Friday, August 10, 2012
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In IPL Auctions which took place on last weekend, Gautam Gambhir was sold for 11.04 crore, Out of form and out of India’s WC probable team Irfan Pathan was sold for 8.6 crore and Australian Domestic Player Daniel Christian went for more than 4 crores. But the main highlight of the auction was that former Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Sourav Ganguly remained unsold as he did not find any takers in IPL Auctions.
Sourav Ganguly, who retired from International Cricket in November 2008, played all the 3 seasons of IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and led the side in the 1st and the 3rd edition. KKR is the only side which has not played semi final of the IPL. The team played well in the season 3 but could not make it to the semis because of the net run rate. But Sourav Ganguly’s performance was good and he was the highest run scorer for his side by scoring 493 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.93 and with the strike rate of 118.66. He scored more runs than the players like Mahela Jayawardene whoc scored 2 centuries in IPL-3, Andrew Symonds, Saurabh Tewary, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa etc. But Cricket is a team game and an individual can’t win a game for you evetrytime. The same thing happened at KKR as Ganguly did not get enough support from his other team mates. Well some might say that strike of 118.66 is not good but it is wrong because when you have the players like Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, David Hussey, Manoj Tewary, etc a team needs someone who can play steadily at the other hand. I feel that as of now he is a better T20 player than Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and even Mohammad Kaif. I am sure his exclusion from the IPL is not because of the Cricketing Reasons.
One of the owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders and the one who thinks that he is the face of the IPL, Shahrukh Khan has said that he will find a good role for Dada in Kolkata Knight Riders. I don’t know about the supporters outside Kolkata, but in Kolkata people support KKR because of Sourav Ganguly and not because of SRK. If KKR has registered maximum number of merchandise selling, that is because of Sourav and not because of Shahrukh. May be ego clash between SRK and Dada could have caused this as both of them carries King’s attitude but SRK should not have interfered because Ganguly has a better cricketing mind than SRK. Some say that Sourav has not played Cricket for a year now and that could be the reason but he did play in one of the Ranji matches and was supposed to play in the shorter format of the domestic games. Even the players like Chris Gayle and Sanath Jayasurya remained unsold but that is because of availability issues and because of being foreign player. Even the former Indian captain Kapil Dev has said “Lot of other reasons are there. I don't think merely on cricketing basis, he is not there. It's not on purely cricketing basis (his exclusion),".He also said “I always felt that Ganguly should be the captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders otherwise he should not be playing. Because of his nature, commitment, determination and the way he works with the team or what he did to the Indian team, this all makes a lot of difference.” I guess all these things mentioned here suggest that Dada’s exclusion is not because of the cricketing reasons. He still has to offer to the team in IPL.
If anyone still doubts, I guess he or she doesn’t need to check his bating statistics but watch the 2 spectacular catches that he had taken in last year’s IPL.
Friday, January 7, 2011
If Graham Onions is in IPL auction, he should choose his reserve price on the basis of per kg. He stands to make a lot more that way :-). Well this there are not only more players than before but there are now 10 Franchisee as well. All of them will be fighting out at Bangalore on this weekend to bag the players of their choices.
The franchisees had the option to retain the four players of their choice but the team like Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab decided not to use this facility. But the other teams used this option.
Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, & Harbhajan Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne and Shane Watson
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag
Royal Challengers: Virat Kohli
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Albie Morkel
Well, some would say that MI should have retained Zaheer Khan but they could not as the teams had the option to retain 4 players only but they would be trying desperately to buy back Zaheer Khan. RR surprises everybody by not retaining T20 specialist and a superb performer in IPL Yusuf Pathan. That decision doesn’t look understandable to anyone. Daredevils also retained Sehwag only and did not retain captain Gambhir and inform A.B.Devilliers. Royal Challengers also surprised by not retaining the likes of Ross Taylor, Kallis, Kevin Pieterson and Dale Steyn. They have retained only Virat Kohli who might become the captain of the RCB as well. Chennai could have retained Muralitharan but they decided to retain Albie Morkel as he could have become and expensive. KKR, the only IPL team which is yet to make it o the semi-finals of IPL did not retain any player of the team. Well, Kolkata is a city which is driven by Sourav Ganguly may not support KKR if Dada doesn’t play in the team. SRK must be knowing this after IPL-2 fiasco. I personally think that KKR would buy Sourav Ganguly but it might be not as costly as 4.11 crores of rupees and Sourav Ganguly wont be a that costly buy. They also did not retain the players like Chris Gayle, McCullum, David Hussey and Angello Matthews. Deccan Chargers also did not retain players like Gilchrist, Gibbs, Symonds and Rohit Sharma. While Kings XI Punjab did not retain the players like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, and more importantly Yuvraj Singh.
