Saturday, May 30, 2009
M.S.Dhoni feels that Indian team as the fire power to defend the Title.He released a statement to the press in which he said that his team has a bunch of talented guys and if we all play as an unit and perform to our potential we can surely defend the T20 title.
Indian teams only concern now is that Zaheer Khan is not fully fit.Dhoni told that he hopes that Zack must be fit before the first match which starts for them on June 6th against the Bangladesh.There are no favorites in this form of the game but India can have a slight advantage when compared to the other teams because Indian players have played the IPL.I wish Indian team all success.JAI HO India !!!
Friday, May 29, 2009
The ICC World Cup T20 is taking place in England this time.India are the hot favorites for retaining the title. Moreover with the competitive IPL matches getting over only now India have an edge over other teams,nevertheless other teams cannot be taken for granted.The heat is getting on and the pricing of the tickets for the matches is given in this picture.The tickets are available for all the matches that are to conducted,right from the opening ceremony till the final.The matches are to be held in Lord's and Oval,and Trent Bridge.
The ticket pricing comes under 3 packages.The Gold,Silver and Family stand.The maximum ticket rate is £60 for adult and the minimum rate is £10 under the Family stand.The pricing of the ticket may be little higher but it is worth and a spend when compared to the thrill and the excitement.When you ask me to predict a winner I keep the fingers crossed ans would say it should be India.
Indian Premier League which had 59 matches all together witnessed some most interesting matches and nail-biting finishes.The team which emerged as winners was the Deccan Charges who were the last in the table last time around.There are a lot of individual notable performances and based on strike rate average and the consistency the Dream team for IPL 2009 has been selected.
1) Matthew Hayden (Chennai Super Kings)
2) Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers, Captain / Wicketkeeper)
3) Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
4) AB de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils)
5) Tillakaratne Dilshan (Delhi Daredevils)
6) J.P.Duminy (Mumbai Indians)
7) Anil Kumble (Bangalore Royal Challengers)
8) Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers)
9) Rudra Pratap Singh (Deccan Charges)
10) Ashish Nehra (Delhi Daredevils)
11) Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians)
Greg Chappell the foremer Indian coach feels that India have a edge when compared to the other teams in this Twenty Twenty format. T 2o is about how you play on that particular day but still I feel India are the hot favorites to retain the T20 World Cup.
Greg Chappell feels that M.S.Dhoni and Yuvraj are the trump card for Indian.even though they both had lean patches in the IPL he still feels that they can be very destructive.He also felt that Australia had to improve in this form of the game.He had a word of praise for Dhoni he termed him as one of the best captains in the present day.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The story script for Deccan Charges was so perfect that they were the table bottom team last year.This year IPL they were the winners.Perfect finish to a team lead by one of the most humble persons in cricket "Adam Gilcrist".
Rohit Sharma, R.R.Singh were the main and they were instrumental for Deccan Charges win.Ever since Symonds came back to the squad he has been a very key plater for them.Even though if he does not score runs he sledges the batsman very well.Prime example for this would be when he sledged the 19 yer old Manish Pandey.Deccan skipper Adam as also told that Symonds has been really handy for them.
The overall result of IPL to is a success.The beginning was not so good when compared to IPL 2008 when Mucullum smashed the RCB bowling part.This was different we had low scoring games and spinners had a major part to play and the runs scored in the 20 overs was drastically less when compared to last year.
Nevertheless the matches were very interesting and we witnessed some very close encounters and one match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders went to become a tie and we had the first Superb Over.The team which looked totally out of socks was the KKR team,but we cannot write them off.Sice the last year table had Deccan and RCB at the bottom of the table.This year those both where the teams which faced each other in the final and DECCAN CHARGES emerged as winners.
Adam Gilchrist ha been declared as the most valuable player of IPL.He is rated about Mathew Hayden mainly because of his match winning innings in a crucial game against the Delhi Daredevils to take the Deccan Charges team to the finals and then use his cricketing brain to win the most important encounter against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to clinch the title.
