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Sanju Samson: the best young player of the IPL

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , , | Posted On Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Sanju Samson: The rising talent of Indian Cricket.

The young royal, a find by Rahul Dravid himself has been voted as the best talent of the IPL in a poll by IPL's official website. Sanju finished first with 55% of the votes before Hanuma Vihari of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who finished with 27%. Sanju who comes from Trivandrum in Kerala was personally called by the wall himself to join the Rajasthan Royals squad after he came to know of his performances for the state team. Sanju Viswanathan Samson was awarded man of the match against RCB on 29th april where his innings of 63 was vital in winning the match for Rajasthan Royals. He later scored a 40 and a 47 against KKR and Kings XI respectively. 

Alan Wilkins the commentator tweeted that Sanju reminds him of Sachin Tendular, 'Young, Skilled and Honest'. Harsha Bhogle picked him among three indian players to look out for along with Mohit Sharma and Karan Sharma. Harsha wrote on cricinfo, 
 " he played a cover drive off the first ball and in our commentary box there was a collective gasp. He had played it easily, like he was plucking a flower. Everything about the shot was right; a master would have been proud to have played it, and in the context of the game it was exceptional. "
Dravid during the post-match interview after one of the games he said " Sanju batted beautifully, He has a long way to go ". We wish the young Sanju Samson the very best.

Rajasthan Royals finish 3rd in IPL 2013

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: , , | Posted On at 6:13 AM

Dravid managed to get the best out a team that didn't have big names on paper.

The Rajasthan Royals lead by Rahul Dravid, has finished 3rd in the sixth edition of the IPL after a nail-biting finish against the Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Having won the toss, The Royals opted to bat first hoping to make a great start. Rajasthan looked good before the first wicket fell of Ajinkya Rahane who was bowled by Harbhajan Singh, they were 44-1 then. Shane Watson and Sanju Samson departed soon and the Royals were 64-3 at that stage and in walked Stuart Binny who played a quick fire 27 from 17 balls to regain momentum for his team. Dravid soon fell caught by Rohit Sharma off Harbhajan Singh. Royals were struggling to get the scoreboard ticking and was 108/6 after 15.3 overs when Cooper was dismissed. Dishant Yagnik who walked out next along with Brad Hodge took the royals to 165/6 after 20 overs. Thanks to some brilliant batting by Yagnik and poor bowling effort by Mallinga.

Mumbai's Innings was held together by Dwayne Smith, who along with opener AP Tare put on a partnership of 70 runs before Tare was dismissed by Kevon Cooper. After Tare left, Dinesh Karthik and Smith built the MI innings and they were looking as if they would cruise to a win here. Cooper who came back for his second spell got Karthik out in his first ball and suddenly it looked as if Royals had the advantage. Faulkner gave away just 1 run and took 1 wicket in the next over and the pressure was back on the MI. Pollard looked dangerous before he was dismissed by Faulkner. Rohit Sharma was bowled the very next over by Trivedi and things looked very even. Mumbai needed 8 runs of the last over and Dravid went to Shane Watson for the penultimate over. Rayudu took 2 runs of the first ball of the over and was bowled in the next. In walked Dhawan instead of M Johnson and managed to sneak a boundary of his first bowl. Soon MI needed just 1 run in 2 balls to win when Harbhajan cleared the ropes to take MI to victory. Harbhajan was awarded Man of the match for his bowling performance and finish. Now the Mumbai Indians will face the Chennai Super Kings at the final, scheduled on 27th at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Rajasthan Royals meanwhile has qualified for the Champions League which is scheduled to happen after a couple of months. We congratulate the Royals who gave their 100% to reach so far in the competition and managed to win against every IPL team. We also wish them the very best at the CLT20.

Zaheer Khan recovers from Injury and plays for Royal Challengers

Posted by Athul Jayachandran | Labels: | Posted On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:24 AM

India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan finally has recovered from injury. Zaheer played today for the Royal Challengers against Punjab Kings XI with figures of 4-0-30-1 in a match where all the other RCB bowlers finished with economies of over 8. Zaheer took the wicket of Shaun Marsh getting him bowled in his first over.

Zaheer was recently dropped from the Champions trophy squad following the injury. India's fast bowlers will now be led by Ishant Sharma with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav for company. We wish Zaheer the very best for the rest of the matches.

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