IPL T20 cricket team of the first round

Pune warriors captain Sourav Ganguly

 In the first round of IPL, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils played two matches each while other teams played one match each. Sourav Ganguly (Pune Warriors) emerged as the best captain in the first round. No team emerged as the hot favourite in this round. Pune surprised everyone by defeating Mumbai in Mumbai. KKR once again deceived fans with poor performance while Rajasthan impressed everyone with limited resources.  Best innings of the first round: Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals). He performed well even in England but Indian team management failed to give him enough chances in International cricket. Most valuable player of 1st round: Kevon Cooper (Rajasthan Royals).  IPL T20 cricket team of 1st round: Captain of the team: AB De Villiers (Royal Challengers). My team has just 4 Indians. If rules do not allow to play with 7 foreign stars, I replace Muralidharan  and Smith with Ashwin/Ojha & Irfan Pathan respectively.  Batting: 1. Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals): He might have missed the century but produced a classic innings. His well constructed innings (98 runs in 66 balls) is one of the best in IPL history. 2. Richard Levi (Mumbai Indians): Sensational innings on IPL debut against CSK but Murali Karthik brutally exposed him on a turning Wankhede pitch. He is too dangerous on his day. 3. Steven Smith (Pune Warriors): Good batting under difficult conditions against quality attack. He can bowl also.  4. AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers): What an innings against Delhi Daredevils! He is arguably the best batsmen in international … [Read more...]

Watch IPL matches on your mobile & in your car

Live streaming of IPL matches

 You can now watch live streaming of IPL T20 cricket matches on your mobie. Hyderabad based Apalya Technologies is providing live streaming of IPL cricket matches on your mobile with just 5-minute delay. How to activate Live streaming of IPL on mobile:  1. Visit their website: http://www.mimobi.tv/index.php 2. Select your mobile operator 3. Enter your mobile number 4. You will receive the link on your mobile. Or You can activate the service by sending following message - SMS TV to 58888. You will receive the link to download the application.  Watch IPL matches in your car: You can also watch live streaming of IPL T20 cricket games in your car on avani TV. You need to buy Avani car kit to watch Avani TV in your car. Watch IPL matches on internet: www.youtube.com/indiatimes  … [Read more...]

IPL 2011 Live: MI Vs DC

Uppal stadium in Hyderabad

  Birthday boy Sachin Tendulkar led Mumbai Indians will take on Deccan Chargers at Uppal stadium in Hyderabad. Deccan Chargers captain Kumara Sangakkara won the toss and elected to field first.  IPL T20 Match result: Mumbai Indians defeated Deccan Chargers by 37 runs.  Best of the match: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds & Amit Mishra.  Live ratings for MI Vs DC Cricketers:  MIRatingDeccan ChargersRating    Batsmen:       Sachin Tendulkar 6/10Sunny Sohal 5/10Ambati Rayudu 3/10Sikhar Dhawan 5/10Rohit Sharma 8/10Bharat Chipli 3/10R. Satish 5/10Ravi Teja 2/10    All-rounders:       Kieron Pollard 1/10Daniel Christian 4/10Andrew Symonds 7/10Cameron White 2/10    Wicket-Keeper:       David Jacobs 6/10Kumara Sangakkara 5/10    Bowlers:       Harbhajan Singh 5/10Dale Steyn 3/10Lasith Malinga 8/10Amit Mishra 8/10Munaf Patel 4/10Pragyana Ojha 5/10Abu Nechim 4/10Ishant Sharma 4/10     Highlights of MI Vs DC IPL T20 … [Read more...]

