• MK Tiwary scored 61 not out in this game to provide the 46th occasion of a batsman scoring fifty plus run in IPL 2011. His knock represents the fifth occasion of a Kolkata batsman scoring a fifty in IPL 2011. It also represents the ninth occasion of a batsman scoring a fifty in IPL 2011 while batting at number four.

    YK Pathan became the eighth batsman in IPL to appear in 50 plus matches. This was his 50th game. Others are – S Badrinath {53} : SK Raina {53} : AC Gilchrist {51} : V Kohli {51} : RG Sharna {51} and RV Uthappa {51} and MS Dhoni {50}.

    G Gambhir's IPL run aggregate at the end of this game read 1306. He became the sixth batsman to total 1300 plus runs in IPL. Others are – SK Raina {1528} : SR Tendulkar {1439} : JH Kallis {1376} : AC Gilchrist {1371}  and RG Sharma {1360}.

    NV Ojha's aggregate of IPL dismissals stood at 17 at the end of this game. Other wicket keepers to effect 17 or more dismissals in IPL are – AC Gilchrist {41} : KD Karthik {37} : KC Sangakkara {34} : MS

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  • ODIs : Second ODI : West Indies vs Pakistan at Gros Islet on 25.04.11 : Pakistan won by seven wickets

    West Indies capped A Martin for this game. He became the 159th cricketer to represent West Indies in one day games; He is the 27th West Indian cricketer to make his debut against Pakistan.

    LMP Simmons scored 51 in this game which represent the 131st occasion of a West Indian batsman and 61st occasion of a West Indian opening batsman scoring fifties against Pakistan in one day games.

    DS Smith completed 1000 runs in his one day career when he was on two during his knock of 16 in this game. At the end of this game his aggregate stood at. He became the 25th   West Indian batsman to total 1000 plus runs in one day games.

    Shahid Afridi took his wicket aggregate against West Indies to 31 with his two wickets in this game. He became the seventh Pakistan bowler to total 30 plus wickets against West Indies. Others are - Wasim Akram {89} : Waqar Younis {60} : Imran Khan {54} : Mushtaq Ahmed

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  • Taking the giant leap forward

    It's only three weeks ago that Indian cricket witnessed something special, a triumph that eventually embodied the marvelous culmination of "blood, sweat and tears" as an advertisement copy puts it, that moment of glory, that has somehow been hijacked by a tournament (the Indian Premier League), lamentably if I could add, which is largely a caricature of all things cricket. Equally, if ever the chieftains of Indian cricket had an appropriate time to script a blueprint or a roadmap, whichever way you like, for how they'd like to see the team progress in the next two-four years, I think it is now. We also need to understand that if ever there was a time to recognize and possibly implement, that inevitable word i.e. "transition" that might in course of days to come become the buzzword in Indian cricket.

     

    Some of us might be inclined to assume that transition equals rebuilding, and perhaps rightly so, but as I understand it, and pardon me for some jargons here, transition has more to do

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