IPL 2021 updates: Ruturaj Gaikwad wins Orange Cap, Harshal Patel bags Purple Cap

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IPL 2021 updates: Ruturaj Gaikwad wins Orange Cap, Harshal Patel bags Purple Cap

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October 15 - Ruturaj Gaikwad and Harshal Patel bag Orange Cap and Purple Cap

CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad won his maiden IPL trophy and won the Orange Cap by finishing with 635 runs from 16 innings at an average of 45.35, which included a hundred and four fifties. RCB pacer Harshal Patel won the Purple Cap with a record-equalling 32 wickets from 15 matches at an economy of 8.14 and an average of 14.34.

October 15 - Rahul Tripathi suffers injury during IPL 2021 final

KKR batsman Rahul Tripathi limped off to the sidelines while fielding during the first innings of the IPL 2021 final against CSK at Dubai. The top-order batter saved a boundary while fielding at deep mid-wicket during the seventh over when he pulled his right hamstring and received treatment from the medical staff near the boundary. Kamlesh Nagakoti substituted Tripathi as he unable to continue for the rest of the innings.

October 14 - BCCI contemplates 'special picks' for new IPL teams

The BCCI, in a bid to provide a level-playing field, might allow the two new IPL teams to buy few players outside the auction for 2022 edition, Cricbuzz said in a report on Thursday.

October 13 - KKR beat DC in Qualifier 2

Kolkata Knight Riders reached their third IPL final by beating Delhi Capitals by three wickets in the Qualifer 2 on Wednesday at Sharjah.

October 13 - ITT document purchase date extended till October 20

The BCCI on Wednesday has extended the date for the purchase of the Invitation to Tender (ITT), a document needed for interested bidders for the new Indian Premier League teams next season, till October 20, 2021.

October 12 - BCB to take call on Shakib's potential participation in IPL Final after Qualifier 2

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has told Cricbuzz that the board will take a final call on Shakib's participation in the IPL 2021 Final (should KKR qualify) after the Qualifier 2 on Wednesday. While the IPL Final will be played on October 15, Bangladesh will kick-start their T20 World Cup campaign two days later, on October 17 against Scotland.

''We will make a final call regarding Shakib( return to the national dressing room ahead of ICC WorldT20) after the second qualifier of IPL,'' BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told Cricbuzz.

''We have to take a lot of things into consideration as to how much time he is getting for rest if his team goes into the final and if he wants to play in that game whether he will have sufficient rest or not and we are working on it after taking relevant information about it,'' he said.

''As he (Shakib) is carrying momentum playing competitive cricket in IPL so we are taking that into consideration as it is much more intense than the practice game."

October 12 - Venkatesh Iyer could link-up with Team India as a reserve

Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, according to reports, could link-up with the Indian team for the T20 World Cup as a cover for Hardik Pandya, whose bowling fitness is still unclear. Earlier, reports also claimed that Avesh Khan was set to be roped-in as a net-bowler for the T20WC.

October 12 - David Warner opens up on SRH fall-out

Warner has revealed that he got no explanation from the SRH management as to why he got sacked as the franchise's skipper.  The opener, however, is still hopeful of representing SRH going forward. 

October 12 - Dinesh Karthik, in a video posted by KKR, calls out toxicity that exists in social media

October 12 - 'Magnificent' Kohli has given RCB unbelievable profile and brand-recognition: Gavaskar

Speaking in the aftermath of RCB's Eliminator defeat, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Virat Kohli for doing his part in building RCB's brand during his time as skipper.

"He has given RCB that kind of profile, that brand recognition that very (few) cricketers have given to their franchise," Gavaskar told Star Sports. 

"The script is not always written that way. Not everybody has this great fortune of going on a high. But can one ever dispute what he has done for RCB? He has done magnificently.

"There was one year when he got 973 runs, 27 runs short of 1000 runs. Nobody has done it, nobody looks like ever getting to 1000 runs."

October 12 - "Absolutely disgusting" - Maxwell slams trolls attacking RCB players

Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Glenn Maxwell has hit back at online trolls for abusing him, his teammates and their families after RCB lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday (October 11). Dan Christian and his wife, in particular, were subjected to online abuse after the Australian allrounder had a day to forget on the field.

October 12 - Our bowlers have shown us the way: Morgan

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan attributed the team's massive reversal in fortunes in the second leg of IPL-14 to his bowlers' aggressive approach.

October 12 - If I was RCB owner, I would ask Kohli to continue as skipper: Lara

Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara wants Virat Kohli to continue as Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper in the next edition of the Indian Premier League after they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday. The 32-year-old's tenure as captain of the Bangalore-based franchise ended without an IPL triumph but Lara said he is not just going to point fingers at him.

