India's No.3 Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who recently signed a deal with English county club Yorkshire, said on Tuesday he is focusing on improving his game to suit the demands of One-Day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty20.
At the IPL 8 auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore, who released their marquee player Yuvraj Singh for fresh bidding, were in a panic mode, as Delhi Daredevils seemed determined to buy the all-rounder at any cost.
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who on Monday became Indian Premier League's costliest ever buy by going for a whopping Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils, said that he was happy to be playing again under former India coach Gary Kirsten.
In the fresh auction, India discard Yuvraj Singh, England discard Kevin Pietersen and wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik along with South African cricketer Hashim Amla have attracted the highest base price of Rs 2 crore.
A player who was ignored by all the Indian Premier League franchises during the auction, Neil Narvekar, smashed a whirlwind hundred to help his side Parkophene Cricketers to beat hosts Khar Gymkhana in Dr HD Kanga Cricket League 'B' Division match on Sunday.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni`s side strain forced him to miss the upcoming Asia Cup, giving an opportunity to talented Dinesh Karthik, who will replace him during the two-week event, starting from February 25.
An Indian Premier League (IPL) player agent has reportedly revealed that one of the biggest secrets to making his players a fortune at the IPL auction is starting his players on a low base price, thereby providing the best chance of franchises starting a bidding war and greatly inflating their price.
As the first day witnessed some of the star players signing multi-crore deals, the second-day too saw some unexpected bidding for uncapped players who went up for grabs at the IPL auction which resumed in Bangalore`s ITC Gardenia Hotel here on Thursday.
Before the start of the Indian Premier League auction, all eyes were on sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen and New Zealand`s mighty all-rounder Corey Anderson to emerge as the high-profile players in the seventh edition of lucrative IPL.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was the second-costliest buy at Rs 12.5 crore in the IPL auction at Bangalore earlier this week, is keen to play under Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten in season 7 of the T20 tournament starting April 9.
Disappointed at being ignored by by city franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the IPL players auctions, middle-order batsman Manoj Tiwary is eyeing to stage a comeback to the Indian cricket team through impressive performances in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.