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Friday, December 3, 2010

Are we hearing the prelude to Ponting’s swan song?

Hailed as one of the rarities of modern day cricket, Ricky Ponting, the present day Australian captain is swimming against the tide to regain his lost glory and the match at Adelaide could well be a prelude to his swan song. Used to hogging the limelight at the slightest of opportunities, Ponting is now on a slippery slope that could bring an unceremonious end to his career. The Australian selectors mean business, and with one of the experienced bowlers left to ponder on his performance in the dressing room, the selectors have sent a loud and clear message for the non-performing heroes.

The path to Australian captaincy wasn’t strewn with roses, though Ponting had been predicted as a future Australian captain when Steve Waugh was busy marshalling his troops to reassert the Australian supremacy. From a bar-hopping and a brawl-inviting cricketer, Ponting had to fight his way out to cut down his hedonistic pursuits to stay in the race for the Australian captaincy.

With the first ball dismissal at Adelaide, Ponting is not certainly at his best, and with the burdening captaincy adding salt to the wound, Ponting might just be on the verge of a collapse, unwarranted of a cricketer of his standards. The Australians, in general, find it hard to swallow the success of the opponents and Ponting was no exception to this rule as he had his finger pointed at the Brisbane wicket for a shoddy bowling performance in the second innings of the Brisbane test when Cook cooked the Australian bowlers to offer a delectable feast to the many English fans the world over.

With England sitting pretty at the Adelaide, and with Cook on 48 and Trott on 47, on their way to agonize the Australians again, Ponting has a herculean task ahead. Is Adelaide Test the last straw for Ponting?

Australians are tough and they battle it out to the last, and let’s hope that Ponting is equally tough to weather the storms and emerge victorious from this pathetic position.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IPL 2011 auction – What is in store?

The IPL 4 version is about to witness some surprises in the auctioning arena, as speculations fly thick and fast from various quarters, inflaming the twenty-twenty fans to look for concurrent details pertaining to the IPL 20l11 competition. Harbajhan Singh, with the new avatar as a batting hero, is the top star with a high price tag attached to his head, as various teams including the Mumbal Indians vie with each other to lure this cricketer for the upcoming IPL 2011 competitions.

Yuvraj Singh, another of the heroes to attract millions of fans through this truncated version also has managed to remain in the top bracket with the Pune Warriors keen to induct the services of this blue-eyed boy of fanatics who have fallen prey to the truncated versions. In a turn of events, things have gone sour for the former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly, as the former star has lost its icon status, and talks of weeding out the services of this southpaw is doing the rounds now. An inspiring captain who had a good share in the Indian resurgence is now left in the lurch, with past glories doing little to add value to this wonderful player.

Batting supremo Sachin Tendulkar and the hard-hitting Dhoni maintain their price tags, as they are also likely to remain with Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings for the IPL 2011 competition. Yusuf Pathan, another merciless belter of the cricket ball is finding a place alongside Raina and Zaheer Khan to share the second bracketed price structure of 1.30 crores pertaining to the IPL price tags.

The Bengaluru stars, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble have also lost their sheen in this IPL 2011 auction as they have been thrown back in to the auction pool. With the IPL auctions igniting the passion of the fans, adrenaline-pumping games of the IPL 2011 is expected to drive the twenty-twenty fans crazy, who just love the reverberating sound of the bat on the ball.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ashes 2010 – Australia back in the saddle

Gabba witnessed some sparkling fireworks from the blades of Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin, as their partnership that blossomed to add 307 not only broke records, but also did well to deliver fiercesome blows to the English side, which had squandered away all the hold it had on the Australian side at the end of the second day’s play at Gabba. The upshot, England now has to battle it out to save itself from blushes, as Strauss and Cook survived some anxious moments before the close of play on the third day of this Gabba test, the first in the Ashes 2010 encounter.

Anderson flooring a catch, Broad turning crimson, as a welter of emotions ran amuck at the Gabba cricket ground, with Hussey and Bradin finding momentum to plaster the English bowling to all parts of the ground. Hussey was keen to prove a point to the cricketing world and Haddin played perfect second fiddle to Hussey, as the brilliant union of these two baggy greens plundered the resolve of the English attack. England now has to come out with an extraordinary performance to ensure a draw, and with it keep the Ashes 2010 hopes alive. Australia is back in the saddle with a massive lead of 221, as Ponting would be waiting to unleash the Australian fury to pave way for the English debacle.

The day belonged to the southpaw, Hussey, who with precise footwork and positive stroke play delighted the Gabba crowd, as he never shrunk from taking the minutest of opportunities to steal a single, which is the hallmark of an Australian batsman. Take the single, rotate the strike, sow seeds of doubts and disbelief in the minds of bowlers, as it worked well like a Swiss clock, and the English bowlers hadn’t a clue to unsettle the Australian batsmen, though costly lapses rubbed in insult to the already existing injury. England toiled hard for 59 overs to get the first breakthrough of the day, and Finn turned out to be the unexpected hero for England at the end of the Australian first innings of this first test related to Ashes 2010 series. England still needs 202 runs to make Australia bat again, and the fourth day’s play at Gabba has an interesting battle on the cards.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ashes 2010 - Can the English team hold their nerves?

There are two anxious teams trying to outwit the other at Gabba. Yes, the Ashes 2010 has got under way as England has lost the wicket of Andrew Strauss for naught. Not the type of start that the Englishmen would have expected, as the Australians now have come out with a clear game plan to scuttle an English dominance on the cricket field. Earlier it was Mitchell Johnson who came out with his plan to unsettle Strauss and Kevin Petersen to raise quite a few eyebrows. Australians rely more on Mitchell Johnson to deliver at Brisbane, and the war of nerves has just begun at the Gabba.

Ashes for long has remained a battle that has been fought fiercely, and Ashes 2010 is no different from the others. Englishmen with the upper hand are trying to create history by winning the Ashes 2010 series at the Australian soil after the 1986 series win at Australia, and Australia on the other hand have not been in the best of form, with the bowling really being inept and bumbling. With Ponting’s head on the block, Australians too feel the effect of frayed nerves as they are battling it out to prove their supremacy over a much confident English side.

It was the year 1986 which last witnessed an English victory over the Australians in Australia, when the match at Gabba had unveiled some sterling performances from the Englishmen. Mike Gatting led from the front, as the England team had a very decent side that had some stalwarts in the form of Gower, Botham and Allan Lamb. Ian Botham set the tone up for an emphatic win at Gabba in 1986, as his belligerent knock of 136 and five-for-41 haul helped England win the Ashes series in 1986.

