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Terrorists attacking IPL?

Hizbul Operative Baba now in Gujrat anti- terrorism squad, had planned to blow of the game recently in Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.

But his plans all got off because of heavy security and personnels in the stadium that has urged him to attack less protected areas like clubs.

However, that diabolical scheme, too, came unstuck because the police had intercepted phone calls made between Baba and his handlers. Extensive security arrangements were later made at the club, particularly on the eve of Holi.

Some sources has said the he used to call his commander with someone else’s mobile that belonged to Dr.Shah.

Baba was told to carry out a complete reconnaissance of the Motera stadium, which he managed to accomplish.

However, sources said that he was unnerved by the heavy police presence during the India-South Africa cricket match and decided to change the plan.

Police Inspector there had told:

A late night security drill was undertaken around the Sports Club after receiving a specific input about a terror threat. Some officials, however, said that the drill was a routine affair.

Thanks DNA paper

Stage opened for Newbies

Even though India lost Yesterday’s match, no one from the Indian side was sad. Thats because there was no Normal players in the team.

DK, VIjay, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Yusuf, Raina, Jadeja, Sree, Tyagi and Mithun were yesterday’s 11 on the field.

No Sach, Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, Bhajji, Ashish, Praveen and Zak.

So it was a real test for the newbies and other players to cement their places in the team for the World Cup next year.

With major players missing out, the bench strength was tested and it really proved to be weak.

The bowling department struggled especially the newbies Tyagi and Mithun went wicket less. Sree too did not bowl like the senior in the bowling department.

India should test out different opening pairs if the trio of Gambhir, Sehwag and Sachin misses out. Yes, the openers also were tested it proved a failure. Vijay did not capitalize on his start, DK perished soon.

The boys in the middle order were too tested as the openers were back in the hut soon. Rohit and Virat put on a good partnership but did not make it into centuries.

There was a controversy on Rohit’s selection because of his poor run. But, he made an effort to cement his place but was not successful enough. When he was about to make a fifty, he try some cheeky shots to lose his wicket.

Even Yusuf Pathan was not a big hit in the tournament. One benefit of him is that he can hit far and his strike rate is more than 80. But the problem is he cannot stay for longer time.

When he is good touch hitting sixes and fours or had the right start, he tries to hit more and more runs, then gets out.

So, backup for the team is very weak. The same method should be followed for the upcoming Sri Lanka series in August and more lads should be sent to the Island.

Tendu, Viru and Bhajji given a rest

Since the Indians have taken the Micromax Mobile Cup, they seriously are going to experiment in the third and final ODI against South Africa in Ahemedabad by implementing some young lads into the squad.

The selectors have given a rest to the Almighty Sachin Tendulkar(u might be thinking what???). Wished he played and scored another century. Virender Sehwag too has been rested alongside Harbhajan Singh.

So, There will be a new pair of openers for the last one day because Viru and Tendu is rested.

And, Gauti, Yuvi and Zak are not been included in the side as they have not yet recovered from the injury.

Rookie Pacer Abhimanyu Mithun and Tamil Nadu player Murali Vijay have been included in the side.

Vijay and Karthik, both the Tamil Nadu mates will open the innings for the Indian team.

Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Murali Vijay, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sudeep Tyagi, S Sreesanth, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Abhimanyu Mithun and Ashish Nehra

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar- 200 not out!

24th February, Wednesday, 2010 was the date The Maestro created history and made every Indian proud.

Sachin Tendulkar- The god of Cricket makes history!

Superb, Fantastic, Excellent, Outstanding are some
of the words which describes The God.

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, The God of Cricket        makes  history on Wednesday, 24th February, 2010 in  Captain Roop Stadium in Gwalior with a breathtaking inning scoring 200 runs and not.

Perhaps, no one would have thought in the start of innings that he will score the first double century and become the highest scorer in a match.

Sachin! Sachin! Sachin! All the way.

People would have been cursing MS Dhoni who was aiming to take the score to 400 runs and did not give strike to Tendulkar in the end overs.

He scores 200 mighty runs in just 147 balls to prove that he is the God of Cricket.

Everybody’s hearts would have been in their mouth when he was for the first time in his life in nervous 190s.

But, as everyone wanted, he went on to score the double ton. Everyone stood and cheered the Master Blaster on his maiden double ton in jam packed crowd in Gwalior.

His inning of 200 runs in 147 balls consisted of 25 fours and 3 sixes. Making it 118 runs in boundaries.

Sachin Tendulkar has not only made the Indians proud but all the fans of Cricket.

Hats off the this almighty.

