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In Case You Missed it: Captaincy changes, and the race to IPL playoffs

Our best content from the week gone by

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja chat in the team dugout, Abu Dhabi, November 1, 2020

Oh captain, my captain: MS Dhoni found himself CSK captain again after the Jadeja experiment failed  •  BCCI

The captaincy churn continued this week, this time with Nicholas Pooran taking over from Kieron Pollard for the West Indies and, unexpectedly, MS Dhoni taking back the CSK captaincy from Ravindra Jadeja after a short, tough run in charge for the latter. The IPL is fast approaching the business end and teams are going all in to make the top four slots for the playoffs. Here's all the action from this week of cricket.
Nicholas Pooran appointed West Indies white-ball captain
The announcement followed Kieron Pollard's retirement from internationals. Pooran has five pressing issues to ponder when he takes over - workloads and a weak-bowling attack among others.
Ravindra Jadeja as Chennai Super Kings' captain: a timeline
Jadeja handed the captaincy back to MS Dhoni after struggling to manage in his new role. Sampath Bandarupalli maps how Jadeja's season has (not) shaped up with bat, ball and in the field, even as his team's hopes of defending their title hang by a thread.
Tom Moody on Sunrisers' dream fast-bowling line-up: 'You should be able to take wickets in all phases of the innings'
While a fair few IPL teams have built their squads around batting depth, Sunrisers Hyderabad has long invested in a pedigreed bowling attack, unearthing the likes of pace sensation Umran Malik. Head coach Moody spoke to Shashank Kishore about Malik, how the side ended up building an Indian bowling core, and more.
How 'systematic', 'quiet' Mukesh Choudhary made it from Bhilwara to Chennai Super Kings
Shashank Kishore on the left-arm seamer who first made his name in Pune club cricket before graduating to the big leagues.
Ben Stokes carries wisdom of experience into ultimate England honour
David Hopps says Stokes has seen the England team through its ups and downs already, and as captain he promises hard graft in a bid to restore England's Test standards
Kumar Sangakkara on Jos Buttler's batting success: 'He's great at understanding what the game is telling him to do'
The Rajasthan Royals' director of cricket talks to Andrew Fidel Fernando about the making of Buttler's purple patch this IPL season and the reason he's found success where other batters haven't.
How many batters have been stumped in both innings of a Test?
And how many of them have bagged a pair in the process? If you have a cricket question, Steven Lynch has the answer.
Anuj Rawat is a big-hitting left-hand keeper from Uttarakhand in the Rishabh Pant mould
The wicketkeeper-batter's rise in cricket has mirrored that of the Delhi Capitals captain, but his consistency on the domestic circuit is yet to translate into IPL success. Vishal Dikshit has his story.
Watch: Tim Southee has to answer
Would Tim Southee rather bowl in a Super Over or bat in one? And does he prefer Jasprit Bumrah's yorkers or Neil Wagner's bouncers? The KKR fast bowler is forced to make tough choices.
Photo feature: Training Day
Cricketers at work make for great pictures