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KKR and Deccan Charges shares glory

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Kolkata Knight Riders have started off the 3rd season of IPL in grand style. They upset the reigning champions – Deccan Charges in the opening match followed by a thumping victory over the runners up of last year – Royal Challengers, Bangalore. The arrival of Angelo Mathews has made a big difference to the team as the all-rounder from Sri Lanka has enticed everybody in both matches. Knight Riders haven’t had a good start in the opening match, losing 4 wickets quickly. The new recruits – Owais Shah and Angelo Mathews forged an unbeaten partnership to take them to a respective total. In reply, Adam Gilchrist lit up the Dr. DY Patil Stadium with some vicious hitting. Every time he plays in IPL, we are bemused of the reason behind his retirement, as undoubtedly, he is still the dangerous batsman in the world cricket. Once Gilchrist departed other batsmen, tried-and-failed to replicate his batting and KKR registered the first win of IPL 2010.

Yusuf Pathan had almost sealed a thriller against Mumbai Indians with his whirlwind knock of 37 balls 100. Mumbai scored their best total in IPL, but almost allowed the Rajastan Royals to overhaul it. The youngsters – Saurabh Tiwary and the former ICL player, Ambati Rayudu batted well to take the Mumbai Indians past 200. Lasith Malinga Excelled with ball by getting some prize scalps and a beautiful last over. Pathan’s effort went in vain as Royals lost the match by 4 runs.

Delhi Dare Devils once again showed that they are hard to beat, atleast in the league round. Kings XI Punjab, after missing the services of their key players, was restricted to just 142 runs in 20 overs. Dirk Nannes and Co delivered some fine bowling to restrict Punjab.Yuvraj couldn’t make any impact in his come-back match from an injury. Barring Sreesanth, none of the bowlers bowled well and some sloppy fielding helped Delhi to chase the target quite easily.

Knight Riders continued their winning streak by completing a commanding victory over Royal Challengers, the finalist of last IPL. Angelo Mathews bagged 4 wickets to limit Royal Challengers 135 runs. Jacques remained unbeaten on 65 runs. Manoj Tiwary and Brad Hodge gave brisk reply for KKR and when he was dismissed for 50 runs, KKR almost sealed the match. Deccan came up with a big win against the Chennai Super Kings at Chennai. Symonds’s fluent fifty and some fireworks from Gilchrist and Gibbs helped Deccan to reach 190 runs and Chennai choked in pursuit of 191 runs due to the quick flow of wickets. Dhoni and Morkel showed some resistance, scoring 42 runs each.

Kieron Pollard – The Future of Caribbean Cricket

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

West Indies cricket have always enticed the cricketing world with some fantabulous performances since their entry in to cricket. As we all know West Indies is not a country, it’s a unity of the islands in the Caribbean and they instill that unity in their game each time they enters a cricket field. This trait is the trademark of the West Indian cricket. They ruled the cricketing world in the 70′s and 80′s with ruthless and aggressive cricket powered by some great fast bowlers and audacious batsmen. They were literally ‘invincibles’ in that period. Sir Garry Sobers, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Clive Lloyd, Courtney Walsh Curtly Ambrose, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara were the legendary players who made the West Indies, the best in the world. After the retirement of Lara, Chris Gayle came in to the limelight with some blistering batting. It took a few more years for the Caribbean cricket to get their next super star – Kieron Pollard. He came in to the stardom after his whirlwind knock of 18 balls 54 against NSW Blues in the champions League 2009.

Though it would be too early to call Pollard, the savor of West Indies Cricket, it is quite evident that he has some substance. His contract for South Australia and Mumbai Indians is just an incentive to his fearless batting in the champions’ league and in other series for West Indies. He had a normal outing in his first international appearance for West Indies in the U-19 World Cup in 2006. He came in to limelight in the Stanford Trophy when he hits 83 for Trinidad and Tobago. He followed up with some brilliant knocks in the domestic cricket also. He was swamped with T20 offers from all over the cricketing world after his stupendous performance in the Champions League T20 in India.

At 22, Pollard will get valuable experiences from the IPL, where he will be playing alongside the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians. He can’t ask for a better mentor than Sachin. If he maintains his sensibility that he is showing now, there is no doubt that he will be the true successor of Sir Garry Sobers.

Aussies Regained their Dominance, But Has ODI Cricket?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

There had been lot of talks about the existence of ODI Cricket before the start if the Champions Trophy 2009 and many opined that the Success of Champions Trophy would keep the ODI cricket afloat amid the euphoria of T20 carnivals like IPL, Champions league, ICC world T20 etc.  If we have to take those skeptics in to account then the life of ODI cricket is at stake.

The ICC has refashioned the Champions Trophy by trimming the no of teams to 8 and just 15 games to make it more attractive. But that has been an utter failure as just 1 match was decided in the final over and all the other games, including the Semi- Finals and Final were one-sided.

England and New Zealand did really well to knock out South Africa and Sri Lanka in the preliminary stages of the competition but couldn’t replicate that in the later stages when it mattered. South Africa continued their woeful outing in the ICC events and re-affirmed the ‘Chokers’ tag, which they were desperate to throw away. India was also no exception. They couldn’t justify the rankings and were crashed out in the first round. The absence of the pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, Explosive opener Virender Sehwag were added to India’s defeat but the retreat of Yuvraj Singh ,just before the start of the tournament had put India’s preparation in complete disarray. Sri Lanka looked mediocre in the absence of a fully-fit Muralitharan and an out-of-form Jayasuriya.

