Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Coach Andy Moles Delighted at New Zealand Performance

New Zealand coach Andy Moles is overly happy with the performance of his boys against England in Champions Trophy 2009. The Kiwis got off to a poor start to the tournament as they were beaten by South Africa in the first match. However, Vettori and his side went on to defeat Sri Lanka and England in the next two matches, and thus, progressing to the semi final as Group B champions. Moles has also hailed New Zealand’s never-give-up mentality.

The New Zealand Herald reported:

"The one thing about this New Zealand side is that they're fighters and they fight for each other," he said.

"They knew they had to stand up and each person had to contribute the best he could."

Moles said the Black Caps had no preference over which opposition they faced in their semifinal in Johannesburg.

"We just have to make sure we play to the best of our ability," he said.

"If we do that, it doesn't matter who we play."

Well, I think, New Zealand has shown some impressive performances so far in the tournament. Specially, their victory over England proves that they have all the reasons to win the title of Champions Trophy for the second time. Now, let us see if New Zealand can continue their impressive form in the rest of the tournament.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

One Day Cricket vs Twenty20 Cricket: What TV Ratings Show

There is no doubt, the ongoing Champions Trophy 2009 is considered to be a big test for the ODI format of the game. With the increasing popularity of Twenty20 cricket, ODI cricket has lost much of its appeal and people like Shane Warne want to stop ODI as the mainstream cricket and focus more on Twenty20 cricket.

The TV ratings play in favor of Shane Warne. TV ratings of the much-awaited match between India and Pakistan on 26 September were really very disappointing and it could not come close to what a match of this stature used to score in the past. Moreover, another striking difference between ODI and Twenty20 formats is that the TV ratings of the opening matches of Twenty20 world cup were much more than the TV ratings of the opening games of Champions Trophy. So, does not indicate that ODI format of cricket would now have to make its way to the pavilion? Let us see what happens in the fate of ODI cricket?

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Who will be the second luckiest team from group A: India or Australia?

When India will take on West Indies on 30th September at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, fans of Indian cricket team will pray for Pakistan so that they can get a victory against defending champions Australia team. You should know that India is at the edge of elimination from the group round. So, they have to struggle hard to survive in the competition. Tomorrow on Wednesday India will come on the field with the hope of must-win match against weak foe West Indies.

Winning a victory is not enough for India team. They have to finish the game with some extra points. Not only that but also Australia’s defeat can remain their hope of playing in the second round. Arch-rival team Pakistan has already secured their place in the semi-final round from group A. Now, it is the time to see who will be the second luckiest team to get chance to play in the next round from this group.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

South African team has been condemned by press media for poor performance in CT 2009

South Africa is no more in the competition of ICC Champions Trophy 2009. They have become the first team to have been eliminated from the group round. As a host team it was unthinkable to the cricket fans. They were one of the most probable teams who could win the Champions Trophy. However, their elimination from the group round reduced the interest of this tournament. Because of their poor performance in the group round of ICC Champions Trophy, South African press condemns cricketers.

In the group round, they played against Sri Lanka, New Zealand and England. But they could manage only one victory against New Zealand. However, host team still has hope if England can beat New Zealand on 29th September’s match.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Andrew Strauss Set up an Example of Sportsmanship

England captain Andrew Strauss has set up an bright example of sportsmanship during England’s 6-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their opening match of ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The incident was the Sri Lankan batsmen Angelo Mathews had an unintentional collision with pacer Graham Onions while going for two runs and by the time he reached the crease, a direct throw from Joe Denly already broke the wickets.

Angelo Mathews then started walking for dressing room, but Strauss, showing excellent sportsmanship, asked Mathews to return to batting. England captain earned huge praise from cricket fraternity for his action. No doubt, Strauss has done something praiseworthy and I think, young cricketers should learn this lesion from Andrew Strauss.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Australia Defeated West Indies by 50 Runs in ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Defending champion Australia started off well in their title defense mission in Champions Trophy 2009. The Aussies defeated weak West Indies by 50 runs in the tournament today. Well, West Indies put on a good competition in the match even though they lost the game.

Batting first Australia scored 275 runs for 8 thanks to a blistering knock from Mitchell Johnson. The bowling all rounder played an innings of 47-ball 73, hitting eight boundaries and three over-boundaries.

