Thursday, February 23, 2017
Authors Posts by SAMUEL DEBBARMA



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There are eight franchises chosen to reserve a total of 140 players including 44 overseas cricketers. Pakistan’s players will not be on the list of eight franchises, however; only two players have qualified as overseas, Pakistan-born Imran Tahir, who played for South Africa more than 15 years, and Yasir Arafat (England).

Here are the list of Capped and Uncapped players

The list of 351 players includes 125 capped, 226 uncapped and also 6 Associates with the full list.

125 capped players list – Sri Lanka 19, India 23, New Zealand 18, South Africa 10, West Indies 18, Australia 18, Bangladesh 6, England 8 and Afghanistan 5.

226 uncapped players list – Australian 12, Indian 203, South Africa 3, West Indies 3, UAE 1, England 1, Sir Lanka 2, and New Zealand 1.


List of the players retained

Kings XI Punjab – David Miller (South Africa), Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Gurkeerat Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh (Australia), Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis (Australia), KC Cariarpa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla (South Africa).

Kolkata Knight Riders – Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Chris Lynn (Australia), Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot.

Also Read: Season 10 Indian Premier League Players Auction

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (South Africa), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne (New Zealand), Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson (Australia), Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree (West Indies, Travis Head (Australia), Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdulla, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa).

Delhi Daredevils – JP Duminy (South Africa), Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock (South Africa), Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris (South Africa), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Sam Billings (England).


Rising Pune Supergiants – MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith (Australia), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa (Australia), Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja (Australia).

Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler (England), Tim Southee (New Zealand).

Also Read: Australia Vs Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Win Over Australia on 1st T20I

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshar Kumar, David Warner (Australia), Moises Henriques (Australia), Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Willamson (New Zealand), Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting (Australia), Abhimanyu Singh, Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner (Australia), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Aaron Finch (Australia), Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye (Australia), Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati.

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The Indian Premier League season tenth will start from April 5th to May 21st. Many players will auction in Bangalore on February 20 at which 351 cricketers will be under the hammer.

In the auction, players will be sale 351, and 226 are from Indian. The list of 351 includes 122 capped and 223 uncapped 6 Associates players, a total of 76 players can be purchased for IPL.

The highest base price is seven players, who have with a top base price bracket of Rs 2 crore like Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Angelo Mathews, Chris Woakes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson and Ishant Sharma.

Here are the list of the Franchises Spend

Kings Xi Punjab at Rs 23.35 crore, Delhi Daredevils at Rs 21.5 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rs 20.9 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders Rs 19.75 crore, Rising Pune Supergiants Rs 19.1 crore, Gujarat Lions Rs 14.35 crore, Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs 12.825 crore and Mumbai Indians Rs 11.555 crore.

Also Read: Indian Premier League: Mohammad Kaif As New Assistant Coach Of ‘Gujarat Lions’


List of the Players released by the Six Franchises

Gujarat Lions – Paras Dogra, Sarabjit Ladda, Umang Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Dale Steyn, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, and Amit Mishra.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Morne Morkel, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, John Hastings, Jaydev Unadkat, R Sathish, Manan Sharma, and Shaun Tait.

RisingPune Supergiants – Kevin Pietersen, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, RP Singh, Scott Boland, Malolan Ashwin, Peter Handscomb, Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel, and George Bailey.

Mumbai Indians – Corey Anderson, Marchant de Lange, Unmukt Chand, Akshay Wakhare, Nathu Singh, Kishore Kamath, Martin Guptill, and Jerome Taylor.

Also Read: South Africa Vs New Zealand: Tahir Helps South Africa To Step Up

Kings XI Punjab – Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Farhaan Behardien and Kyle Abbott.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Karn Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Eoin Morgan, Trent Boult, T Suman, Aditya Tare.

Delhi Daredevils – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Joel Paris, Pawan Negi, Pawan Suyal, Akhil Herwadkar, Mahipal Lomror.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, David Wiese, Kane Richardson, Vikramjeet Malik, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar, Vikas Tokas, Parvez Rasool, Chris Jordan.

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On Friday, Manchester United FC has won their first-leg at 3-0 in Europe League round-of-32 tie.

The United coach Jose Mourinho confessed that he was upset by his own side’s arrogant approach to the first half of their Europe League of 3-0 win over French side St Etienne.

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick placed the scoreline a gratifying look at the Premier League side which carries on several nervy instants while in the match at Old Trafford, mainly in the first half.


