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Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:45 am
by raja
The season is well underway with most teams playing their third match already.

Karnataka are in good form, having won their first two games (against Assam and Hyderabad) and totally dominating against Maharashtra.
Mayank Agarwal, who seemed to be out of form, is right back in it, with an unbeaten triple hundred.

Saurashtra (Pujara's side) has started well too, winning its first two games.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:08 am
by bolero
For, on one hand, probably for the first time this season, he will have a near full strength side at his disposal. Seasoned campaigners such as top-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane and medium-pacer Shardul Thakur joined the team on Tuesday afternoon for the crucial tie to be played at the Kalinga Institute of Information and Technology (KIIT) ground from Wednesday.

Barring Shreyas Iyer, who has earned a national call up for the T20I series against the visiting New Zealanders, Tare will have plenty of resources to fall back upon. On the team front, Mumbai and Tare are sorted. But a glance at the Group 'C' points table indicates that the 41 time Ranji Trophy champions are far away from the comfort zone. Madhya Pradesh (14) Andhra Pradesh (9) and Tamil Nadu (7) are ahead of Mumbai who have garnered just four points from two outings. In the first match that Mumbai played against Madhya Pradesh at Indore, they did well to return with three crucial points. But in their second match against Tamil Nadu, Mumbai conceded the first innings lead and could manage only a solitary point from the drawn game at home. Sure they have played one game less than the teams who are ahead of them, but a slip up against Odisha will seriously dent their hopes of making it to the knockout stages.

Tare admits that the points table cannot be ignored, but said that the focus of the team should be and is on the match against Odisha.
"We have an eye on the points tally. But when we play it is important we focus on the game and try and play the best cricket we can possibly play. We have played one game short, but we have also played two good teams up front. So that is one good thing. Sure, there are teams ahead of us and we have some catching up to do. But what we do on the field is more important than where we lie on the points table. If we play good cricket and manage to be positive, we will improve our position on the points table. I am sure about it," Tare said.

Speaking about the return of Rahane and Thakur, Tare said: "It is good to have Shardul and Ajinkya back. It is a big bonus, big plus for us. They considerably strengthen our squad by their presence, although we will miss Shreyas (Iyer) who has been a heavy contributor for us in the last three or four years. But we have got enough firepower in our batting. Shardul coming in adds to our bowling strength as well. It is going to be a great game for us playing with four to five good bowlers. Hopefully, we can exploit that strength of ours and get maximum points."

Tare has been in this kind of a situation before and knows exactly what he needs to do. That's probably one of the reasons why he opted for extra throwdowns. Tare first batted for about 20-25 minutes in the nets. And when the rest of the team had boarded the bus to leave, Tare was taking throw downs from bowling coach Omkar Salvi and coach Sameer Dighe for another 20-odd minutes.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/spo ... 386631.cms

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:09 am
by bolero
Ranji Trophy: Prithvi Shaw Slams Ton As Mumbai Post 264 for 6 Against Odisha

In-form teenaged opener Prithvi Shaw slammed his fourth century in five first-class matches to help Mumbai reach 264 for 6 against Odisha at stumps on day one of their Ranji Trophy Group C match on Wednesday. The 17-year old, who has been talked of highly ever since he made his debut in the last season, struck a breezy 105 studded with 18 boundaries and added 136 valuable runs for the second wicket with experienced Ajinkya Rahane (49). So far among the Indian batsmen, only one player had more first-class hundreds before the age of 18 - maestro Sachin Tendulkar who had seven three figure scores.

Shaw had announced his arrival in Ranji Trophy by scoring a century on debut against Tamil Nadu in the semifinal in the 2016-'17 season.
In the match, Odisha, electing to bowl, started on a promising note dismissing Akhil Herwadkar (14) in the sixth over itself, but Shaw and Rahane who came together then averted any further damage as they batted mixing caution and agression.

