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Star Sports curates a special line up of programming shows for VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction

Mumbai, December 17, 2018: The forthcoming VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction promises to be an unparalleled spectacle with Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the tournament geared up with a special line up of programming shows for all the cricket fans across the country.

VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction will be held in Jaipur on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The live coverage of the auction will be preceded by a 60-minute special pre-show starting 2.30 pm onwards.

The broadcast of the 12th edition of the VIVO IPL Player Auction on Star Sports will include live expert reactions, analysis and a special spotlight on all the leading developments throughout the day featuring some of the best cricket experts such as Gautam Gambhir, David Hussey, Dean Jones, Kiran More, etc.

Besides the robust programming, Star Sports launched the second edition of the hugely popular VIVO IPL Election Se Selection as a lead up to the VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction.  VIVO IPL Election Se Selection offers fans an opportunity to vote for their favourite player they wish see playing in their favourite VIVO IPL team. The largely popular campaign has received massive response so far with more than 3.1 million fans voting on the official portal

Fans can vote for their player till midnight December 17, 2018 team in three easy steps by logging on to

  • Select your favourite team
  • Choose your player
  • Complete the voting process

Yuvraj Singh and Brendon McCullum are the most voted players overall so far:

Whereas, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab fans have voted the most:

VIVO IPL 2019 Player Auction received an overwhelming response from fans and was viewed by a 46.5 million people across the Star Sports network.

List of experts:

Hindi: Gautam Gambhir, Kiran More and RP Singh

Select Dugout (English): Dean Jones, Anil Kumble and David Hussey

Tamil: Hemang Badani, S Badrinath, L Siva, Muthuraman R and RK

Telugu: C Venkatesh, Kalyan Krishna, Vindhya Vishaka and Venugopal Rao

Anchors: Mayanti Langer, Jatin Sapru and Arjun Pandit


India v Sri Lanka Test series, 2017 – Stat Preview

Number one Test team is ready to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series starting November 16. Here are some number games between the teams.

0 Number of Test matches won by Sri Lanka in India. There have been 17 Tests played between the teams in India in a bilateral series, India winning 10 of those while seven matches have been drawn. Overall, India has won 19 matches against the Lankans out of 40 matches played.

8-3 India’s record against Sri Lanka in a bilateral Test series. So far 15 Test series played between the teams, India having upper hand with eight series win.

8 Wickets required to Ravichandran Ashwin to become the fastest to claim 300 Test wickets. He has 292 Test wickets in 52 matches. Dennis Lillee of Australia holds the fastest 300 Test wickets which he achieved in his 56th match against Pakistan at Brisbane. Which means, Ashwin needs 8 wickets in this Test series to top the table.

10 Test hundreds by Virat Kohli as a captain for India; the second-most by Indian Test captain. Little Master Sunil Gavaskar holds the record of most Test Hundreds (11) by an Indian captain. Virat has an opportunity to surpass Gavaskar in this series.

10 Wickets needed to Rangana Herath to become the highest wicket-taker left-arm bowler in Tests. Pakistan’s Wasim Akram has 414 Test wickets which are the record by the left-arm bowler.


Record machine Kohli overtakes Tendulkar

From Dhoni to Kohli, here are some stat highlights from fifth ODI between Sri Lanka and India

100 – ODI stumpings for MS Dhoni, the most in ODIs and first in three digit figures. He surpasses Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 99 ODI stumpings to top the table. Overall, it was his 161st stumpings in ODIs, again the most by any player in this format.

15 – Wickets for Jasprit Bumrah in this series, the most by any pacer in a bilateral series of five or less matches. In such series, only two bowers Amit Mishra (18) and Rashid Khan (16) have picked most wickets than Bumrah, both being spinners.

2 – Number of times, Indian pacers picking five-for in any series or tournament. Alongside Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had picked five wickets in third game. The only other instance of picking such five-for was in 1999 World Cup when Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad had done such job.

30 – Number of ODI hundreds for Virat Kohli, joint second-most in the history of game with Australian Ricky Ponting. Now only Sachin Tendulkar (49) is ahead of Kohli in ODIs for most hundreds. Kohli became quickest in the list to score 30 ODI hundreds. He took 189 innings whreras Tendulkar took 267 innings and Ponting took 349 innings.

