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IPL Auctions 2015 – Team Strategy

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The auction will take place on the 16th of February, this Monday. (Image from iplt20.com)

The World Cup has started, and the cricket world has now sprung to life. However, on the horizon we have another important event in the cricketing world – the IPL Auctions. Though not a cricket match per se, the auction is something that I personally look forward to every year, as it not only gives the thrill of seeing massive players being sold for heists of money, but also presents a chance for us to gain a deeper insight into team strategies and plans. Each team walks into the auction with different needs and theories, so who they go after will be interesting to see. Here’s who I think they should/will go after. Keep in mind that to keep this structured, I’ve suggested only a few of the many possibilities for players that fit into my frame.

Delhi Daredevils (payroll: ₹39,75,00,000)

Players to buy: Hashim Amla, Angelo Matthews, Trent Boult

In the last year, Delhi Daredevils have been much like an anxious Asian before his SATs: Anxious, unstable, and trying every possible method his money can buy him. Last year, after some belligerent spending, they landed up with 23 players, including Kevin Pietersen and Dinesh Karthik. However, following their 8th place finish, they released 13 of those players (including KP and DK). First and foremost, I think they need a stable leader. A centerpiece around whom the franchise can not only build a new team, but also around whom the team can rally. For this, I think that Hashim Amla and Angelo Matthews would be excellent. Both are proven leaders, and are known for their ability to lead from the front. Amla could provide the stability up front that Delhi so desperately lacked, and Matthews could chip in with his all round abilities, and give more stability in both departments. In addition, I think Delhi just need a good frontline pacer. For this, Trent Boult would be a good option. He’s got an excellent pace, and can provide that “oomph” factor to the bowling lineup.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (payroll: ₹21,05,00,000)

Players to buy: Mahela JaywardeneKane WilliamsonMichael Beer

Sunrisers had a lukewarm season last year, with some good wins and terrible losses. Their main concern, as with the Daredevils, will be leadership. Shikhar Dhawan did not quite capitalize on his opportunity. Hence, someone like Mahela Jaywardene would be excellent for the job. In addition, we must take into account the fact that the Sunrisers top order was not quite at it’s full potency throughout the tournament. Kane Williamson could help solidify that gap, in addition to providing an off-spin option to remedy the gap created by Amit Mishra’s releasing. This is also where Michael Beer would be handy. The left-arm spinner would be useful for spearheading the attack along with Dale Steyn, especially seeing as Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form has been slipping

Chennai Super Kings (payroll: ₹4,80,00,000)

Player to buy: Trent Boult/Adam Milne

The Chennai Super Kings are unarguably IPL’s most successful franchise. 7 semifinals in 7 tournaments (with 5 finals and 2 victories) is a stat that speaks for itself. Their side for 2014 was pretty well set, except for the fact that their fast-bowling lineup was weak. Yes, they picked up wickets, but they simply never had the potency to rip through and sting opposing batsmen. For this, all they would need is someone like Trent Boult or Adam Milne, who can clock 140-odd speeds and “crash it in” to opposing batsmen.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (payroll: ₹20,80,00,000)

Players to buy: Trent Boult, Nathan Lyon, Angelo Matthews.

RCB had many problems with their side last year. Their batting was inconsistent, and their bowling was mediokre. Overall, though, I think it’s their bowling and team balance that need the most work. Especially after Yuvraj’s departure, they are in desperate need of more spinners (they have 2 pro spinners at the moment). Nathan Lyon would help here. Trent Boult could partner with Mitchell Starc to give the RCB fast-bowling a potent sting, and Angelo Matthews could contribute to both departments, giving the side balance.

Kings XI Punjab (payroll: ₹12,60,00,000)

Player to buy: Kane Williamson

Punjab are one of the most settled franchises of them all. The only thing I think they need is a man who can play a calm innings at the front amidst the bludgeoning of Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell. Kane Williamson would be good for that.

Mumbai Indians (payroll: ₹10,00,50,000)

Players to buy: Kane Williamson, Nathan Lyon,

Mumbai started the IPL in a less-than-remarkable fashion, but fought hard to make it to the semifinals in an almost unreal way. Nonetheless, Mumbai would want to address the fact that they have some chinks in the batting lineup. Kane Williamson would be a good, flexible batsman who could address this. In addition, he and Nathan Lyon could help bolster the MI spin unit, which didn’t quite look at it’s prime last year.

