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Augmented reality eagle takes IPL 2022 final to a new high

The TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 final between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals witnessed a new record attendance for a cricket match, attracting a crowd of 104,859.

Charting another historic path, Star Sports, official broadcasters of the toughest T20 League, and Quidich Innovation Labs partnered to produce an extraordinary Augmented Reality event, the first of its kind during a sporting event in the country, leaving fans across the globe both stunned and delighted.

During the innings break, viewers were presented with an augmented reality show featuring a majestic eagle that swooped into the stadium and took everyone by surprise – the first of its kind, aired on television in the country.

Star Sports and Quidich Innovation Labs teamed up to create this incredible AR showcase using the Unreal Engine, a powerful real-time 3D game engine, coupled with Quidich’s proprietary real-time drone tracking system, Spatio. The AR production gave the viewers a magical experience that highlighted the might of the IPL and its mission Yatra Pratibha Avsara Prapnotihi (where talent meets opportunity).

The sky above the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad transformed. Through the thunder and lightning, a magical eagle swept into the frame, flying around the stadium which had morphed into a nest.

The eagle flew towards the camera and surprised the talent in the Star Sports studio by knocking on the lens and drawing their attention. It then flew up majestically, revealing the magnificent IPL trophy; conveying the power of the competition and the zeal for the best team to win.

Mumbai Indians emerge most engaged club globally: Report

Mumbai Indians (MI) experienced their worst-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) season this year however, the Rohit Sharma-led side have yet again reiterated their widespread followership across the world and have sustained their top status on YouTube engagement worldwide, according to a study conducted by Spanish research agency Deportes & Finanzas.

According to the report, the 5-time IPL champions bettered their numbers on this count by over 50 percent in April 2022, clocking 66.1 million engagements, clear of second-placed Liverpool FC by 16m.

Mumbai Indians were ranked as the most popular sports brand for March 2022 on YouTube with 40.7M engagements, beating global brands such as FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and Real Madrid amongst others.

“A combination of YT Shorts and traditional YT videos have led to exponential consumption on MI’s YouTube channel. During the pre-season phase, MI produced engaging video content around the squad coming together for the first time ahead of the ongoing IPL season,” the report said.

“New video themes like MI Daily (a quick unfiltered wrap of MI’s daily activities in the camp), as well as partnerships with prominent MI fans who are also creators, helped gain additional consumption on YouTube,” it added.

Mumbai Indians continue to be a strong brand to engage with, attributed to strong strategies and creative content, which is interesting and engaging for all cricket fans.

Dinesh Karthik reprimanded for breaching IPL code of conduct during Eliminator

Just few hours before the Qualifier 2 match against Rajasthan Royals on Friday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik was reprimanded for breaching the IPL code of conduct during the Eliminator match against Lucknow Super Giants at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

“Mr. Karthik admitted to the Level 1 offence under Article 2.3 of the IPL Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. For Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” said an official statement from the tournament.

Article 2.3 of the IPL code of conduct talks about ‘Use of an audible obscenity during a Match’. It covers the use of words commonly known and understood to be offensive, obscene and/or profane (in any language) and which can be heard by the spectators and/or the viewing public whether by way of the stump-microphone or otherwise. This conduct may include, for example, swearing in frustration at one’s own play or fortune.

In the Eliminator at the Eden Gardens, Karthik provided finishing fireworks in an unconquered 37 off 23 balls, laced with five fours and a six. He was also instrumental in Bangalore taking 84 runs off the last five overs as Rajat Patidar slammed 12 boundaries and seven sixes for scoring an unbeaten 112 off just 54 balls, carrying Bangalore to a mammoth 207/4.

In reply, Lucknow fell 14 runs short, ending at 193/6 in 20 overs. The winner of Qualifier 2 between Bangalore and Rajasthan will face Gujarat Titans in the title clash at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday.

Bangalore vs Rajasthan will be royal encounter as both wants to win badly: Shastri

Former India captain and head coach Ravi Shastri believes the Qualifier 2 clash in IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday will be a royal affair as both teams want to be on the victorious side to play the title clash against Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

“It’s been 14 years for RCB (as they’ve never owned that elusive silverware) and 13 years since Rajasthan won their last title in the inaugural season. So between the two of them, it’s been 27 years (laughs). They both want it badly and it will be a battle of Royals. Let’s wait for that one. It’s going to be a great contest as both the teams would want to win it badly,” said Shastri on the Cricket Live show on Star Sports.

