N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

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N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

Manuja Veerappa • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 06:56 AM

Jagadeesan has been making giant strides. © Cricbuzz

On their day off, Royal Challengers Bangalore overseas bowlers turned out in good numbers during the trials to find a replacement for injured top-order batsman KL Rahul.

With the 24-year-old local boy, who kept wickets as well in the previous season, unavailable for the entire duration of the Indian Premier League, RCB are looking for an uncapped Indian player.

Four domestic players – Karnataka batsman Pavan Deshpande, N Jagadeesan of Tamil Nadu, Kerala’s Vishnu Vinod and Prashant Chopra from Himachal Pradesh attended the trials under the watchful eyes of coach Daniel Vettori. While Jagadeesan and Vinod are regular wicketkeepers who can bat too, Prashant is an occasional ‘keeper. Deshpande has had a good run this season and is a proven hard-hitting left-hand batsman and a handy off-spinner. He showcased glimpses of his power-hitting against English bowler Tymal Mills.

With AB de Villiers pulling out of the final of the Momentum One-Day Cup – South Africa’s domestic 50-over competition with a back injury, RCB have the option of having Kedar Jadhav or Australia’s Travis Head to keep wickets. The 32-year-old Indian , however, hasn’t kept wickets for a while but has called on to bowl his offbreaks occasionally.

In such a scenario, Jagadeesan and Vinod may fancy their chances of making the cut. Both are proven talents on the domestic circuit both with the bat and behind the stumps. The RCB think-tank probably wanted to test the four youngsters’ ability to handle international bowlers and had Shane Watson, Tymal Mills and Adam Milne bowl to them apart from the regular net bowlers.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli, who has been ruled out of RCB’s first few games owing to a shoulder injury, joined his teammates in Bengaluru on Sunday (April 2) evening. South African AB de Villiers, who is likely to lead in Kohli’s absence, was expected to arrive late on Sunday night.



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Zadran, Nabi warned for breaching code of conduct


Zadran, Nabi warned for breaching code of conduct

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 01:18 AM

Dawlat Zadran was warned for throwing the ball at the Ireland batsman even when the latter wasn’t going for a run © Getty

Pacer Dawlat Zadran and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi have been warned for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct in two separate incidents during Afghanistan’s 172-run win over Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup match in Greater Noida last week.

Nabi, who had appealed and celebrated while taking a catch off Andy Balbirne, was found guilty of ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’ as he had clearly grassed the chance. He was handed one demerit point.

Dawlat, on the other hand, was found guilty after he fired a throw at Ireland’s No 11 batsman Peter Chase even as the latter wasn’t looking for a run. The ball hit the batsman, who was at the crease.

Both players accepted the sanctions proposed by the match referee Graeme La Brooy and no formal hearing was needed.

Four demerit points results in a suspension point. Thereafter, two suspension points against a player’s name results in a ban from either an ICC Intercontinental Cup match, two One-Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals, depending on whichever comes first.

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IPL: Which batsman has the wood on whom


IPL: Which batsman has the wood on whom

Deepu Narayanan • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 09:52 PM

David Warner has seven fifties in as many matches against RCB. © BCCI

In the 2014 IPL auction, Chennai Super Kings’ aggressive bid for opener Dwayne Smith raised a few eyebrows. They were not the team known to tinker their core group and going for Smith despite having Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis in their ranks was surprising, to say the least. Coach Stephen Fleming later confessed that the reason for it was Smith’s stellar record against the franchise – every time Smith batted against CSK he played some extraordinary innings which hit them very hard.

Here, in a two-part series, we take a look at a few such instances of a batsman taking a liking to a particular opposition.

