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Most shocking player releases of IPL 2022



The mega auction for IPL 2022 will be held in February.

Every team was allowed to retain only 4 players before the auction, out of which there can only be a maximum of 3 local or domestic players, 2 foreign players, and 2 uncapped players.

So, in that case, the franchises have to release some of their big players to adjust their purse for the auction.

In this IPL season, two new teams are added hence, a total of 10 teams will participate in IPL 2022.

The two new franchises will be Lucknow and Ahmedabad and that’s why a mega auction will take place this year before the start of the tournament.

The 8 franchises announced their retentions list for IPL 2022 on Tuesday (November 30th).

27 players were retained by the 8 franchises which contained a total of 19 domestic players and 8 overseas players.

Many big names didn’t get an entry into the retentions list.

So, here are the top 5 most shocking releases of IPL 2022 retention.

5. Faf du Plessis (CSK)

Faf du Plessis was not retained by his team Chennai Super Kings even after his superb batting performance in IPL 2021.

The stylish right-handed batter smashed 633 runs in just 16 matches in the IPL 2021 at a brilliant average of 45.21.

He finished as the 2nd highest run-scorer of the tournament 

The Former South African skipper also scored 6 brilliant half-centuries, including a fabulous 95-run knock in one game.

The 2021 IPL edition champions, CSK retained English all-rounder Moeen Ali as the overseas option Instead of Faf du Plessis. 

4. Harshal Patel (RCB)

The release of Harshal Patel was one of the most surprising releases of IPL 2022 retentions.

Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t retain Harshal Patel, who was the leading wicket-taker of last IPL season.

The right-arm pacer took 32 wickets in just 15 matches that he played in IPL 2021 at an average of 14.25.

Harshal Patel also equaled the record of Dwayne Bravo for the most wickets in an IPL season.

RCB  retained only 3 players including Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj and they still have a single spot left before the auction but they didn’t pick Patel in their retentions list. 

3. Shreyas Iyer (DC)

Shreyas Iyer, who remained the skipper of Delhi Capitals for almost 2 and a half years.

He led the Delhi Franchise from the mid- 2018 season to the 2020 season.

Iyer also took his side into the final in IPL 2020 but unfortunately they didn’t win that tournament year.

The Delhi franchise did not even retain him for IPL 2022.

The 4 players retained by Delhi Capitals included Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje.

According to some reports, Shreyas Iyer wanted to lead the team but the franchise management wanted Rishabh Pant to continue as a skipper.

2. KL Rahul (PBKS)

Although the Punjab Kings weren’t able to reach even the playoffs in any of the last two seasons KL Rahul’s performance with the bat was simply outstanding.

The right-handed opening batter ended as the top run-scorer in IPL 2020 while he was also the 3rd highest run-getter in IPL 2021.

The Punjab Kings franchise has claimed that it was KL Rahul’s own decision to go into the auction.

1. Rashid Khan (SRH)

The most shocking release of the retentions list was Rashid Khan’s release.

Rashid Khan is among one of the most dangerous spinners in the shortest format.

He was not retained by his IPL side.

The Sunrises Hyderabad franchise announced Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik in their retention list before the mega auction. 

Rashid Khan took 18 wickets in only 14 matches in IPL 2021.

He was the joint-most successful spinner alongside KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy.

According to reports,  the franchise failed to finalize a deal with the right-arm spinner for retentions.

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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman hails rise of good performance amongst sports during 2024 Budget speech




India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the rise of sports in India during her Union Budget speech. The Indian contingent finished with its highest-ever medal tally during the Asian Games last year.

Even the Asian Para Games contingent did well and won many medals. Chess has also produced some amazing Indian talents. 18-year-old Praggnanandhaa came in for special attention from the Finance Minister.

The youngster reached the finals of the Chess World Cup before losing to Magnus Carlsen. This achievement was lauded by Nirmala Sitharaman during her speech in the floor of the house.

Finance minister lauds Indian growth in sports 

India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman was presenting the interim budget ahead of the 2024 Elections. During her chat listing all the achievements the country has made, her comments on sports took the limelight.

