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Kohli has also been disappointing so far. I certainly expected him to play atleast ONE significant innings ( 70 off 40 balls), but he has failed to deliver.

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Toughest conditions to bat in with wickets falling all around you. Dravid stuck in there and played such a sublime knock full of proper cricketing strokes rather then unconventional ugly slogs. It was amazing.

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taylor was their best hitter.. but after his departure.. they look awful in batting department kallis, jaffer, dravid, boucher cant be in the same team..

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May be in next season...we will sell some white elephants and buy some arabic horses...
Who is gonna buy your white elephants ? and even then you may get $100 for all of them, and with that you aint getting any arabian horses...just more jackasses :haha:

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Toughest conditions to bat in with wickets falling all around you. Dravid stuck in there and played such a sublime knock full of proper cricketing strokes rather then unconventional ugly slogs. It was amazing.
It was good decent innings.He looked positive and was in with a purpose. Lot better than what we have seen of him during the series but it wasnt the best ip innings or something liek you put it.

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Dravid was simply sublime today. Best innings of the IPL so far.
Dravid played a very good inngs today, but he was "helped" by the fact first 3 got ducks and there was no serious pressure on him to be aggressive, as could have been if he had come in at 60-3. Best inngs of IPL ?? dude, have you been seeing the tournament ? I presume you mean HIS best in IPL, if so, thats correct, but this was still not a T20 inngs, this was good by 50 overs standards.

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RD and the guys who are behind picking playing XI are to be blamed for atleast today's dismal performance. Kallis has been out of form both with bat and ball, but smartarses drop Bouchy and persist with kallis. Result -> Kallis out for a DUCK and in bowling he has been less than useful in this competition. 5 ducks in T20 match is totally absurd. RCB has a squad that can deliver in T20, but as marirs said they have been underachieving. Steyn, ZK and PK form a more than formidable attack but they too have fired in solely and not together as one unit. Anyways, well played RD.

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cameroon white is a specialist 20-20 batsman...but he failed in 2 chances he got.. Misbah..got 2 chances and failed.... Kohli is not fullfiling his promise where as..pathan..rohit...PaPa are scoring runs... what can Dravid do....? Players must raise their hands and be counted..

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Kohli is not fullfiling his promise
He had chance of his life to revive RCb's fortunes. But he played a very very rash shot considering the fact that RCB were in need for a BIG partnership.

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dravid himself had a say in selecting the squad, so cant feel sorry for him. but if someone else had selected the squad, then only someone would have felt sorry for dravid

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You know, I don't understand some of the statements made above. When MS Dhoni made that invaluable 76* in the 1st Test at Lords with a low S/R, we hailed him as someone who can switch gears and play according to the situation - because he usually plays aggressively. He fully deserved credit for that - no doubts. Dravid played a superb innings today under a lot of pressure because all the people he trusted to deliver failed. But he gets no credit for his 130 S/R innings of 66 because its too slow for T20. *Sigh* VVS Laxman, similarly played a couple of awesome knocks last week, and again, he was "slow." I fail to understand how this is justifiable. For any of the big hitters we hail currently have a lot to achieve before they can be even compared to Dravid, Laxman, or Ganguly. Let us keep things in perspective. He played a sublime knock today, which, if he was in form, would've been far better I think. Lets give him credit because he deserves it. We are quick to criticize him on his team selections or when he scored a golden duck but we are so conservative to appreciate him when he plays a great knock. I hope this knock gives him some confidence and he plays more positively in the upcoming IPL matches and more importantly, in the upcoming test matches.

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Royal Challengers: Charu Sharma sacked Charu Sharma is the first casualty to be kicked because of Royal challengers poor performance. It is being speculated that Venkat Prasad is also in the chopping block. Dont know why they would single out Venkatesh Prasad when there is also Martin crowe who is the coach. When the stakes are high, these IPL guys would not sit tight when they see poor performance.

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Charu Sharma sacked? Wow, thats embarrassing! BTW, what could he have done, if their players suck on the field. Maybe Mallya just wanted a scapegoat.

