Rajkot: A new ball taken after a sip of tea can help a team renew itself. Ask Saurashtra.
Uday Kaul took off for a run that didn't exist. His partner Taruwar Kohli in fact was in fact applauding his partner's forward defensive stroke, with the bat above the head, when he realised that he had to run. By the time the striker made a botched attempt to dive into the crease, Siddharth Trivedi had sent the ball into the stumps. Why Kaul called for the run is a question only he can answer.
This wicket triggered the collapse.
Kohli followed his partner home off the very next ball, trying to pull a delivery off Jaydev Unadkat, that only ended up as a top-edge in Shitanshu Kotak's hands in the slips. Bipul Sharma struck a four, before edging the ball to Aarpit Vasavada in the slips, off Trivedi.
Makvana, Jackson fortify Saurashtra
Saurashtra and Punjab share honours
Mumbai vs Services: Rain plays spoilsport
Then Unadkat removed Amitoze Singh, celebrating his second wicket, by completing his follow
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Ranji Trophy semis: Saurashtra take a giant step towards final.By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Fri 18 Jan, 2013 7:11 PM IST
Rajkot: A new ball taken after a sip of tea can help a team renew itself. Ask Saurashtra.Read More »from Saurashtra thrive on Punjab's mistakes
RANJI SNAPSHOTS — Saurashtra's Sheldon Jackson loves his tattoos as he loves making big scores.By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Thu 17 Jan, 2013 8:40 PM IST
“Debu Mitra sir has played the biggest role in my career. He has worked really hard on my game. Even, after the match, he asks me to shadow practice. Tells me ki yeh karna hai. My mindset has changed a lot”.Read More »from Inking his own story
This quote is from Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson, who struck 107 against Punjab in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy semi-final in Rajkot.
Jackson is brown eyed, is shy and reserved, and needed prodding to open up to Yahoo! Cricket on his journey so far as a cricketer. The 26-year old from Bhavnagar bats within himself, and has his size 9 boots firmly on the ground, as he basks in the glory of his third first class hundred in front of a crowd that also had chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil in attendance.
“I am happy for getting a ton. One doesn’t get hundreds everyday. Hope it will help the team”. But life wasn’t easy.
Jackson lost his father when he was 10. Off the three tattoos that he sports, the one on his left is dedicated to his father Philip and mother Sederene. Like most
RANJI TROPHY SEMIFINAL: Punjab 41-0 in response to the home team's big score.By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Thu 17 Jan, 2013 7:07 PM IST
Rajkot: Harbhajan Singh opened the bowling for Punjab on a cold morning, and Siddharth Kaul operated from the press box end. Sheldon Jackson took off from where he left on day one, making full use of the deliveries pitched on driving length. The 26-year old went on to play a nice-looking cut shot to get to his third First Class century. His helmet came off, and onto the left hand, bat in the other, eyes fixed on the dressing room. A celebration that was duly acknowledged by his mates in the dressing room, amidst the cheers of the schoolchildren below the pavilion.Read More »from Makvana, Jackson fortify Saurashtra
Jackson’s joy was shortlived as bete noire Siddharth Kaul sent one swinging in, and with the feet stuck at the crease, the ball had no trouble saying hello to the stumps. It was an act of redemption for Kaul, for he had the right-hander caught off a no-ball towards the end on Day 1. Non-striker Kamlesh Makvana, whose batting elegance can be mistaken for that belonging to Wasim Jaffer, got his eye in, bringing up his fifty with
RANJI TROPHY SEMIS: Jaydev, Jackson revive Saurashtra against the Harbhajan-led Punjab.By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:32 PM IST
Rajkot: The Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium looks like a home after a wedding. Ladies still cleaning up the stands, five days after it hosted the first India-England ODI, as the five-day semi-final between Saurashtra and Punjab got underway with the eerie echo of ‘Come on boys!’ hitting the concrete in the stands. To not see a spectator at an Indian cricket stadium is a sad spectacle. A first-class reality yet to be ‘tested’. But life goes on, as Jaydev Shah won the toss, and asked his batsmen to pad up along with Punjab wicketkeeper Uday Kaul.Read More »from Saurashtra and Punjab share honours
The bell rang, announcing the start of play, and umpires Chettihody Shamshuddin and Robert Bailey, the only Men-in-Black pants, made their way to the ground. Punjab’s field was set just as trains whizzed past like whistling caterpillars in the background. Sandeep Sharma who was seen measuring his line up with tape before the game, took the new ball. Openers Sagar Jogiyani and Shitanshu Kotak were keen to stay at the crease, but Siddharth
RANJI TROPHY SEMIS - Punjab rue giving away 30-40 runs extra.By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 16 Jan, 2013 6:31 PM IST
Rajkot: Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson had his heart in his mouth when he was caught by Harbhajan Singh off Siddharth Kaul with just minutes to go for stumps in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy semi-final between Saurashtra and Punjab. Albeit off a no-ball.
Speaking to Yahoo! Cricket after the match Jackson said, “I felt lucky when I was caught off a no-ball, this is happening for the third time. I am looking to take my team to safety tomorrow”.
