While paying heart-felt tribute to his teammate AB de Villiers for his brilliant unbeaten 73-run knock in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) big win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday, captain Virat Kohli called him a genius.
“I thought I had a few balls under my belt so I’ll start striking. But he came in and hit his third ball nicely. On a pitch like that, only AB can do that. It was a special knock. We got 195 purely because of the genius of that man,” Kohli said after the 82-run win.
“At the toss the pitch didn’t have the usual Sharjah sheen. Knew the wicket was going to get slower and slower. Barring one super-human [de Villiers], everyone struggled on that pitch. Talk was around 165-170,” he said at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
RCB won the toss and posted 194 for two wickets in 20 overs, with contributions coming from Aaron Finch (47 off 37 balls) and Kohli (33 off 28), Devdutt Padikkal (32 off 23), besides de Villiers. They then restricted KKR for 112 for nine wickets in 20 overs.
Kohli also praised his bowlers.
“They’ve played good cricket in this IPL. Coming here, it was important to get the right start. Great to see individuals step up when the team requires. Bowling unit, with Morris coming in, looks all the more potent. Very happy,” he said.
“If your bowling unit is strong, you have a great chance of going deep in the tournament. [It] was unbelievable.”
Kohli said the team preparation was really good. “Three week camp helped us. Have clarity of plans. Know exactly what we want to do on the field. All depends on the mindset. It’s very positive,” he said.
Eighth season of Pro Kabaddi League to begin from December 22 in Bengaluru
The organisers of the Pro Kabaddi League announced on Wednesday that the eighth edition of the league will be held here from December 22. It also said that the entire season will be conducted without the presence of spectators for the matches.
Mashal Sports, the organisers of the league, have scheduled triple headers on the first four days. The season will kick-start with U Mumba facing Bengaluru Bulls. The second match will be the league’s ‘Southern Derby’ as Telugu Titans lock horns with Tamil Thalaivas while UP Yoddha will be squaring off against the defending champions Bengal Warriors in the last match of the opening day.
The triple-headers will be only-Saturday affairs throughout the whole duration of the league, starting at 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm respectively. The schedule of the first half of season 8 has come while the organisers say that the second half of the league’s schedule will come in mid-January next year.
Keeping the health and safety of players in mind amid COVID times, the organisers have converted the entire venue at Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Centre into an integrated and secure bio-bubble.
All 12 teams will be staying and playing at the same venue in order to follow and adhering to the safety protocols set by the authorities.
Laxman finally agrees to head NCA: Sources
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has managed to convince former cricketer VVS Laxman to head the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, sources said.
After Rahul Dravid took over the post of Indian team’s head coach, there were reports that Laxman might be appointed as a new head of NCA.
However, later it was said that the former batter “is uninterested”. But now he is ready to take the charge after the BCCI officials held a meeting with him in Dubai.
“There were some issues and it has been sorted out. The board wanted him to take the reponsibility and he is the right man to come in place of Dravid,” sources said.
It is also learnt that Laxman has also agreed to leave the lucrative commentary career for the NCA.
“Laxman is currently mentor of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, apart from being a commentator and cricket analyst. And he will leave it all for NCA now.”
Everyone had written us off; we are here to rectify that: Finch
Australian captain Aaron Finch has conceded that not winning the ICC T20 World Cup title so far has been a sore point with the Kangaroos and the final against New Zealand later on Sunday is the “best opportunity to rectify that”.
The closest Australia came to winning the T20 World Cup was during the 2010 edition held in the West Indies, where they lost to England by seven wickets.
“It’s one that’s eluded us in the past, and the fact that we are here in the final gives us the best opportunity to rectify that. Yeah, I think it will be a great game against New Zealand. They are a great side and they have been in all the finals over the last six years. Looking forward to it,” said Finch ahead of the title clash.
Finch added that despite critics writing his team off, the way the players had gone about their business was heartening.
“Everyone had written us off but we had a lot of confidence within. We’re really confident the way that we were preparing, the way that our strategy was coming together. Yeah, I think it hasn’t defied expectation. I think we came here with a really clear plan to win the tournament, and we still feel as though we’ve got the squad to do that.
“Well, I think the spirit among the team… and that’s been really impressive the way we’ve gone about our business. Everyone has prepared really well. Everyone has had a really defining match or match-defining performance at some point. The guys are really up and about for the final,” said Finch.
Finch added that batting stalwart Steve Smith’s form wasn’t a concern despite the fact that the former skipper has been unimpressive so far in the tournament, and the team management has drawn flak for persisting with him.
“No, not concerned one bit about his (Smith) form. He’s a world-class player and he’s someone in big games has showed how valuable he is. He’s been hitting the ball as well as I’ve seen for a long time, so no, no concerns there whatsoever.”
IND vs NZ, 2nd Test: India tighten noose around Kiwis, lead by 332 runs
Extortion case: Mumbai Police file charge-sheet against Param Bir, others
Scams exploded during ten years of UPA rule: Modi
Indian Navy unveils world’s largest national flag in Mumbai
Omicron enters Maharashtra via Delhi as Thane man tests positive
Omicron concerns: Mumbai, Pune, Nashik postpone schools’ reopening
Sameer Wankhede deboarded from cruise ship case probe
Big Tech now a quarter of S&P 500 combined market cap
Surgery on Thackeray successful, to go home in a day or two
Bollywood’s day out at Padma Awards: Kangana, Adnan Sami, Ekta Kapoor honoured
Business1 year ago
STPI-registered IT cos log Rs 4.21 lakh cr of exports in FY20
Business2 years ago
Bank of India Q2 profit Rs 266 crore as bad loan provisions fall
Maharashtra2 years ago
CM Uddhav Thackeray to decide on suspending Mumbai local trains
Maharashtra1 year ago
Allow Bakri-Eid with restrictions: Maharashtra Congress to CM
Business1 year ago
Target to make India a manufacturing hub of construction equipment: Nitin Gadkari
Business1 year ago
Amazon starts selling car, bike insurance in India
Business1 year ago
PSB loan disbursal picks up pace, rise to Rs 12K cr under ECLGS
General2 years ago
Not satisfied, Sunni Waqf board lawyer Zafaryab Jilani on Ayodhya verdict