferocious CSK supporters and loyal DD fans in the stadium, this may just turn out to be a match for respect rather than the points.

IPL 2018: Captains and their tales

VIVO IPL 2018 Captains and Trophy

A captain is essentially the ‘leader’, the one who decides the path to be taken and has unwavering faith in oneself and the team and is committed to it completely. They have proven themselves with hard-work and dedication and intend to pass it on to those below them, in order to empower and enlighten. There are wins and losses and they manage to sail through it all to yield greater results. Such leaders are continually looked up to and go down in history. It is for us, as cricket fanatics to see now, if the captains of IPL 2018 fulfill these credentials and can prove themselves as true captains and leaders. 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the beloved captain of not only Chennai Super Kings but also Team India for over 11 years now. We have never seen him lose his cool and decisions taken by him are always patiently done and with care. A great player, he holds the record for the most international stumpings: 161. He is number 8 in IPL with the highest number of runs: 3,561. He has led CSK into the IPL finals four times, winning two out of those in 2010 and 2011.  He was the first Indian and the fifth in line to have hit 200 sixes in ODI. Team India has won 177 games under his captaincy in the ODI and won the World Cup in 2011 after 1983 when they had first won it, seven world cups earlier. It was a huge moment for everyone. 

Virat Kohli 

Virat Kohli is undoubtedly a great batsman and showed his captaincy traits at a very young age when he captained the Under-19 to victory in 2008, Under-19 World Cup. He was appointed the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013. Naturally aggressive and fast in his batting, Kohli has raced to the top of the scoreboard for IPL, only to be trumped by Suresh Raina, having a record of 4,418 runs. He topped the list of the highest runs in ODI in 2011 and 2017. His captaincy though, has been questioned on several occasions, RCB has never won a match, let us hope that this curse breaks next year!

Rohit Sharma 

Mumbai Indians is the only team that has been able to win the IPL 3 times: In 2013, 2015 and 2017, alternate years, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. He has successfully crossed the 4000 run mark by making 4,207 runs that very few batsmen have. He is known for ending the game dramatically, with sixes. He had the highest record of sixes: 66, in 2017. He was made the Indian team captain briefly in December 2017 when Kohli as resting and under him they won the ODI series 2-1, marking the eight series win. Undoubtedly, he is a great captain and deserves to be every year. 

Gautam Gambhir and Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Daredevils has not been the best performer since the IPL season has begun. They were unable to reach the finals even once. However, the choice of Captain this season was hopefully changing the game for them – Gautam Gambhir, who has lead KKR into victory three times in 2012 and 2014. He has an IPL score of 4,132, clearly landing himself amongst the top-most batsmen. He has shown great signs of captaincy and Daredevils were in dire need of someone like him. He did make a daring move by choosing to lead them. Having always been on the winning end, he jumped to the other side. Unfortunately, he stepped down, because of an embarrassing loss in 5 matches out of 6. Shreyas Iyer took over. Only 23 years old, he has become the youngest captain to head the DD team. He performed great this time, with 93 off 40 deliveries and 10 sixes. 

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson has garnered a lot of attention this year because of his incredible performance and the manner in which his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it to the top. Kane Williamson has had a great history and has has been an important asset to the New Zealand team. He is the third New Zealander with the highest strike rate and scored a great 161 runs against West Indies in 2014 in a test match. He pushed the New Zealand team into score their 99th ODI against Pakistan in 2015. This year he is an important contender for the orange cap, with a score of 544. 

Dinesh Karthik 

Dinesh Karthik, captain of Kolkata Knightriders, who have won on several occasions, he does have a certain amount of pressure on his head for making the team win. His start in the IPL was great, with a strike rate of 135.51 and scoring 145 runs in 24.16. He is a great scorer in the IPL with a total of 2,903 runs made in 152 games. 

