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IPL Auction: Pune Pay 14.5 Crore for Ben Stokes, RCB Buy Tymal Mills for 12 Crore

IPL Auction: Pune Pay 14.5 Crore for Ben Stokes, RCB Buy Tymal Mills for 12 Crore

Bengaluru: The Indian Premier League 2017 auction on Monday witnessed two English cricketers become millionaires, all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Tymal Mills were bought for astronomical amounts as a total of 66 players were eventually sold to the eight franchises. Out of the 66 players, 27 were overseas cricketers.

Stokes, who was expected to be hot property in what is going to be his first season in the IPL was bought for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants. This makes him the second most expensive player ever to have been bought in an IPL auction after Yuvraj Singh.

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The other English player who drew a big bidding war was left-arm paceman Tymal Mills, who was finally bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. With Mitchell Starc bailing out of this season, Virat Kohli’s outfit needed an overseas paceman and they were headstrong in going all the way for Mills.

There were other pacers too who drew lot of attention, although they didn’t go for such an astronomical figure. South African Kagiso Rabada was bought for Rs 5 crore by the Delhi Daredevils who too needed reinforcements after releasing their Australian recruit Nathan Coulter-Nile after last season.

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New Zealand’s Trent Boult was snatched by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 Crore. Boult, who won the IPL title with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team last season was released by his franchise. The paceman was a never a straight out choice in the presence of the likes of Mustafizur Rehman and can now look forward to some regular first team action this season.

Australian duo of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Johnson also fetched a good price at the auction. Cummins, who is known for his blistering pace, was bought for Rs 4.5 crore by Delhi Daredevils while 2015 ICC World Cup winner Johnson was bought for Rs 2 crore by Mumbai Indians, a franchise the Aussie had represented earlier.

Another England player was sold for a high price. Bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who is known for his wicket-taking abilities in the limited-overs format, was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 4.2 crore.

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Among the batsmen, England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad, was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore. This will be Morgan’s third IPL outfit having already represented Kolkata Knight Riders and the Sunrisers.

The Delhi Daredevils spent heavily on foreign talent and bought two seam bowling all-rounders in New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, for Rs 1 crore, and Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews for Rs 2 crore.
The Sri Lankan captain has already played for the Daredevils earlier while Anderson, who was a star for the Mumbai Indians once, will play his maiden season for thecapital outfit.

Among the uncapped players, Karnataka batsman K Gowtham was bought for Rs 2 crore by the Mumbai Indians. Gowtham recently scored a half-century against Australians while playing for India A in the tour match.

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Among the Indian players, leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who was for the longest time a part of the Hyderabad outfit, was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore. Paceman Varun Aaron was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2.8 crore.

Left-arm paceman Aniket Choudhary, who has been bowling in the nets for Team India as they prepare for Mitchell Starc in the Test series against Australia, also went for Rs 2 crore. He was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

There was a windfall for an Afghan player also, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was bought for a whopping Rs 4 crore by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The leggie with a base price of Rs 50 lacs saw an intense bidding war between SRH and the Mumbai Indians, but the defending champions sealed the deal eventually.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill went unsold initially, but was later bought by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 50 lacs. England all-rounder Chris Jordan suffered a similar fate and was eventually picked up for his base price of Rs 50 lacs by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Surprisingly there were no takers for the world’s top T20I bowler Imran Tahir, who had a base price of Rs 50 lacs. Tahir, who has been South Africa’s premier wicket-taker in limited overs cricket, had earlier been an important player for Delhi Daredevils who released him after last season.

Virat Kohli Lands Rs 110-Cr Deal With Puma

Virat Kohli Lands Rs 110-Cr Deal With Puma

New Delhi: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has become the first Indian sportsperson to land a deal that is worth in the north of Rs 100 Crores with a single brand.

If reports are to be believed, Kohli has signed up with Puma for eight years that will make the Indian skipper richer by Rs 110 crores.

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Kohli will now rub shoulders with the likes of legendary Olympian Usain Bolt and former football World Cup winner Thierry Henry as the global ambassadors of the brand.

IPL 2017: Varun Aaron Can’t Wait to Work With Virender Sehwag

IPL 2017: Varun Aaron Can’t Wait to Work With Virender Sehwag

New Delhi: He has been out of the Indian team for more than a year and pacer Varun Aaron feels that the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League could provide him with the perfect opportunity to break back into the national fold.

Aaron was picked by Kings XI Punjab for Rs2.8 crore at the auction on Monday and the bowler says that he cant wait to team up with former India opener Virender Sehwag. While Sehwag is the mentor, it is understood that all major cricketing decisions will be made keeping him in the loop.

