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What’s an unbeatable score?

It’s about time for the teams to think that what’s going to be an unbeatable score.Gone are the days when teams used to relax had they scored in excess of 300 runs. In recent past, 300 plus scores have been chased easily. The match played between India and Sri Lanka was an absolute beauty. 
Even after scoring a mammoth score of 414, the match went down to the wire. It was only in the last ball that victory was confirmed by India. The match could have rolled in the favor of SriLanka had they held their nerves till the last moment.
The ODI’s have now gone to the level where even a score in excess of 500 runs cannot be treated as an unbeatable score. The teams can’t be complacent even after scoring a big total. We won’t be surprised if a double century will be scored in ODI in some time to come. ShamsnWags reckon that it will be the
Nawab of Najafgarh who will achieve this feat.
Most of the cricket boards some how favored the fast format of cricket to earn more revenue and it’s universally known that BCCI is one of the richest board in the world who has, in recent past, approved a lot of ODI’s and T20 tournaments.
Looking at India’s 2010 schedule, we will play only 5 test matches in the entire calendar year, while there will be lot of ODI and T-20 series in addition to IPL season 3.
From players view point, many of them will opt for series of ODI and T20 followed by IPL. rather than showing more interest in Test Matches. It’s also about reaching fame and earning some quick fat moolah.We are no one to question the credibility of the players and board towards their nation, but then there has to be a proper balance in all formats of games while schedules are made.
Please share your views  on ‘What’s an unbeatable score’

Aane De!!

After days of having a go at each others team, we are back united to support our ‘Men in Blue’ as we inch closer towards the second edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in England.

The irony of the fact is that none of the top senior player of Indian Team would feature in the T20 World Cup even though they played instrumental role in the season 2 of IPL.
This holds true in case of Australia as well as both Haydos and Gilly, the top run getters in the IPL have already retired.

It was mixed bag for us as far as practice matches goes with one win and one loss. Strange fact is that India hasn’t won any T20 game against New Zealand while against Pakistan hasn’t lost any world cup match (all formats).

It’s going to be a happy headache for the selectors to pick the team as the bench strength is very strong and all youngsters raring to go. Rohit, Gambhir, Jadeja has shown their shine with bat in practice matches while Ishant, RP and Ojha need to carry their form with ball from IPL to this tournament.

With India playing as defending champions..there’s nothing to defend. “Yeh Cup Kahin Nahin Jayega.”

So what are we waiting for, Aane de!!

Deadly Duo- Pathan Bros!!

As they say its all in the family, this time it was a dream come true for Mehmood Khan Pathan. Yes both his son playing for the nation and in the cracking form that they snatched victory from the jaws of the Lankan’s was commendable.

It was Yusuf who started off with his exploits in the bowling.

And while he came to the crease to bat, there was enough pressure on him. Attack is the best thing he knows as he smacked Bhandara all over the park. At the other end, he was joined by his younger brother Irfan. Young Pathan justified the tag of All-rounder given to him. The Pathan brothers applied themselves and played sensibly. It was Yusuf who kick started while Irfan was rotating the strike. And in the concluding overs, it was Irfan who started to demolish the Lankan’s. The duo clobbered the Lankan’s attack and helped India retain the tag of the T-20 champions as they finally won with 4 balls to spare. Dilhara Fernando was the weakest link in the Sri Lankan bowling attack and wonder what was going in the mind of Dilshan as he could have given one more over to Sanath Jayasurya who was bowling a tight line on the other end.

Suddenly with the Pathan Bros striking together, we realized that India bat really deep and we have good finishers in some players.

I (Wags) have the privilege of meeting the Pathan brothers. It was in March 2004, while Irfan had just returned from his Down under and Pakistan tour where he became the super star. That time, Yusuf was playing only at the domestic level. He was standing on the gates of the Mosque where they used to live and would not let mob enter to meet Irfan. Some how I sneaked in at the night at 12 and finally met Irfan Pathan and congratulated him and guess what?

I have treasured the Cricket Ball with Irfan Pathan’ signature with me.

Kudos to the rising star Yusuf Pathan who was given the man of the match award and the Duo have loads of opportunities to exhibit their exploits both with the bat and ball.