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What a joke this contest has been. You could have lined up a bunch of Bangla cricketers & they'd have done better than the Bangalore RCs. As for the hostility & rivalries, it takes time to build. When Punjab meets Chennai, I'd love to see Yuvraj at his T20 best, even though Chennai is my home team. Unlike soccer leagues, we've seen cricket as an international sport, far too long to shift affinities from players to cities that quickly.

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]Dravid and Jaffer opening?? 2 openers known for their test match skills?? i mean having Boucher and Cam White in the team.. they should have let either one of them open the innings along with Dravid. Boucher might have been a good deal on top.. wat say?
Actually the Dravid-Jaffar combo did its job by getting out quickly:haha: But seriously, Dravid & Jaffa as openers in 20-20 WTF

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Not only that, there are fights between each stands (4 in total). I remember when India played SA in test match. Jadeja was in the team. We chanted "Madhuri ka bhai kaun jadeja jadeja" :cantstop: .. Poor guy never came near the ropes again :haha:
Dont forget the delhi crowd. remember the "Aloo cheers" that greeted Inzi in 1999. Delhi and Mumbai crowds are definitely the most outrageous ones by far which definitely make them fun. also interested if the bacchans come over to see a match. and f they do then which camp do they support.

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Difference!! Difference!! Delhi gave us Agent Nehra. We gave Bengaluru Master Blaster Jaffer. This shows that how committed we are to see our fellow country mate's franchises fare :finger: Take back your agent, you fckin scaredevils :cantstop:

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Dude' date=' thats damn disrespectful. Jaffer was shocked that he was given all those chances and strike rate above 100...
fixed! :giggle::giggle: but it back fired :((:(( but WE WON!!!!!!!! :yay::yay::yay:

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Delhi gave us Agent Nehra. We gave Bengaluru Master Blaster Jaffer. This shows that how committed we are to see our fellow country mate's franchises fare :finger: Take back your agent, you fckin scaredevils :cantstop:
I believe this is the first of his all innings in ODIs and T20 that he played with the need and style. Too late for BRC, but WJ's innings was a surprise as I believed he can never fit in ODI and T20 format.

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RD has chosen a Test Team in Twenty20 clothes About three overs into the Bangalore innings there was a grim suspicion - one which would come back to haunt them later in the evening - that Rahul Dravid had actually chosen a Test team looking as much like a Twenty20 franchise as the bearded women resemble men in The Life of Brian's stoning scene. 85257.jpg Bharat Chipli, seemingly the umpteenth opener tried by the Royal Challengers in their four matches, was being jeered by the Chinnaswamy faithful for failing to break Jacob Oram's shackles, while at the other end Wasim Jaffer was batting like a latterday Ken Barrington, apparently booking in for bed and breakfast. Poor Bangalore. Jaffer, Dravid, Jacques Kallis, even the hastily discarded Shivnarine Chanderpaul (two in nine balls against the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday) - it was hardly a line-up to strike fear into Twenty20 opening bowlers. Moments later, Chipli was bowled by Manpreet Gony and local eyebrows were raised with knowing resignation. And then the Royal Challengers got a stroke of luck. Gony dropped Jaffer at long-on. It was a sitter as boundary catches go. Gony wrung his wrist in pain but the bowler, Palani Amarnath, looked like he wanted to do a Sreesanth (burst into tears, that is, rather than collect a slap in the chops). The mood, already faintly surreal with the looming clouds and the swirling wind, changed. Taking his cue from Ross Taylor - who, remember, was not even snapped up until the second, much cheaper, round of auctioning - Jaffer decided to play shots no one knew he ever had. He went inside-out to drive Amarnath over extra cover for four, and even managed to make the stroke look elegant. He pulled Albie Morkel for six and then played an imperious pick-up off his pads to deposit Joginder Sharma for six more. His half-century, from just 32 balls, came courtesy of a cheeky shuffle across his stumps and a flick to fine-leg for four. Amarnath could barely believe it. But old habits die hard, and that is Bangalore's fundamental problem. The ball after reaching 50, Jaffer - man who has played two one-day internationals and only two Twenty20 innings of any kind before tonight - drove Amarnath to long-off and the wheels began to loosen on their axels. Nine overs and nine wickets later, they had come off completely. Jacques Kallis nicked one from Sharma and did his best to con Russell Tiffin by walking full circle with his back to the umpire; Taylor, a star in the making, slapped Amarnath to cover; Mark Boucher skewed Gony to third man, where Mike Hussey made a tricky catch look easy; Dravid failed to get the benefit of the doubt - Gony's shout looked high - and departed first ball; and Virat Kohli lost his leg-stump to the deserving Albie Morkel. The rest seemed determined to run themselves out. "It was one of those days," said Dravid. The locals might be forgiven for thinking it was actually one of the Groundhog Days. In all, nine wickets fell for 63 in 52 balls. When one of the advertising boards collapsed just before the post-match ceremony, knocking over a trophy in the process, it seemed strangely symbolic. This is a side that might still be scarred from the pummelling it received from Brendon McCullum here nine days ago. But the problem goes deeper than that. Well though Jaffer played, there is only one genuine Twenty20 batsman in the side and that's Taylor, who is about to join up with New Zealand's tour of England. Pugnacious he may be, but Boucher can't be expected to win matches on a regular basis by himself. The sight of Dravid coming in at No. 7 after he had opened in the previous three games suggests the kind of muddled thinking that does not befit a side with Dravid and Martin Crowe at the helm. The Super Kings, by contrast, were able to slot in Mike Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni after Matthew Hayden, and have Stephen Fleming still to come - batsmen who hit the ball in different places and hit it very hard indeed. If just one of them had been playing for the home side tonight, Bangalore might have won. Instead, they have now lost three games out of four and Dravid, who - as an icon player - had a say in the selection of his squad - is scratching his head. Bangalore are not yet in crisis territory. But if they lose in Delhi on Wednesday, they just might be. © Cricinfo

