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)


March 31, 2008

Bracken In Doubt For IPL

Posted in Cricket, IPL tagged , , , , , at 8:23 pm by techtwist

Nathan Bracken, the Man Of The Series in the recently concluded CB series has suffered a career threatening injury. His knee cartilage has been found torn and he underwent a surgery last week. The doctor found the cartilage peeling off. The doctor himself said that he was amused to see Nathan Bracken land his foot so hard while bowling even with this injury.

Though Nathan Bracken admitted that he was fairly uncomfortable, he said that this might have ended his International Career. He has been advised eight to ten weeks rest and henceforth will be in doubt for the IPL starting April 18. This will surely hurt the Bangalore Royal Challengers a lot as they would have loved to have this in-form bowler in their ranks. But I’m happy that this career isn’t cut-short.

March 15, 2008

IPL Team Review – Bangalore Royal Challengers

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The team from the garden city lead by Rahul Dravid could have rather been called as the ” Big Daddy’s ” of the IPL tournament. Just look at the signed players and you’ll find it all are very experienced ones and are at their exit phase. The team lacks that youth fire power which the other teams have. Even Rahul Dravid admitted that they would have been well off had they brought in Robin Uthappa in their squad. Yet you can’t neglect this side as they are equally capable as other teams in the tournament.


As for the team, it was brought by one of the giants in the bidding, Dr.Vijay Mallya, being the second highest bidder next to Mukesh Ambani. The team was brought for USD 111.6 million, just USD 0.3 million behind the Mumbai Indians team. Let has have a look at the squad.


Jacques Kallis – He is one of the prolific All-Rounders that the game has ever seen. He has dominated games with both Bat and the Ball for most of his career. He is also a very atheletic fielder. He has this ability of playing these match-winning innings and can turn the table around on his own. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 900,000.


Anil Kumble – He is now the third highest wicket taker in Tests just behind Muttiah Muralidaran (Chennai Super Kings) and Shane Warne ( Jaipur). It would be a pleasure to see all these compete against each other. Anil Kumble is high on confidence after his good show as Captain of this Indian team. He has improved as a Batsman too. He will bring in his own share of crowd to the stands when he plays. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 500,000.


Cameron White – He is an unknown quantity in International Cricket though he has played a few matches for the Australian side. But his domestic record speaks a lot about his ability. He is a genuine All-Rounder and he is specially devastating with the Bat. He brings that juice in the batting line up that the Bangalore Royal Challengers need. He was brought for USD 500,000 by the Bangalore Royal Challengers.


Zaheer Khan – He is one of the better Bowlers that our nation has produced. Even he put up a decent show against England, Pakistan and Australia. He can pick wickets like a bunch of carrots and also has this nature of getting injured frequently. That is a big question mark. If fit, he can trouble anyone on a given day. He also has this ability to hit the big shots when needed. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 450,000.


Mark Boucher – He is one of the finest Wicket-Keeper Batsman that the game has seen. He has the second highest tally of dismissals, just a few behind the just retired Adam Gilchrist. He is a devastating lower order Batsman and has this habit of finishing games with ease. His wicket-keeping skills can’t be questioned at all. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 450,000.


Nathan Bracken – After his recent show at the CB series, he will surely be high on confidence. He is a specialist bowler in ODI’s for Australia. He is a very tricky Bowler. He has this ability to read Batsmen’s mind and can take the game away with his uncanny Bowling. He can seriously check the run flow at one end for sure. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 325,000.

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Dale Steyn – He is the new face of South African pace attack. He bowls at a very good pace and can extract enough bounce to trouble the Batsmen even on unresponsive wickets. He is very aggressive on the field and in recent past has been picking up wickets at will and can be quite lethal opening the Bowling for this team. He was brought for USD 325,000 by Bangalore Royal Challengers.


Shivnarine Chanderpaul – He is a tricky customer. He has played a few astonishing knocks wherein he would out pace Chris Gayle. But off late he hasn’t been scoring quick. But there’s no doubt that he can re-write the script and play his natural game. There is no shortage of experience and he is very athletic as well. If he gets going, anything can happen. He was brought for USD 200,000 by Bangalore Royal Challengers.


Wasim Jaffer – He is a fine Test Batsman. But I doubt his skills at this form of the game. He is not so very agile nor flexible enough to Bat anywhere. He can bring in this solidity to the team when wickets tumble. He was brought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for USD 150,000.