1 – Sri Lanka’s first whitewash at home in a bilateral series of five or more games. Overall, this is their third whitewash, second in this year (against South Africa) and second against India.

6 – Number of whitewashes by India in a bilateral series five or more matches and second against Sri Lanka. Kohli was the captain in three of these whitewashes. The other three were; two by MS Dhoni and one by Gautam Gambhir.


India tour of Sri Lanka: Test series in numbers

First ever clean sweep in overseas Test series by India, average dominance in both bat and bowl and many more. Stats highlights from Test series between Sri Lanka.

1 First time India have whitewashed an away Test series comprising three or more Tests. Overall it is India’s fifth whitewash in a Test series of three or more Tests.

2 Number of times Sri Lanka whitewashed at home in a three or more Test match series. Before this, Australia whitewashed them in 2004; overall this their sixth whitewash in a three or more Test match series.

3 Number of 300-plus first innings lead by India in this series, their most in any series. 309 in first Test, 439 in second and 352 in third Test. India had got two such 300-plus lead before; against Sri Lanka at home in 2009-10 and against West Indies last year.

487 India’s lowest score in a completed innings in this series, their highest lowest in a three or more Test match series. Their previous highest lowest score in completed innings in a three or more Test match series was 485 against Sri Lanka in 1997-98. On other hand, Sri Lanka’s highest score in this series was 386.

45 Test matches taken by Ravichandran Ashwin to complete his 250 Test wickets, the quickest by any bowler in Tests. Dennis Lillee had taken 250 Test wickets in 48 match which was the previous record in this category.

5 Hardik Pandya became fifth Indian player to score maiden first-class hundred in Tests. His previous best score in Tests was 90 for Baroda against Railways in 2015. Vijay Manjrekar, Kapil Dev, Ajay Ratra and Harbhajan Singh are other players to score their maiden first-class hundred in Tests.

86 Balls taken by Hardik Pandya to complete his hundred, the second fastest by Indian in away Tests. Virender Sehwag’s 78-balls fifty in the fastest by Indian in away Tests.

7 Overseas Test wins for Virat Kohli as a captain, second-most by Indian captain after Sourav Ganguly who had 11 such Test wins. Kohli surpassed MS Dhoni’s six Test wins in overseas Tests.


Ravindra Jadeja should be watchful on ICC’s direct HIT

Number one Test bowler and all-rounder has been suspended under ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel breaching article 2.2.8 on accumulating six demerit points in second Test against Sri Lanka and that raised the question over ICC’s demerit points system.

Last ball of the day three’s play, Jadeja to Pushpakumara, Jadeja throws towards Wriddhiman Saha which was so closed to Pushpakumara who was just defended that ball and was in no mood to take a run. The throw was in a “dangerous manner” which costs Jadeja a suspension for Pallekele Test. Wait it is not just a Test match suspension he also costs Rs. 22.5 lakhs (50% of match fees from SSC Test and one full Test match fee). By this incident he crossed six demerit points (three for second Test incident and three for his previous incident in October against England where he received for running on pitch under ICC Code of Conduct article point number 2.2.11)

So before going in to depth, let’s understand first what are article 2.2.8 and article 2.2.11

  • 2.8 – Throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match
  • 2.11 – Causing avoidable damage to the pitch during an International Match in breach of Law 42.13 or 42.14 (as applicable) of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.

According to ICC press release, this throw was “dangerous” and misses batsman narrowly. Such kind of throws is immature and against the spirit of game when batsman had no intention to take a run. Jadeja reached six demit points in second Test following his three demit points in October last year against England. If he reached the next threshold of eight points within a 24-month period, then they will be converted into four suspension points; meaning he could be suspended for two Test matches or four ODIs or four T20Is.

This was not the first instance in this series when such dangerous and unnecessary throws were seen by umpires. Virat Kohli India’s captain seen throwing such “dangerous” throw, each in both the Tests. Both throws came from midwicket towards Kusal Mendis and missed narrowly when he had no intension to take a run. On both the occasions, Mendis brought umpire’s attention against throw but umpires didn’t deem it in “a dangerous manner”. However Kohli didn’t get any warning or demerit point on the both occasions and this raised the questions over ICC’s objective of Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel.

