Sachin christens ISL team Kerala Blasters

The Sachin Tendulkar owned Kochi franchise of the Indian Super League or ISL has been christened as the Kerala Blasters.

The new team and the name was announced by incumbent Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after he had a brief meeting with the Indian cricketing legend in the capital last week.
The former Indian batsman also accepted the Kerala Chief Minister’s request to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Games which will be held in Kerala next year.

Tendulkar arrived at the Kochi airport with entourage and was given a rousing reception at the airport as well as the state secretariat and he also called on former Chief Minister and leader of opposition VS Achuthanandan as he seeks support to develop and promote the football in the state.

Tendulkar emerged from his meeting with Chandy in the Chief Minister’s chamber and spoke about he was overwhelmed and touched by the massive support he has been given by the people of Kerala as well as the government.

On the link between his own nickname and the team name, Tendulkar had a smirk on his face that he loved being called the Master Blaster and there might just be a connection with the name of the new team but he left it to the imagination to all those that had assembled to see him.

The Indian legend said that although cricket has been his profession, he loved other sports too. He said that he grew up playing not only cricket but tennis, badminton, hockey and football as well.

He believes the new Indian Super League will take the beautiful game to a whole new level as it plans to develop the game from the grassroots all the way up and build adequate infrastructure for the overall development of sport in the country.

INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN

India defeated Pakistan in their first match in the World T20 Championship yesterday. They secured a pretty comprehensive victory against their arch rivals.

Bowling first, the men in blue made a terrific start as in the very second over they sent the opposition opening batsman Kamran Akmal back into the pavilion. It was the consequence of brilliant fielding by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his follow through. He fielded the ball about 5 yards away from the stumps and then with a direct hit, he knocked the stumps over.

India didn’t get any more wickets for a while, but, they didn’t let Pakistan get off the hook. They kept bowling dot balls and building pressure and that resulted in a couple of wickets in back-to-back overs after the power play.

Now from that stage, it became very difficult for Pakistan to get to a score of 150-160. They tried their best though and got themselves in a decent position for a late onslaught, but, India’s death bowling, for a change, was a lot better this time around. They didn’t give away too many runs in the last 3 overs. Pakistan’s eventual score remained 130.

In reply, India got a quick start despite both the openers not being in touch. Things seemed to be changing a little bit though when 3 wickets fell in the space of a few deliveries, but, then Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina put their heads down and made sure that there would be no more hiccups in the chase.

India hunted down the target with about one and half overs remaining.

The leg spinner Amit Mishra for his brilliant bowling spell of 4-0-20-2 was adjudicated player of the match and rightly so because his two wickets put brakes on the run scoring of Pakistan.

BRILLIANT 109

The South African captain AB de Villiers played a brilliant inning of 109 in the third One Day international game against India at Centurion yesterday. He had made his way to the wicket in a very difficult situation as his team had lost 3 wickets at a score of just 28.

The ball was seaming a bit and the Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was in the middle of a very good spell. It was important for the South African skipper to see off that spell of his somehow and he did exactly that. He got through that spell and started playing his shots after that.

It was a nice, sporting track at Centurion. The bounce was quite even and the conditions were ideal for stroke play. De Villiers made full use of those conditions and played his trademark on the rise punches and back foot cover drives.

It was not that he went berserk and played just aggressive shots. He rotated the strike too and put up a big partnership with Quinton de Kock who also continued his good form and scored yet another ton.

The pair of de Villiers and de Kock was separated when the latter was knocked over by Ishant in the 38th over of the innings. It was a beautifully disguised slower delivery and de Kock misread that completely.

However, De Villiers carried on his marry way and thumped Ashwin out of the park twice to get close to his 16th hundred. He eventually completed the hundred with a single down to long leg.

The South African captain was given out leg before wicket in the 44th over of the innings. But, he had done his job before that. At the end, David Miller, with a few lusty hits, took South Africa past 300.

However, despite posting such a big score on the board, the Proteas couldn’t secure a whitewash in the series as the match got abandoned because of rain.

KOHLI CAN BREAK RECORDS

The former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar, has said that if Virat Kohli continues playing like this, he might end up breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of hundreds in One Day Internationals.

