IPL Auctions: How They Did

[Earlier post on the Auctions themselves]

Chennai Super Kings: Perhaps the simplest strategy of building a winning IPL team, given the constraints of a maximum of 4 foreign players in the line-up, is to create a strong-base of front-line Indian batsmen, support them with a few “almost there” Indian batting talent, and garnish liberally with foreign bowlers and all-rounders. Chennai Super Kings got the formula right from the first season itself. So it was no surprise that they retained the maximum amount of old talent that they could (Dhoni, Raina, Murali Vijay and Albe Morkel). And then worked aggressively throughout the auction to get back as much of their old squad as possible, including Dhoni’s four-leaf clover, Joginder Sharma.  CSK has  proven performers who have performed well as a team (perhaps  the most important thing in the IPL). Their players are synonymous with the brand, making their audience connect immediately with the franchise. And many of them are from their home city Chennai. No franchise could ask for things to be better.

If there is any cause for disappointment, it is that they lost the iconic Murali. But they were once again smart enough to get the promising Suraj Randiv, who together with Ashwin will be a tough duo to handle for even the best. While Doug Bollinger was a star for them last IPL season, considering his current abysmal form, one can also question the wisdom of bringing him back. Otherwise everything looks great for CSK. The red light areas have cause to cheer.

Mumbai Indians: Whether Rohit Sharma will ever fulfill his promise at the international level is doubtful. Whether he is worth his 2 million USD may also be open to debate. But the fact remains that at the IPL, he is an asset to have. And with this other man by the name of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, he forms a supercharged core of batting talent. Add to it the possibility of Symonds and Bhajji emerging as langot yaars in the dressing room monkeying around with their opponents and with each other, the genius of Malinga, the Sunny Deolian brutality of Pollard, the whole hearted cheer-leading of Bobby Darling and the potential provided by hard-hitting wicket-keeper Davy Jacobs, Mumbai Indians promises a blizzard of entertainment. Which is also incidentally the name of a player they have hired.

Mumbai Indians is another of the franchises which did the maximum retention possible and like Chennai, it was a huge win for them considering the prices at which Indian stars went in the open market. This means they have a very strong team formed on the cheap. Having said that, I believe they made some iffy choices at the auction—-prominent among them being Moises Henriques, a multiple-time IPL failure,  and  James Franklin of New Zealand. If however they can retain Rayadu and be able to get catchment area player Rahane, this is one strong, real strong outfit.

Pune Warriors: I like the look of this team. Subroto Roy’s gang went all out to get two Indian batting stars and they did a good job netting Yuvraj and Uthappa. Eyebrows may be raised at the latter’s 2 million plus price tag but again like Rohit Sharma, Uthappa is “made for IPL”. Yuvraj is the iffier of the two despite being light years ahead in terms of class. This is because of late, he just seems to be “not there” and there is a chance that he may never recover fully from the trough his career is now in. Maybe being given the captaincy of the franchise will motivate him. Or perhaps the owners would go with the exceptional Graeme Smith, who in my opinion is Pune’s best buy, as the captain. Nehra and Murali Kartik provide a strong India-based bowling attack, providing the franchise great independence in choosing their foreign players with both the batting and bowling core being built of good Indian players. Angelo Matthews and Mitchell Marsh will definitely be in the first XI and I presume so also will Tim Paine, a better wicket-keeping buy than Brad Haddin (Paine is Australia’s official T20 keeper). If Pune wants, Uthappa can keep wickets freeing up a foreigners slot for an extra spinner. In all this is a flexible team. If there are any thumbs down, I would question the selection of Jerome Taylor and Jesse Ryder, two injury prone cricketers and would have liked them to take another all-rounder in place of the moderate spinning talents of Nathan McCullum.

Kolkata Knight Riders: They came with intent. And with a definite plan. Within half an hour of the auction, they had spent 50% of their purse on two players. The KKR had gone all in—-betting everything on two of India’s best IPL players that were available. Is it a risky gambit? Sure. Gambhir is prone to groin and elbow injuries and Yusuf is a hit-miss player. If things go south, since they have not spread their money around, KKR will be buried. If things go well, the KKR might be unstoppable—–having one of the strongest Indian batting cores among all the franchises.  Continuing their solid run of good decisions, they picked up Eoin Morgan at a very good price. Shakib was another buy that made sense—a good all-rounder targetting  one of KKR’s primary target demographics—Bangladesh. And finally the world’s best ODI player no one knows about—all-rounder Ryan Doeschate. Powerful Indian batsmen, a clutch of good all-rounders—- this KKR will bat deep. Very nice.

