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Suryakumar or Kishan, Moeen or Faf, Siraj or Harshal: Teams face conundrum ahead of IPL retention deadline | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Some will unveil their core, while others might just go with a clean slate when the deadline to retain players ends on Tuesday for the eight existing IPL franchises.
Most of the teams have been making last ditch efforts to keep players of their choice in the lead up to the mega auction next year.
After the eight teams finalise their retention plans, new franchises — Lucknow and Ahmedabad — will pick a maximum of three players between December 1 and 25 before the mega auction in January.
The existing teams can retain a maximum of four players, not more than three Indians and not more than two overseas recruits.
Here are likely retentions ahead of the deadline.
Delhi Capitals:
The franchise is all set to retain skipper Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and South African pacer Anrich Nortje. They had to make the tough call of releasing other consistent performers like R Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada, who they might look to buy back in the auction.
Another star player, Shreyas Iyer, is leaving Delhi after he didn’t get his captaincy back following his return from a shoulder injury.
Mumbai Indians:
The five-time champions will build the side around their two pillars — skipper Rohit Sharma and lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Suryakumar Yadav and veteran Kieron Pollard are next in their pecking order. It might well be a toss up between Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan, both of whom went on to play for India after their exploits for Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya is not the all-rounder he used to be due to his inability to bowl regularly and he might be one of the players the franchise tries to buy back on the auction table.
Chennai Super Kings:
The four-time champions have more or less figured out their four players. Leader M S Dhoni picks himself and so does Ravindra Jadeja and the prolific Ruturaj Gaekwad, who was instrumental in the team’s triumph this season following an early exit in 2020.
The tough call they need to make is in the overseas retention with the battle between the all-round Moeen Ali and team’s longtime recruit Faf du Plessis.
Punjab Kings:
With skipper KL Rahul set to go back into the auction, the franchise may look for another fresh start. Over the past two seasons, they lost crucial games they should have won and it cost them a play-off spot.
The team is keen on retaining its uncapped players Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, whom the side has groomed from their younger days.
Among the capped players, the team needs to decide its retentions among Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
They are likely to retain Varun Chakaravarthy, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine. But that would mean letting go of World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill, who too can be their leader going forward.
Under Morgan, KKR made a remarkable comeback in the UAE leg of the 2021 edition by working their way into the final. Considering his proven leadership skills, it will be hard for the team to release him.
Rajasthan Royals:
Making Sanju Samson the captain did not change their fortunes but Royals are likely to retain him alongside star England wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler.
The team is in two minds about retaining Ben Stokes, who missed a majority of the 2021 season due to injury and mental health concerns, and Jofra Archer, who has had fitness issues in the past.
Uncapped opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is also in the fray.
“I am very tempted for Yashasvi Jaiswal because he’s a young guy, who’s shown a lot of potential, and he could be the guy you could invest in,” former cricketer Irfan Pathan told Star Sports about his take on the likely retentions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli, who has stepped down from captaincy, will be retained alongside Yuzvendra Chahal. Glenn Maxwell too did enough this season to win the team’s trust.
Harshal Patel, who made a successful India debut following a memorable IPL, and Mohammad Siraj are fighting for one retention spot. Opener Devdutt Padikal too would be hard to let go of for the perennial underachievers.
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
For a team that remained in the news for the wrong reason this year after a fallout with former captain David Warner, only two players — Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan — look set to be retained.
They also need to decide if they want to build the pace bowling line up around Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan or start afresh.





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Rahul Dravid will bring in a lot to the table but it’s more about man-management than coaching: Shane Warne | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Rahul Dravid will bring in a “lot of steel” in the current Indian team and his role will be more of a ‘Man Manager’ rather than of a conventional coach which is an obsolete concept, reckons Australian spin wizard Shane Warne.
Warne had some great on-field battles with Dravid during their playing days. The legendary leg-spinner has utmost respect for the new Indian head coach but as has been his stance for nearly three decades now, he doesn’t believe in “terminology” at elite level.
“Rahul Dravid will bring in a lot to the table. Terrific cricketer, great person. I think he will bring in a lot of steel, a lot of toughness to the group,” Warne said.
“I think he will bring in a lot of tactical stuff that will be good. Rahul is fantastic for Indian cricket,” he added.

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However Warne then explained what he feels about the concept at the international level.
“The coach, it is the terminology which I don’t like in international cricket. In domestic cricket, the coaches are really important, but in international cricket, he should be called a manager not a coach,” Warne explained.
Elaborating further, he said, “Getting front-elbow up and coaching them like kids isn’t what is required at international level.”
“You do that for kids at age-group level, first-class level, where you are taught how to play the game and coached to get ready for international cricket.”

At the highest level, the emphasis is on the mental and tactical side of the game and that’s not the job of a conventional coach”.
“It’s about the mental side and the tactical side and that’s where man management comes in. By the time you go international cricket, you know how to play.
“Sometimes you just forget how to play and make things too complicated and that’s why you don’t get coached at international level. You are managed. Does that make sense?” the flamboyant cricketer asked.

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Lack of wrist spinners in Tests is also due to poor captaincy
In the ’90s and till mid 2000, Australia had Warne while India had Anil Kumble and Pakistan had Mushtaq Ahmed as world’s premier wrist spinners. This art form has not been put to great use in the last one and half decades with the only name to shine through ranks is Pakistan’s Yasir Shah.
Is it because of poor captaincy at Test level that we don’t get good leg break bowlers?
“Yes, that’s true,” Warne quipped. “You need someone that understands spin bowling, thoughtfulness and you needed to show empathy, and it’s not easy bowling leg-spinners.
“It’s a tough skill and tough art to sort of do and so you need encouragement from the captains and coaches and everyone involved in the sport. Field settings are so important as I can’t even express to you how important they are and so many captains get it wrong,” he reasoned.