Kohli is just 24 years of age at the moment and he has only played 112 ODIs, but, he has already scored 17 tons. If he maintains his fitness, he will surely play for another 13-14 years and the no. of ODIs being played these days, there is a good possibility that he will break Tendulkar’s record.

In the ongoing ODI series against Australia, Kohli has shown some terrific form. In his 4 innings in 6 matches so far, he has scored 2 hundreds and 2 half centuries and these stats are enough to tell how well he is batting at the moment.

Talking to the reporters after India’s win over Australia in the 6th ODI, Gavaskar said, “Virat is playing some brilliant cricket at the moment. Apart from being a great batsman, he is a great analyzer of the situations as well. He knows at which pace he has to go in a particular situation and that’s what makes him a bit different from others.”

“Also, he played with some great batsmen like Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid at the start of his career and that helped him a lot.”

When asked about the possibility of Kohli breaking Tendulkar’s record of the most hundreds in ODIs, Gavaskar said, “The way he is playing at the moment, he can do that. He already has 17 and if he maintains his form, he might take his tally to 20 at the end of this season.”

Tendulkar scored a total of 49 hundreds in his One Day International career. He retired from this form of the game towards the end of last year.

Cook Wants Win in 100th Test

England captain, Alastair Cook, admits reaching a century of Test caps will be “a huge honour”, although that feat will mean little if his team fail to win.

The opener has represented his country 97 times since making his Test debut against India as a 21-year-old in 2006. He made an immediate impact, scoring 60 and 104, and he has never looked back.

Now 28, Cook has scored 7,801 runs at an average of 47.85, including 25 centuries, an England record.

The Essex batsman is on course to break another record, the one Alec Stewart holds, for most Test appearances. Barring a career-ending injury or a catastrophic loss of form, fans who know how to bet on cricket can expect Cook to sail past Stewart’s 133 caps.

His 100th Test match is set to be the third of the upcoming Ashes series. While acknowledging the individual achievement, Cook’s number one priority is to head back from Australia with the urn.

“I realised it was going to be at Perth but I had not thought too much about it,” he told ecb.co.uk.

“Obviously it would be a huge honour as not many guys have done it. If I do stay fit and do it, it would be a nice club to join.

“Hopefully it will not be overshadowed by the result. At the end of the day, it’s all about the result and how many runs I score rather than the amount of caps.”

England head Down Under this week searching for a fourth successive Ashes series victory. They beat Australia 3-1 in the 2010-11 series, a victory which owed much to Cook’s runs.

The latest cricket betting odds suggest that, if the England skipper scores another 766 runs, the Three Lions will surely retain the Ashes.

A repeat of Cook’s struggles in the most recent series on home soil, and Australia could well be the team celebrating at the SCG in January; the soon-to-be centurion is that important to England.

BRILLIANT 100

A brilliant hundred from Ravi Bopara guided Essex to a comfortable win in an YB40 match against Lancashire. Essex won the match by a big margin of 70 runs.

It was a belter of a deck at Old Trafford and the Essex skipper James Foster had no hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss.

The visitors were off to a poor start as one of their openers Gautam Gambhir perished early.

Bopara came to bat at 3 and he looked to be aggressive right from the first ball. He took advantage of the fielding restrictions and went over the infield quite a few times at the start, triggering a positive response on the online betting markets.

He got an ideal foil in the form of Gregory Smith at the other end. Smith didn’t try to do anything fancy while Bopara was going hammer and tongs. He was just trying to give Bopara as much strike as possible.

Both these players added 159 runs for the second wicket before Smith was dismissed by Simon Kerrigan at the score of 78.

Bopara continued playing good shots at the other end and with another decent partnership with Ryan Ten Doeschate; he guided Essex towards a huge score.

The 28 years old right hander eventually got out off the bowling of Kyle Hogg in the 37th over. He scored 130 runs off just 102 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes.

Ten Doeschate hit some lusty blows in the last few deliveries and Essex ended up just 3 short of 300.

In reply, Lancashire got off to a flier. Tom Smith with a couple of half century stands with Stephen Moore and Paul Horton respectively put Lancashire on the driving seat. At 186 for 2 with more than 11 overs still to be bowled, the hosts seemed to be cruising.

But, Tim Phillips turned things around with a great spell. He got 5 wickets in just 22 deliveries and Lancashire ended up getting all out on just 227.

