It has been just over a month since the conclusion of IPL 2021 but the preparations for IPL 2022 have already begun. As there are less than six months left for the start of the tournament, all teams have started chalking out their plans. It is already known that two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, will be included from IPL 2022. Thus, the tournament features 10 teams in total. Due to the inclusion of these two new franchises, there will be a mega auction held before next season and every team will undergo a major revamp. Meanwhile, it is being heard that Chennai Super Kings will retain its skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni successfully led CSK since its inception. He gave the franchise four titles and made CSK the second-most successful team in the history of the league, after Mumbai Indians. Recently, Dhoni stated that he wants to play his last IPL game in Chennai.
According to the Indian Express report, CSK will retain Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad, along with Dhoni. It is being heard that the management is in talks with all-rounder Moeen Ali for the fourth retention spot. Apparently, the management feels that Chennai’s surface will suit Moeen’s batting. His power-hitting ability also makes him a dangerous player. If not Moeen, CSK will retain another English all-rounder Sam Curran.
On the flip side, it is also reported that KL Rahul is all set to walk out from his current team Punjab Kings, and will shift to the Lucknow franchise. Apparently, he will lead the new team.
Ind v NZ series review: Team India turns invincible at home
Ind v NZ series review: Team India is continuing its dominance at home in Test Cricket. Just the other day, India won its 14th Test series on a trot on home soil. That record itself proves what a powerhouse the team has become over the last few years at home grounds.
India’s last Test series defeat at home came way back in the 2012-13 season where England had defeated the host country to win a four-match series by 2-1. Since February 2013, India didn’t lose a single Test series at home. Also, India has only lost two Test matches since 2013 at home. All these records prove India is almost invincible in home conditions.
The major reason for this transformation is the talent pool that India has right now. There are many skilled cricketers who can be filled in the squad right away whenever there is a need. Axar Patel, who made his debut earlier this year, has already become a regular part of the Team Indian squad for the home Tests. In the recently held Test series, Shreyas Iyer made his debut and impressed everyone by scoring a century as well as a half-century right in his debut Test. There are at least two to three players available for every slot in the Test squad.
This gives India a chance of shuffling Test squads at home and on overseas tours. Soon, Team India will be touring South Africa for a three-match Test series and three-match ODI series. The Test squad will be picked in a few days. We can see the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jaspirt Bumrah and Rishab Pant making a comeback into the squad. Even if they are unavailable, there are many others, like Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav and Jayant Yadav, who are waiting for another chance of representing their country. With such a huge talent pool, India will definitely be the favourite of the upcoming World Test Championship.
Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara makes her modeling debut
Sachin Tendulkar: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara Tendulkar has taken her first step towards acting. The 24-year-old kicked off her modeling career recently and also shared her first promotional video on social media.
Sara posed for a promotional clip of clothing brand Self Portrait, which is being brought to India by Ajio Luxe. Along with Sara, Banita Sandhu and Tania Shroff acted in this advertisement commercial. Sara looks stunning in the clip and is like an angel in various attires.
Fans are also drooling over her beauty and are wishing all the luck for her modeling career. Sara is already a celebrity on social media and has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram. It has to be seen if the young lady slowly takes her steps towards films as well, in the future.
Sports stars’ daughters entering into films is not a new trend in India. Earlier we have seen Deepika Padukone carving her own niche in the film industry. Deepika is the daughter of veteran badminton player Prakash Padukone.
Meanwhile, Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar is following in his father’s footsteps and is planning to be a cricketer. He currently represents Mumbai in the domestic leagues. He was also a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in IPL 2021. It has to be seen which team picks him in the upcoming IPL mega auction.
Ajaz Patel becomes the star of Ind Vs NZ Series
The second test between India and New Zealand witnessed a history. Team India tasted victory with one day remaining and the massive victory has put the team back in first place in the ICC Test Rankings. The Kiwi bowler Ajaz Patel scalped 10 wickets in a single innings against India and became only the third player in the history of Test cricket to achieve the special feat. He became the star of the series now.
Ajaz bowled a brilliant spell on the surface that was assisting his bowling style. As a result, he ended up taking all the wickets of India in 47.5 overs. He bowled 12 maidens and gave away 119 runs in his spell.
Ajaz took four wickets on the first day and scalped the rest six today. This is only the third time where we witnessed such a feat in Test cricket.
Earlier Jim Laker of England (10/53) and Anil Kumble (10/74) of India have achieved this feat.
Appreciations have been pouring in for Ajaz on social media from various cricket players, fans and analysts. This is a special moment for him that will remain in the history books forever.
In the second innings of the test match, Ajaz Patel bowled 26 overs and scaled 4 wickets.
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