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The entertainers of IPL

Alright, all the heart patients stay away from the television sets when either CSK or SRH plays. The nerve wrecking moments they are offering in their encounters are just amazing and surely heart pounding. So all you heart patients don't tune into either Star Sports or Hotstar when these two are featured.

After being banned from the IPL for last two years, the comeback of the mighty CSK was just amazing; they were sure about their strategy during the auction, but no one thought that the aged kings would wage such a war at this big stage.

Albeit the kings might be aged the experience they bring to the table is enormous and it is clearly evident in their approach this season. Managing to build the same core, CSK has been flamboyant in their approach.

With Rayudu being the sheet anchor across all the encounters, each senior player has stepped up during the time of crunch, shows the stability and balance of the team. Closing out on the positive side in almost all their encounters in …

The new leader of the Daredevils

The plight of Delhi Daredevils is unexplainable, winning a sole encounter in half a dozen encounters, Delhi Daredevils hasn't lived up to the expectations this season, and the latest statement of Gambhir stepping down as a captain adds on to their misery.

Roping in the hard hitters like Maxwell, Roy, Munro, and with some good Indian talent like Pant, Iyer, Shaw and the experienced captain Gambhir, Delhi was all packed for the entertainment this season.

But their story this season has been down the hill other than one encounter where they have chased down 195 against another misty side of the season.

With the latest statement from Gambhir, the onus has now shifted to the youngster Shreyas Iyer to lead Delhi to what is an arduous challenge. Requiring 6 wins in their next 8 encounters, DD will try to turn their fortunes under the Iyer's leadership.

Shreyas rose to the prominence when he was sent to the Trent Bridge cricket team in England by scoring 297 runs in just 3 innings an…

The affair of Yellow: Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have announced their return in style. They are making a huge statement to the oppositions in every match. Though there were several trolls on the team for being "over-rated", they are proving critics wrong by answering with their experience.
One thing that has been a highlight of their performances was that it was team performances i.e  Bravo against MI, Billings against KKR, Dhoni against KXIP and Watto whacking against RR.
Chennai Super Kings, who are playing their home matches at Pune never fell short of any support from the fans who came all the way from Chennai to cheer them up. This sums up the immense fan following they have
The presence of an Australian opener in the Chennai Super Kings squad is becoming a "blessing in disguise" for the squad. The "Yellow" affair may be a reason. But it's more about the intent that the Australian cricketers shown to be a part of a proud CSK franchise under Dhoni's regime.
While it was …

Contemporary Cricket, interesting or not?

Gone are those days when the test matches used to last for all the 5 days, gone are those days when cricket was considered to be an even contest between the bat and the ball, gone are those days when the pitch was just a platform/turf which is used for the sport.

With the new generation bats, the short boundaries, and the lack of quality in the bowling, the gentleman's sport is tending towards batsmen.
Sachin Tendulkar is considered as one of the greatest batsmen, we all are aware of his achievements and records, Ricky Pointing is one the Australian greats, Jacques Kallis from South Africa, Inzamam from Pakistan, and many more. One common factor among all these players and what made them great was their resilience and playing in the same era facing quality bowlers.
Talking about the bowlers do we remember Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose from West Indies? Glenn Mcgrath and Brett Lee from Australia, Shaun Pollock and Ntini from South Africa, Wasim and Waqar from Pakistan and many…

Three mistakes of RCB

The forecast was perfect for an enthralling combat between KXIP and SRH in Mohali on 19th of April and all of a sudden there was a huge storm that broke out of nowhere and took over Mohali as the stadium was completely flooded with sixers as it was the GAYLE STORM; the universe boss notches up his 21st T20 ton which is also his 6th ton in the IPL history.

Meanwhile, RCB franchise in hindsight would be thinking whether they got their combinations right.