Speaking to CricketNext, Aaron said that he is excited about picking on Sehwags brain and improve his skills as he aims to make a comeback to the national fold.

To be honest, I am looking forward to working with Sehwag and picking his brain. I had earlier played with him during my stint with Delhi Daredevils and I am looking forward to joining him now in Punjab. The amount of knowledge he has is amazing and also he is always available to help you with his inputs. I am really excited to be a part of the KXIP franchise.

It isnt the best feeling when you are out of the Indian team for around a year. But I am looking to change that with the IPL. I had a couple of good IPL seasons in 2014 and 2015 before a mediocre one last year. And I want to perform well this time and take KXIP to the title. I have always loved playing in Mohali and we have a good team this time round so I am really positive, he said.

Asked about his own game, as he was laid low by a heel injury during the Ranji Trophy season, Aaron cant stop laughing about his tryst with freak injuries.

I felt a pain in the game against Maharashtra and was initially told that I will miss action for three and a half weeks. But as luck would have it, I had to sit out the whole of the Ranji Trophy. What do I say? I guess you just have to take it in your stride and come back stronger. You cant do much about injuries. But yes, to be fair, I last had a serious injury way back in 2011-12 when I was laid low by the back injury. Hopefully things get better from here on, he said.

While there is no set pattern to succeed when it comes to a format like T20, KXIP have been one of the most inconsistent teams over the last nine years. But Aaron is confident that the boys will change things around this time round.

See, you cant predict much when it comes to this format. But we do have a good side this time round and I am confident that if we play to potential, we can change things around. We had some good buys at the auction Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill and uncapped star T Natarajan among others and lets keep our fingers crossed, he signed off.

IPL 2017 The Full Squads

IPL 2017 The Full Squads

IPL 2017 Player Auction just got over today in Bengaluru and Englishmen did really well in India this time which they were not able to do just recently.

All big players including, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills got big money.

Moreover, Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills were sold for more than INR 10 Crore!

Now, the squads are ready for the tournament which is scheduled to start from April 5.

Here are the full squads of all teams:

Captain Zaheer Khan

Indian Players

Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini

Overseas Players

Corey Anderson (New Zealand)

Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

Pat Cummins (Australia)

Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Quinton De Cock, JP Duminy (South Africa)

Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies)

Sam Billings (England)

Captain Suresh Raina

Indian Players

Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah, Manpreet Gony, Nathu Singh, Munaf Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Basil Thampi, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya

Overseas Players

James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Andrew Tye (Australia)

Brendon MacCullam (New Zealand)

Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith (West Indies)

Chirag Suri (UAE)

Captain David Miller

Indian Players

Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pradeep Sahu, Vraun Aaron, Rahul Tewatia, Rinku Singh, T Natarajan

Overseas Players

Martin Guptill, Matt Henry (New Zealand)

Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Eoin Morgan (England)

Hashim Amla, David Miller (South Africa)

Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

Captain Gautam Gambhir

Indian Players

Gautam Gambhir, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldn Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Rishi Dhawan, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Gosh, R Sanjay Yadav

Overseas Players

Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (West Indies)

Chris Woakes (England)

Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn (Australia)

Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

Captain Rohit Sharma

Indian Players

Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham Kulwant Kejroliya

Overseas Players

Asela Gunaratne, Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Mitchell Johnson (Australia)

Nicholas Pooran, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard (West Indies)

Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand)

Jos Buttler (England)

Captain Steven Smith

Indian Players

MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Milind Tandon, Rahul Tripathi

Overseas Players

Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)

Daniel Christian, Usman Khawaja, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith (Australia)

Ben Stokes (England)

Francois Du Plessis (South Africa)

Captain Virat Kohli

Indian Players

Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Sreenath Arvind, Kedar Jadhav, Stuart Binny, Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdulla, Lokesh Rahul, Avesh Khan, Pawan Negi, Praveen Dubey, Aniket Choudhary

Overseas Players

Tymal Mills (England)

Billy Stanlake, Travis Head, Shane Watson (Australia)

Tabraiz Shamsi, AB de Villiers (South Africa)

Samuel Badree, Chris Gayle (West Indies)

Adam Milne (New Zealand)

Captain David Warner

Indian Players

Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Namaj Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Abhimanyu Mithun, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj

Overseas Players

Ben Laughlin, Ben Cutting, David Warner, Moises Henriques (Australia)

Rashid Khan Arman, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

Chris Jordan (England)

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

India vs Bangladesh: Kuldeep Yadav Replaces Amit Mishra in India Squad for One-off Test

India vs Bangladesh: Kuldeep Yadav Replaces Amit Mishra in India Squad for One-off Test

New Delhi: Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has replaced senior pro Amit Mishra in the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh starting February 9.

Mishra suffered an injury while fielding during the third T20I against England in Bengaluru.

