July 2nd, 2014
MS Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings, was not happy with the way some of the senior players of his team batted in the second qualifier of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.
CSK lost that match against the Kings XI Punjab by 24 runs to get knocked out of the tournament. It was the first occasion in the last 5 years that they couldn’t make it to the final.
Punjab had posted a huge score of 226 runs on the board batting first and replying to that, the Super Kings had got themselves in a very good position at one point of time. They were 100 for the loss of 2 wickets after the competition of 6 overs and from there on, they needed just about 9 runs an over which was not such a difficult task on that placid Wankhede track.
But, some very irresponsible batting happened from the CSK side after that and they fell short of the target at the end.
Dhoni was particularly unhappy with the overseas batsmen who despite being so experienced didn’t show enough application and got out playing in weird manner.
Brendon McCullum got run out because he was not ready for the second run even after playing the ball quite a bit away from the fielder, while, David Hussey got out trying to play a half hearted pull shot.
CSK just had to keep their calm a little bit during that phase and they would have been able to cross the line.
Dhoni fought the lone battle at the end, but, that didn’t prove to be enough. He remained not out on 42.
CSK already has a couple of IPL titles under their belt though. They had won successively in 2011 and 2012.
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June 22nd, 2014
Shoaib Akhtar has said that if he had been given the opportunity to play in the semi final match of the ODI World Cup 2011 against India, he would have made a significant mark and perhaps, would have been able to win it for his country.
That semi final match was played at Mohali, Punjab where the wicket had a bit of grass and thus, everyone was expecting the Pakistani team management to include Akhtar in the playing XI, but, surprisingly, they didn’t do so. They went with Umar Gul instead who proved to be very expensive.
Later on, explaining the exclusion of Akhtar, the Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi had said that the fast bowler was not 100% fit and thus, there was no point playing him in such a big game.
But, according to Akhtar, he was not unfit for that game. Talking to a Pakistani newspaper, he said that he had made the team management aware that he could get through the game, but, the management didn’t listen to him and didn’t give him the chance.
When asked about that semi final, the Rawalpindi Express said, “I was horribly disappointed when I was told there was no place for me in the XI. I could have done a lot of damage in the first few overs in that game. I had the idea how to put the Indian openers into trouble, but, unfortunately, I was not there on the ground to do it.”
When asked why there has been deterioration in Pakistan’s performances in the recent times, Akhtar said, “The players are not being managed well and that’s why, I have always said that the changes need to be made in the board. We need dignified and selfless guys to manage things at the top.”
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March 28th, 2014
The captain of the Pakistani Cricket team, Misbah-ul-Haq, is quite confident that his team would do well in the upcoming Asia Cup.
Pakistan’s performance in one day international cricket in the recent times has been quite extraordinary. They have defeated two very strong teams i.e. Sri Lanka and South Africa in their last two series and thus, they would be going into the Asia Cup as favourites.
The conditions in Bangladesh where the Asia Cup is to be played would be perfect for Pakistan. The matches over there are likely to be played on dusty pitches which would bring Pakistani spinners into play.
However, Pakistan can’t afford to be overconfident because there would be some other good teams taking part in that tournament as well.
The biggest threat for the men in green would be their arch rivals i.e. the Indians who had beaten them in the last edition of the Asia Cup and that too in a comprehensive way. Virat Kohli had scored 183 in that game.
Talking to the reporters before taking the flight to Bangladesh, Misbah said, “We have had a good run in the ODIs off late. So, the mood in the camp is brilliant at this point in time.”
“We have got a great balance both in the batting as well as in the bowling department.”
“Yes, it would have been nice to have Muhammad Irfan, but, the guys who are in the team are quite capable to fill in his shoes.”
“I am not thinking too much about the pitches that we would get there. The pitches would be similar for every side.”
Pakistan’s first match in the Asia Cup would be against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. That would be the first match of the tournament too.