Sunday, 22 November 2020

Unlikely Heroes of IPL 2020


Unlikely Heroes of IPL 2020 Review

IPL is a great platform for some of the uncapped players to showcase their talent, and thereby grab a chance to play for the national side. In every edition of IPL we can see the emergence of some young players quite unexpectedly. Team predictors discuss about some of such talents who emerged quite unexpectedly, some of them even outshining the seasoned international players in their franchise team.


1. Ishan Kishan : Mumbai Indians

Ishan Kishan was phenomenal with the bat in this edition of IPL held at UAE. The left handed Jharkand batsman seems to be at ease while facing the raw pace of Rabada, Nortje or the spin of Chahal, Ashwin or Jadeja. Kishan surprised everyone with his six hitting ability. The pocket dynamo thrashed 30 sixes from 14 matches, which was surpassed by none in the tournament. He amassed 516 runs from the same number of matches and became the leading run scorer for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. The left hander maintained consistency in his run scoring process and Mumbai Indians never felt the absence of an injured Rohit Sharma at top order. Ishan if technically fine and its not just about his big hitting capabilities alone.

 2. Natarajan : Sunrisers Hyderabad

The injury to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar opened the door to IPL 2020 for Natarajan. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The lefthander was particularly impressive with his bowling skills in death overs. He could strangle even the best of batsmen with his yorkers. The consistency he displayed in bowling those yorkers were too great. T Natrajan took 16 wickets from as many matches.


3. Rituraj Gaekwad: Chennai Super Kings

Rituraj Gaekwad failed to impress in the first two innings for CSK this year. It was an odd year for CSK and had nothing much to cheer about. The failure of top players once again handed Rituraj with an opportunity. Rituraj failed to feature in the CSK playing XI in the initial stages of the tournament. He got to play only 6 matches in IPL 2020. In 6 matches he scored 204 runs. In the last three matches of CSK, he scored consecutive half centuries and was awarded the man of match award in all three games. He scored 65,72 and 62 against RCB, KKR and KXIP. The young talent from Maharashtra guarantees to reach heights and needs to be nurtured well.


4. Rahul Tewatia : Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Tewatia, became an indispensable part of Rajasthan Royals line up in this year's IPL. He contributed with both bat and ball for the team's success. His 5 sixes in an over off Sheldon Cotrell was a mind blowing performance. The Haryana all rounder took his team to victory against Kings XI Punjab, when all hopes were gone, with 51 needed off last 3 overs. Tewatia made 255 runs and scalped 10 wickets from 14 matches.


5. Varun Chakrvarthy : Kolkata Knight Riders

The Tamil Nadu leg spinner who was born in Karnataka, was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2019. But Varun couldn't perform as expected. His first over went for 25 runs and later Kings XI released him from the squad after 2019 season. But this year's IPL with KKR turned to be blessing for Varun. The leg spinner picked  17 wickets from 13 matches, including a five wicket haul against Delhi capitals. His figures of 5/20 has been the best bowling figures in IPL 2020. The scintillating performance took him to the Indian T20 squad for Australian tour. But unfortunately he is likely to miss the tour due to a shoulder injury.


6. Devdutt Padikkal : Royal Challengers Banglore

The Karnataka batsman was the most prolific run scorer for RCB in 2020, surpassing even the likes of Kohli and AB De Villers. He scored 473 runs in 15 matches, with an highest score of 74. The consistent performance gave the much needed stability at the top order for RCB, especially since Aaron Finch was not in great form.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Umar Gul Retirement from International cricket

