There are very events in the world which can topple the human heart and mind as easily as this year’s World cup… “First ball of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011..from Shafiul Islam to Virender Sehwag…smashed past extra cover and it’s a boundary…WHAT A BEGINNING !!… 1..2..3.. the cricket world cup has finally kicked off with a blast !! The most awaited and the first blockbuster event of the decade is finally here…Its most welcome anticipation across the globe, especially, in the fourteen participatin gnations of which four were associate nations. Two groups, group A and group B were to form seven teams each. Group A would have Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Canada battling it out. On the other side, Group B would consist of India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and Netherlands contesting strongly. Top four teams from each group would qualify for the first stage of knockouts – The Quarter finals. Read the rest of this entry
Well, you know much about this particular team- The Mumbai Indians. Not many players have changed but some very good guys have joined this already awesome troop.
Okay, lets just have a small recap of what happened to Ambanis’ team in the past season. The first season was anything and everything that they would have forgotten. Sachin Tendulkar’s injury, Harbhajan’s poor Captaincy and Sreesanth controversy, then Shaun Pollock taking the responsibility. Finally, they found some rhythm as Tendulkar returned back ending awful moments. But, sadly they didn’t reach the semifinals. 2009 was no way like Season 1. They got in some key players in the Auction and Transfer window and let out some unwanted players. To be very brief, they fared better than 2008 for sure, obviously. Season 3 of IPL is much to talk about and the finalists Team Mumbai. They played superbly with Sachin top scoring for them. Being the runner ups, they qualified and played the CLT20. Now, its time to watch one of the favourites in this season- Mumbai Indians. Read the rest of this entry
Finally, the Mega tournament of Cricket has arrived at its Destination. What comes out of this 43 day Voyage is the Excitement and Jingoism of some less than 1.2 billion Indian Population (Less than 1.2 billion because there are some Anti- Indian supporters who according to me should be chased out of the country) and apthy of other supporters who were disappointed at last.
The buzz was created all before the World Cup and the stage was set for Team India.Lets not dig into the failures of India, as being positive, as the World Champions, all the failures were overlapped by the mighty success, all of which mattered the most, at last.
True. This World Cup is for the Master Tendulkar. What a moment! The Extreme Moment of exultation, Team India filled with jubliance, the matter of Pride, the feeling of ecstasy on the faces, the time when Gary Kirsten became an Indian, the time when Sachin was carried all over the stadium and above all, Dream of a billion people coming true!
But, all of a sudden, we might have to turn our eye balls to some match fixing and money making in the business for the next 55 days. Yeah, the Indian Profit League kicks its mega “Money Making” journey soon on April 8th.
So, its time for us to enjoy non- stop Movie kind of Entertainment every day till May 28th. Don’t expect some Cricketing action going on, but some thing which takes away your time. Its not going to be like the World Cup what so ever, here is our IPL with no jingosim but a time where every dog will have its day, every Tom, Dick and Harry will get a chance score runs and take wickets. Nothing more! But yes, it is going to be good.
Some unknown players will play, New players will handle pressure, Match winners will be discovered and above all a team will be crowned to Champions. Along with all, money well be made. Enjoy the so called “Bharat Bandh”. May the best team playing win.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India have decided to send the Indian Cricketers to South Africa for the Test, T20 and ODI series well before the start of the series. This is in an intention so that the players get well to the South African conditions. Read the rest of this entry
We saw a lot of Wrong Decisions in the Match between India and Sri Lanka recently due to which India lost the game. So, we blame the Umpires for wrong decisions. But, it was available the Tri Series and because India did not want it, it was not used. So somehow India paid the price for not accepting the URDS system. Read the rest of this entry
The last game between India and Sri Lanka saw a very poor performance from the Indian Batsmen. Yuvraj Singh, the highest scorer, scoring 38 runs. When others score, Yuvraj doesn’t score, when Yuvraj scores, others don’t score. India without Sachin Tendulkar+ Gautam Gambhir totally rely upon Virender Sehwag only. Read the rest of this entry
The West Indies Cricket Board has made hell of surprises in the T World Cup squad. The yougies, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons who played a major role in domestic T20 tournaments for WI have not been chosen.
But, Veterans Shiv Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor made a comeback to the West Indies team.
Andre Fletcher who with his poor run has not been dropped from the squad. He will open along with the long stand Opener Chris Gayle. He will also be a reserve keeper for Dinesh Ramdin.
The Chief of the selectors said:-
Wavell Hinds has been recalled and he brings a wealth of experience. He is a knowledgeable cricketer and we believe can make a good contribution in the middle-order as well.
The strength is in the all-round ability of the team. Overall, we have a balanced side with good all-round strength. We want to prepare well, because good preparation leads to good results
We have Chris Gayle at the top of the order and he can be a match-winner. It is also good to have our experienced players in the middle-order – Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan – and this gives us strength in the batting.
We are confident our players will deliver on the home stage. If we play as a unit we have a very good chance of winning the ICC T20 World Tournament
Chris Gayle (Captain), Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor
Not a lot of New lads in the man squad for the Indian team. Newbies are named in it. Both Karnatakans and Royal Challengers, lone centurion of IPL , Manish Pandey and Bowler R Vinay Kumar have been given a chance.
Madhya Pradesh wicket keeper Naman Ojha too has been given a spot in the man probables for his superb form in domestic cricket.
The rest of the team has no debutans. Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Nayar and Sudeep Tyagi are the other young guys.
The final squad will be decided before the ICC Deadline given. The World Cup starts on April 30 to May 16 in 2 venues in West Indies.
Munaf Patel, RP Singh and Piyush Chawla who were unable to make in the recent Indian teams have been included in the Probables
Even though Zak, Gauti and Yuvi are injured, they are added to the probables as they will surely recover from the injury.
Here goes the squad—
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Sreesanth, Sudeep Tyagi, Rohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Wriddhiman Saha, Naman Ojha, Piyush Chawla, Abhimanyu Mithun, Manish Pandey, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin.