Tuesday, April 2, 2019

IPL 2019 : Sam Curran, the England all-rounder

April 02, 2019 0

Sam Curran, the England all-rounder, claimed 4/11 to help Kings XI Punjab script one of the most thrilling T20 comebacks, but had "no idea" he had dismissed three in a row.

IPL 2019 : Sam Curran, the England all-rounder

Delhi Capitals were cruising towards their target of 167, at one stage requiring just 23 runs from 21 balls with seven wickets in hand, but Sam Curran wreaked havoc with a hat-trick as the opposition collapsed from 144/3 to 152 all-out.

The hat-trick spanned two overs – Harshal Patel was dismissed at the end of the 18th over and Curran then removed Kagiso Rabada and Sandeep Lamichhane off successive deliveries at the start of the 20th over. So intense was the situation, that it slipped the 20-year-old's notice that he'd taken a hat-trick.

"No, not at all," said Curran in an interaction after the match when asked whether he was aware he'd achieved the feat. "My main focus was obviously that last ball when Rabada came and I knew his strengths and where I could bowl, so I was always aiming for his stumps and his toes.

"When we won the game, one of the players came up to me and said 'you've got a hat-trick'. I had absolutely no idea I had taken one."

Just two balls before the hat-trick sequence began, Curran had already dismissed Colin Ingram – his most important contribution to the turnaround considering that Ingram was going well at 38 from 29 deliveries.

The platform for Curran had been laid out. Mohammed Shami provided the spark that triggered the Delhi implosion by dismissing the dangerous Rishabh Pant for 39 off 26 balls, and Ravichandran Ashwin, the captain, then ran Chris Morris out for a golden duck. Yet it was Curran who stole the show with reverse-swinging yorkers to floor batsmen and seal the deal for his side, but he deflected all the praise towards his teammates instead.
IPL 2019 : Sam Curran, the England all-rounder

"I think we were very lucky that Shami changed the game when he got Pant out," Curran said. I think they needed 30 off 28 balls, coming towards the end of the game it was almost gone, but the boys showed a lot of fight and the way Pant plays he's a very aggressive batsman.

"Very lucky go get him out at that stage and Ravichandran Ashwin's run out first ball was a huge turning point in the game... we know what Morris can do."

It's a dream, but I want to give my best at the IPL" - Sam Curran wants to play in , but has his focus on the present for now.
Reverse swing in T20s is a rare sight, yet Curran not only extracted it in ample amount but also allied it with stunning accuracy to aim at the hapless batsmen's toes, giving them little chance to merely keep him out, never mind the pursuit of runs.

"Bowling towards the end I just had one plan, the ball was reversing a little bit, I mainly wanted to give the batsman no room and try firing in as many yorkers as I could. Lucky enough we managed to get a great win."

Monday, April 1, 2019

Bank of Baroda jumps 4% after issuing shares to Vijaya, Dena Bank shareholders

April 01, 2019 0
Bank of Baroda allotted 52.4 crore shares to Vijaya Bank shareholders and 24.8 crore shares to Dena Bank shareholders
Bank of Baroda jumps 4% after issuing shares to Vijaya, Dena Bank shareholders

Bank of Baroda shares gained more than 4 percent intraday on April 1 as the lender issued shares to Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank shareholders on the completion of the merger.

The stock was quoting at Rs 133.55, up Rs 4.75, or 3.69 percent on the BSE, at 1206 hours IST.
Bank of Baroda allotted 52.4 crore shares to Vijaya Bank shareholders and 24.8 crore shares to Dena Bank shareholders.

The bank said it is in the process of filing listing applications with the stock exchanges and the aforesaid equity shares will either be credited to the demat accounts or share certificates will be dispatched to the eligible shareholders of Vijay Bank and Dena Bank.

On the merger, a government official told CNBC-TV18 that amalgamation is the first step in public sector bank consolidation recommended by Narasimham Panel.

"Amalgamation has been smooth, well received by stakeholders. We expect this to serve as a model for future amalgamations," the official said.

The government-forced merger, announced in September 2018, created the third largest bank in the country after State Bank of India and HDFC Bank.

This is the second merger of state-run banks in the recent years in the banking sector after State Bank had merged five of its associate banks- State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Hyderabad and also Bhartiya Mahila Bank effective April 2017.

RBI had on March 30 said branches of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank would function as Bank of Baroda outlets from April following the amalgamation.