Kolkata Knight Riders (payroll: ₹13,20,00,000)

Player to buy: Trent Boult/Adam Milne

Kolkata won IPL 2014 and technically haven’t lost an IPL match since May 5th of last year. Hence, it is pretty safe to say that their team composure is in good shape. However, it would be handy for them to have a backup for Morne Morkel. Someone like Trent Boult or Adam Milne would be good for this.

Rajasthan Royals (payroll: ₹12,75,00,000)

Player to buy: Gurinder Sandhu

To be honest I don’t think Rajasthan need much improvement. Their side compusure looks wonderful, and it was mostly unnecessary and ill-timed tinkering with the lineup that led to their premature exit from the tournament just before the semifinals. However, I would love to see someone like Gurinder Sandhu bowling for them, as he would gain ample experience working with the Royals, a team known for nurturing the young.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Familiar Foes in a Fiery Final

Apart from just being a World Cup Final, this will be the last time we see these two men playing a T20 for Sri Lanka (Image credits:  Troll Cricket)

Apart from just being a World Cup Final, this will be the last time we see these two men playing a T20 for Sri Lanka
(Image credits: Troll Cricket)

There is a time in all sports where none but the best are left in the contest. When all are judged unworthy for success but the top guns, who have played their very best game. This is that time. India and Sri Lanka, the top two teams in this year’s world cup T20, take each other on in an epic final tomorrow night. Both teams have been in sublime touch throughout the tournament. India barely ever looked troubled for the first few games, and in fact it was even said that they were simply not “tested enough”. However, in their previous game against South Africa, they were under the hammer as Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy mercilessly took the attack to the Indian bowlers, with even Amit Mishra, India’s trump card so far in this world cup, going for plenty. However, Virat Kohli’s inspired 72* in just 44 took India over the line quiet comfortably. For Sri Lanka, it has been a series of dominance as well, even if not as one-sided as most of India’s games. They pulled off a clinical victory over South Africa to start their campaign, before absolutely decimating the Netherlands. Although they ended up on the wrong end of the stick in their high-scoring affair against England, they came back with vengeance to defend a paltry 119 as the hapless New Zealand lineup was bowled out for 60. Their semifinal encounter against the West Indies was a close one, as Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels’ decision to take it slow and steady at the start of the innings despite the possibility of rain proved to be their own death rite as they ended up losing by 27 runs according to the D/L method. Sri Lanka might have to have gone through a considerably higher amount of strain had the entire match been played out, but it was not to be.

The key thing to notice in both sides’ extreme success has been the strong presence of one particular element: spin. Both India and Sri Lanka docked up on heir spin resources, and on the spin-friendly tracks in Bangladesh, this has proven to be a brilliant move. For India, it has been Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, and Ravindra Jadeja who have done their magic, while it has been Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, and Ajantha Mendis (though not all at once), who have done it for Sri Lanka. This has been what set these two sides ahead of other brilliant T20 teams, such as South Africa and Australia, who insisted on going in with just the one spinner per game. Therefore, I feel that apart from being just a clash between India and Sri Lanka, it’s going to be a battle between the two teams’ spinners. What strategy will Sri Lanka have for playing Ravi Ashwin’s carrom ball (which produced an absolute gem of a wicket in the game vs RSA)? Will India be tenacious in their approach towards Rangana Herath? These are some of the questions one must ask for this “spin to win” encounter.

Setting the Stage: 

It’s going to be an emotional game for most cricket fans as it will be the last time we ever see Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jaywardene walk out onto the field for a T20 in Sri Lankan colors. Although both have been far from remarkable so far, it would be lovely to see them do well in this final T20I for them. On other news, it’s interesting that this final should be exactly 3 years and 3 days since the 2011 World Cup Final, which India pulled off quiet a heist to win, courtesy of MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir (you can read my emotional facebook post about it here). While India would use that as inspiration for them, Sri Lanka would want to put the past in the past and look to make a fresh start here. Also, Sri Lanka have often be teased for being a team that only makes it to the finals of tournaments, but never wins. Of course, Sri Lanka broke this tradition by winning the Asia Cup finals against Pakistan, but will want to try and finish that here as well.

