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?
Monday, April 30, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here’s a look at a few interesting things that happened during the course of this week. [Read the full article here at Sportskeeda...]
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Recorded on 12th April 2012; Duration 18 minutes.
Description: In the latest episode of Verbal Slogs, Michael and I converse about the recently concluded Sri Lanka versus England test series that ended with the honours being shared and also the first test match of the Frank Worrell Trophy between West Indies and Australia. KP's switch hit, and the club versus country debate is covered in our discussion. Michael as usual presnts some numbers in Stats Class and this time he takes a look at whether teams have won matches batting first or second in T20 cricket.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The team is led by the versatile Daniel Vettori and boasts of one of the most powerful batting unit in the league. The West Indian dasher, Chris Gayle at the top is complimented well by Sri Lanka's Dilshan, AB de Villiers, and India's Virat Kohli. The Indian stars such as Myank Agarwal, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohamed Kaif, and Cheteshwara Pujara all are immensely talented and inspire much confidence. The batting has always been RCB's strong point and this year it's no different. At home in the small Chinnaswamy stadium, it is bound to rain sixes! I'm interested to see how Tiwary fares and whether he manages to justifies his huge price tag. RCB's weakness last season was that it's middle order compared to the top was frail and when wickets fell the team struggled to make up. Early wickets would certainly peg back this team and make recovery difficult. Last year the team depended on Gayle alone and that might not be the case this year. Still I can't wait for the big Caylpso to pick his bat and smash a few sixes.
The bowling revolves around Vettori and Zaheer Khan. The addition of Vinay Kumar would be vital and along with Sreenath Aravind, and Abimanyu Mithun will be key figures. Dirk Nannes is another player to watch out for and it will be interesting to see how he goes with Zaheer Khan with the new ball. Buying Muralitharan was a good move but if he bowls the way he did in the Bangladesh Premier League then RCB rather not play him. Andrew McDonald's all-round abilities give Vettori more options and wonder if he'll make the playing XI. Dilshan and Gayle can also bowl and certainly will send a few down.
RCB is one team I definitely see making the last four and hopefully lift that trophy this year. One thing is sure and that is that this team with plenty of style and charisma will be certainly 'thrill the nation' in Vijay Mallaya's own words.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The bowling likewise isn’t made up of big names other than Sreesanth and Shaun Tait. SiddharthTrivedi is a senior player and along with Amit Singh and they will be influential as they take Deepak Chahar and young Ashok Maneria into the fold. I’m really looking forward to seeing the 41 year old Brad Hogg bowl his chinnaman deliveries.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Pune might be missing the services of Yuvraj Singh and Graeme Smith this IPL, but still their batting is strong and looks lethal. The last minute signing of Aussie skipper Michael Clarke and Bangladeshi dasher Tamim Iqbal was a master move. With the added names such as Callum Ferguson, Jesse Ryder, Marlon Samuels, Robin Uthappa, and Manish Pandey the batting looks decent. I’m very much interested to see how Ganguly goes on considering that it has been quite some time since he has retired. The local players other than Mohnish Mishra do not inspire much and I do hope that we’d be surprised by them.
The bowling has a number of Indian names. Murali Karthik and Rahul Sharma head the spin department while Ashok Dinda, Ashish Nehra and Kamran Khan (the man who caught everyone’s attention in the second season of the IPL for RR) feature in the pace battery. Wayne Parnell and Alfonso Thomas are the big overseas names and Pune would be relying on these two players heavily. The spin department looks very strong and when your back-ups are Nathan McCullum and Ali Murtaza why wouldn’t it be?
Pune might not be strongest team out there, and might not have a big history of wins. What they do have is an able and inspirational captain and a team full of willing players and hopefully that will help them in their journey. Pune is a loose cannon and I really can’t say what they are capable of. Let’s just hope that they fire and go better than last season.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The Mumbai batting has all the big names one would expect in a limited overs fixture and this is what makes this team so deadly. Sachin Tendulkar, Aiden Blizzard, Herschelle Gibbs, Davy Jacobs, Dinesh Karthik, Richard Levi, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, and Kieron Pollard. An absolute group of batting dynamites, Mumbai Indians are the strongest batting unit in the tournament. Maybe only CSK can compete with them there. Of the names four of them are Indians and that just adds more balance to the team. The transfer of Dinesh Karthik from Punjab was a brilliant move and now allows the team to play an extra foreigner.
In the all-rounders department the team has Pollard, Franklin, and Thisara Perera. All big hitters who can clear the fence at will and at the same time send a couple of overs in and are expected to even get a breakthrough. The fielding of Mumbai Indians is perhaps the best in the tournament and their coach Jonty Rhodes certainly does his job with the boys.
If the batting was out-standing, the bowling is just as great if not a step better. With a line up of some well known Indian stars in RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, and Pragyan Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni the places for the final XI will be well contested. I am really interested to see how Harbhajan Singh goes about and I’m hoping to see a good show from him so that he can put himself back on the selectors’ radar. In the overseas name, Lasith Malinga is the biggest one. He won the purple cap last season and his four overs will be crucial. There’s the new addition of Mitchell Johnson, and it will be interesting to watch how he goes if he does get a game.
The Mumbai Indians team is one powerhouse and I will be disappointed if this team does not make it to the last four. They are a serious contender for the title. Sachin’s captaincy might not be very impressive but with a team like MI, you don’t need to be a great skipper to win matches.
Sachin Tendulkar earlier has skipped Rahul Dravid's felicitation function held by the BCCI that was attended by all prominent Indian cricketers as he had gone to consult a specialist in London regarding a toe injury. Sachin was given the clean chit to play in the IPL, but an injury in today's morning practice session at the Wankhede Stadium has ruled him out. He was hit on the same toe by a Malinga yorker. The news is that the injury is not that serious but nevertheless requires treatment and Sachin will be out of action for 6 weeks.
Harbhajan Singh is the likely candidate to replace Sachin Tendulkar as the captain being the most experienced Indian player in the MI lineup. Nita Ambani when approached by the news channels failed to give a comment saying only that they are hopeful. Sachin Tendulkar's absence will certainly hurt Mumbai's chances, but Harbhajan Singh is not worried. He said, "Such things happen in cricket. Let's hope he recovers soon. Mumbai Indians will play good cricket with or without Sachin."
Under the leadership of Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians won the Champions League last season and this time were firm favorites by the punters. I was hoping to watch Sachin Tendulkar play in the IPL alongside the Dravids and the Gangulys. The man with the most centuries in International cricket is unfortunately sitting in the sidelines as the biggest cricket tournament gets underway soon. Will this affect Mumbai's chances? Only time will tell. In other news today is April first and hope this post got you. Happy April fool's day!
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