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Jadeja will play a massive role on final day: Rathour



London, Sep 6: The Indian team is banking on left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja’s performance on the final day to steer the team to victory in the ongoing fourth Test being played at The Oval.

Jadeja was picked ahead of R Ashwin as the lone spinner for the first four Tests, including the ongoing one. He was also promoted to bat at No. 5, a position in which he didn’t exactly click.

Team batting coach Vikram Rathour said that the spinner will play a crucial role on the final day on Monday.

“Jadeja will play a massive role [on Monday], I think. Because on the fifth day wicket, there is rough outside the left-hander’s off-stump. So, he will play a massive role. He bowled really well I thought. He bowled with lot of control, last 5-6 overs he bowled and did create lot of opportunities,” said Rathour to the media.

“Tomorrow, with a little bit of luck, those opportunities will turn into wickets. So yes, he is going to play a very, very important role. But to pick 10 wickets, everybody will have to chip in. He will play a major role but I think medium pacers will also need to chip in,” added the former India opener.

Rathour explained the reason behind the promotion of Jadeja in the batting order in both the innings of the fourth Test. He was sent in at No. 5, ahead of both Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant.

“The idea was to have left-right combination in. Both left-handers (Pant and Jadeja) were playing together at Nos. 6 & 7. So we wanted some gap there for the left-handers [and break it through Rahane]. Jadeja was batting with lot of control in the last match. So, as a team, we wanted to see how it affects our balance and momentum in the middle. In the both the innings, it worked to some extent. Jadeja shared a very good partnership with Virat — 59 runs [for the fourth wicket in second innings]. However, can’t say yet, if it is a long-term solution,” added Rathour.

Rathour wasn’t too concerned about Rahane’s failure to get runs. the right-hander demoted to No. 6 has got 14 and 0 in the two innings of this Test.

“Not at this point,” he said on being asked if it was a concern.

“As I said earlier when you play cricket for a long time, you will get phases when you don’t score runs. That is the time when you need to back them and support them as much as you can. We saw with Pujara also — him getting good opportunities and coming back and playing couple of important innings for us. So we are hoping that Ajinkya will get back into form and he will still play major role in Indian team’s batting. So I don’t think we have arrived at that point where it should become a concern,” added Rathour.

The former India opener lauded Pant’s innings. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 50 off 106 deliveries and hit only four boundaries as he added 100 runs for the seventh wicket Shardul Thakur.

“Extremely important innings by Rishabh Pant. The situation he was batting in, we needed a partnership there. I think he needed to take responsibility. The knock he played was a little out of character. He approached the innings really, really well and played with lot of discipline. We all know that he has the ability. If he can bring in this ability of his into forefront and play well, he will do well for the Indian team. He understood the situation and played the innings which was a little out of character for him. But that will give lot of confidence going forward.”

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You will see me in yellow but not sure as player, says Dhoni on playing for CSK in 2022



Dubai, Oct 7: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday said that fans will see him in ‘yellow in IPL 2022, but he doesn’t know if he will be part of the franchise as a player or in some other role.

Dhoni, who has been CSK’s captain since the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, highlighted that there is a ‘lot of uncertainty’ because of the two new teams coming in and the mega auction, next year.

“Well, you can see me in yellow next year. But whether I will be playing for CSK? There are a lot of uncertainties around it for a simple reason that we have two new teams coming up. We don’t know the retention policy. We don’t know how many foreigners, Indian players we can retain, the money cap that every player will be cutting from the kitty,” said 40-year-old at the toss ahead of CSK’s match against Punjab Kings in Dubai.

“So there are a lot of uncertainties. Unless the rules are in place you can’t really decide that. So we will wait for it to happen and hopefully it will be good for everyone,” he added.

The former India captain also mentioned that it has been difficult to maintain fitness this season due to back to back matches in the UAE leg of the 2021 IPL.

“It’s tough to maintain fitness. Once the IPL was postponed, it meant there will be back-to-back games (whenever the tournament resumes). We had that sort of a stretch but, looks good, no concern with fitness,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni, who has led CSK to three IPL titles, earlier indicated that he will be playing his farewell game in Chennai.

