Indian Premier League (IPL)

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Tue May 03, 2016 4:10 am

With Yusuf finding his batting form, KKR are looking formidable. Manish Pandey should soon be in fine fettle after recovering from chicken-pox. I'm surprised that Yusuf isn't bowling at all this year (and similarly for Gayle at RCB). I would pick Shakib over Narine any day, as the latter still isn't confident in his new bowling action.

Gujarat Lions are proving to be the surprise package of this year's IPL. With Bravo, McCullum, Dwayne Smith and Faulkner they pack quite a punch along with Raina and Jadeja, and Praveen/Dhawal are an economical pair of pacers.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Tue May 03, 2016 6:00 am

Gujarat Lions' new bowler Shivil Kaushik seems an interesting talent -- with a truly weird action (much like South Africa's Paul Adams). Chinaman bowlers do often have weird actions, and it will be interesting to see if this kid turns out to be the real thing, or just a curiosity with his action.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Tue May 03, 2016 6:32 am

Shakib has been quite economical in the games he played but did not take wickets. Narine has been taking wickets and has been okay economy-wise. Umesh and Russell have taken wickets too but are quite costly. Chawla has also taken wickets. I think we may need Morkel out there at the top to keep it tight.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby sameerph » Tue May 03, 2016 6:56 am

It was quite a good chase by KKR yesterday against RCB. RCB seems to have poor bowling resources. Their batting ( Kohli,ABD, Gayle, Watson) appears to be the best among IPL teams but bowling is letting them down. It shows that only packing the batting is not the right solution even in T20.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Tue May 03, 2016 3:20 pm

Zaheer has been bowling rather well -- and is an extremely astute captain. With limited resources, he has kept Delhi Daredevils in the hunt. And today, he has bamboozled the table leaders Gujarat Lions early on.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Tue May 03, 2016 4:43 pm

Rishab Pant looks like a good batting talent.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 04, 2016 8:14 am

18 year old Rishabh Pant is a better-developed batsman than Sarfaraz Khan. He was sublime yesterday against the table-topper Gujarat Lions. The three fours in succession he hit off Dhawal Kulkarni early in the innings were reminiscent of Sourav Ganguly in his pomp.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Wed May 04, 2016 8:20 am

For all the talk this IPL, the old guys are still doing very well.

The top 8 bats by average are: Yusuf Pathan, Kohli, Rohit, Gambhir, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul, Surya Yadav, Rahane.

I think Yusuf should have been in the ODI team instead of Jadeja for the WC. Ask him to practice bowling and improve. Also, if Yuvraj was there, he could easily be the 5th spinner. Openers Gambhir and Rahul. Rahul should be looked at more closely wrt T20s. Rahane always does well at the IPL and then is shaky in the limited over internationals. Still, I think he has improved and could be the backup bat. Then, you have Kohli, Dhoni, Yusuf followed by Surya and Krunal. Pretty good imho. Maybe better than the shaky Raina/Yuvraj/Jadeja MO that we used at the WC.

Of course, if you take the strike rates into account, this ranking changes. But, I think averages are a pretty good proxy without going into complicated statistics.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Wed May 04, 2016 8:23 am

And now the bowling.

Top 7 by average: Yusuf Pathan, Dinda, Amit Mishra, Mohit, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Kaushik

Not a bad set to select. However, for bowlers averages may not be enough. Because, Umesh and Dinda are very expensive. Maybe some tinkering to bring an end-over bowler such as Bumrah is needed.

Keep an eye on the 20 year old Kaushik.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Sun May 08, 2016 2:49 am

Dhoni's team (Pune) are basically last in the IPL at the moment -- with 6 points from 10 games (Bangalore have 6 from 8 games, and Kings XI 6 points from 9 games). The other legatee team from CSK (Gujarat Lions) is second in the points table, just behind KKR.
One of the surprises of the IPL this year has been Dhoni's diminishing confidence in Ravi Ashwin (evident also toward the end of the T20 World Cup).

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Mon May 09, 2016 1:28 am

Fine job by Praveen Kumar and the Gujarat Lions pacers to win the Toptable clash against KKR.

Nehra was brilliant for Hyderabad yesterday as well.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Tue May 10, 2016 4:09 pm

Adam Zampa's Bowling action is a near-replica of Warne's, and his talent looks no less. I'm surprised he isn't a regular in all three formats for Australia.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 11, 2016 3:37 am

So Dhoni's Pune Supergiants are out of the IPL this year, despite Zampa's heroics with the ball yesterday. Odd decision to send Ashwin at #4 in the batting order yesterday, and a selection error in the first 4 matches (leaving Dinda out) cost them.

Nehra has been brilliant for Hyderabad.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Wed May 11, 2016 4:42 am

Nehra, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have all bowled well and reasonably consistently. The leggies Amit Mishra, Tambe, and Chawla have done reasonably well too. And now Zampa. It was perhaps an error not to have Mishra in the T20 WC XIs. And, maybe not to have Yusuf Pathan on a home WC.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Fri May 13, 2016 1:49 am

Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla have both done very well. I would pick Piyush for limited-overs (especially T20Is) ahead of Mishra because Piyush is much the better fielder -- and a quick-scoring batsman. For ODIs and tests, Mishra is the better option (although it would be a close call for ODIs). Mishra can bat too (albeit scoring less rapidly), and his bowling is more consistent. Chawla's googly is pretty devastating though, and I hope he isn't abandoned for India consideration in all formats.
It would have been good to have a leggie in the XI for the T20 World Cup, but he would probably not have played any matches (as happened to Bhajji).


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