England rates it chances high in this Ashes 2010 encounter, as the team is well set, and the bowling attack is as good as the Australian bowling attack, if not better, and Swann, who has been blossoming into an effective bowler certainly has to unleash all his tricks if England are to remain as strong contenders and clinch the Ashes 2010 series in the bargain. With Australians trying to get over the wounded-dog image, England begins another grueling Ashes series as favorites, as they have great opportunity to get off the ground at Brisbane and then to put the pressure on Australians in the remaining matches. This muddled Australian side is surely not going to lie in wait for the unceremonious defeat at the hands of their arch rivals, as they would be planning to get some steam up though their underdog image doesn’t work in their favor.

At the end of the 19th over, England were 61 for 2 with Cook and Petersen holding the forte at Gabba. Can Petersen get over his lean patch and come with a triumphant knock? That would really set the tone up for the Englishmen.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ishant Sharma stands tall amid the New Zealand ruins

New Zealand was thrashed by the World toppers, the Indian side, as India registered an innings and 198 runs victory over the beleaguered New Zealand side. Ishant Sharma has finally struck gold with his bowling form, and his spell that fetched him 4-23 is sure to bolster the confidence of this lanky pace man right before a grueling South African series that lay ahead of the Indian team.

From the time when Ishant started troubling Ponting till the present test series against New Zealand, Ishant has come a long way, though he has been struggling with his rhythm for quite some time. A timely haul of 4 wickets just before the high-pitched battle against the South Africans is a good sign for the Indians to take cue from the wonderful performance, and to put up a spirited show on the hard and bouncy tracks of South Africa. Ishant, with this spirited performance has also proved that he is no nine day wonder, and the pace man would do good to acquire words of wisdom form a work house who had performed exceedingly well on Indian wickets, as Kapil Devil will surely know the tricks to perform well on Indian tracks.

Kapil Devil, as he was at times referred to, wore his heart on his sleeves, as he had never let the flat Indian tracks to get the better of him. Even on docile Indian wickets, Kapil produced magical spells, which until then were usually produced by Indian spinners and he had given a whole new dimension to fast bowling on Indian wickets. A nation that was deprived of pace bowlers suddenly found a young man from Haryana bursting into the scene with pace and aggression, and since then, has become a prime reason to pave way for several promising fast bowlers in this country, an inspiring model well worth the mention.

Ishant has the pace and bounce, and his height surely works to his advantage. A fine and free flowing action, with a prelude in the form of a smooth run up to the wicket, and with a good follow through to back him up to the hilt, Ishant has the potentials to trouble even the most accomplished of batsmen. Ishant has finally got his rhythm back, and must be raring to go and hit the deck at the South African wickets. It would be worth the wait to witness this young man’s performance on South African wickets.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rahul is to New Zealand as what Laxman is to Australia

Some batsmen devour the bowling attacks of a particular nation as the bowling never tires them out. They simply tuck into the bowling attacks and relish playing memorable innings that stand the test of time. One such an innings was the vintage display of 191 from Rahul Dravid against New Zealand at Nagpur. Notching up his 31st Test Hundred, Rahul Dravid has helped his side to an unassailable position, with an Indian victory not very far on the horizon.

Rahul Dravid has had 6 centuries so far against the New Zealand side, as he is one of the batsmen who seem to be a thorn in the flesh of the New Zealand bowling. The Australians might feel the same with the case of the classy and elegant V.V.S Laxman, who never fails to torment the Australian bowlers with his classic stroke play. Rahul Dravid is to New Zealand as what Laxman is to Australia. The Australian and New Zealand bowlers still aren’t able to get to grips with these two, and the batsmen have only let them into sleepless nights and demonic dreams.

Termed the ‘Wall’ Rahul Dravid has come a long way in test cricket, as he has had to ride the rough with the smooth with some diligence. But his immaculate technique has helped him conquer testing times during his career and his team spirit had driven him even to don the thankless job of a wicket keeper at times, which elucidates the spotless character of this man. India is riding piggyback on his wonderful century, as India is well placed to take the lead in the series.

Ashes 2010 – Has the hunter become the hunted?

The Ashes 2010 is just about to begin with much fanfare, as a battered and bruised Australian side will be competing to conquer the lost glory, which has been eluding the side for quite some time. Australians had enjoyed a roller coaster ride with such relish, as they set records in a hurry beating Tom, Dick and Harry that came their way mercilessly. But now, they are just past masters as they face an uphill task of capturing the imaginations of the cricketing public at large. Has the hunter become the hunted? Has Ricky Ponting lost the verve and tenacity to handle his team? Has the Australian team lost the Ashes in their minds? Lot of pummeling queries haunts the Australian team and the team certainly is in disarray.

England on the other hand has never seemed optimistic before the Ashes tour as they approach the Brisbane Test brimming with confidence, and the players are as fit as ten fiddles and are firing on all cylinders. Though the England team lacks match winners in the likes of Ian Botham, the present team has gelled well as they have been playing as a cohesive unit to register more success than ever. Andrew Strauss is right there at the helm, learning from his mistakes, and gaining in confidence with each passing day. England surely has got its target fixed for the Ashes victory, and as per Beefy Botham, England are well placed to win the Ashes without much efforts.

England certainly would be looking to turn a leaf from the 1981 Headingley Test which witnessed one of the sensational test innings of all-time from Beefy, who turned the tides by scoring a sparkling hundred to bring England back into the game, and with it offer England a chance to beat the mighty Australians. From a seemingly unassailable position, Australians were made to lick their wounds at the end of the Headingley Test when they were defeated comprehensively. Not many would know as to how Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh were lured into placing 15 Pounds with the bookmakers and predicting an England win as the outcome, and in the end, walked away with 7500 pounds as when England beat Australia in the Headingley test. Speculations apart, Botham’s 149 and Bob Willis’ 8 for 43 did the tricks for England.

Turning our thoughts back on Ponting, one wonders if Ponting would lead his country to the third Ashes defeat, which certainly would bring down his reputation as a captain. With McGrath and Warne, Ponting was sailing smoothly, but with an inexperienced and an ineffective bowling attack, Ponting has now got to conjure up tricks to outwit the Englishmen. With the Australians having their backs to the wall and with the Englishmen raring to go and taste the Ashes win at the Australian soil after a long time, a great contest is on the cards.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Have you heard of the whispering death?

Kemar Roach, the new West Indian pace bowler, sharing the honors of wrecking havoc on the Sri Lankan team triggers hopes of West Indian cricket revival, or is it a far-fetched dream? West Indies were once, the knightly rulers of the game, game-wise and otherwise. They were extraordinary mortals who played the game with such flamboyance, and they were never short of the sportive spirit that eludes cricketers of many other nations. But on the field, they were a ruthless force trying to decimate the opponents at all times, with all the tricks in the bag, and the gallant pace force that served the West Indian team was a cohesive unit that was skilled in planning and executing the downfall of even the skilled of batsmen with clockwork precision. Have you ever heard of the whispering death?