Ravichandran Ashwin 

Kings XI Punjab, much like Delhi Daredevils was in dire need of reformation. It continually finds itself in the lower half every time and it was high time KXIP is pulled up by someone capable. Ravichandran Ashwin, a popular and strong off-spinner has made his name in the cricket arena by continually proving himself. Having scored 100 wickets in 111 games, he certainly would be refining the changing the bowling team as well.

Ajinkya Rahane 

Captain for Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane is one of the few who have taken up captaincy for the first time. He was a part of the Pune franchise in 2016 and 2017 and has scored 3,057 runs and has a strike rate of 120.59. He was the first batsman to score four sixes in an over in IPL and set a record of scoring centuries in each innings of a test match, being the 5th Indian batsman to have done so. 

Certainly, a captain is not born, one is made with years of hard work, struggle, patience and will to prove oneself time and again. Kudos to these 8 captains whose effort should be commended despite their team’s level on the points table. 

IPL’s purple and orange cap winners – A comparison

Last year’s IPL (2017) we had David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar winning the title for orange cap and purple cap respectively. The other two players who came after Bhuvneshwar Kumar were Jaydev Unadkat (RPS) who scored 24 wickets and Jasprit Bumrah(MI) who scored 0 wickets. And for the orange cap, the two players who came after Warner was Gautam Gambhir (KKR) who scored 498 runs and Shikhar Dhawan (SRH) who scored 479 runs. The orange cap is associated with maximum runs while the purple cap is associated with maximum wickets. Both players gave a stellar performance for their team SRH, with Kumar scoring 26 wickets and Warner scoring 641 runs.

Unfortunately, this year, Warner was unable to perform due to David Warner getting banned from playing this season after Cricket Australia (CA) issued a yearlong ban on him after his debacle with ball tampering.

His absence was majorly felt by SRH. Warner had been among the top 5 run-getters in the IPL the past four years, winning the orange cap twice in the past three seasons and coming second best to Kohli in 2016. It goes without saying that SRH lost a senior player and productive run-scorer at the top of the order and a proven leader.

As for the other two players in the orange cap category, after a series of defeats which has left Delhi Daredevils sinking to the bottom of the points table, the captain of the team, former India opener Gautam Gambhir, stepped down from his post. Replacing him will be Shreyas Iyer.

“I have announced Shreyas Iyer as the next captain and this is the right way forward. We still believe that we have got the group to turn it around. This is absolutely the right time. We need to win seven out of eight games, which is possible in this format. Teams have done it in the past and it can be repeated,” Gambhir said while adding, “Sometimes your conscience tells you to put your hand up and take responsibility.”

Dhawan, too was not up to his mark this season. He started off on a good note with 78 and 45 in the first two games this year but managed just 7 runs in the third game against Kolkata Knight Riders. His injury in the next match against the Kings XI Punjab forced him to walk off the field and sit out the following match against CSK as well. After his return for the clash against Mumbai Indians, it was expected that he’d be fantastic with the bat and take the load off, Williamson. However, Dhawan had a dismal run in the next five matches and the team failed to put up a big score on the board every time.

On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has become a vital component for whichever team he plays for, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer says experience and superior fitness have drastically improved his bowling. Although, he couldn’t play against Mumbai Indians due to his back injury. Bhuvneshwar, incidentally, was the only bowler SRH retained, which also shows their preference for homegrown pace bowlers. This has been a minor setback for him compared to his performance last year.

Similarly,  Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player in the Indian Premier League 2018 auction held in January after he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs 11.5 crore. Unadkat was because of his specialist T20 skills and the fact that he took 24 wickets for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017. He was also named the man of the series in India’s T20 series against Sri Lanka. However, this season he was completely abysmal and not up to his standards. His performance leads to tweets like:

Gabbbar@GabbbarSingh

If Rajasthan Royals were a govt body, by this time the opposition would be demanding a CBI investigation for the 11.5 cr purchase of Jaydev Unadkat.