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Legends and Superstars: T20 cricket goes global


Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have launched a Legends T20 Cricket League to be held in the USA in August-September.

Shah Rukh Khan has gone a step further and extended the Kolkata Knight Riders brand by buying Caribbean T20 team Trinidad & Tobago. Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler are other actor-owners of Barbados Tridents and  Jamaica Tallawahs respectively.

This confluence of acting and cricketing giants to promote the sport overseas is welcome.

The more the merrier.

Ageing superstars and retired cricketers have much more in common than their age. They enjoy a hold on their fans way past their expiry date.

The Legends T20 League will test this theory. More power to them.

English: Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan with fami...

English: Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan with family at premiere of Drona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rudi Koertzen: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Rudi Koertzen Questions Adam Gilchrist’s Walking Ability

What he said:

"Would he do that if it was a World Cup final and he was batting with a No. 11 and Australia needed one to win?"

Former Test umpire, Rudi Koertzen, advocates the use of Decision Review System (DRS), simultaneously commending “walkers”.

Koertzen said:

It will stop batsmen from blatant cheating and encourage them to walk. If he has edged it and the umpire misses it and the hot spot and TV replays suggest the batsman has nicked it, he will be caught out. I really respect players like Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar who walk the moment they think they have edged the ball.

Koertzen , though, would not endorse Adam Gilchrist, a known walker, preferring to sally back the aforesaid query.

What he really meant:

“I know I wouldn’t.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’d want to be the third umpire—in this scenario.”

Mumbai Indians face possible relegation from IPL play-offs


Sachin Tendulkar fielding at Adelaide Oval

Mumbai Indians crashed to their third defeat in a row. Shane Warne had the last laugh in the clash of titans.

Surprising how the side that looked so consistent and formidable at the start of the tournament is suddenly found wanting on slower pitches. The first three seasons witnessed the team heavily dependent on the genius of Sachin Tendulkar and to a lesser extent, Sanath Jayasuriya’s.Kieron Pollard’s bludgeoning club added heft.

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Adam Gilchrist rallies Kings XI Punjab to cusp of IPL play-offs


Kings XI Punjab

Royal Challengers Bangalore were brought down to earth by a double whammy of G-forces.

Adam Gilchrist came to the party exhibiting his prowess in a master-class of aggressive batting at the top of the order. In his previous 12 games he aggregated a mere 226 at a measly average of 18.33.

Combining with Shaun Marsh, the Australian great produced runs at will and with such abandon, that Virat Kohli—captaining in Daniel Vettori’s absence—was left flustered, flabbergasted and clueless.

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Cricket: Musings on WI-Pak,SL Premier League and IPL rumbles


Another batch of random thoughts, in no particular order (are random thoughts ever sequenced?):

West Indies beat Pakistan in the first Test match. The most laughable captain in world cricket, Darren Sammy, comes up trumps claiming a fifer as the Caribbean side wins an encounter between unpredictable “a-bit-more-than-minnows”.

Devendra Bishoo and Saeed Ajmal impress. Ajmal gets eleven but ends up on the losing side.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul lets his bat do the talking. Walking the talk? Certainly.

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What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t: Adam Gilchrist


What he said:

“He’s come of age I think, and I have just aged. I have never been hit on my head before. “

Adam Gilchrist reacts to being hit on the side of the head by a Lasith Malinga bouncer.

What he really meant:

“If I cannot out of the way of a bouncer anymore, I am surely getting older.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’ve been appointed by Puma to test their helmets. Lasith, have another go on the fresh one.”

“For my team’s owner, Preity Zinta and her wonderful inspirational speech, I’ll take all the hits, Malinga!”

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IPL: Player auctions, Australian absences and Pakistani stalemate


Brian Lara batting for West Indies against Ind...

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The IPL show moves on.

The IPL player auctions are scheduled for January 8 and 9 in Bangalore. Over 400 players will go under the hammer.

Each team has a cap of $9 million to be played with.

Only two teams have opted to retain their full complement of four players—Mumbai Indians and Chennai SuperKings. Their kitty is whittled down to $4.5 million.

The cricketers have been classified into six brackets—ranging from $20,000 to $400,000.

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Is The Captaincy Running Out On Ponting?


Australia's captain Ricky Ponting looks on during the trophy presentation ceremony after they lost to India during the fifth day of their second test cricket match in Bangalore October 13, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

Five series losses.

Two Ashes in England, the loss to South Africa down under and the two series losses to India in India.

Ricky Ponting is the most unsuccessful Australian captain in recent times. And that is saying something or maybe nothing.

Australians love their cricket and their cricketers but most of all they love to see them win.

And in recent times (not so recent), they had grown accustomed to being masters of all they surveyed.

Players like Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist ensured that they were at the top of the totem pole. This venerable list would have to include the Punter as well.

The ruthlessness exhibited by the formidable Aussies – over the last decade and a half – is best exemplified by the sixteen test victories (a world record) on the trot , not once, but twice.

Interestingly, their sequence of victories was interrupted by the very same opponent – India.

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7000: Sehwag crosses another Rubicon


Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer. 4 Test seri...

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Virender Sehwag keeps marching to a different beat, massacring pace and spin alike.

The Sri Lankans are at the receiving end this time around and they aren’t happy recipients.

After the exit of Adam Gilchrist from the hallowed sport , Sehwag is dreaded most by  bowlers around the world.

It is not that he simply dominates the bowling; he takes the match by the scruff of its neck and turns it inside out.

Bowlers are said to win games. But Sehwag is a match-winner, in every sense of the term. He is a captain’s delight and when on song is a treat to watch. He is unorthodox but it is this very trait that makes his batting a thing of beauty forever.

He is belligerent,in the Richards mold. But he is ever humble; not for him the swagger and bravado of the West Indian legend.

Quote of the day:
Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin. – Stanislaw J. Lec

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