Bangalore IPL team is looking like a solid test team but not like a fearsome twenty20 team. Bangalore has one of the best bowling attacks among the Indian Premier League teams but left with a weak batting lineup. I can’t understand the rationale behind the purchase of players like Chanderpaul and Wasim Jaffer. Bangalore franchise miserably failed to pick a good batting team in the Indian Premier League auction which was recently held in Mumbai.   Rahul Dravid as an icon became a big burden for this franchise. Like Laxman, Dravid should have sacrificed his iconic status just for the sake of his team. Bangalore franchise missed to buy their young icon “Robin Uthappa”. Unlike his business deals, Vijay Mallya failed to create magic at the auction. Vijay Mallya bought Bangalore franchise for 111.6 million American dollars.       IPL Bangalore team review:     Rating: 3/5.  Franchise: Vijay Mallya of UB group.  Coach:  Money spent on players: Rs. 15.2 crore.  Strong points: 1. Good wicket-keeper- Mark Boucher.  2. Anil Kumble spin on Indian pitches.  3. Very good bowling attack.   4. Fearsome Dale Steyn.       Weak points: 1. Too many accumulators- What will they do in 20-20 cricket matches?  2. Aged players like Dravid, Kallis and Chanderpaul.     IPL Bangalore team:  1. Rahul Dravid- Captain and Icon.2. Jacques Kallis- South Africa- 3.6 crore.3. Wasim Jaffer- India- 0.6 crore4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul- West Indies- 0.8 crore.5. Mark Boucher- South Africa- 1.8 crore.6. Cameron White- Australia- 2 crore7. Zaheer Khan- India- 1.8 crore.8. Nathan Bracken- Australia- 1.3 crore.9. Dale Stein- … [Read more...]

2008 IPL Team analysis: Punjab Kings

 Mohali boasts of best stadium and one of the fastest pitches in India. This franchise failed to buy its local hero, Harbhajan Singh, which will spoil its fortunes in crucial matches. Brett Lee and Irfan Pathan are crucial to the fortunes of Mohali team. Preity Zinta bagged most eye balls on the eve of Indian Premier League auction with her innocent look and good costumes. Will Mohali IPL team succeed like its owner? It needs to rope in big hitters among young recruits to increase its odds to win inagural Indian Premier League ywenty20 tournament. Mohali IPL cricket Team review:   Rating: 3.5/5Franchise: Preity Zinta and Nes Wadia  Coach: Tom Moody (Australia).  Money spent on players: 18.4 crore.       Strong points:   1. Strong middle order batting. 2. Yuvraj Singh- World class twenty20 batsman. 3. Simon Katich is a good strategist in the Australian domestic league. 4. Brett Lee-World best fast bowler. 5. Irfan Pathan- Reliable all-rounder. 6. Good coach. Weak points: 1. Who will open the innings? 2. Sreesanth is not a reliable option.  Mohali IPL cricket team: 1. Yuvraj Singh – Captain and Icon.  2. Kumara Sangakkara- Sri Lanka- 2.8 crore.   3. Mahela Jayawardene- Sri Lanka- 1.9 crore.  4. Ramnaresh Sarwan- West Indies- 0.9 crore. 5. Simon Katich- Australia- 0.8 crore. 6. Irfan Pathan- India- 3.7 crore- Most crucial player. 7. Brett Lee- Australia- 3.6 crore- wise investment.8. Piyush Chawla- India- 1.6 crore. 9. Romesh Powar- India- 0.65 crore.     Verdict: Mohali IPL team may reach semi-finals and this team may surprise favourites as most … [Read more...]

