December 7, 2010
Thanks largely to Franklin’s blitz, NZ have scored 315. Now this is bound to be a good contest.
Looking at the bowling stats for the match, Ashwin fared better than Zaheer Khan and Nehra while bowling to Franklin (despite two of those overs having come after over 43).
Bring it on, fellas!
September 24, 2010
A cracker of a semi final awaits today where Kumble’s Bangalore will take on Dhoni’s Chennai. While much has been said about Chennai on paper, they have exposed some chinks this tournament.
Bangalore’s batting on the other hand has been a bit off color. Add to that a Kallis-shaped-hole, and the balance gets affected. Apart from Kohli and Dravid, the batsmen have not really lived up to their names. Uthappa has been a yo-yo behind the stumps.
One expects to see a decent match between two evenly matched sides!
April 6, 2010
Kumble’s gamble of making three changes to the winning combination against Punjab, cost the Royal Challengers Bangalore dearly in their encounter against Delhi Daredevils. Dropping Steyn was not something I would have done, but Mithun compensated by getting Sehwag. Ross Taylor was not good enough on the day and neither has been Pietersen. There has been much hype about Pietersen being in the RCB camp. While KP is a great batsmen, he ins’t that much better than Dravid. Such being the case, RCB would have done better going with in-form Pandey. Furthermore Cameron White is best used as a substitute fielder. 🙂
RCB will have to get their socks up to maintain momentum and stop hoping Uthappa with hit a n 8 ball 22 when required.
March 20, 2010
This promises to be a cracker. Mumbai have won all that they have played and Bangalore the last two.
I would pip Bangalore here on momentum. But there are weaknesses, esp when batting first. Bowling has been traditionally good, going by last season’s standard; however this is India and the conditions in Mumbai may not be like last match’s Bangalore track. Kallis and Dravid are the staples, one can expect at least 60 from them put togather, if not more. Uthappa is a wild cracker – it may burst big or just fizzle out.
Mumbai have the Jayasuriya factor. Tiwary and Rayudu are also doing well. But the bowling can be suspect at time.
Can’t wait for 8pm.
March 14, 2010
Royal Challengers Bangalore will not have forgotten their first against KKR in the first edition’s opener. Yet, I would like to think they will be better prepared this time. There is no McCullum this time, but there is Pujara- the batting sensation from Saurasthra.
Factors against RCB – this edition is in India. You’ve got to be a flat track bully here to garner any respect. Judging by the recently concluded series against South Africa, the Saffers don’t seem to be in great form. This might play on RCB’s mind.
KKR are playing at home. Theywill have tremendous support. This is the Eden. It can be paradise if it is home and ruthlessly evil for the opponent. This will be fun to watch. As for me, I like both teams. May the better team win!
CSK will open their account against the DCs. I will watch this for CSK and will root for them; though I’m indifferent about them, I care a rat’s hind for the Deccan Chargers – so less that they didn’t even merit a mention in my indifferent list.
January 28, 2009
News of IPL swaps have been doing the rounds for a few weeks now. With the Pakistani players doubtful for IPL’s season 2, the franchises seem to be in tizzy to replace them.
Bangalore’s Royal Challengers has Misbah on the roster but seems to have found a replacement in Robin Uthappa, who it was tactlessly swapped for Zaheer Khan. Apparently, sport is something Mallya has trouble understanding, for Zaheer was among the better performers for BRC last year and is in the form of his life at the moment. If that isn’t tactless enough, Mallya apparently is looking to make a captain out of Karnataka boy Uthappa. While that might be a moderately successful marketing ploy to get the local crowds crooning “Uthappa, six bekappa“, it would be a bit strange to have the likes of Kallis and Boucher reporting to the kid who doesn’t feature in India’s ODI line up. Granted, it is not out of the ordinary to expect that Mallya wants current skipper Dravid replaced, Uthappa might not be the right choice either.
Mumbai have gained Zaheer at the cost of Nehra. They have also “gotten rid of” (if I may use the term) Uthappa, for whom they have a better replacement in the traded Delhi Daredevil batsmen Shikar Dhawan. There is still more to see before one toss the “smart” crown around, but Mumbai seem to be singing the smartest song thus far.
October 12, 2008
Allow me a humble celebration. I’ve wanted to when I completed one year of blogging, but the Sri Lanka series wasn’t going too well. So I waited for 20K hits, and I just passed it. I didn’t want to do this now, as the Aussie series is going on, but I found out today that I got on Bangalore Mirror’s Blog Park. So am doing this little party on an impulse.
Let me take this moment to thank my fellow bloggers and regular visitors Soulberry, Ottayan, Gaurav, Trideep, Scorpicity, Straight Points and Som who have all been providing insights here for close to a year now. You’ve all inspired me in more ways than one. Keep writing and keep visiting. Thanks also to some of the newer folks who’ve been visiting: Q (from Well Pitched), UTP, RS, Ankit, Abhist, NenoCricket, Ankit, Rahul, Apurv, Buzz, Kshitij (from Dravid fan’s blog) and Chris David. Thanks to other occasional visitors Homer, Isaac and just about anybody else who maybe lurking or passing by.
Every comment is just as exciting as the very first. Thanks a ton, folks.
I will not hog more space for myself on what has become a cricket blog. Cheers!