IPL Snippets: Will this 'ring' help Virat Kohli break title duck?

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 06, 2018 20:21 hrs
IPL Snippets: Move over Kohli, Ranveer is here

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Marriage seems to do the trick, at least for IPL captains.

In 2010, former India skipper MS Dhoni tied the knot and in 2011, Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to its second title.

In 2011, Gautam Gambhir got married and come 2012, Gauti captained Kolkata Knight Riders and won the title.

In 2015, former Australia vice-captain David Warner got hitched and come 2016, the now disgraced Aussie led Sunrisers Hyderabad to IPL glory.

Despite stellar performances in the past, Royal Challengers Bangalore have never made it to the top of the podium. In 2017, India skipper Virat Kohli tied the knot and going by the record, marriage finally may pave the way for VK and RCB to lift the eluding tile in 2018.

For a tournament that will last for less than 2 months, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli will get a whopping Rs 17 crore. There are many others in the Rs 10 crore club.

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh was to get a whopping Rs 5 crore for a 15-minute performance at the opening ceremony on April 7, until​ injury ruled him out. Taking into account, the per minute calculation, he would have made a sum far greater in magnitude than any of the above. In terms of a T20 time period, that's just 3-4 overs!

Jacqueline Fernandez will also shake a leg at the inaugural.

A T20 double century?

The focus is firmly on MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings while Dinesh Karthik will be hoping to step out of Dhoni's shadow with his captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders. However, there's another wicket-keeper who has played a sensational T20 innings of late.

​Test regular Wriddhiman Saha hit a blistering 20-ball 102 for Mohun Bagan in the JC Mukherjee tournament, which is a world record. Saha's strike rate was 500%+ and he hit 14 sixes and 4 fours.

That means 18/20 balls crossed the rope! What's more, the match ended in 7 overs as the target was achieved and had they batted first and Saha played till the end, he could have well hit a 250! One must say that an international T20 double century is inevitable.

IPL versus PSL 

Ever since the Pakistan Super League was inaugurated in 2016, it has been at the butt of jokes among IPL fans. The far poorer cousin of IPL, the PSL has struggled to stay relevant and has been dismissed as a poor copy of the IPL.

The PSL has also been ridiculed for its low attendance. Shahid Afridi has been pushing for Indian players to participate but that seems highly unlikely. No Pakistani players in IPL. No Indian players in PSL. And never the twain shall meet.

No longer old is gold

When the IPL came, it was a great retirement home for international players, with retiree Shane Warne winning the inaugural title and Adam Gilchrist winning the second. Both were past 40. In fact, Praveen Tambe playing till 44 and Brad Hogg 45 was unprecedented.

But this time veterans Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill failed to make the cut and Chris Gayle just about made it. Time is also running out for players like Harbhajan Singh and Shane Watson. Will IPL also eventually become a young man's game much like international T20? Let's wait and watch!

Netflix and cricket?

What has American video and streaming giant got to do with cricket and India? Well they have formed an unlikely partnership. Netflix will feature an 8-episode documentary on the progress of Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018.  

If Rohit Sharma and MI win this season then it will unarguably become IPL's most successful team ever and page views would skyrocket. But in the future could Netflix stream live all of the IPL's matches? Who knows!

Captaincy Turmoil

There has been great leadership churn at IPL in 2018. MS Dhoni returns to Chennai Super Kings. Gautam Gambhir got sacked from Kolkata Knight Riders but just about made it to this edition and even bagged the Delhi Daredevils captaincy. His replacement at KKR is Dinesh Karthik.

Ravichandran Ashwin makes his captaincy debut with Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan Royals had Steve Smith but even he had to make way for Ajinkya Rahane thanks to the ball-tampering scandal. David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad also faces the axe in the same scandal.

The only two constants are Kohli and RCB along with Rohit and Mumbai Indians.

Shami gets a reprieve

Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been having a torrid time of late with his wife hurling allegations against him and him being all over the news channels and Twitter.

Marital allegations aside, match-fixing bogeys had also cropped up and the BCCI withheld his contract for Team India and it seemed that Shami might not play IPL. However, Shami was cleared in time and is now ready to play the IPL.

Yuvi's new hairstyle

Yuvraj Singh looks to have come to terms to the end of his international career and must be looking to have a few more IPLs under his belt. He has come to IPL 2018 with a brand new haircut with KXIP colors, no less…

 

The author is a Bangalore-based journalist and blogger. He blogs here

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