There are many players for whom the top businessman would not hesitate to give any amount of money. These players are like Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, James Anderson, Mitchell Johnson, A.B.Devilliers, etc. Few of the teams would also be interested in buying the players like Sourab Ganguly, Jaques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brain Lara who is set to play in the IPL at the age of 41. I feel that Sahara Pune Warriors may show their interest in Sourav Ganguly because of his relationships with the top management of SAHARA Group. All the teams except Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Superkings will be looking to buy the players who can be effective leaders as well. Going by that the players like Ganguly, Graeme Smith, Gautam Gambhir, Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Daniel Vettori, etc will be in demand. T20 is not only about hitting 4s and 6s but it also requires technique so the players like Dravid, Collingwood, Styris, Kallis,etc will be in demand.
There is a total salary cap of USD 9 million (Rs. 45 crore) per team. But the teams that have retained any player(s) will have that limit reduced based on the price of players retained. So that means only Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, along with new entrants Pune and Kochi, can do a full monty.
The magnetism associated with cricket's biggest domestic extravaganza is set to have a newfound pull in the form of Caribbean charisma called Brian Lara. The 41-year-old batting legend has decided to mesmerize cricket lovers once again by being part of one of cricket's most captivating events. And what more, the West Indian run-machine is among 21 players having the highest base price of USD 4,00,000.
USD 4,00,000 base price
Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly.
USD 3,00,000 base price
Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews.
USD 2,00,000 base price
Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya.
USD 1,00,000 base price
Tamim Iqbal, R Ashwin, Morne Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus
My Darkhorses or Underdogs:
Alviro Pieterson, Dirk Nannes, David Hussey, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo, Graeme Swann, Eion Morgan, Tamim Iqbal.
The live telecast of the auction will be on SET MAX from 10 am.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Some experts are saying that
In the semi final They may face
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Pakistan came in to this tournament facing some tough and unusual situations. The team hardly played any cricket in the year.The team didn't do too well in the warm up games and in the group satge.But in the Super 8 round they won against Ireland and New Zealand. They faced South Africa,the favourites of the tournament in the semi-final and won against them. The final was against Srilanka against whom they lost in the Super-8 stage. But it was a new day. They forgot the past. They had some plans for every player of the oppsission team and they successfully implimented the plans. They believed in their selves and gave their 100% in the final and won the T20 World Cup at the Home Of Cricket at Lord's. Last time they almost clinched the victory from India at the Wanderers, Johannesburg but couldn't win. This time they didn't make even a single mistake in the final and became the World T20 Champions.
Pakistan taught the lesson that even in the T20 Cricket you need to play some sensible cricket and you need to get your basics right. Afridi and Malik batted very sensibly. They are the real champions. There is no doubt that the best team won the tournament.
Srilanka also played well in the tournament. Sangakkara led his side very well and played an excellent knock in the final but they couldn't win.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Indian team is looking strong,no doubt in that with some in form players like Raina,Rohit Sharma,RP Singh,Pragyan Ojha,etc. And we have few excellent players for this format of the game like Gambhir,Sehwag,Dhoni,Yuvraj,Pathan Bros.,etc. The team is looking very balanced. People also beilive that we have got very easy group in the group stage round. India is in group A withBngladesh And Ireland. But we should not forget these both sides created a major upset by beating India and Pakistan respectively. If this can happen in a 50 over game,they can rewrite the history in a T20 match.So India will have to play both the matches very seriously in group stage. There are other fine teams like Australia,South Africa,New Zealand,etc. India will have to face them in super 8 round. So its not going to be easy for the Indian team to retain the title.
If I have to pick a side as a favourite for the WC,it will be Australia. Many people are not considering Punter & Co. as a strong contenders for the tournament. According to me the Australians will give their more than 100% to win the tournament. Some players like Ponting,Mike Hussey,Shaun Marsh,Shanw Watson didn't play in the 2nd edition of IPL. I think that will help them as they have got enough rest and all the players are feet to play.
Their bowling attack will be led by Mitchell Johnson and it has become stronger as Brett Lee is back. Though David Hussey hasn't done well in the recent past I think he should be in the team as he can do the job with the bat and the ball and can be a trump card for the kangaroos. David Warner is also one of the player to watch out for. And Ricky "Punter" Ponting may come with some surprises.
If i have to rate my top 4 favourites teams to win the T20 WC 2009-England, the list will be like this :
1) Australia 2) South Africa 3) New Zealand 4) India
Saturday, April 18, 2009
One should not underestimate the Royal Challangers this time. The team is led by Kevin Pietersen and they have 5 South Africans in their squad,more than the any other side. 4 of them r Kallis,Boucher,Steyn,and Van Merve. Kallis will be the captain once KP leaves the team for his national duties. Other good foreign players like Chanderpaul,Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor are also very hand ful in this form of the game. Rahul dravid scored 371 runs in the last season.This time he's not the captain and wont be under pressure as he was in the last season. Kumble will also help the team with his flippers googlies and probably with his leg spinners.Praveen Kumar also swings the bowl and will get the help in south african conditions. Robin Uthappa is back in their side and might open the batting for them. Unfortunately Nathan Bracken is also not available this time.