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  1. Ani32810


    If anyone saw the KKR game colin de grandhommeyesterday, you will know about the records broken. But this isn't going to be about that. This is going to be a criticism on Virat Kohli and an appreciation of Gautam Gambhir. With regards to Kohli, he needs to get his field placement right. If you look at the 13th over, you will see a man at covers and a man at long-off. That was simply a waste of a fielder and somebody needs to tell Kohli to improve this. Next, as you will look at the post-match interview you will hear Kohli state "We thought we had enough on the board." That was a very stupid statement to make. 160 runs are never enough in a t20 game, especially in the IPL and more specifically Banglore (where the par score is 180 runs in the past 10 years of IPL). Furthermore, blaming your entire team just shows a lack of responsibility with regards to Kohli's own form in the IPL this year. He has an average of 14 runs which is simply pathetic from a captain. This was also an issue towards the latter stage of Dhoni's career which could have been a major reason as to why Dhoni decided to step down. It is important to lead from the front and Kohli has lacked that important aspect of captaincy. Kohli's captaincy is crucial because of the upcoming Champions trophy and he needs to find form and lead in a better fashion or we will see India perish the same way RCB has in this season of the IPL. To my next point, Gambhir. He has proven he is capable with the bat and he is capable of captaincy from the front. With the bat, he has scored 380+ runs this season and he held the orange cap for a while this year. He should definitely be given a chance to open for India before the Champions trophy. I dare say he should be given captaincy. Which brings me to my next point: his master-stroke Narine. Simply beautiful, marvelous and out of the box thinking. Making Narine open the innings as an experiment has proven really successful. Eventhough, Narine was not able to perform to his standards with the ball, he has excelled in all fronts with the bat. With regards to numbers, he far exceeds Kohli. In a way, it should be a wake-up call for Kohli that a tail-ender is doing much better than him. Lastly, Gambhir has done somewhat of an average job with his team placements, but at the end of the day it's the wins that matter and he has done that. Colin de grandhomme was a surprise pick for KKR. Furthermore, dropping Uthappa was also surprising. But hey, who's complaining? He is delivering and that is all that matters.
  2. Smarting from successive defeats, an under-pressure Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to regain their momentum and remain in the hunt for the knockout stage when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squads Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Vishnu Vinod (wicketkeeper), Sreenath Aravind, Kedar Jadhav (wicketkeeper), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Chaudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake. Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.
  3. There seems to be no end to the MS Dhoni-Goenka saga with Harsh Goenka, brother of Rising Pune Supergiant owner Sanjeev Goenka, taking an indirect dig at the former India captain on Twitter after his side cruised to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. It was Pune’s seventh win in 11 matches, with Rahul Tripathi leading the charge with a scintillating 52-ball 93 to chase down the 156-run target set by the former champions. While Tripathi rightfully earned praises and accolades from across the world, Harsh Goenka tweeted: “Great thing about #RPS - a new hero every game -Tripathi, Stokes, Smith, Tahir. Peaking at the right time.” Tripathi has been brilliant up the order for Rising Pune Supergiant this season with 352 runs to his name at a strike rate of 155.06. Smith, too, had helped Supergiant win their first game against Mumbai Indians while Ben Stokes hit a terrific ton to win the game for his side against Gujarat Lions in the previous match. Imran Tahir has been pretty impressive this season with the veteran picking up crucial intervals to run through the opposition consistently. He played a crucial role in Supergiant’s win over Royal Challengers Bangalore as well. However, what Harsh Goenka seemed to have forgotten was the manner in which Dhoni had finished the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home. With 47 required off the last three overs, it was Dhoni’s power-hitting that turned the game on its head as they chased down the target in the final delivery of the match. However, while it earned plaudits across the globe, it seemed to have failed to impress Harsh Goenka who has been grabbing headlines consistently for his anti-Dhoni posts. After Supergiant had picked up their first match against MI, he had tweeted: “#RPSvMI Smith proved who’s the king of the jungle. Overshadows Dhoni totally. Captains innings. Great move to appoint him as captain”. Although he deleted the tweet after he had to face severe criticism, he came up with a tweet that compared strike rates between his side’s batsmen after the second game. Naturally, Dhoni’s fans were not happy with Goenka’s constant tirade against ‘Captain cool’ who had been forced to step down just before the start of the tournament. While Dhoni was indeed suffering from a patchy form in the initial stages, he has struck back form of late but that seems to have done little to impress Harsh Goenka who is yet to acknowledge Dhoni’s contributions for the side.