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Actually this has less to do with BRC's string of failures. Yesterday PCB had issued notice to Misbah for representing a team that advertises liquor which is against PCB policy. Charu Sharma had made a press statement that there was NO connection between Royal Challengers and Liquor as BRC was run by a company called Royal Challengers Sports company ( a front company for Mallaya). But the real situation is that BRC does represent Mallaya's liquor brand and obviously he doesnt like this kind of statement from Charu that specifically denies any connection , as that would be against Mallaya's original intent of buying a franchise and naming it so...he wants the association with liquor very much, albeit tacitly...and hence Charu was sacked. Some days back after BRC's last over win against Chargers, Charu Sharma was saying on TV that he "would like to quit on a high", meaning that when the team is on top , when asked if he would stay as CEO for the next season too...all these things didnt go down well with Mallaya obviously...oh these corporate games !

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And already there are rumblings in the BRC team, with many "senior players" unhappy with Charu's sacking...one has also said " Charu cannot bat and bowl on the field", which is true enough. If that were not enough the new man is Brijesh Patel, and he had till recently been part of the GR Vishwanath camp which was opposed by the Mallaya camp for KSCA elections...but Patel it is now, and knowing the Karnataka cricket ways, soon there will be more factionalism and trouble.

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Actually this has less to do with BRC's string of failures. Yesterday PCB had issued notice to Misbah for representing a team that advertises liquor which is against PCB policy. Charu Sharma had made a press statement that there was NO connection between Royal Challengers and Liquor as BRC was run by a company called Royal Challengers Sports company ( a front company for Mallaya). But the real situation is that BRC does represent Mallaya's liquor brand and obviously he doesnt like this kind of statement from Charu that specifically denies any connection ' date=' as that would be against Mallaya's original intent of buying a franchise and naming it so...he wants the association with liquor very much, albeit tacitly...and hence Charu was sacked. Some days back after BRC's last over win against Chargers, Charu Sharma was saying on TV that he "would like to quit on a high", meaning that when the team is on top , when asked if he would stay as CEO for the next season too...all these things didnt go down well with Mallaya obviously...oh these corporate games ![/quote']
And already there are rumblings in the BRC team' date=' with many "senior players" unhappy with Charu's sacking...one has also said " Charu cannot bat and bowl on the field", which is true enough. If that were not enough the new man is Brijesh Patel, and he had till recently been part of the GR Vishwanath camp which was opposed by the Mallaya camp for KSCA elections...but Patel it is now, and knowing the Karnataka cricket ways, soon there will be more factionalism and trouble.[/quote'] Thanks for that info Hari! :two_thumbs_up:

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Actually this has less to do with BRC's string of failures. Yesterday PCB had issued notice to Misbah for representing a team that advertises liquor which is against PCB policy. Charu Sharma had made a press statement that there was NO connection between Royal Challengers and Liquor as BRC was run by a company called Royal Challengers Sports company ( a front company for Mallaya). But the real situation is that BRC does represent Mallaya's liquor brand and obviously he doesnt like this kind of statement from Charu that specifically denies any connection ' date=' as that would be against Mallaya's original intent of buying a franchise and naming it so...he wants the association with liquor very much, albeit tacitly...and hence Charu was sacked. Some days back after BRC's last over win against Chargers, Charu Sharma was saying on TV that he "would like to quit on a high", meaning that when the team is on top , when asked if he would stay as CEO for the next season too...all these things didnt go down well with Mallaya obviously...oh these corporate games ![/quote'] hmm well that clears the debate..its not coz of cricket alone then..gud post hari..

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Dravid - Test Match Team? I keep hearing often that Dravid went for a test-match team approach. However, had Dravid really picked good Test match players, his team would have ended up in much better shape. If Dravid really wanted a test match team, he should have picked Test match players who are currently in amazing form - VVS, Hussey, Symonds, Hayden, Lee, Sangakkara, Murali etc...(or past greats like Warne, McGrath, Fleming, Gilly, Pollock) I find it odd that Dravid wanted a test-match approach and yet didn't pick a player from the Aus starting XI

