IPL: NZ all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn joins Chennai Super Kings

New Zealand all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn will join Indian Premier League outfit Chennai Super Kings, replacing injured South African seamer Lungi Ngidi, who has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

Kuggeleijn, 27, made his T20 debut for Black Caps this year, having first played One-Day International two years ago.

The controversial kiwi has faced two trials over charges of raping a woman in 2015.

But his selection in the national team this year was highly shocking as a result, and he faced a hostile welcome from fans and commentators.

Kuggeleijn is expected to join the defending champions next week.

Super Kings are currently 2nd in the league table, behind Kolkata Knight Riders.

Smith and Warner rejoin Australian Cricket team

Former Australian captain Steve Smith and former vice-captain David Warner re-joined the national cricket team for the first time since they were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last March.

The 12-month ban is set to come to an end on March 28. The pair will join the Aussies in Dubai ahead of their five-match ODI series against Pakistan.
The Australian squad is currently in UAE after their ODI series victory against India and are preparing for the next series against Pakistan starting on March 22.

Both Smith and Warner are now set to head to India for the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, which begins on March 24.

West Indies ODI squad against England

The Left-handed batsman John Campbell has been called up to the West Indies ODI squad for next week’s first two matches against England.

Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell have both also been included to the 14-man squad.

It is going to be Campbell’s first call-up for limited over cricket. The 25-year-old Jamaican born batsman made his test debut in the recent series against England, in which the Caribbean won 2-1.

Campbell has scored 176 runs at an average of 35.2.

Brathwaite has played 28 ODIs and 35 Twenty20 internationals for West Indies.

Cottrell, a left-arm seamer, has made six ODIs appearances and 10 Twenty20 internationals.

The first two ODIs of the four-match series will be held at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday and Friday.

Michael Klinger to hang up his boots from BBL

The veteran Australian cricketer Michael Klinger will retire from the Big Bash League (BBL) at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old, who is currently the second highest run-scorer in the history of BBL, will officially finish up with the Perth Scorchers at the end of the ongoing season.

Klinger has been an integral part of the Scorchers for a long time now. But the right-handed batsman endured his worst season this term, scoring just 115 runs in nine innings at a strike-rate of 83.33.

However, he will be playing for Gloucestershire in the T20 Blast this year. It will be his seventh season with the county and has also been appointed the captain of the team.

Klinger will be playing his last BBL game against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday night in front of a home crowd at Perth.

IPL 2019 Review

The 29th of March is when the current champions Chennai Super Kings start their defense of the IPL trophy against Sun Risers Hyderabad in the opening game. The opening game will take place in M.A Chidambaram Check Stadium, Tamil Nadu.

Will the Super Kings make it to the final again this year, if they are then they need to clear their diary for the 12th of May where it will be played at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai.

The Top 5 Contenders

Hyderabad Sunrisers are current favorites at 9/2 to go one better than the 2018 season where they were beaten by Chennai Super Kings who are 5/1 to hold onto to the IPL trophy.

Since 2015 Mumbai Indians have won the IPL twice and will be fast out the gates to make it 3 times in 6 years. Kolkata Knight Riders are 11/2 to add their name to the list of winners, with Royal Challengers Bangalore also in at 11/2.

  • Hyderabad Sunrisers 9/2 
  • Chennai Super Kings 5/1 
  • Mumbai Indians 5/1 
  • Kolkata Knight Riders 11/2 
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore 11/2 

Betopin.com have more cricket betting views on their betting exchange site.

2019 Major Auction Signings

Kings XI Punjab were one of the most active teams at the auction with the signings of Indian all-rounder Varun Chakravarthy for a whopping £940,000. He will be joined by England all-rounder Sam Curran who went for £800,000.

Shortly after the auction, Sam Curran posted a short line on his Twitter account “What a year! Couldn’t be more excited to join the Kings XI Punjab at the IPL 2019.

Rajasthan Royal were also busy in the auction when winning the bidding way for the signature of Indian bowler Jaydev Unadkat for £940,000.

South African batsman Colin Ingram went for £715,000 to the Delhi Capital in what looks a good move for both parties.

After it was confirmed that Colin Ingram was on his way to Delhi Capitals, he put out a video on his Twitter account “The hype and buzz around cricket in India it is fantastic and it's going to be great to be part of it.”

“As for the Delhi Capitals, its look like a bunch of exciting players and I am looking forward to joining up with them and putting our best foot forward next season”

Another talented all-rounder, West Indies Carlos Brathwaite ended up signing for the Kings Raiders for £560,000.

Some notable players that went unsold are, English batsman Alex Hayles, Australian bowler James Patterson and Sri Lankan all-rounder Anglo Matthews.

The Last 5 Winners

Can Chennai Super Kings make it back to back wins or will the Mumbai Indians make it 3 IPL wins in the last 6 years? This is shaping up to be an exciting season. Let's have a quick reminder of the last 5 winners, but how will be the next to add their name to the list 

  • 2018 Chennai Super Kings 
  • 2017 Mumbai Indians 
  • 2016 Sunrisers Hyderabad 
  • 2015 Mumbai Indians 
  • 2015 Kolkata Knight Riders 


This seasons IPL season looks as completive as ever, but I would be willing to put up Hyderabad Sunrisers as my pick. They were beaten in 2018 final by 8 wickets when the Chennai Super Kings came out on top.

With most of last season’s squad back this season you will be sure that Kane Williamson and all of the Hyderabad Sunrisers players will be out for revenge and go one better than last season and lift the coveted IPL trophy.

22 January, 2019
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