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Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Domestic cricket — the sacred cow on the chopping block

Domestic cricket — the sacred cow on the chopping block

CHANDIGARH: Known for his all-round skills, DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, cricketer Amrit Lubana has been selected in the Indian schools cricket team (under-16 level), which will participate in an upcoming tournament featuring colts from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The 16-year-old impressed one and all in the recently held Coca Cola Cricket Cup held in Mumbai. Though DAVSSS-8 didn't even reach the semifinals, Lubana was one marked for the future. He was among the 27 players picked up to attend a seven-day special coaching clinic that was conducted by Anthony Adams, the head coach of Cricket Indian Academy.

Following an intensive training week with the best of cricketing talent from different schools of the country, the final team was announced and Lubana found his name in the 15-man squad.

"I was expecting a call. It was good tournament (the U-16 Coca Cola Cricket Cup) for me with both the bat and the ball. In the coaching camp too, I had specifically concentrated on improving my technique. I guess the selectors were impressed with my performance in both the camp and the tournament," Lubana said. Former India cricketers Chetan Sharma and Vijay Bhardwaj were among the selectors who had to take the final call. In the under-16 tournament, Lubana had smashed a brilliant century against the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai. He had scored 124 runs off mere 59 deliveries, which naturally caught the eye of many former cricketers. The youngster considers that knock to be his best ever.

"The ball was nicely coming onto the bat and I took my chances, which came off in the end. At this level that is one innings that I'll cherish forever," Lubana reflected.

It's not just his batting but Lubana also has an added dimension to his skill set. He is a handy medium-pacer and is the man with the golden arm, having knocked a few over with his tight bowling.

From the current set of Indian cricketers, Lubana's favourite is Virender Sehwag, who is currently donning the colours of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. The youngster is backing his idol to come good and once again be a force to reckon with. "Sehwag is one of the best cricketers India has ever produced. I am sure he can make a comeback into the team," the 16-year-old feels.

Indian cricket will not regulate itself until forced

Indian cricket will not regulate itself until forced

DOMESTIC cricket, ‘the sa
cred cow’ of Pakistan’s first-class and limited-overs games, is now being brought on to the chopping block on the pretext of revamping the existing system which uniquely has both the regional and commercial organisations competing for more than five decades, producing some of the finest cricketers of the world.
The idea of eliminating the commercial organisation teams and asking their stakeholders to back and sponsor the regional teams and thus raise the level of the competition has neither the merits nor the vision, and all those who have Pakistan cricket dear to their hearts would vouch that this is no less than a recipe for disaster.
It was Abdul Hafeez Kardar, the first Pakistan Test captain, who initiated the need to allow the commercial concerns to form their own teams and participate alongside the regional and district teams to unearth talent from every nook and corner of the country, knowing fully well that just the limited number of regional teams will be unable to have the supply chain to sustain an international outfit like Pakistan.
Kardar, also having first-hand knowledge of the game in Pakistan and having seen the plight of the cricketers at all levels, had floated the idea so that youngsters playing the game would also have secured jobs, a career and with it cricket. And then the same players would act as the lifeline for the national teams. He had in mind the state of the economy of the country and its urgent demands well in focus.
As a result, the game spread and the standard went up. The players who emerged took up the challenge and proved their mettle while taking on the international teams. Previously, the game was restricted to only Karachi and Lahore from where most of the Test cricketers came. But by the introduction of banks, airline and other teams from the commercial organisations, the domestic competitions became not only intense and competitive but also the number of matches increased substantially.
Most of the cricketers who made their names at international level after the 1960s were the products of the system which Kardar introduced. That included such big names of Pakistan cricket as Wasim Bari, Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Raja, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Mudassar Nazar, Iqbal Qasim, Abdul Qadir, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Mohsin Khan, Moin Khan, Saleem Yousuf, Rashid Latif, Salim Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and many more of the modern time had all emerged having played in that system.
This is another matter that those responsible to run the game at board level failed in their duty to cement the system further and on a professional scale.
When I played for Sindh (Sind as it was spelt then), South Zone and Hyderabad from the middle of the fifties to early 1960s there were only six or seven teams and only two or three matches we could play in a year and that included even the Test players of great stature like Hanif Mohammad and Fazal Mahmood.
Only a handful turned up to watch those greats. Grounds and stadiums remained empty. There were neither supporters nor any sponsors. While playing for Sind and Hyderabad I was getting ten rupees a day and was put in ramshackle hotels in Karachi when playing against them in the metropolis.
We can see the difference now that the players are well employed, have a decent salary and a chance to get to the top.
Having played at first-class level and being privileged to have seen first-class cricket of every cricket playing country except Bangladesh, I have the first-hand knowledge of how regional teams are supported at first-class level.
Only a handful turn up to watch and mostly those especially in county cricket come to have a drink inside the premises of the ground because the bars outside have a opening and closing time and therefore no facilities to enjoy the amber nectar. Same is the case in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and other countries. Only limited over games attracted people then and more so now.
The PCB is ill-advised about the whole thing and if they think that commercial organisations, having lost their teams, would back the regional teams for long then they are grossly mistaken. Why should they? They would instead spend on big bill-boards and hoardings to sponsor lucrative returns rather than sponsoring regions which from the time immemorial have always been accused of mismanagement, corruption and nepotism in team selection.
More than that, in this day and age there is even greater chance of the regional teams being bribed and lured into match-fixing.
I think the PCB officials should think twice about the whole thing and should only have competent people advising them about it before jumping to conclusion and then later regret.
Don’t shoot your own foot and don’t bite the hand that has fed and sustained the game for the good of every one.
Royal Challengers look for the up elevator