Did they screw up also? Of course they did. After all that’s part of their identity too. For one, they need an Indian wicketkeeper, letting the very reasonably-priced Saha go without even a bid. I am not convinced about the viability of Haddin since he is not Australia’s first choice T20 keeper (Van Wyk, who played for KKR in 2009, would have been cheaper) and having him cuts into a foreigner’s slot which can be better used to get in another all-rounder (between Haddin and say Doeschate, makes way more sense to play the latter). Unless they have Sreevats Goswami as their keeper from the catchment area, not bidding for Saha is going to hound the Knight Riders.

Throughout the three years, KKR had had one of the weakest bowling attacks in the franchise. This time will be no different. Lee is unlikely to be fit throughout and, in any case, he is coming off  a long lay-off.  Incidentally Lee’s selection (no one else bid for him) continued KKR’s fascination with over-the-top fast men like Akthar and Bond. And we know how well those turned out. Pattinson is a bowler with promise but with a stress fracture problem. In order to make full advantage of their strong foreign bench of all-rounders and attacking batsmen, KKR needed good Indian fast bowlers. I understand that with 50% of their purse spent on two players, they could not afford a Nehra or a Zaheer or a Praveen Kumar. But they dropped the ball by not bidding aggressively for Dinda, one of Bengal’s genuine bowling talents. Finally, seeing all the Indian bowlers going, they panicked and then went overboard for Balaji, spending more on him than they would have to for the far better Dinda. With Balaji and the so-far underwhelming Unadkat as the Indian pace battery and with not a single first-rank Indian spinner, this remains one of the weakest attacks in IPL 4.

But then again, they don’t have Agarkar. Which is an improvement.

Bangalore Royal Challengers: This is another franchise which came with a plan. A plan for a total re-boot. And I am not absolutely certain they did it right.  Showing a nose for profiting from an adversary’s mistake, “Doctor” Mallaya took advantage of Delhi’s huge strategic boo-boo of not retaining some of the amazing talent they had from IPL 1.0 snagging Dilshan and DeVilliers, two of the world’s best T20 players and shoo-ins for a starting line-up. Zaheer (who I believe will be the captain) and Langeveldt (whom KKR never could use properly) are a good opening attack with Vettori providing excellent spinning options. Of course the success of their team is critically dependent on Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary emerging as the strong Indian batting core every franchise needs.  Their other Indian batting talent is iffy—-Pujara is yet a finished product and from his performance  for KKR last season, I am skeptical about his abilities as a T20 player (worried also that his eagerness to succeed in T20 for financial reasons might ruin his Test match technique). Kaif is a joke and I seriously wonder why he was bought. Kohli, in his defense, has shown talent as well as maturity at the highest level. My worry is the very expensive Saurabh Tiwary. In Mumbai he was well-supported last season in a stellar line-up but here he will be expected to shoulder a huge amount of responsibility. If he cannot, BRC will have a problem.

Deccan Chargers: Their strategy in IPL 1.0 was to pack their team with the best foreign batting talent money could buy at the time—Symonds in the form of his life, Gilchrist, Afridi and Gibbs. They came last. The second time, with the action moving to South Africa and on the backs of Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma and the bowling of RP Singh, they won the title. The third-time round was another disaster with Gilchrist misfiring at the top and RP Singh’s shocking loss of form totally blunting their bowling. This time, they decided to fix that by getting one of the best pace bowlers the world has ever seen, Dale Steyn and backed him up with the highly-rated Juan Theron. Everything fine so far. Then they replicated their other strategy, of buying explosive foreign batting talent—-Duminy, Pietersen, White and Sangakkara at a good price. Only problem—-they are all foreigners and cannot play together. They did not retain Rohit Sharma nor get a replacement for him. Yes Sikhar Dhawan they did buy but he isnt a Rohit Sharma. This leaves the Chargers pretty weak in the Indian batting department. And they don’t even have Venugopal Rao to swing his bat happily. I also believe that splurging 900K on a totally unknown quantity, Dan Christian was excessive, this guy has to be immensely immensely fantastic to justify this kind of investment. (To put it in perspective, Sangakkara came in 200K cheaper) In all, I believe that Deccan Chargers lacks homegrown Indian batting talent,  making them weaker, on paper, than they were even in 2008. Unless of course, with the amount of money they have remaining, they get lucky with uncapped players and are able to draw local lad Rayadu back to his home state. If they do so, then yes they will be looking good. But not as of yet.

