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Substantial Delhi Daredevils

The team which has seen a lot of ups and downs in terms of their core stability is Delhi Daredevils. With the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Nehra, and Mishra, Delhi started off their campaign in 2008 as one of the favorites to win the championship. However, they just fell short of a couple of steps to clinch the title.

To further strengthen the things next year, Delhi signs in Dirk Nannes the quicky from Australia. Under the leadership of Gambhir DD topped the table and yet again dropped short of their maiden championship title.

From 2010 until 2017, Delhi has faced a lot of criticism for not performing up to their standards. Reaching playoffs only once in a span of 8 years is a record that needs to be flushed down the gutter. 2012, was one of their successful seasons among the last eight, thanks to the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardena, and Ross Taylor. 

With Delhi having a capricious core, it was all up to the management to establish a steady and a solid core; and they have …

Homecoming of the Royals of Rajasthan

Ever heard of a team that always focused on the sub-continental flavors? Yes, it is the Rajasthan Royals. Just like its "Marwadi" thali, the franchise was known to produce local Indian talents and offer them to the domestic/International circuit.

Chronicles of RR:
RR was the only team to appoint a foreigner as a skipper in the inaugural IPL. To the surprise of everyone, they clinched the title and announced their arrival in style. Coming into the tournament as underdogs, another fascinating fact is that it was the least expensive franchise.
Shane Watson, Yusuf Pathan, Swapnil Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja and many other talents are the groomed products of Shane Warne during the inception of IPL.
RR then became a Hub of talents when our very own Rahul Dravid was roped into the squad in 2011. Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Dishant Yagnik, Karun Nair are some of the notable players who were benefited by his captaincy/mentorship; needless to say the value they bring to their respect…

Test 2, Day 2. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Day 2 starts off on a good note for the hosts as they bottle down the visitors for just 17 runs, in doing so they have given them a good chance to bat through the day and surpass the England score; meanwhile, Bairstow notches up his ton and heads back to the den.

Sun was out and shining brightly aiding the batsman by drying out the pitch and flattening it. Unlike the first test, England bowlers got the new ball talking this time even on a flattened deck assisted by some wind.

Kiwis bowed down to the lengths that Broad and Anderson bowled by giving them half of their side for 36. As the ball got softened and as pitch further flattened, Kiwi batsman tried to battle it out in the middle. Even though kiwis were unnerved by some impeccable short stuff from Wood, they managed to hang on.

As the day was progressing and England trying to use all the trades available in their arsenal, the Kiwi batsmen- de Grandhomme and Watling progressed along the way negotiating whatever is coming their way…

TEST 4, DAY 1. Wanderers, Johannesburg

With the Wanderers pitch being rated as poor by the ICC earlier this year during the match between South Africa and India; All eyes are now focussed on how it holds up during the course of this vital combat between South Africa and Australia.

Pitch wore a brown look than its usual green one, with some cracks being spotted on the pitch, it would be critical for the batsmen to get used to it. However, it was expected to speed up as the game proceeds. Bowlers have to get the right spots to pick up some early wickets to make inroads into the middle order.

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. Proteas have come with an unchanged squad, while the Aussies had to make some forced changes due to the aftermath of ball tampering, the two new openers are Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns, and the number 4 spot was picked up by Peter Handscomb and one surprising change was the inclusion of the 30-year-old debutant Chadd Sayers for the injured Mitch Starc.

Dean and Markram came out to bat f…

Test 2, Day 1. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

The open grass banks, rising Sun, winnowing wind, and the green patchy pitch is what Christchurch had offered the teams. New zealand wins the toss again and elects to bowl. There were few surprise selections in the English team.

Woakes, Moeen and Overton were out and in came Vince, Wood, and the debutant Leach. New zealand has to make a forced change with Todd getting injured they have got in Ish to do the wrist work.

As the Sun was shining brightly and there was some wind to assist the fast bowlers, it was a good decision to bowl first, with some seam movement and the lateral movement after pitching the Kiwi bowlers have responded positively by picking up the prolific Cook in the third over itself, followed by Vince. Stoneman and the captain Root stiched a handy partnership, they were also soon sent back to the hut by some Southee specials. Malan didn't trouble the scorers.

