Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and decided to bat first against Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
Chris Gayle and Andrew Tye are back for KXIP in place of Hardus Viljoen and Mujeeb. Three changes for CSK, Kuggeleijn makes his IPL debut, Harbhajan back and Faf gets his first game of the season. While Dwayne Bravo is injured, Mohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur are sitting out.
The pitch has a dry look to it, but former Australia pacer Brett Lee feels there will be runs on offer.
Speaking before the toss, CSK coach Stephen Fleming said: “We are happy to get three wins. We have some challenges as some of our players are injured. We try to read conditions and guess conditions but it keeps changing. And that is a challenge. The first game was a surprise, second game pitch was good but outfield was bad. We are excited. Kings have a similar kind of a set-up, good spinners and top-heavy batting.”
KXIP come into the game with a stunning win over Delhi Capitals while CSK lost to Mumbai Indians.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
Online Rummy: Kerala High Court notice to Virat Kohli
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli, actors Thammanna and Aju Vargheese on a petition seeking ban on online rummy after victims alleged brand ambassadors play a significant role in getting youth addicted.
Kohli, Thamanna and Varghese are brand ambassadors of online rummy and hence the notice.
The high court has also issued notices to the state government and called for its response on the same.
The petitioner had complained to the high court that several people have lost their lives in the country after losing huge amounts of money by playing the online game and that it should be banned.
Vineeth, 27, had committed suicide at Kuttichal in Thiruvananthapuram a fortnight ago. He had lost Rs 21 lakh.
Sajesh, 32, who had lost a huge amount playing online rummy told IANS: “The intervention of the honourable High court is welcome as I know that several people have lost huge amount of money playing this online game and I myself have lost more than Rs 6 lakh.
“The brand ambassador’s indeed play a big role in attracting the gullible youth in playing this game which soon turns into an addiction. I had to seek professional medical help to come out of this addiction and the court must ban this game in India.”
IPL 2021 player auction on February 18 in Chennai
The player auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition will take place on February 18 in Chennai.
IPL confirmed the news on their official Twitter handle: “IPL 2021 Player Auction on 18th February. Venue: Chennai.”
As many as 139 players have been retained by the eight IPL franchises whereas 57 players have been released from their existing squads. Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained the most number of players — 22 — while Royal Challengers Bangalore have only 12 players in the squad.
Kings XI Punjab will enter the auction with the biggest possible purse of Rs 53.20 crore, followed by RCB (Rs 35.90 crore). Kolkata Knight Riders and SRH have the least amount of purse remaining – Rs 10.75 crore.
Rajasthan Royals, who have appointed Sanju Samson as they captain after releasing Steve Smith, will look to fill their three overseas slot sand have a purse remaining of Rs 34.85 crore.
Chennai Super Kings have Rs 22.90 crore, Delhi Capitals Rs 12.90 crore and Mumbai Indians Rs 15.35 crore in their purse.
The 2020 IPL edition was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bio-secure environment from September 19 to November 10 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Mumbai Indians had defeated Delhi Capitals in the summit clash in Dubai to win the title for a record fifth time.
Sourav Ganguly hospitalised again with chest pain
Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly was on Wednesday rushed to Apollo Hospital here after he complained uneasiness and chest pain the previous night.
The former India captain was admitted to the hospital under the supervision of state-run SSKM Hospital’s cardiology department head Saroj Mondal, sources said.
Ganguly, 48, had suffered a blackout while working out at his personal gym on January 2 and was taken to Kolkata’s Woodlands Hospital. He underwent angioplasty and other related tests there and was discharged from the hospital on January 7.
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