In another twist to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 saga, VIVO has pulled out as the title sponsor of this year’s edition, following the massive backlash on social media. On Sunday, BCCI announced that VIVO was retained as title sponsor as it was too late to look for a replacement. However, enraged fans took to social media and criticised the move citing the Galwan Valley clash between India and China, which killed 20 Indian soldiers.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been officially announced. The cash-rich league will take place from September 19 to November 10. However, the bigger talking point has been BCCI's decision to retain the Chinese sponsors for the tournament despite the recent souring of relations between the two countries owing to the Galwan Valley clash.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith has expressed disappointment at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 not being held in India due to the coronavirus pandemic. He did add though that the conditions in Dubai might be like that in India.
Former India all-rounder Roger Binny, a key member of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning squad, has opined that MS Dhoni is past his prime in terms of batting prowess as well as fitness. According to Binny, the time has come for the 39-year-old to call it quits from international cricket.
Former India opener turned analyst Aakash Chopra recently discussed about the best opening pairs in Test cricket currently. Opening is considered one of the most challenging jobs in Test cricket. Over the years, Hayden-Langer, Smith-Gibbs and Sehwag-Gambhir have been highly successful openers for their respective countries.
The life ban of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin may have been lifted after a court cleared him of all match-fixing charges. However, Azharuddin has now opened up in an interview about the dark phase of his life, stating that he doesn't know till date why he was banned in the first place.
England medium-pacer Stuart Broad has described crossing the 500-Test wicket milestone as an amazing feeling. Broad dismissed West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite in the third Test as England came back from a 0-1 deficit to claim the series 2-1. In an amazing co-incidence, James Anderson had also got rid of Brathwaite three years ago to reach 500 wickets in Tests.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has termed Ben Stokes as a player in a completely different league. According to Gambhir, no player comes close to Stokes on current form. Stokes hit a match-winning 176 in the second Test against West Indies to help the hosts level the series. Gambhir scored 313 runs and claimed nine wickets in the first two Tests.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has termed his disastrous tour of 2014 to England as a milestone in his career. Kohli, who went to England on a high, managed only 134 runs in 10 innings, and failed to cross the fifty mark even once.