7 Suggestions for IPL management

IPL T20 Cricket tournament

  Indian Premier League (IPL) changed the lives of even unknown cricketers while it turned some cricketers like Paul Valthaty into overnight stars. It has the potential to become the biggest sporting brand in the world in 5-6 years if ICC cooperates with BCCI. These are my suggestions to increase IPL brand value, TV viewership  7 Suggestions for IPL management:  1. Include every player who played at least 1 IPL match in the auction. When ordinary players like Joginder Sharma are in the auction, why not Ambati Rayudu & Paul Valthaty?  2. Increase the number of match avenues to 20. Allot 2-3 games to stadiums in cities likeVisakhapatnam, Cuttack, Guwahati, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Baroda etc. Allot 2 stadiums to each franchisee.  Ex. Chennai Super Kings management should develop another stadium in Tamil Nadu (Madurai / Coimbatore). Deccan Chargers owners should develop another stadium in Vijayawada/Vizag.  Increase in the number of venues will help ticket sales and enhance IPL brand value. Chennai Super Kings should represent Tamil Nadu (not chennai) to get high brand value and fan base.    3. Format: Current format is the best one. No changes are required.  4. Schedule: Conduct every IPL tournament from April 1 – May 31. It is easy for other countries to plan their schedule.  5. Conduct two matches only on weekends and holidays. One match is enough on weekdays.  Conducting two matches on weekends and holidays will help to increase TV ratings and also reduce viewer & player fatigue. To facilitate that, BCCI should increase the number of match days to 60 (April 1 to May 30).  How many people … [Read more...]

IPL 2011 star: Paul Valthaty

Paul Valthaty of Kings Eleven Punjab

  Kings XI Punjab star Paul Valthaty is the undisputed star of 2011 Indian Premier League T20 cricket tournament. He is almost single-handedly carrying the fortunes of this IPL team on his shoulders. He played miserably for Rajasthan Royals in the earlier editions of IPL. But, Kings XI management showed faith on this cricketer's abilities.  He is now proudly wearing orange cap – beating competition from world class players like Sachin Tendulkar and AB de Villiers. Indian selectors will pick him for West Indies tour as senior players are taking rest. This is another excellent chance for Valthaty to prove his class on the international stage.  Indian junior selectors spotted his talent in the early days of his career and picked him for 2002 U-19 World cup along with Irfan Pathan, Siddharth Trivedi, Mohnish Mishra, Mininder Bisla and Parthiv Patel. But, an injury to left eye spoiled his budding career. He then played just one first class match for Mumbai in 2006 against Baroda.  Paul Valthaty profile:  Age: 27 years (7-12-1983)  Birthplace: Mumbai  His family belongs to Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh but they settled in Mumbai.  Father: Chandrasekhar (Panyam mandal, Kurnool district) – Retired L&T employee.  Mother: Chandravathi (Doctor – Nandyal)  Sisters: 3 – all are doctors.  Favourite cricketer: Kapil Dev  IPL 2011 records by Paul Valthaty:  1. First player to score a century in IPL 4.  2. First cricketer in IPL to take 4 wickets & score 50 runs in the same IPL T20 match.  Performance of Paul Valthaty in IPL 2011:  1. Vs Pune Warriors: 6 … [Read more...]

IPL T20 Cricket Live: RCB Vs KKR

  In-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) takes on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Royal Challengers are struggling in IPL 4 due to lack of depth in the bowling. But, Kolkata surprisingly lost to Kochi in the previous game.  Toss: RCB captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to field first.   IPL 4 match result: Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets.  Best of the Match: Chris Gayle, T. Dilshan, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir & Jacques Kallis.  Worst of the Match: Zaheer Khan, S. Aravind, Shakib Al Hasan & L. Balaji.   Live ratings for RCB Vs KKR Cricketers:  RCBRatingKKRRating    Batsmen:       Chris Gayle 10/10Gautam Gambhir 7/10Virat Kohli 7/10Manoj Tiwary 5/10Cheteswar Pujara 5/10Eoin Morgan 3/10Saurabh Tiwary 5/10Rajat Bhatia 4/10Asad Pathan 5/10       All-rounders:       T. Dilshan 7/10Jacques Kallis 7/10  Yusuf Pathan 7/10  Shakib Al Hasan 2/10     Wicket-Keeper:       AB de Villiers 5/10Brad Haddin 5/10    Bowlers: … [Read more...]

