Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has given an update on his future as a player for the CSK, saying he hopes to return to Chepauk and play his last game in Chennai for the 3 time IPL champions. 

To interact with fans, Mahendra Singh Dhoni along with Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir were live on CSK’s official YouTube page. A fan asked Dhoni the reason behind choosing August 15th as the day to announce his retirement from international cricket. The fan also expressed disappointment that he wasn’t able to attend the wicketkeeper’s farewell match.

Acknowledging the above , Dhoni said he is keen to meet his fans and hopes to play his last game in Chennai. 

It can’t be a better day than – August 15. As far as farewells go, you can always come and watch CSK play and it can be my farewell match. You will always have that opportunity to tell me. goodbye Hope we come to Chennai and play my last game there and I can meet all my fans,Dhoni said during a live CSK on YouTube.

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The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman’s recent comments suggest that he will be lining up for CSK next year. The 40-year-old player has managed to lead his IPL team, CSK,  to the playoffs for the 11th time in the IPL.

While MS Dhoni’s batting stats might not be that good during this IPL season, his leadership skills are second to none.

Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings became the first team to seal a playoff berth this season after finishing their 7th last season.

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On Tuesday, England all-rounder, Sam Curran was ruled out of the remainder IPL 2021 and the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with a lower back injury. The 23-year old ran into trouble after his match with the Royals on Saturday and was immediately taken for scans to reveal an injury. He’ll fly back in order to meet with the ECB’s medical team, who will provide a full review of their findings soon enough!

He [Sam Curran] will fly back to the UK in the next couple of days and will have further scans and a full review later this week from the ECB’s medical team,the ECB’s release stated.

Curran is representing Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021. The franchise has already announced his unavailability for the remainder of this season on their official Twitter page.

Curran made his second appearance of the season against Rajasthan Royals and took seven wickets in a single match. Overall this year, he’s picked up 9 wickets at an economy rate of 9.93 and scored 56 runs from 4 innings played so far!

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Sam Curran is in for a tough time. His brother, Tom, has just been drafted into England’s T20 World Cup squad and Surrey’s Reece Topley has also been added as one of their travelling reserves – he’ll join them eventually!

In the second leg of IPL, Tom is yet to feature. He did pick up 10 wickets in eight matches for Oval Invincibles though so it looks like he will be key if we want stay unbeaten at home this season!

The England team that are currently participating in the phase 2 of IPL 2021 will link-up with their World Cup squad in the United Arab Emirates. The non-IPL members and support staff arrived earlier on Tuesday, in Muscat for a short camp.  

England, the 2010 champions, will have a chance to defend their title in this year’s tournament. They are grouped alongside Australia and defending champs West Indies at the beginning of Super 12 play before opening up against South Africa later this month on October 18.

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Ness Wadia, the co-owner of Punjab Kings, expects each team to be sold for not less than 3,000 cr., with an estimated price tag between 3000 and 3500 crores. As of now, it’s not confirmed and yet to be officially announced by the BCCI on October 25 after the team auction!

The value of each of the new teams should be 50 to 75% more than the base price of Rs 2000 cr. I think each team would go for a minimum of 3,000 to 3,500 cr,Wadia told TOI on Sunday.

Ness Wadia welcomed the addition of the two new IPL teams to the current 8 teams. 

I’m excited about two new teams coming in because it will add a new dimension to the league. It will bring in a much wider base of viewership. And it will strengthen the IPL, which is already the greatest cricket league in the world and one of the greatest leagues in world sport. I believe that it will add a lot of opportunity to not only several other cricketers, but will bring in a lot of income to coaching staff and owners. It’ll be economically beneficial to all those who participate in the IPL. It will provide employment. More importantly, it will enhance the number of games in the IPL, so the fans will get a lot more cricket to watch,Wadia added.

The forthcoming IPL player auction in December 2021 will be a mega auction. With two new teams entering the league, it will be interesting to see how many players each franchise can retain now that they have more competition than ever before!

It (the mega player auction) should be fair and equitable, especially to the two new teams coming in. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens from that perspective,he further said.

