Mumbai Indians


 Team analysis: Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians is a cricket team in the Indian Premier League. The team is led by Sachin Tendulkar, who is also the Icon Player for the team. The team is coached by Robin Singh and is owned by India's biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, through its 100% subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) purchased the rights for the Mumbai franchise of Indian Premier league for a total of $111.9 million during the auction on January 24, 2008. The RIL bid has made the Mumbai Indians the most expensive franchise in IPL, and hence won the right to hold the semi-finals and the final in Mumbai. The team was unveiled on the 17th of April, 2008 in Mumbai. During the IPL's first auction for the year 2010, Mumbai Indians bought West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard for USD 750,000, after a silent tie-breaker with Chennai Super Kings,Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Only three of India's Under-19 players, priced at Rs. 800,000 each, were eligible to play in the IPL and they were chosen by a draft system. Bangalore picked U-19 captain Ashok Menaria, Deccan went for Harmeet Singh and Mumbai opted for Harshal Patel. The team logo has the Sudarshana Chakra with the team's name engraved in it. The team's colour is blue. The team's jersey is a two-tone blue with three stripes in orange. In 2008, Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan was the brand ambassador of the team. The team uniform didnt change much over the last two years couple except for for the colour shade and additional sponsors. In 2010 a new uniform with golden stripes has come into place. Players’ Profile: Sachin Tendulkar: Sachin Tendulkar has been the most … [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...]

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...]

Jaipur IPL Team: Rajasthan Royals

 What this franchise is doing in IPL? They lacked vision, strategy or passion to become successful in the Indian Premier League. Teams like Jaipur are not beneficial for the success of IPL Cricket. Rajasthan Royals were famous for courage and valour in the history but these Royals are just timid fellows. Jaipur franchise was fined for underbidding during recently held DLF Indian Premier League auction. It failed to spend the minimum amount of Rs. 13.2 crore in the IPL auction.  Jaipur IPL Team analysis:   Rating: 2/5.  Coach: Shane Warne.  Franchise: Emerging Media.  Money spent: Rs. 11.7 crore.       Strong points:     1. Kamran Akmal- Good record in Indian conditions.  2. Graeme Smith- Good opener and strategist.       Weak points:     1. Is there any strategy/passion for this franchise towards IPL? BCCI should handover the franchise rights to someone like Anil Ambani.    2. Weak batting and worst bowling attacks among IPL teams.   Jaipur IPL Team:     1. Shane Warne- Captain and coach- 1.8 crore.  2. Graeme Smith- South Africa- 1.9 crore.  3. Younis Khan- Pakistan- 0.9 crore.  4. Kamran Akmal-Pakistan- 0.6 crore.  5. Yusuf Pathan- India- 1.9 crore.  6. Mohammad Kaif- India- 2.7 crore.  7. Munaf Patel- India- 1.1 crore.  8. Justin Langer.- Withdrawn from IPL.       Verdict: Jaipur team will become worst performer in the Indian Premier League Cricket.     Please share your opinion.   … [Read more...]

 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...]