Indian Premier League (IPL)

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Wed May 17, 2017 11:56 pm

Gambhir has that something special to deliver when it counts. He top scored in the 2007 T20I world final and the 2011 World Cup final, and yesterday he steered his side home under pressure again.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Thu May 18, 2017 1:25 am

So, Gambhir will click in the final this year? :p Unfortunately, Uthappa has faded after a very good start. Yusuf seems to be past expiry date. The batting needs to click against Mumbai. Just as Rahane and Dhoni clicked after having a poor-ish season.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Thu May 18, 2017 1:35 am

Making 32 of the 48 runs needed for victory, after three wickets had fallen for next to nothing, is pretty spectacular. The selectors discarded him too casually, and never really gave him a proper chance to stage a comeback. He is the exact opposite of Dhoni and Rohit -- - non-glam player who invariably performs when it counts.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby Prashant » Thu May 18, 2017 1:58 am

I know there are no better alternatives & I know this is part of the game, but seeing any LO game decided based on these hugely reduced targets just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And I support Mumbai, so had no dogs in the fight between Hyderabad & Kolkata. Just wish they had a reserve day. Or, maybe play five overs each at a time.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Thu May 18, 2017 3:02 am

There is an alternative. Just have a reserve day. I am fully with you. Or if the forecast calls for rain, move the game earlier if the logistics can be handled.

I looked at the Indian players with the lowest SRs with over 142 runs. Here is the list (in sorted order of low SR first): Mandeep, Dhoni, Rahane, Kohli, Nair, Rohit, Saha, Rana, Dhawan, Pandey, Gambhir. (all under 130)

That seems like a veritable Indian batting lineup. With the exception of Rana, all of these guys have played for India. It is strange to see this. What could be the explanation? 142 runs is too much? So, the Indian players who have not made it to the national team do not make the qualification? Very few players who have not played for India get a chance to play significant number of matches? New players are slotted down the order and have to hit? I did not expect this list of top-10 to not have only one non ex-India player (with the exception of Rana).

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Sun May 21, 2017 2:07 pm

KKR inexplicably picked Rajpoot ahead of Kuldeep Yadav, and that meant that the bowling unit was carrying a passenger who was completely out of his depth. Somehow teams seem unwilling to have 3 spinners even in Indian conditions.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Sun May 21, 2017 6:41 pm

Bad decision to send Dhoni in at #4. He slowed the scoring rate, and the rest succumbed to the extra pressure in a final. Terrific bowling by Bumrah, Johnson and Malinga at the death to take MI home by 1 run, and defend a low score.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby PKBasu » Mon May 22, 2017 12:49 am

Bizarre choice of Man of the Match for the IPL final. Krunal Pandya did well in other matches, and was crucial with the bat in the final for his team. But he dropped a sitter at cover (from Rahane) and then bowled one of the most expensive overs of the match.
I think the MoM should have been Mitch Johnson or Bumrah, who actually won the match for their side in the end.

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby Atithee » Mon May 22, 2017 1:34 am

It's all meaningless. IPL is 100% played in the betting dens. What a sham! :puke:

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Re: Indian Premier League (IPL)

Postby prasen9 » Mon May 22, 2017 5:48 pm

This is a repudiation of the Dhoni doctrine. There was an international match where Gambhir was very angry with Dhoni because he wanted to take the match to the last over and win when Gambhir (and Sehwag?) had given a fantastic huge opening stand while scoring very fast. Dhoni lost that match for us and then shrugged saying that probabilistically that gives us the most chance to win even if you do not win every match. Gambhir argued that the game should have been finished two overs earlier or you should at least target that so that you have some cushion then you have a few more balls left. It works more often than not when Dhoni was at his prime. But, now with him slowed down, it fails more regularly.


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