Delhi Daredevils: If you thought the Commonwealth Games was a disaster for Delhi, then well you haven’t seen what they did to their franchise. Unlike Punjab, they can’t even cite financial trouble as an excuse for why they let Gambhir, De Villiers and Dilshan go. Just like CSK, they had a dream line-up in place. All they had to do was to retain the maximum they already had and then try to buy back as much of their team as they can while filling in gaps. They didn’t (or perhaps all their players correctly betted on getting a better price in the auction and did not sign a retention contract).

Throughout the auction, BRC picked off most of their best players.  Meanwhile what did Delhi do? They went crazy. Well they did made a good purchase or two—Aaron Finch and David Warner . But then, in trying to build up their Indian core, they spent 1.9 million USD on Irfan Pathan, a person who cannot even get into the World Cup probables of thirty. To put more salt on it, they then spent an astonishing USD 700K on Venugopal Rao and USD 750K on Umesh Yadav. But wait, that was not the end of it. Finally they spent 210,000 USD on Ajit Agarkar, an act as prudent as giving the widow of an oil-magnate from Nigeria, who wants to trust you with 100 million dollars of her money, your bank account details.

King’s XI Punjab: King’s XI Punjab let their players go and spent most of the auction trying to buy them back. Most of them they lost to other franchises and among the ones they did get back was Piyush Chawla, at the ridiculously inflated price of USD 900K. In King’s XI defense, when the whole retention thing was going on, they were in severe financial turmoil. So possibly the fact that they could not retain anyone was not totally their fault. Even at the auction, they left a lot of their bid money untouched which I presume was more for reasons of parsimony than for strategy. But at least they have the basic foundation of their team correct. More or less.

Dinesh Kartik and Abhishek Nayar aren’t really the big-ticket guys but they were all that King’s XI could afford. For the franchise to do well, these two will have to bat out of their skins and form the Indian batting core. But if they do it, they have great support from Shaun Marsh and David Hussey. I love Adam Gilchrist, one of the greatest players this generation has seen, but I am skeptical as to how effective he will be at 39. If he is at anything close to his potential, then King’s XI batting can still deliver a knock-out punch or two. Their bowling however is pretty threadbare. Praveen Kumar cannot lead an attack on his own and Ryan Harris has injury problems. Given that, how much can Broad do except of course give that pretty boy look that Kings XI Punjab so much love? But I would say, despite their problems, they have done a moderately decent job in creating a team, which is more creditable seeing some of the other franchises who had everything but still blew it.

Rajasthan Royals: Because of their financial problems, the court had cut the total purse of money available to the Royals. They had also retained Warne and Watson. Which meant, they spent most of the auction looking at everyone else and squeezing stress balls.  But when they came in, they made weird purchases like buying back Botha. Now Botha is South Africa’s T20 captain and can bowl a restrictive line but when you already have a spinner (Warne), why would you spend USD 950K on him, more so when you are obviously hurting for money? While Ross Taylor is a good person to have in the order, Royals have no Indian batting talent in their roster except Rahul Dravid. Now for other teams, this kind of lopsided team composition would be the end of the story. But Royals have Warne as captain and there are two things he does well—-cricket and women. As a result, there is always the chance that he will once again take a group of local catchment area players and weld them into a solid unit, like he has done before. Whether that will be a bridge too far for him this time of course remains to be seen.

Kochi Kutchie Koos (They don’t have a name yet): Never shave a lion with a rusty razor. Never embrace a man with a bomb strapped to his chest. And never buy Ravindra Jadeja. Not for USD 90 and definitely not for USD 900K. Kochi seemed to have gone on a buying spree in the auction without a thought for team balance. R.P. Singh, Sreesanth, Vinay Kumar and Ramesh Powar is a decent bowling attack but where the hell is the Indian core of attacking batsmen? Parthiv Patel and VVS Laxman? That’s it?

