In the absence of almost all the veteran players, the youngsters in the Indian cricket team displayed their guts in the recent 5 matches ODI tournament against New Zealand.
It was a welcome series win of 5-0 where Indians made Kiwis struggle for even a single victory in a five ODIs tournament hosted at Indian cricket grounds. Although, India are always a favorite at their home grounds, it will be unfair to give the complete credit to the familiar playing conditions. Newcomers in the Indian team, such as Praveen Kumar, Yusuf Pathan, and also the other players exhibited an excellent example of teamwork while contributing individually to bring consecutive victories to the host team.
New Zealand, whereas, trying to improve their performances during the entire series, could not play up to their potential and their lack of experience on the spinning wickets showed up in form of their successive defeats. Few players, such as Daniel Vettori impressed with their individual struggles to save matches but did not get the due support from the rest of the team at all times.
Overall, a fantastic series for Indians this had been and we all look forward to see them trying their luck on the fast-paced South African grounds very soon.
West Indies Tour: Is India Still On a Poor Show?
Written by Jyoti Agarwal
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:35
In spite of the fact that we all saw poor show of Indian performance at ICC World cup t20 2009, India still stands a chance at their West Indies tour. This is what most analysts still think as they blame too much t20 cricket for Indian players lately.
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle has also realized it and he does takes India as a strong team to play. He believes that India's poor performance at World Cup T20 2009 is not going to be a show-stopper when it comes to one-day Internationals. India is still a good team; it's another fact that star players like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan are on rest during the tour. Also, explosive batsmen like Virender Sehwag and Suresh Rain have been suffering from ill fitness.
While the West Indies team is still considering India as a serious competitor, they are also happy about their own performance at World Cup T20. "It was a pretty decent performance. We tried our best but in the end it was not to be," Gayle said. "But I am not disheartened. In fact, I am proud of the guys, as at the championship, not many were expecting us to reach that far.”
However, regardless of how much is claimed about Indians' future performances, India have been known for turning the results unexpectedly, at unexpected times. For instance, India were beaten 4-1 at West Indies in year 2006, but they made a sudden pathbreaking comeback by winning World Cup T20 in the following year.
It is all for us to wait and watch before anyone can make any authentic comments about the contest to be held at West Indies tour of India.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 12:39
Zaheer Not Up for the Warm Up at ICC World Cup T20
Written by Jyoti Agarwal
Monday, 01 June 2009 07:14
As the Indian struggle to maintain their crown of Twenty20 world champions is going to begin, it will largely depend on the total stength of the team in all departments. Indeed, India has got a brilliant batting lineup that is already in form, they are all set to score huge on the English pitches. However, the another factor that is required for spelling victory in this fast-paced version of cricket is bowling attack.
Recently, we have seen a lot of Twenty20 cricket happening, most recently in South Africa. Indian players doubtlessly have got very good practice of Twenty20 cricket but the question arises if they are actually not fatigued. Some of the their most important players, such as Zaheer Khan are apparently experiencing the result of the fatigue and ill fitness.
ICC World Cup Twenty20 is going to begin shortly (as per the schedule) with warmup (practice) matches. The first match according to the current schedule is going to be India Vs. New Zealand. Supposedly, it is the time when the playing teams assess themselves on their practice and current form to play the entire tournament. It is also believed that the squad should be perfectly fit to play the warmup matches. This helps the teams know their strengths and weaknesses, which is very vital for overly playing teams like India.
It is now to see how the fatigued players (not all, apparently) react to the change in cricketing environment facing a different crowd, different skill leves of the International teams and differnt pitches as opposed to the recently held tournament, IPL season 2.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 06:18
Sehwag to Return Home From ICC World Cup T20
Written by Jyoti Agarwal
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 05:53
Fortunate for teams opposing India at the cricket grounds of England, but sad for the viewers and Indian team, Sehwag would now sadly return to India because of his ill-fitness.
The blaster opening batsman of team India, Virender Sehwag, got an injury in his shoulder during IPL season2 in South Africa. Ever since, he has been in discomfort and now, having watched for his performance at nets, he is advised to return home.Despite some controversy having been floated up between him and the captain, Dhoni, his fitness remained doubtful and no clear declarations from Indian team camp came out. However, he is advised to be assessed for his fitness by English fitness experts and final decision would be an outcome of their reports.