October 12 - Kohli is a leader, team will celebrate his contributions: Harshal Patel

Virat Kohli's tenure as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore may have ended without an IPL triumph but the franchise will nonetheless "celebrate" his contributions over the years, said the team's pacer Harshal Patel.

October 12 - I think we will have an edge over Delhi Capitals: Gill

Kolkata Knight Riders and Shubman Gill struggled big time in the first half of the Indian Premier League 2021 but have managed to turn things around in the second half. Kolkata won five of their last seven league games and even got the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday. Meanwhile, Gill has slammed 241 runs at an average of just over 31 in the second leg.

October 11 - KL Rahul likely to part ways with Punjab Kings: Report

KL Rahul may not play for Punjab Kings next year and is likely to feature in the auction after being approached by few franchises, Cricbuzz reported on Monday.

October 11 - KKR set up clash with DC on back of Sunil Narine's inspired performance

Sunil Narine starred with the ball and bat as KKR defeated RCB by four wickets in the Eliminator on Monday.

October 11 - Harshal Patel and the successful homecoming at RCB

Having picked up just 46 wickets in his entire IPL career, with just five in the last two years for Delhi Capitals, his move to Bangalore wasn’t viewed as revolutionary. Especially considering how RCB, in their own bold way, had made a statement not retaining Chris Morris, who provided them with the edge at the death. 

October 11 - RCB release Hasaranga, Chameera from bio-bubble

Royal Challengers Bangalore have released allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga and paceman Dushmantha Chameera from the team's bio-bubble to join the Sri Lankan squad ahead of their T20 World Cup qualifiers next week.

October 11 - I will have a chat with Pant about his tactics: Ponting

Delhi Capitals did well to inflict a middle-order collapse on Chennai Super Kings and from a position of complete strength, the three-time champions faced the genuine threat of losing the first qualifier fair and square. However, MS Dhoni found it easy to strike against Tom Curran in the final over, much to the dismay of many fans and experts who believed Kagiso Rabada would be a better option for the final over

October 11 - Was worried when Dhoni came out to bat ahead of Jadeja: Brian Lara

With Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu going back to hut in quick succession and with asking rate mounting, it was only justifiable that CSK sent Ravindra Jadeja to close the game. But instead, it was MS Dhoni who came out to bat ahead of him and surprised everyone by taking the game by its horns instantly. He smashed Tom Curran for three consecutive fours to help CSK to the final but before that. Brian Lara was completely taken aback by the move.

October 11 - CSK hold nerve to book place in final

After struggling all season, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni played his best T20 knock since 2019 to help CSK book their place in Friday’s final. It was a day that belonged to the Old Guard, as while the chase of 173 was set up by Robin Uthappa’s 63, it was finished off by a vintage cameo from Dhoni. Delhi had their chances to finish CSK, but let the game slip through some questionable decision-making. 

October 9 - SRH can build around Holder, but a local player should be captain: Brian Lara

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara felt that SRH should pick a local player for the captain's role and can build a team around Jason Holder following a disastrous IPL 2021 where they finished bottom of the table with just three wins from 14 games.

October 9 - DC's inexperienced batting can be exposed, says Brian Lara

West Indies batting legend Brian Lara felt that teams could exploit Delhi Capitals' batting weaknesses as they don't have a lot of experienced T20 campaigners following their defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday. Batting first in their final league game, DC were restricted to 164/5 in 20 overs after a big opening partnership between Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.

October 8 - Mumbai Indians out of IPL 2021

Five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have crashed out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 despite posting 235 in their first innings. They had to bowl Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for 64 and have fallen short in their pursuit and as a result, will not take part in the playoffs. The four teams in the playoffs, therefore, are DC, CSK, RCB and KKR.

October 8 - Lara expects Kolkata to "destroy" Bangalore in Eliminator

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara feels Kolkata Knight Riders can once again "destroy" Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator of the Indian Premier League 2021.

October 8 - Punjab’s bewildering tactics overpower assembled talent yet again

While several sides have had a starkly different season from their last outing in the Middle East, Punjab Kings have rather managed to keep their tally mirrored. Last season, Punjab finished sixth in the competition, with 12 points after their final game, against CSK. This season, Punjab have yet again finished with 12 points, in fact, it is their fourth season in a row with the same points. 

October 8 - Bowlers, middle-order leave "consistent" Samson high and dry

A season that started with a heartbreaking four-run defeat against Punjab Kings ended with a proper 86-run thumping against Kolkata. Samson had his best IPL season with the bat but even then RR could only win five of their 14 games and finished second last on the points table. 

