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Indian bowlers TrouBles NewZeAland Top order-Live match

The indian seemers did a pretty good job in the morning session by using the moisture in the wicket to quickly grab newzeland top order wickets.Ishant sharma was the pick of the bowler taking 3 wickets with his beautiful bowling.the newzelanders were reduced to 61 for 6 before the lunch break afteron it was Nz captain and jesse ryders show putting up a 100+ partnership between them.There seem to be a litle shift to the game as the Nz are taking the score ticking towards the 200 mark.There are still a good batting left in the Newzeland team.

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March 18, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flintoff ruled out of fourth test

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was today ruled out of the fourth Test against the West Indies in Barbados.

Flintoff, 31, underwent a scan on his injured right hip yesterday and the results showed a muscle strain.

He will be reassessed over the coming days in the hope that he will be fit for the final Test in Trinidad and the one-day series which follows.

The Lancashire star was clearly struggling during the third Test in Antigua, which ended in a disappointing draw for England on Thursday, but still sent down 17 overs in West Indies’ second innings as the tourists chased victory.

Seamer Amjad Khan and all-rounder Ravi Bopara have been called up to the senior squad as cover and could play in the two-day warm-up match which begins in Barbados tomorrow.

Flintoff has already been ruled out of the fourth Test which starts on Thursday, with the fifth match, scheduled to commence on March 6, his target for a return.

A one-day practice game against an WIPA President’s Select XI is next up on March 14 before a one-off Twenty20 international which precedes the 50-over series.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , | Leave a comment

Saurav Ganguly says no to politics

After getting an offer from the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to join the party in West Bengal, former India captain.Sourav Ganguly is being wooed to fight the coming elections from Uttar Pradesh, but he has not taken any decision, his wife, Dona indicated on Tuesday.

But later in Kolkata Ganguly said hat he was not good enough for politics. “It is not true. I am not good enough for politics,” Ganguly said when asked about a report of the possibility of his joining politics. Asked about reports that he planned to join Samajwadi Party, Ganguly quipped, “I have my own state.” “The West Bengal government definitely wants that he (Sourav) should step into politics and when I was in Lucknow for a programme, some minister who was there said that he should come and fight from UP,” Dona earlier said, but she was not sure whether it was the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which made the offer.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , | Leave a comment

ICC rankings

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India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been toppled by his West Indies counterpart Chris Gayle, who moved up five ladders to perch on the top of the batsmen’s list in Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings.Dhoni, who is on the second spot of the list with 779 points and an average of 46.84, had to vacate the top slot to Gayle, who have accumulated 783 points with an average of 40.63, thanks to a series of fine performances against New Zealand.The 29-year-old Jamaican managed an impressive 135 off 129 balls including nine fours and five sixes in the final ODI against New Zealand in Napier, although his side eventually lost the match.
The left-hand batsman was last ranked number one nearly five years ago (in April 2004) but he has not been out of the top 20 since the middle of 2002, an ICC release said.India’s left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh slipped one rung down to the sixth place while South Africa captain Graeme Smith slided down two places to be fifth.Smith is likely to fall even further with injury forcing him out of the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia, starting on Friday.However, India’s master batsman Sachin Tendulkar retained his 12th spot with 708 points, while Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (740) remaining on the seventh slot.
In the bowlers’ list, which is headed by Australia’s Nathan Bracken, Zaheer Khan (660) is the only Indian, who retained the 11th spot with economy rate of 4.84.New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has slipped from the number one spot to second, while Australia’s Mitchell Johnson has gained one place to go fourth in the rankings.However, no Indian figure in the list of all-rounders, which is headed by New Zealand’s Jacob Oram.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Azharuddin’s son hopes to make it big

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When a tall young man steps into Eden Gardens tomorrow, bat in hand, a wave of nostalgia may sweep those watching.

Mohammed Ashaduddin, called up for trials by the Kolkata Knight Riders, is the son of the now-disgraced Mohammed Azharuddin, whose bat lit up the Eden for a decade and a half since his Test century on debut at the ground in January 1985.

“I have heard a lot about Eden Gardens from my father. It was one of his favourite grounds,” Ashaduddin, 18, told reporters today.

A trainee of Hyderabad’s St John’s Academy, where V.V.S. Laxman too learnt his basics, the left-handed opener hopes the Eden charm will work for him too.

