Matt Renshaw (68) and Mitchell Starc (57*) take Australia to 256-9 at the end of Day 1 in Pune.
Posted on 23 February 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Guptill can be a real force to reckon with in the initial overs. On a day that saw 352 players vying for a spot in one of the eight teams, only 66 managed to bag an IPL contract for themselves for the upcoming season. While some teams went wholeheartedly for certain players (Ben Stokes was sold for a whopping Rs. 14 Cr to Pune), teams like Gujarat played easy, purchased 11 new players, and still had Rs. 10.5 Cr left in their purse!Here are the top five bargain buys that can prove to be worth every penny at the nominal rates that they have been bought for, a contrast to the big names that went for exorbitant rates:An explosive opening batsman with proven credentials in limited-overs cricket, Guptill gets another opportunity to rectify his poor IPL record. Snapped up by Mumbai Indians as a replacement for the then-injured Lendl Simmons before the 2016 auctions, Guptill He went unsold in the first round, and didn’t seem to be going for any bids when the Kings XI intervened and bought him for his base price of Rs. 50 lakh.The right-hander, who has to name a double-hundred in ODIs (one of only five players to do so), can form an explosive opening partnership with Murali Vijay at the top for Punjab.
Posted on 23 February 2017 @ 7:41 am
Although verbal intimidation has been a part of Australia's DNA, their success in India through it is perhaps negligible.
Posted on 22 February 2017 @ 10:29 pm
The mystery behind the Pune pitch, probable lineups and more
Posted on 22 February 2017 @ 8:30 am
Hayden in a game against India . India first played a Test match against Australia in November 1947 in Brisbane where they lost by an innings and 226 runs. Since then, there have been a lot of historic clashes between the two sides; as of the current date, they have locked horns in 90 games out of which India have won 24 and drawn 25. There was also a tied Test between the two outfits.Over the years, the Indo-Australian rivalry has witnessed some incredible talents in the game who have gone on to become legends. Be it the Tendulkars or the Warnes, the players of these two teams have always put their best foot forward against each other. And then there have been skippers like Steve Waugh and Sourav Ganguly who have led their respective sides with aggression and flamboyance.With the Border-Gavaskar trophy beginning from February 23rd, we have put together the best ever players from both sides to form a combined XI.He was tall, powerful and fearless. These qualities helped him shrug off his technical deficiencies as he rose to become one of the finest openers ever. Hayden did not caress deliveries to the ropes; he would batter them with force.Be it the pull, the hook, the cut or the cover drive, Hayden excelled in all of them and he was a widely feared batsman. He was also one of those few Australian batters who could play spin well. He used his height to great advantage to get to the pitch of the ball and then hoick it into the stands.In his Test career spanning over 15 long years, Hayden scored 8625 runs from 103 games at an average of 50.73. En route, he scored 30 tons and 29 fifties with a highest score of 380. To top it all, Hayden was a brilliant slip fielder.
Posted on 22 February 2017 @ 7:54 am
However, skipper Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Sam Billings will return to England on May 1.
Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 9:31 pm
Stokes was the most expensive player in this year's auction. Rising Pune Supergiants lacked a game-changer with the bat in the middle-order and also struggled with their death bowling, so it was no surprise to see them killing two birds with one stone as they bought Ben Stokes for INR 14.5 crore.Extra Cover: IPL 2017 Teams and full list of players sold with priceThe England all-rounder was not only the most expensive player in the auction but also the most expensive foreigner in the history of the IPL and second only to Yuvraj Singh in the list of most expensive players in IPL history. While Stokes does solve RPS' problems, could they have spent that money on an entire team?How good would a team bought for less than what Stokes cost be? Could it challenge for the title? While the latter is debatable, here is an entire XI cheaper than Ben Stokes.This XI is in line with the IPL regulations that demand seven Indians and four foreign players. Presenting to you an IPL XI that is cheaper than Ben Stokes:When it comes to the best limited-overs openers in the current generation, Martin Guptill is never too far away. His ability to simply destroy bowling attacks and make a mockery of boundaries make him an invaluable asset, especially in a format which gives a huge advantage to players opening the innings.With over 5,000 T20 runs to his name at an average of over 34 and strike rate of nearly 130, the 30-year-old Kiwi opener nearly went unsold once again. But for Kings XI who made an offer that secured his signature for his base price of INR 50 lakh, Guptill would have gone unsold again. And if he plays regularly, he will certainly repay every penny the franchise have paid.
Posted on 21 February 2017 @ 11:46 am
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