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MS Dhoni May Have “One More Burst” In Next Two Years For India says Brad Hogg

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused the world to standstill with everyone in self isolation. There’s no mode of communication to interact with celebrities rather than social media. Amidst the chaos, people are taking to Twitter to ask questions and are receiving responses from celebs as well. Recently, Brad Hogg answered a question about MS Dhoni on Twitter.

Brad Hogg, the former Australia spinner, feels MS Dhoni has “one more burst” left in him in international cricket.

Lately, a 49 year old user on Twitter, tweeted “What u think, If IPL 2020 cancelled, Dhoni should retire from International cricket,”.

“It’s been an entertaining career, let’s enjoy what he has done!” he added.

“I feel he may have one more burst in the next 2 years for India,” Hogg signed off.

Hogg’s response to the Twitter user who asked him if he feels the former India captain should retire if this year’s season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is cancelled, was he thinks Dhoni won’t announce his retirement this sooner. He further said that the wicketkeeper-batsman seems calm about things and complimented him on an “entertaining career”.

Brad Hogg

MS Dhoni has lately not been seen on-field since the 2019 World Cup semi-finals, where India lost to New Zealand. Thereafter, he took a sabbatical and got himself trained with the Indian army.

However, it was expected to see him comeback and join the IPL 2020 but unfortunately, there is a high chance the tournament will move forward in 2021 due to the global pandemic caused due to COVID – 19.

It’s Hogg who is not the only one who believes Dhoni is still capable enough to play for the Indian Team. Mr. Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, his childhood coach, has the same say and feels that MS Dhoni will definitely be a part of the T20 World Cup squad.

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ICC Lauded Joginder Sharma’s Role as a Cop to Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

The former cricketer Joginder Sharma, who bowled the last over for India during the 2007 T20 World Cup final where Indian went on to win, is in hype on social media for his selfless contributions as a cop by being on the streets in order to carry out his duty as a police amid the lockdown enforced by the government to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although COVID-19 is affecting the lives of millions around the world at the same time it has let us see the best in humans. When fear and panic is ruling all over the world, this cricketer turned cop Joginder Sharma is bringing a ray of hope in every Indian’s heart.

Having an excellent career in sports, this professional cricketer on retiring went on to join the Haryana police force where he currently serves as a Deputy Superintendent (DSP) of Police in 2016.

Our duty time starts around 6 am and we do patrolling, making people aware, send those who are out for fun to their homes, help those in need of essentials or medical aid and take action against those who try to defy without any good reason,” Sharma said.

Images of him while patrolling are flooding all over the social media. On saturday, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has highly praised Sharma by tweeting his image with caption “2007: #T20WorldCup hero. 2020: Real world hero. In his post-cricket career as a policeman, India’s Joginder Sharma is among those doing their bit amid a global health crisis.”

The tweet had highlighted Sharma’s contrasting roles, one in which he can be seen celebrating the T20 victory with his teammates while in the other he can be seen in police uniform and mask.

Sharma was expected to join the main Indian cricket team after his remarkable performance of dismissing the Pakistani batsman Misbah-ul-Haq in the final ball of the maiden tournament. However, his cricketing career did not go well and as planned, hence he retired in December 2018 and ended up serving the nation as a cop.

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Highlights IPL 2020 is Likely to be ‘truncated’

Upon being a victim of the global pandemic COVID-19, the BCCI and the IPL franchise owners have decided to adopt a wait-and-watch approach over when and how to hold the IPL. At the same time they wish to prioritize the health and safety of the players and people involved in holding the IPL. Which is why, they are likely to discuss its schedule again after two-three weeks, solely depending on how this pandemic (novel coronavirus) situation unfolds in India.

The BCCI had deferred the start of the tournament until April 15, having met the top executives of all eight franchises including  Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia. 

Further, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that now that two weeks of the schedule was lost, there was no option but to hold a “truncated” IPL, and the board would “assess and monitor” the situation in the country on a weekly basis. Whether the IPL will be truncated in terms of days or matches remains to be seen.

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni with IPL Trophy

“If it is postponed till April 15, then in any case 15 days are gone, so it has to be truncated one,” Ganguly said. “How truncated, how many games I can’t say at the moment.”

In addition to that Wadia said that the BCCI, the franchise owners and host broadcaster Star Sports had decided to prioritise people’s health and that they were not concerned by any monetary downsides. Wadia further highlights he was prepared for the possibility of the IPL not happening at all if the situation did not improve.