Royal Challengers look for the up elevator

Match facts
April 28, 2014
Start time 1830 local (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Big Picture
A team wanting to make it to the knockout stage of the IPL can only afford a few horror matches in the season. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already had a couple of them, one after the other, early in their season. A campaign that started with encouraging wins now needs to shake off the bad inertia. It can only be a good thing that they face Kings XI Punjab, the strongest team on current form, next; win this and get the anaesthetic you need to numb the wounds from last two losses.

It doesn't sound easy and it's going to be even more difficult in reality. After two good wins, question marks have now been pasted all over on Royal Challengers' batsmen. It now seems that only the inclusion of Chris Gayle can perk the team up. However, there is still no conclusive news on his fitness. Irrespective of Gayle's availability, the rest of the batsmen, especially the middle order, will need to shrug off the uncertainty that has set in. Royal Challengers' bowling is better placed at the moment and they are likely to bring back the impressive Varun Aaron after resting him from the previous game.

Kings XI would have been extremely satisfied with their win against Kolkata Knight Riders. First time in the tournament, their batting came under pressure with the early exits of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, but their bowlers responded with sustained intensity. Mitchell Johnson has said that he is slowly finding his best after missing out on cricket for a month due to a toe infection and that gives the attack a well-rounded look. Johnson fires it quick, Sandeep Sharma likes to nip it around, L Balaji loves bowling those legcutters and Akshar Patel's left-arm spin is gaining traction.

Watch out for
One thing is for sure that the moment Yuvraj Singh steps out, George Bailey is going to unleash Mitchell Johnson on him. Rewind to October 2013 to trace the beginnings of Yuvraj's slide. Johnson served up a 150-plus short ball to send Yuvraj back for 7 in an ODI in Pune. Another short ball in Mohali and Yuvraj edged it to fall for a first-ball duck. In Nagpur, Yuvraj expected the short ball, but left a mighty gap between the pad and the bat to be bowled for a two-ball duck. Life hasn't smiled at Yuvraj since then (except on the IPL auction day) and Johnson is no happy news.

AB de Villiers did score an unbeaten 45 in Royal Challengers' second win but his last two outings are a cause for concern for his team. Against Knight Riders, he, along with Yuvraj, let the game drift away to the last over before being dismissed, albeit to an exceptional catch by Chris Lynn. Against Rajasthan Royals, he walked in early in the third over in a scenario that should have allowed him enough time to build. Instead, he fell for a duck playing a loose shot to an innocuous delivery. His patchy form seems to have extended from the World T20 where he managed a single half-century. With their campaign floundering a bit, Royal Challengers need the cushion of the old de Villiers.

Stats and trivia
The batsmen from Kings XI and Royal Challengers, along with Delhi Daredevils, have hit the most centuries - five each. The last of them was a 38-ball 101 by David Miller, against Royal Challengers
Virender Sehwag's 37 in the match against Knight Riders was his highest score from his last 13 IPL innings
Monday, 28 April 2014
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McCullum enjoying batting with 'intelligent' Smit

