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Episode 481 May 24, 2022

Expresso IPL 2022 News Update at 1:30 pm on 24th May 2022

Here is the latest IPL News from the Indian Express at 1:30 pm on the 24th of May, 2022

You are listening to the Expresso Sports Update. Here is an update on the Indian Premier League 2022, brought to you by The Indian Express.
“Let’s begin with news from the play-offs.

A minor storm descended onto the Eden Gardens before the play-offs could even begin, giving several high-ranking officials unnecessary stress. Thankfully, damage was restricted to the front window of the stadium’s press box. A quick repair job has fixed the damage. And Sujan Mukherjee, the curator’s presence of mind kept the pitch and outfield safe.

Mukherjee praised his ground staff, spending sleepless nights to fight against the elements as thunderstorms are predicted for the next few days as he spoke to the Indian Express and said,
“As dark clouds gathered, we covered the pitch and outfield and put large stone chunks on the cover, heavy enough to withstand the gust. It did the trick,” ”
“West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday thanked the Cricket Association of Bengal for inviting her to attend the IPL play-offs at Eden Gardens on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In a letter she said, “Thank you so much for inviting me at the IPL play-off matches at Eden Gardens on 24th and 25th of May, 2022. It is a matter of great joy that Kolkata will once again play host to the IPL and cricket enthusiasts of Bengal, after a long wait, will get the opportunity to witness the flavour and excitement of one the best T20 tournaments in the world. My heartiest congratulations to CAB and its stakeholders for making all this possible.”””
“Meanwhile,

The hurt and disillusionment was obvious as a disgruntled India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha on Monday called the Motera Stadium his new “home ground”, having played all his life at the iconic Eden Garden.

It would not have been easy for the Gujarat Titans glovesman to return to the venue, where he made a dream Ranji debut with a hundred in 2007, but won’t play for the state after a run-in with the establishment.

Saha is seeking an exit from Bengal domestic cricket after a CAB official questioned his commitment for state Ranji tam.

Speaking ahead of Gujarat’s Qualifier One match against Rajasthan, the wicketkeeper said, “Here, I’m representing Gujarat so my home ground is Motera Stadium, I believe in that.”””
“Moving on,

Star Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler is “disappointed” with his form in the last few games but said he is taking a lot of confidence from the big knocks that he had played early in the tournament going into the Indian Premier League play-offs.

The English wicketkeeper-batter has accumulated 629 runs at a strike rate of 147, but has slowed down, with single digit scores in his last-three outings.

He said,
“I’ve obviously been delighted with my form here, but a bit disappointed with the last few games. The first half of the tournament I was playing some of the best cricket I’ve ever played, and I’m still taking lots of confidence from that going into the play-offs.””
Dinesh Karthik has called his selection for India’s upcoming home T20I series against South Africa his “most special comeback” to the national team. Karthik, who had been on the sidelines since India’s semi-final exit in the 2019 ODI World Cup, was picked following an impressive Indian Premier League season, in which he has finished several games successfully for Royal Challengers Bangalore at a standout strike-rate of 191.33.

In a video posted by Bangalore on their Twitter handle Karthik said,.
“Very happy, very, very satisfying… must say that this has been probably my most special comeback, because a lot of people had given up on me,” ”
“Meanwhile,

The Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene was “brutally honest” in his assessment after their early exit from the Indian Premier League, saying they failed to take control of crucial moments and did not play good cricket.

Jayawardene said, “”You have to be brutally honest, we haven’t played good cricket,”

“Like I have said earlier, the intensity, we haven’t taken control of crucial moments in certain matches, we had that done then we had the confidence to get those four-five wins in a row, where we would be fighting for the play-offs, but it has been that kind of a season and I am definitely disappointed,”

Mumbai Indians finished last in this year’s Indian Premier League, winning only four games out of fourteen”
In a chat for IPLT20.com with Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli spoke about a net session which helped him get back among the runs. Kohli made 73 off 54 balls while opening the innings against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli said, “It has been a very challenging time, no doubt about that. There are lots of things that are not controllable on the field and I have experienced that this season. One thing that stood out for me was my preparation in the nets I batted about 90 minutes on the go. All I was trying to do was to get into a positive frame of mind every ball I played.
“MS Dhoni, on Friday, put an end to his retirement speculations, saying that he would come back strong next year. The Chennai Super Kings captain also spoke about how it would be unfair not to thank the fans in Chennai.

Ahead of Chennai’s final game in this IPL, against Rajasthan, toss presenter Ian Bishop asked Dhoni whether he would be returning next year, to which the Chennai captain said, “Definitely. It’s a simple reason; it will be unfair to not play in Chennai and say thank you. And also, hopefully, next year there will be an opportunity where the teams will be travelling so it will be a like thank you to all the different places where we will be playing games at different venues,””
“And finally,

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar landed himself in an unnecessary controversy after making an unwarranted remark about Rajasthan batter Shimron Hetmyer and his wife.

Gavaskar made the comment after Hetmyer, who returned to the playing XI after spending time with his wife for the birth of their child, came out to bat after the loss of five wickets with Rajasthan chasing 151 runs against Chennai on Friday.

Gavaskar, sitting at the commentary box, said: “Hetmyer’s wife delivered, will Hetmyer deliver for the Royals now?”