Now flash back yourself in India’s previous long home season. Except New Zealand series, it was full of drama and action. Watch the below video.

Here Joe Root throws a ball intensely toward KL Rahul when Rahul had no intension to run. Check it again. What if Rahul could not duck in fractions of second? Can’t imagine. But umpires didn’t see it as dangerous. Not even third umpire Bruce Oxenford. And if you watch Australia series earlier this year you will imagine what intensity had that series. Even there was “brain fade” by opposition captain which deemed to be sportsmanship spirit by match officials and not even warning given to either player. There were no bans; no fine and not even single demit point. And in the recently concluded England-South Africa series, Kagiso Rabada was suspended for a Test for his WORDS which caught in mic.

Simply, the objective is not clear by ICC. You can take help from dressing room on DRS call, you can mouth off anybody off the mic, you can accuse your oppositions avoiding certain words.

The decision of allotting demit points is decided by umpires. Yes, you have seen umpire errors causing big games at crucial time. Being a human being, in a short period of time, we can understand those errors. But what about these demerit points? They have enough time to report match referee where word used are inappropriate or throw is dangerous or not. So when the next a bowler is punished for throwing the ball at a batsman will be debating point.


India v Sri Lanka: Stat highlights from day three of second Test

Ashwin goes past Harbhajan and Jadeja overtook Johnson.

2 Second quickest 150 Test wickets for India by Ravindra Jadeja, His spin partner Ravi Ashwin is the quickest who got there in 29 matches while Jadeja reached today in 32 matches.

32 Test matches taken by Jadeja to complete 150 wickets, the quickest among left-arm bowlers. Mitchel Johnson was the previous quickest in 34 matches. Jadeja is now 19th left-arm bowler and fifth from India to complete 150 Test wickets.

26 Five-wicket hauls for Ravi Ashwin in Tests, the second most for India in Tests behind his former coach Anil Kumble who has 35 five-for. Ashwin edged past Harbhajan Singh’s 25 five-for tally. He is now quickest to register 26 five-for in terms of matches played. He beats Richard Hadlee who got there in his 63rd Test match while Ashwin did it in his 51st match.

3 Third bigger first innings leads gained by India which is 439 in this match. Their other two bigger leads than this are 492 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2007 and 478 against West Indies at Eden Gardens in 2011.

191 Runs added by Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis for the second wicket in the second innings; highest partnership  for Sri Lanka while following-on and third highest for any wicket against India when following-on.


Gals, we are so proud of you!

Despite falling short by just 9 runs to lose World Cup to England, Indian Women’s cricket team’s journey from World Cup qualifier to final of biggest stage of the game is not less than any dramatic movie.

Forty third over, fifth ball, Anya Shrubsole to set opener Poonam Raut, length ball pitched inside and Raut misjudged it completely. Umpire raised his finger and Raut with her partner Veda Krishnamurthy took more than 15 seconds and she had no option but to leave crease. India now 4 down for 191, 38 needed from 43 balls with 6 wickets in hand.

Next 35 balls, 28 runs, 6 wickets and India gone.

If you analyze the India’s lost, there are multiple variants someone can find. Mithali Raj’s run out, Veda’s needless short, Smriti Mandhana’s yet another duck and so many. But was that the reason India lose the final? For me it’s big NO. After nearly 12 years, India professed to World Cup final and it was only second time in 11 editions though. On other hand, England who was favorite to win this tournament played fearless last ten overs and experience pays for them.

Base from Women’s World Cup Qualifier

No doubt, it was India’s final till 43rd over. But table turns from there for England was something Indian team won’t want to recall in their future. India’s appearance in the final was not an easy entry as team appeared in the Women’s World Cup qualifier in Sri Lanka in February and emerged as winner winning all 8 games including 4 group stage games, 3 super six games and last ball finish in the final against South Africa in which 2 games were minor game.

India’s skipper Mithali Raj, the highest run scorer in Women’s ODIs who has been playing the game since 1999, with 19 years old Deepti Sharma were top scorers in that tournament. Deepti who scored 253 runs in six games with three fifty-plus score and with an average of more than 50 which is said to be the best Women’s cricket. While her skipper too scored three fifty-plus knocks scoring 207 runs with the same number of average.

