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Lowest-ranked MI has 4 India's WC XI players, top two teams KKR, SRH have none

Four MI players, integral to their core, will be part of Team India's starting XI when they begin their World Cup campaign against Ireland in New York on June 5

Mumbai Indians' captain Hardik Pandya (R) gestures as Rohit Sharma looks on(AFP)
Published on May 22, 2024 07:15 AM IST

IPL playoff: SRH's biggest strength, major RR weakness and X-factors of RCB, KKR

After 70 days of pulsating action in IPL 2024, we highlight the biggest strength, the one glaring weakness and the X-factor for the four playoff teams.

Let's take a look at the biggest strength, the one glaring weakness and the X-factor for the four playoff teams(AFP-PTI)
Published on May 21, 2024 09:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

From Kohli's 708 to Bumrah's brilliance: 10 key numbers from IPL league stage

We take a look at 10 crucial numbers that defined the league stage in IPL 2024.

Virat Kohli (L) and Jasprit Bumrah have been the top performers of their respective sides in this season(PTI)
Published on May 20, 2024 06:03 AM IST

RCB vs CSK knockout: Who will win? Numbers that define the historic IPL rivalry

RCB vs CSK: Royal Challengers Bengaluru are all set to face Chennai Super Kings in a shootout for a place in the IPL 2024 playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Virat Kohli greets Chennai Super Kings' MS Dhoni (R) at the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match(AFP)
Published on May 18, 2024 11:27 AM IST

17.7 sixes per match, most sixes in powerplay make IPL 2024 a season of wallops

IPL 2024: We look at some astonishing numbers defining the season of the sixes.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Travis Head (L) and Abhishek Sharma celebrate their win against Lucknow Super Giants at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match(AFP)
Published on May 17, 2024 07:50 AM IST

Who BCCI should choose as India's head coach if it's Langer vs Fleming

Justin Langer and Stephen Fleming are two overseas names with decent coaching pedigree, but who appeals more to the BCCI?

Justin Langer (L) or Stephen Fleming: Who is your pick to be India's next head coach?(AFP-PTI)
Published on May 15, 2024 03:32 PM IST

Siraj deserves as much credit as Kohli and Patidar for RCB's turnaround

Mohammed Siraj and co. were written off after their poor display in the first half of the season but have displayed great character to reverse their fortunes.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Mohammed Siraj(AFP)
Published on May 15, 2024 07:11 AM IST

Rajat Patidar more aggressive than Virat Kohli and Jacks; hero in RCB's revival

Rajat Patidar stepped up and provided a late spark. He is playing a pivotal role in RCB's revival in IPL 2024.

Rajat Patidar has picked up form in the second half of the season.(AFP)
Updated on May 14, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Is Virat Kohli back to his best in the IPL?

Virat Kohli is in top form in the competition and is leading the late charge by the Challengers in the tournament.

Virat Kohli is leading the Orange Cap race in IPL 2024.(PTI)
Published on May 12, 2024 08:33 PM IST

Rahul Dravid's stint as Team India head coach in numbers

Rahul Dravid's contract as Team India's head coach ends following the T20 World Cup next month.

India's head coach Rahul Dravid (PTI)
Published on May 12, 2024 11:50 AM IST

IPL 2024 playoff scenarios explained: How CSK, LSG, DC, RCB can qualify

With only 12 matches to go in the league stage, the top 4 teams mid-season, in all likelihood, will make it to the playoffs in IPL 2024.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's (RCB) have increased their chances of making it to the playoffs by beating PBKS(PTI)
Updated on May 10, 2024 07:43 PM IST

Sanju Samson vs Rishabh Pant: This should not even be a debate

Samson has produced five high-impact performances in the tournament, where he has scored 50+ at a strike rate ranging between 157 and 215.

Sanju Samson (R) greets his Delhi Capitals' counterpart Rishabh Pant after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals(AFP)
Published on May 10, 2024 12:51 PM IST

Has SRH's fiery campaign lost a bit of steam?

The Sunrisers are in a bit of bother. They have lost three of their last four encounters.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost way in the last few matches.(AFP)
Published on May 08, 2024 03:08 PM IST

No respite for bowlers as Royals, Knights dominate home advantage-less IPL

Record-breaking 200+ totals, Royals’ team effort and the all-round brilliance of narine – the latest trends, patterns and highlights from IPL 2024

Kolkata Knight Riders' Phil Salt (L) and Sunil Narine run between the wickets(AFP)
Published on May 07, 2024 07:37 AM IST

Starc to Cummins: Big-ticket players finally making impact in IPL 2024

These were some of the highlights from our third feature in a series which tracks the performances of the 10 most expensive players in IPL 2024.

