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MI Turk Mohsin Khan Thanks Suresh Raina for Co…

New Delhi: Mohsin Khan is the latest pace sensation from Uttar Pradesh — a state which in the recent past has given India the likes of Praveen Kumar, RP Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Hailing from Sambhal, near Moradabad, the young pacer rose through the ranks in UP, representing the state in U16 and U19 cricket before finally making his senior debut in January 2018 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

A shoulder injury almost derailed his career but the teenager fought back and grabbed the opportunity in the senior team with both hands.

He took 9 wickets in 4 games in the Super League stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, and then was picked up in the auction by Mumbai Indians at a base price of Rs. 20 lakh.

The youngster credits his state captain Suresh Raina for giving him the opportunity. “Raina bhaiya encouraged me a lot, I was nervous as I had never played at this level before. But he used to field at mid-on when I bowled and kept on encouraging me. He asked me to bowl freely and without any tension,” Mohsin was quoted as saying by a local news channel.

The youngster isn’t looking too far ahead and wants to see this as a learning experience.

“Mumbai Indians have a lot of experienced coaches. I will work on my game and look to improve my game. It’s a huge opportunity, I am a bit nervous going into the camp with the likes of Bumrah, Tendulkar and will do my best to impress them,” he had said, ahead of the tournament.

Son of a police officer, Mohsin looks up to Zaheer Khan as his idol and wants to meet him to take tips on the game. "Zaheer Khan is a legend and I have grown up watching his videos, I have never had a chance to talk to him but I would like to learn from him, the way he swung the ball and also mastered the knuckle-ball, these are the things I want to learn as well,” adds Mohsin.

‘IPL Auction Turning Point in my Life’

His father Multan Khan added that the IPL auction was a turning point in the family’s lives. “I was watching the auction but then saw so many kids going unsold, my heart started to sink a little bit. Then my wife told me Mohsin’s name has come. I just asked my wife what’s written and she said sold, I couldn’t hold back my tears, that was a big turning point in my life,” says Multan, with a sense of pride in his voice.

Mohsin though knows that the long journey has just begun for him and that he can’t be distracted by the glitz and glamour of the IPL.

“I will double the hard work now. I also have to grind it out at the domestic level and perform well there, only then can I realise my dream of playing for India,” he says.

IPL 2018 Points Table: All the Possibilities o…

New Delhi: The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is seeing one of the closest fights ever for a place in the knockouts as there are as many as three teams are gunning for the last spot in the playoffs. With Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders already sealing the three spots, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are fighting it out on the last day of the league stage to grab the remaining one spot.

Only Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore and Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Daredevils have been knocked out of the tournament and will end their campaign at the bottom of the table. SRH, KKR, RR and RCB have played 14 matches so far and to say that the first match of Super Sunday will be a mouth-watering one, will be an understatement. MI face DD in the first game and with the best net run-rate in the league, all Rohit Sharma’s team need is a win.

Both Rajasthan and Punjab have their task cut-out. While RR is sitting on 14 after 14 games, Punjab have 12 from 13 games. But both RR (-0.250) and KXIP (-0.490) have terrible net run-rates. So, even if KXIP beat Chennai Super Kings in the last game of the league stage, they need to do it with a big margin and also pray that MI lose to DD. If MI win their game against DD, then all the permutations and combinations go for a toss.

A win for Mumbai in the match against DD will see them jump to 14 points and with a healthy NRR of +0.384, they will be guaranteed to make it into the last four, unless KXIP beat Chennai Super Kings by an unimaginable margin to ensure that they move from -0.490 to a net run-rate better than that of MI. But a loss for the defending champions in capital will see them crash out of the competition and then RR have a better chance of qualifying even if KXIP beat CSK on the basis of a better run-rate.

Rajasthan will be the most stressed out franchise of the lot because all their games are over and they need to rely on the outcome of the games on Sunday to see if they can squeeze in. Punjab have lost six out of their last seven matches and that has severely dented their chances of making it into the playoffs. Not to forget their NRR which is the worst in the league currently. It will only take a miracle for KXIP to progress into the knockouts from here as they need so many things to go their way.

