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Ready reckoner: England

24 May 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
England's cricket team, known for their aggressive batting and strong pace attack, is considered a favorite to win the 2019 World Cup. Key players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, and Jofra Archer are expected to make significant impacts. The team's strategy revolves around scoring high and relying on their bowlers to defend totals. Crucial matches against India and Australia are highlighted, with the latter featuring notable rivalries. The article emphasizes England's preparation and adaptability as critical factors for their success.

Lynn getting the job done despite limitations

06 May 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Chris Lynn has been performing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2018 despite battling shoulder injuries that have limited his batting and fielding capabilities. With a strike-rate of 133.81 from ten matches, Lynn has adapted to a new role of playing anchor, contributing significantly to the team's efforts. His confidence is growing, and he feels a big score is imminent as KKR aims for the play-offs. Lynn's career has been hampered by injuries, but he has worked on his weaknesses against spin and is optimistic about his future contributions.

Gujarat Titans reaping early rewards for strong bowling core

Bangladesh - more disappointments than glories

Bumrah set to play as RCB, MI search first points

Surya, Venkatesh unlock India's dynamic T20 approach

Rohit Sharma's penchant for six-hitting and big knocks

CSK out to consolidate top spot against patchy KKR

20 Apr 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an attempt to solidify their top position in the Indian Premier League. CSK has been performing dominantly with six wins and only two losses, while KKR has had a patchy season, currently in fourth place with four wins from eight games. Both teams are looking to address their death bowling issues. The match is scheduled for May 3, 2018, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, with a possibility of early evening showers. CSK holds a historical edge over KKR, especially at Eden Gardens. Team news includes potential changes depending on Nitish Rana's fitness for KKR, while CSK is unlikely to make changes after their last game against Delhi Daredevils.

The Jaydev Unadkat redemption

19 Apr 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Jaydev Unadkat's performance in the final T20I against Sri Lanka marked a significant comeback, ending his long wait of 1491 days to take an international wicket. Despite his domestic success, Unadkat faced challenges at the international level, including a long gap after his Test debut in 2010 and a sporadic ODI presence. His breakthrough came with the Indian Premier League, where he was the second-highest wicket-taker for Rising Pune Supergiant. The series against Sri Lanka proved to be a redemption, showcasing his improved bowling variations and self-confidence. With the Indian team in need of a left-arm pacer, Unadkat's recent performances have positioned him as a strong candidate for the role.

Delhi Capitals: A season full of hope and promise

19 Apr 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
The Delhi Capitals had a transformative IPL 2019 season, finishing third after a history of underperformance. With nine wins from fourteen games, they showed significant improvement from the previous year. Key players like Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, and Ishant Sharma contributed to the team's success, while Rishabh Pant delivered impactful performances. Despite some setbacks, such as lack of support from overseas batsmen and less effective spinners, the Capitals demonstrated resilience and potential for future success. The team's management will look to address these areas while building on the existing strengths for the next season.

Rahane hopeful of others stepping up in Buttler, Stokes's absence

17 Apr 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Rajasthan Royals, with 12 points from 13 games, need to win their final game against Royal Challengers Bangalore to have a chance at the IPL 2018 play-offs. Their recent loss to Kolkata Knight Riders and the departure of key players Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes to join England's Test squad against Pakistan pose significant challenges. Captain Ajinkya Rahane acknowledges the team's batting weaknesses and the absence of Buttler and Stokes but remains confident in the abilities of the replacements. Rahane emphasizes the need for the batsmen to step up in the crucial match and maintains a belief in the team's potential to succeed.

It's not easy being Bhuvneshwar Kumar

14 Apr 2024  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after a Player of the Match performance against England, humorously commented on his return to form, mindful of his past injury issues. Despite challenges and pressure, Bhuvneshwar's 19th over in the 2nd T20I was pivotal, conceding only four runs and taking the wicket of Pooran, setting up India for a series-clinching win. His execution of yorkers over slower balls, advised by captain Rohit Sharma, demonstrated his experience and adaptability. Bhuvneshwar is aware of the ongoing battle with injuries and the mental game as he aims for a spot in the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

Door shut on Ashwin and Jadeja in limited-overs cricket?

