England all-rounder Ben Stokes (base price Rs 2 crore) commanded the biggest bid at the ongoing IPL auction as Rising Pune Supergiants shelled out a whopping Rs 14.5 crore for him.
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 19:14:57
IPL Auction 2017: Most expensive players
Yuvraj Singh remains the most expensive player in IPL history at 16 crore. The IPL auction caught the eye in the very first edition when the star-studded room filled with Bollywood celebrities like PreityÂ Zinta and Shilpa Shetty went head-to-head against business veterans like Vijay Mallya and N Srinivasan to acquire the services of the countryâ€™s most-wanted properties, the cricketers.It was almost borne out of fantasy. Fans across the country were glued to the television speculating and urging their team to go for their favourite stars. MS Dhoni was one of the most sought after stars in the first year, and every team tried to sign Indiaâ€™s captain at that stage, but the CSK eventually prevailed. That all-out, everyone against each other â€˜warâ€™ would become a trend as bidding wars became commonplace at the IPL auction.Â While some teams would strategise and only go after a few of their targets like the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Chennai Superkings, teams like the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challenge Bangalore would often bid for a number of players just to increase the price and effectively reduce their opponentsâ€™ budget.In IPLâ€™s 10-year history, Yuvraj Singh holds the record for being the most expensive player of all time at 16 crore when the Delhi Daredevils signed him in 2015.Â In 2017, these stars saw some cutthroat action as team owners desperately looked to secure their services.#5 Pat Cummins â€“ Â Delhi Daredevils â€“ 4.5 crore (Base price â€“ 2 crore)Pat Cummins joins a superb Delhi bowling unitDelhi Daredevils were in the mood to do some serious business in this yearâ€™s auction and did not mess around right from the beginning. They had identified 23-year-old Australian Pat Cummins as one of their top targets and were willing to spend 4.5Â croreÂ on him.They got into the bidding right from the startÂ and engaged in a war with the Sunrisers Hyderabad that saw his price shoot up to 4.5Â croreÂ from his base price of 2Â crore.Â The Delhi pace arsenal now boasts of Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan, Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite. Absolutely frightening!Â
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 16:06:18
IPL 2017 Auction: Big Unsold Players
Imran Tahir (Base price: Rs. 50 lakhs)
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 17:05:45
7 top moments from Shahid Afridi's career
Afridi played a different kind of knock against the Kiwis in 2002.. Shahid Afridi, the prodigal son of Pakistani cricket has announced his retirement from International Cricket, 21 years after he slammed the fastest hundred in the history of ODI cricket at the time.Â A rather illustrious career came to a grinding halt as Afridi lost favour with Pakistani selectors. He would, however, be happy that he ended his International career after a 28 ball 54 for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League.Â Lovingly called as "boom boom" for his maverick style of batting, the flamboyant all-rounder was instrumental in Pakistan's T20 World Cup win in 2009. His leg spin bowling edged over his batting towards the latter half of his career and he put together many match-winning performances with the ball.Here we take a look at some great moments from the career of Shahid Afridi.Shahid Afridi took a detour from his whack-crack style of batting after Pakistan had bowled out New Zealand for a meagre 213. Opening the batting, Afridi took his time to settle in, something extraordinary from the maverick batsman.Once set the aggressive side of him took over and he smashed seven fours and eight maximums off a hapless Kiwi attack. He completed his third One-Day hundred in no time and remained unbeaten as Pakistan made light work of the target.Â Unlike his usual manner, a new-found maturity was evident in his style, thus making this a special hundred.Â
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 17:01:08
IPL auction: Pune pays Rs 14.5 crore for Stokes, RCB Rs 12 crore for Tymal
Pune Supergiants buyÂ Manoj Tiwary for his base price of RsÂ 50 lakh.
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 10:20:15
Why Dhoni was dropped as Pune captain
Steve Smith has been named the replacement for Dhoni.
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 22:55:00
Shahid Afridi announces international retirement
The 36-year-old all-rounder brings to an end an international that spanned over 500 games across two decades.
