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IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra picks the top six knocks of the tournament thus far

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Aakash Chopra has picked his top six knocks from the 29 matches that have been played in IPL 2021 thus far.

IPL 2021 was suspended when players from some of the teams reported positive Covid-19 test results. The BCCI intends to stage the remaining matches at a later date based on the available window and the prevailing situation at that time.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked Kieron Pollard‘s unbeaten 87 off just 34 deliveries against the Chennai Super Kings as the best knock of IPL 2021.

“My innings of the tournament is Kieron Pollard’s knock against CSK in Delhi. I agree the ground is small, he has a thick bat and powerful forearms but it is not easy to chase. When you are chasing 15 runs per over, you have no option but to hit but while hitting your heart is beating that there is no scope of a mistake,” said Chopra.

The cricketer-turned-commentator chose AB de Villiers‘ unbeaten 76 off 34 deliveries against the Kolkata Knight Riders on a spin-friendly Chepauk surface as the second-best knock of IPL 2021.

“At No.2, I have kept AB de Villiers vs KKR at Chennai. Batting was tough in Chennai as teams were winning after scoring 130-odd runs. The batting was very difficult in the death overs there and in such a case AB de Villiers’s knock was an amazing one. He took the team beyond 200 and showed that he is from a different planet,” observed Chopra.

Aakash Chopra picked Devdutt Padikkal‘s maiden IPL century against the Rajasthan Royals as another of his favorite knocks of IPL 2021.

“Devdutt Padikkal had Covid earlier and missed the first match because of that. After that, he didn’t score runs in the matches in Chennai. There was pressure developing on him and he scored a century against Rajasthan Royals. It was his first century and could be the turning point of his career,” stated Chopra.

Devdutt Padikkal smashed an unbeaten 101 off just 52 balls and stitched together an unbroken 181-run opening wicket partnership with Virat Kohli to help RCB register a 10-wicket win in their IPL 2021 encounter against RR.


Aakash Chopra’s picks of the other three top knocks of IPL 2021

Sanju Samson smashed the first century of IPL 2021 [P/C: iplt20.com]
Sanju Samson smashed the first century of IPL 2021 [P/C: iplt20.com]

Sanju Samson‘s 119-run knock in a losing cause against the Punjab Kings got the fourth spot in Aakash Chopra’s picks of his top six innings of IPL 2021.

“At No.4, I have kept Sanju Samson’s century. When someone scores a century in the second innings, that’s incredible, especially when it comes in a 220-run chase. The bowling was not ordinary as there was Shami, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Arshdeep and Murugan Ashwin,” said Chopra.

Jos Buttler’s blazing 124 off 64 deliveries against the Sunrisers Hyderabad got the former KKR player’s vote as the fifth-best innings of IPL 2021.

“At No.5, I have kept Buttler’s century. 124 runs in a 20-over game is huge. There was Rashid Khan in the opposition team and his bat was not striking the ball till the 11th over. He demolised the opposition after his first 30-odd deliveries, Jos played as a boss,” added Chopra.

Aakash Chopra concluded by picking Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99 off 58 deliveries in the 29th match of IPL 2021 as another of his favorite knocks.

“Last but not the least, the last innings is Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten 99. KL Rahul was not there and he was playing his first match as captain, Gayle and the rest of the batsmen had fallen at the other end. He was facing the good bowling attack of Delhi but some of his shots were delicious and sumptuous,” concluded Chopra.

Mayank Agarwal’s whirlwind knock took the Punjab Kings to a score of 166/6. But the Delhi Capitals chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 14 deliveries to spare in the last match played in IPL 2021.







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French Champion Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot Charged With Rape

Pierre-Charles Boudot has been charged with drugging and raping another rider.© AFP




French champion jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot was charged Wednesday with the rape of a female rider at Cagnes-sur-Mer, prosecutors in Senlis announced. Boudot, who won the 2019 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is accused of raping the plaintiff on the night of February 17 at Cagnes-sur-Mer on France’s Cote d’Azur. “My client, a 25-year-old woman from Chantilly’s racing community, was at a party,” lawyer Justine Devred told AFP. “It’s highly likely she was made to drink or administered substances to make her incapable of consent.”