To most of the followers, this name might sound alien, but to sprint back down my memory lane, I still can recollect the wonderful run-up to the wicket, cutting through the breeze silently, and the pitch-perfect action to deliver those stinging leg cutters, which was the specialty of this man from Jamaica. Dickie Bird, a paragon of umpiring morals and ethics, couldn’t resist the temptation in calling Michael Holding as the ‘Whispering Death’ owing to his silent and gentle glide to reach the wicket and deliver those lethal deliveries, and no doubts, he also had another name tagged to his credentials, as that says, ‘Rolls Royce of fast bowling’ owing to the smooth and wonderful action that any pace bowler would dream to possess.

Many talk about the ball bowled by Shane Warne to dismiss Gatting as the ball of the century, but if the argument is still alive and kicking, I beg to differ from this opinion framed by many. I think there is another person who would agree with me on this front wholeheartedly, who happens to be none other than the productive England opener, Geoff Boycott, who was let into a nerve-wrecking over in the 1981 test at Barbados. Boycott was at his wits end to negotiate the first five deliveries from this lanky pacer, and the sixth delivery was one of the best bowled in test cricket, and Boycott was beaten neck and crop as the off-stump went cartwheeling to take a 20-yard tumble, and Boycott still hasn’t found the reason behind that dismal show.

If my memory serves me right, it was in the series against India in 1983 that Holding bowled another gem of a delivery to dismiss the industrious Ravi Shastri. Though Shastri can’t be called the most illustrious of batsmen to have ignited a spark of interest among the fanatics, he played well within his limits scoring most of his runs off his pads, and the delivery that got Shastri on a dry Indian afternoon at one of the dead Indian pitches was one of the best leg-cutters delivered by a bowler. Shastri was baffled, when the wicketkeeper had reported about the missing bails, as he, as well as many of the spectators were of the opinion that the ball which had pitched way outside the leg stump was going to travel further away, and instead, the delivery came in and kissed the leg stumps to send Shastri on a long walk back to reach the pavilion. Let’s rejoice in the art of pace bowling by digging out such splendid performances from the bowling greats of the past. Holding, is still holding on to that coveted group of pace bowlers, who were merciless in their operations.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Is it the death knell of cricket?

A Pakistan cricketer running for his life to seek asylum at London was the hot cricketing news that took the cricketing world by storm, as the broadsheets were filled to the gunwales with this sensational news a few weeks before. Whether or not the piece did the trick to increase the circulation of broadsheets is not the point I would like to ponder on, as there’s more at stake, and the game of cricket has been left in the lurch. Nothing short of a miracle can save cricket from the clutches of demoniac influences that has left the game in shambles. The game of cricket is touching new heights, for all the wrong reasons, and in the name of resurrection, the game wears a begrimed face, looking sullen, trying to get out of the gloomy future that looms large over the horizon, as the game has already lost its sheen and respectability. A pathetic end waits round the corner, and the wailing has begun.

Close on the heels of the Pakistan cricketer who took to his heels after receiving death threats was an Indian off-spinner’s praiseworthy performance, though not with ball, as he came up with stubborn back-to-back hundreds to reinforce his batting potentials. Though a laudatory message is in the offing, the critical side of the performance has also got to be viewed and weighed with concern. Has the bowling attacks all over the world lost the sting? Are they mere league-cricket bowling attacks that stand up and watch a bowling compatriot score runs at his desire?

At best, Harbhajan, who vies for the top spot for the best belter of the cricket ball, can be considered a pinch-hitting darling of the crowd. Now, Harbhajan seems to be inching his way to join the batting elites with this performance, for it is only the performance that matters, these days. The art of cricket is no more a concern, and there’s no nurturing of art, as results at all costs and at any cost seems to be the norm that rules this game. Ironically, bowlers no longer play the second fiddle to the lead; we are witnessing the reversal of fortunes that might not warm the cockles of many hearts in the bargain.

Though not a look-alike to be called as one of the two peas in a pod, Harbhajan’s predecessor in the spin department, Bishen Singh Bedi, hit the headlines quite often, as the Indian Express, a popular broadsheet of the bygone era had an off-the-rack headline to bring Bedi’s performance to light, which ran something as ‘Bedi Bags Five Wickets’, which was a common phenomenon for bowlers of the erstwhile era, who did their trick with the ball most of the times. Bedi was not too good, if not good with the bat, but the artistic fervor of this craftsman was too good to be sidelined, as was the case with the off-spinning greats, Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivasaraghavan Venkatragahvan.

These master craftsmen were habituated to unleash their magic with the ball. Erapalli Prasanna, with his loop and arc, with the pivotal turn of the foot at the crease, with the flight that beguiled many an accomplished bat, was blessed with immense talent, as his chief trait remained to be the off-spinning exactitude, and Venkat, who bowled his off-breaks with varying pace and length, and who relied more on the bite off the wicket had more aces up his sleeve, and both were top notch exponents of this art. Sadly, Harbhajan, one of the very few off-spinners in the country who deserves a mention, hasn’t blossomed as a craftsman, and rather has been hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Long gone are the days, when I had watched the silky-smooth cover drives of Zaheer Abbas with mute acceptance, and there had been times when I was stunned to watch the charismatic Gower execute his short-arm pulls with such panache, that still refuses to leave the remotest recesses of my brains. There is no Viv anymore, and the Viv of his days was known to cut even the strongest of bowling attacks that comprised of Lillee, Thompson, Pascoe, Alderman and co to ribbons, and there is no Botham of course to turn the tides even when stark results were staring at the English team.

The cream of the crop encompassed more greats, who certainly had the flair and elegance to get bracketed among the top luminaries that this game cherished. There was the on-driving legend Greg Chappell, the fire-power quartet who formed the pace battery of the West Indian side, Roberts, Garner, Holding and Crofts, not to mention Marshall, who joined the fray at a later date, as there was also the man known as Barry, who unfortunately was left out of this arena owing to his country’s slipshod political practices, but had a name carved for himself in the annals of the game, and who is now enjoying his stint at the commentary box. Such talent eludes the cricketing scene, with the very rare breed of Sachin Tendulkar holding the forte for the nonce.

What has become of cricket? The star-fangled nights with near about strip dancing performances at the backdrop of the cricket field, that certainly sows seeds of doubt in the minds of spectators as to their preferences, cricket teams bought and managed by the tinsel town heroes as well as heroines, who, to the best of my knowledge cannot be blamed for their lack of cricketing prowess, but still stand at the helm of cricketing affairs, and twenty-twenty versions with stadiums packed liked sardines to witness pinch hitting, right from the umpire’s call of ‘play’ done to get the game initiated, bowlers who overtly throw their hats into the batsmen’s rings, and all other astonishing events that have converted this game to resemble a comic opera. A traditionalist will certainly be not averse to the thought of paying a visit to Baker’s street, in an effort to disturb the deep and eternal slumbers of Sherlock Holmes, who might have thought twice to investigate the reasons behind the avalanche of cricketing blunders that have already wormed its way to besmirch the game.