 Pakistan Pacer Umar Gul Annouces Retirement from Cricket

The pakistani pacer bids goodbye to his cricketing career after representing his country in 47 tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20I. Umar Gul represented Pakistan in the Under 19 World Cup in 2002.The very next year in 2003 he was selected for the national ODI and test teams. Umar Gul has picked up 163 wickets in 47 tests and 179 wickets from 130 ODIs.
Umar Gul was particularly more lethal in the T20 format. He has scalped 85 wickets in 60 T20I at an average of 16.97. He was one of the mainstay behind Pakistan's success in 2007 and 2009, T20I world cup held in South Africa and England resprctively. In 2007, Pakistan reached the finals, but lost to arch rivals India in the final hurdle. Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker in the tournament with a tally of 13 wickets. In the second T20I World Cup, 2009 Pakistan became the champions, and this time too Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker with 13 wickets. In the list of highest wicket takers in T20I, Umar Gul is placed 5th. The list is headed by Lasith Malinga of Srilanka with 107 wickets from 84 matches. The best figures of the Pakistani pacer reads 5/6. The whooping performance came against New Zealand in 2009 ICC T20 World Cup. His figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs against Australia at Dubai was another performance which fetched accolades from the cricketing community. The toe crushing yorkers and reverse swing were the main weapons for Umar Gul.

In test he was often prone to injuries and at times it halted his progress. His best performance in test of 6/135 came against Srilanka at Gaddafi Stadium in 2009. In his first test match he could pick only 2 wickets. In the second and third match he picked up 5 and 8 wickets respectively against the same opponents. In ODIs his best bowling figures read 6/42. The performance came against England at Kennington Oval in 2010.

The Fastest Bowler in IPL 2020

 Anrich Nortje : The fastest bowler in IPL 2020

IPL 2020 has been not that bad for the fast bowlers. The shifting of venue from India to the UAE has provided them a better chance to showcase their art. In India the pitches are found to be more in favour of batsmen and spinners. Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Anrich Nortje, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumbrah all have found a smooth sailing in this year's IPL. The venues other than Sharjah haven't witnessed giant scores. The pitches in Abudhabi and Dubai have something for the bowlers. The 4 among top 5 wicket takers till now have been fast bowlers. Rabada with 19 wickets for Delhi capitals has been in the top spot. Jasprit Bumrah is in the second spot with 15 wickets. Mohammed Shami with 14 wickets is in the third spot and Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals with 12 wickets is in the 5th spot. Yuzvendra Chahal is the lone spinner in top 7. Delhi capitals and Mumbai Indians are in the top spot in the points table. These two teams have some fiery fast bowlers and that have helped them to reach the top spot. Mumbai Indians have the likes of Jasprit Bumbrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson. Bumrah and Boult can be found in the list of top 10 wicket takers in this year IPL. Delhi Capitals have the services of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Rabada with 19 wickets is in the top spot among wicket takers , and Nortje is placed 6th with 12 wickets. T Natarajan of Surisers Hyderabad has been another find of the tournament. He has been excellent with the yorkers and has been a consistent performer for Hyderabad franchise. Till now he has taken 11 wickets from 9 matches.

Nortje has been a revelation this year's IPL. Last year he was a part of Kolkata Knightriders , but couldn't play because of a shoulder injury. This year when Chris Woakes of England pulled out of this year's IPL, Delhi Capitals signed a contract with the South African. In international level Norte has played 6 tests and 7 ODIs for South Africa. He has a tally of 19 wickets in tests and 14 of them in ODI. He is known for his raw pace in domestic circuits, and his team mate, Rabada was not at all surprised when Nortje bowled the fastest delivery in IPL 2020 in the match against Rajasthan Royals. The delivery clocked 156.22 km/hr. Jos Butler scooped the delivery for a boundary using the pace of the delivery. After two consecutive scoop Butler was bowled by an swinging delivery.In fact the top 5 fastest deliveries of this year's IPL has been bowled by Anrich Nortje. The slowest of the 5 deliveries is 153.72 km/hr. When most of the bowlers strive to reach the 150 km/hr mark, the South African pacer seems to go beyond the mark with ease at multiple times.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Valiant Heroes of 1999 World Cup



