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IPL 2018: Virender Sehwag wants two players in KXIP squad


Virender Sehwag has always spoken his mind. A sensation on Twitter, the squash buckling opener is as flamboyant with his words as he was in his playing days. After his retirement, at the age of 39, Sehwag continues to coach and do some punditry. He has been fantastic with that as well.

The former Indian opener sat down with Times of India and talked about IPL and ousted players. He was quite vocal about certain things and like his bat, his words were hitting the questions out of the stadium. Sehwag talked about his team KXIP, Yuvraj Singh and he did not forget to talk about Ashish Nehra as well.
Virender Sehwag was asked whether his team is smaller than any other team. It is because the team from Punjab don’t have big Indian names. Sehwag denied it straight away and said that no team is small. He was quick to remind that they reached the finals in 2014 with young Indian players. He also said that the purse for every team in the auction is the same, so it is just about buying smart for Viru.

“There isn’t any small team in the IPL, the purse size (Rs 80 cr) stays the same for all and everyone will try to spend their entire purse. In fact, in this year’s auction, the best part is that we and Rajasthan Royals have the most amount of money to spend.

“However, we’re called a ‘small’ team because we don’t have ‘big’ players. In 2014, we had a team with not too many star players, but we reached the final using a limited purse. Our aim this time is to spend money to buy many Indian players,” Viru added.
Virender Sehwag is a huge admirer of exuberant batters and that is what he is looking for. The fact that they have only retained Axar Patel shows that KXIP is looking to rebuild the team from scratch. When asked about who he would target at the auction, Virender Sehwag was quick to talk about dodge the question and said, for the fans, it would be the Punjab boys.

“I think the fans would want Punjab stars like Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh in the Kings XI team,” said Viru. The name of Yuvraj Singh led to another question which saw the former Indian vice-captain back the southpaw. He said the Yuvraj Singh is not done yet and he will be back in the Indian team sooner rather than later.

“He’s not in the Indian team, but Yuvraj is still an amazing player. His talent is intact. Even a current India player can lose form. I don’t think we’ll get a player like him again. If his form his good, he’s a match-winner,” said Virender.
Sehwag didn’t blink while taking these names. He was quite sure that players like Ben Stokes, Dwayne Bravo and some others will be in demand. He also talked about how much these players will cost in the auction which is scheduled on 27th and 28th of January.

“Ben Stokes, Dwayne Bravo and Mitchell Starc are the international players everyone wants. I won’t be surprised if Stokes goes for around $1.5 million. I expect the capped India players to fetch around Rs 10-12cr too. Among the uncapped players, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda would be in demand,” concluded Sehwag.

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni wants Chennai Super Kings to go for this ‘local boy’


MS Dhoni on Friday revealed Chennai Super Kings’s plan to retain local boy Ravichandran Ashwin during the upcoming IPL 2018 auction slated to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

Dhoni has now made it clear that the franchise will go after Ashwin in the auction. “I want local players in the Chennai Super Kings. Being a local lad, will go for him during auctions and try to get him,” the former Indian captain said during a promotional event in Chennai.

CSK, who had a total of INR 80 crore in their auction purse, are left with only 47 crore to spend in the upcoming players’ auction after shelling out 33 crore on retention of Dhoni (Rs 15 crore), Suresh Raina (Rs 11 crore) and Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 7 crore).

They have also two Right To Match (RTM) cards that can be used to regain the services of a couple of their former players.

MS Dhoni, though, added that the franchise would not be able to use RTM cards for Ashwin and instead they would be used to select other proven CSK performers.

“We also have our former players Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo. We have two RTMs. But we have to know when and where to use them. With Ashwin we cannot use the RTM as we have already got three Indian players retained. We have to buy him in the auction. He will come first in the auction. But as I said, we will have to wait and watch. We will try to get him,” he said.

IPL Auction 2018 : Harbhajan Singh has a message for all franchise owners


The Indian Premier League auction is all set to take place on January 27 and January 28 in Bengaluru and the many players are awaiting their fate on which team they will end up at.

Former Indian offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who has not been retained by Mumbai Indians this time around seems to be eagerly awaiting for the auction as he posted a photo with the Indian Premier League trophy on the social media site Twitter.

Bhajji captioned it with: “First one to lay the hands on the IPL trophy this year.. an incentive of getting me in the team, you get the trophy with me ! Lol 😝! #IPLAuction #StarSports #re.imagine”

With this tweet, Harbhajan made it clear to all the eight franchises that he is all set for the eleventh edition of the tournament. Harbhajan has set himself top base price of INR 2 crore. Likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh are also in the same bracket.

13 Indian and 23 overseas players have set their base prices at INR 2 crore among 1122 players which are all set to go under the hammer. BCCI in a media release stated, “The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the associate nations.”

IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Chennai Super Kings squad?


India may have lost their 2nd Test match against South Africa in Centurion on Wednesday and in the process, surrendered the three-match series to the Proteas, but Lungi Ngidi has managed to make a stunning name for himself even in the country.