For team India to recover from this loss, the suggested replacement is Dinesh Karthik, who had been in a good form uding the IPL Season 2. Also, it also gives Indian team an edge because Karthik is capable of keeping wicket if needed. Rohit Sharma is also a potential contendor to participate in the Indian show of T20 cricket in rest of the world cup T20 at England.
We still have got a day to witness the final decision, whether or not Sehwag is going to play for rest of the tournament. His absence would be definitely felt in the match to be held today.
History of T-20 Cricket
Written by Jyoti Agarwal
Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:00
The idea of new structure of cricket was, was originally introduced in United Kingdom by Wales and England cricket board in the 2003 for inter- county proffesional competition. For the frst time each team played for twenty overs.
When the Benson & Hedges Cup ended in 2002, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) needed another one day competition to fill its place. The cricketing authorities were looking to boost the game's popularity with the younger generation in response to dwindling crowds and reduced sponsorship. It was intended to deliver fast paced, exciting cricket accessible to thousands of fans who were put off by the longer versions of the game The twenty20 cricket game is completed in approximately two and the half hour with the every innings that lasts near around in 75 minutes, therefore bringing sport closer to span of time of the other famous team games such as football or hockey.
Although being discussed since long the first T20 match was played in the year 2003 by ECB. First authorized Twenty20 cricket matches were played in the year 2003 on 13th June between the varieties of the English counties. The winners that year were the Surrey Lions who defeated the Warwickshire Bears to clinch the first ever Twenty20 cup. The match was a huge success among Crowd. The slogan for the first twenty-20 cricket match was " I don't like cricket, I love it ".The huge success of first twenty-20 gave rise to a entirely new world of cricket with new excitment and a lot and lot of fun.
Internationally, T 20 cricket is played since year 2005. The sixteen countries who have played the T 20 cricket are : • Australia • Bangladesh • Bermuda • Canada • England • India • Ireland • Kenya • Netherlands • New Zealand • Pakistan • Scotland’s • South Africa • Sri Lanka • West Indies • Zimbabwe
Important Matches in T20 -
- 15th July 2004 - Match between Middlsex vs Surrey at the Lord's stadium attracted the huge crowd of 26500 people, largest attendace in the history of any county cricket game
17th February 2005 - The first men's full international Twenty20 match, was played between Australia and Newzealand and Eden Park in Aucland. The Game was played in a light hearted Manner in which Australia defeated Newzealand.
13th June 2005 - The first Twenty20 international in England was played between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire , which England won by a record margin of 100 runs.
11th July 2006 - Stanford 20-20. A Tournamnet in which West- Indies regional team competed.Allen Stanford, a billionare has financially backed up the event and gave at least US$28,000,000 funding money. It was decided that the tournament will be held anually. Guyana won the event. The top prize for the winning team was US$1,000,000, but other prizes were given throughout the tournament, such as play of the match (US$10,000) and man of the match (US$25,000).
9th January 2006 - The first ever twenty 20 in Australia was played between Australia and South Africa.Ech player's nickname appeared on the back of his uniform, rather than his surname. A huge crowd of 38894 people gathered to see this historic match at Gabba which Austalia won with man of the match Damien Martyn scoring 96 runs.
1st february 2008- The ticket for match between " Australia and India" at Melbourne was entirely sold as pre-tickets and a huge crowd of more then 84,000 people attended the match.it involved the Twenty -20 world champions agains ODI world Champions.
Critism and Conflict :
Although T20 game has been a huge success gaining a huge popularity in a very short span of near about five years. Still the cricketing faternity have been divided into two groups in thier opinion about the game. THe prompoters of the game believe that it is different from the traditional form of cricket and will not replace any, but will just increase the intrest of youngsters in the game and will drive more and more people towards it increasing popularity of cricket as a whole even among those people who are more interested in fast games like football. Whereas some people think that it is far away from Technical Cricket. Youngsters will start believing that cricket is a game of "Fours and Sixes" , no matter how you do it. It will give rise to misconception that cricket is a game of batsman because baller is always on the reciving side.
With Indian Premier League going on and T-20 World cup around the corner, the important point is not if the game is popular, but it is will it be able to sustain its popularity.
Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2009 16:48
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