Saturday, 31 March 2018

Asian Games 2018: Ajay Thakur, U Mumba coach Bhaskaran react to Anup and Manjeet being dropped from Indian probables

India's current captain, Ajay Thakur feels it's time for young players to shine

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Kabaddi fans were left in shock today morning after realising that two living legends, Anup Kumar and Manjeet Chhillar were dropped from the Indian national team ahead of their preparations for the Asian Games which is set to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A total of 42 players have been called for the camp in Haryana but Anup and Manjeet did not make the cut. The selectors have called upon the services of several young players while the experienced campaigners have been largely ignored.

Current captain of the Indian national team, Ajay Thakur spoke exclusively to Sportskeeda about the Federation's decision to drop Anup and Manjeet. He isn't surprised by their choice whatsoever. He also suggested that it is natural for older players to give way to the younger lot.

"This is not even a question about them not being in the squad. This is the rule of nature. Everybody takes someone's place. The federation has selected the players they like, the fit players," he said.

"Tomorrow even we will move out of the team, and younger players will replace us. Look at Sachin Tendulkar. Is he in the (cricket) team now? Whoever plays has to leave at some point. Maybe they (the federation) felt that they (Anup and Manjeet) have played a lot and we need new kids in the team. Life works like this," he explains.

Asked if Anup and Manjeet have retired from the national side, Ajay refused to comment on it, stating that he is not aware of it and hasn't been in touch with either of them. He also pointed to the fact that the competition for places in the Indian side is intense.

"I do know not, I have not spoken to them. Look at Pardeep Narwal, how can anyone replace him now? And even Sachin from Gujarat FortuneGiants," he said.

Asked if he will once again captain the side at the upcoming Asian Games, which will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ajay said, "That is not in my control, I don't know who will captain the side."

U Mumbai coach, Bhaskaran Edachery, also spoke to Sportskeeda and suggested that it's time to move on and focus on the new generation of players who he feels are an extremely talented bunch.

Bhaskaran also revealed that Jaipur Pink Panthers captain, Manjeet was injured recently and has not been in prime form, which could possibly explain his exclusion.

"How long can the older players play? The younger guys are playing better than the old generation. Look at Pardeep Narwal, Rahul Chaudhari and Ajay Thakur. Manjeet has always been a top player, but he suffered from a slight injury recently and has not been in form."

Asked if Anup and Manjeet have retired from the game, the veteran coach replied in the negative, stating that it's too soon for them to hang up their boots. Anup will turn 35 this year in November while Manjeet will turn 32 in August.

"No, they haven't retired. They will continue to play, this is not the time for them to retire. Only the in form players are part of the national team. Only India's top players will make the cut, nobody's name is reserved in the national team," Bhaskaran signed off.

3 players who may never play for their country again

Amid flaring emotions, many have speculated that Warner has already played his last international match.

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Following the ball-tampering controversy, Australian batsman David Warner has been banned from international cricket for one year. He has also been forbidden to take any leadership role in the national team ever. This decision has been taken by Cricket Australia after charges of Warner’s involvement in the ‘leadership group’, which hatched the plan to change the condition of the ball, have been proven.

At 31 years of age, Warner was expected to have the best years of his batting career ahead of him but the recent fiasco has raised question marks on his cricketing career. The reports coming out in the media have painted a very grim picture of the former vice-captain and the untoward reaction of his compatriots is also very telling.

Amid flaring emotions, many have even speculated that Warner has already played his last international match. Read on to know why the following three players including Warner may never play for their country again.

Jesse Ryder
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When Jesse Ryder made his debut against England in 2008, it looked as if New Zealand had found a lasting opener. The left-hander soon made a reputation for himself not only as an aggressive player on the field but also a ‘wild-boy’ image off the field. Gradually, Ryder cemented his spot across all formats in the New Zealand team.

However, it was in 2013 that Ryder suffered a huge setback which threatened not only his cricketing career but his life as well. After being brutally assaulted outside a bar, the New Zealand opener underwent a 56-hour medically-induced coma while jostling his way through a fractured skull and a collapsed lung.

Ryder recovered from the horrible state only to be banished from the New Zealand cricket set-up a year later, on account of a late-night drinking session on the eve of a Test match against India.

The southpaw showed a glimpse of his past glory when he blasted 109 runs for Central District in a domestic match last year but has not been able to put up consistent performances since. Moreover, with the rise of players like Tom Latham, Colin Munro and Jeet Raval, it is highly unlikely that Ryder would be successful in making a comeback to the national team.

Darren Sammy
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Darren Sammy is in the same league as Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell, who have chosen to be T20 freelancers rather than being international cricketers. The reasons for their move is the cash crunch in the Windies cricket board and the clause that makes it mandatory for the Caribbean players to feature in domestic competitions.

The last time Darren Sammy took the field for his country was in the 2016 T20 World Cup Finals against England. Despite having led his team to the title victory, he was later dropped from the side.

Last year, the Saint Lucian cricketer played in the Independence Cup for the World XI against Pakistan. The fact that he recently captained Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League instead of being a part of the West Indian team in the Mini World Cup, tells us that Sammy's international career has come to an end in all likelihood.

Staff Selection Commission Recruitment 2018

The Staff Selection Commission will hold an open competitive Computer Based Examination for Recruitment of Sub-Inspectors in Delhi Police, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assistant Sub Inspectors in CISF, the details of which are as under:-

Organization: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC)

Official Website:


1. Sub-Inspector (GD) in CAPFs :(Central Armed Police Forces)

The post carries pay scale of Level-6 (Rs.35400-112400/-) and is classified as Group "B‟ (Non-Gazetted), Non-Ministerial.

2. Sub Inspector (Executive) - (Male/ Female) in Delhi Police:

The post carries pay scale of Leve-6 (Rs.35400-112400/-) and is classified as Group "C‟ (Non-Gazetted) by Delhi Police.

3. Assistant Sub-Inspector (Executive) in CISF:

The post carries pay scale of Level-5 (Rs.29200-92300) and is classified as Group "C‟ (Non-Gazetted).


The detail of tentative vacancies are as follows:
Sub-Inspector (Male) in Delhi Police: 97 Posts
Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police/ Female: 53 Posts
Sub-Inspector (GD) in CAPFs: 1073 Posts | ExS: 107 Posts
ASI (Executive) in CISF:Vacancies will be intimated later
Educational Qualification: Bachelor‟s degree from a recognized university or equivalent.

Nationality: Indian

Job Location: All Over India

Age Limit: 20-25 years as on 01.08.2018 (i.e. candidates born not before 02.08.1993 and not later than 01.08.1998 are eligible)

Centres of Examination: A candidate must indicate the Centre(s) in the online Application Form in
which he/ she desires to take the examination:

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Address: Regional Director (WR), Staff Selection Commission, 1st Floor, South Wing, Pratishta Bhawan, 101 M.K. Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra-400020

Application Fee: Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only). The fee can be paid through SBI Challan/ SBI Net Banking or by using Visa/ MasterCard/ Maestro Credit/ Debit cards

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Three Reasons why RCB might not win IPL 2018

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During the course of the ten years, the Indian Premier league has evolved by leaps and bounds. With the tournament becoming increasingly competitive and excruciatingly intense, gone are the days where team owners used to rake huge sum of money on superstars purely based on the reputation they carried.

Players like Joe Root, Josh Hazlewood, Martin Guptill left unsold bores testimony to the aforementioned facts. Now the owners employ talent scouts who monitor the performance of players around the world evident from a plethora of associate nation cricketers being offered an IPL contract

The 2018 mega IPL auction, held in January saw over 500 cricketers go under the hammer as massive bidding ensued by team owners and various stakeholders in a bid to create a formidable squad for IPL 11.

One of the things to look forward to the IPL 2018 auction was how the Royal Challengers Bangalore formed their squad, especially after a lacklustre season last year that saw them finish in the bottom half of the table. While they have tried to address the issues that have plagued them in the past, there still exist few chinks in their armour that might derail their 2018 campaign.

Here's a look at three possible reasons why RCB might not win IPL 2018

Too many opening options

On closer analysis of the batting prowess that the RCB have at their disposal, it is worth noting that the team contains as many as five openers. That Virat Kohli likes to open in the shortest format of the game is evident from the preceding seasons, when he used to bat alongside Chris Gayle.

However, with the presence of McCullum and Quinton de Kock in the squad, the skipper might have to push himself down the order, something you wouldn’t want considering the value that Kohli brings to the side at the top.

