Despite only just returning to the Australian side, Shane Watson became the IPL Auction 2016's most expensive buy as he went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs. 9.5 crores. Given they already had Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers as their top three, it was hard to see why Bangalore went for him. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure, there were certainly plenty of other players that they could have spent their money on.
IPL Auction 2016 was filled with plenty of surprising and questionable buys. There were some that made sense and others which made one wonder whether those making the decision were in the right state of mind. As usual, IPL Auction 2016 saw plenty of expensive players and ones who were steals. While the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson certainly belong to the former category, the latter also saw some interesting steals. Also read:
Safa Baig is a 21-year-old model from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.Indian cricketer, Irfan Pathan got married to Safa Baig, a 21-year-old Saudi Arabian model, in a simple and extremely private wedding ceremony held at Jeddah on February 4, Times of India reports. The 'Nikaah' ceremony was held at Haram Shareef in Mecca and was attended only by family members and close relatives while a dinner programme was arranged by the Pathans at Hotel Tride
The Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy being a high-profile domestic tournament played in the T20 format, its timing was just right considering the fact that the ICC World T20 is just round the corner. Indeed, the good performances of a lot of young players like Hardik Pandya helped them get noticed by the national selectors. Players like Pandya have also been retained by their IPL franchises. But there are quite a lot of players who put in stellar perform
With the ICC World T20 2016 just a month away, the Indian squad for the tournament and the first ever T20 Asia Cup has been announced. Barring a few notable exceptions, the squad bears a pretty identical look to the one that whitewashed Australia at their home recently. Most of the players really picked themselves in the team not only because they are regular members of Team India, but also based on some heartening performances Down Under.
The 2016 IPL auction is just around the corner and the franchisees would have started to do their homework on which players to pick in the IPL auctions. All the franchisees are given a total purse of Rs 66 crores. From that 66 crores, the teams will have to compromise the fee they spent for the retained players and the remaining money will be used during the IPL auctions. Each team can have a maximum of 27 players out of which 9 can be ove
While it was a welcome change to see MS Dhoni talk about India having a settled bowling lineup, at least in T20s, the ODI side is still in a state of flux. As far as the fast bowling department is concerned, there are plenty of candidates, who are in the side or on the fringes, who haven't done especially well. With that in mind and also considering the current leader of India's T20 bowling attack is 36, it seems only logical that India
Pawan Negi in action A day after India defeated Australia in their own backyard, the side to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match series, starting next Tuesday in Pune, was picked by the 5 wise men of Indian cricket. Virat Kohli was given a break from the game, and I think this is good decision, despite the fact that it would halt the incredible form that the right-hander has been Down Under, as it would give him some time to re
Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli helped India clinch a whitewash over AustraliaShane Watson’s century went in vain as fifties from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli set the platform before Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 49 helped India clinch a last-over thriller over Australia in Sydney.After winning the toss and choosing to bat, captain Shane Watson led from the front, as his unbeaten 124 helped Australia post 197/5. India's death bowlers ensur
Irfan Pathan is set to tie the knot next monthIrfan Pathan, who was once the most promising swing-bowler of India, is currently out of the national side for some time now. But most of the Indian cricket fans remember him for his devastating swings and his hat-trick against Pakistan in Karachi.Pathan, who is currently 31-years-old, is one of Indian cricket’s most eligible bachelors, is set to get married this February. The name of the b
Often in pursuit of prodigies, India have overlooked the professionals, and Pathan has been a victim of such a policy.As India barely escaped a series whitewash at the hands of the world champions, all of their laurels and accomplishments earned by the heroics shown in the previous tours to Australia stood neutralised. It should come as a relief, though, that the next marquee ICC tournament would be played within their own realms- one that they a
Pandey’s heroics drew praise from all quartersManish Pandey’s maiden ODI century, which broke a national record, helped India avert a whitewash in the ODI series against Australia and earned the young batsman plenty of praise from all quarters.Pandey, who was only playing in his fourth ODI, scored a composed century and along with MS Dhoni ensured India successfully chased down Australia's 330 after both openers, Shikhar Dhawan an
While the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy may not be as popular as it's more glamorous cousin, the Indian Premier League, it still delivers when it comes entertainment and good cricket. All the Indian stars, who actively took part in the Vijay Hazare Trophy didn't due to international commitments, but that did nothing to reduce the quality of the cricket. There were plenty of former, present and even future Indian players had a tournament to rem
Suresh Raina (L) led his UP side to a 38-run win over Irfan Pathan's (R) Baroda sideIn the final of the 2016 Syed Mushtaq Ali, the Irfan Pathan-led Baroda lost to the Suresh Raina-led Uttar Pradesh by 38 runs. This is Uttar Pradesh's first Syed Mushtaq Ali title as they beat two-time winners Baroda in Mumbai on Wednesday.A superior bowling performance from the UP bowlers made sure that Baroda kept losing wickets at regular intervals and r
Pathan has done everything right this domestic season as far as the shorter formats are concerned.The inclusion of the 36-year-old Ashish Nehra in the Indian team for the upcoming Twenty20 series in Australia has been instrumental in uplifting the hopes of many other cricketers who have been out of the national team for some time now.Nehra couldn’t make it to the Delhi team in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy owing to a bad habit. Howeve