  4. KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID Rahul Tripathi finally converted his brilliant starts to a big knock on Wednesday as he helped his side to an emphatic IPL 2017 win over Kolkata Knight Riders with a brilliant 52-ball 93. Rahul Tripathi, who is yet to earn a national cap, revealed at the end of the match that he had no plans whatsoever for any bowler and played every ball according to his merit. “I think that worked well. If I would have thought something or I would have made plans that wouldn’t have worked because these are good bowlers; they (Kolkata Knight Riders) are a great bowling side,” Tripathi told teammate Jaydev Unadkat during an interaction for iplt20.com. “So I just kept it simple to watch the ball, hit the ball and go with my gut feeling. And I think keeping my mind blank was also important. I wasn’t thinking much and played according to the merit of a ball.” This was Rahul Tripathi’s second half-century in the tournament despite having failed to score 30 on just two occasions in the tournament so far. Known for his aggressive approach to the game, Tripathi has been instrumental to provide perfect platforms for his side who picked up their seventh victory to go level on points with Kolkata Knight Riders. “I was getting good starts, and I wanted to carry on that start but we won and that’s more important,” Tripathi added. “I would have loved to finish the match, that’s certainly there. But if we win the match, then it’s okay.” He also went on to add the importance of sharing the dressing room with the likes of Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis and so on stating that the expertise of the international cricketers have helped him grow in confidence on and off the field. “It’s a dream experience for me. I guess opening with Ajinkya bhai… He tells you little things like ‘you’re batting well’ or ‘you’ve got good intent’ and so on. Well, even if you don’t believe in yourself, you start believing when someone like Ajinkya Rahane is telling you these things. “Even off the field, Faf is there, Ben is there, our team is having so much fun. I’ve also been lucky to remain not out a couple of times to find MS Dhoni join me in the middle,” Tripathi added before candidly confessing that the crowd unnerved him on two occasions when he got run-out while playing with the former India captain. “I’m not used to so much crowd and I was slow to react on both the occasions.” Rahul Tripathi also swapped the role in between to don the interviewer’s hat and asked Unadkat what had been working for him as a bowler. Unadkat has played just seven games so far but has picked up 12 wickets, including two against Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. “I think as a bowling unit we’re doing really good. I think Imran bhai in the middle overs, me in the starting, then (again in the) middle overs, I think we all are picking wickets. I think that is what is restricting the opposition to lower totals,” Unadkat said. “I think wickets is the most crucial part of our game and we’ve been sticking to our plans. I just hope we stick on to the momentum we’ve got and it helps us qualify for the play-offs at a higher position and go through in the tournament.”
  5. Gambhir and co. can't handle that spicy Puneri Misal! RPS on a rampage! पुणेकर जोमात, गंभीर कोमात. Bring it on, rasgullas!
  6. A keen contest is on the cards when the rampaging Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clash with defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a second phase league match Leading the points table with 14 points from nine matches (with just two losses), KKR have been in sublime form in the ongoing edition of IPL. Sunrisers, on the other hand, are currently on the third spot with 11 points from nine matches. Squads Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (wicketkeeper), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tanmay Agarwal, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Eklavya Dwivedi, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Siddharth Kaul, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammed Siraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe. Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Darren Bravo, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shaikb Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey.
