January 19, 2010

The IPL Player Auction Round Up

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:51 pm by techtwist

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.

April 30, 2008

Missing Stars

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:51 pm by techtwist

11 days into IPL. We have seen everything from fastest centuries to ban. What a week this has been for Cricket lovers and Cricket analysts. It has been a stunning display this summer in India which I thought would never happen when I used to watch the English County. Here are some of the stars who’ll go missing from their respective line-up to complete their National Duty.

Brett Lee – This Aussie pacer has picked up four wickets in this edition of IPL and has been vital picking up wickets at the top. In this edition, he has appeared in four games and averages 28 with the ball at an economy of under 7, which is quite good considering the nature of this format. His pace and variations on the flat tracks to decieve batsmen will be missed by King’s XI, Mohali.

Matthew Hayden – The powerful left-hander played a couple of superb innings for his team, Chennai Super Kings. He took the attack to the opposition. He now has the Orange Cap as he leads the list with a total of 189 in four games at an average of 88 and a strike rate of 157.14. The team will miss him badly at the top.

Jacob Oram – Another member of the Chennai Super Kings. he wasn’t successful in the first two games on the IPL. But M.S. Dhoni kept faith in him and he picked up the Man-Of-The-Match in the very next game picking three crucial wickets in the process againt the Kolkatta Knight Riders. His services with the bat lower down the order and his bowling will be missed.

Michael Hussey – He holds the record for the third fastest century in the IPL scored of 50 balls. He has been in very good form and has been dominating attacks. He has been scoring at a rate of 192.06 and averages 121 and has a total of 168 from four games. No doubt why he is called Mr.Cricket as he adapts to any form easily. Chennai Super Kings will miss his consistency.

Brendon McCullum – He set IPL ablaze in the first game. He has been the most explosive batsman in the tournament and is a captain’s delight. He has provided some good starts for the Kolkatta Knight Riders. They will miss this fire power at the top of the order and I don’t think there is any replacement for him. He leads the sixes column with a total of 15 from 4 games.

Ricky Ponting – He had a poor time at IPL averaging 6.66 and scoring 20 from 4 games. But a player like him needs just one knock to get back on track. Kolkatta Knight Riders will miss getting some inputs and strategies form him and will be surely be disappointed to see him go without a good knock.

Daniel Vettori – He just played one game in this edition. But no one can undermine his left arm spin and lusty hitting abilities. He can win you games single handedly on his day. His abilities will be missed by Delhi Daredevils.

Andrew Symonds – He has the second fastest century in IPL. His abilities are World renowned in all the departments. He has done justice to his price tag. he averages 80.50 and has a strike rate of 153.33. His services and ailities will be missed by Hyderabad Deccan Chargers.

Ross Taylor – He played a couple of short but effective innings for his side, Bangalore Royal Challengers. He was destructive. His absence will be a big hole for the Bangalore team who are depleted in the Batting department with no big-hitters in their ranks. He scored a total of 44 runs at 33.50 in two games. He boasts of a strike rate of 209.37 which promised much more.

Simon Katich – This Australian left-hander has been a surprise package. He too has done his bit for the King’s XI Punjab team providing good starts at the top. Yuvraj Singh will miss him for sure for it will bring a lot of pressure on him to fill the gap and score runs which he shared with Katich.

The Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals are the only unchanged sides. Even with full strength, Mumbai Indians are finding it tough to get their magic going.

April 19, 2008

McCullum’s Royal Challenge

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:36 am by techtwist

The IPL kicked off in style with a stunning opening ceremony that left the spectators awe-struck. ” I haven’t seen an opening ceremony as stunning as this one ” echoed many of them. It was totally magnificient. If the opening ceremony was like that, the match was all the more stunning.

Brendon McCullum and Saurav Ganguly walked in for the Kolkatta Knight Riders and were right there from the first over. The team reached 50 in just 4 overs. Ganguly was struggling at the other end though McCullum kept belting the bowlers. Even he struggled a bit initially but he admitted that the felt the pressure and was a bit nervous at the start. But once he kept rolling, there was no stopping him.

He went from strength to strength and wasn’t merciful at all. He kept smacking the ball all around the stadium as though playing a school game. Trust me, the Bangalore Royal Challengers had a better attack than it appeared to be. But McCullum was exceptional. It was one of those days where in you can just enjoy the display. The fact that the next highest score was 20 by Ricky Ponting says the entire story. The paddle shot that he played Zaheer Khan over fine leg for a six was just tremendous. There came a point when you could just tell what would happen the next ball. He was unbeaten at the end with a score of 158* in just 73 balls.

Bangalore Royal Challengers were never even close to matching the performance. The were bundled out for a meagre 82 in reply to 222 for 3 by Kolkatta Knight Riders. The wickets kept falling in heaps. What was good to see was the way the Kolkatta Team played together. It looked as though it wasn’t the first time they were playing together. Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, McCullum, Ganguly, Hafeez, Ishanth etc. every one kept enjoying each other’s success. What a site?

McCullum was given with a orange helmet that is kept in every stadium for all the matches which is to be given to the player of the day, just in reply to Tour de Frances’ yellow jersey. He fittingly deserved it. There are more fire works today with Chennai Super Kings taking on King’s XI Punjab and Delhi taking on Rajasthan Royals. Lets wait and watch even this.

April 10, 2008

Election Forces Change In Schedule

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , at 7:01 pm by techtwist

The proposed elections in Karnataka has forced changes in the IPL schedule. The matches between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians and another between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Hyderabad Deccan Chargers have been rescheduled. The former has been postponed from May 10 to May 28 and the latter has been a switch. Hyderabad Deccan Chargers will visit Bangalore on May 3 Bangalore Royal Challengers will visit Hyderabad on May 25. Charu Sharma, the CEO of the Bangalore franchise, said that the change was made after consulting the two Boards as they felt that theit might be lack of security and hospitality due to the elections. So beware of the change in dates.

March 31, 2008

Bracken In Doubt For IPL

Posted in Cricket, IPL tagged , , , , , at 8:23 pm by techtwist

Nathan Bracken, the Man Of The Series in the recently concluded CB series has suffered a career threatening injury. His knee cartilage has been found torn and he underwent a surgery last week. The doctor found the cartilage peeling off. The doctor himself said that he was amused to see Nathan Bracken land his foot so hard while bowling even with this injury.

Though Nathan Bracken admitted that he was fairly uncomfortable, he said that this might have ended his International Career. He has been advised eight to ten weeks rest and henceforth will be in doubt for the IPL starting April 18. This will surely hurt the Bangalore Royal Challengers a lot as they would have loved to have this in-form bowler in their ranks. But I’m happy that this career isn’t cut-short.