What do we fathom? Well, it will not be a long run when one can witness the Sharuhks and the Amitabhs wielding their willows to bring Kolkatta Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians out from a spot of bother in a twenty-twenty game. If it isn’t tainted as a cruel thought, there will come a time when ‘Pretty’ Zinta is forced to share the new ball with Irfan Pathan to clip the wings of the Chennai batsmen. Thoughts abound as one tries to get to grips with the present situation. This marks the nadir of cricket, as the game is wallowing in its own self-pity, to get released from the fetters of the commercially-maniacal organizers who have again used this game for wrong reasons. Cricket in no more the game as it was then known for, and the death rattle and the roar is neither too far away.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cricket World Cup 2011

With the cricket world cup 2011 round the corner, cricket enthusiasts will be looking forward to witness a cricket world cup that enthralls one and all, as the exhilarating contest between bat and ball is expected to touch a new high and the event is sure to bring in lot of unforgettable memories that get etched in the far corners of the brain of the cricket enthusiasts who cherish such moments.

It is time for the Asian block to stage the Cricket World Cup 2011, as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh share the honor of staging this luminescent event, and it is also saddening to note that Pakistan has been stripped of its co-host status owing to security situations that seem to pose threats on various fronts, and the terrorist attacks that rocked Lahore during the tour of Sri Lanka to Pakistan in the year 2009 has further weakened Pakistan’s position to turn the scale against its favor.

In the Cricket World Cup 2011, there are 14 teams participating instead of 16, and the first round pertaining to Cricket World Cup 2011 happens to be the round robin stage as that was witnessed in the world cup staged in South Africa, which took place in 2003. The semi final venues of the Cricket World Cup 2011 happen to be the PCA Stadium found in Mohali and R. Premadasa stadium found in Colombo, and the much awaited Cricket World Cup 2011 final will be staged at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

With lot of speculation flying thick and fast, it is time to close in on the heels of all the teams that are expected to vie with one another in this Cricket World Cup 2011, as well as provide us with an enriching display of bat and ball.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Raina reigns supreme; Chennai Super Kings demolish Kolkata Knight Riders

Suresh Raina wielded his bat with such might that his glittery knock not only dented the chances of Kolkata Knight Riders getting into the semi-finals of the IPL 2010 Championship but also helped Chennai stay the course to book a semi-final berth in the IPL 2010 Championship. Chennai Super Kings with the victory over Kolkata Knight Riders has allayed the doubts that have sprung up in the minds of many as to its potentials to stay as strong contenders to lift the IPL 2010 Championship.

The CSK bowlers bowled exceedingly well to reduce the KKR’s total to 139 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs, and when the chase got underway, CSK looked set to reach the target with ease, which it did by consuming only 13.3 overs, with just the fall of Mathew Hayden’s wicket. Murli Vijay and Suresh Raina were in top form, as they strangled the hopes of KKR reaching the semi-finals of the IPL 2010 Championship. The stormy Suresh Raina was in a hurry as he scored 78 from 39 balls and Murli Vijay continued with his top form by notching up 50 from 40 balls to lay a solid platform for a convincing victory.

Chennai Super Kings, with the win, have ascended to the second spot in the points table of the IPL 2010 Championship and look set to challenge the other strong contenders vying for the IPL 2010 Championship. KKR, meanwhile, with the dismal performance have ended up their trot to reach the coveted semi-final stage in the IPL 2010 Championship, though they have two more matches in the preliminary stage of the IPL 2010 Championship.

Chennai Super Kings will now have to fire on all cylinders to outwit the opponents and to claim the IPL 2010 Championship, which entirely depends on the batsmen to come good in all the other matches in the IPL 2010.

Mumbai Indians continue with their winning streak

April, 13 2010

Mumbai Indians continue with their great form as they have registered yet another convincing victory over the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2010 Championship, played at Mumbai today.

Mumbai Indians threw the gauntlet when they finished their innings at 183/4, scored in the 20 overs, with Keiron Pollard coming good with an unbeaten 45 struck only in 13 balls, which included 5 sixes and 2 fours. Sachin Tendulkar (30), Ambati Rayudu (24) and Saurabh Tiwary (38) were the other useful contributors for Mumbai Indians.

Delhi Daredevils gave a fitting reply until the 6th over, after which, they started to lose wickets at regular intervals to end up scoring 144/7 in the allotted 20 overs in the IPL 2010 tourney played today. Mumbai Indians with 9 wins from the 12 IPL 2010 matches tops the list, while the Delhi Daredevils remain at the third position in the points table related to the IPL 2010 championship.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Do or Die for Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings

April 12, 2010

The game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders to be held on Tuesday is sure to become one of the captivating twenty 20 matches in the IPL 2010 Championship. Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings have 10 points to their credit after having played 11 matches in the IPL 2010 Championship.

Though a win for both the teams could brighten their chances of booking the semi-final berth, it certainly isn’t a guarantee that the team that wins this IPL 2010 match on Tuesday is going to become a sure semi-final participant. The previous encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings played earlier resulted in a victory scored by the Chennai Super Kings.

Both Mahendra Singh Dhoni as well as Saurav Ganguly faces a tall order, as they will have to win this game to keep their hopes alive for a semi-final berth. The match at Chennai is sure to throw some thrilling moments, as the IPL 2010 is coming to a dramatic close.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mumbai Indians book their semi-final berth in the IPL 2010 Championship; Sachin Tendulkar sizzles

The little master let loose of yet another ace up his sleeve to guide Mumbai Indians to a convincing victory against the Rajasthan Royals and with it a semi-final berth in the IPL 2010 championship. Leading from the front, Sachin Tendulkar, with a brisk unbeaten 89 off 59 balls, which included 2 sixes and 10 fours, set the winning rhythm for the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians, batting first, scored 174 for 5, with Jean-Paul Duminy and Keiron Pollard chipping in with 31 and 25 respectively to put the team on the path to victory. For the Rajasthan Royals, Shane Watson claimed 3 wickets to be the most successful bowler.

Rajasthan Royals were out of sorts in their chase to reach the target, as wickets fell at regular intervals, and finally Rajasthan Royals succumbed to score just 137/8 in the allotted 20 overs, having made to grind for the runs most of the time by some wonderful bowling display on the part of Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians now become the first participant to march ahead and register a semi-final berth in the IPL 2010.

