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Abhijit Bhatt



AHMEDABAD: The 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was held at Ahmedabad. The board has announced that from 2022, 10 teams will participate in the IPL instead of 8. One of the 2 new teams will be from Gujarat. The Gujarat team will make the newly constructed Motera Stadium their home ground. Like last season of IPL, only 8 teams will participate in 2021.

Moreover, instead of mega-auction, this time there will be a mini-auction as well. Talks are underway for the Ahmedabad franchise in the new teams. Both Adani Group and Goenka Group have expressed their interest in buying the franchise.

Gautam Adani, the owner of the Adani Group, one of the richest people in the country, has previously expressed interest in buying an IPL franchise. Now that the Ahmedabad franchise is at the forefront, this Gujarati businessman has a good chance to join the league. Adani could get a bump from RPG group’s Sanjeev Goenka group. Goenka has previously owned the Pune Supergiants. Southern superstar Mohanlal is also keen to buy the team. Mohanlal was also seen in Dubai in the recently concluded IPL. This kind of speculation has been going on ever since.

. Increasing the number of teams will also increase the number of matches. With this, BCCI expects a significant increase in revenue. The broadcasting of this league could add to the troubles of partner India. The star is already under a lot of pressure due to the high IPL license fees. Now the number of matches with 10 teams will increase to 94. With the addition of 34 additional matches, Star India will have to pay more than Rs 1,700 crore in license fees.

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When the Indian team will take the field for the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla, achieving a clean sweep will be on their mind, while Lankans will be looking forward to saving face and leave the series with a consolation win.

India defeated Sri Lanka in the second T20I by five wickets, gaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. For India to achieve the clean sweep, their batting will have to be at its best. Openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma will have to provide with a good, positive start in the powerplay with their hitting abilities. The duo has failed to provide a stable start during the powerplay.

While Mandhana found her touch in the previous match, it will be important for Verma to find hers as she has not looked at her best in both the matches. Batters like Sabbhineni Meghana, Jemimah Rodrigues and wicketkeeper-batter Yastika Bhatia will have to make sure that they keep things steady and all the pressure does not fall on the well-experienced captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

India’s bowling has been fantastic in both matches. While they were consistently great in the first match, the bowling bounced back in the second half of SL’s innings in the next match, where the latter lost six wickets within 33 runs.

Bowlers like Deepti Sharma, Simran Bahadur, Pooja Vastrakar and Radha Yadav will be extremely vital for India’s chances to gain a clean sweep.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka has a lot to work on. Their batting has been a huge concern in both the matches of the series. While it failed completely during the first T20I, the batting line-up fumbled on a solid 87-run opening stand in the next match and lost six wickets in quick succession in pursuit of runs. It will be important for Lankans to combine intent and utmost care in their batting.

For this, openers Vishmi Gunaratne and captain Chamari Athapaththu will have to provide a great start and the middle order consisting of Harshitha Madavi, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva etc will have to carry on the momentum carefully.

SL will also have to improve their bowling and work harder to restrict their opponents to more smaller totals and defend their modest totals.

Spinner Inoka Ranaweera and medium-pacer Oshadi Ranasinghe will have to be on their best for Sri Lanka and continue their good show in the series. Spinner Sugandika Kumari will also have to put in more work out in the pitch with her spin.

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Madhya Pradesh created history and captured their maiden Ranji Trophy title, defeating favourites Mumbai in the finals by six wickets at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.

This win is a historic one for Madhya Pradesh, as they captured their maiden Ranji title. The victory becomes even more significant because they defeated 41-time champions Mumbai, who were heading into the finals as favourites. Mumbai started off the final day at 113/2, with Armaan Jaffer 30 *(34) and Suved Parkar 9* (14). The duo went on to have a 56-run stand which ended with Jaffer’s dismissal by pacer Gaurav Yadav for 37.

Parkar was joined by the man-in-form Sarfaraz Khan. The duo went on to add another 53-runs before Parkar was dismissed for 51 by the spinner Kumar Kartikeya. Yashasvi Jaiswal fell cheap for just 1 to Kartikeya.

