March 21, 2009

India Win – One Down, Two To Go

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What a spectacular sight for the Indian fans around the world? We have been showcased with a truely professional show by the Indian team. Right from Day One, they’ve been on top of the New Zealand team and never let them bounce back to change the balance of the game. The seamers took the advantage on the First day sending six Kiwi batsmen into the pavilion in the first session itself. Thanks to Zak and Ishant Sharma. The duo seem to enjoy each others’ company. The hosts had no way of getting back from there on.

Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder played superb century knocks, but it didn’t seem enough as they managed only 279. Indians then sent the Kiwis on a leather hunt. There was contributions form everyone. Sachin was at his best hitting almost every delivery out of the middle of his bat. He got company from almost everyone. Rahul Dravid also looked comfortable and scored a half century. He deserved a century for his sheer class. But none the less, the job had been done.

It was a great sight to watch Sachin play his straight drives and the back-foot punches with such ease. Except for the delivery that got him, he never made one mistake. He, I think, has missed the opportunity of scoring a double hundred for the second time in this series, the first being during the ODI series. Zaheer Khan chipped in with a 51* and that took India past the 500 runs mark.

Even during the second innings, the bowlers were up to the mark. They did everything right and took wickets at regular intervals without letting the Kiwis build a partnership. Harbhajan produced his best spell away from home picking up six wickets that left the Kiwis gasping. They had no answer to the turbanator. For the first time ever, I found Munaf Patel impressive. Even he chipped in with couple of wickets. More than the wickets, it was his discipline and consistent pace that impressed me the most. India was set a target of 39 which they scored off in no time. The game came to a close in under four days and thats impressive. We have outclassed them in every department of the game.

Dhoni magic still seems to be working and it is a very good sign. With almost every batsmen in the top 6 looking in good shape, the Kiwis have a lot of work to do.We will see a lot more changes in the Kiwi line up for the second test and if the weather permits, we should have a good contest on the cards. We can expect another run feast during the next test mainly because of the form that the batsmen form both the teams (mostly Indians) are showcasing.

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March 9, 2009

When The Batsmen Ruled, The Sixes Rained!!!

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Christchurch did see an amazing display of Batsmanship. The crowd couldn’t have asked for more. The climate, for once, was amazing and it was something that all of us had been waiting for. MSD again won the toss and decided to bat first. Sehwag fell early without being able to make the most of the splendid wicket. The ground looked small and I felt that Indians won’t score so much after Sehwag departed.

Gambhir walked in and he didn’t look his usual self. He looked very scratchy and he was not even able to put the bad balls through the gap. He looked completely out of touch. I was not surprised to see him get out to such a weak shot. Then came the turn in the tide. Tendulkar joined hands with Yuvraj Singh and the duo just did everything right. They kept clobbering runs of every over at an alarming rate.

Yuvraj made the best use of the small dimensions and kept clearing the rope every now and then. The duo were particularly deadly during the third power play during which they managed to score 78 runs off 5 overs!!! But Yuvraj fell 13 runs short of the century. By then the damage was done and the platform was set for a big score. Later Dhoni took over from Yuvraj and joined hands with the Little Master.

Tendulkar reached his first centuryin New ZealandĀ  at almost run a ball and then completely changed gears. He went from strength to strength and he looked like the vintage Tendulkar. He was set to score a 200, but then he got injured and retired after an amazing knock of 163*. Raina then came in and smashed a 18 ball 38 to ensure that the scoring rate didn’t fall.

In the last two overs, the Kiwis came back and ensured to keep India under 400. Clearly they missed Daniel Vettori and it showed. New Zealand also started off briskly and Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum seemed to take the game away from the Indians. Both scored at more than run a ball and Ryder was ruthless. He smashed his ton off just 71 balls. The duop put on 164 for the first wicket. After that they collapsed to 217/7. The tailenders then took the game alarmingly close. Kyle Mills scored a 50 in about 25 odd balls to put them back on track. But his dismissal opened the gates again.

The Kiwis were caught 53 runs short of the target. Clearly Brendon McCullum had a tough day as the Captain. A total of 31 sixes were scored in the game ( India – 18, New Zealand – 13 ) which is the new record. The total runs scored in the game stands second only to the 400+ chase that South Africa made against Australia. Many more records also tumbled in due course. Tendulkar was adjudged the Man Of The Match.

October 2, 2008

Rugby Style Super Series In 2009???

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T20 is to take a big leap in the coming future. With its increasing number of viewership across the globe, it has surely got everyone on the edge of the seats. South African board has proposed a Rugby Style Super Series also involving Austalia and India. Two of these nations namely South Africa and Australia will host the games.

This is common in Rugby where the three teams involved are South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is played every year. If this gets a green signal, TV viewership is surely bound to boom. However there are a few hiccups. First thing will be the availability of a window. 2009 is pretty cramped and already the proposed Champions Trophy itself doesn’t have a proper window. The next thing will be the necessity to negotiate with ICC as they allow only seven T20 International Games per team. Nothing has been finalised yet and we have to wait and see whether this kicks on.

September 30, 2008

Batting Team To Choose One Powerplay

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We have seen loads of changes in Cricket these days. Coming October 1 will see another new rule being implemented. Batting team will be given the privilege to choose one of the powerplays. This will be the newest experiment in the coming days. This tilts the game in favour of the batsmen further.

There will be lot more talks about the game becoming too much batsmen friendly. I feel this is totally unnecessary. Along with this, the old rule, that is the free hit will also be taken forward. This rule will be tested from the upcoming New Zealand’s tour of Bangladesh. Let us wait and see where this goes.

August 28, 2008

A Cramped New Zealand Tour Before IPL

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After a gruelling tour of Pakistan early next year, India will do to New Zealand after six years where they have a tight schedule. India will have to play a T20 tie followed by five ODIs and a three day practise game and two tests. All these happen in a span of 33 days. They also have a short gap between games which would make it all the more tough.

The schedule is so very tight that they have just a days break between the T20 tie and the first ODI as well as the fifth ODI and the practise game. The practise game ends just a couple of days before the start of the first test. Sounds really tiring specially after the series against the Pakistanis. They will have to come back and play for their respective teams for the IPL where their teams would want the best from them. Here’s the schedule for the tour :

  • March 6: Twenty20 international, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
  • March 8: 1st ODI, McLean Park, Napier (Day/night)
  • March 11: 2nd ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton (Day/night)
  • March 14: 3rd ODI, Eden Park, Auckland (Day/night)
  • March 17: 4th ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Day/night)
  • March 20: 5th ODI, AMI Stadium, Christchurch (Day/night)
  • March 22-24: v New Zealand XI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University
  • March 26-30: 1st Test, Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • April 3-7: 2nd Test, Basin Reserve, Wellington.

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