David Warner for SRH vs RCB – Seven fifties in as many matches

David Warner’s exploits against Royal Challengers Bangalore is of two halves. In his first six matches against them, all for Delhi Daredevils, he scored just 107 runs at 17.83. But ever since donning the SunRisers Hyderabad jersey, he has been a different monster altogether against the familiar foes. His scores in the last seven innings read 61, 59, 57, 52 not out, 58, 92 and 69. No other player has scored more than four consecutive fifties against any team in the history of IPL. He has also hit an unbeaten 122 against them for New South Wales in the now defunct Champions League.

Warner vs RCB:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 13 555 46.25 162.28 7 92 3

Chris Gayle vs KXIP – 797 runs in 15 matches

No one in the history of IPL has scored more runs against a particular opposition than Chris Gayle against the Kings XI. Gayle’s love affair with KXIP started from his second appearance, for Kolkata Knight Riders then, scoring a 26-ball unbeaten 44 in a rain-affected encounter. He scored his first hundred against them, for Royal Challengers, in May 2011 and scored another one exactly the same day four years later. His eight scores of fifty or more against them is also a tournament record.

Gayle vs KXIP:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 15 797 56.92 175.55 8 117 4

Chris Gayle vs KKR – Four Man of the Match awards in 11 games

Gayle arrived on the scene in Royal Challengers’ gold and yellow for the first time against his former employers Kolkata Knight Riders, mid-season in 2011. He smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 102 and unleashed a different monster altogether. Gayle averaged 30 with a strike rate of 140 till then and since then, those numbers have risen to 43 and 153 respectively. He tormented Knight Riders, especially in their den at the Eden Gardens, as the following scores suggest – 102 (55), 86 (58), 96 (56) and 49 (31).

Gayle vs KKR:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 11 525 58.33 158.61 4 102* 4

Suresh Raina vs MI – Four fifties in knockout games

No other team has rubbed shoulders as often as Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the short history of IPL and it was Suresh Raina who helped the former to put their noses ahead in the crunch contests. He scored an unbeaten 35-ball 57 in the final of 2010 season to infuse momentum into the innings and was the only fifty in the summit clash, earning him Man of the Match award. Three years later he scored an unbeaten 82 off just 42 balls in the Qualifiers which booked his team a berth in the final. The following year he scored a 33-ball 54, unbeaten again, in the Eliminator thereby ending Mumbai’s campaign. Last year he scored a 36-ball 58 for Gujarat Lions, once again to terminate Mumbai’s journey for the season.

Raina vs MI:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 24 679 35.73 148.90 6 83* 4

Rohit Sharma vs KKR – The love for Eden

Rohit Sharma has always been a thorn in the flesh for the Knight Riders. Much before his love affair with the Eden Gardens commenced, he smashed 26 off a Mashrafe Mortaza over at the Wanderers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat much to the dismay of the Knight Riders who were in the middle of their worst run. His only IPL hundred came at the Eden on a difficult track against an attack comprising of Sunil Narine, Brett Lee and Shakib Al Hasan among others. His last five innings against them read – 51, 98 not out, 30, 84 not out and 68.

Rohit vs KKR:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 18 655 54.58 140.55 5 109* 4

Virat Kohli vs SRH – Seven 40+ scores in nine innings

This is a nascent rivalry, with SunRisers having started playing IPL only since 2013. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 47-ball 93 where the rest of the team only managed 62 runs off 59 balls as they made light work of a daunting chase in Bengaluru in 2013. Later in 2015, he smashed a 19-ball 44 to chase down 81 runs in six overs in a rain-curtailed game to ensure SunRisers’ exit from the competition. He kicked off his brilliant run in 2016 with 75 against the familiar foes and ended with another half-century in the final.

Kohli vs SRH:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 9 434 62.00 146.62 4 93* 2

Ajinkya Rahane vs DD – An impressive average of 77.75

Ajinkya Rahane’s run against Delhi Daredevils has been more steady than spectacular. He was only 20 years old when he scored 56 in a losing cause in the 2009 edition in South Africa. He played another superb knock – an unbeaten 84 off 63 – in 2012 against Daredevils as his side lost by one run. This remains the highest unbeaten score by an opener in an IPL run-chase in a losing cause. He has reached double figures in all his matches against them and his team has remained unbeaten in the last eight encounters against Daredevils. He has scored 622 runs against them with six fifties and highest of an unbeaten 91.