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Mallaya wants chicken korma not charu sharma Charu Sharma, who was removed as CEO by the Bangalore Royal Challengers on Tuesday, says he did not step down from the job as the IPL franchise said, but was "summarily dismissed". Cricinfo has learned the decision was a result of discontent at the highest level since the team's defeat in the first match of the tournament on April 18. "I am not a quitter, especially when the chips are down," Sharma said in a statement. "The company has every right to hire and fire personnel. For details of why I was summarily dismissed from my duties, three hours before I was to board a flight to Kolkata for the next match, please contact representatives of the company." Sharma, whose father died soon after the IPL started, said he'd taken the briefest of breaks at the time. Only the team owners can explain why he was sacked, he said, adding that he could "understand their disappointment at the team not being the fastest off the block". Bangalore, currently at the bottom of the IPL table with two wins from seven games, issued a press release on Tuesday night, which said Sharma "stepped down due to personal reasons" and had been replaced by Brijesh Patel, the former India Test player and secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), which runs the game in the franchise's home city. Sources close to Sharma confirmed that he was asked to quit on Tuesday afternoon by a senior official from United Spirits Limited (USL), the liquor company that bought the team. USL is owned by Vijay Mallya, the Bangalore-based industrialist who also owns Force India, a Formula 1 team. However, sources in the franchise told Cricinfo that the decision to sack the chief executive was the result of growing discontent at the highest level ever since Bangalore suffered a humiliating defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL match in front of a record television audience and a capacity home crowd, including top ICC and BCCI officials, Bollywood actors and corporate leaders. Quite a few harsh words were used that night to describe the team's performance. And ever since then, serious questions were being asked at the top level within the franchise about the team's composition and performance. Things turned nasty as the team continued to lose and there was even talk about whether the players were under-performing, and making a laughing stock of the owner," the sources said. "In such a scenario, the franchise wanted to send a strong message that it was in control of the situation and the CEO was the obvious target. Sacking the players would have generated a wave of negative publicity, considering their iconic status," the sources said. Mallya bought the franchise from the IPL council with a bid of US$ 111.6 million and then faced a barrage of criticism after the players' auction where Rahul Dravid took the lead in picking the squad - including South Africa's Jacques Kallis and India's Wasim Jaffer - that has since been tagged as a Test XI. On Monday night, after the team's fifth loss, Mallya is learnt to have been extremely upset and had a "very serious chat" with Sharma, before the franchise owner was "persuaded" to give the team "a small pep talk" during a party that followed the match against Kings XI Punjab. "The team was assembled and were told by Mallya he was still backing them. But it was clear that a major decision was around the corner," the sources said. Around 3 pm the next day, Sharma was asked to leave by the franchise. On Wednesday morning, a senior player told Cricinfo that the team was rattled by the development, which he described as "a knee-jerk reaction" to the defeats with seven matches still left in the tournament. Bangalore take on Kolkata in the eighth of their 14 league matches, at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. "My role, as I saw it, was to constantly motivate, encourage, facilitate and respect the efforts of the cricket professionals in the team. And that is what I tried to do, sincerely, day after day - win or lose - in the true spirit of sportsmanship," Sharma said. Ajay Shankar is deputy editor of Cricinfo in Bangalore © Cricinfo

