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Brendon McCullum likely to step down from KKR head coach role, here’s WHY?

Brendon McCullum has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant role as England’s Test coach following two days of interviews at Lord’s. He played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s overall growth in all formats and is a right fit for the vacant role at the ECB.

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Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is likely to step down from the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head role at the end of the current season of the Indian Premier League. At the end of the IPL 2022, he would be stepping down as KKR head coach to take over England’s Test head coach’s job.

McCullum, who was part of KKR in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008, had informed the KKR players about the recent development during a team meeting.

Several reports suggested that the legendary cricketer is believed to have agreed with the England Cricketer Board and the announcement is expected to happen shortly. Several reports have also claimed that 40-year-old McCullum had expressed his interest in the job.

Brendon McCullum has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant role as England’s Test coach following two days of interviews at Lord’s. He played a pivotal role in New Zealand’s overall growth in all formats and is a right fit for the vacant role at the ECB.

The ECB had recently named all-rounder Ben Stokes as the red-ball captain and is looking forward to Chris Silverwood’s replacement as the ECB Managing Director Rob Key was keen on splitting the coach duties between the red-ball and white-ball formats.

He has played his last international match in Christchurch in February 2016 against Australia. He has retired from all forms of cricket scoring the fastest Test century (54 balls) and finished his career with 6,453 runs, 12 tons and 31 half-centuries.

McCullum had also smashed the swashbuckling 158 runs in the first-ever IPL match.

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IPL 2022 Play-Off: Here’s how 7 teams will be competing for the top 3 spot, everything you need to know

IPL 2022 has reached the time when seven teams will compete to make it to the left top three positions. Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans has already made it to the play-offs and is in a much better position than any other team.

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IPL 2022 has reached the time when seven teams will compete to make it to the left top three positions. Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans has already made it to the play-offs and is in a much better position than any other team.

The two most successful teams of Indian Premiere League, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings is already out of the tournament. However, there are seven team who are still in the race, so here are some possibilities for the team to make it to the IPL Play-off:

Rajasthan Royals:

RR has the strongest claim among all teams to seal their position at the playoff. Having the maximum run rate of 0.304, Rajasthan Royals has the brightest chances to qualify. Only 5 teams can now reach to the 16 points mark and RR is already there. Now only if the team loses to CSK with huge margin and fifth-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore wins their last league game by a big margin, then only RR will drop below the fourth position.

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Lucknow Super Giants:

LSG has had a pretty strong run from the starting of IPL 2022. Being a new team, Lucknow Super Giants did not let that come between them and their claim at the play-offs. However, back-to-back two losses have dropped their net run rate from 0.700 to 0.262. But the team also has 13 points from 16 matches. Now LSG will have to defeat KKR to make it to the top four.

Delhi Capitals:

Delhi Capitals has 13 points from 13 matches, the team got it’s run rate to 0.255 from 0.210 after defeating Punjab Kings. DC is currently at the fourth position on the IPL 2022 Points Table and will have to win the remaining league matches to seal their spot in the top four.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Royal Challengers Bangalore has slipped to fifth position after DC defeated PBKS. The team has 14 points from 13 matches but their run rate will be a problem for them. RCB has a poor net run rate of -0.323, which is also less than all the IPL teams on the table. The Royals will have to defeat RCB Gujarat Titans in their last league match and also DC will have to lose to MI, for RCB to reach to the play-offs.

Kolkata Knight riders and Punjab Kings have 12 points each from 13 matches and the max they can reach is 14 points, which will not help them to qualify for the play-offs. With the Net Run Rate of 0.160, KKR will now face LSG. On the other hand, with the net run rate of -0.043, Punjab Kings will now face SRH for their last league match.

However, with the lowest points amongst team on table, Sunrisers Hyderabad have had a roller coaster season. First, they were on a losing streak, later they turned the tables and went for a winning streak but again the team lost its momentum and now with just ten points from 12 matches and a net run rate of -0.270, SRH is mathematically out of the tournament.

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IND vs SA T20 series : South Africa announces 15-member squad, THIS uncapped Mumbai Indians youngster gets his maiden call

Cricket South Africa has announced the squad for the upcoming T20 series against India. South Africa will be flying down to India for the five match T20 series led by the SA skipper Temba Bavuma. The T20I will being from June 9 and the last match will be played on June 19.

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Cricket South Africa has announced the squad for the upcoming T20 series against India. South Africa will be flying down to India for the five match T20 series led by the SA skipper Temba Bavuma. The T20I will being from June 9 and the last match will be played on June 19.

Another highlight for the South African team is that they have finally brought Tristan Stubb on board. The cricketer is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022, and will mark his debut in T20 Internationals with IND vs SA T20 Series.

South African Squad for T20 Series against Team India:

Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper) Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubb, Rassie Van der Dussen and Marco Jansen.

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Schedule for IND vs SA T20 Series:

1st T20I                   09 June                                 Delhi

2nd T20I                   12 June                                Cuttack

3rd T20I                   14 June                                 Vizag

4th T20I                   17 June                                 Rajkot

5th T20I                   19 June                                 Bengaluru

This T20 series will be important for both the side as this is the World Cup year. And both the teams will be aiming at trying their best combinations and prepping for the T20 World Cup. Moreover, India and South Africa have also been grouped together in the ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan and Bangladesh are also the part of the same group. The tournament will be played for the Super 12 stages in Australia.

Currently, there are nine South African players busy with their trade in the world’s biggest T20 cricket league, IPL 2022. On the other hand, Indian selectors will most likely give rest to senior Indian players like, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and even KL Rahul. In the skipper’s absence, either Hardik Pandya or Shikhar Dhawan will handle the captaincy role.

Indian Cricket Team is currently on the top-ranked T20I side in the world. South Africa are fourth, followed by Pakistan on the third, England on second and India, right on the top of World Ranking.

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IPL 2022: No Virat Kohli in RCB Hall of Fame, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers to receive this honor

Virat Kohli inducted both of his former teammates into the inaugural Hall of Fame. He reminisced de Villiers’ impact in the 2016 season, where they shared a mammoth stand and dug the team out of trouble in Qualifier 1.

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South African 360-degree batter AB de Villiers, who played 11 years for the RCB and the West Indian batter Chris Gayle, who was the part of RCB for 7 years, have become the first members of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s inaugural Hall of Fame.  

The two batting legends made a lasting impact, not only for the team but for the entire Indian Premier League (IPL), during their respective stints.

The Bangalore-based franchise on Monday introduced the Hall of Fame award for its former players and the first two recipients of this honor were AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle.

Former RCB skipper Virat Kohli inducted both of his former teammates into the inaugural Hall of Fame. He reminisced De Villiers’ impact in the 2016 season, where they shared a mammoth stand and dug the team out of trouble in Qualifier 1.

Both former RCB batters have had a major impact on the cash-rich league and are loved and respected by almost every Indian fan.

AB de Villiers, who scored 4491 runs playing for the RCB in 156 matches in 11 seasons, had ended his final IPL campaign last year in the UAE, where RCB finished fourth and faced defeat in the Eliminator. He is the second-highest run-getter for the RCB in the history of the Indian Premier League.

De Villiers, who was present at the event using a virtual conference call, said that getting inducted into the Hall of Fame is an emotional moment for him.

Chris Gayle, who joined RCB in 2011 and played for the franchise till 2017, dominated the IPL smashing 3420 runs in 91 games at an average of 43.29 and strike rate of 154.40, including 21 fifties and 5 centuries. The Universe Boss also smashed sensational 175* runs while playing for RCB, which is the highest individual score in the history of the tournament.

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