Player Contests:

Virat Kohli vs Lasith Malinga: Virat Kohli is currently in the form of his life. With 242 runs at an average of 121, he has single handedly taken the reigns of India’s batting in this tournament. Lasith Malinga, on the other hand, has had a slightly more quiet tournament, as his 5 wickets from 14 overs leaves him lower down down the wicket takers chart than he would be used to. However, that does not nullify the effect he can have one bit. Those slinging yorkers he produces, especially at death, are not by any means easy to pick. Although Malinga has painful recollections of bowling to Virat Kohli, he would still take it upon himself to run one past VK, and if he can get the in-form batsman out early, it would put India in all sorts of trouble.

Ravichandran Ashwin vs Mahela Jaywardene: Ravi Ashwin has had a brilliant tournament so far. His stash of 10 wickets from 19.2 overs at an economy rate of just 4.91 (just as a reminder, this is a T20 tournament) speaks for itself, and there is nothing more that is needed to be mentioned about his impact for India this tournament. Mahela, on the other hand, has had quiet a struggle, having scored just 45 runs across his 4 innings, barring that 89 he made against England. Despite that, Mahela is a known expert against spin, and he would want to do everything in his power to neutralize Ashwin before he can have an effect. On the other hand, Ashwin would want to try and make the veteran batsmen look like Hashim Amla did, and give him a good “send off” in his final ever T20 game.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Kushal Perera: In almost all of Lanka’s games so far in the tournament, they’ve been able to rely on Kushal Perera for a strong start at the head of the innings that would set the tone for the later part. Bhuvneshwar, on the other hand, has been silently baffling batsmen with his sharp swing bowling at the start of the innings, and setting the stage for the spinners to come in for the kill. Both of them would look to dismantle each other in this epic final clash.

Squads:

While there is really nothing much you would want to change in either of the teams, my only change would be to see Sri Lanka bring back Ajantha Mendis into the side, as particularly against a side with a batting lineup as reputed as India’s they would want to keep as many bowling cards in hand as they can. Although this would leave them with an extended tail, Nuwan Kulasekara and Senanayake are decent batsmen, and can give SL sufficient insurance for that spot.

India (Potential XI):

Ajinkya Rahane

Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli

Yuvraj Singh

Suresh Raina

MS Dhoni (c & wk)

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravichandran Ashwin

Amit Mishra

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Mohit Sharma

Sri Lanka (Potential XI):

Kushal Perera

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Mahela Jaywardene

Kumar Sangakkara (wk)

Lahiru Thirimanne

Angelo Matthews

Nuwan Kulasekara

Sachithra Senanayake

Rangana Herath

Ajantha Mendis

Lasith Malinga (c)

 

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IPL Auctions 2014 – A Look Back

Hey guys,

Firstly, I’m really sorry I couldn’t do any pre-auctions reviews this year. I had an unfortunately high amount of work and also fell sick, so I really had no time to do them.

However, because of that, I’m going to make this post-auction review the best it can possibly be. I’m not going to go in depth on each team, but I’m going to touch on the highlights, and talk about a few things. Hope you enjoy 🙂

At ₹14 crore, Yuvraj Singh was this year’s most expensive player.

This IPL auction was something different for several reasons. Of course, it was the quarterly team revamp auction, but it also featured many different twists to it. For instance, it was done in Indian Rupees, included the Right to Match cards (which you can read about here), and also included uncapped players. While the other two definitely have their own effects, the latter is probably the most crucial, because it meant that teams would have to look to literally build their entire squads in this auction, and would not simply be able to buy some stalwarts in the auction and look to pick up the uncapped players later. Hence, it required a whole new scope of planning from the franchises as they made their purchases in this auction.

