India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the test series. Here's a look at how the Indian players performed in the 6 wicket win at Mohali
James Pattinson who was dropped from the Australian squad for the Mohali test for failing to follow team orders alleges it all to be a BCCI conspiracy. All the latest of that story.
Have a look at the 'ball of the century' bowled by Ravindra Jadeja - a talented, young cricketer from India with just three test caps under his belt!
India go 2-0 in the series with another convincing win against the hapless Aussie side. Here's a look at how the Indian players performed.
Is it time for the legendary master blaster batsman from India to walk into the sunset and hang up his boots?
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
The Cheerleader Scandal
It was only a matter of time before a cheerleading scnadal hit cricket. Gabriella Pasqualotto - A Mumbai Indians cheerleader from South Africa was fired from her job by the IPL bigwigs after she blogged about the many flirtations and party behaviors of various cricketing stars. Comments such as '‘Ol Graeme Smith will flirt with anything...' had few cricketers complain that their exclusive night life was being publicized. As expected, Gabriella was soon sent packing home, where she now earns handsomely reveling her experiences to the world audience. She is right now writing a book called 'Walking Voyeurism'. Hershelle Gibbs is writing the foreward.
So these are just few of the many incidents that took place this year in the IPL. And as the title suggests, these incidents can only take place in the IPL.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
There's not much to say other than that Murali Vijay and Micheal Hussey decided to come good at the best of times. Vijay who has had a sub-standard tournament so far was on fire yesterday as he scored 95 of just 52 balls. Hussey also gave him good company with a half century (63 runs of 45 balls). The Challengers were completely outplayed as Chennai took the dominant role from the first ball. They showed no respite on RCB's bowling attack and ground them to pulp on a wicket which was slowing down dramatically! 205 was the mountainous score Chennai piled, and RCB needing to overhaul that looked like the game was already lost. It probably was.
Chennai are crowned yet again as Champions and they must really enjoy this! They are making a legacy and things look great if you're a Chennai fan.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sachin having won the toss put the Challengers in to bat, and things went horribly wrong for him as the very first over went for 27 runs! Chris Gayle and Agarwal played some stunning shots and gave the Mumbai bowling no respite. They added 113 runs for the first wicket before Agarwal departed. Gayle continued his slog-fest but he fell soon after trying to clear the ropes for a well made 89 of just 47 balls. From then on the Challengers struggled to get the runs but they managed a very competitive score of 185 for 4.
Mumbai started the run-chase in grand fashion with a four of the very first ball, but soon wicket-taker - Aravind struck to remove Blizzard. Harbhajan was promoted yet again and after a few lusty blows, he too fell. With the chances of winning solely on Sachin's shoulder, he played some stunning shots but was stumped beautifully off Syed Mohamud. Mumbai then slumped as they lost quick wickets and eventually ended up 42 runs short.
So for the second time, RCB are into the finals and let's hope that this year they do one better.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The Kingfisher Fair Play Award points system rates teams on the basis of their proficiency on the following parameters: adherence to the spirit of the game, respect for the opposition, respect for the laws of the game and respect for the match officials.
Looks like a pretty good initiative. But is it? And more importantly is it required? I answer both the questions in the negative. If we need an award that rewards players and teams based on their fair play, then may God help cricket. Cricket is a gentlemen's game and it has a long tradition of being that, despite what some Aussie or anybody for that matter might have done. One must just read the first line of the Preamble of the Laws of cricket to understand that. It states that,
Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game.
I'm not against this initiative. I just find it as an unnecessary and uncalled for. I'm sure the 10 teams of the IPL rather win the IPL trophy than the Kingfisher Fair Play Award. The award itself is more of a gimmick and there for the sake of sponsors.
I've heard the argument that such an award reduces unfair-play and also sledging and other things we don't want on a cricket field. Is that so? I've seen so many instances of open sledging in this IPL that it looks more like an Australian Premier League. Remember Munaf Patel going after Amit Mishra after the latter hit him for a six? So clearly such a reward does not reduce sledging or any other dark smudges the game has. And is it necessarily that such an award cleans these smudges?
Kolkata batting first got off to the worst start possible as they lost both Gambhir and Kallis within the third over. Things just got worse as the Mumbai bowlers started to strangle KKR and by the end of the powerplays found themselves at 20 for 4 with still a long way to go. Ryan ten Doeschate along with Yusuf Pathan then reconstructed the innings. Ryan ten Doeschate once again proved his worth with a quality 50. He paced his innings wonderfully and I'm sure if he was an English, he'd be in the ODI squad for sure. KRR eventually finished with 147 thanks largely to ten Doeschate.
147 on a flat pitch was never ever going to be enough. But KKR is a team lead by Gambhir whose playing style and captaincy is not what one would term inspired or regale but rather gritty and firm. Likewise the KKR team decided to make the best of the scenario and fought till the last minute. MI got off to a splendid start and with Blizzard and Sachin on song, the match looked all over. But KKR fought back pegging Mumbai back with some quick wickets. James Franklin yet again had a role to play and yet again he saw his team through against KRR. So now with that Harbhajan's six, Mumbai face Bangalore tomorrow in the 2nd qualifier for that spot in the finals.
