The Chennai Super Kings is by far the most successful IPL team, having won the IPL twice and reached the play-offs every season. By winning the champion’s league twenty20 in 2010 it became the only team to achieve both feats. Barring few matches, the CSK was led by the maverick captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in all the matches since the inaugural event. The relation between the franchise and the captain cool is such that the latter, who usually hides his emotions playing for the national team,…Continue
The very notion of the Indian Cricket Team flying for hours across the Indian Ocean to play a one off T20 game in South Africa seems a ridiculous one, doesn’t it? Surely they could play this game on Skype, or another online platform? I’m sure a lot of these players, or their children, have Xbox or Playstation’s, couldn’t they just go online and do it there?
As much as we might take the mickey out of it however, and no doubt there will be plenty said against it, we do need to look at…Continue
This match was announced during the Asia Cup and baffled everybody. South Africa was back from a full tour of New Zealand just a day before this match. They didn’t even practice for this match. This was perhaps the much needed rest from some of them head to the subcontinent to play in the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian players first attended the felicitation function of Rahul Dravid organized by the BCCI and departed the same night for this match. Almost all the Indian…Continue
With the International cricket having been virtually swept out of Pakistan for some time now, the nationals hold Faysal Bank T20 in high regards. Faysal Bank T20 is a domestic tournament that goes on for a week with 8 regional teams taking part respectively. The tournament includes big names from the Pakistani cricket and a blend of veterans and emerging stars is offered to the spectators as a treat. Since it is the only domestic tournament that attracts spectators to itself, the question is…Continue
Added by Syed Salman Rizvi on March 29, 2012 at 12:50 — No Comments
After having escaped the recharged West Indies Team Assault, Australia managed to draw the closely fought One Day series by winning the last and first encounter. West Indies Ranked 8thon ODI charts could not win the series against Australia but proved what they are capable of. Moving into the two-match Twenty20 series against Australia, Darren Sammy lead West Indies (WI) Captain looked Confident to change the gear to drive into the faster format of game.
To start with the thrilling encounters between West Indies and Aussies,
The heroics of Darren Sammy under immense pressure made the eyes of the Australians go wide in revere. It suited as a perfect ending to a series which was fought with vigour and passion. However, the efforts of the West Indian players went much in vain as Brett Lee, led an attack worthy of being called disciplined and accurate. The Australians, like any other game gained an edge over the other team by nothing more…Continue
The West Indies take on Australia tomorrow in the first game of a two-match T20 series. The two teams have just finished an exhilarating five-match ODI series, which finished in a fitting 2-2 tie. It’s fair to say that the two former powerhouses have never quite dominated the twenty20 version of the game and that both are currently going for a transition phase (in the case of the Windies that transition phase is well into its second decade).
There is a genuine excitement surrounding…Continue
South Africa has always known to have produced better bowlers than batsmen. Since their entry back to the international arena in 1991 against India in the then Calcutta, its bowlers have continuously tormented the batsmen the world over. The current bowling coach Allan Donald leads this list. He was feared the world over due to his speed and accuracy. The sharp bounce that he extracted from the pitch created doubts in the minds of the batsmen. Over the years, he bowled quite a few very…Continue
What a weekend of Cricket we're having! I can honestly say that as a follower of all forms of the game, it is great to have the broad variety on offer that not many sports other than ours can provide. I'm sure we all get tired of having the same format and teams shoved down our throats, so to have a period of a few days where we have a cat and mouse, weather affected Test match, the culmination of a much more competitive than expected ODI series, and of course the World Twenty20 Qualifying…Continue
The game has been around for more than a hundred years now. It began with Test cricket and a few handful of nations used to play the game, however today it stands much different from how it began. The first biggest change that the game saw was the introduction of coloured kits and a relatively shorter version of the game. Many at that point in time thought that this has taken away the actual spirit of the game and back then a few would have thought that there was a lot more to follow. After…Continue
South Asian sub continent has one of the most devoted fans of Cricket. With the likes of team such as India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan keeping the Asia flag high, the recent Asia Cup and ICC T20 Qualifiers have new emerging Asian faces that can probably alter the balance. It might be tough to predict what is stored in future, but these new teams are showing the confidence. Though the country Afghanistan is rebuilding from war zone, the Afghanistan cricketers are united to keep their flag…Continue
Giant killers Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday at Mirpur and advanced to the final of the Asia Cup, and in doing so, knocked India out of the tournament. This is only the second time that Bangladesh has made it to the finals of a one day international tournament.