Raina, Sreesanth and Karthik in for Eden test

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, after seeing the shameful performance by the Indian team in the first test which ended today, have made three major changes to the Squad for the second test match which is starting on 14th, just a 4 day gap.

Wriddhiman Saha, the Bengal keeper who played a cameo role of 36 runs has been replaced one of the most experienced wicket keeper of India, Dinesh Karthik.

The Tamil Nadu Skipper was dropped and Saha was surprisingly selected ahead of him. But now again Karthik is recalled. Everything happening is strange!

The Veteran batsman, VVS Laxman though has not recovered from his injury so he is not picked up. Rohit Sharma was a selected as a cover for Laxman, had suffered a ankle injury just before the start of first test is been replaced by the One Day batsman, Suresh Raina.

The Seamers Sudeep Tyagi and Abhimanyu Mithun have been axed from the side.

S Sreesanth who had suffered an hamstring during the Bangla tour has recovered from his injury and he has been included in the side for the Kotla test.

SQUAD FOR EDEN TEST:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt)

Virender Sehwag

Gautam Gambhir

Murali Vijay

Sachin Tendulkar

VVS Laxman

S. Badrinath

Harbhajan Singh

Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan

S.Sreesanth

Ishant Sharma

Pragyan Ojha

Dinesh Karthik

Suresh Raina

I have found strange decisions made by the selectors:

  • Selection of Dinesh Karthik

First of all why was Saha selected.?

As a backup for Dhoni ahead of Karthik. No one thought he would get a chance. But luckily he got. Now, he was selected as a backup and as a debutant, he did what he could do.

Now why is Karthik selected?

Saha should have been given another chance. If you would drop him, then why did you pick him? Its stupid selection.

  • Abhimanyu Mithun dropped-

First of all, why was he selected?

The selectors say that youngsters need a opportunity and so on. But it is sure that he won’t get a chance. Then why did they pick him?

Even Tyagi was simply picked! Ok, I accept he was a backup.

Ok. Now, Instead of Mithun a batsman could be selected.

  • Selection of Raina

Even though, Raina is a kind of experienced played, it is not great to debut a batsman in a important series.

So, there is likes of Wasim Jaffer. He is a great test class batsman. He has loads of talent and he has represented the Indian side.

So, its totally a kind of OK selection!

South Africa win!

Its indeed a great performance by the South African bowler Dale Steyn and both the test batsman Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla. Its a shame for a No.1 for best defeated by a inning and following on.

The result was obviously known a day back when India were struggling at 220-7. But although, today The Indian batsmen put a very good fight. They closed in all just were short of 6 runs to avoid innings defeat which would have saved some pride.

But, all has gone now. We can pat the backs of the South Africans. Meanwhile, it is my duty to elaborate on my team and some of the good performances by them.

First of all, Tendulkar’s hundred. He was the performer of the Day in India’s point of view. The master of cricket is always there to save a match for India.

He tried doing so but in the process there was not enough support for the Maestro. His hundred came under heavy pressure. It was even more than Blaise Pascal’s pressure capacity.

Hmm, Tendulkar is great doing that. But he tried his best. No support in the other end couldn’t make his efforts successful.

Dhoni gave him a partnership but that was not enough. Badrinath’s role too was small.

I was amazed with the batting of new Lad Wriddhiman Saha who missed out of a half century.

He tried his best to save the day as he scored a 36 runs. He had good support from Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan with whom he had 50 run partnerships.

Harbhajan played as if it was a One Day game. He soon got out for an Leg before scoring a cameo of 39 runs.

Zaheer’s support was excellent. He his 2 sixes in the process. It looked so that he would go on to score a fifty but was in a urgent and gave away his wicket cheaply.

As said, when a wicket falls other wickets start to fall. This happened so when Steyn came back to bowl. First Saha fell for a LBW, then the last wicket Amit Mishra.

At Last, India fell short by 6 runs to avoid innings defeat. Hope this never happens in Eden Gardens.

India perish for 223, Proteas enforce follow on

Its not that kind of batting that a World No.1 Team should have. With South Africa scoring 558 and declaring, India needed a minimum of 400 runs so that they can stay alive in the test. But, all expected became the reverse.

Resuming the innings, the Hosts started of at 25-0, but soon Gautam Gambhir perished for only 12 runs knocking a out going ball. This started the South African Proceedings, as Murali Vijay too fell just adding 4 runs to the total and bowler of a superb in-swinger which he had left.

Tendulkar, too didn’t add much to the total who added seven runs and perished of a outside edge. India were struggling at 56-3.

