Sunday, February 13, 2011

CSK in the News

The past week had been mixed for CSK players. Dwayne Bravo was spectacular, MS Dhoni, Scott Styris, R Ashwin, Nuwan Kulasekara and Doug Bollinger were adequate, Suresh Raina failed, Fef Du Plessis did not get a chance to play and Mike Hussey getting dropped from the squad

MSD got back to his winning ways by leading India to a 38 run victory in a low scoring, World Cup warm up match against Australia. He scored only 11 runs but had a fantastic effort behind the stumps, stumping 3 Aussies

Ashwin played a significant role in the win with 25 runs and 1 wicket for 47 runs in 10 overs. Suresh Raina carried his bad run with just 12 runs. View CricInfo's Match Report and Score Card for more details

Even as Ricky Ponting called for more sporting pitches for the World Cup, Dhoni defended the Bangalore pitch as a tough one but not a bad one. Captain Cool played down the hype and said pressure isn't pressure anymore but responsibility

Suresh Raina has been identified as a key player in the upcoming World Cup. His liking for the subcontinent conditions and the reasons why he will do well is seen in the CricInfo article Odds on batsmen to deliver in familiar conditions. However, a Times of India Poll conducted last week voted Suresh Raina, by a majority, as the player who won't get a place in India's starting XI. Check the panel of the web page to see the poll

Sydney Morning Herald reported Mike Hussey's disappointment and highlighting of double standard on being left out of the Australian World Cup squad. In their survey, 66% voted yes to the question if this axing is Mr. Cricket's One Day Farewell? According to BBC, his ex-team mate Jason Gillespie accused Hussey of winging over World Cup axing

Dwayne Bravo was spectacular scoring 54 runs (56 balls) and getting 1-40 (8 overs) in Windies' 61 run win over Kenya

Scott Styris gave an all round performance scoring 29 runs (15 balls) and was economical in as 0-26 (6 overs) performance aganist Ireand. New Zealand won the match by 32 runs

Doug Bollinger took 1-29 (6 overs) for Australia in their 38 run loss to India

Nuwan Kulasekara scored 14 runs (8 balls) and opened the bowling for Srilanka going 0-16 (4 overs). Srilanka won by a mammoth 156 runs over Netherlands

Fef Du Plessis did not bat or bowl in South Africa's 8 wicket win over Zimbabwe

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