The 40-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman in an event celebrating 75 years of India Cements, earlier had said that he hopes to play his last IPL match in Chennai.

“When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet the fans there,” Dhoni said while interacting with fans during the virtual event on Tuesday.

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Du Plessis’ fifty takes CSK to 134/6 against Punjab Kings



Dubai, Oct 7: A hard-earned fifty by Faf du Plessis (76 off 55) took Chennai Super Kings to 134/6 against Punjab Kings in the 53rd match of the IPL 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday.

Put in to bat first, CSK were off to a poor start as they lost the wickets of Ruturaj Gaikwad (12) and Moeen Ali (0) inside the powerplay.

Arshdeep Singh provided Punjab Kings the first breakthrough as he dismissed Gaikwad. The in-form opener tried to take on the short-pitch delivery bowled by Arshdeep but got a top edge and Shahrukh Khan completed the catch. Faf du Plessis was then joined by Moeen Ali, who didn’t trouble scorers and was dismissed for a duck.

Du Plessis looked in fine touch and hit back-to-back boundaries. But, he didn’t get the required support from the other end as Robin Uthappa (2), Ambati Rayudu (4) got out cheaply. Both Uthappa and Rayudu were dismissed by Chris Jordan, who is playing this game in place of Nicholas Pooran.

MS Dhoni, who came to bat next, hit a few boundaries before getting playing-on to his stumps a googly bowled by Ravi Bishnoi, leaving CSK struggling at 61-5 after 11.6 overs. From there on, Du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja batted sensibly and rebuilt the CSK innings.

The Proteas cricketer took calculated risks and completed his fifth fifty of IPL 2021 in 46 balls and kept Chennai Super Kings alive in the match. Jadeja, on the other hand, gave him the much-needed support by rotating the strike regularly.

In the final overs, Du Plessis batted freely and hit a few lusty boundaries to give impetus to CSK innings. His fine innings came to an end for 76 in the last over of the innings and he added 67 runs for the sixth wicket with Jadeja.

In the last few balls, Dwayne Bravo hit a four and helped CSK post a total of 134-6 in 20 overs.

Brief scores:
Chennai Super Kings Innings – 134-6 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis (76 off 55, Chris Jordan 2/20, Arshdeep Singh 2/35) against Punjab Kings

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Sports gears of Olympians in highest demand in auctioning



New Delhi: Sports gears of Olympians have received the highest bids with just one day left for the e-auction of the Prime Minister’s mementos to end, historical items and religious artefacts seem to have drawn more interest. The javelin used by Neeraj Chopra, which brought him the gold medal, received the highest bid of Rs 10 crore on the opening day, it was later cancelled on the suspicion that it could be a fake bid.

The auction opened on September 17 and since then all eyes are focusing on the sporting gear of Olympians and Paralympians. Weeks later, a javelin used by a Paralympic gold medallist remains at the top with a bid of Rs 1,00,50,000. However, till now it has received only two bids, according to the latest bid details on the PM”s memento’s site

In comparison, a metal mace whose base price was Rs 2,500 has received 54 bids, with the highest at Rs 5 lakh. The javelin used by Paralympic gold medallist Sumit Antil, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, received a bid of Rs 1,00,05,000 from one bidder, while a wooden model of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya saw 24 bids come in. The mandir’s base value was Rs 2,50,000.

A badminton racquet autographed by Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games gold medallist Krishna Nagar received a highest bid of Rs 80.15 lakh but there were only three bidders who showed interest in it. On the other hand, a small metallic figurine showing Lord Rama, Hanuman, Laxman and Goddess Sita, titled Bhagwan Ram Parivar, received 44 bids,

With the highest being Rs 1.35 lakh. Its base price was only Rs 10,000. Apart from religious items, a large-scale three-dimensional replica model of a DRDO tank placed inside a glass box has received 23 bids, with the highest being Rs 5 lakh. Its base price was Rs 75,000.

Another item, a memento of the Pune metro line with a sculpture of Chattrapati Shivajji on a horse and the metro line within the cityscape, received 24 bids, with the highest being Rs 43,000, while its base price was only Rs 3,000.

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