Rightly, the Indian middle order was exposed as Badrinath, Dhoni and only Saha were yet to come. But, the Debutant Badrinath played superb cricket. He is a great find for the Indian test team who will surely cement his place ahead of Yuvraj if he given many opportunities like this.

The Sehwag-Badrinath combine that had bailed India out in the second hour of the first session couldn’t quite carry on the good work through the post-lunch session. After scripting a perfect counter-attack and going on to score a blazing century, Sehwag perished to a loose shot.

However, debutant S Badrinath and captain MS Dhoni ensured that there was no more damage and took India to tea at 221 for 4.

But, after the tea it was disastrous. Unexpected things happened. What do you expect a team to do from 221 for 4? You won’t think this that India would perish for 233 losing 6 wickets in 41 balls.

THAT really happened and the pick of the bowlers was Dale Steyn who scripted his best bowling performance taking 7-51.

After tea, immediately Dhoni fell. It was unlucky dismissal for Dhoni and whoever sees it would feel sad of him. Paul Harris did the trick pitching on the foot marks in the leg side.

Adding one run after Dhoni’s dismissal, Badrinath too fell in a cheeky fashion. Then tumbling started, first W.Saha for a duck, then Zaheer, Mishra and finally Harbhajan Singh.

A world class team to fall from 221-4 to 233-10 is bad isn’t it?

Maybe the team is lacking the batting of Dravid and Laxman. This happens when there are no good reserves who are ready to take the position.

India were asked to follow on by Greame Smith and they did so. The were trailing by 235 runs after been all out.

After scoring one run, Gambhir fell clean bowled to Morkel. Sehwag bashed 16 runs and he fell to Steyn.

Tenmdulkar and Vijay had pressure more that 251% to save the test match. Till now they have been doing so scoring runs in snail’s pace. 66/2 in 23 overs of play. 2 runs per over is great to save the test!

Amla’s double ton powers Proteas to 558

Surely, the visitors are holding the driver’s seat in this game as Hasim Amla and Jacques Kallis continued their brilliant partnership. Kallis soon got out within half an hour but Hashim Amla’s 11 hour stand facing 473 balls and scoring 253 not out ensured the total of 558 for 6 when Greame Smith told enough and declared the inning.

With the three overs remaining in the day, the Indians were asked to bat it out to save their wickets and both the Delhi Dashers did so scoring 25 brisk runs in a span of 3 overs.

The Indian Middle order will be tested tomorrow as the South Africans have managed a great 558.

Amla marathon performance was superb as he sent out a strong word to Indians telling that don’t ever be casual of out side. The bearded Visitor’s class was superb and his timing excellent as the Indian bowlers were struggling to take his wicket.

AB De Villiers too supported him at the other end scoring 53 to add to the 4th wicket Partnership but failed to continue as he was holed by Sehwag’s spinning delivery chipping it to the point fielder.

Duminy, couldn’t find his form as he fell for a Leg before for just nine runs walking back to the hut. But Boucher supported the Double Centurion almost till the end scoring a cameo but fell to Zaheer Khan.

As Amla scored his 250, Greame Smith declared the innings.

It was another great day for the Visitors who rattled India.

Kallis and Amla lead The Proteas!

The World Championship of Cricket started in Nagpur’s VCA Stadium today. The South Africans won the toss and chose to bat. India’s most experienced bowler Zaheer Khan struck both the openers home. First Ashwell Price went for a duck attempting for a shot. Next was amazing as the Proteas Captain, Greame Smith was clean bowler for 6. They were 6-2, but it went on to score 291 for 2 at Stumps, Day One.

Dhoni’s logic of not attacking the new batsmen was wrong and because of that they had freedom to settle. Instead of Bowling Zaheer, he opted for Part timer Sehwag. That caused all the havoc for the Indians.

Both Amla and Kallis continues for a great 285 partnership. Both of them scored centuries. 

Kallis played with greater poise and authority in the second session. He negotiated both medium-pacers and spinners with equal felicity.

Every time the two seamers chose the corridor of uncertainty, Kallis chose to shoulder arms. The ones going down the leg side was dispatched with disdain.

He batted impressively against both Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra. He smothered the spin with soft hands and read Mishra’s surprise googlies well. The two spinners did bowl occasional loose balls and Kallis invariably pounced on them.

The 34-year-old veteran paced his innings with extraordinary care and resilience and carved out a chanceless century to rescue his team. He peppered his fine innings with 13 fours and 2 sixes.

Lets see what happens tomorrow! Probably, The Africans won the day except for the first session.

THANKS, CRICKET NIRVANA

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