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IPL 2021: A Crack at the Code of Social Media Handles of all IPL Franchises

Punjab Kings

When the curtains are raised for an IPL season, the mercury level shoots up to around the globe. Players, whether national or international, are seen toiling hard to compete with the best in the business. Well, it’s not just the players who are swamped with cricket for the next couple of months, there are significant contributors to the cash-rich league who work relentlessly behind the star cast.

Yes, they are the people who bring the fans an inch closer to their favourite franchises or players. The social media support group is as important to a franchise as any other key stakeholder. Their journey ahead of any IPL season starts months before and probably ends up months after the denouncement of the season. With millions of fans glued to their respective franchises and players for months, the social media teams of these franchises bridge the gap between the fans their dear players, and franchises.

They connect the fans of the game with all the live updates, activities, news, and stories around their teams. Serving millions of fans is no walk in a park and it won’t be far-fetched if due credit is being given to this innovative flock of people for the mass popularity of the league. Having said that, they are a crucial cog in the wheel of all the IPL Franchises’.

Ever wondered what might be the code to the social media handles of these franchises’? Well, we have cracked the code!

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore – EESALACUPNAMDE

Royal Challengers Bangalore

One of the most talked and flamboyant IPL team even after years of dismal performances, speaks volumes of the work done behind the stage to poach and grip a major chunk of the IPL fans. RCB has one of the biggest fan bases and despite all the failures, the fans have not failed to shower their support for the red-army.

Ee Sala Cup Namde” is a popular slogan amongst the RCBians and before the start of the season, you will find RCB fans roaring this slogan in the hope of lifting the trophy this year. This phrase essentially means “This time the cup is ours”.

With the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villers, KL Rahul, and Chris Gayle-to name a few, it was apparent that batting was never an aching problem for RCB. It was the bowling department that has let the franchise down on most of the occasions. It will be interesting to see in IPL 2021 that whether RCB has addressed the problem or not?

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Team-wise fittest cricketer in the IPL 2021 season

Manish Pandey SRH

Cricketers must take good care of their fitness in order to qualify as the fittest cricketers. In case, if they are unfit, they shall not be given any opportunity to represent the national cricket team and it is as simple as that. In order to be a regular feature in the team, players should perform well and remain fit.

One can’t forget when a world-class player like Rohit Sharma was body-shamed for gaining kilos in the lockdown period. Fans trolled the 33-year-old Mumbai Indians captain for his body shape and weight. After winning his fifth title with Mumbai Indians, he straightaway took the flight to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Rohit Sharma was not picked for the limited-overs leg against Australia. When all others took the flight to Australia after IPL 2020, Rohit worked really hard to reduce weight and his waistlines. He attained desirable levels of fitness and only after that, he was declared fit by the BCCI medical team.

Rohit flew to Australia to play the last two Tests. So, it doesn’t matter how big a player is but what all matters is one must be good in terms of cricketing skills and also fitness. The forthcoming Indian Premier League is just a day away from getting underway. Players have already been practising hard in the nets.

Although there are plenty of cricketers who are deemed “fit”, there is a certain crop of players who have taken the fitness to the next level. We will now take a look at the fittest player from each team in IPL 2021 season.

8. KL Rahul

KL Rahul KXIP

KL Rahul is one of the most sought-after batsmen in T20 cricket. The right-handed batsman who played across formats has been quite brilliant and consistent with the bat over the last couple of years.

Besides carving out a niche for himself in international and domestic cricket, KL Rahul is also a fantastic wicketkeeper. However, in order to maintain all these, he has to follow a diet and workout schedule.

Punjab Kings who won the Orange Cap in IPL 2020 season for scoring 670 runs in 14 games has inspired the fans and his followers with his workout regime. His hardcore workouts include push-ups, box jumps, squats, battle rope waves, pull-ups etc.

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Top 10 current Sexiest International cricketers in the world

Virat Kohli

In the modern age, the cricketers are not just viewed as a bunch of athletes on the field anymore, they are rather perceived as a whole brand off the field. They have wrapped themselves in charisma, flamboyance, fitness, and whatnot. The fans celebrate their beloved cricketers for their off-the-field lifestyle as much as they admire them for their exploits on the field.

