September 4, 2008

Lee Raring To Play In India

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:38 pm by techtwist

After a terrible few days in his life during which he had a break-up in his marriage life, Brett Lee has announced that he is both physically and mentally fit for the tour of India. He sounded pretty keen to make himself available for the tour. Lee took leave during the ongoing Bangladesh series and used this time to get his head right and feels pretty good after the break from the game for a while.

He was seen back with the team at Darwin joking with team mates and keenly speaking to the support staff to ensure that everything was back again on track for him to comeback. Officially, this would be the first time that Brett Lee would be leading the attack. Last time around it was lead by Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillispie and Michael Kasprowicz. He played the role of the twelfth man and is keen to make his first appearance in front of the Indian crowd.

The Indians love Brett Lee for his sheer passion and his friendly attitude and Brett Lee also enjoys playing in India. He says it would be tough playing here and still he enjoys it. Talking about relationships – It sure does affect even the best.

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August 27, 2008

Chaminda Vaas Picks Up Number 400

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 11:12 pm by techtwist

13th over of the game. Chaminda Vaas to Yuvraj Singh. A perfect Vaasy ball. Straight in line with the stumps and the ball stops on the batsman. Yuvarj chips it in the air and he is caught at short mid-wicket. Thats number 400 for Vaas.

What an amazing bowler he has been for Sri Lanka in the past decade or so? He has single handedly won so many matches for the Lankans. His deadly accuracy is on par with that of Glenn McGrath and Shaun Pollock, the two modern day role models. He must have been a happy man to join the elite league which comprises of Wasim Akram ( 502 Wickets ), Waqar Younis         ( 416 Wickets ) and Muttiah Muralidaran ( 479 Wickets ). He deserves every bit of praise he has been receiving on achieving this feat. He looks all set to break the record held by Wasim Akram if he carries on in the same pace and might end up second only to Muttiah Muralidaran. Kudos to him.

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.

May 14, 2008

Reliving 1989 in 2008

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , at 2:10 am by techtwist

The next match for the Mumbai Indians will mark the debut of Sachin Tendulkar into the IPL after being out of the first half of the tournament due to a groin injury. Even after 17 years of International Cricket, Tendulkar will find a few butterflies flying in his tummy. He is bound to shoulder a lot of pressure when he makes his much awaited appearance for the Mumbai Indians against the Chennai Super Kings.

He has played just one T20 game against South Africa which the Indians won comfortably. He managed double figures then but hasn’t played many T20’s in his career. The Mumbai Indians have gone through everything from the slap gate incident to a string of losses and then the victories. Tendulkar’s return will be a big boost for the team which has started to gel with time.

It will be a dream day for any Cricket fan to watch Sachin tendulkar open with Sanath Jayasuriya. This is what the World has been waiting for during this IPL season. Two of his counterparts, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have done well to come in turns with this format. Both have been bamboozling batsmen and picking up crucial wickets.

Its for sure that Tendulkar’s skill or ability as a player won’t be a question. But it will be the time he takes to get into the grooves that is to be answered. He has every shot in the book and rather has been a reason for adding more to the books. He is one of the best exponents of paddle sweep. He has done it consistently over the years. This year in Australia, he played a shot which the World had never seen before. Ask Brett Lee about how he felt. I’ve always admired his drives, specially the straight drives that’ll leave everyone stunned. It’ll make the bowler to bowl the same ball again and admire the way its put away to the boundary.

His flicks, these days, have also started blooming. We know how he plays spin. What does he lack? I don’t see anything wrong in his technique or ability. Its probably his mind set that’ll matter the most. He has to come in terms soon and ensure that the Mumbai Indians get into the last four. Mumbai Indians another seven more to go and they should win atleast six more to ensure their semi final birth. Even before he has faced a ball, Tendulkar will feel that the onus is on him to deliver. All he has to do is summon all his abilities and enjoy the game. I don’t think he’ll need any advice after 147 tests and 417 One Day Internationals under his belt. Whatever he does will count, whether he succeeds or not comes later.I’m very sure the media will be following him closely. I’m eagerly waiting to see him in action. So is this mad mad mad world.

May 1, 2008

Pidgeon Flies Again

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:25 am by techtwist

Glenn McGrath was back again with what he does best, contain the batsmen and pick up wickets. He bowled a terrific spell of 4/29 off four overs against the struggling Bangalore Royal Challengers. This effort has to be credited as this is the first 4 for in the IPL and also made sure that the Banglore Royal Challengers lost the game by 10 runs. All his 4 wickets were top order batsmen. This clearly shows that he is at his best though he has retired from International Cricket.

Earlier in the day, Gautam Gambhir and Shikar Dhawan batted beautifully to push the Delhi daredevil’s score to 191/5 of 20 overs. Gautam Gambhir scored a fluent 86 off 54 balls an Shikar Dhawan scored 50 off 33 balls. As for Royal Challengers, Jacques Kallis ( 54 off 44 balls ), Rahul Dravid ( 38 off 30 balls ) and Mark Boucher ( 31 off 17 balls ) played notable knocks which took them to the verge of victory and they crumbled again to loose the game closely by 10 runs. A lot of thinking has to be done by the Bangalore Royal Challengers and its high time they bring in Misbah-Ul-Haq to bolster their line-up.

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