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Franchises are cheating in IPL while fielding and Kaif wants umpires to stop this unfair practice

Staff Writer Updated: 4 April, 2019, 3:41 PM IST


Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has stated that some IPL franchises are replacing their poor and slow fielders with faster ones during games and he wants umpires to stop this unfair practice.

“It is right that most matches are finishing close to midnight. Teams are bringing in good fielders and replacing them with slow ones. I think the umpires should look at the changes that the teams are making,” Kaif told reporters ahead of Delhi’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday.

He has threatened to report this issue to umpires in order to curb the dubious practice in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League.

“For example, DC versus KKR match, (Andrew) Russell went out, Rinku Singh came to field. Piyush Chawla quickly bowled his four overs and went out and Rinku again came back.

“We have seen that in the last Punjab game as well. Sarfaraz Khan didn’t come to field after being hit on the gloves. I don’t know if he is injured. Karun Nair came to field and he took a good catch at long on of Ingram. Teams are playing smart and making changes which are not right to me. We will bring it up with the umpires,” he added.

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Fans react as Hardik Pandya emulates helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni

Staff Writer Updated: 4 April, 2019, 1:46 PM IST


MS Dhoni is credited for giving helicopter shot to international cricket. We have seen players like Rashid Khan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya emulating MS Dhoni's shot to perfection. The 25-year old Indian all-rounder had shared a video of himself practicing Dhoni's iconic stroke in the net session ahead of the India Premier League.

He played the same shot against Chennai Super Kings which is captained by none other than Dhoni himself. Coming in to bat in the 17th over, Hardik Pandya played a blistering knock to lead Mumbai Indians to a fighting total.

The last over, which was bowled by Dwayne Bravo, proved fatal for the visitors. He conceded 29 runs with Pandya finishing at an 8-ball 25 alongside Pollard's 7-ball 17.

Bravo bowled a pinpoint Yorker on the fourth delivery of the over, which gave Pandya license to unleash MS Dhoni's helicopter shot in front of the man himself. The ball sailed over the boundary rope for a huge six.

Here are some of the reactions.

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Watch: MS Dhoni’s sweet gesture for a fan is sure to touch your heart

Staff Writer Updated: 4 April, 2019, 12:52 PM IST


Chennai Super Kings had to endure their first loss of the ongoing IPL season at the hands of Mumbai Indians. The defending champions came to Mumbai to keep their unbeatable run intact at the Wankhede Stadium but the home team thrashed them by 37 runs.

Chasing 171 runs to register their fourth consecutive win, Kings could only manage 133 for 8 in the end. The visitors lost Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson cheaply. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav then tried to repair the damage but their partnership was broken when it looked like they were settling in. Kieron Pollard took a stunning catch to dismiss Suresh Raina for 16.

Jadhav tried his best but others failed to get going. The Super Kings ended their innings on 133 giving Mumbai second win of the season.

Despite defeat, MS Dhoni won hearts once again with his beautiful gesture. He came out of the dressing room to meet one of his eldest fans. A senior was waiting to meet her favorite cricketer and Dhoni did not disappoint her. He had a brief conversation with her and even took a selfie to make her day.

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Sourav Ganguly makes a BIG prediction about Rishabh Pant

Harshit Anand Updated: 4 April, 2019, 12:42 PM IST


Rishabh Pant is one of the most talented players in Indian cricket at the moment. The former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, who made big players out of people like Zaheer Khan, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag Yuvraj Singh, and Harbhajan Singh by giving them adequate opportunities, is now backing Pant to come good in times to come and feels he should not be restricted rather backed to do what he does the best and that is to win games of cricket.

“He’s (Rishabh) highly gifted and talented. His knock in Mumbai was incredible and I’ve seen very few players put on a performance like that. It’s a format where you have to score runs. He has the match-winning ability. In my career, I’ve never stopped a match winner from doing what he does best. I believe in him. Be it Delhi or India, he will go a long way as his future is very bright.” Sourav Ganguly, who is Delhi Capitals' advisor told IndiaTV.

Pant is the only Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Tests to score centuries in England and Australia. Remarkably, the southpaw ended up as the second leading run-scorer in India's historic bilateral Test series triumph over Australia. Pant has been disappointing though in limited-overs cricket thus far.

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Watch - MS Dhoni shows Krunal who is the boss of IPL as he tries to Mankad him

Staff Writer Updated: 4 April, 2019, 11:34 AM IST


There is no one like MS Dhoni when it comes to alertness. The former Indian skipper has been part of several sensational stumpings during his career. Krunal Pandya, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder, tried to act cheeky during last night game against Chennai Super Kings but MS Dhoni showed him who is the real boss of the cash rich league.

Earlier, Krunal had earned a lot of praise for sparing King XI Punjab's Mayank Agarwal from Mankading him when the latter went out of the crease even before the ball was bowled.

Meanwhile, the latest incident involving Dhoni and Pandya took place in the 14th over. Krunal, who was bowling his second over, stopped suddenly before releasing the ball in order to check whether Dhoni was out of the crease or not. But the former Indian skipper was aware of Krunal's intentions and didn't leave the popping crease.

Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock had a sheepish smile on his face moments after the incident.