BoB said the consolidated bank will have over 9,500 branches, 13,400 ATMs, 85,000 employees to serve 12 crore customers.

The bank will have a business mix of Rs 15 lakh crore of the balance sheet, with deposits and advances of Rs 8.75 lakh crore and Rs 6.25 lakh crore, respectively.

IPL 2019, CSK vs RR: Ben Stokes feels if Rajasthan Royals lose four-five matches on the trot, comeback will be tough

April 01, 2019 0
Stokes said there was no point in looking back and focus on the upcoming games because if they lose the next two, bouncing back could be beyond Royals' reach.
IPL 2019, CSK vs RR: Ben Stokes feels if Rajasthan Royals lose four-five matches on the trot, comeback will be tough

 Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that his team can't afford to lose another game after suffering three consecutive defeats in the IPL.

Stokes said there was no point in looking back and focus on the upcoming games because if they lose the next two, bouncing back could be beyond Royals' reach.

"Our first three games we got ourselves into a real good position to win All three, and we know it is just (about) winning those crucial moments. (This game) it was the last over and unfortunately we couldn't cross the line," Stokes said at the post-match press conference after the eight-run loss against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday night.

"There is always been one point in the three games were we haven't been a better team. Losing the first three games you probably would say we can't (take positives), but we are trying to and there is no point in looking back...Because if we lose 4-5, it's going to be really tough to come back from that," he said.

Stokes also hailed CSK captain MS Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from him. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 to bail his team out of trouble from 27 for three.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if you look back at it like that. He just takes it deep as he possibly can. He's a great person to learn from and watch how he goes about his innings whether it's setting a total or chasing a total.

"Sometimes you got to hold your hand up and say the best players in the world can do that. He certainly showed that tonight."

Paying tribute to Dhoni's finishing skills, the Englishman said he is one of the greatest finishers to have graced the game and the Royals tried to attack him but he got reprieves which could have been a turning point.

"Especially when he comes in early, every team knows what he's going to try and do to start with and we tried to attack him. Getting him out was our main objective. There was a dropped catch which you can't blame anyone for - that happens - and the ball hitting the stumps and the bails not coming off."

The Royals needed 12 runs in the final over to seal win but failed to do as the experienced Dwayne Bravo yet again kept things tight and took the wicket of Stokes.
About this, the Royals player said the first ball is crucial and Bravo knew what to do.

"And probably though the first ball is crucial to get a boundary (in the last over), and to try and get the momentum, you know (it) could have gone (for a boundary) but (Dwanye) Bravo is sort of experienced in those situations and he knows what to do and he is one of the best in the world doing it, so just say well bowled at the end of the day."

Stokes said there was a little bit of pace in the wicket but it was 'stoppy' and the dew made it hard for the bowlers.

"(There was) little bit pace and (it was) stoppy, towards the end the quicker ball couldn't not lay easier and in the end the dew helped (the ball) to come on nicely.

"The dew on the top of the grass was making the ball slippery and you could see how many times the ball was changed and it was a tough task for us, imagine how hard it was for the spinners considering they used their fingers to spin the ball," he added.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Bravo again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

March 24, 2019 0
This was not supposed to happen. T20 cricket was supposed to be the end for the bowlers, the very edge of the plank they had been walking since pitches started being covered. Milestones along that path were those pesky helmets (especially the ones with the plastic visors) which took the fear out of the bouncer. Then partisan umpires were replaced by neutral ones, the red ball became white. Finally, one ball became two, a knife through the heart of reverse swing.

Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Bravo again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

In between all this, 50 overs became 20. 10 wickets, a resource that was guarded dearly in Tests and spent frugally in ODIs, was now splurged across 120 balls with the eagerness of the uncle who sprays banknotes in the baaraat. Featherbeds were rolled out in search of par scores that seemed obscenely un-par. Bowlers, thanks for turning up. Spinners, you may go extinct now. Off spin? What’s that?

Except that didn’t happen. The bowlers turned around and faced the sword pointed at them without falling on it. Like a ferro liquid, they arranged themselves into the shapes they needed for survival, hard and beautiful. Challenge accepted.

Was Shane Warne a harbinger, with the second-highest wickets against his name in the first IPL? Leg spinners have been looked at reverentially since, despite doing nothing different. What changed was that batters had to attack even the good balls, and couldn’t sit back and wait for the odd loose one. And so, in an environment of predictable intent, the value of variety was enhanced.