1999 World Cup held in England and Wales was a good one for African nation of Zimbabwe. Despite having some good quality players they were not able to showcase a notable performance in world Cups. But in 1999 edition they were able to have some sort of success, as they were able to advance to the second stage of super six. To a great extent, all-rounder Neil Johnson was instrumental in the success of Zimbabwe. 1999 world cup witnessed some great heroics of the likes of Lance Klusener, Wasim Akram and Shane Warne. Neil Johnson's heroics with the bat and ball often went unnoticed amongst them. Neil Johnson opened for Zimbabwe both, with the bat as well as the ball. Neil Johnson played only 13 tests and 48 ODIs for Zimbabwe . He retired from cricket in 2000 due to payment issues with his cricket board. In 13 test he scored 532 runs at an average of 24.18 with a top score of 107. He also picked up 15 wickets. In ODIs he scored 1,679 runs at an average of 36.50. He has scalped 35 wickets in ODIs.

1999 World cup was a great arena for the all-rounder. Their first match was against Kenya. Riding on a half century by Alpesh Vadher, Kenya made 229/7 in 50 overs. Neil Johnson picked up 4 Kenyan wickets for 42 runs in 10 overs. The second innings of match too belonged to Neil Johnson, as he top scored with 59 and took Zimbabwe to an easy win in just 41 overs. Zimbabwe then shocked India when they defeated the Asian giants by 3 runs. But Zimbabwe failed to repeat their success against England and Srilanka. They lost their matches against them. But Zimbabwe once again put up a great performance against South Africa. Batting first Zimbabwe managed to get 233/ 6 in 50 overs , once again Neil Johnson leading with a 76 off 117 balls. In South African innings, Neil Johnson dismissed Kirsten off the first ball. Again he dismissed Kallis for a duck. In total he picked up 3 South African wickets for 27 runs in 8 overs, including Hansie Cronje. The South African resistance ended up in 185 runs and Zimbabwe once again made history in World Cup. Neil Jonson was adjudged as the man of match for his glittering performance with both bat and ball. 

In Zimbabwe's match against Australia they had to chase a mammoth total of 304. Neil Johnson had picked up 2/43  in the Australian innings. With the bat, he scored a breezy 132 from 144 balls. Unfortunately Zimbabwe's innings ended up in 259. But Neil Johnson was once again awarded the man of match, for his great performance. Zimbabwe chasing a total of 271 against Pakistan could only muster up 123 despite a half century from Neil Johnson. The all-rounder made 54 runs, but never got any valuable support from the opposite end. Guy Whittall and Heath Streak were the only other Zimbabwean batsmen to get into the double figures. They had scored 16 runs before perishing. 


The memories of 1999 World Cup brings into mind the tragic run out of Allan Donald in the semi finals and the exit of South Africa from the World Cup. Lance Klusener made a valiant effort for the single, but Allan Donald didn't heard the call, and it was curtains for South Africa. South Africa as usual had begun the tournament in style, when they defeated India by 4 wickets. Lance Klusener was instrumental in the win, picking up 3 wickets and scoring 12 runs off 4 balls. In their next match against Srilanka, South Africa were in a non enviable position of 122/8. From such a position they reached 199/9 , thanks to 52 runs scored by Lance Klusener. In the Srilankan innings he took 3 wickets for 21 runs and the Lankan chase ended up in 110 runs. Lance Klusener was awarded the man of match for his contributions. In their next outing against England , South Africa made 225/7 and folded up English innings for 103 runs! Once again Lance Klusener contributed 48 runs with the bat and took 1 wicket. Again Klusener was the man of match. Klusener was having a dream run in the tournament.