However, Australian top order struggled against West Indies bowlers initially and at one point, Australia lost 7 wickets at 171. However, responsible batting from Johnson and Lee, who scored 25 off 28, helped Australia reach a commanding target. Earlier, Ponting played a slow but useful innings of 79 off 95 balls. Roach, Bernard and Miller all got 2 wickets each.

West Indies also tried their best to make a successful chase, but the Caribbean side stopped 50 runs short of the winning target, despite having a good start in the innings. Half centuries from Fletcher and Dowlin set up the much-needed platform for West Indies, but their milled order failed to continue the momentum. Mitchell Johnson was awarded the man of the match award.

With this defeat West Indies has been out of the tournament with a match still in hand. West Indies will play against India in their last game of the tournament.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2009: Younis Khan is ready to come back

Pakistan skipper Younis Khan has made his return in the national squad ahead of the much crucial match game against India which will be played on 26th September. Younis Khan’s return in the Pakistan squad will boost his team to do well.

He was ruled out of squad in their opening match against West Indies. In his absence, Shahid Afridi led Pakistan team. However, we can see Younis to lead his team again. He is a reliable middle order batsman. He had sustained this injury during the practice match against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan had to struggle hard to get a victory against West Indies. So, it can be said that Pakistan will face a tough challenge against them. Pakistan has poor performance against India in the Champions Trophy. Do you think they can rewrite the record books?

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Injury has ruled Nathan Bracken out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009

I can see that injury has become a major problem in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. That is why, we can not see many legend players to play in the Champions Trophy. Cricket crazy fans should miss their hero in this event. Day by day the list of injury players is increasing. Australia fast bowler Nathan Bracken has become the latest member of this list. His right knee injury has ruled him out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa. Australian cricket team will not get his best work for this tournament. Medical stuff confirmed that he could not play for long time. Who will be the best replacement of this position? It has not yet been confirmed by the ICC’s technical committee. I hope that they should find someone better for this post. Let us see how long he needs to be recovered.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Can ICC Champions Trophy help to survive ODI format?

The existence of ODI cricket is at the stake of danger. It is not sure that how long it will survive. The creation of Twenty20 cricket game has created this situation. Now, cricketers are feeling much interest to play the shortest format of cricket game. However, the second biggest ICC event ICC Champions Trophy is now going on. ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat think that Champions Trophy will help ODI format of cricket game to survive. You should know that Champions Trophy has got much popularity to the cricket fans. This tournament will spread its excitement for the next two weeks. With this tournament, ICC members should create an appeal to the fans about ODI cricket.

We can see that India has a big market about cricket game. If India play then TV ratings gets much higher. No cricket team can not make dominant as like them. I hope that they should think about it seriously.

What is your opinion about ODI format? Do you think it can survive for long time?

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

South Africa vs Sri Lanka ICC Champions Trophy 2009: Who will make upset?

Sri Lankan cricket team has come to South Africa as one of the most probable teams to win the champions trophy. This South Asian team has good performance in the last few months. They bet Pakistan team in the recently conclude ODI series. They reached in the final round of World T20. So, there is no doubt that they will catch the centre attraction of this event. For their performance both home and away condition they have been called as dark horses for trophy. Some fans think that Sri Lanka will make upset for South Africa. I think South Africa should be aware of them.

Today they will face host team South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion. This match will start at 14:30 local time. I have not got any specific information about the opening ceremony of this event.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in the 1st ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Only one day is left to start the much awaited ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa. It will start with the match between host team South Africa and Sri Lanka. They will take on each other at the SuperSport Park, Centurion. It is an important match for both of them. As a host team South African cricket team should get some benefit ahead of the home crowd. At the same time, this matter will put them under huge pressure. South Africa already lost their top position in the ICC ODI ranking. They should want to regain their lost position with this tournament. Their competition is not only with Australia but also with India too. So, you can understand that how much pressure they have to handle.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Virender Sehwag Back in Action after 4 Months

Indian opener Virender Sehwag has returned to action today (20 September 2009) with the J P Atray corporate tournament. Sehwag will represent Reliance Industries in the tournament. The hard-hitter batsman suffered a shoulder injury during Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009 in South Africa. After that, he underwent a surgery and missed T20 world cup and ODI series in West Indies as well as the Compaq Cup 2009 tournament in Sri Lanka. Virender Sehwag is also going to miss upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009.