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I've not got the team right: Crowe Martin Crowe, owns up the responsibility for his team's dismal performance, with five losses from seven games and only one win at home in five visits, reports G Krishnan. More... I’ve not got the team right: Crowe G Krishnan, Hindustan Times Kolkata, May 08, 2008 First Published: 02:30 IST(8/5/2008) Last Updated: 02:36 IST(8/5/2008) The Chief Cricket Officer of the Bangalore IPL team, Martin Crowe, owned up the responsibility for his team's dismal performance, with five losses from seven games and only one win at home in five visits. The 45-year-old told HT here on Wednesday: "I have not hit the right mark with the team combination. I take it in my chin in whatever shape and form." Excerpts: Five defeats in seven games is not an ideal position to be in as the CCO… We are definitely the underdogs now. It’s been a disappointment. We did not play well in front of our own crowd. Chinnaswamy has looked foreign to us. We are looking forward to the next three away games and take the confidence from that when we go back to Bangalore. How much has Tuesday's developments affected the team, with Charu resigning as the CEO? Nothing has changed. I can only speak for myself and say that I have obviously not hit the right mark with the combination. That’s fine, I take it on my chin in whatever shape and form. Nothing has changed from wanting throughout my life and career. So also with (captain) Rahul Dravid. Twenty20 is not about individual glory. It is about wining a game, making your fans feel great when they go home and wanting them to come back. It is cricketainment. We tried to do it. At the moment, six other sides have been able to do that. How much of a say does the team owner, Vijay Mallya have in matters cricket? We have seen Dr Mallya at matches and he pops into dressing room form time to time and at the odd parties. He is a busy man and is involved in F-1. We have to get on with the job. Team coach Venkatesh Prasad's name too is said to be on the chopping block. Is it fair on him? It is an inexplicable leak (in the media) that had no substance. We all don’t know how his name got mentioned. How can you not point a finger at the CCO first? It has been my territory and that's how I wanted. From my point of view, I am working with him. Venky has been a proven coach over the last year or so and therefore an asset to the franchise in the long term. What are the reasons for the team's poor show? It was obvious on paper that this squad was not a natural T20 team. I was brought in to try and find those combinations that worked for us. So far, we have been outplayed in five games. In bowling, we have averaged 45/2 in 6 overs (power play), we lost 4-5 wickets in the middle overs and could not hit in the end. We have averaged 160 while the top sides have averaged 175-180. In T20, you need to exploit and deny the opposition. We have not taken wickets in the middle overs. How difficult is it to bounce back from now on? Just as it was tough at the start. We will continue to try and give opportunities to players. The biggest and toughest challenge in every game is the mixture of four and seven. For example, you look at Jaipur, they have the same four foreigners — opener (Graeme Smith), number 4 (Shane Watson), number 8 (Shane Warne) and opening the bowling (Sohail Tanvir). The big one for me is to get the mixture right. I don't know the local guys. What is the ideal combination in T20 with the available players? There has not been one. We changed the combination every game. We got in Dale Steyn and so could not play Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher pick themselves. We have only another all-rounder in the squad, B Akhil, but he is injured. When Misbah-ul Haq arrived, Ross Taylor had to keep playing because he was our standout. Cameron White has not played much at all, so we decided to try something out, sending him as an opener but he got a very good first ball (against Mohali). That has been the story. Do not play Steyn? I don't think so. Not play Chanderpaul? We love a left-hander at the top. Boucher or Kallis will have to stand down on Thursday. Hasn't there been too much dependence on Kallis? You pick your best all-rounder. He hasn't fired in the right directions yet. It was not easy to bat at the Chinnaswamy as the scores say. Kallis has tried very hard. What has been your answer to Mallya? Everything that I explained above. And I said to him, sorry but we will keep going.

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What is the ideal combination in T20 with the available players? There has not been one. We changed the combination every game. We got in Dale Steyn and so could not play Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher pick themselves.