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I believe this is the first of his all innings in ODIs and T20 that he played with the need and style. Too late for BRC' date=' but WJ's innings was a surprise as I believed he can never fit in ODI and T20 format.[/quote'] :hysterical::hysterical: You are awesome with your sarcasm :two_thumbs_up::two_thumbs_up: :icflove:

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Excellent article.. Mods...does this belong in the "Rahul Dravid , the worst captain" thread ? That thread has a great OP, and maybe the first 15 posts in that thread plus this can be merged. Remaining posts on that thread belongs to a Dhoni/CSK strengths thread as both Dravid/BRC and Dhoni/CSK merit a separate thread for being the worst and the best respectively. Both are great topics to discuss, plenty of potential ( and needless to say, I would be partying on both :giggle: )

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dravid is one of india's greatest batsman ever, but its really sad hows he batted not just in the IPL but even in tests over the last year, hope he and dada fire big time in the IPl

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I believe this is the first of his all innings in ODIs and T20 that he played with the need and style. Too late for BRC' date=' but WJ's innings was a surprise as I believed he can never fit in ODI and T20 format.[/quote'] He was lucky to be dropped twice. It happens rarely :D What you thought about Jaffer is still valid

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'Bangalore IPL team is promoting alcohol ads' - Health Minister New Delhi: Criticising the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Bangalore team, Royal Challengers, for promoting surrogate advertising of alcohol products, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday said he would take up the matter with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. “This is surrogate advertisement. We are going to write against the team to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry,†Ramadoss said. On Monday, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition which alleged that Vijay Mallya, who owns the IPL Bangalore team, was promoting the liquor brand produced by his United Breweries Group through his team's name. But Ramadoss alleged that Mallya was using the banner 'Royal Challengers' as a means to promote one of his liquor brands. "We are in favour of banning all surrogate advertisements and those who violate it will face action," the minister was quoted by IANS on the sidelines of an anti-alcohol programme in the Capital. The Health Ministry had earlier written to the I&B Minister seeking a ban on surrogate advertisements of tobacco and alcohol products following which an ordinance had been brought by the government banning such commercials.

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As much as I dont like Ramadoss, I think he is right. Mallay's UB does a lot of surrogate advertisement of its products. Heck, who in the world would spend crores of money on promoting 'Kingfisher Mineral Water'. Though, I am not sure how anyone can actually prove its Surrogate advertisement, in the court. The case wont stand. Its Mallay's wish as what he wants to name his team as. If he wants it to be called 'Royal Challengers', then who has the right to say otherwise. Surrogate advertisement is a very prickly but common issue.

