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MS Dhoni, CSK Teammates make fun of Ravindra Jadeja's new look

Staff Writer Updated: 9 April, 2019, 12:08 PM IST

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Chennai Super Kings are playing exceptionally well in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. They are undefeated at their fortress and it won't be easy for rivals to beat them in the upcoming matches. The players are having a gala time and were seen teasing Ravindra Jadeja for his new look. "Say hello to Sir Jaddu's One day BM (Brown Mane)! #WhistlePodu #Yellove," CSK captioned the video on Twitter.

Jadeja's new brown-colored beard was the talk of CSK's dressing room. The Chennai based franchise have won four out of five matches in the IPL 2019 so far. They are placed second in the point table. The team-led by MS Dhoni will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in today’s clash at the Chepauk. With both franchises having an array of match winners, it would be interesting to see perform better at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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Twitter blasts Rameez Raja after he tweets ‘IPL pisses me off’

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 April, 2019, 11:59 AM IST

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IPL is officially banned in Pakistan. But that hasn't stopped Pakistan commentator and analyst, Rameez Raja from watching and giving out his perspective on the cash-rich IPL. And that hasn't gone down too well with Pakistanis. They took to Twitter to attack the Wolrd-Cup winning cricketer.

Rameez Raja had tweeted, "Pisses me off when I see coaches taking the lead role in talking to the players in the huddle in the ground when this game is built to be bossed, directed and lead by captain especially when he has entered the 75 meter ground.. that’s his domain."

Take a look at how Twitter dissed Raja:

These days coaches are quite active on the boundary and we often see RCB's bowling coach, Ashish Nehra talking to his bowlers and also captain Kohli around the boundary. Not only RCB but there other teams as well, which follows this practice.

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Ishan Kishan is the first MI player to wear emoji kit in back-to-back editions of IPL

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 5:38 PM IST

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The Mumbai Indians franchise had started an innovative way last year to discipline their players. To bring rebelling and mischievous cricketers on the same page, kits with emojis printed on them were introduced. Players, who broke rules and regulations, were made to wear them and their images were shared on the social media handles of the franchise.

Ishan Kishan, Anukul Roy, and Rahul Chahar were the first wearers of this kit as they missed important physio and gym sessions. Even a senior player like Suryakumar Yadav was not spared. In the ongoing edition, Barinder Sran was the first player to wear the kit.

Meanwhile, MI wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan is the first player to wear the emoji kit for the second year running. The franchise shared the image of Ishan wearing the kit on their Instagram page. “BREAKING: @ishankishan23 becomes the first player to wear the Emoji kit in two back-to-back editions of the @iplt20”

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Eoin Morgan should succeed Trevor Bayliss as England coach after Ashes: Steve Harmison

Harshit Anand Updated: 8 April, 2019, 5:34 PM IST

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England's incumbent coach Trevor Bayliss’ term as the English coach would end post the much-awaited Ashes series that will take place after the Cricket World Cup. Former pacer Steve Harmison has thrown up the name of England's limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan to succeed Bayliss as the English coach.

It comes as a surprising suggestion given Morgan is still an active cricketer and is only 32 years old. But, the former English pacer, Harmison has his reasons for this out-of-the-box view.

"I think Eoin Morgan is a magnificent leader,” said Harmison.

"People laugh at me sometimes but when Trevor Bayliss is leaving after the Ashes, I'd give him the job. I'd want Morgan to lead England as coach.

"Joe Root and the players have got so much respect for him that I would have him in the setup in a leadership role because he’s calm and extreme pressure just doesn’t seem to bother him. ‘He’s a bit like Michael Vaughan in that aspect, he can make decisions under pressure – clear, calculated decisions that are the right ones. There have been peaks and troughs in his batting, but I’ve never thought for one minute that he shouldn’t be in that side because his leadership qualities are so fantastic," he added.

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Dwayne Bravo discloses ingredients of ‘Champions drink’

Harshit Anand Updated: 8 April, 2019, 5:01 PM IST

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Dwayne Bravo's grade 1 hamstring strain might have ruled him out of the game for sometime but he is still making it to the headlines with his antics. The CSK player is one of the most entertaining players in the world of cricket and he always has some interesting thing or the other on his plate, which interest the cricket fans at large.

Bravo now has revealed what is his favorite drink. It goes by the name- ‘drink of champions’. He also disclosed how to make it so that his fans can also make and enjoy the taste of the drink as he does.