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 12:04:00
Kohli has made winning a habit for India
Since the loss to Sri Lanka in Galle in July 2015, India have gone 19 matches undefeated.
Last update: 14 Feb 2017 11:10:23
5 memorable Indian Test wins against Australia
India and Australia have played out fiercely fought contests in the past.
Last update: 15 Feb 2017 23:23:00
5 potential surprise buys in the IPL auction
Let us take a look at 5 potential surprise buys going into the 2017 IPL auction
Last update: 16 Feb 2017 06:24:00
IPL 2017 schedule: Hyderabad to host opener
The league will begin on the 5th of April and end on the 21st of May.
Last update: 16 Feb 2017 02:25:00
â€˜Boom Boomâ€™ Afridi calls time on international cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket but will continue to play countryâ€™s domestic league for two more years, ending illustrious and some-what controversial international career.
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 12:21:00
Stokes, Tymal strike it rich in IPL auction
The Monday auction in Bengaluru threw up several suprises
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 14:04:07
India v Aus: 5 players who missed out
The selectors did not consider themselves fit to be roped in.
Last update: 14 Feb 2017 21:30:00
'Ashwin is the Bradman of bowling': Steve Waugh
New Delhi, Feb 15, 2017 (AFP) - Former skipper Steve Waugh has warned that Australia's only hope of beating India in their upcoming series is by taming Ravichandran Ashwin, branding the record-breaking spinner "the Bradman of bowling".
Last update: 15 Feb 2017 12:20:10
Rohit misses out as India announce Test squad
Rohit Sharma has not been picked up for the first two Tests of the four-match series against Australia beginning February 23.
Last update: 14 Feb 2017 13:53:54
Smith gives the go-ahead for sledging
Mumbai, Feb 14, 2017 (AFP) - Australian captain Steve Smith raised the temperature Tuesday ahead of the first Test against India, calling on his players to "go for it" with the verbal volleys and on-field aggression.
Last update: 14 Feb 2017 12:50:26
Joe Root named new England Test captain
London, Feb 13, 2017 (AFP) - Joe Root has been named as new Test captain of England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday.
Last update: 13 Feb 2017 17:00:26
India win one-off Bangladesh Test by 208 runs
Ishant, Ashwin and Jadeja's impressive spells give India a big win over Bangladesh.
Last update: 13 Feb 2017 14:50:17
Ashwin thinks like a batsman while bowling: Pujara
Pujara explains how Ashwin thinks as a batsman to confound opposition teams with the ball.
Last update: 13 Feb 2017 01:16:00
Place complete ban over players involved in fixing: Raja
Raja blasts the players for trying to tarnish PSL's image
Last update: 13 Feb 2017 03:44:00
Bangladesh battle for survival in India Test
India's bowlers led by Ashwin tightened the noose on Bangladesh as the visitors struggled.
Last update: 12 Feb 2017 17:30:18
India thrash Pak to lift T20 Blind World Cup
The Indian blind cricket team successfully defended its Twenty20 World Cup title here on Sunday, defeating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final for the second successive edition.With eight wins from nine matches, India had gone into the final as favourites and lived up to it with
Last update: 12 Feb 2017 17:00:48
South Africa reclaims No.1 ODI ranking
The Proteas swept aside Sri Lanka 5-0 in the recently-concluded series
Last update: 11 Feb 2017 15:25:24
Mushfiqur, Mehedi take the fight to India
Bangladesh reach 322-6 after Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mehedi hit fifties, still trail by 365
Last update: 11 Feb 2017 17:10:20
Spot-fixing charges hit Pakistan Super League
Three more cricketers have been questioned by the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit for the Pakistan Super League.
