Man In A Hurry - Ben Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes stole the show as he was snapped up by Rising Pune Supergiants[RPS] for Rs 14.5 crore, a record price for an overseas cricketer. It was a good day for England as seamer Tymal Mills was snapped up for Rs 12 crore by RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore]. It was a good day for the fast bowlers with Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada going for a good price. For India, leg-spinner Karn Sharma was the most expensive buy with Rs 3.2 crore while the likes of T Natarajan got Rs 3 crore.
MS Dhoni Stepped Down As RPS Skipper
The Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is not going to lead RPS [Rising Pune Supergiant] in the upcoming edition of IPL 10. There have been conflicting reports and statements over the affair with the semantics of whether the former Chennai Super Kings skipper has been sacked or stepped down becoming unclear.
Australian captain Steve Smith is going to take over the reigns from MS Dhoni as the franchise aims to turn around their fortunes in their second campaign. The 27 years old cricketer [Smith] played eight games for Pune where he scored 270 runs.
Sizzlers Down Under
Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and opener Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the 2017 IPL because of injuries. The off spinner will miss the entire tournament due to sports hernia while the Tamil Nadu batsman will undergo wrist surgery which will keep him out of action.
According to a BCCI release, the Chennai Super Kings spinner complained of groin pain and has been advised six to eight weeks of rehabilitation. The Kings 11 Punjab batsman, will undergo surgery in his right wrist and left shoulder.
However, there is still lack of clarity regarding Indian captain Virat Kohli’s availability for the IPL tournament. The release Stated that the 28 years old batsman will undergo rehabilitation after sustaining an injury to his right shoulder during the Ranchi Test versus Australia. Kohli’s recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was man of the series against Australia, will be out of action for two weeks because of injury on his spinning finger. The 28 years old all-rounder had a heavy workload in the 2016/17 Test season, bowling over 4000 deliveries and picking up 71 wicket. Jadeja is only the second all-rounder after legendary Kapil Dev to score over 500 runs and take 50 wickets in a season.
Seamer Umesh Yadav, who picked up 17 wickets in the Aussies series, has complained of lower back fitness and will miss a couple of matches for Kolkata Knight Riders.
There is bad news for Royal Challengers Bangalore fans. Opener KL Rahul, who hammered six fifties in seven innings in the recently-concluded Australia series, will not feature in the entire tournament as he will undergo surgery on his right shoulder. With Virat Kohli certain to miss first few matches and doubts over AB de Villiers’ fitness, this is huge blow for RCB.
There is good news for Mumbai Indians fans. Skipper Rohit Sharma, who could not participate in the Deodhar Trophy because of Knee injury, has been passed fit. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was sidelined with a fracture on his right shoulder during the England series, also declared fit.