May 14, 2008

Shoiab Akthar Is Back With A Bang

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:11 am by techtwist

A spirited show for the Ace Pacer Shoaib Akthar ensured that the Kolkatta knight Riders successfully their paltry 133. In reply, the Delhi Daredevils were bowled out for 110, 23 runs short of the target. Shoaib Akthar did everything right this time around.

He started of by picking Virender Sehwag for naught in his first over with a beautiful outswinger which swung late and surprising the batsman. He then came back in his second over to pick up Gautam Gambhir with a teasing short ball outside the off stump which found David Hussey at point on its way of the bat.

He was back again in his third over to pick up AB deVilliers with a quick bouncer which he miss timed and then a sharp in-swinger to pick up Manoj Tiwary of the very next delivery. At the end of this over, Shoaib Akthar had figures of 4 for 11 of his 3 overs. He never had to come back again and his team mates did the rest. Shahrukh Khan was a happy man and couldn’t control his emotions and went on a rampage cheering his team.

Lakshmi Ratan Shukla came to the party too picking uo three wickets in a span of 5 balls to wrap up the proceedings. Delhi Daredevils had done well to restrict the Kolkatta Knight Riders to 133 but their batting let them down as Sehwag said.

Saurav Ganguly, on the other hand, was all praise for Shoaib Akthar and also said that this was one of his best wins as a captain. He also said that the selectors should have noticed his work on the fiel ( after loads of diving and direct hits in the game ). Shoaib Akthar then said that he was here to enjoy his game and he was off in his own way. He also said that Shahrukh Khan was like his elder brother and had spoken to him a lot. He felt that he was not here to prove anything to anyone.

Fittingly, Shoiab Akthar was declared the Man Of The Match in his favourite ground and he has made a dream debut in IPL. I feel that there is a lot more on offer from this pacer who has been having a tough time in the last few months.

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February 24, 2008

IPL Team Review – Delhi Daredevils

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:04 pm by techtwist

Though Virender Sehwag was keen to get into the bidding rounds, the GMR Holdings somehow managed to convince the Delhi dasher to lead his home team and henceforth be renowned as its iconic player. The team will bank upon local support from the audience and are quite good on paper. Let us check out the squad and talk about the cost of the team also.

We know that the Delhi Team was brought for USD 84 Million. They’ve named the team as “Delhi Daredevils”.

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Gautam Gambhir – After his outstanding display at the T20 World Cup in South Africa (September 2007 to be precise), everyone knows what he is capable of. There was no doubt thathis home team would rope him in at any cost. They brought him for USD 725,000. This shows the kind of trust they have on this new found hero. With his ability to pace his innings quite easily and the ability to shift gears as he wishes makes him a tricky customer. Of late he has been in tremendous form and has been quite consistent. He’s also pretty good on the field.

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Manoj Tiwary – The Delhi team has gambled here by picking this lad. He doen’t have so much experience at the big stage and didn’t seem to be too comfortable against the likes of Lee in the tour Down-Under. Though he played just one game, he neveer looked impressive. He is a good Batsman and quite a handy leg-spinner. But is he worth that whomping USD 675,000 ??? I doubt. I feel they’ve spent too much on an unknown quantity.

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Mohammad Asif – With his ability to bowl at any given condition, either with the new ball or the old ball, he has been the best find for Pakistan Cricket. He bowls at a genuine pace and can be very dangerous on any wicket. The Delhi Daredevils have done a good job in getting this pacer at USD 650,000 – quite a good bet I must say.

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Daniel Vettori – He has been a proven product in International Cricket and is respected by all his opponents. He is on a high after being named the New Zealand team Captain. He is also very good on the field and also a mature Batsman. You can count on him for some big shots or also to consolidate the innings. He deserves a lot and the crowd here are bound to give him his share. Well Dan, be prepared to interact with the fans who will follow you all the way and support you. He was brought for USD 625,000 which I feel is quite nominal for the talent he has.

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Dinesh Karthik – This Chennai lad was brought for USD 525,000 by the Delhi Daredevils and hence will have to move to Delhi soon. We know his capabilities as a Batsman, Fielder and a Wicket-Keeper. Thus the team can boast of a International level Wicket-Keeper. He is quite electric in the field and has the talent to turn games around in this format. Look out people!!!

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Shoaib Malik – The Pakistan Skipper is one of my favourite players and I have admired him for the sheer dimension he has brought to the game. Though he is a good Batsman, his ability with the ball and on the field can’t be neglected. At USD 500,000, he’s worth every penny. He can be quite tricky with his off-spinners and his ability with the bat is well-known. He is a treat to watch.

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Glenn McGrath – The name says it all. By far the Best Fast Bowler of the past decade. He’s not express quick. But if your talking about containing the Batsman with accurate bowling, then Glenn McGrath is the answer. He has troubled every Batsman that he has ever bowled to. At USD 350,000, the Delhi again bagged a perfect deal. But I’m still wondering what took them so long to pick him that he had to be waiting in the reserve pool. Were you guys sleeping? Remember guys, he would be available for the entire schedule unlike many other players.

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AB de Villiers – He is by far the find of the South African team. He has proved his worth with his quick fire knocks. He also has the Jonty Rhodes kind of standard on the field. At USD 300,000 he is one of the players to watch out for when this team takes the field.

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Tillakaratne Dilshan – He is one of the modern faces of Sri Lankan Cricket. He has this multi-talent and you can call him a complete player. He can pace his innings very well and is also a good finisher. A very good middle-order bat and a handy off-break Bowler, he’s worth that USD 250,000 which has been paid to him.

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Farveez Maharoof – He is the second Sri Lankan player in the team. He has this knack of picking up crucial wickets and breaking partnerships. His change of pace is well-disguised. He has this ability to play big shots lower down the order. He is quite mean in giving away runs as well. At USD 225,000, the Delhi Daredevils couldn’t have asked for more.

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Virender Sehwag – Being the icon player he is priced at USD 833,750, 115% of his team’s most paid player. We know about his ability to tear apart the opposition attack on any given day. He is also quite handy with his offies as well. But he’ll be known for his sheer brilliance with the bat. He along with Gautam Gambhir can be a deadly-duo at the top of the order.

Thus we can see that this team is quite well-matched and has a good mix of youngsters with experience and also old war-horses who can still be at their best. There is no point arguing this. All they have to look in is to fit in pretty good youngsters and also another back-up Wicket-Keeper. Greg Shipperd, the Victorian State-Team Coach has been appointed as the Head Coach of Delhi Daredevils.The team is now worth USD 89,658,750.

For details about the Schedule For Delhi , kindly follow the link. For details about Second Bidding follow this link.