“This is a great opportunity for me. It can well be the turning point…. I am confident of getting a chance. I am very excited,” Ashaduddin told The Telegraph.

Azhar’s magic wrists conjured 860 delightful runs with five centuries — at an average of 107.50 — in seven Tests at the Eden, and 332 runs at 47.42 from nine ODIs.

But if Azhar was happiest caressing off-stump balls to the square leg fence, Ashad hopes to regale the Twenty20 crowd with bludgeoned sixes.

“I learnt cricket watching my father, so he is my first coach. But I have my style of play and I don’t want to play like my father. My father had God-gifted talent; I’ll never get there. I just like to be myself and perform well,” said the young man who at 6 feet 2 inches is taller than his father. His “hero” is hard-hitting Australian opener Matthew Hayden.

He added: “I would like to be described as an attacking batsman…. I like to pull and (Sourav) Ganguly’s stepped-out shot is my favourite.”

What did Azhar tell him before he boarded the plane to Calcutta? “This is my first visit to Calcutta; he told me to stay positive and play my natural game.”

Ashad, like his father, is a part-time off-spinner and is ideal for Twenty20, St John’s chief coach John Manoj said. The teen has hit four 50s in Hyderabad’s A-division league this season for the East Maredpally Cricket Club.

“He’s a safe fielder,” Manoj said. Azhar was one of the world’s best around point.

“My favourite position is the slip; I also like fielding at point. But please don’t compare me to my father, he was a world-class fielder,” Ashad, whose pet name is Abbas, said.

“There is pressure when you are born to a legendary father. But on the field I will be just a cricketer and try to play as the situation demands.”

When did he take up cricket? “I’m a late starter; I started two years ago,” the first-year BBA student said. “I don’t think starting late will be a disadvantage. Like every other cricketer I also dream to represent the country.”

Azhar told the Hyderabad media about his love for the Eden and said he had played his first big match at the ground, for the South Zone under-19 team in the Cooch Behar Trophy. “I am delighted that my son is also making his debut in the same city and am confident that he will not disappoint the cricket lovers of Calcutta.”

Forty-four young cricketers picked from across the country will appear in the January 5-7 trials, to be conducted by coach John Buchanan and Sourav.

Among them is left-handed batsman Shatrunjay Gaekwad, son of former India opener Anshuman Gaekwad, who has already played for Baroda. Anshuman too made his Test debut in Calcutta, scoring a gritty 36 against Clive Lloyd’s Andy Roberts-led attack in December 1974.

January 5, 2009 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

SIX Indians in Gurdian’s World test 11

Six Indians cricketers — including Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni — figure in The Guardian newspaper’s ‘World Test XI of the Year’ which interestingly does not include a single Australian.

Former England all-rounder Vic Marks prepared the list which came out in Sunday’s edition of the daily where Marks is a writer.

Apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the other Indians in Marks’ team were opener Virender Sehwag, pace partners Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with Harbhajan Singh as the only spinner.

“This is brilliant; we do not really know which is the best team in the world. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about.

“Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia’s supremacy,” said Marks.

“Pick the best XI from these four sides (apologies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand for being so exclusive) and it is possible, without too much mischief, not to select a single Australian. This may be an indication of the way things are going,” he added.

Marks picked South African captain Graeme Smith as the skipper of his World XI and the other opener alongside Sehwag.

“He (Smith) is the best ugly batsman in the world,” quipped the former Somerset player.

“Seeking romance and adventure, the choice has to be Virender Sehwag. But, even if pragmatism rules the day, the alternative is another Indian, Gautam Gambhir, who — while not especially pleasing on the eye — is fiercely combative and oozing runs in 2008,” he said.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | cricket, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poll shows Australians want Shane Warne as new PM

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A recent television poll has shown that Australians want former cricketer Shane Warne in the role of a Prime Minister.The poll took place on Nine Network when the maverick Warne shared the commentary box with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during the Test match against South Africa in Melbourne on Saturday.The silver-haired Rudd took on a Richie Benaud-like appearance as he held the microphone. But the entertainment started when the host broadcaster Nine Network asked the viewers to vote: “Should Warne run for prime minister?”The last update of the poll had 70 per cent of respondents in support of Warne running for the top job.”I’m worried, I’m worried mate. You’re running half and half there,” Rudd said.

