Wednesday, April 30, 2008

KKR Limping, D3 vs RCB, and the Kings XI Boss

Kolkata Knight Riders Lose Again
It hurts me to see King Khan's men fall the way they did last night. And that too, to a team that didn't look like winning anything in the Indian Premiere League.

The entire campaign for the Riders started on a wrong foot I think. SRK assembled an impressive star cast but then Shoaib Akhtar got banned, Chris Gayle got injured, and Ricky Ponting forgot how to bat.

Even though KKR have managed to win 2 games, one of them was McCullum's night and the other was when David Hussey decided to dig them out of a hole.

With the way they've played the last 2 games, maybe its time for SRK to don his number 12 shirt and take the field.

After having lost 2 matches, the Riders would be losing McCullum, Hussey, and Ponting. I know I did say that it would have a major negative impact on them but now I'm thinking that its probably a blessing in disguise.

The inclusion of Salman Butt, Brad Hodge, and Umar Gull will give the team a new and fresh look. SRK knows a thing or two about fresh faces. Look out for KKR to bounce back as their fresh international stars take their places on the field.

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Tonight's game has all the potential to be an exciting one. - but first the RCB need to make a bold move and drop Kallis in favour of Misbah. Otherwise they stand no chance at all.

It pits India's test batsmen against the ODI ones - Dravid and Jaffer vs Sehwag and Gambhir. Jaffer is also Sehwag's opening partner in tests so the battle would be an interesting one.

AB DeVilliers has joined DDD and he could play today to strengthen the batting line up. AB up against his South African team mates (Boucher, Steyn, and maybe Kallis) would be great viewing.

If Vettori gets a game he could be bowling to Ross Taylor who has been in fine form in the IPL. How will Taylor face up to his captain?

A number of bowlers have beared the brunt of Misbah's blade. Will Asif suffer the same? Or does he know how to curtail Misbah?
Kings XI Punjab have the best Boss
When you have a boss like Priety Zinta, who wouldn't want to perform. Especially if it brings out the praise in the way of a hug.
Do you know how it feels to be hugged by Ms. Zinta? Yuvraj Singh's expression should tell you a lot.

Make your pitch on this post...

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10 Pitched:

  1. Viswanathan said...

    I resent your constant writeups about the Pakistani players. :)

    As earlier stated, I prefer a hug from the cheer leaders.
    Preity looks dowdy in comparison.

  2. Anonymous said...

    man these moments make me think again about my career goals!

    Misbah not playing again. I am sure there must be a fitness or a team problem. Dravid is not this stupid .

  3. Trideep said...

    I feel Dravid is not sure whom to drop in place of Misbah. He might feel better having Kallis and having one more bowling option. He cannot drop Taylor now as he looks in good touch. Jaffer cannot be replaced mainly because he is Indian. I guess with Taylor going, things should become simple for Dravid.

  4. Q said...

    Ott - I speak about the Pakistani players as much as I speak about any other :-)

    The cheerleaders are slowly being thrown out Ott...

  5. Q said...

    AMK - we all are part of the wrong profession. Definitely!

  6. Q said...

    Trideep - I agree. But my sole point is that Misbah should be the first one on the paper for any 20-20 team.

  7. Anonymous said...

    I agree with Q. The first one on the Banglore team sheet should be Misbah. He was easily the most consistent batsmen in the 20/20 World Cup and has proven himself to be able to play with a cool head and accelerate the pace when required.

    If dropping someone is such an issue, how about Dravid drop himself?

    Make no mistake, the likes of Dravid and Jaffer are class Test cricketers, but if its a 20 over game, you cannot leave MuH on the bench!

  8. Som said...

    I too would prefer a huge from the cheerleaders but before moral police interventions:)

  9. Q said...

    Anon - Misbah cant play instead of Dravid or Jaffer. Only 4 international players are allowed in the XI so he can only play instead of a non-Indian.

  10. Trideep said...

    Even I agree with u Q. But as you said Misbah cannot replace any Indian. So its a difficult choice for Dravid. I feel with Taylor going away i feel he will become a regular feature now.

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