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featurecricketa day ago

The IPL mid-season trade has turned out to be an epic fail - but here’s why a mid-season auction could work

Ahead of the 2020 edition of the IPL, the tournament introduced a ‘mid-season trade’, wherein franchises were allowed to trade and swap players at the mid-way stage of the competition to readjust their squad composition. A year on, the change, which still exists, has turned out to be an epic fail.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket3 days ago

How uncapped bowlers led from the front to change teams' dynamics in IPL 2021

Uncapped Indian bowlers are the real deal - they have the ability to change the fortune of a side and also help the franchises strike the right balance. This season, four uncapped bowlers - Chetan Sakariya, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel - changed their respective team's dynamics.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 days ago

Fringe players who have assured themselves an IPL contract in the mega auction ft. Harpreet, Lynn and SRK

The intriguing final season before the mega auction gives senior players the opportunity to show why they need to be retained, but equally it also gives fringe players the chance to prove that they belong. Only 29 games were played in IPL 2021, but a multitude of players put their hands up.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket3 days ago

Trouble in Paradise | Incumbent IPL contract holders who might potentially go unsold in the mega auction

The season before the mega auction is a double-edged sword - you could lock in a long-term contract by doing well, but you could also see yourself go unsold in the mega auction if you endure a forgettable season. We look at players who, this season, have jeopardized their chances of landing a bid.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket6 days ago

How the incompetence of SRH’s management extended well beyond the alienation of David Warner

Spare a thought for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They fired their captain, axed him from the starting XI and antagonized their entire fanbase in a span of 24 hours in the hope of turning their season around, only for the entire tournament to get canceled.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket7 days ago

Honing the arduous powerplay skills - the Mohammed Siraj way

It was in 2017, that a raw bowler - Mohammed Siraj - playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad caught the attention of one and all in the IPL, with ten wickets in the season. But 1/53 off four overs on the Indian debut, against New Zealand, and three T20Is later, he was discarded - into the wild.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket10 days ago

What lessons the BCCI - and other boards - can learn from the IPL 2021 fiasco

Since even before the tournament began, IPL 2021 felt like a ticking time bomb and in many ways it was unsurprising when the competition met with a fatal accident in the form of a major COVID outbreak. What’s done is done, but what can boards learn from the catastrophe that was IPL 2021?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket10 days ago

How BCCI turned the ‘safe’ bio-bubble into a nervous test of its own

Eight teams, six venues and one country formed the crux of the 2021 IPL action, after a successful 2020 edition of the tournament in the Middle East. But after 24 days of action, the curtains were down and the ‘safe’ bio-bubble suddenly turned into anxious nights for the cricketers.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket11 days ago

No escaping the inevitable - the complete timeline of events that unfolded in a COVID-struck IPL 2021

After 25 days of escaping the inevitable, the COVID situation in IPL went to a point of no return on May 4 as the BCCI decided to pull the plug on the tournament indefinitely. We look at every single COVID-related event in the tournament that will now forever be remembered for the wrong reasons.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket12 days ago

IPL 2021 | Blitzpools Prediction, Fantasy XI Tips & Probable XI for Mumbai’s clash against Hyderabad

Monday turned out to be an unexpected off day, but IPL 2021 will, at least as things stand, restart on Tuesday in Delhi as fourth-placed Mumbai Indians (MI) take on the bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). A defeat for Sunrisers on Tuesday will essentially knock them out of IPL 2021.
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