2008 IPL Team analysis: Mumbai Indian IPL team

 Mumbai failed to bid aggressively during Indian Premier League cricket auction. It even failed to buy its good players like Robin Sharma. I failed to understand its subdued bidding strategy in the IPL auction. It may build a young team by roping in good young cricketers. Mukhesh Ambani's Reliance Retail won the Mumbai Franchise by outbidding Anil Ambani's ADAG. According to sources, Mukhesh Ambani has some big plans for his Mumbai IPL team. One thing is sure, Reliance will never do things on small scale.  Mumbai Indians IPL Team review: Rating: 3.5/5. Coach: Lalchand Rajput. Franchise: Reliance Retail (Mukhesh Ambani). Money spent on players: Rs 15.2 crore.  Strong Points: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- God of Indian Cricket.  2. Strong top order.  3. Harbhajan Singh- Best 20-20 spinner.  4. Shaun Pollock- Great all-rounder.  5. Robin Uthappa- Strong twenty20 cricketer. Weak points: 1. Weak middle order batting.  2. Inexperienced wicketkeepers.  Mumbai IPL Team: 1. Sachin Tendulkar- Captain and Icon.2. Sanath Jayasuriya- Sri Lanka- 3.9 crore.3. Robin Uthappa- India- 3.2 crore.4. Bosman- 0.69 crore.5. Shaun Pollock- South Africa- 2.2 crore.6. Harbhajan Singh- India- 3.4 crore.7. Lasith Malinga- Sri Lanka- 1.4 crore.8. Dilhara Fernando- Sri Lanka- 0.6 crore.  Young recruits: 1. Abhishek Nayyar- Mumbai All-rounder.2. Ajinkya Rahane- Mumbai Opener and future hope.3. Yogesh Takawale- Wicket Keeper.  4. Pinal Shah- Wicket Keeper. Verdict: Unlike Laxman and Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar failed to guide Reliance Franchise in building a strong … [Read more...]

IPL Team analysis: Kolkata Night Riders

 Kolkata team has most passionate captain-owner combination among the Indian premier League teams. It is like Liverpool of India with Kolkata’s fans will definitely endorse this team as they do it for their football clubs. This IPL team finds it easy to attract audience as club culture is already established here. If the management can able to add decent twenty20 middle order batsmen among its young recruits, Kolkata Night riders may surprise Hyderabad or Chennai. I can’t understand why it bought players like Agarkar and Taibu? Franchise failed to buy its wanted players like Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist.  Kolkata IPL team review: Rating: 3.75/5.  Franchise: Red Chillies Entertainment (Shah Rukh khan and Juhi Chawla)  Money spent at auction: Rs 20 crore.  Coach: John Buchanan.  Positive points: 1. Wonderful coach and inspirational captain. 2. It boasts of strongest top order in IPL with Ganguly, Gayle and Ponting. Kolkata and Hyderabad have strong top order line ups. 3. Most passionate captain and owner. 4. Good pace attack. 5. Brendum McCullum is a dangerous batsman.   Weak points: 1. Weak middle order.2. Erratic Shoaib Akthar and Ajit Agarkar.   Kolkata Night Riders: 1. Sourav Ganguly (Icon) - Captain- 4.4 crore. 2. Chris Gayle- West Indies – 3.2 crore. 3. Ricky Ponting- Australia- 1.6 crore! 4. David Hussey- Australia- 2.5 crore! 5. Brendon McCullum – New Zealand – 2.8 crore. 6. Ramnaresh Sarwan- West Indies. 7. Shoaib Akthar- Pakistan- 1.7 crore. 8. Ajit Agarkar- India- 1.4 crore? 9. Ishant Sharma- India- 3.8 … [Read more...]