Three mistakes of RCB:

1. Letting go of Kl Rahul
2. Letting go of Chris Gayle
3. Retaining Sarfaraz Khan

With Rahul scoring 153 runs at an average close to 40 and striking it over 150, RCB will surely miss this talismanic right-hander. Rahul's starts provided the KXIP the foundation that can be relied upon to pile up the runs on the scoreboard. Punjab paid a whopping 11 crore to get his services and Rahul is proving that every penny spent on him is worthwhile.

The universe boss takes the IPL 2018 by storm with his antics. The Carri…

Markram's remark on Ball-Tampering

South Africa won the four-match "controversial" test series earlier this month against Australia by 3-1.
While the series completely deviated midway with the ball-tampering assertions, Markram and Rabada had good outings as the former hit two centuries and the latter was adjudged as the Man of the series for his spectacular bowling performances.
Aiden Markram in his recent interview said that the entire South African dressing room was "stunned" by this incident.
The incident took place on the day 3 of the third test at Capetown when Cameron Bancroft used a sandpaper to aid reverse swing.
Speaking on the incident Markram said "The heat of the series was obviously happening, it was the third Test match and it was a crunch game, and the next thing, the story broke out. ‘We woke up the next morning and the guys couldn’t believe what happened. It hit home overnight. On the field, there are a lot of pressures to deal with and a lot of competitive juices that get…

An avant-garde format

With a lot of different leagues taking the cricketing realm by a storm, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) comes up with another interesting format.

The cricket lovers are going to witness a new 100 ball tournament in the domestic arena of  England, where eight teams will compete in this tournament and are based on cities.

These matches are going to hold a traditional 15 overs followed by a 10 ball over and will be played in both men and women's categories.

The venues to host these matches are as follows:
The Oval,
Old Trafford,
Ageas Bowl,
Trent Bridge, and

This intriguing tournament is going to commence in the Summer of 2020 and will last for five weeks.

The domestic boards of England are alternating their feelings on this as the ECB stupified the cricketing fraternity with this announcement.

The CEO of ECB Tom Harisson feels that this new format would attract the younger audience and new fans thereby making people come by and watch differen…

The bowling Impetus: Sunrisers Hyderabad

With a lot of drama that has unfolded before the start of this year's IPL campaign, SRH and RR were the undoubted victims of this. However, we can say that the loss of Warner hasn't proved costly for SRH until now, but will it hold the same in coming weeks? Only time has the answer.

Sunrisers from Hyderabad made a solid start in this year's tournament by winning three out of their three encounters. Knocking out the opponents with their bowling has been their key to success. While bowlers continously stepped up and did it for the team the onus now lies on the batsman to show their strength.

Picking up 25 wickets in their three encounters has been the talking point in this edition of IPL until now; however, SRH would like to turn their table around and show what they have got with the bat.

Succumbing to the pressure and some good bowling from MI, SRH crossed the line with only one wicket and of the last ball in their second encounter. With a lot of talks about their bowling…

Punjabi Bhangra- Entertainment factor KXIP

Ey Bale Bale Ey Bale Bale is what making the Punjabi folks groove their bodies into nowadays and no wonder the credit goes to Ashwin and Rahul. We know Ash for his judicious bowling and now we witness his shrewd way of leading the kings from Punjab, and the le' classical Rahul is showcasing his flair with the bat for the Kings

Starting off the campaign on a winning note, KXIP looked subtle and canny in their thinking and approach. Having had a set back in their second game, KXIP returned all guns blazing in their third as the universe boss set the stage on fire.

Entering the tournament with a point to prove to their fans, KXIP has made their intentions clear this season. Gayle made a comeback into the IPL in their third encounter and the stage was lightened and the entertainment was doubled.

With the return of Gayle, settled middle order and the skillful bowlers the KXIP team looks threatening this season and are likely to be in the contention for the title.

The top order looks f…

The Big Trinidadian- What to expect?

