It's been a week of firsts at the IPL - did you miss Super Over Sunday? - and if you need a reminder of how strange this year has been, a glance at the IPL points table should do: the Chennai Super Kings, who have made the playoffs every year in their history, are languishing at the bottom after a ten-wicket defeat against old nemeses the Mumbai Indians. Elsewhere, the WBBL kicks off , more international tours take shape, and the post-pandemic cricket calendar fills up, even as players wonder how sustainable bubble-to-bubble cricket is.
Rahul, Bumrah, Shami star as Kings XI beat Mumbai after TWO Super Overs
There were three Super Overs on the same day for the first time: the earlier match between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Capitals had also gone into overtime. Two men carried the game for the Kings XI, the final victors - a fluent KL Rahul, who did everything he could to avoid chaos, and Mohammad Shami, who revelled in it, defending his team's single-digit Super Over score with yorker after dangerous yorker.
India tour of Australia gets government green light; Sydney, Canberra to host white-ball leg
India's tour of Australia has cleared the last few hurdles with CA and the New South Wales government finalising the deal for the touring team. The MCG has been penciled in for Boxing Day but Adelaide Oval is on standby should the Covid-19 situation call for it.
England tour of South Africa given the government go-ahead
The tour, which will run from November 27 to December 9, will consist of three T20Is and three ODIs.
WBBL previews: squads, player moves and ones to watch
The WBBL kicks off this weekend in Sydney. Here's the low-down on the competition and how the eight teams shape up after a hectic lead-in.
With Umar Gul the Uncomplicated, what you saw was what you got
No U-turns, no tantrums, no power play - Umar Gul's retirement means just that. He had a clean exit, the completeness of a career with no lingering sense of unfulfilment, says Osman Samiuddin.
Dream Team: Who's in our retro T20 XI? Sobers, Richards, Bradman… oh, wait
Shamya Dasgupta, Andrew Miller, Ahmer Naqvi and Raunak Kapoor pick a team of 12 players who never played a T20 but would take to the format with ease.
Which cricketer got married on the rest day of his Test debut?
And who scored two hundreds in his final Test? No cricket question goes unanswered when you ask Steven Lynch.
How many wins do the top players contribute to their team in an IPL season?
Himanish Ganjoo finds out by using a model that looks at how much the top batsmen and bowlers outperform the average player by
Jess Jonassen: 'I never have been, or never will be, somebody that enjoys telling people what to do'
The allrounder has taken on the challenge of the Brisbane Heat captaincy - and a hat-trick of WBBL titles - at a time of transition.
The balls of the century, No. 5: Dale Steyn to Michael Vaughan
It's down to the top few, and coming in in fifth place is seam at a fierce pace. Or was it swing?
England players at the IPL, week four: Eoin Morgan takes charge, Sam Curran provides spark
Andrew Miller casts a critical eye on the performances of England's IPL contingent four weeks in and comes away impressed by Sam Curran and Chris Jordan.