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MS Dhoni spotted with sticker of his childhood friend’s shop’s name on bat ahead of IPL 2024

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The legendary India batter MS Dhoni is gearing up to play for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the forthcoming 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Recently, the star batter has commenced his training. Moreover, in a latest development he was spotted batting in the nets, the 42-year-old, who led CSK to their fifth IPL title last year, is expected to retire from the IPL after this season. For his farewell campaign, Dhoni is retaining his iconic long hairstyle.

In the year 2004-05, the former India wicket keeper batter gained fame for his long hair when he made his debut, and now, two decades later, he’s revisiting that iconic look. Additionally, in the upcoming 2024 IPL season, Dhoni will be endorsing a new bat sponsor. A viral image shows Dhoni wielding a bat adorned with the Prime Sports sticker.

For those unfamiliar, Prime Sports is a sporting goods store in Ranchi, owned by Dhoni’s childhood friend Paramjit Singh, also known as Chotu Bhaiya. During Dhoni’s formative cricketing years, Paramjit played a significant role in securing Dhoni’s first bat sponsorship. The 2016 film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story vividly portrayed Paramjit’s influence on Dhoni’s career. In what may be Dhoni’s final IPL season, he’s endorsing Paramjit’s store.

MS Dhoni is the best captain: Mohammed Shami

The premier India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has etched his name in cricket history, demonstrating remarkable consistency across formats for over a decade. His prowess extends beyond international cricket, as he has excelled in the competitive arena of the IPL. Shami has had the privilege of playing under distinguished captains, starting with MS Dhoni, under whom he made his debut. He flourished further during Virat Kohli’s leadership but reached new heights under Rohit Sharma’s guidance in recent times.

“Look, it is different for everyone. These things start with comparisons, but you will say the one that has been most successful. So, for me, it is MS Dhoni because no one has been as successful as him,” Shami said on News18.

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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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Uncapped India player Abhishek Sharma gets summoned in model Tania Singh’s suicide case

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Tania Singh, Abhishek Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former India U19 cricketer Abhishek Sharma has reportedly been summoned by Surat Police about model Tania Singh’s suicide case. On February 20, she was found dead at her residence in Happy Elegance Apartment on Vesu Road, Surat. She had been pursuing fashion design and modeling for the past two years. The deceased died by suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her apartment.

Further reports suggest that the police suspect a love affair behind Tania’s suicide and are checking out the call details of her mobile. While doing so, her phone indicated her last messages and calls to Sharma. As per the police, she sent a few messages to the Sunrisers Hyderabad player in the IPL ahead of her death but to no avail. In the last many hours, a lot of photos of the duo have been surfacing on social media.

The police will interrogate the U19 World Cup 2018 winner as this case is a high profile nature. The police are considering the possibility of the duo having an affair with each other.

Abhishek Sharma’s IPL career and First Class Career in a nutshell

The left-hander, after winning the U19 World Cup winner six years back, made his IPL debut with the 2020 finalists, Delhi Capitals. After playing three games each in the 2018 and 2019 seasons and eight games each in 2020 and 2021, he switched to SRH in 2022. In the last couple of seasons, he has played 14 and 11 games respectively. In 47 games, the former India U19 player has 893 runs to his name. On the other hand, he plays for Punjab in the domestic cricket. After playing 24 red-ball games since 2017, he has 1071 runs to his name, 30.60 including one hundred.

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Retained Players: Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Aiden Markram, Anmolpreet Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Glenn Phillips, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen, Mayank Agarwal, Mayank Markande, Nitish Kumar Reddy, Rahul Tripathi, Sanvir Singh, Shahbaz Ahamad (T), T. Natarajan, Umran Malik, Upendra Singh Yadav, Washington Sundar

Signed during the auction: Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Jaydev Unadkat, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akash Singh, Jhathavedh Subramanyan

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