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It is predicted that there will be several teams striving to retain their top players, but the hot property in this year’s auction might just capture a new team. 

We don’t know what the retention or right to match will be. We’ll see (things) based on that. I think there are several players which teams will be gunning for,said Wadia.

The BCCI’s decision to schedule two IPL matches on the final day of league play was a smart one, as it ensures that no team has an advantage in knowing what their opponent will do. 

I think the BCCI’s objective has always been to have a balanced and equitable standing and positioning for each of the teams. It’s a good decision. I congratulate them for being so pro-active,Ness Wadia mentioned.

He further expressed sympathy for ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, who cited bubble fatigue as the reason why he left his bio-bubble in UAE to take a break before the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Next, while talking about KL Rahul‘s evolution into an all-format leading player for India, Wadia said, “KL’s evolution is definitely pleasing. Firstly from an India perspective. He’s a wonderful all-round player. I’m so happy for him and the Indian team. I’m sure that he’ll go from strength to strength.

On youngsters Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi showing tremendous promise, Wadia said, “I think that India has a wonderful bunch of players. If India were to play with two cricket teams, we’d still be in the top five in the world. That’s the kind of talent we have.

Must Read: Ravindra Jadeja Is The Perfect T20 Cricketer, Offers You Everything, Says Michael Vaughan

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Michael Vaughan, former England captain, said that Ravindra Jadeja‘s all-round abilities make him an ideal template for building Twenty20 players. His skills on the field are what makes this 25 year old man so special; with such talent at his disposal it would not be surprising if he became one of India’s greatest Test batsmen ever!

He is an unbelievable fielder, he can bowl brilliant left-arm spin, if there is an element of turn in the surface, he is as good as any. Obviously, with the bat, he can play the anchor role if you lose early wickets, he can also come in with 15 balls to go and pretty much go on from ball 01. He is the perfect T20 cricketer,Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.

Jadeja’s batting in the last four overs of a match has been the highlight of his great form in this IPL season. He played 21 balls, scoring 65 runs at a strike rate of 309.52, with 3 fours and 7 sixes!

Vaughan also said that to be a good T20 batter, Virat Kohli or Chris Gayle could be the right examples to follow but Jadeja is the template for an overall cricketer that too from the scratch.

He is outstanding, he’s just got everything. If you are building a T20 cricketer, if you are building a batter, you go for Chris Gayle’s power or Virat Kohli’s finesse. But if you are looking to build a cricketer from scratch, you’ll almost start with Ravindra Jadeja because he offers you everything,” Vaughan added.

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Jadeja didn’t get to bat too much on Monday in Chennai Super Kings three-wicket defeat to Delhi Capitals but he made a difference with the ball. He picked two wickets – including Rishabh Pant-, as well an impressive performance that helped take the game towards final overs despite defending 137 runs!

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Umran Malik, SRH’s fast bowler, had an eventful debut in the phase 2 of IPL 2021 against the former champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Roped in as ‘short-term Covid-19 replacement’ for T Natarajan after the Indian pacer tested positive, Malik was handed his debut cap in Match No.49 of the IPL 2021 season at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. 

After scoring through his first ever IPL game, Malik achieved a special feat by bowling the fastest delivery by an Indian pace bowler’s 14th season of domestic cricket is something of an extravaganza.

One of the youngest recruits for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2021, Malik showcased his raw pace and clocked 151.03 kph with an opening spell that made even the veterans sit up!

Malik was named in the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playing XI at a time when pacer Sandeep Sharma had traveled with them. The exciting talent had been Net bowler for Franchise 2nd leg IPL 2021 hosted by the UAE.

Also Read: Akash Chopra Predicts Top 4 Teams To Qualify For Playoffs in IPL 2021

Man of The Match In KKR vs SRH

Indian opener Shuham Gill’s innings came at a time when KKR have been struggling in the tournament. Gill scored match-winning 57 off 51 balls earning him Man Of The Match honors for his efforts against SRH on Sunday evening.

Eoin Morgan led KKR put up a gritty fight in their low-scoring encounter with IPL debutant Malik, who leaked 27 runs to take his team down.