Then Khan and Shams Mulani stitched a 34-run stand after this mini-collapse. Mulani was dismissed for 17 after being run out by Saransh Jain, ending the duo’s resistance to MP bowling. Sarfaraz Khan fell shortly for 45, being dismissed by spinner Parth Sahani with assistance from the safe hands of Anubhav Agarwal. At this point, Mumbai was 236/7.

The rest of the Mumbai batting line up could not put up much of a fight, with the side being bundled out for 269. Mumbai gained a slender lead of 107, setting a target of 108 for MP to take home their maiden title.

Kumar Kartikeya with his 4/98 was the start for Mumbai with the ball. Gaurav Yadav and Parth Sahani took two wickets each.

Chasing 108, Madhya Pradesh were off to a tricky start as they lost their opener Yash Dubey for just 1 after veteran Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni dislodged his stumps.

Then Shubham S Sharma and opener/wicketkeeper-batter Himanshu Mantri added 52-runs for the second wicket. The stand ended after spinner Mulani clean bowled Mantri for 37.

This brought Parth Sahani to the crease, who fell shortly for just five to Mulani.

Then arrived the MP’s best batter this season, Rajat Patidar. He joined Shubham on the mission to take his team to the target.

The duo did not have to toil for runs that hard. But Shubam Sharma was back to the pavilion for 30 when the team needed seven runs. He was caught by Armaan Jaffer who took a great diving catch off a Shams Mulani delivery.

Captain Aditya Shrivastava joined Patidar. The duo easily took their side to their maiden Ranji title, finishing at 108/4, with Shrivastava (1*) and Patidar (30*). Patidar hit the winning runs for MP, sending his team into ecstasy.

Earlier batting first, Mumbai put up 374/10 on the board. Sarfaraz Khan (134), Yashasvi Jaiswal (78) and Prithvi Shaw (47) played crucial knocks for Mumbai. Pacer Gaurav Yadav was the star for MP with the ball, taking 4/106 while his pace partner Anubhav Agarwal took 3/81.

In the second innings of the match, Madhya Pradesh were absolutely dominant with the bat, putting on a massive 536/10 on the board and gaining a 162-run lead. Yash Dubey (133), Shubham Sharma (116) and Rajat Patidar (122) were the key stars for MP with their centuries.

Shams Mulani was the key bowler for Mumbai, taking 5/173 while medium-pacer Tushar Deshpande took 3/116.

Following Mumbai’s 269/10 in the third innings, MP were given a target of 108 to win their maiden title.

Brief Scores: Mumbai 374 and 269 (Suved Parkar 51, Sarfaraz Khan 45, Kumar Kartikeya 4/98) lost to Madhya Pradesh 536 and 108/4 (Himanshu Mantri 37, Rajat Patidar 30*, Shams Mulani 3/41) by six wickets.

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Winners and Losers from the 2022 NBA Draft



Everybody knew who the top three players selected in the 2022 NBA Draft would be, but the Vegas Odds were clearly unsure on the exact order of how it would shake out. Jabari Smith was the huge favorite on the odds to be taken #1 in the weeks and even days leading up to the draft, but the Magic pulled a slight shocker by taking Duke’s Paolo Banchero in the top spot.

7-footer Chet Holmgren went #2 to Oklahoma City while Smith slipped all the way down to #3. That trio will forever be linked in their NBA journey in much the same way Greg Oden / Kevin Durant and Marvin Bagley III / Luka Doncic are so we will see how that plays out. Let’s take a look at some of the other way-too-early winners and losers from the 2022 NBA Draft.

Winners: Houston Rockets

Houston found themselves in a lot of 139-132 style defeats last season meaning they can score – but also couldn’t stop anybody. That defense should improve immediately with the lengthy 6’10” Smith coming to them at #3 but Rafael Stone wasn’t done there adding LSU forward Tari Eason at #17 following his breakout season.