11 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been excluded from the ODI squad for the upcoming series in South Africa, raising questions about their future in limited-overs cricket. The Indian team management, including captain Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, have expressed a preference for wrist spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel, who have performed well in recent matches. While Prasad has not ruled out the possibility of Ashwin and Jadeja's return to the limited-overs side, the focus is on building a core team for the 2019 World Cup, suggesting that Ashwin and Jadeja may be viewed as Test specialists going forward.

Glaring glitches continue to haunt KKR

10 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) continue to struggle in the Indian Premier League (IPL), particularly against Mumbai Indians (MI), with their latest defeat marking their eighth consecutive loss to MI. KKR's bowling unit has been a major concern, leaking runs and failing to deliver an inspiring performance. Key players like Kuldeep Yadav and Mitchell Johnson have not been at their best, impacting the team's strategy. Despite the challenges, captain Dinesh Karthik remains confident in his judgement and the team's ability to bounce back with three games remaining in the league stage.

Lack of situational awareness hurts KKR

10 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a significant defeat due to a lack of situational awareness and a shambolic batting display against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), managing only 108 for 9 and losing by seven wickets. Key players like Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana made poor shot selections on a sluggish Chepauk track, contributing to the team's downfall. Despite the conditions, openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine were expected to attack early, but their dismissals set a negative tone for the innings. Andre Russell provided a silver lining with an unbeaten 50, saving KKR from a total collapse. The team looks forward to playing on the more batting-friendly tracks of Eden Gardens in their upcoming matches.

Pressure is a good thing for resurgent Ruturaj

07 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Ruturaj Gaikwad, a 22-year-old cricketer, has overcome a lean run with a 122-ball 113 in the Deodhar Trophy, helping India B to victory against India A. Gaikwad acknowledges the importance of converting starts into big scores, especially in India, and aspires to be consistently part of the first-class setup with India A. His resurgence is partly attributed to his time with Chennai Super Kings during the IPL, where he received valuable advice from Stephen Fleming, Michael Hussey, and Rahul Dravid. Gaikwad also cherishes the confidence boost from a conversation with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Despite the challenges, Gaikwad is determined to capitalize on his talent and avoid falling behind like some past cricketers who failed to make it big.

Series sealed, chance for India to try out bench strength

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
India, having already won the T20I series against Sri Lanka, has the opportunity to test bench players like Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj, and Washington Sundar in the final match in Mumbai. Despite India's recent struggles at the Wankhede Stadium, a Sri Lankan victory seems unlikely due to their lack of wicket-taking threats. Key players like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have performed well, and the upcoming game offers a chance for others to prove themselves before the South Africa series. Sri Lanka faces challenges with Angelo Mathews injured and a need to improve batting performance.

CSK look to address death bowling concerns against KXIP

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are looking to overcome their death bowling issues in the upcoming match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Chepauk, their home ground. With Dwayne Bravo out due to injury, CSK's strategies, particularly in the death overs, are in focus. KXIP, on the other hand, will need to adapt to the slower conditions in Chennai. The match is expected to be played in hot conditions, favoring spinners, with no dew to affect the game. Team news includes potential inclusions of Mitchell Santner and Harbhajan Singh for CSK, while Chris Gayle is fit to return for KXIP.

Tanvir and Choudhary - A fast bowling duet

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Rajasthan's fast bowlers Aniket Choudhary and Tanvir ul Haq formed a crucial partnership in the Ranji Trophy, taking 100 wickets between them. Despite Rajasthan's exit from the quarterfinals, the duo's performance was a highlight, with Choudhary achieving six five-wicket hauls in seven innings and Tanvir taking 51 wickets at an average of under 19. Their success was attributed to meticulous planning, off-season preparation, and a strong understanding between them. Both bowlers have individual aspirations post-season, with Choudhary aiming for India A selection and Tanvir seeking employment and preparing for domestic T20 competitions.