Rahane vs DD:

Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 13 622 77.75 132.05 6 91* 4

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ICC Test Rankings: KL Rahul jumps to 11th place; Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin top two bowlers

KL Rahul didn’t score a century in the Australia series but produced continuous runs. (Source: Reuters) KL Rahul didn’t score a century in the Australia series but produced continuous runs. (Source: Reuters)

India opener Lokesh Rahul, who hit two half-centuries in the deciding Dharamsala Test against Australia, on Thursday jumped 11 places to a career-high rank of 11th in the latest ICC chart for Test batsmen. The 24-year-old Karnataka batsman had started the series in the 57th position and has gained 46 places over four Tests following scores of 64, 10, 90, 51, 67, 60 and 51 not out. Rahul is now India’s third highest ranked batsman after Cheteshwar Pujara (4) and Virat Kohli (5), who lost two and one place respectively. Rahul is ahead of Ajinkya Rahane (14th, up by three places) and Murali Vijay (34th, down by four places).

In the bowling table, spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have retained the top two bowling spots, while paceman Umesh Yadav has claimed a career-high 21st position following his player of the match performance in the fourth Test. Yadav took two for 69 and three for 29 in the match, earning him a rise of five places.

In the all-rounders’ list, Jadeja replaced Ahwin in the second position to be behind top-ranked Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan. Jadeja took four wickets and scored 63 runs in Dharamsala to walk away with the player of the series award.

Australia captain Steve Smith has successfully defended his number-one position and is currently 61 points ahead of his New Zealand opposite number, Kane Williamson, who has moved up two places to second following his 176 in the Hamilton Test. Smith had entered the series against India, leading Kohli by 38 points, and finished as the most successful batsman with 499 runs in eight innings.

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2nd ODI, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka, 2017

The hat-trick in the end from Taskin Ahmed might not have evened out things as Sri Lanka with 311 have advantage with themselves. The dew which really didn’t hamper proceedings in the last game. Will it show up tonight? Bangladesh on the other hand in the field were up against Tharanga’s 65 and Mendis’s 102. They did well towards the end to restrict Sri lanka to below 330. But 312 as a target is still a daunting task. And as we go away for a 20 minute break, how many of them have picked up hat-tricks in a losing cause? Dwell on that in the meanwhile..

49.5 Taskin Ahmed to Pradeep, out Bowled!! He has done it! Seals the deal with a perfect yorker. The batsman trying to flay it away, missed it easily. The young man takes off. He won’t be tracked down by anyone. A hat-trick for Taskin. Perhaps the silver lining that Bangladesh were looking forward to. Pradeep b Taskin Ahmed 0(1)

Taskin Ahmed to Pradeep, THAT’S OUT!! Bowled!!

Nuwan Pradeep, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Hat-trick ball now..

49.4 Taskin Ahmed to Lakmal, out Caught by Mustafizur!! That was full-toss and the batsman has slammed it straight to the man at mid-wicket. The Fizz dives to his right and takes it with both hands. Taskin Ahmed is on a hat-trick now. That was a nothing delivery. It might well have slipped out of his hands but that is the nature of this game. Lakmal c Mustafizur b Taskin Ahmed 0(1)

Taskin Ahmed to Lakmal, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!

Suranga Lakmal, right handed bat, comes to the crease

49.3 Taskin Ahmed to Gunaratne, out Caught by Soumya Sarkar!! Slaps the full ball and fails to lift it over the man at mid-off. The length was there but the batsman failed to really get under it and could not get any elevation on it. This will hurt Lanka. Gunaratne c Soumya Sarkar b Taskin Ahmed 39(28) [4s-4 6s-1]
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