And Kochi, a word of advice from a Bengal man. Communism is a mistake. You adopted it just like us. You didn’t learn your lesson. You then went and ahead and bought a clutch of foreign players, all KKR toxic assets —-Brendon McCullum, Owais Shah and Brad Hodge. Have you lost your mind? What next? Invest in a jute mill on the banks of the Ganga?

Kochi is out-of-balance in two ways—-first with respect to bowlers (too many) and batsmen (too few) and even more importantly with respect to their Indian core batting talent. A pity. All one can say is that Captain Jayawardene and Murali have their work cut out for them. If they are able to raise Kochi (and these two people have the ability to), it would be quite a spectacle, worth rooting for.

But for now, Kochi seems to be this year’s KKR. Literally and figuratively.

But then again this is IPL. And here anything can happen.

50 thoughts on “IPL Auctions: How They Did

  1. Now lemme read!

  2. Greatbong, you hit the mark and the Kochi one is on the head! They looked lost, and without a game plan. But it’s T20 and they can surprise.

  3. Super post; against my better judgement – watched the telecast on Sunday too:-) Enjoyed the 4 women acting like Gavaskar and appearing to make informed decisions

  4. Fair sum-up, though I think RCB is a little stronger than you make them out to be. They have Manish Pandey in their catchment, so Pandey, Kohli, Tiwary, AB & Dilshan makes for a pretty good batting line-up, with Zak, Vettori, Nannes leading the bowling.
    As far as retention is concerned, the actual money that Dhoni may be paid need not be disclosed and it has no connection with the amount reduced in the team’s player cap. So it’s quite possible Dhoni stuck out for a lot more or even a deal that gives him say, 10% more than the highest paid player. In any case, considering he was already at 1.5mn it’s likely he’s getting 2.5mn upwards.

  5. Ramesh,

    I did not know that the amount reduced did not have anything to do with their payment. Corrected that. I dont know whether Manish Pandey is a sure buy for RCB. From what I know, other franchises are free to approach Pandey and its a tripartite agreement between the board, the franchise and the player. Having said that, the fact that Kumble is a “mentor” for RCB as well as the board, makes it a bit tricky for anyone else other than RCB.

  6. “But then again, they don’t have Agarkar. Which is an improvement.”

    Hehehe.. i agree with Agarakar not there they have atleast improved their chances of performing better. I wonder how big will the impact be on KKR brand without dada. In earlier versions while they never performed to expectations, SRK & Dada managed that revenue streams were running and business was viable.. will the bong fans still folk to Gambhir lead team?

  7. no mention of dada, your God, been unsold…?

  8. “Finally they spent 210,000 USD on Ajit Agarkar, an act as prudent as giving the widow of an oil-magnate from Nigeria, who wants to trust you with 100 million dollars of her money, your bank account details.”

    ROTFL! Brilliant one!

    I share your disgust with Agarkar completely. He should have been handed Dada’s fate too

  9. Yes, we want a piece on Dada

  10. I disagree on Ravindra Jadeja. Granted, he hasn’t performed in international cricket. But he is hardly the first such case. He has quite a good record in IPL 1 & 2. Warne used him brilliantly – both as a batsman and bowler. His record in domestic cricket is very good as well. At this point, he looks like someone who is handy when the level of competition is a notch below international standard. Obviously the price paid is surprising but that’s where bidding dynamics came in (3-4 teams bid for him) as they did in with many other Indian players such as Chawla, Nayar, Umesh Yadav, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary etc.

  11. GB, I wonder what you have to say about the Australian takeover of the Indian Premier league. Sample unknown Mitch Marsh going to Daddy’s Pune team and the fact that both he and his brother Shaun benefited from bidding wars between Pune and Punjab (coached by another Aussie). Also, do you have any info on the mystery of useful all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla missing from the auction (he is not an uncapped player, having played two ODIs for India)?

  12. ‘an act as prudent as giving the widow of an oil-magnate from Nigeria, who wants to trust you with 100 million dollars of her money, your bank account details’ — Awesomeness!!! Typical GB…you do best when it comes to cricket and movies.

    Kochi fan here – Your last para summed up Kochi team well too many bowlers and too few batsmen. Jadeja is surely a bad buy in terms of money but IPL records prove he is a much better player at this level. You missed the Srilankan Perera, Kochi’s best buy, he is a winner. But yes they are on the backfoot now with the missing batsmen.