“Mishra been ruled out of the match after he sustained a knee injury while fielding in the Bengaluru T20I match against England. He has been advised rest and will undergo further medical examination,” a BCCI release said.

Kuldeep took three wickets in the drawn warm-up match against Bangladesh. He dismissed Mahmudullah (23) in the first innings and removed Soumya Sarkar (25) and Mominul Haque (0) in the second innings.

The 22-year-old bowler from Uttar Pradesh has played 22 first-class matches claiming 81 wickets.

Following their recent victory against England in all the three formats, the No. 1 ranked Test side will hold the edge going into the one-off match in Hyderabad.

Kohli’s men are looking to set a new milestone after equalling India’s record of five consecutive Test series triumphs against England, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the past 18 months.

Bangladesh have lost six of the eight Tests they have played against India, with two draws.

This will be the first time that Bangladesh will be playing India away from home since gaining full Test status in 2000.

Meet The Delhi Boy Who Scored 300 in a T20 Match

Meet The Delhi Boy Who Scored 300 in a T20 Match

New Delhi: There was time in cricket when scoring a hundred in a Test match was considered a tedious task, but not anymore.

Delhis Mohit Ahlawat has taken aggressive batting to an altogether new level by scoring 300 runs in T20 cricket in a club tournament.

Mohit slammed 300* while playing for Maavi XI against the local side Friends XI at the Lalita Park in New Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area.

I was supposed to get three sixes of the last three balls to reach 300 and luckily I managed to do that, said Mohit in an exclusive interview with Cricketnext.

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Taking a cue out of Pranav Dhanavade’s book, who scored 1000 runs in a Mumbai school cricket match, Mohit has now set a landmark that has put all the limelight on him.

The ultimate goal is to play for India as every other player who starts playing the game and I hope I live upto that potential, said Mohit.

Hopefully Mohit keeps on performing at the local level so as to get a chance to perform at the highest level in the game in near future.

India vs England: t 20 Final today

India cricke team skipper Virat Kohli will look to maintain his unbeaten series record at home when India take on England cricket team in the deciding Twenty20 International on Wednesday in Virat Kohlis home turf of the Chinnaswamy stadium.

The stands at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium will be bursting at its seams on Wednesday. With the Twenty20 series between India and England still alive coming into the decider, an absolute cracker is on the cards as the teams face-off for the final time, after five Tests, three one-dayers and two T20 Internationals.

Never mind results in the other formats, there has been little to separate the two sides in the T20 games. England, runners-up in the 2016 World Twenty20, have displayed rare craftiness to keep the Indian team guessing.

AFRIDI plans for freelancer cricketer

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hinted that his international career is all but over and said he now just wants to turn freelance cricketer and enjoy playing in different leagues around the world.

“I have played all the cricket I wanted to and now I just want to focus and enjoy playing in the leagues,” Afridi told the reporters at a function at the Karachi University campus.

The flamboyant all-rounder has not been selected in the national team since he led Pakistan in their disappointing Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns last year after which he quit captaincy.

Record Breaker Pranav Dhanawade Involved in Brawl with Police

Record Breaker Pranav Dhanawade Involved in Brawl with Police

Mumbai: Schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade, who achieved fame with record breaking unbeaten 1009 runs in a school match, was allegedly involved in a brawl with police, after he raised an objection to vacate a ground being used as helipad.

The Subhash ground in Kalyan where Dhanawade was playing along with his friends, was handed over to police for security reasons, a senior police official said.

The Public Welfare Department has constructed a helipad on the ground in view of Union HRD Minister Prakash Jawadekar’s visit to Kalyan. A guard, who was on duty to protect the helipad, came to the players and asked them to stop the game.

Dhanawade and his friends started arguing with police by saying where to play if not on the ground.

In few minutes an officer and some police constables reached the ground, said police.

Heated argument started between police and locals over playing on the ground.

Dhanawade asked police to show permission and hence cops took him to the police station, said DS Suryawanshi of Bajarpeth police station.

Hence Dhanawade was taken to the police station and later let off after police gave him a warning, said the officer.

The player has secured a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association after becoming the first batsman in the world to notch-up a four-figure innings.

Dhanavade from the KC Gandhi Higher Secondary school in Kalyan had batted for 395 minutes in the two-day game against Arya Gurukul in the Mumbai Cricket Association conducted Bhandari Cup inter school cricket tournament to remain unbeaten off 323 balls in which he struck a staggering 59 sixes and 129 fours.

