Never thought about taking so many wickets, says Rashid Khan
With 55 wickets in three seasons, Rashid Khan is one of the lethal bowlers operating in the IPL but the Afghanistan spinner says his focus is not on taking wickets but bowling economically. The world number one T20 bowler, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, said he "never thought about taking so many wickets."
IPL 2020 in UAE: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab – follow all the live action
IPL|: Dubai: Delhi Capitals are favourites to win against Kings XI Punjab in Match 2 of IPL 2020, at the Dubai Cricket Stadium. Led by Shreyas Iyer, Capitals are a relatively young side that finished third last season behind Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. So they would only be keen to do better and have a balanced side that can take them into the play-offs. Kings XI never touched the high of 2014, where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final. The team led by the prolific run-getter KL Rahul is a blend of experienced campaigners like Glen Maxwell, who is in excellent form, and a bunch of exciting youngsters. But it will take something special from them to derail Capital’s bid for a winning start. Follow the match live here: Also read FREE HIT - An IPL 2020 talk show with Boria Majumdar: Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel IPL 2020 in UAE: Chennai Super Kings show character to conquer the odds Fans celebrate start of IPL 2020 in UAE IPL 2020 in UAE: Sticky picky situation for King XI Punjab’s Rahul and Kumble IPL 2020 in UAE: Shreya Iyer taps Delhi Capitals ‘seniors’ for advice
IPL 2020 in UAE: For Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayudu is the man for a crisis
IPL|: If there’s a crisis, Ambati Rayudu is your man. He’s no stranger to crises, and Rayudu has weathered them all. Saturday’s rescue act in the IPL 2020 opener in Abu Dhabi was merely the latest in his portfolio. When Rayudu arrived at the crease, the Chennai Super Kings had suffered two setbacks with only six runs on the board. Mumbai Indians’ pacers Trent Boult and James Pattinson were moving the ball around. He quickly settled down and took charge with an array of strokes. Rayudu’s sustained aggression allowed Faf du Plessis to drop anchor, and the duo strung together a partnership of 115 which became the bulwark for CSK’s successful chase. see more IPL in UAE: Training teams show the right attitude for battle ahead IPL in UAE: Players on a learning curve for Indian Teachers Day IPL in UAE: Team spirit prevails as relaxation is just as important as training IPL in UAE: MS Dhoni and co make a meal of it during team bonding Rayudu’s 71 from 48 balls, forged with clean strokes, placed CSK firmly on the road to victory. His early form is undoubtedly good news for Chennai, who are eager to erase the disappointment of their loss in 2019 final. For Rayudu, 34, the knock was another reminder of the quality India missed during the last World Cup in England. Some botched selection left him out of the team when he seemed to have sewed up the berth with good displays in Australia. That was a personal crisis, one that prompted him to announce his retirement. Fortunately for Chennai Super Kings, Rayudu had a rethink. And Saturday’s display showed that he still had plenty to offer. Captain of India Under-19 World Cup team Born Ambati Thirupathi Rayudu in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, he made his mark in age-level tournaments in the country, and that fetched him an India A cap. Some solid knocks for Indian A made him a prospective middle-order batsman for India, and he went on to captain India in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup. His fierce temper led to confrontations with players and umpires. Such incidents tended to overshadow his talent. A stint with the Indian Cricket League, outlawed by the Board for Control of Cricket in India, in 2007 didn’t help either. Two years later the board lifted the ban on ICL players and that helped Rayudu to rebuild his career. In the IPL, Rayudu had a fruitful eight-year association with Mumbai Indians from 2010 before switching loyalties to Chennai. His India stock too had soared around the same time, and he played some significant knocks in One-Day Internationals. But Rayudu remained on the fringes, unable to break into the playing eleven regularly. And that included the 2015 World Cup. read more IPL 2020 in UAE: Can show potential with bat in death overs, says Sunrisers Hyderabad's Rashid Khan IPL 2020 in UAE: Pat Cummins looking to do justice to his $ 3.17 million price tag IPL 2020 in UAE: One on one with former India wicketkeeper Surinder Khanna IPL in UAE 2020: Chennai Super Kings installed as new favourites after win over Mumbai Indians IPL2020 in UAE: Indian Paunch League - Stars pilloried for 'healthy waistlines' in IPL opener All his hopes were pinned on the 2019 World Cup. Rayudu was to be the No. 4 batsman in the Indian batting order. But the selectors thought otherwise. It was an error that is said to have cost India a place in the final. Every Rayudu inning now served to tell the selectors, they were wrong to sideline him. Saturday’s matchwinning knock underscores his value as a middle-order batsman. If he continues this rich vein of form, Rayudu could be in the running for a spot in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup next year. Will the selectors oblige him? For CSK, he’s a valuable player. Saturday’s knock showed why they value Rayudu. Expect more runs from his flashing blade.
'I'm not perfect': Djokovic after breaking racquet in a fit of anger
Less than two weeks after being disqualified from the US Open, Novak Djokovic's frustration boiled over once again as he smashed his racquet in a fit of rage during his 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarterfinals on Saturday.