Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bhajji Set for his second Ton

If the Australians are scared of Bhajji's Doosras, the NZL i'm pretty sure are going to be scared of his batting prowess in the times to come. The tailender a.k.a. Turbanator is set for his second Test Century in as many matches. And, ofcourse, this is his third consecutive Fifty.

The last time someone did something as spectacular - not long ago - a bloke named Irfan Pathan. And, we all know what happened to him. Let's just hope for bhajji, that he doesn't have the same fate!

And of course not to forget Mr. Very Very Special Laxman. Once again, I'm constrained to use the words 'once again', because the old warhorse was in the same situation 'once again' doing what he is best at - scoring runs with those same elegant strokes. If it wasn't for the surprise package called Bhajji, the batting Turbanator, or well even if it was he and his performance would've been ignored 'once again'.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lakshman Rekha.. once again

Laxman still stands... between India and defeat. Will he be able to hold on?

India vs. NZL :: Test 1 :: India trying hard to loose

Well.. going by the situation right now, it seems that India is trying very hard to loose. Laxman and Dhoni stand on the crease right now as a wall between India and defeat. The question is will they be able to do it? What win? Nooooooo. Loose.

Match-fixing? How would I know? I'm not a bookie after all.

Monday, August 16, 2010

minus Pathan

One of the strangest decisions ever taken by the selectors of the Indian Cricket Team was to throw out Irfan Pathan at a time when he was batting better than the Indian batsmen. He may have been out of form with the ball. But that too was a doing of the management of the Indian Cricket Team. 

Everyone knows how a baller who could bat well at times was projected as a strike bowler + top batsman(no 3) at the same time. The expectations rose and being as unjustified as they were, they had to remain unmet. 

And in the process we lost one of the finest all-rounders that the country has produced in a long time. Seeing India losing today with someone as useless as Ravindra Jadeja as a part of the team is disheartening.
It wouldn't be a surprise to me if sometime in the future we come to know of a political angle in this. Internal team politics that is. Apart from Dhoni Irfan Pathan was probably the only player showing signs of becoming a good captain at that time. Yuvraj, the vice-captain then and Suresh Raina both have been proved to be dud captains in IPL.

He still has time and I would love to see him back in the Indian squad for the world cup. He is the key ingredient without which India just can NOT win the next world cup.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Match 1: A parting gift from India to Murali

What would a bowler ask for in his last match? 

The answer is easy.. to reach a milestone. And what milestone is better than 800 wickets... India gifted Murali wickets and wickets and more wickets helping him reach that milestone with ease. And in the process they intentionally or intentionally gifted the match to Sri Lanka.

Bye Bye Murali from someone who was never the fan of your bowling, but always liked your spirit and that warm smile on your face.

Monday, July 12, 2010

La Espanola

And the Spanish football team wins the world cup. A truly deserving victory for surely the best site in the world. Spain deserved it.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Finals

Attendance Sheet:

Kaka: Absent
Rooney: Absent
Robinho: Absent
Messi: Absent
Cesar: Absent

Inky, Pinky and Ponky: Present

Saturday, June 12, 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup: Argentina vs. Nigeria

Well, the match was dominated by three things:
  1.  Juan Veron repeatedly losing the ball to the Nigerians. There was a time when I was left wondering why he was even on the field.
  2. Messi attacking the Nigerian goal full force... the stadium going silent... and then a deep sigh as he missed.
  3. Diego Maradona in his new role as the ballboy. It was wonderful seeing the legend hail and hearty hopping up and down the sidelines performing the role of the ballboy apart from his primary role of the Argentenian Coach.
About the Nigerian players: just wanna request them to stop crying like babies each time they are touched by the opposition's players.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

WT20 2010: India vs. West Indies

The match is on. India won the toss. Chose to field because of moisture in the pitch. And started bowling with Bhajji. And Gayle and Chanderpaul are having fun in the center right now. It seems India is inclined to top the table from the bottom!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

WT20 2010: India vs. Australia

India got a good drubbing at the hands of the Australians. Rohit Sharma's knock being the only positive for India out of this match.

Monday, May 3, 2010

WT20 2010: India vs. South Africa

The two titans of their group clashed and India triumphed. What was surprising was the convincing manner in which South Africa was defeated. Thanks largely to the super-innings by Suresh Raina who carried his IPL form onto the international arena.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

WT20 2010: India vs. Afghanistan

Well, as expected the match was  a no-show. India defeated Afghanistan with 5 overs to spare thanks to Murali Vijay's almost-50 and Ashish Nehra's 3 wickets(!).

The commentators were going ga-ga over the brave front put up by Afghanistan. Well I couldn't see any. Though the side is promising, and its rise to stability in international cricket should be much quicker than that of Bangladesh. One major reason for that is the well endowed physique of the Pathan players... if trained well they could produce some of the world's finest pace bowlers.