October 7 - RR, Punjab Kings out of play-offs race

Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings are out of top-four contention following Kolkata Knight Riders' 86-run victory over RR on Thursday. Sanju Samson's needed to chase down a target of 172 within 10 overs to push KKR to fifth with Punjab also hoping for a similar result, after beating CSK by six wickets earlier in the day. Mumbai Indians will now need to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs in their final group match on Friday. If they bat second, their hopes all but over.

October 7 - Dhoni to remain with CSK for IPL 2022, but unsure about playing

"You'll see me in yellow next season but whether I'll be playing for CSK you never know. There are a lot of uncertainties coming up, two new teams are coming, we don't know what the retention rules are and so on," Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni said during the toss in the match against Punjab Kings on Thursday.

October 6 - Chennai sign Dominic Drakes as Curran's replacement

In the aftermath of Sam Curran's injury, which ruled him out of the competition, three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings signed West Indian all-rounder Dominic Drakes as a replacement. Drakes picked up 16 wickets in the recently concluded edition of the CPL and was also the hero of the match in the final, as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won their maiden CPL title. 

October 6 - Gautam Gambhir hails Harshal Patel's influence on RCB

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has called RCB's Harshal Patel as the bowler of the season. The Haryana pacer had picked up 19 wickets at the death before the clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he struck twice in the final phase of the game to increase his tally to 21 wickets. 

"Harshal Patel has been the bowler of the season. He has bowled the most difficult overs for his side. Bowling death overs continuously against so many great batters in this IPL, and taking 5 wickets in one match and 4 in the other against MI, shows how successful he has been," Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.

October 6 - Top two finish for RCB?

A lot is up for grabs for Bangalore. Win all three games and finish in the top-2. Win two and can still make it if Delhi loses all their games from here. But, if they manage to win only one, they would like Mumbai and Kolkata to lose at least one of their remaining games to ensure a playoff spot. Losing all the remaining games will mostly put their qualification in jeopardy owing to their low net run rate. Then they will have to hope that Mumbai and Kolkata lose two of their remaining games. And Punjab and Rajasthan lose one each. By beating Punjab in their next game, they will put a lot of these scenarios to rest. 

October 5 - Sam Curran out of IPL and T20 World Cup due to back injury

England and Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Sam Curran is out of the remainder of IPL 2021 and the T20 World Cup due to a lower-back injury he sustained during the game against Rajasthan Royals.

October 4 - MI have pulled rabbits out of the hats before, says Mark Butcher

Mumbai Indians' fans can be hopeful that their team can pull off an dramatic turnaround to make it to the play-offs, says Mark Butcher as he remembered the previous editions of IPL where Rohit Sharma's team had won the title from the most unlikeliest of situations.

October 3 - RCB enter play-offs

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings by six runs and reach the play-offs for the second consecutive season.

IPL 2021 Qualification Scenario

There are thousands of possible combinations of the final points table possible with 13 games to go. For easier understanding, we will not be looking into the Net Run-Rate (NRR) level analysis and try and assess how teams can qualify by being the master of their own result and not allowing NRR to affect their chances.

October 2 - Efforts are on to bowl soon, says Hardik Pandya

Ahead of the crucial game against Delhi Capitals (DC), Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya says the the efforts are on to bowl. MI need to win their remaining three matches to assure them of a place in the playoffs. Even a single loss will leave them needing a few results in the other matches to go their way.

October 2 - 'People need to cut athletes some slack,' Pietersen on Morgan's form

Backing Eoin Morgan, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said that people need to cut athletes some slack as a sportsperson is not a robot.  In his 12 matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Morgan has scored just 109 runs at 10.90 and a strike-rate a little over 100.

October 2 - Rajasthan Royals look to be an exhausted side: Saba Karim

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have lost three games in a row and their chances of making it to the playoffs is hanging by a thread. They are up against the top-placed side in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which makes their task all the more difficult.

In a chat with Cricket.com, former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim feels that RR are an exhausted side as nothing they seem to be doing at the moment is paying off.

October 2 - Bishnoi a superstar, he's going to be very special for the years to come: Wright

Punjab Kings (PBKS) bowling coach Damien Wright has lavished praise on Ravi Bishnoi, saying that he is going to be a very special bowler in the years to come.  The young left-spinner did not get the opportunities to play in the first two matches of the UAE leg, but has made an impact in the three matches, having picked up seven wickets in those matches.

October 2 - When you take out Russell, it's always difficult to balance your side: McCullum

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum said that it is difficult to balance the side without Andre Russell, who is out injured. KKR went in with just frontline bowlers and a part-time bowler in Venkatesh Iyer, which backfired and ultimately, KKR suffered a five-wicket loss against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Dubai.

