Sri Lanka great and Mumbai Indians superstar Lasith Malinga has announced his immediate retirement from franchise cricket after being released from the Mumbai Indians squad ahead of the IPL 2021 players auctions.
RCB have retained a total of 12 players ahead of IPL 2021 auctions which includes the likes of Devdutt Padikkal and Mohammed Siraj. Kane Richardson, who opted out of the last year's tournament, has also been retained by the Virat Kohli-led side.
IPL Retention Announcement 🔊 Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for, 12th Man Army. We have retained 12 stars from our 2020 squad. 🌟🤩#PlayBold #IPL2021 #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/YkzSV3EUjU— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 20, 2021
Delhi Capitals are set to trade Australian Daniel Sams to RCB ahead of IPL 2021 according to ESPNCricinfo. The all-rounder came in as a replacement of Jason Roy in the DC side but went wicketless in his maiden Indian Premier League. However, the Australian has impressed with bat and ball in BBL 10.
Rajasthan Royals have parted ways with Seve Smith ahead of IPL 2021 auctions. The Australian was the skipper of the franchise but had an underwhelming season, failing to deliver as RR finished at the bottom of the points table. Read more here.
Rajasthan Royals have released their captain Steven Smith! Which team should go for him at the IPL 2021 auction?
LIVE updates: https://t.co/SOBRKVl3Zn pic.twitter.com/uD4SO95kvd— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 20, 2021
Mumbai Indians are likely to let go of Lasith Malinga ahead of IPL 2021 auction according to several reports. The highest wicket-taker in IPL missed the last edition due to personal reasons. Malinga had sat out the 2018 edition but was brought back by MI in 2019 for 2 crores.
KKR could release Englishman Tom Banton ahead of IPL 2021 Auction according to ESPNCricinfo. Banton was bought last year for a base price of 1 crore by KKR but didn't get much game-time. The England opener played just two games in IPL 2020 scoring 10 and 8 runs respectively.
It is understood that CSK's balance purse has increased from 0.15 crore to 22.7 crores after the franchise released a number of players before the auction. Harbhajan Singh has parted ways with the three-time champions while Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay and Kedar Jadhav are the reported exits.
Chenna Super Kings have retained Suresh Raina ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. The left-handed batsmen didn't participate in IPL 2020 due to personal reasons but will be representing the three-time champions in the new season.
Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan made a sensational comeback after a one-year ban. The left-arm spinner took a four-wicket haul as West Indies got bundled out for 122 runs while batting first in the opening ODI.
West Indies are all out for 122!
Shakib Al Hasan picks up the last wicket of Alzarri Joseph, returning brilliant figures of 4/8 💥#BANvWI | https://t.co/76LmNVz1EG pic.twitter.com/jPX8Lk080C— ICC (@ICC) January 20, 2021
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has confirmed that he will be leaving Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2021 after his contract with the three-time champions expired. The cricketer has thanked CSK management, staff and players for wonderful memories.
As my contract comes to an end with @ChennaiIPL, playing for this team was a great experience..beautiful memories made &some great friends which I will remember fondly for years to come..Thank you @ChennaiIPL, management, staff and fans for a wonderful 2years.. All the best..🙏— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 20, 2021
India scripted history once again in Australia but this time with a second-string bowling attack and without their captain and talismanic batsman Virat Kohli. India beat Australia by three wickets to win the fourth and final Test and clinch the series 2-1. Their win at The Gabba ended Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at the venue and also left the hosts with consecutive Test series defeats at home against India. From standing on the brink of being whitewashed after the 36-all-out embarrassment in the opening Test, India showed tremendous grit and determination to fight back and secure a series win. India Squad for First Two England Tests Announced: Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya Set To Return, Prithvi Shaw Axed.
The BCCI also announced an 18-member squad for the opening two Test matches against England. Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma are set to return for the Test series, which begins from February 5 in Chennai. India kept almost a similar team to the one that toured Australia with Prithvi Shaw being the only player left out from the squad. Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan, who weren’t part of the Test squad originally in Australia but were added after injuries, were not picked. Video of Australian Fan Shouting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ Slogans Goes Viral After India Beat Hosts at the Gabba To Win Series.
Washington Sundar, however, was named in the team as one of the four spinners with Axar Patel also getting a place. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja, who are all recovering from injuries, were not picked in the Test squad.
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Mumbai ended their campaign with a win over Andhra while Rajasthan beat Saurashtra and Haryana defeated Kerala to end the group stages of the T20 tournament.
In the Indian Super League, Odisha FC bounced back from a goal down to hold Hyderabad FC to 1-1 draw. Halicharan Narzary gave Hyderabad FC the lead early in the first half while Cole Alexander equalised for Odisha FC, who remained at the bottom after the draw. Meanwhile, moving to Badminton, Kdiambi Srikanth had to bow out of the Thailand Open due to a calf muscle strain despite winning the opening round. PV Sindhu and Sameer cruised to the second round while Sai Praneeth had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test.