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Prasad calls for 'patience and trust' in team Venkatesh Prasad, the coach of Bangalore Royal Challengers, has asked for patience and trust in those who are managing the team after the Indian Premier League's second-richest franchise sacked its chief executive following a string of poor performances in the inaugural season of the Twenty20 tournament. More... Indian Premier League Prasad calls for 'patience and trust' in team Nagraj Gollapudi May 9, 2008 307513.jpgPrasad: "I was angry as the fingers were pointed towards my commitment and integrity which I'd built over a period of a time" © AFP Venkatesh Prasad, the coach of Bangalore Royal Challengers, has asked for patience and trust in those who are managing the team after the Indian Premier League's second-richest franchise sacked its chief executive following a string of poor performances in the inaugural season of the Twenty20 tournament. Terming Charu Sharma's dismissal as "unfortunate", Prasad feared it could send the wrong signal. "It was the management's decision to sack him," Prasad told Cricinfo. "Having known him, he is a fantastic individual. But it was unfortunate and it could send a wrong signal to the individuals. "The hire and fire policy might work in the corporate world, probably," Prasad said. "But we are building a team which came together two days before the tournament. So what is very important is to have a lot of faith in the team and build the trust and faith factor. You need to show patience and trust the people who are managing the team." Asked about pressure from the franchise on the team, he said, "I understand the franchise has put in loads of money and for them what is important is the performance, the outcome basically. You can't do anything when performance is the key and so much is at stake." Prasad also said that though he was the designated coach of the team, he effectively "started handling the duties of the bowling coach as Martin Crowe, the Chief Cricket Officer, and Rahul (Dravid, the captain) handle the team selections and all the other duties". He revealed that he had briefly thought about resigning from the job following media reports that the franchise wanted to sack him too. On Tuesday, the Bangalore franchise replaced Sharma with Brijesh Patel, the secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), which runs the game in the team's home city. A Royal Challengers spokesperson said that the CEO had stepped down due to personal reasons, but Sharma said that he was dismissed by the franchise, which is owned by Vijay Mallya, the chairman of United Spirits Limited. Mallya later clarified that he had complete confidence in Prasad, the "bowling coach" and the team. "There was confusion in terms of my role and how to define it," Prasad, the India bowling coach, said. "But both Rahul and Martin have supported me throughout. My job was more about making sure specific strategies were being worked out during the net sessions while they took care of the overall running of the team." Prasad said that he was upset over the media reports which suggested that he was being sacked, too. "The thought (of resigning) did cross my mind when the rumours surfaced. But I didn't want to take a decision in haste. I did chat with Rahul and the support he and the team showed in me was tremendous," Prasad said. "I was angry as the fingers were pointed towards my commitment and integrity which I'd built over a period of a time. And now suddenly I was in the middle of this. As I said, there is a lot of money at stake but for me what matters more than the monetary aspect is being committed and organised. And as far as I'm concerned, I do it to the best of my ability." Prasad, a former India swing bowler, admitted that it was "extraordinary" that the Challengers have not been able to get their act together in the tournament - the team lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by five runs on Thursday and is at the bottom of the table with just two wins from eight games. "With the players we have, we don't belong to the bottom of the table," Prasad said. "In fact, we should be in the first two for sure. It's extraordinary that we are not getting our act together as a team, even if there have been a few individual performances which doesn't help much in a team game. We need to get our act together. Our bowlers have done well and we have one of the best bowling units in the IPL with five international bowlers." The Royal Challengers will take on Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Monday.

