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Ajay Suresh takes a look at each IPL team and analyses their strenghts, weakness and chances for success in the IPL 2014 Team Previews.
An original TWP production reliving the Sachin years.
Guest writer, Deepak Balamurali writes a tribute to India's greatest cricketer.
A look at India's latest move of promoting Suresh Raina to the no.4 spot in ODIs.
We review Cricket Coach 2014 and talk about all the new features
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|The jubilant Mumbai team led by Agarkar|
Take Debabrata Das, for instance. He has finally made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bengal this season. He had played domestic Twenty20s in the past, but was never considered good enough for the four-day format. But chances are that he is better known and richer than, say, Anustup Majumdar or Rohan Banerjee, both regulars with Bengal. The reason: Das has become a regular for Kolkata Knight Riders.
And so, to return to the moneytalk, while Das now earns anything between Rs 10-20 lakh (1 lakh = 100,000 INR) for his place in the KKR ranks, what do Majumdar or Banerjee earn? For an entire season of cricket for Bengal (if they play all the matches) and, occasionally, for East Zone, they earn less than Rs 10 lakh.Now of course there is a clear difference but such a difference is to be expected considering that IPL is a tournament with foreign stars, and more than cricket it is a grand gala with Bollywood actors, cheerleaders and dancers that celebrates the rise of modern India and the power it holds. Not much can compete with an event that tried to even push for its own window in the international calender either publicity wise or money wise. But now it's clear that nothing can. Not even the finals of India's most prestigious domestic tournament and staging that with quality seems to be of much interest to the BCCI and can compete with the amount of interest the board gives to its T20 league. Perhaps this is more than just a sad sign of the future that BCCI has in mind for Indian cricket.
|Dishan pulls out the Dilscoop!|
|Pakistani fans - victims of politics and terror|
|PSL - Pakistan's IPL|
An irreducible degree of risk will attach to any cricket tour of Pakistan, as indeed to daily life itself. For as long as that pertains, Pakistan faces competing in international cricket on an essentially part-time basis, unable, like Sri Lanka in the 1980s, to host inbound tours from non-Asian competitors, at terrible cost to local cricket and its luckless, guiltless fans.The biggest victims of Pakistan's politics, its terror infrastructure and the PCB's many schisms has been its luckless and guiltless cricket fans and one cannot help but feel sad for these hapless Pakistan fans.
|The pressures Arjun faces on his young shoulders are huge|
In an interview to the New York Times a few years ago, Jakob Dylan spoke about his father, a man he otherwise conscientiously kept out of media interactions. A man who puts to shade every achievement Jakob ever notched up since he began his career with rock band The Wallflowers in 1989. A man he is reported to share a strained relationship with. A man whose name he never wanted to be accused of misusing to advance his career.Such is the pressure young Arjun Tendulkar will face, she writes. Arjun Tendulkar is already a household name in India and has the media chasing him almost as much as they chase his father. His face is well known to the billions in this country and millions more around the world and the debate of how he'll fare in cricket is one that keeps coming up time and time again. And the young man in the spotlight who has to undergo all this is just 13 years of age and has just taken his first steps to a career of professional cricket as he was selected in the under -14 Mumbai team.
The lyrics from Hand Me Down, a song Jakob wrote in 2000, are indicative of what it must feel like to live in the shadow of the greatest singer-songwriter of all time: You’re a hand me down/It’s better when you’re not around/You feel good and you look like you should/But you won’t ever make us proud.
Eventually, Jakob resigned himself to the fate that selling six million copies of an album and winning two Grammys would elicit only limited interest in him. No matter what he does, he will always remain a footnote to his father’s triumphs and talent. “I still go into a restaurant and people say, ‘I love your dad’s work’,” he told the NYT.
Imagine hearing that almost every day of your life. A significant amount of psychological study and self-help literature is devoted to the all-pervasive human anxiety of not being good enough. If you’re Bob Dylan’s son, that feeling of not being good enough or “not amounting to much”, Jakob’s angst-ridden verdict in Hand Me Down, is perhaps overwhelming.
