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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).

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Do you Know who is the Only Player to Win a Hat-trick of IPL Titles? Neither MS Dhoni nor Rohit Sharma

The skipper of Chennai Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma are arguably the two biggest names in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While Rohit Sharma has won four IPL titles as a captain, the former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has won most number of games as captain in the history of the cash-rich T20 league.

Rohit Sharma has played five finals of IPL – 4 with Mumbai Indians and one with Deccan Chargers. On the other hand, the CSK skipper has played nine IPL finals so far – 8 with Chennai Super Kings and 1 with Rising Pune Supergiant. Rohit Sharma, who led the Mumbai Indians to four IPL titles, has also won a title with Deccan Chargers as a player.

The skippers of both Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are the two best players in the Indian Premier League. They holds a lot of records to their name. However, there is one player who holds a unique record of winning hat-trick of IPL titles and it is none other than Karn Sharma. The leg-spinners is the first and only cricketer to win three back to back IPL titles.

In 2016, when he was playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, his team destroyed the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the finals. He had played five matches in that season, but he could not pick a single wicket.

Ahead of the 2017 IPL Auction, he was released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, he attracted the franchises in the auction and he was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 3.2 crore. He played a key role behind Mumbai Indians’ victory in 2017. He got to appear in 7 games and picked up 13 wickets.

Since there was a mega auction ahead of the IPL 2018, he was in the auctions again and CSK had to spend Rs. 5 crore to pick him. He could pick just 4 wickets from 6 games in 2018. In 2019, he had a chance to win one more IPL trophy, but the Mumbai Indians won a thriller in the last ball of the game.

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8 Decisions by Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni that Changed Indian Cricket

Both the skippers Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the nation to greater heights with their tactical moves and brave decisions. While the current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli leading the team brilliantly in all formats of the game we would not forget those minds, Ganguly and Dhoni, who rebuilt the team.

1. Ganguly – Promoting Virender Sehwag to the opening slot in Test cricket and giving Dhoni a chance to bat in the top order

During his early days, Sehwag represented his domestic side “Delhi” as a middle-order batsman. But Ganguly had other ideas as he promoted Sehwag bat in the top order. Sehwag opened the innings for India and scored a hundred in the second Test against England. After four years, in an ODI against Pakistan, the “God of Offside” promoted Dhoni to bat at No.3 and the rest is history.

2. Dhoni – Promoting Rohit Sharma to the top of the order in the limited-overs format

As Ganguly did with Sehwag, Dhoni also came with a masterstroke by promoting Rohit Sharma to open the innings for India in the 2013 Champions Trophy. After that, he never looked back and became one of the best openers in white-ball cricket and has amassed more than 7000 runs in 133 innings that he played at an average of around 60 with three double to his name.

3. Ganguly – Backing Yuvraj Singh despite inconsistent results initially

One of the best middle-order batsman for India, Yuvraj Singh, was always struggling with his form. He had a good start to his career when he scored a match-winning knock of 84 against Australia. But his inconsistency made him in and out of the team as Ganguly backed the southpaw ahead of the 2003 ICC World Cup. Also, he played many crucial nocks in the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World which helped to clinch the title.

4. Ganguly – Picking Harbhajan Singh in 2001 series

The off-spinner from Punjab made his international debut in 1998. After that, he didn’t play for India for a quite while due to the death of his father and disciplinary issues. In 2001, Ganguly picked him ahead of the 3 match series against Australia. His punt did well as Harbhajan got 32 scalps in India’s historic Test series victory.

5. Dhoni – Backing Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja after a series of initial failures

We all know that when Rohit was continuously failing in the middle order and Dhoni gave him a chance to bat at the top order which changed his career. Like Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja was also backed to the team by Dhoni. Jadeja had spent some hard time in the field as he struggled a lot in making decisions. As of now, he is one of the best fielders present in the Indian team.

6. Dhoni – Giving Joginder Sharma the over in the 2007 T20 Worlld Cup

With not much experience, it was Dhoni’s first World Cup as a captain. In the final, over of the game Pakistan had to score 13 runs with only one wicket in hand. Everyone thought that Dhoni would go with his lead spinner Harbhajan Singh but he handed over the ball to Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over against well set Misbah-ul-Haq. His trump card did well after conceding 7 from first 2 as the Pakistan Skipper threw his wicket to the Haryana pacer.

7. Ganguly – Fighting tooth and nails with the selectors for Anil Kumble for the 2003-04 Australian tour

For the 2003-04 Australian tour, Ganguly had to risk his job for the selection of Anil Kumble. The selectors wanted to go with Murali Karthik before having a debate with Ganguly which forced them to change their minds. Anil Kumble didn’t let his captain down as he finished the 4 match series with 24 scalps to his name.

8. Dhoni – Promoting himself to No.5 in 2011 World Cup Final

No one can forget the 2011 World Cup Final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede. Chasing a total of 275 set by the Sri Lankans, India lost both Sachin and Sehwag. The Ranchi-born wasn’t in a good form in that tournament but still, he took the risk and went to bat in the middle which shows the sign of true leadership. In the end, with the help of Gambhir’s 97 and Dhoni’s 91*, India clinches the title after 28 years.

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Pictures: You will be Amazed to see MS Dhoni’s Bike Collection

We all are familiar with MS, former captain of Indian cricket team and the most stable and mature even in extreme pressure. We all are well introduce with his bike love. Many times we have seen his garage is full of the top most bikes like exotics, vintage and many superbikes as well.

His collection is beyond hundred in numbers including Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate Hellcat, BSA and Norton Vintage.

Everyone on this planet is fond of something and has a passion to collect that one. Dhoni, who is calm, we have seen him on the cricket ground in a serious posture. But he is passionate about his bike collection.

Most of the MSDians have heard this story, how Dhoni earned some money from a cricket match and utilise it in purchasing a second hand Yamaha RX100.

Gradually, this passion increases with time and he continued his collection of more and more motorcycles.

If we focus on his motorcycle garage, most of the youngsters would be centred on Kawasaki Ninja H2; every young champ wanted to hold this 998CC4 cylinder engine that benefits from supercharging into his arms. It costs rupees 33.30 lakhs and is the newest member in his bike family.

Dhoni is not only fond of the latest collection but also passionate about the rarest ones of the world, like Confederate Hellcat X32 of 44lakhs.MS Dhoni and bikes are synonymous to each other.

Many times in interview we have seen him talking about his bikes that he loves to travel miles with his fastest bikes and he is a speed lover. He loves to live in a fast lane and his best companion is his motorcycle to fulfill his wish.

His collection started with 4500 rupees and now upto Harley Davidson Fatboy of 17.49 lakhs, which is the dream bike of many youth. His bike collection and concern makes him a true bike lover in every sense.

Recently, his fans spotted him washing his bikes at home. Even these things have been mentioned in his biopic MS Dhoni, an untold story that Dhoni was worried, he did nothing just opened his garage and start riding his motorcycle far from the noise.

In the starting days of his career, when he wins the match and any of his teammate get a bike as man of the match, he starts rotating it in the ground with full joy and happiness.

MS has a diverse taste in motorcycles and this is revealed by Ducati 1098 in his collection. This superbike is his companion since 2007, when he won T20 World Cup for India. As Dhoni is the first name when it comes to display stability and maturity on the field as like as Ducati 1098 is the first name in his mind among fast racing bikes.

No doubt Dhoni has the best bike collection among all the cricketers and even among the celebrities of India. He has maintained his first ever bike Rajdoot RD350 and it reveals his true bike love.