Yogeshwar Dutt Bronze Medal in London Olympic 2016
Question in detailRumor mills are abuzz that Yogeswar Dutt bronze medal could be upgraded to silver. This is so because the London Olympic silver medalist Besik Kudukhov of Russia has been found guilty of doping violation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, the result has yet not been officially confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United World Wrestling (UWW). If they confirm the results, Yogeswar Dutt's London Olympic bronze will turn into silver.
Four years after the London Olympic, Yogeswar's bronze may turn into silver. Yogeswar Dutt won the bronze medal by beating Ri Jong-myong of North Korea in London Olympic 2012. If Yogeswar Dutt bronze medal is upgraded to silver, he will join Sushil Kumar as the second Indian silver medalist from the 2012 London Olympics. WADA has recently decided to retest Kudukhov's samples, which returned with several positive results. If the results are found to be positive again, the star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt can be entitled for the silver medal.
Will Yogeswar dutt's bronze medal from London Olympic 2012 be upgraded to silver?
- Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, Nidahas trophy 6th T20: Ahead of the virtual semifinal being played on Friday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are mulling over what all it would take to revive their fortunes. The eerie similarity between both the teams is that their bowlers haven't proved to be as penetrative as needed. Yes, some of the batsmen from both teams each had stepped up, but their contributions fell little short to place the team in a comfortable position on the point table. Bangladesh gets the tonic of Shakib Al Hasan, who had been nursing a finger injury. Having had a smooth net session in Dhaka earlier, the star all-rounder is now set to share the burden of responsibilities with his team mates, who as of now have come promising only once in the series. With Shakib's inclusion, Bangladesh has got the reasons for optimism. His comeback will not just release pressure from Rahim's shoulders in the middle-order, but also boost Bangladesh's spin potency with Nazmul Islam and Mehidy Hasan failing to pick wickets in the crucial situations. From Bangladesh, Mushfiqur Rahim will again be the man to watch out for. And this is quite reasonable as he has placed himself second on the batsmen chart as the highest run scorer next to India's Shikhar Dhawan. In as many as three innings, Rahim has scored 162 runs at a stunning average of 162 and a strike rate of near 156. Much like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, too, has heavily relied on their wicketkeeper Kusal Perera, who has taken up the responsibility to give his team a fiery start. He has been more than impressive in the top-order. With 143 runs in three innings, Kusal Perera is the third highest run scorer in Nidahas Trophy 2018. The hosts will also be happy with the news of their in-form batsman Kusal Mandis being fit for SL vs Ban today match tri-series. Mendis had scored two consecutive half-centuries before suffering quadriceps muscle strain when fielding against India in the last game. He is the fourth highest run scorer in Nidahas Trophy behind Shikhar Dhawan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Kusal Perera. With both teams managing to win one out of their respective three matches, the equation to reach the final becomes no tricky. One who wins SL vs Ban today match tri-series will get to fight India in the final on Sunday. Who between Lanka and Bangladesh will make it to the Nidahas Trophy final?
- Nidahas Trophy 5th T20, Bangladesh vs India: Aiming to seal the final spot, India would face Bangladesh in the Nidahas trophy 5th T20 being played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Wednesday. Bangladesh comes into this game having claimed a record victory over Sri Lanka in the last game. Although confident of a big turnaround, Mahmudullah and his men are well wary of India's superiority. Indians, too, are coming off a win over the hosts. Things are working their way with Shradul Thakur and Vijay Shankar doing well with their respective roles. Jaidev Unadkat, who is leading the pace attack in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, has also been impressive with his brief yet useful contribution with the ball. India doesn't have to bother much about their batting pack as each of their batsmen barring Rohit Sharma is contributing his part. Shikhar Dhawan has been exceptional at the top holding the nerve of this Indian outfit. There will be hardly any pressure on Indian batsmen down the order, more because of Shikhar Dhawan's red-hot form. However, his rare failure in the last game was a chance to Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik, who played sensibly to land India home. Yes, someone at the top, who is yet to play a big knock, is Suresh Raina. He is hitting the ball clean, but needs some luck by his side to fulfill the task assigned in absence of other senior batsmen. When predicting who will win Nidahas Trophy 5th T20, India has more chance than Bangladesh. India's probable XI for fifth T20 against Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar/Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat and Yuzvendra Chahal. Can India seal the final spot beating Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy 5th T20?