There were plenty of highlights of course; most of all was Yuvraj Singh going to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a hefty sum of 14 crore rupees – which is roughly $2.26 million – making him the second most expensive player in IPL history. His inclusion into the RCB side, along with Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers, means that they have what is arguably the most devastating batting unit in the tournament. Next to Yuvraj was Dinesh Karthik, who was snapped up by his first franchise the Delhi Daredevils for an explosive sum of ₹12.5 crore which is around $2.02 million. It was also exciting to see Virender Sehwag  (I do not speak for Delhi fans when I say this) purchased by the Kings XI Punjab, even if it was for a relatively small sum for someone of his stature. Some of the other interesting purchases included the little-known New Zealand quick Matt Henry (CSK), the Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor (SRH), and the young Australian T20 opener Nic Maddinson (RCB). Another player who earned a surprisingly high sum was the uncapped Indian all-rounder Karan Sharma. Although he was eventually bought back by his former franchise the Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was not before his price had shot up from a mere ₹30 lakh to a mammoth 3.75 crores (about $600,000), which was more than what capped stars like Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, and Brad Hodge got.

The best post-auction squads, in my opinion, are those of the Sunrisers, Kings XI, and Royal Challengers. Kings XI probably made some of the best bargains of the auction, picking up players like Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Thisara Perera; none of whom cost them more than 7 crores. The Sunrisers were probably one of the happiest franchises after the auction, after they walked out with guys like Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Naman Ojha combining with the already-retained Shikhar Dhawan to make up the SRH batting. In addition to this, their overall bowling attack now consists of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Parveez Rasool, Amit Mishra, and Darren Sammy (which is already enough to make any batsmen pee in his pants), not even including their bench strength. The best part? None of their prices exceeded ₹5.5 crore. With RCB, it is easy to see why their side appears so intimidating. Not many look at a batting order containing Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers, Yuvraj, and Albie Morkel and say “that’s not good enough.” To add to their batting power, they pulled in former Sunrisers keeper batsman Parthiv Patel – who struck some crucial blows at the top of the order for SRH in both IPL 2013 and CLT20 2013 – India’s U19 World Cup hero Vijay Zol, and the talented Kenyan batsman Tanmay Mishra. Their bowling will be spearheaded by the Ozzie new-ball gun Mitchell Starc, ably assisted by Albie, Varun Aaron – one of India’s fastest bowlers today – Ashok Dinda, and Shadab Jakati. Hence, this RCB side resembles the one  the Delhi Daredevils had in 2012, with the beefed up batting and the pace-reliant attack.

Another thing that surprised most was that not many Sri Lankan players were picked at all. In fact, only two – Muttiah Muralitharan and Thisara Perera – were picked in the entire auction. While there are many factors that could possibly have lead to the franchises turning their back on them – most prominent of which is their tour of England that would lead them to miss a large portion of the tournament. Despite that, I find it very surprising that no franchise was willing to make a long-term investment in a T20 specialist like Mahela Jaywardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, or Ajantha Mendis. Of course the franchises may show more interest when they appear in next year’s auctions, but the unconventional shortage of Sri Lankan stars will be something new to the league this year.

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KKR vs DD – A post-match review

Well, the IPL has started with another banger. The Kolkata Knight Riders managed to snatch a 6 – wicket win from their opponents the Delhi Daredevils. Gautam Gambhir won the toss for the Knights and chose to field first on the Eden Gardens track. The defending champs sent out a very clear message of what their intentions were this season as Brett Lee took out Unmukt Chand’s off stump in the very first ball of IPL 2013. Newly appointed skipper Mahela Jaywardene reminded KKR why he was worth the $1.4 million he was brought for, and responded by flicking the second ball for four. He then combined with David Warner in a 43-run stand which was going along comfortably at 7 an over. Then it happened. Narine. He bowled a dream delivery to have Warner caught at slip for 21, which was the turning point of the game. Mahela watched in horror as one by one, his partners fell at the other end. No one other than Warner and Mahela scored a double digit. Manpreet Juneja, Naman Ojha, Johan Botha, Andre Russell and Irfan Pathan all scored a total of 32 runs. So poor Mahela – not for the first time – had to shoulder more than he could, and eventually perished for 66 in the 19th over. After him, the hosts quickly cleaned up the tail to end DD’s innings at 128. Narine was thick among the wickets, as he snared not only Warner but Pathan, Russell, and Ashish Nehra. The T&T spinner ended with figures of 4 – 0 – 13 – 4. DD started well, with Nehra removing the dangerous Manvinder Bisla in the second over of the innings. However, Gambhir then unleashed himself on the Daredevils, and made 40+ run stands with Kallis and Manoj Tiwari before departing for 42 in the 13th over. Tiwari fell a few balls later, but Eoin Morgan and Yusuf Pathan ensured that the Knights won their first game of the season. Interestingly, this is the 4th time KKR are featuring in the opening game of an IPL, and this is the third time they have won. Sunil Narine was Man Of The Match, as he was literally playing with the batsmen, and taking wickets for fun. Well, that’s it for today. The second game, between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will take place at the same time. Come back in a few hours for the match preview. See you then!