The top wicket-takers in the first five seasons of the IPL tell the story: Sohail Tanvir, R P Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga and Morne Morkel. All are freaks: A left handed hop scotcher, a left arm seamer (playing in South Africa), a left arm spinner with a kink in his action, a slinger, and a 140-kmph giant. High on the relevant lists are -surprisingly-finger spinners: the ones who bring the ball back and take it away. Clever fellows. They even - as R. Ashwin one said - bowl bad balls on purpose.
Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Bravo again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

But look at the next, most recent names on the highest-wickets list, 2013 to 2018. Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Bravo again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bhuvneshwar again, and Andrew Tye. All fast bowlers, all of whom are known for their slower balls: Mohit’s back-of-the-hand variation, Bravo’s unique dipping-off cutter, and Bhuvneshwar and Tye’s knuckle balls. You could expect those deliveries from the first ball any of them bowled.

Some attribute the slower ball’s genesis to the Bajan Franklyn Stephenson in the late 80’s. All Out Cricket reported that he bowled off spin as a variation to his medium pace, when he tired of sending down the many overs that his role as an overseas player in county cricket demanded. From England it spread to the international game, providing batters with a new threat, and YouTube with some gold. Steve Waugh is cited as one of the first to use it consistently in international cricket. But for the most part, the change of pace has lived in the shadow of the more glamorous yorker and bouncer, as if it’s use is less skill and more skullduggery.

Time has changed that, as has the formats. The slower ball and its cousins have ousted the yorker as the preferred delivery in limited overs cricket, another sign of the ebbs in the battle between bat and ball. A decade ago, a low full toss was an acceptable result of an attempted yorker. Now it meets forearms that could pass off as thighs, and bats wearing steel-toed boots, all in the possession of batters who train specifically for that delivery. As the margin of error for the yorker diminished, the stock of the slower ball rose.

This is partly because you don’t need to be an express quick to bowl it. The effectiveness of the slower ball is not determined by pace, as it often is for a bouncer or a yorker, but variation in pace. As long as the variation in pace between the stock ball and the slower one is large enough, Rajat Bhatia will be just as effective as Lungi Ngidi. The length is easier to hone too; Stephenson’s variation started out as a beamer but ended as a yorker.
Dwayne Bravo, Mohit Sharma, Bravo again, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Now the preferred length for the slower one is dug-into the pitch, forcing the batters to target square boundaries, which are usually longer than straight ones in India. From that length, a good slower ball is still reasonably effective even if it is pitched a foot here and there. And since that length requires the same finish to the action as a stock delivery, it is easier to master; only the fingers and wrist need to do anything different. In fact, it is critical that the rest of the body move in the same way, so that the arm speed remains the same.

The slower ball has even invaded ODIs, and we may see a lot more of it in the World Cup; according to this CricViz report, England used slower balls for more than half of their deliveries on their recent ODI series in the Windies. Which begs the question, what will we see in this edition of the IPL?

Here’s a prediction: the knuckleball, so effective in the last couple of seasons, will wane. The modern cricketer spends as much time in front of laptops as he does in the nets, and that particular delivery will have been subjected to a season of CSI and an off-season of range hitting. The dominance might see bowlers clueless for a season, but then again another variation could emerge, annoying as the one mosquito that can ruin a batter’s sleep.

The palm ball, the one finger ball, the split finger, all these variations - like the knuckle ball - are delivered with no discernible change in the wrist, unlike off cutters. It’s a matter of time before a bowler picks one up, masters it, and cricket changes again. 

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

March 24, 2019 0
While T20 is a batsman's game, the best sides in the format have always had dominant bowling attacks. Strategizing a team's T20 bowling plan can be tricky with each phase of the innings demanding specialized skills with the ball.

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

Here, we analysis the best bowlers, historically, in each phase of a T20 innings in the IPL.

Powerplay phase (1-6 overs)

Bowlers who take wickets in the powerplay overs are worth their weight in gold in T20 cricket. Pegging back batting line-ups early is a necessity in this format and thus the powerplay more often than not decides the course of the match.

Many bowlers have reveled in the powerplay phase over the years. More recently, Umesh Yadav, was excellent in this phase last season for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He just about makes it to the list of highest wicket-takers in the first six overs in IPL history with 41 wickets. The others in the list set to play the 2019 IPL are Rajasthan Royals’ Dhawal Kulkarni and Sunrisers Hyderabad's pace bowling pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma. Zaheer Khan has also had a lot of success in the powerplay overs.