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Disaster is chasing Dravid like a mad-Dog Leave the boring test team for IPL, jaffer's injury, mallaya's pressure, media's pounding, out of form cricketers, kallis's no-show, misbah's misfortune and all that. See how Kumble is playing in the tourno. I mean, literally, the Indian Test captain is getting pasted in every match I know that Kumble represents true grit and all that. But still, this man is getting thrashed in every match that he plays in this IPL. The last match that I saw him playing against Punjab, he tried to bowl too many top spinners to both the aussie southpaws and it would be an understatment to say that they 'manhandled' him. check out his record in IPL so far matches 5 overs 18.2 mdns 0 runs 162 wickets 0 average 0 economy 8.83 SR 0 We know how he struggles against lefties when the going gets tough for him. But still not being able to pick wickets is a little stupid. The other two bowlers of his league murali and warne are doing much better. I know he hasn't played much of this 20-20. But I think he should have got atleast a wicket by now.

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Trouble brewing in Camp Dravid Trouble brewing in Camp Dravid ofoa3n.jpg G. Krishnan, Hindustan Times Mohali, May 13, 2008 First Published: 02:01 IST(13/5/2008) Last Updated: 10:46 IST(13/5/2008) A day after the Bangalore team owner Vijay Mallya publicly expressed his displeasure over his team's showing, also saying he was discouraged from selecting players of his choice by captain Rahul Dravid and the axed CEO, Charu Sharma, the Bangalore camp was trying to maintain a semblance of normality, at least on the surface. Players said they were trying to concentrate on the game ahead, most went about their usual routine; some even going shopping in and around Chandigarh. But the one question that many were asking was "Why now? — why did Mallya have to publicly condemn his captain mere hours before he led his beleaguered team into another weary battle? Meanwhile, Chief Cricket Officer Martin Crowe was thinking hard about what more needed to be done to get the team back on track. And perhaps, he even picked the brains of Australian Tom Moody, coach of the Mohali team, over lunch on how to get five wins in a row. Interestingly, new CEO Brijesh Patel has already begun analysing each player, his contract details and how to go about matters in the IPL's second year, also identifying players, national and foreign, who would be ideal for T20. One thing is certain, the team has resigned itself to the fact that it cannot progress beyond the league stage simply because it does not have the players to do it. And definitely not when five other teams — Jaipur, Chennai, Mohali, Kolkata and Delhi — are already fighting it out for the top four slots and putting in a far superior effort on the field. Dravid woke up on Monday morning to news channels flashing Mallya's outburst. Crowe had read Mallya's angry quotes on a website. And Patel, well aware of what's going on, quietly carried on with his task, keeping in mind the franchise's long-term interests. What happened to us? In a long team meeting on Sunday night, each player was asked to reflect on his performance and where he went wrong. There were doubts in the franchise management apparently, over whether Crowe, a soft-spoken man who leads from the front, was the kind of CCO the team wanted. He has a three-year contract. Crowe has also asked himself if he should have been a tougher taskmaster to have gotten better results. It was all reportedly an eye-opener for the former Kiwi skipper, who has been out of competitive cricket as such for over a decade. Crowe has spent this time more involved in the corporate business part of things back home in New Zealand. Sources say he has also accepted responsibility for the team's failure to Mallya. Bird’s eye view Crowe, meanwhile, did have a chat with the think-tank before the first player auction was to begin. But as his knowledge base related only to the internationals and not local players, that part he left to Venkatesh Prasad and Dravid. He had taken leave without pay from Sky TV, for which he is a regular commentator, for the T20 assignment. He's not sure he'll get this kind of leave next year. The question of whether he wants to come back, with the kind of results Bangalore is producing, is open to speculation. One of the reasons attributed to Bangalore’s poor showing was bad practice facilities. A KSCA official told HT that efforts were on to make it better. But there are only two matches left to be played in Bangalore. A top source said that even Prasad himself was unplayable in the nets in Bangalore. “If any player is unsure at the nets, how can he gain confidence in a match?†he asked. There is definitely no problem with team bonding, said the source, contradicting Mallya's view. He said many of the players were just naturally more reserved and that was reflected in team meetings. “But there is no clash of interests, no conflict. This I can assure you,†he said. -------------------------------------------- Actually that the question I'm asking as well. Why has Mallya decided to go public about his criticisms of team and Dravid amidst the tournament? Why would he not do it after the tournament finishes? What is the point? Does he think this public outburst of his would help his players in the remaining matches? He can't be as insane, can he?

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i think he is saving his arse among his friend circle... He is a well connected person..known to whos who of india...and he meets them on almost daily basis... Now just to not be the butt of jokes among his peers...he tried to project the actual reasons for his team failure.... that he had no control when team was picked..that he blindly trusted a player who is among the best test batsmen in the world...and an icon in indian cricket.... IMO..he is just saving his arse...

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Dravid not pleased with team’s approach Perched at the top of the table, Jaipur’s outstanding run have made every other team look at them with envy. G Krishnan reports. More... Dravid not pleased with team’s approach G Krishnan, Hindustan Times Bangalore, May 19, 2008 First Published: 02:05 IST(19/5/2008) Last Updated: 02:08 IST(19/5/2008) Perched at the top of the table, Jaipur’s outstanding run — they have won all their six home matches — have made every other team look at them with envy. On a scorching Saturday afternoon, they swept aside a beleaguered Bangalore team, handing them their eighth defeat in 10 games, their fourth loss on the trot. “We did not want anyone to come here (Jaipur) and win. We wanted to defend it like a fortress,” said Warne when asked about his team's domination at home. On the other hand, still struggling to find their feet in the IPL, Rahul Dravid’s team is left to do with nothing but win their remaining four matches and restore some pride. The struggling bunch would do well to pick up a few tips from all the teams that are doing well in the tournament and win back the faith of their fans and franchise. Even as he refused to comment on the Bangalore team, Warne felt Dravid’s men would bounce back. “Rahul (Dravid) will bounce back. This IPL is new to all of us and a lot of people are still learning about tactics,” Warne said. “While things have clicked for us it didn’t for Rahul’s team. Bangalore are a lot better side than they seem,” he added. Remarks like ‘Bangalore played without meaning’ and ‘they are of no use’ by experts as well as fans after Saturday’s loss are something that should spur Bangalore to do better against Delhi on Monday. Thanks to their unforgettable run in the tournament, it has given rise to speculations that Chief Cricket Officer Martin Crowe and coach Venkatesh Prasad may not be part of the team management next year. “I have a three-year contract. UB bosses may see otherwise over the next 12 months. What is meant to be will be,” Crowe told the Hindustan Times on Sunday. “Sky TV (for which Crowe is a commentator in New Zealand and also his permanent employers) may not give me leave next year, but I am hopeful." The former Kiwi opener though admitted that he is disappointed with the results. “I'm hoping things fall in place next year and we deliver the goods.” Dravid on his part said that he was unhappy with the team’s approach on the field. “I was disappointed with the effort on the field on Saturday. We have talked about intensity on the field. We have lost matches before but had shown intensity. On Saturday, that intensity was missing,” he said. “You don’t mind losing but the way we are losing is disappointing,” the former India skipper concluded.