Last update: 11 Feb 2017 16:05:19
Kohli double ton tightens screws on Bangladesh
Day 2 - India declare on 687 for 6; Bangladesh struggling on 41 for 1
Last update: 10 Feb 2017 17:10:18
Kohli hits historic double ton
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has become the first batsman in Test history to score a double century in four consecutive series
Last update: 10 Feb 2017 13:30:19
Young Rishabh Pant takes over Delhi captaincy
The promising 19-year old will lead Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Last update: 10 Feb 2017 05:52:00
Another record for Virat Kohli
The first batsman in the history of Test cricket to record four double hundreds in four consecutive Test series
Last update: 10 Feb 2017 15:11:51
Vijay, Kohli introduce Bangladesh to Test cricket in India
Day 1: India 356/ 3 after electing to bat in Hyderabad
Last update: 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15
Cook expresses regret over KP sacking
Alastair Cook said he felt left â€œout to dryâ€ by the England and Wales Cricket Board over the Kevin Pietersen affair three years ago while his decision to stand down as Test captain was due to the realisation that a new voice was needed in the dressing room. Speaking for the first time since resigning on Monday â€“ a decision that has left his vice-captain, Joe Root, poised to take over â€“ Cook tackled the thorny subject of Pietersenâ€™s banishment from the side after the 2013-14 Ashes, admitting he had few regrets during his tenure but that the issue was poorly managed by his employers. â€œI felt like it wasnâ€™t handled particularly well by the ECB.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 03:33:30
Sarfraz replaces Azhar as Pakistan ODI captain
Azhar Ali has stepped down as Pakistan's one-day captain following the team's heavy defeat in Australia with wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed taking over the job, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Thursday. The former world champions rank a lowly eighth in one-dayers and speculation was mounting about the future of Azhar's captaincy following the team's 4-1 series loss in Australia last month. "Azhar Ali recently called on PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan and informed him that he wished to relinquish the captaincy of Pakistan's ODI team mainly because it was affecting his batting form," the board said in a statement.
Last update: 09 Feb 2017 17:53:47
"Subtle variations": Glenn McGrath advises Aussie bowlers for India
Stopping easy runs will be the key in the subcontinent.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 23:31:00
'Wonderboy' Ahlawat set for Delhi Daredevils trial
Delhi Daredevils CEO confirmed that the 21-year-old is set for a trial with the IPL side.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 20:35:00
Ex-England Test captain Cook admits Pietersen's axing not handled properly
London, Feb 8 (IANS) Former England skipper Alastair Cook has expressed regret over the decision to sideline all-rounder Kevin Pietersen from the national squad in 2014. Pietersen was axed from the squad with England director of cricket Andrew Strauss citing a "massive trust issue", following their 0-5 Ashes series loss to Australia. Now, Cook, who quit the captaincy on Monday, put the blame on the England Cricket Board (ECB) saying that the whole issue was not properly handled.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 17:34:03
Rahane likely to replace Nair for B'desh Test
"You cannot overlook two years of hard work from Ajinkya," said captain Kohli.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 14:27:49
India aim to dominate Bangladesh
Hyderabad, Feb 8 (IANS) Returning to the Test mould after a brief limited-overs series against England, India will be aiming to resume their supremacy when they take on Bangladesh in a historic one-off cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here from Thursday. Despite India playing a vital role in helping the neighbours attain the status, both the countries have engaged in only eight Tests so far -- all in Bangladesh -- with India winning six encounters.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 14:32:24
Unbelievable! 300 not out in T20 match
â€˜I saw the scoreboard, and I was nearing my 200 with five overs to go, so I decided to go for the kill,â€™ said Mohit Ahlawat after scoring 300 not out. An astonishing innings of 300 not out has propelled Mohit Ahlawat into cricketâ€™s history books â€“ and prompted the opening batsman to put his name forward for the lucrative Indian Premier League â€“ after he became the first player to score a triple century in a Twenty20 match. Appearing for his team, Maavi XI, in a Friends Premier League match at Delhiâ€™s Lalita Park, Mohit creamed 39 sixes and 14 fours from just 72 balls to reach the remarkable milestone.
Last update: 08 Feb 2017 08:28:48
India guard against Bangladesh complacency
India look to extend their record-breaking unbeaten run to 19 matches when they host Bangladesh in a Test for the first time.
