India’s Next-Gen cricketers

The scorecard showed India needing one run to win of 68 balls. The Indian team stood expectantly and excitedly by the boundary ropes, arms around each other. Harvik Desai took guard. Will Sutherland’s bowled full and Desai sliced the ball inside-out over backward point. The ball raced to the fence. The batsmen in the middle jumped-up in joy as the Indian team came running in from the side-lines. India won the U-19 Cricket World Cup for the fourth time. No team had won the championship four times. History was made.

Prithvi Shaw led India’s under-19 team won the world cup after six years. India’s pervious title had come in 2012 under Unmukt Chand’s leadership. This time around India romped home, undefeated.

The Indian under-19 team has produced some of the finest cricketers to have played for the country in recent times. Noteworthy names include Yuvraj Singh (member of the 2000 world cup winning team), Virat Kohli (captain of the 2008 world cup winning team), Mohammad Kaif (captain of the 2000 world cup winning team) among others. It has been the breeding ground for some of India’s finest young talent.

This time, too, some stellar performances have made this win this possible.

  1. Prithvi Shaw

Indian captain Prithvi Shaw has been the talk of the tournament. He has represented the Middle-Income Group Cricket Club in Mumbai and has captained the Rizvi Springfield High School under-16 cricket team. He held the record for the highest score in an innings by any batsmen in organised cricket when he scored 546 in a Harris Shield game in 2013. That record was broken by Pranav Dhanawade in early 2016.

Shaw scored 261 runs in the tournament at an impressive average of 65.25. He has become the highest scoring Indian captain at the under-19 cricket world cup. His consistent performances in India’s youth cricketing circuit have brought him into the limelight. Delhi Daredevils signed him for Rs 1.2 crore for upcoming 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

  1. Shubman Gill

Vice-captain Shubman Gill has been India’s top-scorer in the top-scorer in the tournament. He has come through as a big match player and has consistently been amongst the runs. He made List A debut for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare trophy in February 2017 followed by his first-class debut for Punjab in November.

Gill scored 372 runs in the series. His stats include top score of 102 not out and three half-centuries. He was named Player of the tournament for his performance. Gill was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore in the IPL auction.

  1. Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Kamlesh Nagarkoti has impressed one and all with his express pace in the under-19 world cup. The Rajasthan pacer has consistently clocked speeds above 140 km/hour. Prior to the tournament he played for the Rajasthan under-16 and under-19 teams. He ended the tournament with nine wickets. His best figures read 3/18 against Bangladesh.

Nagarkoti was snapped by the Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 3.2 crores.

  1. Shivam Mavi

Another young pacer, Shivam Mavi, has grabbed eyeballs in the tournament. Like Nagarkoti, Mavi has repeatedly bowled in the 140s. He picked-up nine scalps in the world cup. The young Uttar Pradesh lad kept up his pace and exhibited control, something which is indispensable to a fast-bowler. He may well become India’s next lead-pacer from Uttar Pradesh after Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Mavi has played for Uttar Pradesh under-19 before he played for India.

The Knight Riders bought Mavi for a thumping Rs 3 crore.

Mavi and Nagarkoti are bright prospects for India’s future. India has always been in search of good fast bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Mohammad Shami have done well for India in recent times. However, next generation of Indian pacers needs to be groomed.

Its good news for Indian cricket that these players have attracted huge sums in the IPL. They will rub shoulders with the best in business and grow as cricketers and in turn be assets for the Indian team in the near future.

  1. Anukul Roy

Anukul Roy is budding all-rounder from Jharkhand. The young left-arm orthodox spinner is India’s highest wicket-keeper and the joint highest wicket-keeper in the tournament with 14 scalps. His 14 wickets include a five-for against Papua New Guinea. The Mumbai Indians have bought Roy for his base price of 20 lakh in the IPL auction.

These young boys have great prospects. They play in the IPL next and have the best possible opportunity to play with and against the best in cricket. They will be guided by some of the best minds in the game and will certainly grow as cricketers.

A bright future with the blue-jersey awaits these young players.

 

IPL Auction 2018 – What teams have in their kitties?

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained their captain David Warner. The team has been selected very carefully according to all possible pitches. With Sakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, and Hooda the team has a strong middle order. The team has spinners like Nabi and Rashid, who could possibly be put together in the playing XI in case of a turning track. They also have three fast bowlers that is Bhuvaneshwar, Kaul, and Thampi. The team has quite a few good backups such as Pathan and Williamson.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The team did not retain their captain Gautam Gambhir. And, are still to announce the new captain. The team looks decent but they hardly have a backup in case one of their star players are left injured. The batting order of the team looks nice with Narine and Lynn the probable openers like the last season. The real point of worry here will be if the middle order Uthappa, Karthik, and Russell are not able to perform. The bowling line up looks decent.

Delhi Daredevils

The team has retained Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, and Rishab Pant. DD last year had failed to reach the knockout stages and this time have seemed to have banked on the youth. The team seems to have ticked in all departments while selecting players. Gautam Gambhir, who had been leading the KKR for quite a few years now, has returned to his home team. He will lead the team and hopes to make DD a winning side, he said in his recent tweet.

