Sunrisers confident Alex Hales can ease Warner loss

Sunrisers confident Alex Hales can ease Warner loss

Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a huge loss - their first-choice captain and best batsman David Warner was barred from playing the 2018 IPL because of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa - but the franchise is confident his replacement, England's Alex Hales, will succeed as an opener. "We strongly felt that he is of international quality,…
Brace yourself for the most closely-fought IPL yet

Brace yourself for the most closely-fought IPL yet

Ten years later, riding over controversy, embracing change, the leading T20 league in the world is back a richer, bigger and better-represented tournament. And yet it is the closest it could be to the original product. After the self-brought trials and tribulations by two teams, we are back to the eight cities that played in…
ESPNcricinfo Smart Stats – a new way to understand T20 cricket

ESPNcricinfo Smart Stats – a new way to understand T20 cricket

Cricket is blessed to have three different formats, which, while retaining the core aspect of the game - bat v ball - are distinctly different in character. But while the game has evolved continuously, and more rapidly than ever before in the last decade, the tools for measuring performances have lagged behind, and the absence…
The XIs: how the teams are likely to start the IPL

The XIs: how the teams are likely to start the IPL

A new season comes with new teams and combinations - how are they all going to shape up? Kings XI PunjabIdeal starting XI: Aaron Finch, KL Rahul (wk), Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (capt), Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye In Finch and Rahul, Kings XI have two…
Chennai Super Kings look to the past for a brighter future

Chennai Super Kings look to the past for a brighter future

Big Picture One of the untold stories in MS Dhoni's authorised biopic is his stint with Chennai Super Kings and the controversies that culminated in a two-year suspension for the franchise. CSK are back now and enter IPL 2018 with Dhoni, who led them to back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, still at the helm.…
Meagre spin options the only weakness for solid Mumbai

Meagre spin options the only weakness for solid Mumbai

12:35 AM ET Vishal DikshitESPN The Big Picture Mumbai Indians' first step in the lead up to the 2018 season was to keep the core of their previous squad. They retained captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, and pulled the right-to-match strings to keep Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Those are five match-winners…
Rohit endorses mid-season transfer window in IPL

Rohit endorses mid-season transfer window in IPL

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has endorsed the idea of having a football-style mid-season transfer window in this IPL. A provision has been made for a short five-day transfer window. Under the rule, only uncapped players who have played no more than two matches at the halfway mark will be eligible for the transfers. "The…
Runs or rust, Dhoni is CSK’s undisputed leader

Runs or rust, Dhoni is CSK’s undisputed leader

When MS Dhoni last captained in the IPL (in 2016), his side Rising Pune Supergiant finished seventh. When Dhoni should have last played the T20 format in March but was rested, second-choice wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik became an instant hero courtesy a whirlwind knock that helped India beat Bangladesh and clinch the Nidahas Trophy. Now, Dhoni…
Runs or rust, Dhoni is CSK’s undisputed leader

Runs or rust, Dhoni is CSK’s undisputed leader

When MS Dhoni last captained in the IPL (in 2016), his side Rising Pune Supergiant finished seventh. When Dhoni should have last played the T20 format in March but was rested, second-choice wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik became an instant hero courtesy a whirlwind knock that helped India beat Bangladesh and clinch the Nidahas Trophy. Now, Dhoni…
‘It was like a movie that wasn’t coming to an end’

‘It was like a movie that wasn’t coming to an end’

In 2012 Star India began its journey as a sports broadcaster after it won the Indian cricket rights. Six years later, Star has retained those rights after winning a pitched battle with archrival Sony and paying close to a billion dollars to do so. After the three-day e-auction ended on Thursday afternoon, Uday Shankar, the…

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Amir to captain Karachi Kings in do-or-die match against Zalmi – ARY NEWS

Amir to captain Karachi Kings in do-or-die match against Zalmi – ARY NEWS

LAHORE: With injury-stricken Shahid Afridi and Imad Wasim dropped out of the key Pakistan Super League match today (Wednesday), Muhammad Amir has been named as the stand-in captain to lead the side against Peshawar Zalmi. Shahid Afridi will miss the PSL eliminator against Zalmi after his knee injury aggravated, while Imad Wasim (the Kings skipper) had…
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Imran Khan takes a dig at PML-N for putting Nawaz’s pic on health card

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Saturday lashed out at the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) government for glorifying a convict by putting deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s picture on a public health facility card. Imran Khan, who has been the most vocal against alleged involvement of the ruling party in corruption, called this…