IPL: “Yuvraj Singh Great Player For The Country,” Sourav Ganguly Extends Wishes For The All-Rounder


The veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj was bought for Rs. 1 crore in the IPL 2019 auction. He went unsold in the first round of the auction but was later bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price.

Yuvraj had played for Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous editions of the lucrative league.

For India, Yuvraj averages a bit over 28 in the shortest format of the game. He has a highest score of 77 not out.

Apart from the 37-year-old, the Mumbai franchise bought veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga from the auction. The 35-year-old, who serves as the franchise mentor in the previous edition was bought for Rs. 2 crore.

Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaiswal and Rasikh Dar were the other inclusions made by Mumbai Indians.





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IPL: “Yuvraj Singh Great Player For The Country,” Sourav Ganguly Extends Wishes For The All-Rounder


The veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj was bought for Rs. 1 crore in the IPL 2019 auction. He went unsold in the first round of the auction but was later bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price.

Yuvraj had played for Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors India, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous editions of the lucrative league.

For India, Yuvraj averages a bit over 28 in the shortest format of the game. He has a highest score of 77 not out.

Apart from the 37-year-old, the Mumbai franchise bought veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga from the auction. The 35-year-old, who serves as the franchise mentor in the previous edition was bought for Rs. 2 crore.

Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaiswal and Rasikh Dar were the other inclusions made by Mumbai Indians.





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All-Rounder Jayant Yadav Transferred To Mumbai Indians From Delhi Capitals


Jayant Yadav, the 28-year-old all-rounder from Delhi Capitals, joined Mumbai Indians on Thursday. According to a press release from the Mumbai franchise, Jayant is the second addition to the side through transfer process after Quinton de Kock was traded from Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jayant has played four Tests and one One-Day International (ODI) for India. He is however yet to earn a cap in the shortest format of the game for the national team.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani on completion of the transfer said, “We were delighted to bring in Quinton in the pre auction transfer window. His multi-tasking abilities and recent exploits with the bat including player of the tournament performance at the recently concluded Mzansi Super League in South Africa has been a delight to watch and am sure he will carry the current form into the IPL season as well.”

The three-time IPL champions, Mumbai Indian had bought veteran cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga from the IPL auction 2019.

The franchise had also roped in Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaswal and Rashik Dar from the auction.

Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Yuvraj Singh, Lasith Malinga, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaswal, Rashik Dar and Jayant Yadav.



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Shakib Al-Hasan Achieves Rare Feat, Surpasses Legendary England All-Rounder


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Saturday became the quickest player in Test cricket history to achieve a dual feat of taking 200 wickets and scoring 3,000 runs. The 31-year-old achieved the landmark on the third day of the first Test against the Windies in Chittagong, when he dismissed opening batsman Kieran Powell for a first ball duck in the Windies 2nd innings. Shakib surpassed England legend Ian Botham to become the fastest man to achieve the milestone. Shakib took 54 Tests to achieve the dual feat, while Botham reached the same figures in 55 matches.

Apart from Botham, other all-rounders featuring in the list are New Zealand’s Chris Cairns (58 Tests), Englishman Andrew Flintoff (69 Tests) and Indian legend Kapil Dev (73 matches).

The Bangladesh team also wrapped up the first Test on the third day, defeating the Windies by 64 runs to go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series. 

Along with Shakib, who finished with figures of 2-30, left-arm spinner Taijul Islam ran through the visitors’ batting order in the Windies second innings. Chasing a target of 204, the Caribbean team were bundled out for 139 as Taijul clinched six wickets for 33.

Earlier, Bangladesh resumed Day 3 of the first Test on 55/5 with a lead of 133 in the second innings. Windies bowlers Devendra Bishoo (4-26) and Roston Chase (3-18) bowled superbly to wrap up the Bangladesh innings on 125.