Thin bowling stocks

One of the perennial problems that RCB has had over the years is the potency of their bowling attack.

While they have tried to address the issue by picking seasoned overseas campaigners in Chris Woakes, Tim Southee, and Nathan Coulter Nile, the problems with their bowling stocks are two-fold, most prominent being a lack of experienced Indian fast bowler barring Umesh Yadav in their ranks. This season will be particularly important for Yadav, who has been out of favour in India's white-ball set-up for some time now.

If the ignominy of having a lack of experienced Indian fast bowler wasn't enough, the franchise was dealt with a severe blow with Coulter-Nile getting ruled out from the tournament further diluting their fast bowling stocks

Inexperienced lower middle-order

The lower middle order is possibly the toughest position to bat in T20 cricket. With the seam of the ball getting soft coupled by the ignominy of facing best death bowlers in the game, a seasoned finisher gives stability to the batting order.

RCB do have a formidable top-order with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum but their lower middle-order might prove to be their Achilles heel towards the business stage of the tournament.

While Sarfaraz Khan, who was one of three players to be retained by the franchise, had a poor Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, the likes of Colin de Grandhomme do not have much experience of the Indian conditions which is exactly why Corey Anderson, who was named as a replacement for injured bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, may have a crucial role to play especially due to the experience that he has of playing in the subcontinent

IPL 2018: One player each IPL team cannot afford to lose through injury

An IPL season, which spreads over 60 games, is packed with a tight schedule. The high octane energy levels, scorching Indian summer, and frequent travelling can cause the best of cricketers to fatigue, which in turn can lead to injuries.

Over the years, multiple teams have been plagued by injuries to their players, which has had an adverse impact on their fortunes. Here is a list of one player for each IPL team, who will be missed dearly if they get injured.
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An IPL season, which spreads over 60 games, is packed with a tight schedule. The high octane energy levels, scorching Indian summer, and frequent travelling can cause the best of cricketers to fatigue, which in turn can lead to injuries.

Over the years, multiple teams have been plagued by injuries to their players, which has had an adverse impact on their fortunes. Here is a list of one player for each IPL team, who will be missed dearly if they get injured.

Chennai Super Kings - Suresh Raina

In the 2018 auctions, the Chennai Super Kings retained their depth in the batting order like they usually do. With the likes of DJ Bravo, Ambati Rayadu, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kedar Jhadav, they are expected to bat up to number seven or eight. However, one thing that CSK lacks, in short, is the firepower to score quick runs at the top of the order. Suresh Raina has always been that accelerator for CSK coming in at no. 3.

If Raina is injured, there will be multiple options to fill his place, but the strike rate of 139.05 will be hard to replicate. Also, Dhoni is known to use Raina as a slow bowling option in Chepauk. The 2-3 overs bowled in the middle of the innings can be crucial as well and hence, Raina is a valuable asset that CSK cannot afford to lose.

5 cricketers who got away with ball-tampering very easily

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The video in which a devastated and teary-eyed Steven Smith apologizes to the cricket fraternity has sent across a wave of pitiful emotion on social media.

It is being argued that the treatment being meted out to the Australian skipper is partial since historically, there have been several incidents of ball-tampering, which were either given an easy punishment, or were not even reported in the first place.

Here’s looking at 5 such instances from the past when cricketers easily got away with the same ‘crime’ as Smith’s.

Marcus Trescothick - the tampering helped England win the Ashes after 18 years

Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick mixed mint with his saliva, with which he altered the ball and helped England record their first Ashes win in 18 years. Nobody reported the incident until Trescothick himself revealed his wrongdoing in his autobiography.

"It had been common knowledge in county cricket for some time that certain sweets produced saliva which, when applied to the ball for cleaning purposes, enabled it to keep its shine for longer and therefore its swing,” Trescothick wrote in his autobiography

IPL 2018: Top 3 explosive opening batting combinations

As the 11th edition of IPL nears we look at 3 of the most devastating opening combos that will feature this year...

The 11th edition of IPL is just around the corner and the buzz is increasing by the day. The opening stand often sets the tone for the game and defines the total that a team can achieve. The openers bat in the power play, the time when only 2 fielders are allowed to stand outside the 30-yard circle. A lot of the international and franchise teams opt for an explosive opening combination, who can go after the bowling from ball one.

