• 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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  • V Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore in this game instead of DL Vettori. He became the 23rd captain to lead a team in IPL. He became the fifth captain to lead Royal
    Challengers Bangalore. Others are – R Dravid, A Kumble, DL Vettori and KP Pietersen in IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore became the first team in IPL to have five captains.

    R Dravid was dismissed caught and bowled for 37 in this game providing the 23rd occasion of a batsman dismissed in such a manner in IPL 2011.

    AM Rahane's run out in this game provide the 60th occasion of a batsman dismissed run out in IPL 2011.

    J Botha returned with figures of none for 42 in this game providing the 38th occasion of a bowler conceding 40 plus runs in IPL 2011. His figures also represent the 15th
    occasion of a bowler conceding 40 plus runs without capturing a wicket in IPL 2011.

    CH Gayle with his four sixes in this game took his aggregate of sixes to 30 in IPL 2011. He became the second batsman in IPL to score 30 plus sixes in a single

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