Kenya was their next opponent in the tournament and chasing a target of 153, South African reached there in style with 7 wickets in hand and 9 overs to spare. Lance Klusener picked 5/21 to earn another man of match award. Lance Klusener was known for his swing bowling and the big hitting. Presence of Klusener and Pollock genuinely provided the batting depth for South Africa. South Africa's next game was against Zimbabwe and everyone expected South Africa to crush their opponent. But Zimbabwe and Neil Johnson had other ideas and chasing a target of 234, South Africa could only make 185. Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock made 52 runs each, but that wasn't enough to take South Africa home. South Africa in their next match against Pakistan, while chasing 221 were in danger at 176/7. Once again Klusener smashed valuable 46 runs with the bat and gifted South Africa with another victory. Lance Klusener was once again the man of  match. South Africa had won 4 out of last 5 games and in all the matches won by them, Lance Klusener had won the man of match award. In the next match against New Zealand, South Africa made 287 runs, and restricted Kiwis to 213. This time Klusener didn't contributed much with bat, but took 2/46 in the NewZealand innings. Australia was their next opponent in the super six stage. Australia registered a narrow victory with 2 balls to spare. Lance Klusener made 36 with the bat and took 1/53 with the ball. This failure cost them dear. South Africa once again faced Australia, and this time in the semi finals. Batting first, Australia could only make 213. Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock created havoc as they picked up 4/32 and 5/36 respectively. South Africa chasing the modest total, was in dire straits in 45th over as they were 175/6. It was then, Klusener came to bat and he took South Africa almost to the target with some big hitting. Klusener scored a quick fire 31 off 16 balls. 9 runs were required in the final over. Klusener scored 2 boundaries off the first two deliveries. Third delivery was a dot ball and the fatal run out came in the 4th ball. The cricket lovers all over the world, saw in despair the exit of South Africa from the world cup. Klusener won 4 man of match awards in the tournament. Jacques Kallis was the only other South African who had won the award in 1999 World Cup.

Saturday, 10 October 2020

CSK in IPL 2020 : Review

Chennai Super Kings is one among the IPL teams who can boast of a large fan base. The team has done fairly well in all editions of IPL. But this year it has not been great so far, for the Chennai outfits. MS Dhoni has been a great leader for the team and the wicket keeper batsman has to find some ways to take his team to the path of recovery after the initial setbacks in the current tournament. To the sheer delight of their fans, Chennai Super Kings managed to defeat the strong Mumbai Indians in the opening match of IPL 2020. But since then the team has managed only one win in the next 5 outings and are placed 6th in the table.

In the opening match CSK chased down the target of 163 set by Mumbai Indians with 5 wickets in hand, thanks to a 44 ball 58 from Faf Duplesi and 48 ball 71 by Ambati Rayudu.

The absence of Suresh Raina in the middle order has affected the balance of batting line up. The injury of Ambati Rayudu after the first game further dented the chances of CSK. Faf Duplesi has been a great form, but rarely he got any support from the other end. He  scored 37 ball 72 against Rajasthan and 35 ball 43 against Delhi. Unfortunately both innings went in vain. Rituraj Gaekwad who came in for an injured Ambati Rayudu failed miserably. So was Murali Vijay who struggled to get going. Fortunately for CSK, Ambati Rayudu has made a comeback to the team.

Faf Duplesi

Shane Watson seems to be back in touch, and that can be a great relief for the CSK camp. Sam Curran has been impressive with ball and with the bat. His small cameos has helped CSK raise their run rates in the last overs. Dhoni has been impressive in parts with the bat. He needs to reduce the dot balls in the middle overs. The dot balls in middle overs are further increasing the pressure in last overs. Everything is left for last 2 overs in their chase as we could see in their match against Rajasthan. Dhoni played quietly until the last over in that match. CSK required an impossible 37 runs in their last over after Jadeja gleefully left the last ball of the penultimate over. It was in the last over Dhoni tried for some hits and managed to hit a couple of huge sixes. But that could have been done a couple of overs before and the result would be different. Kedar Jadav needs to make some adjustments to his game as well. His slow run rate is mounting the pressure on the team in the last overs. Jhadav is playing as a specialist batsman in the team, as he hasn't bowled  in the tournament so far.

