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Iyer takes on the wristspinners, as planned

Iyer takes on the wristspinners, as planned

On the day Gautam Gambhir announced his resignation as Delhi Daredevils captain, he did so sitting next to coach Ricky Ponting and CEO Hemant Dua. Only when Gambhir said he had endorsed Shreyas Iyer as captain as his last call of duty did you realise that Iyer had quietly slipped into the press conference room.…
How batsmen began to go boom all the time

How batsmen began to go boom all the time

Carlos Brathwaite's sixes in the World T20 final against England are perhaps the most striking example of big hitting on the big stage © Associated Press It is the last over of the 2016 World T20 final. West Indies need an absurd, improbable, 19 runs to win. Carlos Brathwaite is on strike. In his entire…
What’s with the around-the-stumps tactic?

What’s with the around-the-stumps tactic?

Did dropping Gambhir pay off? The average run-rate in the Powerplay, while batting first, in this IPL season is 8.55, which translates to about 51 runs. And prior to this game, Delhi Daredevils had fallen short of that mark, making 28 for 2 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 45 for 1 against Kings XI Punjab.…
What’s with the round-the-stumps tactic?

What’s with the round-the-stumps tactic?

Did dropping Gambhir pay off? The average run-rate in the Powerplay, while batting first, in this IPL season is 8.55, which translates to about 51 runs. And prior to this game, Delhi Daredevils had fallen short of that mark, making 28 for 2 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and 45 for 1 against Kings XI Punjab.…
Iyer owns the ‘V’ and Knight Riders’ attack

Iyer owns the ‘V’ and Knight Riders’ attack

All-star of the match Two days after resigning as Delhi Daredevils captain, Gautam Gambhir was dropped from the team and he looked like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders in the dugout. Shreyas Iyer, the new captain, on the other hand, batted like the world was at his feet. He…
What’s gone wrong with Mumbai Indians?

What’s gone wrong with Mumbai Indians?

3:22 PM ET Vishal DikshitESPN A few days ago, you could sympathise with Mumbai Indians because they were putting in the performances but narrowly missing out on results. Before their last match, they had lost four out of five games; all four in the last over while defending targets, and two by one wicket. On…
27th match (N), Indian Premier League at Pune, Apr 28 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

27th match (N), Indian Premier League at Pune, Apr 28 2018 | Match Preview...

Chennai Super Kings: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets, beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four runs, beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs Mumbai Indians: Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 31 runs, lost to Rajasthan Royals by three wickets, beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 46 runs.n Big Picture Since playing the tournament opener in Mumbai, the…
Dala replaces injured Morris at Delhi Daredevils

Dala replaces injured Morris at Delhi Daredevils

Fast bowler Junior Dala has replaced his injured South Africa team-mate Chris Morris at Delhi Daredevils for the rest of IPL 2018. Morris, who was the only overseas player to be retained by Daredevils, for INR 7.1 crore (USD 1 million approx.), has been sidelined with a back injury. Dala had set a base price…
Former MCC chief Keith Bradshaw queries ECB ‘innovation for innovation’s sake’

Former MCC chief Keith Bradshaw queries ECB ‘innovation for innovation’s sake’

Keith Bradshaw, the SACA chief executive, says he hopes that the ECB's new 100-ball tournament is not "innovation for innovation's sake", ten years after his own proposals for a franchise-style T20 tournament in England and Wales were deemed too radical for serious consideration by the board. Bradshaw, who was chief executive at MCC for five…
25th match (N), Indian Premier League at Hyderabad, Apr 26 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

25th match (N), Indian Premier League at Hyderabad, Apr 26 2018 | Match Report...

Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 6 (Pandey 54, Shakib 28, Rajpoot 5-14) beat Kings XI Punjab 119 (Rahul 32, Rashid 3-19, Shakib 2-18) by 13 runsnScorecard and ball-by-ball details play3:43 'Kings XI too dependent on Gayle and Rahul'Shaun Tait, Ajit Agarkar and the ESPNcricinfo team discuss Kings XI's failure to chase 132 in Hyderabad No Billy…
Advised others to bowl more slower ones and knuckleballs – Sandeep

Advised others to bowl more slower ones and knuckleballs – Sandeep

How difficult is it for a team to stage a turnaround - defend two low totals in consecutive games after conceding 180-plus in two back-to-back matches before that? That, too, with a depleted pace contingent without spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Billy Stanlake? Ask Sandeep Sharma, and he'll decode Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowling might that humbled his…
Why Andre Russell is such a big deal in T20

Why Andre Russell is such a big deal in T20

His bowling was lightning, hitting incredibly frenetic, and fielding breathtaking. This was a player who would win a game with any of his three skills. Learie Constantine was quite a cricketer, an impact player before impact players were a thing. His batting wasn't quite allrounder standard, but when he made runs, they came at such…

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