“She has flashes, long periods, moments when her body was no longer responding,” Devred added.

A second jockey has been charged with failure to report a crime in connection with the case.

Although the alleged rape took place at the racing centre of Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice the case was moved to Senlis near France’s flat racing headquarters Chantilly where Boudot lives.

Under the terms of his 50,000 euro bail Boudot is banned from entering Chantilly’s Oise region.

The 28-year-old, French champion in 2015, 2016 and 2020, is also being investigated for a second charge of rape, which he denies, dating back to 2015.

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In this case he has been named as an assisted-witness, Jean-Baptiste Bladier, the prosecutor at Senlis north of Paris announced.

As in the February case the plaintiff says she too was drugged before being raped.

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Incumbent WV Raman, Ex-Coach Ramesh Powar Interviewed For Indian Womens Cricket Head Coach Job

It is learnt that all the four candidates gave good presentation for the Indian women’s head coach role.© Twitter




Current women‘s head coach WV Raman, former coach Ramesh Powar, ex-India players Ajay Ratra and Hrishikesh Kanitkar appeared for virtual interviews conducted by Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Wednesday. Out of 35 applications, eight India internationals were shortlisted for interviews, which included four men and four women. While the four male candidates were interviewed on the day, the four female candidates Mamtha Maben, Devika Vaidya, former chairman of selectors Hemlatha Kala and Suman Sharma will be interviewed on Thursday.

“Four interviews were conducted today. All the four candidates came well prepared. The remaining four interviews will be conducted tomorrow,” CAC head Madan Lal told PTI on Wednesday.

Two CAC members — Lal and Sulakshana Naik — were present as RP Singh couldn’t join as his father died on Wednesday.

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It is learnt that all the four candidates gave good presentations and their interviews ran between 35 to 45 minutes with extensive discussion on the roadmap going into next year’s ODI World Cup.

One of the candidates was apparently asked about his idea of creating bench-strength once some of the legends call time after the completion of next year’s marquee event.

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Before every IPL, Avesh Khan pays a visit to the MRF Pace Foundation. Here, he hones his skill, trains hard and settles into a good bowling groove. 

This year was a breakout season for the 24-year-old Avesh in the Indian Premier League. Before the first game he remembers Delhi Capitals coach, the legendary Ricky Ponting, telling him, “This is your moment seize it.”

And after he produced a stellar performance, Ponting said, “Now that you have got off to a good start, continue in the same rhythm. We will back you fully.”

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Bowling with fire and hostility with the new ball and at the death, he finished with 14 wickets in eight matches at 7.70 (economy rate). Only Harshal Patel, with 17, grabbed more wickets. “When the shine was there, I was able to move the ball. Then I was able to send down yorkers.”

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There is a strong Australian connection to Avesh’s success. Ponting, impressed with Avesh’s potential, spoke to him regularly about the day’s play and the game-plan for the next encounter.

“Ponting is a very good motivator,” said Avesh. 

And Aussie pace bowling legend, Glenn McGrath, fine-tuned Avesh’s technique for longer duration matches, taught him the virtues of patience and made him bowl on the fourth stump at the MRF Pace Foundation.

Head coach M. Senthilnathan constantly interacted with Avesh.

One of the four ‘travelling’ standbyes for the tour of England, Avesh is looking at the future with optimism.  Someone with a semi side-on release and a high-arm action, Avesh has strong shoulders and a good seam position.

He said, “I can consistently bowl at over 140 kmph. And my slower delivery is around 120.”

His most memorable wickets in this year’s IPL? “Bowling both Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni. Kohli was beaten by movement. And Dhoni attempted a pull.”

Talking about his rapport with Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant, Avesh said, “We go back to our India under-19 days. He gave me complete freedom with my field placements. And we would discuss the day’s play.”

Avesh is on top of his game now. 



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