Analysis of IPL captains

 Captains played a very crucial role in changing the fortunes of their IPL teams. Captains like Shane Warne and Dhoni inspired their teams with their leadership qualities while Dravid and Laxman buckled under pressure with poor batting and unimaginative captaincy. Unlike Dravid, Laxman at least sacrificed money and iconic status. Analysis of Indian Premier League captains: 1. Shane Warne: He is the coach, captain, magician, God, motivator and saviour for underdogs Jaipur. He inspired young Jaipur team to sensational victories. 2. MS Dhoni: Ice Man Dhoni showed his immense potential against Bangalore with his hard hitting and cool captaincy. Indian cricket is in the safe hands of this “Ice Man”. We will know his real potential in the coming matches where Chennai will miss the services of Mathew Hayden, Michael Hussey and Jacob Oram. Can he inspire his team like Warne? 3. Virender Sehwag: One superb inning against Hyderabad and nothing else. 4. Yuvraj Singh: He is playing consistently well in all the Mohali IPL matches. But team lost some matches due to bad selection and unsettled batting order. Indian vice-captain need to prove his captaincy skills. 5. Sourav Ganguly: He is an inspirational leader but poor batsman. Kolkata fans love the passionate combination of Sourav-Shahrukh but Ganguly needs to score runs. 6. Rahul Dravid: Why is he playing in this tournament? What can he do in Twenty20 games? He should sit at home and watch matches. Poor leader but good man. 7. VVS Laxman: You should pick your best players to win tight Twenty20 games. You can’t bat; you can’t see potential in young men; you can’t take bold innovate decisions; you can’t field; you can’t say no … [Read more...]

IPL Cricket stars we miss in May

 Indian Premier League teams will miss some match winning foreign cricketers in May. Absence of these stars will have maximum impact on teams like Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad while Teams like Rajasthan, Bangalore and Delhi will be less impacted by their absence. Dale Steyn is the bowler to watch out in May. 1. Chennai Super Kings: New Zealand all rounder Jacob Oram and Australian batsman Mathew Hayden and Michael Hussey will not play for Chennai IPL in the next month. Chennai will reach semi-finals but title hopes are almost out of question due to their absence. These three cricketers clean swept all the three man of the match awards in the Chennai matches. Chennai is the most affected team in the Indian Premier League. South African pacer Morkel may fill the void left by Jacob Oram and Stephen Fleming may partially fill the gap left by Michael Hussey. But who will replace Match winner Mathew Hayden? 2. Punjab Kings Eleven: Mohali IPL will miss its strike bowler Brett Lee, Kylie Mills and Simon Katich. It is almost impossible to fill the boots of Australian Speedster. 3. Hyderabad Deccan Chargers: They will miss their star batsman Andrew Symonds. So their hope of reaching semi-finals is almost out of question. 4. Bangalore Royal Challengers: They will miss New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, Australian speedster Ashley Noffke and West Indies batsman Chanderpaul. But Bangalore fortunes will be boosted by arrivals of South African sensation Dale Steyn. Zaheer Khan, Praveen kumar, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis may destroy any batting lineup in Indian Premier League. 5. Delhi daredevils: Delhi will not be affected much due to the absence of New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori. South African batsman De … [Read more...]

Top 10 Indian batsmen in IPL 2008

 Foreign players are dominating Indian Premier League (IPL) from the first match onwards. Brendon McCullum, Mike Hussey, David Hussey, Mathew Hayden, Mark Boucher, Kallis, Shane Watson were hogged limelight with their scintillating batting performance in the initial matches. But Indian batsmen are gradually coming into their own especially young cricketers are playing useful knocks for their teams. Surprisingly, senior cricketers failed to hog limelight in this fast format game. Virender Sehwag is the Indian batsman of the first round. Top Indian batsmen in Indian Premier League: 1. Virender Sehwag: Only Indian who won the Man of the match award in an IPL match. He scored highest runs in a single over (30 runs) in an IPL match. 2. Suresh Raina: He was termed as “Future hope” by Wisden magazine. Sachin Tendulkar and Greg Chappell saw immense potential in him. This fine fielder suddenly lost form and place in Indian team. He played sensational cameo knocks for Chennai Super Kings in both matches. He should be in Indian one day team. Are selectors listening? 3. Yuvraj Singh: Mohali team lost both matches despite Yuvraj’s fine knocks in both matches. 4. Rohit Sharma: What a knock from this young man! He scored 26 runs in a Maharoof’s over and shone well in a poor Hyderabad team. 5. Robin Uthappa: He played well in both of Mumbai’s IPL T20 matches. Like Yuvraj, he failed to save his team. 6. Gautam Gambhir: He is continuing his fine form in IPL also. He played fine knock against Jaipur. 7. Shikhar Dhawan: He played good supporting knocks in both matches of Delhi Dare devils. 8. Ravinder Jadeja and Abhishek Nayyar: Jadeja has immense potential. He will learn much more under Shane … [Read more...]