Here are the three opening duos who could set the IPL on fire.

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Ishan Kishan is one of the best players in the domestic circuit. He is a keeper-batsman and plays for Jharkhand. He played for the Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017. The former India Under-19 captain received a fat paycheck of Rs. 6.2 crore in the IPL auctions this year. He has been in red hot form off late and has been churning out the runs for Jharkhand in the domestic circuit this season. He scored an unbeaten 124 in 49 balls in the 'Horn Not Ok Please' T20 Cup.

Evin Lewis is one of the most destructive batsmen in the shortest format of the game. The southpaw has been touted as the next Chris Gayle. The Trinidadian was bought for Rs. 3.8 crore and it could be termed as a bargain, considering his recent form and big hitting abilities. He has scored 2 centuries against India in the shortest format of the game. He is tailor-made for the T20 format and has a strike rate of 146.

Considering the Wankhede Stadium's dimensions it is likely that these two will provide a lot of entertainment and give some explosive starts to the home team

IPL 2018: 5 possible replacements for KKR pacer Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the 2018 IPL after suffering a tibial bone stress in his right leg...

Kolkata Knight Riders have received yet another injury blow as fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the 2018 IPL after suffering a tibial bone stress in his right leg during the ongoing Test series against Australia.

The left-arm seamer was bought by the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team for INR 9.4 crore in the 2018 IPL auction and the team's plan for the upcoming tournament would have revolved around the New South Wales pacer. The injury to him would surely have dashed all their hopes and the team management will now have to look for a replacement...

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Here are five players who can replace the Aussie superstar in the KKR squad for IPL 2018:
Adam Milne

New Zealand pacer Adam Milne was the talk of the town when he made his international debut as his ability to bowl at breathtaking pace attracted a lot of eyeballs. He was drafted into the New Zealand side for the 2015 World Cup and played all the matches for the Kiwis in that tournament.

His brilliant performances in T20s landed him an IPL contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 2016 IPL. He didn't have a good time in the five matches he managed to play in the IPL but his T20 numbers speak volumes of his ability. In the 70 T20 matches he has played, he has scalped 83 wickets at an average of 23.21 and an economy of 7.77.

Rahane: I still respect Smith the batsman

Jaipur, Mar 31 (PTI) Steve Smith may have been disgraced for his role in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa but newly appointed Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that he still respects him as a world-class batsman.

"Whatever had to happen has already happened. It's bygone now. It is not for me to comment on the amount of penalty handed to him by the Cricket Australia and the ICC. But his cricketing record should be respected. I respect him as a batsman and player," Rahane said during a media conference.

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While Smith will be "missed" Rahane feels that it will put added responsibility on his shoulders.

"Yes we would miss him but we have a replacement (Heinrich Klaasen). I feel it is an added responsibility and also a big challenge for me," said Rahane.

Comparisons are often drawn between him and his national team captain Virat Kohli's leadership styles.

"We talk a lot but we both are different kind of persons. He is aggressive and expressive where as I am more composed, serious and quiet.

Rahane expressed his happiness that Rajasthan Royals will be playing their home matches at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Stadium.

"I am thankful to Rajasthan Royals, who have provided me a platform and also the opportunity to lead the side. I remember Shane Watson had mentioned my name to Rahul Dravid. I am thankful to people like them and also the fine support staff, which the Royals have.

"Coming back to Jaipur and SMS gives added confidence to us. We have the resources and the right balance with some exciting youngsters in our ranks. We don't have any pressure on youngsters and play the game with a plan. The pitch at the SMS stadium is a good one and as soon as I came here, I wanted to bat

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points

Scoreline: Crystal Palace (13' Milivojevic) 1-2 Liverpool (49' Mane, 84' Salah)

The Premier League weekend began with Liverpool travelling to Selhurst Park to take on a struggling Crystal Palace side. The Reds were looking to continue their form after having thumped Watford 5-0 in their last league encounter.

The Eagles, on the other hand, had just ended their four-game losing streak after beating Huddersfield 2-0 away from home and were hoping to add to that victory.

Luka Milivojevic converted the spot-kick to give the home side the lead in the 13th minute but Jurgen Klopp's side appeared to be rejuvenated in the second half when Sadio Mane scored an equaliser in the 49th minute.

