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Mohammad Irfan makes a big statement, claims to end Gautam Gambhir’s white-ball career

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Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Irfan recently made a massive statement that he was the reason behind why Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir’s career got finished. He said this in an interview with Pakistan’s news channel Samaa.

“During the series against India, they were not comfortable batting against me. Some of them even told me that they could not read my delivery or watch it carefully during the 2012 series in India because of my height and pace,” Irfan told this to ‘Samaa’ channel.

Mohammad Irfan is also the tallest cricketer to play international cricket and he also made his T20I debut during that series against India in 2012. He managed to dismiss Gambhir four times during that limited overs tour which included both T20Is and ODIs. Gambhir could only play a single white-ball series after that for India (vs England) before being dropped.

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“Gambhir didn’t like to face me during the match or even when both teams had nets, I always felt he tried to avoid an eye to eye contact with me. I remember I got him out four times during the 2012 limited over series and he was always unnerved against me,” Irfan said.

As the interview progressed, he went on to say that he never claimed that Gambhir’s career ended up because of him but it was some who congratulated him for ending Gambhir’s white ball career.

After the 2012/13 series in winter against Pakistan, Gambhir appeared in just one more ODI series against England. He was not seen playing white-ball cricket internationally as he did not get picked up by the selectors.

Irfan also recalled in the interview that Virat Kohli also faced difficulty while facing his bowling. He said that Kohli told him while batting that his pace used to trouble him a lot and he could not read him.

Indian Twitteratis took no time in responding to it and making fun of the out-of-action Pakistan’s paceman. Hilarious memes got viral all over the internet and #GautamGambhir also started trending

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IPL 2020: Why Sunrisers Hyderabad will win IPL this year

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Sunrisers Hyderabad have emerged as a strong team in the Indian Primer League in the recent season’s thanks to their explosive top-order and in-depth bowling strength and variety. This year too under the leadership of David Warner, SRH has a strong chance of winning the title.

Here are three reasons why SRH will win IPL 2020.

#3. The start from Warner and Bairstow:

David Warner is the most consistent opener in IPL in the last few seasons. His aggressive approach and ability to play a long inning make him a match-winner. Add to it the brutal yet calculated aggression of Jonny Bairstow and you have arguably the most lethal opening pair in IPL.

The duo of Warner and Bairstow has shown in 2019 that they can single-handedly demolish any bowling attack.

 

#2. Immaculate bowling strength:

Hyderabad’s biggest strength has been the depth and variety in their bowling department. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a complete package as he can swing the new ball and can also nail his yorkers while Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, and Siddharth Kaul offer more options. The presence of Billy Stanlake is an X-factor and Fabien Allen provides variety.

The spin department has Rashid Khan, one of T20 cricket’s best spinners. Along with him, the presence of Mohammad Nabi and Shahbaz Nadeem is a huge boost.

 

#1. Adaptability:

Courtesy of a strong squad and smart man management, SRH has the ability to adapt to varying conditions without any hindrances. This quality makes them a strong team on any kind of surface and hence SRH can surprise the best teams in IPL on any given day.

 

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IPL 2020: Why RCB will win IPL finally in 2020

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Royal Challenges Banglore is arguably the most underperformed team in the Indian Premier League. Despite having a squad filled with superstars and high quality players, RCB has failed to perform according to their potential.

However this year the franchise has a strong chance of winning the title. Here are three reasons why RCB will IPL in 2020.

 

#3. A multi-dimensional pool of overseas players:

One of the biggest strengths of RCB is its pool of overseas players. In AB de Villiers they have a batsman who can win games from any situation and a gun fielder. Aaron Finch, on the other hand, can solve their woes of opening pair.

Kane Richardson and Dale Steyn boost the bowling department offering pace as well as accuracy. Meanwhile, the likes of Chris Morris and Moeen Ali will give the team management variety as well as balance in the team with their all-round skills.

 

#2. A versatile spin department:

The spin bowling department offers RCB a cutting edge over other teams. Their spinners have vast experience of playing T20 cricket and are in fact have variations that are tailor-made for this format.

Yuzvendra Chahal is arguably the best leg spinner in white-ball cricket currently while Washinton Sundar has the big heart and smart brain to bowl in the Powerplay overs. Isuru Udana has troubled batsmen with his variations and can bowl a match-turning spell. Plus the likes of Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Ahmad provide depth.

 

#1. A Virat Kohli eager to give back:

Not very often we see Virat Kohli entering the tournament with no runs under his belt. The right-hand batsman is going through a lean patch and will be eager to regain form prior to the T20 World Cup.

