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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Glenn Maxwell ~ Tambe ~ Chahal ~ Gambhir .... all in news IPL 7

Can you identify who this bowler is – his figures after 4 matches read : Against Delhi 4-0-18-1;  against MI – 4-0-017-1;  against Kolkatta 4-0-26-1  Against Rajasthan 3-1-17-1; ...........................

At Sharjah, today the 16th and 17th matches are on .... this IPL has thrown out some new stars – Glenn Maxwell; Lynn; and more..... and there is some little fellows striking it rich too.

Ajit Agarkar, Bob Holland and Mohammad Asif share the ignominy of 5 consecutive zeroes in Test Cricket.  New Zealand fast bowler Chris Martin holds the maximum pairs ...  Five players have been dismissed for four pairs of ducks in Tests. Four are bowlers with no great pretensions towards batsmanship – Bhagwat Chandrasekhar of India, Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and West Indians Mervyn Dillon and Courtney Walsh – but the fifth is top order batsman Marvan Atapattu of Sri Lanka

"Gambhir, please open your account," read a banner as the Kolkata Knight Riders captain walked in to bat after three ducks in a row. He was nearly dismissed first ball again as a leading edge was almost taken by the bowler Sandeep Sharma, who dived to his right and got a hand on the ball but couldn't hold on. Gambhir made 1 and somebody commented on FB – stating at this rate, Gauti can score max of 9 – 3 ducks opening and 1 coming at 1 drop .....

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has joined Mumbai Indians on an ‘advisory role’. Ricky Ponting was part of the victorious Mumbai Indians side last season and had led the team in the first few outings before handing over the reins to current captain Rohit Sharma ~ it is another matter that high value coaches and those in the box do not add much value .... as today too MI huffed to 125 against DD. 

Before we answer the Q at the start, Pravin Tambe had figures of 4-0-20-4 – when Banglore was restricted to paltry 70 by Rajasthan.  One can recall taht in May 2013, he debuted against DD..... Pravin Vijay was a surprise element ~  had not  played any form of top-level domestic cricket~ and was 41 years and 212 days old at debut. 

Now in Sept 2011  - against Mumbai Indians, T&T batted poorly scoring a paltry 98 but fought back brilliantly and perhaps the spread out field enabled a result in favour of MI.  The match went down the wire, two needed of a final delivery when T&T captain Daren Ganga chose to keep  a fairly spread out field.  It was the nervy Yuzvendra Chahal, the 21 year old who bowls leg spin with no great exposure at the stumps  -there was high drama as the low full toss was hit to mid wicket and batsmen tumbled like a hare – the throw of Adrian Barath was off the mark, Denesh Ramdin fumbled – if he had hit the target with a underarm lob, then it would have been a super over -  more excitement for the spectator.  It is the same Y Chahal who is having a dream run, this time bowling for Bangalore.

When the game returns to India after 20 matches in UAE – there could be different heroes clambering back to success.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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