For starters, Punjab will be hoping that Delhi beat Mumbai at home. And in the last league match of the season, they will look to stun Chennai Super Kings in Pune. And even if all these stars do align somehow, KXIP’s poor NRR could cost their dearly.

From Training Alone to the MI Dugout – The Mon…

New Delhi: Over the years, Mustafizur Rahman’s rise to the pinnacle of Bangladesh cricket has been very well documented. In a span of just four months in 2015, the left-arm pacer made his respective debuts in all three formats of the game for the Bangla Tigers.

But it wasn’t until the Indian Premier League 2016 that Mustafizur — who is fondly called ‘The Fizz’ — became a household name. In 2016, Mustafizur shone the brightest as he scalped 17 wickets in 16 matches to help Sunrisers Hyderabad win their maiden title.

And in the 2017, injuries hampered Mustrafizur from bowling at full throttle and he could play just one match for the then-defending champions in the league. However, that didn’t stop the most successful team in the history of the IPL to break their bank to acquire the services of one of the best swing bowlers in the world. Mumbai shelled out Rs 2.2 Cr to beat stiff competition posed forward by Delhi Daredevils to sign Mustafizur in the IPL 2018 auction in January.

But things haven’t been all this easy for the Fizz as according to his own admission in the past, he had to work very hard for many years to become an overnight sensation. “My brother used to take me to (the nearest town) Satkhira every day and then bring me back home to our village. It was very difficult. There were a few academies in Satkhira where I used to practice but otherwise I had to practice in the schoolyard all by myself,” Mustafizur was quoted as saying by AFP earlier.

Mustafizur’s success has been monumental, be it playing for his nation or in the IPL, and the success that he has enjoyed over the years has come as a happy surprise for his family — especially his brother.

“He (Mustafizur) was a decent bowler from when he was about 12, but we never thought he was going to be this good,” Mokhlesur said.

Mustafizur also said that he want to see his country do well in every sport and not just cricket and he is proud to be able to keep the country’s flag high in the gentleman’s game. “I always wish for my country to stand tall, not only in cricket but any sport. It feels very good. People, my friends come up to me and say: ‘We’re going to watch you play today’ or ‘Oh, we saw you play!’ It feels really great to hear such things,” he said.

IPL 2018, CSK vs KXIP: When and Where to Watch…

Kings XI Punjab will face the uphill task of not only pulling the rug from under the feet of formidable Chennai Super Kings but also boosting their net run rate in the last IPL round-robin match to salvage any hopes of sneaking into the play-offs.

The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab will start at 8PM on May 20th (Sunday). The match can be seen live on the Star Sports network and live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com.

Punjab had started the season with a string of wins before going off the boil. Currently placed at the seventh position with 12 points, Kings XI still have a slender chance of making it to the play-off.

Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are also at 12 points with one match to go but Punjab will have the advantage of knowing exactly what they need to do to make a last-ditch effort to steal a play-off berth.

It has been a story of individual brilliance for Punjab who have failed to click as a team. Only KL Rahul (652 runs) has been scoring runs in a heap but none of the other batsmen have played to their potential on a consistent basis.

Kings XI had come agonisingly close in securing a win against Mumbai Indians in their last outing before a last-minute slip saw the defending champions seal the contest by three runs in the last over.

Chris Gayle played some superb knocks early in the tournament but he has looked inconsistent. Among others, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Marcus Stonis, Mayank Agarwal and Yuvraj Singh – all have failed to score runs when it mattered.

Among bowlers, only Andrew Tye (24 wickets) has delivered along with injured rookie Afghan leggie Mujeeb Ur Rahman, which has hurt the side’s chances.

If they have do the improbable, R Ashwin’s side would need a better show from their bowlers and batsmen alike in their last league game.

Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have already qualified for the play-off but they would be eager for a top-two finish.

Handed a reality check by an out-of-reckoning Delhi Daredevils last night, Chennai will be looking to plug the gaps before they take on Punjab tomorrow.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai are sitting in second spot with 16 points and a victory would pilot CSK into the top two and a place in Qualifier 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai on May 22.

However, last night’s 34-run defeat against a bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils has exposed the weakness of two-time champions Chennai and they need to quickly regroup.