When asked by media about the result, United manager Mourinho said “I am… especially because in the first half, we played so bad, and we managed to finish it winning 1-0 when we don’t deserve. It was down to lack of concentration.”

“I had the feeling immediately in the dressing room… too noisy, too funny, too relaxed. Then my assistants had the feeling in the warm-up, with some of the guys not really focused on the getting the right adrenaline in their bodies,” he said.

Also Read: Indian Premier League: Mohammad Kaif As New Assistant Coach Of ‘Gujarat Lions’


“Even myself on the touch-line, I felt it was difficult, the communication. I needed the half-time. I am not happy with it. At half-time, the result could be 1-1. I always think we have to play every game with the same attitude.”

Also Read: India Likely To Get $1 Million If They Win First Test Against Australia

The manager of Portuguese did not stress in the second half; it was “a different story.” United FC has lost once in the last 23 matches, now On Sunday, they will travel to face second-tier side Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Gujarat Lions are excited to roar again; they made a dream debut last season. The Lions have roped in former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif as new assistant coach.

Kaif has made to the national team on the strength of his performances at Under-19 level and also the captain of the World Cup-winning in 2000.

The 36-year-old Indian former cricketer is going to work with teams head coach Brad Hodge. Kaif is very excited about his new job and said to TOI that he would help his team a vast experience.

“I have played with top players like Shane Warne, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene and Virat Kohli and I am sure I will be able to help my team with my experience.”


The Chhattisgarh cricket team batsman said that having a young batsman like Keshav Bansal was a significant advantage for Gujarat. Kaif said, “The presence of Keshav would make a lot of difference to the dressing room atmosphere.”

Bansal came with the statement about Kaif; he said Kaif’s training would boost the side to perform better than the previous year.

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“Kaif has played a key role in many Indian victories. He has captained a couple of domestic teams for long and also played in the IPL for different sides over the years. Out team will certainly benefit from his presence in the dressing room,” said Bansal.


He added saying that “This year we are hoping to better our performance and Kaif’s role would be important.”

Also Read: India Likely To Get $1 Million If They Win First Test Against Australia

“We had a goal when we came in as a team for two years. We would love to continue our association with BCCI. We will take a call when the time is right.”

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If Indian 19-match unbeaten winning streak was not enough then, there is great news for India. If Indian able to win their first Test against Australia then, they will be awarded an amount of $1 million by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which will start from February 23rd in Pune.

The amount will be a reward for the team for keeping the number one ranking in Test cricket. ICC’s has mentioned the date to retain the top rankings and win the prize money on April 1, 2017.

So, therefore winning in the first Test will keep India in the top rankings and also will reward them money.


India is going to play the four-match Test series against Australia which will continue till March 29. However, they received the top spot in Test rankings four months back during the New Zealand Test series.

When India wins their third and final Test Indore against New Zealand, they achieved the number one rank in the game’s longest format and also awarded the ICC mace.

Also Read: India Vs Australia: Australia Prepares Like Indian Team

The earlier prize money for the highest ranked Test amount was $5, 00,000, however, now it became the second amount to $1 million in 2015.


In October, India wins against New Zealand have been on an unbeatable run. They defeat New Zealand 3-0 and also beat England at 4-0 in the five-match Test series.

Also Read: Check Out: Jeo Root Wants To Emulate Steve Smith’s And Virat Kohli

In the Test against Bangladesh, the first five-day matches played the visitor in India. The hosts beat them with a huge margin of 208 runs. India has not lost a Test match since loss to Sri Lanka in 2015 in Galle.

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England Test captain Joe Root feels that Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli have gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level after assuming responsibility of leading their teams.

Root said that the type of form motivates him to his Indian and Australian counterparts. He wanted to show an example for the rest of the team by performing his batting to the nest level, like Smith and Kohli.

Root has a striking batting average of 53 in Tests, Kohli’s average over 67 as captain and 41 as non-captain, Smith’s average before captain 53 and after skipper 71.

The 26-years-old England captain Root said on Wednesday at his Headingley home ground, “That excites me. It’s a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team.”


He added saying “You look at other guys who’ve taken similar roles like Virat and Steve Smith and they’ve gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level. I don’t see why I can’t look at it in the same light.”

“It’s a great opportunity to take that added responsibility and really motivate me to get better. Every kid dreams of being England captain one day. I’m just really looking forward to getting my teeth into it and putting my mark on things.”

