Monthly Archives: November 2010

Ranji 34 – Update 4

Here we are back with the latest update on our designated 34 players to watch in the 2010-11 Ranji Trophy season. Many of the matches were interrupted because of rain around the country. The games still produced some good performances. Some of the stars like Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Vinay Kumar did not play becasue of their inclusion in the Indian ODI side. Irfan Pathan is still not playing. Cheteswar Pujara played a game finally for Saurashtra but got only 22. Not the best of preparations for the SA tour though. Badrinath continues to celebrate his exclusion from the Indian ODI side to rattle up scores of 83, 104, 195 & 149. Is anybody even noticing??? No matches were played in the Plate league this round.

Ranji Super League

Bengal
Wriddhiman Saha – 36 (Delhi) 11 (Mumbai) 178 no (Assam) DNP (Gujarat)
Manoj Tewary – 69 (Delhi) 14 (Mumbai) 50 (Assam) 92 (Gujarat)
A Dinda – 4/132 off 45 (Delhi) 1/130 (Mumbai) DNP (Assam) DNP (Gujarat)
Delhi
V Kohli – 173 (Bengal) 139 & 7 (TN) 6 (Gujarat) DNP (Saurashtra)
S Dhawan – 42(Bengal) 41 & 88 (TN) 149 (Gujarat) 51 (Saurashtra)
P Sangwan – 23 no & 0/86 (Bengal) DNP (TN) 3/16 & 1/57 (Gujarat) DNP (Saurashtra)
Mumbai
Rohit Sharma – 93 & 74 no (Saurashtra) 200 no (Bengal) 1 & 31 no (Railways) DNP (Assam)
Ajinkya Rahane – Did not play (Saurashtra) 110 (Bengal) 43 & 94 (Railways) 22 (Assam)
Iqbal Abdulla – 150 no & 1/33 (Saurashtra) 81 & Did not bowl (Bengal) 4/42 & 1/74 (Railways) 2/48 & 3/22 (Assam)
Saurashtra
Jaydev Unadkat – 0/116 (Mumbai) 3/46 & 2/55 (Gujarat) 0/46 (Delhi)
Ravindra Jadeja – 40 & 4/189 off 56 (Mumbai) 13 & 0, 3/49 & 5/59 (Gujarat) 63 & 0/134 (Saurashtra) DNP (Delhi)
Baroda
Ambati Rayudu (playing for Baroda) – 4 & 200 no (Orissa) 22 (Haryana) 91 & 0 (UP) 79 (Punjab)
Yusuf Pathan – 10 & 27 (Orissa) 195 (Haryana) 15 & 49 (UP) DNP (Punjab)
Irfan Pathan – Did not play
Tamil Nadu
R Ashwin – 1/51 off 19 & 2/74 off 34 (Assam) 5/94 & 6/87 (Delhi) 2/118 (Saurashtra) DNP (Railways)
Abhinav Mukund – 22 & 32 (Assam) 2 & 59 (Delhi) 232 (Saurashtra) 131 (Railways)
Dinesh Karthik – 4 & 0 (Assam) 6 & 23 no (Delhi) 30 no (Saurashtra) 17 no (Railways)
S Badrinath – 83 & 6 no (Assam) 104 & 25 no (Delhi) 195 (Saurashtra) 149 (Railways)
Punjab
Yuvraj Singh – 52 & 24 (UP) 39 & 79 (Karnataka) 27 & 92 (HP) DNP (Baroda)
Sarabjit Ladda – 1/55 (UP) DNP (Karnataka) 2/101 (HP) 5/118 (Baroda)
UP
Praveen Kumar – 5/72 & 1/51 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa) DNP (Baroda) DNP (HP)
RP Singh – 2/82 & 1/71 (Punjab) 6/50 & 3/29 (Orissa) 1/73 & 0/14 (Baroda) 3/38 (HP)
Piyush Chawla – 2/51 & 2/78 (Punjab) 0/65 & 2/31 (Orissa) 0/71 & 0/40 (Baroda) Did not bowl (HP)
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – 0/54 & 2/52 and 35 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa) 47 & 55 and 4/51 & 4/37 (Baroda) 0 & 2 and 2/14 (HP)
Karnataka
Robin Uthappa – 149 (Punjab) 42 & 48 (Haryana) 9 (Orissa)
Abhimanyu Mithun – 0/52 & 4/94 (Punjab) 2/61 (Haryana) 1/45 & 4/70 (Orissa)
Manish Pandey – 49 (Punjab) 37 & 55 (Haryana) 171 (Orissa)
Vinay Kumar – 5/61 & 3/64 (Punjab) 2/57 (Haryana) DNP (Orissa)
Ranji Trophy Plate