For Chennai, Ambati Rayadu (585 runs) has been brilliant throughout the season as he has delivered wherever he was asked to bat – as opener or at number 4.

He and experienced Australian campaigner Shane Watson (438 runs) will have to give the Southern outfit a solid start.

The tournament has seen some vintage innings from Dhoni (430 runs), who has reminded his critics that he has not past his prime. His role will be crucial tomorrow when CSK play their last game at their adopted home venue the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Others like Suresh Raina, who failed with the bat last night, West Indian Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja will also need to chip in.

The return of pacer Deepak Chahar from injury has bolstered CSK’s bowling attack that will also depend on Shardul Thakur and the experienced spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Jadeja to stop in-form Rahul and Gayle from taking the game away.

IPL 2018, DD vs MI: When and Where to Watch Li…

Back in their element at the business end of the tournament, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be firing on all cylinders against wooden spooners Delhi Daredevils in their bid to clinch a play-off berth in a must-win IPL encounter, on Sunday.

The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians will start at 4PM on May 20th (Sunday). The match can be seen live on the Star Sports network and live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com.

The cash-rich league is still alive and kicking with only Sunrisers Hyderabad (18 from 13 games), Chennai Super Kings (16 from 13 games) and Kolkata Knight Riders having clinched play-off spots.

Statistically, five teams save Daredevils are still contention, with two play-off spots still up for grabs.

In the mid-table clutter, Mumbai Indians are among the four teams who are at 12 points and fighting for a spot in the play-off.

Mumbai Indians (NRR +0.384) will be praying for a favourable result for Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last home match against KKR (14 points and NRR -0.091).

A KKR win will mean that only one slot will be left during the final two encounter with an eye on run-rate.

While Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will face off in one of the two matches today, Kings XI Punjab takes on Chennai Super Kings in the final round-robin match later in the evening at Pune tomorrow.

However the performance in the past few matches is sure to have boosted the confidence of Rohit Sharma and his men.

Mumbai had a topsy-turvy campaign so far as after a series of defeats early in the tournament, they were able to string in the victories when it mattered most.

However Daredevils can be the banana peel and Mumbai Indians will be wary after CSK slipped in their penultimate game. For DD, there is nothing but pride at stake, which makes the young team dangerous oppositions.

The last time the two teams faced off, it was DD won by seven wickets win in a last-over thriller.

Mumbai’s batsmen have been inconsistent so far with skipper Rohit Sharma scoring only 273 runs in this edition so far.

It took a strokeful fifty from Kieron Pollard to help Mumbai post a competitive score against Punjab in their last match.

Yadav (500 runs) has been among runs after being promoted as opener while West Indian opener Evin Lewis (334) has had his moments on and off.

Rohit’s poor form is a big worry for Mumbai. Apart from his match-winning knock against RCB, Rohit has failed to live up to the expectations of the fans and MI need him to contribute big time, so that Pollard and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal can provide the late charge if needed.

Bumrah’s (16 wickets) sensational three wicket haul in the last match will give him a lot of confidence apart from his consistent show in most death over situations.

Hardik (18 wickets and 233 runs) has been solid without being spectacular while Krunal (224 runs and 11 wickets) has again been impressive.

For Delhi, it has been another forgettable season as they looked below par throughout the tournament. Despite having legendary Ricky Ponting on board as coach or handing the captaincy in the middle of the tournament to young Shreyas Iyer, they have once again brought up the rear.

However, a break of five days seemed to fresh them as they outclassed formidable Chennai by 34 runs to restore some pride.

Vijay Shankar and Harshal Patel helped Daredevils post 162 for five and then leg-spinners Amit Mishra (2/20) and young Sandeep Lamichhane (1/21) managed to restrict CSK to 128 for six and Iyer would expect a similar effort from his team tomorrow.

BCCI and CoA Stooping to Lowly Tug-of-war Over…

The tussle between the BCCI and Committee of Administrators (COA) over who would deliver this year’s Pataudi Memorial Lecture has been unseemly to say the least. It demeans the memory of one of India’s greatest, bravest, most charismatic cricketers. Pataudi, who passed away in 2011, is among the most heroic figures, not just in the annals of cricket, but any sport, having played at the international level for almost a decade and a half with virtually one eye.

