Sanju Samson’s majestic unbeaten 92 drew praise from all quarters on Monday (April 16). On the other hand, yet another failure for Yuvraj Singh also set the tongues wagging.
Elsewhere, South Africa’s board is defining the transformation concept in clearer terms, even as Australia continue to explain the intricacies of the new broadcast deal.
After Sanju Samson special, Virat Kohli shows mirror to Indian Premier League’s India aspirants (Hindustan Times)
Sanju Samson’s stunning 92 not out in Rajasthan Royals’ win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday again showed Indian Premier League is not merely about foreign players or stars from the national team. He lashed 10 sixes in a 45-ball masterclass that spurred the 2008 IPL champions to 217/4.
Sanju Samson finally begins to fan his spark into a flame (ESPN Cricinfo)
Sanju Samson is only 23, but he’s been part of Indian cricket for half a decade. It was in April 2013 that we first saw Samson, a scrawny 18-year old tasked with securing a Rajasthan Royals chase against Kings XI Punjab. He did so in style, playing a match-winning innings on debut, following that up by becoming the youngest batsman to make an IPL fifty, and eventually collecting the award for being the best young player of the season. The spark was unmistakable, and in 2014, Royals backed the 19-year old enough to retain him.
Yuvraj Singh disappoints again vs Chennai Super Kings (Hindustan Times)
Yuvraj Singh flopped with the bat once again during their IPL 2018 match against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, leaving the crowd in Mohali disappointed. The 36-year-old batsman was sent packing off the bowling of medium-pacer Shardul Thakur when wicket-keeper MS Dhoni took his catch behind the wicket.
Dodgy Rajasthan T20 league had it all (The Indian Express)
It had roped in an established sports channel for live telecast, tied up with a popular cricket website for real-time ball-by-ball updates and obtained recognition from BCCI’s affiliated state unit. The organisers of the Twenty20 Rajputana Premier League (RPL) had it all covered. Until the Jaipur police, acting on a tip-off from the BCCI, exposed the match fixing rot beneath the cricketing glitter.
Transformation not an event with a time limit, says Cricket SA president (iol.co.za)
Transformation in cricket is a process that must continue until all South Africans are afforded “equal opportunities”. That was the view of Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani following the conclusion of the organisation’s Transformation Indaba in the Pilanesburg this weekend.
Proteas: No rest for the wicket (iol.co.za)
The Indian Premier League is maybe the loudest (and not only because of Danny Morrison’s ‘commentary’) and most colourful show in town, but it isn’t the only one.
South Africa’s elite cricketers, fresh off an exhilarating and historic Test series triumph against Australia, are spending their ‘breaks’ keeping the rhythm going in various competitions, besides the IPL.
Seven boss dismisses concerns over anti-siphoning rules in cricket deal (The Sydney Morning Herald)
One Day and Twenty20s internationals are on the government’s anti-siphoning list, which gives free-to-air broadcasters the first to buy sporting events the government thinks should be freely available to the public. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has said it was “for Cricket Australia to explain how the arrangements they have entered into are in the interests of cricket fans and participants”.
From Nepal to Dubai, UAE captain Rohan Mustafa wins T20 titles in two countries in two days (The National, UAE)
Rohan Mustafa completed a double of playing in Twenty20 finals in two different countries in the space of two days – and won both. The UAE captain was the man of the match in the final of the Dhangadhi Premier League in western Nepal on Friday. After helping Dhangadhi Team Chauraha to that title, he had to work out what to do with the motorbike he won for his excellence, then get back to Dubai asap.
Superstar Canberran Zoe Cooke earns ACT Meteors deal (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Her dominance of the Cricket ACT landscape meant it was only a matter of time before Zoe Cooke earned an ACT Meteors recall. The Western District-UC all-rounder has signed a one-year deal with the Meteors as they search for a breakthrough WNCL triumph.