This is one team that you should look out for. Not in this tournament(unless there is match fixing :), but in the future. And yeah it is infact commendable that most of these players were able to make it to this level even after being brought up in Refugee Camps in Pakistan.

Should we allow the Afghan players entry into IPL as domestic players? I studied in a school which at that time had more Afghan refugee students than Indians!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

IPL 3: Super Kings Rule

Chennai Super Kings now own the IPL trophy. The entire nation wanted Mumbai Indians(read: Sachin Tendulkar) to win. I'm sure even a lot of Chennai'ites would have wanted the same. But it was not to be.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

IPL 3: The Final: MI vs CSK or Tendulkar Vs. Dhoni

Today, the 25th of April 2010 we are going to witness the final of the IPL Season 3.

Where the seemingly undefeatable Mumbai Indians led by Sachin Tendulkar take on the Chennai super Kings led by Indian skipper MS Dhoni. Whose night is it going to be -- Mumbai or Chennai?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Match 44: KXIP vs DD

Punjab may be out but they are not down for sure. The proud Kings' victory march continues as they trample over another of the best teams of IPL3. And, thus, creating a situation where there could be complete chaos in the final standings of the teams.

Delhi Daredevils faced one of their worst defeats ever in the IPL today. With brilliant balling performances by Irfan Pathan and Piyush Chawla to reduce Delhi to a meagre total of 111 on Delhi's home ground. This was followed by a decent batting performance by the Sri Lankan duo of Jayawardene and Sangakarra to lead Punjab to a comfortable victory by 7 wickets in the 19th over.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Jacques Kallis :: Magical Form

'Magical Form' is an oft-used term in the world of Sports. But rarely is the use justified.

Jacques Kallis' current form is one of the rare deserving candidates for the term. He is opening the batting for RCB and till date has remained not out and has scored at a fairly brisk pace too. Add to that his contribution with the ball.

4 innings not out in a row for an opener is a rare feat and Jacques Kallis has done it and there is every chance of the number increasing. Wishing him Good Luck!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Match 4: KKR vs. RCB

RCB innings was marked by Kallis' 65(52 balls) and tumbling wickets on the other hand. Angelo Mathews came to the party as a baller in this match with 4 for 19 of his 4 overs. The other KKR ballers supported him well to restrict RCB to just 135.

On the other hand KKR had their best ever opening partnership with Hodge (50 of 45) and Tiwary (50 of 29) doing a fantastic job. The KKR innings went off track after these two got out. Ganguly scored 23 of 22 balls and almost took KKR to victory which was eventually sealed in the last over.

Today it was KKR all the way. And SRK was there this time to watch it live. Where's Fake IPL blogger?

Extra: KKR which was at the bottom of the table last year has already defeated both the finalists of IPL2.

Result: KKR win with 4 balls and 7wickets to spare.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Match 3: Delhi Daredevils vs. Kings XI Punjab

Nothing much to talk about in the Kings' innings other than Bopara's 50 and cameos by Junior Pathan and Sreesanth.

While on the other side Gautam Gambhir yet again played a captain's innings and led Delhi to a 5-wicket win.

Extra: It seems people have forgotten that Gambhir was the captain of Delhi Daredevils last year too. Everyone is going gaga over his 'First Time Captainship'

Result: Delhi win by 1 ball and 5 wickets to spare

Match 2: Mumbai Indians vs. Rajasthan Royals

A good opening partnership for Mumbai Indians by Jayasuriya and  Sachin tendulkar. Followed up by Brilliant half-centuries by the young SS Tiwary and AT Rayudu.

RR were down and out. Early fall of wickets combined with a run-rate which wasn't anywhere near the required rate. And the Elder Pathan steps in. A ruthless 37 ball 100 by Yusuf Pathan brought RR into the fray. But they couldn't hold on.

Result: MI wins by 4 runs

Match 1: KKR vs Deccan Chargers

Brilliant knocks by Angelo Mathews(65) and Owais Shah(58) helped KKR reach a respectable total after the early loss of 4 top-order batsmen. A good innings by Gilchrist goes waste as Murli Karthik tightened the run-scoring. 

End-Result: KKR wins by 11 runs.

Indian Premier League 3

Back to India

That's the biggest news about the IPL this season. IPL is coming back to India.

Other News:
- The franchisees didn't bid for a single Pakistani player this season after the drama that happened last year.
- KKR will have a change in the color of their uniform. "As far as I know this was the only thing that was working for us. But if the team wants it so be it", SRK said while also mentioning his decision to stay away from the stadium this year.
- No new teams added this year.
- The cheerleaders are back. But, there is nothing to cheer about as far as they are concerned.