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The case was thrown out of court yesterday sri..... Of courseMallaya is using it for surrogate advertising. He should have called his team Kingfishers instead. At least he could have said he was advertising his airline....and may be the team would have also "taken off " better.:P
Oh okie.

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yaa and pakistanis have already started whining, they are saying that their players have been asked to wear team jersey which has Liquor logo on it, and that Islamicz are anti-liquor foolkz. who the fack cares.. thes eppl need to get life.. they create issue out of everything.. as if their pakistan ppl have been asked to hold the bottle or liquor

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Getting Bangalore’s act together is skipper Dravid’s priority After the first defeat to Kolkata, Rahul Dravid said there was a lot of cricket to be played and hoped the Bangalore team would get stronger, reports G Krishnan. More... Getting Bangalore’s act together is skipper Dravid’s priority G Krishnan, Hindustan Times New Delhi, April 29, 2008 First Published: 23:44 IST(29/4/2008) Last Updated: 23:53 IST(29/4/2008) The Bangalore IPL team should have been sitting pretty at the top half of the table with three victories from four matches. “We should be winning such games,” Dravid said after Monday's loss to Chennai. In fact, the story was the same in the other home match against Jaipur. On a pitch where the ball was coming on nicely, Bangalore flopped. After the first defeat to Kolkata, Dravid said there was a lot of cricket to be played and hoped the team would get stronger. The captain's words remained unchanged after the ensuing matches. “There is still a lot of cricket to be played and hopefully we will get our act together,” Dravid said on Monday night. Bangalore have 10 more games in the league and need to urgently implement what Dravid has been repeatedly stressing — getting the right combination and act together. Otherwise, the prospect of an early exit looms large. “Every match is important and we have to minimise our mistakes,” said Dravid. Chief cricket officer Martin Crowe said his team had taken longer to adjust to this format than other teams. “We have been leaking 15-20 runs on the field but we are working hard to correct it.” Dravid got the combination right on Monday but his trump card, Dale Steyn, who had given away 16 runs in three overs, went for 24 in his final over and that proved crucial in the end. There were fitness worries too for the team. B Akhil had missed Saturday's match against Jaipur due to a strained groin. But the medium pacer has recovered since then. “He is fine and passed the fitness test on Monday morning,” said a team source. Akhil filled in the fifth bowler's slot as Dravid packed his side with medium pacers against MS Dhoni's men. Dravid however, did not agree with the suggestions that the average age of his side had anything to do with the results so far. “It's not like that (the fact that we have only older players), we too have youngsters in the side. I think we are a good and balanced side with adequate experience. It's only that we have to combine well and play as a unit to win the games,” he said.

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I feel sorry for Dravid.. This is not his type of cricket.. he isnt a slogger.. and if I were Dravid, I would be mad with group of people who selected this team.. most are test players.. where is that required big hitter in the squad.. ??:((

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B'lore squad is definitely under-achieving. A 15 that has White, Misbah, Boucher, Kohli, Steyn, Zak and Praveen Kumar certainly has the makings of a competitive T20 squad. The B'lore team's situation is very much like the Indian team's one, during the 2003/04 series against Aus that we lost. Essentially, it was almost the same team that drew in Aus a year earlier and performed so well again in Aus last year, but for that series alone, almost all of our batsman were pitiably out of form. Its the same situation for B'lore. They have got the goods, but it simply isnt clicking for 'em. Possibly, B'lore BIGGEST weakness is their openers so far. Jaffer, at his T20 best, can probably score 55 off 42 balls or something, giving him a SR of 120. That isnt IPL T20 class. You need one of your premier batsman to score at around 160-170, like what Rohit Sharma, Raina have been doing so far. B'lore can still score some significant wins, they just have to get their combination right.

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Poor series for him. He had a substancial hand in selecting the squad. He wanted players like him as if he was trying to prove a point. Today's inning was good but odi class not T20 strike rate. I think Bangalore are a goner now. They will be lucky to win 1 or 2 games more max.

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If only they had gotten one of Raina,Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Gambhir, their team would have looked remarkably different. Not a single Indian batsman in their team, apart from maybe Kohli, can score 4s at will and they are too reliant on their foreign players to win matches for 'em.

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