October 2- Hopefully, we can build on the win over KKR: KL Rahul

Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul scored a match-winning 67 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to keep his side's hopes of making it to the playoffs alive. Chasing 166, PBKS were comfortable in the chase but very nearly made a match of it in the closing stages to give KKR a sniff. However, Rahul said that the team will look to build on this win as they look to make it to the top four.

1 October - Hardik might struggle if pushed to bowl: Jayawardene

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene on Friday said the team is in no hurry to force Hardik Pandya into bowling in the IPL as the all-rounder might "struggle" if pushed hard, which could jeopardise his outing in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

1 October - Bishnoi wants Badree’s accuracy, Tahir's enthusiasm, and Mishra's deceptivity

"Badree’s accuracy with the new ball was outstanding and that is something you want to emulate as a leg spinner. Similarly, one wants the enthusiasm of Tahir who wants to bowl at any time and Mishra bhai is evergreen," Ravi Bishnoi told Cricket.com.

1 October - Bravo's bowling at the death has been outstanding: Fleming

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming heaped heavy praise on in-form allrounder Dwayne Bravo after his team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to become the first franchise to qualify for the playoffs of IPL 2021.

30 September - It has been good to learn from Dwayne Bravo over the last few weeks: Josh Hazlewood

Speaking of his stint with CSK, Josh Hazlewood said that he has learnt a lot from Dwayne Bravo over the last few weeks, which has been a great learning curve.

30 September - Gayle leaves IPL 2021 bio-bubble to 'mentally recharge' ahead of T20 World Cup

Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman Chris Gayle has left the Indian Premier League (IPL) bio-bubble to be fresh for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to get underway from October 17. 

Gayle has stated bubble fatigue as a reason as he has been moving from one bio-bubble after another over the last few months.

30 September - Just listening to Ponting in the dressing room gives me goosebumps: Avesh

Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Avesh Khan feels head coach Ricky Ponting has helped his game evolve and he gets goosebumps every time he listens to former Australia captain  Avesh has been in excellent form this season having picked up 18 wickets from 11 matches this Indian Premier League (IPL) this season so far.

30 September - Jay Shah overwhelmed with TV viewership in IPL 2021

BCCI secretary Jay Shah is overwhelmed with TV viewership in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and thanked fans for their support to the tournament, which has witnessed a disruption earlier this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

30 September - Morgan or Southee don’t have any moral high ground to call me a disgrace - Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin stirred the “Spirit of Cricket” debate once again when he and Rishabh Pant ran for a single after the ball ricocheted off the latter. After the first ball of the final over of DC's innings as Ashwin was dismissed by Tim Southee, the camera picked up Southee mouthing a few words to Ashwin.

Ashwin immediately replied back and that got Eoin Morgan, the KKR skipper, to exchange a few words with the Indian all-rounder. While Dinesh Karthik tried to pacify things on the field, Ashwin came back with a fiery response for the KKR duo in a Twitter post.

“1. I turned to run the moment I saw the fielder throw and dint know the ball had hit Rishabh. 2. Will I run if I see it!?  Of course, I will and I am allowed to. 3. Am I a disgrace like Morgan said I was? Of course NOT. 4. Did I fight? No, I stood up for myself and that’s what my teachers and parents taught me to do and pls teach your children to stand up for themselves. In Morgan or Southee’s world of cricket, they can choose and stick to what they believe is right or wrong but do not have the right to take a moral high ground and use words that are derogatory. What’s even more surprising is the fact that people are discussing this and also trying to talk about who is the good and bad person here!”

30 September - Sri Lanka series helped me get my confidence back: Yuzvendra Chahal

After going through a rough patch, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal finally has found his mojo and on Wednesday (September 29), he was named the player of the match for his magnificent spell of 2 for 18 from his four overs, which included the wickets of Mahipal Lomror and the dangerous Liam Livingstone.

29 September - Sri Lanka series helped me get my confidence back: Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal said that he found his confidence back in the Sri Lanka series. Chahal was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series with five wickets from two matches and in the T20Is he managed just a solitary wicket from his only appearance.

29 September - RCB have gotten rewards because of their fearless cricket, says Virat Kohli

Skipper Virat Kohli was pleased with the way the team bounced back after two continuous defeats and he puts it down to the confidence and fearlessness with which RCB play. 

