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  1. Yesterday the news flashed that Hardik Pandya, fondly referred to as Sir Don Pandya (SDP), is likely to be appointed as the captain of Ahmedabad/Amdavad franchise. Ever since Amdavad was announced as one of the two new franchises, I was hoping that Hardik Pandya would be its captain. One of the key reasons for me was that I observed leadership potential in him when on the cricket field. A few examples include: Friendly nature: Whether with Team India or Mumbai Indians, I have observed Hardik to be extremely friendly with his team mates, forging strong relationships with almost everyone. Communications: An extension of his friendly nature, he is someone who can be seen communicating positively. On many occasions, you would find Hardik running up to the bowlers to provide inputs or to the captain to share his ideas on possibly field settings. Confidence and Positivity: He is a rare uncalculating cricketer who keeps cricket simple. If a ball is to be hit, he backs himself to hit it. At every point, he is seeking to win the game. No complexities. Encourages teammates: After he was declared Man of the Series of the T20 bilaterals in Australia, he offered to give the award to the newcomer Natarajan. In fact, Hardik hit 2 90s in the ODI series as well, scoring at an average of over 100 (much above other Indian batsmen). Puts team first over personal stats: Can we imagine Hardik Pandya taking 10 singles to reach a 100? Can we imagine Hardik Pandya running out a batsman who is on 80+ in a final versus Pakistan (Hardik was the batsman runout on 80 odd in the 2017 CT final)? It is not surprising that any team that Hardik Pandya plays for, he receives good support from everyone around. Apart from the above, my key interest is to see if Hardik Pandya can develop as a rare great Indian captain. I have observed various Indian captains since late 80s and apart from maybe Ganguly, who was passionate and visionary, and MS Dhoni, who was charming and street smart, not many will lead my AT LOI 11s. As a kid, I observed Kapil Dev's mechanical captaincy where you could predict his every move. While Kapil may have been a great motivator, you saw Imran Khan maybe open the batting with a Javed Miandad or send a Wasim Akram up the order, and so on. The next question for me is that can Hardik Pandya combine the passion and vision of Ganguly, and the charm and street smartness of MSD? Only time will answer the question. However, if the answer is affirmative, Hardik Pandya may get the opportunity to be India's next captain in about 24 or so months as he would have virtually no major competition as a) Pant is observed to make tactical blunders, b) KL Rahul is seen as a nervous and stats focused customer, c) Shreyas Iyer was known to be remote controlled by Ponting, and so on. The appointment of Hardik Pandya as captain of Amdavad IPL Team can have major positive implications for Indian cricket if Hardik Pandya is able to develop and showcase his leadership skills. Talking about the Amdavad IPL team, what should it be called? Below are a few suggestions in alphabetical order: Bulls: Fits in with the Gujarat's bullish panache in the stock market. The acronym would be AB. Lions: Connects well with the region as Gujrat has Lions in Gir. The acronym would be AL. Titans: A cool name especially considering that its home venue is also the biggest cricket stadium in the world. The acronym would be AT. Wolves: Would point towards fighting and team spirit qualities as displayed by a wolf pack. The acronym would be AW. Wishing all the best to Amdavad IPL team!
  2. BCCI may need to consider the possibility of having 2 IPLs in a year. The 2nd could be a mini one based on a team playing "100 balls". Below is how I have imagined the format (to differentiate from the regular IPL): Groups w/ SFs & F (for 10 teams) The teams divided into 2 groups A team plays one game each against teams in the same group Top 2 teams from each group meet in the SFs, the winners of SFs in F Groups w/ SFs & F (for 12 teams, when 2 teams are added in future) 3 teams in each group Group winners clash in SFs; winners of SFs -> play the F a 100-ball event Power Play = First 5 overs (30 balls) Mid Overs = Overs 6 to 12 (42 balls) Death Overs = Overs 13 to 16 where each over is of 7 balls (28 balls) Other rules No restrictions on number of international players in a team (so provides more options to teams considering availability & need to adjust quickly in a short tournament) Max overs by a bowler = 4 overs, therefore, a team can do with 4 bowlers There are a lot of differentiating factors for the Winter IPL to have its own charm. Discuss!
  3. Go IPL! ... High time that these Paywhatever series are kept to a minimum
  4. List of bowlers who conceded 50+ runs in a spell.
  5. Calling it now. This guy has a similar range of shots, and has a 360 degrees game. Is also a clutch fielder and can bowl part time medium pace if required. He has been doing it in domestics since ages now
  6. Below is my analysis of all teams- @Austin 3:!6, @Malcolm Merlyn, @Trichromatic, I think this belongs to IPL forum.
  7. African batsman Dewald Brevis is seen sitting on the ground. He says in front of the camera- 'I have never been in this kind of weather...
  8. https://shrinke.me/XalhI
  9. https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/tata-group-to-replace-vivo-as-ipl-2022-title-sponsor-7923991.html
  10. https://www.espncricinfo.com/live-blog/ipl-2022-retentions-blog-deadline-day-for-ipl-teams-to-retain-players-1291725 SRH release Rashid and Bairstow MI retain SKY ahead of Hardik and Kishan
  11. I was thinking if we all can plan a mock auction ahead of the mega auction. We will be online on a predecided date and time. 10 people will be enough, each representing their favourite team, more than that will be a bonus. Either no one is allowed to be retained or those who are actually retained are allowed. The only problem is, who will be the auctioneer and who has the time to list all the players. Please don't ask why?
  12. Why PBKS loss match at the end having good control in match?
  13. IPL forum is still locked but we can do a countdown discussion here till that subforum reopens and build up the excitement. Calling on all the fans including @Mariyam @beetle @asterix @Laaloo @sandeep @Real McCoy @velu @maniac @Global.Baba @Rasgulla @coffee_rules @Gollum @Ankit_sharma03 @express bowling @Jimmy Cliff @I6MTW @prudent_kreeda @Forever Indian @New guy @Trichromatic @Lord @gattaca @Austin 3:!6 @LordPrabhzy @Lone Wolf ... First let's start by saluting the greatest annual T20 tournament in the world and its poster boys, the Wolves Need some food -> @Real McCoy @velu or @Gollum or ... ^ Time to gobble up everything in UAE
  14. Sunrisers Hyderabad- IPL Preview 2021 I Playing XI I Predictions I SWOT Analysis I Jayneel Jasapara
  15. This article is about Cricket in Northeastern India. Do share it as I wrote this article https://voiceofindiansports.com/cricket-in-northeast-india-a-review/
  16. With the Punjab heavyweights missing out on the playoff spot last season, the KXIP think tank was expected to release some of their household names prior to the upcoming IPL mini-auction for the new season. As per the latest developments, the Punjab giants will reportedly unveil a new name and logo before the start of the new season. According to Sportskeeda, the Punjab-based franchise will make an announcement before the IPL 2021 auction on February 17th. Talking about the IPL mini-auction, Kings XI Punjab have enhanced their balance purse to INR 53.2 crore after releasing the likes of Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell on the retention day for IPL season 2021. While Cottrell was bought for 8.5 crore, KXIP signed Maxwell for 10.75 crore during the previous mega auction of the IPL. Punjab have also released K Gowtham, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, and Karun Nair ahead of the new season. "We have retained 16 players out of the 25-member squad that we had last season. So, the plan is to fill those gaps in the coming auction so that we will be a solid team going into the 2021 IPL," KXIP head coach Anil Kumble had said.
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