In IPL 2022, both Bangalore and Rajasthan have showcased great skills and class to bring themselves into a position where they can end their title drought. While Bangalore are yet to win an IPL trophy, Rajasthan have been searching for the elusive title since winning the inaugural IPL season in 2008.

 

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith believes Qualifier 2 will be a cracker of a contest. Smith, who was a part of the Rajasthan Royals side in winning the 2008 IPL, reckons the pressure will be on Sanju Samson & Co. as they are heading into the game on the back of a seven-wicket defeat in Qualifier 1 to Gujarat while Bangalore come into the match after defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator.

“I think the challenge will be on Rajasthan Royals after their disappointing loss against Gujarat Titans (in Qualifier 1). They must be hurt. Can they pick themselves up? RCB on the other hand are on a high. They’ll be keen to turn it around and put back a high skill level in the game. So, I agree with Ravi that we are going to have a cracker of a game on Friday night,” concluded the former left-handed batter.

RR understood true potential of Ashwin’s all-round abilities and utilised it well: Harbhajan

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has reckoned that Rajasthan Royals (RR) are the best franchise who have made use of India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin to the fullest in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

In the most exciting IPL season, R Ashwin has delivered with the bat, as well as with the ball, for the Jaipur-based franchise. It was Ashwin’s debut season for the Royals and the Tamil Nadu cricketer proved his mettle with his all-round abilities.

Speaking on ‘Cricket Live’ on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh said: “Rajasthan Royals should be credited for showing faith in Ashwin’s all-round abilities and this is the best franchise to have ever made full use of R Ashwin. No franchise has ever utilised Ashwin’s batting talent before but this team has promoted him up in the batting order and he’s won them a match with the bat.”

“They have understood the true potential of R Ashwin and full credit to Ashwin for reposing the faith of the franchise as well,” he added.

Harbhajan, however, believes RR’s batting mainstay Jos Buttler, who’s been a force to reckon with in the tournament, seems to have peaked early and that is why the runs have dried up from English swashbuckler’s bat.

The off-spinner, however, opined the explosive opener should go back to his basics in order to regain his form and come back strongly in the Qualifiers.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Harbhajan Singh said: “Jos Buttler will have to adjust to the pitches in Kolkata. The pitches in Maharashtra have slowed down as the tournament reached its business end but the Eden Gardens track will be fresh, so not just Buttler, every batter will have to make that necessary adjustment. Coming to Buttler, I feel that he seems to have peaked very early and that is a reason why runs are not flowing through his bat in the latter part of the tournament. He’s a great player and he’ll have to go back to his basics to regain his form.”

Meanwhile, former England cricketer Graeme Swann predicted his favourite team for the Qualifier 1 between Rajasthan and Gujarat on May 24 at iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Graeme Swann said, “Rajasthan Royals will win that first game (Qualifier 1) against Gujarat Titans. I honestly think first and second i.e. Gujarat and Rajasthan are the two best sides in this season and they could end up facing each other in that final.”

RR would be hoping to click in all departments against CSK: Graeme Smith

Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith has reckoned that inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) would be aiming to give their best in their last league game of the season against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as it will help them finish in the top two of the points table.

The Sanju Samson-led side has played brilliantly in the most exciting IPL season and a win tonight will put them in the second spot on the leaderboard.

Talking about RR’s strategy against CSK – who were the second team to be eliminated from IPL 2022 – Smith claimed the men in pink and blue should look to put up a comprehensive show against the four-time champions.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Smith said: “Jos Buttler should look to get another big knock under the belt. We’ve all talked about the importance of finishing in the top two and giving yourself an extra chance of playing in the knockouts. So that will be key for Rajasthan as well. They’ve played good cricket, they’ve found the form. Hetmyer is back after the birth of his first child so that’s a positive.”

“They would just be hoping that they click in all the departments against CSK. The top two will need to give them a good start,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also claimed that Rajasthan Royals have a golden opportunity to finish in the top two with a win over CSK and they will be disappointed if they lost this game.