"We have gotten the rewards because we have been confident and fearless. That's been the USP of our team in the last two games," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

29 September - Simarjeet Singh replaces Arjun Tendulkar in MI squad for remainder of IPL 2021

Arjun Tendulkar has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to an injury and will be replaced by Delhi fast bowler Simarjeet Singh for the rest of the tournament, the franchise announced on Wednesday (September 29). 

29 September - Was a tough call to drop Kishan but we will continue to back him: Rohit

Rohit also said that it was a tough call to drop someone like Ishan Kishan but the team will back him as he tries to get back to form. "It's a tough call (on dropping Ishan Kishan). Saurabh (Tiwary) has played the perfect role today and he's done well to nudge around in the middle overs. We are gonna back him (Ishan Kishan) as he's a very important player for us."

29 September - People don't understand what a cricketer goes through: Pollard

"It's difficult when you have a lot of people on the outside speaking about it. At the end of the day, these people speak and don't understand what a person goes through as a cricketer. For us, it's about backing them and giving them the confidence that they can do well as young, talented individuals., Kieron Pollard said after leading MI to a win over PBKS.

28 September - Warner was not the only experienced player we left back at hotel: Bayliss

David Warner started the 2021 season as captain but was relieved of his duties in the first half. He was then left out of the playing XI but made a comeback when the second half started earlier this month. The 34-year-old managed only two runs in two innings and was replaced by England’s Jason Roy in Hyderabad's last night game against Rajasthan.

27 September - Jason Roy is an injection of energy in the SRH side: Kane Williamson

SRH captain Kane Williamson was all praise for Roy in the post-match presentation, calling him an injection of energy into the SRH side.  

27 September - 'We need to lift our standards,' says Sanju Samson after RR's loss to SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) managed to win their first game after five continuous losses, beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) convincingly by seven wickets in Dubai. led by Sanju Samson's 57-ball 82, RR managed to put up 164 for 5, but the skipper felt that they eventually fell 10-20 runs short and urged his teammates to lift their standards.

27 September - Shreyas Iyer's return has helped DC field ideal bowling line-up: James Hopes

Delhi Capitals (DC) bowling coach has said that the return of Shreyas Iyer has helped the side field an ideal bowling line-up since the resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

27 September - Knee injury cuts short Kuldeep Yadav's IPL 2021 stint; undergoes surgery in Mumbai

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has returned to India from the UAE after sustaining a knee injury. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowler is likely to miss a whole chunk of the domestic season as well.

27 September -  Put in a lot of work on my bowling during pre-season with Victoria: Glenn Maxwell

Maxwell followed up his 37-ball 56 with 2 for 23 with the ball - a spell that included the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya. Maxwell attributed his bowling to the fact that he had put in a full pre-season with his state Victoria prior to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

27 September - Exclusive - SRH struggling as they haven't picked up wickets with the new ball: Saba Karim

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have a chance to jump to fourth in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 points table with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). SRH have struggled all season and find themselves at the foot of the table. With two wins in two since the restart, RR have given themselves a chance of making it to the playoffs.

Talking about reasons for SRH’s struggles this season, former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim reckons it is due to the lack of wickets with the new ball.

27 September - 'Selection completely out of my hands,' Harshal Patel on not making T20 World Cup squad

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Harshal Patel is not losing his sleep over his failure to make the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup, despite a consistent run in the ongoing IPL. The seamer from Haryana has taken it in his stride.

27 September - IPL 2021: How well did India's T20 World Cup squad fare?

Here's a look at the form of players in India's World Cup squad during the first week of resumed IPL season, according to renowned journalist Ayaz memon

27 September - Kohli hails RCB's 'perfect 10' performance against MI

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on teammates Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel for their performances on Sunday which fetched the team a 54-run win against Mumbai Indians.

26 September - KKR sweat over Andre Russell's fitness

Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey hoped Andre Russell will play against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday after the Windies all-rounder picked up a hamstring niggle during Sunday's match against Chennai Super Kings.

26 September - Picking Ravi Bishnoi on that surface in Sharjah was a perfect choice: Mark Butcher

After a close loss in the previous match, PBKS made a host of changes, which included getting back Ravi Bishnoi into the XI, in place of Adil Rashid. Former England batsman Mark Butcher says that it was a good move on the surface in Sharjah.

26 September - We will have a discussion over Roy's selection in team meeting: Bayliss

Jason Roy, who replaced the injured Mitchell Marsh, is yet to get an opportunity with the Sunrisers and will be in contention for a place in the upcoming matches, which is something that will be discussed in the team meeting, according to SRH coach Trevor Bayliss.

26 September - Amazing how Bishnoi is so young, yet his skill set is on another level: Markram

Following a five-run win in a low-scoring match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman Aiden Markram praised young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, saying that he is amazed how a young player has such a wonderful skillset.

