Rajdeep Sardesai to moderate 2nd edition of Star Sports #SelectDugoutDebate

Star Sports, India’s largest sports broadcaster brings back the second edition of the  #SelectDugoutDebate between Team Deano and Team Scotty on the eve of the toughest T20 finals to predict the winner of VIVO IPL 2019. The Presidential style debate will be moderated by Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor, India Today Group and the author of Democracy's XI: The Great Indian Cricket Story. The experts of the game will put their minds together to predict the winner of the biggest final VIVO IPL has ever witnessed, so all eyes on the experts to see their prediction. The one-hour #SelectDugoutDebate will be a simulcast-on Star Sports Select 1 SD/ HD, Star Sports 2, India Today TV and Hotstar from 6 p.m. onwards on Saturday, 11th May 2019.

The debate titled 'Who will win world’s toughest T20 cricket tournament?' and moderated by Rajdeep Sardesai  will have #SelectDugout experts – Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Anil Kumble to make up the two teams.  There is a familiar face who will return to the #SelectDugout which will be revealed on air! Fans can tune in to find out who that is?

Rajdeep Sardesai Tweeted on #TheDugoutDebate:

The debate follows a unique T20 format, with three segments: Powerplay, Mid-over and Deathovers and each of these modern greats and legends will speak for ‘their finalist team’ to score points.

Instagram Post announcing the debate

Building on the season long camaraderie, the two captains have begun sledging each other.

Defending #SelectDugoutDebate champion Dean Jones said, “Am I winning this year, too? I think so, yes! I have been preparing for this debate since the day VIVO IPL 2019 began and sitting beside me during the season have been some of the greatest minds of the game from Brian Lara to Kumara Sangakkara who have analysed the game beyond my imagination. All that will also be referred to when I lead my team out for the #SelectDugoutDebate because this is going to be one tough final. Mumbai Indians are in, the clash between DC and CSK to take the finale spot will be interesting. I am not going to say anything more to give away my strategy for the debate and we have a brilliant moderator and super cricket fan Rajdeep Sardesai, so fans are just going to love all the cricket talk on the #SelectDugoutDebate. Beware Scotty, I am bringing my trophy only for you to see it, because I am going to retain it.’

The opposing captain, Scott Styris responded, “This time of the tournament is exciting – a nail-biting finale and must-watch debate. Deano might have won #TheDugoutDebate last year, but I had the last laugh, when CSK won the tournament. It will be interesting to see who clashes with MI in the finale – It will be a thrilling match! But before that, the debate will be the high-octane clash. This season on #SelectDugout, has been nothing but a phenomenal. We explored so any different ways to keep the fans ahead of the game. That will be my trump card for the #SelectDugoutDebate.  I have been taking notes at a granular level of team trends, performances, and match wise analysis, to pin Team Deano on the defensive. It is also great to have Rajdeep Sardesai moderate it  given his knowledge about cricket, this will be a great watch for all the fans. Deano only wins the #TheDugoutDebate if it is about cricket from the 1800, so best of luck to him this year, because the only cup he will take home is the coffee cup. The trophy is coming with me.”

Last year Team Deano (Team SRH) debated Team Scotty (Team CSK) with Deano’s team winning 26-25. This season, MI have made it to the finals in a bid to win the trophy for the 4th time, so, all eyes on Delhi Capitals vs Chennai SuperKings, and who will represent which team amongst the experts.  

The one hour show will be a simulcast on Star Sports Select 1 SD/ HD, Star Sports 2, India Today and Hotstar from 6 p.m. onwards on Saturday, May 11th, 2019.

 Star Sports Select Dugout is a bespoke experience for VIVO IPL bringing the best of cricket from an assorted line up of recognized experts. Select Dugout has completely re-imagined the way fans consume their favourite sport, highlighting the What, Why and How of the playing teams, its players and their strategies that go into winning a match.



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