Saturday, January 28, 2012

India 4-0 whitewash against Australia

Whats happening to the Indian team?? Have they forgotten how to win overseas..Looks like this saga started and ended with Sourav Ganguly. He became the captain when the team was suffering from match fixing scandals and then led the team with an attitude "Do or Die" to win overseas but now again after his retirement we can see that the team has learnt nothing and they have lost 8 consecutive overseas Test matches.

Its this Indian team that won the ICC Cricket World Cup and with the greats of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS laxman and Sehwag present in the team they were not able to even draw one test match rather they couldn't even survive 5 days of Test cricket.

Its a shame to see this kind of performance from the team where Dhoni's captaincy is making no sense anymore looks like he has forgotten how to lead the team, wrong field placements, poor bowling changes, etc.

The poor show was from the batsmen all the way. The top order collapsed in every innings and neither there was any support from the middle order batsmen. Rahul Dravid called as "The Wall" due to his defensive abilities was bowled out 9 times, looks like he has forgotten how to guard his wickets. All the batsmen were out of form, poor shots selection and lack of ability in their techniques. Sachin Tendulkar looked a little comfortable against the Aussies but it looks like the burden of his 100th 100 is too much for him..

Still the players think that they are not embarrassed after this kind of loss and are making excuses like let them come to India and we will show them.

Everyone knows how good we are in the subcontinent thats the main reason we won the World Cup but the team who goes and wins overseas is considered as the No 1 team and it looks like we lack that capability after the kind of performance we saw recently.

Well I have said enough against the Indian team..but nothing can be done unless the BCCI makes some harsh decisions..

Sourav Ganguly captain cum coach in IPL5

Since Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of IPL5 due to injury there was no option left but for Ganguly to lead the PWI team. This adds more responsibility than the last edition where he was only a player but now with the lead coach Geoff Marsh not available, Sourav Ganguly will have to play the role of coach also for the team.

PWI had a very bad last season. They came second last in the tournament but we very well know that DADA is the king of comebacks (remember his comeback in the Indian team). So it will be interesting to see how he leads the team and how they move forward in this year of IPL.

The very exciting match will be between PWI and KKR when these two teams will clash in Kolkata. Who do you think the crowd will cheer for DADA or KKR?

I am going with DADA.

EXCITED!!!   

Friday, January 20, 2012

RCB retain Chris Gayle

Finally, Royal Challengers Bangalore has signed Chris Gayle for the upcoming season of Indian Premiere League just one day before the transfer window closes i.e just one day before retaining players for your squad.

I dont know why they waited so long to sign the player who single handedly made RCB reach the finals of the fourth season of the Indian Premiere League. There was no bowler available to stop him with his explosive batting in IPL 4.

If RCB hadn't signed him today, then he would have been available for the auction starting on 4th Feb,2012 and then it would have been interesting to see which all teams are fighting to get a hand on Chris Gayle.

Reports say, that Mumbai Indians were very much keen on signing Gayle.

Last year RCB bought Chris Gayle as a replacement for injured Dirk Nannes for $560,000 and that's the price Gayle will officially continue on. So, RCB will move into the auction with this sum reduced from their $2 million purse but as it is heard Gayle will earn more from endorsements.

Well, i am just waiting to see how he performs in this season of IPL and can he produce the same kind of explosion with his bat as the last time.

HOPE SO!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sorry Team India loses series


It was a Test match but we couldn’t even last three days. Team India has lost the Perth Test by an innings and 37 runs and the series 0-3 to Australia. Out of a possible 15 playing days, the hosts need only 10 and half days to vanquish us. Now we have lost seven Tests on the trot abroad. It doesn’t get any worse than this. But wait, there’s one more match to go.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

FALL, RISE, FALL OF INDIAN CRICKET


You can’t quite blame the ICC for scheduling this ‘Champions of Champions 2011’ sort of tournament in India. Their timing couldn’t have been better, technically, with the country newly crowned World Champions. Sadly, the Indian Cricket team seems to have played a cruel joke on the Cricket Governing body- duly getting slaughtered in England, almost with a vengeance, for ICC’s repeated rejection of their UDRS objections. And ultimately, once again, in a twisted way- the BCCI is having the last laugh.