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Yes Dravid is correct. Although his side is a terrible T20 team, there had been no intent to win at all so far. Dravid's batting had been terrible too, but now he is showing some intent in batting. I would be very happy to see Dravid *try* to play aggressively...I dont mind if he fails, but he has to play "like in T20", that is the key...yesterday he played brilliantly, although the game was always gone long before and bowlers never had any pressure, but still RD played better than all his team mates. I wish he plays like this in other IPL games, and also carries a positive frame of mind into tests, meaning he should try o be making runs all the time; and not simply go out on a survival mode and try to block over after over.

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In tests, Laxman must come at #3 and Dravid at #5 or #6. This is because Laxman is a positive strokemaker, and Dravid can then play according to the situation. If team has runs on board, then he can play positively, else play defensively and/or farm strike with Dhoni and the tail, which I think he can do very very well

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Although their key batsmen (White and Misbah) are not firing, the main problem with Bangalore has been their bowling. They have Steyn, Zaheer, Kumble, P. Kumar, Kallis, (and had also bought Bracken who got injured), and ppl thought they have a great bowling lineup but all of them have been leaking runs especially Kumble and Kallis. Collectively, their bowlers have been the worst in IPL. Unless their bowlers deliver they will find hard to win any of the remaining matches.

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Dravid' date=' you moron. He should have played Goswami and Misbah right from the very beginning. Bangalore deserve to be in such a predicament[/quote'] Misbah has sucked in pretty every match he has played till today.

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Collective effort won us the game against Chennai To win a game like this, after the batters (except for Rahul Dravid who’s been really consistent) struggled and we had only about 125 to defend, is really special, writes Anil Kumble. More... Collective effort won us the game against Chennai Anil Kumble /Hawkeye/Chivach Sport May 22, 2008 First Published: 23:32 IST(22/5/2008) Last Updated: 23:36 IST(22/5/2008) It feels really nice to win again. We’ve had some tough times in the tournament and it’s nice to have the smiles back on the faces of everyone in the team. To win a game like this, after the batters (except for Rahul Dravid who’s been really consistent) struggled and we had only about 125 to defend, is really special. To defend that score on a good wicket when the opposition is cruising along at 60 for no loss is a wonderful feeling. We’ve done well in patches but consistency and momentum’s been an issue. In Wednesday’s game though, we probably got the best collective bowling performance and apart from a catch that I dropped, the fielding too was really good. The collective effort came through. I’ve figured that it’s all about the mindset and it makes for an interesting comparison. In a 50-over game, for instance, when the required run rate is over 6, you always back yourself as a fielding team. But in a T20 game, you suddenly feel it’s not much and at least 8.5 per over is needed to be relatively safe. I think the increase in T20 cricket and the mindset changes it is consistently producing is definitely going to affect one-day cricket, especially the run chases. From time to time, we’ve had 300-plus chases, even a successful 400-plus once, and that’s going to become more common now. Otherwise, in one-day cricket, because you have a lot more overs to play out, batsmen tend to think, ‘if I get out now, the pressure will be on the team and the batsmen that follow’. Here, if you have wickets in hand, you can afford to bat a lot more freely and more often than not, you also seem to ride the luck? Maybe fortune does favour the brave! And the converse is equally true. When you’re in the dumps and have 126 to defend, if say, after 30 overs a team requires six runs an over, you still back yourself, and say, we can do it. That’s the kind of mindset you’ll have to adapt to in a T20 game. The main difference is in things happening at a crazy pace in T20 cricket. You don’t have time to think. When Chennai were cruising at 60-0, I’m sure the batters waiting in the dugout weren’t thinking about how they’d have to bat. But three quick wickets and two overs changed the game in a flash. You know, I’ve actually batted more in the last eight IPL matches than in eight 50-over games on the trot. When I realise that, it really feels strange. You would think that a No. 10 bat in a T20 game has no chance of batting but that’s not true. Weirdly, I can’t remember when I last batted so much in a one-day series. Then again, the teams that do well in T20 have to have their top-order firing. If anyone has time to prepare, it’s those guys. That is why Mohali are riding high on Shaun Marsh, Sanath’s been fantastic for Mumbai, Chennai were on a roll when Hayden and Hussey were there, Fleming also has given Chennai some good starts. And of course, whenever Delhi wins, the top three get the runs. In fact, when you play Delhi, most opposition bowlers would figure, get Gautam and Viru out early and put them under pressure. For the rest, it’s tough to come out and whack the ball all over the place, as many of them haven’t had decent hits in the middle. Yusuf Pathan’s innings against Kolkata was an exception, a blinder. Anyway, our win and Mumbai’s narrow loss to Mohali have probably upset a few people and encouraged others. Maybe Kolkata has a chance now and Delhi has to really win their games to keep themselves safe. Rajasthan meanwhile are obviously up there. The big difference in them is that they’ve really come together as a team, where everyone’s contributing at different times. Like Kaif, who hadn’t got a look in otherwise, came good when it mattered in the last game. He played really well. Warne not only has won them games with his leadership and bowling but with bat too. Shane Watson has been in great form. Yusuf has been brilliant, as has been Graeme Smith. Asnodkar has done very well. It’s clear that the best-drilled teams are the ones that will do well in this format. Only Jaipur, plus Mumbai to an extent, is a unit where everyone’s had the opportunity to take their team to the finish line. Bangalore IPL player & India Test skipper