Last update: 07 Feb 2017 09:21:17
'IPL will encourage Rabada to raise his game'
International cricket will remain Kagiso Rabada's first priority even after a lucrative IPL deal, his father Mpho Rabada told ESPNcricinfo
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 20:36:09
Franchises agree to play PSL final in Lahore
The franchises arrived at their decision to play the final in Lahore on March 5 after the PSL management briefed them on security arrangements at a meeting on Monday
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 19:14:37
ECB stalwart Hollins shortlisted for MCC role
The ECB could be about to lose one of the key architects of their new T20 competition more than two years before it is launched
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 18:06:02
Really surprised, really happy - Rashid
The 18-year-old Afghanistan legspinner was thrilled after his selection at the IPL auction, where Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for INR 4 crore (USD 595,000 approx)
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 19:05:12
'Tight call' between Renshaw and Khawaja for opening slot
A decision between Matt Renshaw and Usman Khawaja as David Warner's opening partner looms as Australia's only major selection question-mark ahead of the first Test against India in Pune later this week
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 17:03:00
Andile Phehlukwayo: South Africa's new finisher?
There were wide eyes and a wide smile from Andile Phehlukwayo as he reflected on his second match-winning hand with the bat in a brief international career
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 13:11:51
Sodhi eager to be a man for all conditions
The legspinner hasn't had many opportunities for New Zealand this season, but understands his position and is learning to cope with the pressure
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 12:09:46
Stokes bought by Pune for $2.16 million
England allrounder Ben Stokes was bought for INR 14.5 crore ($2.16 million approx) by Rising Pune Supergiants at the tenth IPL player auction in Bangalore on Monday
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 19:15:08
List of players sold and unsold at IPL auction 2017
Which team bought which player? How the 2017 IPL auction panned out
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 16:58:50
Shahid Afridi says international career is over
Shahid Afridi has said "goodbye to international cricket" following his 28-ball 54 for Peshawar Zalmi against Karachi Kings in the ongoing PSL
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 12:40:23
Mir repels Afridi heroics to secure win for Karachi
Usama Mir defended 18 off the final over, dismissing Shahid Afridi and Hasan Ali on consecutive balls to seal a nine-run win for Karachi Kings over Peshawar Zalmi
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 07:49:34
Lions pile on runs to grab early Momentum win
Reeza Hendricks did the job with bat and ball for Lions, in their opening Momentum Cup game against Warriors, setting up a 44-run win at the Wanderers
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 00:02:23
Hard to defend against Gunaratne - Finch
Aaron Finch said that Asela Gunaratne, who led Sri Lanka to a last-ball win in Geelong, was a particularly difficult batsman to defend against due to his ability to strike boundaries to any part of the ground
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 22:29:23
Afghanistan go 2-0 up after spinners run through Zimbabwe
Afghanistan went 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe after their bowlers ran through the hosts' batting to complete a 54-run win
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 08:01:43
No disqualified officials at the IPL auction, says Committee of Administrators
The Committee of Administrators has barred disqualified BCCI and state association office bearers who are part of the IPL governing council from attending the IPL auction
Last update: 20 Feb 2017 10:43:36
'It was like we were playing in Sri Lanka' - Gunaratne
Asela Gunaratne, who struck 84 runs in a match-winning effort in Geelong, said the support Sri Lanka received during the first two T20s helped win the series
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 21:36:49
'Experience-wise it was 10 out of 10' - de Villiers
While AB de Villiers graded the conditions at Seddon Park as a "0 out of 10" as far as Champions Trophy preparation goes, he gave the match itself full marks for demanding a fight from South Africa ahead of the major tournament
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 18:17:11
Lions strike after setting Sri Lanka A 365
England Lions set an imposing target and then took two early wickets on a rain-interrupted third day of the first unofficial Test with Sri Lanka A
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 18:37:00
Pakistan Women secure WC qualification despite crushing defeat
A round-up of the ICC Women's World Cup qualifier matches in Colombo on February 19, 2017
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 21:28:17
'Chasing 200 a lot easier than chasing 120' - Pietersen
The English batsman also said that he was the low scores in the first round of the tournament minor blips given his successes in the recent Big Bash League
Last update: 19 Feb 2017 22:31:31
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