What would have someone said a decade or two ago about the thought of having lean muscles, chiselled with 6-pack abs, with extravagant tattoos all over the body, funky hairstyle, heavy beards? An alien thought, rightly so. Regarded as a gentlemen’s game, contemporary cricket has been spiced by the added flavours of the exuberance of youth. Apart from raising the bar of the game that is being played today, these modern gen cricketers have elevated the game to some new fashions, trends with their lavish looks and persona.

The partnership between cricket and the Bollywood fraternity has conceded some fairy-tale stories in the past and the bond is hitching together stronger as ever. And this can rightly be coined as a result of the emergence of the ostentatious looks and lifestyle being adopted by the cricketers. Having said that, check out the list of the top 10 international cricketers who might ablaze the ramp stage with their hotness.

10. Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey

Another Indian cricketer from the south of India, Manish Pandey is renowned as one of the most stylish and dashing Indian cricketers at present. Pandey who has struggled so far to cement his position in the Indian team is a classy batsman and probably one of the fittest and outstanding fielders of all time.

His social media handles are a testimony to his appealing looks with some raging photo shoots. The 29-year-old is also voted as the 14th most desirable men by Bangalore Times in and around the Garden City. Manish Pandey recently tied the knot with the South Indian actress, Ashrita Shetty.

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IPL 2021: 3 Mumbai Indians cricketers who might warm the bench for most of the season

Arjun Tendulkar

Mumbai Indians can take refuge in the fact that they are the only team that won as many as 5 titles in the Indian Premier League so far. Earlier, Chennai Super Kings dominated the cash-rich league. However, Mumbai Indians slowly made strides and touched the pinnacle of success and even edged past the belligerent Chennai Super Kings. 

Rohit Sharma made use of the resources quite well and it’s because of which Mumbai Indians became the most successful franchise. The 33-year-old is also the most successful IPL captain with 5 titles under his belt. Rohit Sharma is also the most successful player in the league as he won 6 titles as a player. No other player has managed to achieve this feat.

MI earned a name for themselves as the most decorated team in the IPL with the most accolades in their trophy cabinet. Mumbai Indians won the 2019 edition of the IPL by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. Almost everyone wrote the Mumbai Indians off in the 2020 season because they have had a history of winning the title in the odd seasons. 

They won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017 and in 2019. But Mumbai Indians proved everyone wrong by winning the title in the 2020 season. With this achievement, they became the second team after CSK to defend the title. However, no team has won a hat-trick of titles in the IPL. 

But, one can’t write Mumbai Indians off considering their squad depth, balance and experience. They have a great chance of scripting history as they will look to become the first franchise to win a hat-trick of coveted titles. MI will commence their title defence on April 9 in the tournament’s first game as they lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. 

Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, the defending champions released as many as 7 players namely Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh. On the other side of the coin, they retained the core. 

Overall, Mumbai Indians have as many as 18 players in their machinery. But, only eleven players can make it to the starting XI. Based on the performances of the players, the MI team management will do the rotational policy. 

However, there are chances that a few players may not even play the whole season. In this article, we will take a glimpse at three MI players who might warm the bench for the IPL 2021 season.

3. Aditya Tare

Aditya Tare

Mumbai Indians’ fans will forever be grateful to Aditya Tare’s six off James Faulkner in the IPL 2014 season. When the team required to win the game with a better run rate, Tare smashed a six towards the square leg’s stand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. MI edged past Rajasthan Royals in terms of Net Run Rate rule.

Since then, he didn’t carve out a niche for himself as a regular feature in any of the teams he has been a part of. Needless to say, he was with the MI franchise till the 2015 season where he won 2 honours. The wicketkeeper-batsman was released by MI ahead of the 2016 season where he was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

But Tare failed to deliver the goods. The same thing happened when he was snapped by Delhi Capitals in the next season but he failed to cement the spot. Later on, he returned to Mumbai Indians’ set-up. With Quinton de Kock in the team, Tare is less likely to start the game as he has been statistically poor. He scored 339 runs in 35 IPL games at an average of 14.12.