Speaking on ‘CRICKET LIVE’ on Star Sports, Harbhajan said: “It is a golden chance for Rajasthan Royals to finish in the top two and give them an extra shot at fighting for the trophy. Beating Chennai Super Kings is never easy for any team but Royals will be disappointed if they fail to win as they’ll lose the opportunity.”

The Royals are currenty placed third in the points table with 16 points in their kitty and another win could see them finish second in the ten-team standings. As of now, RR have won eight of their 13 games and have lost the remaining five.

On the other hand, MS Dhoni-led CSK is already out of the race to the playoffs as they had a season to forget after they managed to win just four out of their 13 games and they would now aim to finish the season on a winning note.

Quite confident Kohli, Rohit will be in top shape before T20 WC: Ganguly

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been struggling with the bat in the ongoing season of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) and with the T20 World Cup few months away, the duo’s form has become a cause od concern for the fans and the Indian selectors.

In 13 games this season, former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Kohli has managed to score just 236 runs at an average of 19.67 and a strike rate of 113.46. Kohli’s tally comprises just a single half-century and three golden duck dismissals, which is his worst performance in the 14 years of IPL.

Only in the inaugural season of the cash-rich league, Kohli had scored fewer runs than the ongoing edition.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit has managed just 218 runs from 12 games at an average of 18.17 and with a strike rate of 125.29. Rohit’s tally comprises five single-digit scores and one dismissal on duck and he is yet to slam a single half-century the ongoing season where his side, which is already out of the race to the playoffs, have couple of more games to play.

In such a scenario, a lot is being talked about the two main pillars of Indian cricket with the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia this October, just around the corner and now Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the matter and reckoned that the duo will be back in form at the right time.

Speaking to Mid Day, the former India skipper opined that with the T20 World Cup still far away, he remains unfazed over Kohli and Rohit’s current form and also backed them to bounce back strongly.

“I’m not worried at all about the form of Rohit or Virat. They are too good…real big players. The World Cup is far away and I am quite confident that they will be in top shape much before the tournament,” he said.

Notably, after the ongoing edition of the IPL, India will play four T20I series with the five-match contest against South Africa scheduled to begin in June which will be followed by T20Is in Ireland and three in England and three more at home against Australia, although it is yet to be conformed by the BCCI.

Brendon McCullum named England men’s Test team head coach

Former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum has been appointed as the head coach of England’s men’s test team, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Issuing a statement, the ECB said: “McCullum, 40, will be in place to start his role for next month’s LV Insurance three-match Test series against New Zealand, which gets underway at Lord’s from 2 June, subject to obtaining the necessary work visa.”

The ECB’s selection panel of Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison, Managing Director of England’s Men’s Cricket Rob Key, Strategic Adviser Andrew Strauss and Performance Director Mo Bobat unanimously agreed that he was the outstanding candidate for the role, having impressed during the competitive interview process.

Notably, New Zealand born McCullum is currently serving as the head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He had previously coached Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title.

Commenting on the development, Rob Key, said: “We are delighted to confirm Brendon as England Men’s Test Head Coach. It has been a real privilege to get to know him and understand his views and vision for the game. I believe his appointment will be good for England’s Test team. He has a recent history of changing cricket culture and environments for the better, and I believe he is the person to do that for England’s red-ball cricket. We were incredibly fortunate to have a seriously strong list of quality candidates for the post, with Brendon demonstrating he was our number one choice.”

“I would like to thank Tom Harrison and the ECB Board for their support in this process. I believe in Brendon and Ben Stokes – a formidable coach and captain partnership. Time for us all to buckle up and get ready for the ride,” he added.

On the other hand, an elated McCullum said: “I would like to say how pleased I am to be given this opportunity to positively contribute to England’s Test cricket set-up and move the team forward into a more successful era. In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present, and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head-on.”

“I have enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious. I’m no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment, and I can’t wait to get started. Ben Stokes is the perfect character to inspire change around him, and I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us,” he added.

McCullum featured in 101 Tests for New Zealand and was the Test skipper of the Black Caps from 2012 to his international retirement in 2016. He will arrive in the UK later this month after the completion of his assignment wit the KKR, who have two matches left in their IPL league stage.

IPL 2022: Injured Jadeja likely to miss CSK’s remaining games in ongoing season

In what could be another setback for four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likley to miss the remaining games of his franchise in the ongoing season due to an injury.

