All news clippings in the run-up to the 2020-21 season
Former Tamil Nadu and Chennai Super Kings seaman Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh retired from all types of cricket the day before his 33rd birthday. He finished his career with 108 wickets in 50 top-rated games and 93 wickets in List A cricket with an average of 24.67. His last competitive game was in August 2019 when he played in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). His last appearance for Tamil Nadu was a List A game against Assam in Chennai in September 2018.
Yo Mahesh was among the first Indian domestic players to achieve IPL successes and became the Delhi Daredevils highest wicket taker with 16 hits in the opening season with a savings rate of 8.77. He joined the Super Kings and scored three wickets in five games, including a 2-21 win over Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
– Yomi (@ yomi2105) December 20, 2020
Several injuries then incapacitated him, but after having knee surgery in London, Yo Mahesh returned to top-notch cricket after five years in 2017, helping Tamil Nadu, with two wickets followed by a career, take advantage of the first innings against Mumbai. best of 103 not out.
Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma appointed Delhi as a coach
Rajkumar Sharma, a former Delhi-based top player but known as Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, has been named Delhi senior team head coach for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Sharma was the team’s bowling coach last season when KP Bhaskar was the head coach. With Sharma’s promotion, former Indian batsman Gursharan Singh was named assistant coach for the team. Singh, who took a test and an ODI in New Zealand in 1990, trained Uttarakhand last year and has been on various state teams since 2007. In 2016 Sharma won the prestigious Dronacharya Prize – the highest government award for sports coaches – also coached the Associate Team Malta, won the CK Nayudu Trophy (U23) as head coach with Delhi and was also part of a camp with the India A women’s team as coach.
The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) also appointed Ashu Dani to chair the selection committee.
These appointments were announced after being recommended on December 19 by the DDCA’s Cricket Advisory Committee, now chaired by Rohan Jaitley, son of the late Arun Jaitley, who also served as the BCCI’s Vice President and President of the DDCA.
M Vijay skips the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for “personal reasons”
Tamil Nadu opening batsman M Vijay has withdrawn from the upcoming edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament citing “personal reasons” while K Vignesh, the middle pacemaker, retires after testing positive for Covid-19 Selection stood. They were replaced on the 26-person list of probabilities with L Suryaprakash, a 31-year-old batsman who has played three T20s and eight top-notch games for Tamil Nadu, and RS Jaganath Sinivas, a 22-year-old medium-pacer with a top-notch Appearance.
The squad, led by players like Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Warrier, M Ashwin and R Sai Kishore, will play three practice matches against each other on December 19, 20 and 21 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, before the final Squad will be selected on December 21st. Tamil Nadu is in the elite Group B of the tournament, which is set to start next January 10th alongside Assam, Bengal, Hyderabad, Jharkhand and Odisha, and will play all of their games in Calcutta.
Vijay, now 36 and a veteran of 61 Tests, 17 ODIs and nine T20Is, played three games for the Chennai Super Kings in the latest installment of the IPL, but without a notable performance. He is very experienced in the format, having played 169 T20 games over the years, having scored 4,223 runs with an average of 26.22 and a hit rate of 122.19 over three centuries.