Mumbai Indians (MI) are going through a rough patch right now, three losses in three matches. Ironically the reason being the lack of quality in death bowling. Being the initiators of quality death bowling in IPL with Malinga and Bumrah, their fates were changed this season as they lost all their encounters in the final over, failing to close the things in their favor.
However, the opening combo should fire for MI, Lendl Simmons who played an integral part of the MI franchise over the past few years went unsold in this auction. The franchise didn't try to retain/RTM him as they were keen on Pollard.
Mumbai franchise always follows a pattern. If a player plays an integral role in the International cricket over the past year, they would rope in that particular player. To validate it, Aaron finch, Corey Anderson are the perfect examples. Both were bought by the franchise in the past after their scintillating records. While Anderson was inducted after his fastest century in ODI, Finc…

Concealed prospect for Mumbai Indians

CSK won the opener against MI by just one wicket, thanks to the splendid innings by Bravo who smashed the MI bowlers to all corners of the ground by scoring 68 runs off 30 balls, marking the return of the kings in style after serving a ban for two years.

A 20-year-old youngster stole the show in the same match with his unplayable leg-breaks and the wrong un's thereby finishing with 3/23. This is the best figures by a debutant for MI seconded only to Lasith Malinga's 3/15 against the same opposition in 2009.

Who expected this young lad to take the game against SRH till the last over? While everyone expected the chase to be a cakewalk for SRH in their own backyard, this young lad took four vital wickets bringing back MI into the game.

If you are a follower of IPL, you would have known by now, who this bloke is. If not, his name is Mayank Markande.
Guarding MI with his purple cap, the cricketing world was held captive by Mayank's performance in the last couple of matches


Diegesis of a Boy from Baroda

The little boy from Baroda has now turned out to be a commentator in the Star Sports studio. Who is he? Did he play for team India?

Back in 2003, he made his debut at Adelaide oval for team India, considered to be Virat's favorite for quite some time now, this all-rounder has had an impact on all the formats of the game for team India.
His inclusion proved to be a boon when he came out all guns blazing against Pakistani top order claiming a hat-trick in the first over of the test match in early 2006. He was then considered to be the reincarnation of Kapil Dev, the greatest all-rounder of all time. 
He was a trustworthy all-rounder who can swing the ball pretty well, his bowling spells alongside with RP Singh were a treat to watch in those days. 
People looked at him as a fiery bowler who can rattle the batsmen with his pace and swing and also seam, the delivery which injured Mark Vermeulen, the Zimbabwe batsman is still remembered by most of the cricket lovers.
He has represented…

Ingress of the new Royal

Rajasthan Royals faced an embarrassing defeat against Sunrisers at Hyderabad. Dubious batting was the main reason for their loss but lack of depth in their bowling should bother them and moreover, there is no proper "spin wizard" for the Royals.
To overcome the void created by the lack of a proper spinner, the Royals franchise named Ish Sodhi as the replacement for the injured Zahir Khan.
The 19-year-old Afghan chinaman isn't fit to make his presence in the playing XI and this prompted the management to replace him with a new bee.
Zahir Khan played a vital role in the ICC under- 19 World Cup held at New Zealand earlier this year, his contribution in taking the Afghan team to the semifinals was paramount and also was well appreciated by the experts all over the world. 
Sodhi currently being the no:4 ranked T20I bowler has been bought at his base price of 50 lakh.
Sodhi featured in 26 T20I's and picked 36 wickets at an economy of 7.4 for the Kiwis; Sodhi's inclusi…

Physics of Bowling

We talk a lot about inswing, outswing, reverse swing, and seam movement. But do we actually know about the physics involved in this?

Let's start our analysis by listing down the factors that impact the fore mentioned varieties of bowling.

Factors: The condition of the ballSeam (Threading at the center of the ball) position and release.The speed of the ballExternal factors Let us discuss our different types of bowling with respect to the above factors and also considering that the ball has been bowled to a Right-Handed batsman.