The unshackling of Yash Dayal

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Yash Dayal, a left-arm pacer from Uttar Pradesh, has made a notable impact in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with seven wickets in four games. Despite his reserved demeanor, Dayal's performances on the field have been impressive, particularly in a high-scoring match against SRH where he returned economical figures. His journey to the IPL was marked by gradual progress through domestic cricket and a significant auction bid by Gujarat Titans. Dayal's ability to bowl in tough situations has provided his team with strategic flexibility, allowing him to stand out even among a lineup of international bowlers.

High on hope Mumbai Indians eye another title triumph

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, are considered favorites for the Indian Premier League title, having won every alternate year under his captaincy. The team's success is attributed to both Rohit's leadership and the scouting team's talent discovery. Mumbai Indians' strengths lie in their all-round bowling unit, while the batting order poses a challenge. Ishan Kishan has an opportunity to advance his claims for the national wicketkeeper's slot. The team may face threats if key players like Bumrah and Pandya rest during the World Cup, with concerns over suitable replacements.

The Big Brother behind Lockie's need for speed

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Lockie Ferguson, a New Zealand cricketer, credits his brother Mitch for inspiring him to become a fast bowler. Despite Mitch's early end to his cricket career due to a spinal condition, he influenced Lockie's competitive spirit and resilience. Lockie has since become a prominent figure in New Zealand cricket, known for his speed and skill. The brothers have also co-founded Machineroad, an app that uses augmented reality to help athletes measure their performance. Lockie's journey includes overcoming his own injuries and learning to focus on his strengths rather than opponents' capabilities.

Trumpelmann leaves Scotland with a lot to reflect on

04 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
Ruben Trumpelmann's exceptional opening spell for Namibia, which included three wickets in the first over, left Scotland reeling in their T20I fixture. Scotland's batting struggles were evident, with two significant collapses against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Despite these challenges, Scotland's captain Kyle Coetzer was ruled out due to a finger injury, and stand-in captain Richie Berrington acknowledged the difficulty in recovering from such a start. Trumpelmann's journey to the Namibia team was not without its hurdles, including passport issues and COVID-19 delays. Namibia's upcoming matches are set to be more challenging, with games against Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, and India.

Bumrah's masterclass trumps the AB-Kohli duet

03 Apr 2024  |  cricbuzz.com
In a high-intensity IPL match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mumbai Indians secured their first points with a six-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, largely due to Jasprit Bumrah's exceptional bowling. Bumrah's strategic play dismissed Virat Kohli and contained AB de Villiers, proving crucial in the match's outcome. Despite strong performances from Kohli and de Villiers, RCB lost the match, marking the first time they have done so with de Villiers unbeaten in a chase. The match was also noted for an umpiring error by S. Ravi, which overshadowed the game's skillful display.

Time for another review to stop repeated chucking?

20 Oct 2023  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Mohammad Hafeez has been reported for a suspect bowling action for the third time in his career, raising questions about the effectiveness of current regulations. Despite working on his action since 2014, Hafeez's recent report has led to scrutiny of all his deliveries. The ICC's current regulations treat this as a first report, meaning Hafeez will not face a harsher penalty if he fails the upcoming test. The article discusses the need for stricter measures and potential revisions to the regulations to prevent repeated infractions. The ICC has been proactive in addressing suspect actions, but the article suggests that further reviews may be necessary to enhance the existing measures.

Sri Lanka start strong after Rahim's 175*

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Sri Lanka's openers struck half-centuries to end the second day on 143 for 2 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, trailing by 222 runs. Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten 175 and Kasun Rajitha's maiden five-wicket haul were the highlights for Bangladesh, who recovered from 24 for 5 to 365. Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne remained unbeaten on 70, while Oshada Fernando scored 57. Bangladesh managed to take two wickets post-Tea, but Sri Lanka's strong start sets up an intriguing third day.

Hungry Jalaj sets sights on bigger challenges

01 Oct 2023  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Jalaj Saxena, a standout performer in the Ranji Trophy, has been instrumental in Kerala's cricket success this season with 29 wickets and 325 runs. Despite past near misses and being overlooked for higher honors, Saxena's move from Madhya Pradesh to Kerala has rejuvenated his career. His dedication to training and guidance from coaches like Narendra Hirwani and Dav Whatmore have been pivotal. Saxena remains hopeful of national selection, driven by his passion for the game and consistent performance.

