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CSK’s star player ruled out for two weeks

Staff Writer Updated: 6 April, 2019, 2:01 PM IST

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In a major blow to Chennai Super Kings, star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will be out of action for two weeks owing to hamstring strain. He suffered the injury during CSK's match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium.

“I can confirm it’s a grade one hamstring strain and he is going to be out for two weeks. It is a big loss. Obviously (he) offers so much balance to the team and his quality as a player... So it is going to cause a little bit of rejigging of the team, but I am sure we will still be able to put together a very strong team,” said Hussey.

“And yes it is a big loss for us but we have had these challenges in the past and have been able to overcome them. So let us hope we can do that again, he added.

Batting coach Mike Hussey further added that Scott Kuggeleijn would be looked at.

“... yeah definitely I think so, I am sure MS (Dhoni) and (head coach Stephen) Fleming will be looking at Scott and assessing his death bowling skills. Shardul (Thakur) has done a bit of it, Mohit Sharma can bowl at the death. It is about assessing the conditions a bit as well and assessing which bowlers are suited to bowl at the later stages of the game.

“You never know if it is a real turning pitch. I am sure there will be a lot of strategy thinking. It is a key area of the game and we didn’t quite get it right against Mumbai.”

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Royal Challengers Bangalore are arguably the biggest franchise in world cricket – Stoinis

Staff Writer Updated: 6 April, 2019, 1:57 PM IST

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Marcus Stoinis stated that his new IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore are the biggest franchise in world cricket. The Aussie all-rounder was conversing with one of the commentators during the mid-innings break last night.

However, his words came crashing as RCB crashed to their fifth straight defeat in IPL 2019. They are the only team to have not won one game in the ongoing season of the cash rich league.

"What a place. Great fans. Arguably the biggest franchise in World Cricket. Exciting to be here. We have two best batsmen of this generation in our team. Tonight has been so good so far. It looks like a good wicket. I wasn't there for a long time as I came in the slog overs. Hopefully, we have posted enough," he said.

Virat Kohli, who scored a sublime fifty, lambasted his players for their ordinary display.

"There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be cleverer, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That's been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it's always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell."

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Shah Rukh Khan pays Baahubali tribute to Andre Russell after his blistering knock against RCB

Staff Writer Updated: 6 April, 2019, 1:51 PM IST