Shaw, in particular, scored at an impressive strike rate of 68.63 and looked strong before falling leg before to Basant Mohanty in the 44th over.
Mumbai's progress slowed down after the dismissal of Shaw as the team scored only 108 runs in the next 46 overs.
Rahane, who has not found a place in the India team to play the T20 Internationals against New Zealand, looked his classy self before missing out on a half-century.

Surya Kumar Yadav (23) and Siddesh Lad (33) got decent starts but could not kick on.

Skipper Aditya Tare (28) and Akash Parkar (3) were at the crease when stumps were drawn. Veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, a tenacious batsman, who has rescued the team on numerous occasions fell in the 81st over leaving Tare a lot to do with the tail for company.
For Odisha, Biplab Samantray and Basant Mohanty took two wickets apiece.

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/ranji-t ... ha-1769971

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:04 am
by Katto
Is this a common occurrance?

Image

:lol:

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:08 am
by bolero
Yeah, that was hilarious. Delhi players like Gambhir, Ishant etc ran for cover.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:13 am
by bolero
When Lad strode to the middle of the KIIT Stadium in the fifth over of the third morning, nightwatchman Dhawal Kulkarni had missed an incoming ball from Suryakant Pradhan to see his middle-stump exposed. In no time, captain Aditya Tare and his deputy Suryakumar Yadav joined Kulkarni in the change room, leaving Mumbai reeling at 85 for six.

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It meant that when Abhishek Nayar, the other man in need, joined him in the middle, Mumbai was ahead by 229 runs, far from being a safe target. Lad hadn't even opened his account. But ever since he connected a neat square-cut off Suryakant Pradhan just after the drinks break, Lad looked his aggressive best. The stand-out stroke of his innings was a one-bounced boundary off a pull shot off Pradhan that drew huge applause from a sizeable crowd at the ground.

Lad's dominance meant he was involved in three valuable partnerships down the order – 57 with Nayar for the seventh wicket, 76 with Parkar for the eighth and 42 with Thakur for the ninth – which took the game away from Odisha.

An over after Lad mistimed a pull shot that spooned back to Biplab Samantray, Tare declared the innings, leaving Odisha openers the awkward 25 minutes to tackle before tea.

After negotiating the pace of Dhawal Kulkarni and Shardul Thakur well, Sandeep Pattanik was inaccurately adjudged caught behind by umpire K. Srinivasan off the first ball bowled by left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil.

Poddar then delighted the home fans with his crisp drives in the company of Natraj Behera. However, Behera played Kulkarni on to the middle stump in the last hour of play. If that wasn't enough, Parkar, in his first over, first trapped Subhranshu Senapati in front of the wickets before forcing nightwatchman Deepak Behera to nick one behind the wicket to leave Odisha in disarray.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:13 pm
by raja
So Karnataka win convincingly against Maharashtra.
3 matches, 3 wins.
Of these, 2 very convincingly, 1 was a bit close (against Hyderabad).

So far, so good.

The best match for me of any Ranji season is the one in which Mumbai gets knocked out. Nothing else comes close. Sorry, bolero! :-)

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:20 pm
by bolero
Raja, but look at the strength of the Mumbai team. Internationals like Rahane, Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni playing. And Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma not even playing. Their bench strength is strong.

I have a sentimental attachment for captain Tare as I have coached him in football when he was a youngster.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:26 am
by raja
Katto wrote:Is this a common occurrance?

Image

:lol:


:lmao:

Somebody must have told him Indian pitches are roads. :grin:

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:39 am
by raja
bolero wrote:Raja, but look at the strength of the Mumbai team. Internationals like Rahane, Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni playing. And Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma not even playing. Their bench strength is strong.

I have a sentimental attachment for captain Tare as I have coached him in football when he was a youngster.