CSK on their Twitter account shared Bravo's video:

The MS Dhoni-led Chennai have been on fire in the 12th edition of the IPL. They are the defending champions and they have played like one as well. CSK might comprise a team of slightly older players but that has only made them perform better on the field.

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Shah Rukh Khan wants SUV for Chris Lynn after his six hits sponsorship car

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 4:32 PM IST

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Kolkata Knight Riders continue to impress in the Indian Premier League. The team led by Dinesh Karthik has won four matches out of five in the ongoing season of the cash rich league. They had a perfect game against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Chasing 140 to win, KKR won the game by 8 wickets.

Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine were the star performers, scoring fifty and 47 runs respectively. The duo fired all cylinders and took their team within the touching distance of an impressive win. During Lynn's onslaught, one of his sixes almost shattered the windshield of demonstration car, but fortunately for the sponsor, the four-wheel beauty didn’t suffer any serious damage.

After Narine and Lynn departed, Robin Uthappa and Shubman Gill scored the required runs with 37 balls remaining.

Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of the Knights, was ecstatic with the effort of his players and took to twitter to praise the players.

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Harbhajan's latest statement sumps the DIFFERENCE between MI and CSK perfectly

Harshit Anand Updated: 8 April, 2019, 4:19 PM IST

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With five wickets in three games of this season's IPL, Harbhajan Singh has forced everyone to take notice of him. In fact, he gave away match-winning performances against Bangalore and Punjab respectively. He looks in great shape and the ball is coming out his hands as well as ever.

After being a key part of Mumbai Indian's side for eternity, Bhajji is now representing CSK for the last two seasons. He revealed the difference between both sides.

“I have great respect for MI and they are wonderful this year as well, but the pressure of winning is more there. Here in CSK it’s more chilled out, you are expected to win, but it’s not a matter of life and death here,” said Harbhajan.

Not too long ago, the Indian off-spinner had compared the clash between MI and CSK to Indo-Pak clash.

Harbhajan had said, "Mumbai Indians is a very popular team. It was kind of an India vs Pakistan game whenever Chennai played against Mumbai. We always wanted to beat Chennai and they wanted to beat us. But it was other way around for me (after joining CSK) to get used to beating Mumbai Indians,"

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Kevin Pietersen: "Hot English summer to aid subcontinent teams"

Harshit Anand Updated: 8 April, 2019, 3:50 PM IST

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Former England captain, Kevin Pietersen feels the English weather will play a significant part during the Cricket World Cup and in case hot and dry conditions prevail, it will be advantage Indian sub-continent teams. The 2019 Cricket World Cup will start from May 30 in England and Wales and will culminate on July 14 at the home of cricket, Lord's.

Kevin Pietersen said, "Last year was one of the most beautiful English summers since 1976. It was the hottest summer recorded in the UK with hardly any rain at all, conditions were extremely dry.

"If the conditions are like they were last summer, then I think the subcontinent teams are going to have a massive role to play in the World Cup. "If they are not and it's horrible and green and seaming, then it's going to play in England's favour and the team that copes best in those circumstances," he added.

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KRK targets Virat for RCB's form, says India will play in World Cup as brilliantly as his RCB team

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 3:39 PM IST

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Virat Kohli is not having the best of time in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. The skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore has failed to motivate his troops and they have lost six matches in a row. With RCB's latest defeat against Delhi Capitals, he has now got an unwanted record to his name having led the team in 87 defeats in the history of cash rich league.

With questions being raised on Virat Kohli's captaincy in the IPL, Kamaal Rashid Khan has blasted the skipper. "Virat Kohli is such a great captain that his India team will play in the #ICCWorldCup as brilliantly as his #RCB team is playing for last 10 years!" KRK tweeted.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was furious with the effort of his teammates in the game against Delhi Capitals. "We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," said Virat Kohli.

"When the mind is cluttered, you wouldn't be able to focus on the chances that come your way. Clarity of mind is very important in the game especially if you want to convert the half chances and pull the game back.

"Shreyas (Iyer) got 67, he was dropped (on four)...you never know, you can come back in the game at any time," he added.

"There's nothing more you can tell the team. We've asked the boys to take responsibility. It hasn't happened so far, and that's the reality," he said.

"Personally, not trying to control. After a while, it's about the skill. Key is to relax, whatever's in front of us. We want to enjoy as a team, otherwise we won't be able to play any good cricket," he added.

