January 19, 2010

The IPL Player Auction Round Up

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There was a lot of drama today during the player auction and there were many surprises in store for everyone. So many unexpected twists happened and here is a summary of the auction.

Kings XI Punjab : They started the bid with a budget of $675,000 as they had already brought the West Indian batsman Adrian Barath outside the auction. They went hard to get Keiron Pollard and Kemar Roach. But they had to give up once the bids went outside their budget. At the end, they brought Yusuf Abdulla for the base price of $50,000 and then out-bid Bangalore to purchase Mohammad Kaif.

Delhi Daredevils : They started of cautiously and in fact didn’t bid for any player in the first pool. When the second round started, they straight away fought for Wayne Parnell. They competed with Deccan Chargers and out-bid them to buy Parnell for $610,000. Parnell is the third costliest South African player. Delhi Daredevils tried getting Kaif for the remaining amount, but they were out-bid by Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians : They started aggressively and went on to buy Keiron Pollard after the tie-breaker. They brought him for an undisclosed amount which is estimated at about $3 million. They had competition from Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkatta. They later brought the U-19 Indian player Harshal Patel. Nita Ambani admitted that it was a plan to rope in a batting all-rounder and thats why they went all out.

Chennai Super Kings : They went into almost all the top bids but found themselves out played by the other franchises. It was pretty clear that they were searching for a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff. They tried bidding for Shane Bond, Kemar Roach, Keiron Pollard and also Eoin Morgan. But they got none. They finally recalled Justin kemp into the bid and got him for a base price of $100,000 and then also signed up Thissara Perera for $50,000. There were no competitors for these players.

Deccan Chargers : They were very calculative with their bidding. They tried hard to secure players like Shane Bond, Keiron Pollard and Wayne Parnell. But they didn’t succeed. They successfully got Kemar Roach after keeping Chennai and Punjab at bay. They brought hime for $720,000. This left them with $30,000 in the budget and they never took part any further. They finally brought the Indian U-19 player Harmeet Singh who was a part of their team the last time around. He was brought for 800,000 INR.

Kolkatta Knight Riders : They were another team who was playing the waiting game. They had earlier released Ricky Ponting to free up a slot for foreign player. They tried hard to secure Keiron Pollard but lost him in the tie-breaker. They pressed hard and went on to secure Shane Bond by ousting their competitors in the tie-breaker. Since they ran out of budget, they never took part further.

Bangalore Royal Challengers : They played a rather subdued hand. They intially tried hard for Pollard, Bond, Parnell and Roach. But then they slowly gave up before out-bidding Chennai to sign up Eoin Morgan for $220,000. Then they tried to secure Kaif but failed. They got a chance to choose an U-19 player first and they picked up the U-19 skipper Ashok Menaria for 800,000 INR.

Rajasthan Royals : Just like the bidding in the first year, they played very slow. They had bought Rob Quiney which left a spot open. They never went in for any big names on the list. Rather byt he time they placed their first bid, most of them were out of budget. They later went on to sign-up ex-Australian cricketer Damien Martyn for a base price of $100,000 and then also bought Adam Voges for $50,000. They didn’t go for any other options and left $600,000 unused.

THE SHOCKERS!!! – None of the Pakistani players were signed up by the franchises. Even Afridi wasn’t picked up. Doug Bollinger also never got a bid despite some good performances in the recent times. Same thing applies to Phil Hughes. I also expected bids for Graeme Swann who also went unsold.


January 28, 2009

ECB’s Green Signal

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Finally the ECB has agreed to send its players for a three-week period for this edition of IPL. The IPL governing body wanted the English players to sign a contract for two years and the ECB have given their approval to the top seeds in the English line-up. What more can we ask for seeing KP and Freddie probably take on each other if they play for different sides?? The last phase of auction is scheduled for the 6th of February and until then, we can keep making some random guesses of who’ll end up in which team. It is learnt that 9 English players will be available for the auction. Keep guessing!!!

December 22, 2008

KP Breaks The Jinx

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All the Indian and English fans would have been happy finally. The long wait is over. Kevin Pietersen finally cracked the secret code of scoring runs in the subcontienent. He has rediscovered his lost touch. It was indeed a heartening sight to see him playing his natural game and dominate the Indian bowlers with his uncanny art of playing out of the when you don’t expect him to.

He came in at a crucial juncture when two of his team men were back in the dressing room with just seven deliveries into the innings. He survived the initial one over spell from Yuvraj Singh who has surprisingly been successful against KP. He played Yuvraj cautiously during his entire innings and his stats were there as a proof. He scored just 3 runs from the 17 deliveries that Yuvraj bowled to him.

KP played his switch shots with tremendous effect agains the Indian spinners. He thoroughly dominated the day and brought up his 15th century in just his 45th test. He finally fell when on 144 in the penultimate over of the day. He clearly was disappointed with the way the game went on in the last 10 minutes for them. He himself has ruled out an English win and said that from here on they’ll try to saveĀ  the test. This isn’t something that you expect from KP. Thats the way that India have outplayed them.

December 16, 2008

India Rewrites Record – Tendulkar Dedicates 41st Ton

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After the Sehwag blitz yesterday which seemed to be the turning point of the game, it was upto the other batsmen to take the team to the shore and voila, they did it. India have gone 1-0 in the series. In due course, the Indians chased down their highest target at home. India were set a target of 387.

The day was full of entertainment. Though India got off with an inauspicious start losing Rahul dravid early, everything fell in place. V.V.S. Laxman looked in ominous touch during his short stay and looked good for more. But it finally boiled down to Sachin and Yuvraj. Both played the game that they were good at. Both attacked and defended giving the bowler the merit.

Andrew Flintoff was the only bowler who looked like picking up a wicket everytime that he came to bowl. The duo saw him off comfortably and then turned the tide. Both kept rotating strike and kept the scoreboard ticking. The Chennai crowd cheered almost every single run that was scored. Sachin Tendulkar finally achieved something that he wanted to do for quite sometime now. He has always wanted to hit the winning runs along with a century to go with it.

When questioned, Yuvraj Singh said that even his dream of winning a test match for India along with Tendulkar had come true. Both supported each other equally. The shots that Sachin unleashed were tremendous. His paddle sweeps were very effective on this crumbling wicket. He dedicated his forty first ton to all the people who are undergoing some hard times after the Mumbai attacks.

Fittingly, Virender Sehwag was declared the Man-Of-The-Match for his scintillating effort in the second innings that set up the game for the Indians. Both, Andrew Strauss’ and Paul Collingwood’s efforts were completely eclipsed. It was quite a relief for the Chennai crowd to get a complete game with a result. They were outstanding.

I was also there at the ground and I clicked a few pics and recorded a few videos during the course of the game. I’ll soon post the link here. Do check it out. All are candid shots and it will tell you how well everything was organised. The security provided was outstanding. The six-wicket victory will give India an edge when the game goes to Mohali where they recently beat Australia by 320 runs this October. Good chances for India to get to the Number Two spot in the rankings.

August 31, 2008

MSD Dethrones Smith

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After an impressive series in the emerald isle which helped him get the Man of the Series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dethroned South African counterpart Greame Smith to become the numero uno in the recent list of ODI batsmen. With Smith being ruled out of the current series, Dhoni could well extend his lead with few more good shows. Meanwhile, English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has leap-frogged to the top ODI all-rounder after his scintillating show in the Series against South Africa. Kevin Pietersen has also broken into the top 10 and Stuart Broad has raised to his all time best of 4th rank.

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