October 1, 2008

Ganguly – The Man Of Comebacks

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The history repeats. To my liking ( or even to Ganguly’s for that matter ) it has happened very quickly. Saurav Ganguly was again on the verge of being pushed aside and out of International Cricket for once. But his strong record has saved his head again. One of the selectors said his experience, character and resilience has put him ahead of the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. They feel these three qualities are very important for a tough series against Australia.

As a build up to the series, Saurav Ganguly is expected to play a India A test against New Zealand A as he has not been a part of the current team who are at a conditioning camp at Bangalore. Ganguly has an impressive average of 50.67 aggregating 1571 runs since his comeback in December 2006 during which he has also scored a maiden double century. The surprise packages were Amit Mishra and Subramaniam Badrinath. Both made it to the 15 member squad.

Badrinath said he expected a call up. What the selectors have done is that they have sent a strong message. Badrinath will be under the shadow and will me the most likely one to replace Ganguly. Meanwhile Mishra will be the third spinner and likely to be the successor of Kumble. Too ealry to make a call. But this seems to be the pattern. Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla were left out. I felt Ojha deserved a place in this squad.

Meanwhile the news from the camp is that the team has been really working hard on its fitness and the bowlers on getting their rhythms right. They were made to bowl with teh fifth stump just to get thier ” just outside off stump ” line right. The first Test starts in Bangalore on October 9. The second is in Mohali from October 17-21. The squad for the remaining fixtures, in Delhi and Nagpur, will be named after the second Test. Here’s the squad :

  • Anil Kumble
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Saurav Ganguly
  • V.V.S. Laxman
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Ishanth Sharma
  • Munaf Patel
  • R.P. Singh
  • Subramaniam Badrinath
  • Amit Mishra

July 18, 2008

Interesting Debut

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , at 10:45 pm by techtwist

After the Headingley Surprise, I was very keen on finding out a few other interesting and unknown debut games of many other players. I found this interesting article which summed up quite a few debuts ranging from a not out opening batsman on debut to a player who was out for a duck after a sleepless night. I should say it was a very good article. Have a look at the following link :

Eleven Quirky Debuts

Courtesy : Cricinfo

May 19, 2008

A Possible Fairytale

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:31 pm by techtwist

Everyone might be left dumb-struck next summer during the Ashes. Well if you are thinking what might be that one surprise which might happen, it is Shane Warne playing the game for the Aussies. Shane Warne hinted that he might play the next edition of the Ashes if his team requires him to play if they aren’t in a position to find a proper replacement for Warne. Currently Stuar MacGill is thier only frontline spinner in the fray.

This summer, MacGill had a torrid time against the Sri Lankans and was then injured before the India series. Tha left Brad Hogg to take the responsibilty. Shane Warne said that he was still hungry for more at the big stage. He said he chose to retire because his life-style demanded him to do that. He was quoted saying, “If Stuey MacGill fell over and broke his leg, and there were no other spinners around, and Ricky came out and said, ‘Mate, can you please help us out for this one-off tour? We need you’, that is something I would weigh up.”

Thats a surprise, ain’t it? Warne is one of the outstanding performers in the current edition of IPL having grabbed 14 wickets at 18.78 a piece. Thats terrific figures in T20 cricket. However for time being Stuart MacGill has been called up for the tour of West Indies along with a left arm spinner named Beau Casson from New South Wales who has got his first call-up for a National Duty.

May 1, 2008

Shoaib’s Ban Upheld

Posted in Cricket, IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:36 am by techtwist

The troubled Pakistani Speedster Shoaib Akthar still finds himself in the hardest of times as his five-year ban was upheld and the review committee has postponed further appeal till June. This has spelt doomsday for Shoaib Akthar as he can’t play International Cricket till then.

How ever the Committee has cleared him from playing outside Pakistan. But the IPL have made it clear that he can be a part of the league only if he is cleared by PCB. Unless then, he can’t be a part of this league. Kolkatta Knight Riders have also made it clear that they’ll abide by the IPL rules.

Shoaib has made a mockery of the situation as he accused Inzamam-Ul-Haq and Moin Khan of match-fixing and has effectively ruled himself out of ICL. Even the ICL executives have said that they haven’t approached Shoaib Akthar and they haven’t thought about it either. A tough time for this pacer and lets hope that he learns his lesson.