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What if Wednesday | What if CSK and RR were not banned in 2016 and 2017 season

In one of the great blips to the fantastic IPL narrative, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - powered by two star-studded line-up and helmed by two of the greatest icons of Indian cricket - were banned for a couple of years. It gave rise to a conjuring narrative that could’ve been otherwise.
Bastab K Parida
featuresports8 days ago

What if Wednesday | What if RCB didn’t retain Virat Kohli ahead of 2011 IPL Auction

There was a unique opportunity for RCB, ahead of the 2011 season to retain some of their star players but instead, they opted to retain a youngster, Virat Kohli, ahead of the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid. What if RCB retained Kevin Pietersen instead of Kohli?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featuresportsa month ago

What if Wednesday | What if Rohit Sharma did not take over Mumbai Indians captaincy

On April 24, 2013, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians for the first time, after incumbent Ricky Ponting stepped aside due to not being able to contribute with the bat. The move to hand over the captaincy to Rohit tilted the landscape of IPL, but what if Mumbai Indians had chosen a different candidate?
Anirudh Suresh
featuresportsa month ago

What if Wednesday | What if KKR didn’t let Sourav Ganguly go after 2010 IPL

Kolkata loves its sport but they love their sportsmen a bit more. Sourav Ganguly is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, cultural icons Bengal has ever produced and that’s some high praise given the number of Nobel laureates and musicians hailed from the state.
Bastab K Parida
sportsa month ago

What if Wednesday | What if Ravichandran Ashwin opened for India in 2006 U-19 World Cup

Just before the 2006 U19 World Cup, news came in the Indian camp that Ravi Ashwin, who was by then the first-choice opener in the U-17 age group, was dropped for Rohit Sharma. We all know what followed that decision. But what if, in a parallel world, the Indian management had opted for Ashwin?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featuresports2 months ago

What if Wednesday | What if CSK had not purchased Suresh Raina in 2008

On February 20, 2008, in the first ever auction in Indian Premier League (IPL) history, Chennai Super Kings made arguably the most significant purchase in the competition’s history, by scooping Suresh Raina for $650,000. But what if the franchise had decided to overlook the flamboyant southpaw?
Anirudh Suresh
featuresports2 months ago

What if Wednesday | What if MS Dhoni didn't play the way he did

So much has already been talked and written about MS Dhoni the enigma, the person, the cricketer, his impact, his rise, his privacy and his unpredictability that it really doesn’t make any sense to add to the list. But isn't it all classic MS Dhoni? Always frictional even when we think he is not.
Bastab K Parida
featuresports2 months ago

What If Wednesday | What if Blackburn Rovers had signed Robert Lewandowski

It’s the spring of 2010 and the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull forces Barcelona to travel by bus for their Champions League semifinal. More significantly, it halts Robert Lewandowski’s move to Blackburn Rovers and the Pole signs for Borussia Dortmund instead. But what if he didn’t?
Siddhant Lazar
sports3 months ago

What if Wednesday | What if Australia appointed Adam Gilchrist as their ODI skipper in 2001

Much before MS Dhoni’s legacy as a wicketkeeper captain started to bloom, there was a serious chance that it could have been Australia’s Adam Gilchrist, had he been appointed as the skipper in 2001. In this episode of What if Wednesday, we are looking at how that could have been a game-changer.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featuresports3 months ago

What if Wednesday | What if Kevin Pietersen had decided to play for South Africa

Born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Kevin Pietersen made the switch to England in the year of 2000 and the move, till date, is widely regarded as one of the most impactful yet controversial swaps in the history of cricket. But what if KP had decided to stick with his country of birth?
Anirudh Suresh