Cummins and Starc have showcased their bowling heroics at the death in the IPL 2024(AFP)
Updated on May 06, 2024 10:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sunil Narine: The most impactful player of IPL 2024 and by some distance

Narine’s blitzkrieg starts are the main reason why KKR have the upper hand in the powerplay and the best Net Run Rate in the tournament

Kolkata Knight Riders' Sunil Narine plays a shot(AP)
Published on May 04, 2024 07:37 PM IST

Rohit Sharma – How an all-time limited-overs great has underachieved in IPL

For someone with an outstanding batting record in limited-overs international cricket, Rohit Sharma hasn't been able to achieve the same success in IPL

Mumbai Indians batter Rohit Sharma runs between the wickets during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians, at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium(PTI)
Published on May 03, 2024 04:10 PM IST

Shivam Dube's rise at CSK: How India star could be side's X-factor at T20 WC

CSK's Shivam Dube could just emerge as the X-factor for India in the mega event in America and the Caribbean.

Chennai Super Kings batter Shivam Dube plays a shot (PTI)
Published on May 02, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

With Rinku Singh relegated to reserves, who is India's finisher at World Cup?

Have India made a blunder by naming Rinku Singh in the reserves? With Hardik Pandya being the vice-captain, have they closed the door for Shivam Dube?

India's Rinku Singh and Sanju Samson during a practice session
Updated on May 01, 2024 07:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Kohli scales mt. 500 at IPL 2024: What defines RCB icon's high-scoring rate?

RCB's Virat Kohli has been remarkably consistent in the IPL and piled on the big runs one season after the other.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli celebrates his fifty runs (AP)
Published on Apr 30, 2024 11:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

How Jake Fraser-McGurk’s powerplay blast has reversed Delhi Capitals’ fortunes

Jake Fraser-McGurk is blasting his way at the top of the order and is making a big impact for the Capitals as they make a dash for the playoffs.

Jake Fraser-McGurk had gone unsold at the IPL 2024 auction(AFP)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 07:32 AM IST

Is there a safe total in the IPL now?

There have already been eight 250-plus totals this season in the IPL.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Heinrich Klaasen hits a six during a match.(AP)
Published on Apr 28, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Up, up and away: The Travis Head-Abhishek Sharma partnership is a game-changer

A statistical look at how every IPL franchise can benefit with a Abhishek Sharma-Travis Head kind of an opening pair at the top.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have been quite the revelation(ANI )
Published on Apr 26, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Has Rishabh Pant done enough to be India's first-choice wicketkeeper at T20 WC?

With the selectors set to pick the T20 squad for the World Cup next week, the knock against GT could not have come at a better time for the DC captain.

Rishabh Pant plays a shot during an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 T20 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium(PTI)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Sachin Tendulkar turns 51: Numbers which define the genius of the Master Blaster

On the 51st birthday of the living legend, Sachin Tendulkar, we look at a few numbers that define his glorious career.

Sachin Tendulkar turned 51 on Wendesday(PTI)
Published on Apr 24, 2024 06:57 AM IST

CSK among 4 teams who will qualify for IPL 2024 playoffs, MI to get knocked out

The top four teams at the halfway mark will consolidate their positions even further and dominate their remaining fixtures, breaking away from the bottom six.

Chennai Super Kings' MS Dhoni (L), Ravindra Jadeja (R) and Deepak Chahar(AFP)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 12:49 PM IST

IPL mid-season review: Record-breaking SRH and exceptional Bumrah

The IPL 2024 started with a big advantage for the home team, but the pattern reversed after the initial set of matches.

CSK's MS Dhoni and RCB skipper Faf du Plessis with others during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match(PTI)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 06:11 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Another season, same problem - Shocking bowling returns for RCB in IPL 2024

RCB's bowling has gone down by a few notches in this edition and RCB find themselves on the verge of playoff elimination this year.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli and Mohammed Siraj during the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2024(ANI)
Published on Apr 20, 2024 06:02 PM IST

Big ticket, flop show: Tracking the 10 most expensive players in IPL 2024

We track the highs and lows of the 10 big-ticket players including Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in IPL 2024 as the season nears its halfway mark.

Pat Cummins (L) and Mitchell Starc were among the highest earners in the IPL 2024 auction(PTI)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 06:43 PM IST

Yashasvi a no-brainer, Hardik does not merit place in India's T20 WC squad

Does there need to be debate around Virat Kohli’s strike rate? Who occupies the crucial number 5 and 6 positions in the line-up?

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians batter Hardik Pandya walks off the field after his dismissal during the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians(PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:21 PM IST
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