Delhi Daredevils Release ‘Million Dollar Boy’ Pawan Negi and Imran Tahir

Delhi Daredevils Release ‘Million Dollar Boy’ Pawan Negi and Imran Tahir

New Delhi: Pawan Negi, who became a household name for his whopping Rs8.5 crore (USD 1.25 million) bid, has been released by Delhi Daredevils along with five other players for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

The other four players released are Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mumbai opener Akhil Herwadkar, former U-19 all-rounder Mahipal Lomror and Delhi Ranji team pacer Pawan Suyal.

Negi, who was bought by Daredevils after an intense bidding war with Rising Pune Supergiants, played eight matches with disastrous results of 57 runs and a total of nine overs in which he went for 84 runs.

Yes, we have decided to release Negi. Obviously, the performance was a factor. The cost (Rs 8.5 crore per season) was way bit too much, a DD official said.

But post auction, life has not been a bed of roses for the young left-arm spinner, who only got to play one match for India in Asia Cup against UAE and warmed the benches till the end of the ICC World T20.

There is full possibility that Negi might go unsold during next years auction as neither Vijay Hazare Trophy nor Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be happening before the auctions.

Asked about the logic of buying Negi at such an exorbitant price, the official said: One needs to understand that we needed an Indian all-rounder last year. The Indian all-rounders were at premium and thats why Negis price shot up. Also Pune bid for him and that led to a bidding war. It can happen at auctions.

Some of Delhis big budget purchases has been baffling over the years including buying Yuvraj Singh for Rs16 crore during the 2015 auction. It was a time when Yuvraj was no longer a force to be reckoned with and did not win a single big game for the franchise only to be released next year.

Tahir had a good first season with Daredevils, but only five wickets from four games last season did not do his case any good.

Tahirs performance last year has not been up to the mark. Also the moment we use him, we exhaust an overseas quota. As far as Coulter-Nile (3 wickets in 4 games) is concerned, he also had fitness issues, the official added.

As far as the Indian trio of Herwadkar, Lomror and Suyal are concerned, none of them played a match last year and there is even lesser chance for them to play this year.

The notable names that have been retained are current India internationals Mohammed Shami, Jayant Yadav, Karun Nair along with Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris.

IPL 2017: Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn Released by Franchises

IPL 2017: Ishant Sharma, Kevin Pietersen and Dale Steyn Released by Franchises

New Delhi: Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, English batting star Kevin Pietersen and South African speedster Dale Steyn were among the biggest names to be released by their respective franchises ahead of the Indian Premier Leagues 10th edition.

As many as 140 cricketers, including 44 overseas players, have been retained, while 63 were let go by the eight franchises for season 10.

Ishant, who just returned to the Indian Test team after a long injury layoff for the ongoing fifth and final match against England in Chennai, fetched Rs 3.8 crore from Rising Pune Supergiants in the players’ auction last year.

Rising Pune Supergiants had finished seventh in the last edition of the league. Rising Pune Supergiants (11), Royal Challengers Bangalore (10) and Kolkata Knight Riders (9) were the franchises to release a major chunk of the players.

Englands former star batsman Pietersen earned Rs 3.5 crore from Pune and South African pace spearhead Steyn had gone for Rs 2.3 crore to debutants Gujarat Lions.

Pietersen, who couldnt play last season following an injury, has been released by Pune along with Ishant, all-rounder Irfan Pathan and spinner Murugan Ashwin.

Delhi Daredevils, who spent Rs 8.5 crore on all-rounder Pawan Negi, have set the player free after he couldnt feature in most of the matches for the team.

Kolkata Night Riders have released their overseas players Jason Holder, Colin Munro, John Hastings, Brad Hogg and Morkel, while Sunrisers Hyderabad have axed Trent Boult and Ashish Reddy, among others along with Morgan.

Other big stars to be omitted included former Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson (Kings XI Punjab), South Africa Morne Morkel (Kolkata Knight Riders), New Zealand duo Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill (Mumbai Indians), Australias Nathan Coulter-Nile (Delhi Daredevils) and Englands ODI skipper Eoin Morgan (Sunrisers Hyderabad).

5th Test: Karun Nair 2nd Indian to Slam Triple Ton, PM Modi Lauds Batsman

5th Test: Karun Nair 2nd Indian to Slam Triple Ton, PM Modi Lauds Batsman

New Delhi: For a country obsessed with cricket, Karun Nair Indias 287th Test cricketer became the countrys second batsman to score a triple century in the longest format of the game on Monday.

The fourth day of the fifth Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium had Nair written all over it.

Starting the day unbeaten on 71, he finished unbeaten on 303 when India skipper Virat Kohli decided to call the batsmen in and have a go at the England batsmen.

Chennai Test: As It Happened

At stumps, England were 12/0, trailing Indias first innings score by 270 runs. The Indian bowlers bowled a good line and if the signs in the later stages of the fourth day was anything to go by, the English batsmen could have their task cut out against the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.