The bowling performance by Indian women in that tournament was phenomenal. 13 wickets in five games by Ekta Bisht and 11 wickets in six games Shikha Pandey tells you how good they were in bowling department. Bisth’s five-for 8 was the top performance for India and economy throughout the tournament was just 2.28. Imagine how good they were in that tournament with these numbers.

India who was runner up of the 2005 Women’s World Cup could not make through the direct qualification for this World Cup. During 2014 to 2016 in the ICC Women’s Championship, they were not up to the mark. Played seven series against top teams winning just three and if you check the opponent, they were Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies. Though West Indies was into the top four at the end of the Championship period, India suffered to go down for the fifth place caused to go through qualifier process.

The Final Performance

Remarkable performance in World Cup Qualifier was not just indication for big stage, it was the signal from women in blue to go beyond that performance which they did fabulously throughout the tournament. 10-1 record in 2017 before making into the World Cup followed by four consecutive victories to kick off at the center stage was the start they were desperately waiting for.

It was complete team effort by girls with everyone’s contribution at the right pays off. After two impressive innings by Smriti Mandhana she lost her temperament completely in following matches. But Mithali’s cool and composer innings including hundred against New Zealand in the knock out game was the proof of that team effort. Also Harmanpreet Kaur’s vital inning in the semifinal against Australia kept her and team on higher note.

In the bowling department, spin duo Deepti Sharma (12 wickets) and Poonam Yadav (11 wickets) took the responsibility and well supported by highest wicket taker in Women’s ODIs Jhoolan Goswami (10 wickets). Rajeshwari Gayakwad was clinical against New Zealand where she wrote her career best figure of 5 for 15.

Though India lost momentum in the final after 43rd over, but their performance throughout the tour was something different they could cherish in their life for sure. At the end of the tournament, India winning 16 out of 20 matches in this year will tell you how good they are prepared for the upcoming season. And for the record, it is their best ever performance in a calendar year in their history.


How many BCCIs you know?

Since the Champions Trophy, Indian coach appointment has been highlighted topic in cricketing World and the saga coming to its final stage rose questions over BCCIs accountability.

A year since Hon. Supreme Court of India appointed Lodha Committee redirects Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to REFORM its structure and produce transparency between its States Associations and central governing body. The ultimatum for this reform was six months from then. Some of the recommendations Lodha Committee as below in case you don’t remember.

  • Each state will have only one vote at BCCI elections
  • Ministers and civil servants cannot hold BCCI offices
  • BCCI and state office bearers must not be over 70 years old
  • No person can hold office at the BCCI and state association simultaneously
  • No person can hold more than three, three-year terms as a BCCI official, and no official can serve consecutive terms

After a year, Committee of Administrators (CoA) appoints former office bearers N Shrinivasan and Nirajan Das to take a look at progress or lack of the implementation made by the BCCI in the year. And here the questions every cricket fans are asking. How BCCI can allow such office bearers to take part in this matter? How can they qualify in their respective State association? Though Supreme Court has issued notice against these former BCCI office bearers, but question remains. Who is running BCCI?

In case you don’t know, there are several committees former by Hon. Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee and BCCI itself. There is Committee of Administrators (CoA) comprised four members (now three) Vinod Rai, Ramchandra Guha (resigned), Vikaram Limaye and Diana Edulji appointed by Hon. Supreme Court. There is Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised former Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. There are office bearers comprised Vinod Rai (President), Rahul Johri (CEO), Rajeev Shukla (Vice President), Amithabh Chaudhary (Secretary) and others.

Out of control Kumble-Kohli rift

When Supreme Court ordered Anurag Thakur to resign from his position in January this year as BCCI chief, the shaky BCCI comes here. There was no one to stop him during his tenure, Delhi office, new Media Manager (Nishant Arora) and many more. The matter could have handled sweetly but there was lack coordination within BCCI. In between that Kumble appointed as India head coach over Ravi Shastri. He handled team India very well in his tenure and Kohli became full time captain.

Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI who has major control on Indian team was aware of trouble between Captain Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble according to sources. Even there were reports states that Kohli had reported BCCI about his ‘uncountable’ with his coach. The CoA who chose to ignore the problems by arguing their job is to impose reforms. The CAC who appointed Kumble as coach didn’t even try to clear the matter as they were team mates at a time. And finally Kohli’s recommendations to appoint Ravi Shastri as a coach.

Whatever though, the BCCI clearly slipped back to having no accountability in its working and failed to handle the matter which goes even worse when Anil Kumble in his resignation mentioned his ‘untenable’ with Kohli. The CAC who endorsed Kumble after Champions Trophy an extension for him could not find time to talk to either parties, more importantly Kohli.

On July 10, CAC completed their interview process of all candidates including Ravi Shastri who applied for this role after Kumble’s resignation on Sachin’s request (assurance). After the interview process, Ganguly and his committee in a press-conference at around 6PM IST said that they required some time to talk to Virat Kohli who is on USA vacation and tell him how coach works.  There was no coordination between that committee. At 11 PM BCCI released a press release stating that Ravi Shastri appointed Head Coach, Zaheer Khan bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid overseas batting consultant.

One of the excerpts from that release says “As part of the process for selecting the Head Coach, the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman conducted the interviews and recommended these appointments in the best interest of the Indian Cricket. The term of the appointments will be till the World Cup 2019.”

The role played by CoA in this coach appointment saga has been curious to say. Following July 10 conference, next morning different officials confirmed that they were asked by the CoA to announce the name of the new coach “as earliest”. Ravi Shastri appointed coach same day as late as 11PM.

Acting president Vinod Ray when asked said, “”We need not go into the details of any of those things. There was a process, that process was followed, and the announcement was made well in time.”

U-Turn on Dravid-Zaheer appointment

A week after announcing India’s coaching staff; Ravi Shastri met BCCI officials regarding his support staff and cleared the things in his style. BCCI named Bharat Arun as bowling coach in the press-conference on July 18. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) said that those were just recommendations to take action from CoA with new head coach Ravi Shastri.

For the appointment of Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid, new committee formed comprising acting BCCI president CK Khanna, Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CoA member Diana Edulji to clear their exact roles for the team and decide whether they are needed at all.

Overall, there was no clarity at all in the entire saga of coach appointment. Neither CoA nor CAC coordinated each other. No BCCI office bearers took responsibility to stay clear in the scenario. This clearly indicates that there is no ACTIVE BCCI which has control over Indian cricket, the biggest and richest cricket board in the world. Hope this non-accountability will end soon and we’ll have transparent BCCI in action.

Rain, wet outfield denies India chance to level series

BCCI Media Team

India’s hopes of leveling the series after a heartbreaking one-run loss in the thrilling first T20 International against West Indies were dashed when the second and the final match was called off due to wet patches on the outfield following rain. After being under the pump for the majority of the 20 overs in the first game, Indian bowlers put up a much improved and disciplined performance to bowl West Indies out for just 143 runs in 19.4 overs at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill.

When India’s chase began, openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinjya Rahane were batting on 10 and four respectively, when the play was halted with India 15/0 after two overs, needing another 129 runs from 18 overs. With the outfield developing wet patches, even three more overs of play, which would have ensured a result was not possible.

Earlier, captain MS Dhoni once again won the toss and elected to bowl first. The Indian bowlers were sharp and made brilliant use of their variations. Leg spinner Amit Mishra, who replaced Stuart Binny was in the thick of the action and on many occasions, the West Indies batsmen failed to read him. Mishra removed the dangerous Johnson Charles (43 off 24) on the first ball he bowled in the final Powerplay over and bowled Dwayne Bravo with a googly and captain Carlos Brathwaite with a flighted delivery.

As per the available analysis, R. Ashwin bowled four doosras and one carom ball in his three overs and dismissed Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard and also picked up 200 T20 career wickets. The move to have six specialist bowlers on a pitch that is tailor-made for big hitting worked brilliantly as Bhunveshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah returned with two wickets each. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah showed they had quickly learned their mistakes from the previous game as they bowled 11 and 13 dot balls respectively.

Such was the improved performance that West Indies batsmen who seemed unstoppable in the first game, failed to generate any momentum on Sunday. Not only did they hit 102 fewer runs, the big hits too dried up as only six shots cleared the boundary while on Sunday they had smashed 21 sixes.