- The hosts Lanka and India are set to lock horns in the Nidahas trophy fourth match, to be played on March 12. After the first leg of the series is over, both teams start on level grounds with 2 points each in their pocket. Bangladesh, too, has equalized the scoreline winning the Saturday clash against Lanka. The situation for all teams is tricky to be in now. In their quest to win Sri Lanka vs India second T20 tri-series, the men-in-blue would like to test those devoid of an opportunity on the tour so far KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel and Mohammed Siraj. If not all, a few of them could be handed a chance. The southpaw opener Shikhar Dhawan has been on auto-pilot mode on this tour and is expected to continue the slaughter in Nidahas trophy fourth match as well. India will be hopping their other batsmen to step up too. Skipper Rohit Sharma needs to come out the shell to help his team with the bat. The middle-order, which includes the likes of Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik, hasn't been at its best. They have chipped in with brief contributions. If India wants to win, these four batsmen have to be at their best before Rahul or Hooda land their opportunity. Kusal Parera will once again be the player to watch out for. He's been in tremendous form thus far and will want to pack a punch again. His 37-ball 66 in the opening game was a total destroyer. His match-winning half-century even overshadowed Shikhar Dhawan's 49-ball 90. Kusal is not the sole threat India need to wary of. Ignoring Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka and Upul Tharanga can also land them in some trouble. The only woe to confident Lanka is the absence of their regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who is out due to a ban for over-rate offense. Thisara Perera will be seen leading the team in Sri Lanka vs India second T20 tri-series. Who will win Sri Lanka vs India second T20 tri-series?
- One defeat doesn't question India's capability to recover from the early setback. As it was Lanka's day, Rohit & Co. couldn't quite leverage on Dhawan's blasting 49-ball 90 in the series opener. Credit goes to Kusal Parera, who milked 6 consecutive boundaries off Shradul Thakur's opener over, thus making the chase way easier for his team. Now in India vs Bangladesh T20 in tri-series, the men-in-blue would eye to move forward forgetting that nightmarish loss to Lanka. Nidahas trophy second match being played between India and Bangladesh on March 8 will be a bouncebackability test for the former. Bangladesh, too, will be under pressure given the fact that 9 of their last 10 T20s handed them defeats. What could solace unconfident Bangladesh at present in India's defeat to the hosts Sri Lanka in the curtain raiser. Also, the prospects of facing off a second-string Indian outfit will give them some hopes. However, these two factors don't necessarily guarantee Bangladesh a win in Nidahas trophy second match. Skipper Mahmudullah and his boys would need to play at their best to overcome India. India is still favorites despite being without their star power, including the regular skipper Virat Kohli. With no Dhoni to guide the team from behind the wickets, no Kohli to keep the aggression on throughout, no Bhuvneshwar to give a promising start with ball, and no Bumrah to wrap the things in death overs, the voluntarily-depleted India will be hopping bowlers' mastery as batting is still not a concern for them. Bangladesh is seeking revival of fortunes under their new skipper Mahmudullah. He and his boys are wary of what India can do in the comeback match. Rohit & Co. have good chances to bounce back in Bangladesh vs India second T20 tri-series. Will Rohit & Co. pass the boucebackability test in Bangladesh vs India second T20 tri-series?
