Bikash Singh

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  • Yuvraj: The Wrong Man

    Kris Srikkanth and his selection committee have managed to keep most of us happy with their selection of the 15-member World Cup squad. The Sehwags, Sachins and Zaheers playing on sub-continental pitches provide hope, yet some outstanding issues give you pause for thought.

    The first is this: how, in an ideal scenario, do you select a World Cup squad and prepare it for the big event? In the months leading up to the event, you pick players you have in the frame, try them out in the designated rules, experiment with alternatives. Then, once you are sure of your final selections, you bring them together as a team to see how they jell with one another. And that raises the first issue - the likes of Munaf, Nehra, Chawla and Yusuf have not been traveling as part of this team until very recently. This in turn means that we are still not sure what the playing eleven will comprise of, and how the players will fit into the various roles. To underline this example - though Piyush Chawla has been

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  • Who will replace Gary Kirsten?

    This particular Indian team now is starting to find that they are quite enjoying the habit of winning - Kirsten

    Gary Kirsten commands the kind of respect few Indian coaches did in the past. Manning the cricket team is a lot tougher job than handling finance ministry in India. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee might agree to this. However, the South African maverick has managed to perform his duties with maximum ease and greater results. His departure after the 2011 World Cup is inevitable as Gary wants to spend time with his family back in South Africa. Fair enough!

    Since joining the Indian camp in 2007-08, the former Proteas opener helped the team to achieve the elusive number one position in Test cricket. You can still argue Gary got the best of the Indian team for the desired result.

    He didn't come with a plan. He offered what worked for the Indians. And yeah...he lacked the Chappell-like love-affair with spotlight - much to the benefit of the playing group.

    I remember Sehwag singing praise

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  • IPL Auction Day 2: Umesh, Munaf strike gold; Jayasuriya unsold

    17.59 - Oh wait. Kaif is back in business. Pune have gone for him. Now Deccan have retaliated, put 110,000. RCB cut in with 130,000. That's where it stays. Bangalore have Kaif for 130,000. That should be the end of the auctions. For good.

    17.57 - That's it. The auctions have ended. Ganguly hasn't been recalled. No Gayle either. Murali Kartik has been picked up by Pune.

    17.55 - Robert Frylinck, taken by Delhi for 20,000.

    17.53 - Rangana Herath, unsold.

    17.52 - Aiden Blizzard goes to Mumbai for 20k. Still no signs of Sourav Ganguly. Is it really the end for him?

    17.51 - Nathan Rimmington, up for 20,000, goes to Punjab.

    17.49 - Michael Lumb of England next. Deccan take him for 80,000.

    17.47 - Luke Ronchi, unsold. Colin Ingram has been taken by Delhi for 100,000.

    17.47 - Moises Henriques sold to Mumbai for 50,000.

    17.46 - Xavier Doherty, unsold again.

    17.44 - Loots Bosman, unsold. What a complete waste of time this re-auction is. Remember, teams requested these players to be brought back for re-auction. Now, no one wants to buy them. Strange.

    17.42 - Kiwi Colin de Grandhomme, unsold. Glen Maxwell, unsold. Tim Southee, unsold.

    17.41 - Kiwi Jamie How, up for 50,000. Unsold.

    17.40 - Jonathan Vandiyar, the left-hander from South Africa, has gone to RCB for his base price of 20,000.

    17.40 - Dmitri Mascarenhas, the former Rajasthan all-rounder, goes to Punjab for the opening bid of 100,000.

    17.38 - Adam Voges next. Unsolf. Complete farce and a waste of time.

    17.38 - Wasim Jaffer. Unsold.

    Alert - Dhoni has won the toss and elect to bat against South Africa in the only T20 International. Click for scores and commentary.

    17.36 - Travis Birt next. Sold to Delhi for 20k.

    17.34 - Juan 'Rusty' Theron next. He goes to Deccan for 85,000.

    17.33 - Lendl Simmons, for 50k. Unsold. Someone needs to explain why these players have gone unsold after being recalled.

    17.32 - Murali Kartik next. Left-arm spinner, up for 200,000. Pune have gone for him. Kartik would be a relieved man. Bangalore pull out at 400,000. Pune get him for 400,000.

    17.29 - Mohammad Kaif. No takers again. The farce continues.

    17.28 - Dillon du Preez. No bids again. This is a farce, a disgrace. Why were these players recalled if nobody wants to bid for them?

    17.27 - David Miller, 100k, for the left-handed bat from Australia. No bids again.

    17.26 - Daniel Harris, right-handed bat from Australia, no bids again. What's happening here? Harris joins VRV in a select club.

    17.25 - VRV Singh is next. Base-priced at 100,000. No bids. Surprising. Why was he recalled then? VRV has now the ignominy to remain unsold twice in the same IPL auction.