For 70 years, Mumbai (earlier Bombay) has been THE powerhouse of Indian cricket.
It's kinda boring to see them keep steamrolling their opposition - something I've been seeing since the 1970s.
The cricket infrastructure in Mumbai is easily the main reason for this - the Gavaskars and Tendulkars had the advantage of having great grounds, coaches, equipment, exposure et al. A young talent from the hinterland wouldn't have this benefit - and would just wither away. It's probably happened to many.'

As someone who was born in such hinterland (and spent my entire early life there), I feel for those who didn't have the same benefits. Of course, it's not Gavaskar's or Tendulkar's fault - they made the most of whatever benefits they had. And anyway, thousands of others got the same benefits - these guys stood out. So you have to work really hard too to make your talent count - credit to them for that.

I almost always support the underdog (except when the underdog is England or BCCI :-)). So I've always supported any team when it's playing Mumbai. For me, a Mumbai team is always the favourite, going into a Ranji game, even if their top players are on national duty. They have such depth and bench strength!

And importantly, they are mentally very strong too. Comes from confidence of being in that environment, I guess. This has helped them come out of many a sticky situation. As you (bolero) know, this is what is popularly called "khadoos" mentality. :-)

In a sense, this is a lot like ManU in football. Also the reason I don't like ManU. They're never the underdogs for me, not even when they play Real or Barca.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:46 am
by Paddles
ManU aint finished top 3 domestically in last 3 seasons.

They've lost their lustre.

2008 last Champs League win. Barce and Real have 3 ea since then.

ManU can join Liverpool fans and argue who was better yesterday, for now, Real and Barce 1 and 2; daylight to 3rd.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:48 pm
by bolero
Katto wrote:Is this a common occurrance?

Image

:lol:


Just see Ishant's look in the background, also Gambhir.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:20 pm
by Paddles
raja wrote:
Katto wrote:Is this a common occurrance?

Image

:lol:


:lmao:

Somebody must have told him Indian pitches are roads. :grin:


:lmao: Raja

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:05 am
by bolero
Ranji Trophy: Baroda pacers Seth, Meriwala bowl out Mumbai for 171

MUMBAI: Playing their landmark 500th Ranji Trophy game against Baroda, Mumbai were returning to their home ground, the Wankhede Stadium, after nearly two years as a result of the Indian Board's botched attempt with neutral venues in the previous season. Alas, the track offered to the 41-time champions for this historic clash, too, wore a brand new look, and at the end of the day, the hosts were fighting with their backs to the wall against their unheralded opponents.

Having shot Mumbai out for a paltry 171, Baroda closed Day1at 63-1in 26 overs, with Aditya Waghmode batting on 15 in the company of Vishnu Solanki on 32. The last time Mumbai played a Ranji game here, the scoreboard looked completely different as the hosts had amassed 531and 2276 against Gujarat in the drawn game of the 2015-2016 season. While Baroda's medium pacers bowled their hearts out, their opponents did not cover themselves in glory, with many batsmen, especially in the toporder, getting out to profligate shots.

Skipper Deepak Hooda wasted little time in inviting the hosts to bat after winning the toss, and Baroda got down to the business of tormenting the opposition from the very first over, on a track that had plenty to offer to bowlers who were willing to stay disciplined. The duo of Atit Sheth and Lukman Meriwala not only made life difficult for Aditya Tare & Co, they ended up sharing five-wickets-apiece, thereby landing blows which may leave Mumbai bruised for the rest of the encounter.

Birthday boy Prithvi Shaw, who turned 18 on Thursday, came into the game on the back of two convincing tons at the top of the order, but he endured a rather forgettable outing, falling for a duck in the very first over off Sheth. Shaw played the wrong line on the final delivery of the over and had his middle stump uprooted. The experienced Ajinkya Rahane was the next man in, but he too, hung around for only four deliveries before falling for zero to Sheth, caught by Deepak Hooda at first slip in a failed attempt to drive off his front foot.

