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.


November 18, 2008

Yuraja To Replace Maharaja In Tests

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After two outstanding knocks, both of them a match-winning one, Yuvraj Singh is back on top of his game. The way he single handedly dismantled the English attack was a treat to watch. Even before they realised what was happening, Yuvraj Singh got on top of thier bowlers and effortlessly dispatched them all the corners of the ground.

The first game at Rajkot was played on a batting track and he ensured that India ended up with a huge total. But the second track at Indore was a slow wicket which doesn’t suit his style of play. Moreover India were in a spot of bother with three wickets falling in quick succession. But he put his head down and with Suresh Raina built a platform to launch later on. It was a splendid display in successive innings.

This opens the door for his selection into the test team as well. He has surely come good at the right time specially after Sourav Ganguly announced his retirement. Yuvraj can come good as he should be comfortable to play in the middle order rather than playing as a make shift opener. He surely couldn’t have asked for more. With his knack of picking crucial wickets, he surely would be a handy replacement for Sourav Ganguly who finished his career on a high note. Yuvraj Singh should ensure that he isn’t complacent as the competition is getting hotter for that sole spot in the Indian batting line up. Clearly the door is open for the heir to succeed the Prince Of Kolkatta.

August 27, 2008

India Clinch The Idea Cup ODI Series

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A splendid performance by the Indians ensured that they go on to win their first ever bilateral tie in Sri Lanka. Special credit should be given to Zaheer Khan who was amidst a brilliant spell. He was ably supported by Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel and Harbhajan Singh.

As for the batting department Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina played a couple of good innings in consecutive matches and that partnership ensured that enough damage was inflicted to the Lankans. They way they handled both the spinners, Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralidaran was creditable. Probably this should end the talk of Indians not playing spin properly in recent times. MSD should be a happy man.

August 8, 2008

ODI Squad For The Idea Cup And The Champions Trophy

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As usual, there has been a lot of surprises in the squad that has been recently annouced for the upcoming Idea Cup ODI series and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Happy news,however, is that Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are coming back into the squad.

Tendulkar last played in the finals of the CB Series in Australia. He then missed most of the IPL and the Bangladesh ODI and the Asia Cup due to the recurring injury that he suffered in Australia. Zaheer Khan last played an ODI against Pakistan last November when they toured India. He was left out for Australia due to a strained ankle. MSD is coming back after opting out of the on going Test series.

Temperamental fast bowler Sreesanth has been declared unfit and hence will be out of the Champions Trophy as well. Niranjan Shah has asked him to prove himself in the domestic circuit. Virat Kohli has been the surprise package. He was the Captain of the Indian under-19 team which lifted the World Cup earlier. He has a tremendous potential and he admits that he was below par in the IPL and has promised to give his best shot if given a chance.

Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan and Piyush Chawla have been dropped forom both the squads. I feel that Piyush Chawla deserved a chance as he has the potential to blossom well. Pragyan Ojha has been included instead of him as he provides the variation with his left arm spin. Both, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan, were in an indifferent form and their fate was very much known.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma has been rested for the Idea Cup and will be back for the Champions Trophy. He has been clocking good speeds in the on-going test series and surely needs a break to deliver at the Champions Trophy. Parthiv Patel and Munaf Patel have been included for the Idea Cup and have been excluded for the Champions Trophy. Here’s the Squad :

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt)
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Yuvraj Singh
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Suresh Raina
  • Virat Kohli
  • Parthiv Patel
  • Irfan Pathan
  • Praveen Kumar
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Zaheer Khan
  • RP Singh
  • Munaf Patel
  • Pragyan Ojha.

June 2, 2008

Rajasthan Royals Lift The Trophy

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What a game we’ve had tonight? Its was absolutely chanceless. It was like any other International matches. Yusuf Pathan made all the difference picking up three wickets and scoring a match winning half century. The game had everything in it right from some on-field verbal fights to some brilliant run-outs.

Whatever Shane Warne touched has turned gold. Even his decision to bowl first has also proved to be a right one. Chennai Super Kings did well to post 161 on the board. Suresh Raina again played a gem of the innings and the rest was done by M.S.Dhoni. They also didwell to pick up early wickets and put the pressure on Rajasthan Royals.

Swapnil Asnodkar played a cameo and was run out by a brilliant throw by Makhaya Ntini. Yusuf Pathan had two let offs that probably changed the entire result as he got into the grooves soon after. Everyone in the ground was thrilled and no one left the game till the last ball.

When everything looked right for the Royals, a couple of wickets changed the complexion of the game. Eight were needed of the last over and it was Balaji with the ball. The first ball went for a single, the second was a dot ball. Shane Warne took a single of the third and Balaji bowled a wide in the next one. Then it was a single followed b a couple and the last ball was hit for a boundary. What a finish to this drama packed 44 day head turner?

Rajasthan Royals were celebrating and this should prove their critics wrong (even me) after they felt that the team was weak. They have played some splendid over the past 44 days and they deserved to be victors.

P.S. : The trophy looks awesome and the prize money will get everyone’s head turning. It is the costliest trophy in World Cricket. Those who didn’t get to see this match has missed something spectular.

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