Swing bowling: The Lateral movement of the ball in the air before pitching on the surface. Seam bowling: The lateral deviation of the ball after pitching on the surface.

Inswing: The movement of the ball into the batsman in the air is called as inswing. Inswing can be achieved with both new and the old ball, but the way the ball comes into the batsman is what makes it inswing or reverse swing.

The new ball, when bowled with the seam pointed into the batsman, further…

Insipid encounter: SRH ways!

Go Go Go Go Go here we go, we are the orange army; this song made into the lists of Hyderabadi radio with the IPL fever, and tonight's performance from the orange army just corroborated the song's status. Winning the championship in 2016, orange army looks pretty formidable in clinching the title this season.

The weather in the Hyderabad from last 10 days was looming, the city would be soaked down with its heat during this time of the year was taken down by a hailstorm couple of days back making the city stand still for almost 3 hours; with rain in the forecast cricket officials of Hyderabad were pretty much stressed.

With the rain god staying away, we had a pretty much-onesided encounter as RR took on SRH in their backyard; winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, SRH hasn't taken a wrong step in the entire match; they kept the scoreboard in check every time.

Known for its bowling strength, they have once again lived up to the expectations of their fans by restrictin…

Nail-biter to start off IPL 2018

Wow, what we witnessed at the Wankhede was just amazing, CSK made a champion comeback, as it was the author of the champion style who has taken CSK home.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, CSK started off brilliantly. MSD the think tank was fully functional right from the ball one as he chooses the youngster Deepak Chahar to start the proceedings for Chennai.

CSK cleans up the openers within the power play and Mumbai was put on the backfoot right from the start, but it was the youngsters Ishan and Suryakumar who took them out from the sinking ship and made sure that they got into a bigger ship to sail to their destination, and at the end of first innings they have reached the bank with 165 runs on a tricky Wankhede pitch.

When CSK came out to bat, they were never really in the chase as MI kept picking up CSK's warriors; the young talent in the form of Mayank Markande set the tone for MI by picking up 3 wickets for a mere 23 runs in 4 overs.

The fans started to lose thei…

Genesis of IPL2018 at Wankhede

The day has finally arrived, the most riveting league is about to begin. The battle between Mumbai and Chennai is about to take place in the city of dreams. The evenings of Mumbai are the evenings to wait for in this transforming month.

Under a pleasant evening's sky, in the fortress of Mumbai, in front of a large crowd, against two most successful teams in the history of IPL; Indian Premier League 2018 is about to begin and the league is about to step into its a new decade.

With a lot of buzz about the auction, teams, composition, and strategies the day is here for these two legendary teams. While Wankhede is known to paint itself blue, Chennai's fandom is diversified all over the country, if there has to be a place where there won't be as much support to Chennai then it would be here at the Wankhede, however with return of Dhoni and his team in Yellow, who knows we might see a yellow lightning cutting through the Blue sea.

If we go with the history, Wankhede is supposed…

Triumphant Mumbai Indians

The most successful franchise in the history of IPL is the one from our west coast; owned by one of the gigantic conglomerates in India, Mumbai Indians have won the championship thrice in the past decade.

Sachin Sachin Sachin Sachin; still reverberate in my ear, the whole crowd goes bizarre when he comes out to bat in the blue jersey, be it Indian team or Mumbai Indian's team. Featuring from the inaugural edition of IPL, MI has finished 7 times in top 4 and won thrice out of that 7.

The main reason for their success and huge fan base across the country is our very own little master. With the retirement of Sachin, the onus was bequeathed to the Hitman, and the rest was history.

With an eclectic mixture of players from different corners of the world, from experienced to youngsters; MI has all of them. Maintaining the core and building up a team around them was one of their key strategies for success.