JENNINGS HAILS KOHLI

The former South African player Ray Jennings has hailed Virat Kohli and has said that he has the qualities to become a great captain in future.

Virat is currently captaining the Indian side in the 5-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in the absence of the regular captain MS Dhoni.

Under Virat’s captaincy, the young Indian side is performing quite well. They have won the first couple of ODIs against Zimbabwe quite convincingly and are looking set for a whitewash.

When Jennings was asked about Virat’s captaincy, he said, “Virat is a positive guy who likes to set example for other players in the team. He possesses great leadership qualities. He is someone who is very innovative and has got a good cricketing brain. He is very enthusiastic.”

When asked about Virat losing temper at times, Jennings said, “Look, Virat is a naturally aggressive guy. People see only that side of him and that’s not fair. They should also see how calm he is at the crease.”

“A leader shouldn’t be too aggressive, but, he shouldn’t be too calm either. It should be a mixture of calmness and aggression.”

Virat was involved in an on field spat with the Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in the last edition of Indian Premier League. When asked about that incident, Jennings said, “I talked to Virat after that incident and he told me that he didn’t do the right thing there. So, he is someone who realizes his mistakes and learns from it. That’s the sign of a real good leader.”

“Virat doesn’t have a normal Indian mentality. He is more like Australians. He loves challenges and remains positive all the time.”

Jennings is also the coach of Virat’s IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Anderson targets series whitewash

Posted on July 25, 2013 by

English speedster James Anderson has stated that the England Cricket Team has no sorrow for the perils of the Australian side and has added the team is gunning for a clean sweep of the Ashes series.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Anderson stated that they team doesn’t feel any sympathy and mentioned that they are targeting a 5-0 white wash of the Aussies and each member of the team is eager to put his 100% in each of the games left to achieve that.

England lost the 2006/07 Ashes series 5-0 to Australia Down Under and the Three Lions have a great chance of setting the records straight, having already gone up 2-0 in the series with some scintillating displays against a below average Kangaroos side.

And Anderson has mentioned that the nightmare memories of that series have helped the England Cricket Team, particularly in the last couple of Ashes series. It was because of that bookies were offering all sorts before the series began.

And he hopes that the team can inflict the same thing on the Aussies, adding that losses like these make it difficult for any team. The English pacer, who is currently the joint highest wicket taker in the series along with spinner Graeme Swann will be more than happy to clinch the series at his home ground in Old Trafford in the third test.

Anderson also mentioned that team is in a great position and everyone is more or less happy with the sort of cricket they are playing but there is still room for improvement. The Lancashire man believes Australia will also mount a strong challenge and it will make for a very interesting test match in Manchester.

Regardless, however, Anderson thinks the England Cricket Team is in fine form and is capable of withstanding any power in the world at the moment and will go all out for the win.

Gambling on Cricket

Posted on June 21, 2013 by

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MALINGA WAS TERRIFIC

Posted on June 13, 2013 by

The captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Angelo Mathews, has praised Lasith Malinga for his terrific performance in the match against New Zealand.

Malinga took 4 wickets against Kiwis, but, despite his great effort, Sri Lanka couldn’t win the match. New Zealand somehow managed to reach the target and won the match by 1 wicket.

Sri Lanka had batted first and had got all out on just 138 runs. Chasing down that total, New Zealand was in a very good position at one point of time, but, when Malinga came for his second spell, he changed it all.

With his lethal in swinging yorkers, Malinga just rattled the lower middle order of New Zealand. He got the important wickets of Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori in his second spell which pushed New Zealand right back.

Malinga later on went on to dismiss the ominous looking Nathan McCullum as well. When Nathan McCullum got out, New Zealand still needed 16 runs to win and they had a couple of wickets in hand.

Malinga had 2.4 overs up his sleeve at that point of time, but, he couldn’t do any more damage in those 16 deliveries and New Zealand went on to win the game.

Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Mathews said, “Lasith has been absolutely phenomenal for us in the last few years. He is someone who soaks up the pressure really well. He is mentally very tough. The way he brought us back into the game today was absolutely fantastic.”

When asked what would have been the par score on that wicket, Mathews said, “I think 170 would have been a very good score here. We didn’t read the pitch correctly. We went hard early on and lost quick wickets.”