Lessons from IPL T20 teams

 Indian Premier League already witnessed some exciting contests and wonderful performances from world cricket stars. But teams like Hyderabad surprisingly lost both matches due to lack of proper planning. Everyone can learn cricket/real life lessons from these IPL T20 matches. Lessons from Indian Premier League cricket matches: 1. Hyderabad Deccan Chargers: This is a classic case of fall from grace. A. You need a motivational leader to win a contest. A weak leader like Laxman is a minus point. B. You need proper planning and unbiased selection to win in any sport. C. You need a team which is strong in all departments. Hyderabad bought 4 hard hitters and forgot about other departments. D. You need bench strength in case of emergency. What will they do when Symonds will not available in the last weeks of May? 2. Kolkata Knight Riders:A. It has exciting passionate owner like Shahrukh Khan (He is like Mark Cuban of NBA). B. It has inspirational leader like Sourav Ganguly who will not settle for second place. 3. Jaipur IPL: Shane Warne is doing magic both on and off the field with his bowling, inspiring captaincy and tactical coaching. A genius leader like Warne can spot ability in young cricketers and raise their game level. 4. Delhi Daredevils: They believed in true world class players but not bits and pieces. Bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Mohammad Asif are giving superb starts with their accurate bowling. Class is permanent. 5. Bangalore Royal Challengers: They too believed in world class bowlers like Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble, Nathan Bracken and Zaheer Khan. True all-rounder like Praveen kumar is an additional bonus. But they picked world class test batsmen for Twenty20 cricket games. 6. … [Read more...]

Top 10 T20 Cricket stars of IPL in first week

 Indian Premier League grabbed the attention of Indian cricket lovers in the first week itself. Brendon McCullum and Mike Hussey helped to raise awareness about IPL with fine centuries. IPL grabbed more TRP ratings than family soaps in the prime time, according to latest TV ratings. Whether cricket purists like it or not, IPL is here to stay and will expand to new cities. More International players will play in the coming years and may announce retirements if ICC will not accomodate IPL in the futire calendar. Twenty20 cricket is mainly a batsmen game. So my top 10 cricket stars list mostly comprising of batsmen. Bangalore showed strong bounce back after a demoralising loss against Kolkata in the initial match. Kolkata won the both matches and is showing fine all-round performance. Foreign players (Australian and South African cricketers) shined in the first week of IPL T20 cricket tournament. Keepers like Brendon McCullum and Mark Boucher played match winning knocks in the first week. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are big disappointments in the first week. Despite Yuvraj’s brilliant batting, Mohali lost both matches. First week IPL stats: 1. Happiest man: Shahrukh Khan. 2. Top team: Kolkata Knight Riders. 3. Best batsman: Brendon McCullum. 4. Innings of character: David Hussey. 5. Best brothers: Michael Hussey & David Hussey. 6. Worst pitch: Eden Gardens. 7. Big disappointment: Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni. 8. Some things never change: McGrath’s accurate bowling and Sreesanth’s way ward bowling. 9. Worst organisation: Cricket Association of Bengal. 10. No. Of Man of the match awards won by Indian Cricketers: Zero. Top 10 T20 Cricket Stars in the first week: 1. Brendon McCullum: … [Read more...]

Indian Premier League sponsors

 Indian Premier League (IPL) is a 20-20 cricket tournament which is being played between eight Indian city franchises. IPL was started on April 18 at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. This tournament has all the ingredients to change the dynamics of world cricket. Many companies are betting on twenty20 cricket to attract new age audience. It is simply “Cricketainment”.   Sponsors of IPL cricket tournament: 1. Title sponsor: DLF real Estate company. 2. Co-sponsor: Hero Honda. 3. Beverage supplier: Pepsi 4. Official Airlines: Kingfisher Airlines. 5. Umpire partner: kingfisher Airlines. 6. Hospitality partner: ITC Welcome group hotels and Resorts. … [Read more...]

KKR crushed RCB in IPL 2008

  Kolkata IPL team crushed Bangalore Royal Challengers (test team) in a one sided twenty20 match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Kolkata defeated Bangalore by a big margin of 140 runs. Batting first, Kolkata IPL scored 222/3 in 20 overs thanks to magnificent 158 not out by Brendon McCullum. But Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly failed to entertain the crowds. In response, Bangalore IPL was all out for 82 runs in 15.1 overs. Bangalore people may find it difficult to digest their team’s lack of fighting spirit. Except all-rounder Praveen kumar, not even a single Bangalore batsman has shown minimum fighting spirit and application in facing Kolkata Knight Riders. Shahrukh Khan is the happiest man on earth after seeing the wonderful all-round performance by his team. Kolkata IPL outclassed Bangalore IPL in batting, bowling and fielding.  Bangalore challengers started their innings in horrible way by losing 4 wickets for 24 runs in 6 overs. Test stars like Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Wasim Jaffer failed miserably along with Indian under-19 captain Virat Kohli. India young sensation, Ishant Sharma terrorised Dravid, Kallis and Jaffer in his initial overs. Even experienced hard hitter Mark Boucher fell cheaply to Kolkata captain Sourav Ganguly.  IPL started in a spectacular fashion at Chinnaswamy stadium which was well attended by famous cricket dignitaries. Music show by Shankar Mahadevan and Laser show enthralled the Bangalore crowds. But McCullum innings overshadowed all these things.  IPL Match analysis:       Toss: Bangalore Royal Challengers won the toss and elected to field.         Highlights of the match:  1. Brendon McCullum gave sensational start to this … [Read more...]