Houston already has a budding superstar in last year’s #2 pick Jalen Green, and Kevin Porter, Jr. has shown some upside in the backcourt as well. Houston moved from #26 to #29 on draft night (picking up two future second-round picks in the process) and was still able to grab TyTy Washington out of Kentucky.

Losers: Sacramento Kings

Most people conceded that the 2022 draft really didn’t start until Sacramento’s #4 pick. There were rumors all month that the Kings could possibly trade the pick for an established veteran like John Collins, Julius Randle, or Malcolm Brogdon, Jr. – or they could just sit still and take the next best prospect, Jaden Ivey.

In true Kings fashion, they did none of the above, instead of going with Keegan Murray out of Iowa. The Kings may have felt they take guards too often, and Ivey publicly stated he wasn’t a  fan of heading to Sacramento but either way this pick will be scrutinized for years to come.

Winners: Detroit Pistons

Sacramento’s loss is Detroit’s gain as they were able to pick up Ivey with the #5 selection. The former Purdue guard is no sure thing, but he has drawn some light comparisons to Ja Morant. Plus a backcourt of last year’s #1 pick Cade Cunningham and Ivey should draw fans to Little Caesars Arena. Detroit was also able to add former #1 rated high school prospect, Jalen Duren, at #13.

Losers (This Year) : New York Knicks

The Knicks didn’t do anything to get better this year despite having the #11 pick, essentially trading out of that spot by selecting Ousmane Dieng for the Thunder. In return, though they got three first-rounddraft picks for next season, were also able to get rid of Kemba Walker’s contract in another three-team deal, and picked up Travis Keels out of Duke at #42. Fans aren’t going to be happy now but will be a year from now (after another likely down year, however).

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Attacking attitude of bowlers required to win the fifth test

Saba Karim



The last test match played in Birmingham is very important for Team India or let’s say it will be a big challenge as Indian players are playing test match in England after a long time. By the way, this is only the remaining Test of the last series where Team India was successful in taking a 2-1 lead. Team India’s top order needs to get the good practice before this Test match to be held from July 1. If these batsmen play to their full potential, then I am sure that Team India’s playing XI will also be very strong.

By the way, Team India does not have much time. The ongoing practice match against Leicestershire can also play a big role. The sooner the team decides on its eleven players, the better it will be for it because, if we talk about England, this team is currently playing a three-match Test series against New Zealand. In such a situation, they are well prepared before the match against India, so it is expected from Team India that by practising as much as possible, they get rid of their basic shortcomings because in the first match on the tour of England, usually Asian teams have to face lot of problems. These problems with hard practise can be solved.

It is quite possible that Team India will field five bowlers in the playing XI for this match. These five bowlers should be attacking bowlers who can take wickets on the first day or in the first innings itself. In this sense, as a spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin could be a good option for India before Ravindra Jadeja, as he has variation and good grip along with being a finger spinner. He played against New Zealand in India.

In the last series he played, he bowled well. The team will have to take a very smart decision in the selection of spin bowlers. This move could prove to be decisive for the team.

The writer has been a national selector apart from being a former player of Team India.

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The Daily Guardian spoke to the renowned Indian legendary cricketer Madan Lal. He was a member of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning Indian squad.



On the esteemed anniversary of the historic 1983 World Cup, the Indian cricket fans have all eyes and ears for candid talks with the players, talk shows, in nut shell infotainment full on with a motive to keep readers excited and enticed The Daily Guardian spoke to the renowned Indian legendary cricketer Madan Lal. He was Indian cricketer from 1974 to 1987 and Indian national cricket coach. He was a member of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning Indian squad. 

Q. Sir, what is more important IPL or World Cup?

A. No definitely you can’t compare IPL with the World Cup. It’s a world cup because that is for the country this is a different cricket all together IPL is 20-20 match and world cup is 50 over match. It’s a World Cup therefore much bigger than IPL.