MP
Naman Ojha – 88 (Goa) 73 (Rajasthan)
Monish Mishra – 71 (Goa) 8 (Rajasthan)
Rajasthan
Deepak Chahar – 8/10 & 4/54 (Hyderabad) 4/67 & 0/75 (Goa) 1/136 (MP)
Pankaj Singh – 2/11 & 4/45 (Hyderabad) 5/58 & 2/89 (Goa) 0/86 (MP)
Jharkhand
Saurabh Tiwary – 20 (Tripura), 45 & 32 (Hyderabad) 4 & 12 (Goa)
Vidarbha
Umesh Yadav – 2/73 (Andhra) 7/74 & 0/30 (Maharashtra) 1/22 (Kerala)
Sanjay

 


Ranji 34 – Update 3

Another round of matches got over in the Ranji trophy. Some interesting games. The best being UP’s fantastic “come from behind” victory against Baroda. Assam overhauled a 562/6 decl by Bengal to get the first innings leand! Gujarat after being all out for 71 managed to draw the game by 1 wicket against Delhi. Punjab are languishing at the bottom with another bad game this time against HP! Cmon Yuvi wake up!!! Mumbai won after a nervy chase against Railways. BTW Jaffer did not score even a fifty! In the Plate Saurabh Tiwary continues to fail and Shadab Jakati (of CSK fame) got 10 wickets against Jharkhand to win it for Goa. And for some of us to feel nice about, Hyderabad won a game against Tripura.

Ranji Super League

Bengal

Wriddhiman Saha – 36 (Delhi) 11 (Mumbai) 178 no (Assam)

Manoj Tewary – 69 (Delhi) 14 (Mumbai) 50 (Assam)

A Dinda – 4/132 off 45 (Delhi) 1/130 (Mumbai) DNP (Assam)

Delhi

V Kohli – 173 (Bengal) 139 & 7 (TN) 6 (Gujarat)

S Dhawan – 42(Bengal) 41 & 88 (TN) 149 (Gujarat)

P Sangwan – 23 no & 0/86 (Bengal) DNP (TN) 3/16 & 1/57 (Gujarat)

Mumbai

Rohit Sharma – 93 & 74 no (Saurashtra) 200 no (Bengal) 1 & 31 no (Railways)

Ajinkya Rahane – Did not play (Saurashtra) 110 (Bengal) 43 & 94 (Railways)

Iqbal Abdulla – 150 no & 1/33 (Saurashtra) 81 & Did not bowl (Bengal) 4/42 & 1/74 (Railways)

Saurashtra

Jaydev Unadkat – 0/116 (Mumbai) 3/46 & 2/55 (Gujarat)

Ravindra Jadeja – 40 & 4/189 off 56 (Mumbai) 13 & 0, 3/49 & 5/59 (Gujarat) 63 & 0/134 (Saurashtra)

Baroda

Ambati Rayudu (playing for Baroda) – 4 & 200 no (Orissa) 22 (Haryana) 91 & 0 (UP)

Yusuf Pathan – 10 & 27 (Orissa) 195 (Haryana) 15 & 49 (UP)

Irfan Pathan – Did not play

Tamil Nadu

R Ashwin – 1/51 off 19 & 2/74 off 34 (Assam) 5/94 & 6/87 (Delhi) 2/118 (Saurashtra)

Abhinav Mukund – 22 & 32 (Assam) 2 & 59 (Delhi) 232 (Saurashtra)

Dinesh Karthik – 4 & 0 (Assam) 6 & 23 no (Delhi) 30 no (Saurashtra)

S Badrinath – 83 & 6 no (Assam) 104 & 25 no (Delhi) 195 (Saurashtra)

Punjab

Yuvraj Singh – 52 & 24 (UP) 39 & 79 (Karnataka) 27 & 92 (HP)