25 September - KL Rahul calls for more sensible batting from his batters

Following a close-shave win, Punjab Kings' skipper KL Rahul asked for more sensible batting from his team and insisted that they should understand the conditions before launching assault. Rahul also credited Harpreet Brar for yet another terrific all-round display. 

“Lesson for batsmen would be to not play too many shots and understand it is not a 160-170 wicket. If anyone was set, we could have put 140. I think Harpreet is a brilliant all-round cricketer. He has finished games for us... He is not easy to hit or step under, and is a tall bowler. He is very difficult bowler to get away. Every time I go to him, he says, "Don't worry, I won't give away runs," Rahul said. 

25 September - Kane Williamson admits frustrating season for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad have endured a horrible season this year, with just two points out of their first nine games of the season. With another loss, this time against Punjab Kings, skipper Kane Williamson admitted that it is a frustrating season for the Hyderabad-based franchise.

“It has been a frustrating season. We need to learn a few lessons from the first half. For us, it was about building a platform... It was quite a challenge. The games come think and fast... The challenge is to pick ourselves up and come back... Every team is a strong team. We know what it takes..."

25 September - RR's Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara points 'careless' batting for loss

Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday blamed the "careless" approach of his batting unit in the first 10 overs for the 33-run loss against Delhi Capitals. "154 was a great total to limit Delhi Capitals to, (what) we needed to do was not be careless in the first 10 overs. Unfortunately Delhi came hard at us, they bowled smartly and we weren't up to it," Sangakkara said.

25 September - Royals fined for slow over-rate against Delhi

Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson and his teammates have been fined for maintaining a slow over rate during their 33-run loss to Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League match on Saturday (September 25). While Samson has coped up a penalty of 24 lakhs, the other members of the playing XI "were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their individual match fee."

25 September - Gautam Gambhir wants MS Dhoni to bat at No.4 if CSK qualify

Gautam Gambhir was of the suggestion that MS Dhoni should bat at No.4 for the Chennai Super Kings if the franchise manages to wrap up their qualification by the next match. "MS Dhoni should bat at No.4 once CSK qualifies for the playoffs, irrespective of whether you are chasing or batting first so that you are able to spend time in the middle," Gambhir told Star Sports. With Chennai on 14 points, their qualification should be sealed if they win their next encounter, against KKR. 

25 September - Rishabh Pant hails Delhi's bowling attack as one of the best in the league

On the back of Delhi Capitals' impressive shut-down display with the ball, Delhi skipper Rishabh Pant praised the bowling unit, hailing them as 'one of the best' in the league. "[On his bowling attack] If not the best, it is one of the best. But we like to take it as one match at a time," said Pant on his bowling unit.

25 September - Sanju Samson hints at multiple changes after RR's loss

Post Rajasthan Royal's loss against Delhi Capitals, RR skipper Sanju Samson hinted that the franchise could have multiple changes for their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The franchise is still in contention for a spot in the play-offs but they would need to pick momentum before it becomes too late. “We might consider changes for the next game, but it is too early now. The emotions are on the higher side, we'll think about it tomorrow morning," Samson said.

25 September - MI hopeful of Hardik Pandya being fit for RCB clash: Zaheer Khan

Mumbai Indians' (MI) director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has started practice and is hopeful that he will take field for their next clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday (September 26) in Dubai.

25 September - If Saha is the best you can do at the top, you’re in big trouble: Butcher

While Wriddhiman Saha is an excellent wicketkeeper, Butcher reckons he just does not fit the bill at the top of the batting line-up for SRH. Weighing in on SRH’s woes, Butcher, who has eight Test centuries to his name said, "As an IPL franchise, if the best you can do is Wriddhiman Saha, who is a terrific wicketkeeper, decent batter. But if that’s the best you can do at the top of the order, then you are setting yourself up for big trouble.”

25 September - Thakur's incredible self-belief makes him a special cricketer: Simons

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) went top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 table with a convincing six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Sharjah. Despite Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal putting on 111 for the first wicket, CSK pulled things back to restrict RCB to 156. 

Dwayne Bravo walked away with the player of the match award for his spell of 3 for 24, but CSK bowling consultant Eric Simons lavished praise on Shardul Thakur saying that his incredible self-belief makes him a special cricketer.

25 September - Kohli and I wanted to take it deep: Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal scored yet another half-century and put on 111 for the opening wicket with Virat Kohli to get Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) off to an excellent start. Unfortunately, after Kohli was dismissed for 53, RCB in their next 40 balls managed to score just 45 more runs, which was never going to be enough in Sharjah.