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CricBouncer Exclusive: Monty Panesar predicts the 4 teams for IPL 2021 playoffs

Monty Panesar

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is just two days away from going all guns blazing. The tournament will commence on April 9 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai as the defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Meanwhile, all eight IPL franchises have been seriously preparing for the new challenge. Mumbai Indians are the most successful side as they won 5 titles to decore their trophy cabinet. Chennai Super Kings follow second on the list of most titles won in the IPL.

MS Dhoni-led CSK won three titles whereas Kolkata Knight Riders won two titles so far. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the IPL. Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad won a title each. RCB, Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals are yet to win a title so far.

It will be quite interesting to see which team will win the title this time around as there is no home advantage to any of the IPL teams. Eight teams will battle it out at each other twice in the league stage. The best four teams would make it to the playoffs.

Monty Panesar makes surprising prediction for IPL 2021

Ahead of the upcoming season, full-time pundits, cricket experts, commentators have been analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the teams and also came up with their own prediction. Meanwhile, former England spinner Monty Panesar came up with his own prediction as well.

While speaking exclusively to CricBouncer, former finger spinner predicted which team would win the title while also adding four teams that would make it to the playoffs this time around. Former England international is of the notion that Mumbai Indians would make it to the playoffs and win the title this time too.

No team has won three titles in a row and Panesar believes Mumbai Indians would become the first team to win a hat-trick of accolades. “Indians obviously the strongest side there. It just seems like a team I think everybody wants to be. It’s like Man City in Premier League and everyone is chasing them. I expect them to be in the playoffs and I think they are probably gonna win again this year,” Panesar added.

Rajasthan Royals are one of the teams that would qualify for the playoffs according to Monty Panesar. Since England players like Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have done well in India, Rajasthan Royals will benefit a lot from these stars as per Monty.

“Rajasthan Royals have got big names and this year they don’t have Shane Warne as their mentor and that will give them the space to work out on how to win games. Jofra Archer would probably come later on. Ben Stokes has done well in India now and Jos Buttler needs to fire. They just need to find out ways and work out roles for each individual in the team but they look like a good team to me,” the former cricketer explained.

Delhi Capitals reached the IPL 2020 final under Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy. But Iyer has been ruled out of IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury. Pant will lead the team in Iyer’s absence. Monty believes Pant will steer the side to the playoffs.

“Delhi Capitals you know, they have got good overseas players. I think their coaching at the backroom is really good with Mohammad Kaif and Ricky Ponting. I think Delhi Capitals should be again in the top 4. It’s a very strong side, young dynamic team,” the 38-year-old Panesar said.

Last but not least, Sunrisers Hyderabad is the other team that would qualify for the playoffs according to Monty. David Warner’s SRH has proved time and again that they are one of the consistent teams. They qualified for the playoffs last time and even knocked RCB out in the Eliminator. But, they lost to Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1.

“Yeah with Sunrisers Hyderabad you know Jonny Bairstow has done well and Jason Holder does enough with bat and ball. I think Jason Roy could be the find for them. Last year they dropped Bairstow, Kane Williamson played and David Warner is obviously gonna play, they have also got Rashid Khan.

So I think this is probably the most experienced or strongest team of all-rounders after Mumbai Indians. They are always under the radar but I think they will definitely make it into the playoffs,” Monty Panesar added in a statement.

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5 current fittest cricketers in the world

Virat Kohli

Fitness is a substantial parameter in order to represent the national cricket team. Back in those days, cricketers were selected based on their skills and fitness was not the top-most priority. If at all fitness was the priority then Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar wouldn’t have graced the game.

However, as the years progressed, the cricket fraternity has seen players getting injured quite often. This is the main reason why the cricket bodies of all nations decided to introduce a fitness test which is so-called the yo to test. Players need to clear this test in order to feature in the national team.

