• 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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  • - Pune Warriors won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game. Of the 35 matches played so far in IPL 2011, on ten occasions teams which have won the toss and elected to bat, on 24 occasions teams which have won the toss have inserted the opposition and in one game there was no toss.


    - Bangalore became the third team to play 53 games in IPL. This game was its 53rd match. Chennai and Hyderabad are the other teams to play 53 games in IPL.


    - CH Gayle's boundary sixes aggregate stood at 12 at the end of this game and he shares the record for most sixes in IPL 2011 with PC Valthaty who also has scored 12 sixes. Other batsmen to score ten or more sixes at the end of Bangalore's innings are - RA Jadeja {11} : V Kohli {11} : MK Tiwary {10} and Yuvraj Singh {10).


    - V Kohli scored 63 in this game which was his third fifty in IPL 2011. He became the fourth batsman to score three fifties in IPL 2011. Others are - JH Kallis, DA Warner and S Badrinath.


    - V Kohli scored 63 in this

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  • - SR Tendulkar and R Satish were dismissed stumped in this game to provide the 15th and 16th occasion of a batsman dismissed stumped in IPL 2011.


    - This game was the 50th game for both Jaipur and Mumbai. They are the fifth and sixth teem to play 50 plus games in IPL. Other four teams are - Chennai {53}: Hyderabad {53}: Delhi {50} and Bangalore {52}.


    - SL Malinga with his lone wicket took his tally of IPL wickets to 50. He became the sixth bowler in IPL to capture 50 plus wickets. Others are - RP Singh {56} : SK Warne {54} : PP Ojha {52} : A Mishra {51} and IK Pathan {51}.


    - SK Warne with his lone wicket in this game took his aggregate of IPL wickets to 54. He now stands second in the list of most wicket takers in IPL. RP Singh with 56 wickets tops the list.


    - Mumbai's 94 for 8 in this game provide the second occasion of a team scoring less than 100 runs without being all out in IPL. The other occasion was Mohali's 92 for 8 against Chennai at Durban on 20.05.09.

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