Chennai Super Kings are IPL 2010 Champions

 The Chennai Super Kings are the IPL 2010 champions. Defeating the title favorites Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in an exciting encounter, amidst the phenomenal atmosphere of the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, the Super Kings finally captured the trophy after having missed it out on the last two occasions. Chennai Super Kings is the only side to have entered the semi final stage in all the three seasons of the tournament. They were the finalists in the inaugural IPL series where they lost the title to the Rajasthan Royals and ended their IPL-2 campaign with a loss at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the semi-finals. For Mumbai Indians, which emerged as the strongest team this year, this was their first taste into the finals of the tournament after their lowly performances in the past two editions. The evening for the grand finale was all set on fire by the scintillating performances by the magical AR Rehman, bollywood diva Bipasha Basu and heartthrob Shahid Kapoor during the closing ceremony preceding the final match. What more was required to set the pulses thumping ahead of an interesting encounter between the teams of the two India’s most favorite cricketers! As the electrifying crowd in the stadium roared for the one and only Sachin, the toss flipped in favour of the Chennai skipper MS Dhoni who elected to bat first with the expectation of setting up a 160-plus total to put pressure on the Mumbai Indians which was already feeling the heat with the injury of their in-form captain Sachin Tendulkar. Though Mumbai put a great bowling attack in the first half of the innings by restricting Chennai to just 58 runs in the first 10 overs, it came out as a smashing performance by the southpaw, Suresh Raina, who smashed … [Read more...]

IPL 2010 Final: Mumbai Vs Chennai

 After 58 matches and almost seven weeks, the IPL Final takes place on Sunday and Mumbai Indians have home advantage when they take on the Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai are slight favourites in what has the making of a thriller. Venue and conditions: The DY Patil stadium has a toss bias, in total five matches played there so far four have been won by the side batting first. It is clear the surface wears as a match progresses, making it difficult for batsmen to hit through the line of the ball with confidence. In the first innings, the average run rate is 8.23. In the second it is just 6.9. Trivia: The BCCI's top brass will refuse to attend the final to distance themselves from Lalit Modi, IPL's under-investigation commissioner. Suresh Raina, with 1318 runs to his name, has overtaken Adam Gilchrist as the leading scorer in all IPL matches. Tendulkar is fifth with 1122 runs. He also holds record for most catches, 26, for a non-wicketkeeper. Team news: Mumbai Indians: Mumbai must decide whether they want to gamble for a second time. The decision to pair Lasith Malinga and Dilhara Fernando, instead of one from Dwayne Bravo or Ryan McLaren against Bangalore in the semi-final, was a strange one. Of course, it paid off but in terms of balance it makes little sense. Bravo or McLaren bowl more than useful overs and offer vital runs. Five stitches in Sachin Tendulkars right hand make the Mumbai Indians captain and star performer a doubt for the final. It would be a real blow were Sachin to miss out after his performances with the bat and as skipper guided Mumbai to the final via a largely trouble free passage. They won 10 of 14 games to make the semi finals where they disposed of the Royal Challengers in a … [Read more...]

Sahara Indian Premier League Awards 2010

 With the third edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) entering the stage of grand finale amidst all the high-voltage controversies and allegations, the evening of April 23 witnessed the presentation of the first ever IPL Awards. The glittering ceremony which took place at the Grand Hyatt, Mumbai was embarked by the presence of the best from the world of entertainment and sports. However, strengthening the reports of the BCCI-Modi spat, the bigwigs of the BCCI gave a skip to the event. The BCCI top brass including the BCCI President Shashank Manohar and the Secretary N Srinivasan along with the IPL Vice-chairman Niranjan Shah remained absent from the Sahara Indian Premier League Awards function. Those who marked their attendance at the event were the IPL Governing Council member Sunil Gavaskar and former BCCI President Inderjit Singh Bindra who is the Principal Advisor to the International Cricket Council (ICC). Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who turns 37 this Saturday, grabbed the viewers’ choice award for the Best Captain for turning out to be a superb captain leading from the front and taking his team, the Mumbai Indians, through to the finals of the IPL tournament for the first time in the last three years. He also won the award for the Best Batsman, being the highest run scorer in this season of the League, though he gave a miss to the event along with the Chennai Super Kings skipper M.S.Dhoni. Pragyan Ojha received the award for the Best Bowler while Suresh Raina took away the award for the Best Fielder in the viewers’ choice category. Keiron Pollard of Mumbai Indians, who happens to be the costliest player of his team in this year's auction, was adjudged the Best Debutant performer for the season by the jury. … [Read more...]

