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Spencer Johnson aims for T20 World Cup spot after IPL stint | News | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Left-arm pace sensation Spencer Johnson is gearing up to showcase his skills in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) this May, in the quest for a coveted spot in Australia's T20 World Cup squad. The 28-year-old, recently acquired by Gujarat Titans for a staggering Rs 10 crore, is poised to make a strong impression in the IPL as a stepping stone to secure his place in the national team.Set to feature in the second T20I against West Indies at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, Johnson remains focused on the task at hand while acknowledging the significance of the opportunity before him. "I'm just taking it in my stride, but when you sit back and think about it it's pretty ridiculous. I'm here now and just keep going," he remarked in an interview with 'Perth Now'.With an eye on the T2...
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Exclusive – ‘He is the guy’: Kevin Pietersen predicts this Indian batter will be standout performer in ICC T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Over a decade has passed since India won an ICC silverware by defeating England in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2013.In terms of silverware in T20 cricket, however, we need to move way back to the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, where the Indian team, under the shrewd leadership of MS Dhoni, emerged victorious with a win against arch-rivals Pakistan in the summit clash in South Africa.The T20 World Cup returns to the Caribbean this year. The last time West Indies hosted the shortest format World Cup was back in 2010, which was a memorable year for England as they thumped Australia to lift the title.A flamboyant Kevin Pietersen won the Player of the Tournament award, having scored 248 runs that included a stellar knock of 47 off 31 balls against a fierce A...
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Hardik Pandya starts bowling in nets | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In a piece of good news for the Mumbai Indians, with IPL 2024 set to start on March 22 - less than a couple of months away - their new captain Hardik Pandya, who has completely recovered from his ankle injury, has started bowling at full tilt in the nets.The Mumbai Indians recently appointed Pandya as their captain after trading him in from Gujarat Titans for Rs 15 crore in the trading window.Hardik suffered the ankle injury during India's 2023 ODI World Cup league match against Bangladesh in Pune in November and was then ruled out of the rest of the World Cup and the subsequent tour of South Africa.In a video he posted on Instagram, Pandya can be seen bowling at full tilt, in what appears to be in the nets back home in Baroda."I'm feeling very good after coming back here. I tre...
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‘Didn’t go as planned…’: Shubman Gill reveals his handwritten resolution note of 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India batting star Shubman Gill revealed a New Year resolution he had set for himself at the beginning of 2023, expressing that the year had been brimming with new experiences, although its conclusion didn't unfold as anticipated.Shubman took to Instagram and shared a handwritten note just a day before the arrival of the New Year.Accompanying this note were snapshots capturing Shubman's best moments of the year 2023, including scenes of disappointment during the ODI World Cup, moments with his parents, donning the Gujarat Titans' jersey, and celebrating a memorable century for Team India. "Most hundred for India, make my family happy, give my best effort and be less hard on myself', World Cup, and Orange Cap (in Indian Premier League 2023)," Shubman's hand-written note said w...
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Why did Mumbai Indians ruthlessly swap Rohit Sharma with Hardik Pandya and why does Chennai Super Kings still stick to Thala Dhoni?

Mumbai Indians have been busy of late. In June, their top management told Rohit Sharma that they were looking beyond him. November was when the Gujarat Titans IPL-winning skipper Hardik Pandya returned to his old franchise and in December, replaced Rohit as MI captain. Around these time-consuming events involving intense negotiations, there have been rumours, denials, heartbreaks, intrigue and a trail of rhetorical questions. With Rohit leading from the front during India’s exceptional World Cup campaign, how can MI even think of a leadership change? How on earth could Gujarat Titans let India’s future captain and priceless brand Hardik leave without any fuss? Why can’t MI-Rohit and GT-Hardik be like the long-lasting and highly-successful Chennai Super Kings-MS Dhoni partnership? Conven...
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Landscape gardener 18 months back, Spencer Johnson makes his mum smile with hefty IPL paycheck | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's Spencer Johnson, a landscape gardener just a year ago due to the absence of a professional cricket contract, is now celebrating a remarkable turn of events. In a span of 18 months, the fast bowler has transitioned from tending to gardens to securing a substantial IPL deal with the Gujarat Titans, bringing a radiant smile to his mother's face.The astounding transformation in Johnson's fortunes was highlighted at the IPL auction in Dubai on Tuesday, where the Gujarat Titans invested a significant Rs 10 crore in acquiring him.This hefty price tag not only signifies a major breakthrough in his cricketing career but also stands as a testament to the unpredictability and resilience inherent in the world of sports. It wasn't too long ago that Johnson faced the prospect o...
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IPL’s big break for ‘Ranchi ka Gayle’ Robin Minz, father says ‘Dhoni told me if no one picks him we will’