Punjab coach Arun Sharma concurred saying, “We missed out on that wicket. We gave away 30-40 runs extra. Should get them out within 350 on day two. Confident that the batsmen will do well, since it is a good wicket to bat on”.
Saurashtra finished day one on 274/5.
Michael Hussey left the game after doing everything rightBy Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 9 Jan, 2013 2:43 PM IST
One left-hander put his head down, bat and pad together, for a forward defensive stroke, only to watch the ball go past the silly point fielder. He hesitates as his partner decides to take the run, knowing very well that the padded jog to the other end, would mean the start of the end. Not for him, but for his 37-year old partner. In Sydney, Mitchell Johnson struck the winning run against Sri Lanka, but Michael Hussey took it, sacrificing the opportunity to take a final bow in front of an audience that wanted the script to end like a fairy tale. Team before self.Read More »from Left and right
But isn’t a debut at 30 a fable on grit by itself?
To watch David Hussey’s elder brother at the crease would mean watching a focussed human being at work, unaffected by the attention around him. With the sunscreen across the left cheek, running across the bridge of his nose, a white streak under the eyes and on the lips. Symbolic of a warrior, but in place to keep the sun at bay, as he ran out to play. The quiet and
Can Sachin’s critics tell where the next Tendulkar is going to come from?By Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Mon 24 Dec, 2012 4:41 PM IST
Read More »from Out of the blue
So one day, that too on a Sunday, Sachin Tendulkar decides to retire, giving up on the only lucrative blue collar career in the world and opting to stick to cricket’s white collar day job. Sadly, his fans will not get to see him again on the field in coloured clothing, and those who watched him bat against Pakistan in Mirpur, will be thanking their stars for making it to the day/night match. From now on, India’s favourite batsman will not be seen at a World Cup, and there won’t be a number on his back.
That cricket has multiple formats, thankfully ensures that modern-day cricketers have the option of enjoying final hurrahs. By not choosing a day for a farewell game, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has ensured that he played his first and last ODI game for India against Pakistan. There is more than enough that happened in between, and it wouldn’t be wrong for a cricket fan to make memory cards out of the frames that No.10 used, to force fielders to run after the cricket ball.
A lot should
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a lot to say behind the stumps, but wasn't allowed to speak in front of themBy Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Mon 17 Dec, 2012 5:50 PM IST“Game ko lekay jaayengay. Ek aur laykay jayengay”
As we all know, it’s not how you start that matters, but how you finish. If one is allowed to read and write between the lines, the sentence sums up what India and England have experienced, while competing for the Anthony de Mello Trophy. After Ahmedabad, who thought that India would be tested. Nobody talked about the fact that Dhoni would talk so much behind the stumps, or that his bat would do the talking in Nagpur. 99 is a statement, short by one run perhaps, probably a sad forecast that his knock would be of no consequence. The ‘Jharkhand Jadoogar’ had a lot to say with his helmet on behind the stumps, but the three lions ensured that he wouldn’t roar in front of the stump microphone. These came straight from the horse's mouth, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone.
“Oh yaar kya daal raha hai Jaddu”
The intent and purpose behind playing four spinners was questioned with raised eyebrows. To be fair, both Chawla and Jadeja ignored what was being said, by bowling with the Read More »from Dhoni can talk, but England can sing
- Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Fri 30 Nov, 2012 2:53 PM IST
If Eminem walked into a dressing room, and walked out like Keats, well that would be Ricky Ponting. Now that the 37-year old has decided to retire, who should we judge- Ponting the human being, or Punter the cricketer? It is a little difficult to draw the line and demarcate, unlike Clarke Kent and Superman, or Peter Parker and Spiderman. Hancock probably comes close, if we do have to settle on a parallel. Read More »from The bat also did the talking
The man knew how to start a chat on a cricket field, and he didn't use words that one finds on a greeting card. But Punter was always a safe bet with the cricket bat, and could give anybody a run for their money. To watch him walk out with those hairy forearms, leading a hustler’s gait, was to register the presence of a human being who came out to play with only one purpose- victory.
Guard taken, marked with the aggression of a dog scratching the floor, field assessed, with a gaze that could give a hawk a complex. It may be tough to love a cricketer with such an attitude, but once
- Skandan Sampath | Yahoo! Cricket – Tue 27 Nov, 2012 5:04 PM ISTPitch Guard: Dhoni brought down to earth
By making a pitch for a pitch of his liking, Mahendra Singh Dhoni got punched by the same punching bag that he was toying with. He went on to say that his spinners bowled short and slow, allowing the English batsmen to thrive on the back foot. But to say that Pragyan Ojha and R.Ashwin didn’t bowl as well as Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann would be a very wrong turn to take. It was in fact the batting that was responsible for the loss in Mumbai. Both English and Indian that is.
So have the three lions stolen the whip from the ring master?
Yes. Kevin Pietersen showed how the vicious turn in the pitch could be negated, as he used his feet, to make room and play the ball late. Importantly, he made it a point to attack, making it clear that he was the one who would be dictating terms. The reverse sweep was used to good effect, and its conventional cousin was used to send the ball to the fence, despite the presence of a fielder at leg slip.
On the other hand, Alastair Cook used his Read More »from India turned themselves in
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