- Before the first T20 of Nidahas trophy begins this evening, team India will need to churn a lot about their final playing XI as most of their players are tyros, seeking opportunities to explore their talent on the international stage. So, it's going to be a series to assay India's new talent. Despite being without their star power, India walks in as favorite to win the first match against Sri Lanka, to be played on March 6. Dhoni, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Kuldeep, and Pandya are the ones to get their likely befitting replacements in the match. But the big miss for this Indian outfit is the regular skipper Virat Kohli, whose rest petition had been accepted by the BCCI right after India's recent tour of South Africa. Now those in prime focus will be Raina, Rohit, and Dhawan with the bat. Chahal, too, will be center stage given his successful away tour as a bowler. Not only will the senior players have the responsibility to reinforce India's fortunes, but also the tyros will be keen to prove their worth. The hosts Sri Lanka would love to play in front of their home crowd. Like India, they, too, will eye a winning start to the tri-nation tournament. And their chances to win the first T20 of Nidahas trophy cannot be undervalued. Match prediction, Sri Lanka vs India first match in tri-series Both the teams are coming on the back of a T20 series win away from home. While India beat SA 2-1 in the in the just-concluded T20 series, Lankans swept Bangladesh 2-0 about half a month ago. Almost half of the Indian side that beat Africa in Africa has changed. The experienced have been replaced with inexperienced in the name of a deserving rest. The star players, including Dhoni, Kohli, and Pandya are missing, but the likes of Rohit, Dhawan, and Raina still stand as a threat to the opponents. Either team can win Sri Lanka vs India first match in tri-series as T20 is a format where the tables turn in a matter of just one over or two. Lanka also has a chance to win if not as much as India do. India looks stronger on papers even without their powerhouse, but we can't also deny the fact that Lanka can turn the tables. For India, the good thing is that Rohit Sharma hasn't lost even a single T20 game as captain. When predicting, the winning ratio between India and Sri Lanka is 70:30 respectively. Will team India get a winning start to Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka?
- After Mashrafe Mortaza stepping down as Bangladesh T20 skipper, the first question to strike in mind was who would be assigned the new responsibility. As his decision was hard-bitten, BCB's urge to convene Mashrafe to reconsider his T20 retirement came no earthly use. The team was hoping to reinforce their fortunes by bringing back the retired skipper for the Nidahas series, which also involves the host Sri Lanka and India. Finally, the BCB put paid to Bangladesh's quest for their new T20 captain. The drama ends with Shakib Al Hasan being named as Bangladesh new T20 skipper for the tri-series in Lanka starting on March 6. Shakib, as announced by the BCB medical board, won't be available for the first two games due to a finger injury, which he sustained during the tri-nation ODI series final in January this year. Having got stitches on his left-hand finger, the all-rounder was ruled out of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in February. He subsequently missed the following 2-match T20 series as well. And Mahmudullah led in his place throughout Lanka's tour of Bangladesh. Since Shakib is still suffering a sore finger, Mahmudullah could again be playing as the standby captain. The batting all-rounder Mahmudullah will be on the team as Bangladesh new T20 skipper for the tri-series in Lanka, at least for the first two games or until Shakib recovers completely. Bangladesh Squad for Nidahas trophy: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Abu Jayed, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Abu Haider Rony, Ariful Haque Although with a little delay, BCB announced Bangladesh squad for Nidahas trophy commencing from March 6. Bangladesh comes with five changes to the side that last played the 2-match T20 series at home against Sri Lanka. Shakib Al Hasan, Imrul Kayes, Nurul Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mehidy Hasan are the names to get a call-up. Atif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mohammad Mithun and Zakir Hasan aren't considered for the Nidahas trophy. Who is Bangladesh's new T20 skipper for the tri-series in Lanka?
