IPL 2014 newsfile May 14, 2014

'Yuvraj will be match-winner in World Cup 2015' - Murali

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Muttiah Muralitharan feels his Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate, Yuvraj Singh, has a lot left in him. Following Yuvraj's knocks of 83 off 38 and 68 not out off 29 in the IPL, Murali said India "should look after Yuvraj" because of what he could do for them in next year's World Cup. Following his stymieing 11 off 21 in the World T20 final, Yuvraj was under considerable pressure, Murali said, and hence his form dropped.

"I have been talking to Yuvi a lot," Murali told the IPL website. "He is a great limited-overs player, but his confidence was low. After the World Twenty20, the whole country put a lot of pressure on him. I know the situation well as I played for 20 years at the highest level. I knew it was just a matter of helping him regain his confidence. I was sure once he did that, he would be a different player.

"After the way he has performed in the last two games, it seems I was right. I honestly think Yuvi has still got it and India should look after him because I feel he will play a big role in the 2015 World Cup. He will be India's match-winner there."

Ranchi crowd misbehaves
The Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals game in Ranchi on Tuesday ended on a sour note, when some spectators hurled water pouches onto the ground just after Super Kings' MS Dhoni hit the winning runs. The cheerleaders on the boundary, subsequently, had to take cover inside the stadium, PTI reported, and more water missiles were thrown when a second batch of cheerleaders came out to lead the post-match celebrations.

'T20 suits spinners best' - Yuvraj
The impact the spinners - legspinners in particular - have had on this IPL is clear for all to see. Yuvraj Singh, in his column in the Times of India, said the spinners had become "vital cogs" in their teams, and the format seemed best suited for them to thrive.

"No T20 team can be imagined without a quality spinner. Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin are vital cogs in the wheel of their teams. They are the ones who can attack with the new ball and defend with the old one," Yuvraj wrote. "Even the domestic bowlers, Praveen Tambe, Akshar Patel, Rahul Tewatia and our own Yuzvendra Chahal have done very well for their teams.

"If you ask me, this format suits them the most. Spinners thrive on the mistakes of the batsmen. Their job is to disguise and bluff the batsman. They work on the patience of the batsmen and constantly probe to induce an error. And in this format, batsmen are always under pressure and prone to make mistakes. They don't have much time to settle, get the feel of the pitch, before going for the runs. And that's where spinners make the impact."

Sammy confident of Sunrisers making playoffs
With four wins from nine games, Sunrisers Hyderabad sit in the crowded middle section of the points table. Which way their campaign will go from here, is left to be seen. Allrounder Darren Sammy, though, is pretty confident the team will enjoy success. In the lead up to their match against Kings XI Punjab, he said things were coming together well at the right time for them.

"We have not performed at our best but we are peaking at the right time and by the time we qualify for the playoffs, we might be playing the best cricket and we will then eye the next stage," Sammy said, according to PTI. "We are working well as a unit. The team's players have gelled well. And hopefully we will only get better as the tournament progresses."

'I don't want to bowl at Maxwell now' - Johnson
Matches: 9; runs: 474; average: 52.66; strike rate: 198.32. With IPL numbers like that to his name, there will be few bowlers out there who will volunteer to bowl to Kings XI Punjab's Glenn Maxwell at the moment. His Australia and Kings XI team-mate, Mitchell Johnson is not putting his hand up either. Speaking on the eve of his team's match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Johnson joked about being happy to only take on Maxwell in the nets.

"I just don't want to bowl at him now in a match. I would prefer to do that in the nets," Johnson said. "He is in such terrific form, batting with great confidence and hitting the ball all over the ground. There is lot of pressure on every bowler and it is very difficult to bowl to him. No bowler seems to relish this prospect now. Even I would like only to watch him from the sidelines."

Twenty-yard circle for Twenty20?
Lalit Modi, the - now-banished - brain behind the IPL, has revealed that strategic time-outs and on-field interviews with players aside, he had wanted to introduce other innovations into the IPL, but they were shelved for various reasons. Talking to Business Today, after the Indian business magazine named the IPL one of the five best innovations in India this century, Modi said: "We wanted players to wear heart-rate meters that would showcase their heart rate during high-pressure situations, like a tight last-over finish, or while a bowler ran in to bowl, or when a fielder attempted a catch. We thought the heartbeat sound, along with the heart rates on the big screens, would give spectators a unique experience. But some players expressed their reluctance and we respected that.

