Author: Sandip Pawar

Sandip Pawar is someone who lives and breathes sports, cricket in particular. He is a regular viewer of the sport, a keen observer, and loves learning its nuances.

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The former ICC elite panel umpire Simon Taufel argued that DRS for wide calls would stretch the match too long. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, however, believes it should be a welcome move. The umpiring standards in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League have been at an all-time low, with plenty of bad calls resulting in some controversies. Rajasthan Royals spinner Yuzvendra Chahal recently suggested that allowing DRS reviews for close wide calls could avoid many game-changing moments.  Credit; IPL The player wasn’t happy with the umpire’s decision to call a wide in their match against Lucknow Super Giants, which ended up…

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All-rounder Shadab Khan has been named in Pakistan’s 16-member squad for the three-match home ODI series against the West Indies, beginning June 8. Notably, top-order batter Abdullah Shafique and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz have earned a call-up as well. 23-year-old Shadab had missed the ODIs against Australia in March-April with a groin injury and will be back to the vice-captaincy role. Shafique and Nawaz have also been included, while Asif Afridi, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Saud Shakeel and Usman Qadir, who were all a part of the Australia series have been sidelined. Rawalpindi will host each of the three ODI’s scheduled to be played on June…

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das put on a record 253-run partnership to dig Bangladesh out of the hole, recovering from 24/5 to 277/5 in the Dhaka Test against Sri Lanka on May 23. The Bangla Tigers were in a big trouble, having been reduced to 24/5 inside seven overs but the duo then batted through the day, adding 253 runs to take the side to 277/5 at the end of the day one. Sri Lankan pace duo of Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando ripped through the Bangladesh top order, sending half the side back inside the first seven overs. However, veteran Rahim and Das…

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The final grid for the season is out, with four teams securing their spots in the playoffs. The table-toppers Gujarat Titans and second-placed Rajasthan Royals battle each other in Qualifier 1 while third-placed LSG will compete against RCB. The two teams will meet in the Eliminator at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 25. The Super Giants have been outstanding in their debut season, winning nine out of 14 group matches. However, they missed out on the top two finish by a narrow margin due to an inferior net run-rate of 0.251 compared to the Royals’ 0.298. Which means they now have to…

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Salman Butt, former Pakistan captain, has been appointed the consulting head coach for the Singapore national side for the entire 2022 season. A local support staff will assist him in this stint, with the former Pakistan women’s team trainer Jamal Hussain joining as fielding coach and trainer. Singapore, an associate member of International Cricket Council, will compete in three tournaments in the next five months for qualification into ICC’s marquee events. The three tournaments include T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in July, Asia Cup qualifier in August in Sri Lanka and Men’s Challenge League A in Canada for ODI…

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Virender Sehwag was highly impressed with Yashasvi Jaiswal’s match-winning half-century in Rajasthan Royals’ five-wicket win against the Chennai Super Kings on May 20. Yashasvi Jaiswal, India’s U19 World Cup captain from two years ago, has been in fine form of late for the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022, with scores of 68, 19, 41 and 59 in his recent outings. That was after he made a comeback into the XI, after being dropped with underwhelming returns at the start of the season. Jaiswal stroked a 44-ball 59 in the Royals’ successful run-chase of 151, which helped them secure a top-two…

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Piyush Chawla has given his verdict on Mayank Agarwal’s captaincy stint with Punjab Kings, saying the captaincy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it was clearly evident. Mayank Agarwal, who was retained by Punjab Kings ahead of the 2022 mega auction and built the team around him, had a torrid time in the IPL 2022. While his personal form wasn’t great, he couldn’t lead the side to the playoffs either. Piyush Chawla reckoned the Punjab skipper let the pressure get to him. Agarwal replaced KL Rahul as the captain of Punjab Kings in the IPL 2022, following his excellent season…

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Having secured their top two finish on the points table, Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns in the Qualifier 1 for a direct entry into the final of the IPL 2022. The two teams will face off at Eden Gardens on May 24.  The Indian Premier League 2022 has reached its final stage, with four teams securing their top four berth for a shot at the championship. The two teams will get two shots while the third and fourth placed teams will have to go through two teams to reach the final. Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, the…

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Adam Gilchrist revealed that Shane Warne had offered Andrew Symonds a coaching role with the London Spirit at The Hundred, and had planned to pay the former all-rounder from his own pockets. The cricketing world has endured tough times of late, with three of Australian stalwarts, Rod Marsh, Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds passing away within a span of three months. As tributes continue to flow, there have been touching tales being narrated of the former greats, which make them unforgettable figures. Gilchrirst, the former Australia wicketkeeper, revisited one involving his World Cup winning teammates Warne and Symonds earlier this…

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Mushfiqur Rahim made a rather hyperbolic claim of Bangladesh supporters comparing him to the great Don Bradman when he succeeds, after he scored his eight Test hundred in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Chattogram. Rahim entered record books on Wednesday, May 18, when he became the first ever Bangladesh batsman to get to 5,000 Test runs. The wicketkeeper batsman reached the milestone during his solid 105 in Bangladesh’s first innings effort of 465 all-out in response to Sri Lanka’s 397 in the ongoing first Test in Chattogram. In an emotional speech at the end of fourth day’s play,…

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