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newscricket12 days ago

IPL 2020 | Steve Smith should not be dropped but rather should open, suggests Sanjay Manjrekar

Ahead of the double-header on Saturday, Sanjay Manjrekar has suggested that Steve Smith should not be dropped by the Rajasthan Royals outfit but rather he should open the innings. On the other hand, Manjrekar has looked at the positives for RCB with de Villiers walking out to bat at No.6.
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featurecricket13 days ago

A decade on, RCB finally have their right balance, having given the gloves to AB de Villiers

When Star Sports aired the advertisement for IPL 2020, with the tag ‘Tera (13) kya hoga Kohliya,’ it was definitely cringe-worthy but it gave an essence of what Royal Challengers Bangalore as a side were. A bunch of superstars, with the bat failing to win their games because of their bowling.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket18 days ago

Virat Kohli’s ‘T20’ masterclass in Dubai leaves arch-nemesis CSK floored

There is something about Virat Kohli against a yellow jerseyed team, 2016 - against Australia in a long ground at Mohali and now 2020 - against Chennai Super Kings in a similar boundary in Dubai. Time and again, Kohli proves that T20 is a format that needs power, precision and brain all at once.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket18 days ago

IPL 2020 | Will credit a lot of Kohli’s success versus CSK to Sundar and Dube, claims Chris Morris

Chris Morris, who made his RCB debut on Saturday and starred with the ball, claimed that it was the supporting hands played by Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube that helped Kohli play his natural game. Kohli finished with 90* and was involved in good partnerships with both Sundar and Dube.
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newscricketa month ago

IPL 2020 | Decided to back my strengths in the Super Over, insists Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini, who won the game for RCB in the Super Over, insisted that he wanted to back his strengths in the Super Over and hence went with yorkers as he had practiced it as lot. Saini added that though he was in double minds while bowling, he stuck to his plans and eventually won RCB the game. 
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newscricketa month ago

IPL 2020 | Virat Kohli should never bat lower than No. 3, opines Ajit Agarkar

Ajit Agarkar has opined that Virat Kohli should never bat lower than number 3 and was surprised when the latter opted to come at 4 in the match against Kings XI Punjab, which they lost by 97 runs. He added that Kohli should have called on his best bowler instead of Shivam Dube in the last over.
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newscricketa month ago

IPL 2020 | RCB’s small mistakes cost them big time against KXIP, notes Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir has noted that Virat Kohli’s small mistakes had ultimately cost them the game against Kings XI Punjab and also pointed out that bowling Shivam Dube in the last over was a blunder. He also admitted that Kohli could have opted to bowl either of Saini or Yadav for the final over.
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newscricketa month ago

Twitter reacts to Kumble taking revenge on Kohli as Rahul ton helps KXIP slaughter RCB

It took Anil Kumble three years, but the legendary leggie finally took the perfect revenge on the man who ‘allegedly’ got him sacked as India coach. Thanks to a mauling KL Rahul ton, Kumble’s side, KXIP, slaughtered Virat Kohli & Co. as RCB slumped to an embarrassing 97-run defeat.
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featurecricketa month ago

IPL 2020 | RCB vs SRH - Today I Learnt: Moeen Ali’s value and SRH’s thin pace battery

More often than not, particularly of late, RCB-SRH contests have ended in tears for fans of the former but on Monday, the trend finally broke in Dubai. SRH imploded in RCB-esque manner but there were a lot of learnings from the game, including the Reds being incomplete without a certain Moeen.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa month ago

Twitter reacts to heedless Dube and Philippe not running single off last ball to preserve their wickets

Morgan, not long ago, publicly lambasted centurion Malan for not running a bye off the last ball, and if Kohli is as passionate as we all think he is, he sure would have given a mouthful to Dube and Philippe. The two batters flabbergastingly refused to run a bye off the last ball of the innings.
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