Also Read: Steve Smith: Kohli Is A Biggest Threat To Australia

Root said that accepting the captaincy, he had no hesitation when he offered by England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss. “I think it’s the biggest honour in the game, simple as that.”

Strauss predict an initial rise in the form of Root and also regular in all three international formats. “When you get to the end of a captaincy career, you look at Alastair Cook and talk about him feeling a bit drained. The opposite is also true. Early on in your captaincy career, it’s incredibly energising,” said Strauss.


“You walk a bit taller, you are passionate about taking the team forward, and you want to contribute to winning games of cricket. We’ve seen with a lot of captains that it’s had a really positive effect on their game generally. There’s no reason why that wouldn’t happen to Joe for the next 18 months. And it’s 18 very important months for both him and the England team,” he added.

Root said about his promotion to as captain, “It’s a good opportunity to give something back to the game that has given me so much. I’m very lucky to have inherited an exciting team with a great blend of experience, raw talent and a core group of players who have played 20-30 games and are ready to take some more responsibility,” he said.

Also Read: India Vs Australia: Indian Squad Announced For Australian Test Series

“I’d like to be a captain that wins, tough to play against, and I like to hope we’ll play cricket that is enjoyable to watch. It should be entertaining Test cricket and that’s something I want to get across to the team and the people watching,” he added.

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said that he has no regret concerning his decision to retire from athletics in 2017 because he has a talent everything he wants to in the sport.

The 30-years-old Jamaican sprinter will hang up his points following the world championships in London in August, bringing the curtain down on a career that has delivered eight Olympic gold medals.

Bolt said to Reuters on the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, “I’ve just done everything I wanted to do in the sport. I asked (former U.S. sprinter) Michael Johnson the same question, ‘why did you retire when you were on top?”

“He said the same – he had done everything he had wanted to do in athletics, so there was no reason to stay in the sport. Now I understand what he means.”


In 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Bolt has done a ‘treble treble’ of 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles, however, had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after teammate Nesta Carter’s re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance.

Last week, Carter said that he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Jamaican 30-year-old Bolt ablaze to his team of international ‘All Stars’ to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne.

Also Read: Steve Waugh: Bowler Don Bradman – Ravichandra Ashwin

Bolt said “I just wanted to run and to be part of it. I had to take it easy because I wasn’t at the level I would usually be. It was the first time I had competed at this time of the year.”


Bolt is listed for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award along with back-to-back Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 meters gold medal winner Mo Farah and double Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray.

Also Read: Arsene Wenger Says, Ozil Highly Focused For Bayern Game

In the shortlisted, many sportsmen also included for an award like Real Madrid and Portugal forward player Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

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Germany footballer Mesut Ozil might be struggling for form however his manager Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger would not be strained into a rumour that Germany midfielder can be dropped for Wednesday’s Champion League last 16, first leg at Bayern Munich.

On Tuesday, before they arrive in Munich, the British media had reported that Ozil might leave on the bench for the game since his recent performance was poor. However, when asked about Ozil, coach Wenger said that German was entirely focused on the match.

“It is not the best moment to give you the first eleven. I will pick the team tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We are playing in Germany and Ozil is highly focused to have a good performance tomorrow.”


The 28-years-old Arsenal players Ozil has been in the attention after nameless displays in recent Premier League beats by Watford and Chelsea. He did little to put down the criticism after missing a host of chances in Arsenal’ss 2-0 Premier League win against Hull City on Saturday.

But, coach Wenger was more approaching about who will play in goal with David Ospina starting ahead of Petr Cech due to the Colombian’s performances in the competition this season.

Also Read: Steve Waugh: Bowler Don Bradman – Ravichandra Ashwin

The 67-years-old French former footballer said “Nothing to hide; it will be Ospina. Because of the quality of his performances, if we are today in the last 16..we are where we are basically down to his great performances.”


Arsenal has lost to Bayern at this stage of the Champions League three times since 2005 but Wenger stressed that his side have the advantage of a home second leg and the quality to leave Munich with a good result.

Also Read: India Vs Australia: Indian Squad Announced For Australian Test Series

Frenchman said “We know we play against Bayern who, basically, listening to you (reporters) are favourites. We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front.”

“I feel we have the experience to play against Bayern. When you look at their record they are always in the last four. It is a massive challenge but we are capable of dealing with it.


Australia vs Sri Lanka

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On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no....