Chennai Super Kings

The Chennai team after returning after two years retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja. They went on to exercise the right to match for Dwayne Bravo. They lost Ravichandran Ashwin but got in Harbajan singh who will bring a lot the table. More importantly Harbajan brings in the experience into the team. He has been a part of the squads whenever they have been crowned champions.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 

This time the RCB seems to have done their homework. They did not have a seamers last time. This time, they have got Chris Woakes and Tim Southee. With Virat Kohli, Brandon McCullum, AB de Villiers helming batting line up they retain their destructive batting order. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Colin de Grandhomme being the smart picks for a middle order. The side has never won a title in the history of IPL, let’s see what awaits them this season.

Kings XI Punjab

The team has since the first season has been underperforming. This time the team seems to be a good one with some big names like Yuvraj, Gayle, KL Rahul, and Ravichandran Ashwin. The team boasts of a great batting line up which has the ability to thrash the bowling of the opposition. The tough choice will be to
pick the playing XI and balance out the team. The biggest drawback with this team is that they do not have a wicket-keeper.

Mumbai Indians

The biggest strength of Mumbai Indians is the number of all-rounders they have. Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and JP Duminy. They have relied on Ishan Kisan, former under-19 captain. Overall the team looks strong.

 

Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat won the highest bids, among international and national players respectively. The middle order seems very strong with Stokes, Short, Binny, and Smith. The Biggest disadvantage for the Royals remains that they are depending a little too much on International players. The only Indian capped players that the team has on their side are Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Jaydev Unadkat. With a restriction on the number of international player in the playing XI, RR will have a hard time deciding their picks.

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Better experience, camera choices and voice in IPL 2018

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Not only is the IPL 2018 going to be broadcast in six different languages, but the viewers can now stream the league on Hotstar in Virtual Reality.

New Delhi, January 17: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 will undergo multiple changes to help engage fans better and have a voice. Not only will it be broadcast in six different languages, but the viewers can also now stream the league on HotStar in Virtual Reality(VR). The decision was taken by Star India in an attempt to make the grandest Indian sporting spectacle more appealing.

For a first, Star India is targeting an unprecedented reach of 700 million fans across TV and Digital by broadcasting live matches in six different languages.

In addition to the aforementioned novelties, the viewers will be able to select camera angles and commentary language based on their choice, through the ‘Super-fan feed.’ Also, fans will get to enjoy a social experience on Hotstar with cricket emojis to enhance the viewing and sharing experience. This interplay of TV and Digital offers advertisers a unique opportunity to showcase brands across varied platforms.

IPL 2018 will six-month instead of a two-month long fiesta – starting with the retention event which was viewed by 8.1 million viewers. It immediately became the most talked about topic on social media. With respect to the upcoming auctions, fans for the first time will voice their opinion by voting for their favourite players at ‘vivoiplelection.hotstar.com’ for ‘Election se Selection’ campaign on the network.

Sanjay Gupta, Star India Managing Director, said, “Over its 10-year journey, the IPL has grown into the single biggest property by far on Indian television. And now that it is on the Star India network across both, television and digital, we are set to use the confluence of technology, consumer insight, and experience in cricket coverage, to broaden the outreach and experience even further.”

 

Source: Scroll, The Indian Express

Yusuf Pathan handed five-month suspension by BCCI on doping charges

Indian Cricket juggernaut, Yusuf Pathan, has been handed a five-month ban following a doping charge against him. The BCCI released a statement confirming the 35-year old’s ban saying “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.” A urine sample provided by Pathan on March 16, 2017, was tested and found to contain ‘Terbutaline’.

However, Pathan’s suspension has been backdated to 15th August 2017, meaning he will complete the five months on 18th January 2018 itself.

The BCCI claim to be satisfied with Pathan’s explanation to the cause, stating he had taken Terbutaline only to treat his Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) and not as a performance-enhancing drug.

The statement read, “On 27 October 2017, Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.”

In his career between 2008 and 2012, Yusuf Pathan played 57 ODIs and 22 T20Is for India and was part of the T20 World Cup winning squad in 2007 and the ODI World Cup winning squad in 2011. The Baroda man has had a superb stint in the Indian Premier League as well, scoring over 2500 runs with a strike rate of 146, with Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sources – TOI, NDTV

BCCI remains firm with S. Sreesanth lifetime ban

Citing that the Kerela High Court’s decision was contrary to the present rules of the organisation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has filed an appeal against the lifting the lifetime the ban on former-bowler S Sreesanth. According to ANI, this came after Kerala High Court’s judgment on August 7 as the board was unhappy with the HC’s motion and seeks to reprimand the judgment.

In an affidavit in the beginning of 2017, the BCCI had stated that the standard proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. This implies that the accused may be free of the criminal charges (following the evidence)  however, but can be apprehended if the internal disciplinary rules of an organisation are violated.

The court’s response to the affidavit was stated in the current motion which lifts the ban. It said that BCCI failed to acknowledge the evidence as a whole. It pointed that only empty allegations that were made by the plaintiff could only submit confessions of the accused, which the defended said were forced out of him.

Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) along with two other teammates of the same club. Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan still face a permanent career ban whereas Sreesanth was acquitted in 2015.

Sources: Indian Express & Times of India

 

SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tender process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

Links: NDTV, Economic Times

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SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tendor process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

News Sources- The Economic Times, NDTV Sports