Before this, only Virender Sehwag had scored two triple hundreds in Tests. And what a knock it was from Nair. He cut, he pulled, he drove, he flicked and most impressively, he swept anything and everything that was pitched in his half by the England spinners.

None other than Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the way in congratulating the Indian middle-order batsman for his heroics in Chennai.

Congratulations on the historic triple century ,We all are delighted & proud of your remarkable feat.

The fourth day of the fifth Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium had Nair written all over it. Starting the day unbeaten on 71, he finished unbeaten on 303 when India skipper Virat Kohli decided to call the batsmen in and have a go at the England batsmen.

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At stumps, England were 12/0, trailing Indias first innings score by 270 runs. The Indian bowlers bowled a good line and if the signs in the later stages of the fourth day was anything to go by, the English batsmen could have their task cut out against the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.

Before this, only Virender Sehwag had scored two triple hundreds in Tests. And what a knock it was from Nair. He cut, he pulled, he drove, he flicked and most impressively, he swept anything and everything that was pitched in his half by the England spinners.

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While Nair started off cautiously in the first hour, he gained in confidence as he scored his maiden Test ton. With Murali Vijay holding one end up, Nair was happy to play the aggressors role. The two looked in complete ease as they brought up their 50-run stand. But just after Nair got to his century, India lost Vijay (29) against the run of play leg before wicket to Liam Dawson.

England were happy to go into lunch having dismissed Indias last top-order batsman. But the post-lunch session belonged to the Indians again as the duo of Nair and Ashwin grew from strength to strength. While Nair looked to once again play the attacking role, Ashwin was happy playing second fiddle.

England skipper Alastair Cook look lost for ideas as he turned to all his bowlers in hope of a wicket. But India went into the tea break with the score on 582/5 with Nair on 195 and Ashwin on 54. India scored 119 runs in the session without losing a wicket.

The last session did start well for England as the visitors dismissed Ashwin (67) soon after the two had put on 181 for the 6th wicket. But it was soon Jadejas turn to join in the party.

But before that, it was Nairs turn to become the third Indian to score convert his maiden Test ton into a double ton. He followed the feats of Dilip Sardesai and Vinod Kambli.

Back to the match, while Ashwin was happy playing second fiddle, Jadeja looked to match Nair in taking the English bowlers to the cleaners.

And soon, Indias scoring rate crossed the 6-per over mark. It looked like two batsmen were busy batting in the death overs of a T20 innings.

While Jadeja looked to hit straight down the ground, Nair was busy showcasing his prowess all over. The two looked to be in cruise mode before Jadeja (51) was out trying to further up the ante, caught by Jake Ball off Dawson. The two put on 138 at a strike-rate of 138 for the seventh wicket.

Post that, it was all about Umesh Yadav standing ground and Nair needing the one run to become only the first Indian batsman to convert his maiden Test hundred into a triple hundred. And he did that with a boundary as the whole Indian dressing room stood up to applaud him.

In the process, Nair also became the sixth youngest to score a Test triple ton. He also surpassed Azhar Ali (302*) as the highest individual run-scorer in an innings in Tests this calendar year.

Not just that, he also joined the elite company of Gary Sobers (365*) and Bob Simpson (311) to become the third-highest score as maiden Test hundred.

Top 5 T20I Batting Performances of 2016

Top 5 T20I Batting Performances of 2016

A look at this year’s scintillating batting performances in T20Is.

Player – Virat Kohli
Runs – 82*
4s/6s – 9/2
ST Rate – 160.7
Team – India
Opposition – Australia
Ground – Mohali
Match Date – 7 March 2016

Virat Kohli celebrates after victory in the World T20 against Australia (AFP Images) Virat Kohli celebrates after victory in the World T20 against Australia (AFP Images)

It is not for nothing that Virat Kohli is known as the King of Chases. But what he did that night in Mohali was simply awe-striking.

He had earlier in the year already shown his prowess when India toured Down Under. But to play such a knock in a high-profile Super 10 game of a World T20 definitely requires nerves of steel.

Australia had the game in the bag after batting first and registering 160. But Kohli had other ideas.

He first settled down with an injured Yuvraj Singh for company and the chose the right to hit the overdrive mode as skipper MS Dhoni joined him. It was a night that will stay etched in the mind of cricket fans across the world for years to come.

Player – Joe Root
Runs – 83
4s/6s – 6/4
ST Rate – 188.6
Team – England
Opposition – South Africa
Ground – Mumbai
Match Date – 18 March 2016

Joe Root  raises his bat as he walks from the field during their World Twenty20 2016 match against South Africa. (AP Images) Joe Root raises his bat as he walks from the field during their World Twenty20 2016 match against South Africa. (AP Images)

Scoring 80s is no longer a big deal in T20 cricket. But what makes Joe Roots knock at the Wankhede Stadium stand out is the sheer pressure of chasing 229 against a quality South African attack.

