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Adam Gilchrist comments on new sticker on MS Dhoni’s bat

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is still a month away but the fever of IPL is heating up due to MS Dhoni. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni has started practising for the upcoming season of the IPL. Many fans believed that the last IPL would be MS Dhoni’s last but he made sure it wouldn’t be his last before lifting the trophy. MS Dhoni was seen padded up with yellow pads in the next.

It’s the first time that MS Dhoni’s bat made more headlines than himself. A photo of MS Dhoni doing practice with a new sticker of Prime Sports on his bat went viral on social media. It’s a sign that MS Dhoni has paid tribute to his childhood friend Paramjit Singh who is the owner of a sports shop. His shop was also portrayed in his biopic ‘MS Dhoni, the Untold Story’.

As MS Dhoni is nearing the end of his cricket career, he is showing his true friendship to Paramjit Singh who has played an important role in his initial cricketing career. Before the 2019 ODI World Cup MS Dhoni played with various sponsors on his bat. This act was a surprise for him to cricket lovers.

IPL is a great tournament – Adam Gilchrist

While commentary in the second T20I match between Australia and West Indies former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist stated that Prime Sports is ‘just a local store’. And that’s when Gilchrist took over, bringing up the bat sticker topic. “I saw him hitting some balls in the nets, MS Dhoni. There’s a new bat sticker on his bat. Just a local sports store of one of his schoolmates. Whack the company name on your bat just to give a boost to sales,” he said.

Adam Gilchrist also stated that “IPL is a great tournament. Best players from all around the world play in the IPL. IPL also has best Indian players playing in the tournament”. Talking about the fans he said that the crowds in the stadium are unbelievable. The atmosphere and the noise in the ground are unbelievable. And MS Dhoni is back. He’s hitting balls in the nets already I reckon,” he added.

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‘Shaheen akela kya kar sakta hai’ – Fans react as Lahore Qalandars go down by 5 wickets to Multan Sultans to register their third loss of PSL 2024

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Multan Sultans won their third game on a trot in the PSL 2024. A good bowling performance in the middle overs phase and a brilliant finishing by Iftikhar Ahmed with some handy runs by Mohammad Rizwan helped the home side to entertain their fans with yet another victory. Lahore were good in patches but could not turn up as a team. They suffered yet another loss in the ongoing league.

Batting first, Lahore Qalandars posted 166 runs on the board. They lost the wicket of Sahibzada Farhan early. What followed was anchoring the innings by Fakhar Zaman. In an unusual way, the Southpaw could not get going and ended up scoring 41(36). Batters from the other end tried to compensate for his slow knock. Rassie Van Der Dussen scored 54(37).

Sikandar Raza hit 23(17). Some crucial cameos from Jahandad Khan and Carlos Brathwaite towards the end propelled Sultans to a good total of 166 runs on the board. Mohammad Ali and Usama Mir had yet another good outing where they picked wickets and were economical as well. Chasing 167, Sultans were under pressure straight away, thanks to the new ball spell of the opening duo.

Iftikhar Ahmed finishes the game for Multan Sultans

Shaheen Afridi and Zaman Khan were on fire. The skipper got the big wicket of Reeza Hendricks and Khan dismissed Dawid Malan for a golden duck. George Linde later dismissed Yasir Khan. The onus was on Mohammad Rizwan to take his side home. He did everything in his might to see off the run chase. Sultans made a surprising move of sending David Willey up the order.

Rizwan almost waged a lone war during his stay in the middle. The star batter scored 82 runs in 59 balls which included nine fours and three sixes. While Willey’s wicket did shake the confidence of the dressing room of the home side, Iftikhar Ahmed pulled off a good finish to the chase. His cameo down the order helped Sultans to register a hat trick of wins in the PSL 2024.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the loss of Lahore Qalandars –

 

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WATCH: Keiron Pollard turns back clock as he plunders 27 runs against Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2024

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Former West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard turned back the clock in the PSL 2024 game against Peshawar Zalmi. Playing for Karachi Kings, he hit 27 runs against Afghanistan international, Noor Ahmed in the 15th over of the second innings. At the time, the Kings needed 45 off 36 balls to win their first game of the season. Meanwhile, in the over, Pollard hit three sixes and two fours.

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Talking about the game, the 2020 winners, the Kings won the toss and elected to field first in the day game. Former Pakistan international Shoaib Malik removed Saim Ayub to start the game. The likes of Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Mohammad Haris failed to cross the double-digit mark. At 40/3, skipper Babar Azam and Rovman Powell put together 68 runs with the former scoring a fifty against his previous team.

They were 136/4 with Azam and Asif Ali batting at the crease till the 16th over. In the last four overs, the team lost six wickets for just 18 runs. With this, the 2017 winners were bowled out for 154 runs. In reply, the Blue Brigade didn’t have the best of starts as they lost two wickets for 40 runs. However, Mohammad Akhlaq scored a quick 24 to keep the team ahead in the chase. Malik scored a run-a-ball 29. With 91/3 on the board, England international, James Vince (38*) stayed till the end while Pollard finished the game early with 49 off 21 balls. They ended up winning the game by seven wickets and 3.1 overs to spare.

Kieron Pollard retired from international cricket in April 2022

The 2012 T20 World Cup winner announced his retirement from international cricket two years back. Ahead of the IPL 2023, he retired from the league and became the batting coach of Mumbai Indians. However, he continues to represent MI Emirates (ILT20), MI New York (MLC), Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL), and Karachi Kings (PSL) up until now.

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Yashasvi Jaiswal witnesses huge rise in Test batting rankings, Ravindra Jadeja still the best all-rounder

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There have been massive changes in the world rankings after the conclusion of the 2nd Test between South Africa and New Zealand, and the third Test between India and England. The Indian players have climbed the rankings by huge margins. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ravindra Jadeja have a massive gain in rankings and ratings among the batters and All Rounders respectively.  

Some of the players from NZ, SA, and England have also witnessed a change in rankings. Kane Williamson strengthened his position at the top of the rankings as he scored a hundred while chasing 267. Willaim O’Rourke became the first Kiwi bowler to claim nine wickets on Test debut. He rose to the 61st ranking among bowlers. David Bedingham of SA scored a hundred and became the 50th-ranked batter. 

Ben Duckett scored 153 in the first innings which helped him to gain 12 spots in the rankings to claim the 13th position among the batters. Mark Wood became the 21st-ranked bowler in the world for his brilliant performance with the ball. Despite not bowling a lot in Rajkot, Ashwin climbed up the ranking among the bowlers. The star spinner claimed his 500th Test wicket by dismissing Zack Crawley. 

Indians witness a rise in rankings

In the process, Ashwin became the 2nd ranked bowler. India now has two bowlers in the top, the first of such instances since 2017. Bumrah continues to be ranked number one among the bowlers. Rohit Sharma scored a hundred and raised his ranking. He is now ranked 12th among the batters. Shubman Gill climbed up by three spots to become the 35th-ranked batter in the world. 

Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel broke into the top 100 among the batters with their performances with the bat. Jadeja shined both with the bat and with the ball. He achieved his career-best rating of 469 among the Test All-Rounders after scoring a hundred and claiming 7 wickets in the match. Jaiswal saw a massive rise in his rankings and is now the 15th-ranked batter in the world. 

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