The hosts were reduced to 5-2 in a flash, and the job of repairing the innings was left to Tare, who had promoted himself to the opener's slot (with Akhil Herwadkar benched), and Shreyas Iyer, a batsman known for his exceptional stroke-making qualities. The duo put on 49 runs before Iyer fell in the 16th over to a rather indecisive stroke off Sheth. He was caught by Swapnil Singh at second slip and that wicket put Mumbai on the back foot again.

Vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav was the next to depart for 10 when he was caught by wicketkeeper Mitesh Patel off Meriwala. Tare, who had battled on resolutely for his half-ton till then, followed after adding 21 runs with Siddhesh Lad.

In came Abhishek Nayar, the all-rounder who enjoys the reputation of having rescued his team on several occasions. One hoped that he would prove an ideal foil to Lad, who has shown tremendous grit, batting at No. 6 in his relatively short career. Nevertheless, neither of them could hang around long enough to trouble Sheth and Meriwala.

Once they departed with the score reading 125-7, the tail waged a grim battle, before folding for 171. Given the prevailing conditions, one hoped Mumbai's pace bowlers including Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur and Royston Dias would prove to be a handful, but Baroda's batsmen held on strongly before stumps were drawn.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/india-domestic/ranji-trophy/ranji-trophy-baroda-pacers-seth-meriwala-bowl-out-mumbai-for-171/articleshow/61587849.cms

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:30 am
by raja
Karnataka vs Delhi
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Mayank Agarwal continues from where he left off in his previous Ranji game.

Last week, he scored 304*.
Yesterday, against Delhi, he ended the day at 169*.

The Karnataka vs Delhi games take me back to schooldays when Bedi would bowl to Vishwanath.:-)

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:14 am
by raja
Next game: Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh

Karnataka 393/3 right now.

Mayank Agarwal (following on his 304* and 176) got dismissed for 90. :(

Right now, Nischal and Manish Pandey are at the crease, both having got hundreds.

Raina is the UP captain.

This looks like a poor UP bowling line-up. Haven't heard of any of these guys.

Not so long ago, UP had Bhuvi, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Piyush Chawla, Mohammad Kaif...

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:11 am
by raja
633/4 now.
Nischal was dismissed for 195, but Manish Pandey is still going strong on 237.

About as flat a track as you can imagine.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:25 am
by raja
Pandey gone for 238, Stuart Binny for 25.
634/6.
Might as well declare now.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:02 am
by raja
Karnataka - UP match drawn.
Mayank Agrawal's last 4 innings:
304*
176
90
133*

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:18 pm
by Yorkshire
raja wrote:Karnataka - UP match drawn.
Mayank Agrawal's last 4 innings:
304*
176
90
133*



Mayank Agarwal 26 year old opener hits 173 on day one today 24-11-17

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:30 pm
by raja
Yorkshire wrote:
raja wrote:Karnataka - UP match drawn.
Mayank Agrawal's last 4 innings:
304*
176
90
133*



Mayank Agarwal 26 year old opener hits 173 on day one today 24-11-17


And is batting 104* in the second innings.

Is this the most purple patch of them all?

Just added all these numbers - 980 runs. :-)

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:22 am
by bolero
Raja, saw Mayank Agarwal in IPL. He seems like a FTB.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:05 am
by raja
bolero wrote:Raja, saw Mayank Agarwal in IPL. He seems like a FTB.

He's never done much in the IPL - though he's an attacking batsman.
He played for RCB for a few seasons - was totally wasted.
Now he plays for DD - not much better.

I've been observing him for a few years though - I think he might have missed the bus for BCCI.
He's going through a purple patch right now - but there are already too many contenders for a BCCI batsman slot, even for an opener.
Let's see - he might get an ODI chance. He does score pretty quickly.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:39 pm
by raja
Quarter-final stage now.
Knock-outs.

Karnataka vs Mumbai

As usual, Mumbai recover from a terrible start and manage to get to 173. Last-wicket partnership itself was 70.
They were 49/6 at one stage.