Warne responded saying, “I’ve got absolutely no idea how to do it.”

Rudd: “Mate, it’s all in the wrist action”.

Warne said that if it is all in the wrist, then he has a half chance.

“I haven’t been this low for a long time,” Rudd said, faced with Warne’s approval rating.

Rudd engaged in general cricket chatter alongside Warne and former Australian cricket team captain Mark Taylor.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , | Leave a comment

Champions League Postponed

The tournament has been postponed to next OCTOBER

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This year’s edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament has been cancelled over security concerns following last month’s Mumbai attacks, organisers said on Friday. The inaugural edition of the $6 million event, involving eight teams from five countries, will now be staged in October 2009, an official told Reuters. However, league chairman Lalit Modi said various issues, including scheduling, were considered before taking the decision. “The inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 will now be held in India in October 2009,” Modi, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president, said in a statement. “The governing council, comprising the founder board members, took this collective decision after taking into account all aspects.” The governing council, comprising the Indian, Australian and South African cricket boards, also took into consideration the busy international calendar and domestic schedules of the participating teams, it added. Teams from Australia, England, Pakistan, South Africa and India were due to have played in the event originally scheduled from Dec. 3 to 10 in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. At least 179 people were killed in the three-day siege in Mumbai from Nov. 26, triggering player safety fears ahead of the initial postponement. England’s national squad suspended their tour of India and flew home but returned on Monday following security assurances to play in a two-test series which began on Thursday. League officials confirmed two teams each from India, Australia and South Africa for next year’s Champions League and that other participants would be finalised by the end of next month

December 13, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , | Leave a comment

RBS series

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Kevin Pietersen’s unquestionable batting talent and confidence is reflected in an expansive spread of shots. Along similar lines, M.S. Dhoni’s self assurance has lent itself to his growth as a batsman.

As batsmen, Pietersen and Dhoni embody the ideal modern day cricketer — fearless, deceptively reliable and with a healthy love for the game.

As one would expect of batsmen with their methods, the subject of their captaincy was met with initial scepticism all around. Sourav Ganguly defiantly altered the age-old perception of captaincy, and Dhoni looks to carry the baton.

Men like Graeme Smith and potentially Pietersen and Dhoni can set the template for captaincy in modern-day Test cricket; methods that might end up preserving the game’s classic format. The chance is upon them to drown voices of reproach that greet every cricketing innovation.

The two will captain their respective sides in a complete series for the first time on Thursday, in the first India-England Test at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Pietersen, after captaining England to a win in his first Test against South Africa, saw the momentum built with four one-day wins reversed by a 0-5 loss in the ODI series against India.

The chance for redemption wasn’t gift-wrapped in practice games. Pietersen would have least bargained for last week’s events, coming as it did after the one-day thrashing. But the captain’s batting methods are a fair reflection of his approach to the game. Pietersen bats with compelled improvisation, where simplicity is ignored. It remains to be seen whether his captaincy will rise out of trying circumstances as his batting so often does.

“I’m used to tough circumstances. From where I come from, I’ve seen a lot of difficult times before playing for England (after moving out of South Africa). It’s been tough throughout my career. But I like tough situations, since it’s a lot more rewarding when we succeed.”

December 11, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gavaskar writhes as Pointing writes

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Sunil Gavaskar has dimissed Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting’s outburst against him as an attempt by the Aussie skipper to divert attention from their performance in the recently concluded Test series in India.

“Ponting and Cricket Australia were still in denial of their on-field behaviour,” Gavaskar .The former India captain said Ponting was seven years old when the MCG incident happened and that he did not know the background of the incident.

Ponting had lashed out at Gavaskar in his Captain’s Diary 2008.

“I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote.

Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.

Ponting also took a dig at former Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodful.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Punter says Gavaskar was no angel