Mumbai Indians has reigned supreme so far in the IPL 2010 championship and has clearly emerged the topper in the IPL 2010 points table with 16 points collected from the 11 matches played so far in this IPL 2010 championship. The batting genius Sachin Tendulkar who has proved that he has got the guile and energy to meet the vagaries of twenty 20 games was declared the ‘Man of the Match’, and also is the leading run scorer so far in the IPL 2010 championship, as he now has 512 runs to his credit from 11 IPL 2010 matches. Also, this happens to be a momentous occasion for the Mumbai Indians as they have entered the semi-finals for the first time in the IPL championship.

IPL 2010 Schedule-Remaining twenty 20 matches in the IPL 2010 tourney

Remaining matches in Indian Premier League 2010 Championship

This is the schedule for twenty 20 matches in the IPL 2010, which happen to be the remaining twenty 20 matches in the IPL 2010 Championship.

11 April – 4PM –Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
11 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
12 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers
13 April – 4PM –Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
13 April – 8PM –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
14 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals
15 April – 8PM –Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
16 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab
17 April – 4PM –Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers
17 April – 8PM –Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
18 April – 4PM –Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
18 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils
19 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
21 April – 8PM – 1st Semi-Final Match – Team 1 vs Team 2
22 April – 8PM – 2nd Semi-Final Match – Team 3 vs Team 4
24 April – 8PM – 3rd Place Match – Team A vs Team B
25 April – 8PM – Final Match IPL 2010 – Team 1 vs Team 2
IPL schedule for the matches that are to take place from 21.03.2010
To watch live IPL twenty 20 match action, log onto http://www.youtube.com/ipl

Doomsday for Chennai Super Kings; Deccan Chargers put up a spirited performance

April 11, 2010

Chennai Super Kings scripted a pathetic performance which has left the side in the lurch, at a time when it had started to promise a lot to reach the semi-finals stage in the IPL 2010. Though cricket is game of uncertainties, the IPL 2010 has been throwing more uncertainties through the many twenty 20 games that have been staged so far in the Indian Premier League 2010 championship.

Despite a spirited opening partnership between the macho Hayden and an aspiring Murali Vijay, which saw Chennai Super Kings race to 41 in just 4.4 overs, before Hayden was dismissed, the Chennai Super Kings failed to make the best of it, as it struggled to post 138/8 in the allotted 20 overs. Barring Suresh Raina, even the much touted Dhoni failed to make a mark let alone register decent performances in the IPL 2010 championship match against the Deccan Charger. Double digit individual score had become a peak unclimbed by most of the middle order batsmen of Chennai Super Kings.

On their part, the Deccan Chargers exhibited an all-round display with the bat and ball, when the batsmen notched up the needed of 139 in 19.1 overs in losing only 4 wickets after the bowlers had bowled their heart out to reduce the Chennai Super Kings to a gettable total of 138 in the IPL 2010 match played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association at Nagpur. T.Suman, with a responsible 55, ensured that Deccan Chargers reach the target without much fuss.

The race for the fourth spot for the semi-final berth is gaining momentum, and the IPL 2010 has further more in store to offer the twenty 20 enthusiasts.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Murli Vijay helps keep Chennai Super Kings hope alive; Mumbai Indians on a roller coaster ride

April, 4 2010

The dramatic events of the star-lit IPL 2010 are unfurling at a rapid pace as the IPL 2010 unveiled yet another day of lusty hitting, when Murli Vijay knocked the stuffing out of Deccan Chargers, as he notched up a well compiled ton at a brisk rate and has also helped to keep the hopes of Chennai Super Kings alive. Chennai Super Kings with the victory over Deccan Chargers will have to conjure more twenty 20 tricks in the upcoming twenty 20 matches to stay as strong contenders for the IPL 2010 title.

In another IPL 2010 match, Mumbai Indians put the boot into the beleaguered Deccan Chargers team and has strongly conveyed its intention to clinch the IPL 2010 title by occupying the top position in the IPL points table. A quick fire 55 from Amabati Rayudu laid the platform for yet another convincing victory, with the bowlers doing the rest by dismissing Deccan Chargers for a paltry 115.

The battle for the fourth position for the semi-final spot in the IPL 2010 is reaching new heights, as the Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals battle it out to win the coveted semi-final spot in the IPL 2010 tourney.

Friday, April 2, 2010

IPL 2010 – Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kings XI Punjab; Placed second in the IPL 2010 Points Table

April, 2 2010

Since the start on March 14, IPL 2010 has witnessed some adrenaline-pumping twenty 20 matches, as the clash for the title has further geared up to offer an entertaining climax. In a match against the Kings XI Punjab, the Royal Challengers Bangalore scored an emphatic win, with Kevin Pietersen and Virat Kohli coming good for the RCB, and in effect guiding the RCB side to a victory to occupy the second place in the IPL2010 points table, next only to the Mumbai Indians.

As the thirst for the IPL 2010 title is hotting up, Mumbai Indians with 12 points seems to be the hot favorites with the RCB securing 10 points staying close behind the heels of the Mumbai Indians. The Delhi Daredevils also with 10 points from 8 IPL 2010 matches scores over the RCB in the Run rate, as it also rates its chances high.

The IPL 2010 is sure to throw further excitement, as the Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers as well as Chennai Super Kings have been resorting to all sorts of tricks to clinch the fourth spot for the IPL 2010 semi-finals. Whatever be the outcome, and regardless of the mighty team that is going to walk away with the winner’s tile in the IPL 2010, this tourney has certainly been a run-feast for the twenty 20 maniacs, and it has also unveiled some big-hitting innings from the blades of powerful and lusty hitters, of which some were even cannibalistic, and still has a lot in store to excite the modern cricket-viewing fanatics.

As we lay in wait, Mumbai Indians, has stayed as clear favorites to emerge as champions in the IPL 2010 twenty 20 cup.

Monday, March 29, 2010

IPL 2010 – Is it a reflection of the flashy life mode?

March 29, 2010

The IPL 2010 so far has thrown nerve tingling moments, adrenaline-pumping cricketing events and nail-biting finishes to push the cricket enthusiasts into frenzied fervor, as the IPL twenty 20 matches have almost captured the hearts and imaginations of the fanatics, who eat, breathe and sleep cricket. But not many are aware of the harm that the IPL 2010 is inflicting on the art of cricket, let alone on the future of the game. But it certainly has turned out to be a money-spinner wooing the best talent from across the globe.

To look into the daily mode of life that we embrace as of today, we desire a fast turnaround in all our endeavors, with quality taking a backseat. We term it as fashion as we have opted all and sundry as entertainment medium without attaching importance to the artistic flavor that these mediums carry. This, to my knowledge, produces a greater effect on very many entertainment activities, as it has also produced its degrading effect on the art of cricket.

People these days neither have the patience nor the time to turn out for a good five-day test match, which happens to be the surefire tool in cricket to judge the talent of individual cricketers as well as the teams. This is where the IPL 2010 has scored over the more artful five-day games, and is inching its way to become the most sought form that gets relished by the spectators. Even some of the brilliant cricketers of the past sing in unison as to the power that the IPL 2010 holds and sing paeans about the IPL 2010 and about its influence on the game.