Earlier, Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was body-shamed for sporting healthy waistlines. The 33-year-old stalwart gained weight during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The Indian team management didn’t pick him in the limited-overs series against Australia. 

Rohit Sharma won the fifth IPL title as captain and after that, he flew to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to work on his fitness. After passing the test, he was allowed to join the team. So, it doesn’t matter how big a player is, if one fails to clear the fitness test, he shall not be a part of the team.

There are plenty of fittest cricketers in the world right now. In this article, we have picked the top 5 fittest cricketers.

5. Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been one of the crucial cogs of the national team set-up. The 25-year-old is known for subtle bowling variations of lines and length. He is one of the best young pacers in the world right now.

The cricket fraternity has seen Rabada troubling world-class batsmen with a searing pace. Earlier, in an interview, the right-arm quick expressed that he relishes being fit as it helps enhance his self-confidence and mental strength.

The South African international took 284 wickets in 82 Test innings, 119 wickets in 75 ODIs and 31 wickets in 26 T20Is. His best bowling figures in Tests, ODIs and T20Is are 7/112, 6/16 and 3/30 respectively.

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IPL 2021: The Best Combination of all the Teams for Super Over

AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli RCB

We have witnessed on many occasions that the games in IPL have gone down to the wire but still didn’t fetch a result- such has been the fierceness of the battles in IPL. A 40-over game sometimes hasn’t been good enough to decide the winner of the game and as a result, the fans are treated with the delight of a Super-Over clash. 

In a Super-Over contest, both the teams get 6 balls each to play and they can bat only 3 batsmen and only 1 bowler will have to bowl the over. The team that batted second will have to bat first in the Super-Over and the other team has to chase the score down to win. Even if a super-over results in a tie, the process continues until a winner emerges.

Conspicuously, you need power-hitters in your team who can unleash powerful strikes out of the park in the 6 balls. Whereas, on the bowling side, you will always find the team deploying its best bowler for the task. With IPL 2021 only a few days from hitting us, let’s look at the best possible combinations of all the teams that might be seen during the Super-Over finale:

1. Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes Rajasthan Royals

Batsmen- Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson

Bowler- Chris Morris

The English couple- Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler are one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball. Both of them are probably the hardest hitters of the ball in RR’s camp and will surely come out to bat in a super-over case. The other batsman will be the newly appointed captain of Rajasthan Royals- Sanju Samson, who too loves to deal in sixes and boundaries.

In the absence of Jofra Archer, RR’s bowling looks a bit dented but the most expensive foreign purchase in the history of IPL, Chris Morris, will be RR’s choice to fill that void. Morris is one of the best death bowlers and will look to take his team through the line if in case RR finds itself in a super-over.

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4 cricketers who might not be seen in IPL 2022

MS Dhoni

Age is an important criterion when it comes to playing cricket. A team should consist of both youngsters and experienced players so that young ones would pick up lessons on the go. However, the youngsters are given utmost importance by the team management so that they blossom and come through with flying colours. 

Indian Premier League has often served as a platform for youngsters to express themselves. The talented prospects who score runs on a consistent basis might be the next big thing in cricket. This is the main reason why they are nurtured by the team management. 

On the contrary, aged cricketers are often shown the exit door. Although their experience is taken into account, they might not give their best shot in other factors like fielding, sprinting and so on. These minute details surely do make a big difference. 

How often have we seen a team lose or win the game by 1 run? Taking all these factors into perspective, we may not see the aged cricketers in the upcoming years. In this article, we will take a glimpse at four cricketers who might not be seen in IPL 2021.

4. Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir

South African international Imran Tahir has time and again proved that age is just a number. The 42-year-old would still make waves with exemplary performances? He currently plays for South Africa in T20Is. Tahir is playing franchise cricket all over the world. 

Not a long ago, Tahir took the cricket fraternity by storm after he took a sensational catch in the Caribbean Premier League. While others think his days as a player are just numbered, Tahir defied the odds to show that he has a few more years of cricket left in him.