IT WAS just another Tuesday for 48-year-old retired Army man Francis Xavier Minz. Working as a security guard, employed by a firm, at Ranchi airport, he was helping passengers with their boarding passes when Gujarat Titans picked his 21-year-old son Robin for Rs 3.60 crore after an intense bidding war with Mumbai Indians. “A CISF jawan came to me, hugged me saying, ‘Arrey Francis sir, aap toh crorepati ban gaye’ (You have become a millionaire),” Francis tells The Indian Express. The Minz family has roots in Telgaon, a village in the tribal belt in Gumla district. Cricket is not the biggest sport in the region that has produced several world-class hockey players. The Lakra siblings Bimal, Birendra and Asunta are from Gumla. Francis, too, was into sports, and it was his love for athletics...
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Ashish Nehra explains why Shubman Gill is the ‘right guy’ to lead Gujarat Titans | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Shubman Gill is gearing up to assume the captainship responsibilities for the Gujarat Titans in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. Shubman was appointed captain of Gujarat franchise, the 2022 IPL champions, following the exit of Hardik Pandya to Mumbai Indians in an all-cash deal.Shubman was bought by Gujarat Titans in 2022, after spending four seasons, from 2018 to 2021, at Kolkata Knight Riders.The dashing right-hander scored 890 runs in 17 matches last season, averaging 59.33 and a strike rate of 157.80. He also notched up three centuries last year.A proven performer with the bat, will Shubman be able to fill in the big shoes of Pandya, who won the IPL title with the team in 2022 and took them to the final this year?Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra...
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IPL Auction: Shahrukh Khan ready to be a finisher for Gujarat Titans | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: After a three-year association with Punjab Kings, big-hitting Tamil Nadu batter Shahrukh Khan will embark on a new IPL journey at Gujarat Titans, who paid a hefty fee of Rs 7.4 cr to task him with finishing duties.At the auction in Dubai on Tuesday, the IPL 2022 champions Gujarat showed great interest in the 28-year-old, winning a bidding battle that also involved Punjab. Shahrukh will have the company of seasoned campaigners David Miller and Rahul Tewatia during the death overs. Gujarat needed a hard-hitting Indian middle-order batter after Hardik Pandya left and Shahrukh fitted the bill."The way Gujarat have backed players, I will be comfortable. I will be playing at No. 6 or 7. I have been a fan of Miller; he is a guy who comes in and wins big games. The way he has played fo...
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Who is Sameer Rizvi? The uncapped Indian who hit the jackpot in IPL 2024 auction | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The unheralded Sameer Rizvi hit the jackpot in the IPL 2024 auction as the uncapped Indian batter, with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, secured a staggering Rs 8.40 crore deal with the Chennai Super Kings.The franchises engaged in intense bidding wars before CSK outbid others to bag the batter. CSK entered the fray for the young talent, followed by Gujarat Titans. A back-and-forth bidding war ensued, rapidly driving the bid up to 1 crore.It appeared to be a sealed deal for CSK at Rs 7.60 crore but Delhi Capitals jumped in with Rs 7.80 crore.However, CSK has signaled their interest with a bid of Rs 8 crore.The 20-year-old Rizvi came into the reckoning during the UP T20 League where he emerged as the highest run-getter of the tournament with 455 runs in nine innings.The big-hitting...
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Big Ticket IPL 2024 auction to get underway in Dubai

Mallika Sagar, who recently hosted the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction will be the auctioneer instead of Hugh Edmeades. Sagar also became the first woman auctioneer in the last 16 years of IPL history.  The cricketing world is buzzing ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction, which will take place in Dubai on December 19, as the 10 IPL franchises will battle it out to grab top-tier players.Ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, a total of 332 players have been registered for the big event. At first, an enormous of 1166 players submitted their names for the auction but the franchises decided to go with 332 cricketers and let go 834 players.Out of 332 players, 214 are Indians and the rest of the cricketers are foreigners. Meanwhile, 116 have already taken part in the extravagan...
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5 uncapped players to track at IPL auction: Spinner with 90 wickets in a year, emerging U19 star, big-hitting batter from Kanpur

While Indian Premier League auctions tend to start with a bang, with the big-money signings coming up early in the sets, there is always intrigue around which uncapped Indian player goes well above their base price for a big payday. The auction for IPL 2024 will take place on Tuesday in Dubai, and 200 of the names registered are uncapped Indian players. Here’s a look at five names that could attract interest from the franchises. Shahrukh Khan, 28 Lower-order batsman, off-spinner One of the more surprising names on the released players list, Tamil Nadu allrounder Shahrukh Khan comes into the auction pool with a reputation of being a big hitter in the middle order but yet to truly find his place in the IPL. Having played 33 matches in the IPL for Punjab, Shahrukh had a strike rate of 160+...
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IPL Auction: Which unknown gem unearthed by talent scouts, will walk in Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah footsteps?

