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I really admire KKR coach McCullum, says pacer Pat Cummins

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins has said he is happy to have head coach Brendon McCullum by his side as the team aims to win a third title.

Australian fast bowler Cummins, after serving his room-quarantine, will be joining the rest of his teammates at KKR in just a few days’ time. KKR take on Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday.

“The first thing that I am really excited about is that I don’t have to bowl to him (McCullum) anymore,” Cummins told kkr.in.

“He was one of the best and most feared hitters I have come up against in my career. It can be the first ball of the match and he might be hitting over your head for a six.”

Cummins said he admires former New Zealand skipper McCullum for his aggression.

“So, I am happy that he is in my team as a coach and that I don’t have to bowl to him. He is someone I really admire for his fire.

“Whether it was his stint as the captain of the New Zealand team or his approach in the IPL clashes, I just love the way he goes about it. He really wants to put on the show and take the game on.”

Bowling coach Kyle Mills said that Cummins is currently the best bowler in the world. Asked to react, Cummins said: “I feel the same about him as I do about Baz; again, an ex-player, an absolute master of his craft. He has got an incredible record for New Zealand. You don’t get too many opportunities to work with totally different coaches.

“Now in Australia, we have got the same. We have coaches for different formats and then state teams. So, you might have two or three different coaches. But the opportunity to go and work with Kyle, who has played around the world, will definitely bring to me different things that I never thought about bowling before. So, yeah I am really excited to work with him.”

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BBL 10: Rashid Khan extends stay with Adelaide Strikers

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Star Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan will again turn up for Adelaide Strikers for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).

“I’m so happy that I am able to play for the Strikers again in a big tenth season of the Big Bash, and I have loved this competition from the very beginning,” Rashid said from Dubai where he is playing for the SunRisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“The Strikers have been like a family to me since I joined them, and I am so thankful to the fans who have been supporting me and made me feel like Adelaide is my home,” he added.

Rashid is the third-highest wicket-taker for the Strikers with 56 from just 40 matches, and the best economy of those who have bowled more than 10 innings with 6.36. He first joined the Strikers as a teenager in 2017 and was part of the squad that won its maiden Championship, despite his absence in the final due to commitments with his national team.

Head coach Jason Gillespie is looking forward to welcoming Rashid back to South Australia for a fourth season.

“Rashid has been such a quality player and person for the city of Adelaide and the Strikers from the moment he arrived,” Gillespie said.

“We’re thrilled his world-class bowling and exciting batting will continue to entertain our loyal fans, and we want to again be challenging for a second title when the tournament begins,” he added.

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Novak Djokovic not to play at Paris Masters

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic said that he will not defend his Paris Masters title this season as he doesn’t stand to lose any points due to the ATP Tour’s revised ranking system.

“I won’t play in Paris as I can’t add to my points tally but I will go to Vienna and London,” Djokovic told Belgrade daily Sportski Zurnal.

Djokovic won his 36th Paris Masters last season, thus surpassing Rafael Nadal as the most successful men’s singles player in the tournament. He said that he is looking to play towards the end of the year in order to put a gap between him and second-placed Rafael Nadal.

“I can win up to 500 points in Vienna as I didn’t play there last year and there are also a lot of points available in London. Its not my priority. My immediate task is to collect as many points as I can in a bid to put as much distance between myself and the chasing pack ahead of next season.”

“I want to go down in history as the world number one with the most weeks at the top of the ATP Tour and I will do all I can to make it happen. Whether Nadal plays in Paris or not changes nothing because it’s all in my hands.”

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Dwayne Bravo ruled out of IPL 13 with groin injury

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In yet another blow for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out of the remaining matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 because of a groin injury.

CSK chief executive officer Kasi Viswanathan has informed that Bravo has suffered a Grade 1 tear to his right groin and would be leaving the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the West Indies on Thursday.

“He is out of the IPL. He has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 tear in the right groin,” Viswanathan to ESPNcricinfo. The all-rounder will require at least 2-3 weeks to recover, added Viswanathan.

The 37-year-old picked up the injury during CSK’s match against the Delhi Capitals on October 17. He was able to bowl only three of his four overs and in his absence, MS Dhoni went with Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the 20th over with the Capitals needing 17 to win. Axar Patel hit 6, 6, 2, 6 and won the match for the Shreyas Iyer-led side with a ball to spare.

Bravo did not feature in CSK’s next game against Rajasthan Royals which the three-time IPL champions lost by seven wickets. He featured for CSK in just six matches this season, scoring seven runs and picking up six wickets.

They have just six points from 10 games and are currently placed at the bottom of the table. They will next take on Mumbai Indians on Friday in Sharjah.

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