BCCI Secretary Reveals Agarkar's Sole Decision to Exclude Kishan, Iyer from Contracts

BCCI Secretary Reveals Agarkar’s Sole Decision to Exclude Kishan, Iyer from Contracts

The exclusion of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from the list of centrally-contracted players was a decision made solely by chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah. This decision has sparked controversy, with many questioning the rationale behind it.

Shah emphasized that “nobody is indispensable” and that the decision was made in accordance with the BCCI’s policy of prioritizing domestic cricket. Kishan and Iyer were left out after failing to show up for domestic engagements despite a directive from the BCCI.

Kishan went on a long break after the end of the ODI World Cup last year and remained unavailable until the IPL. Iyer eventually did feature in a few matches for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy, including the semifinal and the final. However, he still found himself at the receiving end after it emerged that he had attended a Kolkata Knight Riders’ camp in Mumbai when his domestic side was busy playing a Ranji Trophy fixture.

Shah reiterated the Board’s position that Indian players will have to prioritize domestic cricket. He stated that he had spoken with the players after their exclusion and that they had expressed their willingness to play in domestic tournaments if they were considered for white-ball selection.

Shah also addressed the issue of high scores in this year’s IPL, saying that it ultimately comes down to who is playing well and who can sustain performance. He emphasized that players need to prove themselves and give back-to-back performances in Team India.

Shah also revealed that he had a conversation with Kishan after Mumbai Indians’ match against Gujarat Titans. He said that he did not advise him anything but rather had a friendly talk with him, encouraging him to do well.

The decision to exclude Kishan and Iyer has been met with mixed reactions. Some have criticized the BCCI for being too harsh, while others have supported the move, arguing that it sends a strong message to players about the importance of domestic cricket.

Ian Bishop Slams Trolls for Targeting KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer

Ian Bishop Slams Trolls for Targeting KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop has come to the defense of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Shreyas Iyer, who has faced criticism from fans despite the team’s impressive performance this season.

Bishop took to social media to question the double standards of fans who attribute KKR’s wins to mentor Gautam Gambhir but blame Iyer for their losses. He highlighted Iyer’s respectable record as captain during his previous seasons with the Delhi Capitals (DC).

“Shreyas became DC captain in 2018 when GG stepped down after DC lost 5 of first 6 gms. DC then finished the season winning 4 of next 8 games. 2019 DC 3rd, 2020 DC 2nd. 2021 injury & only 8gms so Pant captained. To KKR 2022, new franchise, 7th. Missed 2023. 2024,” Bishop tweeted.

Bishop argued that if Gambhir receives praise for KKR’s victories, then Iyer should not be solely blamed for their defeats. He also questioned whether fans would blame Gambhir if the team lost.

Gambhir has been actively involved in the dugout since returning to KKR as a mentor, providing tactical advice to Iyer. However, Bishop believes that Iyer deserves credit for the team’s success.

KKR pacer Harshit Rana also acknowledged Gambhir’s tactical brilliance at a recent press conference.

On Sunday, Sunil Narine’s blistering 81 off 39 balls helped KKR thrash Lucknow Super Giants by 98 runs and take top spot in the IPL table. The win almost guarantees KKR a play-off berth.

Shreyas Iyer Groomed for Future India Captaincy, Says Former BCCI Chief Selector

Shreyas Iyer Groomed for Future India Captaincy, Says Former BCCI Chief Selector

Former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad has revealed that Shreyas Iyer was being groomed to become a future Indian cricket team skipper. Prasad, who served as the BCCI chief selector between 2016 and 2020, said that Iyer caught their eye while captaining the India A side.

“If you go back to the stats, in the last two years, when we were at the helm, Shreyas Iyer led the side (India A). I think out of the 10 series that India A played, we won 8. In the majority of those series, Shreyas led the side. He has been in and around as captain. He has been groomed for that particular slot,” Prasad said.

Prasad also said that Iyer was considered to be a top contender for India captaincy after Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. “We felt that post Virat, post Rohit Sharma, you needed someone to lead the side that’s when we started thinking about Shreyas Iyer or Rishabh Pant. But even ahead of Pant, was Iyer as a captain,” he added.

Iyer has been impressive as the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Prasad believes that Iyer is maturing into a very good leader. “He is slowly maturing into a very good leader. It’s very important at the start of your captaincy career to have good team management. That’s what he’s getting from KKR. He is young, and they are going to invest in him. In the next two or three years, we will see Shreyas evolve into a wonderful captain,” Prasad said.

Iyer has not been included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. However, Prasad believes that Iyer is still a future captaincy prospect for India. “He is a very good player. He has got all the shots. He is a very good fielder. He is a very good runner between the wickets. He is a complete package. He is a future captain of India,” Prasad said.

KKR Triumphs Despite Losing Tosses, Tops IPL Points Table

KKR Triumphs Despite Losing Tosses, Tops IPL Points Table

Despite losing the toss in the majority of their Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have maintained their winning ways, according to skipper Shreyas Iyer. After their victory over Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Sunday, KKR climbed to the top of the points table.