    17.25 - Ryder was base-priced at 100,000. The left-handed opener cum right-handed seam bowler has been sold to Pune for 150,000.

    17.23 - Now bids will be invited for unsold players nominated by the teams.

    Jesse Ryder is first.

    17.02 - We had missed one name in the sold players' list. Nuwan Pradeep has gone to Bangalore for 20,000. Thanks watstherein_name for pointing that out. Never miss a beat, do you?

    Meanwhile, Wasim Akram is thrilled to have Unadkat at KKR.

    16.42 - Lots of readers are unhappy that their favourite teams don't have the right players for each positions.

    Have some patience folks. The player buying doesn't end with these auctions. The teams also have to get players from their catchment areas. Some players, including foreign ones, will be bought outside the auctions.

    So, don't be sad. There's a lot of team-building left before the first IPL match is played in April.

    16.35 - The auction ends. A five minute break will follow. 353 players went under the hammer over the last two days. Stay tuned. Sourav Ganguly could be brought back for another round of auction for the unsold players.

    RCB owner Vijay Mallya says former captain Anil Kumble will play an important role in rebuilding their team. 

    16.27 - Francois du Plessis is here to wake everyone up. After a hotly contested bid, Chennai take him for 120,000.

    16.21 - Abhishek was the only first one to answer that last quiz question correctly. Dale Steyn is correct; he had tested positive for a higher-than-permitted level of morphine, but it was not a punishable offense.

    16.21 - Chris Lynn has been bought by Deccan for 20,000.

    16.13 - Rilee Rossouw of South Africa, sold to RCB, for 20,000.

    16.06 - This quiz is more fun that the auction. Thanks for the responses, guys.

    Next question.

    Which fast bowler tested positive for a drug in the second season of IPL? Hint: it was not a Pakistani cricketer.

    We'll post the answer in 15 minutes.

    16.05 - Rohit Sharma is correct. Well done James, who was the first to answer.

    15.55 - OK, next quiz question:

    Mashrafe Mortaza, who just went unsold, got hit for 26 runs in the final over of an IPL match. Name the batsman who hit him for a last-ball six to win this match. Answer in 10 minutes.

    15.54 - Alfonso Thomas wakes us up. There's a hot bidding war going on. Pune take this South African all-rounder for 100,000.

    15.52 - Yawn! Well done, those who answered MS Dhoni to that quiz question.

    15.40 - A handful of other little-known international players have gone unsold. This is sleep inducing. To kill time, let's have a little pop quiz.

    Who was the highest paid cricketer at the first IPL auction in 2008? Post your answers in the comments.

    15.39 - Thomas Smith, unsold. Darren Stevens, unsold. Gah.

    15.37 - Morne van Wyke, unsold. Meanwhile, news is the KKR want to use Sourav Ganguly as a mentor. Glen Maxwell, unsold.

    15.36 - Mark Cosgrove, unsold.

    15.36 - Junaid Siddique, unsold. Joe Denly, unsold.

    15.35 - Mahela Udawatte, unsold. Teams are preserving money here. They want to go for quality buys later on.

    15.34 - Imrul Kayes, unsold.

    15.33 - Darren Ganga, unsold.

    15.32 - Peter Ingram, unsold. This is getting boring here. Just one sale in the last 35 minutes.

    15.32 - David Miller, Adrian Barath, unsold.

    Next, batsmen.

    15.30 - Mitchell Starc, unsold.

    15.29 - Iain O'Brein, the blogging, tweeting Kiwi. Unsold.

    15.29 - Nuwan Zoysa. Unsold.

    15.28 - Rory Kleinveldt, unsold.

    15.27 - James Pattinson, 100k. And KKR break the duck after lunch. KKR take Pattinson for his base price.

    15.25 - Sajid Mahmood, unsold.

    15.24 - Stuart Clarke, unsold. Dilhara Lokuhettige unsold.

    15.22 - Dammika Prasad, unsold. Darryl Tuffey unsold. That's 27 on the trot.

    15.22 - Panyangara of Zim, unsold. That's 25 players on the trot, unsold.

    15.20 - Chithaka Jayasinghe, Mohammad Mahmadullah, unsold.

    15.19 - M Pushpakumara, Rayad Emrit, Lee Carseldine, Akalanka Ganegama unsold.

    15.18 - Chamu Chibhabha, Asanka Fernando, Gayan Wijekoon, all unsold.

    15.16 -Next, all-rounders.

    15.15 - Ramnaresh Sarwan, Thilana Kandamby, Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza unsold.

    15.13 - Ricardo Powell, Xavier Marshall, Loots Bosman, Lendl Simmons, Thilan Samaraweera, Phil Hughes - all unsold as the bidding restarts.

    15.02 - We resume after the lunch break. There's talk that Sourav Ganguly and other unsold players may be brought back to the bidding process once the original list of players finishes. Currently, the schedule for the 2011 tournament is being drawn.

