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'Don't know what went wrong': Chahar on Covid cases at CSK camp

Chennai Super Kings were one of the franchises that had seen positive Covid-19 cases before the tournament was suspended by the BCCI and IPL Governing Council. On Monday, reports came out that three members of the Chennai Super Kings – CEO K Viswanath, L Balaji, and a bus driver – were tested positive for the…

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If we fail to complete IPL, the loss will be close to INR 2500 crore: Ganguly

The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League was suspended indefinitely after 29 matches were played due to a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases inside the bio-bubble. Two IPL matches were postponed (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday and Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians on Tuesday) after two players from…

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PCB completes first phase of COVID-19 vaccination for players and support staff

Pakistan’s national team players and support staff have got their first jabs of vaccination against COVID-19, country’s Cricket Board said on Friday. The inoculation drive was conducted in collaboration with Pakistan government’s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the PCB said. In the first phase, 57 men players, 13 officials of the men’s team and…

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'It hurt me': Pujara admits going unsold in IPL for years was 'tough' for him

Cheteshwar Pujara’s long wait to once again represent an IPL franchise finally came to an end earlier this year, when during the 2021 auction, Chennai Super Kings picked the batsman for his base price of ₹50 lakh. Prior to this, Pujara had gone six seasons without getting picked by any IPL team. His last IPL…

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Brother of MacGill's girlfriend allegedly part of ex-cricketer's abduction

The brother of Stuart MacGill’s girlfriend Maria O’Meagher was allegedly a part of the abduction of the former Australia leg-spinner, as per latest media reports. On Wednesday, NSW Police arrested four men including Marino Sotiropoulos — brother of Maria. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Maria at first said her relationship with MacGill was…

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Virat Kohli, wife Anushka Sharma donate ₹2 crore in COVID-19 fight

India captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma have donated ₹2 crore to a fund-raising project, which will raise a total of ₹7 crore to support the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The two are raising money through crowd-funding platform Ketto. “…Virat Kohli and Bollywood superstar Anushka Sharma are aiming to raise…

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'Once you saw how people were suffering, it was disturbing': Deep Dasgupta

Former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta opened up on being inside the Indian Premier League 2021 bio-bubble amid the ongoing pandemic and said that he started to feel a bit worried after the number of cases started rising in New Delhi. The 14th edition of IPL was suspended after several players and staff members inside the…

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Our players felt secure in IPL's bio-bubble: CSA Director of Cricket Smith

Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith says none of the country’s players, who took part in the now-postponed IPL, “felt at risk” during their stay in India as the BCCI created a good Bio-Secure Environment (BSE). The IPL was postponed on May 4 after multiple COVID-19 cases emerged inside the bio-bubble. The 11 South Africans,…

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Allowed Kohli, ABD to think freely: Parthiv lauds Maxwell's comeback in IPL 2021

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had a terrible outing in the IPL 2020. Playing for Punjab, he scored just 184 runs in 14 matches, and the most shocking part – he couldn’t hit a single six. But this year, things changed drastically for him, and once again, he was one of the highlights of this exotic…

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'It gives a routine': Cummins on why continuing IPL 2021 was 'positive' thing

Despite the covid-19 crisis in India deepening in the past few weeks, the Indian Premier League 2021 continued in the country for the entire month of April, inciting a debate. While some were of the view that the tournament should be halted keeping the things happening in the country, others felt that it should continue…

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‘It was chaos’: Morris on scenes at RR Team hotel during IPL 2021 suspension

Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Chris Morris has returned home safely following the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Tuesday. It was a big decision taken by the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council after multiple positive cases were reported inside the bio-bubble. Fortunately, there were no positive cases reported in the Royals camp.…

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Where did Indian football trump IPL?

Was the IPL suspension the consequence of force majeure or the WALTO factor? Force majeure is the “unforeseen circumstance” clause in a contract, but it was not like the BCCI ignored the spike in covid cases across India. Three weeks before the IPL began crowds were cleared out of the last five matches of the…

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'A virus has been removed from his batting': Jadeja lauds Shaw's turnaround

Prithvi Shaw’s turnaround from the low of Australia tour last year has been nothing short of sensational. After having his technique scrutinised following scores of 0 and 2 during the first India-Australia Test of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Shaw went back, worked on his batting, and returned with stellar returns in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,…

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'Sachin hardly showed emotion, while Virat would pump his fist, stare at bowler'

Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has weighed in on the comparison between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, two of the best batsmen produced by India in their respective eras. Prasad said while it would be unfair to label either batsman as someone to be afraid of, Tendulkar and Kohli had rather contrasting demeanours which…

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Jumbo India squad expected for England trip

The India A regulars like Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal will be in contention along with rookie sensation Devdutt Padikkal when the selectors on Friday pick a 30-strong India squad for the four-month trip to United Kingdom. The Indian team is scheduled to play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Southampton from…

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Have the IPL's overseas players and staff reached home?

The New Zealanders will leave for Auckland on Friday barring Kane Williamson and three others who will stay in New Delhi before flying to England on May 11; the Australians have headed to the Maldives where they will wait out the pause in travel between India and Australia; players and staff from England have gone…

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Laxmi Ratan Shukla donates IPL commentary fee to WB CM's Relief Fund

Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Thursday announced he has donated his entire Indian Premier League commentary fee to the West Bengal’s Chief Minister Relief Fund to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. Shukla had served as Kolkata’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister between 2016 and 2021 before quitting politics early this year. He…

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Rashid Khan wishes ‘safe return’ for everyone after postponement of IPL

Afghanistan’s ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan on Thursday backed the decision of BCCI of suspending the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to the rising cases of Covid-19 inside its bio-bubble. He also wished for a safe return for all players who participated in the tournament. On Thursday, Rashid took to Twitter and expressed his disappointment…