Sam Curran

 CSK may be thinking of finding a replacement for him in the upcoming matches. CSK bowlers have done reasonably well in the matches, but needs to take wickets at more regular intervals. Interestingly Sam Curran is their top wicket taker with 7 wickets from 6 matches. Dwayne Bravo was impressive in the match against Kolkata, especially in the last over. Kolkata batsmen failed to read his slow balls and perished. He gave away just 5 runs and picked two wickets in the last over. CSK hasn't made use of his service with the bat so far. The spinner Karan Sharma who replaced Piyush Chawla in the game against Kolkata was impressive.

CSK has the services of some great players, and leadership of an impressive captain. The cricketing fans can expect then to bounce back in the upcoming matches. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

india olympics quiz questions


1. In which edition of Olympics did India participated for the first time ever?

    1900, Paris Olympic

2. Name the athlete who won medals for India for the first time in Paris Olympics.

    Norman Pritchard

3. When did India sent a team to the Olympics for the first time?

    1920, Antwerp Olympics

4. When was Indian Olympics Association formed?


5.Which country has won the most number of gold medals in Olympics hockey?


6. When did India won their first ever Olympics gold in hockey?

     1928, Amsterdam Olympics

7. What is the medal tally of India in Olympics hockey?

     8 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze

8. Who has won the first individual medal for post Independent India?

      K D Jadav

9. Which Indian Olympian is known as pocket dynamo?

     K D Jadav

10. In which Olympics did India won their last Olympic gold in hockey?

      Moscow Olympics, 1980

11. In which Olympics did K D Jadav won the Olympic Bronze medal for India?

      1952, Helinski Olympics

12. Who has represented India in most number of Olympics?

        Leander Paes

13. Who won the first individual silver for India in Olympics?

       Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

14. In which Olympics did India won the most number of medals?

       2012, London Olympics (2 silver and 4 bronze)

15. Who won the first individual gold for India in Olympics?

       Abhinav Bindra , 2008 Beijing Olympics

16.  Who was the first woman to win a medal for India?

        Karnam Malleshwary

17. In which Olympics did Karnam Malleshwary won a bronze medal in weight lifting?

       Sydney Olympics, 2000

18. Who is the only Indian to win medals in consecutive Olympic games?

       Sushil Kumar

19.  Who won the medals for India in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016?

        P V Sindhu and Sakshi Malik

20. Who is the first woman to win Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?

       Karanam Malleshwary

21. Which colour in Olympic ring represent Asia and Australia?

       Asia- Yellow,. Australia- Green

22. Who is known as 'Flying Sikh' ?

       Milkha Singh

23. Who is the first keralite woman to win Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?

       K M Beenamol

24. Who is the first Indian woman to reach the finals of athletic event in Olympics?

       P T Usha

25. In which Olympics Leander Paes won a bronze medal for India in tennis?

      1996 Atlanta Olympics

26. Who is the father-son duo who won Olympic medals for India?

       Dr. Vece Paes (hockey) and Leander Paes ( Tennis)

27. First Indian male of independent India to reach the finals of a running event in Olympics.

       Milkha Singh

28. Name the Indian who scored most number of goals in Olympics Hockey.

      Dhyan Chand

29. The Race of My Life - is the autobiography of which famous sportsperson.

        Milkha Singh

30. Name the autobiography of Dhyan Chand.


31. Which Indian athlete is known as The Golden Girl. ?

        P T Usha

32. Who was the hockey team captain when India won their first gold medal in hockey Olympics?

       Jaipal Singh Munda

33. In which edition of Olympics did Indian hockey team won a silver medal?

       1960, Rome Olympics

34. In which event did Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver medal in 2004 Athens Olympics?

       Shooting (double trap)

35. Mary Kom won a bronze medal in boxing in which Olympic edition?

      2012 London Olympics.


Thursday, 20 August 2020

Cricketers Who Made Late Debut

Time flies like nothing else. Some cricketers feels it very much when they wait for the selectors call. At times cricketers may find it tough to break into the international arena despite continuous success in domestic level. Here Team Predictors discuss about some of such cricketers who arrived late in international cricket.