Chasing a tricky target, Windies batsmen succumbed against the Bangladesh bowling attack as spinners tore apart the Windies batting line up. Apart from Sunil Ambris (43), Jomel Warrican (41) and Shimron Hetmyer (27) no other batsmen were able to get into the double digits. 

The second match of the Test series will be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka from November 30.

(With ANI Inputs) 



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All-rounder Andre Russell Ruled Out Of India vs Windies T20I Series


The Windies cricket team suffered a massive blow on the eve of the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against India with star all-rounder Andre Russell ruled for the entirety of the three-match series. Russell was withdrawn from the Windies due to an injury, an International Cricket Council (ICC) report said. “Andre Russell has been withdrawn from the three-match Twenty20 International series against India on account of an injury, it was announced through a release on Saturday, 3 November, one day before the first match at Kolkata,” read the ICC report.

Shai Hope had impressed for the Windies and was their star batsman during the ODI series against India, and his performances in the 50-over format earned him a call-up in the shortest format of the game.

Earlier, Ashley Nurse was also ruled out of the T20I series due to a shoulder injury, which he picked up after the fourth ODI against India. Regular T20I openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, have already pulled out of the squad, citing personal reasons in both instances.

Darren Bravo and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will make a comeback in the shortest format while off-spinner Sunil Narine is another notable exclusion.

The 30-year-old Russell last featured in the Afghanistan Premier League representing Nangarhar Leopards but was not named in the ODI squad with the Windies Cricket ruling him out due to injury.

The Windies are hoping for a turnaround in the shortest format after being outclassed in the Test and ODI series. The visitors were thrashed 0-2 in the two-match Test series, while in the ODIs, they were beaten 1-3.

Revised Windies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Shai Hope, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas, Khary Pierre, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran.



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All-Rounder Andre Russell “Misses Connecting Flight”, Could Miss 1st T20I


India will take on the Windies in the first match of the Twenty20 International (T20I) series on Sunday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata but explosive all-rounder Andre Russell is yet to join the visitors for the first match of the series. Russell was included in the team along with Keiron Pollard and Darren Bravo but the 30-year-old has still not managed to reach Kolkata. Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) local manager Moin Bin Moksud, attache to the Windies team, has revealed that Russell missed his connecting flight from Dubai to Kolkata on Friday morning.

“Russell was supposed to come via Dubai. As far as I know, he missed the connecting flight,” Moin Bin Moksud was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

“Seven players including Brathwaite arrived via London on November 1. I don’t have an update on Russell yet,” he added.

Windies team media manager Trinidadian Naasira Mohammed refused to comment on Russell’s status when asked why he was not seen in practice with the team.

“No comments, you will be sent a press release later,” Naasira told IANS soon after skipper Carlos Brathwaite finished his pre-match media interaction.

A vital cog in Windies’ wheel, Russell also plies his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and was a key member of the team that won the title in 2014.

Russell was not part of Windies’ ODI team due to injury, according to a release sent by Windies Cricket.

The 30-year old Jamaican was part of the team which lost the T20I series 1-2 to Bangladesh in the United States of America.

(With IANS Inputs)



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India All-Rounder Shows Off His ‘Bentley’


Hardik Pandya turned 25 on Thursday with wishes pouring in on Twitter for the India all-rounder. Pandya himself took to the social media platform to introduce fans to his “new Bentley”. However, fans were in for a surprise as the Indian cricketer’s picture told a completely different story. Most fans would have been expecting a picture of the uber-plush car but instead met the newest member to the Pandya household — a puppy called Bentley. Pandya is currently enjoying some downtime, having been left of the India squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies due to an injury.

In a media statement, the BCCI had said that both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection (for the Windies Tests) as they had not recovered from their injuries.

Pandya, who was named in the India ODI squad for the Asia Cup 2018, played only one match in the tournament. After missing out on India’s opener against Hong Kong, Pandya returned to the playing XI for the all-important group clash against Pakistan.

However, Pandya’s participation ended prematurely with the Indian all-rounder stretchered off the field.