- Two days after the end of successful South Africa tour, BCCI announced Indian squad for tri-series in Lanka. The 15-member squad is depleted of some of the key players, including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. They have been rested considering India's upcoming tours of England and Australia. The other players to have been rested are Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav is out due to injury while the rest five players were in need of a deserving rest. This time around youngsters will have the responsibilities to keep India's fortunes up and about. While Rohit Sharma will lead the team, Shikhar Dhawan will be his deputy in a side with as many as six major changes. Off spinner Washington Sundar is back to the squad. He is the third spinner in the team along with Yajuvendra Chahal and Axar Patel. All-rounder Deepak Hooda and pacer Mohammed Siraj have also been added to the squad as come-back men. Since MS Dhoni had requested for rest, Rishabh Pant has been called up as a backup wicket-keeper. Vijay Shankar comes in as a batting all-rounder. Also the side has likes of KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Kartik, Manish Pandey, Shradul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat. Scheduled to be played from 6 to 18 March, Nidahas Trophy 2018 will feature three Asian participants: India, Bangladesh and the hosts Sri Lanka. The T20 tri-series will have 7 matches. And interestingly all the seven matches will be played at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Nidahas Trophy 2018 schedule Mar, 6 SL vs IND Mar, 8 BAN vs IND Mar, 10 SL vs BAN Mar, 12 SL vs IND Mar, 14 BAN vs IND Mar, 16 SL vs BAN Mar, 18 TBC vs TBC, Final Indian squad for tri-series in Lanka: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC), Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant (wk), Jaydev Unadkat. Do you know who have been added to the Indian squad for tri-series in Lanka?
- South Africa vs India 3rd T20: Equation on the point table has changed and the pendulum is swinging both ways now. With Africa clinically managing to win the second T20 in Centurion, the three-match series has reached a point where either side wrap up the things in style. One more defeat and it will be over for both teams either. India will be eyeing another series win, their second ever on African soil. The hosts, on the other hand, will be planning to give a piercing farewell to the visitors. The hosts have got a lot of positives from this T20 series. They have explored the depth of their inexperienced batting line-up. The wicket-keeper batsman Klaasen has strengthened the middle-order of this depleted African side. Klaasen hasn't just replaced injured de Kock behind the wickets, but also has filled up de Villiers' void in the batting line-up. His Centurion blitz (30-ball 69) is an evidence of what he is capable of doing with bat. He is certainly the one India needs to reckon with. Duminy's decimating knock also came handy to Africa's fight back in the second game. Next to Klaasen, he should be on India's hit list. Also, there is Reeza Hendricks, who can hit a quick 30 or so in the top-order. Junior Dala, too, has been impressive although with ball. Can the hosts become the winner of SA vs India 3rd T20 with this much of ammunitions in their artillery? Yes they can, provided their players should be at their best in South Africa vs India 3rd T20. Can Africa avoid T20 series defeat against India?
- South Africa vs India 5th ODI match preview: Finally a win comes to lift South Africa's lost confidence. They will be happy with the fight back, but the job is yet not over. Two more wins are the least Africa would desperately need to end the series in a draw. The way the series has befallen thus far, only two results are left possible now. Until the hosts had emerged victorious in the 28-over rain-affected game at Wanderers, it was appearing to be a series of India's valor and heroism. With just one result to Africa's favor, it has turned out to be more a backgammon than a bilateral cricketing series now. The series-win speculations that had once been with India until the first three games have seen a sudden alteration. Now anything can happen. India could win and even Africa could manage a series-draw. However, the ratio between the two results is still having a marginal difference. The visitors have more chances to become the winner of SA vs India 5th ODI in Port Elizabeth. It would be surprising if India doesn't win the series from here on. They are still upper hand, indeed one step from achieving what they haven't ever in the cricketing history a series-win in Africa. Kohli needs to be extra cautious about using his pace and spin options, unlike the way he did in the last game. India is nowhere close to losing the series. However, if they repeat the same mistakes again in South Africa vs India 5th ODI, a series win in Africa would remain a mere daydreaming. Now let's predict who can become the winner of SA vs India 5th ODI. India again comes in as favorite at Port Elizabeth. You can't underestimate India's might based on just one defeat in four matches. They still have two matches to script the history. And winning one out of two matches doesn't sound to be a big deal for a team that is undergoing a devastating form. Will India seal the series in the 5th ODI against South Africa?