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Chris Lynn wanted to visit the casino to cash in on his luck after bail fail against RR

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 3:23 PM IST

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The Kolkata Knight Riders opening batsman Chris Lynn was lucky when the ball hit the wicket but the bail did not fall during his team's IPL match against Rajasthan Royal. Lynn, who was given not-out, was interviewed by his teammate Harry Gurney after the match. Lynn stated that he was happy that luck was on his side. "I am happy to ride on that luck."

When asked about the delivery that flicked the stump, Lynn said:

"I always walked around my luck... Told the umpire that I had inside edged it for a boundary. I am happy to ride that luck, I might actually go to casino tonight."

"Absolutely. Sounds like a plan," said Harry Gurney.

The debutant Harry Gurney told Lynn that he was nervous before the game. "I was a little bit nervous at the hotel this afternoon... a few butterflies... I always am but when I arrived at the ground and started warming up, I was fine.”

Chasing 140, Sunil Narine (47) and Chris Lynn (50) played aggressive brand of cricket from the first ball of the innings. They shared a 91-run opening stand in 8.3 overs to make things easy for the remaining batsmen. With this win, KKR is at the top of the table after notching up eight points from five matches.

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Michael Vaughan believes Virat Kohli should take a break from RCB

Harshit Anand Updated: 8 April, 2019, 2:32 PM IST

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Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan feels Indian skipper Virat Kohli should be rested from IPL ahead of the World Cup 2019 as Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to their sixth straight defeat in the ongoing edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi defeated Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday.

RCB are in a helpless situation at the moment and even one victory is looking helluva of a task for them given their misfiring side, which have always been short on bowling resources and over-dependent on the dynamic duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

“If India are smart they rest @imVkohli now for the World Cup ... Give him some time off before the big event ... #IPL2019,” Vaughan tweeted as RCB’s horrible run in the tournament continued.

Virat Kohli has looked ineffective with the bat thus far in the IPL. He is also looking uninspiring as captain and the mental after effect of losing continuously is quite obvious with his demeanor in the lucrative league. It will be better for him and the team India if he takes a short break and gets to his best before the World Cup commences on May 30 in England and Wales.

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Dhoni bhai was very angry and said a lot of things to me - Deepak Chahar

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 2:29 PM IST

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Deepak Chahar was at the receiving end of MS Dhoni's anger during IPL match against Kings XI Punjab at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The skipper, who is known for his cool and calm nature, was upset with fast bowler. The reason was Chahar's back to back poor deliveries during CSK's win over KXIP.

With Kings needing 39 runs off 12 balls, Chahar stated his over with an above the waist delivery, which was smashed for a four by Sarfaraz Khan. He was penalized by the umpire as the ball was called a no ball. Chahar repeated the same mistake again on a free hit and bowled another full toss above the waist and conceded two runs.

This was enough to upset MS Dhoni, who went to Chahar and blasted him for his mistake. In an exclusive interview to TimesofIndia.com, Chahar has revealed the exact nature of the incident.

"Dhoni bhai was very angry with me. It was a big mistake that I made. He said a lot of things. Honestly, at the back of my mind, I was thinking 'what to bowl next?',” Chahar told TimesofIndia.com.

"After the match every player of my team came and congratulated me. They said I bowled brilliantly at the death'," he added.

"Dhoni bhai also came up to me. He smiled and hugged me. He said 'well done'. I know I bowled two bad deliveries, but I made an immediate comeback. He (Dhoni) also encouraged me and asked me to do well in the tournament. I was extremely happy that I contributed in my team's victory.”

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‘Virat not captain material, Rohit should lead India in World Cup’: Fans react to IPL results

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 1:40 PM IST

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Virat Kohli-led RCB lost their sixth straight match in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

After posting 149 on the board, they couldn't defend the total and lost the game by four wickets.

"We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," said Virat Kohli.

Helpless Virat Kohli was looking down and out and despite his 41 runs off 33 balls, RCB ended up as the second best side against Delhi Capitals.

"When the mind is cluttered, you wouldn't be able to focus on the chances that come your way. Clarity of mind is very important in the game especially if you want to convert the half chances and pull the game back.

"Shreyas (Iyer) got 67, he was dropped (on four)...you never know, you can come back in the game at any time," he added.