Karnataka is 115/1 at close - but that means nothing.
I expect Mumbai's bowlers to come to the party - Mumbai is a 11-man mean machine.
Karnataka will just wilt.

In the remote event of Karnataka getting a first innings lead, I fully expect Mumbai to set a target that will see Karnataka implode.

This is Mumbai after all - imagine the meanest players you can, and then see these Mumbai players surprise you. :grin:

(Sorry, bolero, I know you're a Mumbaikar and a diehard Mumbai supporter).

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:26 pm
by Boycs
How many people averaging over sixty this season?

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:31 pm
by raja
Boycs wrote:How many people averaging over sixty this season?

:grin:
The situation has improved in the last few years. I remember before that, they'd play over 4 days and there wouldn't be a third innings at all. :-)
The concept of first-innings lead applies - so in a knock-out game, the side with the first-innings lead is the winner, if the match is a draw.

There was this Ranji final in the 80s when Karnataka got 700+, and Delhi bettered that to win the final. :-)

Here's the scorecard.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8050 ... ji-trophy/

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:17 pm
by Boycs
Wow 88 overs 3 for 205 :O

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:47 am
by Yorkshire
Boycs wrote:How many people averaging over sixty this season?

Why special interest for nothing

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:58 am
by Boycs
Yorkshire wrote:
Boycs wrote:How many people averaging over sixty this season?

Why special interest for nothing



?

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:01 pm
by Boycs
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/ ... 51261.html

19 year old Anmolpreet Singh 5 FC matches in his career.

50, 113, 267, 12, 40, 252*, 19.

.....really?

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:56 pm
by Boycs
The ranji trophy must have the most 200s and 300s of any domestic cricket in the world. Every body seems to have one it's obscene!

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:11 am
by Paddles
Boycs wrote:The ranji trophy must have the most 200s and 300s of any domestic cricket in the world. Every body seems to have one it's obscene!


Baz and Gayle have 'em at test level.

Not all tripple centuries are equally special.

Those Lara tail end single hundreds to beat Australia are widely rated among the best test knocks.

Ken Rutherford once made a tripple in a day in England FC. He was a fair test spud, talented, but a spud.

And if we're fair - India's strength is in producing batsmen and spinners who succeed at home. Just like Straya does with seamers and batsmen for home. England too for that matter.

I'd take at least 15 Indian batsmen over Henry Niccolls or Neil Broom - and almost certainly I'd take more if I took a greater interest in Indian cricket. I wouldn't take a single Indian seamer for tests, nor odi, but Bumrah would give the t20 team more than a nudge.

Plus a lot of Indian batsmen are very graceful and technically orthodox - Robin Uthappa I could watch bat all day happily. And he's no intl star. I watch a lot of Jadeja when he goes all boundary fever - its almost all orthodox. Brilliant entertainment - but orthodox.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:54 am
by Yorkshire
Why not international star.? He played 59 international for India, I never likes him,because under 1200 runs in two format so far

RF Uthappa

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:49 pm
by Paddles
Yorkshire wrote:Why not international star.? He played 59 international for India, I never likes him,because under 1200 runs in two format so far

RF Uthappa


Why? Simply cos the Uthappa i know currently plays for KKR n not India whereas the KKR Gambhir I know had a long intl career.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:24 pm
by raja
Semis on.

And favourites Karnataka (Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal) are facing some stiff resistance from dark horse Vidarbha (Umesh Yadav's team).

Karnataka managed a first innings lead of over a 100 (although they got a scare when their first 3 batsmen were dismissed with less than 30 on the board. A situation they are not used to. But then Karun Nair rescued them with a 153 and took them to 301.

Vidarbha, however, have responded quite strongly second time round - with Ganesh Satish still there at the crease.

Game still Karnataka's to lose - but it's good to see a fightback from Vidarbha. We could still see an upset here.