In terms of economy, though, only Lungi Ngidi, recently ruled out of the upcoming season, makes the cut in terms of present day cricketers. That said, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's economy of 6.03 in this phase is commendable.
IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

Middle overs phase (7-15 overs)

Spinners rule the roost in this phase of the innings and the IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling the middle overs’ phase. Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh have had the most success in terms of wickets taken in this phase with 103 and 89 wickets respectively. Piyush Chawla of Kolkata Knight Riders also makes the list with the same number of wickets as Harbhajan.

Jadeja with 66 wickets is another solid presence from the Chennai Super Kings, but like Chawla, his economy of around 7.5 isn't all that impressive. Harbhajan and Mishra have been restrictive too in this period and have conceded runs at an economy of less than 7. The most economical bowlers in this 7-15 overs phase in IPL history are mostly the lesser known foreign players although Rajasthan Royals’ Kiwi spinner, Ish Sodhi, has been very economical in this middle-overs’ phase.

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

Death overs phase (16-20 overs)

Batsmen are on an all-out attack in the last five overs. A good death overs’ bowler ought to have enough variations, pick wickets and restrict the scoring rate. Perhaps the best ever death over bowler in the history of cricket in this format is Lasith Malinga and he unsurprisingly makes the list. He has 96 wickets in this phase at a catchy economy of 7.5.

West Indies have presence in both the wickets and economy table. Dwayne Bravo with his slew of variations is a wicket-taking option in the death while Sunil Narine does not only have a great strike rate but is also very restrictive in this period. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the prominent Indian bowler on this list with 69 wickets but he has been a touch expensive conceding at a rate of 8.66.

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

IPL has had its share of exceptional tweakers who are adept in controlling

IPL 2019 | MS Dhoni-led CSK skittled RCB out for a measly total of 70

March 24, 2019 0
Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings got their title defence off to a perfect start, registering an easy 7-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday (March 23).
IPL 2019 | MS Dhoni-led CSK skittled RCB out for a measly total of 70

Opting to bowl first, the MS Dhoni-led CSK skittled RCB out for a measly total of 70 on a spinner-friendly wicket then chased down the target in 17.4 overs.

But the talk of the match was the spin department of the home side, which took a total of 8 wickets on a pitch that offered them plenty of assistance.

Virat Kohli came out to open the batting alongside Parthiv Patel ( and the two made a promising start but the tide turned soon after.

Harbhajan Singh struck in his very first over, removing Kohli after the latter went for a big shot but could only find Ravindra Jadeja in the deep.

Moeen Ali was the next to fall to Harbhajan, spooning a turning ball straight to the bowler’s hands who gleefully collected the catch.

The veteran off-spinner then got rid of AB de Villiers. One ball after Imran Tahir had dropped a simple catch that would have seen his compatriot depart, de Villiers once again went for the big shot but only found Jadeja who offered him no such reprieve.

Shimron Hetmyer got himself run-out going for a run that was never on and Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal also departed without making significant contributions.

Parthiv was a lone warrior as he did his best to score whatever runs he could despite losing partners with alarming regularity.

Umesh Yadav managed to play out 10 balls alongside Parthiv but a straight ball from Jadeja saw Yadav walk back to the dugout.

Parthiv was the last man to fall for 29, trying to hook a slower bouncer from Dwayne Bravo but only finding Kedhar Jadhav at backward square leg.

In response, RCB struck early when Chahal bowled Shane Watson for a duck but despite succeeding in stifling the scoring they could not get wickets at regular intervals, which was needed if they were to make a contest of the match.

Suresh Raina joined Ambati Rayudu in the middle. The two played out a number of dot balls and scored only in ones and twos, knowing the task at hand was an easy one as long as they didn’t lose wickets.

Raina eventually became the first player to score 5000 IPL runs but was caught on the boundary off Ali just when he looked to accelerate.

Ambati Rayudu looked likely to take CSK home but eventually departed for a well-made 28, with the remaining runs easily being made by Kedhar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja.

CSK will next take on the Delhi Capitals on Tuesday (March 26) while RCB will face off against the Mumbai Indians on Thursday (March 28).

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some world-class

March 20, 2019 0
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some world-class Indian cricketers who have gone on to represent their country in international cricket. But at the same time, it has also been the stage where some of the finest talent from the world has come and performed.