More to and fro action followed throughout the rest of the game and, finally, Mohamed Salah sealed the game for the Reds with an 84th-minute winner. Here are the major talking points from the game.

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Early on in the game, Sadio Mane looked like the only source of creativity for the Reds. In what was a slow start for Liverpool, Mane was consistently on the prowl.

However, he took a step too far when he went down rather theatrically after James McArthur slid in the penalty box to challenge the Senegalese. Mane was rightly booked for simulation.

Apart from that blip, he managed to head in a ball nudged by Roberto Firmino from a corner but had drifted offside and the goal was disallowed. All of this did not deter the winger as he kept striving forward.

Mane was rewarded for his persistence when he managed to convert a low ball from Milner a few yards out after the Englishman had played a little one-two with Firmino to equalise for the Anfield outfit.

Soon after though, Mane was amidst another piece of the action on the field when he deliberately handled the ball in Liverpool's own half after going down in an aerial tussle.

While the foul was given, the Liverpool man was spared a much-deserved second booking that would have resulted in marching orders for the former Southampton player. Realising the same, Klopp replaced his best attacker on the night at the 64-minute mark with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Thus a mixed day for Sadio Mane was brought to an early end.

From the WWE Rumor Mill: Possible update on The Rock returning at WrestleMania

What's the story?
During a recent episode of Backstage in WWE with Brad Shepherd and Jon Fisher, Shepherd stated that he had no information about The Rock returning at WrestleMania.

In case you didn't know...
The Rock has appeared at six out of the last seven WrestleManias and even wrestled John Cena at two of them. The 28th and 29th editions of WrestleMania, which were both headlined by the Fast and Furious Star, ended up being two of the biggest shows in WWE history.

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The heart of the matter

According to Shepherd, if WWE does have any plans for The Rock at WrestleMania, the company is being very tight-lipped about them.

A report from the stated that plans were in place for the former University of Miami product to be one of 5 legends that interrupted an Elias segment at the Show of Shows. However, Vince McMahon canceled this idea as he felt the segment wouldn't have enough star power if the company couldn't secure The Rock for WrestleMania.
What's next?

WrestleMania 34 will take place on April 08, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Rock has previously made unpromoted appearances at WWE's signature event, so there is every possibility that The Great One could return.

However, his latest film, Rampage, will launch the week after Wrestlemania, so he may find it hard to fit a WWE appearance into his schedule.
Author's take

Even though The Rock is still unbelievable on the microphone and usually has the audience in the palm of his hands, his absence at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will probably go unnoticed. WWE has put together one of its best WrestleMania line-ups in recent years, and the show will probably be excellent even without The Brahma Bull.

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IPL 2018: Three prominent players who went unsold at the auctions but returned as replacements

One man’s loss is another man’s gain, and this applies to cricket too. An injury to one player opens the door for another. Every year, a few unsold players make it to the tournament as replacements for those who are ruled out due to an injury or other concerns.

This year, several players have been ruled out – the biggest among the names being Steve Smith and David Warner. Although the replacements for all the players have not been announced yet, here’s taking a look at those who have made a lucky re-entry into the tournament so far.

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore secured an impressive pace bowling attack in the auction, including Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, the Australian pacer suffered an “aggravation” of a previous stress fracture and was thus ruled out of the IPL.

Consequently, RCB roped in all-rounder Corey Anderson at his base price, in place of the Australian. “The IPL Technical Committee has approved a replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile – fast bowler from Australia – in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad,” an IPL media advisory stated.

He has played 27 IPL matches, in which he has scored 521 runs and scalped 8 wickets.

WWE: Triple H gives his take on the most improved Superstars in the present day NXT roster

What's the story?

During a recent NXT conference call, WWE COO and NXT Senior Producer Triple H gave his take on the most improved and standout Superstars in the present day NXT roster. (H/T: Ringside News)

In case you didn't know...

The current NXT roster is already filled with some absolutely outstanding Superstars. The likes of Adam Cole and his Undisputed Era faction, along with EC3, Ricochet, and many more are already some of the biggest names present in the NXT roster.

On the other hand, the likes of Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, Shayna Baszler and others have been leading the NXT Women's Division with an example.