Well, India severely missed Sehwag during Twenty20 world cup and his absence in Champions Trophy is also a big blow for Indian team. it is expected that the batsman would come back to international cricket with India’s home series against Australia.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

ICC Champions Trophy 2009: Live on DIRECTV

If you are the citizen of USA then you can enjoy the elite eight-nation tournament live on DIRECTV. DIRECTV will provide 100% digital broadcast of the much awaited ICC Champions Trophy 2009 which will kick off from 23rd September. You should have known that DIRECTV is a pay per view TV channel. To make the tournament more attractive to USA fans, DIRECTV has taken two important steps. Cricket beloved people can enjoy the whole tournament either by $149.99 or by $50 dollar in three install ments. Another opportunity for the DIRECTV customers is that CricketTicket 2009 Half Season Offer will be available for them. The rest of the year will be busy with big events such as, Indian Premier League (IPL) tournaments, Champions League Twenty20, Australian cricket, South African cricket, New Zealand cricket and other major cricket events only on DIRECTV.

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Ijaz Butt: PCB to Follow Government Decision over Playing in India in World Cup 2011

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said that the board would follow government decision whether Pakistan cricket team would visit India to play world cup 2011 matches. Mr. Butt also said that PCB was time to time informing the government about cricket issues and would follow its decision over reviving bilateral cricket relationship with India.

Pakistan government put a bar on Pakistani cricketers playing in India when Indian government instructed BCCI not to send Indian cricket team on a pre-scheduled cricket tour to Pakistan earlier this year. Following Lahore terror attack, Pakistan was stripped off hosting rights of world cup. So, they now have to visit India to play their world cup matches. Now, let us see if the deadlock between the two governments melts down in the coming months.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Daniel Vettori says New Zealand can win ICC Champions Trophy 2009

New Zealand Captain Daniel Vettori has said that his team can win the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. He also said that his team will have to be confident about their best performance in this second biggest tournament. Though, they showed very poor performance against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded Test series. However, they got win in a two-match T20 game against same opponent in an away series. I hope that they will get some boost from this performance.

New Zealand is always all time favorite team in any competition. But they could not earn any big trophy yet. It seems that it is the right time for them to make their wish fulfill.

Lack of consistency in batting line up is the big problem for Black Caps. No doubt, if they want to do well then they have to give more importance in the batting line up.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Andrew Flintoff Rejected of ECB Central Contract

Andrew Flintoff has recently rejected a central contract offered by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). No doubt, it came as a shock to many cricket fans. The reason behind the rejection of Flintoff is that he wants to be a free-lance cricketer, and thus, making himself available for lucrative twenty20 domestic tournaments in several cricket playing countries.

Theglobalherald reported:

The move, according to the Professional Cricketers Association, could well be echoed by many other players unless governing bodies reduce the current fixture pileup within the international cricket schedule.

Well, it would not be good for international cricket if other cricket players also follow the footstep of Flintoff in future. ICC should take some initiative in this regard as early as possible. International calendar should not be very compact and cricketers should allow to participate in twenty20 tournaments so that they can get some financial benefit.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hero Honda is the latest sponsor of ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Hero Honda is a famous and trusted brand name to the two-wheel riders all over the world. However, this popular company, Hero Honda, has become the latest sponsor in the list of ICC Champions Trophy 2009. They have been included as the 11th sponsor in the elite-nation tournament. Their will to be the sponsor of ICC Champions Trophy has proved that how popular 50-over cricket game is. So, you can see this brand name as logo in this tournament.

ICC Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, expressed their delight to say that they are happy as Hero Honda has become their global partner.

MD and CEO of Hero Honda Limited, Pawan Munjal, said that they are delighted to join their hands with the ICC as global partner.

You should know that ICC Champions Trophy 2009 kick off from 22nd September.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

India Wins Compaq Cup 2009 Title Defeating Sri Lanka in the Final

India clinched the Compaq Cup 2009 title with a 46-run victory over Sri Lanka in the final match on Monday. A brilliant century from star batsman Sachin Tendulkar helped India score 319 losing only 5 wickets. Tendulkar played an excellent knock of 138 from 133 balls.