It was later revealed that Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. He was visibly in pain and had to be stretchered off the field. The incident took place in the 18th over (17.5) when he missed his footing on his follow-through.

Pandya’s absence, though, had little bearing on the match as India went on to record a resounding win over their arch-rivals. The Indian team, captained by Rohit Sharma, beat Pakistan once again in the Super Four clash and beat Bangladesh in a thrilling final to retain the Asia Cup title.





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Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out For Three Months


Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out For Three Months


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out. © Instagram


Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out for three months with an injury on his left little finger, which forced him out of the recently-concluded Asia Cup 2018. Bangladesh will play against Zimbabwe and the Windies during this period. “Shakib Al Hasan, who couldn’t feature in the semi-final and final of the Asia Cup 2018 because of an injury to his left little finger, will miss out on at least three months of action due to delay in surgery,” the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Shakib had earlier underwent a surgery, soon after his return to Bangladesh and notified about an abnormal swelling and acute pain on his infected hand.

During the Asia Cup 2018, Shakib opted out of the virtual semi-final against Pakistan after he complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger.

He had hurt his left little finger during the One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series.

He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and has continued playing since then. Shakib wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery from the injury, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan has scalped 196 wickets in Test cricket. He has also scored 3,692 runs in the longest format of the game with the highest score of 217.








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All-Rounder Sam Curran Given England Test Contract For First Time


The 20-year-old, whose father Kevin is a former Zimbabwe international, produced two impressive displays with the bat against India and chipped in with several wickets.

Curran, who made his Surrey debut aged just 17, was recently named in England’s squad for their forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Selectors have also awarded Surrey’s Tom Curran, brother of Sam, an increment contract for the next 12 months, commencing October 1 2018.

Following Alastair Cook’s decision to retire from international cricket after the Test series against India, there is a vacancy at the top of England’s batting order.

But Cook’s latest opening partner Keaton Jennings, the Lancashire batsman, misses out on a deal, as did Rory Burns, who had pressed his case when scoring more than 1,000 runs in the County Championship to help Surrey win a first title in 16 years.

Only 10 players with Test-match experience make the ECB list for 2018-19, when England will be in action at a home World Cup as well as an Ashes series.

Ben Stokes is included, the Durham player still awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary commission to conclude its findings into a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.

Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid has also been given a central Test match contract, despite not playing red-ball cricket at the start of the year. Rashid signed an all-format contract with his county last week.

The 13 white-ball one-day international and T20 selections reflect a largely settled England line-up heading into the World Cup.

ECB central contracts for 2018-19:

Test: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

ODI/T20: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

Incremental: Tom Curran (Surrey)

(With AFP inputs)



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Bangladesh All-Rounder Shakib Al Hasan Undergoes Surgery On His Finger


Shakib Al Hasan Undergoes Surgery Of His Finger


Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan underwent surgery. © Instagram


Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan underwent surgery on his little finger of his left hand after returning home. The 31-year-old Shakib, who was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2018 with the injury, on Friday took to Instagram and notified about his present condition. Shakib said there was an abnormal swelling and acute pain on his infected hand. “When I was returning home, from the side of the hand, I did not realize that there would be such a bad situation,” Shakib said.

“After coming to the country, due to acute pain and abnormal swelling of the hand, there was a surgery done by a hospital quickly. Infections within the fingers are 60-70 cm. Had to get out of the pus,” Shakib added.

 

 

 

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Shakib had earlier missed the virtual semi-final against Pakistan after he complained of a fresh pain in an injured finger.

He had hurt his left little finger during the One-day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka in January and missed the subsequent Test and Twenty20 series.

He returned to the team for the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March and has continued playing since then. Shakib wanted to have a surgery before the Asia Cup for a complete recovery from the injury, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) insisted on him playing in the Asia Cup.

The all-rounder played the team’s first four matches of the tournament, scoring 49 runs and picking up seven wickets.

(With AFP inputs)








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