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Mahendra Singh Dhoni going the Kapil way?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Adelaide Oval

Kapil Dev Nikhanj. Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Two charismatic skippers with winning ways.

The former led Team India to an epochal triumph in the 1983 World Cup, a victory which led to a radical power shift within the ICC. The Reliance World Cup followed in 1987. The circle was complete. The colonised were now king-makers.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was fortunate to be selected skipper for the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup. He  thrust a young, inexperienced team to the pinnacle in a format ignored by the bigger guns—Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Saurav Ganguly.

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ICC’s CEC caves in to BCCI pressure on DRS

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The BCCI may have won but cricket is the loser.

The ICC Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) gave its approval to a watered down version of the Decision Review System (DRS). The system will now include just the Hot-Spot (infra-red cameras) and audio-tracking. The ball-tracking technology (Hawkeye or VirtualEye) is not mandatory. It will be used only if parties in a bilateral series agree.

This is pretty  much in accordance with the BCCI’s stand on the system. It will be interesting to see the effect of this ruling on number of  correct decisions in the coming months. The resolution effectively takes out the leg-before referrals.

The use of DRS made a case for increasing the number of referrals in an inning to three. However, the diluted version rightly deserves only one.

The ICC intends to continue further research into the ball-tracking technology.

Other approved changes include use of two balls in ODIs—one at either end. This will keep them hard and fresh and will cut complaints about replaced leather’s quality. The batting and bowling power-plays can now be taken from overs 16-40. This is intended to retain interest in the middle overs where play tends to slow down.

Abolition of runners in international cricket is welcome. You don’t expect Rafael Nadal to have another player do his sprinting in a major if he’s injured, do you? So why this archaic rule for cricketers? They’re professional sportsmen and are expected to be fighting fit when they take the field.If they’re unfit or are hurt during a game, they either forfeit the right to be on the field or continue through injury.

The CEC approved the recommendation that captains be suspended for slowing the over-rates twice in a 12-month period.

Ireland, however, have received no succour from ICC executives. The CEC has recommended a qualification process for the 2015 World Cup but have refrained from specifying the number of teams.

Haroon Lorgat.,Sharad Pawar,Clive Lloyd,Mansur Ahmed,Subhan Ahmed,Michael Brown,David Collier,John Cribbin,Warren Deutrom,Francois Erasmus,Dr Ernest Hilaire,Gerald Majola,WilfredMukondiwa,Nishantha Ranatunga,N Srinivasan and Dr Justin Vaughan were the representatives in attendance at the CEC.

Approval of the DRS means that the up-coming Indian tour of England will see the system ending weeks of heart-burn and debate.

In an article in the Daily News and Analysis(DNA), the inventor of the HotSpot technology, Warren Brennan, says that it costs $10,000 per day and not $50,000 as stated earlier by BCCI secretary,Niranjan Shah.

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Simon Taufel, Asad Rauf and Kumar Dharmasena retire from Test cricket (Satire)

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Elite umpires, Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf, and International Umpire Kumar Dharmasena have announced their retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

The umpires complain of fatigue in the longer version of the game.

“Standing for 6 hours or more for five consecutive days and having to focus on every ball is extremely taxing for body and mind.” said Simon Taufel.

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Random cricketing thoughts on the IPL and beyond

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The Ducksworth-Lewis method of calculating second-innings totals has come under the scanner.Mahela Jayawardene and Stephen Fleming criticised the system as being ‘unfair’ and not really suited to T20 cricket.

Brickbats are justified since T20 is a racier, pacier form of cricket compared to ODIs, which are in comparison relatively sedate.

Franchise owners, at the IPL auctions, took player availability into account while making their selections. No team wished to have key players missing during the critical part of the tournament.

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar scores his 100th ton in book cricket (Satire)

Sachin smiling

The 16th of April, 2011 will remain a red letter day for Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

It is the day he scored his 100th international century in book cricket.

The master batsman believes that this is a good omen. All his tons in international cricket have been preceded by equivalent tons in book cricket.

Book cricket is a sport I have indulged in since I was a little boy.” says the Little Master.

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Anirudha Srikkanth makes a mark against KKR in IPL4 opener

Chennai Super Kings

Once upon a star, a star is born.

Is Anirudha Srikkanth is a star in the making?

In the first game of IPL4, the young dasher gave spectators a glimpse of his talent.

He has a cool head and a great temperament.

Opening for Chennai SuperKings, the right-hand bat composed 64 off 55 balls which included six 4’s  and two 6’s to propel his team to a competitive 153 in their essay.

Victory by his team off the last ball of the final over ensured that he was declared player of the match.

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Cricket World Cup 2011: Afterthoughts on the India-Pakistan semi-final

The much awaited, much hyped, Mother Of All Games between sub-continental giants—India and Pakistan—is finally behind us.

India won, Pakistan lost.

Indian fans will celebrate.

Pakistani fans will mourn.

Another sub-continental giant—Sri Lanka—await the men in blue on Saturday, the 2nd of April, 2011 in Mumbai.

Despite it sounding like a cliché on a stuck record, can Team India do it for Sachin Tendulkar?

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Poms dispatch the Ashes post-haste to England: Aussies go down 1-3

Alastair Cook, bowling at Adelaide Oval cricke...

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It has been an exhilarating month-and-a-half for cricket aficionados. The two Test series in the antipodes, Australia and South Africa, witnessed enchanting, entertaining cricket from four sides.

The Ashes, whose history goes back over a hundred years, and the Sumo tie between the Goliaths of modern day cricket, India and South Africa, were a treat for the eyes. The Ashes more so for the excellent Hot Spot camera views. No complaints about umpiring decisions there.

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Indian Team Selection For ODIs and SA Tour: Saha makes the cut

Wriddhiman Saha at the Knight Riders felicitation

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The BCCI, of late, are more than a little adventurous in their selection of the Indian cricket team for the ODIs.

The line-up for the India – New Zealand ODI series is along expected—and unexpected—lines.The resting of seniors for the ODI series—namely Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer,Harbhajan Singh and skipper Dhoni— was expected.Unexpected is the naming of Gambhir to lead the ODI team and the drafting of Wriddhiman Saha as the sole wicket-keeper in the ODI side. The rumour mill had Sehwag in the captain’s role.

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Indian cricket: More cricketing mores

Sachin Tendulkar at Adelaide Oval

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The third one-day between India and Australia was rained off. A similar fate befell the first one-day at Kochi.

It just goes to show that cramming in a series in what’s usually the off-season requires detailed planning. Though we had a wonderful Test series, the fans and spectators were left short-changed by the washout of the two ODIs.

Rain, rain, go away, the Ozzies and Indies want to play!

The Australians are probably left a little shell-shocked by the way their curtailed tour of India turned out. A winless tour for a team of their calibre will rankle for a long time.

I don’t envy the Poms when they meet the kangaroos down under.

The Australians will be doubly motivated to move up the rankings and prove that their recent losses are just an aberration.

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