    Today's top buys included Daniel Christian, Umesh Yadav and Munaf Patel. Venugopal Rao was richer by $700,000.

    14.00 - Australian Shane Harwood and West Indies' all-rounder Ravi Rampaul goes unsold as we head for lunch. We will see you after an hour.

    13.59 - Strangely there are no bids for West Indies' Fidel Edwards. He was with Chargers last season.

    13.58 - No buyers for Andy McKay.

    13.57 - VRV Singh, former Punjab employee, goes unsold.

    13.56 - Jerome Taylor of West Indies goes to Pune.

    13.54 - Bangalore gets Johan van der Wath at base price os $50,000.

    13.52 - South African Andre Nel and New Zealand's Ian Butler go unsold

    13.50 - Pankaj Singh, retained by Rajasthan, 95,000.

    13.50 - Chris Tremlett, Ashes hero, unsold.

    13.50 - Ryan Sidebottom, unsold.

    13.50 - Mkhaya Ntini, unsold. He is playing his farewell international match today. Don't miss it.

    13.49 - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, unsold.

    13.48 - Chanaka Welegedera, unsold.

    13.46 - Jeevantha Kulatunga, unsold.

    13.46 - Kaushalya Weeraratne, unsold.

    13.45 - Graham Napier, unsold.

    13.45 -  Prosper Utseya, unsold.

    13.43 - John Hastings, gone to Kochi for 20,000.

    13.42 - Andrew McDonald, sold to Delhi, 80,000.

    13.39 - Mitchell Marsh, brother of Shaun, son of Geoff, captain of the Australia juniors and U-19 World Cup winner. Good talent, formerly with Deccan Chargers.

    Sold to Pune for 290,000 where his father Geoff is the coach. Interesting.

    13.36 - Ryan ten Doeschate, the Dutch all-rounder. Sold to 150,000 to Kolkata. He's the ICC Associate Cricketer of the year.

    13.35 - Darren Sammy, unsold. Aaron Redmond, unsold.

    All-rounders segment next.

    13.31 - Michael Klinger, Aussie batsman, 20k. Sold to Kochi for 75,000. Kochi are going after some batsmen now.

    13.30 - Neil McKenzie, 100k, unsold.

    13.29 - Lou Vincent. Remember him? Unsold.

    13.28 - Owais Shah, 200k. Sold to Kochi for base price.

    13.27 - Jehan Mubarak, starts at just 20k. This could be a good bargain buy. But Mubarak is unsold.

    13.27 - Shivnarine Chanderpaul - unsold.

    13.26 - No takers for Simon Katich.

    13.25 - Martin Guptill, Kiwi batter, excellent fielder, 100k. Unsold.

    13.24 - Jacques Rudolph, 100k, unsold.

    13.24 - Jonathan Trott, starting at 200,000. Unsold.

    13.23 - Bryce McGain, unsold.

    13.21 - Surav Randiv, Chennai bid for 50,000. Sold for 80,000 to Chennai.

    13.20 - Ray Price, Zimbabwe, any takers? Still unsold.

    13.20 - Aaron Heal, unsold.

    1.20 - Jason Krejza, who took 12 on Test debut in Nagpur, unsold.

    13.19 - Xavier Doherty, Australia, 100k, no takers. Unsold.

    13.19 - Suhrawadi Shuvo, Bangladesh, 50k, unsold.

    13.18 - Abdur Razzaq, Bangladesh, 50k. Will KKR go for him? No. Unsold.

    13.18 - Spin bowlers next.

    Kochi's side is loaded with bowlers. Wonder what's their strategy. Who would be their captain? We're thinking Mahela or Brendon McCullum. Here's a thought: what would happen to the team if Sreesanth was its captain? Comment away!

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  • Wanted: Punter’s Head?

    'Every captain sooner or later reaches the end of his tether' — Peter Roebuck

    Another Ashes defeat looms large over Australia and more importantly Ricky Ponting. He seems to have lost his focus, his game, his mates and is certain to lose his captaincy after the series. The distinguish player is heading for his third Ashes defeat as captain.

    'Urn absolute disgrace'

    Ponting started the Ashes series with a score of 10 and 51 in Brisbane which ended in a draw. In Adelaide, the Australian skipper managed a duck and 9 runs which the hosts lost by an innings and 71 runs. Though Australia came back strongly in Perth to register a 267-run win, Ponting got 12 in the first innings and 1 in the second essay.

    The Boxing Day Test has been another trouble-filled game for Ponting. It started with him losing the toss; then the team was bowled out for 98 and if that was not enough, Ricky was fined 40 per cent of his match fee by ICC for a prolonged argument with Aleem Dar over a disputed referral. [An

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  • We Know What England Did ‘Last Summer’

    We are going to be focused for Durban and will go for a 2-0 win - Graeme Smith

    Scary, aye!