Q. In 83 Hardy Sandhu the Punjabi pop singer and actor played your character in the film. What do you think did he reach closer enough to live your character?

A. Hardy Sandhu has done a very good job overall and as you know you cannot emulate the person entirely. Out of ten he can get 8 marks as he has done a great job and the other thing was he was a cricketer before and he took the coaching from me in NCA. So, that’s why it wasn’t difficult for him to catch my action.

Q. Do you think the scene was recreated well where Hardy Sandhu aka Madan Lal is requesting Ranveer Singh aka the Captain Kapil Dev for the next over to oust Desmond Haynes and then Viv Richards. Would you like to share the incident which created history, the decision that made history?

A. It’s not only about Viv Richards wicket. World cup has created the history, it was a team effort. Not only Madan Lal or any other player you name should get the credit. Kapil Dev, Mohindar Amarnath or Sunil Gavaskar or Srikanth or so believe in Sandip Patil but they are all contributors for the win but yes I asked for the over and Kapil Dev gave me the over and after then it was a history. 

Q. 1983 the first World Cup of India though the flick has been made but we would like to listen to the stories from the man himself who turned out to be the highest impact bowler of 1983.

A. Well, when you have been given the role and you have to do it. You will try your best and if something good happens and things go ur way. In English conditions it becomes a little bit easy as the ball comes and moves around, you can get the wicket as well. So this thing happened with us. Also you know the ball was moving, the condition was different and I got the important wicket in the beginning of the inning. So that’s the reason I thing you can say the impact but definitely I must say that’s the team effort.  

Q. Indian fans profoundly call you us Maddad Laal. Also is that only reason that you have often extricated Indian team from the tricky situations or in general life also you give Maddad to all?

A. No I give maddad to all. It’s my job to help other people like that’s my nature you know in cricket I always use to look for opportunity to contribute for the team to win the game that’s what I do. So you know sometimes you click and sometimes you don’t but still in crucial stages in crunch matches I have done well. So that’s the reason they called me Maddad Lal.

Q. Your most memorable match other than 83 and why?

A. Yeah I played test match in Bombay where I got 5-23 that was one of the best match I had played so any match which you win for the country that’s anyhow always going to be memorable match. 

Q. Your bonding with the winning squad of 83?

A. Yeah! definitely we have what’s app group and we share our ups and down or horrible days and all these things and we are still in touch with most of the players.

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Top knocks by Jason Roy and Jos Buttler powered England to a eight-wicket win as they also clean swept the three-match ODI series against Netherlands on Wednesday.

An unbeaten ton by Roy and an unbeaten knock of 86 runs by Buttler helped England chase the target of 245 runs in just 30.1 overs and at a loss of only two wickets, here at the VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen. With this win, England white-washed the three-match ODI series with a lead of 3-0. Put to bat first, Netherlands had a pathetic start to their innings as they lost the wicket of the opener, Vikramjit Singh, in the fifth over, with only 16 runs on the board. The batter was caught by Dawid Malan on David Willey’s delivery. Tom Cooper joined hands with opener Max ODowd and the duo anchored the innings for some time. Cooper scored 33 runs off 37 balls before being caught by Liam Livingstone on Brydon Carse’s delivery in the 18th over, leaving the team’s total at 88/2. Max ODowd also departed in the 25th over, after claiming his half-century off 69 balls.

Bas de Leede and skipper Scott Edwards came to the crease and changed the momentum of the game. The duo stitched an 84-run partnership and gave Netherlands a strong hand. But it was England, who had the last laugh as Brydon Carse struck against and dismissed de Leede in 40th over after scoring 56 runs off 78 balls.

Teja Nidamanuru came to the crease but could not stand for long as he was stumped by Buttler on Adil Rashid’s delivery. In the very next over by Willey, Logan van Beek also departed without scoring a single run and left Netherlands struggling at 216/6. In the 47th over, Tim Pringle was run out by Malan and departed after scoring only 6 runs. In the next over, Aryan Dutt fell prey to Willey’s spell and went back without opening his account.

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