‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni fined for confronting IPL umpires

(Reuters) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s uncharacteristic outburst against a controversial umpiring decision led to the Chennai Super Kings captain being fined 50 percent of his match fee in Thursday night’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Jaipur. Hailed as ‘Captain Cool’ during his trophy-laden years as India skipper, an unusually fired-up Dhoni stepped onto the…

KKR rope in Matt Kelly as Nortje’s replacement

Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in Australian pacer Matt Kelly as a replacement for the injured South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje for the remainder of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. Right-arm pacer Kelly has played 16 First-Class matches, five List A games, and 12 T20s so far, and hasn’t featured in…

Instinctive from my side to mankad Buttler: Ashwin

The 2019 Indian Premier League game between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur rekindled the “Spirit of Cricket” debate with Ravichandran Ashwin running out Jos Buttler for backing up too far at the non striker’s end. While looking to deliver the fifth ball of his final over, Ashwin stopped in his delivery stride, with the side-on view appearing to…

Muscle-Russell slays the SRH challenge

Up until 17 overs in their defence of 181 – and for a total of first-37 overs in their IPL 2019 season opener – Sunrisers Hyderabad had done most things right apart from calling correctly at the toss. David Warner lit up IPL in his comeback game like he was never gone, setting SRH up for…

IPL 2019 squads – Auction buys, retention and transfers

Chennai Super Kings Squad strength: 25 Players bought in auction: 2 Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 3.2 Crore Having retained the bulk of the squad beforehand, CSK had a minor role to play during the latest auction. However, they did bring in a value addition to their Indian pace arsenal in the…

Malinga, Mathews among 9 players with INR 2 Cr base price for IPL auction

346 cricketers, including 226 Indians, have been shortlisted for the upcoming Indian Premier League auction. Nine players have listed themselves at the base price of INR. 2 Crore. Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D’Arcy Short are the players who have listed themselves at…

Ryan Harris appointed KXIP’s bowling coach

The churning continues at Mohali-based Indian Premier League franchise, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), with former Australia pacer Ryan Harris taking over as the new bowling coach, replacing Venkatesh Prasad, who assumed duties during the 2018 edition of the cash-rich tournament. KXIP, who finished a disappointing seventh during the 2018 edition of the tournament, reacted to the performance by making…

IPL 2019: Current status of each franchise

But this time they are allowed to retain as many as they can. As expected each franchise has retained their core players for the next edition even though there are some surprise exclusions too. After finalizing the lists of players, each franchise has a limited amount of money in their account for the next auction…

Sunrisers Hyderabad trade Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan has been traded to Delhi Daredevils in exchange for three players – Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma. The move is a homecoming for the left-hander who is not only a Delhiite, but also turned up for the Delhi franchise in the inaugural IPL season in 2008. He had been…

Nehra confirmed as RCB coach alongside Gary Kirsten

Ashish Nehra, hitherto a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been confirmed as a coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. He will work alongside Gary Kirsten and operate as a part of the “coaching leadership team” for the franchise. The former India pacer, who had joined the coaching setup last season, will…