Hyderabad to host IPL final on May 12

The final of the 2019 Indian Premier League will be played in Hyderabad, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, on Sunday (May 12). This is a stark departure from previous years, when the defending champion would host the next year’s final along with the season opener. Going by that, Chennai should have hosted this year’s…

MI rope in Beuran Hendricks as Joseph’s replacement

Mumbai Indians have signed up left-arm pacer Beuran Hendricks as replacement for the injured Alzarri Joseph for the rest of the Indian Premier League 2019. The South African pacer has previously been a part of King XI Punjab’s set-up in IPL. Joseph sustained an injury on his right arm during MI’s game against Rajasthan Royals…

RCB sign Dale Steyn as replacement for injured Coulter-Nile

Royal Challengers Bangalore have roped in South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn as replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has opted out of the remainder of the tournament with a back niggle. The 35-year-old went unsold at the auction but will now be available to play an IPL game after a two-year gap. He last played…

‘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…