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IPL’s Lucknow franchise signs Gautam Gambhir as mentor

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has been signed up with the newly inducted Lucknow franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as their mentor ahead of the 2022 season.

Gambhir’s appointment comes a day after Andy Flower was appointed as the head coach of the Lucknow team, which is owned by the Sanjiv Goenka-owned RPSG Group.

In the recently held auctions, RPSG Group, which previously ran the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPSG) team in 2016 and 2017 season of the cash-rich league, had bought the rights of Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7,090 crore.

Welcoming the two-time IPL winning captain, Goenka said: “Gautam has an impeccable career record. I respect his cricketing mind and look forward to working with him.”

On the other hand, Gambhir also confirmed his association with the Lucknow team and tweeted: “It’s a privilege to be in the contest again. Thanks Dr. Goenka for incl me in #LucknowIPLTeam as its mentor. The fire to win still burns bright inside me, the desire to leave a winner’s legacy still kicks me. I won’t be contesting for a dressing room but for the spirit & soul of UP.”

Notably, Gambhir, 40, played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India and was also a member of the 2007 Men’s T20 World Cup and 2011 Men’s Cricket World Cup-winning teams.

It was under Gambhir’s captaincy when KKR had lifted the trophy twice in 2012 and 2014.

Earlier, Flower, the former England head coach, who is also a former captain of Zimbabwe, was signed by the new Lucknow franchise as their head coach. Considered as Zimbabwe’s greatest ever player, Flower was part of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) coaching staff in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

After his appointment, Flower had said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining the new Lucknow franchise and I am very grateful for the opportunity. The passion for cricket in India is unrivalled and it is a real privilege to lead an IPL franchise and I am looking forward to working closely with Dr Goenka and the Lucknow team.”

“As a player and a coach, Andy has left an indelible mark in the history of cricket. We respect his professionalism and hope he will work with out vision and add value to our team,” said Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RPSG Group which owns the Lucknow franchise.

2007 WC winning star share views on upcoming Ind-Pak clash

The evening of October 24 will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering clashes in cricketing history as the Virat Kohli-led Team India will lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.

After almost a two-year hiatus, Virat Kohli and Co. face-off against Babar Azam-led Pakistan in this highly anticipated encounter which will also be the Indian skipper’s swansong with the captaincy tag. Pakistan is yet to get a one-up over their rivals in World Cups as the head-to-head has been heavily dominated by the Men in Blue.

However, both teams have entered the tournament with a fresh perspective, filled to the brim with enormous young talent and the hunger and eagerness to prove themselves on the biggest stage of them all.

Virat will be eyeing a huge victory over their rivals to establish their foothold, which will also set the precedent and momentum in the marquee tournament. The mentorship of MS Dhoni will help in resonating a positive mindset and confidence amongst the Indian team.

Exceptional performances topped by victories in the two warm-up games against England and Australia have been massive boosts for young talents like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Rahul Chahar, who have showcased their talent and skill ahead of the opener. The opening pair of KL Rahul and ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma have shown their prowess and never cease to impress.

Jasprith Bumrah’s magic with the white ball will be looking to shut down the dangerous early efforts of Babar Azam with the bat.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, former Team India all-rounder Irfan Pathan spoke about Virat Kohli’s men in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“I think nobody expected anything from the 2007 team, but there are a lot of expectations from the current World Cup squad. The new team has expectations and experience. When we entered the 2007 T20 World Cup, we hardly had the experience of playing in T20 format. But now, things are different, people play IPL, they play a lot of T20 games and there are a lot of conversations around T20 format,” Pathan expressed.

“In 2007, there was no social media, but now there is social media, so there are lot of conversations around performances and memes. I think the boys know that there are lot of expectations from them and they know how to handle it,” he added.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show ‘Class of 2007’, veteran Team India wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik spoke about the Indian squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, “I completely agree with what Irfan said. It’s completely different in terms of handling pressure, but one thing is very different today to what it was in 2007 is the fact that they have plenty of IPL experience and they have played in high pressure games and they have played in matches which are – when it comes to pressure, it’s second to none.”

Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh, Ajit Agarkar aslo shared their thoughts on who will be Team India’s X factor in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Gautam Gambhir: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Harbhajan Singh: “I think if I have to choose one, I will Rohit Sharma. I think he’s going to be the key!”

Dinesh Karthik: “I will put my money on Hardik Pandya and Varun Chakravarthy. I think these two can make the difference in T20 World Cup.”

Ajit Agarkar: “Rohit Sharma & Jasprit Bumrah. I think Rohit could be the key, opening the innings and Bumrah with what he does.”