Mahela Jaywardene’s 66 was not enough to take the Daredevils to a win.

 

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DD vs KKR – A Preview

Well, IPL 2013 has finally arrived. Less than 3 hours away is the first match of the season. Yaaaayyyyyy!!!! Anyway, this preview is something I have been itching to write for a long time, and now here it is. So let’s look the two teams: The Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Both were relatively quiet, finishing with 3 and 2 players respectively. KKR brought in Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren, whereas DD roped Jesse Ryder, Jeevan Mendis, and Johan Botha.

Now let’s look at the teams. Delhi have had something to worry about in the form of their inexperienced middle order. Now without Ross Taylor, spots 4, 5, and 6 are quiet vulnerable, should the opposition bowling have the required quality. Also, Virender Sehwag is injured. So what I think should be done is this: plug in David Warner and Unmukt Chand to open the innings; and allow Mahela to drop to number 4. This should work, at least till Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder get back. For their bowling, Morne Morkel will not play the opening game either. Hence, there is one more overseas spot up for grabs. This will most likely go to Roelof van der Merwe, who will form a good trio with Johan Botha and Pawan Negi to slow the ball down. Also, van der Merwe has exhibited excellent quality batting at number 3, which would really be of help to the Daredevils today. The pace bowling shouldn’t be too much of a worry, considering that DD now have Ashish Nehra, who will join hands with Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan to spearhead the visitors’ attack.

DD Potential XI:

Unmukt Chand

David Warner

Roelof van der Merwe

Mahela Jaywardene (c)

Venugopal Rao 

Naman Ojha (wk) 

Irfan Pathan

Johan Botha 

Pawan Negi

Ashish Nehra

Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav

KKR are considering becoming the “second CSK” this year as they try and defend their title. To do that, they will need a balanced and backed-up side like the one the two-times champions have got. However, for this first game at least, they will miss Brendon McCullum and James Pattinson, in addition to Shakib Al Hasan, who is away playing on national duty and will not return till May. It is most likely that Manvinder Bisla will keep wickets, and open with skipper Gautam Gambhir. This means that there are still two overseas slots left. One of these should go to Sachithra Senanayake, who was brought by the Knights at a massive $625,000. Senanayake will form a good spin duo with Sunil Narine. The other will most probably be Ryan McLaren, who had moderately good outings in South Africa’s recent clashes with Pakistan and New Zealand. Jacques Kallis – despite having just recovered from injury – should stand tall at number 3, while the middle order is filled by Manoj Tiwari, Debatra Das, and Yusuf Pathan – who is in desparate need of some form .

KKR Potential XI:

Gautam Gambhir (c)

Manvinder Bisla (wk)

Jacques Kallis

Manoj Tiwari

Yusuf Pathan

Debatra Das

Ryan McLaren

Rajat Bhatia

Sachithra Senanayake

Sunil Narine

L Balaji

CLASHES TO WATCH:

Irfan Pathan vs Gautam Gambhir: Irfan has wrecked the top order of many sides in the past, and will try to do the same today. However, if Gauti latches on to him, game on.

Sunil Narine vs Mahela Jaywardene: Narine is KKR’s most succesful spinner, and Mahela is easily DD’s best player of spin. It will be crucial that Mahela take on Narine, lest let his other inexperienced batsmen suffer his wrath. Although Narine has breached Mahela’s defences before, the latter can still take on spinners very well. Let’s see what happens today.

David Warner vs L Balaji: David Warner is one of those batsmen who likes to latch onto bowlers from ball one. However, if Balaji can repeat his heroics from last year and defuse Warner early on, nothing like it.