The heart of the matter
The current NXT roster is filled with some of the most outstanding wrestlers of all time, who offer a variety of different techniques. While interacting in a recent NXT conference call, "The Game" Triple H spoke about the Superstars he has been most impressed with so far.

Hunter believes that in the present day NXT roster several superstars have already made a lot of improvements, not just in terms of in-ring psychology, but with confidence and mentality of the business as well.

However, in addition, Triple H did point out the likes of Adam Cole, Lars Sullivan, and Velveteen Dream and claimed that he has been hugely impressed with these aforementioned superstars. Triple H also praised current NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon and her TakeOver: New Orleans challenger Shayna Baszler.

What's next?

NXT TakeOver: New Orleans will take place on the 7th of April and the card already features the likes of Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Pete Dunne, Velveteen Dream, Ember Moon, Shayna Baszler and more.

Author's Take

As per mentioned by Triple H, the likes of Lars Sullivan, Adam Cole, and Ember Moon are certainly some of the most outstanding superstars in today's NXT roster and I believe they are destined to achieve greatness in the WWE.

IPL 2018: Mitchell Starc ruled out due to stress fracture

Australia‘s injury-prone fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a stress fracture in his right leg, dealing a blow to his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) prospects. The pacer was also ruled out of the fourth and final Test against South Africa, which started in Johannesburg.

“Mitchell Starc has a ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’. He will return home for further assessment after the Test and will miss the IPL,” Cricket Australia tweeted. The left-arm pacer was bought by KKR for INR 9.4 crore at the IPL auction in January, but will not take place in the lucrative tournament this season now.
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Starc was replaced for the final Test against South Africa by South Australia’s Chadd Sayers and will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment.

Starc’s tryst with injury has been never ending. In Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, a heel injury had ruled him out of action. However, he was part of the all the three Tests against South Africa. KKR can call for replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP).

KKR’s other fast bowlers include Vinay Kumar, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

IPL 2018 full schedule and venues list

IPL 2018 auction was the talk of the town in late January. A total of 169 players were bought and a whopping INR 431.7 crores were spent in two days by eight franchises. The eleventh edition is about to commence, and BCCI has released the itinerary for the entire tournament. Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will square off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — the yellow brigade’s comeback match after their two-year ban — in the tournament-opener on April 7 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The playoffs’ venues — barring Qualifier 1 — aren’t decided as of now. The summit clash will be held in Mumbai on May 27. The opening ceremony will most likely be held at Wankhede.

Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab will face each other in their first games at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in both sides’ first encounter of the season. Sunrisers Hyderabad will welcome Rajasthan Royals back into the tournament, hosting them on April 9. Here is the complete schedule.