Punter Vs SunnyRicky Ponting has lashed out at legendary Indian Sunil Gavaskar and other former players for
often blaming the Australian team for on-field confrontations, saying the Indian opener was not an angel during his playing days.”I know that over the past 10 years, probably longer, a notion has developed that the Australian team walks out onto the field intent on getting in faces and having a few words… Unfortunately, as soon as a spectator or a commentator spots one of my team chipping on opponent, they assume it is a pre-meditated attack,” Ponting said.
“The most laughable aspect is when I hear former players complaining, as though they never put a toe out of line in their day.”I still have a vivid image of Sunil Gavaskar angrily trying to take his opening partner off the MCG with him in 1981 when he was given out lbw in a Test match, but to hear him today, you’d think he was positively angelic when he was the best opening batsman in the world,” he wrote in his
‘Captain’s Diary 2008’.Ponting said he was disappointed by the hypocrisy of former cricketers who never kept the standards in their hey-days but were demanding the same from his team.  “In the four or five days after the Sydney Test… inevitably, some ex-players — mostly the usual suspects — were into us, and I found their hypocrisy extremely disappointing. They were demanding standards from us that they had never kept themselves when they were Test stars.
“The classic came when Tony Grieg suggested that the batsmen of today should be walking to make it easier for the umpires. This was coming from a bloke who in his day made a virtue out of not walking.
“I always presumed that ex-players are employed by media outlets because their experience gives them a rare insight into the pressure elite cricketers are under and the way we think, but it seems to me that many of them forget about their past lives the minute they are handed a press pass.
Ponting also took a dig at just retired Indian captain Anil Kumble, saying his comment ‘only one team was playing within the spirit of the game’ after the Sydney Test was borrowed from a former Australian skipper Bill Woodfull. “I’m not sure how extensive Anil’s knowledge of cricket history is, but — as was picked up immediately by reporters — his comments echoed those made by Australian captain Bill Woodfull during the acrimonious bodyline series of 1932-33.  “‘There are two teams out there, one is trying to play cricket and the other is not’, Woodfull had said to English managers during the third Test of that series,” he said.

November 19, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gambhi,Yuvraj,Yousuf put their hands together

India in Command of the series

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Though we lost 3 wickets early Gambhir played a brilliant knock and he gave a hand to the flashing yuvraaaj

singh to put on a decent total of 292.Finally we should not forget the half century made by yousuf although

he din play few matches after ipl ,but today he proved himself and booked his spot for the next odi.He was

thrashing the ball all over the park and he reached his half century wit 4sixes in his bag.he was 50* of 29

balls.Though India lost wickets at the last few overs hos batting overcame everything Yuvraaj himself

proved the best by scoring back to back 100 and has told the selectors about his form.He is the second

Ganguly for INDIA….

November 17, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India victorious

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India have continued their winningh streak by knocking England to 229 .Our boys played realy well especialy our bowlers says MS Dhoni.By winning this series India can move upto 2 spot in icc rankings.So come on India

November 14, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yuvraj sizzles as India reaches 387 and beats England by 158 runs

042001Yuvraj Singh celebrates his century during the third One-Day International cricket match against England in Margao on April 3, 2006.

Yuvraj favourites England………He s back to form with a great 100 in rajkot.His batting styles are the sexiest and it could be seen all through the time……roar India gear up YUVRAJ


November 14, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BCCI Vs ICL

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This type of cricket happens only in India!!!

England T20 cup winner Middlesex will be allowed to participate in the event but runners-up Kent was not allowed to participate in this show-piece event as it contains two ICL players i.e. Azhar Mahmood and Justin Kemp. Pakistan T20 champions Sialkot Stallions will replace Kent in this cricket tournament despite having two ICL players i.e. Rana Naved and Imran Nazeer. It happens only in India!

November 14, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Champions League Schedule

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Inaugural Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament will take place in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai from December 3rd to December 10th. Middlesex Crusaders of England will take on Victoria Bushrangers of Australia in the opening match of the Champions League Twenty20 Cricket tournament. Eight teams from 4 national T20 leagues (India, Australia, England and South Africa) will compete in this prestigious tournament.

1st match: December 3rd in Mumbai.

1st Semi final: December 8th in Bangalore.

2nd Semi final: December 9th in Chennai.

The Final of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket will be played on December 10th Chennai.

Champions league groups:

Group A: Middlesex (England T20 Champion), Victoria Bushrangers, Pretoria Titans and Chennai Super Kings (IPL).

Group B: Dolphins (South Africa), Western Australia Warriors, Sialkot Stallions and Rajasthan Royals. This is the “Group of Death”.

Indian music legend A.R. Lehman will compose music for the official anthem of Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.

ESPN Star Sports acquired broadcasting rights of inaugural Champions League T20 Cricket rights for 10

years by paying $975 million

November 14, 2008 Posted by | cricket | , , , , , , | Leave a comment