The small boundaries definitely helped his cause slightly, but then, Root was up to the challenge of taking the attack to the opposition.

Till that night, he was known more for his copybook style of batting. But with four sixes and six boundaries, he showed the world that he too can score at a strike rate of 188.63. And the occasion made it all the more special a Group 10 game of the World T20.

Player – Glenn Maxwell
Runs – 145*
4s/6s – 14/9
ST Rate – 223.0
Team – Australia
Opposition – Sri Lanka
Ground – Pallekele
Match Date – 6 September 2016

Australia's Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during their first twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. (AP Images) Australia’s Glenn Maxwell plays a shot during their first twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. (AP Images)

For the record, it wasnt any high-profile clash and just the opening game of a two-match series between Australia and Sri Lanka in Pallekele. But that knock once again silenced all those critics who felt that Glenn Maxwell was a flash in the pan.

A quiet World T20 hadnt helped his reputation and his place in the national team was being questioned by all and sundry. But that night, Maxwell decided to stick it out and cement his place back in the team. And the end result was a beautiful show of batsmanship from one of the most talented cricketers of this decade.

He played the Lankan spinners really well and by the time he was done, Australia were sitting pretty on 263/3 after 20 overs. No wonder they won the game by 85 runs.

Player – Chris Gayle
Runs – 100*
4s/6s – 5/11
ST Rate – 208.3
Team – West Indies
Opposition – England
Ground – Mumbai
Match Date – 16 March 2016

Chris Gayle celebrates his century against England at the World T20 group match. (AFP Images) Chris Gayle celebrates his century against England at the World T20 group match. (AFP Images)

Universe Boss isnt a tag that was given to Gayle for fun. He had earned it through sheer hardwork and dedication. And for all those who thought that Gayle was good to shine only in the various domestic T20 leagues across the world, the West Indian decided to remind the world what he brought to the table.

The opening game of the 2016 World T20 and what does England face? A Gayle storm. His knock that night had 11 humongous sixes and each of them ensured that the World T20 would be a sellout.

It was the perfect advertisement for the games shortest version. As for the Englishmen, they were happy that it was over with 11 balls to spare.

Player – KL Rahul
Runs – 110*
4s/6s – 12/5
ST Rate – 215.6
Team – India
Opposition – West Indies
Ground – Lauderhill
Match Date – 27 August 2016

KL Rahul celebrates his century against West Indies at Lauderhill. (BCCI Images) KL Rahul celebrates his century against West Indies at Lauderhill. (BCCI Images)

It was a knock that came in a losing cause, but then, nobody can deny that KL Rahul showcased that day that he has it in him to represent India in all three formats.

Known to open the batting, he came in at number 4, after India lost the wicket of Virat Kohli early. Chasing WIs total of 245 wasnt easy, but he was up for the challenge.

Most impressive was the fact that he outscored Indias finisher MS Dhoni without a sweat. Had Dhoni not messed up in the last couple of deliveries, Rahuls dream knock would have ended in a winning cause.

VIVO IPL 2017 List of Players released

VIVO IPL 2017 List of Players released

Rising Pune Supergiants Gujarat Lions
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Kevin Pietersen 35,000,000 * Dale Steyn 23,000,000
  Ishant Sharma 38,000,000   Paras Dogra 1,000,000
  Irfan Pathan 10,000,000   Eklavya Dwivedi 10,000,000
* Thisara Perera 10,000,000   Sarbjeet Ladda 1,000,000
  Rudra Pratap Singh 3,000,000   Pravin Tambe 2,000,000
* Scott Boland 5,000,000   Umang Sharma 1,000,000
  M. Ashwin 45,000,000   Amit Mishra 1,000,000
* Peter Handscomb 3,000,000   Aksh Deep Nath 1,000,000
  Saurabh Tiwary 7,300,000      
* Albie Morkel 3,250,000      
* George Bailey 10,000,000      
   
Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Mitchell Johnson 65,000,000 * Morne Morkel 28,000,000
  Rishi Dhawan 30,000,000 * Brad Hogg 5,000,000
* Kyle Abbott 21,000,000 * Jason Holder 7,000,000
* Farhaan Behardien 3,000,000 * Colin Munro 3,000,000
      * John Hastings 13,000,000
        Jaydev Unadkat 16,000,000
        Rajagopal Sathish 2,000,000
        Manan Sharma 1,000,000
      * Shaun Tait 10,000,000
           