This makes him even more dangerous. Remember the saying, ‘What’s more dangerous than a tiger? wounded tiger.’ So don’t be surprised if Kohli hammers big runs in this edition of IPL.

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IPL 2020: Why KKR will IPL in 2020?

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One of the most popular franchises in IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders have delivered stunning performances in the last few years. However, the IPL trophy has eluded them so far but come 2020 and Dinesh Karthik looks all set to lift the trophy as this year KKR has plenty of reasons to win the tournament.

 

#3. Express pace to rescue:

The pace battery of Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti can be an X factor for KKR this season. With all eyes on the mystery spin of Sunil Narine, this strong arsenal of pacers can surprise opponents and deliver victory for KKR.

 

#2. The Dre Russ factor:

Andre Russell is arguably the biggest match-winner in T20 cricket currently. The right-hand batsman can unleash a flurry of sixes and change the momentum in no time. in 2019, Russell swung a few games in KKR’s favor with his insane six-hitting ability. Expect him to do the same in 2020 as KKR looks good to win their third IPL title.

 

#1. Strong Indian batting core:

An underrated aspect of KKR this season is their diverse pool of young Indian batsmen. The likes of Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi have already shown their batting abilities in the previous seasons of IPL. This year they can be expected to do even better as there is plenty of space in KKR’s batting line-up for them to express themselves.

The experience of Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan will only help KKR’s Indian batters to bring the best out of them and this could eventually lead KKR to the IPL title.

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IPL 2020: Three reasons why Mumbai Indians will win IPL this year

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The defending champions of IPL 2020, Mumbai Indians will start their campaign as strong favorites. The team is full of match-winners and have plenty of experience. Hence they have strong chances of lifting the IPL trophy this year too.

3. The Hardik Pandya factor:

India’s premier all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is making a comeback with this year’s IPL. The selectors and Indian team management will closely watch him as the T20 World Cup is just a few months away.

Hence Pandya will be eager to make a statement and his heroics in the DY Patil Trophy tournament reflect the kind of form he is in. Pandya’s strong finishes in the death overs and his ability to pick wickets in any situation make a match-winner for Mumbai. So, watch out for him in this year’s IPL.

 

2. The Boom-Malinga combo:

Mumbai probably have the best T20 bowling combination in the form of Jasrpit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga. Both the bowlers are known for nailing their yorkers in the death overs and are extremely difficult to score against.

Having these two bowlers in the line-up offers Mumbai a cutting edge over other teams and if both of them come good then opposition has no chance to compete.

 

1.The strong think-tank:

Mumbai Indians have match-winners not only in their playing XI but also in their support staff.

The great Robin Singh is MI’s batting coach while the legendry Shane Bond is their bowling coach. They also have Zaheer Khan in their ranks while Sri Lankan batting maverick Mahela Jayawardene is the head coach.

The presence of all these stalwarts helps the young players to enhance their mental strength and this conditioning helps in handling a critical moment on the field.

The captain Rohit Sharma has a calm head and enough experience to tackle the tough moments. With such support staff, Mumbai Indians can surely lift the IPL trophy in 2020.

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IPL 2020: Three reasons why CSK will win the tournament

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The IPL 2020 is due to start in a few days. But more than the tournament, fans are excited about the men in yellow, CSK and more importantly their skipper MS Dhoni. The massive crowd support during CSK’s practice sessions reflects the excitement among fans. And there are strong chances that CSK will once again lift the trophy in the finals. Still wondering why? Then think about the following reasons:

3. Strong bowling unit:

‘Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments’. This old statement is very true in the context of IPL. And in the 13th edition of IPL, CSK comes to the party with a sensational bowling arsenal.

The pitch at Chennai supports spinners and as CSK will play most of their games here the spinners have a big role to play. CSK has plenty of variety here in the form of Harbhajan Singh. Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir and Sai Kishore.

On the other hand, the pace department is heavily loaded as well. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur,  and Josh Hazlewood can utilize all the swing available from the surface and wreak havoc with the new ball while and Dwayne Bravo is a seasoned death-overs bowlers.

 

2. The experience quotient:

Mocked as ‘Daddy’s army’ a couple of seasons back, CSK proved the value of experience by winning the title in 2018. The team has several players with tons of experience and it is seen that in big games, experience plays a vital role.

The likes of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Bravo, and Faf du Plessis are match-winners and can make a huge difference during a knock-out game.

 

1. The ‘Thala’ factor:

MSD hasn’t played competitive cricket since the World Cup 2020. So expect him to come out all guns blazing in the IPL. He played some sensational knocks in 2019 and the same can be expected from him in 2020.

And he has already begun the preparations by tonking big hits during the practice sessions.

 

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