IPL Team analysis: Delhi daredevils

 Delhi daredevils narrowly missed to build a great team in the Indian Premier League auction due to lack of proper strategy. Lack of big hitting all-rounders and brittle middle order may spoil its chances in the tight 20-20 matches. It should pick hard hitting young all-rounders to overcome this problem. Delhi team needs a world class middle order batsmen like Symonds or Yuvraj etc. Delhi boasts off best line and length bowlers like McGrath and Asif and good spinner, Daniel Vettori. GMR Holdings spent Rs 16 crore to acquire Delhi franchise. Delhi daredevils IPL team review: Rating: 3.5/5.  Money spent on players: 19.6 crore. Franchise: GMR Holdings. Strong points: 1. Good openers- Gambhir and Sehwag.  2. Md. Asif- superb bowler if not one of the best.  3. Experienced Glenn McGrath.  Weak points: 1. Weak keeper batsman- Dinesh Karthik.  2. Brittle middle order.  3. Where are hard hitters in the late stages?  Delhi IPL team: Captain: Virender Sehwag- icon. Other members: 1. Gautam Gambhir- India- 2.9 crore-best twenty20 player.  2. AB de Villiers- South Africa- 1.2 crore.  3. Shoaib Malik- Pakistan- 2 crore.  4. Tillekeratne Dilshan- Sri Lanka- 1 crore.  5. Manoj Tiwary- India- 2.7 crore?  6. Dinesh Karthik- India- 2.1 crore?  7. Daniel Vettori- New Zealand- 2.5 crore.  8. Mohammad Asif- Pakistan- 2.6 crore.  9. Ferveez Maharoof- Sri Lanka- 0.9 crore.  10. Glenn McGrath- Australia- 1.4 crore. Verdict: Delhi daredevils may reach semi-finals if their bowlers performed well. I can’t understand why they spent so much money on Dinesh Karthik and Manoj Tiwary. Please … [Read more...]

IPO Team analysis: Chennai Super kings

 India team franchise assembled strong lineup for the inaugural Indian Premier League 20-20 tournament. They aggressively bought Indian twenty20 team captain Dhoni for Rs 6 crore by defeating Mumbai and Bengaluru franchises. It strategically bought good all-rounders and good twenty20 players like Joginder Sharma and Suresh Raina. Experienced players are this team’s assets and may become weakness. Chennai IPL Team review: Team motto: Chennai Super Kings: Fearless Entertainers who will play to win.  Rating: 4/5.  Money spent on players: 23.2 crore.  Franchise: Srinivasan of India Cements.  Coach: Kepler Wessels (South Africa). Strong points: 1. M.S. Dhoni- most valuable 20-20 player in the world and the captain of the first twenty20 cricket world cup winning Indian team.  2. World best spinner, Muralidharan.  3. Most dangerous all-rounders- Jacob Oram and Albie Morkel. Weak points: 1. Who will partner Hayden? Fleming is not right choice.  2. Aged players like Ntini, Hayden, Hussey and Fleming. Chennai super kings team: 1. MS Dhoni- India- 6 crore.  2. Matthew Hayden- Australia- 1.5 crore.  3. Stephen Fleming- New Zealand- 1.4 crore.  4. Suresh Raina- India- 2.6 crore.  5. Michael Hussey- Australia- 1 crore.  6. Jacob Oram- New Zealand- 2.7 crore.  7. Albie Morkel- South Africa- 2.7 crroe.  8. Parthiv Patel- india- Wicket Keeper- 1.3 crore.  9. Makhaya Ntini- South Africa- 0.8 crore.  10. Joginder Singh- India- 0.9 crore.  11. Muttiah Muralitharan- Sri Lanka- 2.4 crore. If the experienced players can play to their full potential, Chennai super kings may outshine Hyderabad team. … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League auction results: Fourth round

 Pakistan sensation Shahid Afridi was bought by Hyderabad team while Mohali team bought Sreesanth. Jacques Kallis is the sought after player in the fourth round and was bought by Bengaluru team. Sensational West Indies opener Chris Gayle was bought by Kolkata team. Fourth round auction results: 1. Herschelle Gibbs – Hyderabad – 2.3 crore. 2. Jacques Kallis – Bengaluru team – 3.6 crore. 3. Shoaib Malik – Delhi – 2 crore. 4. Shahid Afridi – Hyderabad – 2.7 crore. 5. Stephan Fleming – Chennai – 1.9 crore. 6. Zaheer Khan – Bengaluru team – 1.8 crore. 7. S. Sreesanth – Mohali team – 2.5 crore. 8. Chris Gayle – Kolkata – 3.2 crore. 9. Md. Asif – Delhi – 2.6 crore. 10. Graeme Smith – Jaipur – 1.9 crore. 11. Younis Khan – Jaipur – 90 lakhs. Please share your opinion on this auction process. … [Read more...]

