Ravichandran Ashwin with Rajasthan Royals fans.© Twitter
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is just days away and all the teams have started their camps. The same goes for IPL 2022 runners-up Rajasthan Royals, who lost last year’s final to Gujarat Titans. All the top players have already assembled in Jaipur. In a recent video posted by Rajasthan Royals on their social media handles, fans at the Sawaiman Singh Stadium could be singing “Jhalak Dikhla Ja. Ekbar Aaja Aaja”– a popular Hindi song composed and sung by Himesh Reshammiya – for star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Seeing the fans, Ashwin said: “I have brought them”. Then when he hears them sing, he says: “Kamaal hai yaar”.
Watch: Rajasthan Royals Singh ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ For Ashwin. Star Quips This
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— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 24, 2023
Meanwhile, The captains of IPL teams can name their playing eleven after the toss instead of handing over team sheets before the spin of coin, stated the new playing conditions issued by the BCCI. According to playing conditions clause 1.2.1: “Each captain shall nominate 11 players plus a maximum of 5 substitute fielders in writing to the IPL Match Referee after the toss.” “Other than set out in Clause 1.2.9 no player (member of the playing eleven) may be changed after the nomination and prior to the start of play without the consent of the opposing captain.”
This effectively means that after the toss, if a skipper feels that he needs to change his eleven as per demands of the situation, he is free to do that till the match starts.
The other significant change in playing conditions is penalising unfair movement by the wicketkeeper in case there is shift in position before the batter meets the ball.
In the event of unfair movement by the wicket-keeper, either umpire shall call and signal dead ball and inform the other umpire the reason for doing so. The bowler’s end umpire shall then: “award the one-run penalty for Wide or No ball, if applicable or award 5 Penalty runs to the batting side. Inform the captain of the fielding side of the reason for this action. Inform the batters and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.”
With PTI inputs
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