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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.