GT, SRH battle to establish bowling supremacy

20 Apr 2023  |  www.cricbuzz.com
The upcoming clash between Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to be a battle of bowling supremacy, with both teams boasting strong bowling line-ups. Gujarat Titans, led by Hardik Pandya, feature experienced bowlers like Rashid Khan and Mohammed Shami, while Sunrisers Hyderabad, captained by Kane Williamson, have emerging talents like Umran Malik and Marko Jansen. Hyderabad has been in excellent form, winning five consecutive matches after two initial losses, while Gujarat Titans aim to maintain their top position on the table. The match will take place at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where dew and pitch conditions will play a crucial role in the outcome.

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David Miller: Backed in business

28 May 2022  |  www.cricbuzz.com
David Miller has had a standout season in the 2022 IPL, establishing himself as a key player for the Gujarat Titans with 449 runs at a strike rate of 141.19 and an average of 64.14. Reflecting on past seasons, Miller credits his success to the continuous backing and support from the Titans, contrasting it with his previous experiences at Rajasthan Royals. His improved performance against spinners and a focused training regimen have been crucial to his success. Miller's positive mindset and the supportive environment at Gujarat Titans have allowed him to flourish and enjoy his role in the team.

CSK look to kick on in familiar Pune surroundings

17 Apr 2022  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) aim to build on their recent victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore as they face the table-topping Gujarat Titans in Pune. CSK has struggled with key players underperforming, while the Titans have shown strong bowling performances. The match will be held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, where CSK has a good record. Both teams have specific tactics and matchups to consider, with CSK needing to string together consistent performances and the Titans looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Gujarat Titans - Hopes of 'Shubh Aarambh' amidst glaring weaknesses

28 Mar 2022  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Gujarat Titans, acquired by CVC Capital Partners, face challenges despite a strong coaching staff led by Ashish Nehra and captain Hardik Pandya. The team, part of Group B, will play matches across various venues including Wankhede Stadium and Dr DY Patil Sports Academy. Key players include Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill, and Mohammed Shami. The team's success hinges on its bowling strength, but the absence of Jason Roy and potential middle-order weaknesses pose significant challenges. Uncapped player R Sai Kishore is highlighted as a key player to watch.

West Indies chase the perfect game, elusive win

20 Feb 2022  |  www.cricbuzz.com
India leads the T20I series against West Indies 2-0, with the final match set to see changes as Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant are rested. Rohit Sharma emphasizes building options for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Despite losing the series, West Indies' Rovman Powell and Kieron Pollard see progress in their team's performance. Key areas for improvement include fielding, strike rotation, and handling India's spinners. The final match will be held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, with both teams looking to test new strategies and players.

Middle overs strangle fuelling KKR's resurgence

30 Sep 2021  |  www.cricbuzz.com
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have seen a resurgence in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, largely due to their effective middle-overs bowling. Despite initial setbacks, including COVID-19 cases and a poor start, KKR's bowlers, particularly spinners Varun Chakaravarthy and Sunil Narine, have played a crucial role in restricting opponents and setting up victories. The team's improved performance has been complemented by strategic changes and contributions from key players like Lockie Ferguson and Venkatesh Iyer. This turnaround has significantly boosted KKR's chances of making the playoffs.

A studious rise: the making of Venkatesh Iyer

23 Sep 2021  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Venkatesh Iyer, a promising cricketer, made a significant impact in the IPL with impressive performances for Kolkata Knight Riders. Mentored by Harbhajan Singh and inspired by Virat Kohli, Iyer's aggressive batting style has earned him recognition. Despite challenges, including a switch in bat manufacturers, he has shown resilience and potential. Supported by his mother Usha and coaches like Dinesh Sharma and Chandrakant Pandit, Iyer's journey from Madhya Pradesh to the IPL highlights his dedication and talent.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Morgan's men aim to end six-year hurt

05 Apr 2021  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) aim to end their six-year title drought in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has added experienced players like Shakib al Hasan, Ben Cutting, and Harbhajan Singh to bolster their chances. Key players like Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine need to perform consistently, while young pacers Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Prasidh Krishna must improve their performance. The inclusion of Shakib provides strategic flexibility, and the team will rely heavily on their spinners, especially in spin-friendly venues like Chennai and Ahmedabad. Varun Chakravarthy's performance will be crucial for his potential inclusion in India's T20 World Cup squad.