On his way to 138, he developed three partnerships. First comes the opening partnership of 95 runs with Dravid who scored 39. Then for the second wicket, Sachin and Dhoni put on 110 runs where Dhoni’s contribution was 56 off 62 balls. Yuvraj Singh then joined Tendulkar and the pair put on 71 runs on the board very quickly before the dismissal of Tendulkar in the 46th over. Yuvraj was not out on 56 from 41 balls.

cricket365 reported:

Tendulkar, battled on, reaching his 44th one-day century with a single through the off-side off Ajantha Mendis.

He put on 71 runs for the third wicket with Yuvraj, but fell leg before to Mendis while attempting a reverse sweep, immediately after clobbering the spinner for a six and two boundaries off consecutive deliveries.

Chasing a huge total of 320, Sri Lanka had a brisk start thanks to two openers as they put on 64 runs within 7.5 overs. However, Sri Lanka started loosing wickets pretty regularly, and thus, fading their hopes of a successful chase. Thilina Kandamby and Chamara Kapugedera tried by scoring 66 and 35 respectively, but that was not enough for Sri Lanka to win the match. In the top order, Dilshan scored 42, while his opening partner Jayasuria scored 36. Sri Lanka was unfortunate as they lost the wicket of Sangakkara through hit wicket.

For India, off spinner Harbhajan Singh picked up 5 wickets for 56 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was awarded both man of the match and man of the series awards.

Middlesex Defeated Derbyshire by 50 Runs in Pro40 League

Middlesex pulled off an easy 50-run victory over Derbyshire in a match of Pro40 league. Thanks to a brilliant century from Nick Compton, who is the grandson of former England great Denis Compton, Middlesex put on 242 for 6. However, Derbyshire batsmen performed poorly and got all out for 192 runs.

Winning the toss, Derbyshire decide to ball first, but their bowlers could not give any justification to that decision as Middlesex went on to score a big total. Compton scored 107 runs off 117 balls. Chasing a big total, Derbyshire batsmen started losing wicket from the beginning of their innings and lost 44 wickets at 56 runs. Dan Redfern’s 32 and Tim Groenwald’s 31 were not enough for Derbyshire to bounce back.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Australia Wins ODI Series against England after Winning 4th Match

Australia has clinched the 7-match ODI series against England as they defeated the hosts by 7 wickets. Brett Lee was the man who demolished English batting line up as England was turned from 111-2 into 220 all out with 21 balls remaining in hands. Lee picked up 5 wickets for 49 and showed a magnificent performance.

In reply, Australia lost only 3 wickets to reach the target with 38 balls to spare. Highest 62 runs came from Michael Clarke who remained not out, while Paine played a very good innings of 51 runs. Regular captain Ricky Ponting, who came back following a short break at home, missed his half-century just for 2 runs.

England has no way to recover in the series, but the English side can still finish the series with some confidence intact by winning the last 3 games ahead of ICC Champion Trophy 2009.

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Any Hope for New Zealand Batting ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2009?

You already know that New Zealand got out of the ongoing Compaq Cup 2009 tournament in Sri Lanka. A big part of their poor show in the tri-nation tournament was their frustrating batting performance. New Zealand lost both of their matches- first to Sri Lanka and then to India, in the tournament and on both occasions, New Zealand got all out under 200. No doubt, it is a big worry for New Zealand ahead of upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009 which is all set to kick off from 22 September in South Africa.

The question I raised in the title of the article has become a big task to answer. To be honest, I am hopeful that New Zealand batsmen would be able to come back strongly in the eight-nation Champions Trophy and I am optimistic about their success.

First of all, New Zealand batsmen would find a familiar condition in South Africa because wickets in South Africa and New Zealand support the pacers. No doubt, Kiwi batsmen are accustomed to batting in bouncy and speedy wickets.

Moreover, New Zealand has some talented batsmen like Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Brendeon McCullum, Elliot and Guptill. Getting back their form would not be a big deal for these skilled batsmen. Another thing is that New Zealand batsmen now know what their problem is and what they suffered for during Sri Lanka tour. Naturally, they would work hard in order to work out their problems by the time Champions Trophy 2009 starts.