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IPL insiders reveal reasons behind Usman Khawaja and Martin Guptill going unsold at the auction
IPL insiders reveal reasons behind Usman Khawaja and Martin Guptill going unsold at the auction

Usman Khawaja, who led Sydney Thunder to BBL glory, surprisingly, went unsold at the IPL auctionsWith the surprise generated by the big pay packages earned by many of the Indian domestic cricketers as well as the shock caused by the omission of big-name T20 players like Martin Guptill and Usman Khawaja at the IPL auctions held on February 6 gradually settling down, sources close to the various franchises have shed light on the rati

Feb 8 2016
Top 5 superstars who surprisingly went unsold in the IPL auction
Top 5 superstars who surprisingly went unsold in the IPL auction

Loud, ceremonious, crazy and bizarre. That was how the IPL 8 auctions went. Perhaps most franchises got the players they wanted though it has to be admitted that some walked away happier than the others. In the end, some teams do look very strong on paper.  But there were also some strange decisions made and crazy bids launched that have set tongues wagging. The decision to buy Pawan Negi for 8.5 crores - the highest price for an Indian pla

Feb 7 2016
IPL Auction 2016: Unsold XI
IPL Auction 2016: Unsold XI

Of the 351 players that were in the pool for the IPL Auction 2016, only 94 were sold. As the vast majority of the players went unsold, it should come as no surprise if they are plenty of unhappy players. While some of the players, like the uncapped players wouldn't have expected to be picked, there were plenty of internationals, who were unlucky to miss out. Shane Watson was the most expensive player but not all Australians had a good time a

Feb 7 2016
George Bailey shifts blame onto David Warner for their on-field misunderstanding
George Bailey shifts blame onto David Warner for their on-field misunderstanding

David Warner and George Bailey discuss whether they should decide to opt for the reviewGeorge Bailey has spoken out to Australian radio channels regarding his misunderstanding with David Warner in the ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday, saying that the opener did not take his advice. Pushing blame off himself, he hit back at accusatory reports, and said that Warner had been himself to blame.He also revealed an argument that the two players

Feb 5 2016
Australian ODI squad against New Zealand announced, Usman Khawaja misses out
Australian ODI squad against New Zealand announced, Usman Khawaja misses out

Usman Khawaja misses out despite fine recent form Australia named their squad for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy (one-day international series) in New Zealand next month on January 25. The world champions are in brilliant form as the crushed India 4-1 in the recently concluded five-match ODI series. The Australian selectors were in no mood to change the winning combination as the named nearly the same squad that played India to show their f

Analyzing India's performance in the VB Series 2016
Analyzing India's performance in the VB Series 2016

The spate of four straight losses to Australia will not be swept under the rug any more“First learn balance. Balance good, karate good, everything good. Balance bad, might as well pack up, go home.” – Keisuke Miyagi, “The Karate Kid, Part I”Like karate, everything in Life requires balance. Some achieve it almost effortlessly, while others have to strive hard to attain and sustain that equilibrium for a considerable p

Jan 24 2016
5 in-form players whose release into the IPL auction 2016 pool was a mistake from the respective franchises
5 in-form players whose release into the IPL auction 2016 pool was a mistake from the respective franchises

In the Indian Premier League, there have been several players who have created a fanbase for themselves, plying their trade to provide unmatched entertainment to the crowds and viewers at home alike. Some players have time and again performed for the team, to retain their faith and place in the respective franchises. However, there are a few players who have been de-boarded from a few squads ahead of the IPL 9 season, with some big boys such as

Jan 20 2016
Australia v India, 4th ODI: Player Ratings
Australia v India, 4th ODI: Player Ratings

Hundreds from Dhawann (L) and Kohli (R) failed to take India to their first victory in the seriesOf all the ODIs that India played in the series so far, this was arguably the best opportunity India had to win the game. Although the series was lost in the previous game, all India had to play for was pride. However, it all ended in disappointment and embarrassment after a batting collapse.Being set a mammoth target of 349 by the home side, India co

Jan 20 2016
India vs Australia 4th ODI Preview: Outplayed India look to salvage pride
India vs Australia 4th ODI Preview: Outplayed India look to salvage pride

India would have to find a solution to the Australian batting resistance as they look to win their first game of the series.This ODI series in Australia has become a race against inevitability for the Indians. Not only has it left the fans utterly frustrated, devoid of any pleasure even after the Indian batsmen plunder runs for fun, it has also exposed the thin spine that runs through the lower half of the team, which is susceptible to the s

Jan 19 2016
Best players from India and Australia who will not feature in the T20 series
Best players from India and Australia who will not feature in the T20 series

With Australia sealing the 5-match ODI series by winning the first 3 games, the last 2 ODIs have all but lost their significance. The focus now shifts towards the 3-T20I series which is due to get underway with the 1st T20I on 26 January. While the Indian squad had been named prior to the start of their trip Down Under, Australia announced their T20I squad post the 3rd ODI at Melbourne. Both teams have made some surprise inclusions as well as a

Jan 19 2016
5 Talking Points from 3rd ODI between Australia and India - Costly dot balls, sledging and lightning hands
5 Talking Points from 3rd ODI between Australia and India - Costly dot balls, sledging and lightning hands

Australia clinched the ODI series with a 3-wicket victory over India at the MCG, extending their unbeaten streak at home to 18 matches, a world record. Misfields, dropped catches, poor form of one opener and indiscipline by Indian bowlers were yet again the issues haunting the Indian team, as they collapsed to a defeat strangely similar in margin to the last two matches. It did look for a considerable duration on Sunday that the visitors would

Jan 17 2016
Australia vs India 3rd ODI at MCG: Player Ratings
Australia vs India 3rd ODI at MCG: Player Ratings

If Smith doesn’t get you, Bailey will. And if Bailey doesn’t get you, Maxwell will.A spirited India, propelled by a century by perhaps their most proactive cricketer, and fuelled with new hopes by their resurgent captain, were still not good enough for the world champions, who, by now, it seems, have perfected the art of orchestrating run-chases and finishing games. As Australia beat India by 4 wickets at the MCG and in the process to

Jan 17 2016
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Bris"Bane" - George Bailey vs Rohit Sharma

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Jan 16 2016
DRS controversy strikes again in the second ODI of the VB Series
DRS controversy strikes again in the second ODI of the VB Series

Rohit Sharma en route to his century yesterday.The second ODI between India and Australia sparked a debate on the DRS usage once again. In the first game, George Bailey who would have been out in the first ball went on to score a hundred, which turned instrumental in his team’s victory.MS Dhoni, the Indian skipper commented after the first match of the ongoing Victoria Bitter series that 50-50 decisions were going against India. The Board o

Jan 16 2016
Michael Clarke, Irfan Pathan make international cricket comeback thanks to scoreboard error
Michael Clarke, Irfan Pathan make international cricket comeback thanks to scoreboard error

The giant scoreboard at Gabba stadium, BrisbaneThe second ODI of the Victoria Bitter series between India and Australia saw the comeback of Michael Clarke for the Aussie side post his retirement. Fans were overwhelmed to see his name appear on the giant scoreboard. Michael Clarke’s name appeared on the top of the Australian players list at the Gabba stadium, Brisbane yesterday.The Indian side also saw the comeback of Pathan and Patel a

Jan 16 2016
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