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 vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements Ltd – owner of the CSK franchise – was asked about Dhoni and CSK’s future, where he asserted that there is no Super Kings without Dhoni. https://twitter.com/Cricketracker/status/1450383510011736066 When asked about the possible retentions from the franchise, Srinivasan added that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not made the rules clear yet. Despite not being in form with the bat, MS Dhoni led the Super Kings to their fourth IPL title last Friday, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai.  This season, CSK were coming off their worst season performance finishing…

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After losing their first match against Scotland, the Bangla tigers made a comeback to defeat Oman by 26 runs at Al Amerat Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan was the star of the match for with his all-round show. He first scored 42 off 29 to put his side in a strong position batting first and then picked 3/28 to help clinch the victory.  https://twitter.com/ESPNcricinfo/status/1450525346059587588 As it happened, Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bat first. Their start, however, wasn’t great as they only managed 29 runs in the powerplay with Liton Das (6) & Mehedi Hasan (0) back in the shed. Mohammad Naim and…

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India’s T20 batting order is one of the most discussed things in world cricket and there are several combinations floating around by experts and fans. Skipper Virat Kohli has set things straight, confirming that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open, with him occupying the no. 3 spot. Apart from the top order, the playing XI looks pretty settled, and Kohli mentioned the same during the toss of their first warm-up game against England on Monday.  “We are pretty sorted in terms of how we are going to start in the first game. Outside of that, we just want to…

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Ireland began their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in great style as they eased past the Netherlands in the opening fixture of Group A First Round by seven wickets and 29 balls to spare. The Men in Green now have two points with a net run-rate of 1.755 and have bolstered their chances of advancing through to the Super 12 stage. Curtis Campher was the star of the match with his four wickets in four balls. Ireland bundled out the Dutch to 106 on the back of Campher’s four-fer and Mark Adair’s three-fer. In response, Paul Stirling scored unbeaten 30, and Gareth Delany smashed 44 off…

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Bangladesh all-rounder claimed the record for being the leading wicket-taker in men’s international T20s during their opening T20 World Cup fixture against Scotland on October 17. Shakib surpassed Lasith Malinga’s tally of 107 scalps when he dismissed Michael Leask to long-off. The veteran all-rounder now has 108 wickets to his name from 89 international T20s at an outstanding economy of 6.70. Shakib has taken one five-wicket and four four-fers in his T20I career. On 🔝 of the charts 📈Well done, Shakib Al Hasan 👏#BNGvSCO #T20WorldCup #Bangladesh pic.twitter.com/AiGp2XFTNV— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 18, 2021 Shakib dismissed Richie Berrington on the second ball of his third over to equal Malinga’s record. The…

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The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 got off to an incredible start with two Round One Group B fixtures providing immense entertainment. The evening fixture between Scotland and Bangladesh saw Scots stun Bangladesh by six runs in Oman on October 17. Chris Greaves was the show-stealer as he put on an all-round masterclass. He smashed a crucial 45 off 28 when the team was down and out while batting first to take Scotland to a competitive total of 140/9. Greaves changed the game with the ball in hand as well, picking 2/19 in three overs. As it happened, Bangladesh won the toss and…

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The two champions are gearing up to defend their title and are one of the favourites for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, there are several question marks surrounding their approach and squad. Windies captain Kieron Pollard expressed his views at the ‘Captain’s call’ event organised by the International Cricket Council. The West Indies batting unit has often been labelled and criticised as a one-trick pony, with batters who can only play aggressive cricket. Pollard stated that while they’re loaded with powerful strikers who focus on six-hitting, they also have guys who can do the anchoring if needed. “Everything is…

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly is expecting the Indian Premier League 2022 will be played in India. The board had to organise the 2020 edition entirely in the United Arab Emirates as well as the second half of the IPL 2021. The 2021 edition was suspended midway in May after COVID-19 cases were reported in the bio-bubble. With the pandemic situation not getting any better in the country, BCCI were forced to move the second leg to the Emirates. https://twitter.com/Sportskeeda/status/1449094767594196997 The tournament was completed without any further incidents, with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings lifting their fourth Premier League…

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T20 World Cup is all set to get underway in the UAE after it was moved from India due to Covid-19 situation. Experts and fans have started to weigh in with their opinions on the mega event. Sana Mir, the former Pakistan women’s captain, has backed her country’s men to bring the trophy home. Mir understands that the T20 format is volatile and unpredictable but considering the conditions where the WC is being held, she believes Pakistan are main favourites. “With the conditions in mind, it is hard to look past Pakistan. They know UAE so well of course and…

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MS Dhoni strengthened his legacy even further by adding the fourth Premier League title in his cabinet on Friday night. CSK hammered KKR by 27 runs in the final on the back of a complete team performance. Faf du Plessis was the main man for CSK, batting through with his outstanding 86 off 59, while Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali played crucial cameos to take the team to 192/3 on the big day. All the CSK bowlers were amongst the wickets – inspired by Shardul Thakur’s 3/38 – as they restricted KKR to 165/9. Eoin Morgan won the toss and was elected to field first. CSK’s in-form…

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