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Kumble enjoying Twenty20 experience Surprisingly, it took Anil Kumble six matches to break his wicket drought in the IPL. But once he castled Jaipur’s Asnodkar, there has been no stopping him. G Krishnan reports. More... ‘I needed to rethink on how to bowl in this version’ G Krishnan, Hindustan Times Chennai, May 22, 2008 First Published: 23:59 IST(22/5/2008) Last Updated: 00:17 IST(23/5/2008) Surprisingly, it took Anil Kumble six matches to break his wicket drought in the IPL. But once he castled Jaipur’s Swapnil Asnodkar — his first victim — there has been no stopping him. The India Test skipper is now back to making those crucial breakthroughs and the number is swelling with every game. After his one-wicket spell against Jaipur, Kumble struck twice against Delhi, but it was his three strikes against Chennai on Wednesday that steered Bangalore to a rare win. A measly spell of 4-0-14-3 was enough to win the Man-of-the-Match award. “It was a very important win for us, Kumble told HT on Thursday before leaving for Bangalore. “We failed to win in our last five attempts and were right at the bottom. We needed that kind of a fillip. When they reached 60 without loss, we needed some luck, which we have lacked throughout the tournament.” The 37-year-old said that despite struggling initially, he knew he would claim that first wicket at one stage or the other. I decided that I needed to rethink on how to bowl in this version, and I also knew that a wicket had to come at some stage. I was perhaps thinking a couple of steps ahead. Even in T20, it is important to bowl normally. You have to bowl to a good line and length. Though more good balls are put away in this version than any other. But if you keep bowling good balls, wickets will eventually come your way.” India’s highest wicket-taker in the longer version of the game said that he has been enjoying the T20 experience. “It was a bit tough initially, but the experience has been good. The best part of a T20 game is that you don’t actually feel like you have played a game! Of course, you have to be pumped up and intense throughout because of the nature of this version, but physically, it is not too demanding. “It has been great fun, the atmosphere has been terrific, playing under lights in front of full houses.” With youngsters like Piyush Chawla and Amit Mishra enjoying some success in the tournament, does it mean spinners of this variety necessarily succeed in T20? “I don’t think you can read too much into it,” he replied. “Leg-spinners are attacking bowlers, they always look for wickets. Probably people have figured out how to bowl in this format, which is why the scores have come down a little bit as well,” Kumble explained. “It has also to do with the wickets getting a little slower. If you look at it, barring that brilliant innings by McCullum, all batsmen have struggled, especially in Bangalore.”

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