It was in 2014, with another edition of the IPL looming large and having arrived on Indian shores early for the preparation, that John Wright had spotted a talent who, nine years later, unleashed a storm by being the most high-profile transfer of all time.It was on the ides of March, to be precise, that Wright – who was still in his role as head coach of Mumbai Indians that season – first had a glimpse of Hardik Pandya, a player who was an unknown commodity beyond Baroda. Against a Mumbai attack that included Zaheer Khan, not just the unbeaten 82 he made, but everything about Pandya stood out for Wright. Six months later as Wright moved onto his new role as head of scouting at Mumbai Indians, he would convince head coach Ricky Ponting and the Ambanis to spend Rs 10 lakh on Pandya and th...
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‘Surprised that Mumbai Indians moved on from Rohit Sharma so early’: Wasim Jaffer on Hardik Pandya being made MI captain

Mumbai Indians caused a flutter by handing over the reins of captaincy to Hardik Pandya over longtime skipper Rohit Sharma, who has played a part of the franchise’s five Indian Premier League titles. Hardik spent two years at the IPL newcomers Gujarat Titans, where he led them to the title in the inaugural season before a finals appearance last season around. So it was surprise for everyone when he was traded by the Titans to his original franchise Mumbai Indians. It was a bigger surprise to see that Mumbai appointed Hardik as captain. “I’m surprised that MI has moved from Rohit Sharma so early. It happened so quickly, I’m also a little surprised. When they did the trade, it was probably communicated to Hardik that he was going to become the captain. But whether it was communicated...
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After Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav shares a cryptic post following Rohit Sharma’s removal as MI captain

Hardik Pandya’s move to Mumbai Indians might create unrest in Mumbai Indians’ dressing room as after their spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav has shared a cryptic post on his social media accounts.Suryakumar Yadav shared an emoji of broken heart after Mumbai Indians removed Rohit Sharma from the captaincy. Suryakumar Yadav has led India in the two T20I series recently, the five-match series against Australia at home and in the three matches against South Africa. 💔 — Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 16, 2023 Suryakumar Yadav was also the vice-captain of Mumbai Indians in the last IPL and had also led in the few games when Rohit played as an Impact Player. Suryakumar Yadav is not the first Mumbai Indians cricketer, who has shared cryptic post after Hardik Pandya’s retu...
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IPL 2024 Auction: Travis Head, Harry Brook in Rs 2 crore bracket as 333 players to go under the hammer | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England’s star batter Harry Brook and Australia's World-Cup winning all-rounder Travis Head have placed themselves in the top bracket of Rs 2 crore for the upcoming IPL 2024 auction to be held in Dubai.A total of 333 cricketers will go under the gavel at Dubai's Coca-Cola Arena on December 19. The auction will start at 2:30PM IST."Out of 333 players, 214 are Indians and 119 are overseas players of which 2 players are from associate nations.The total capped players are 116, uncapped players are 215 and 2 from associate nations," stated an IPL media release."A maximum of 77 slots are now available with up to 30 being slotted for overseas players. 23 players chose to be slotted in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore while 13 players are in the auction list with a base price of Rs ...
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‘Captain Gill mending Dil’: Gujarat Titans after ‘Captain sahab’ Shubman Gill pays a visit to Rashid Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket sensation Shubman Gill recently made a delightful visit to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the UK, creating a buzz among fans and fellow cricketers alike. The heartwarming meeting between the two Gujarat Titans (GT) teammates prompted Rashid to share a memorable picture on social media, expressing his joy at Gill's visit.Gill, who was recently named the captain of Gujarat Titans for IPL 2024 following Hardik Pandya's surprising move back to Mumbai Indians, posed for a picture with Rashid. In a social media post, Rashid wrote, "Thank you for stopping by captain sahab," acknowledging Gill's visit and the camaraderie between the players.The Gujarat Titans also shared the pic with a caption: "Captain Gill mending Dil", expressing their hope for continued suc...
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Shubman Gill speaks on surprise move to make him Gujarat Titans’ captain

Not many would argue against Shubman Gill being the next big thing in Indian cricket. The youngster has already proven himself with the bat at the international level as well in the Indian Premier League. Nevertheless, with Hardik Pandya’s trade to the Mumbai Indians, Gill has now been handed over the captaincy of Gujarat Titans for the upcoming season. Speaking about his new role for the first time, he said: “I think it’s gonna take, like, probably till the time we don’t play the first match. It’s not gonna quite sink in. It’s a great feeling.” “We all know captainship comes with a lot of things, and commitment is one of them. Discipline is one of them. Hard work is one of them. Loyalty is one of them,” the 24-year-old told the Gujarat Titans’ social media account. 😍 From a dreamy ...
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‘He might be hurt with Hardik’s trade’: Kris Srikkanth deciphers Jasprit Bumrah’s cryptic post | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Jasprit Bumrah's 'silence is sometimes the best answer' Instagram story went viral on social media on Tuesday, 1983 World Cup winner Kris Srikkanth decoded the post, suggesting that the star Mumbai Indians pacer might not be happy with the Hardik Pandya's trade. With Hardik's returning to Mumbai after spending a couple of years at Gujarat Titans, Srikkanth said that Bumrah would have been hurt as the 29-year-old may have harboured captaincy aspirations.Speaking on his official YouTube channel, Srikkanth praised Bumrah and said that one cannot find another cricketer like him. "He's is the best bowler in the world currently, be it Tests or white-ball cricket, not to forget his World Cup performance. He was even the stand-in captain against England in the fifth Test last year...