- South Africa vs India 4th ODI, match preview: Buoyant India looks confident to seal the six-match series in the fourth ODI. Johannesburg is where India could script the history on Saturday. And this time around they have reasons for optimism. All that they would take to win their first ever series in South Africa is just a win. Given Kohli-Dhawan's roaring form, riddle of the wrist spin and a winning hat-trick that India will come with, Africa doesn't look any bit closer to fighting back in Johannesburg. If that's not enough, du Plessis-Kock's void is certainly what needs to be replenished by the hosts. Although AB de Villiers is back to the squad, they still need a solution to the wrist spin, which as of now has been the prime reason to their fiasco. Chahal and Kuldeep have been relentless, indeed, fatal to Africa's collapse in the first three matches. So far in the series, the hosts have lost 21 of their 30 wickets to spin. The figures are daunting, particularly for Proteas. The spin duo brutally reeled off the opponent knitting a web around their limping batting line-up. And not surprisingly, it powered India to a winning hat-trick. Now in South Africa vs India 4th ODI, the hosts will try to execute their plan to spin. And if this works well, they can keep their hopes alive for a series draw. Also, they would need a sure-fire strategy against Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has knocked two centuries in the first three matches. When predicting the winner of SA vs India fourth ODI, the visitors are again hot favorite. Can India script the history in Johannesburg?
- South Africa vs India 3rd ODI match preview: Africa continues to suffer injury woes. They will move into the 3rd ODI without three of their key batsmen. While the side is already sweating over filling up AB and Faf's shoes, de Kock is the new addition to the list of the injured players. The southpaw opener picked up a wrist injury during the Second ODI in Centurion and due to which he has been ruled out of the ODI and T20 series. Faf, too, won't be able to serve his further participation during the limited-over series. AB de Villiers if recovers completely will be available for fourth ODI, but by the time it would be too late to comeback. Can the hosts win South Africa vs India 3rd ODI without Faf, AB and Kock? They can only if some magic happen. India has a golden opportunity to script the history on African soil where they haven't yet managed a series win in any of the formats. Already 2-0 up, India would eye an unassailable lead in the six-match series. And to achieve that, they would adequately rest on their bowling department, which as of now has been phenomenal on this tour. Kuldeep and Chahal, who complement each other's bowling, will again be capturing the spotlight in the middle overs. The spin duo has delivered the goods by picking up a joint figure of 13 wickets in two matches so far. The way they have bowled is just exceptional. Bumrah and Bhvneshwar, too, have put up a tight bowling display both in initial and death overs. If they continue to bowl like that, India will have good chances to emerge as the winner of SA vs India 3rd ODI. Let's not forget the contribution of the skipper, who scored 112 and 46 runs respectively leading his side to the record wins in both the previous games. Dhawan, too, is looking in good touch with bat. Having unluckily suffered a run out in the first game, he came up with an unbeaten half-century in the second one. Rahane as seen earlier gives an added strength to the middle-order. He played a 79-run knock to ease off the chase in the first match. The rest in the batting line-up are yet to be tested apparently because they haven't got a chance to bat. So, at the back of clinical performances both from bowlers and batsmen, India will take the field to keep the momentum with them. And the task is no big deal given Africa's injury woes. Kohli's brigade is at its best and can become the winner of SA vs India 3rd ODI without much ado. Can South Africa fight back in the 3rd ODI without Faf, AB and Kock?