Showing unmatched tenacity and considerable skills, he overcame this severe handicap and not only excelled at the sport but became a beacon for Indian cricket with his leadership after being given the captaincy when just 21. After his playing days, Pataudi remained among the most influential figures in Indian cricket though he never became a selector or administrator, save for a couple of years as part of the IPL Governing Council.

But his frank and cogent views were always highly esteemed. He was a keen analyst of trends and issues, ardent lover of Indian cricket but never shied away from calling a spade a spade. It seems a shame that Pataudi’s legacy should be so sullied by the BCCI and COA.

Four names were suggested by Saba Karim, BCCI’s General Manager (Cricket Operations), for the Pataudi Lecture: Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakarra, Nasser Hussain and Kevin Pietersen. All have excellent credentials as players, and all are former captains too.

But getting their affirmation or availability was the hitch as one understands. Sangakarra is among the most revered former players in the world, Hussain perhaps the most clear and forceful voice on the sport today. Both, however, had previous commitments and declined.

Pietersen, recently retired, has had a turbulent career. His prowess as a player is above reproach, but he’s had his share of run-ins with authority, fellow players in the English team. In his new avatar as commentator, though he’s been incisive, willing to tackle issues with candour, albeit in typically provocative, non-conservative panache.

Ganguly, former Indian captain, would have been non-controversial and I wonder whether his being part of the BCCI administration (he is president of the Cricket Association of Bengal) kept him out. If so, I can’t see why, for he would be speaking only in his capacity as a cricketer.

In the event, Kevin Pietersen was finally been selected for the event on June in Bangalore, on the eve of the Test against Afghanistan. He got the nod from the COA, overriding objections raised by BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhury.

Chaudhury’s contention was that the lecture should have been assigned to some former Indian great, and he recommended Nari Contractor and Erapalli Prasanna – both outstanding contributors to Indian cricket – among others.

Considering that all five previous such events have featured Indian players, this might seem to make sense, but does not subscribe completely to the objectives and aims of the Pataudi Lecture. When it was first announced, the BCCI had said:

“The annual (Pataudi) lecture will be a part of the Indian Cricket season. It has been envisaged as a forum for a speaker from across the world to share his thoughts on the glorious game, as a way to help evolve it further. The audience will comprise like-minded individuals and other key stakeholders of the sport.”

This implies that the Pataudi Lecture is country-agnostic, so clearly the BCCI is unhappy with Pietersen’s choice. But what’s distressing is the utter lack of commitment and conviction in both the BCCI and COA to have not discussed this matter threadbare earlier. Imagine, the speaker had not been finalized even when less than a month remained for the event. Shows how strained are the relations between BCCI and COA.

Sadly, instead of making the Pataudi lecture as pertinent to the sport as the Bradman Oration, or MCC’s Spirit of Cricket Lecture, the cricket administration were prepared to stoop to a lowly tug-of-war of one-upmanship that ultimately also discredits Indian cricket.

MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo…

For a huge chunk of his cricketing career the West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been instrumental in stopping the opposition teams from taking the game away in the death overs due to some intelligent and well planned out bowling performances. But, things have not worked according to script for the champions all-rounder in the current season of the IPL, which has meant that his captain MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings team has had a big problem.

In this season, Dwayne Bravo has played 13 games for the CSK team and as their second highest wicket-taker in the competition, he has only 9 wickets to his name, which is three short of the Indian bowler Shardul Thakur. Out of all the bowlers CSK have used so far, Bravo, with an economy rate of above 10 has been the most expensive bowler with his worst performances coming against the Kolkata Knight Riders and more recently against the Delhi Daredevils where he conceded 26 runs in the final over – against Delhi, Bravo’s final over was more expensive than four other bowlers spells. Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh all conceded less runs in the whole game as compared to Bravo’s decisive 26 run over.

The West Indian all-rounder, who is a crucial part of the CSK machinery has been responsible for four of the six worst bowling performances from the team this season, with his most recent performance against Delhi ranking at fourth on the list, while his spell against KKR was the worst.

Bravo, who has the third worst economy rate among all bowlers used by MS Dhoni’s team has also registered the two most expensive spells by a CSK bowler in this edition of the IPL.