    I’m particularly surprised that this blog doesn’t have Dada mentioned once! 😀

  13. In IPL two things count, either player has to perform or player has to have glamour factor. Ganguly has none. He is built like a high school boy and has no personality. Who would pay big bucks to sign a guy who looks like a high school boy with thinning hairline?

  14. CSK Rulzzz.. Another CSK Vs MI Finals..

  15. We need a few decent bowlers. Dinda was a big mistake. Is Mithun still available ? I though Sourasish Lahiri had a good domestic season. Sakib BTW is an underrated bowler. I think he does really well in a containing role.
    And Langaveldt instead of Lee would have been better. Even Shaun tait went cheaper than 400K.

  16. Royals could have bought Ganguly. I am not a Ganguly fan but for a bargain price he is a very good buy.

  17. No Mention of DADA !!!! Cry my beloved Kolkata ….or a complete 6 series article on DADA is in the offing ( Villains being identified )….If that is the case plz don’t forget commenting on DADA raising his reserved price too.

  18. @RichAndFamous : Ganguly has no personality.. disagree.. its just that he has too much of it, that it oveshadows SRK.. in fact that’s what came in the way of another team picking him up..

    Anyways hope dada does not accept some ‘mentor” role or all the PR gimmicky that KKR may now try to do for him..

  19. KKR also has Kallis who can bat and bowl little bit I guess.

  20. With Shakib, Kallis, Doeschate, Pathan and Balaji, it may not be that bad a bowling attack considering Eden’s slow wicket.

  21. I dont think the bowling is much of an issue for KKR – or not as much as is being made out.

    Lee should be an asset if he is fit. He has retired from test cricket and if he does not make the Aussie world cup squad (quite possible), it is quite likely that he’ll be a force to reckon with in the IPL. He was one of the best bowlers in the Champions League held in India.

    Besides, KKR has probably got the two best all rounders in international cricket at this point. Shakib is highly under rated. Just look at his figures in international cricket. He can walk into most international teams as a spin option. Kallis will be effective and consistently so. Even now, he bowls faster and more accurately than most Indian international bowlers.

    Doeschate is good, while Balaji & Unadkat are unpredictable …but betweeen them, Yusuf and a few uncapped players, it should be a handy attack. Bengal has generally produced some good local bowers. Why someone like Ranadeb Bose was not selected in the first three editions is beyond me.

    An attack that reads Lee, Doeschate, Bose, Kallis, Shakib, Balaji/Unadkat, Yusuf is definitely not something to write off.

  22. As regards KKR, Ryan ten Doeschate is a good buy, but let us wait for him to perform in Indian conditions. as regards Lee, I doubt if he will be able to play more than 6-7 matches. Breaks down too often. the bowling attack is not very reliable, I guess. Granted kallis can send don 4 overs.But others I am not quite sure. unadkat is a kind of bowler who bowls 145 kph length when he is 20 kph slower. To the supporters of L.balaji, I would sk 1 question- why did CSK not retain Balaji under the circumstances where it seemed they looked determined to continue with the same team that won the IPL? As someone who has seen fair bit of R.Bose playing, I am not quite sure of his bowling class, at least at T20 level. I remember him playing an IPL match in South Africa for kings Xi when he disappeared for 25 runs in 2 overs.

  23. Arnab da you haven’t mentioned the most ongoing controversial issue about DADA…I will like to see your view on DADA not being selected by any IPL team at the auction ….

  24. “Kochi Kutchie Koos” is a nice name for Kochi team 🙂 IMNAO

  25. Nice write up indeed. I liked the order & completely agree with that. My team as you observed is missing an Indian batsmen. Wish they would have at least retained Rohit Sharma. Nice words for Ajit Agarkar and Ravindra Jadeja. Am really surprised the later especially is still in the radar of contention. He just cannot hit the ball consistently enough and one wonders how he is a good IPL material. Guess his weakness and lack of ability will be lamely exposed in this addition of IPL to put an end to a rusty over hyped talent. Good luck to your home team. I guess action packed King Khan is its biggest curse and I hope he will allow prudent cricketing heads to determine matters on the field and off the field pertaining to Cricket.
    Loved your description of desi blondes Zinta and Shetty in your previous write up. For me the IPL antics of Priety Zinta are similar to the characters played by some WWE superstars for life. So artificial and un real. Good give sanity to these cartoon caricatures and restrict them to the silver screen.