In the match against LSG, Iyer lost his eighth toss in 11 games, but it did not affect KKR’s performance. After being asked to bat first, KKR posted an impressive total of 235 for six. Their batting prowess was complemented by a strong bowling display, as they restricted the hosts to a mere 137 runs, securing another crucial win on their journey towards the playoffs.

“The last 6 matches in the dressing room there has been havoc, teammates are coming in and asking skip what’s happening, we are losing tosses, but we are winning games that’s what matters,” said Iyer at the post-match presentation in Lucknow.

“We had a great start in the powerplay. A lefty-righty combination makes things difficult for the opposition. It’s all about the freedom, to go out and express themselves.”

“We want to go out and be positive whatever the situation is, sometimes it doesn’t work out but sometimes it does.”

Opener Sunil Narine smashed an unbeaten 81 off 39 balls before the bowlers did their job to script a big win.

LSG need to win their remaining three games to push for a play-off spot, and the do-or-die situation will help his team, insisted skipper KL Rahul.

“We’ve made a couple of mistakes when we’ve come up against batters like Sunil and anyone that’s powerful. That type of intimidation puts pressure on our bowlers. That’ll be the chat once we get back to the dressing room – move on from this game, see where we went wrong and try and get better.”

“This is our last home game for us, so we are on the road for the next three games. It’s pretty clear for us, if you want to get to the top four, you got to win all the games. That will give us a little bit of freedom to go out there and be a little bit more fearless, little bit brave to take on the game,” said Rahul.

Shreyas Iyer's Resilience Leads KKR to IPL Success

Shreyas Iyer’s Resilience Leads KKR to IPL Success

Shreyas Iyer’s resilience has been tested time and again. After a stellar performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup, he faced a recurrence of back troubles, lost his BCCI contract, and was overlooked for India’s T20 World Cup squad. Despite these setbacks, Iyer has remained positive and determined.

Under his leadership, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has emerged as a formidable force in IPL 2024. After nine games, they sit second in the points table with six wins. KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nayar attributes Iyer’s success to his mental fortitude.

“He is one of the strongest people, mentally, I have ever known,” said Nayar. “He has accepted the challenges he has faced and approached life with a positive attitude.”

Iyer’s fitness has also improved significantly. After undergoing back surgery in 2023, he has worked diligently with KKR’s strength and conditioning team.

“He is feeling a lot better now,” said Nayar. “He is batting longer hours and has trained really hard.”

Despite not having a stellar IPL season with the bat, Iyer has contributed consistently. He has scored 251 runs at a strike rate of 137.15, batting primarily at Nos. 4 and 5.

“His mindset is to score runs, whether he plays the IPL, the Ranji Trophy, or for India,” said Nayar. “He looks to score runs, and the way he has handled the challenges he has faced is commendable.”

As KKR prepares to face Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, Iyer’s focus is on leading his team to victory. Despite not being part of India’s T20 World Cup squad, he remains determined to prove his worth.

BCCI Announces T20 World Cup Squad, Rinku Singh Misses Out

BCCI Announces T20 World Cup Squad, Rinku Singh Misses Out

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced its 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to be held in the West Indies and USA from June 1. The squad features a blend of experienced veterans and promising IPL performers, but the omission of talented stars like Rinku Singh, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Ravi Bishnoi has raised eyebrows among fans and pundits.

While the BCCI and team management have opted for a conservative approach, the ICC’s deadline of May 01 for provisional squads allows for changes to be made until May 25. This provides a glimmer of hope for players like Rinku, who could potentially replace an injured or unavailable player in the final squad.

The BCCI’s reserve list includes Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Khaleel Ahmed. In the event of an injury or other issue, the Indian team can be altered, allowing the management to select a player from the reserves. A similar situation occurred at the ODI World Cup last year, where Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Axar Patel after the latter sustained an injury.

For Rinku to make it into the playing XI, however, a player like Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube, or Suryakumar Yadav would need to be unavailable. The Indian team will begin their World Cup campaign against Ireland on June 5, followed by a highly anticipated clash against Pakistan on June 9. They will then face the USA and Canada on June 12 and 15, respectively.

India is placed in Group A of the tournament alongside Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, and co-hosts USA. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super 12 stage, where they will be joined by the top eight teams from the previous T20 World Cup.

Delhi Capitals Post Competitive Total, Thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 Runs

Delhi Capitals Post Competitive Total, Thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 44 Runs

Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant opted to bat first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 29. DC made two changes to their lineup, bringing in Prithvi Shaw for Kumar Kushagra and right-arm pacer Rasikh Salam Dar. KKR captain Shreyas Iyer also made two alterations, introducing Australian quick Mitchell Starc and right-arm pacer Vaibhav Arora.

DC’s innings got off to a shaky start as they lost opener Prithvi Shaw for a duck in the first over. However, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Abishek Porel steadied the ship with a 42-run partnership. Porel was dismissed for 22, but Fraser-McGurk continued to anchor the innings, scoring a valuable 46 off 34 deliveries.