The match is being played at the Eden Gardens, so it's certainly not the flat wicket that you see in many other grounds in India.

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In the other semi-final, Delhi (Gambhir) have crushed Bengal (Shami, Dinda).

Bengal got a modest 286 to start with, but Delhi's openers made a mockery of this score, with both openers notching up hundreds.

Gambhir, who seems to revel in crunch games, got 127 while his opening partner, the 23-yr old Kunal Chandela, impressed yet again with 113.

Chandela, who started his first-class career less than a month ago, has played 4 innings so far.

His scores?

64, 81, 57, 113.

Bengal were dismissed for 86 all out in the second innings - so a no-contest in every sense.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:30 pm
by raja
Btw, Rajneesh Gurbani of Vidarbha is having a good season, having picked up his third five-fer in a row.
He gets movement off the surface - I'd like to see him being picked for the England tour next year. :-)

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:50 am
by bolero
Vidarbha really impressed me. They have contained a strong Karnataka team.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:53 am
by bolero
Shami picked up 6 wickets against Delhi in the first innings. But Delhi were bolstered by Gambhir and Chandela. Gambhir still has something left in him.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:04 am
by bolero
Bengal batting is pathetic. You cant expect Shami or Umesh Yadav to win the match single handedly for their teams.

Vidarbha fighting gallantly against formidable Karnataka on the sporting Eden Gardens track.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:20 am
by bolero
I was going through Gambhir's stats. See that he has scored 2 test centuries in New Zealand. To me, Gambhir's highlight was the 2011 World Cup. Gambhir was the reason India won the World Cup along with Zaheer Khan in the bowling department. He was consistent throughout , his knock in the finals set the tone for the chase. In 2011 WC, Gambhir scored 51 against England, 69 against South Africa, 50 against Australia in Quarter Finals and 97 against Sri Lanka in the Finals. No 100's, but all his knocks were significant in the context of the game.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:22 am
by bolero
At the age of 36, Gambhir's international career is well and truly over. I dont see him coming back.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:58 am
by Paddles
bolero wrote:I was going through Gambhir's stats. See that he has scored 2 test centuries in New Zealand. To me, Gambhir's highlight was the 2011 World Cup. Gambhir was the reason India won the World Cup along with Zaheer Khan in the bowling department. He was consistent throughout , his knock in the finals set the tone for the chase. In 2011 WC, Gambhir scored 51 against England, 69 against South Africa, 50 against Australia in Quarter Finals and 97 against Sri Lanka in the Finals. No 100's, but all his knocks were significant in the context of the game.


Gambhir was huge in 2011wc but so too was my favourite, Yuvi. Yuvi was just immense, bat n ball.

But of course - 'Captain cash in' (An Aussie slur for Dhoni) promoted himself in the final - made a few easy runs downhillskiing off Gambhir's innings in the final and gets all the commentator anecdotal glory. #sellcricketbysellinglegends

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:00 am
by bolero
I agree with your assessment, Paddles. Yuvraj too very very key player with Gambhir, these 2 guys and Zaheer made India win the WC. Dhoni got all the glory instead, he played just 1 critical knock, that was in the finals.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:01 am
by bolero
This guy Saini from Delhi seems to be a revelation. Lets watch whether he gets a call up to Indian team.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:26 am
by bolero
2.4
W
Yadav to Agarwal, OUT, the season's highest run-getter is gone and that's because of some excellent reflexes by Umesh on his followthrough. Agarwal looks to turn this length ball into the leg side but this one straightens to take the leading edge and Umesh does the rest. Big wicket upfront for Vidarbha
MA Agarwal c & b Yadav 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

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Key wicket.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:41 am
by raja
Karnataka in trouble.
You can see the batsmen are nervous.
This is the Eden Gardens, so not the easiest of wickets for batsmen.

Although I'm a Karnataka supporter, I wouldn't mind if Vidarbha won this.
Would be huge - Karnataka is the much more fancied side.
Except for one poor showing in the league games, they've been formidable right through the tournament.
They lack the killer instinct that Mumbai has.

