• Imagine being mentored by the likes of Michael Bevan, Stephen Fleming, Shane Warne and Dav Whatmore - Isn't that an exciting prospect, especially for a rookie playing first class cricket and trying to get a look in for National duties. After all, it's not every day that one can grab an opportunity to network with say a Wasim Akram and pick up a trick or two to hone one's skill. The franchisees, on their part, just as they have meticulously picked up the playing line-up, seem to have gone all the way in ensuring that a stalwart tutor the team.

     

    Quite unfortunately though, this IPL, just as the past three editions, seems to be turning that noble intention right on its head. With over 50 days of non-stop cricket and a total of 14 matches to play, squeezed in between travelling and managing a few net sessions, where is the time for the coach to evaluate a player's skill and guide accordingly, or for the player to actually make the suggested changes. What it eventually boils down to is a

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  • JR Hopes led Delhi in this game instead of V Sehwag who was ruled out of IPL 2011 due to shoulder injury. He became the 24th captain to lead a team in IPL. He became the fourth captain to lead Delhi in IPL. Others are - G Gambhir, V Sehwag and KD Karthik.

     

    S Badrinath and SK Raina became the most capped cricketers in IPL. This game was their 58th appearance.

     

    MS Dhoni completed 100 boundary fours in IPL when he scored his first boundary four in this game. He top edged AB Agarkar's sharp bouncer to the wide of long leg of the second ball he faced in this game. At the end of this game his IPL boundary aggregate read 104. He became the 17th batsman to score 100 boundary fours in IPL.

     

    S Badrinath's 55 in this game represent his 10th fifty in IPL. He became the seventh batsman to score ten or more fifties in IPL. Others are - JH Kallis {13}, SK Raina {12}, SR Tendulkar {11}, SE Marsh {11}, V Sehwag {10} and RG Sharma {10}.

     

    S Badrinath's 55 in this game represent his fifth fifty in

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  • The Rahul Sharma Syndrome

    It's not even amusing anymore and to quickly clear the air straight away, this column is not so much about that young, tall and lanky leg-spinner from Jalandhar i.e. Rahul Sharma as it is about a mindset that has become commonplace in Indian cricket these days. The very mindset that gets us believing that any cricketer with a half-decent performance in the IPL is good enough to play international cricket.

     

    Week one this season was about Paul Valthaty, whose hundred made us believe he was, to quote some, "the future of Indian cricket". This for a lad whose credentials in what we consider our primary domestic competition, Ranji Trophy, was next to nil. The following weeks, the attention has seamlessly transitioned towards Rahul Sharma, or as excited apologists tag him, "the next Anil Kumble" -- a guy who takes a wicket every 85 balls in First Class cricket - a number so modest, he'd struggle to take the Australian spinner's spot, and this isn't an exaggeration.

     

    Tomorrow, there will be

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