Author: Shubham Bhargava

Shubham Bhargava is a sports journalist and a fantasy writer. A cricket enthusiast who likes to understand the nuances of the great game.

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Although the IPL tournament was suspended just after 29 matches, the viewers were entertained with some astonishing performances. Based on the performances delivered by different players, former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg came up with the Best XI of IPL 2021. Hogg chose Delhi Capitals’ stylish and explosive opening duo of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan. Both Shaw and Dhawan were at their absolute best throughout the season. They guided the Capitals to several wins without much hassle. The right and the left opening combination proved to be a headache for almost every other side in the IPL. Moreover, Shikhar Dhawan…

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Swashbuckling hitter Glenn Phillips and all-rounder Daryl Mitchell have been included for the first time in New Zealand Cricket’s list of centrally contracted players. Ajaz Patel, who has been included in the squad which will play against England, has been dropped from the 20-men list after just one year. After much deliberation, New Zealand coach Gary Stead and selector Gavin Larsen decided who will be a part of the all-important list. They ranked players based on performances in all three formats, with tests receiving a double weightage. Patel was excluded from the squad as he has been among injuries for…

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Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir might try his luck in IPL after gaining British citizenship as BCCI doesn’t allow Pakistani players to participate in the marquee league. Amir shocked the cricketing world last year when he announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 29. Since then, the left-arm swing bowler has been living in the United Kingdom with his family. He stated that the main reason behind his early retirement were the people who are part of the Pakistan management. He claimed that the management’s unacceptable behavior made him lose interest in playing for Pakistan. Although he…

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After the IPL 2021 was suspended midway, the BCCI has been trying hard to organize the remaining matches in September. However, SRH’ Kane Williamson and other NZ players might miss out on rest of the season as Kiwis will take on Pakistan in September. While Williamson is one of the biggest names who hails from New Zealand to participate in the marquee league, players like Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Finn Allen, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, and Tim Siefert also feature for different franchises in IPL. Williamson has also been appointed as the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise…

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will take part in the Dhaka Premier League 2021, which implies that he will miss the remainder of the ongoing Pakistan Super League. The DPL League will be played in T20 format this time around instead of the usual 50-over format. Shakib was not in any of the squad for the 2021 edition of PSL, but later, he was included as one of the replacement players. The experienced all-rounder was picked up by Lahore Qalandars in a special replacement draft which was recently organized by the PCB. Two other Bangladesh players – Liton Das and…

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Portugal, a country easing its last phase of lockdown, has been named on the “green list” by the British government from May 17 onwards, which may allow the supporters of the two English fans to attend the game. On Friday, the United Kingdom government placed Turkey on the “red list” for travellers – cancelling UEFA’s plans to distribute a minimum of 4,000 tickets for each finalist at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. The U.K. government initially offered to host the all-English final at Wembley Stadium in London, but the deal broke down over the problems of exemptions for sponsors, media and…

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After they were forced to suspend the IPL midway, BCCI will now leave no stone unturned in ensuring the safety of all the players. The board will send its medical team to perform RT-PCR tests at the doorstep of each Indian player who has been included in the squad, which will travel to England for the World Test Championship final and 5 tests against. The BCCI still awaits a formal health advisory from the UK government via the International Cricket Council. Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the board has decided that it will enforce two-week quarantine for the whole contingent.…

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Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, who tested positive for Covid-19, have now returned home after completing their period of isolation. The franchise informed that the players will undergo another RT-PCR test upon reaching home. After a number of cricketers who participated in the 14th edition of the IPL tested positive for Covid-19, the marquee league was suspended midway. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials have confirmed that both KKR players, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have gone home. The official concluded by saying that both the cricketers are in good spirits as…

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AB de Villiers never seizes to amaze. Once set, he makes even the best in business look foolish. Even legendary Indian opener and swashbuckling hitter Virender Sehwag praised the South African for his astonishing ability to score runs consistently despite being out of the game for a while. Despite retiring from international cricket as many as three years ago, AB de Villiers hasn’t lost his touch even today. Year after year, AB has been the saviour for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Amidst all the speculations of his comeback into the international circuit, which could be in the…

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While India is facing a devastating second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the world is coming together to support the nation. Recently, Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir penned a heartfelt message for India extending his support to the neighbouring country. India is battling the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day India is recording more than 4 lakh positive cases. The country’s total tally of infected people stands at 2,10, 77, 410. While the situation is getting from bad to worse each passing day, many notable cricketers and global icons have come forward to offer prayers and financial aid…

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