Yusuf Pathan vs Johan Botha: Yusuf Pathan is now in a really desperate need of some form. Now with Shakib’s absence, Yusuf is the platform for KKR’s middle-order fight backs. Botha is easily DD’s best spinner at the moment, and if he comes down hard on the KKR line up, it will be Pathan’s duty to take him on.

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IPL – What’s coming up

The frenzy of the Border – Gavasker trophy, where the Indians successfully whitewashed their opponents the Australians 4 – 0 in a thrilling contest. It was made far more interesting by the fact that Mickey Arthur sent 4 players home, but had to call back 3 of them because of injuries. (Kind of like a teacher sending kids out of the class because they didn’t do their homework, but having to call them back because half the other kids were absent). Of course, now the much awaited Pepsico IPL has arrived. This one, or course, promises to be just as good as the previous ones. However, there will be several players who will be missed, for the first few games at least. The ones who will be missed include Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder (who is currently in coma because he was assaulted), Ross Taylor, Faf du Plessis, Micheal Clarke and JP Duminy. However, there are several new changes this year as well. For one, the Deccan Chargers’ franchise has now become Sunrisers Hyderabad, Ricky Ponting has become MI’s new captain, Angelo Matthews PWI’s, and Virat Kohli RCB’s. However, the biggest development has been that Sri Lankan players have been banned from playing matches in Chennai. This is an absolute outrage, as now every team will suffer while playing in Chennai – particularly MI (Malinga is their best bowler), DD (Mahela’s their captain), SRH (Sanga’s their captain/keeper, and Perera is a key all-rounder), PWI (Matthews is their captain, and Mendis is a key spinner), and RCB (Dilshan is a key top order batsman, and Murali’s their best spinner). As you may have noticed, CSK are not affected by this, as neither Nuwan Kulasekara and Akhila Dananjaya are crucial in their side. Although the other teams will have to play only one game in Chennai, it could still be the difference between qualify and drop. Also, the eliminator will be in Chennai, and it will be suicide for any team to drop key players at this stage. However, moving past that, let’s see what happens this season, and the first match report will be made sometime before the first game, on the 3rd of April. Well, see you then!

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DD- A Pre-Auction Review

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The Delhi Daredevils are a team I’ve been wanting to talk about for quiet a while now. They are probably the team that benefited the most from the auction and trading window from last year. They beefed up their batting unit, and managed to storm into the semis of the IPL, where a stupid-looking decision of opting to leave Morne Morkel out cost them a place in the finals. When the DD squad for the CLT20 was announced, many eyebrows were raised as Pawan Negi was the sole full-time spinner in the side. However, their decision to play 4 pacers on the rain-soaked tracks of South Africa paid of wonderfully as they became the second Indian team to beat an Australian side in CLT20 history and, were the only team to qualify for the semifinals. Unfortunately the Highveld Lions showed no mercy as they beat DD clinically in the finals. Now we ask the question: what do Delhi need? Well, here are some points about their squad:

  • Their spin attack is inexperienced, meaning that they can be taken on.
  • Sehwag wasn’t in his best form in Delhi’s last few games.
  • The fast bowling seems to suffer in the absence of Morne Morkel

Looking at that, we can say that what they need in the auctions is either a strong spinner, or a fast bowler. A good buy might be Moises Henriques, as he can hit some shots down the order, and provide some good bowling. Andre Russel was decent for Delhi, but having another fast bowling option as a reserve might prove to be more helpful. For example, someone like Dirk Nannes or Charl Langedveldt could do good for the Daredevils. For the spinning option, Aaron Phangiso could do some good.

Potential Squad:

  • Virender Sehwag
  • Mahela Jaywardene (c)
  • Kevin Pietersen
  • Unmukt Chand
  • Ross Taylor
  • Naman Ojha
  • Irfan Pathan
  • Ajit Agarkar
  • Pawan Negi
  • Morne Morkel
  • Umesh Yadav

Notes:

  • If extra spinner is needed: Nadeem comes in for Agarkar/Yadav (overseas- Aaron Phangiso comes in for Ross Taylor
  • If extra pacer is needed, Nannes comes in for Taylor, Nagar comes in for Agarkar/Yadav
  • If an extra all-rounder is needed, Henriques comes in for Taylor