The timing is alright from Shikhar Dhawan

24 Mar 2021  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Shikhar Dhawan's resilient performance in Indian cricket is highlighted, focusing on his ability to bounce back despite challenges and scrutiny. His recent match-winning 98 against England underscores his importance to the team, especially in partnership with Virat Kohli. Dhawan's mental strength and positive attitude are emphasized, along with his strategic approach to batting. The article also touches on the contributions of other players like Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul, and the dynamics within the Indian cricket team.

Jason Holder believed, and delivered

10 Jul 2020  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Jason Holder achieved career-best figures of 6 for 42, leading the West Indies to bowl England out for 204 on Day 2 of the first Test at The Rose Bowl. Despite initial challenges, Holder's strategic adjustments and effective bowling dismantled England's batting lineup. Key dismissals included Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler. Holder's leadership and performance were pivotal, and he remains focused on contributing further with the bat in the remaining days of the Test.

First India-Sri Lanka T20I abandoned due to wet patches on pitch

05 Jan 2020  |  www.cricbuzz.com
The first T20I match between India and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to wet patches on the pitch at Barsapara Stadium, despite the ground staff's efforts to dry it. The Assam Cricket Association faced challenges including curfews and internet shutdowns leading up to the match. Rain caused significant delays, and errors in removing the covers led to water seeping onto the pitch, making it unsafe for play. The umpires, adhering to ICC Playing Conditions, deemed the pitch too dangerous, resulting in the match being called off. Fans, who had gathered early, were kept entertained by a DJ and Harbhajan Singh, but ultimately left disappointed.

India's error-riddled night to remember

03 Nov 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Bangladesh secured their first T20I win against India in the 1000th T20I match, highlighting India's ongoing struggles with their T20 strategy. India's middle-order was stifled by Bangladesh's spinners, and despite a decent score of 148 for 6, they fell short of the average first-innings IPL score. Shikhar Dhawan's performance remains a concern, and the team is grappling with outdated principles and injuries to key players. Rohit Sharma, as the stand-in captain, faced challenges with team composition and strategy. The match underscored the need for India to adapt their approach and recognize potential flaws ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Opportunities galore as India's T20 experiments continue

02 Nov 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
With Virat Kohli rested for the T20I series against Bangladesh, the Indian cricket team is using this opportunity to test various players ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. Rohit Sharma emphasizes the importance of game-time for players like KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, and Rishabh Pant. The team aims to improve its ranking and performance in setting targets. Despite past victories, India is not underestimating Bangladesh and is focused on giving new players a chance to prove themselves.

India search for ideal pit crew with long term T20I gains in focus

01 Nov 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
The article discusses India's strategy for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, focusing on identifying key support players in the absence of major stars like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya. It highlights the challenges in forming a solid middle-order and the inclusion of new players like Sanju Samson. Bangladesh faces significant issues, including the absence of Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, and struggles with their T20 performance metrics. The article underscores the importance of long-term gains over short-term fixes for both teams.

Bangladesh look to mask off-field woes in Delhi chamber

01 Nov 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Bangladesh, facing off-field crises, prepares to play the first T20I against India in Delhi amidst hazardous pollution levels. Despite health advisories, the match proceeds with players from both teams adapting to the conditions. India, led by Rohit Sharma, aims to identify key players in the absence of Virat Kohli, while Bangladesh focuses on strengthening their batting lineup. The article highlights the challenges posed by pollution, team strategies, and player preparations.

Karun Nair's hard road after '303'

23 Aug 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Karun Nair, the second Indian player to score a Test triple century, has faced significant challenges since his remarkable 303-run innings against England. Despite the recognition, the knock has brought more scrutiny and pressure, leading to a prolonged period without a first-class century. Nair's recent performance in the Duleep Trophy, where he scored 92 runs, reflects his determination to overcome his lean patch. He has been working hard to regain form, emphasizing the importance of utilizing his time effectively. The article highlights Nair's struggles, his mindset, and his efforts to return to form.