MI followed the same strategy in this year's auction as well; but in doing so,…

Audacious Knights: Kolkata Knight Riders

Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re, how catchy tune is it? The King Khan's team has set the IPL on fire in the very first match of this riveting league.
It was 18th of April 2008, when I was in my 9th standard (don't start calculating my age :P) a new league called Indian Premier League was incepted; and the inaugural match was played between the teams of Dada (KKR) and the wall (RCB), and what we witnessed that night was a "one-time experience". 
Brendon Mccullum smashed every ball to the various corners of the stadium and blazed to a  fantastic 158* and showed all the Indian fans the real taste of  T20 flavor. This is sufficient to call KKR as trendsetters. Ironically, that particular century remains as the only century from KKR over the past decade.
Gautam Gambhir led the side to their two titles in 2012 and 2014, and he is no more associated with KKR, will his absence affect them? Does KKR have enough reserves to reach their third championship title? Let's analyze.
Team c…

Nawabs of the South: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Being crowned as Champions in 2009 and reaching the semifinals in 2010, Deccan Chargers were the talk of the town in the IPL 2011, after losing a series of cliffhangers, DC was eventually doomed in 2012; reincarnated from the ashes of DC raised an army in orange called as Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Right in the incubation stage, SRH gushed into Playoffs, and by winning the championship in 2016, they have shown the world that they are here to compete and conquer. SRH made their way into the playoffs in 2017, but only managed to lose against KKR in a rain-curtailed vehement battle.
So, what makes this orange army one of the sturdy combatants in IPL?
Is it Warner's presence? Middle order contributions? High-grade bowling? 
If you have guessed bowling, then you are probably right. Investing in SRH bowlers every year is like investing in a Long-term equity fund: good investments, better returns. Be it Deccan Chargers or SRH, they are known for producing high-quality bowlers. Ryan Harris, Da…

Kings of the North: Punjab

The province of the northern part of India has a franchise in IPL and it is well known for its charisma- Kings X1 Punjab; Featured in the IPL from its inception, KXIP failed to make their mark, other than 2008 and 2014 seasons by reaching semifinals and finals respectively.
While there have been a plethora of players featuring for this franchise in the last decade; Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra are the only two players to be lucky enough to represent KXIP for a long period.

Inheriting the quality of Rajasthan Royals, KXIP has also focused on the development of young Indian talents. Paul Valthaty, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh, Axar Patel, Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan are few of the youngsters groomed by KXIP.
With most of the things falling in place for KXIP in 2014, everyone has thought that it was their time to occupy the throne, only till Manish Pandey has shattered their dreams by taking KKR home in the finale.

Kudos to George Bailey for building a "hard-hitting" middle …

An august day in Christchurch

With Sun shining as brightly as ever, out came the English men and the Kiwi openers, while broad takes up the honors to start the proceedings for England, Jeet Raval was on strike for the Kiwis.
The next two balls are something which England has dreamed about all night and lived it the next day on the field.

Broad dismisses Raval and the captain dependable Willamson in consecutive balls and announces their arrival. Kiwis lost 6 wickets in the span of 120 runs, raising the hopes of the English men. The rearguard of Kiwis started then, de Grandhomme and Sodhi were the warriors.

English men tried everything in their control to break the partnership but only succeed in bowling out their overs without any success. After a resolute knock from Grandhomme, he finally succumbs to the short ball ploy from Mark Wood.

Then walks the dynamic Wagner to the crease, least did anyone expect what he has within himself with a bat in his hand. Known for his energetic bowling, Wagner shows his flair with…

Gratifying Royal Challengers of Bengaluru

The red army of the IPL, the entertainers, the hard - hitters and what not!
Led by the shrewd batsman Virat Kohli, RCB is such a squad which cannot be kept out of the race at any moment of the league.
When you have a compulsive situation to win, they will. On the other hand, you expect them to beat an opponent with ease, they disappoint; such is the "unpredictable" nature of the team. Reaching the finale thrice in the last decade, always fell short in the ultimate step. Can they come out all guns blazing in this season to win their maiden IPL title? Let us check out their assortment.
RCB's ragbag:
Known for its batting trio: "Virat, Gayle, and Benjamin", RCB is the definition of entertainment. Out of 47 centuries scored in the cash-rich league, the trio has a share of 11 centuries out of the 12 that RCB scored till date.  The camp will be missing the services of Chris Gayle this time as he was bought by KXIP for a base price of two crores and can his exclusion…