Though Malik went wicketless in his debut game against KKR, the Indian speed merchant was nonetheless lauded by SRH skipper Kane Williamson after the match.

Malik has been bowling really quick in the nets and it’s really nice for him to get an opportunity today. We’ve been facing him in the nets – he’s special, lots of pace. Young guy runs in and goes hard. Obviously, we’re out of the competition, so it’s a chance for some other boys to also get on the park,post-match Williamson said. 

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In the first half of the tournament, the KKRs were at the 7th spot in the Indian Premier League 2021 points table. After a slow start to their IPL season, Kolkata Knight Riders found their mojo in the UAE with two consecutive wins. This allowed them to climb up further in the IPL points table keeping the hopes alive for making it into playoffs this season!

The key to their turnaround has been opening batter Venkatesh Iyer. Not only does he provide good starts but the 26-year old also chips in with balls in middle overs, making him an invaluable asset for this team of young talent

Sanjay Manjrekar, former India batter says he is “impressed” with Venkatesh Iyer’s all-round show. He believes the KKR youngster could fetch a very high price in the IPL auction next season!

I’m thinking 12-14 crores because this is not a kind of a fluke show. I was looking at his First-Class numbers and his List A record is outstanding. His average is 47, strikes at 92 (98). Then is his T20 record in domestic cricket, not counting the IPL. His strike rate is high, he averages 37 (38.20). So this is a guy who knows how to bat. Plus, he is a bowler, and in the last match, he has shown that he can bowl the tough overs too. So he is somebody who is going to fetch a very high price,Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.

The 26-year old batsman, Venkatesh, from Madhya Pradesh has made his IPL debut in the phase 2 of 2021 IPL and has successfully scored over 200 runs in just six matches. Venkatesh has also picked up 3 wickets at an economy rate of under 9 per over. Not bad for someone who was thought to be just a tweener batsman!

Sanjay Manjrekar also said that Venkatesh Iyer looks like a “really qualified game-changer”.

Today, I focussed on the way he bats. Very interestingly, he bats a lot on the backfoot. Looks to pull, play the cut. So this is a batter who is not going down the pitch and trying to hit – forcing everything. He is staying on backfoot, cutting and pulling and then he’s got a big stride forward. I see him more as a really qualified T20 game-changer than somebody having a couple of good weeks,Manjrekar added. 

Also Read: Indian Pacer Umran Malik Bowls Fastest Delivery In IPL 2021

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Aakash Chopra, former India batsman, and his predictions have been on point so far. Now he has predicted the 4 teams that he believes will make it to the playoffs based on their current performance. All the IPL teams have played a minimum of 10 games yet. But only one team will get the title, that’s why each result is crucial.

Akash has no doubt that the Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will reach the playoffs as CSK has secured its place with 18 points and DC sitting pretty with 16 points. He is positive that Virat Kohli’s RCB will also qualify; Royal Challengers Bangalore have 14 points with 3 more games to go.



For the 4th position, Aakash picked his former team Kolkata Knight Riders over MI. Both the teams have scored 10 points in 11 games in the IPL points table so far. The commentator strongly feels that Eoin Morgan’s side will likely make it to the play-offs.

Chennai, Delhi there’s no doubt about that. Third, hopefully, Bangalore will qualify. For fourth, there’s going to be a fight between Mumbai and Kolkata. I have a strong feeling that if Kolkata doesn’t hit a self-goal, they’ll make it. If Russell is fit then there will be no self-goal but it can happen here because the captain is in zero form. However, it’s Eoin Morgan, a big player, so it’s also possible that he might turnaround his form and give a strong finish.”, Aakash Chopra said in his YouTube video.

Mumbai Isn’t Looking Like The ‘Paltan’ – Akash Chopra

Speaking of Rohit Sharma’s outfit, the former opener stated that MI haven’t been as dominating as they had been for the past few IPL seasons. MI started off with three consecutive losses in the UAE leg but managed to end it on a high note against Punjab Kings which Aakash Chopra says was “not convincing.”

