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featurecricket3 months ago

Vitality Blast watch | How overseas signings and England’s T20 stars have fared thus far

The Vitality T20 blast is not known as ‘IPL on cocaine’ for no reason: 10 days in, we’re already through 46 games. That’s right, FORTY SIX! Make no mistake, keeping up with this high-octane competition is no mean task, but at SportsCafe we like to push limits. So let’s begin the recap, shall we?
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket4 months ago

IPL 2021 | Never had thoughts of pulling out individually before the tournament ended, admits Jimmy Neesham

Jimmy Neesham, who is part of Mumbai Indian’s setup, has admitted that he never had thoughts of pulling out of the tournament individually before the postponement. Alongside that, he also insisted that he won’t hesitate to sign up again, especially with the vaccines rolling out for COVID-19.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket6 months ago

IPL 2021 | KL Rahul batted a little timidly last season; we will see an aggressive version this season, insists Wasim Jaffer

Despite leading the run-charts last season, KL Rahul’s batting approach cost PK a spot in the playoffs, which Wasim Jaffer insists will change this season, with the return of the aggressive Rahul. He also added that the franchise earmarked Sharukh Khan for the finisher role, after releasing Maxwell.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket8 months ago

IPL Retention 2021 | Talking points from KXIP’s releases and retentions ft. Maxwell, Cottrell and overseas slots

KXIP cried for the first half of the season, where they lost six games out of seven, but post Chris Gayle’s return to the middle-order found stability, composure and power-hitting while luck seemingly patched up its relationship with them. But now that they are back to scratch, what can they do?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket8 months ago

Chuck, Marry and Frill | Who KXIP should let go and retain ahead of IPL 2021

After the fraternity unanimously agreed that Kings XI, last year, had emerged as the undisputed winner in the auction, it took the Lions all of 7 matches to go back to their we’re-just-here-to-fill-the-numbers self. For the 13th season running, they won hearts, and not cricket matches.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa year ago

IPL 2020 | If Neesham is going to bat No.7, Punjab would be better off playing Chris Jordan, reckons Harsha Bhogle

Renowned expert Harsha Bhogle believes Kings XI Punjab are wasting Jimmy Neesham by batting him at No.7 and reckons that they would be better off utilizing that slot with a specialist bowler like Chris Jordan. Bhogle also noted that Punjab have one of the scariest Top sevens in the competition.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricketa year ago

The Good, Bad and Ugly ft UEFA allowing crowd, Chopra-Neesham's Twitter brawl and T20 blast tragicomedy

It turned out to be an exciting and eventful week as we present to you the latest edition of the Good, Bad and Ugly with some pretty interesting stuff lined up. From Neesham questioning Chopra's cricket stats to UEFA allowing crowds back to a cricket game decided by powerplay, let's start rolling.
Harshit Anand
featurecricketa year ago

How KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab found themselves struggling at 1-3 and not cruising at 3-1

Everyone wants a fairy tale, which has KL Rahul performing to his best and helping the Kings XI Punjab under Anil Kumble’s leadership to lift that coveted trophy for the first time in the history of the tournament to keep Preity Zinta happy. But, that’s far from what they are achieving right now!
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricketa year ago

Jimmy Neesham hits back at Aakash Chopra invoking a ‘war of words’ on Twitter

Even before IPL could take the centre stage in a double-header today, the duo of Jimmy Neesham and Aakash Chopra certainly have taken their fight seriously on Twitter. It all kicked off with Aakash Chopra criticizing the all-rounder’s performance in the Punjab jersey as it started a Twitter war.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa year ago

IPL 2020 | KXIP are playing Jimmy Neesham who isn’t a match-winner, opines Aakash Chopra

Following Kings XI Punjab’s second successive defeat, Aakash Chopra has opined that their decision to play Jimmy Neesham, who isn’t a match-winner has backfired on them. Chopra also stated that KL Rahul should be looking to bring in Mujeeb-ur-Rahman instead of Neesham in the team.
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