IPL 2010: Player’s Performance

 IPL-3 is in final stage with Mumbai, Bangalore, Deccan and Chennai qualified for the semi finals. Mumbai will take on Chennai in the final and rest two will fight for the 3rd spot. Teams like Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have only themselves to blame, they had plenty of riches within their ranks for their vapid show, others like Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab neither had the firepower nor the form to help their cause. These four teams, which failed to make to semi final, paid the price for the lack of form of their key players, names which promised a lot, but delivered a little. Let’s have a look at performance of top players from these four teams. Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab)Matches: 14 Runs: 255 Highest: 43 Average: 21.25 S/R: 128.14He was in news for all other reasons except his batting!!Stripped from captaincy, Yuvraj didn't do his reputation any good by being one of the biggest flop stories of this campaign. Even Yuvraj did come out with his own statement saying there is no problem within the side. Kumar Sangakkara (Kings XI Punjab)  Matches: 13 Runs: 357 Highest: 56 Average: 29.75 S/R: 138.91 If the outgoing captain of Kings XI Punjab was struggling to find form, the incumbent fared only marginally better. Kumar Sangakkara's 42-ball 56 against Mumbai Indians was a match-winning effort, but most of his other contributions were forgettable may be because of captaincy pressure on him. S Sreesanth (Kings XI Punjab)Matches: 6 Wickets: 3 Best Bowling: 2-24 Average: 63.66 E/R: 10.05 The Kerala speedster is never in the news for his performances. In the inaugural edition, we remember him for crying in public after the 'Slapgate' incident. But … [Read more...]

IPL 2010 Awards on April 23

 From this year onwards, best performers in IPL tournament will receive awards and organisers want to conduct this annual award ceremony in the range of Oscars. Many celebrities from Bollywood and cricket will attend this prestigious function. There will be critic’s choice awards and jury awards. IPL 2010 Awards ceremony: Hosts: Shahrukh Khan & Karan Johar Location: Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. Programme is live on: Colors TV Channel Date: April 23 Number of awards: 22 categories Awards jury: Sunil Gavaskar, Lalit Modi, Brian Lara, Javagal Srinath, Simon Taufel and Harsha Bhogle. Viewers’ choice awards: Visit IPL awards site to pick your favourite players. Site address:  Who is the leader? Leader is the one who takes responsibility for failures and share success with team. Shahrukh Khan showed leadership qualities by taking full responsibility for the failure of Kolkata Knight Riders. Ganguly should learn lesson from Shahrukh on taking responsibility. It is sad to see one of India's best captains in such a state. Kolkata has wonderful players but lack of cohesion and lack of strategic leadership are main reasons for its failures in IPL T20 tournament. A good leader can turnaround this team in IPL 2001. Kolkata fans are passionate cricket lovers but this team is testing their patience levels. … [Read more...]


   IPL Awards 2010   IPL Jury awards:  1. Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indian)  2. Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers)  3. Best Fielder: A.B. de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils)  4. Best stadium: Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore)  5. Most consistent performer: Jacques Kallis (Royal Challengers)  6. Most dramatic performance: Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians)  7. Best IPL Debu: Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)  8. Best IPL stadium experience: DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai)  9. Breakthrough Performances:  2008: Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders)  2009: Anil Kumble (Royal Challengers Bangalore)   Viewer's choice awards:  1. Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar  2. Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha  3. Best Fielder: Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)  4. Best Captain: Sachin Tendulkar  5. Best Commentator: Ravi Shastri  6. Best Catch: David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders)  7. Most stylish player: Robin Uthappa (Royal Challengers)  8. Most fan friendly cricketer: Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)   Statistical awards:  1. Fastest century: Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)  2. Most economical bowler: R. A shwin (Chennai Super Kings)  3. Maximum runs scored in fours and sixers: Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils)   Special awards:  1. Choice of IPL Captains: Indian cricket legend whom they want in their team: Kapil Dev.  IPL 2010 awards function will be held at Grand Hyatt, … [Read more...]