For me the day Karnataka knocked Mumbai out of the tournament, this tournament was declared a success. :grin:
Even winning the Ranji Trophy doesn't have the same thrill for me. :grin:

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:54 am
by bolero
I was a nobody and Gautam Gambhir did everything for me: Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini starred with the ball as Delhi demolished Bengal by an innings and 26 runs in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 semi-final in Pune on Tuesday. The seamer said he was a nobody and Gautam Gambhir did everything for him.

“I owe this life and my success to Gautam Gambhir. I was a nobody and Gautam bhaiyaa did everything for me,” Saini was quoted by PTI. Saini was scheduled to leave for South Africa as a net bowler with the Indian cricket team but Ankit Rajpoot of Uttar Pradesh was sent. The Delhi seamer revealed it was a conversation with Gambhir that cleared his confusion.

“I was happy that I would go to South Africa but I called up Gautam bhaiyya. He said Delhi needs you now for the semi-final and if you do well, you will be automatically in that Indian dressing room. I didn’t think twice,” said Saini.

Saini, who returned with a career-best match haul of 7/79 against Bengal, revealed how senior Delhi cricketers supported him when questions were being raised about his inclusion in Delhi squad.

During the 2013-14 season that Gambhir pushed for Saini, who was from Karnal. Gambhir was the captain of the team then and was very impressed after seeing Saini in the nets. Saini was spotted by former Delhi seamer Sumit Narwal in a local tennis-ball tournament and it was he who asked Gambhir to check the seamer out.

“Gautam bhaiya, Ashish bhaiya (Nehra), Mithun Manhas rallied around me. They said what’s happening in the periphery shouldn’t be my concern. We will take care of that, you only bowl,” he said.

The seamer troubled Bengal with a brilliant display of seam bowling as he kept batsmen guessing on the third day. He, along with Kulwant Khejroliya, ran through the opposition middle-order. For Saini, it was his stint with India A which made him realise his skills.

“I can’t build on muscles as I will lose out on the pace I generate due to my quick hand speed. This is my USP from start. Since I could bowl fuller deliveries with tennis ball, it helps with leather ball as it generates extra pace,” Saini explained.

Recalling his early struggle, Saini said it was difficult to start but things have now changed a bit. He however still travels back home on a Volvo and is yet to buy a car.

“It was difficult in the beginning but now things have changed a bit. I stay with my friends in a rented accommodation in Kotla Mubarakpur. I still go back home by Volvo bus. I haven’t bought a car,” Saini, son of a former Haryana government driver, said.

Saini’s grandfather, Karam Singh, was a driver in Subhas Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj and he has heard plenty of stories from the “nearly 100-year-old”.

“Dadaji is nearly 100 years. He was in Japan with Netaji. I have heard stories so many times that at times, I slip away,” he said cheekily. “But he loves me and is aware when my match is coming on television. Today he watched me bowl,” he said.

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Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:03 am
by bolero
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Gurbani to Nischal, no run, convincing appeal as Nischal is rapped on the pad. This swung back in a long way to beat the inside edge and hit him on the back leg. This was an excellent shout, oh, oh oh. Very, very close. Impact was on middle and leg

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DRS should be used in Ranjis. Umpiring is pathetic.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:04 am
by bolero
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Yadav to Nischal, no run, dropped! Wadkar fluffs a chance down leg. This was a short ball angling in, he looked to tickle this fine but got some glove on the way

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If Vidharbha fluff chances, they will lose this.I would like to see them making history. Small town guys.

Re: Ranji Trophy 2017-18

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:36 am
by bolero
40-3.

Vidarbha very much in this match. Time for Umesh Yadav to produce 140 kmph + deliveries and bully the Karnataka Ranji batsmen into submission.

Karnataka's main batsman Karun Nair at the crease.