No.DayDateTimeTeam 1Team 2GroundCity
1SaturdayApril 720:00Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
2SundayApril 816:00Kings XI PunjabDelhi DaredevilsIS Bindra Stadium Mohali
3SundayApril 820:00Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers Bangalore Eden Gardens Kolkata
4MondayApril 920:00Sunrisers HyderabadRajasthan Royals Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
5TuesdayApril 1020:00Chennai Super KingsKolkata Knight Riders MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
6WednesdayApril 1120:00Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi Daredevils Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
7ThursdayApril 1220:00Sunrisers HyderabadMumbai Indians Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
8FridayApril 1320:00Royal Challengers BangaloreKings XI Punjab M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
9SaturdayApril 1416:00Mumbai IndiansDelhi Daredevils Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
10SaturdayApril 1420:00Kolkata Knight RidersSunrisers Hyderabad Eden Gardens Kolkata
11SundayApril 1516:00Royal Challengers BangaloreRajasthan Royals M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
12SundayApril 1520:00Kings XI PunjabChennai Super Kings Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore
13MondayApril 1620:00Kolkata Knight RidersDelhi Daredevils Eden Gardens Kolkata
14TuesdayApril 1720:00Mumbai IndiansRoyal Challengers Bangalore Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
15WednesdayApril 1820:00Rajasthan RoyalsKolkata Knight Riders Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
16ThursdayApril 1920:00Kings XI PunjabSunrisers Hyderabad Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore
17FridayApril 2020:00Chennai Super KingsRajasthan Royals MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
18SaturdayApril 2116:00Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI Punjab Eden Gardens Kolkata
19SaturdayApril 2120:00Royal Challengers BangaloreDelhi Daredevils M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
20SundayApril 2216:00Sunrisers HyderabadChennai Super Kings Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
21SundayApril 2220:00Rajasthan RoyalsMumbai Indians Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
22MondayApril 2320:00Delhi DaredevilsKings XI Punjab Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
23TuesdayApril 2420:00Mumbai IndiansSunrisers Hyderabad Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
24WednesdayApril 2520:00Royal Challengers BangaloreChennai Super Kings M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
25ThursdayApril 2620:00Sunrisers HyderabadKings XI Punjab Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
26FridayApril 2720:00Delhi DaredevilsKolkata Knight Riders Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
27SaturdayApril 2820:00Chennai Super KingsMumbai Indians MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
28SundayApril 2916:00Rajasthan RoyalsSunrisers Hyderabad Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
29SundayApril 2920:00Royal Challengers BangaloreKolkata Knight Riders M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
30MondayApril 3020:00Chennai Super KingsDelhi Daredevils MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
31TuesdayMay 120:00Royal Challengers BangaloreMumbai Indians M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
32WednesdayMay 220:00Delhi DaredevilsRajasthan Royals Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
33ThursdayMay 320:00Kolkata Knight RidersChennai Super Kings Eden Gardens Kolkata
34FridayMay 420:00Kings XI PunjabMumbai Indians IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
35SaturdayMay 516:00Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers Bangalore MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
36SaturdayMay 520:00Sunrisers HyderabadDelhi Daredevils Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
37SundayMay 616:00Mumbai IndiansKolkata Knight Riders Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
38SundayMay 620:00Kings XI PunjabRajasthan Royals IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
39MondayMay 720:00Sunrisers HyderabadRoyal Challengers Bangalore Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
40TuesdayMay 820:00Rajasthan RoyalsKings XI Punjab Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
41WednesdayMay 920:00Kolkata Knight RidersMumbai Indians Eden Gardens Kolkata
42ThursdayMay 1020:00Delhi DaredevilsSunrisers Hyderabad Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
43FridayMay 1120:00Rajasthan RoyalsChennai Super Kings Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
44SaturdayMay 1216:00Kings XI PunjabKolkata Knight Riders IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
45SaturdayMay 1220:00Delhi DaredevilsRoyal Challengers BangloreFeroz Shah Kotla Delhi
46SundayMay 1316:00Chennai Super KingsSunrisers Hyderabad MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
47SundayMay 1320:00Mumbai IndiansRajasthan Royals Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
48MondayMay 1420:00Kings XI PunjabRoyal Challengers Bangalore IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
49TuesdayMay 1520:00Kolkata Knight RidersRajasthan Royals Eden Gardens Kolkata
50WednesdayMay 1620:00Mumbai IndiansKings XI Punjab Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
51ThursdayMay 1720:00Royal Challengers BangaloreSunrisers Hyderabad M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
52FridayMay 1820:00Delhi DaredevilsChennai Super Kings Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
53SaturdayMay 1916:00Rajasthan RoyalsRoyal Challengers Bangalore Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
54SaturdayMay 1920:00Sunrisers HyderabadKolkata Knight Riders Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
55SundayMay 2016:00Delhi DaredevilsMumbai Indians Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
56SundayMay 2020:00Chennai Super KingsKings XI Punjab MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
57TuesdayMay 2220:00Qualifier 1 Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
58WednesdayMay 2320:00Eliminator
59FridayMay 2520:00Qualifier 2
60SundayMay 2720:00Final Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Note: KXIP will play three home games in Indore, and remaining four in Mohali. In addition, this edition will see 12 encounters to start from 4.30PM IST and the other 48 from 8PM.

Playoffs: Qualifier 1 will be held on May 22 in Mumbai, followed by the Eliminator on May 23. Qualifier 2′s date is on May 25, and the edition will be wrapped up on May 27 in Mumbai.

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Author’s take: IPL 2018 has already created a lot of hype and buzz, few months ahead of the tournament. With teams’ getting shuffled and revamped, it will be interesting to see which franchise attains the coveted trophy this time around. The tournament-opener, MI versus CSK, will keep the viewers’ engaged since their rivalry is well known. Interestingly, CSK also played their last game versus the same opposition, before missing out the last two seasons due to ban.

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