Sourav Ganguly leaves for Dubai to take stock of IPL preparations

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday left for Dubai to oversee preparations for a bio-secure IPL beginning on September 19. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face CSK in the opening match of the T20 event, which has been moved to the UAE due to the rising Covid-19 cases in India. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel is among the other key officials who are already in Dubai.

Haven’t played for last 18-20 months, fresh now: Mohit

A successful Ranji Trophy season eight years ago earned Haryana medium-pacer Mohit Sharma the attention that fast-tracked him first into the IPL and then Team India, both times under talismanic skipper MS Dhoni in 2013. However, in the upcoming IPL season, Sharma’s tight line and length will benefit Delhi Capitals, who would look to pick up from their playoff-stage finish in the last season.

Myth of the small town and the cult of MS Dhoni

In analysing the phenomenon that MS Dhoni has become, there is an almost immediate attribution that the cricketer’s rise is indicative of a New India and the surge of the small town. However, cautions sociologist Shiv Visvanathan, there is a problem in locating Dhoni’s success wholly in his small-town origins. Because the small-town myth is dying out, he says.

Don’t hold a grudge against ‘brother’ Ishant Sharma: Sammy

Daren Sammy said that he didn’t hold any grudges against Ishant Sharma for calling him ‘Kalu,’ but felt it was important that he put it on record. “I don’t hold any grudges. I’ve spoken to Ishant, I consider him like a brother, just like I did back in 2014. But as a person, if I get to know that there are certain racial slurs being used to describe me or there is a possibility of any such comments, I think it is only wise to confront and clarify,” Sammy said.

Need to be innovative about handling mental health in bubble: Kumble

Anil Kumble is back as a coach after three years. However, the assignment as the head coach with Kings XI Punjab is more demanding for reasons beyond cricket. This IPL will be India’s first taste of cricket in Covid times. So, keeping the squad in good spirits through this 80-day journey takes precedence before all the skills and game plans.