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.

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March 8, 2008

IPL Team Review – Mumbai Indians

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 pm by techtwist

What a player to be on your team as an Icon? Can’t ask for more in this Cricket Crazy Nation. Sachin Tendulkar is all set to lead this Mumbai Indians Team. The Team was brought for a whomping USD 111.9 by the competition giants Reliance India Limited led by Mukesh Ambani. The city will have loads of close followers all over the country just for one name – ” Sachin Tendulkar “.

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Sanath Jayasuriya – He’s probably the one of the best Batsman in World Cricket. He can single handedly turn matches for you. Though he’s old, he’ll give cent percent on the field. In a format where slow bowlers have done reasonably well, his left arm spin Bowling can prove handy. The Sri Lankan marauder was brought by Mumbai Indians for USD 975,000.

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Harbhajan Singh – One of the best bowler that our country has produced. he has been an Under-achiever. He is capable of bowling tight and also playing big shots while batting. He has been playing some jaw-dropping innings in the recent past. You can always look out for something with this vibrant personality in your team. He was brought by Mumbai Indians for USD 850,000.

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Robin Uthappa – He is one of the stand out players in the current Indian team. He is electric in the field ( and off it too). He can hit the Cricket ball as hard as anyone in the International scene. He is naturally aggressive. He can win you matches single-handedly. He can play such shots ( like walking down the track and hitting Brett Lee out off the park when he was bowling at over 150 kmph ) that you’ll be left to sit and wonder about. He was brought for USD 800,000.

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Shaun Pollock – He has done a lot to not have known him. If you speak about cricketing blood, he is a very fine example of that genre. He is an incredible bowler and a very useful lower-orderBat. He is a Captain’s delight. He can be so very consistent and has the habit of picking wickets in bunches thereby stopping run-flow. He was brought for USD 550,000 by Mumbai Indians.

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Lasith Malinga – He is the new poster boy of Cricket. With his characteristeic hair and bowling style, he is recognised by any Cricket follower. In his short span in International Cricket, he has troubled almost all the Batsmen that he has bowled to. His toe-crushing target are barely playable. He can pick up wickets quickly as can bowl at alarming pace. He was brought by the Mumbai Indians for USD 350,000.

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Loots Bosman – He is a prolific T20 player in South African County team. He has played some knocks that are barely thinkable. He is a specialist Batsman and can score those quickfire twenties and thirties very easily. He is a low ranked player. He was brought by Mumbai Indians for USD 150,000.

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Dilhara Fernando – He is the third Sri Lankan in the side. He has this ability to bowl quick and keep the batsmen hopping on the crease. He is a wicket-taking bowler and has a very well-disguised slower one. His ability to mix up his slower ones and yorkers needs credit. He was brought by Mumbai Indians for USD 150,000.

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Sachin Tendulkar – The name and stats speaks for itself. I’ve had enough writing about this genious. He has to prove a point in this format though. He’s being paid USD 1.121 million by the Mumbai Indian team and will lead the side. Just think of this. He and Sanath Jayasuriya will be opening the batting, the deadliest ever opening combination that you can think off in this tournament.

The Coach of this team might be Lal Chand Rajput and the total worth of this team is USD 116,846,000. They have some good youngsters in the State team to back these big names. A serious threat in the competition for sure.

For more details about the schedule for Mumbai Indians, kindly follow the link. For Details about the Second Bidding follow this link.

February 23, 2008

IPL Mania – The Cricket Sudoku

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:54 pm by techtwist

Finally the much awaited bidding took place and of the 77 contracted players, 75 were signed by the teams. All that is left is only the sheer action-packed summer weekends.Can’t hold on till April 18th.Each team went through this entire process just like playing Sudoku – had to pick the best possible combination of the lot for the right spot.

All that is on offer for us fans is a star studded Indian Domestic Tournament with World’s top players- Ah!!!Had been dreaming of this for quite sometime now (Inspired by the English county). The 44 day event has loads on offer for the Cricket frenzy nation.

The sheer magnitude of money being dished out has its own good. This attracts all the top players to try out their hand for this event. This also ensures that there is proper infrastructure and standards for the game to take place in the best of the entertaining ways.

All that we have to do is sit back and be treated. Talks are on that another 8 teams are in line for the coming year.I’m still wondering whether they’ll have enough players to fit in.For now there are a total of 8 teams. To sum it up, I will list out the teams and its proud owners :

  • Mumbai team for USD 111.9 million – Mukesh Ambani (Reliance India Limited)

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  • Bangalore team for USD 111.6 million – Dr.Vijay Mallya (United Breweries)

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  • Kolkata team for USD 75.09 million – Actor Shah Rukh Khan/Juhi Chawla/Jay Mehta (The Bollywood Fire Power)

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  • Mohali team for USD 76 million – Ness Wadia/Preity Zinta (The Wadia Group)

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  • Delhi team for USD 84 million – GMR Holdings (Currently incharge of Delhi Airport Renovation)

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  • Chennai team for USD 91 million – Mr.Srinivasan (India Cements)

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  • Hyderabad for USD 107.01 million – Deccan Chronicle (The Media Group)

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  • Jaipur team for USD 67 million – Emerging Media Group (UK based)

Quite a huge money has been invested for the teams.The initial bidding price was set at USD 50 million.