Chennai Super Kings retained his services for the next season. However, he played just 3 games in the last season where he took 1 wicket. Tahir, who is known for his trademark sprinting celebration reached the peak of limited-overs cricket by becoming the No.1 ODI and T20I bowler in the world at the age of 37.

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IPL 2021: 5 cricketers who can replace Josh Hazlewood at CSK

David Willey

Australia’s regular feature Josh Hazlewood is well-known for his sheer pace, lethal beamers and consistent performances in the game of cricket. The 30-year-old pacer was snapped up by the three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings in the mega IPL auction ahead of the 2020 season at the United Arab Emirates.

The fast bowler with big-game experience to his resume has however played just three games for CSK in the previous season. The right-arm fast bowler took 1 wicket to his name. While CSK retained his services for the next season, the pacer himself took an important decision at the last moment.

Just less than a week ahead of the tournament, the Australian pacer decided to pull out of IPL 2021. The New South Wales native made his stance quite clear that he wants to rest up for important events like the T20 World Cup and the Ashes series. Hazlewood’s exit at this stage would certainly give a big headache to CSK.

CSK are scheduled to begin their campaign when they take on Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the three-time IPL champions haven’t named a replacement yet. In this article, we will take a look at 5 players who can replace Josh Hazlewood at CSK.

5. Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid

Chennai Super Kings have often been a franchise that has relied more on spinners than pacers. Adil Rashid has a great chance of getting picked up by the yellow army. The leg spinner had earlier registered himself at the 2021 auction for a base price of INR 1.5 crore.

Sadly, no team showed any interest in rope in the experienced spinner. The 33-year-old is known for his subtle bowling variations of good line and lengths. He bowled really well during England’s tour of India. The veteran picked up important wickets.

Rashid who was part of the England squad that won the 2019 ODI World Cup is yet to make his debut in the IPL. The leg spinner has played 57 T20Is in his cricketing career wherein he took 55 wickets in 54 bowling innings at an economy of 7.54.

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IPL 2021: 4 Teams that can qualify for the IPL 2021 Playoffs

Mumbai Indians

The 2021 season of IPL will be making a comeback to its home soil after the 2020 edition being played in UAE due to the coronavirus pandemic. IPL 2021 season has begun the reverse counting as the first match will be taking place on 9th April between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the team still hunting for its first-ever IPL title, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

With the gradual influx of the players joining their respective teams, some players have left their franchise stranded with their unavailability. While some players will be fulfilling their national duties, the others are recuperating from their injuries. It has become a worrisome issue for the team management to figure out their best XI ahead of the imminent IPL 2021. Meanwhile, the teams have assembled and have begun with their preparatory camps to get off the rust from their IPL kitbags.

But there are few franchises who can leverage upon the wherewithal they possess in their squads. They have got all the bases covered and have the perfect replacements for the ones who will not be there- either for some part of the IPL or for the whole season. In a competitive tournament as IPL, you do not want to leave any lacuna open.

While the players are sweating hard under the scorching sun of summers in India, the team management are sweating cold in the air-conditioned rooms to figure out the best possible XI, after all the team with the best stable XI will have the upper hand once again. Wondering which all teams have the best personnel in their armoury to take them through the playoff stage?

Check out the top 4 teams that can qualify for the IPL 2021 Playoffs:

Mumbai Indians (MI)

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians, the most successful T20 cricket franchise in the world, will once again be in the pole position to get the coveted title of IPL 2021 after emerging victorious in UAE in 2020. Many cricket pundits will agree that MI has one of the most balanced and formidable squad. They have left no stone unturned when it comes to building a squad or rather a family.  They have ticked every box and are looking imperious in IPL 2021 as well, at least on the paper.

They have one of the most destructive opening pairs in the form of- Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock and if the South African wicket-keeper batsman won’t be there, then Chris Lynn will be itching to take his slot as an opener. In the middle order, they have the services of Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard to make things even worse for the opposition. With Jasprit Bumrah the leader of MI’s bowling attack, he will be accompanied by Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar amongst others.

Best Playing XI of Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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