Interesting isn't it that the same three teams as last year, qualify this year for the Champions League? Does that mean these three are IPL's better teams?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The game started evenly with RCB scoring at a healthy rate but losing Gayle early. Ashwin once again showed his class and temperament as he bowled a brilliant spell. Young Agarwal looked good and along with Vice captain Kohli, steadied the ship and gave the ideal platform. AB de Villiers didn't stay long but the next man in Luke Pomersbach with his muscles and western Australian habit of playing the horizontal shots easily, played some spectacular shots to resurrect the run rate. Doug Bollinger, another CSK star who bowled brilliantly destroyed Luke's furniture in the 17th over with the score at 133 for 4. However with a settled in Kohli, and an out of confidence bowler in Morkel, the final total turned out to be an imposing 175. Ashwin who bowled beautifully took a heavy hit on his head and looked dazed for the reminder of the match.
CSK once again proved their class and their ability to play the important pressure moments better than any team. RCB thanks to their good deeds earlier live to fight on another day for that place in the finals.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Shane Warne's IPL legacy started 4 years ago at the same time IPL started. And as he took over the reigns of Rajasthan Royals in the first edition everyone watched with anticipation to see 'the greatest captain Australia never had'. With a fancy title of captain/coach, Warne led a team with no big superstars to their first IPL victory, proving that the blonde assassin's true ability was not turning the red cherry square, but his management and leadership potential.
The next three years, Rajasthan enjoyed decent success under Warne and Warne became a Rajput of Jaipur. An adopted son loved by one and all.
His leadership and captaincy. Do you remember the super over against KKR in the second edition of the IPL where he bought on little known Kamran Khan (aged 18) and he bowled them to victory. Also Ravindra Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan would probably not be the players they are if it wasn't for Warne. He had the ability of making match winners out of ordinary people with determination.
His bowling. Shane Warne is the master of leg-spin. And watching Warne bowl his leggies leaving the best of batsmen even at his age is a treat. The willy assassin always looking to get the better of the batsmen is one of cricket's legend and his last over in the IPL where he deceived Rohit Sharma stands as a testament. So now we'll miss those Warne vs. Tendulkar contests and the joy we derive from seeing a 40 year old sun tanned over-weight blonde bowl, won't we?
His comments. Won't we miss those "I'm proud of the boys" comment after every match? Also the gems he says at the press conferences such as the following incident.
Journalist: Would you have loved to bow out of competitive cricket with the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar?His tweets. Warne tweets everything. From his underwear (Spinners), and the facial moisturizer he uses to his retirement, you can expect to find it all on his twitter profile.
Shane Warne: Does it really matter? Why should I be remembered, at the end a 20-year career, for dismissing one batsman?
The controversies. Recently Warne in an television interview said that he had threatened to walk out of the Rajasthan team in the very first season of the IPL. Also he abused a Rajasthan Cricket Association's secretary. His constant run-ins with match referees are surely something that we all will miss.
Friday, May 20, 2011
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
RCB started off slowly on a pitch which offered the pace men some assistance, but then Gayle started to cut lose. He showed little respite and looked intent on depositing every single ball over the fence. One of his hits of Praveen Kumar traveled for 109 meters. Gayle was completely in his zone and showed no mercy as he took apart the Punjab bowling attack. He was ably supported by Kohli and together they added 111 runs in no time. Chawla did strike twice in one over to remove both Gayle and Kohli, but A.B. de Villiers continued Gayle's assault and took the score over 200.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Yesterday Sehwag played one of his best innings as he single handedly floored the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad [SCORECARD].
Here are some facts about that amazing 119 (56 balls) innings by Sehwag.
- Sehwag on his day is unstoppable and a treat to watch. Even the Deccan home crowd started to cheer for him after some time.
- 13 fours and 6 sixes at an astounding strike rate of 212.50! That's 88 runs purely in boundaries! Typical Sehwag.
- You don't drop Sehwag once and expect to get away with it. And you definitely don't drop him twice and expect to win the match.
- Sehwag alone scored 68% of the total runs. The other batsmen chipped in with 28% while the rest was contributed by the Chargers as extras.
- Sangakara and his team had no clue what hit them and they're still wondering over that!
- With the team at 3 for 25 at the end of the 6th over chasing 176, only Sehwag could turn that situation into a winning situation.
- Sehwag is king! And if you doubt that, I suggest you watch yesterday's match. It can probably be described in one word - carnage!
I feel sad for the Chargers. It's not really their fault that they were caught in the eye of the hurricane named 'Sehwag'. On second thought considering fact 3, it was their fault!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
People often say that split captaincy is not a good idea, but that idea has been shot down a couple of times before - namely in 2003 with Ponting (ODI) and Waugh (Test) and in 2010 with Strauss (ODI & test) and Collingwood (T20). However the fact remains that it's a very fragile and difficult process. Three different captains for one team? That's almost as funny as Buchanan's four captain theory for KKR in the IPL. Even the English coach - Andy Flower is skeptical and he said,
"We don't know 100% whether it will work and be the most efficient system but we're going to give it a try."
In the meantime, all we can do is sit back and watch this experiment happen.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The second episode of Verbal Slogs is finally out! Sorry for the delay. It's an IPL special this week.
In the second episode I am joined by Aneesh Surender and Radio Sandeep. Both of them are very much an integral part of the IPL and know it's workings inside out. In this episode we talk about the mixed IPL teams and whether the franchisees forgot about the 'loyalty factor'. Also we discuss whether there is too much cricket, and if it's possible to have a separate window for the IPL in the international calender. Also the club versus country debate rages and finally we give our predictions for the playoffs.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Sourav Ganguly is back in the IPL and will be playing for the Pune Warriors India! I think Ashish Nehra deserves some very special award for making this possible thanks to his finger injury.
|I'll be back!|
Thank you Nehra and here's to Ganguly's 114th comeback!