- Successfully done and dusted, the IPL 2018 auction isn't necessarily grist to everyone's mill. There are also franchises that ended up making a loss. And one that suffered it most is the two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Andre Russel and Sunil Narine are the only two players being retained in KKR 2018 team. Kolkata Knight Riders has the likes of Chris Lynn and Mitchell Starc, the two who can turn the tables single handedly. Also, Kolkata has wagered many U19 players, including Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi. The two young bowlers have recently grabbed everyone's attention producing 145 KMPH speed in the ongoing ICC U19 WC. KKR let go of many key players, including Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc (9.4 cr) is the most expensive buy in KKR 2018 team. The franchise also signed Nitish Rana (3.4 cr), Shivam Mavi (3 cr), Mitchell Johnson (2 cr) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (3.2 cr). KKR 2018 team: Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Cameron Delport, Mitchell Starc, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Shivam Mavi, Javon Searless and Apoorv Vijay Wankhade. Knight Riders didn't retain their former captain. Gautam Gambhir, who made KKR the champions twice in 2012 and 2014 respectively, is the key loss to them. He had been a valuable asset for the team. Losing him can cause them an irreparable loss. The squad has been picked up, but a lot is yet to be churned about Kolkata Knight Riders captain in IPL 2018. Gambhir had been the driving force for KKR and his loss is difficult to be compensated. The talent is still aplenty. However, what can worry them this season is the captaincy issue. At present, KKR has five captaincy contenders. One out of Dinesh Karthik, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine is likely to become Kolkata Knight Riders captain in IPL 2018. Who do you think can fill Gambhir's shoes this season? Please leave a comment or choose from the options above. Who will become Kolkata Knight Riders captain in IPL 2018?
- SA vs India 2nd ODI: India could have got no better start to the ODI series in South Africa. A win here means a lot for the team as it ended their 26-year-long winning drought at the venue. One more chase and one more captain's knock, Kohli took it all to register India's first ever ODI victory at Kingsmead. While Virat scored 119-ball 112, Rahane came his support with a calculated 89-run knock. 269 runs were expected to be a daunting total, but Kohli-Rahane eased off the chase riding on a record third-wicket partnership of 189 runs. The partnership built around singles, doubles and boundaries in between. Earlier in the first innings, the spin duo of Kuldeep and Chahal had set up the foundation of the win by sharing a joint figure of 5 wickets. Kohli's brigade will move into the second ODI 1-0 up. From the first ODI, the men in blue have got a few positives. Spinners have been pivotal to India's fantastic bowling efforts. Also, the side has got a promising man (Rahane) to bat at No. 4, a spot they been quite experimental with for months now. Riding on these positives, the confident visitors would now eye to become the winner of winner of South Africa Vs India second ODI. Who is favorite in Centurion India has a good track record in Centurion. They have won 2 out of 4 ODIs played between these two sides at the venue so far. The only ODI loss in Centurion came in 2011. In 2013, they witnessed a no-result game. One more reason to India's optimism here is the coveted winning start to the series. The win must have given India some added boost for the next match. The hosts, on the other hand, have won only once at the venue. Also they are trailing 0-1 in the ongoing series. Apart from just fierier bowling efforts, they would need an improved batting show, which without de Villiers in the middle-order seems to be a big deal. So, in Centurion, India have good chances to become the winner of South Africa Vs India second ODI. Will team India get a 2-0 lead in SA second Test?