Shai Hope and Rishabh Pant then combined for a crucial 53-run stand for the fourth wicket. Pant played a captain’s knock, scoring 43 off 29 balls before being dismissed by Varun Chakravarthy. Tristan Stubbs and Axar Patel made brief contributions, but it was Kuldeep Yadav’s late cameo that propelled DC to a competitive total. Yadav smashed an unbeaten 24 off 12 balls, including two sixes, to take DC to 173/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

KKR’s chase began disastrously as they lost their top three batsmen – Phil Salt, Sunil Narine, and Venkatesh Iyer – for just 13 runs. Shreyas Iyer and Rinku Singh attempted to rebuild the innings, but their partnership was broken by Khaleel Ahmed. Andre Russell provided some late fireworks with a 25-ball 45, but it was not enough to prevent KKR from falling short by 44 runs.

Kuldeep Yadav was the star performer for DC with the ball, claiming 4/33 in his four overs. Khaleel Ahmed and Rasikh Salam Dar also chipped in with two wickets each.

Shreyas Iyer Reveals Motivation Behind KKR's Success

Shreyas Iyer Reveals Motivation Behind KKR’s Success

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), led by Shreyas Iyer, have emerged as a formidable force in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. With five victories and three defeats from eight games, KKR currently occupies the second spot in the points table.

Ahead of their crucial match against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Iyer shared his insights on the factors that fuel his motivation on the field. In a video shared by the host broadcaster, Iyer revealed that the presence of the crowd and the adrenaline rush associated with hitting boundaries are key motivators for him.

“When you’re at the other side of the line, there are butterflies in your stomach,” Iyer said. “You always think about the crowd, the situation, and what will happen.”

However, once he steps onto the field, Iyer enters a state of focus where everything else fades away. “The moment you step in, I go blank,” he explained. “You can see the crowd cheer, you can hear them, but at the same time, you’re there in your zone. After going into that zone, nothing else matters.”

Iyer emphasized the energy he derives from the crowd’s support. “When you hit a six or a four and the crowd starts making noise, it gives you so much energy inside,” he said. “And also when the crowd chants your name.”

KKR’s previous encounter with DC at Visakhapatnam earlier this month resulted in a victory for the Kolkata-based franchise. The two teams have faced each other 32 times in the IPL, with KKR holding a slight edge with 16 wins compared to DC’s 15. One game ended with no result.

Both KKR and DC are aware of the importance of maintaining their momentum in the tournament. With the playoffs approaching, every match becomes crucial, and neither team can afford to let their guard down.

KKR Skipper Iyer Embraces Pressure, Targets Top Spot in IPL 2024

KKR Skipper Iyer Embraces Pressure, Targets Top Spot in IPL 2024

Kolkata Knight Riders Skipper Shreyas Iyer Embraces Pressure, Targets Top Spot in IPL 2024

Ahead of the crucial clash against Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Shreyas Iyer has expressed his unwavering belief in thriving under pressure. In an interview with Star Sports, Iyer emphasized the importance of expectations in driving his performance.

“I always have high expectations for myself,” Iyer said. “Expectations are necessary because without them, I won’t feel the pressure to perform. I personally love and thrive on the pressure to deliver.”

Iyer’s philosophy aligns with the team’s current form, as KKR has emerged victorious in five of their last seven IPL matches. The Kolkata-based franchise is brimming with confidence, aiming to secure a top position in the league stage.

With seven matches remaining, KKR will face a stern test against Punjab Kings, who have struggled this season. However, Iyer remains unfazed, recognizing the importance of a win against an underperforming opponent.

“A win against Punjab Kings could be crucial for us,” Iyer said. “They may not be in the best form, but we can’t take them lightly. We need to focus on our game and execute our plans.”

Iyer’s individual performances have been impressive, with the skipper amassing 190 runs from seven matches. His crucial 50-run innings against Royal Challengers Bengaluru played a pivotal role in KKR’s victory.

Under the guidance of mentor Gautam Gambhir, Iyer and his team are determined to make a strong push for the playoffs. With their current momentum and Iyer’s leadership, KKR is well-positioned to achieve their goals.

KKR's Shreyas Iyer Reveals Secret Behind Swaggering Walk

KKR’s Shreyas Iyer Reveals Secret Behind Swaggering Walk

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), led by Shreyas Iyer, have emerged as a formidable force in IPL 2024, securing five victories in seven matches. Despite Iyer’s modest batting performance, the team’s consistent success has boosted morale.

In a recent interview with Cyrus Broacha, Iyer attributed his confident stride to childhood teasing. “They used to tease me,” he said, referring to his teammate Nitish Rana. “This is natural. I’ve walked like this since I was young.”

Iyer humorously suggested that his “bouncy toes” might contribute to his distinctive gait. The trio, including Iyer, erupted in laughter at his explanation.

KKR’s success has been a collective effort, with contributions from various players. Andre Russell has been a key performer, scoring 180 runs and taking 10 wickets. Nitish Rana has also been impressive, amassing 200 runs.

The team’s bowling attack has been equally effective, with Umesh Yadav leading the charge with 12 wickets. Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine have also been instrumental in restricting opposition batters.

KKR’s strong start has positioned them as one of the favorites to reach the playoffs. With a balanced squad and a winning mentality, they aim to continue their impressive run and challenge for the IPL title.

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