Sarabjit Ladda – 1/55 (UP) DNP (Karnataka) 2/101 (HP)

UP

Praveen Kumar – 5/72 & 1/51 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa) DNP (Baroda)

RP Singh – 2/82 & 1/71 (Punjab) 6/50 & 3/29 (Orissa) 1/73 & 0/14 (Baroda)

Piyush Chawla – 2/51 & 2/78 (Punjab) 0/65 & 2/31 (Orissa) 0/71 & 0/40 (Baroda)

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – 0/54 & 2/52 and 35 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa) 47 & 55 and 4/51 & 4/37 (Baroda)

Karnataka

Robin Uthappa – 149 (Punjab) 42 & 48 (Haryana)

Abhimanyu Mithun – 0/52 & 4/94 (Punjab) 2/61 (Haryana)

Manish Pandey – 49 (Punjab) 37 & 55 (Haryana)

Vinay Kumar – 5/61 & 3/64 (Punjab) 2/57 (Haryana)

 

Ranji Trophy Plate

MP

Naman Ojha – 88 (Goa) 73 (Rajasthan)

Monish Mishra – 71 (Goa) 8 (Rajasthan)

Rajasthan

Deepak Chahar – 8/10 & 4/54 (Hyderabad) 4/67 & 0/75 (Goa) 1/136 (MP)

Pankaj Singh – 2/11 & 4/45 (Hyderabad) 5/58 & 2/89 (Goa) 0/86 (MP)

Jharkhand

Saurabh Tiwary – 20 (Tripura), 45 & 32 (Hyderabad) 4 & 12 (Goa)

Vidarbha

Umesh Yadav – 2/73 (Andhra) 7/74 & 0/30 (Maharashtra) 1/22 (Kerala)

 

 

Team for the South African tour

The team for SA tour has also been announced.

Squad for South Africa Tests: MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.

This time I really don’t have any problems with the side, though  am not sure if Umesh Yadav deserves a place. He plays for Vdarbha in the Plate division. I would rather have Vinay Kumar or Abhimanyu Mithun in the team. I think Mithun is getting a raw deal. He bowled his heart out on lifeless pitches in SL and really deserves a chance.

Sanjay

Indian ODI team for the first 2 games against NZ

The team for the NZ ODI series has been announced. Dhoni wanted a break and has been given. Afterall Dhoni is in a position to ask and getting anything he wants from the BCCI. Given the current state of the game at Nagpur, a win only confirms this more than anything else. Zaheer, Harbhajan and Sachin have also been rested. Gambhir has been named the captain out of seniority. Raina had led the side in Zimbabwe but with Yuvraj and the likes in the team Gambhir’s appointment makes sense. Coming to the team, most of it is along expected lines except for the following.

1. Saurabh Tiwary – He is being picked in the squad consistently but has not a got a game. We had already indicated that his selection is based only on the IPL. His Ranji performances are nothing to write home about. That too after playing for Jharkhand in the Plate division which supposed to be easier!

2. Wriddhiman Saha – After repeated failures from Dinesh Karthik it is good that the selectors are finally looking at someone else. But should it be Saha? Has he done enough to get a place in the ODI squad. Given that the selectors are picking people based on the IPL, Naman Ojha could have been a better choice. The Cricinfo correspondent however thinks  Saha “is fresh from a century against Assam in the Ranji Trophy Super League.”

3.  Munaf Patel – He keeps coming back into the Indian team on a regular basis without any real great performances to speak about. I would have like Abhimanyu Mithun, Sudip Tyagi or even Bhuvaneswar Kumar to get a look in.

4. Sreesanth – Now his Test performance has got him a place in the ODI team? But no place for Ishanth Sharma, Jaidev Unadkat or Umesh Yadav? I think it is a big risk playing Sreesanth in a one day side. BTW can someone tell me why Nehra is not in the team?

5. Yusuf Pathan – He gets another chance. I would rather have a batsman like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, or Badrinath in the team.

Squad for first two ODIs v New Zealand: Gautam Gambhir (capt), M Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Saurabh Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja.

Your comments are most welcome.