England win World Cup on boundary count after Super Over thriller against New Zealand

14 Jul 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
England clinched their maiden World Cup title in a dramatic final against New Zealand at Lord's, winning on the boundary count after a tied Super Over. Ben Stokes played a pivotal role with an unbeaten 84 and crucial runs in the Super Over. New Zealand posted a challenging score, but England's depth in batting, particularly the partnership between Stokes and Jos Buttler, kept them in the game. Key moments included a controversial six off an overthrow and Trent Boult stepping on the boundary rope. England's bowlers, especially Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett, were instrumental in restricting New Zealand. The match is hailed as one of the greatest One-Day Internationals ever played.

CSK, KKR aim to extend dominance at the top

08 Apr 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are set to clash, with CSK aiming to overcome their death bowling issues and leapfrog KKR to the top of the IPL 2019 standings. CSK's recent win against Kings XI Punjab highlighted their strengths, but their weaknesses were exposed by Mumbai Indians. KKR, led by Dinesh Karthik, are buoyed by a comprehensive win against Rajasthan Royals, with Andre Russell in exceptional form. The match will be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, with both teams expected to rely heavily on their spin attacks.

Du Plessis eases CSK's worry lines at the top

07 Apr 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Faf du Plessis played a crucial role in Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2019, scoring 54 off 38 balls. His performance provided a solid foundation for MS Dhoni's late finish and helped CSK address their opening woes. The match highlighted the effectiveness of spinners, with significant contributions from Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Ravindra Jadeja. Despite challenges, du Plessis's strategic play against spinners and pacers was key to CSK's success. Coach Stephen Fleming praised du Plessis's form and adaptability, indicating his continued importance in the team.

Navdeep Saini - cutting the wolf loose on pace

26 Mar 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Navdeep Saini, a promising fast bowler for Royal Challengers Bangalore, made a notable debut in the IPL 2019 season. Known for his killer instinct and impressive bowling skills, Saini has gained confidence from bowling to top players like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. His journey from tennis ball cricket to professional cricket has been marked by significant performances in domestic tournaments and support from key figures like Gautam Gambhir. Saini's mindset and preparation have been crucial in his development, and he is eager to make a mark on the big stage.

Tanvir ul Haq - Charting his way to the top

18 Jan 2019  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Tanvir ul Haq, Rajasthan's highest wicket-taker in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy season, has overcome significant financial and personal challenges to achieve success in cricket. Despite Rajasthan's quarterfinal loss to Karnataka, Tanvir's performance, alongside his bowling partner Aniket Choudhary, has been exceptional, with Tanvir taking 51 wickets at an average of 18.52. His journey from working odd jobs to support his cricketing ambitions to becoming a key player for Rajasthan is marked by meticulous planning and resilience. Influenced by cricket legends James Anderson and Zaheer Khan, Tanvir continues to strive for financial stability and recognition, with hopes of breaking into the IPL.

Kolkata Knight Riders - Punching well above their weights

26 May 2018  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) exceeded expectations in IPL 2018, finishing third despite initial doubts about their auction strategies and the absence of key players like Mitchell Starc. Under Dinesh Karthik's captaincy, young players like Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi flourished, while all-round performances from Sunil Narine and Andre Russell were pivotal. However, the team struggled with injuries and inconsistent performances from some players, notably Robin Uthappa. Looking ahead to IPL 2019, KKR needs to find a reliable overseas strike bowler to replace Starc, who is likely to be preserved for the World Cup by Cricket Australia.

Kuldeep times revival to perfection at the business end

15 May 2018  |  cricbuzz.com
Kuldeep Yadav's performance with 4 for 20 was pivotal in Kolkata Knight Riders' victory over Rajasthan Royals, marking his best figures in IPL and the best by a left-arm wrist spinner in the tournament's history. Despite a lean run earlier in the season, Kuldeep's wickets in the middle overs were crucial for KKR's control of the game. His success was attributed to his control and consistency, and his revival was timely as KKR aimed for the playoffs, especially with Piyush Chawla injured and other team members relatively inexperienced.