  26. Seriously, what have you got against Ajit Agarkar? He is definitely more talented than the current youth brigade you praise so much. And considering that you call Ashok Dinda a genuine talent, agarkar should be in the greats of Indian cricket. The year before he was dropped he was india’s best bowler in one dayers. Agreed that he did not perform to potential in tests but compare his one day stats to say zaheer(definitely india’s best bowler today) and you will see how good he is.

  27. I wonder whether Viru would like to get in his beloved Dada just as a captain. Delhi badly needs a good one !!!!

  28. I guess I agree with bongs take on Agarkar. Most people remember him for his quickest to reach 50 wkts feet, but later once he missed the NewZealand tour because of injury, he was almost always the shadow of his past, yes he did have his moments in his 5 fors and 6 fors in ODIs and his memorable match winning spell at Adelaide, but he was almost a modern age Chetan Sharma for ardent cricket lovers who failed to deliver at crucial times, one that comes to mind is the hammering he took from Rhodes and Kluesner in the WC-99 encounter against South Africa, when till that point it was a little more than run a ball situation and tight game. As a batsman who turned fast bowler he did not do great justice to his batting talent as well. Of course some blame ‘bong’s’ own Sourav Ganguly for his lack of opportunities but he was presented with enough number of chances to seal his place in the side which he unfortunately couldn’t. And I also read few posts by bong stating Azar destroyed Subrato Banerjees bowling career to advance Srinath’s but as you would agree, Srinath was miles ahead in terms of pace and ability and I recently saw the WACA tie against the W indies in 1991-92 Tri Series, at least by that evidence on the worlds most suited ground for fast bowlers, Banerjee wasn’t that menacing nor was he so effective on the seeming pitches of South Africa.

  29. Dada chhara dol hoy na

  30. I have a feeling the most exciting part of IPL 4 is over.

  31. Ajit Agarkar
    Mat Overs Runs Wkts Ave Econ SR
    v Australia 21 175 1023 36 28.41 5.84 29.10
    v England 18 126 834 21 39.71 6.60 36.00
    v New Zealand 15 111 584 20 29.20 5.26 33.20
    v Pakistan 24 214 1157 32 36.15 5.40 40.10
    v South Africa 23 168 905 18 50.27 5.36 56.20
    v Sri Lanka 25 202 1010 49 20.61 4.98 24.70
    v West Indies 21 174 784 32 24.50 4.49 32.70
    Total 147 1,171 6297 208 30.27 5.38

    Wicket per match 1.41

    Zaheer khan
    v Australia 19 154 922 19 48.52 5.98
    v England 17 147 721 22 32.77 4.88
    v New Zealand 22 164 832 30 27.73 5.07
    v Pakistan 22 192 1086 26 41.76 5.63
    v South Africa 11 78 345 12 28.75 4.43
    v Sri Lanka 40 356 1730 57 30.35 4.85
    v West Indies 10 84 344 10 34.40 4.09
    Total 141 1,176 5980 176 33.98 5.09

    Wicket per match 1.25

    I have excluded minnows….
    Agarkar was a better fielder and inspite of his endless ducks against aussies, was a better batsman.

    Do you still maintain your stand?

  32. poor formatting is regretted….c&P in excel and see..

  33. I guess that is over reliance on statistics. Guess Zaheer won us more crucial matches and was also the mainstay of Indian attack during its good performances in recent overseas tours. With the exception of the second innings 6 for at Adelaide, Ajit doesnt have to show to his memorable test exploits.

    Khan is a better bowler during the later stages of the innings and does not leak runs. Anyways from end it was never a comparison between these two bowlers, its more about how reliable Ajit Agarkar is in crunch or any situation for that matter. He is just one of those talents who always delivers when called back, more in the lines of Hick and Crawley of England (though they were batsmen) as in not to be trusted horse for a long term race kind of material. EOD talented yes but was potential completely utilized a big No and was he a performer in crucial games, not many times. So a thanks to his services and in recognition, some continuity in the IPL & ya did well to do better than his best friend, Rohan Gavaskar.

  34. Sorry but people who think Zaheer Khan is a good buy, Zaks is a very average limited overs bowler. He is an excellent test bowler and even better when the conditions are conducive to swing.
    In limited overs cricket, I have seen Zaheer carted around on most of the occassions. Longer the format, better he gets.
    Purely my opinion.