Mumbai Indians Delhi Daredevils
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Corey Anderson 45,000,000 * Nathan Coulter-Nile 42,500,000
* Marchant De Lange 3,000,000 * Imran Tahir 10,000,000
  Unmukt Chand 7,500,000 * Joel Paris 3,000,000
  Akshay Wakhare 1,000,000   Pawan Negi 85,000,000
  Nathu Singh 32,000,000   Pawan Suyal 1,000,000
  Kishore Pramod Kamath 14,000,000   Akhil Arvind Herwadkar 1,000,000
* Martin Guptill 5,000,000   Mahipal Lomror 1,000,000
* Jerome Taylor 5,000,000      
Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
  Varun Aaron 20,000,000   Karn Sharma 37,500,000
  Abu Nechim Ahmed 3,000,000   Ashish Reddy 2,000,000
* David Wiese 28,000,000 * Eoin Morgan 15,000,000
* Kane Richardson 20,000,000 * Trent Boult 38,000,000
  Vikramjeet Malik 2,000,000   Tirumalasetti Suman 1,000,000
  Praveen Dubey 3,500,000   Aditya Tare 12,000,000
  Akshay Karnewar 1,000,000      
  Vikas Tokas 1,000,000      
  Parveez Rasool 9,500,000      
* Chris Jordan 20,000,000    

VIVO IPL 2017 Player retention list

VIVO IPL 2017 Player retention list

The window for the franchises to retain players for the VIVO Indian Premier League 2016 season closed December 15, 2016.

As many as 140 cricketers including 44 overseas players have been retained by the VIVO IPL franchises for 2017 season.

Team Purse Spent Balance Purse Purse Spent (Rs. In Crs) Balance Purse (Rs. In Crs) Total Players in the squad Overseas Players
DD 445,000,000 215,000,000 44.5 21.5 18 5
KXIP 426,500,000 233,500,000 42.65 23.35 19 5
KKR 462,500,000 197,500,000 46.25 19.75 14 4
MI 544,450,000 115,550,000 54.445 11.555 20 6
RCB 531,750,000 128,250,000 53.175 12.825 20 8
SRH 451,000,000 209,000,000 45.1 20.9 17 5
GL 469,000,000 191,000,000 46.9 19.1 16 5
RPS 516,500,000 143,500,000 51.65 14.35 16 6
Total 3,846,700,000 1,433,300,000 384.67 143.33 140 44

Heres the list of players who have been retained by the eight VIVO Indian Premier League teams:

Rising Pune Supergiants Gujarat Lions
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
  M S Dhoni 125,000,000   Suresh Raina 125,000,000
  Ajinkya Rahane 95,000,000   Ravindra Jadeja 95,000,000
  R Ashwin 75,000,000 * James Faulkner 75,000,000
* Steven Smith 55,000,000 * Brendon McCullum 55,000,000
* Faf Du Plessis 40,000,000 * Dwayne Bravo 40,000,000
* Mitchell Marsh 48,000,000 * Aaron Finch 10,000,000
  Ashok Dinda 5,000,000 * Dwayne Smith 23,000,000
  Ankush Bains 1,000,000   Dinesh Karthik 23,000,000
  Rajat Bhatia 6,000,000   Dhawal Kulkarni 20,000,000
  Ankit Sharma 1,000,000   Praveen Kumar 35,000,000
  Ishwar Pandey 2,000,000 * Andrew Tye 5,000,000
* Adam Zampa 3,000,000   Ishan Kishan 3,500,000
  Jaskaran Singh 1,000,000   Pradeep Sangwan 2,000,000
  Baba Aparajith 1,000,000   Shivil Kaushik 1,000,000
  Deepak Chahar 1,000,000   Shadab Jakati 2,000,000
* Usman Khwaja 10,000,000   Jaydev Shah 2,000,000
           
  Salary Cap Spent 469,000,000   Salary Cap Spent 516,500,000
  Balance of Salary Cap 191,000,000   Balance of Salary Cap 143,500,000
  No of Players 16   No of Players 16
  No of Overseas Players 5   No of Overseas Players 6
   
Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* David Miller 125,000,000   Gautam Gambhir 125,000,000
  Manan Vohra 40,000,000 * Sunil Narine 95,000,000
  Akshar Rajesh Patel 7,500,000 * Andre Russell 6,000,000
* Glenn Maxwell 60,000,000   Kuldeep Singh Yadav 4,000,000
  Gurkeerat Mann Singh 13,000,000   Manish Pandey 17,000,000
  Anureet Singh 2,000,000   Suryakumar Yadav 7,000,000
  Sandeep Sharma 8,500,000   Piyush Chawla 42,500,000
  Shardul Narendra Thakur 2,000,000   Robin Uthappa 50,000,000
* Shaun Marsh 22,000,000 * Shakib Al Hasan 28,000,000
  Wriddhiman Saha 22,000,000 * Chris Lynn 13,000,000
  Murali Vijay 30,000,000   Umesh Yadav 26,000,000
  Nikhil Shankar Naik 3,000,000   Yusuf Pathan 32,500,000
  Mohit Sharma 65,000,000   Sheldon Jackson 1,500,000
* Marcus Stoinis 5,500,000   Ankit Singh Rajpoot 15,000,000
  K.C. Cariappa 8,000,000      
  Armaan Jaffer 1,000,000      
  Pardeep Sahu 1,000,000      
  Swapnil Singh 1,000,000      
* Hashim Amla 10,000,000      
           