1. Dirk Nannes

Dirk Nannes is a rare species of cricketers who have played for two different countries in international level. He made a late entry into cricket. The Australian made his first class debut for Victoria in 2006 at the age of 29. He was past his age of 32 when he made International debut for Netherlands. Nannes represented Netherland in 2009 ICC World T20, and the very next year he played for Australia. Nannes was a very effective bowler in the  T20 format. Nannes played one ODI for Australia against Scotland. The pacer played for Australia in 2010 T20 World Cup and ended up as the highest wicket taker of the tournament.Overall he has taken 28 wickets from 17 T20I.

In addition he has played in T20 leagues across different nations including India, Australia, Bangladesh, England and South Africa. He is also a former skiing champion.

2. Chris Rogers

Chris Rogers was quite unlucky to have waited until age of 30, before making an international debut. It was quite difficult for any batsman of his time to get into a star studded Australian team. Chris Rogers averaged close to 50 in his domestic career. He was given a chance in 2008, when Mathew Hayden got himself injured. Later he was recalled it 2013 for Ashes series in England. 

Chris Rogers showed his mettle, when he played the swinging deliveries with great application. Chris Rogers played only 25 tests, before he retired in 2015. In 25 tests he scored 5 centuries and 14 half centuries and averaged 42.87. Chris Rogers has a record of most consecutive half centuries in tests.

3. Michael Hussey

Even an enviable average of 52 in first class cricket was not enough to grant Michael Hussey a timely entrance into International cricket. 'Mr. Cricket' made his ODI debut at age of 28 and test debut at an age of 30. Hussey played only in 79 tests, scoring 19 centuries and 29 half centuries at an average of 51.52.

 In ODI he made 5442 runs in 185 matches at an average of 48.15. In ODI he made 3 centuries and 39 half centuries. Hussey was also an exceptional fielder.

4 .Dilip Doshi

Dilip Doshi was well past the age of 31, when he made his debut for India in 1979. The presence of Bishan Singh Bedi in the team made it difficult for any spinner to getting into the Indian team. Dilip Doshi played in 33 tests, picking up 114 wickets.

 He picked up 8 wickets in his debut tests against Australia. He was a poor batsman and always batted at number 11.

5.Saeed Ajmal

The Pakistani off spinner made his ODI debut at the age of 30 in 2008. He was included in the test side a year later. Saeed Ajmal reached the 100 test wicket mark in just 20 matches. He has taken 178 wickets from 35 tests and 184 wickets in 113 ODIs. 

In 2009 he was reported for his action. But later his deliveries were found to be legal. Later again in 2014 he was reported for suspect action, and his bowling action was banned by ICC.

6.Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris got a chance to represent Australian ODI team in 2009, when he was almost 30 years of age. Harris could only pick a single wicket in his debut game and was not picked for one year. He made his comeback in 2010 and claimed 5 wickets in back to back matches. That opened his gates to the test team also later that year. Harris' cricket life was marred with injury woes.

 Knee and hip injuries kept him out of action many a times. Harris has picked 113 wickets from 27 tests. In ODIs he has picked 44 wickets from 21 matches at an average of 18.90.

7. Clarie Grimmet

Claire Grimmet was born in New Zealand, but played for Australia in test matches. He was one of the best leg spinners of his era and is often credited as the one who introduced the 'flipper'. He made his debut in 1925 . At that time he was past the age of 30. He played only in 37 tests, but took  216 wickets. In first class matches , he has taken a whooping 1,424 wickets from 248 matches. He was the first bowler to take 200 wickets in test matches. 

He took 200 wickets in 36th match. He held the record of fastest 200 wickets until 2018, when Yasir Shah of Pakistan broke the record after 82 long years. Clarrie Grimmet, Dilip Doshi, Ryan Harris and Saeed Ajmal are the only 4 bowlers who managed to take 100 or more wickets despite making a test debut after the age of 30.