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Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) will kick-off their IPL 2021 campaign with the fourth match of the season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, April 12. Rajasthan and Punjab were two of the most disappointing franchises last season. While RR finished in the last position, PBKS ended at number six only due to a superior run rate.

Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the third match of Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. SRH have been a highly consistent side in the IPL. They made it to the playoffs last seasons as well, before going down to Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier.

Chennai Super Kings will face Delhi Capitals in the second match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. The edition got off to a thrilling start with Royal Challengers Bangalore defeating Mumbai Indians in a last-ball finish

Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Having won the last two editions, Mumbai will be seeking to complete a hat-trick of IPL titles. MI have one of the strongest and most settled batting line ups in the competition. Led by Rohit Sharma, they have the likes of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, and the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal.

Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul feels that the team was unlucky last year in the IPL despite putting up some good performances. He further hoped that the change in name and jersey can change their fortunes as well. Kings XI Punjab have altered their name to Punjab Kings. Also, the franchise unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming season recently.

Former Australian captain and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed that Steve Smith will bat in the top three if he gets into the playing XI in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Smith captained Rajasthan Royals last year but was released by the franchise ahead of the auction after RR finished last in IPL 2020.

Reacting to Fakhar Zaman’s controversial run-out during Pakistan’s second ODI against South Africa, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said that Quinton de Kock did not cheat. He, however, added that the wicketkeeper-batsman’s ‘faking’ act was not in the spirit of the game.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League - IPL 2021 - will go ahead as per schedule. Ganguly’s assurance came after the Maharashtra government, on Sunday, announced stricter lockdown-like measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. The BCCI president confirmed to ANI, "Everything will go on as per schedule."

Looking back at India’s 2011 World Cup victory, former coach Gary Kirsten has said that he is proud to see the manner in which the Indian team has evolved over the last decade. Kirsten was the Team India coach when the MS Dhoni-led side lifted the World Cup 10 years ago, on April 2, 2011. India knocked out defending champions Australia in the quarter-finals, defeated a below-par Pakistan in the semis before going on to beat Sri Lanka in the final, by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Former Indian batsman and Delhi Capitals' assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has said that captaincy will take young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant's game to the next level. Pant was appointed captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to injury. Iyer hurt his shoulder while fielding in the first ODI against England last month. A few days back, the DC management revealed that Pant will lead the side in IPL 2021.

Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin has claimed that attacking wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant could become a front-runner to captain the Indian team in the future. On Tuesday, Pant was confirmed as the captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 season, with regular skipper Shreyas Iyer being ruled to due to injury. Iyer hurt his shoulder while trying to stop a ball in the first ODI against England.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) Director of Cricket Mike Hesson has confirmed captain Virat Kohli will open the batting for the franchise in IPL 2021. Kohli had opened the batting in the fifth T20I against England and had smashed 80 from 52. After the game, he revealed that he would open the innings in the IPL as well.

Even though India got the better of England in the three-match ODI series on Sunday, former India cricketer VVS Laxman is concerned with how captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have struggled against England’s spinners. While Rohit failed to read a googly from Adil Rashid and was clean bowled, Kohli perished to Moeen Ali, going back to a delivery that spun back in.

Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.

England's stand-in skipper Jos Buttler is confident that Jonny Bairstow can go on to become the country's leading century-maker in ODIs. Following his 124 in the second ODI against India, Bairstow now has 11 hundreds to his name. After his ton, he had told the media that he would like to break the record for most one-day hundreds by an English batsman. England’s Test captain Joe Root holds the record for most ODI tons by an Englishman. He is followed by limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan (13) and Marcus Trescothick (12).

All-rounder Ben Stokes has stated that using aggressive body language and going over the top with their celebrations is not England’s way of playing cricket. Stokes was responding to a question on Indian captain Virat Kohli’s animated reactions to the fall of a wicket.

England batsman Jonny Bairstow has admitted that playing in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will be a good opportunity for the team to acquaint themselves with the conditions ahead of the T20 World Cup to be played in India later this year

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that he was confident of performing in the ODIs because he remained in a positive frame of mind even when he was not in the playing XI for the T20Is. Dhawan top-scored for India with 98 in the team’s total of 317 for 5 in the first ODI. Virat Kohli, debutant Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul also hit fifties as India put up an impressive batting display. In response, England folded up for 251 despite Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 94. With the 66-run win, India claimed the crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

India captain Virat Kohli feels that the umpire’s call in the Decision Review System (DRS) is creating a lot of unnecessary confusion with regards to lbw dismissals. According to Kohli, the batsman should be out or not out depending on whether or not the ball is hitting the stumps or not. The margins should not come into play, according to Kohli. As per the present rule, at least 50 per cent of the ball should be hitting at least one of the three stumps for the batsman to be adjudged LBW on a review.

India skipper Virat Kohli has said that he would be happy to open the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the future as well. India dropped KL Rahul for the final T20I of the series against England. Kohli moved up the order to open the innings with Rohit. The move worked wonders as Kohli and Rohit added 94 for the first wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 64 from 34, Kohli went on to remain unbeaten on 80 from 52 balls.

Indian captain Virat Kohli questioned the logic of ‘soft signal’ given by the on-field umpire to the third umpire after two controversial decisions in the fourth T20I between India and England. Suryakumar Yadav’s debut innings in international cricket ended on 57 after he was ruled caught even though replays hinted the fielder Dawid Malan had not taken the catch cleanly.

England pacer Mark Wood has said the visitors winning the T20I series in India would be a massive achievement. According to Wood, it would also be big boost to the side considering that the T20 World Cup will be held in India later in the year.

India captain Virat Kohli backed KL Rahul to come good soon after the opener failed to open his account yet again, in the third match of the T20I series against England. Rahul was bowled for a duck by Mark Wood, playing all across one that nipped back in. The 28-year-old has managed only one run in the series so far. The pressure on Rahul grew after India failed to recover from his early loss and went on to taste defeat in the third T20I by eight wickets.

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday informed that the three remaining matches of the T20I series between India and England in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors. The decision was made keeping in mind the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The Union Health Ministry informed on Sunday had that as many as 25,320 new COVID-19 cases and 16,637 recoveries were reported in India in the last 24 hours.

The World T20 will finally happen this year back after a long gap of 5 years, and coincidently, the last time it was held was also in India way back in 2016. Had it not been for Covid, the scheduled WT20 would have happened in Australia last year, but nonetheless, we have the mega T20 event in only a few months time from now.

India skipper Virat Kohli conceded that the team’s batsmen couldn’t figure out how to go about things in the first T20I against England in Ahmedabad. India were sent into bat after losing the toss, and in no time crumbled to 20 for 3 as KL Rahul, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan failed to get a measure of the pitch.