Sanjay

Ranji 34 Update No 2

The next set of matches in the Ranji trophy got over today and here is an update of our 34 players’ performance. Since both Ashish Nehra and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala haven’t yet played a game I have decided to include Manish Pandey & Vinay Kumar in the list. Also notable have been Murali Karthik with a 9 wicket haul and Wasim Jaffer with 3 hundreds and a 73 in 4 innings!!! Still we might wait for one more match to see if the list needs to be expanded to 36 or not. As usual if any of you find some extraordinary performances that needs to be highlighted or a name to be included in the list please just comment below this post.

Ranji Super League

Bengal

Wriddhiman Saha – 36 (Delhi) 11 (Mumbai)

Manoj Tewary – 69 (Delhi) 14 (Mumbai)

A Dinda – 4/132 off 45 (Delhi) 1/130 (Mumbai)

Delhi

V Kohli – 173 (Bengal) 139 & 7 (TN)

S Dhawan – 42(Bengal) 41 & 88 (TN)

P Sangwan – 23 no & 0/86 (Bengal) DNP (TN)

Mumbai

Rohit Sharma – 93 & 74 no (Saurashtra) 200 no (Bengal)

Ajinkya Rahane – Did not play (Saurashtra) 110 (Bengal)

Iqbal Abdulla – 150 no & 1/33 (Saurashtra) 81 & Did not bowl (Bengal)

Saurashtra

Jaydev Unadkat – 0/116 (Mumbai) 3/46 & 2/55 (Gujarat)

Ravindra Jadeja – 40 & 4/189 off 56 (Mumbai) 13 & 0, 3/49 & 5/59 (Gujarat)

Baroda

Ambati Rayudu (playing for Baroda) – 4 & 200 no (Orissa) 22 (Haryana)

Yusuf Pathan – 10 & 27 (Orissa) 195 (Haryana)

Irfan Pathan – Did not play

Tamil Nadu

R Ashwin – 1/51 off 19 & 2/74 off 34 (Assam) 5/94 & 6/87 (Delhi)

Abhinav Mukund – 22 & 32 (Assam) 2 & 59 (Delhi)

Dinesh Karthik – 4 & 0 (Assam) 6 & 23 no (Delhi)

S Badrinath – 83 & 6 no (Assam) 104 & 25 no (Delhi)

Punjab

Yuvraj Singh – 52 & 24 (UP) 39 & 79 (Karnataka)

Sarabjit Ladda – 1/55 (UP) DNP (Karnataka)

UP

Praveen Kumar – 5/72 & 1/51 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa)

RP Singh – 2/82 & 1/71 (Punjab) 6/50 & 3/29 (Orissa)

Piyush Chawla – 2/51 & 2/78 (Punjab) 0/65 & 2/31 (Orissa)

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – 0/54 & 2/52 and 35 (Punjab) DNP (Orissa)

Karnataka

Robin Uthappa – 149 (Punjab)

Abhimanyu Mithun – 0/52 & 4/94 (Punjab)

Manish Pandey – 49 (Punjab)

Vinay Kumar – 5/61 & 3/64 (Punjab)

Ranji Trophy Plate

MP

Naman Ojha – 88 (Goa)

Monish Mishra – 71 (Goa)

Rajasthan

Deepak Chahar – 8/10 & 4/54 (Hyderabad) 4/67 & 0/75 (Goa)

Pankaj Singh – 2/11 & 4/45 (Hyderabad) 5/58 & 2/89 (Goa)

Jharkhand

Saurabh Tiwary – 20 (Tripura), 45 & 32 (Hyderabad)

Vidarbha

Umesh Yadav – 2/73 (Andhra) 7/74 & 0/30 (Maharashtra)

