Showing posts from April, 2017

Shake a leg or two? May be!

The Indian Premier League extravaganza brings with it a lot of sponsor contracts and advertisements. A sponsor which is associated with any franchise is keen to have its players on-board for an advertisement or two during the IPL. Such are the eye balls that are attracted to the TV screens during the month of April and May in India.
In the modern contemporary world, advertisements are not naive to the players. Many of the leading players have had a little or more experience in the ad world. Be it shaking a leg or acting for a particular brand, players tend to model oneself on the requirement of the brand. But what about the exceptions? Aren't they omnipresent? Yes, they are. One such exception is Kolkata Knight Riders' captain, Gautam Gambhir. The 35-year old southpaw has led the Knight Riders to two IPL titles (2012 & 2014). Having scored 3,729 runs in 134 IPL matches at an average of 31.33 and a strike rate of 124.79, Gambhir is fourth on the list of Highesr Run-scorers in …

Review - Match 1 - SRH vs RCB.

The tenth anniversary of the Indian Premier League was celebrated in as many as eight cities. Post the dilation of the list of injured players and the spectacular opening ceremony, it was time for the game of cricket to take a centre stage. The first game was to be played between the finalists of the previous edition of the IPL in Hyderabad.
In the absence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Shane Watson was leading the visitors, Royal Challengers Bangalore. Injuries to Lokesh Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan have further made matters worse for them.
Watson won the toss and elected to field first. Sun Risers Hyderabad had included the man of the match in the final of the last season, Ben Cutting, as their fourth overseas player. Tried and tested duo of captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan were to face left-arm debutants in Tymal Mills and Aniket Chaudhary. Warner scored the first four of IPL 10 on the third ball when he found the point boundary. Chaudhary's first over saw him going for a f…

Preview - IPL 10 - Kolkata Knight Riders.

Kolkata Knight Riders have always been the most acclaimed team in the Indian Premier League. The outcome on the field may not have been approving in the initial phases, but the things of past did not affect their future. They finished at the sixth position in the maiden season of the IPL. Dropped down to the bottom of the points table in the following season. Finished at the sixth position again in 2010.
2011 saw them qualifying for the play-offs for the first time. However, they could not sneak past Mumbai Indians in the eliminator match. Took home their maiden IPL title in 2012. Fell down to the seventh position in 2013. Emerged as Champions yet again in 2014. Finished 2015 as the fifth ranked team. Reached the play-offs in 2016.
At the close of the IPL auction, the franchise was left with a budget of INR 5.4 crore. A squad of 23 consists of 14 Indian and 9 overseas players.

Buys/TransfersThe trio of overseas fast bowlers in New Zealand's Trent Boult (INR 5 crore), England's Ch…

Preview - IPL 10 - Rising Pune Supergiant.

One of the latest recruits in the Indian Premier League, Rising Pune Supergiant is all set to go in for their second appearance in the tournament. Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team finished at the seventh position last season after losing nine out of 14 matches.
Ajinkya Rahane emerged as the highest run-scorer for the franchise after scoring 480 runs in 14 matches at an average of 43.63 and a strike rate of 126.64. Adam Zampa was the highest wicket-taker as he effected 12 dismissals in five matches at an average of 9.58. Injuries to key players in the initial stages of the tournament did not help their case either. For the tenth edition of the IPL, the management has taken a dauntless decision in giving the reigns of the team to Steven Smith which means that this will be the first season of the IPL where Dhoni will not lead a side.

In what was a grand and lavish auction for Pune Supergiant, the franchise popped up with a minimum remaining budget (out of eight franchi…