Is dearth of practical cricketing ideas the real reason for events like IPL 2010 to occupy centre stage? Or has Cricket become another satirical comedy show inviting everyone to watch the game, as these enthusiasts without knowing the basics of the technicalities pertaining to the game enjoy the IPL game as if watching an entertaining movie. Does it share the suspense of a Roger Moore movie where the result is known only when the last ball is bowled? Is money taking away the charm of the game? Do we hear the death of cricket rattling and roaring to signify the blunder on the part of cricket administrators the world over? Whatever be the reason, the IPL 2010 so far has unveiled pomp and splendor, as it also has increased the steady rise in the following related to the IPL twenty 20 games.

But bleeding hearts as of mine will realize that the art of cricket is dead, and it is only a past glory to talk about cricketers like Sir Garfield Sobers, Keith Miller, Compton, Tom Graveney, Sir Don Bradman and other such greats who have been great ambassadors of the game and whose talent and sportsmanship brought glory to the game without inducing a swell with respect to their purse strings.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kings XI snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, Chennai Super Kings come a cropper

Monday, March 22, 2010

In an encounter featuring Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, the turn of events that gave Kings XI Punjab their first victory can’t be called a real cricketing thriller. In the name of novel ideas, the ‘Super Over’ to decide the winner between the tied contestants in this IPL twenty 20 match looked more of a satirical cricket comedy, though there are still people to swallow such peevish ideas.

Be that as it may, the Chennai Super Kings chasing a gettable target of 136 in his IPL match came a cropper in the end, and the Kings XI Punjab has earned their first victory in the IPL 2010. Though Muralitharan wove another of his magical spell on the opponents to put Chennai Super Kings in the path to victory, further fuelled by a rollicking start provided by the tiny Parthiv Patel and the bulky Hayden, it was a shaming defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab that has pushed the Chennai Super Kings in a spot of bother.

Yuvraj Singh enjoying adulation cricket wise and otherwise rose to the occasion to hit a boundary to script the winning runs. With more exciting encounters in the offing in IPL 2010, the hunt for the IPL 2010 championship has become even more robust amongst the teams.

Meanwhile, for the Indian Premier League season next year, Kochi and Pune enters the fray making the IPL tourney a 10-team affair, which will be put into practice from IPL 2011.

Chennai Super Kings XI fans await another cameo from the big-hitter

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Mathew Hayden with his 43-ball blitzkrieg perked up the hopes of CSK XI fans, as the ex-Australian opener carries a huge burden upon his shoulder when he comes out to bat at the Ferozeshah Kotla against the Kings XI Punjab. The Hayden onslaught has been the cream of the big-hitting crop so far in this IPL 2010, as the Delhi Daredevils were ripped apart by the cannibalistic efforts of Mathew Hayden, whose innings reminded of the more graceful Viv Richards, who had the uncanny knack of tormenting world-class bowlers in their dreams.

The Chennai Super Kings are in the driver’s seat even before the start of the IPL 2010 match that is to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla, as the demoralized Punjab outfit will have to resort to all tricks to make a game out of this IPL 2010 twenty 20 match, particularly with Hayden in top spirits as well as in a big-hitting mood. Though the services of the captain of the CSK XI, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s was missed out in the previous encounter against the Delhi Daredevils, the adeptness of both Suresh Raina and Hayden was more than enough to script a comfortable win against the Delhi Daredevils.

With the Chennai Super Kings bowling looking pale and ineffective, the batting depth of the team has come to its rescue so far, as it is also expected to help the team cruise into the main stage of the IPL 2010 event, and the CSK XI in particular rests its hopes on the bulky Australian, and he is expected to play more of these marauding knocks to shatter the dreams of the opponents in the IPL 2010.

IPL 2010 Schedule – From 21.03.10

This is the schedule of twenty20 matches in the IPL 2010, which are to take place from 21.03.10.

21 March – 4PM – Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils

21 March – 8PM – Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings

22 March – 8PM – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

23 March – 8PM – Chennai Super Kings vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

24 March – 8PM – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

25 March – 4PM – Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils

25 March – 8PM –Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

26 March – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

27 March – 8PM –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

28 March – 4PM –Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

28 March – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

29 March – 8PM –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

30 March – 8PM –Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians

31 March – 4PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings

31 March – 8PM –Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

01 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

02 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab

03 April – 4PM –Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

03 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

04 April – 4PM –Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

04 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils

05 April – 8PM –Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers

06 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings

07 April – 4PM –Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

07 April – 8PM –Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

08 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

09 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

10 April – 4PM –Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

10 April – 4PM –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

11 April – 4PM –Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils

11 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

12 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers

13 April – 4PM –Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

13 April – 8PM –Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

14 April – 8PM –Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals

15 April – 8PM –Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings

16 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

17 April – 4PM –Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers

17 April – 8PM –Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

18 April – 4PM –Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab

18 April – 8PM –Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils

19 April – 8PM –Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

21 April – 8PM – 1st Semi-Final Match – Team 1 vs Team 2

22 April – 8PM – 2nd Semi-Final Match – Team 3 vs Team 4

24 April – 8PM – 3rd Place Match – Team A vs Team B

25 April – 8PM – Final Match IPL 2010 – Team 1 vs Team 2

IPL schedule for the matches that are to take place from 21.03.2010

To watch live IPL twenty 20 match action, log onto http://www.youtube.com/ipl

Friday, March 19, 2010

IPL 2010 Point Table: As of March 19 2010

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Indian Premier League has captured the imaginations of many cricket lovers in India. The IPL 2010 matches have got underway and most of the matches have increased the adrenaline flow of the spectators. The Mumbai Indians with Sachin Tendulkar showing the way have put in brilliant performances, and the Royal Challengers have also played some good cricket in this Indian Premier League 2010. The IPL 2010 matches involving Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers have also thrown exciting IPL moments. The point table as of March 19 2010 stands as:

Teams

Matches

Points

Mumbai Indians

2

4

Royal Challengers

4

Chennai Super Kings

3

4

Deccan Chargers

3

4

Kolkata Knight Riders

3

4

Delhi Daredevils

4

4

Kings X1 Punjab

3

0

Rajasthan Royals

3

0




There are more interesting IPL 2010 matches on the cards. With all the teams vying to showcase brilliant talent on the field, it is getting better and better with each passing day, as the IPL 2010 matches have lured all the cricket fans in India as well the enthusiasts found across the globe to watch the IPL matches with fervent intensity.

Log on to http://www.youtube.com/ipl to watch live IPL matches.