A visit to Chepauk

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I had just logged into Cricinfo to check on the progress of the TN-Delhi Ranji game. Cricinfo does not do live commentary (which is sad) but there were session updates. Delhi had declared at 209/9 with TN needing 319 for a win form 56 overs. TN were already 21/0 off 3overs at lunch and I thought there will be an exciting chase on offer in the afternoon. So around 1.30 after dropping off our son (he was officiating as an “explainer” in his school project) we set off to Chepauk to see what was happening. I was hoping TN would be around 120-130 for 2 or 3 and we could hopefully get a good chase. The stadium was quite a sight with the renovation works happening in full swing as you can see from the fotos. As we stepped into the pavillion terrace, we found a fairly decent sized crowd of almost 200 people watching the game. Abhinav Mukund was still batting and it looked like Badri was giving him company. I could not see the score as the main scoreboard had been pulled down. A youngish looking off spinner (M.Chauhan making his debut) and a sharpish left arm medium pacer (Suyal?) were operating. Badri was struggling a bit with his timing. The crowd was cheering every single with some old fashioned clapping, as the score crawled for a couple of overs. Then suddenly Abhinav tried a fancy late cut off a short one from Chauhan and guided it straight to Kohli at 1st slip. He walked back slowly looking dejected to a warm sprinkling of an applause and the TN captain Dinesh Kartik walked in to a slightly exaggerated applause. DK played a couple of balls quietly, Badri got 4 leg byes before the umpires called Tea. A few older gentlemen, who might have had an important role to play in the annual War of the Roses (State Bank vs Parry) in the 1960s TNCA league got up looking bored, I thought that TN would be happy to take 1 point from a draw. I looked up and caught sight of a small scoreboard that read 101/3. As the players got back, Kohli got some catcalls from some of the young kids, and he waved upstairs. Soon Shikhar Dhawan follwed in and we decided to leave after about half an hour. Watching live cricket is always fun and different from watching on TV. I feel this everytime I go to the stadium to watch a game. Given the noise and shouting that accompanies international games, it was a pleasure to just sit and watch some old fashioned cricket with clapping. Another interesting thing that I always notice in a live game is that the faster bowlers just seem much quicker than they appear on television! Just shows how difficult playing cricket can be! Got back home to find that TN finished with 143/3 drawing the game in the end. I am hopeful that I can get to watch for a longer period of time in the coming month as TN has most of its games at home. Have attached some pictures of the ground that is getting a facelift and is beginning to resemble some of the Australian grounds now.
Sanjay

Ranji 34 Update

We had identified 34 players in the Indian domestic scene that we intended to keep a watch on. Today the next set of matches begin so I thought I’ll just update the performances of our Ranji 34. Karnataka play their first game today.  After the next set of matches if there are more that we should follow  just drop a comment below.

Ranji Super League

Bengal

A Jhunjunwala – Did not play

Wriddhiman Saha – 36 (Delhi)

Manoj Tewary – 69 (Delhi)

A Dinda – 4/132 off 45 (Delhi)

Delhi

V Kohli – 173 (Bengal)

S Dhawan – 42(Bengal)

P Sangwan – 23 no & 0/86 (Bengal)

Ashish Nehra – Did not play

Mumbai

Rohit Sharma – 93 & 74 no (Saurashtra)

Ajinkya Rahane – Did not play

Iqbal Abdulla – 150 no & 1/33 (Saurashtra)

Saurashtra

Jaydev Unadkat – 0/116 (Mumbai)

Ravindra Jadeja – 40 & 4/189 off 56 (Mumbai)

Baroda

Ambati Rayudu (playing for Baroda) – 4 & 200 no (Orissa)

Yusuf Pathan – 10 & 27 (Orissa)

Irfan Pathan – Did not play

Tamil Nadu

R Ashwin – 1/51 off 19 & 2/74 off 34 (Assam)

Abhinav Mukund – 22 & 32 (Assam)

Dinesh Karthik – 4 & 0 (Assam)

S Badrinath – 83 & 6 no (Assam)

Punjab

Yuvraj Singh – 52 & 24 (UP)

Sarabjit Ladda – 1/55 (UP)

UP

Praveen Kumar – 5/72 & 1/51 (Punjab)

RP Singh – 2/82 & 1/71 (Punjab)

Piyush Chawla – 2/51 & 2/78 (Punjab)

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – 0/54 & 2/52 and 35 (Punjab)

Karnataka

Robin Uthappa

Abhimanyu Mithun

Ranji Trophy Plate

MP

Naman Ojha – 88 (Goa)

Monish Mishra – 71 (Goa)

Rajasthan

Deepak Chahar – 8/10 & 4/54 (Hyderabad)

Pankaj Singh – 2/11 & 4/45

Jharkhand

Saurabh Tiwary – 20 (Tripura)

Vidarbha

Umesh Yadav – 2/73 (Andhra)