IPL Match preview: MI Vs DD

Mumbai Indians squad

  Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi. Both teams are led by dashing openers - Sachin Tendulkar & Virender Sehwag. Strongest team in IPL, Mumbai Indians, is playing as favourites to win in IPL 4 tournament.  Match time: 4 PM on April 10  Stadium: Feroz Shah Kotla grounds, Delhi.  Ratings for Captains & Teams:   1. Sachin Tendulkar: 8/10 & Mumbai Indians: 9/10  2. Virender Sehwag: 7/10 & Delhi Daredevils: 7/10  Interesting battle:  Lasith Malings Vs Virender Sehwag & David Warner.  Mumbai Indians (MI) analysis:  MI has squad that can send tremors across the spine of opposition. Team management is providing best possible facilities and services to the players. Mumbai played so well in IPL 3 but lost their way in the finals. Sachin is in the form of his life while we know what Pollard and Symonds can do. Lasith Malinga is the best fast bowler in T20 format. Delhi will collapse if Malings takes care off Sehwag and Warner. Suman, Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have good record in Indian Premier League T20.  Best strategy for Mumbai: Ask DD to bat first and chase its score as Delhi is looking weak in the bowling department.  Probable squad: Sachin Tendulkar (Captain), T. Suman, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu (WK), Andrew Symonds, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, R. Satish & Munaf Patel  Delhi Daredevils (DD) Analysis:  DD has sensational openers - Virender Sehwag and David Warners - who can decimate any bowling department on their day. Colin Ingram won the T20 player of the year in … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Match Preview: Kings Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians

 It's top versus bottom in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday as the Mumbai Indians welcome a beleaguered Kings XI Punjab side to the Brabourne Stadium. The Mumbai Indians are top of the IPL log whilst Kings XI Punjab are bottom and home side are favorites. The Kings XI have won just 1 game from 6, and find themselves all alone at the bottom of the league with just 2 points to their name, that too coming from a game where they were outplayed for 30 of the 40 overs. Mumbai in contrast are the complete opposites of Punjab, winning 5 of their 6 games so far and sitting pretty on their lonesome at the top of the league with 10 points. They will be hoping to hit the half-way stage of the tournament with the added cushion of another two points, and the knowledge that a semi-final spot is pretty much in the bag. The Hosts: Tendulkar is leading from the front and he is just behind Jacques Kallis in the leading run scorer chart, averaging 60.60 at a strike rate of 145. The 303 runs Tendulkar has scored so far puts him way ahead of his team mates, Tiwary is second on the Mumbai batting list and has looked very useful at times but although Harbhajan Singh crashed a rapid 49 at the weekend, Tendulkar is the glue that holds the batting together. Sachin’s two lowest scores were 17 against the Royals (where Mumbai scraped home) and 25 against RCB (where they suffered their only defeat). If teams are to beat Mumbai in the IPL this year, they will need to adopt the Douglas Jardine style of thinking where his sole point of attack was how to counter Don Bradman. With the exception of Saurabh Tiwary, the rest of the Mumbai batting has failed to fire, however, such has been Sachin's contribution that they have not yet really needed to. … [Read more...]

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...]

Delhi vs Mumbai: Who will reach IPL semi-finals?

  Delhi daredevils will attack Mumbai Indians in their last match of Indian Premier League at Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground in Delhi. This is a must win game for both teams but Mumbai still has 2 games in hand even if it loses today’s match. But Delhi Daredevils must win this game to keep their hopes alive. This is an unbelievable turn of events who won the four of their first 5 games. Mumbai Indians won their first round match against Delhi Daredevils.Significance of the match: If Delhi loses this match, Mumbai and Chennai will enter into semi-finals of IPL T20 tournament. All the upcoming IPL matches lose significance which is not good for IPL.  IPL Match timings: 8 PM to 11 PM at Ferozeshaw Kotla cricket ground in Delhi.  Points: Delhi Daredevils are on 13 points from 13 matches while Mumbai Indians are on 12 points from 11 games.  Interesting battles:  1. Glenn McGrath Vs Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya: McGrath won the previous crucial battles as he did in the 2003 Cricket world cup finals.   2. Shaun Pollock Vs Sehwag and Gambhir.  IPL records and statistics:  1. Gautam Gambhir is leading the race for “Orange cap” with 504 runs but he may lose the cap to in-form Shaun Marsh if Delhi loses this match.  2. Glenn McGrath is the only bowler to be in top 10 list from the both teams. He took 12 wickets at an average of 23.3 and economy rate of 6.03!  3. Shaun Pollock is taking a wicket for every 19 runs he conceded means 1 wicket for every 3 overs (his economy rate is around 6.1)  Verdict: Both teams are depending on their top order batsmen to win the matches for them. Mumbai has slight edge in this match due to their depth in the … [Read more...]

Timings of IPL 20-20 Cricket matches

 Sachin Tendulkar will not play the first match for Mumbai Indians IPL team. This is a major setback for the Mumbai young team. First match of the inaugural Indian Premier League will start on April 18. Bangalore Royal Challengers will play against Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. IPL Matches timings: All day matches: From 4 PM to 7 PM. All night matches: From 8 PM to 11 PM. Latest IPL Cricket news:    1. Hrithik Roshan is the brand ambassador for Mumbai Indians IPL team.  2. Aircel will sponsor Chennai super kings. 3. ITC Welcome group hotels is the hospitality sponsor for DLF IPL Indian Premier League tournament. 4. Sachin will not play in the initial matches for Mumbai Indians IPL team. 5. Jaipur IPL team signed Australian batsman Darren Lehmann. 6. IPL authorities patched up with media on the eve of Indian Premier League matches. Change of IPL Match date: 1. Bangalore Royal challengers match with Mumbai Indians was postponed to May 28 from May 10 due to Karnataka Assembly elections. … [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...]