RP Singh: “Jasprit Bumrah!”

Irfan Pathan: “I think Jasprit Bumrah and his opposite end. I think the two bowlers who will bowl in the last overs are crucial.”

Record-breaker and captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam is the perfect example of ‘letting the bat do the talking’. His 50 off 41 balls against the West Indies in the warm-up game is a warning sign for India because once the 27-year-old gets going with the bat, he transforms into a beast, who is very difficult to contain.

Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez bring a comforting amount of experience to the Pakistani side, their previous meetings with India in past world cups will be a definite advantage for the team. Shaheen Afridi, a 21-year-old prospect proven in the Pakistan Super League, has dished out top performances in both warm-up games by picking up a total of 4 wickets. Hasan Ali looks to be the standout pacer for the Men in Green.

The lanky pacer excels at a slower wicket in the UAE, his variations and lengths will be a tough task for the Indian batters to manage against.

ShareChat launches new features for cricket fans

In a sports-loving country like India where cricket is the undisputed king, ShareChat has launched a new feature to integrate scoreboard and ball-to-ball commentary for the upcoming cricket tournaments in eight Indian languages.

Leveraging its audio chatroom feature, the platform is also organising chatroom sessions with key players like Virender Sehwag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajit Agarkar and Akash Chopra for a wholesome social cricket experience. The 180 million strong ShareChat community will get a chance to engage and discuss matches, performances and other key moments from one of the most loved and ongoing cricket events with their favorite players.

ShareChat being India’s largest Indic language social media platform, these features will be available in eight different languages (Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Punjabi, and Malayalam). The new feature will engage people across India to witness a remarkable experience like never before, enabling them to communicate and share their thoughts freely in real-time.

In addition to that, cricket fans will also be engaging through their team Chatrooms with other fans during live matches, haring their passion, rooting for their favourite teams, and getting into the fun side of cricket.

Shashank Shekhar, Sr. Director – Content Strategy and Operations, ShareChat commented on this integration, “Cricket has always been the heart of India and it is one of the most popular sports connecting over a billion Indian fans, cutting across regions, languages and cultures. We at ShareChat always aim to entertain our users with innovative associations and engrossing social experiences. Further, ShareChat Audio Chatroom has been increasingly getting popular and emerged as the biggest engagement feature for our user and creator community. As we will also have cricket experts to engage with our community on match updates and analysis, we are looking forward to creating completely new social experiences for sporting events.”

ShareChat Audio Chatroom has become a key feature of the platform. It snowballed to become India’s largest live audio product, with over 2 billion minutes being streamed monthly, with a 16+ million MAU. In recent weeks there have been several chat rooms that have drawn large audiences including engagement with Akshay Kumar, Bhuvan Bam, and famous poets and singers.

Apart from these, ShareChat is also looking at taking its Chatroom sessions to the next level, making it one of the biggest sources of engagement among users.

Dhoni’s experience, mindset of handling pressure is why he was roped in as mentor: Gambhir

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Thursday reckoned that the appointment of MS Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is attributed to his experience and mindset of handling pressure in crunch games.

Gambhir also felt that young players in the squad will benefit a lot from Dhoni’s experiences as captain and handling pressure situations.

Speaking exclusively on STAR SPORTS show FOLLOW THE BLUES, Gambhir weighed in on Dhoni’s position as the mentor for Team India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and said: “A good story to have, but I’m sure his (MS Dhoni) role will be defined, because you’ve got the head coach, the assistant coach and the bowling coach. So, I’m sure there has to be something from Virat Kohli or Ravi Shastri on what they would want apart from what they already have because India has been very successful in T20 Cricket.”

“It’s not like India has struggled in T20 Cricket. Had India struggled in T20 cricket, they might have had to get someone from outside, but Dhoni’s experience and his mindset of handling pressure in those crunched games could be one reason why they’ve got him as a mentor – not purely from the skill point of view, because these guys have got all the skill, to go out there and deliver. It’s probably, how to handle pressure during those important games because India had missed out on those important games – especially the Knockout games,” he added.

Further, explaining his opinion, Gambhir said: “So probably MS’ Dhoni’s experience of captaining this side and handling that pressure in those important games could be a huge advantage for young players. And you have to remember that most of these guys are young, for example, your Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy or any of these batters play – they’ve not been to any of the world cups. So, I’m sure MS will share his experience. That probably is the only thing I can think of; apart from that, I don’t see that MS Dhoni change anything from a skill point of view.”

“Ravi Shastri’s been there, Vikram Rathour has been there, and the entire support staff is there. So, probably MS can only add his experience to the players while probably going into the crunch games,” he added.

