Apr 162014
 
IPL 2014 Team Preview - Kings XI Punjab
Wednesday 16 April 2014 

Virender Sehwag

Could some special performances from Virender Sehwag lift the Kings XI Punjab this season?

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Kings XI Punjab has the worst track record in IPL history. They have qualified for the knockout stages only once and that too was way back in 2008.

However, this year it may be a different story altogether. We might see a change of fortune this time for Kings XI Punjab.

During this year’s auctions they retained two players – David Miller and Manan Vohra which was an interesting choice. Their strategy during the auction was quite simple, go for the explosive batsmen and they achieved it too.

The batting line-up looks something like this – Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and of course Miller. Not to forget Thisara Perera who can be as destructive as anyone.

Then they have solid Indian batsmen in the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Mandeep Singh and Rishi Dhawan who claimed 49 wickets and scored 435 runs in eight Ranji Trophy matches this season.

This batting order can take on any bowling attack; no doubt that it is being labeled as one of the most destructive of this year’s IPL. 

The only problem they have is what batting combination they will play with since only four overseas players can play in a team. All the big hitters of the team are overseas players except Sehwag. Wriddhiman Saha will play the role of wicket-keeper and he has been quite good whenever he got his chances. This is a very good batting line-up but composition and balance will be important.

On the bowling front, the attack will be led by none other than Mitchell Johnson who can really torment the opposition with his pace and bounce. He can generate pace and steep bounce from any surface and if he bowls like he did during this summer, batsmen had better watch out.

Lakshmipathy Balaji, who will probably open the bowling with him, is a very smart bowler with lots of variations especially the slower and back of the hand bouncers. Beuran Hendricks is another bowler who has a lot of pace variations but it will not be easy for him to find a place but a good buy nevertheless.

The most surprising aspect of their bowling is the dearth of spin bowlers in the team; they only have Murali Karthik in their ranks. Other spinners of the squad are quite young and are yet to play an IPL match. This might haunt the Punjab team since the pitches will assist the spinners.

Overall this team looks quite strong and should qualify for the knockout stages but then the lack of spinners may hamper their progress. Watch out for Sehwag who might come up with something special this season.

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Feb 202014
 
World Cricket: Sehwag and Muralitharan to lead MCC squads

Muttaih Muralitharan, the world’s leading international wicket-taker, and former India opener Virender Sehwag, as well as Monty Panesar are among the players named in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad for next month’s Champion County match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

MCC XI will be captained by Sehwag which will be playing Durham, the 2013 Championship winners, in a four-day first-class match beginning on March 23. A T20 tournament featuring Lancashire, Sussex and Durham will be followed the main fixture, in which Muralitharan will lead the side.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and England all-rounder Samit Patel are also included in the squad, along with Nottinghamshire players Harry Gurney, the left-arm seamer recently called up by England, and former New Zealand international Andre Adams. As like in last few years, the Champion County match will be a day-night affair, using pink cricket balls; which will also be used in the T20 fixtures.

I was delighted to be asked to play in this match, and being able to captain the MCC side makes it even more of a privilege, Sehwag said. “We’re taking a very strong squad out to Abu Dhabi so I’m sure the standard of cricket on show will be very high. It’s also very exciting to be playing under lights with the pink ball. It’s a big innovation for the game and I’m very keen to be involved in any initiative which aims to increase the appeal of cricket to a wider audience.

Sehwag who also will be featuring in the MCC XI team which will be captained by Batting Legend Sachin Tendulkar against Rest of World captained by Shane Warne. Inclusion of Yuvraj Singh & V Sehwag in MCC XI & S Chanderpaul and P Collingwood for ROW for the fixture was announced recently.

John Stephenson, the MCC’s head of cricket, said he hoped the continous using of the pink ball in day-night first-class cricket would soon lead to it being taken up at higher levels within the game.

“MCC has had very positive results from these day-night Champion County matches, and has provided the game with invaluable insight into the possibilities of playing floodlit Test cricket,” he said. “The evidence continues to mount and the club believes this will soon translate into day-night Test cricket, which will help to re-invigorate the five day international game in countries where attendances are low.”

The trip will also feature Lancashire playing 50-over matches against an MCC Universities Combined XI and MCC Young Cricketers on March 22 and 23 respectively.

MCC squad: Virender Sehwag (capt), Muttiah Muralitharan (captain T20 fixtures), Sam Robson, Luis Reece, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Samit Patel, Prassana Jayawardene, Ollie Rayner, Andre Adams, Harry Gurney, Kyle Hogg, Monty Panesar

Jan 182014
 
India announce World T20 Squads; Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir ignored again

India announce World T20 Squads; Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir ignored again, announced on 17th, Jan, 2014. Professional operator Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag were remaining out from India’s 30-member probables for the future ICC Globe Twenty20 planned to be organised in Bangladesh while expert rewriter Harbhajan Singh was known as in the record.  Delhi all-rounder Rajat Bhatia was a shock addition while younger Kerala wicket-keeper Sanju Samson, who has been a exposure in the quickest structure, and former Indian U-19 leader Unmukt Chand were also involved in the probables record for the occasion to be organised from Goal 16 to Apr 6.

Unheralded Railways leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who created an impact in the Native indian Leading Group and Winners Group for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has also been known as in the record declared by the BCCI assistant Sanjay Patel.  Harbhajan has been compensated for his IPL overall efficiency last season where he was among the top wicket-takers with 24 scalps at an amazing economic system amount of 6.15.

India announce World T20 Squads

His hitting type has also been excellent as he hit match-winning 92 for Punjab in the Ranji Award quarter-final a couple weeks ago. Gambhir, who is no more in the Native indian ODI or Analyze group, did not create the cut alongwith Virender Sehwag, another mature gamer was has been out of the choice mouth for a while due to inadequate type.  Irfan and Yousuf Pathan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay also did not determine in the record. But the greatest shock has been the addition of 34-year-old Rajat Bhatia. A Delhi stalwart, Bhatia has been fairly efficient for Kolkata Soldier Bikers.

Squads:

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson, Ishwar Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Mandeep Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Aaron, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parthiv Patel, Karn Sharma.

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