Australia peaked at the right time and that was perhaps the biggest difference of the tournament. They struggled early for the rhythm, however as the tournament reached the summit clash, they started to fire on all cylinders. New Zealand did well to reach the finals but held back in the crunch match. Australia are back at the helm, however it won’t be easy for them to sustain that.  They will face-off against India in 3 weeks time, which would be a hard-test for their rookies, who failed terribly in the last Indian tour.

The next 12 months will be a real test for ODI Cricket as during this period, as the world will witness the prime T20 tournaments like the Champions League T20, IPL 2010 and the World T20. The competition has been really stiff in the bi-lateral series but lacked that vigor in the multi-team tournaments and that has been the reason of plunge in the excitement as far as the ODI cricket is concerned. If things get worse, then we wouldn’t even see the 2011 World Cup and instead a T20 World Cup. It’s better to keep the fingers crossed until the 2011 World Cup.

Commercialization of the Gentleman’s Game

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Since the first cricket test played in 1877, cricket has evolved drastically and diversified into three main formats and other local formats. Test cricket remains as the heart and soul of cricket, while one day cricket and now T20 are tagged as the popular versions of the game. Cricket has been generating billions of money from the sub-continent, especially from India, where people keep cricket close to their heart and celebrate every cricket match as a national festival. Advertisers pour in to be a part of every cricket carnival where cricketers are considered as demigods. Corporates are behind them for making them brand ambassadors of products, because of their superstar value and it is no wonder that cricketers are amongst the highest paid sports professionals now.

IPL has helped several international and domestic players to secure their lives through its lucrative pay packages and helped them to get priceless experience through its generic flavor. The IPL has contributed a lot to team India’s current success, with players like Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhishek Nayar and several others being the beneficiaries. It has also amplified the flow of money into cricket. The prize money, sponsorship, players’ salaries and all other attributes have outdone the prevailing trend and IPL became the benchmark in the world of cricket.

Notwithstanding its attractiveness, arguably, IPL has resulted in the premature retirement of several great players like Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and the latest update to the list is Andrew Flintoff. Can the players alone be blamed for this especially when West Indies players boycotted their series against Bangladesh due to contract issues? We can argue that the players should give preference to their country first than any other commitments. However, the fact is that, at the end of the day money matters!

T20 World Cup is near

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Now it’s the season for T20 world cup matches. The day at which we are eagerly looking into, is June 5th, the inauguration day of the world cup.

There is a talk that the spirit of T20 world cup has been struck down by the IPL matches. This may be because the IPL was conducted with high promotions and lots of advertisements. It attracted people from all over the world, since it is the second largest “money making” sport.

Anyway, this T20 world cup will be of the same importance for Indians as they are the current champions. Let’s have a look at the T20 schedule:

Imagine Umpires in Helmets

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

It must be pretty awkward to imagine umpires in helmets. But safety comes first before sixes and fours and one can truly empathize with the umpires for wanting to wear helmets on the field.  It must be time to say goodbye to the good old umpire hat.

The T20 cricket, introduced to deliver fast paced, exciting cricket has raised safety concerns for the umpires. They feel that they can no longer be defenseless on the field. Imagine Mathew Hayden charging down the pitch and hammering the ball straight down the ground. The umpire has every chance of being hit if he doesn’t duck in time.

Daryl Harper has voiced his opinion of wanting to wear a helmet while officiating in Twenty20 games. According to him, in one of the recent IPL 2009 games, one of Sanath Jayasuriya’s shot hit him so hard that he felt breathless for a while. And Hayden’s hits seem to have brushed his ears a few times as well.

In fact some of the other umpires he spoke to were also of the same opinion, he said.

He feels that the pace and the force with which some of the players hit the shots has made the umpiring job really dangerous. And they have no choice but to take the necessary precautions.

Well, one cannot help but agree, given the fabulous form of players like Hayden, Gilchrist and Raina.

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The antics of the Fake IPL Player

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Kolkata Knight Riders have begun the IPL Season II on a rather tumultuous note, firstly having sacked Sourav Ganguly as captain and most recently having packed several players back home.

To add to its miseries, a blogger who goes by the name of “Fake IPL Player” claims to provide the inside scoop on KKR. The public are enjoying every bit of the scoop and are begging for more.

The blogger who is yet to be identified has 3382 followers at present and his posts have comments running into thousands! His blog posts have quite an appealing nature to all gossip lovers.

The revelations in the blogs prove that he is a member of the team or at least someone having close relationship with the team. There have been no leads so far on who this mysterious blogger is.

Until he is nabbed and debarred from exposing the team further, the cricket crazy, gossip loving fans will have a gala time at the expense of KKR.

There is no doubt as to who the real beneficiary is amidst all this furore. All the publicity – good or bad is doing very good for the IPL!  Lalit Modi & Co. would certainly not mind the fake IPL player continue blogging till the end of IPL 2009.

Why are we taking our IPL to foreign lands?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

With the India Premier League being shifted out of India, a lot of controversy has been flying about questioning the motives behind this sudden and late change in location.

The shift has been linked with India’s general elections being held at about the same time. The reason for the shift has been attributed to India’s inability to provide equal security to the IPL and the general elections at the same time.

Australian spin wizard, Shane Warne has aptly expressed the sentiments of many patriotic Indians.  Warne feels that it’s a shame that the 2nd Indian Premier League will not be played on its home soil. By taking these matches to foreign countries many wonder if this puts big money only into the coffers of the organizers.

Indian cricket fans are proud when IPLs are held in Indian soil. Many Indians also feel that IPLs held in India generate income for local businesses. They argue that it would be better to postpone the matches to a week after the elections than play them in a foreign land.  People all over India wonder if BCCI is looking to earn higher revenues through foreign franchisees hosting the tournaments. If the IPL2 turns out to be a big money spinner, could this indicate future IPLs in foreign countries?

For now, let’s get ready to catch these matches live on TV!

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