IPL 2020 Team of the Season: Ishan Kishan leads Mumbai Indians domination in XI

The 2020 Indian Premier League drew to a close with Mumbai Indians deservedly laying their hands on a second consecutive title. Rohit Sharma and his men were on a different level to the rest of the teams throughout the competition in a complete team effort across the past seven weeks in the UAE.

Since the start of the tournament in October, we have been picking the Team of the Week with help from our social media followers. To pick our Team of the Season, we’ve narrowed down the top performers to 22 players before putting them to a vote on our Instagram stories.

After a 24-hour voting period in which two players jostled for each position, this is the final XI.

KL RAHUL – KINGS XI PUNJAB (WK)

Having racked up runs consistently in the past three editions, KL Rahul took it up a notch in 2020 by bagging his maiden Orange Cap. The elegant batsman’s other conquests this season included a second IPL ton, while he also registered five half-centuries.

Rahul’s 670 runs came at an average of over 55, although he did struggle to up the rate of scoring at times. His opening partnership with Mayank Agarwal turned out to be a prolific one for KXIP as the two players plundered nearly 1,100 runs between them over the course of the campaign.

DAVID WARNER – SUNRISERS HYDERABAD (C)

Image credit – SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

He took his time to get into the swing of things in the UAE, but David Warner did manage to peak at the right moment for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Only Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan scored more runs than the Australian in the campaign and his performances helped power Hyderabad’s late charge to the play-offs.

While he will be disappointed to not lead his team over

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Rabiya Mateo looks back at odd jobs to earn cash: ‘Hindi ko s’ya ikinakahiya’


Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo. Image: Instagram/@rabiyamateo

Rabiya Mateo may now be queen as Miss Universe Philippines 2020, but she has not forgotten the struggles she has gone through, including financial hardships.

The beauty queen recalled the jobs she would take even as a student just to bring some money home to help her mom, who is a single parent.

Speaking on the talk show “Magandang Buhay” last Tuesday, Nov. 10, Mateo looked back at the gigs she would take.

“For example po sa mga brands, namimigay po ng flyers o minsan nag-u-usher ng mga events nung college ako,” the 23-year-old beauty said. “Hindi ko po iyon kasi ikinakahiya kasi doon ako kumikita ng pera na mabibigay ko sa mama ko.”

(For example when it came to brands, I would give out flyers or usher events when I was in college. I am not ashamed of that because that is where I would earn to give money to my mom.)

She also noted that she had classmates who had no problems with tuition but would not take their studies seriously. Meanwhile, she needed to put in more effort to get out of poverty.

“Kailangan ko talagang magdobleng hirap kasi mahirap lang din kami,” she said. (I had to put in double the work because we were poor.)

“At sabi ko, kapag ako ay nakapagtapos, hindi na talaga mangungutang si mama sa ibang tao. Makakakain talaga kami palagi. Mapapatira ko siya sa bahay na gusto niya. Iyon iyong naging motivation ko po, eh.”

(And I said, when I graduate, mama will not have to borrow money from people anymore. We will be able to eat all the time. I will be able to make her live in the house that she wants. That became my motivation.)

There was even a

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OKC Thunder name Daigneault head coach

Oklahoma City Thunder talk with Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder during a time out during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets in Game Seven of the Western Conference during the 2020 NBA Playoffs on September 02, 2020. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

The Oklahoma City Thunder promoted assistant Mark Daigneault to head coach, succeeding Billy Donovan who departed in September after the team’s playoff exit.

Daigneault has risen to the position after six years with the club that included a head coaching assignment with Oklahoma City’s developmental G-League team.

The 35-year-old takes the helm with less than three weeks to go before training camp opens on December 1, with the 2020-21 season due to tip off on December 22.

Daigneault, who was an assistant to Donovan last year, will be tasked with getting the Thunder back into the post-season, something Donovan did in each of his five seasons.

But after the Thunder were ousted in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, he departed and was later hired as head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

“We are thrilled to have Mark assume the role of head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti said in a statement.

“He has been a selfless and effective leader within our organization since his arrival in 2014. Mark is a values based leader, continuous learner, and someone that will help us continue the repositioning of our organization on and off the court.

“The amount of head coaching experience and diverse experiences through his tenure with the Blue is rare for someone his age.”


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