DLF IPL Cricket auction: second and third rounds

 Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya was captured by Mumbai for Rs. 3.9 crore in the second round auction of Indian premier League cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Andrew Symonds are top paid players in the DLF Indian Premier League auction. No one is bidded for McGrath and Md.Yousuf. Second round IPL auction: 1. Harbhajan Singh – Mumbai team – 3.4 crore. 2. Sanath Jayasuriya – Mumbai team – 3.9 crore. 3. Anil Kumble – Bengaluru – 2 crore. 4. Kumara Sangakkara – Mohali – 2.8 crore. 5. Glenn McGrath – Reserve category. 6. Md. Yousuf – Reserve category.  Third round auction results: Andrew Symonds become the second highest paid bidder in the Indian Premier League auction who was bought by Hyderabad for a whopping sum of 5.4 crore. Australian speedster Brett Lee was bought by Mohali team for 3.6 crore. New Zealand cricketers Jacob oram and McCullum surprised analysts by getting better bids than Ricky Ponting and Hayden. No one is bidded for Michael Hussey! 1. Ricky Ponting – Kolkata – 1.6 crore. 2. Brett Lee – Mohali – 3.6 crore. 3. Andrew Symonds – Hyderabad – 5.4 crore. 4. Michael Hussey – Reserve category. 5. Daniel Vettori – Delhi – 2.5 crore. 6. Mathew Hayden – Chennai – 1.5 crore. 7. McCullum – Kolkata – 2.8 crore. 8. Jacob Oram – Chennai team – 2.75 crore.Please share your opinion on Indian Premier League. … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League cricket first round auction results

 Chennai’s India Cements team wins the most sought after player Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the first round of IPL auction while Adam Gilchrist is captured by Deccan Chronicle of Hyderabad. High profile teams like Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi teams failed to win a single bid in the first round of Indian Premier League cricket auction. IPL auction is going on at Hilton towers in Mumbai. IPL First round auction results: 1. M.S.Dhoni – Chennai team– 6 crore.2. Muralidharan – Chennai team–2.4 crore- Strategic investment. 3. Shane Warne – Jaipur team– 1.8 crore. 4. Mahela Jayawardene – Mohali team- 1.9 crore. 5. Adam Gilchrist – Hyderabad team- 2.8 crore. 6. Shoaib Akthar – Kolkata team– 1.7 crore. Icons in the IPL: 1. Sachin Tendulkar – Mumbai. 2. Rahul Dravid – Bengaluru. 3. Sourav Ganguly – Kolkata. 4. Virender Sehwag – Delhi. 5. Yuvraj Singh – Mohali. Icon players will get 15% more money than the biggest bidder in their team. So these players will definitely get lesser amount than Indian One day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Hyderabad team strategically didn’t give Laxman an iconic status due to his less marketing value. Humorous note: Breaking news in one channel - Preity Zinta bought Mahela Jayawardene in the auction.  … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League news

 Indian Premier League is a 20-20 format competition will be held from April onwards and will involve 59 matches over 44 days. It will be played among 8 times and prize money is around 3 million dollars. Each team comprises of 16 players and can include 4 International players. Ownership of 8 teams was won by who is who of corporate India with stunning bids for million dollars. Companies like DLF lost the bidding war due to astonishing bids by rivals.  Winning bidders of Indian Premier League teams: 1. Mumbai: Mukhesh Ambani (111.9 million dollars).  2. Bengaluru: Vijay Mallya (111.6 million dollars). 3. Hyderabad: Deccan Chronicle (107 million dollars). 4. Chennai: India Cements (91 million dollars). 5. Delhi Team: GMR group (84 million dollars). 6. Jaipur: Emerging media (67 million dollars). 7. Kolkata: Shahrukh Khan (75.09 million dollars). 8. Mohali: Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia (76 million dollars).  Current players cannot have right to own a stake in Indian Premier League.     Broadcasting rights: Sony Entertainment Television for 10 years at 1.026 billion dollars.     Can Indian Premier League attract viewers when there is no national pride at stake? Can Indian viewers learn this new culture and spend their evenings at stadiums? Please share your comment on IPL.   … [Read more...]