With losing half of the side for 94, England was again in the spot of bother. We then see some grit from S…

Reminiscence of the "MIGHTY" Chennai Super Kings

CSK is one of the most successful franchises of the cash-rich IPL and what makes it so successful?
If your heart or mind mumbled "Dhoni", then you are probably right. Sir Alex Ferguson once said "Give me Zidane and ten pieces of wood, I can still win the match".  Similarly, ex Indian Coach and a South African great Gary Kristen once said, he would go to war with Dhoni by his side; known for his calm and composed attitude on the field, the Indian gloveman is one of the main reasons behind the success of the team.
Suresh Raina, the talismanic southpaw is the main batting stay for the kings in the yellow. Being at the zenith of the runs scored, Raina featured in all the matches that CSK played in the span of eight years making him an integral part of the franchise and their buttress.
Dwayne Bravo grabbing the purple cap twice with CSK makes them a strong bowling team, know for the variety they bring with the ball, CSK has defended some low scores with an immaculate b…

Ethics over Assets: Expectations for tomorrow's finale

Sanctions to the Australian players have clearly shown the world that CA stands by the spirit of the sport rather than their assets. The judgment clearly proved that and also taught a lesson to the cricketing world that it is the spirit of the sport that is uplifting the sport.

With all the saga that has unfolded lately. The final test that is going to start tomorrow (30th of March) will be a test of pride for the Aussies, and SA will want to win it for the big Morne and achieve the unprecedented record. The Wanderers of the Johannesburg is all set to host this battle of pride vs past.
South Africa's composition

The South-African team has a very good composition and would love to go on with the same playing eleven as the previous test. With Dean and Markram scoring all through the tournament is likely to give them a solid start once again. The only concern would be the form of Hashim Amla and number 6; the experience and the talent Amla brings to the plate is remarkable. The tena…

Void without Warner

With the IPL title at stake, all the 8 franchises wanted to get their combinations spot on as it is a million dollar deal, After a mega auction event in January, most of the franchises got it right; one such franchise was Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), led by David Warner, SRH has won their maiden title in the year 2016. He was the salient feature for their crown alongside with some young prodigies. Scoring 500 runs every season from the moment he was roped in 2014, Warner has become the buttress of SRH.

With all the build-up about getting the combinations right, SRH has always entrusted Warner with the captaincy; that was the reason for retaining him back at a whopping price of 12.5cr. With the unfolding of latest on-field events during South-Africa vs Australia test series, the decision was taken by the BCCI to ban Warner and Smith from playing in IPL 2018.

Losing David Warner costs SRH in many ways: they lose an explosive opener, the spine of their batting order, and an aggressive lea…

Aftermath of ball tampering

The incident that has taken the cricketing fraternity by a storm involves two of the modern Australian superstars; from being the inconsistent leggie to become the prolific test batsman, Steve Smith has taken long strides in his career, from being one of the most arrogant cricketers of Australia to become a solid opener and a successful T20 captain, David Warner has come a long way. Along with these two, the incident also involves a youngster who is still new to this environment- Cameron Bancroft.

The third test between South-Africa and Australia was started on 22rd of March. And something curious has happened on the Day 3 of the test. Bancroft has asked for the ball, to shine; which is usually done by either Smith or Warner. The curious cameraman has spotted that and here we stand today.

After all the drama that has unfolded on the field, here are the conclusions to take forward:

Bancroft has tampered the ball using a sticky-tape.Warner was the mastermind behind the plan.Smith has as…

What's in the store at the Christchurch

Can Christchurch turn fortunes around for England??
A thunder Boult, a Williamson special and a batting collapse. These three words are enough to sum-up the happenings at the first ever D/N test in NZ. Beaten in the ODI series, NZ came out all guns blazing at Auckland in the first test and has ticked all their boxes. The second test will be played at Christchurch from March 30,2018 Friday.
Forgettable first test:
England had a horrible start as they crumbled for 58 within the first session of the day. Thanks to Craig Overton who helped them by amassing 33 runs, otherwise what would have been a humiliating total for the Root's warriors. A six-fer even before the drinks break for Trent Boult is what we have witnessed with a pink ball in his hand. Meanwhile, the first test was also the 50th test match between the two nations.
NZ- A Perfect XI:
While NZ team looks stable with the likes of KW and Ross Taylor, the team would want to see a responsible innings from Jeet Raval which can pre…

Day and Night in the Paradise of the Pacific

The First ever Day and Night test match was played almost two and half years ago in the neighboring country, or rather we can say the neighboring continent; from then till now there were several tests played. But finally, it was the time for Newzeland to host one in Auckland from March 22 to March 26.

With the English team being away from home for almost more than five months: touring Australia for the Ashes, the ODI's, the tri-series for the T20I's and the ODI's against Kiwis- it was indeed a very tiring past few months for them.

With the buildup for the test in Auckland, the hosts were pretty much excited for it. Joe root's English team was looking formidable with the inclusion of the mighty all-rounder and a millionaire (IPL contract) Ben Stokes (aka stoksey).

Kane spins the coin and Root calls, as Kane elects to bowl first, few eyebrows were raised with that decision. Least did we know what was in the stores of kiwi's? The prominent bowling duo started the pro…