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.

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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.

May 27, 2008

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

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:25 pm by techtwist

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.

May 22, 2008

5 Teams To Battle For 3 Spots In The Last Phase

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:27 am by techtwist

We’ve had some remarkable performances and some unbelievable periods of game during this IPL so far. But yesterday was the day during which two teams who were all set to win the game, went on to lose it. It was not because of some spirited bowling, but due to their own inconsistency. First it was the Mumbai Indians against the King’s XI Punjab and then it was Chennai Super Kings against Bangalore Royal Challengers. Both the teams were on course of victory and they snatched defeat from it somehow. Mumbai lost the game by 1 run chasing 190 and Chennai lost the game by 14 runs chasing 127. What must have hurt them most will be that they were in a great position to win and make themselves feel good by getting closer to the semi-finals.

But the defeat opens up the gate again and the race heats up for the semi-finals again. Check out this for the Points Table. Kolkatta Knight Riders are on 10 points right now and have two more games left. They have to ensure that they win those two games and keep hoping that Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings remain struck on 14 points and then the net run-rate will come into play to decide who proceeds further.

Delhi Daredevils are somewhat in a easier position as of now with 12 points to their tally. They can do with one win in the remaining matches but two wins will ensure their spot. Their next two games are with Mumbai Indians and Kolkatta Knight Riders and if they manage to win both and even if Mumbai win against the Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers, net run-rate will be considered. If Chennai Super Kings lose both their games against Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers, then Delhi have to win just one game to zoom into the Semi-Finals.

Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are in a tricky situation with 12 points. If Delhi wins the next two games and Mumbain win two of their three games or win one and hope that Chennai goes onto lose their last two games, then they can go into the Semi-Finals. If they manage to win all the three, then other results won’t matter for them.

Even Chennai Super Kings are in a tricky situation just like Mumbai Indians but with 14 points. If Delhi Daredevils lose all their games, then Chennai can manage to go through without a victory. If Delhi and Mumbai manage one win, then it’ll be down to the net run-rate if we don’t win. If Delhi goes onto win both their games then Chennai must win one of their two games to be in the race. Their next two games are against Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers, both at either extremes and have nothing to lose.

King’s XI Punjab are comfortably placed with 16 points. They can manage even by losing all the three games. But another win would ensure that they go on smoothly without having to depend upon the net run-rate to decide who proceeds.

Clearly, anything can still happen from here on and no one is quite sure with who will go through. Lets see how it goes on from here.

May 20, 2008

Asif Out Of IPL

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

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif who plays for Delhi Daredevils has been ruled out of this edition of the IPL after injuring his right hand. Sources also say that he could well be ruled out of Pakistan’s Tri-Series in Bangladesh starting on June 8. It is learnt that Asif split the webbing on his right hand while fielding in the game against the Deccan Chargers. This would be a big blow for the Delhi Daredevils as they have to win all their following matches to ensure a smooth entry into the Semi-Finals and Asif was one of their key weapons who was on a roll along with Glenn McGrath.

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