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The best innings of Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, no doubts is a jewel in the Indian batting crown, as he has played many memorable knocks, and to choose the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar is going to be arduous task. A task which had not been accomplished by any batsmen in the 2961 one-day internationals witnessed before the Gwalior match got scripted with elegance, as Sachin became the first player to score 200 in a one-day international at Gwalior, which becomes one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

In this innings, the South African bowlers were left clueless as Sachin simply plundered the bowling attack with the ball reaching the boundary ropes quite often. This best innings of Sachin Tendulkar was a pitch-perfect example for a youngster to watch and learn how to pace an innings. Right from the start, Sachin was at his usual best, punching and thumping the South African bowlers with merciless perfection. His last 47 deliveries produced 83 runs which went on to show the intensity of his run hunting spree, as the crowd enjoyed one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar in this innings of 200 scored 25 fours and 3 sixes, where 59% of his total score came from boundaries and sixes.

His strike rate was 136.05, and this innings at Gwalior happened to be the second fastest out of the total of 46 tons in one-day internationals, which also gets ranked as one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar, and the best part of this innings was that it was notched up against a superior team and not against a weakling. To many of the detractors of Sachin Tendulkar who take the slightest chance to belittle this Little Master, this one-day international innings that brought the first 200 from an individual, which under circumstances also happens to be one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar, came up as a whip lashing produced to silence their tongue as well as to arrest their irrational thoughts about this batting genius.

Sachin now has an overall tally of 93 hundreds in international cricket, of which 10 tons have come in the last ten months, which also produced sparkling batting performances as that of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar at Gwalior, which only goes to show the passion that this man carries for the game even after a grueling career spanning 20 years, as it has only fuelled more of it to produce stellar performances. But, his fans lie in wait as they still feel that they are yet to watch the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Best innings of Sachin Tendulkar

A phenomenon in the making Sachin Tendulkar is an all-time great that the game of cricket has produced. To identify the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar is not going to be easy, as Tendulkar has played some memorable knocks right from his debut, and has delighted the many cricket lovers all over the world. To look closely into the career of Tendulkar, and to look for the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar brings out the five greatest innings of Tendulkar in test cricket.

England v India at Old Trafford, 1990 – 119 n.o

A s a 17-year old prodigy, in walked Tendulkar, when pressure was breathing down his neck as he had to rise above the ordinary to avoid the defeat that was looming on the horizon. With India placed at 127 for 5 on the final day, Tendulkar had to carry old heads upon young shoulders to thwart defeat at the hands of the Englishmen. Tendulkar proved his mettle by batting for more than four hours in partnering with the tail to score 119 n.o as well as took India to safety what otherwise might have been an ignominious defeat, as this happens to be one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar had notched up his first test hundred and a rare talent had arrived to delight cricket lovers.

Australia v India at Perth, 1992 – 114

Those were days when Perth was a seemer-friendly wicket, and particularly the Australian quickies would be waiting to provide nightmarish experiences to even the best of batsman with their lethal pace and bounce. Way back in 1992, the WACA was full of bouncy juice as Tendulkar scored a magnificent 114 against the likes of Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes who were left clueless even on such a wicket, as this masterly innings from Tendulkar, when he was just 19, was more that what the Australian crowd could enjoy in an opponent, and happens to go down in the annals as one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1997 – 169

Sachin Tendulkar is known for many epic knocks that had come in hostile conditions, and one such condition arose when India were trailing at 58 for 5 after South Africa battered the Indian Bowling to rack up 529 as their first innings total. Tendulkar in top form didn’t walk away from the challenge as Tendulkar took the fight to the opposition camp and along with Azharuddin played a memorable knock of 169 with 26 boundaries, as the South African seemers were pasted all over the ground, and this can be ranked as one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

India v Australia at Chennai, 1998 - 155 not out

Sachin Tendulkar has produced stellar knocks only to end up on a losing note on many occasions, but Tendulkar’s 155 not out at Chennai took India to victory as it also reduced Warne into an ordinary looking bowler, as Tendulkar using his novel stroke play, his feet and his eyes danced down the wicket and pasted Warne to all parts of the chepauk stadium as Warne looked as an erring schoolboy as otherwise hailed as cricket history’s top leg spinner. Warne later admitted that this innings from Tendulkar had literally beguiled him, and the knock played by Tendulkar paved way for an Indian victory over the Australians. This certainly was one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar.

India v Pakistan at Chennai 1999 – 136

When India was chasing a difficult target of 271 at Chennai, and was faltering at 82 for 5, Tendulkar didn’t budge and his rock like innings of 136 will go down as one of the best innings of Sachin Tendulkar. Suffering from a back injury, the superhuman effort put in by Tendulkar didn’t end on a winning note, nevertheless, it nearly took away the game from Pakistan and is one of the best ever in the history of test cricket.

Sachin vs Bradman

The great Don Bradman when watching cricket match on the Television called his wife to claim that the batsman playing had something similar to his approach in sheer excitement, and the batsman was none other than the boy wonder turned genius tuned cricketing phenomenon, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. To argue on the topic of Sachin vs Bradman can throw only one result which is that both Sachin and Bradman played cricket with fervent intensity.

As while we talk about Sachin vs Bradman, Sachin, the Master Blaster happens to be highest run getter in Tests as well as in the ODIs, as he also holds the record for maximum number of test as well as one-day centuries, and Don Bradman is but a sporting idol in Australia and elsewhere, and his test cricket career spanning twenty years is a touchstone to the many upcoming cricketers. Both Sachin and Bradman being legends, and having played cricket in different eras possess many similar traits that certainly invite comparison as well as the topic of Sachin vs Bradman arises frequently in the minds of many.

Bradman with 99.4 as the test batting average played 52 test matches as his masterly stroke play stood out to be recognized as genius stuff. Bradman also possessed lightning run-scoring speed, as he once scored 452 runs in about 415 minutes. Sachin Tendulkar on the other hand is the top scorer in tests and one-day internationals and has played 159 tests so far, and with the kind of pressure that cricket produces on the cricket players, Sachin has maintained tremendous consistency as he has also notched up hundreds against all test playing nations.

Sachin vs Bradman when looked from the personal front unveils Sachin’s similarity with Don Bradman in many ways like being modest, courteous, and other such traits, but, Sachin differs from Bradman in being utterly popular with his team-mates and with opponents as well. Sachin and Bradman have produced tremendous impact on the lives of many, as Bradman during the times of Great Depression evoked hope for the many who were unemployed, and also was a big entertainment source to the cricket followers, while Sachin is an idol as well as a Cricketing God in India, which is a cricket crazy nation.

Sachin vs Bradman will boil down to the fact that both the legends had the uncanny knack to bat tremendously to delight the onlookers, as Sachin and Bradman lie bracketed together as to be recognized as genius stuff, as they both occupy the top pedestal.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Who are the best cricket players at present?

