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DC vs SRH Preview: DC look to capitalize on Covid-hit SRH

The second phase of IPL 2021 has just been started and once again covid has made it unwanted presence, as T. Natarajan of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been tested positive this evening and is currently isolating.

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DC vs SRH

The second phase of IPL 2021 has just been started and once again covid has made it unwanted presence, as T. Natarajan of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been tested positive this evening and is currently isolating. 6 other members from SRH camp, including all-rounder Vijay Shankar and practice bowler Periyasamy Ganesan have been found in closed contacts with Natarajan, and they are also isolating. However, match will go ahead on its time.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

SRH are going to miss the services of their star batsman Jonny Bairstow, as he opted to not participate in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, as he has been their top performing player in first leg of IPL 2021. This season has not gone well for SRH, currently they are sitting at the bottom of points table. Earlier in first leg, SRH gave captaincy to Kane Williamson from David Warner. Warner also lost his place in playing XI due to his poor form in first leg IPL 2021. This time, with Bairstow not playing Warner might get a chance to play. The squad has already lost their key bowler Natarajan, who was founded covid positive this evening, with Vijay Shankar also isolating SRH might face difficulty to find their best eleven.

Predicted XI

David Warner, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Jagadeesha Suhchith, Abdul Samad, Mohamad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

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Delhi Capitals:

This might be the season of Delhi Capitals, considering their squad depth. With Shreyash Iyer returning from injury Dc’s middle order looks solid. DC has performed quite well in Rishabh Pant’s captaincy, in 8 matches DC are currently 2nd on the points table. The deadly combination of Kagiso Rabad and Anrich Nortje can destroy any kind of batting order. With spin duo of R Ashwin and Axar Patel this DC team looks so balanced. However the only problem DC has got is that, with Iyer back in team where will they play Steve Smith.

Predicted XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel/Amit Mishra, R Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan

Head-to-head:

SRH has got the edge over DC with 11 wins in 19 matches, while  DC winning only 8.

Players to watch-out for:

Shreyash Iyer: After returning from injury Iyer will be very important for DC, considering he is no more the captain of team.

David Warner: Warner might get to play today’s game, earlier in season he didn’t much with the bat. It will be interesting to see how he performs today.

Kagiso Rabada: South African pacer is the most reliable bowler Dc have got, his battle with Warner will a thing to watch

R Ashwin: In first leg of IPL 2021, Ashwin did quite well for DC, this time T 20 World Cup scheduled to be in the UAE, everyone will definitely look forward to bowl him.

Bhubaneshwar Kumar: With recovering from injury and also getting a place in T20 World Cup team, Bhubaneshwar will one of the five to watch.

The match starts at 7:30 pm IST on Star Sports Network and streaming platform Disney plus Hotstar.

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

Gautam Gambhir said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room.

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor has received many criticisms for not smiling and always keeping his game face on. The former India opener is known for his aggressive expressions, and he has responded to this with a bold statement.

R. Ashwin interviewed Gautam Gambhir recently where he asked him that asks why he doesn’t smiles. The former Indian cricketer said that he doesn’t understand when people talk about him not smiling, laughing, and always being intense, grumpy, and looking like he is walking on the edge with his game face on. Gambhir said, people don’t come to watch him smile, they come to watch their team win. He said that the kind of profession they are in, he can’t help but work with this attitude in the industry.

The World Cup winner said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room. He said he has all the rights to fight for himself, fight for his teammates, and do every possible thing within the spirit of the game to try and defeat the opponent team.

The KKR mentor said continued saying that people say he is too hard and plays in a certain way. He does because it helps him perform to the best of his abilities. He said it’s his characteristic because he is obsessed with winning, and that’s the problem, Gambhir said.

Fans on social media have reacted to this interview by saying this winning mentality is the best quality of Gautam Gambhir, as he always tries his best, and that’s why he is the No. 1 among Indian local coaches. Many users praised Gambhir for his winning attitude towards the game and how professional he is.

Under Gambhir’s mentorship, KKR will play for a spot in the final when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 today at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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CSK official reveals MS Dhoni’s plan on retirement

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday.

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The former captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni, hasn’t yet announced his retirement plan or whether he plans to continue his career in the IPL, but a CSK official has revealed a message Dhoni gave to the management.

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday. Both teams had 14 points each, but due to a higher net-run rate, RCB led by Faf du Plessis qualified for the playoffs. CSK fans were sad not only about the defeat of their team but also about the fact that they might see MS Dhoni for the last time in the IPL. However, a CSK official has revealed that he hasn’t commented on his potential retirement.

The unnamed CSK official revealed that Dhoni has requested that the team management hold off on any decisions regarding his retirement for a few months. He said that Dhoni himself hasn’t reached a conclusion and might be considering another season.

The official also mentioned that Dhoni felt comfortable with his running between the wickets during the IPL, a key concern for some fans regarding his age. Additionally, the introduction of the impact player rule in IPL 2024 might influence Dhoni’s decision. This rule allows teams to bring in a substitute player during the second strategic break, potentially offering Dhoni a more specific role within the team that is less physically demanding.

With Dhoni maintaining his silence and the possibility of the ‘Impact Player’ rule working in his favour, CSK fans might not have seen the last of their beloved captain just yet. The official said that the management would wait for Dhoni’s message on the topic and added that MS Dhoni has always had the best interests of the team in mind.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Rohit Sharma did not mince his words as he targeted Star Sports following the viral video clip where he spoke about his chat with Abhishek Nayar.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday slammed Star Sports for recording and broadcasting his private conversation. Sharma took to his social media platform on X and posted that in spite of asking Star Sports to not record his conversation; it was recorded and was also then broadcasted on air, which he referred to as a breach of his privacy.

This comes after a video featuring Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar went viral on social media platforms where Sharma is seen contemplating his future with the Mumbai Indians team. The former Mumbai Indians captain said, the lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation they are having in privacy with their friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

Sharma expressed his concern over the need to get exclusive content which is focused only on views and engagement will have a negative impact on the trust between the cricketers, fans, and cricket.

The post has gone viral on X with 2.2 million views, 2700 comments, 13000 retweets and 73000 likes which are only increasing. Large number of Rohit Sharma fans and cricket enthusiasts commented on the social media post. One X user Archer said that he was surprised on the post by Rohit Sharma and did not see it coming. He added that it was great of Rohit Sharma for calling this out.

One X user Prateek wrote finally captain had to speak against TRP mafia star sports.

Another cricket enthusiast did not agree with Rohit Sharma and wrote that he hardly gave any content with his batting as a result they had to do this.

One Rohit Sharma fan Ayush felt Star Sports should feel shameful for what they have done.

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