Sitharaman said “The country is proud of our youth scaling new heights in sports. The highest-ever medal tally in Asian Games and Asian Para Games in 2023 reflects a high confidence level. Chess prodigy and our number-one ranked player Praggnanandhaa put up a stiff fight against the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsson in 2023. Today, India has over 80 chess grandmasters compared to little over 20 in 2010,”

Last year during the Asian Games, India finished 4th in the medals tally. The final tally read, 28 gold medals, 38 silver medals, and 41 bronze medals. Men’s and Women’s cricket won gold medals for the first time. The Indian Kabaddi Team did well to beat Iran in the final of a pulsating contest.

Despite their bad performance in the AFC Asian Cup 2024, even Indian football has started to perform well. Indian Cricket Team reached the finals of the ODI World Cup and the World Test Championships in 2023. 2024 is set to be yet another huge year for Indian sports. The focus will be on the huge Olympics set to be held in Paris this year. The likes of Neeraj Chopra will be looking to bring even more glory to the nation with their performances.

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CSK Skipper MS Dhoni files lawsuit against Business partner, accuses cheating and financial loss



MS Dhoni

In surprising news, cricketing legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken legal action against his former business associates, Mihir Diwakar and Soumya Vishwash of Aarka Sports and Management Limited. The former India captain accuses them of tricking him in a deal related to cricket academies, resulting in a huge financial loss of over Rs 15 crore. Dhoni filed a criminal case in October 2023, accusing them of cheating.

The legal battle unfolded as Dhoni and Diwakar agreed in 2017 to open a cricket academy. However, Diwakar allegedly failed to stick to the specified conditions, causing substantial financial harm to MSD.

Today, the court witnessed the proceedings in the case, highlighting the intricacies of the alleged breach of agreement. The cricketing maestro and Mihir Diwakar’s agreement in 2017 outlined the opening of a cricket academy. However, Diwakar is accused of failing to adhere to the predetermined terms, causing a significant loss estimated at Rs 17 crore for Dhoni.

MS Dhoni is set to make a comeback in IPL 2024

The accusations of deception and breach of agreement have added a new layer to the ongoing legal saga. Dayanand Singh, representing MS Dhoni through Vidhi Associates, emphasised the alleged failure of Mihir Diwakar to fulfil the agreed-upon conditions, leading to substantial financial losses for the cricket icon.

The legal battle takes a more dramatic turn as Dhoni’s friend, Simant Lohani (Chittu), also files a complaint. Lohani alleges that he faced threats and abuse from Mihir Diwakar after legal action was initiated against Aarka Sports.

Despite the legal complexities, MS Dhoni remains resolute in his return to competitive cricket. Recently returning from Dubai after celebrating the New Year, Dhoni is gearing up for IPL 2024, which is anticipated to be his farewell season in the league. The legal tussle with former business partners adds an unexpected twist to Dhoni’s journey, underscoring the challenges even cricketing legends face beyond the boundary.

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South Africa’s paralympian Oscar Pistorius released on parole



Former South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been released on strict parole conditions. Back in 2013, he mistakenly murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He claimed to have mistaken her for a burglar and shot her from inside his bathroom. In the same year, he was jailed for 16 years. However, after completing his 11 years of sentence, he has been released on bail on some conditions.

Pistorius’ sentence will conclude in 2029. As per the law of the South African land, offenders are allowed to be considered for parole after serving half of their total sentence, and in Pistorius’s case, this moment has arrived. His parole conditions include strict monitoring and participation in programs addressing anger management and gender-based violence.

Reeva Steenkamp’s mother, June Steenkamp, expressed her acceptance of the legal process, stating as per BBC, “The conditions imposed by the parole board, which includes anger management courses and programs on gender-based violence, send out a clear message that gender-based violence is taken seriously.” She acknowledged the limitations of justice, emphasizing the irreparable loss suffered by her family.

Oscar Pistorius’ journey in a nutshell

The 37-year-old’s career took off when he secured four gold medals in the Paralympics. During the 2012 London Olympics, he competed against non-disabled athletes. However, due to the unfortunate event mentioned above, his much-celebrated career came to an end.

The Department of Correctional Services in South Africa asserted that Pistorius, despite his celebrity status, would be treated like any other parolee. The conditions entail home confinement during specific hours, a ban on alcohol consumption, and restrictions on media interaction.

June Steenkamp reflected on the complexity of justice in the face of an irreparable loss, stating, “There can never be justice if your loved one is never coming back, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back.” She expressed her hope to focus on the Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp Foundation, dedicated to continuing her daughter’s legacy.

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