January 19, 2010

The IPL Player Auction Round Up

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There was a lot of drama today during the player auction and there were many surprises in store for everyone. So many unexpected twists happened and here is a summary of the auction.

Kings XI Punjab : They started the bid with a budget of $675,000 as they had already brought the West Indian batsman Adrian Barath outside the auction. They went hard to get Keiron Pollard and Kemar Roach. But they had to give up once the bids went outside their budget. At the end, they brought Yusuf Abdulla for the base price of $50,000 and then out-bid Bangalore to purchase Mohammad Kaif.

Delhi Daredevils : They started of cautiously and in fact didn’t bid for any player in the first pool. When the second round started, they straight away fought for Wayne Parnell. They competed with Deccan Chargers and out-bid them to buy Parnell for $610,000. Parnell is the third costliest South African player. Delhi Daredevils tried getting Kaif for the remaining amount, but they were out-bid by Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians : They started aggressively and went on to buy Keiron Pollard after the tie-breaker. They brought him for an undisclosed amount which is estimated at about $3 million. They had competition from Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkatta. They later brought the U-19 Indian player Harshal Patel. Nita Ambani admitted that it was a plan to rope in a batting all-rounder and thats why they went all out.

Chennai Super Kings : They went into almost all the top bids but found themselves out played by the other franchises. It was pretty clear that they were searching for a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff. They tried bidding for Shane Bond, Kemar Roach, Keiron Pollard and also Eoin Morgan. But they got none. They finally recalled Justin kemp into the bid and got him for a base price of $100,000 and then also signed up Thissara Perera for $50,000. There were no competitors for these players.

Deccan Chargers : They were very calculative with their bidding. They tried hard to secure players like Shane Bond, Keiron Pollard and Wayne Parnell. But they didn’t succeed. They successfully got Kemar Roach after keeping Chennai and Punjab at bay. They brought hime for $720,000. This left them with $30,000 in the budget and they never took part any further. They finally brought the Indian U-19 player Harmeet Singh who was a part of their team the last time around. He was brought for 800,000 INR.

Kolkatta Knight Riders : They were another team who was playing the waiting game. They had earlier released Ricky Ponting to free up a slot for foreign player. They tried hard to secure Keiron Pollard but lost him in the tie-breaker. They pressed hard and went on to secure Shane Bond by ousting their competitors in the tie-breaker. Since they ran out of budget, they never took part further.

Bangalore Royal Challengers : They played a rather subdued hand. They intially tried hard for Pollard, Bond, Parnell and Roach. But then they slowly gave up before out-bidding Chennai to sign up Eoin Morgan for $220,000. Then they tried to secure Kaif but failed. They got a chance to choose an U-19 player first and they picked up the U-19 skipper Ashok Menaria for 800,000 INR.

Rajasthan Royals : Just like the bidding in the first year, they played very slow. They had bought Rob Quiney which left a spot open. They never went in for any big names on the list. Rather byt he time they placed their first bid, most of them were out of budget. They later went on to sign-up ex-Australian cricketer Damien Martyn for a base price of $100,000 and then also bought Adam Voges for $50,000. They didn’t go for any other options and left $600,000 unused.

THE SHOCKERS!!! – None of the Pakistani players were signed up by the franchises. Even Afridi wasn’t picked up. Doug Bollinger also never got a bid despite some good performances in the recent times. Same thing applies to Phil Hughes. I also expected bids for Graeme Swann who also went unsold.


March 10, 2009

Australia Stay On Top

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Australians have crushed the South Africans again to have sealed the series. The Australians were greatly helped by the performance of the debutante Phillip Hughes who scored a century in each innings making him the youngest to have achieved the feat. Ricky Ponting was all praise for the rookie who seems to be the future for them. Mitchell Johnson was at his usual best in both the innings and helped pick wickets at crucial junctures during the game. Australians can finally be relieved for sometime now.