We look at the five of the very best of international cricketers who have left an enduring legacy in the IPL. We have chosen these players not only on the basis of their individual records but also their contribution to the franchise/s they have represented.

Chris Gayle

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some world-class

The poster boy of T20 cricket, Chris Gayle is the most feared and intimidating batsman in IPL history. The sheer volume of his runs – 3994 in 111 innings (second-highest for an overseas batsman in IPL) coupled with his phenomenal average (41.17; the highest in IPL history for any batsman) and mind-boggling strike rate of 150.71, make Gayle a complete package.

Gayle has represented three franchises (Kings XI, KKR, RCB) but was at his devastating best for the Challengers – 3163 runs in 84 innings at an average of 43.32 and strike rate of 152.72. Five of his six IPL hundreds – again the highest in IPL - were registered playing for RCB including the greatest innings in the league’s history – 175 not out against Pune Warriors India in Bengaluru in 2013 – of just 30 deliveries – making it the fastest hundred in IPL history. Gayle also holds the record for the maximum number of sixes – 292 – in IPL. Gayle was at his peak between 2011-13 – he scored in excess of 600 runs, averaged above 55 and struck at a rate of 155-plus in three consecutive IPL seasons.

David Warner

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some world-class

David Warner has the highest aggregate for an overseas batsman in IPL history – 4014 runs in 114 innings at an average of 40.54 and strike rate of 142.13. He has represented two franchises – the Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad – his record for the latter is outstanding – in 4 seasons (2014-2017) he has aggregated 2579 runs in 59 innings at a staggering average of 52.63 and strike rate of 147.70.

He has been phenomenally consistent with 27 fifty-plus scores (one hundred and 26 fifties) for Sunrisers and has scored in excess of 500 runs at an average of at least 40 with a minimum strike rate of 140 in these 4 editions.
He was the top-scorer in the victorious 2016 final against the Challengers (69 in just 38 balls opening the innings). He was the second-highest scorer that season with 848 runs in 17 innings at an average of 60.57 and strike rate of 151.42, including 9 fifties.

Shane Watson

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced some world-class

Shane Watson has been the fourth-highest overseas scorer in IPL history after Warner, Gayle and AB de Villiers. His 3177 runs in 113 innings have come at an average of 32.41 and strike rate of 141.20. His exploits have included 4 hundreds and 16 fifties. He has also been effective with the ball picking 92 wickets at an economy of under 8 and strike rate of 22 in his IPL career.

Watson has been instrumental in two IPL wins in his coveted career. He was the leading run getter (472 runs in 15 innings at an average of 47.20 and strike rate of 151.76) and also picked 17 wickets at a strike rate of 19.1 and economy of 7.07 for Rajasthan Royals in their victorious campaign in the first edition of the IPL in 2008.

He aggregated 555 runs in 15 innings at an impressive average of 39.64 and strike rate of 154.59 for Chennai Super Kings in 2018 and ended the league with a magnificent unbeaten 117 off just 57 deliveries – including 11 fours and 8 sixes – taking CSK to a third IPL victory.

Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in IPL history – amongst all bowlers – Indian and overseas. He has aggregated 154 wickets in 110 innings at 19.01 apiece (best bowling average in IPL history) and a brilliant restrictive economy rate of 6.86. He has been a part of three IPL wins for Mumbai Indians and played a leading role in two of them. In 2013, he picked 20 wickets in 17 innings at 23.40 apiece at an economy of 7.16 whereas in 2015 he was the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians (and the second overall) picking 24 wickets at 18.50 apiece at an economy of 7.40.

Malinga has been phenomenally consistent too and has taken a minimum of 15 wickets, averaged less than 25 with an economy rate of less than 7.5 in seven successive editions -2009 to 2015.

Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo is the second-highest leading wicket-taker amongst pace bowlers in IPL history (after Malinga). He has taken 136 wickets in 119 bowling innings at 24.17 apiece at a strike rate of 17.1. He has been a part of two IPL victories for CSK – in 2011 and 2018 – playing an effective role as an all-rounder in the latter - he picked 14 wickets and scored 141 runs at a rate of 154.94 in 2018.

He has been the leading wicket-taker in a season on two occasions – in 2013 when he picked 32 wickets – which remains a record for the highest number of wickets taken by a bowler in any IPL season – and in 2015 when he tallied 26 wickets at 16.38 apiece at a sensational strike rate of 12.07. Bravo has also scored 1403 runs at an average of 23.77 and useful strike rate of 128.71 in his IPL career.