Adam Gilcrist and Mathew Hayden both from Australia and retired from Cricket and are of the same age were the most dangerous batsman of this year IPL.Adam Gilcrist at this age of 37 looks really fresh and the exuberance of youth is still there in him.He scored 495 runs at a strike rate of over than 150.Even at this age Adam Gilcrist is one of the dangerous and destructive openers of all time.He is surely a legend of Cricket.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The Deccan Charges and Royal Challengers where the "Underdogs" of the last year IPL.But this year they scripted a great way to play in the final for the Title Clash.Both team look really good with their new captain Adam Gilcrist and Anil Kumble and finally it was won team that had to win and it was Deccan Charges who won the IPL 2009 title.
Lalit Modi the chairman and commissioner of IPL confirmed that there will be 10 teams in the IPL from 2011.Lalit Modi also hinted that they are planning to have two IPL's every year.One in India which will be a normal one another in South Africa or England which will be a shortened one.
Lalit Modi thanked the fans of South Africa for supporting IPL and told that they have witnessed some very close matches and he thanked all the players and the team franchise.Finally Modi said that from next year onwards IPL will be back in India.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Gilly won the match for Deccan Charges with his swash buckling batting. He attacked the opposition from th word go and Delhi Daredevils had no answer for that.Gilly scored the fastest IPL 50.He scored 85 in 35 balls. He was ruthless from the word go.Earlier after winning the toss Delhi was asked to bat by Deccan Charges.
Deccan made one of the worst possible starts.They lost 2 wickets at the end of the first over..They lost both the openers Gambhir and David Warner.then some good partnership by Sehwag and Dilshan helped Delhi to score 153/8 in alloted 20 overs.Deccan won the match with ease.they scored the runs with 14 balls to spare.Now Deccan are the first finalist.The next finalist will be either Chennai Superb Kings are Royal Challengers Banglore.We have to wait till tomorrow for the winner.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The IPL2 has gone up very well and we have seen some very close matches even this year.The josh is still there for cricket.Only team in this IPL has cemented its dominance so far in this IPL and it is Delhi Daredevils.Sehwag and Gambir have not performed much and still Delhi have topped the table.Still one match to go for each team before semi-finals.Two teams have confirmed their Semis berth.One being the best team so far none other than the Delhi Daredevils and the second team being the Chennai Superb Kings.The main reason for CSK to make it to the semis is mainly because of Mathew Hayden and the cool captaincy of M.S.Dhoni.
The rest of the teams who are in contention for semi-finals are Deccan Charges , Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.These three teams are in contention while Rajasthan Royals have slipped slightly.The two teams who are out of the tournament are Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.I guess the finals will be between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Superb Kings.They are the two best teams in this IPL so far.We have to wait and see who will be the winner.Since predicting a winner is a very tough job.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Jonty Rhodes was not very much impressed with the way the Indians field.He told that the Indian field as come of ages but it still can be improved to call that it is World Class.In this IPL he feels that hardly no Indian up to the mark.The all time "Best fielder termed that Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, David Warner and JP Duminy are the best in the tournament so far.
Jonty termed that there are 3 basic qualities that make a fielder world class.They are
2) Ability to enjoy and
3) Great intensity.
He also felt that most of the Indian players lack these aspect to call themselves th World's best.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Rajasthan Royals the last time champions have got the greatest set back with the captain and the coach Shane Warne who is suffering from a hamstring injury may have to miss the rest of the IPL matches this time.Shane Warne is the mentor of the young Rajasthan Royals team.So the loss of Warne will create a great impact in the rest of the matches played by Rajasthan Royals.
Graeme Smith will be the new captain of Rajsthan Royals.Sources have confirmed that Warne has to sit out for at least the next 10 days. Rajasthan Royals have already last 2 young guns Kamran Khan and Amit Singh for suspect action.So it is not good time for Rajasthan Royals.Inspite of all these problems can we expect Rajasthan Royals to come all guns blazing.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The stand in skipper Gautam Gambir confirmed that the world's most attacking batsman Sehwag is back in to the squad for the remaining matches.The finger injury for Sehwag is fine now and he will come into the side and will lead the remaining matches.Already Delhi are a team who look very strong.With the return of Sehwag they look much more stronger.
The big issue that Delhi Daredevils have to sort out is that with the return of Sehwag will they have to drop David Warner from the squad are will he come down as a one change batsman.The main question is which two batsman will come as openers foe Delhi.This side is capable of winning the DLF IPL 2009.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Sourav Ganguly the ex-captain of Kolkata Knight Riders seen with the cheerleaders.Actually this picture was taken during the selection of the 24 cheerleaders for Kolkata Knight Riders.Ganguly was the person who selected the Cheerleaders.During that time Ganguly had full control over the KKR team.