- Delhi Daredevils team 2018: Arguably the perpetual underperformer of Indian Premiere League, DD hasn't yet performed true to their potential in any of the previous seasons. And now moving into the auction this year with a purse containing Rs 47 Crore, the Delhi-based franchise retained three of their players who they believe can earn them the elusive trophy. Daredevils retained players include Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Chris Morris. Other than this, they made 22 buys to complete their squad. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell emerged out to be DD biggest buy in IPL 2018. The franchise singed him for Rs 9 Crore. Next to Maxwell is African pacer Kagiso Rabada who fetched an amount of Rs 4.2 Crore. Rabada also presented Daredevils in the last season. And what came out to be Delhi's most surprising buy is Gautam Gambhir. Delhi paied Rs 2.8 Crore for the southpaw. Delhi Daredevils team 2018: Gautam Gambhir, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant, Chris Moriris, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Vijay Shankar, Colin Munro, Rahul Tewatia, Naman Ojha, Avesh Khan, Daniel Christian, Abhishek Sharma, Sayan Ghosh, Prithvi Shaw, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Lamichhane and Jayant Yadav. With the auction getting done and dusted, the cricket fraternity has started speculating who will become Delhi Daredevils captain in IPL 2018. KKR's former captain Gauam Gambhir, who also led them to two title wins in 2012 and 2014, has returned to Delhi team. Considering his resounding success as a captain, the Delhi franchise can hand Gambhir the captain's job. Also, Delhi's newly-appointed coach Ricky Ponting confirmed the news. Ponting said that Gambhir has exceptional leadership quality. He can well nurture the youngsters in the team. His leading abilities make him an ideal candidate for Delhi Daredevils captain in IPL 2018. Will Gautam Gambhir Captain Delhi Daredevils Team in IPL 2018?
- SA Vs India first ODI match preview: After the thrilling Test series coming to an end, the caravan now moves to Durban for the first ODI of the six-match series. With eye on grabbing the top ODI spot, Virat Kohli's brigade will come even harder than how they have been so far on this tour. Although not a cinch, 4 wins are all India would need to be the table-topper. Proteas, on the other hand, would like to retain their No. 1 ODI spot. And they, too, would be in need of three wins or more. Despite trailing 0-2 in the just-concluded Test series, India did wonder at the Wanderers Cricket Stadium and managed to avoid the clean sweep. The dramatic yet fighting win towards the end of the series must have boosted India's confidence for what comes next the 6-match ODI series. The first match of the series will be played at Kingsmead, Durban. Conditions will again be favorable for fast bowlers. But India doesn't need to worry about it as their pacers are undergoing a remarkable form. Both the sides have world-class pacers. However when compared, India pacers outweigh Africans', particularly in the shorter format. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar together make a complete fast bowling attack irrespective of the opponent and the conditions. When talking about batting, both the teams have match winners on a par. So, in SA Vs India first ODI, the guests are equally potent as much as the hosts are. Indian probable XI for SA first ODI could be as: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey/Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav/Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal What to expect SA Vs India first ODI is going to be a toe-to-toe context. Batsmen are expected to struggle on a pace-friendly wicket. Pacers from both sides will remain dominant, indeed crucial in deciding the result of the match. And toss will again be crucial. Who will win SA vs India first ODI at Kingsmead, Durban?
- CSK team 2018: Making a comeback two years after ban, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) looked focused in building their core first at the IPL auction 2018. On Day one, they ended up with 8 buys. MS Dhoni, the skipper was retained along with Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. The team also bought all-rounder Kedar Jadhav for Rs 7.8 Crore. The South Indian franchise also retained Dwayne Bravo for Rs 6.4 Crore, Faf du Plessis for Rs 1.6 Crore and Imran Tahir for Rs 1 Crore using their right-to-match card. The former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was another buy CSK team 2018 went with. Other than this, they made a final bid for Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif K M, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Kshitiz Sharma. Surprisingly, they didn't gamble on the local boy R Ashwin and let him go to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.2 Crore. CSK final squad for IPL 2018: MS Dhoni (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, Jagadeesan Narayan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Mark Wood, Dhruv Shorey and Asif K M. Their total buys at IPL auction 2018 count 22 including 8 overseas players. They also made some big bidding although being conservative with their spending. They signed Murali Vijay (2 Crore), Sam Billings (1 Crore) and Mark Wood (1.5 Crore) at their base price. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur were included as the domestic pacers. Moreover, Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma were paid 2 Crore and 5 Crore respectively. A few other uncapped players, including N Jagadeesan, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Singh and Kanishk Seth complete CSK team 2018. With experience aplenty, the two-time IPL champions are looking forward to repeating the history. And yes, they do have the potential to repeat the history. Can Chennai Super Kings become the third-time IPL champions in 2018?