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Modern batters aren’t facing too much of spin in Tests
Warne didn’t want to get into the rights and wrongs but he believes that batters of this generation are playing lesser and lesser quality spin bowling.
“If you look at the world game at the moment, some of the batters will get through the fast bowlers and a lot of spinners, they will get through after that. When you compare that to the ’90s batters, they had a lot of spinners to get through.
“So it’s interesting watching the modern day batters and I am not saying they are any worse or any better. I am just saying it’s a different game now. We see so many doing well in T20 cricket, hope we see some of them doing well in Test cricket too.”

I wasn’t anti-establishment but I did ask tough questions
Shane Warne has had his share of problems on and off the field but would he call himself an anti-establishment man? “No” he said emphatically.
“Not at all. I was never anti-establishment at all. If I disagreed with something, I would challenge that person. In the case of coach John Buchanan, I challenged him and I was not afraid to challenge anyone.
“If I challenged John Buchanan about tactical aspects of the game, then it was also about the captain. I would challenge anyone in our team and I would also expect to get challenged too.
“If someone wanted a different game plan, I was always open for suggestions. No matter what, I would always try something new. If I disagreed with a strategy or training method, I would challenge that. It was not anti-establishment but just that’s the way I thought about the game,” Warne said.
I made mistakes but I was very strong mentally
It is only human to make mistakes but it is the tough times in which an individual’s character comes through and that’s one aspect where Warne feels that his mental toughness worked wonders.
“It’s easy to get through life if everything goes great but it’s about how you handle tough times. And I am very proud of how I responded to the tough times, whether it was cricket when we lost to the West Indies by one run in a Test match or in personal life.”
“You never know people could be going through some real tough times but you still have to go out there and perform. I had to do that too and that was quite tough at times and that’s where the mental side of the game comes in.”
Warne said that he was mentally strong.
“I was very very strong mentally and toughness that I had, and I was able to compartmentalise and no matter what was going on in my life was able to focus on my cricket,” he said.
In one word to describe me? Down to Earth, super-competitive
Was Shane Warne a flawed genius? He starts laughing. “There are lots of positives about my life, lot of positives about my personality and negatives as well but isn’t that true for everyone?
“If I have to sum up myself, then I would call myself, “Down to earth”, honest, and super competitive, and on the cricket field I showed that,” he concluded.





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IPL 2022: KL Rahul is a phenomenal white-ball batter, says Lucknow’s mentor Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News

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LUCKNOW: Former Indian cricketer and the team mentor of the Indian Premier League’s new Lucknow franchise, Gautam Gambhir, has said that KL Rahul is a phenomenal white ball-batter and a leader as well.
Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore) for IPL 2022. KL Rahul will don the captaincy hat. Andy Flower has already been named the coach of the Lucknow franchise while former India batter Gautam Gambhir will serve as the mentor of the franchise.
Gautam Gambhir opened up about choosing KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, and Ravi Bishnoi for the showpiece event. “It’s a no brainer when it comes to KL Rahul. He is not only a batter but obviously a leader as well. It is a work in progress but he gives you three things — keeps wickets, he opens the batting and he is a phenomenal white-ball batter. His consistency and run scoring in the last couple of years has been phenomenal when he played for Punjab and other franchises plus at the same time he gives you three things so what better than this,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘IPL Selection day’.
“Marcus Stoinis, purely from a finisher point of view because we were not 100 per cent sure whether Ben Stokes is going to be in the auction or not. So there were not too many quality all-rounders plus Marcus can bat in the middle order and probably can finish off the games as well. Ravi Bishnoi for me is one of the most exciting prospects at the moment and plus he was uncapped, he is young and he is only going to get better and at the moment we have seen what kind of skills he brings on the table because he is a complete wicket-taking option and you got someone like that an Indian that also is uncapped, who can get us wickets what better than that. So I feel that these three signings are very very exciting especially Ravi Bishnoi,” he added.
Speaking about the team’s philosophy for the upcoming IPL 2022, Gambhir said: “I think the team needs to develop not just the individuals, it’s the team that wins you the tournament, not the individuals and most importantly I have always believed when you talk about team spirit, the bonding between the players, it comes with giving value to all the contributions because there will always be players who will have more opportunity to score more runs and take more wickets but the small contributions that will win you games as well.”
“Big contributions only make headlines, it’s the small contributions that win you game. I think best camaraderie is when everyone is made to feel important and that is what is going to win you tournaments,” he added.
IPL’s two new teams — Sanjiv Goenka RPSG Group for the Lucknow franchise and CVC Capital’s Ahmedabad team had received formal clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The formal clearance was given after a meeting of the IPL Governing Council.





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South Africa fined for slow over-rate in second ODI against India | Cricket News

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PAARL: South Africa have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the second ODI here, the ICC said on Saturday.
Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the sanction after Temba Bavuma‘s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.
“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time,” the ICC said in a statement.
Bavuma pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
On-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Adrien Holdstock, third umpire Bongani Jele and fourth umpire Allauhudien Palekar levelled the charge after the match on Friday.
South Africa defeated India by seven wickets in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
India made 287 for six after opting to bat. Rishabh Pant top scored for the visitors with 85 off 71 balls while skipper K L Rahul made 55 off 79 balls.
Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the pick of the South Africa bowlers, taking two wickets for 57 runs in nine overs.
South Africa chased down the target in 48.1 overs. Janneman Malan was the home team’s top-scorer with 91 off 108 while his senior opening partner Quinton de Kock made 78 in 66 balls.





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