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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April 10, 2008

Zaheer Khan In Wisden’s Cricket Almanack

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Zaheer Khan, along with five other playerns namely Shivnarine Chaderpaul, Ryan Sidebottom, Ian Bell and Ottis Gibson have made it to the Wisden Cricket Almanack that was published recently. They were named based on their terrific performance for the County and for England. Ottis Gibson became the 79th County player to have picked all 10 wickets in one of the games. Kevin Pietersen has made it to the cover page of the Almanack.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.