January 28, 2009

ECB’s Green Signal

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Finally the ECB has agreed to send its players for a three-week period for this edition of IPL. The IPL governing body wanted the English players to sign a contract for two years and the ECB have given their approval to the top seeds in the English line-up. What more can we ask for seeing KP and Freddie probably take on each other if they play for different sides?? The last phase of auction is scheduled for the 6th of February and until then, we can keep making some random guesses of who’ll end up in which team. It is learnt that 9 English players will be available for the auction. Keep guessing!!!

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December 22, 2008

KP Breaks The Jinx

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:01 am by techtwist

All the Indian and English fans would have been happy finally. The long wait is over. Kevin Pietersen finally cracked the secret code of scoring runs in the subcontienent. He has rediscovered his lost touch. It was indeed a heartening sight to see him playing his natural game and dominate the Indian bowlers with his uncanny art of playing out of the when you don’t expect him to.

He came in at a crucial juncture when two of his team men were back in the dressing room with just seven deliveries into the innings. He survived the initial one over spell from Yuvraj Singh who has surprisingly been successful against KP. He played Yuvraj cautiously during his entire innings and his stats were there as a proof. He scored just 3 runs from the 17 deliveries that Yuvraj bowled to him.

KP played his switch shots with tremendous effect agains the Indian spinners. He thoroughly dominated the day and brought up his 15th century in just his 45th test. He finally fell when on 144 in the penultimate over of the day. He clearly was disappointed with the way the game went on in the last 10 minutes for them. He himself has ruled out an English win and said that from here on they’ll try to saveĀ  the test. This isn’t something that you expect from KP. Thats the way that India have outplayed them.

December 14, 2008

When Sehwag Attacks

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:22 pm by techtwist

Very keen to know what would happen? Let me put it this way. I’d be happy to just see him play. Not only me, I’m sure anyone would be happy to pay to watch him play. What a player he is? His instincts, more often than not, pays off. I guess he must have planned this assault as soon as he was questioned yesterday evening about the target that India would fancy chasing in the fourth innings. He positively answered saying anything over even three hundred is quite chasable. I’ve not seen a player as confident as him.

It is quite evident why Kevin Pietersen and his men tried to prolong their innings even though they could’ve scored at a brisk pace. England did almost everything right during the first four days to have a master hold on the proceedings of this Chennai Test. But then it took Sehwag just under a session to change the equation. He’s something more than a match winner. He’s an extra ordinary player. He’s simply a captain’s dream. He looked all set to complete a ton in under a session, probably the first to do it.

He sent the English on a leather hunt, be it pacers or spinners. He was merciless on them and never let anyone settled. Well, he never gave himself time to settle. If you ask him about it, he’d rather ask you,”Settling in? Whats that? Why do you have to waste loose balls and time?”. Thats the sort of player he is. Take this for stats. England managed only 57 runs in the post lunch seesion when they tried to bat India out of the game. But it took just about six overs to wipe that score off. Sehwag’s 67-ball stunner has eclipsed the efforts of Paul Collingwood and Andrew Strauss, the latter scoring his second ton for the game.

England tried everything to stop Sehwag, but nothing seemed to work. What he has don now is that he has single handedly turned the tables and has given India a good chance of chasing down the target. India now need another 256 runs with nine wickets in hand and an entire quota of 90 overs to bat. What more? They also have a partially settled Gautam Gambhir at the other end on 41 and he too okked comfortable at the wicket, except when he was facing the debutant Graeme Swann who is having a dream debut of sorts. He picked up Sehwag with the one that kept low.

Clearly, Chennai seems to be the venue where Sehwag does something completely unexpected. No one would have given India a chance when they started the chase. But there is Sehwag to change what others think. It is inarguably one of the finest Test innings one can ever see, an innings that has changed the game and the odds completely. Three cheers to Sehwag!!! Everyone should thank him for setting up a rather action-packed final day after a dull three days and two sessions.

September 11, 2008

ICC Awards 2008 Round Up

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West Indian Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul bagged the ICC Player Of The Year. With this award, he is the fifth player to receive this prestigious award. He out did the other contenders in Greame Smith, Dale Steyn and Mahela Jayawardene.

South African Dale Steyn was awarded with the Test Player Of The Year. He was in a phenomenal form last year where he became the fastest to 50 test wickets. India’s ODI skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was awarded the ICC ODI Player Of The Year. Even he has been in good touch steering his team home on many occations.

His deputy, Yuvraj Singh bagged the inaugral ICC T20 Player Of The Year for the six sixes that he hit in the T20 World Cup. The newest Spin Sensation, Ajantha Mendis ran away with the Emerging Player Of The Year Award for his splendid performance against the Indians. The Australian Umpire, Simon Taufel, got his fifth award as the Umpire Of The Year after being voted by all the Captains of the 10 member nations and the 8 match referees.

Sri Lanka received the award for Spirit Of Cricket for the second consecutive time for they have managed to behave very well on the field. English Skipper, Charlotte Edwards won the Women’s Player Of The Year after steering her team to a 4-0 win over the Indians. The ICC Test and ODI twelve have been announced and here is the list.

ICC Test Team of the Year : Greame Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year : Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

August 31, 2008

MSD Dethrones Smith

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After an impressive series in the emerald isle which helped him get the Man of the Series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has dethroned South African counterpart Greame Smith to become the numero uno in the recent list of ODI batsmen. With Smith being ruled out of the current series, Dhoni could well extend his lead with few more good shows. Meanwhile, English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has leap-frogged to the top ODI all-rounder after his scintillating show in the Series against South Africa. Kevin Pietersen has also broken into the top 10 and Stuart Broad has raised to his all time best of 4th rank.

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