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‘Cannot Wait Forever’ – Mithali Raj Who Wants Women’s IPL from 2021

Mithali Raj highlighted her statement that the BCCI should not “wait forever” in order to organise the women’s IPL, and hence hopes the inaugural tournament of Women’s IPL to be held in 2021. Mithali, being the most experienced player in women’s cricket, suggested that the women’s IPL could initially commence on a “smaller scale”.

“I personally feel they should start a women’s IPL by next year, even if it’s on a slightly smaller scale and with some changes in rules, such as, say, have five to six foreign players in the first edition instead of four as is the case with the men’s IPL,” Raj told.

Raj has been the second major voice in Indian cricket to have urged the BCCI to start the women’s IPL sooner rather than later.

The BCCI, upon being acknowledged by the growing popularity of women’s T20Is, has scheduled a four-team contest in this year’s Women’s T20 Challenge with seven matches compared to last year’s four which was supposed to have run parallel to the men’s IPL playoffs, but the tournament has now been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunil Gavaskar too had a say when India lost to Australia in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup last month, that it actually made sense to start the women’s IPL because that would only “earn” more younger talent that could help India win global titles.

However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly after taking charge last October had said that a full-fledged women’s IPL was at least “four years away” for India’s talent pool has been perceived to be thin.

Mithali Raj

“You cannot wait forever; you have to begin at some point, and gradually, year by year, you can keep evolving the league and then bring it down to four foreign players.” Raj said.

In order to emphasise her point, she gave the epitome of a 16-year-old sensation Shafali Verma, who was one of the most impressive batters in the recent T20 World Cup.

Although Raj agreed with Ganguly but, like Sunil Gavaskar, she stressed that a women’s IPL would only boost the numbers and further suggested some of the existing IPL franchises who could own teams to facilitate the women’s tournament.

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PM Narendra Modi Heaps Praise on Suresh Raina for his Rs 52 lakh Donation to Fight COVID-19

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has requeted the citizens of India to contribute in the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) fund after announcing the 21-days lockdown due to the coronavirus. PM-CARES fund has the objective of dealing with emergency situation like the Coronavirus. While Narendra Modi is the chairman of this trust, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman are the members of this trust.

After the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s request, various organisation and the celebrities came forward to support their country to fight COVID-19. The key batsman of the Indian team and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has promised to donate Rs. 52 lakh to fight against the coronavirus, which is very dangerous to the humans.

The left-handed batsman from Uttar Pradesh has donated Rs. 31 lakh to PM-CARES Fund and the remaining Rs. 21 lakh to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund. Suresh Raina has also urged his fans and followers to help their country to fight the pandemic disease.

The Prime Minister of India, Narender Modi has heaped praise on the left-handed cricketer, who came forward to donate in the fund. The PM Modi did not waste his time to appreciate Suresh Raina’s effort on his twitter handle.

PM Modi wrote,”That’s a brilliant fifty.”

There are several cricketers who have donated in the fund prior to the left-handed cricketer, Suresh Raina. The legendary cricketer of the Indian team, Sachin Tendulkar has promised to donate Rs. 50 lakh to help India fight COVID-19. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) came forward and announced to pledge Rs. 51 crore to the PM-CARES fund.

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Iqbal Abdulla Picks his all-time IPL XI

We all know that the Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul has played together for the Under-19 Indian team. But the interesting thing is the former spinner of Kolkata Knight Riders, Iqbal Abdullah wa a also part of Virat Kohli’s Under-19 team in the year of 2008.

Over the years, the left-arm orthodox bowler, Abdulla has been a hot-pick at the auctions of IPL. He has been a part of various franchises in the history of Indian Premier League. Abdullah has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals before donning the jersey of Kolkata Knight Riders. The spinner has played 49 games and could pick just 39 wickets at an average of about 30 in his IPL career.

During the quarantine period, the cricketers opens about their favourite captain, favourite moments, favourite team and many more. Iqbal Abdulla follows the same trend as he has announced his best 13-member squad of Indian Premier League.

The legendary South African, AB de Villiers and the in-form opener, Rohit Sharma will open the innings for his team. The most consistent duo of IPL – Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina will bat at third and fourth spot.

The destructive all-rounders, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya are the finishers of the team, while the former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni will be the wicket-keeper, batsman and captain. He could pick only one specialist pacer in the form of Jasprit Bumrah.

While Ravichandran Ashwin and Rashid Khan will handle the spin duties, Ravindra Jadeja and Iqbal Abdulla will act as the 12th and 13th man of the team.

Here is the all-time IPL XI of Iqbal Abdulla:

AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Captain and Wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja (12th) and Iqbal Abdullah (13th).