In a rain interrupted match, the hosts spiritedly chased down the target of 212 runs to book their place in the Asia Cup finals for the first time in history. They will face Pakistan in the finals on…Continue
The first of two World Twenty20 Cup places will be decided on Thursday when Afghanistan and Namibia meet on Thursday. The winner will earn the first bid and the loser will have to play another game to determine their place. We are very much in the business end of this enjoyable competition and with that in mind, I thought I would post up some of my thoughts on the action so far.
1. Afghanistan - This is a team to watch on the World cricket stage. They might lose to…Continue
The start of the One Day International series between the West Indies and Australia has been intriguing, to say the least. Many of us, I'll be honest, myself included, expected the Aussies to turn up in the Caribbean and steamroller over the West Indian side, seemingly always under strength or torn apart by some contract dispute, sponsorship issues or player strikes. This series is no different, with Chris Gayle being the most notable absentee from the squad.
With the series tied at…Continue
Every now and then, there are inspiring performances from the associate countries. With the game itself reaching almost every other nation in the world, it is obligatory upon the International Cricket Council to play a positive role in providing the associates with competitive cricket. This is likely to elevate the standard of the game and will provide the cricket lovers with better and new teams coming up on the international circuit. Talking of the associates, who could ever forget the…Continue
Added by Sameer Hasan on March 20, 2012 at 7:55 — No Comments
On a day where cricket fans were glued to their TV to watch the high profile match of India and Pakistan being held in Dhaka, in the nearby UAE 16 countries are fighting for a place in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka. Of the 72 qualifying fixtures, 16 teams have been divided into 2 groups. The winner of each group will meet for the first qualifying final. The winner gets the spot in ICC World Twenty20 2012 but the loser will have another chance to qualify for…Continue
Added by t20fan on March 19, 2012 at 9:00 — No Comments
16th of March, 2012 will go down in history as the day when Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th 100 at Mirpur, a record that is probably unsurpassable. A billion people had been waiting for this achievement for 368 days (that was when he scored his 99th century), and as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, India breathed easy after the 100th run was scored. It is an amazing achievement by a sportsman, considered unanimously as the God of Indian Cricket. Amidst all this frenzy, however, Team India…Continue
Firstly, I would just like to echo the thoughts of fellow blogger Karl Tippins, who made the point that the Twenty20 qualifiers are being run the way that the ICC should run more international tournaments. Of course, they are hardly like the football world cup qualifiers in terms of attention, but this significant competition is being run at a rapid pace and it is extremely exciting. There is a college basketball tournament known as 'March Madness' taking place in the US at the moment and…Continue
Added by Sebastian Egerton-Read on March 17, 2012 at 5:15 — No Comments
When Sachin Tendulkar scored his much awaited and hugely anticipated 100th international century in Mirpur against Bangladesh in the on-going Asia Cup, he would be a more satisfied than happy man. He was under tremendous media and fan pressure to achieve this feat which would be a landmark for other players to achieve. If he would have not scored a century in this match, this would have been the longest century-less patch for him. He last scored a century against South Africa in the 2011 ICC…Continue
Added by Ankush Yaduvanshi on March 16, 2012 at 20:23 — No Comments
I'm for once going to tip my hat to the ICC, they're simply doing a fantastic job of the World Twenty 20 qualifiers which are going on in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah right now! "Why can't they get it this right more often?" Is sure to be the question on everyone's lips
What a competition this is turning into. Certainly it is very much a fitting appetiser to what should be a fantastic World Twenty 20 competition in Sri Lanka later this year.
So far the competition has had…Continue