IPL: Pooran credits Rhodes for making him a better fielder

The gravity-defying save Nicholas Pooran pulled off on Sunday night stunned the cricketing world, but the Kings XI Punjab player was nonchalantly casual about his effort that prompted his fielding coach Jonty Rhodes to give him a standing ovation and the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar to call it the “best save he has ever seen”.

I can speak to any player, be it Iyer or Kohli: Ganguly

His nearly “500 international match experience” gives him the right to speak and guide any player “be it Shreyas Iyer or Kohli”, Sourav Ganguly hit back at his detractors who made allegations of Conflict of Interest against him. Iyer had in an interview spoken about contributions from Ricky Ponting and Ganguly in helping him evolve as a successful player.

I didn’t get what I deserve but it’s okay: Amit Mishra

His India career never really took wings like it did in the IPL but veteran Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra says he has stopped thinking about why he didn’t get what he “should have”. Despite being one of the most highly rated leg-spinners in the country, Mishra has played just 22 Tests, 36 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India. His last Test and ODI appearance was in 2016.

IPL 2020: Top bowlers to watch out for

Fans of cricket’s fastest and shortest format love to see fours and sixes, but it’s actually the bowlers that can set up T20 wins either by limiting teams to average totals or striking at crucial moments during a run-chase. TOI looks at some of those key names who can strike it rich with the ball on the tracks in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, which are expected to get slower.

Glitzy IPL marks start of Indian sporting events in Covid times

Rohit Sharma’s defending champions Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in what is likely to be a fittingly exciting opening showdown. The tournament, which has been shifted to the UAE due to five million plus Covid cases in India, is a ‘TV-only event’, expected to be lapped up by all and sundry who crave for cricket and Bollywood in equal measure during prime time.