October 1, 2008

Ganguly – The Man Of Comebacks

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The history repeats. To my liking ( or even to Ganguly’s for that matter ) it has happened very quickly. Saurav Ganguly was again on the verge of being pushed aside and out of International Cricket for once. But his strong record has saved his head again. One of the selectors said his experience, character and resilience has put him ahead of the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. They feel these three qualities are very important for a tough series against Australia.

As a build up to the series, Saurav Ganguly is expected to play a India A test against New Zealand A as he has not been a part of the current team who are at a conditioning camp at Bangalore. Ganguly has an impressive average of 50.67 aggregating 1571 runs since his comeback in December 2006 during which he has also scored a maiden double century. The surprise packages were Amit Mishra and Subramaniam Badrinath. Both made it to the 15 member squad.

Badrinath said he expected a call up. What the selectors have done is that they have sent a strong message. Badrinath will be under the shadow and will me the most likely one to replace Ganguly. Meanwhile Mishra will be the third spinner and likely to be the successor of Kumble. Too ealry to make a call. But this seems to be the pattern. Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla were left out. I felt Ojha deserved a place in this squad.

Meanwhile the news from the camp is that the team has been really working hard on its fitness and the bowlers on getting their rhythms right. They were made to bowl with teh fifth stump just to get thier ” just outside off stump ” line right. The first Test starts in Bangalore on October 9. The second is in Mohali from October 17-21. The squad for the remaining fixtures, in Delhi and Nagpur, will be named after the second Test. Here’s the squad :

  • Anil Kumble
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Saurav Ganguly
  • V.V.S. Laxman
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Ishanth Sharma
  • Munaf Patel
  • R.P. Singh
  • Subramaniam Badrinath
  • Amit Mishra

August 23, 2008

Where Is Sreesanth???

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After being ruled out with a side strain injury that he suffered during the Indian Premier League, Sreesanth must have felt the sting after some good show by Ishanth Sharma and Praveen Kumar. He would be eagerly waiting to have a crack at the big stage sooner so as to be in the wings before its too late. He was left out for the Kitply Cup in Bangladesh, the Asia Cup in Pakistan and the Sri Lankan tour. He has also been left out from the squad for the Champions Trophy.

But Sreesanth has made it to the squad for the series against Australia A team which will be touring in September. This should help him to get some match practise. They will be here to play a couple of three-day games. Tamil Nadu’s Subramaniam Badrinath will lead the India A team for this series. He succeeds Mohammed Kaif who lead the India A team for the previous major tie against the South Africa A team in 2007. The squad also sees Akash Chopra and Wasim Jaffer not included and instead they have the out of form Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla who would be wanting to make the most of the opportunity to get back into the ranks. The squad is listed below :

  • S Badrinath (capt)
  • Parthiv Patel (vc)
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Ajinkya Rahane
  • Mohammed Kaif
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Robin Uthappa
  • Piyush Chawla
  • Sreesanth
  • Vinay Kumar
  • Sudeep Tyagi
  • Dhawal Kulkarni
  • Mohnish Parmar
  • Sahil Kukreja
  • Amit Mishra

The first game commences on 3rd of September and the second on the 9th of September.

May 10, 2008

First Hat-Trick Of The IPL

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None expected him to even play consistently and he was out of the first few games for the Chennai Super Kings as he wasn’t match fit. But he’s back now with a bang. Lakshmipathy Balaji was almost a forgotten figure of Indian Cricket. But this effort would remind everyone about his presence.

He bowled an amazing spell leading a rather weak attack. He ended up with figures of 5/24 of 4 overs. This also included the first hat-trick of the IPL when he picked up the dangerous looking Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and V.R.V. Singh. It is a feat to reckon. He also picked up two crucial wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Shaun Marsh who were going at a good speed before being halted. This ensured that the Chennai Super Kings beat King’s XI Punjab by 14 runs.

Earlier in the match, Subramaniam Badrinath ( 64 runs of 47 balls ) and M.S.Dhoni ( 60 of 43 balls ) put up a brilliant show with the bat and helped the team from a tricky situation with aggressive batting to help them post 181/4 in 20 overs. Both played some exquisite shots and had the crowd on their feat. Then it was Marsh ( 58 runs of 38 balls ) who also came to the party along with Irfan Pathan ( 40 runs of 18 balls ). The game also had a good display with the ball when the King’s XI restricted Chennai Super Kings to 181 when they were set to score over 200. Then it was this tremendous spell by L.Balaji which was well supported by other Super Kings Bowlers.