  Salary Cap Spent 426,500,000   Salary Cap Spent 462,500,000
  Balance of Salary Cap 233,500,000   Balance of Salary Cap 197,500,000
  No of Players 19   No of Players 14
  No of Overseas Players 5   No of Overseas Players 4
   
  Mumbai Indians   Delhi Daredevils
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
  Rohit Sharma 125,000,000 * Jean-Paul Duminy 22,000,000
* Kieron Pollard 95,000,000   Mohammad Shami 42,500,000
* Lasith Malinga 75,000,000 * Quinton de Kock 35,000,000
  Harbhajan Singh 55,000,000   Shahbaz Nadeem 8,500,000
  Ambati Rayudu 40,000,000   Mayank Agarwal 16,000,000
  Jasprit Bumrah 12,000,000   Jayant Yadav 1,000,000
  Shreyas Gopal 1,000,000   Amit Mishra 35,000,000
* Lendl Simmons 5,500,000   Shreyas Iyer 26,000,000
  Ranganath Vinay Kumar 29,950,000   Zaheer Khan 40,000,000
  Parthiv Patel 14,000,000 * Sam Billings 3,000,000
* Mitchell McClenaghan 3,000,000   Sanju Samson 42,000,000
  Nitish Rana 1,000,000 * Christopher Morris 70,000,000
  Siddhesh Dinesh Lad 1,000,000 * Carlos Brathwaite 42,000,000
  J Suchith 1,000,000   Karun Nair 40,000,000
  Hardik Pandya 1,000,000   Rishabh Pant 19,000,000
* Jos Buttler 38,000,000   C.V. Milind 1,000,000
* Tim Southee 25,000,000   Syed Khaleel Ahmed 1,000,000
  Jitesh Sharma 1,000,000   Pratyush Singh 1,000,000
  Krunal Pandya 20,000,000      
  Deepak Punia 1,000,000      
           
  Salary Cap Spent 544,450,000   Salary Cap Spent 445,000,000
  Balance of Salary Cap 115,550,000   Balance of Salary Cap 215,000,000
  No of Players 20   No of Players 18
  No of Overseas Players 6   No of Overseas Players 5
   
  Royal Challengers Bangalore   Sunrisers Hyderabad
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
  Virat Kohli 125,000,000   Shikhar Dhawan 125,000,000
* AB de Villiers 95,000,000   Bhuvneshwar Kumar 42,500,000
* Chris Gayle 75,000,000 * David Warner 55,000,000
* Mitchell Starc 50,000,000 * Moises Henriques 10,000,000
  Yuzvendra Singh Chahal 1,000,000   Naman Ojha 5,000,000
  Harshal Patel 4,000,000   Ricky Bhui 1,000,000
  Mandeep Hardev Singh 8,000,000 * Kane Williamson 6,000,000
* Adam Milne 7,000,000   Siddarth Kaul 1,000,000
  Sarfaraz Naushad Khan 5,000,000   Bipul Sharma 1,000,000
  Sreenath Arvind 1,000,000   Ashish Nehra 55,000,000
  Kedar Jadhav 21,750,000   Yuvraj Singh 70,000,000
* Shane Watson 95,000,000 * Ben Cutting 5,000,000
  Stuart Binny 20,000,000   Abhimanyu Mithun 3,000,000
* Samuel Badree 5,000,000 * Mustafizur Rahman 14,000,000
* Travis Head 5,000,000   Barinder Singh Sran 12,000,000
  Sachin Baby 1,000,000   Deepak Hooda 42,000,000
  Iqbal Abdullah 1,000,000   Vijay Shankar 3,500,000
  KL Rahul 10,000,000      
  Avesh Khan 1,000,000      
* Tabraiz Shamsi 1,000,000      
           
  Salary Cap Spent 531,750,000   Salary Cap Spent 451,000,000
  Balance of Salary Cap 128,250,000   Balance of Salary Cap 209,000,000
  No of Players 20   No of Players 17
  No of Overseas Players 8   No of Overseas Players 5
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