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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March 18, 2008

IPL Team Review – Jaipur

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A city well-known for its Castles and Palaces is now here to compete with a Team in the first phase of IPL. The team hasn’t signed many players but boasts of some of the best in the Business. The team will be lead by the Legendary Leg Spinner Shane Warne. What better than he’ll also be the Coach of this team. A dual role? Lets see whats going to happen. But still the team’s Icon Player is the talented Mohammed Kaif.

The team was brought by Emerging Media group for USD 67 million. The team was criticised for not having spent very less during the first round of bidding. Lets see how the team lines up.

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Greame Smith – He is one of the best Batsmen in the current era. He has played some good innings which tells a lot about him as a player and also as a leader. He has inspired South Africa to some huge victories, specially the World Record Chase against Australia. He is a very good opening batsman and a good fielder. His Off-Spinners can be exploited too. He was brought for USD 475,000 by the Jaipur team.

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Yusuf Pathan – He is an unknown quantity in International arena. He made his debut in the T20 World Cup Finals against Pakistan. He’s a renowned Big-Hitter in the Domestic circuit and can be very handy with his offies. He was brought by the Jaipur team for USD 475,000.

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Shane Warne – The name itself brings jitters in the batsmens’ stomach. He is, without doubt, the best leg spinner that the game has seen. He has proved himself on all the grounds that he has played on. He is a very good leader and has loads of experience which can prove quite handy. He is also pretty good with the bat and is also expected to coach his IPL team. Nice Ploy I would say. He was brought by Jaipur team for USD 450,000.

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Munaf Patel – He has never been a constant number in the Indian ranks. He is good with the ball but is poor on the field and with the bat. That is his major drawback. But he can sometimes win matches single handedly with the ball. He is inconsistent and that can be a cause of concern. He was brought by Jaipur team for USD 275,000.

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Younis Khan – He is one of the most agile batsman I’ve seen. He can shift gears as and when he requires and can play some long innings too. He is a good finisher and also very good in manufacturing shot. He is very good player of reverse-sweep. He too has lots of experience and that can help the cause. He was brought by Jaipur team for USD 225,000.

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Justin Langer – He is one of the best Test Batsmen that the game has come across. He is very consistent and again has loads of experience. He has played lots of T20 for his state team. He can be devastating at the top and provides that comfort for the middle order. He was brought by Jaipur team for USD 200,000.

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Kamran Akmal – He is the Pakistani Wicket-Keeper. His skills as a Keeper has always been a point for argument and I’m surprised that this team doesn’t have a back up. He is very good with the bat and is quite capable of playing the big shots. Once he gets going, its difficult to stop him. But the question is “Will he?”. He was brought by the Jaipur team for USD 150,000.

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Mohammed Kaif – He has been named as the Icon for his team. He was a good Batsman and a prolific fielder for India. But he was dropped due to his poor show with the bat. He can strike form easily and when he does that, he’s dangerous. He has the knack of pacing his innings beautifully. He is being paid USD 675,000 by the Jaipur team.

The team lacks something but is full of experience. The Bowling looks very week and will remain a major worry. They should have gone in for more Bowlers and also a back up for Kamran Akmal as well. I’m totally unhappy with the way the team has shaped up. The total value of the team stands at USD 69,925,000.

For details about the Second Round Of Bidding and the Schedule for the Jaipur team, check these links.