Skip to main content

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 India in 29 tests and he is one among the few to score 1000 runs and pick 100 wickets. His career highlights in tests include his only century against Pakistan at Bengaluru and not to forget his performance when he was awarded the MOM for his match-winning knock and spell against Australia at Perth in 2008.

When things were going well with the ball, the then Indian controversial coach Greg Chappell wanted to try him as an opener. While many have questioned this unprecedented move, he responded well with both the bat and the ball. His knocks against Australia and many other countries during home tours provided a depth to the Indian batting line up. It is to be noted that his role as an opener never affected the quality of his bowling.

He had a fabulous outing in the ICC WT20 championship in 2007, he played a vital role by chirping up with wickets at regular intervals in the final against Pakistan. This tournament had made him a matured player than ever before as he played the role of a senior in the young T20 squad that clinched the maiden T20 championship title for India.

His journey in the IPL had a lot of twists and turns as he represented nearly 5 franchises. He had a good outing for the first five seasons when he represented KXIP and DD. He also proved his mettle at the SRH camp during its incubation period. He hadn't played a single match for CSK as he ended up warming up the bench the whole season.

Though he was given a couple of chances in RPSG in 2016, his journey lasted only for four matches, and he went unsold in 2017 auction. His fortunes turned around when he was bought by his home team Gujarat Lions in the middle of the season. His silver lining lasted only for a game and that match saw GL losing in a super over. Courtesy: Bumrah's extraordinary death bowling skills.

After being sacked by his own domestic team, he was inducted into the J&K camp for the next three years to play a dual role as a player and as well as a mentor. Let's hope and pray that his stint with J&K will be fruitful.

If you haven't figured out this player yet, he is our very own Irfan the swing Pathan.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Stalwart of England Cricket call it quits!

As we all thought the master blaster's test record is in jeopardy by this English Stalwart, with the run of time this stalwart call it quits from the international Cricket at the age of 33- Still young enough to call it quits. We are now aware of which English player has announced his retirement lately, the reason is simple as we expect it to be so from his nature- which is always down to earth.

Carrying the English opening duties on his shoulder for 12 years and delivering in most of the cases talks about his grit and potential. England's test team without Cook's name is unseen, a record of representing a national team continuously without missing a match is held by our Cook- talks about his strength and fitness.

The legacy was incepted in 2006 when Cook has been handed his debut cap against India at Nagpur by Flintoff, he announced his arrival by scoring a brilliant century in England's second innings, from then he has cooked many innings and has become an unprecede…

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 …

En-route English Soil

The only country where he hasn't sparked up to his potential, the only nation where he likes to quench his thirst for runs, the only place where Indian fans would love to see him score big is England and our captain Kohli is all set to begin his county stint with Surrey.

With this news rolling out in the social media many of his fans are gearing up to witness their hero in the county colors. Surrey not only managed to bag the big brand Virat for a month they managed to get him for a nominal value.

While BCCI is skeptical about Surrey managing Virat's image, they agreed to keep the promotions at minimum and focus more on cricket.

Indian skipper will feature in at least six matches starting from June 1st. Both Virat and Alec Stewart (Surrey's director of cricket) expressed their happiness.

Virat says "It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 se…