The recently-concluded India vs South Africa series saw an anti-climax as the decider match got washed out due to rain. However, by then, the spectators had already witnessed a neck-and-neck contest between the two sides that saw the series being drawn 2-2. It started with the Proteas’ authority and concluded with a memorable comeback by Team India. Though the final match couldn’t take place, the series gave a good opportunity to both the sides to test themselves ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
It is worth noting that the Indian team missed its key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the series and hence it was a great opportunity for the side to test its bench strength.
While some players grabbed the opportunity with both hands, others failed to live up to the expectations. Here we have listed five talking points from the series from India’s point of view.
1. Ishan Kishan Rules The Roost
The southpaw meant business from the word go. He finished the series as the highest run-getter. Kishan scored 206 runs across five games at an average of 41.20 and a strike rate of 150.36. He scored two half-centuries in the series and the confidence in his batting was upfront.
2. Shreyas Iyer‘s struggle with the bat
Despite getting a couple of good starts in the series, Iyer failed to take his innings deep. The right-handed batter scored 94 runs across the first four games at an average of 23.50. His highest score in the series was 40.
3. Hardik Pandya back in finisher’s role
The star all-rounder’s versatility was once again the cynosure of all eyes after he played the finisher’s role to perfection despite playing a different role with the bat in IPL 2022. He scored 117 runs at an average of 58.50 and a strike rate of 153.94.
4. Dinesh Karthik‘s red-hot form
Be it IPL 2022 or international cricket, there is hardly anything that seems to be stopping Dinesh Karthik. Raring for a return to the national for long, Karthik grabbed his first opportunity with both the hands. He played the finisher’s role for India in the series with a strike rate of 158.62. In the fourth T20I, he had bagged the Player of the Match award for his 55 off 27.
5. Economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar
While the first T20I saw Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaking runs at almost 11 per over (43/1 in four overs), the rest of the three games saw him conceding at a rate of even less than six runs over. Overall, Bhuvi picked six wickets at an economy rate of 6.07.
Indian badminton star Jwala Gutta got engaged on the occasion of her birthday. Jwala got engaged to actor Vishnu Vishal. Both shared this good news with their fans through social media. Jwala Gutta is celebrating her 37th birthday on September 7. Vishnu got engaged by wearing a ring on the occasion of Jwala’s birthday.
Jwala has been representing India in badminton since 1990. Her pairing as Ashwini Ponnappa has been very successful. In 2015, the pair achieved career-best rankings. He married his teammate Chetan Anand in 2005 during his career. But this marriage did not last long and Gutta got divorced in 2011 after a few years.
At the same time, actor Vishnu Vishal married Rajni Natraj in 2010 and they have a son named Aryan. Vishnu separated from Rajni in 2018. Arjuna Awardee Jwala Gutta represented India at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
Actor Vishnu has shared three photos of his engagement with Jwala on his official Twitter handle. He shared the photo and wrote- “Happy Birthday Jwala Gutta. New beginning of life. Let us remain positive and work for a better future for us, Aryans, our family and friends. All of you need blessings. ”Along with this, Vishnu also thanked Basant Jain, who arranged the ring at midnight.
Jwala Gutta also shared some pictures from her official Twitter handle. Sharing these pictures, Jwala wrote – “And it was a beautiful night and it was a beautiful surprise.” Today when I think about my life how this journey has been, today I realized that there is a lot to be done. For our family, Aryan, friends and work. I am sure it will be another great journey.
Let me tell you that Jwala Gutta was born in Maharashtra, but she grew up in Hyderabad and here she completed her studies. It was in Hyderabad that he started playing badminton. The badminton player, who has won India a number of medals at the international level, has performed well. Along with this, he has also been related to controversies. Jwala often expresses her opinion on contemporary issues on social media
The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals may miss their opening matches of the upcoming season with veteran all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is currently in New Zealand with his ailing father Gade. Stokes, who was a member of the World Cup winning team, is considered the best all-rounder of all time. He returned to New Zealand in the middle of the Test series against Pakistan where his father and former international player are undergoing treatment for cancer.
“As per the segregation rules in New Zealand, Stokes remained alone for 14 days after arriving there,” a source in the franchise, who is aware of the matter, told PTI-Language on condition of confidentiality. Now he will meet his father and obviously he would like to spend some time with his family during this difficult time. ”Stokes was linked to the team by the Royals with a bid of Rs 12.5 crore.
“He has just completed Isolation (in New Zealand), so it is understandable that he will not be with the team for the initial matches of the IPL,” the source said. The franchisee will not even call him now as it is not his priority right now. Let them spend a good time with the family, the IPL may be discussed later. “The upcoming season of the IPL will be played in the UAE due to the Kovid-19 pandemic which will start from September 19. It is understood that the franchise will have 29 years. K will be waiting to confirm the availability of this player.