    But India, still licking their wounds from the Centurion drubbing, can watch a DVD of the England vs South Africa match here and say "We know what England did last summer."

    England produced a sensational innings and 98-run win over South Africa at Kingsmead in the second of the four-Test series. The series ended in a 1-1 draw with South Africa saving the series in Jo'berg.

    Attention Bhajji: Graeme Swann took nine wickets on the famed Kingsmead's fast and bouncy wicket to trigger a South African collapse and ran away with the man-of-the-match prize. My boss will say, "Why is he still talking about Harbhajan?" But the fact is that he is still there in the team and he will play. God knows why.

    Beware Durban jinx, SA!

    In March 2009, Australia achieved a series-clinching win over South Africa in Durban. The visitors thrashed the Proteas by 175 runs in the second Test to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in

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  • The Name is Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar

    There is always room for improvement. I am happy with my current performance but not satisfied. I want to get better. In fact, in any profession one must strive to get better and better. I always want to remain a student of the game because that is when you grasp more and are always keen to improve - Sachin Tendulkar

    WOW!

    I was not much of a cricket fan when the master blaster made his Test debut against Pakistan on 15 November, 1989. But now, I may perhaps stop following the sport when Sachin Tendulkar retires.

    The master batsman completes 21 years (again, 21 years) in Test cricket on November 15 and continues to inspire generations of cricketers with room for improvement on his mind. Most runs, centuries, half-centuries, fours, sixes and what not - Sachin has broken every possible record in international cricket and is still on the prowl.

    Life would be flat without dreams. It's really important to dream – and then to chase those dreams. I really believe it's this dreaming that makes

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  • Not a Kid Anymore!

    Cheteshwar Pujara showed a lot of character - Sachin Tendulkar

    The amount of confidence in Pujara's 72 runs in India's second innings at Chinnaswamy was like he has been there for a while. The debutant played shots with immense maturity on a wearing wicket - as if he had played some 20-30 Tests for India already and was feeling right at home. Laxman wouldn't mind that...

    Chasing 207 for a win on the last day, Pujara - who was sent ahead of Dravid - was fluent and shared two crucial partnerships with Vijay and Tendulkar. Dhoni and co might take all the credit for his promotion to number three, but the 22-year-old was the real turnaround for the match. Ponting and his bowlers could only watch the future of Indian batting in full bloom.

    In the first innings too, Pujara started with an awesome cover drive before a threateningly low delivery from Mitchell Johnson did him in. However in the second innings he dealt the exact one from Ben Hilfenhaus to the cover boundary - a shot that would

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  • ‘Kings’ Set For Bigger Battle

    It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment - MS Dhoni

    Indian Premier League champions - the deserving Chennai Super Kings lifted the Champions League Twenty20 trophy in Johannesburg. They clearly saved their best for the semi-finals and the finals to show who the 'King' is. Among the three IPL teams at the Champions League, Chennai with help from seniors like Fleming, Hayden, Muralitharan and Hussey continued their winning spree with Dhoni's luck getting along.

    Youngsters in the company of men grabbed almost all the prizes to be taken. Vijay took the Golden Bat for scoring most number of runs. Ashwin got the Golden Wickets for the most number of scalps and was also adjudged Man of the Series.

    I would also like to congratulate Warriors for making it to the finals and especially their skipper Davy Jacobs for his spirited leadership. The man of few and straight words went

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  • Does Aamer Have a Case For Leniency? Nah!

    In my own honest personal view, yes, I think age would come into account in these matters - Haroon Lorgat

    The above mentioned quote comes from ICC's CEO Haroon Lorgat - echoing the voice of former England captain Michael Atherton - that the 18-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer was too young to be banned for life, if found guilty in the 'spot-fixing' scam.

    One of the brightest talents to emerge from Pakistan in the last few years, Aamer may have the case for leniency with 'tender' age on his side - but it is not the young pacer that worries cricket lovers but the tragic problem that has hit cricket.

    Cricket has been plagued by another 'fixing' controversy since South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was banned for life 10 years ago and International Cricket Council has done little, almost nothing, actually, to clean the mess.

    The ICC anti-corruption unit is not really working, that's totally to do with the ICC, so they really need to step in and really get to the bottom of it,

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  • How Good Are Our Youngsters?

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    India must also be concerned by the inconsistency of the younger players. Across professions, consistency is a direct product of work ethic. The greats were defined by their consistency because they were wedded to work ethic. No oddball gambler ever achieved greatness - Harsha Bhogle

    The just concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka seriously exposed our so-called 'Youngistan's' arrogance. Apart from Virender Sehwag, no one even bothered/was able to join the fight, forget the party. In the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan - the World Cup expectants were supposed to find their feet but sadly didn't

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