January 17, 2010

Tendulkar Pulls Out Of T20 Action

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:24 pm by techtwist

Sachin Tendulkar recently pulled out of the T20 season in Middlesex colors scheduled during the English summer. He had earlier been in talks with the Middlsex Boss’ when they showed their interest to sign him along with Adam Gilchrist in their ranks. Tendulkar told the club that it would be an additional workload in an already heavy International schedule. He also explained them that he was keen to prolong his career in the big stage and hence he was not ready to risk the excess load.

Middlesex County Cricket Club Chief Executive Vinny Codrington said,”We are all naturally extremely disappointed that Sachin has reached the decision not to join us this year, as without doubt, his presence within the Middlesex ranks alongside Adam Gilchrist would have been a major coup for the club. When the news initially broke that we were in negotiations with Sachin, it quite rightly created major headlines in all the sports pages, and it’s a real shame we have been unable to reach a satisfactory outcome to our discussions with him. Sachin was very open and honest with us when advising us of his decision and he went to lengths to express how flattered he was that a club like Middlesex were so keen to have him on board.”

He also added, ” Whilst extremely keen to join the club, Sachin felt he wished to concentrate his efforts on prolonging his international career at the top of world cricket, and believed that the additional workload of playing Twenty20 cricket in the UK for Middlesex this year would place too much pressure on his already busy cricketing schedule. We would like to express our thanks to John Stephenson, MCC’s Head of Cricket, for all his help, and we wish Sachin continued success with India and our thanks go to him for giving the Club every consideration”.

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January 16, 2010

Gilchrist and Hayden Clarify Speculation

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:01 pm by techtwist

Few days back, Adam Gilchrist’s Manager Stephen Atkinson had quoted, “Adam is aware of the situation and he is always very mindful of the security concerns in India. Adam was looking to play in this year’s tournament but it is always a worry when statements like that (made by Shiv Sena) are being made. Ultimately, he will be guided by the views of Cricket Australia and security experts.” This was misinterpreted by the press and the news that Gilchrist wouldn’t be a part of IPL 3 started making rounds. In a recent interview, Gilchrist clarified this and quoted, “I love playing in India. My manager’s quote has been misinterpreted and I am quite keen to play in India”.

He was further told PTI that, “I cannot speak for other players but I am sure to tour India in March for the IPL. I am confident of Mr. Modi and the IPL organisers. I have some fine memories of India and would like to extend that”. Leter on even Matthew Hayden confirmed his participation and stated that, “The process is that the security agencies will investigate and let Cricket Australia know who will let the players know, but the final decision is in the hands of the players. You will definitely see me in India for IPL 3.I have been welcomed into the bosom of India as a brother. I feel very humbled and privileged to be able to play here. I am looking forward to IPL 3 and am confident it will be a huge success.”

So, as of now, none of the Australian players have pulled out of the auction and hopefully we will get to see them in action this year. I personally feel that the sport shouldn’t be mixed up with all the political issues. What happened in Australia to the Indian students is certainly a bad example and it is unjust, but then I don’t think that not allowing Australian players to take part in India is the solution. This might hamper the preparations for the World Cup next year.

August 28, 2008

The Don Liked Gilly’s Ability

Posted in Cricket, IPL, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:47 pm by techtwist

Sir Donald Bradman was a special player and the World speaks of him still. Recently his family and CA celebrated his centenary. The Australian players were invited for a lunch. All of them spoke of so many things thats happening in World Cricket. Gilly was asked whether the emergence of T20 would thrash Test cricket and he striaght away said a no.

He said the World had survived the threat of ODI and World Series a few decades ago and hence even this would be overcome even though T20 is booming into a real big one. He is bound to lead the Deccan Chargers next year. He also admitted that he enjoyed playing Cricket in India. He has never met the Don before. John Bradman said,”He thought his ability was absolutely second to none and that his modesty and integrity was of the very highest order.” John Bradman is the Don’s son.

April 27, 2008

Gilly Comes To Party With The Fastest Century

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:06 pm by techtwist

When the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers needed a magic to get themselves started in the IPL tournament, their Vice-Captain and the dashing Wicket-Keeper, Adam Gilchrist has proved his worth. He smashed a century of a record 42 balls, the fastest of the IPL and the fourth Century of this tournament. He ensured that the Deccan Chargers reached the set target with ease and without much fuss.

At the end of over number 10, Gilly scored a century with a huge hit off Abhishek Nayar over deep mid-wicket. He never stopped there and made sure that they won the game with all the wickets intact. Adam Gilchrist remained unbeaten on 109* of just 48 balls and V.V.S.Laxman on 36* off 29 balls. Gilchrist, in due course, hit 9 fours and 10 sixes in his innings. Had it been Deccan Chargers batting first, we might well have seen the first double hundres in T20 history. With the way he was going, it was a strong possibility.

With this knock, Gilchrist has announced himself at IPL and you can expect many more knocks like these. He was tremendous. You could literally see the crowds and the opponents left clueless of what they were witnessing. Earlier, the Mumbai Indians had reached 154/7 of their 20 overs, thanks to a late blossom from Shaun Pollock, Abhishek Nayar and Dwayne Bravo. But that never proved to be enough with Gilly in this form.

Just think of this. The team still had big hitters of the ranks of Andrew Symonds and Shahid Afridi who had to wait out. Well, that should bring jitters in the opponents’ backbone. A special mention is needed for the six which Gilly hit to bring up his ton. It was a tremendous hit. Just try watching it if you can.

March 15, 2008

Searching For Saints

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , at 7:28 pm by techtwist

Recently there was a spat over another issue. This time it was Harbhajan again with his whily doosras against the Aussies. Though we may agree to some of his comments, I was totally against his comment directed towards Adam Gilchrist. He said Adam Gilchrist was no different and he is ” No Saint “. Was it really necessary? At that instance I realised one thing – There can be no saint in this game. If you are one, then you will not succeed.

I was really wishing that this comment got a right hit back from an able person. But now Gilly was here to defend himself. He admitted that while playing tough Cricket against an opponent like India, there can’t be any ” Saint “, just what I meant. But was this a credit to the Indian team or was it the other way round saying they can’t be polite against India?

With Gilly, I’ll go in with the former possibilty itself. I don’t think that he’s so harsh. He is the best person that I’ve seen on and off a Cricket field.

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