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The defending champions of the Indian Premier League Sunrisers Hyderabad have had several top cricket stars come and go but the feats by Adam Gilchrist remains outstanding.
Last year they pulled quite a stunt winning the IPL ahead of preferred teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians.
David Warner was the undisputed force behind the surge of the team. The Australian produced 848 runs, a figure that only ViratKohli’s 963 could beat. The team, formerly known as Deccan Chargers until 2012, has had several of the best cricketers in their set-up. However, looking at all the players from 2008, Adam Gilchrist stands tall.
Gilchrist was the biggest name signed in the league’s inaugural term. VVS Laxman was the initial skipper but the Aussie star soon took over. The first term ended poorly as they finished at the bottom of the log but Gilchrist then did a miracle. In 2009, Gilchrist produced a spectacular performance and strong leadership skill that ensured they were crowned champions. Read More …
Adam Gilchrist reckons that neither the Kangaroo fans nor the Kangaroo team itself would have imagined the on-going India series to be standing at level terms at the completion of the first three tests.
In the view of Gilchrist, the whole of Australia is already very proud of what the players have been able to do in India, but, the players won’t be patting each other’s back just yet as they would now want to convert it into a series win having reached this stage.
Gilchrist was a part of that Aussie team which had emerged victorious in the test series in India 13 years back. Since then, three Aussie teams have been on India tour and have returned empty handed.
Likening the current Aussie squad to the squad of 2004, Gilchrist says that some of the players of this squad are new to international Cricket and this is the first time they have come to India. They don’t seem to be carrying any scars of the past and they are not afraid of the conditions. They are not thinking as if the home team is invincible. Read More …
Australian Cricketing legend, Adam Gilchrist has said that what he prefers to do over the weekend, is to enjoy pizza with his kids, and claims he can cook a decent meal as well.
The cricketer was in an interview recently, where he answered many questions on things bordering outside the cricket world, what he enjoys doing, his party lifestyle and a host of others.
Gilchrist was of the notion that he likes partying in Bandra whenever he comes into Mumbai, while on Friday nights, he prefers to spend the time in his home, eating pizzas made at home with his kids.
When asked if he could cook a five course meal, sandwich, boil water or if he even knows how the gas works, Gilchrist replied saying that he of course knew how the gas works but while he may not be able to prepare a five-course meal, he has enough skills to put a decent meal together. Read More …
It’s Steven Smith and not Aaron Finch who will be leading the Australian side in the World Twenty 20 Championship in India.
Smith is already in charge of the Australian team in the other two formats of the game and he has now been given the charge of the shortest format as well.
However, a few former players believe that it’s something which would not help Smith in the long run as his workload would be immense.
Smith himself had also said at the time when he was appointed the test and the One Day captain that he would like to keep himself away from the twenty 20 captaincy as it would give him a little bit of a breather.
But, he seems to have become ready to take that added responsibility now.
As far Finch is concerned, he is in the squad for World Championship and if his hamstring, which he had injured playing against India, gets healed, he would partner David Warner to open the batting for Australia.
The Australian selectors have pulled off a couple of surprises in terms of their pickings.
Cameron Boyce, the young leg spinner who had bowled so well in the third Twenty 20 game against India earlier in the summer, he couldn’t make it to the squad, while, Matthew Wade has missed out as well.
Peter Neville, the test wicketkeeper of Australia has replaced Wade. Read More …
James Taylor might make a comeback in the England test squad for the series against Pakistan that is to be played in United Arab Emirates.
Taylor has shown in his short international career so far that he can play spin bowling really well.
He is good both at the front foot and the back foot. He goes down the track to get to the pitch and kill the spin and then, he hangs back and cuts and pulls as well picking the length of the deliveries early. It’s really hard to bowl to him if you are a spinner.
In Emirates, it’s most likely that the pitches that would be dished out to England, they would be spinning ones and thus, somebody of the type of Taylor would be needed there.
In the current England test line up, barring Ian Bell and Joe Root, there is no one who is known to be at ease when the ball is turning.
Alastair Cook has been playing for a long time and he has had quite a few tours of the subcontinent countries, but, his technique against spin is still a little susceptible.
There are murmurs of Moeen Ali to be asked to open the batting against Pakistan.
If that’s the case, England can accommodate Taylor in the playing XI and can make him bat at 5 with Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes batting at 6, 7 and 8 respectively.
Or if Taylor bats at 3, Ian Bell can come down to 5 where he has batted for most parts of his career. Read More …
Matthew Wade was brilliant both behind and in front of the stumps in the One Day series against England and for the time being, it looks like he has cemented himself in the Australian line up.
The wicketkeeper’s slot in the Australian ODI team had got vacant post the World Cup because of Brad Haddin calling time on his limited-over career and it was Wade who got the first opportunity to have a crack as he was picked ahead of some of the other contenders for the England ODIs.
The Victorian left hander made sure he made that count as he thumped a couple of wonderful half centuries and took some great, diving catches as well to play a key role in Australia winning the series 3-2.
When Wade had first got a look in at the international level, his game was more about playing the conventional straight bat shots, but, now, when he has returned for his second stint after being left out by Australia due to poor form, he seems to have added quite a few other shots to his repertoire.
In the England series, it appeared he had done some hard yards on his batting while in his time on the sidelines. He displayed 360 degree game as he played scoops and reverse-flicks on occasions and also used his feet against the fast bowlers. And, he executed all those shots with extreme confidence. Read More …