Test 2, Day 4. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

English Barmy Army took the Christchurch down with their energy and support. Root and Malan tried to start positively, but with muffled last 6 months of test cricket running in their mind; they were circumspect in their shot-making even though they tried to portray positivity.

Both gave away their wickets after scoring half-centuries, while de Grandhomme helps himself with a 4-fer, this is the first time when two players (Southee and Grandhomme) scores fifties and picks up 4 wickets. Root finally declares England innings for 352 runs for the loss of 9 wickets with a lead of 381.

Root achieves an undesired landmark of scoring 7 half-centuries without converting them into a single century. With 382 runs to win, Kiwis started off in a very guarded manner.

Both the English bowling partners, Anderson and Broad tried to extract the best from the pitch but couldn't succeed in getting a breakthrough. The Kiwi openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham were very canny not to offer any wickets to t…

Return of International Cricket to Pakistan

Following the attack on Srilankan cricketers in 2009, international cricket was completely banned in Pakistan due to security reasons. However, Zimbabwe was the first test playing nation to break the shackles and tour to Pakistan in 2015.

With almost three years of drought in Pakistan due to the lack of any international cricket. The dearth finally seemed to have subsided with Windies touring Pakistan for a three T20I's. April 1st was the day and the National Stadium of Karachi was the host, and what we witnessed during the first T20I was something every Pakistani dreamt off from past 8 years.

Windies won the toss and elected to bowl first, the Pakistani openers have given them a great start, but however, they failed to convert their starts to some big scores even though the windes bowling seemed to have lacked the temperament and the impetus.

With both the openers being back in the hut in the 8th over, Hussain Talat and the captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the responsibility on their …

Test 2, Day 3. Hagley Oval, Christchurch

The day started off well for the hosts as they narrowed down the deficit to just 29 runs, thanks to the defiant innings from Southee after his initial partner Watling fell prey for Anderson and also the late flourish from Wagner and Boult, adding 39 runs for the last wicket.

Bowing full length and trying to get some assistance from the pitch, Broad helps himself with a 6-fer and Anderson closes his things with 4 wickets.

With Kiwis posting 278 on board, the match was equally poised until James Vince and Mark Stoneman notched up 123 run partnership for the second wicket. With centuries on offer for both the English batsmen, they couldn't convert them as they were dismissed for 76 and 60 respectively by both the T's of Kiwis.

The English captain Root and the Ashes batting mainstay for England- David Malan made sure that there wasn't any further trouble from the Kiwi bowlers.  With a lead of 231 runs, England would fancy their chances to close this game by registering a win.

TEST 4, DAY 2. Wanderers, Johannesburg

The day started off positively for the Proteas with de Cock and Bavuma striking the ball with ease until de Cock lobed one straight to mid off of Lyon. Philander soon followed de Cock by handing one to Khawaja of Lyon.

Then came the hefty strides from the Proteas keeping them at the bay, Bavuma and Maharaj added a gritty 76 runs for the ninth wicket. The partnership between Bavuma and Maharaj was eventually broken by the exuberant Pat Cummins and Proteas were bundled out for 488.

Pat Cummins should be given a lot of credit for bowling his heart out against a steady batting unit under some testing conditions. He consistently made the ball do the talking by getting it to nip in and out and through to the keeper. Bowling the real effort deliveries, he thoroughly earned the accolades of their fellow teammates and a lot of people across the world.

Pat stood out for the Aussies by picking up his 2nd 5-fer at the very same venue where he started his career in 2011 (He picked up his 1st 5-fe…