Speaking of the partnership, Padikkal, who scored 70 off 50 said that he and Kohli were trying to take the game as deep as possible as it would be tough for the new batsman to get going right away. 

24 September - 175 would've been a winning total, asserts Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore started well after being asked to bat first, posting a 111-run opening stand, but CSK bowlers did well to pull the game back and restricted RCB to 156. One of the prime factors for CSK’s success was Ravindra Jadeja who first did the choke job before Shardul Thakur put the brake on. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was understandably not happy about the side’s performance and stated that they let out 20 runs in the middle overs which changed the direction of the game.

“The wicket did slow down a bit. But I feel we left 15-20 runs out there. 175 would've been a winning total. This one is a bit more disappointing. The first one we just weren't in the game. Have to show more courage in crunch moments. This tournament goes by quickly,” Kohli said in the post-match interview with the host broadcasters.

24 September - Jadeja's spell was very crucial for us tonight, feels MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings registered a convincing six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore thanks to the bowlers choking the death-over momentum all by themselves. Jadeja ran through the motion in the middle overs and put a brake on the run-scoring ante by giving away only three boundaries in total.

Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur took clues from that performance and utilized the dew factor to their advantage. MS Dhoni thus credited his premier all-rounder for handling the situation brilliantly and gave insights about his own thinking of utilizing Bravo and Moeen Ali in the middle overs.

24 September - My aim is to it the right length, not bowling fast: Nortje

Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Anrich Nortje bowled with a terrific pace in the previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but he says that it is not something he strives for. Instead, his focus is on hitting the right length.

24 September - Umran Malik joins SRH as short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan

Sunrisers Hyderabad have brought in Jammu and Kashmir pacer Umran Malik as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for T Natarajan for the remainder of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign. Natarajan had tested positive for COVID-19 before the team’s fixture against Delhi Capitals on September 22nd. Malik has played one T20 and List A match for Jammu Kashmir and has picked a total of four wickets. He is already part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad as a net bowler.

24 September: With every win, there's more self-belief: Sunil Narine

Following his player of the match-winning performance against MI, Sunil Narine says that there is more self-belief now within the team and the victories are confidence boosters going into the business end of the tournament. 

24 September - Venkatesh Iyer on his time with KKR so far

24 September -  Environment within KKR camp is positive: Rahul Tripathi

Talking about his match-winning knock against MI, Tripathi said, he enjoyed that knock and added that the environment in the team is very positive. "I really enjoyed the batting today and happy that I stayed till the end and got the team home. Obviously, the coach tells us to be positive. When you are positive the pressure goes to the bowlers and you just look for runs. It was important to put their spinners under pressure," Tripathi said after the match.

"I felt it was important to get boundaries. The team environment is very positive. We wanted to hit the ground running in the second phase. Definitely very happy," he added

24 September - Have not asked any IPL franchise to rest its players: BCCI official

The BCCI has stated that it has no hand in advising the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises on which player to pick and which player to rest stating that it is the call of every individual franchise.

24 September - An opportunity for RCB to resurrect their batting in Sharjah: Butcher

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are set to resume their rivalry with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 35 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 later today (September 24).  CSK bounced back well in their first game since return with a comprehensive win over Mumbai Indians (MI) in their first game, while RCB were bundled out for just 92 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their previous match. 

Former England batsman Mark Butcher, however, reckons that playing in Sharjah could be a great opportunity for RCB to resurrect their batting.

24 September - Hardik training well, no point in rushing him back: Bond

Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach Shane Bond says that Hardik Pandya is training well, but the team will not rush him back into action. MI suffered their second loss of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 - with the most recent coming at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) - and Pandya did not feature in either of those matches.

23 September - Eoin Morgan and KKR's brand of cricket finally on the same page

While England have decimated several oppositions in the white-ball format, Eoin Morgan has failed to relive the magic in KKR's Purple and Gold. After 14 games of leading the side, KKR have shown signs of aggression but have not been fully able to embrace it. However, in the second part of the 2021 IPL season, they have come to terms with the management on the brand of cricket - fiesty, fiery and out-of-the-box. That approach has accounted for two straight wins for them as they have climbed up their way to the fourth place on the IPL table.

"Its been a long time since we've played like this. Baz has taken over for almost two seasons, so the way we are playing is now getting into his style. The first two games in this second phase has been a great template for us to play. There's only one way for us to go in the points table, and that's up."

23 September - SRH's Sherfane Rutherford leaves IPL bubble after father's death

Sherfane Rutherford, who came in as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow has left the Sunrisers bio-bubble after the demise of his father earlier in the day. The franchise confirmed the news on their Twitter handle. 