IPL T20 Live: CSK Vs RCB

RCB T20 team captain Daniel Vettori

  IPL T20 match result: Chennai Super Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 21 runs.  Best of the T20 game: Michael Hussey, AB de Villiers & Virat Kohli.  Worst of the match: Thilakaratne Dilshan & Poor captaincy by Daniel Vettori.  Live ratings for CSK Vs RCB Cricketers:  CSKRatingRCBRating    Batsmen:       Murali Vijay 6/10Mayank Agarwal 4/10Anirudha Srikanth 5/10Asad Pathan 4/10Suresh Raina 6/10Virat Kolhi 7/10S. Badrinath 4/10Saurabh Tiwary 4/10Michael Hussey 8/10Cheteswar Pujara 5/10    All-rounders:       Albie Morkel 6/10Van der Wath 4/10  T. Dilshan 1/10    Wicket-Keeper:       M.S. Dhoni 6/10AB De Villiers 8/10    Bowlers:       Tim Southee 6/10Zaheer Khan 6/10R. Ashwin 7/10Daniel Vettori 3/10Suraj Randiv 7/10Ryan Ninan 7/10Shadab Jakati 4/10       Highlights of CSK Vs RCB IPL T20 Cricket match:  Chennai Super KingsRoyal … [Read more...]

IPL 2011 Live: CSK Vs Kings XI Punjab

  Paul Valthaty scored unbeaten 12o runs in 63 balls - 19 fours & 2 sixers. One of the best I saw in IPL T20. Best innings in IPL 4. First century in IPL 2011.  IPL Match result: Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets.  Best of the match: Paul Valthaty, Murali Vijay, S. Badrinath & M.S. Dhoni.  Worst of the match: Suresh Raina, Abhishek Nayar, Anirudha Srikanth.   Live ratings for CSK Vs Kings XI Punjab T20 players:  Chennai SuperkingsRatingKings XIRating    Batsmen:       Murali Vijay 8/10Shaun Marsh 5/10Anirudha Srikanth 1/10Paul Valthaty 10/10Suresh Raina 1/10Dinesh Karthik 6/10Scott Styris 5/10Sunny Singh 6/10S. Badrinath 8/10      All-rounders:       Albie Morkel 3/10Ryan McLaren 6/10  Abhishek Nayar 1/10  Ryan Harris 6/10    Wicket-Keeper:       M.S. Dhoni 8/10Adam Gilchrist 6/10    Bowlers:       Tim Southee 3/10Praveen Kumar 6/10R. Ashwin 3/10Bhargav Bhatt 5/10Shadab Jakati 4/10 … [Read more...]

IPL 2011 Live: MI Vs RCB

  Match result: Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers by 9 wickets.  Best of the match: Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu & T. Dilshan.  Worst of the match: Mayank Agarwal & Asad Pathan.  Live ratings for MI Vs RCB T20 Cricketers:  Mumbai IndiansRatingRoyal ChallengersRating    Batsmen:       Sachin Tendulkar 8/10Mayank Agarwal 2/10Ambati Rayudu 8/10Virat Kohli 4/10Rohit Sharma 5/10Saurabh Tiwary 6/10R. Satish 5/10Cheteswar Pujara 5/10        All-rounders:       Kieron Pollard 6/10T.Dilshan 8/10James Franklin 5/10Asad Pathan 2/10 Ali Murtaza 5/10      Wicket-Keeper:       David Jacobs 6/10AB de Villiers 7/10    Bowlers:       Lasith Malinga 7/10Zaheer Khan 3/10Harbhajan Singh 5/10Dirk Nannes 6/10Munaf Patel 7/10Daniel Vettori 7/10  Abhimanyu Mithun 3/10  Toss: Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to field.   Mumbai … [Read more...]

IPL Live: Dehi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals IPL squad

  IPL T20 Match result: Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets.  Man of the match:  Worst of the match: Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Unmukt Chand, Naman Ojha & Van der Merwe.  Live ratings for DD Vs RR T20 players:    Delhi DaredevilsRatingRajasthan RoyalsRating    Batsmen:       Virender Sehwag 2/10Rahul Dravid 7/10David Warner 8/10Ajinkya Rahane 6/10Unmukt Chand 2/10Ross Taylor 6/10Aaron Finch 3/10  Venugopala Rao 8/10      All-rounders:       Irfan Pathan 2/10Johan Botha 7/10Van der Merwe 3/10Ashok Menaria 6/10  Abhishek Raut 5/10Wicket-Keeper:       Naman Ojha 2/10Amit Paunikar 4/10    Bowlers:       Morne Morkel 6/10Shaun Tait 7/10Shahbaz Nadeem 5/10Shane Warne 8/10Ashok Dinda 5/10Amit Singh 7/10  Siddarth Trivedi 5/10    DD Vs RR - over by over … [Read more...]