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.


June 2, 2008

Rajasthan Royals Lift The Trophy

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What a game we’ve had tonight? Its was absolutely chanceless. It was like any other International matches. Yusuf Pathan made all the difference picking up three wickets and scoring a match winning half century. The game had everything in it right from some on-field verbal fights to some brilliant run-outs.

Whatever Shane Warne touched has turned gold. Even his decision to bowl first has also proved to be a right one. Chennai Super Kings did well to post 161 on the board. Suresh Raina again played a gem of the innings and the rest was done by M.S.Dhoni. They also didwell to pick up early wickets and put the pressure on Rajasthan Royals.

Swapnil Asnodkar played a cameo and was run out by a brilliant throw by Makhaya Ntini. Yusuf Pathan had two let offs that probably changed the entire result as he got into the grooves soon after. Everyone in the ground was thrilled and no one left the game till the last ball.

When everything looked right for the Royals, a couple of wickets changed the complexion of the game. Eight were needed of the last over and it was Balaji with the ball. The first ball went for a single, the second was a dot ball. Shane Warne took a single of the third and Balaji bowled a wide in the next one. Then it was a single followed b a couple and the last ball was hit for a boundary. What a finish to this drama packed 44 day head turner?

Rajasthan Royals were celebrating and this should prove their critics wrong (even me) after they felt that the team was weak. They have played some splendid over the past 44 days and they deserved to be victors.

P.S. : The trophy looks awesome and the prize money will get everyone’s head turning. It is the costliest trophy in World Cricket. Those who didn’t get to see this match has missed something spectular.

May 31, 2008

Its Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings

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We’ve come down to the last game of the first IPL season. Its the big one – The Finals. Eight teama battled out for the trophy and it has come down to the last two, the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams have played some wonderful cricket over the last 40+ days.

Rajasthan Royals have proved their critics wrong and they’ve turned into the side to be beaten in the tournament. The have a very balanced side that has a mix of good bowling and a power packed batting line up. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have a good batting line-up. But the question remains over their bowling. Can their bowlers stand up tall for one last time to pull of an emphatic win? Only time can say. keep licking your lips for tomorrow’s game. Rajasthan Royals start as clear favourites. But anything can happen in T20 Cricket.

Rajasthan Royals Get Into The Finals

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Delhi Daredevils must have been in a state of shock just by the way they were out played in all the departments today. They had no way out. Eveything Rajasthan Royals did was right. They displayed ruthless Cricket though they had admitted that they didn’t have the home advantage. But they played well in all the deparments.

Guided by the blast earlier on by Greame Smith and Swapnil Asnodkar and later by a couple of whirlwind innings by Yusuf Pathan and Shane Watson who scored a fifty, Rajasthan Royals finished on 192. Shane Watson wasn’t done as yet and came back to hit the Delhi Daredevils top order hard. He picked the top three in his first spell which hit them badly. Then Shane Warne spun the ball square to display his art to the crowd and the batsmen of the Delhi Daredevils team.

After that they were never in the game. The game ended with a tame run-out. Rajasthan Royals are proving that they are the complete side and the side to beat. Clearly Virender Sehwag’s decision to field first has back fired badly.

Watch out for another cracker of a game tomorrow between Chennai Super Kings and King’s XI Punjab. Can Chennai Super Kings maintain their 100% record against the King’s XI? We’ve got to wait and watch.

May 27, 2008

Chennai Super Kings Win – Ends Mumbai Indian’s IPL Dream

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Lead by Suresh Raina’s unbeaten fifty and a good performance with the ball, Chennai Super Kings won their last league game against Hyderabad Deccan Chargers. This ensures that the final four spots are held by Rajasthan Royals, King’s XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils.

It was a good game overall with some fighting display from Ravi Teja and Venugopal Rao who hit fighting 40’s to get them to a decent score. Everyone contributed ensuring that the Chennai Super Kings completed the match without too much tension.

The first semi-finals will be against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils and the second semi-finals will be against Chennai Super Kings and King’s XI Punjab. This does make for an interesting contest.

P.S. : Deccan Chargers have lost all their 7 games at home.

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