"The #SRH family conveys its heartfelt condolences to Sherfane Rutherford and his family on the passing away of his father. Sherfane will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble to be with his family in this difficult hour," SRH wrote on their official Twitter page.

23 September - Rohit Sharma returns for Mumbai; Hardik Pandya still misses

At the toss, Mumbai Indians' beloved skipper Rohit Sharma made a return, as expected. However, the franchise still missed the services of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has now already missed two games in a row for the franchise. With the World T20 around the corner, Hardik's return would be a well-sought after one from the Indian fans. Incidentally during the fixture, Rohit also surpassed the 1000-run mark against KKR, becoming the first batsman to score 1000 runs against an IPL opposition.

23 September - Don't believe in past records, T20 is a game on that particular day - Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, who was rested for the CSK game due to niggles, is all set to return for the KKR encounter and in a video posted on MI's social media platform, he stated past records hardly mean anything. "It's important that we turn up and do the job!" Rohit said in a video posted on MI's Twitter handle.

"I honestly don't believe in past records, T20 is a game on that particular day. What happens it's a game of that you have to be best on that day. They are a good opposition (Kolkata Knight Riders) and they play cricket very well as a team, and they will obviously be coming off from some confidence after their last win so it's not going to be a cakewalk for us."

23 September - Change in captaincy is part of the decision making of the franchise - Iyer

Shreyas Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to the IPL 2020 final, returned as a normal player, having missed the first half of the IPL due to an injury. On being asked about if the captaincy change affected his focus, Iyer replied, "Look when I got the captaincy, I was in a really different frame of mind. My decision-making and temperament were very good and that helped me in the last two years. Change in captaincy is part of the decision-making of the franchise and whatever decision they took, I respect that. Rishabh has been leading well since the start of the season, so they must have thought they'd continue him till the end of the season," Iyer said.

22 September - 'Enjoying batting and enjoying wearing the orange cap' says Dhawan

"Enjoying wearing the cap and enjoying the batting... Not a very true surface, so planning according to it. I consciously made the effort to increase the tempo in the powerplay. I love to be an impactful player for my side," Dhawan said post the DC clash, after regaining the orange cap. The southpaw struck a fine 42.  

22 September -  IPL's COVID protocol policy remains questionable: BCCI Official

In wake of SRH's T Natarajan testing positive for Covid-19, a BCCI official, speaking to PTI, has questioned the BCCI's Covid protocol policy.

"It is a bit weird that Natarajan tested positive on the 11th day of his arrival from India. He has tested negative thrice as per protocols during the first five days. During the six-day quarantine, there was always the risk of one such case," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"That effectively means IPL's COVID protocol policy remains questionable. I don't think IPL's operations team should have allowed SRH to arrive that late. In case you are arriving late, then it should have been 14-day hard quarantine."

22 September - Marcus Stoinis leaves the field mid-way through his over with injury

In a concerning sight for Delhi Capitals and Australia, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis left the field mid-way through his second over against SRH with a suspected calf problem. The extent of the injury remains unknown.

22 September - Sunil Gavaskar fears that Sanju Samson might end up wasting his 'god-given talent' through hasty shot selection

The Rajasthan Royals skipper perished for 4 against Punjab Kings after throwing his hands at a wide delivery.

"What has led him down is the shot selection. Even at the international level, he doesn't open the batting there. He was the second or the third wicket down. And he looks to hit the first ball out of the ground. That is impossible. That is absolutely impossible even if you've been in the richest vein of form. You have got to maybe knock it around for maybe twos and threes and get the feet moving and then look to play," Gavaskar told the host broadcaster Star Sports.

"That is something he is going to watch out for. Because otherwise, it is going to be a waste of such God-given talent. I have always said that a lot of shot selection boils down to temperament. That is what separates the men from the boys. And therefore, for him to go on and be a regular player for India, his shot selection has to be that much better."

22 September - Trent Boult gives fitness update on Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, says he's 'not sure' of their availability

Mumbai Indians pacer Trent Boult revealed that both Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya are 'recovering well', but did not confirm whether the duo would be available for MI's clash against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, September 23. The duo missed MI's clash on September 19 against CSK with injury. 

22 September - T Natarajan tests positive for Covid but tournament official confirms the SRH vs DC game will go ahead as planned

Concerning news emerged out of UAE earlier in the day as the IPL confirmed that Sunrisers Hyderabad's T Natarajan had tested positive for Covid-19. Six members, including teammate Vijay Shankar, was sent into isolation, but the organizers confirmed that the scheduled SRH vs DC game will go ahead as planned after the rest of the players returned a negative result.

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