IPL semi-finals shifted from Bangalore to Mumbai

 The IPL governing council on Sunday decided to move out the semi-final matches of the Twenty-20 tournament from Bangalore to Navi Mumbai due to security concerns. The decision was taken in the wake of the two low-intensity bomb blasts that occurred outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday ahead of the clash between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians. The announcement regarding the same was made by the IPL commissioner Lalit Modi who emphasized that the IPL governing council was not ready to take any chances and wanted to ensure the safety of players and spectators. He added, "the incidents were assessed by local police and the IPL’s security agency as being of a minor nature but they have forced our hand.” Modi said in his statement that the decision of changing the venue is naturally disappointing for the people of Bengaluru but has been taken in consideration of the tournament’s best interests and the interests of its many varied stakeholders. He further said, “While reluctant to relocate the semi-finals at such short notice, yesterday's incidents have made it clear that the current environment in Bangalore prevents us from continuing with our original plans." Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured, the IPL commissioner asserted that the semi-finals and finals of DLF IPL 2010 will be successfully contested and provide a fitting finale to a remarkable tournament in spite the minor hiccup. The minor explosions that took place outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday minutes before the start of the match left atleast eight people with injuries and resulted in delaying the match by an hour. Besides the twin blasts, two other bombs were procured later in the evening which were defused … [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...]

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...]