On a day which saw Bangalore boss Dr. Mallya’s purse lighten by Rs 20 Crores, figures were going bonkers. The iconic Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar earns 60 lakh a year from the BCCI for the regular cricket he plays. Consider that a benchmark? Yeah right. Now hear this. On Feb 20, the day players were auctioned off to various teams that would play a maximum of 44 matches over a span of 3 months as part of the IPL, the lowest bid Indian was Ramesh Powar at a price of 68 lakhs!
That’s the lowest. The highest is even crazier. With 6 crores in my wallet, I could buy a sea-side facing mansion on the Marine Drive, Mumbai and a Rolls-Royce Phantom on my porch. But no, Chennai team owner India Cements blew it just to buy dashing W’keeper-batsman M S Dhoni! Rs 6 Crores (USD 1,500,000) for a span of 3 months is insane to say the least. But its a cricket crazy country and no paycheck is crazy enough.
The surprise package was India’s 19 yr old quickie Ishant Sharma who was sold for a staggering USD 950,000. Relatively, at 400,000 US$ Australia’s Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was sold for peanuts (country full of peanuts, actually). While legendary spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan were sold for Rs 1.8 Crore and Rs 2.4 Crore respectively, Harbhajan Singh takes home Rs 4.3 Crores!
Generally when a man and his missus are out shopping, the wife is seen poking elbows into her man’s ribs trying to scale down expenses. But the missus we are talking of is Gauri Khan, wife of Shah Rukh Khan who makes sure whatever he does is large. Together that ended up spending 24.1 crores, but have sunk their teeth deep into a very strong side. The Kolkata side will be my team to look out for!
Sourav Ganguly (Ind)
Ishant Sharma (Ind)
Chris Gayle (WI)
Brendon McCullum (NZ)
David Hussey (Aus)
Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)
Murali Karthik (Ind)
Ricky Ponting (Aus)
Ajit Agarkar (Ind)
Umar Gul (Pak)
Tatenda Taibu (Zim)
In an attempt to buy precious manpower, 8 teams bid for 78 players for a whopping Rs 128 Crores (USD 32,000,000). All my childhood I wrote in my Geography papers that manpower in India was cheap. No wonder I always got low marks in Geography!!
The stage is set just as the Indian Subcontinent would have wanted it. It’s India v/s Pakistan. The First ever Twenty20 World Cup final couldn’t have been more exciting.
Pakistan took on New Zealand while India battled the not-so-mighty-anymore Ausssies, While some wanted an all Australian subcontinent finale,many prayed for an All Indian Subcontinent finale. And IvP it shall be!
What is really noteworthy is the healthy rivalry between the neighbouring countries. While Pakistan played NZ, an added billion had been praying for Pakistan. I’m sure when we were playing, our neighbours were praying for us. This proves that cricket could do what peace talks probably couldn’t achieve in a decade!
So whatever the outcome of the grand finale, both countries would be content.
May the best team win!!!!
Note: All my pre-tournament predictions have come true.
Talk of India v/s Pakistan and plenty of exciting close matches come to mind. The last ball six by Javed Miandad at Sharjah is still etched in the minds of millions of cricket lovers across the globe. But that thrilling encounter has now been dislodged by the World T20 first round match which ended in a tie. But since a twenty20 match doesn’t end in a tie, the cricketing world saw the first bowl-out of the world cup!!
Both teams scored the exact amount of runs which led to a bowl-out where both sides pick 5 bowlers each. Each bowler gets a shot at the wicket. The team which manages most no of hits wins the game(a la soccer style!!).
The IndoPak encounter could not have had a more fitting end than this!! Here’s a peek at the ‘bowl-out’. Since it is a cell phone recording, pardon the poor video quality and the lame Hindi commentry. I’ll try to replace it with a better video as soon as I find one!!
The much awaited Twenty20 World Cup is finally here!! Beginning 11th Sept, expect nothing but fireworks live from South Africa. Here is what makes this format of the game so special:
Each team shall bat for 20 overs unless all out earlier.
Fielding restrictions apply for the first 6 overs of each innings (only two fieldsmen permitted outside the fielding restriction area at the instant of delivery).
During the non Fielding Restricted Overs, no more than 5 fieldsmen shall be permitted outside the fielding restriction area.
No bowler shall bowl more than 4 overs in an innings.
In the event of a tied match, the teams shall compete in a bowl out to determine the winner. A bowl-out may also be used in the Final in the event of a No Result, provided weather conditions permit.
The captains nominate five bowlers, who will bowl one delivery each, and teams will take alternate turns to bowl at the stumps.
If, after both teams have bowled 5 deliveries, both have scored the same number of hits on the wicket, or have not scored any hits, a second series of deliveries must be started with the same players and shall continue until one team has scored a hit more than the other team from the same number of deliveries.
The sequence of bowlers need not be the same as in the previous series and the captain shall have the freedom of choice at the time of each delivery as to which of the 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl.
In the second series, all 5 nominated bowlers shall bowl a delivery before all of them are eligible to bowl a further delivery.
Delayed or Interrupted Matches
If, due to suspension of play after the start of the match, the number of overs in the innings of either team has to be revised to a lower number than originally allotted (minimum of 5 overs), then a revised target score (to win) will be set for the number of overs which the team batting second will have the opportunity of facing. The revised target is calculated using the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Additional time is allowed for matches when the start is delayed or play is suspended.