Earlier late on Wednesday evening, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had made the announcement of Dhoni’s appointment as India’s mentor for the T20 World Cup in the UAE in a virtual press conference beside announcing the squad for the showpiece event, which will be held in the UAE after the IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: Dhoni can’t be leading CSK batting at No.7, says Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that in order to score big, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni should bat higher up the order instead of No.7.

Gambhir felt that Dhoni isn’t leading his side if he bats at the No. 7 slot.

Significantly, Dhoni had departed for a duck in CSK’s campaign opener of the 14th Indian Premier League (IPL) season and Gambhir said that the former India captain is no longer the kind of player who can come in and take the bowlers to cleaners.

“MS Dhoni should be batting higher, that’s what matters because ultimately people should start leading from the front,” Gambhir said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live,.

“We keep mentioning this thing that a leader needs to lead from the front. You can’t be leading, when you’re batting at number seven,” he added.

The former India opener also said that there are issues with CSK’s bowling lineup but Dhoni batting higher up the order would be better for the Yellow Brigade.

“Yes, there are issues in their bowling line up. Plus, he is not the MS Dhoni, which he used to be probably four or five years back, where he could just come in and start taking on the bowlers from the word go. For me, I think he needs to bat at number four or five. Nothing below that,” said Gambhir.

After being on the receiving end in their last contest against Delhi Capitals, CSK will now face the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their second match of the season on Friday.

Mohammed Siraj will get a chance over Umesh Yadav in pink-ball Test, feels Gambhir

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that fast bowler Mohammed Siraj will get a chance over Umesh Yadav in the pink-ball Test between India and England, starting February 24 in Motera.

Umesh, who missed out on the final two Tests in Australia due to an injury, was declared fit to be a part of India’s squad for the remaining two Tests of the ongoing series England. However, Gambhir has said that he doesn’t see Umesh in the playing XI for the third Test.

“I don’t see Umesh Yadav in the playing XI. If India has to go with three seamers, it has to be Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Siraj,” Gambhir said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected chat show.

“Siraj looks very impressive and the way he bowled in Australia, even the way he bowled in the second Test match, there was nothing for the fast bowlers but the way he was getting the ball to move and the kind of speeds he was clocking, he was very impressive,” he added.

“So, these three seamers according to me will play the pink-ball Test match,” Gambhir said.

“The pink-ball Test match will be a completely different challenge because it is a new stadium, new wicket. India hasn’t played too much of pink-ball Test matches, neither has England, but if the ball starts moving especially under lights, England has the attack to rattle India. So India needs to play really well,” he went on.

“England needs to play really well because India has got the fast bowling to actually trouble England.

“With the kind of batting they [England] have, Ishant Sharma on the verge of playing 100 Test matches, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj looks in very good rhythm plus Ashwin back in form with the bat, and then there is Axar. So, India has got the bowling attack to rattle them,” Gambir concluded.

RCB will look at someone like Maxwell: Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will opt for someone like Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell during Thursday”s IPL auction.

Maxwell, known for his big hitting in T20 cricket, is among 292 players that are up for grabs at the IPL auction.

“Probably, they (RCB) will look at someone like Glenn Maxwell because they need to take a lot of pressure out of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ”‘Cricket Connected – Auction Special”.

He said looking at the combination Kohli would look to open batting though it was upto the management and captain himself.

“…yes, he (Kohli) is more suited to open batting. And he will open with Devdutt Paddikal and then, you have AB de Villiers. You want someone like an X-factor, like Maxwell, and at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, where it’s flat and small, so he can have that impact. So, probably, they (RCB) will look at someone like Maxwell,” added Gambhir.

According to Gambhir, RCB will also look for some quality players.

“They would need some quality players because they have let go of some quality players – Moeen Ali and Umesh Yadav for example. There are not many fast bowlers going around in the Indian circuit at the moment. You’ve got Navdeep Saini who is young, you’ve got someone like Mohammed Siraj, he can go hot and cold in T20 cricket, so probably releasing Umesh Yadav was the big surprise,” added he.

Gambhir also felt that Punjab Kings, can go for the likes of Umesh Yadav, Kyle Jamieson and Chris Morris.

“…they (Kings XI Punjab) might have to probably strengthen their Indian bowling because apart from Mohd Shami there is no one who could compliment him. Probably Umesh Yadav will be a very good pick – Mohd Shami and Umesh Yadav bowling with a new ball; so, they can actually rotate their fast bowlers. If you have got two Indian bowlers bowling with the new ball, it can actually open one gap for you from an overseas point of view. They can have someone like Chris Morris who can bowl well in the death as well, and at the same time Kyle Jamieson – so they can pick both of them,” he added.