Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar turned 45 on Tuesday and was present for Mumbai Indians’ Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium.
The home team’s Icon revealed just how he spent his special day as well during a brief pitch-side interview during the first innings with the visitors at the crease.
“It’s been a special day,” the Indian cricket legend said.
“You can see what’s happening in the stadium. A lot of people were outside my house this morning, coming from various parts of India.
“I started the day with my mother and received her blessings. Later on we also launched my company’s website and then I spent some time with cancer patients.”
Tendulkar also touched upon Mumbai Indians’ form in the IPL this season, addressing defeats that went down to the last or penultimate balls of matches.
“We’ve been playing good cricket but you need to deliver in the crunch moments. It’s about going back to doing simple things. The more complicated things are, the more difficult they become.
“You need to finish well. It becomes critical how you finish the second half. The first three games were all decided on the last ball.”
The Australian quick will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured finger. The franchise confirmed the news on Tuesday evening, on the eve of their clash with Mumbai Indians.
Pacers like Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins are among several players who have had to pull out due to injuries.
Stanlake has so far played four matches for the Hyderabad franchise and has managed to pick up five wickets.
Billy Stanlake has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2018 owing to a fractured finger. The #OrangeArmy wishes him a speedy recovery.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 24, 2018
The 23-year-old’s injury will come as a huge blow to Kane Williamson’s men who are already grappling with the absence of pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the clash against Mumbai due to a niggling back injury.
Stanlake’s place in the squad for Tuesday’s clash was taken by Basil Thampi. This was the Australian’s second stint in the IPL The tall pacer had been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in 2017 before being purchased by the Sunrisers during the auctions earlier this year.
It remains to be seen which bowler the Hyderabad franchise will sign as a replacement, if any. Given the recent injury troubles though, one would fully expect them to bring a fresh face in to shore up the bowling attack.
Both sides come into the clash on the backs of impressive wins although it is the Super Kings who are the in-form team with four wins out five matches so far.
On the other hand, Kohli’s men lost three of their first four matches in the competition before getting their campaign back on track with a six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils.
AGEING SUPER KINGS STILL A FORCE
At 25 years of age, pacer Deepak Chahar was the youngest player in the Chennai playing XI which beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets on Sunday. That Chennai Super Kings have an ageing squad compared to the rest of the pack is well known and even skipper Dhoni has poked fun at the topic.
However, there is no denying that the two-time champions have plenty of IPL experience in their side and the veterans in the team have all stood up to be counted at crucial times in their campaign so far. The likes of Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina have all made vital contributions while the ‘younger’ guns in Chahar and Sam Billings have also chipped in when called upon.
Whether they have the legs to go all the way to the title remains to be seen, but for now, they seem to be a force to be reckoned with.
BATTING DEFINING RCB ONCE AGAIN
With Kohli, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock in the ranks, Bangalore’s batting was always going to be their forte. However, the bowling unit is looking patchy at the moment save for a few stellar individual performances.
This has placed all the more onus on the batsmen in the side and it is the batting which has primarily decided the side’s fortunes in the season so far. While Kohli has been largely consistent, the supporting cast has largely been patchy. De Villiers came to the party with an unbeaten 90 (39) in the win against the Daredevils and the Royal Challengers will need their star batsmen to click together once again if they are to have a chance against a high-flying Super Kings.
There is no shortage of excitement whenever the two sides meet in the IPL. Having been loosely classified as the South India derby, the match is set to take place in the backdrop of the ongoing Cauvery river dispute between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Political protests over the affair was the cause of the Super Kings’ home matches being shifted out of Chennai to Pune after just one match. While no such protests are expected on Wednesday in Bengaluru, expect the Chinnaswamy stadium to be jam-packed and rocking when the Super Kings come calling.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock (wk), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Corey Anderson, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur