• The IPL is into its second week. We are already having an overdose of preaching from the pulpits of coaching Gurus of various teams on their preparations and their secret strategies. Though I did express my intention to deal with both the short term and long term preparations, I have decided to concentrate on the more foundational part and leave the short term to the Gurus pontificating from the coaching manuals.

    As distinct from preparation for the game ahead, the preparation for the season and preparation for the long term development of the game requires Cricket administrators exercising their vision with the help of experts, much in the manner of a political leadership framing policies for a country and implementing them with the help of experts and bureaucrats.

     

    It has been said over the years that 'a minute spent in organizing saves hours'. One could say that it is only a truism but nowhere is it more truly exercised than on the cricket field. Here it is not saving hours which

    Read More »from The Dummies’ Guide to Preparing a winning team
  • Yuvraj Singh's 66 in this game provide the 50th occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in IPL. His knock represents the first fifty by a Pune captain in IPL. It also represents the fourth occasion of a captain batting at number four scoring a fifty in IPL. It also represents the sixth occasion of a captain scoring a fifty against Delhi in IPL.

    Yuvraj Singh's 66 in this game represent the fourth occasion of his scoring a fifty as a captain in IPL.

    JD Ryder {60} and Yuvraj Singh {66} scored fifties in this game providing the 69th occasion of two batsmen scoring fifties in IPL and the eighth such occasion in IPL 2011.

    V Sehwag's IPL aggregate at the end of this game stood at 1020. He became the 12th   batsman to reach the milestone of 1000 plus runs in IPL. Others are – SK Raina {1437} : SR Tendulkar {1371} : JH Kallis {1319} : AC Gilchrist {1301} : G Gambhir {1202} : RG Sharma {1197} : MS Dhoni {1127} : ML Hayden {1107} : KC Sangakkara {1107} : YK Pathan {1044} and SC Ganguly {1031}.

    Read More »from Match No 16 : Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils
  • - Ishant Sharma and DW Steyn were appearing in their 50th and 75th T20 games respectively in this game.

     

    - Deccan Chargers became the second team to play 50 IPL games. This was their 50th match. Bangalore is the other team to play 50 IPL matches. Deccan Chargers became the first team in IPL to suffer 30 losses. They lost this game which was their 30th loss and hold the record for most losses by a team in IPL.

     

    - PC Valthaty captured four wickets conceding 29 runs in this game providing the 31st occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL. His feat provides the third occasion of a Mohali bowler accounting for four wickets in IPL. The other two occasions are - 4 for 32 by YA Abdulla vs Bangalore at Durban on 21.05.08 and 4 for 36 vs Bangalore at Durban on 01.05.09. Thus PC Valthaty's 4 for 29 in this game represent the best bowling figures by a Mohali bowler in IPL.

     

    - PC Valthaty's 4 for 29 in this game represent the eighth occasions of a bowler capturing four or more

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