"There's nothing more you can tell the team. We've asked the boys to take responsibility. It hasn't happened so far, and that's the reality," he said.

"Personally, not trying to control. After a while, it's about the skill. Key is to relax, whatever's in front of us. We want to enjoy as a team, otherwise we won't be able to play any good cricket," he added.

However, fans were not impressed with Virat Kohli's statement and demanded his sacking from the post of RCB and Indian captain.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: BCCI reveals the date for the Indian team selection

Staff Writer Updated: 8 April, 2019, 12:49 PM IST

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The Indian cricket team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales will be announced on 15 April in Mumbai. The wise men of selection committee will also take IPL's performance into consideration before finalizing the squad for the mega event.

The committee will have to fill up the number 4 position, which has become a bone of contention in the recent times. Also the position of an all-rounder and the number of spinners to be included in the team are the other two areas that need attention.

Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has already stated that Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli’s inputs will play a vital role in selection of the players.

“I think we are pretty much settled. There are a few spots (undecided) which everyone knows about but again that depends on what the captain and the coach and the selectors think whether they want to go for the extra seamer or the extra spinner or extra middle order player or a reserve opener.

“It also depends upon the conditions. The last time we were in England, the conditions were quite dry. I don’t know how things will be. So if it is like that than you take an extra spinner, as simple as that. If it’s not then probably take the extra seamer,” he said in Mumbai.

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A Royal Challenge for Kohli

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 8 April, 2019, 12:24 PM IST

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A strange little conundrum has erupted as a result of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s beleaguered early efforts. While Virat Kohli could accuse an umpire for failing to overturn their fortunes, there is the notion that Kohli should step down and rest for India’s challenges instead. But will he then be accused of throwing in the towel or abandoning ship?

It must be strange being in Virat Kohli’s shoes. On the one hand, it would appear he could do no wrong. For all his brashness, his aggressive overtones, he has proved to be miles ahead of the rest, with the bat anyway. As a captain, although he has had huge setbacks, not to mention some embarrassments, he has managed to hold his ground and even add one significant feather or two to his cap down under.

Yet come the Indian Premier League, a different Kohli emerges, a slightly more diffident, even more clueless captain, having to marshal a team not unlike him, superstars in their own right but a strange intermeshing that never quite seems to get the job done. Kohli was bristling at the start of the 2019 season at the mere mention of it. Some would argue, it was playing on this mind. Others could daringly state that perhaps being the Indian captain had taken a lot out of Kohli who now finds himself suddenly inadequate and unable to pick up the pieces and the paces of a team he encounters just once a year.

Whatever be the cause of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s flamboyant team’s epic failures, at the heart of the matter lies Virat Kohli himself and whether it is a tired mind at play or simply a captain who finds himself at odds, leading a team he has barely had time to get acquainted with, leave alone plan. After all, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are not famous for going the way of the Chennai Super Kings or even the Mumbai Indians, who go to great lengths to ensure the crux of the team stays the same, steadying the ship for the captain at the helm.

Even as teams are pushing for early ascendency in the tournament, Kohli is unable to steer ship of the once again all-at-sea Royal Challengers Bangalore. It begs the question, particularly in light of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England with Kohli expected to be India’s lynchpin to revive memories of 1983 and 2011: at what point does Kohli count himself and the Royal Challengers Bangalore out of contention, out of challenge and therefore, drop out?

The even bigger question is that given that Kohli is not one to usually throw in the towel, no matter the deep end of the ocean that the team finds itself in, whether Kohli’s daring decision then to either step down or briefly rest himself and take him out of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s equation will not earn him wrath not only of his own franchisee owners but also, of the team’s fans as well as the critics at large whose mission it is to find their new scalp. While he could be lauded for putting India’s chances ahead of his IPL team’s, there could, also, be some backlash for this kind of a move, particularly at the franchisee level where corporates get one chance to see their investments reap dividends most prominently.

A hypothetical scenario but nevertheless one that has undoubtedly been sparked by Kohli himself who spoke volumes about the need for work load management for the Indian cricket team and the need to prioritize and rotate with a better understanding, all of which seemed to have caused Kohli to bite his lip just ahead of the IPL 2019 season. Given how vocal the captain was about the workload, there was concern whether the skipper himself is feeling the pinch of leading the national team ambitions and managing his own gargantuan ones while also, having to maintain this persona which means remaining the flag bearer for the IPL franchisee, even if the ship appears to be going down in a hurry.