IPL 2019: Top five points of contact after the competition stage
NEW DELHI: Every Indian Premier League Season Has A Large Number Of Large Speaking Points. Some Are Controversial, Others Great On The Field That Everyone Is Talking About. IPL 2019 Has Not Been Different. Here Is A Look At The Top Five Speaking Points IPL 12 After 56 Matches In The Competition City:
When MS Dhoni Lost His Calmness
" Captain Cool" Mahendra Singh Dhoni Shocked One And All When He Walked On The Field To Question The On-field Umpires About A No-ball Decision During His Team's Match Against Rajasthan Royals On April 11 In Jaipur. Chennai Beat Rajasthan In A Last-ball Thriller But Controversy Erupted When, On The Fourth Ball Of The Final Over Ben Stokes Bowled A Full Toss To New Batsman Mitchell Santner. Indian Umpire Ulhas Gandhe Signaled A No-ball For Height, Only For His Colleague At Square-leg Bruce Oxenford To Overrule The Decision. Dhoni, Who Had Been Bowled By Stokes From The Previous Delivery, Charged To The Field With The Officials. Dhoni Was Fined 50 Percent Of His Match Fee For Contesting An Umpiring Call.
Ashwin" Mankads" Buttler
Controversy Exploded On The Third Day Of The Season After Kings XI Punjab Captain Ravichandran Ashwin 'mankaded' Rajasthan Royals Batsman Jos Buttler While Bowling. The England Batsman Was Run Out For 69 On March 25 By Ashwin As He Backed Up And Stepped Outside His Crease. The Incident Was Particularly Contentious As Buttler Was Still In His Crease When Ashwin Reached The Bowling Mark, Only For The Bowler To Pull Out Of His Action And Whip Off The Bails. Many Thought Ashwin Had Deliberately Waited For Buttler To Step Out Before Taking Off The Bails. Ashwin Said It Was An Instinctive Act. Though 'mankading' Is Legal In Cricket, The MCC Reviewed The Matter And Felt The Indian Player's Act Hurt The Spirit Of Cricket And His Actions Were Deliberate.
The Rise Of Andre Russell - The Man Who Wore KKR
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell almost single-handedly fuelled Kolkata Knight Riders' IPL 2019 drive with his powerhouse batting which made him his side's top run-scorer of this IPL (510 runs from 13 innings). The blond mohawk-adorned Russell's highlight was a 13-ball 48 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, as Kolkata chased down an improbable 54 runs to win in the last three overs. After warming up in the 18th over, Russell launched into Tim Southee in the 19th, smashing four sixes and a boundary. KKR chased down RCB's 205 with five balls to spare. In KKR's second match against Bangalore, needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25) almost got his team over the line but Moeen Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over. Russell however was dismissed for a first ball duck and failed to showcase his prowess and mettle in KKR's all-important last league stage match against Mumbai Indians, which if they had won would have taken them into the playoffs.
The Return Of Hardik Pandya
Having overcome a back injury and a massive off-field controversy, following his alleged sexist comments on a popular TV show, Hardik Pandya struck menacing form with the bat. Be it spinners or bowlers with express pace, Hardik developed the ability to hit them out of the park in IPL 2019 , much to the delight of his franchise Mumbai Indians. In Mumbai's match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 29, Hardik stole the limelight with a swashbuckling 91 off 34 balls (4x6, 6x9), his highest score in this format, as Mumbai got to 198/7 in 20 overs, chasing a 233-run victory target. Hardik brought up his fastest fifty off just 17 deliveries. The all-rounder also pulled off the helicopter shot in the match against Chennai Super Kings in a 25-run knock that came off 8 balls. Hardik hammered three sixes, but the highlight was the one when he pulled-off the helicopter shot even as the inventor of the stroke, MS Dhoni, was standing behind the stumps.
Delhi Capitals Back In The Playoffs After 6 Seasons
Delhi Daredevils Were Rechristened As Delhi Capitals Before The Start Of The IPL This Season And The Change In Name Brought With It A Change In Fortunes As Well. Delhi Capitals Qualified For The IPL Playoffs For The First Time Since 2012 After A Convincing 16-run Win Over Royal Challengers Bangalore At The Kotla On April 28. For A Franchise Accustomed To Spending The Business End Of The IPL Wondering What Went Wrong, Delhi Capitals Pleasantly Surprised Their Fans By Making The Playoff With Two Matches To Spare In What Has Been A Remarkable Turnaround. Delhi Retained Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, Skipper Sheras Iyer, Who Was Elevated Into The Role During The Middle Of Last Season, And South African Speed Star Kagiso Rabada While Adding Opener Shikhar Dhawan - Smart Investments That Paid Off. Delhi Have Been Guided By Ricky Ponting And Sourav Ganguly, Who Came On Board As An Advisor Earlier This Year. Ganguly's Presence And Inputs Have Been Particularly Helpful For Fellow Left-handers Like Pant And Dhawan.