Except that Arjun is anything but a normal member of the team. If there is one person who has some sense of what it feels like to be Arjun, it is Rohan Gavaskar. In his first Kanga League outing, at 14, Rohan and Eknath Solkar’s son Brijesh both had poor games. A photo of the two appeared in the papers the next day with a big caption that read, ‘Like Fathers, Unlike Sons’. Rohan says it hurt, but he used it to motivate himself.However the positives are that Arjun Tendulkar is always going to be recognized for his merits and faults. While this maybe harmful on one hand, but at the same time many young cricketers in India crave for some attention to be paid to them and their performances. In a country where thousands play cricket, it's not possible to assess every single player and many great, talented players get deprived of their future as they fail to be recognized. Arjun Tendulkar will never have the troubles that many youngsters in the rural areas in India have as they strive for the spotlight. Javagal Srinath, and Munaf Patel might have been selected for the Indian team, but not before a huge struggle to stand out among thousands of other young lads with similar dreams. For Arjun that will never be much of a problem as every move he makes is bound to be scrutinized by hundreds of 'experts' and millions of fans who chant the Tendulkar name. Of course this has the negatives that all his faults and shortcomings will be in the glaring public light. But isn't it better to be a somebody in front of someone than a nobody in front of none?
“I was lucky enough to realise early in my career (during his first Ranji season) that chances of me being another Sunil Gavaskar are very slim. I often got told I was not as good as my dad. And what could I say? It’s true. But nobody else was as good as my dad. And that made it easier. When it comes to Gavaskar and Tendulkar, you’re talking of the greatest of all time. I couldn’t compete with his legacy. I just wanted to be the best that I could be,” says Rohan, who played just 11 One-Day International matches for India but enjoyed a successful first-class career with Bengal.
|Nico Rosberg - Much like Arjun in a way|
"The expectations, the scrutiny, the pressure, and the constant comparisons — all downsides of being the offspring of very successful cricketing fathers. The advantages — the spotlight, the doors it opens and having a coach at home to sort out niggles. Not to mention the sense of entitlement when you bear a name such as Gavaskar or Tendulkar."And surely the scale tips in favor of the pros.
|Jadeja served a dish of humble pie today|
|Cronje testifies at King Commission|
"It was serious then, and after that I thought, alright, life must go on: it can't stop. But at that particular moment there was fear.
"When we testified to our lawyers what the story really was, they came up with a threat that we could be prosecuted for doing something like this. So it means we actually lied to our lawyers, who had to tell another story to get to somebody. I believe that was to get to Cronje and whoever was involved in this. I had never been in a court before. We gave our Senior Counsel the story. We had to come back and testify to the King commission - a different story. I don't know if we were forced to lie to get to somebody else. I'm still confused today.
"When people ask me I will tell them the truth. I'll say, 'That's what I said to my lawyers; what really happened'. Then, to the King commission, a different story. I don't know why, because we were forced by the prosecution. I didn't know what the hell was happening, what can happen to me. So I came up with a different story."
|Williams was banned for 6 months for his involvement|
"By the time I was in the shower [the morning of the Nagpur match], I heard Cronje in the room speaking to Herschelle but I don't know what they are talking about. When I put my shirt over my head, he [Cronje] said, 'Hey, let's throw this game'. I said, 'Ja, let's throw this game'. Because now he's smiling with me and I'm smiling with him - if you're going to bullshit me I'm going to bullshit you, so fine. There was nothing involved. At lunchtime, he [Cronje] came to me and said, 'We scored too many runs'. I looked at him and said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Guys, the deal is off'. I said, 'So what?' He never spoke to us about money - you're going to get this and you must go for that."The lawyers who represented Gibbs and Williams in the trial have called Williams' claims preposterous and Gibbs has distanced himself from it and hasn't spoken on the issue.
|Jadeja hasn't filled the batting requirements at no. 7|
|Pathan filled the all-rounder void temporarily|
|Security officials carrying the invader are happy that Warne has lost some weight.|
|The old Warne bowling action|
|Pujara for the first time has been called up to theODI squad.|
|Pujara in full flow during his double century|
"At the moment, I am very confident. For the past couple of years, I have improved a lot in the one-day format and have scored many runs. That has helped a lot. Once you start playing at the international level and get experience and talk to the coach and senior players, they can always guide you as to how to go about this format. I have done it at the domestic level. I believe I can also do it at the international level. It is about waiting for the right time, which will come. I am very confident about that. I don't need to worry."With players such as Rohit Sharma who even after 86 matches haven't managed to cement his place in the team, it's clear that change is needed. But will that change happen? MS Dhoni has however said that Pjuara's inclusion in the team for the Rajkot ODI is unlikely. It would be a dream start for Pujara to make his debut in his home ground and come tomorrow, we will know for certain if it happens. However there is still the rest of the series and there is a very strong case for including Pujara into the side.
|It's not a great idea to get into a fight with Warne. Malinga's got his back.|