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21K Special Kids Enjoyed IPL Match Between Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

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Mumbai Indians versus Rajasthan Royals match on April 13 in Mumbai was a special one as there were over 21,000 special kids who have came to watch the match, all thanks to ‘Education and Sports for All’ initiative by Nita Ambani.

Mrs. Ambani has started this initiative around 10 years back, where she gave an opportunity to the special kids to watch Mumbai Indian’s IPL matches in the home ground.

Earlier, Nita Ambani has posted a video on Mumbai Indian’s twitter handle saying, “The match on the 13th is very dear to me. As you know, Mumbai Indians as a team supports underprivileged children and we have been doing this for the past 10 years now. Last year we put in a category for specially challenged children.”

She also added, “It is a very emotional match for me. We have 21,000 children already enrolled. They wait every year for their turn to come and see the match and they never get a turn again. So boys I really need you to give your best performance for these kids. It is a once in a lifetime joy that you’re going to give them.”

She was urged the Mumbai Indian’s team to win the match by saying, “This match is really, really important to me and to all my children that I support through our ESA.”

Well, things didn’t worked out well for Mumbai Indians today as they have lost the match against Rajasthan Royals in spite of scoring 187 runs in 20 overs. Though, Mumbai Indians lost the match but the good news was that kids did enjoyed the whole tournament in the ground.

For this special match event, over 21,000 kids got entrolled and got a lifetime opportunity to witness the match without spending a rupee. It is certainly a good gesture by ESA for these kids.

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Ravindra Jadeja is one of the most reliable cricketers across formats: SCA chief

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 The Saurashtra Cricket Association on Thursday congratulated all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for being named by Wisden as Indias Most Valuable Player in the 21st century. The 31-year-old’s MVP rating, which was calculated using the cricket data analysis tool CricViz, was 97.3.

Additionally, the rating made Jadeja the second most valuable player of all time in Test cricket according to the analysis, only behind Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

In a release the SCA said: “Everyone at Saurashtra Cricket Association heartily congratulate Saurashtra’s super lion Ravindra Jadeja on being felicitated by Wisden as Most Valuable Test Player of the 21st Century.”

Jaydev Shah, President of Saurashtra Cricket Association, while congratulating Ravindra Jadeja expressed, “Ravindra has phenomenal talent and is one of the most reliable cricketer in all formats. He is amazing with ball and bat, and also as fielder. He has many times been a game changer in international as well as domestic cricket.”

Jadeja reacted to the news on Twitter. “Thank you Wisden India for naming me the ‘Most Valuable Player’. I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans and well wishers for your support as I aim to give my best for our country. Jai Hind,” he tweeted.

Jadeja is a regular in the Indian limited-overs and Test sides since 2000, but has rarely featured in conversations about India’s most valuable player, a title that had initially been reserved for the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag and later on M.S. Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli.

Jadeja has 213 wickets in Test cricket and has scored 1869 runs at an average of 35.26. He has taken nine five-wicket hauls and also scored a century. In ODIs, Jadeja has 187 wickets and scored 2296 runs.

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IPL 13 likely overseas, toss-up between UAE and Sri Lanka

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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is in all probability headed to foreign shores with UAE and Sri Lanka in the race to host the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league. The final announcement is expected soon as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still awaiting an official decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup which was to be held in Australia in October-November.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official in the know of developments said that while the idea was to play the league in the country, the situation with regards to the coronavirus pandemic might force the board to ultimately take the tournament to either UAE or Sri Lanka.

“We are yet to decide on the venue but in all probability it is going outside this year. The condition in India doesn’t look suited to have so many teams come in at one or two venues and then create an atmosphere which will be safe for the players as well as the general public even though the games may be played behind closed doors.

“The race is between UAE and Sri Lanka and we will need to decide on where we host the league depending on the situation there with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Logistics also need to be looked into, so we will decide soon,” the official said.

While the mood was initially in favour of hosting the league in the country, the current situation has almost made it certain that the tournament will have to be taken outside India.

IANS had earlier reported that the decision-makers in the BCCI were divided in 3:2 ratio with regards to deciding on the venue of the league. “See, it is a case of the decision makers being divided 3-2 if that is how you wish to understand the current scenario.

“There are a couple of voices who feel that having the tournament should be the priority and if that means taking it out of the country, so be it. So, while we are working on the overall plan, the venue is an area which will need further deliberation. Also, at the end of the day safety of the players and everyone involved is priority,” the official had explained.

IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has also been vocal that location shouldn’t be a concern if the league is being played behind closed doors. “They (Emirates Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket) have informed us that they are prepared to host the IPL. But our first preference is India, if we get the government’s permission.

“It is certain that we cannot play at more than three or four venues in India, but the permissions will depend on how the COVID-19 outbreak pans out. Otherwise we will have to explore playing overseas, which will be the last option. Once you are playing without spectators, it doesn’t really matter where you are playing as long as it suits television timings,” Patel had told The Hindu.

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Ravindra Jadeja named India’s 21st century MVP by Wisden

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All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named the Most Valuable Player for India in the 21st century by Wisden. The 31-year-old’s MVP rating, which was calculated using the cricket data analysis tool CricViz, was 97.3. Additionally, the rating makes Jadeja the second most valuable player of all time in Test cricket according to the analysis, only behind Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.

Jadeja reacted to the news on Twitter. “Thank you Wisden India for naming me the ‘Most Valuable Player’. I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans and well wishers for your support as I aim to give my best for our country. Jai Hind,” he tweeted.

Jadeja is a regular in the Indian limited-overs and Test sides but since 2000, but has rarely featured in conversations about India’s most valuable player, a title that had initially been reserved for the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag and later on M.S. Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli.

However, CricViz’s Freddie Wilde told Wisden that Jadeja’s ability to contribute with the bat and the ball and his extraordinary ability in the field works in his favour. “It might come as a surprise to see Ravindra Jadeja, India’s spin-bowling all-rounder, feature as India’s number one. After all, he’s not even always an automatic pick in their Test team. However, when he does play he is picked as a frontline bowler and has batted as high as No.6 — contributing to a very high match involvement,” said Wilde.

“The 31-year-old’s bowling average of 24.62 is better than Shane Warne’s and his batting average of 35.26 is better than Shane Watson’s. His batting and bowling average differential of 10.62 runs is the second-best of any player this century to have scored more than 1,000 runs and taken 150 wickets. He is an all-rounder of the very highest quality,” he added.

Jadeja has 213 wickets in Test cricket and has scored 1869 runs at an average of 35.26. He has taken nine five-wicket hauls and also scored a century. In ODIs, Jadeja has 187 wickets and scored 2296 runs.

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