Against the Kings XI Punjab, Dhoni will hope Bravo can turn things around as he has a good record with 20 wickets from 14 games against them. The dismal performances of the bowling unit of the CSK has been a big worry for Dhoni and the team management as they head towards the knockout stages. Against the KXIP side, Dhoni and CSK will be worried for their bowling unit as the likes of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are aware they need a big win and a weak bowling unit is right up their alley.

KKR’s Krishna Derails SRH Batsmen & Finds Plac…

One of the stars for the Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday evening was Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna, who returned with figures of 4/30 in his quota of four overs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad. The bowling performance was instrumental in helping KKR register a win on the day and a play-off berth in the on-going season of the IPL.

Krishna, who opened the bowling with Nitish Rana took the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan and Rashid Khan which helped his team derail the SRH batting for 172/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

Krishna, not only helped seal a berth in the knockout stages, but also returned with the best bowling figures for a KKR bowler outside of Kolkata this season. It also happens to be KKR’s second best individual bowling performance after Kuldeep Yadav’s four wicket haul against Rajasthan a few days ago.

Krishna, who now leads the pack of the best bowling figures by a KKR bowler against SRH in the IPL, also finds himself sixth on the list of the best individual bowling performances this season, with Mayank Markande, Kuldeep Yadav, Shreyas Gopal, Andrew Tye and Ankit Rajpoot ahead of him.

Krishna, who bowled a dream and decisive final over, where he took three wickets and gave away four runs alongside a run-out that captain Dinesh Karthik affected of the last ball, now has the second best figures from an Indian pacer in this season.

Azhar Ali Makes Fifty in Final Warm-up Ahead o…

Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman both made fifties as they shared a century stand on the first day of Pakistan’s two-day warm-up match against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Saturday.

At stumps, Pakistan were 321 for nine with Azhar having scored 73 and Fakhar 71, the openers sharing a stand of 121 in an innings where Usman Salahuddin made 69.

The match is Pakistan’s last before they face England at Lord’s on Thursday in the first of a two-Test series.

Azhar’s innings was especially encouraging after he twice fell cheaply, for four and two, in Pakistan’s five-wicket win over debutants Ireland in last week’s stand-alone Test at Malahide, Dublin.

The 33-year-old Azhar, whose 63 Tests have yielded 14 centuries, appears inked in to open against England alongside the in-form Imam-ul-Haq, rested from the Leicestershire game.

Fakhar, whose blazing century helped Pakistan beat arch-rivals India in last year’s Champions Trophy one-day final at The Oval, has yet to make his Test debut.

KKR Peaking at the Right Time, Says Dinesh Kar…

Kolkata Knight Riders became the third team to make the Indian Premier League play-offs on a day when Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore bowed out of the Twenty20 tournament.

Australia’s Chris Lynn helped Kolkata outplay table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets on Saturday to finish the league stage with eight wins in 14 games.

Lynn’s 43-ball 55 helped two-time champions Kolkata chase down their 173-run target in 19.4 overs at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

“At the end of the day, we strive for a playoff spot,” skipper Dinesh Karthik said after the win.

“It’s good to see we are pulling back games. Touch wood, I’d like to think we’re peaking at the right time. Feels good to be here (in the top four).”

In the first weekend game, Bangalore suffered a 30-run loss – their eighth defeat in 14 games – against Rajasthan Royals, who are still in the race for the final-four.

Chasing 165 for victory, Bangalore were bowled out for 134 despite a gritty 53 from AB de Villiers, who ended the tournament with 480 runs, including six half-centuries.

Kohli, who amassed 530 runs in 14 matches, slammed his team’s middle-order.

“We wanted to strengthen the middle-order which hasn’t happened, it hasn’t been our strength and we need to do that going into the next few seasons,” Kohli said of his side which has not won the IPL since its inception in 2008.

“The responsibility cannot be taken up only by AB all the time. He certainly scored runs, but others need to contribute around him, and didn’t show enough composure,” he added.

Mumbai Indians need a win against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday to edge out the Royals in the playoff race.

The play-offs will begin Tuesday with the first qualifier in Mumbai. The IPL final is on May 27 with four million dollars going to the winner.