IPL 2021: Rahul Dravid's rage, Glenn Maxwell's dancing show, Harsha Bhogle still box office on lighter side of things
Social media isn’t just for sharing Glenn Maxwell boogies and Dravid tantrums. These days it is also a genuine means for anyone with enough knowledge and insight to have a tangible influence on the professional game.
A lot went wrong for the Chennai-based side last year but the new season brings new hope and a lot can go right for the team this time around.
Here are some of the batsmen who are likely to make an impact in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, which starts on 9 April.
Ahead of IPL 2021, here are the 10 all-rounders to watch out for.
Being constantly exposed to Indian conditions in IPL will benefit England in T20 World Cup, says Ben Stokes
This year, there are 14 England cricketers contracted to play IPL, including white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Stokes, Johnny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan.
'Don't want to go toe-to-toe with players on IPL participation', says England's director of cricket Ashley Giles
The former spinner, who played 54 Tests, 62 ODIs between 1997-2006, feels any standoff with the players on the matter could have dangerous implications for England cricket.
Sam Curran's unbeaten 95 grabs headlines but India script nervy finish to overcome England, clinch ODI series
Check out photos from the third and final ODI between India and England, which was held at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.
India vs England: Jos Buttler sees 'shades' of MS Dhoni in Sam Curran's valiant 95 not out in third ODI
Batting at No 8, Sam Curran led a fine England fight back, with a knock of 95 not out after they were seven wickets down for 200 to revive the visitors' hopes of chasing down 330 but eventually fell short by seven runs.
India vs England: Surprised Shardul Thakur wasn't the player of the match, says Virat Kohli after third ODI
Virat Kohli also said Bhuvneshwar Kumar should have been the player of the series and not Jonny Bairstow.
India vs England: 'Tremendous skill, lots of drama,' Twitter reacts to hosts' thrilling win in final ODI
Here's how Twitter reacted to India's impressive win over England in the third and final ODI of the series!
India vs England: Sam Curran's heroic effort goes in vain as hosts win third ODI by seven runs to clinch series
Put in to bat, India were all out for 329 in 48.2 overs with Shikhar Dhawan (67), Rishabh Pant (78) and Hardik Pandya (64) hitting half-centuries.
India vs England: Virat Kohli vs Ben Stokes and other key player battles that could define T20I series
Ahead of the series-opener on Friday, we take a look at the key battles that could define the five T20Is.
Last week, England head coach Chris Silverwood confirmed that IPL-bound England players will be available for the entire tournament, which means those involved in the final stages of the cash-rich league are most likely to miss the opening Test against New Zealand.
It has become apparent that a journey from Britain to Ahmedabad would involve more than one commercial flight, increasing the prospects of Curran's exposure to the coronavirus
Kevin Pietersen said a win against India is similar to a victory against arch-rivals Australia and urged the selectors to play both Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Sri Lanka vs England: 'Haven't bowled as well as I could have', says Dom Bess after five-for in Galle
Bess, who returned figures of 5-30, combined with paceman Stuart Broad, who took three wickets, as Sri Lanka were all out in two sessions as the two-Test series resumed in Galle after the original tour was aborted over the coronavirus in March.
Unlike some others sides, unfortunately, CSK did not have enough top-quality young cricketers to replace the senior men who form the part of the nucleus once the tournament got underway.
IPL 2020: Struggling Chennai Super Kings pull off comprehensive eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore
Young Ruturaj Gaikwad (65 not out off 51 balls) showed his potential with a maiden fifty but skipper Dhoni wouldn't be wrong in thinking that it came too late in the day when the 'Yellow Brigade' is all but out of the play-off reckoning.
CSK were on Friday reduced to 21 for five in the powerplay and could only post a paltry 114 for nine, thanks to a 47-ball 52 by Sam Curran.
Check out photos from Match 41 of IPL 2020 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.