Notably, Jadeja had picked up an upper body injury during CSK’s game against RCB following which he was forced to miss the clash against the Faf du Plessis-led side. As per a report in The Times of India, Jadeja is set to miss the remaining matches of CSK.

According to the report, CSK monitored Jadeja’s injury closely over the past couple of days and noticed that it has not improved much.

With the MS Dhoni-led side set to take on Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday, the loss of the star all-rounder will not be the best thing to have happened for the side as it has very slim chances to qualify for the IPL Playoffs.

Earlier, Jadeja had started the ongoing season as the captain of the side however, he later decided to step down midway after a string of poor performances in the current tournament following which Dhoni had to once again take up the mantle of captaincy.

Significantly, CSK have four wins from 11 games so far in the ongoing season.

In order to qualify for the next stage, CSK have to first win all their remaining games and then depend on the results of other games. For the Yellow Brigade, only a miracle can see them through to the Playoffs.

As of now, the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) are the only side to have sealed a playoffs’ berth.

Responsibility of leading a franchise bringing the best out of Hardik: Experts

Newbies Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the playoffs in the ongoing TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on the back of scintillating performances in the league stage.

Titans, under the leadership of their charismatic skipper Hardik Pandya, humbled debutants Lucknow Super Giants in their latest game by 62 runs and confirmed a playoff berth in style.

With 9 wins and 18 points in their kitty, Titans are placed comfortably at the top of the points table in the TATA IPL 2022 and they also look to favourites to finish in the top two.

Proving the cricket pundits wrong with their game, the Titans have been a team to beat in the most exciting IPL season and Hardik Pandya emerged as the best captain of the tournament so far.

Without any prior experience in captaincy, Hardik proved the naysayers wrong with his leadership skills and street smart decisions. He’s making the right calls at the right time and backing his players to the hilt, which are great signs for any leader.

The way Hardik is marshalling his troops is simply amazing and as a result, the team sees a new match-winner in every game. The decision to hand over a debut cap to an uncapped R Sai Kishore at the business end of the tournament also shows the confidence of the team management and the skipper in its bench strength.

Hardik has impressed with his astute captaincy moves. Experts reckon the added responsibility of leading the franchise is bringing the best out of the star India all-rounder.

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden reckons Hardik is showing all the qualities of a good leader in the ongoing tournament as he keeps performing well against big teams.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Matthew Hayden said, “Good cricketers, good leaders in particular keep their best for the best of times and that’s Hardik Pandya (for you) right now. He’s performing well in all departments. I love his energy and the enthusiasm that he brings to the table.”

Hardik has returned to the cricket pitch after recovering from an injury but he’s showing no signs of fatigue or inhibitions. The Baroda all-rounder has amassed 344 runs in 11 games at an impressive strike rate of 131.80. Hardik has notched up three half-centuries in the most exciting IPL season and leading by example in all three departments.

Former Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar lauded the Indian cricketer’s all-round skills and the discipline he’s showing in the ongoing tournament.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Gavaskar said, “Hat’s off to the hard work he’s been putting in. He didn’t play a lot of cricket before the IPL because he was recovering from an injury. (Now) Look at the discipline he’s showing in his batting. He’s batting well in the powerplay and making full use of the field restrictions, he’s doing exceedingly well in the field and getting better with every game.”

Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh – who has shared the dressing room with Hardik during his stint with Mumbai Indians – believes a player like Hardik requires a breathing space and he’s getting that freedom from Gujarat Titans think tank.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Harbhajan said, “A player like Hardik should have the freedom to work on his game, and he’s getting that at Gujarat Titans. For me, he is the best captain in this season so far. He is taking responsibility. Now he is bowling his full quota of four overs. He is leading the team from the front and has made a habit of scoring consistently with his bat. He always looks to motivate his teammates.”

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif – who has plied his trade both as a player, as well as a coach, in the IPL – claimed Hardik is relishing the responsibility and that is why his game is looking more balanced.

Kaif said on Cricket Live on Star Sports, “Hardik is now a changed player. As a captain, he is taking the responsibility of leading the team’s middle-order seriously, and scoring heavily. You can see, he is not getting overly aggressive this season, which is a major shift in his batting approach from the previous seasons.”