November 2, 2008

Anil Kumble Calls It A Day

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Yet another shocking decision comes our way. Anil Kumble, after a tally of 619 wickets over 131 Tests, has called it a day. He is a true champion and I feel he was hard-done to some extent at the end phase of his careers, courtesy, Media and some experts. I have not seen a true fighter like him. He has given his heart and soul for the game over a period of 18 years.

He has produced the goods all across the globe for the Indians. He has the distinct feat of picking all the 10 wickets in an innings and also score a Test hundred. He has always given everything for the sport. His dedication could be seen on many occations specially when he came back to bowl here at Kotla with a stitched finger. In a similar manner, he came onto take Brian Lara’s wicket with a broken jaw. That shows how dedicated he was.

He has been a tremendous Cricketer but a better person. His personal life is as well organised as his Cricketing career. He has not once indulged in any sort of dispute on the field. He is respected all around the Cricketing fraternity. Ricky Ponting’s word sums it all. Kudos to the Champion!!! You’ll always remain in our heart Anil Kumble. We will always relate dedication and hard work to you!!!

Here are a few footages of the Champion :

October 21, 2008

India Maul Australia At Mohali

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Indians have drawn first blood. They have ensured that they have won emphatically. The margin of 320 runs is the highest for India ( other than victories by an inning’s margin ). What a time to win in such a fashion? Few milestones and records were also broken in due course. Indians collectively won the game.

Clearly Australians looked out of sorts when a mammoth total was put in front of them. Gambhir and Sehwag again showed that they are one among the best in business in any form of the game. The game was already won when that partnership flourished for the second consecutive time.

Australians were completely low on morale which was very clear when Ponting didn’t toss the ball to his out of form spearhead Brett Lee on day 4. He even gave Hussey a ball but didn’t let Lee bowl. He was seen chatting with Lee who looked very disappointed. The Australians surrendered meekly on Day 5. Within almost one and half hours, the five Australian wickets were gobbled up by the Indians. Zaheer Khan swinged the cherry both ways and the Australians were caught completely off guard.

There were many contenders for the Man Of The Match. Ganguly for his match winning century in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir for his consistent show in both the innings ( a century in the second innings can’t be forgotten ), Amit Mishra for his five for, Ishant Sharma for picking up the crucial wickets. But the award went to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who flourised in both the innings with two fast paced fifties. He has finally admitted that his strength is to play his shots and he has promised to curb them only if situation demands. It will surely help him big time.

In another week’s time, the action will shift to Delhi.

October 20, 2008

Australians Are No More Invincibles

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The title may sound harsh. But thats the fact and I stick by it. So many things have been said about the Asian team faltering down under on true wickets. The tides are changing and the Asian teams, specially India, have come a long way and have started giving the Australians a run for their money. When was the last time you say an Aussie Captain speak negatively? It all reflects in their performance.

Australians should consider themselves lucky to have won the toss in Bangalore. They helped themselves to a commanding position on a good batting track. I knew very well that they would falter had they batted second. Credit should be given to Ticky Ponting and Michael Hussey for the way they scored their centuries.

But at Mohali, the script was re-written with Indians getting a chance on the fresh wicket and they readily grounded the Aussies from the word go. Right through the Test, everything seems to be going in India’s favour. Sachin Tendulkar accomplished two records, Saurav Ganguly achieved a personal milestone, Mishra was found to be more than a handful and bagged a five for on debut. They couldn’t have asked for more.

Coming to the fact that Australians aren’t invincibles anymore is very evident from the way they are crubling just like the Indian wickets do. They seem to have developed a phobia over the cracking wickets. Also the Aussies are finding the Indian pacers too hot to handle. Indians seem to be well equipped with the pace men providing the fire power to support the already successful spinners. Australians have a lot of work to do to master spin. Their best player of spin, Matthew Hayden, is also out of touch. A lot will depend on his performance in the next couple of tests.

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