  35. Zaheer is a good bowler these days (he did quite well for MI last season) but is high risk because he breaks down so often. Nehra used to be the butt of all fitness related jokes but Zaheer has clearly surpassed him of late.

  36. @Arvind…I guess that is turning a blind eye. Those are stats for ODIs..so “With the exception of the second innings 6 for at Adelaide” is not relevant here. Z is a test bowler. In limited overs format,as Addsmiles has put it,he is not that good. And Agarkar is not as bad as his bashers pretend.

  37. Excellent! Excellent analysis GB> Oh hell, why did not any of IPL teams hire you as a bidding consultant!!! Shit****

  38. @Arvind,

    I believe bongs will cry foul even if Ganguly wasn’t selected for the Olympic wrestling team.
    As for comparison between Srinath and Subrata Banerjee….LOLROFL.

  39. will you review Mirch ?!

  40. Stumbled upon this website while surfing through IPL auctions on google. Total horse shit!! How do you get so much time to write so much crap. Dont you have a real job?? Fake IPL Player is blogging again and his blogs are far better. Also, Gkhamba is way better. You just copy paste material from internet and construct a blog.

  41. GB, going to other topic. Waiting for your next installment on Masters of Horror ..

  42. Going by stats or match winning performances Ajit Agarkar is definitely not as bad so as to suggest that it’s the biggest mistake to buy him or one of the best thing KKR did was to drop him. He is definitely not in the Ravindra Jadeja category and loads better than Umesh Yadav at $750k

  43. Well idea was nt to compare Khan and Ajit or something, but its just the feeling these names give. When you say ZK you remember some decent match winning efforts (of course his 2003 WC final, 1st over exuberance also comes to mind; with Agarkar, cant recollect so many nice memories. I was very excited during his first year on tour, guess it was 1998, many four fors in finals etc, the year Sachin was also on top of his game, but after that AA was more of a pain than pleasure in terms of memorable performances…

    He was mostly good with his comeback spells when some emotional media guys and fans used to ask why was he dropped, then of course those trade mark performances used to come in & he eventually lost his place to complete that cycle and begin another cycle with a good performance..

    there were few things me and my close group of cousins used to laugh at in those days, India chasing a score of 250 plus on a friday against pakistan
    and we pinning our hopes on a Sachin’s match winning century. The slog over bowling of javagal srinath, the promotion of srinath or prasad as ‘pinch hitter’ only for them to be ‘run out’ after attempting a quick single after back foot defensive push that would ve given them two extra yards to cover apart from the 22 ( a point proudly patented by Gavaskar when ever he saw it on the air) not to the same degree but Agarkar’s efforts subconsciously follow the same list of happenings, so my ramblings above..

    @Beranda hilarious point indeed..was shocked to see a mob come out in kolkata as a protest against dada’s non selection.. another thing about kolkata tat used to annoy me a bit and may be am at fault is the claim that they are the soccer pundits of the country, well thanks to the premiere league and the champions league along with few other coverages, developed a pretty decent understanding of the game and some how feel the celebrations of a Brazilian WC win as a desperate attempt to cling on to an attached reputation… purely my opinion..

  44. Ganguly’s humiliation should be a lesson to bullies. Har gunde ki gundagiri ka ant aisa hi hota hai.

  45. IDIOTIC REVIEW!!! April 8, 2011 — 4:24 am

    i dont knw you personally (author of this article),one thing is sure ,that you personally dislikes cochin…wat you have reviewed abt cochin is in a purely exaggerated manner…i dnt knw wat is wrong with this team???!!you r saying tat cochin have only two indian strike batsmen parthiv&VVS..shall i ask u question ..der r teams who didn’t hav barely 1 indian proved batsmen…eg:rajasthan(have only an expired dravid),punjab(abishek nayar is the only 1,& his perfomance too depends)& wat abt deccan!have only dhawan as an asset!!!..and u have said tat they r all OK teams & cochin is a rusty one…MY REQ TO YOU (PUBLISHER OF THIS ARTICLE)IS THAT DO NOT TRY 2 MISLEAD IGNORANT PEOPLES BY POSTING SUCH BELOW AVERAGE & IDIOTIC REVIEWS……!!!!!!

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