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Ben Stokes Out Of IPL 2021

"Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team's match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will, unfortunately, rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season," Rajasthan Royals said in an official statement.

Maxwell Was In Constant Touch With Virat Kohli

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell revealed the role of Indian skipper Virat Kohli while floating the idea of him joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore. "We had been texting a fair bit. We obviously caught up. We chatted after the ODI and T20I series in Australia. He talked to me about potentially playing for RCB. If I got the opportunity, he said 'we would love to have you. But obviously, there was an auction," Maxwell said in a video tweeted by RCB

David Warner Critical Of SRH's Bowlers

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s skipper David Warner was critical of his bowlers after their defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 14th edition of the VIVO Indian Premier League.“I didn’t think there were that many runs on this wicket. They adapted really well, had a good partnership. From a bowling perspective, we failed to execute the first ball of most overs and then conceded a lot at the end,” he said.

Eoin Morgan Happy With The Win Against SRH

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan was delighted after their win against SRH. “Delighted with the win,” he said. “Build up to the tournament has been pretty good. In the camp that we had pre-tournament, the guys gelled well but never quite sure what performance they will produce in the match. Today was quite magnificent the way the guys batted. Guys at the top of the order. Nitish and Tripathi were absolutely outstanding and set up the game for our middle order to play in the manner we want to play." said Morgan.

Rahul Dravid's Outburst On MS Dhoni

Virender Sehwag revealed a story when Dravid lost his cool and the victim of his outburst was none other than MS Dhoni. Sehwag recalled an incident when Dravid gave young Dhoni a piece of mind during India's ODI clash against Pakistan in 2006. "I have seen Rahul Dravid get angry. When we were in Pakistan, and back then MS Dhoni was a newcomer. Dhoni played a shot and got caught at point," Sehwag recollected on Cricbuzz. "Dravid was very angry with MS Dhoni. 'That's the way you play? You should finish the game'. said Sehwag.

AB de Villiers Powers RCB To Victory

AB de Villiers powered RCB to a thrilling 2-wicket victory against MI in the opening game. His knock ensured RCB won an IPL opener for the first time in history. Villiers walked in at number 5 when Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Virat Kohli. He took his time initially but soon went on the offensive. Villiers attacked Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult to perfection. He almost took RCB over the line. Villiers was run-out of the 3rd last ball. His 48 off 27 balls paved way for a great victory. RCB will be hoping Villiers continues his form and they maintain their winning streak.

Mohammad Hafeez To Play 100th T20I

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez will play his 100th T20I on Saturday (April 10). Hafeez has played a vital role in shaping Pakistan’s limited-overs fortunes. Hafeez observed that “I played the inaugural T20 for Pakistan and today I'm so happy, humbled, and proud to be playing my 100th. It's been a beautiful journey; I've seen a lot of highs and lows. I'm very satisfied with what I've done for Pakistan in this format. I want Pakistan to win tomorrow and make my contribution towards it. The 100th game is only one of the things. Most important is that Pakistan win and my contribution is significant.”

Padikkal’s Direct Entry Into RCB Bubble

Devdutt Padikkal missed the IPL 2021 opener against Mumbai Indians. But his entry into the Royal Challengers Bangalore bubble seems to have upset other franchises. Teams are unhappy that Padikkal has been given direct entry into the team space. The general practice is that the player has to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine in the hotel. But Padikkal has been exempted from this exercise. Teams have started raising questions if all the bio-secure protocols were followed or if a loophole was exploited. An official close to a different franchise stated, “If home quarantine is allowed, then many of our team members would have preferred that.”

Harshal Patel’s Day Of Glory

Delhi Capitals traded Harshal Patel to Royal Challengers Bangalore during the off-season. The move paid rich dividends as Harshal Patel delivered a match-winning performance in the first match of IPL 2021. Patel picked up a fifer against the batting might of Mumbai Indians. His slower balls became immensely difficult for MI batsmen to pick. He dismissed Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, and Marco Jansen in his 4-over. Patel became literally unplayable at the death. He even went on to score the winning run capping off a brilliant match. He was awarded the Man of the Match.

Quinton de Kock Will Miss The RCB Clash

Mumbai Indians, on Friday, confirmed that their South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock won’t be available for the match against RCB. His absence is because he landed in India earlier this week, even if it was a bubble-to-bubble transfer. De Kock was earlier a part of the South African team’s bubble. The MI also confirmed that de Kock is currently undergoing a seven-day mandatory quarantine.

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