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IPL 2016: In-form Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions aim to continue winning run

first_imgIt will be a clash of two in-form teams when Delhi Daredevils host Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Wednesday.Gujarat have enjoyed a superb start to their debut season, winning four of their five matches to be placed second on the table with eight points. They have the same number of points as table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Delhi are two points behind in third place. The Daredevils have been equally impressive, winning three of the four matches they have played so far.Led by Zaheer Khan, the Daredevils have done well as a unit. Opener Quinton de Kock has been in good form. The South African star has the ability to play the big shots and perk up the run rate, and can also play a long innings when required.Delhi also have several talented young batsmen like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Pawan Negi, and Mayank Agarwal, while JP Duminy has been in good form in the lower-middle order. West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite also has the ability to produce the big hits.Among the bowlers, pacer Mohammed Shami and legspinner Amit Mishra have done well. Although Zaheer has not been in his best form, the likes of Chris Morris, Imran Tahir and Nathan Coulter-Nile offer several strong candidates in the bowling department.Gujarat also have a strong batting line-up with the likes of Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, James Faulkner and Dwayne Smith. (Sanju Samson credits Rahul Dravid for Delhi Daredevils’ revival )advertisementFinch had struck three back-to-back half-centuries in the first three games, although his opening combination with McCullum was not a success. In the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Gujarat think tank tried a new opening combination in McCullum and Smith which proved to be a good move as the duo added a quick partnership of 47 runs.Gujarat’s Indian players like Pravin Tambe, Praveen Kumar, and Akshdeep Nath have also done well. In the bowling department, left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati has not been among the wickets and may find himself out of the playing XI.last_img read more

Watch: When Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan sought blessings from Ram Rahim

first_imgVirat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra were seen bowing down to self-styled godman Ram Rahim in a video that has gone viral.The video dates back to several years ago. Kohli, now the India captain and world cricket’s premier batsman, looked like he was still in the early years of his career. It was unclear whether Dhawan had still made his international debut.In the video, Nehra was seen standing next to Ram Rahim in a Team India tracksuit.Ram Rahim, in an interview, had once claimed that India’s top cricketers and other sporting icons had learnt the finer details of their tradecraft from him.”I have accomplished several feats in my life. As you may have noticed, I am capable of doing so many things. I have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and have coached as well,” Ram Rahim had said in another video which had gone viral in the aftermath of his conviction in a 15-year-old rape case.”Vijender Singh, Virat Kohli and the likes came to me to learn and are now making India proud. There is a video which I will release,” Ram Rahim had claimed in the interview dating back to September 2016.Ram Rahim was unperturbed that none of the cricket superstars had ever mentioned his contribution to their bright careers.”Dhawan, Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan all came to me to ask (what they could do to become better,” the godman said.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.advertisementAt least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana, officials said.India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday the ‘godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.last_img read more