Buttler threat looms large over KKR

14 May 2018  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Rajasthan Royals, with three consecutive wins, face Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial IPL match. Both teams are vying for a playoff spot and cannot afford to lose points. Jos Buttler's exceptional form is a significant advantage for Rajasthan, while KKR aims to sustain momentum after a win against Kings XI Punjab. The match is set to take place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, with weather conditions possibly affecting play. Team lineups and strategies are discussed, with potential changes due to player injuries and past performances.

Rohit should be judged on how he's performed in pressure situations - Duminy

08 May 2018  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Despite a below-par show in IPL 2018, Rohit Sharma's performance in pressure situations is highlighted by JP Duminy, who emphasizes the importance of crucial contributions when the team needs it. Duminy also praises Hardik Pandya for his exceptional handling of pressure. Mumbai Indians, needing to win all remaining games to make the playoffs, face Kolkata Knight Riders, a team they have historically dominated. Duminy stresses the need to focus on the present challenge rather than past successes.

Several challenges ahead for new-look Karthik-led Knight Riders

01 Apr 2018  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Kolkata Knight Riders face significant challenges as they enter the new IPL season under the leadership of Dinesh Karthik, following the departure of key players like Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey. The team, known for backing its players, has taken risks on several injury-prone and inexperienced players. The squad includes promising talents like Shubman Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, but the bench lacks IPL experience. The team's strategy focuses on strong starts, middle-order stability, and a powerful finish, with key players like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, and Andre Russell playing crucial roles. The bowling unit will rely heavily on Kuldeep Yadav and Tom Curran. The Knight Riders' campaign begins with tough matches against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Without World Cup, we have to find ways to hold on to our players: Coetzer

30 Mar 2018  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Kyle Coetzer, the Scotland cricket captain, reflects on the disappointment of not qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup and the challenges faced by Associate nations. He criticizes the ICC's decision to limit the World Cup to 10 teams, which has significant financial and developmental impacts on Associate nations like Scotland. Coetzer emphasizes the need for more funding and game time to retain players and sustain the quality of cricket. Despite the setbacks, he remains focused on maintaining high standards and continuing to prove the capabilities of his team.

Things we learnt from the India-Sri Lanka series

25 Dec 2017  |  www.cricbuzz.com
India secured a 2-1 victory in the ODIs and a clean sweep in the T20I series against Sri Lanka. Despite the success, India's batting showed vulnerabilities in challenging conditions, highlighting the indispensable value of MS Dhoni in ODIs. The series saw limited opportunities for new players, with Jaydev Unadkat emerging as a promising left-arm pacer. Rohit Sharma's record-breaking performances further solidified his stature. For Sri Lanka, Upul Tharanga's consistency and Kusal Perera's impactful return were bright spots in an otherwise tough year marked by selection issues and leadership challenges under Thisara Perera.

Dhoni remains India's top choice till the end of World Cup: Prasad

23 Dec 2017  |  www.cricbuzz.com
MSK Prasad, India's chairman of selectors, confirmed that MS Dhoni will remain the preferred wicketkeeper for the 2019 World Cup, despite questions about his declining hitting prowess. Prasad emphasized Dhoni's unmatched skills behind the stumps and his invaluable asset to the team. Virat Kohli also defended Dhoni, highlighting the challenging situations he often faces when batting. The article underscores the support Dhoni has from team management and selectors, ensuring his place in the squad until the World Cup.

Another throw of the dice for Dinesh Karthik

01 Nov 2017  |  www.cricbuzz.com
Dinesh Karthik, at 32, is at a pivotal point in his cricket career as he vies for a middle-order slot in the Indian national team. Despite calls to groom younger players, Karthik's experience, versatility, and team-first attitude make him a valuable asset. The Indian team is experimenting with various players for the No. 4 batting position, a role that requires both skill and temperament. Karthik's past performances and adaptability in domestic cricket and IPL bolster his case. With upcoming series against Sri Lanka, Karthik aims to solidify his position and contribute to the team's success.
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