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)

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May 20, 2008

The Eden Express Derails

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Today’s clash between Kolkatta Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will surely be a cracker of a contest. It is crucial tie for both the teams as a win for the Rajasthan Royals would ensure their semi-final berth allowing them to rest some of their main stays for the next few games whereas a win for Kolkatta Knight Riders would make their chances of final four a realistic one. Kolkatta Knight Riders lost their previous tie against the Chennai Super Kings. They have been having quite a busy schedule with not many breaks between games recently and hence haven’t been able to improve upon their mistakes.

While this game could re-ignite the war of words between Shane Warne and Saurav Ganguly again, the main focus would be on Shoaib Akthar. He as been diagonised with an injured knee and hence will probably not take on the field for this key clash which could decide the fate for Kolkatta Knight Riders. Not that they’ll be kicked out of the final four if they lose this game, but their chances will be enhanced if they go on to win this. Or else, they will have to depend on the performance of the other teams and their own net run rate to get through to the semi-finals.

While everything seems to be going right for the Royals, Kolkatta Knight Riders have a lot to think about their batting which has been haunting them for quite some time now. Its better they get back on track right on time. In the absense of Shoaib Akthar, Umar Gul will come back into the playing eleven after missing three games. Salman Butt is good at the top, but they should select a proper partner for him who can score briskly while he ensures that one end remains intact. Lets see how it goes. The next game is also a tough one for the Knight Riders as it is against the in-form King’s XI Punjab.

Back to Shoaib Akthar again. Is he trying to avoid being tested for banned substances in his body? Is he wary that he might be the one to be summoned today? Who knows? Anything is possible. Keep guessing people.

May 16, 2008

Mumbai Indians Rattle Kolkatta Knight Riders

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What a marvellous display of bowling we had here today? Who would have expected such a bowler dominated game in IPL specially with the trend it was following? It was simple outstanding to see the Mumbai Indians bowlers go about their work in such a manner. They kept it simple and bowled to their strengths. Shaun Pollock, as usual, provided the early jolts for the team which they managed to keep it up till the end. The Kolkatta Knight Riders didn’t have even a single chance to get back after the initial setback.

They were caught in a state of dilemma of whether to preserve wickets or go for the runs. At last, they managed neither and crumbled to the lowest score in the IPL tournament of 67 all out. Only three batsmen, namely Salman Butt, Saurav Ganguly and Ajith Agarkar managed a double digit score. The rest failed and fell like nine-pins.

As for the chase, Mumbai Indians lost Sachin Tendulkar in the first over for a duck off the bowling of Shoaib Akthar. Then Robin Uthappa also fell cheaply. But they now boast of in-form Sanath Jayasuriya in their ranks who smashed 47 of just 17 balls to ensure no further damage was done. He clobbered both Shoaib Akthar and Ishanth Sharma with such ease that the crowd were brought to their feat. Pollock ended up with figures of 11/3 of his four overs which also earned him the Man-Of-The-Match. Mumbai Indians are now on 10 points along with Delhi Daredevils and Kolkatta Knight Riders in the table and they have the best net run-rate in the tournament now. Clearly their chances of making it to the final four is certainly pretty high.