  7. Form guide Rising Pune Supergiant (fourth): defeated Mumbai Indians by three runs, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets, defeated RCB by 27 runs Kolkata Knight Riders (second): defeated RCB by 82 runs, lost to Gujarat Lions by four wickets, defeated Delhi Daredevils by four wickets In the news Knight Riders will be without Nathan Coulter-Nile, who in their previous game bowled Royal Challengers Bangalore out for 49 which is the lowest total in IPL history. The 29-year old seamer has not travelled with the team to Pune, with captain Gautam Gambhir citing workload management as the reason. Coulter-Nile's absence means either Shakib Al Hasan or Trent Boult could return to the team. Colin de Grandhomme hasn't fired with the bat but his three-wicket haul on Sunday has boosted his chances of retaining his place. The likely XIs Rising Pune Supergiant 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Ben Stokes, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Manoj Tiwary, 7 Dan Christian, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Imran Tahir, 11 Jaydev Unadkat Kolkata Knight Riders 1 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa (wk), 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Yusuf Pathan 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Trent Boult/Shakib Al Hasan, 11 Kuldeep Yadav Strategy Punt Overall in the IPL, Sunil Narine smashes spin at a strike-rate of 233 but pace at only 126. But this season, with his promotion to opener, he has smashed fast bowlers for 93 runs off 53 deliveries. So perhaps there is a case for Rising Pune to take pace off the ball and use Imran Tahir or Washington Sundar against him. Stats that matter Manoj Tiwary has scored 139 runs off 82 balls, at a strike-rate of 167.07. He has been dismissed only three times in his last nine T20 innings, and has been hitting a boundary every four balls. Ajinkya Rahane has smashed Umesh Yadav for 54 runs in 38 balls without ever being dismissed in the IPL. Spinners have been more effective than seamers at MCA stadium this season. They have given away only 6.97 runs per over, taking a wicket every 19.42 runs. Seamers have leaked 9.50 runs an over, taking a wicket every 42.61 runs.
  8. IPL 2017: How Gautam Gambhir imitated Shah Rukh Khan from Chak De to plot RCB's downfall at Eden Gardens Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made quite the statement while annihilating Royal Challnegers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday. After being skittled out for a paltry 131 batting first at the high-scoring Eden Gardens, the hosts came out all guns blazing to create Indian Premier League (IPL) history. Who would expect a line-up with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle could be shot out for less than 50 in a T20 game! But KKR did the impossible with a stunning exhibition of fast-bowling. Their pace quartet of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme were simply too hot for RCB to handle. What many don't know, however, is the fact that KKR achieved this remarkable feat on the back of some stirring words by their captain Gautam Gambhir. Much like what KKR owner Shah Rukh Khan did in the inspirational movie Chak De! India , Gambhir gave a rousing speech to his team-mates after their dismal performance with the bat. In a column written for the Hindustan Times, Gambhir reflected upon his mind-set before the start of RCB's innings on Sunday. The Delhi lad was left fuming after his team's poor showing with the bat and even a cold shower couldn't cool him down. "As the innings break was nearing the end I got the entire team together. I started speaking and let go of all I had. I wanted intensity from my teammates. I wanted them to fight. I wanted them to win," wrote Gambhir. The 35-year-old then went on to reveal a serious threat made by him to his mates at that time. "I told them whoever dropped on intent should understand that this could be his last game for KKR, at least in my captaincy." Gambhir also remembered how his team-mates were "shocked and surprised" after his emotional pitch to them. He revealed how he had always been a relaxed skipper at KKR and had never imposed himself. "I thought that we were not taking enough pride. I am happy to lose spots on the IPL Fairplay award list but I can not see my team slipping on the points table," he wrote. Source : http://www.dnaindia.com/ipl/report-ipl-2017-how-gautam-gambhir-imitated-shah-rukh-khan-from-chak-de-to-plot-rcb-s-downfall-at-eden-gardens-2415207
  9. Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to improve their record against Gujarat Lions (GL) and start their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a win when the two sides meet at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on today. Lions have a top-heavy look to their batting lineup with the likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, and Dinesh Karthik expected to start. KKR's strength this time lies in the balance of the team. With the likes of England allrounder Chris Woakes and Kiwi pacer Trent Boult being roped in, and a good mix of domestic batsmen in Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and vice-captain Suryakumar Kumar, the men in purple are expected to do well. In Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, currently the world's best allrounder across all formats, and spinners Sunil Narine and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav they have the arsenal to make the most of slow and low wickets especially at home. Squads Gujarat Lions: James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Andrew Tye, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Jason Roy, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Tejas Singh Baroka, Munaf Patel, Akash Deep Nath, Shubham Agarwal. Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya. Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de Grandhomme.

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