Mumbai Indians are marching ahead

 Author: Trina Ghosh (Gurgaon). Sachin fires Mumbai Indians to the top of IPL table. This was Mumbai Indians seventh win out of eight matches. The 2nd match of the IPL 2010 between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals which was played  on 13th March 2010 at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai won by 4 runs. Remember Rajasthan Royals is the winner of 1st season of IPL T20. Mumbai Indians bowlers Amit Uniyal and Dimitri Mascarenhas took 2 wickets each in their 4 overs spells. Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu’s half centuries made Mumbai Indians to pass the 200 runs mark. At the end, Mumbai with the tricks of Malinga win their first IPL match in season 3.        Mumbai Indians vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore was clash in the 14th T20 match of the IPL 2010 which was played in Mumbai on 20th March. The Mumbai Indians IPL cricket team has lost to the Bangalore Royal Challengers   by 7 wickets. This was only one match where MI has lost. Then again Mumbai Indians have absolutely demolished the Kolkata Knight Riders on 22nd March in Brabourne Stadium; Mumbai saw Mumbai beat Kolkata by 7 wickets. Sachin Tendulkar was the Man of the Match. After that   Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in Brabourne Stadium on 25th march, MI won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining). The 5th match of Mumbai Indians,   against Kings XI Punjab in Brabourne Stadium – Mumbai on 30th march and MI won by 4 wickets, Man of the Match: Lasith Malinga. This was their fifth win at Brabourne Stadium. Mumbai Indians vs. Deccan Chargers in Brabourne Stadium – Mumbai on 3rd April. MI won by 41 runs. Man of the Match: Harbhajan Singh.         Ambati Rayudu cracked an unbeaten 29-ball 55 as … [Read more...]

IPL 2010 records and statistics

 IPL 2010 Statistics:  IPL 2010 winner: Orange cap: Purple Cap: Highest sixers in IPL 2010: Highest score by a team in an innings: Chennai super kings scored 246 runs against Rajasthan at Chennai. Highest score by a player in an innings: Murali Vijay of Chennai super kings scored 127 runs against Rajasthan at Chennai. Highest sixers by a player in an innings: Murali Vijay of Chennai Superkings hit 11 sixers against Rajasthan.  Highest sixers by a team in an innings: Chennai Superkings hit 17 sixers against Rajasthan. Highest Partnership: 152-run partnership between Murali Vijay & Morkel for Chennai superkings against Rajasthan. Centurions: Murali Vijay (127), David Warner and Yusuf Pathan (100).  … [Read more...]

IPL: In the mirror of Past, Present and Future

 Indian Premier League (IPL), a brainchild of BCCI or to be precise its vice-president Lalit Modi, is a Twenty20 league sanctioned by ICC.Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Dare Devils and Rajasthan Royals are the eight franchise teams taking part in the tournament.Vijay Mallya, Preity Zinta, Shah Rukh Khan, Venkataram Reddy and Nita Ambani are the major IPL franchises. The first season of the Indian Premier League, also known as the DLF Indian Premier League, began on April 18, 2008, in Bangalore, and ended on June 1, 2008, with the victory of the Rajasthan Royals in the final at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.The second edition of the cash-rich event was conducted in South Africa and was won by Deccan Chargers.Sponsorships: India's biggest property developer DLF Group paid US$50 million to be the title sponsor of the tournament for 5 years from 2008 to 2013. Other five-year sponsorship agreements include a deal with motorcycle maker Hero Honda worth $22.5-million, one with PepsiCo worth $12.5-million, and a deal with beer and airline conglomerate Kingfisher at $26.5-million. Television rights: On 15 January 2008 it was announced that a consortium consisting of India's Sony Entertainment Television network and Singapore-based World Sport Group secured the global broadcasting rights of the Indian Premier League. The record deal has duration of ten years at a cost of US $1.026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium will pay the BCCI US $918 million for the television broadcast rights and US $108 million for the promotion of the tournament. This deal was challenged in the Bombay High Court by IPL, and got … [Read more...]

New players in IPL 2010 for Chennai and Rajasthan

 Couple of new faces will join IPL for Chennai super kings and Rajasthan Royals to boost team bowling and batting department. Chennai Super Kings: Australian left-arm pacer Doug Bollinger will replace injured Jacob Oram, who was ruled out of the entire Indian Premier League 2010, in the Chennai Super Kings team. Bollinger will join the team on April 5. Oram suffered a patella tendon tear shortly after New Zealand's home series against Australia began and was advised rest for up to a month. Bollinger's inclusion will bolster Chennai's bowling attack, which sorely lacked a genuine strike bowler during a disappointing start to their campaign. Bollinger, who came in to the Australian Test side in January 2009, has emerged as one of the team's best strike bowlers in the last year. He had an outstanding 2009-10 home season, taking 25 wickets in five Tests, against West Indies and Pakistan. He also took 15 wickets in eight ODIs against the two teams and began the Test series in New Zealand with a five-for in Wellington. Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan Royals have drafted Victoria batsman Aaron Finch into their squad for the 2010 IPL season. Rajasthan Royals lost Graeme Smith and Dimitri Mascarenhas to injuries but Finch was included because they had an extra overseas slot free, and not as a replacement player. Finch, who represented Victoria during the Champions League Twenty20 in October, last year, has already joined the team in India. Finch's inclusion came shortly after Rajasthan cut former Australian batsman Damien Martyn from their squad. We have to see whether these new players can get chance and prove their worth in IPL 2010.  … [Read more...]