Monday, August 2, 2021

Michael Slater escapes to Maldives, lashes out at Australian govt

Former Australia cricketer Michael Slater, who was in India commentating in the Indian Premier League, escaped to Maldives amid rising cases of Covid-19 in India.

The former opening batsman also lashed out at the Australian government for not allowing Aussies stranded in India to return to their country.

According to a report in The Australian, Slater tried escaping home for a week before eventually flying off to the Maldives where he will wait before he is allowed to fly into Australia.

The Australian government has banned the arrival of around 9,000 Australians stranded in India.

These include current Australian players and former players serving as support staff and commentators of which Slater was one.
Slater lashed out at Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not allowing players to return home.

If everything goes fine and no new cases of Covid-19 virus are found inside BCCI created bio-bubble, defending champions Mumbai Indians will start as favourites against Sun Risers Hyderabad in Game No. 31 at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium tonight.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai will enter the game after their four-wicket win over in-form Chennai Super Kings courtesy Kieron Pollard’s blitzkrieg.

Sun Risers, in contrast, suffered a humiliating 55-run loss to Rajasthan Royals, their sixth in seven games this season.

They are also battling a transitional phase in which Kane Williamson has taken over captaincy from an out of form David Warner, leaving him disappointed.

Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma with 250 runs and Quinton De Kock with 155 runs have been in sublime form this season.
While their hard-hitting middle-order has clicked in the last two games.

Pollard’s match-winning 87 off 34 balls in the last game against CSK has certainly lifted the spirits within their dug out.

In case of Hyderabad, apart from Jonny Bairstow who has so far scored 248 in the ongoing season, all other batsmen have faltered most often.

On the bowling front, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been the pick of the bowlers with 10 scalps so far, but it is high time when pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed need to find their form too.

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