The 21-year-old right arm fast bowler, who made his debut in the Test match after Dale Steyn was ruled out of the remainder of the Test series owing to injury, picked up a total of seven wickets in the match.

Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and others remained in his hit list in the second innings as he picked up a total of six wickets for 39 runs from 12.2 overs.

With the grand IPL auction 2018 just a few days away in India, Lungi might have just done wonders to his luck. As per reports, the fast bowler has managed to impress some of the teams already.

Lungi’s base price in the auction is Rs 50 Lakh.

“His name was already there in the overseas players’ list before the Centurion Test, since he was a part of the South African squad, but he’s likely to be in huge demand now,” the Times of India has quoted a source as saying.

After Australia, South Africa have the most number of players throwing their hat to take part in the IPL 2018 tournament.

According to the official release, 57 cricketers, which includes the likes of Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada, are vying for places in the teams during the IPL auction.

In our view, nothing should stop Lungi Ngidi from being a part of Chennai Super Kings. The two-time IPL champions are returning after a ban of two years and they are looking at making an impact straightaway.

The franchisee have already retained their star player MS Dhoni, along with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. Getting Lungi now could be an instant hit with the fans.

Having a player whose name is Lungi will no doubt be an absolutely super step on the behalf of CSK. And the player has proven himself too.

The 21-year-old has played 39 T20s (including three T20Is) in his career so far and has a total of 43 wickets. Lungi is also a part of famed South African T20 franchisee Titans.

IPL 2018: Will he be the perfect captain for Kings XI Punjab?


India’s domestic T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL), is still a couple of months away but the fact that all the franchises would have to buy players again, barring the retained ones, has already sent team owners to their think room. While the names of retained players were out on January 4, the teams are now making strategies for the auction which is scheduled to take place on January 27-28 in Bengaluru.

Kings XI Punjab, who retained only one player – left-arm spinner Axar Patel for Rs 6.5 crore, are eyeing to buy South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and make him the skipper as well. The right-hander, who has been associated with Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant in past, remains to be one of the most established batsmen in world cricket.

The Kings did not have a great decade in terms of results and have tried many players in the skipper’s role.

KXIP CEO, Satish Menon, however, is still upbeat about the side and was enthusiastic about the change of fortunes for them in the 2018 season.

“The good thing about the fate is that it will change one day. Last few years haven’t been good for us. Fans still supported the team during the bad times. And they want better. You may never know that we might resurge in this season with Faf du Plessis as the Kings XI Punjab’s skipper,” Menon was quoted as saying by Cricket Addictor.

IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Mumbai Indians squad?


In the one decade of their existence, the Mumbai Indians haven’t given an extended run to any leg-spinner. Apart from the sporadic appearances from the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma, it has been Harbhajan Singh all the way as the franchise’s primary spinner, with Pragyan Ojha having played his part until 2014.

However, with Harbhajan most likely to change boats after not being retained, Mumbai could be eyeing a spinner vital to their fortunes in their pursuit of winning a fourth IPL, come summer 2018.

‘Revelation’ is an understatement for Rashid Khan: he has absolutely scorched the T20 scene with leg breaks: a clever concoction of variations and dexterity, one who isn’t afraid to toss the ball up. He can bamboozle batsmen with turn off the pitch, or with movement in the air.

He’s quick to the crease, the action is swift and deceptive, and can turn into the strike bowler to prise out wickets. Alternatively, he can send the batsmen into their shell with some quiet overs in the middle.

For Mumbai Indians, he could turn out to be the perfect choice as their lead spinner.

He made his mark with the IPL, a tournament he entered with few expectations and no big reputation. Sunrisers Hyderabad scooped him up for a massive Rs. 4 crores, and people were a little surprised by Tom Moody’s splurge.

Halfway through the tournament, Rashid was the leading wicket-taker and had startled the best in the world with his turn and bounce.

A leg-spinner in T20s is always a threat: the attacking nature of batsmen can be best neutralised by an attacking form of bowling, and leg-spin perfectly fits the bill.

With Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, the retained players for Mumbai, spearheading the batting, all-rounder and pace departments, an enigmatic spinner like Rashid Khan can be the perfect fit for Mumbai Indians.

IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Delhi Daredevils squad?


IPL outfit Delhi Daredevils want Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their team for the upcoming India Premier League (IPL), report suggested.

Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who had featued in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders in the past seven seasons, was earlier released by the Kolkata outfit for the upcoming edition of the money-spinning tournament. With Shakib now available through an auction, Delhi Daredevils are apparently interested in the Bangladesh talisman.

A spokesperson for the Delhi Daredevils confirmed their interest in the top all-rounder from Bangladesh.

The all-rounder’s name will be in the present along with one thousand and 122 cricketers when the IPL auctions take place on January 27 and 28 at Bengaluru.

The sixth edition of the the IPL auctions will also feature seven other Bangladsh players Tamim Iqbal Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Abul Hasan.