The stadiums are more than half-empty. Games that involve local teams like CSK, MI, RCB and KKR aren’t faring any better either. Here is what I hope, rather than gather: The public finally seems to have woken up to the detrimental effect that T20, as a form of cricket, is having on the long-term future of Indian cricket.

To put it mildly, we are in tatters. Couldn’t come at a better time if you’re an optimist, because India has four full years to rebuild, re-develop and reform. The title will still be ours, but we can’t help but think:Was it really worth it?

No IPL Auction For Ganguly, To Play For PWI Directly


The common question on everyone`s mind is does Sourav Ganguly have to go to the IPL auctions on 4th February or will he play for Pune Warriors without having to go for the auctions. And after the terrible experience in the last auctions, most Sourav Ganguly fans would love to avoid the auction part.
So its confirm now that the players who were replacement players in the last IPL like Ganguly & Gayle, can sign up with those teams only if they mutually agree! So, if Pune Warriors and DADA agree, then DADA can play for PWI!!!
According to the new rules, the Team that these players played for in IPL 4, have the first rights of refusal of the player & only of they reject the player, he will go into the auctions.
So, we can confirm you the news, that yes, Sourav Ganguly will not enter the IPL auctions & will simple sign a contract of mutual agreement with PWI & play for them. 
Earlier, Gayle has already done the same thing, and has signed the contract with RCB to play IPL 5 in red & gold.
So rest assure Ganguly fans, the Maharaj is all set to take the IPL 5 full on.

Why Sourav Ganguly is one of India’s Greatest Test Batsman ever ?

Do you know, Sourav Ganguly has been the most consistent Indian Test Cricketer in the last 15 years ? Yes, it’s not Mr. Dependable Rahul Dravid, but a certain Sourav Ganguly, and its not be but a certain set of stats that prove it. Sourav Ganguly is the only Indian Cricketer in the last 15years, to have a consistent test average of 40+ throughout his career. The great Rahul Dravid, had 5 such occasions, yes 5 when his test average was below 40.



Best Quotes on Sachin Tendulkar

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Sachin Tendulkar's Proudest Moment

Sachin Tendulkar said 2011 World Cup triumph was the proudest moment of his life as India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to capture the "ultimate" prize. "I couldn't have asked for more," said Tendulkar". 

"Winning the World Cup is the ultimate thing. It is the proudest moment of my life. It shows it is never too late.

I thank my teammates who were fabulous. I could not really hold back my tears. These are happy tears so I don't mind crying." 


Virat Kohli said the victory was a fitting tribute to Tendulkar. "This goes out to all the people of India. Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It was time we carried him." 

Gautam Gambhir, who played a key role with the bat in making 97 off 122 balls, said the win was a gift to his great teammate Sachin Tendulkar from the entire squad. "All credit for this win should go to Tendulkar. We were all playing for him, this trophy is for him." 


Little Tendulkar, on his part, thanked each of his team-mates and the support staff including polar explorer Mike Horn. I would like to thank the support staff especially Mike Horn who joined us at the start of the tournament and was there for our last couple of games" He worked on the mental side and has helped us deal with the expectations and pressure.

The team stuck together in the rough phases and proved people wrong who doubted our ability. Self-belief has been always there but in the last two years, we have been very consistent.

"It's been great honour to be part of this team. Thanks to (coach) Gary (Kirsten) and Paddy Upton (mental conditioning expert)." 

Milestones Set By Sachin Tendulkar

1988


As a schoolboy scores a century in every innings he plays, including a then record partnership for a Lord Harris Shiled inter-school match of 664 with his friend Vinod Kambli.

On December 11 (aged 15 years and 232 days) makes 100 not out on his first-class debut for Mumbai against Gujarat, the youngest player to score a century on his first-class debut.


1989


Becomes the youngest player to play at Test level for India, at just 16 years and 205 days. It was against Pakistan in Karachi.


1990



Becomes the second youngest player to score a Test century when he hits a match-saving 119 on India’s tour of England at the age of 17 years and 112 days. He finished the series with an average of 61.25.