 

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News in the World of cricket

There’s been overly nothing important going on in the world of cricket since the CLT20. Other then the 3 rain-soaked ODIs between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, its been a relatively boring few weeks. However, there have been a few interesting developments. For one, all the IPL teams have finally decided who they’re going to drop from the squad prior to the trading window and auction. The intention of this was to give the teams an opportunity to reduce the amount of money they will need to pay. So each franchise is allowed to drop a player, and hope to buy him back for a cheaper price in the auctions. However, this comes with a risk. That player might be brought by some other franchise, or might come for a higher price. For this reason, what most of the sides have done is retained their good performers, and released the underperforms and the moderately-performing-but-expensive players. For example, the South African off-spinner Johan Botha came at $950,000 in the auctions, so the Rajasthan Royals have released him. There have also been many surprises, for example the Royal Challengers have retained Saurabh Tiwari, who came at $1.6 million, and the Chennai Super Kings have released Doug Bollinger ($700,000) and retained Ravindra Jadeja ($2 million+tiebreaker amount). The squads have all been updated, you can find them here, at our team pages. We will update them again after the auctions and the trading window are over. (Oh, and just for your information, the trading window opens on the 19th)

Adios! 😀

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Interesting things about CLT20

Here are a few things about CLT20 history that you may not know:

 

1) RCB are the only Indian team to qualify for more than 1 CLT20 semifinal

2) This is the first time since 2009 that there has been no Indian team in the finals

3) This is the first CLT20 in which RCB has not taken part

4) CSK are the only IPL team to win their first ever CLT20 game (not including qualifiers)

5) RCB and DD are the only IPL teams to defeat Australian teams

6) DD are the only Indian team RCB has ever beaten in CLT20 history

7) CSK are the only team to play more than 2 CLT20 tournaments with the same captain

8) Dirk Nannes has played in all 4 CLT20 tournaments, and for a different team each time!

9) This is the first CLT20 in which two South African teams have qualified

10) The Sydney Sixers are the only team to win every single game in a tournament, including the finals.

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Semifinals of the CLT20

The CLT20 has finally reached the semifinal stages. There are many unique statistics regarding the teams that have qualified this year. For example:

1) This is the first time 2 South African sides have qualified

2) This is the first time only 1 IPL side has qualified

Still, with the threat of rain looming, this might be a flop show worse than any other. So definitely, everyone will be praying that nature decides to spare the last 4 days of CLT20 2012. Our semifinalists are the Sydney Sixers, who stormed unbeaten into the semifinal, the Titans, who have played exceptionally good cricket, except for their unsuccessful encounter with KKR, the Highveld Lions, who have put on an excellent show with both ball and bat to qualify, and the Delhi Daredevils, who’s pace battery and beefed up batting lineup have not yet failed. So far this CLT20 has been more of a bowler’s game. The highest score is 188. That says it all. And because of the constant rains, I think the pitches are supporting swing and seam better, which would explain DD’s success with the ball. So expect some cracking cricket. Here are the upcoming fixtures:


Delhi Daredevils vs Highveld Lions (Today, 8:30 PM) 

Titans vs Sydney Sixers (Tomorrow, 8:30 PM) 

THE GRAND FINALE! (28th October 2012, 8:30 PM) 

So now you know when to get the popcorn out, let me brief you on some of the key players:

Morne Morkel: He has been brilliant so far. He has led the Delhi attack strongly, but can he click when it matters most?

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Morne Morkel

Neil McKenzie: The Highveld batsmen has been in good form throughout the tournament, and if he can get going, the Lions will definitely have something to roar about.

Neil McKenzie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Smith: Though his batting has not been extraordinary, Smith has shown maturity as he has batted according to the conditions, and he will be a deciding factor for the Sixers

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Steve Smith

Jacques Rudolph: He’s shown extreme maturity on the top of the order, and laid foundations for many of the Titans’ innings. And his performance could well be the deciding factor for the Titans.

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Jacques Rudolph

Another player who will be of importance is AB de Villiers, who recently underwent fitness tests. It’s unlikely that he will play, but if he does, then the Titans will definitely be a force to be reckoned with.

Well, adios then, catch you at the games! 😉

 

 

 

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