Rahul DravidHe is the back bone of the entire team. His stats speaks a lot. He has this ability to Bat anywhere and adjust according to the needs. He can play aggressively or consolidate the line up when required. His 63 ball 92 against the English during his last visit is a very good example. He is very orthodox and that makes him very dangerous player as he is also technically strong. When it comes to technique, he is the best that the World has ever seen. He is the Icon for his Hometown and you can expect a big fan club to follow him. He is worth USD 1.035 million.

This team boasts for a very potent Bowling line up. But if they can get their act with the Batting, they can mesmerise any opponent in the competition. The team is likely to be coached by Venkatesh Prasad. The team is till now priced at a whomping USD 116,435,000.

For details about the second phase of bidding kindly check out the following link.

March 4, 2008

Emperor Strikes Back – Does A Sharjah At Gabba

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Few years ago, India and Australia locked horns in a best of three finals at Sharjah. One man stood between the Aussies and the Trophy, Sachin Tendulkar. He has been the nemesis of the Australians for quite sometime now. At Sharjah, he scored back to back centuries to seal the Trophy for India. The attack was then lead by Damien Fleming and Mike Kasprowicz who were torn apart by the Bombay Bomber.

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A lot has changed over the years. But still Sachin Tendulkar’s dominance in World Cricket remains the same. This week he displayed similar characteristic innings ( though got out for 91 in the second final ) to seal the CB series, the last of its kind. He thoroughly took control over the Australian Bowling attack lead by Brett Lee.

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Robin Uthappa joined hand with the Master Blaster to put up the best opening stand for the Indians in this series earlier. They set the tone and India looked well in course for a 300+ target. Everyone who followed looked good in patches. Gautam Gambhir looked very good at the crease and looked good for a big one. But then, he fell trying to push the accelerator.

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So did Yuvraj Singh. He started off hitting a six of Michael Clarke while facing just his second ball. He scored a fluent 30+ score with a couple of big hits. Sachin at the other end was pacing his innings quite beautifully without any risks. He moved on to 91 smoothly. Then he played a shot which he checked half way through. Ricky Ponting took a very good catch to dismiss Tendulkar just nine short of his 43rd ton.

Pitch Report :
The Indian innings was in a sort of trouble when they experienced a phase where they lost some quick wickets when they should have actually accelerated to post a huge score. But then they managed to score 259/9 after a couple of good overs. Michael Clarke did the trick with the ball picking three crucial wickets includidng Sachin’s wicket.

The Toss :

Australian run chase was rather disasterous when Adam Gilchrist got out for just two off the bowling of Praveen Kumar. Adam Gilchrist looked dejected to have not scored big in his final appearance. Soon Praveen Kumar sent back Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

Then there blossomed a partnership of 89 runs at almost run a ball between Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden. They played a similar innings even during the first finals. Australia looked on course needing just under run a ball for victory. The match turned around when Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds were dismissed by Harbhajan Singh in the same over.

The required rate started creeping when Michael Hussey joined hands with James Hopes and kept the required rate at check. They played quite beautifully. Soon Hussey fell with another 60 required. James Hopes played well with wickets falling regularly and striking some big hits on the way.

The stage was set for a nail-biter with another 13 required off the last over. M.S.Dhoni threw the ball to Irfan Pathan. He did well to concede just one off the first ball. The next ball he had Nathan Bracken caught by Piyush Chawla. The batsmen crossed over and James Hopes was back on strike. Another 12 required off 4 balls. Irfan Pathan bowled another dot ball and the onus was on James Hopes.

Then came the moment. James hopes hit the next ball straight to the fielder and the Indians rejoiced the moment.Ah!!! What a match. Surely a treat for the spectators. The match swung both the ways regularly. Ponting admitted that the Indians outplayed them thoroughly and deserved to win.

There were a few incidences that has to be forgotten like the Clarke incedence and the streaker running in twice. Andrew Symonds showed his power when he pushed down one of the streakers with his strong shoulders.

We have had some electrifying contest this time around Down-Under. It will be remembered for many incidences and events. Indians thus showed the World that the Aussies aren’t the Invincibles they were anymore.

So everything seems to have neutralised and we have had nothing short of a treat for our eyes. Ah!!! What a moment for any Indian Fan to see his team beat Aussies in a ODI Series Final in Australia after 23 long years. History Re-Written!!!

The Presentation Ceremony And Adam Gilchrist/Brad Hogg Farewell :