Sachin Tendulkar is known as God of Cricket not for nothing. The vigour which the 40 year old showcases on field is such an awe inspiring site that even young lads are bound to get mesmerised to his physical and mental capabilities. Sachin Tendulkar retired from One Day International matches in December 2012 and brought an end to a majestic career which has encompassed every colossal summit of cricketing records in recognition. In limited over format, Sachin will now be seen captaining the Mumbai Indians side in the sixth Indian Premier League.
Mumbai Indians, the most valued franchise in IPL as per a recent study by a London based brand valuation firm, has had Sachin Tendulkar as its Icon since its very existence along with the tournament in 2008. Before cricket lovers get to see Sachin in IPL 2013, Sachin will be seen on the international cricket platform in Border Gavaskar test match series against Australia. Sachin is the only legend to have survived time to be able to represent India in the forthcoming series while other legends like Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and VVS Laxman have withered away with time.
The relentless dedication of the Master-Blaster has helped him to prolong his more than two decades association with the game. While preparing for the series involving 4 test matches, Sachin was seen practising rather differently at the M Chinnaswamy stadium where Indian team has camped. Sachin was seen negotiating tennis balls bowled by fielding coach Trevor Penny. Sachin was dictating him and NCA training assistant Raghavendra to bowl him tennis ball bouncers fired with tennis rackets. Bouncers will undoubtedly be one of the fortes of Australian pace attack. Even Australian coach Mickey Arthur, along with bowlers like Peter Siddle, has indicated that fast bowling will be the decisive factor in the series.
The Indian Premier League has set benchmark for T20 tournaments on the global platform. IPL 2013 which is set to roll in from April 3, has become one of the most flamboyant displays of T20 cricket and surely the richest as well. After the super success of IPL, many such T20 tournaments have cropped up in the cricket playing nations all over the world. Bangladesh Premier League and Sri Lankan Premier League are examples of such tournaments. And now, the Caribbean Premier League is in the piping. The Caribbean Premier League will also be reportedly on lines of the Indian Premier League.
The inaugural Caribbean Premier League will be happening in July and August months of this year, that is, a couple of months after the sixth IPL gets culminated. Caribbean players have been in huge demand on the IPL circuit especially after explosive batting talent of Chris Gayle unleashed during IPL 4 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Players like Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and others have become an integral part of their IPL teams. The Caribbean Premier League will consist of 6 teams on city wise basis like that in IPL. The six places to be represented as teams are Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Jamaica and Guyana.
The Guyana Chronicles print media also said that the Caribbean Cricket Board has also identified six Icon players to represent these six teams. The six players have been chosen on the basis of their performances in the six regions in the T20 format. The names of these six players are, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle, of course. Each of the Caribbean Premier League teams will consist of maximum 15 players in their squad with 6 seats for overseas names.
Anil Kumble will be seen mentoring Mumbai Indians side during their IPL 2013 which will begin from April 3 2013. Kumble joined the off field team of Mumbai Indians couple of weeks prior to the February 3 player auctions. During the auctions, Mumbai Indians bagged in Glenn Maxwell, who was the costliest buy of this season’s auctions and even Ricky Ponting, who was one of the prime cricketing names to go under the hammer this year. While commenting on the inclusion of the two Australians in Mumbai Indians team squad, Anil Kumble said that Maxwell is a good catch and will help the team’s cause with his all round cricketing techniques.
Maxwell, who was the only player to reach the 1 million US Dollars mark in this year’s IPL player auctions, will be seen in the Australian test squad as well which is touring India for the test series between the two nations to happen before IPL 6. Kumble said that he has known about Glenn Maxwell’s cricketing talent before he debuted for Australian cricket team and will do justice with the amount that Mumbai Indians has been required to pay to fetch him.
Further commenting on inclusion of Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting in Mumbai Indians which already has Sachin Tendulkar, greatest cricketer ever for many, Kumble said that Mumbai team boosts of two cricketing greats and it will be a good opportunity for the youngsters to get inspired from the legends. Kumble is positive that the two cricket legends will help to uplift the game of all the young faces associated with the team. Anil Kumble has himself played in the IPL when he spearheaded Royal Challengers Bangalore to the finals of 2009 IPL. Prior to Mumbai Indians, Kumble has also mentored the RCB side.
Indian Premier League has always been considered as a tournament of extravagant run flow and bowlers hardly get the attention or appreciation which they deserve. In real sense, bowlers have been instrumental better than most of the hyped batsmen in the IPL. Chris Gayle has been the face of IPL’s batting brigade for last couple of seasons. He has performed well enough to deserve that title. However, his team has failed to deliver collectively to harness Chris Gayle’s batting exploits to win the IPL title. For instance, Chris Gayle has amassed runs with a staggering average of around 61 per match in IPL 5. However, his team did not even reach the finals of the tournament.
On other hand, a single bowler can prove to be effective in turning the course of a match. This fact has been made more than apparent by success of Caribbean enigmatic bowler, Sunil Narine. Sunil Narine has been the prime reason for Kolkata Knight Riders’ success in IPL 5. If one thinks that this has been just the case for fifth edition of IPL, then they can’t be more wrong. Shane Warne has provided mesmerising lead to Rajasthan Royals during the inaugural edition of IPL; and has been dreaded by IPL batsmen for the entire period he was active in IPL.
Anil Kumble lead from the front, both with his captaincy and his spectacular bowling performances, to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to the finals of IPL 2. On other hand, in IPL 5, though J P Duminy had the best batting average and Shikhar Dhawan was third on the highest run aggregator list, Deccan Chargers only managed to beat the bottom-most spot in points table, coming second last. In spite of all this statistical preferences, batsmen have been given more hype than bowlers in IPL.
Note : IPL 2013, season 6 will begin on April 3, 2013.
The 4th edition of the very anticipated T20 World Cup will start from September 18th, 2012. The very first season occured in 2007 in South Africa in which a thrilling final saw India beating Pakistan to emerge as first T20 champions ever. The guy from the tournament for your season was Sahid Afridi however the greatest moment from the tournament was when Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes within an over of Stuart Broad against England. The following season was located by England where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka being the champions finally in ’09. The final season occured in West Indies where Australia was beaten by England within the finals.
The format from the T20 World Cup 2012 will probably be just like the final edition. There’s likely to be four groups with teams within the preliminary models. There’d be twelve nations getting involved in the Twenty20 2012 World Cup. Ten of those nations would be the test plying groups of the world. Another two would be the Ireland that has been the champion from the qualifier tournament from the World Cup T20 2012 and Afghanistan, who had previously been the runners in the tournament. The tournament was staged captured within the UAE.
Two teams in the groups will visit the stage of Super Eight within the tournament. There’d be two groups within the stage of super Eight. Then, in the two matches from the stage of Super Eight, two teams will entitled to the semi finals. As apparent, two teams is going to be being approved in the semi finals for that finals within the 2012 T20 World Cup.
The tournament is anticipated to become greatly exciting and it’ll be so in most odds. The least form of the overall game is loved by all so when there’s a t20 world cup, cricket enthusiasts just can’t manage to miss it.
I have posted below fixture of T20 World Cup which has been taken from CricSchedule.com.