I am tilting towards Kolkata for a simple reason that Mumbai isn’t looking like the ‘Paltan’ of the old. Yeah, you won against Punjab but even that wasn’t convincing. They are winning all games scrappingly, which isn’t like them.

DC is the next tough opponent in front of MI, while KKR face 3 teams who are below them within the points table. 

They still have one game to go against Delhi which is the next game only in Sharjah. If you lose this, you won’t have luck on your side because Kolkata’s all matches are against teams placed below them. Kolkata have got something going for them, for Mumbai, there’s something not going for them,” Chopra further explained. 

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The franchise, DC, are just one win away from sealing a play-offs berth in the IPL 2021. If they do that, it’ll be the 3rd season running Ricky Ponting’s coached franchise where they would make it to finals.

Earlier known as Delhi Daredevils, the franchise has been pushing it real hard & improving rapidly to reach the maiden IPL final season, eventually going down to MIs in the ongoing summit clash.

The team ascended new heights under the leadership of player Shreyas Iyer. But they were unable to achieve their full potential this season, as he was ruled out in April due to an injury on his left shoulder which would keep him sidelined throughout May.

The wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant took over the captaincy from Shreyas’s absence in a moment of crisis and led the team to secure top position before the league was postponed due to devastating second wave Covid-19 this year.

With the start of the IPL league in the UAE allows Iyer to get back into the team after regaining fitness. Though the franchise decided to continue with Pant’s captaincy for the rest of season and performances have been just as good. The match was a close one with the scores tied at 1-1 after extra innings. But in the end, Delhi lost to Kolkata Knight Riders and will have to wait longer than expected before they can book their place for play offs!

Breaking The Sehwag’s Record!

Captain Pant has scored 39 against Kolkata Knight Riders, breaking the long-standing record of former DC captain and Team India legend Virender Sehwag! 

For long, Sehwag had been the highest run-getter for this franchise, with 2382 runs in 85 innings. Pant went past him last week and now leads with 2390 runs in just 75 innings! He’s also registered a century as well as 14 fifties while playing here so far while Sehwag, during his stay at DC, hit 17 fifties and a century.

Shreyas Iyer is in the 3rd position currently with 2291 runs in 82 innings for the franchise but it’s Shikhar Dhawan as he has been playing some outstanding innings ever since joining. He is currently on the 4th spot, with 1933 runs for the franchise in just 58 innings at a whopping average of 40.27. 

The DC team management is hopeful that the triumvirate of Dhawan, Iyer and Pant can fire on all cylinders in order to guide their franchise towards a maiden IPL title.

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The West Indies star batsman, Chris Gayle, has lately withdrawn from the phase 2 of the Indian Premier League 2021 citing “bubble fatigue” and will instead focus on this month’s forthcoming T20 World Cup.

In this IPL season, the big-hitting 42-year old batsman has played a total of 2 out of 3 matches for his team Punjab Kings since phase 2 of the most awaited tournament resumed in the United Arab Emirates last month.

Gayle’s reason behind leaving the team hotel was because of the “bubble fatigue” accumulated over months playing franchise and international cricket during the coronavirus pandemic, PBKS said in a statement.

I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Chris was quoted as saying in the statement.

On Wednesday, Gayle released the music video of his new single “Punjabi Daddy” with a self-styled “Universe Boss” wearing traditional Indian dress and shaking the leg to catchy tune.

Players in the cricket world have often needed to restrict themselves to strict bio-bubbles because of the corona-virus. It’s difficult to avoid the constraints of your team hotel. Even on non-match days, you’re limited in who can really interact with you outside and it often confines players within those four walls.

There are a few other players who have opted out, with Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and David Warner pulling out of ‘The Hundred’ tournament earlier this year. The IPL has also been hit by many withdrawals, including Josh Hazlewood and Liam Livingstone staying away over some similar reasons.

The head coach of Punjab Kings, Anil Kumble, said the team respected Gayle’s decision and “desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup” starting from October 17 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Chris Gayle has scored 193 runs in 10 matches played in this season at an average of 21.44.

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