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featurecricket2 days ago

IPL Retention 2021 | Talking points from RCB’s releases and retentions ft. Morris, Philippe and middle-order

Kohli and RCB threw a pleasant surprise last season by showcasing consistency in selection but welp, the Reds are back to their old ways again having released a ludicrous 10 players ahead of the mini-auction. Is it good? Bad? What could be the reason? We try to make sense of it here.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 days ago

IPL 2021 | Complete list of players retained and released by all eight franchises

Ahead of the much-awaited auction for IPL 2021 that is scheduled for February, all franchises, today, revealed the complete list of players they’ve retained and released for the forthcoming season. The biggest shock came in the form of RR releasing Steve Smith, the skipper of the franchise.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket9 days ago

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

Royal Challengers Bangalore might have finished fourth, but ask that lion on the top of their logo, it would paint a rather different picture of their season. Yet again for RCB, this time in 2020, it was a party of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli - only joined by Devdutt Padikkal and Chris Morris.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 months ago

SportsCafe's 'stat-padding' XI of IPL 2020 ft. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and MS Dhoni

Now that the glitz and glamour of the IPL is finally over, let’s take a look at the performances of players, particularly the ones who have performed well on paper but in reality, haven’t delivered the quality that their numbers express. Because, as they say, numbers do lie sometimes.
Deepak Yadav
featurecricket2 months ago

Burning questions from IPL 2020 ft. mid-season transfer requests and specialist third umpires

As much as we’d like to deny, the unhindered truth is that, days post its conclusion, we still find ourselves drowned in all-things-IPL-2020, unable to move on and zap back to reality. This drowning has given birth to excessive thoughts which, in turn, has made us raise a few ‘Burning Questions’.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 months ago

IPL 2020 Review | ABD-Kohli starrer does well but falls short of a blockbuster yet again

After every year, when RCB disappoints, Kohli promises fans to fight back, a claim which keeps falling short, but for a change, RCB made it to the playoffs. But a Déjà vu over dependency on AB-Kohli and lack of lower-order firepower headlined their horror run than bowling in the business end.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket2 months ago

From Stoinis’ A+ to Glenn Maxwell’s F: Grading every overseas signing who took part in IPL 2020

In a perfect world, somewhere, we just express our gratitude for the IPL taking place and move on but, unfortunately, we don’t live in one, meaning scrutiny is what is the need of the hour. We, here at SportsCafe, have decided to rate and slate every overseas signing that partook in IPL 2020.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 months ago

IPL 2020 Awards | KL Rahul wins Orange cap; Kagiso Rabada bags Purple Cap

Ooof, IPL 2020 was finally done and dusted and with that, the IPL recognised all the fabulous performances this season from the players. KL Rahul nicked the Orange Cap ahead of Shikhar Dhawan while Kagiso Rabada stayed put to win the Purple Cap, but who won the MVP?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 months ago

How RCB's failure proved that strike rate is not 'overrated' in T20 cricket

RCB even with the most consistent of players in Kohli and de Villiers are the most inconsistent of franchises, failing to win the tournament even once but it all lies down to their ‘little’ firepower approach. Play Bold is a nice tagline but RCB using that tagline has done no real justice.
Deepak Yadav
featurecricket3 months ago

IPL 2020 | SRH vs RCB Evaluation Chart - Classy Kane Williamson guides Hyderabad to a thrilling win against Bangalore

A match that mostly remained in favour of Hyderabad for most of the time, Bangalore tried to make a comeback with excellent bowling the middle over, but eventually, Kane Williamson guided his team to victory. Jason Holder, along with picking 3 for 25, helped Williamson finish the match at the end.
Deepak Yadav