"There were also suggestions in favour of reducing the 30-yard circle to make the game pacier and give batsmen and fielders something else to think about. Eventually, though, that idea was scrapped because I didn't want to tamper with the fabric of the sport."

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  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    lets take him to the england tour................you guys will get the answer whether he can play on foreign soil..........then you guys can say whatever you want to !

  • Bramville on May 15, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    All those who feel Yuvraj should be in next years WC team, please also don't forget that the WC is not being held in the sub continent this time and would be played on the bouncy seaming pitches of Australia.

  • Shantanu on May 15, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    If couple of club games including one in which opposing team has weakest of attack are indicative of great form then a lot of players would become match winners instantly. Yuvraj's Indian days are almost over but he can enjoy his club cricket where normally the bowling attacks are less menacing thanthat in international cricket. Murali's comments may be seen at best an attempt to keep Yuvraj's morale high for remaining RCB games.

  • Cricket on May 14, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Yuvraj may have been short on confidence in the T20 WC but that doesn't change the fact that he can no longer play short pitched bowling which is what he will face in the WC in Australia. Yuvraj is always his best against average bowlers on low slow pitches and then that's in a format where bowlers are cannon fodder. Hardly the best measure of form. Would have been good to see someone else get a chance but looks like Dhoni has made his mind up about Yuvraj.

  • Adrian on May 14, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Murali may have forgotten how Yuvi fared @ T20 2014 final Vs. SL & format in 50/20 overs are not the same. Suggest Yuvi should be replaced by a good youngster like Kohli on ODI cup 2015.Secret of current IPL T20 & SL team final T20 successes are proven by sound youngsters on consistent manner.

  • Android on May 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Mr.cricket man yu dnt no cricket...yur 20 probles is very sad ...my 15 in wc...in austrlian condition..msd..raina..rohith..kohli..pujara .yovi..rahane..iwill take robin uttappa back up opener...binni..umesh..buvi..jaddu..ashwin..iswarpandey..mohith sharma..

  • Android on May 14, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    it doesnot matter whether u pick yuvi or raina for wc 15 ...the main thing is our bwling & we have constantly seen that b/w 10-35 th overs we were unable to pick wkts in nz n sa....so 300+ is always be the target n mind u noone can chase 300+ in foreign pitches especially some teams loaded with fast track bullies...

  • Sriram on May 14, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    My 20 probables: MSD, Shikar, Rohit, Gambhir, VK, YV, Raina, Rayudu, Rahane, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvi, Shami, Ishwar, Mohit, Aaron, Ishant, DK, Piyush (he somehow brings luck in these WCs lol)

  • Aakash on May 14, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    It is common for IPL players to talk up their team mates, and in their own interest when they talk up popular, senior members of their franchise.

    Yuvraj has always been excellent at putting away low to average quality bowling (ofcourse, recently he was struggling to do that) but against good quality bowling, and make no mistake, there will be plenty of that in 2015 - on Australian pitches, he will struggle. India have already lost a t20 World cup ( often winning and losing are team efforts, but in t20 especially, one breathtaking or painful innings is enough to win or lose games ) thanks to this man, and he threatened India's campaign several times during the group stages and semi-finals, but succeeded in the finals. So, unless he proves himself in domestic games, A games and then on ODI tours, it would be downright silly to give him an opportunity for 2015 WC based on IPL performances.

  • Sriram on May 14, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Gary and MSD prior to 2011 mentioned that a core group of 20 has be decided at least 6-8 months prior to the WC and will be rotated and given oppurtunities. And the top 12 will be the key group and involved all the way. If Yuvi, Raina are part of the top 12 which i believe yes then they should be told so and given confidence. The same goes with bowlers. I see based on current or recent form Bhuvi, Shami are sure shot. If Ishant, Mohit, Ishwar, Varun are part of the options then the selectors and coach should talk to them, tell them that they are in that 20 and give them both confidence as well as prepare them for the games. I see that with so much focus on present our bowlers hardly get any time to horne thier skills. Why do you need the ODI tour with Bangladesh (with due respect) than let them go back rest, train on skills that are impertive such as yorkers, variations. You can get it right if you dont train.

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