Chennai Super Kings went into the IPL season with a fresh opening pair in Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith. So far, the two have responded with starts of 123, 23, 35, 11 and 85. McCullum said he was enjoying batting with Smith, and added that despite their aggressive styles, they were complementing each other, which MS Dhoni had pointed out earlier.
"It is great to bat with him because he is so powerful and has a lot of options in his batting," McCullum told the tournament website. "He is a very intelligent cricketer as well. I enjoy how wise a head he has about his game. He has certainly shown his experience in this format of the game. We seem to have a good rapport and get a good partnership going. We are pretty lucky that both of us hit the ball and hit it in different areas. I saw a comment from our captain earlier in the week when he said that Smith and I don't compete against each other but we complement each other, which is nice to have in an opening partnership."
McCullum said that the team management also had a role to play in the pair's success. "The captain and the coach have complemented our abilities to play our games. They don't want us to be too aggressive, but just play the style of cricket which has got us to where we are in world cricket at the moment. It is always nice to get a leadership team like that to give the confidence to go out and play. What we have seen are reasonably aggressive starts from us, which are in character with how we are as players. We are not trying to be what we are not; we are just trying to play our natural game."
Modified action helping Mohit
Mohit Sharma has tweaked his action on the advice of India bowling coach Joe Dawes and that has helped him increase his speed, according to his coach Vijay Yadav. Mohit has taken eight wickets at an economy-rate of 6.69 so far in the IPL and is behind only Sunil Narine at the moment.
"He has made a slight technical change," Yadav, also a former India wicketkeeper, told Mail Today. "His hand used to go back a little more and because of that his body used to form a big arch. But now that arch has been reduced a bit, after his ankle injury, and due to this the load on his back is also less. Mohit told me he is more comfortable now and in the IPL I have noticed that his speed has also improved."
Vijay targets consistency
M Vijay wants to be more consistent with his batting. The Delhi Daredevils opener had an underwhelming start to the season before he made 52 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 40 against Mumbai Indians. "I am working on that aspect," Vijay said. "As far as my batting is concerned, I have been batting well. Once I get consistency in my batting, I will get going. I have been batting pretty well in the domestic season and have been hitting the ball really well. I just want to carry forward my good form to this IPL season."
Vijay said he should have finished the chase of 126 against Mumbai Indians after leading his side to 79 for 1. "I should have won the match from there. There was no pressure on the team and on myself. I knew the batsmen coming in would find it difficult. I will try and finish the next game for the Daredevils."
Parnell waits for his opportunity
Wayne Parnell, the Delhi Daredevils fast bowler, has said his time away from the South Africa side has taught him to be patient and capitalise when he gets the opportunity. Parnell made his Test debut in early 2010 but had to wait another four years for his next match in the longest format. "Over the last 12 to 16 months, after being out of the national team, I went back to domestic cricket and put up some decent performances to get back into the South African side," Parnell said. "I have also learnt to wait for my chances and do well for the team when I do get a chance. You have the likes of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn in the pace attack for South Africa, and for me as a young guy, I have to hang in there and perform well when I am required
 Wirral Cricket Club 3 all out in 'freak performance

Wirral Cricket Club 3 all out in 'freak performance

It is every batsman’s worst fear: stepping on to the field only to be dispatched for a duck.
A “freak performance” by Wirral Cricket Club saw almost the entire team bowled out for ducks, however, scoring just three runs.
Only the eleventh man managed to mark the scoresheet, with the remaining two runs given as leg byes.
Wirral captain Pete Clewes, said: “It was just a freak performance.
“We bowled well. We fielded well. We bowled them out for 108, and we were feeling perfectly confident when we went into bat, but for some reason we all just batted atrociously. It was extraordinary.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
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Anderson benefitting from Zaheer, Kumble

Anderson turns to Zaheer, Kumble for tips
Corey Anderson has said that Zaheer Khan and Anil Kumble had provided him with advice and support on bowling and facing up to spinners. Anderson was purchased by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 4.5 crore ($ 750,000) in the auction and has so far scored just 59 runs from three games in his debut season.
The allrounder, who bowls left-arm medium-pace is yet to pick up a wicket, however, and he has turned to Zaheer Khan for advice.
"I have spoken to Zak a few times and he is a master in what he does. He is so good to have in the team and him specially being a left-armer obviously helps," Anderson told "At the moment my bowling is not coming out quite like I would want to but I guess it is just the beginning."
Kumble, meanwhile, has been helping Anderson prepare for the challenge of playing spin on friendly tracks and Anderson says the experience of facing quality spinners in this tournament will also help him in international cricket.
"He [Kumble] has been of great help. Facing quality spinners in the competition is of massive help. I am playing some of the best spinners in the world," he said. "I also face quality spinners in the nets and this will definitely help me to play spin bowling better in the matches to come."
'Still trying to learn' - Hilfenhaus
Chennai Super Kings' Ben Hilfenhaus has said that working with younger bowlers like Ishwar Pandey and Mohit Sharma helped him learn and improve in the IPL.
"In this game you are always learning. I am still trying to learn things and you never know everything about this game," Hilfenhaus said. "Sometimes by actually thinking about their game or my game I learn in the process. Hopefully I continue to keep improving and go from there."
The Australian pacer also praised the two Indian bowlers: "They both are developing really well and they have stood up in the first initial days of the tournament and done well."
Friday, 25 April 2014
Ipl 6 schedule 2013

Ipl 6 schedule 2013

AB De Villiers sixes in IPL 5 2012 Video-47 Runs(17 balls)

AB De Villiers sixes in IPL 5 2012 Video-47 Runs(17 balls)

MS Dhoni Longest six in IPL 5 2012

MS Dhoni Longest six in IPL 5 2012

MS Dhoni Longest six in IPL 5 2012 
MS Dhoni Hits Biggest Six(104 Meters) in IPL-5 against Pune Warriors India.

MS Dhoni Longest six in IPL
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Chris Gayle Longest six in IPL 5 2012 Video

Chris Gayle Longest six in IPL 5 2012 Video