The teams arrival to South Africa changed the fortunes for Ganguly and the team.He was removed from the captaincy and more over KKR performed horribly and they are already out of the contention for the semi finals with some matches remaining.
The drama of IPL 2009 is getting bigger as the half way stage has been reached.We cannot predict a team who will still has a great contention to win the cup.Each day each team is reaching the top position.Mumbai where the first to top the table then Deccan ,then Chennai Superb Kings topped the table and finally at the half way stage it is Delhi Daredevils who are on the top.Each team has had its ups and downs except Kolkata Knight Riders who are literally out of the tournament.So the heated drama is getting bigger day by day.So people can even watch the matches online.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
IPL has launched a controversial betting game asking the fans to predict the score of each over of a live game.According to the rules of this game the entrant as to predict the runs scored of each ball.The minimum prize money for every over is Rs.10,000.The prize money increases based on the number of people playing the game.The cost for each entry I mean each SMS is Rs.5.
The experts feels that this surely a bad idea and this is gambling.Modi defends this by telling that this is just like a texting between friends and not online betting or gambling.The International Cricket Council termed that thy have no rights to control the IPL officials because they are no way linked to IPL.
Modei however has stated that this would continue smoothly until there is no response from the people.I would say Modi is a very shrewd business man and we all know that when he introduced the strategy breaks after 10 overs of each side.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Delhi have won the toss and elected to bowl.This is a very important encounter for Chennai Superb Kings they need to win this to stay in the tournament.They key players for CSK are Hayden,Raina and Dhoni.Chennai has a lot of chance to win this match as Sehwag is not playing .The stand in skipper is Gambir. Let us wait and see what happens.Stay tuned I will updated you with the pictures and the scores
Yuvraj Sing the captain of Kings XI Punjab did it this time with both bat and ball. He scored 50 runs with the bat and took the first hat-rick of IPL 2009.The match was between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore.Yuvi bowled really well to get three wickets.the players that Yuvi got are
1) Robin Uthappa
2) Jacques Kallis
3) Piyush Chawla
Out of these 3 wickets his 2nd and 3rd wicket was mainly because of his arm ball.He is maturing as a player and he can be a potential all rounder for India.Seeing his heroics Bishan Bedi keen to work on Yuvraj's bowling.He said he could give tips to Yuvraj to fine tune his bowling so that he can be really handy for India
Kamran Khan the 18 year old senstaion in this IPL is reported for suspect action.He has a very slingy action similar to that of Srilankan Lasit Malinga.The only difference is Kamran Khan is left arm fast bowler while Malinga is right hand fast bowler.
Kamran was reported fro suspect action by the on-field umpires on April 30th in the match against Chennai Superb Kings (CSK).Rudi Koertzen and Gary Baxter the 2 on-field umpires had a close look at his action and decided to report his action to the TV umpire.It has been offically declared that Kamran Khan can continue to bowl until the result about his action his announced.
Shane Warne the Rajasthan Royals captain has still hopes on Kamran Khan that he will recover from this scare and conitnue to be a threat for all other teams. Warne also told that Kamran his young ans he is willing to learn a lot.We have to wait and see what his the verdict of his result.
So far in this second edition of the IPL we have only one century from A.b.deVilliers ( 105 ).Very good innings from him.The next best was from Raina in the math against Rajasthan Royals.The scoreboard showed that he was 100 when he got out.But he was only 98 . I rate the way he played that is one of the best innings in this IPL so far.
Anil Kumble has been declared the new captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).Kevin Pieterson the RCB captain who has to turn back to national duty for the Ashes has left the RCB team.So the RCB team was in search of a new captain.The strong contenders for the race were
2) Rahul Dravid
3) Anil Kumble
Since Kallis is not in the best of the form and Rahul Dravid has gone to India to see his wife who is about to conceive her second baby.Rahul Dravid has not given the return of his exact date hence Anil Kumble has been named the captain of RCB for IPL 2.
Anil Kumble was preferred against Kallis becuase of the respect that Kumble commands from this RCB team and his in a great form with the ball.In the opening match he scalped 5/5 against Rajasthan Royals to tame the Rajasthan Royals.