Well this seems to be a difficult proposition to judge the best cricket players in the present scenario, as when you watch live cricket, you come across good cricket teams packed with best cricket players, and live cricket these days bring out stellar performances from cricketing stars.

The most influential of cricket players in the present age who have brightened the art of cricket to enlighten the cricketing audience have been listed out, as these best cricket players have been performing consistently to make the live cricket match an interesting prospect.

Sachin Tendulkar, if not the greatest batsman, one of the very few to be ranked alongside the Great Don Bradman is the proud owner of various records in one-day cricket as well as test cricket. Having the maximum number of runs in test cricket and one-day cricket, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for maximum number of centuries in test cricket, with 47 test centuries, and still going strong as one of the best cricket players. Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest ever batsman that the game of cricket has seen praised Sachin for his batting abilities in both test cricket as well as one-day internationals, which makes him a strong contender for being one of the best cricket players in the present scenario.

To watch live cricket and to see Ricky Ponting bat is sheer delight, as this Australia cricket team captain has enjoyed a very good stint in test cricket and in one-day internationals too. He possess cricketing abilities and performances to be one among the best cricket players in the present age, and he has been a consistent batsman who has made live cricket entertaining with his cricket scores and performances. As one of the best cricket players, he has captained Australia to two World Cup victories, in 2003 and in 2007, which speaks volumes of his cricketing abilities. In scoring 8000 test runs and 9000 one-day runs, this entertainer who enlightens live cricket is one of the best cricket players.

Another cricket player who walks into the list of best cricket players is Muthiah Muralitharan, who is one of the reckoned off-spinners in the annals of test cricket, as he is also a good performer in one-day internationals. With unorthodox bowling action, Muthiah Muralitharan is known for his ‘doosra’ and he walks in to be recognized as one of the best cricket players with his tally of wickets in test cricket and one-day internationals crossing a total 1000 wickets. Muralitharan also hold the record for 5 and 10 wickets haul in a particular innings related to test cricket, as this cricketer who makes live cricket entertaining has bagged 50 wickets against all test playing nations.

Jacques Kallis, one of the best all-rounders that the game of cricket has produced, is one among the best cricket players in the present scenario, as Jacques Kallis constantly figures in the list of ICC related to all-rounders. Taking his place in the list related to the best cricket players, Jacques Kallis has scored more than 8000 test runs as well as 8000 one-day international runs. After Sir Don Bradman, he has made five consecutive test match centuries. In 2005, this contender for the best cricket players bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy given to the ‘ICC Player of the Year’ along with Flintoff in the year 2005.

Kevin Petersen of England with an extraordinary turn around surely finds a place in the best cricket players’ list, as he is known for the maiden test hundred in the ashes series, which turned the tables in favor of England. An attacking batsman, Kevin Petersen went on to hog the limelight with three centuries in five innings, and the eyesight of this tremendous batsman has been a topic of discussion for many. Falling into the select stars of best cricket players, Kevin Petersen is a sheer crowd puller with his attacking batting techniques, as he has got a long way to go before calling it quits.

In the next section, we’ll be looking into some more of the best cricket players of the present scenario.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Weather plays spoilsport on the fourth day of the Eden Gardens Test

In the hunt for a victory to level the series, India found the spoiler to its well-founded dreams in the form of weather gods that wrecked damage on the day four of the second test between India and South Africa. Play had just started at 10.30 a.m. and a delayed lunch at 1.45 p.m. saw the gloom darken, forcing the players to remain indoors, as the play again resumed only at 3.20 p.m.

India, so far, in its quest to maintain the home record as well as keep the No 1 ICC test ranking to itself had removed two architects of the South African batting line-up, as both Smith and Kallis were outwitted, and the first innings hero and debutant Alviro Petersen also fell cheaply. But, Hashim Amla on 49, in top notch form held forte, and being dismissed only once in this test series, Indian think tanks will have to come out with a novel idea to get the better of this man on the fifth and final day.

The weather forecast for Thursday remains to be encouraging for the Indians, and in theory, Indian bowlers have 98 overs to drive the final nail into South African batting coffin. An optimistic assessment lie in the wait in favor of an Indian resurgence, as the Indian bowlers now hold the key to the result of this second test match at Eden Gardens. The fourth day saw the skipper Dhoni shuffling around with his bowlers to extract further success after removing the three top order batsmen.

Mishra with tweaking leg breaks removed Smith with a delivery that turned viciously and had Kallis caught behind the wickets. Though Harbajan found the bounce favored by the Eden Garden pitch an advantageous proposition, he could just manage with a wicket to his name, with Zaheer failed to unleash magical spells to bring the South African doom at a faster rate.

Earlier Amla was nearly consumed by Harbajan when he played the bowler only to find Murali Vijay wanting, and in effect has enjoyed the reprieve to remain unbeaten on 49. South Africa was 115 for 3 at the end of the fourth day’s play at Eden Gardens. The fifth and final day is a day to witness vigorous competition between bat and ball, and if the weather holds good, an interesting fifth day’s play is sure to delight cricketing fans all around.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lakshman and Eden Gardens – The romantic affair continues

VVS Lakshman, with a brilliant 143 and M.S Dhoni notching up 132 played their roles to perfection as the South Africans felt the heat when the pair consolidated India’s position on the third day of the second cricket test between India and South Africa. The South Africans were not their usual self, as the visiting team dropped many catches, with the seventh wicket partnership between Lakshman and Dhoni registering 259 runs, taking the total lead to 347.

It must have been a declaration made from sheer instincts, as Dhoni declared the innings and let the South Africans face five deliveries, who were 6 for no loss, before play was called off owing to poor light. Earlier, the day had plenty to offer as both India and South Africa were expected to battle it out to take control of the second test. Lakshman, the artistic wonder, played some lovely flicks and drives to the delight of the audience with Amit Mishra proving to be a thorn in the South African flesh. Dropped by Kallis, Amit Mishra dug his heels in to provide able support to Lakshman as the two helped India Inch ahead to a lead of 88 runs. Dhoni joined Laksman in the run hunt after Mishra departed, with the second new ball posing problems to both Dhoni and Lakshman.

M.S. Dhoni made his intentions clear as he batted with watchfulness, and treated bad deliveries with disdain, as they were dispatched to the boundaries with √©lan, as he pulled Dale Steyn as well employed the cut shot to grow in confidence. Both the Indian batsmen taking advantage of the reprieves, with the South African fielding looking off-color, helped themselves to remarkable centuries, as Dhoni started to go after the bowling when the hundred was up alongside his name. Though not technically the soundest, sheer guts and self-confidence has let Dhoni reach such heights, as he again proved his mettle with a ton to put India in the driver’ seat.

India would now be looking to square the series and the fourth day of this Eden Garden test is surely an acid test for Smith & Co.