Pakistan- Champions of the Champions

Pakistan won the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. It was their first ever Champions Trophy in a one-sided final affair with their arch rivals India.
Pakistan were underdogs going into the final as India had beaten them comprehensively but had their confidence as they had beaten world ranked no.1 team South Africa and knocked out hosts England. Losing the toss and put to bat first, chase masters India thought they had everything under control. The opening pair of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman put on a huge 128 run stand. Fakhar Zaman scored his maiden ODI ton, making his debut after the loss to India in the opening match. Cameos by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez made sure Pakistan put up a massive score of 338 with the loss of 4 wickets. India lost Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli early within 3 overs with just 6 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh tried to get things going for India once again by getting starts but losing their wickets too. Hardik Pandya showed some re…

Champions Trophy- Players to watch out for

Champion’s trophy has reached its business end and each team has their own players to watch out for. We present to you the players which we think will play a big part in their teams hopes of winning the cup.
Mohammad Amir(Pakistan)

Mohammad Amir’s comeback from his ban has been magical. He has been spitting venom to batsmen with his pace and swing. Early in the game he does not let batsmen settle and this has benefitted Team Pakistan. In the last game of the league stage he showed he can bat too and against England in Cardiff he can use the pitch to trouble the English batsmen. If Pakistan is to win the match against England his bowling exploits will be the key. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
The Indian sensation has been on a spree since his international debut last year. Within one year he rose to no. 1 bowler in T20 cricket which shows the calibre of his talent. He learnt to bowl deadly Yorkers from the master himself, Lasith Malinga. Even though he has picked up just two wickets in the t…

Duckworth- Lewis Method

We are seeing many matches being washed out and using a method to revise targets. The method used to revise the target is called Duckworth-Lewis Method or DL method. What is Duckworth- Lewis method?? Duckworth-Lewis method is a formula used in limited over’s matches which are affected by rain or are temporarily stopped because of any other reason. It uses the over’s reaming and wickets in hand to estimate the total of a team. The traditional method used up to 1997 to revise targets when weather interfered with limited-overs cricket was based on average run-rate. The only advantage of such a system was that it was easy to understand and calculate for all concerned - players, officials and spectators - but it almost always gave a hugely unfair advantage to the team batting second, with the result that captains winning the toss when rain was around almost always chose to field first. From 1997, the ECB adopted the Duckworth/Lewis method as a fairer system, since then the ICC has done likewis…

Champions Trophy 2017- Team Profiles and Overview

We are at that part of the year that will bring us the excitement of lot of Cricket… This year the 8th edition of Champions trophy is being held in England between 1st June and 18th June, 2017. The top 8 teams qualify for the Champions trophy. The 8 teams are divided into 2 groups of 4 teams each. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semi finals. Group A consist of Australia, England, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Matches to look out for will be the ashes rivalry between England and Australia and the trans Tasmanian rivalry of Australia and New Zealand. Bangladesh would also give tough completion to the other teams and could create upsets in the group. Group B consist of defending Champions India, Pakistan, Srilanka and South Africa. Matches to watch out for will the infamous rivalry between India and Pakistan and the match between India and South Africa. India are favorites to top the group due to the recent form of the team under Captain Kohli is terrific and they are yet to…

Young Talents of Indian Premier League.

Today we are pleased to showcase 4 youngsters who impressed in this Edition of Indian Premier League. Indian Premier League like always gave young players a platform to showcase their talents in front of the world. IPL has always given a headache to Indian selectors with youngsters giving tough competition to our international players. The top 4 emerging players of this years ipl were- Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Tripathi Basil Thampi is a twenty three year old from Ernakulam, Kerela. He played his first class cricket for Kerela making debut in 2014-15 Ranji Trophy. He was picked up by Gujrat Lions for 85 lakhs.Thampi bowls at a speed in excess of 140 kmphand is known for bowlingyorkersconsistently. Former India fast bowler and bowling coach of KeralaTinu Yohannandescribed Thampi as "athletic" and "quite strong",and added, "He's very deceptive. He has a round-arm action where he can really get the ball to move. He can reverse the old…

IPL Final 2017- Clash of the Titans

Two-time winners MI will lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the title clash in Hyderabad on Sunday. The match will even more spiced up as Steve Smith's Pune has beaten Rohit Sharma's side on all three occasions this term.However, Rohit is locked in another intriguing battle with former India and Pune captain MS Dhoni. Having played all ten editions of the tournament, the duo has set and broken several records.While MS Dhoni seems to have hit form at the right time, Sharma will be desperate to deliver for his team in the final. The stylish right-hander on Friday became the first Mumbai Indians batsman to go past the 3000-run mark.'Hitman' also became only the second player, after Raina, in the IPL's history to score 300 runs in every edition of the tournamentIt will also be a battle of the young blood of Indian cricket going against each other with likes of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya proving their metal in the final against Pune’s youngters like Wa…

Rising Pune Supergiants- Revival of the Underdogs

Rising Pune Supergiants(RPS) started their IPL weakly by winning just 1 of their first 4 matches but they picked up the pace and won 8 of their next 10 matches to finish second on the table.  After a disastrous first campaign and a bad start no one thought they would even make it to the playoffs.They made the most out their 14 crore man Ben Stokes who had a very big hand in their revival. Rahul Tripathi also was very handy in the group stages scoring 388 in the group stages. With the ball Jaydev Unadkat has been brilliant taking 22 wickets, second only to Bhuvneswar Kumar in the race for the purple cap and also claiming a hat trick.Pune also made a solid start in the playoffs by winning the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, a team they have beaten 3 times this IPL. Mumbai are the table toppers but they have struggled to beat pune this year.Before the start of this edition of IPL, it was announced that Steve Smith will be the captain for RPS this year. It was a move heavily criti…