Significantly, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) released the schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on September 6 after a long wait and as per tradition, the defending champions Mumbai Indians finished last year’s runners-up Chennai in the first match on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. Will clash with superkings. The world’s largest T20 league is being held this year in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in three locations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the increase in the number of cases of Kovid-19 in India. After the inaugural match of the tournament, the Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will be face to face in Dubai on the next day, while on 21 September there will be a match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The first match in Sharjah will be played on 22 September between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
According to the BCCI release, two matches will be played for a total of ten days. Of these, the first match would start at 3.30 pm Indian time, and the second match would start at 7.30 pm. Dubai will host a total of 24 matches. 20 matches will be played in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah. The IPL 2020 playoff venues will be announced later. The final will be held on 10 November. The tournament will run for a total of 53 days and thus become the longest running season in the history of IPL.
Virat Kohli and his Royal Challengers Bangalore team will enter the league this time without any pressure of expectations and Kohli says that he felt this kind of peace in 2016, so far from the failures in all seasons of the Indian Premier League. . Despite the presence of champion players like Kohli and AB de Villiers in the team, RCB could not make it to the playoffs in the last three seasons. The last time the team reached the final in 2016 was in which Kohli had scored four centuries.
The Indian captain said in RCB’s YouTube show ‘Bold Diaries’, “It was a pleasure to be a part of the 2016 IPL. It is the most balanced team since then. “Kohli said that both he and de Villiers felt that this season could be a success.” I never felt such calmness before the session. A.B. He is also feeling the same and has come fully fit with great leisure. I feel that as far as the IPL environment is concerned, I feel better and more balanced. ”
Kohli said, “Forgetting the things of the past, we will play without the pressure of expectations.” He has done this many times before. “He has a lot of talented players and people like to see him play. That’s why there are so many expectations from the team.” He said it was a good decision to appoint Mike Hewson as head coach who can act as a bridge between management and players.
Despite not being successful in IPL as a team, Kohli can focus on cricket on the basis of team management’s confidence. He said, “If he is worried, he can come and talk.” They have every right to it and meaningful dialogue is always welcome. Kohli said that South African fast bowler Chris Maurice, Australia’s ODI captain Aaron Finch and wicketkeeper batsman Josh Phillip are in the team. The IPL will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi this year. Kohli said that having all the places around would make it easier for the players.
IPL Schedule 2020: The 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is to begin in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September. For a long time, franchise teams and fans were waiting for the IPL schedule. Finally the waiting clocks are over. A new schedule of IPL 2020 has been released. The first match is to be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and runners-up Chennai Super Kings. 24 matches of IPL 2020 will be played in Dubai, 20 matches in Abu Dhabi and 12 matches in Sharjah. The schedule for league matches has just been released, while the schedule for playoff matches will be released later. The last league match to be played on November 3 will be between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
The IPL was earlier scheduled to be held in India from March 29. A schedule for this was also released. The IPL had to be postponed due to Kovid-19. The ICC T20 World Cup was to be played in Australia in October-November this year, but it was postponed due to Kovid-19. Following this ICC decision, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided that the IPL would be played between September 19 and November 10.
All eight franchise teams participating in this 53-day tournament have reached the UAE and are currently in practice. The IPL is to be played in the Bio Secure Environment this time. The BCCI also handed over SOPs to all the teams before leaving for UAE. All matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The Australian cricket team’s return to international cricket during the Corona period was not good and the team suffered a close defeat in the first T20 match against England. England, batting first, scored 162 runs in 20 overs thanks to David Malan’s best innings. The Australian team, chasing the target, was given a strong start by opener David Warner, captain Aaron Finch. Despite this, the Kangaroo team could only manage 160 runs for six wickets in 20 overs and lost the match. The Kangaroo team may have suffered defeat, but Captain Finch has taken a special record during this time.
Finch completed his two thousand runs in T20 cricket during his innings of 46 runs with the help of seven fours and a six in his 32 balls. Although he is the tenth batsman to complete two thousand runs in T20 cricket, he has left behind the players in terms of speed. If we talk about scoring two thousand runs in the lowest innings, then Finch is second in this case. While Finch achieved this position in the 62nd innings, Team India captain Virat Kohli has done this feat in just 56 innings.
In this match, at one time Australia was moving towards an easy win but the team deviated from the rhythm of the dismissal of Captain Finch. On the score of 124 runs, Rashid gave Smith the second blow to Australia by sending the pavilion. Smith hit two fours and a six in an innings of 18 off 11 balls. After Smith’s dismissal, Rashid made Maxwell on one run and Archer took Warner’s wicket to make the match exciting. For Australia, Marcus Stoinis tried to win the match in the last minute but could not succeed. Stoinis remained unbeaten on 23 off 18 balls with the help of a six. For England, Archer scored 33 runs in four overs and Rashid took two wickets for 29 runs in four overs while Mark Wood got one wicket.