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Expresso IPL 2022 News Update at 1:30 pm on 24th May 2022Here is the latest IPL News from the Indian Express at 1:30 pm on the 24th of May, 2022 You are listening to the Expresso Sports Update. Here is an update on the Indian Premier League 2022, brought to you by The Indian Express. "Let's begin with news from the play-offs. A minor storm descended onto the Eden Gardens before the play-offs could even begin, giving several high-ranking officials unnecessary stress. Thankfully, damage was restricted to the front window of the stadium's press box. A quick repair job has fixed the damage. And Sujan Mukherjee, the curator’s presence of mind kept the pitch and outfield safe. Mukherjee praised his ground staff, spending sleepless nights to fight against the elements as thunderstorms are predicted for the next few days as he spoke to the Indian Express and said, “As dark clouds gathered, we covered the pitch and outfield and put large stone chunks on the cover, heavy enough to withstand the gust. It did the trick,” " "West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday thanked the Cricket Association of Bengal for inviting her to attend the IPL play-offs at Eden Gardens on Tuesday and Wednesday. In a letter she said, “Thank you so much for inviting me at the IPL play-off matches at Eden Gardens on 24th and 25th of May, 2022. It is a matter of great joy that Kolkata will once again play host to the IPL and cricket enthusiasts of Bengal, after a long wait, will get the opportunity to witness the flavour and excitement of one the best T20 tournaments in the world. My heartiest congratulations to CAB and its stakeholders for making all this possible.""" "Meanwhile, The hurt and disillusionment was obvious as a disgruntled India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha on Monday called the Motera Stadium his new “home ground”, having played all his life at the iconic Eden Garden. It would not have been easy for the Gujarat Titans glovesman to return to the venue, where he made a dream Ranji debut with a hundred in 2007, but won’t play for the state after a run-in with the establishment. Saha is seeking an exit from Bengal domestic cricket after a CAB official questioned his commitment for state Ranji tam. Speaking ahead of Gujarat's Qualifier One match against Rajasthan, the wicketkeeper said, “Here, I’m representing Gujarat so my home ground is Motera Stadium, I believe in that.""" "Moving on, Star Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler is “disappointed” with his form in the last few games but said he is taking a lot of confidence from the big knocks that he had played early in the tournament going into the Indian Premier League play-offs. The English wicketkeeper-batter has accumulated 629 runs at a strike rate of 147, but has slowed down, with single digit scores in his last-three outings. He said, “I’ve obviously been delighted with my form here, but a bit disappointed with the last few games. The first half of the tournament I was playing some of the best cricket I’ve ever played, and I’m still taking lots of confidence from that going into the play-offs.”" "Dinesh Karthik has called his selection for India’s upcoming home T20I series against South Africa his “most special comeback” to the national team. Karthik, who had been on the sidelines since India’s semi-final exit in the 2019 ODI World Cup, was picked following an impressive Indian Premier League season, in which he has finished several games successfully for Royal Challengers Bangalore at a standout strike-rate of 191.33. In a video posted by Bangalore on their Twitter handle Karthik said,. “Very happy, very, very satisfying… must say that this has been probably my most special comeback, because a lot of people had given up on me,” " "Meanwhile, The Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene was “brutally honest” in his assessment after their early exit from the Indian Premier League, saying they failed to take control of crucial moments and did not play good cricket. Jayawardene said, ""You have to be brutally honest, we haven’t played good cricket,” “Like I have said earlier, the intensity, we haven’t taken control of crucial moments in certain matches, we had that done then we had the confidence to get those four-five wins in a row, where we would be fighting for the play-offs, but it has been that kind of a season and I am definitely disappointed,” Mumbai Indians finished last in this year's Indian Premier League, winning only four games out of fourteen" In a chat for IPLT20.com with Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli spoke about a net session which helped him get back among the runs. Kohli made 73 off 54 balls while opening the innings against Gujarat Titans at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Kohli said, “It has been a very challenging time, no doubt about that. There are lots of things that are not controllable on the field and I have experienced that this season. One thing that stood out for me was my preparation in the nets I batted about 90 minutes on the go. All I was trying to do was to get into a positive frame of mind every ball I played. "MS Dhoni, on Friday, put an end to his retirement speculations, saying that he would come back strong next year. The Chennai Super Kings captain also spoke about how it would be unfair not to thank the fans in Chennai. Ahead of Chennai's final game in this IPL, against Rajasthan, toss presenter Ian Bishop asked Dhoni whether he would be returning next year, to which the Chennai captain said, “Definitely. It’s a simple reason; it will be unfair to not play in Chennai and say thank you. And also, hopefully, next year there will be an opportunity where the teams will be travelling so it will be a like thank you to all the different places where we will be playing games at different venues,”" "And finally, The legendary Sunil Gavaskar landed himself in an unnecessary controversy after making an unwarranted remark about Rajasthan batter Shimron Hetmyer and his wife. Gavaskar made the comment after Hetmyer, who returned to the playing XI after spending time with his wife for the birth of their child, came out to bat after the loss of five wickets with Rajasthan chasing 151 runs against Chennai on Friday. Gavaskar, sitting at the commentary box, said: “Hetmyer’s wife delivered, will Hetmyer deliver for the Royals now?” " "You were listening to the Expresso Sports Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest sports news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates in the world of Sports."
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