That didn't come out right man. Read your words again.
Stupid BCCI. They won't let their players play the QFs of Ranji. And then we wonder why IPL gets more prominence over Ranji even for Test selection.
"Talent is nothing without opportunity"
"You're not remembered for aiming at the target, but hitting it"
Twenty20 used to be boring.
Railways vs Bengal. A little bad blood from their previous encounter exists, because of the Mankading incident. Bengal are boosted by the coming of Wriddhiman Saha, but once again, miss batting stalwart Manoj Tiwary. He seems injured a lot more than some fast bowlers near India selections.
Mumbai vs Pune (Maharashtra)- a Maharashtra derby, as Gautam Bhimani pointed out in his show Cricket India, on one of the Star channels. Pity this derby spans a massive state, or at least half- the state has three teams across its width- Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha! Maharashtra have a very strong batting lineup, but Mumbai's bowling, now bolstered by the return of Iqbal Abdulla (who won a game against Gujarat and took the team to the knockouts), may be tough for them. If Mumbai can fix their lately-misfiring batting, they're in with a chance to get ahead.
Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh has plenty of India prospects in action- although Karnataka will miss Stuart Binny. That new bowler Sharath is doing well this season, and Mithun seems to have improved a lot too- but Vinay Kumar is struggling to take wickets. Their spinner, who will it be? KPA has been poor throughout all the chances he got for Karnataka, while Ronit More is shaping up nicely, although too green. UP's batting is vulnerable this season, so Karnataka need to lay out a greentop for their bowlers to run through the visiting side, while ensuring they don't lose too many wickets. Manish Pandey needs to have a good game,
North Zone derby at Vadodara, as J&K play Punjab. I wonder what the Moti Bagh stadium will have in store for the game, as they're reputed for rank turners for Baroda's home games- the kind where Yusuf Pathan, Bharghav Bhatt and the Singhs get plenty of wickets. Parvez Rassool, struggling to get wickets this season, will want that kind of pitch, but neither batting side would want it- less so J&K. Punjab's JJ has pulled ahead from an early slump to race ahead in the runs tally, but Mandeep Singh, their best batsman, has been off colour this season. They'll need their strong seam attack of Sid Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and VRV Singh to work for them. Besides, Harbhajan Singh is back, and he too will want the stereotypical Moti Bagh pitch to work for his team.
Suryakumar Yadav has a rather good FC record over 24 games, including this one. Average of 47, four centuries and eight fifties, a fifty plus in every three innings, and also a LO-friendly strike rate of 47. Good going so far, contrary to the stereotypes flying around him- if only he was a lot more consistent at least in getting starts, if not getting the big ones. Definitely a limited-overs prospect in the near future, with Ishank Jaggi and Kedar Jadhav.
UP 136/6 (42.0 ov, Parvinder Singh 42*, PP Chawla 34*, AA Kazi 0/15) - Tea | Live Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo[/URL]
Has this happened before? 3 guys getting out exactly on 100.
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Harbhajan has just kept improving with the bat, just plays an odd impact innings out of nowhere. Needs a good bowling performance for him to be back.
Four wickets for Sandeep Sharma, Shaz Thakur, Mithun and Nazir. The other Amit Mishra takes six wickets, for a little too much.
A breathtaking catch by Kaustubh Pawar off a loose Shaz delivery gets a wicket. Clearly, a strong fielding backup can strengthen weak bowling. If a Dale Steyn cannot play for India, at least this should be kept in mind. Some Aussie bowling attacks in 2003 and beyond were quite weak, but backed up strongly by the fielding.
Leggies have been few and far between, even in the playing XI. Karnataka have young Gopal, who has impressed in his first three games, and should be a frontrunner ahead of the non-performing Appanna and Abrar.
The J&K vs Punjab has all the ingredients to become a cracker match
Rasool vs Harbhajan is a great battle, but who would have thought it would be with the bat?
In other news, just noticed Mumbai have a guy with the surname Indulkar batting at number 4 #LegendHangover
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Rasool is having a great match, first a century and then picks up a 5fer. All the quarter-final matches looks to be getting a result which is great
Wish Yuvi is back in form soon. M still hoping for him to return to the test side. His fitness has improved, needs to play some domestic games and get a few big scores.
I really do think it's time to give up the Test dream as far as Yuvraj is concerned. I think he could conceivably still come back in ODIs and T20Is and make a big impact, but it's not going to happen in Tests.
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