Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Pietersen’

….rat’s chance in hell of winning the Ashes!

Honestly, looking back to the SA tour to Australia, I thought that we might see a repeat of that series, but it now looks all bleak. Aussies are soaring sky high and don’t seem to have a limit (Mitch Johnson becomes an all-rounder, Hughes is super reliable, Sizzle gets better, the list is endless…), while England are going down, down and down! With KP deciding that he wants to have his wife for long tours, it just shows how unsatisfied he is with the whole dumping thing of him, and it really isn’t going to help as it’s a well-known fact that he is England’s ace card!

Pietersen to captain BRC?

Posted: February 10, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Now this is quite some news emerging….

Apparently, Vijay Mallya may get Pietersen to captain BRC.

I’m just at a loss of words, but I don’t want to have my nose broken by saying that it’s a terrible decision, so I’ll play the waiting game and see what happens….

The pilot episode of the reality TV show ‘Eye-Pee-El’ (S02E00) started with a bang as viewers were in for shocks and surprises in inequal measure.

There were no surprises in the prices Freddie and KP went for ($1.55m each). KP’s owner’s gonna be another ‘larger-than-life’ character (Vijay Mallya), so it’ll be interesting to see how they ‘behave’ with each other, more so because Mallya is rumoured to be considering making KP the captain.

Chennai has got a real boost to their line-up with Freddie, so they’ll surely be a very formidable outfit for this season. The availability of Matty Hayden for the whole season will, no doubt, help them a lot.

Rajasthan roped in Tyron Henderson for $650000. Henderson, in case you’ve never heard of him, is a Kolpak player plying his trade for Middlesex and is the highest ever wicket-taker in T20s. A very handy hitter, by all means, he fits the profile of Rajasthan perfectly: big performer, but isn’t very popular outside England and South Africa.

Another one was Shaun Tait (one of 2 Aussies), who was picked up for $375000.

Delhi made 2 very good signings in Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah for $275000 each. Very handy players, both of them. Shah can whack the ball a distance, while Collingwood is the type of all-round player you’d die to have (though not many franchises showed the urge to do so!)

Deccan Chargers snapped up the fiery slinger Fidel Edwards for $150,000, which isn’t such a bad deal considering the fact that, on particular days, he can be absolutely red hot!

Rav Bopara got snapped up by his ‘ancestral’ team, Punjab, for $450000, which is a great price for a utility player like him (though I’m still under the impression that Colly deserved more than 275)

Jesse Ryder, a player known for his regular alcohol abuse, was taken by the alcohol-baron Vijay Mallya for $160000. Someone’ll have to watch Ryder to make sure that he doesn’t sneak a beer! 😛

Kyle Mills @ $150000 to Mumbai is a bargain. Accurate bowlers deserve to be paid much more than that!

Chennai also got Thilina Thushara for $140,000, which is a decent deal. Never seen him in T20s, so I’m not forming an opinion now.

The auction for Bengali paceman Mashrafe Mortaza was the most gripping one, spiralling from $50k to $600k before Punjab gave up. Kolkata won him. This could be like a home team for him as Bangladesh is just a bus-ride from Kolkata. The fans might give him a good reception!

The last minute saw Dwayne Smith, who played for Mumbai in the first season, go to Deccan for $100k, Ash to Mumbai for $100k and George Bailey, the Tasmanian batsman, for $50k to Chennai.

The auction revealed a couple of facts.

Firstly, Australians weren’t as high in demand as they were last year, with only 2 out of 16 Aussies being snapped up. Looks like the national team success (or failure, in this case) can affect all the Aussies’ chances. Notable players not bought include Brad Haddin and Stuart Clark (though I wasn’t surprised by the latter). I suppose it was the possible shame that could come by not being picked that made Pup Clarke opt out.

The same could be said of Ian Bell and Matt Prior. However, it must have been really embarassing for Samit Patel to not have been selected as he had gotten permission from his county Nottinghamshire to play for the whole season!

The biggest shock, AFAIAC, was that no franchise bothered bidding for Shakib! I though that there would be a mad rush for him, especially from CSK who wanted a spinner who could bat (a description Shakib fitted perfectly). What a pity!

Final list of IPL players up for auction

Posted: February 3, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Well, I’ve scourged the net, and managed to find it. Here’s the final list of players who will be up for grabs at the auction for the IPL to be held on the 6th of Feb @ Goa.

Final IPL auction list (Base price in USD in brackets)

AUSTRALIA: Aaron Bird (45,000), Brett Geeves (45,000), Bryce McGain (50,000), Daniel Harris (50,000), Dominic Thornely (50,000), George Bailey (50,000), Jonathan Moss (50,000), Michael Clarke (1,000,000), Michael Dighton (85,000), Michael Hill (50,000), Phil Jaques (100,000), Shane Harwood (75,000), Shaun Tait (250,000), Steven Smith (75,000), Stuart Clark (250,000).

BANGLADESH: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (50,000), Mohammad Ashraful (75,000), Shakib Al Hasan (75,000), Tamim Iqbal (50,000).

ENGLAND: Andrew Flintoff (950,000), Kevin Pietersen (1,350,000), Luke Wright (150,000), Owais Shah (150,000), Paul Collingwood (250,000), Ravi Bopara (150,000), Samit Patel (100,000).

NEW ZEALAND: James Franklin (50,000), Jesse Ryder (100,000), Kyle Mills (150,000).

SOUTH AFRICA: Gulam Bodi (100,000), JP Duminy (300,000), Morne van Wyk (100,000), Tyron Henderson (100,000), Yusuf Abdullah (25,000).

SRI LANKA: Chamara Kapugadera (150,000), Kaushalya Weeraratne (50,000), Nuwan Kulasekera (100,000), Thilan Thushara (100,000).

WEST INDIES: Dwayne Smith (TBC), Fidel Edwards (150,000), Jerome Taylor (TBC), Kemar Roach (50,000), Kieron Pollard (60,000).

The big fishes are the ones in bold letters i.e. Pup Clarke, KP and Freddie.

As far as i’m concerned, the most underestimated player in the list is Shakib Al Hasan! At $75000, it would be a real bargain buy, but I’m sure he’d go for at least $500,000.

Overestimated….Stuart Clark. At $250,000, he’s a tad too expensive, considering that Shakib is only $75,000. I also feel that Pup Clarke has overestimated himself too @ $1,000,000. Perhaps $750,000 would have been more appropriate, considering that his bowling isn’t really much to talk about as far as T20s is concerned.

Also, KP @ $1,300,000 and Freddie @ $900,000 seems a bit lopsided. Flintoff is a genuine all-rounder, while KP isn’t. However, I suppose that charisma and aura carry a price too! 🙂

England are going!

Posted: December 8, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Well well, am I surprised?

Not really!

Why?

Come on, did anyone, for a moment, actually think that anyone would really skip this tour? OK, now that the security report from Reg Dickason was positive, everyone’s hugging and kissing each other. If it was negative, would the players have actually skipped the tour? This is the best chance for everyone to parade their skills in front of IPL talent scouts, and would the players have forgone the chance? No way, Jose!

Well, everyone is now slapping KP on the back and saying “Well done mate, you’ve done everyone proud by not cowering to the terrorists”, but (I don’t mean to sound extremely negative) would they have really gone if the same thing happened in Pakistan? or even Sri Lanka, for that matter?

Pakistan and SL are not lucrative at all, so it’s subject to extreme doubt!