IPL Official website is now live

 Official website of Indian Premier League ( is launched by Live Current Media who also maintains They want to present this site in the mould of English Premier League football club sites where you can view match videos, interact with fellow fans and shop for cricket merchandise. Live Current Media also owns Live Current Media Inc. will work in association with Indian Premier League in maintaining the official website of IPL. They are paying $ 50 million to BCCI over 10 years as part of deal. As per agreement, popular cricket websites like Cricinfo and Cricket365 can’t able to provide live updates and commentary of IPL cricket games but TV news channels can broadcast short clips during news time. From now onwards, is the official online portal for Indian Premier League. Highlights of the website: 1. Comprehensive multimedia section comprising of Audio, Video and photographs. 2. Live scorecards of IPL twenty20 matches. 3. Analysis (Previews and Reviews) of IPL Cricket matches. 4. Fantasy cricket game application for facebook users. 5. Profiles and interviews of IPL Cricketers and teams. 6. Schedule and results of Indian Premier League matches. 7. Tickets availability information. 8. IPL Contests and polls for interactivity. 9. Email newsletter with latest IPL news updates. 10. Records and other statistical information of Indian Premier League. 11. You can shop for cricket merchandise on Improvements needed: 1. No live streaming of IPL cricket matches. 2. You need to pay to download videos and pictures. My Rating: 4/5.Click here to visit the … [Read more...]

Bangalore Royal Challengers IPL team 2008

 Bangalore IPL team is a reflection of Rahul Dravid mentality. They assembled ideal test team for 20-20 tournament. Experience is its strength and weakness. But they have wonderful bowling attack. Bangalore Royal Challengers will play against Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match of inagural Indian Premier League 20-20 tournament at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Bangalore IPL team: Captain& Icon: Rahul Dravid Batsmen: 1. S. Chanderpaul (West Indies)  2. Misbah-Ui-Haq  3. Wasim Jaffer  4. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)  5. Virat Kohli (Under-19 captain)  6. Devraj patil.  All rounders: 1. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)  2. Cameroon White (Australia)  3. Praveen Kumar.  Wicketkeeper: Mark Boucher (South Africa).  Bowlers: 1. Anil Kumble  2. Dale Steyn (South Africa)  3. Zaheer Khan  4. Nathan Bracken (Australia)  5. Abdur Razaaq (Bangladesh)  6. Sunil Joshi  7. Ashley Noffke  8. Vinay Kumar.  Biggest miss: They failed to buy Karnataka star Robin Uthappa. Coach: Venkatesh Prasad. Franchise owner: Vijay Mallya. Brand Ambassador: Katrina Kaif. Official website: Sportswear: Reebok Formalwear: Louis Philippe.  … [Read more...]

IPL Match preview: RCB Vs KKR

  Bangalore Royal Challengers will clash with Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18 in the inagural match of the first Indian Premier League (IPL) 20-20 tournament. This IPL Twenty20 match will be held at M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore under flood lights. Bollywood beauty Katrina Kaif will endorse Bangalore IPL team which is looking weak in all departments when compared to Kolkata IPL team which is owned by Bollywood Badshaw Shahrukh Khan.   Match timing: 7 PM – 11 PM on April 18, 2008.       Stadium: M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore.      Significant rule: Each team can field only 4 foreign players per match. Bangalore may field Mark Boucher, Kallis, Cameroon White/Ross Taylor and Misbah-Ul-Haq or some bowler while Kolkata may field Chris Gayle, Ricky Ponting, Umar Gul and Brendon McCullum.  Bangalore IPL team will play without their star bowlers, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn and Nathan Bracken in the first match. Anil Kumble will miss the first match due to groin injury. Nathan Bracken will miss first four matches. Dale Steyn will not play in the initial matches due to a domestic competition at home. Kolkata IPL team will miss Shoaib Akthar due to ban.    IPL Teams analysis:      Bangalore IPL team:  Strengths:  1. Mark Boucher all round capabilities.      2. Misbah-Ul-Haq in the middle order.       3. Most experienced players.     4. Under-19 players may surprise us.  Weaknesses:  1. Weak bowling, batting and fielding.  2. Absence of Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble and Nathan bracken.  Kolkata Knight Riders:   Strengths:  1. Strong … [Read more...]