• V Sehwag scored 80 runs in this game which represents his second fifty in IPL 2011. His other fifty was his 77 against Mohali at Delhi on 23.04.11.  He became the 14th batsman to score two or more fities in IPL 2011.

    His knock represents the 49th occasion of a batsman scoring fifty in IPL 2011. It also represents the 24th occasion of an opening batsman scoring and the ninth occasion of a batsman batting at number two scoring a fifty in IPL 2011.  His knock represents the eighth occasion of a Delhi batsman registering a fifty in IPL 2011.

    V Sehwag's aggregate of boundary fours stood at 36 - a record for most boundary fours by a batsman in IPL 2011. He scored eight fours in this game. He went past PC Valhaty who had scored 33 boundary fours.

    V Sehwag scored five boundary sixes in this game and took his sixes aggregate to 11 in IPL 2011. Other batsman to score ten or more boundary fours in IPL 2011 are – Yuvraj Singh {13} : CH Gayle {12} : PC Valthaty {12} : RA Jadeja {11} : V Kohli {11}

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  • He was one of the front runners for the job and as such Duncan Fletcher's appointment as Gary Kirsten's successor as Indian coach is not exactly a surprise. At 62 he is the oldest of the four foreign coaches that the Indians have had since John Wright took over a little over ten years ago. But his age alone should not let one to be apprehensive about the former Zimbabwe captain not being able to bridge the generation gap. On experience and credentials one cannot fault his accession to the most demanding job in world cricket. With cricket enjoying the status of a religion in this country every move of anyone associated with the game is dissected, bisected and analyzed and Fletcher will come under the microscopic eye during his two year tenure.

     

    For a person who has had differences with the media and is plainly uncomfortable with them as his autobiography reveals caustically Fletcher will start off on the back foot. The Indian media can make life hell for any high profile sports person

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  • The English Teacher

    In the rather chilly English summer of 2009, I forced myself to borrow a book from my University library, a book that I thought would be good to carry around and read in the parks, a book that in many ways was a scathing account of a little known Zimbabwean coach who was largely responsible for the resurgence of English cricket. Little did I know that Duncan Fletcher, the author of Behind the Shades would be the man to fill Gary Kirsten's massive boots as India's next cricket coach.

     

    Today, the BCCI, in it's own wisdom has opted to entrust the fortunes of the national team to Duncan Fletcher for a period of two years, a decision, I am honestly yet to come to terms with. My initial thoughts say this isn't particularly a bad appointment, for Fletcher's credentials as an international coach are nothing short of first-class. But from whatever little I know about him, largely thanks to that book, this may not be the best decision either.

     

    Like many of you, I am equally ambiguous.

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