Ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL), it is quite common that players to give importance to this T20 league rather than playing for the national team. Five such cricketers have been away from the field for a long time, but are now ready to play and fit for the IPL team. In the 15th season of IPL, once again the debate is common that players who are off the field due to injury are fully fit to play in this Indian T20 league. These players include big names like Hardik Pandya of India, Kane Williamson of New Zealand, and Enrique Nortje of South Africa.
Hardik Pandya (Gujarat Titans) The captain of the new team Gujarat Titans, Hardik has been associated with back pain for a long time. After the T20 World Cup, he decided to take a break so that he could recover from this injury. Coming after 5 months, Hardik has passed the Yo-Yo test and joined the camp in Gujarat.
Enrique Nortje (Delhi Capitals) fast bowler Nortje is still unfit according to Cricket South Africa (CSA). He has been away from cricket for 5 months due to a hip injury. He and the Delhi team management are hopeful that by the time the IPL starts, he will be fit to play. Nortje has reached Mumbai for the IPL.
Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Williamson has been away from the field for almost 3 months due to an elbow injury but he has joined the Sunrisers team in time for the IPL.
Dushmantha Chameera (Lucknow Supergiants) Sri Lankan fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera is also ready to play with Lucknow Supergiants. But before this, he reached here for the Test series against India but could not be a part of the team due to injury. Now Chameera has regained fitness for IPL.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Punjab Kings) Bhanuka was dropped from the national team as well as downgraded to the central contract list. But this all-rounder is being considered fit for IPL. Bhanuka has joined Punjab’s camp for IPL.
Women’s ODI World Cup: India’s Match Against Bangladesh Today
After losing the previous matches in World Cup, India will have to win both matches to make it to the semi-finals. Both the teams have played four matches so far, India won all the matches. India’s record of winning percent is 100% in ODI cricket against Bangladesh. The last time the two teams clashed was in the 2017 ODI World Cup. Twenty matches have been played in the ICC Women’s One Day World Cup and during this time only the Australian team has been able to win the semi-final ticket by winning all their five matches.
Another 7 teams are still fighting for the remaining three places. The defending runners-up Indian team is currently running on the fourth position in the points table with two wins and three losses out of 5 matches. But if he wants to qualify for the semi-finals, then he has to win both his remaining matches. On Tuesday, when the Indian team led by Mithali Raj face Bangladesh in their 6th match, their only goal will be victory.
Understand the mathematics of semi-finals like this
The first option is that the Indian team will have to win both their remaining matches, that too with a better run rate.
If West Indies lose their last match against South Africa, they will be left with only 6 points. On the other hand, England also loses one of the remaining two matches, in which case South Africa will qualify and India will have a chance to get third place.
If the South Africa team loses its remaining three matches to Australia, West Indies, and India. Then they will end the group round with 8 points, or it will be decided by a better net run rate.