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Adam Gilchrist goes Nuts!

Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 29, 2008

A few days ago I was frightened, because Adam Gilchrist went nuts…No he wasn’t admitted to a mental institute but he went nuts in the Indian Premier League the other day by blasting 109 not out off 47 balls which included an impressive 10 sixes and 9 fours. It was his scintilliating performance that enabled the Deccan Chargers to take charge of their match against the Mumbai Indians in style by beating them by 10 wickets. It was an excellent display of power hitting by Gilchrist, who is known for his brilliant attacking acts with the bat, and I’m sure that him and the Kolkata wicket keeper and New Zealand International, Brendon McCullum, will be challenging eachother for the rights as the most explosive batsman in the Indian Premier League. McCullum is currently the 2nd highest run scorer in the league so far and even though Gilchrist is a few places behind him I’m sure that with more punishing displays like that he will definetly provide a challenge. To the Deccan Chargers: Congratulations for the win! Enjoy the spoils of that huge win and let that build your confidence up for your remaining time in the tournament, to the Mumbai Indians: Bad Luck this time, lets see you assess what went wrong and hope for some success for you in your remaining time. I have noticed that Twenty20 games can be unpredictable and it can take only one mistake to turn a whole game around, I think its that which will keep us on the edge of our seats for the remainder of the tournament.

Right click HERE to view the the story behind Adam Gilchrist’s brutal innings.

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Posted in Adam Gilchrist, Batting, Deccan Chargers, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians, sixes, twenty20, Wicket-keeper | 3 Comments »

Adam Gilchrist goes Nuts!

Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 28, 2008

A few days ago I was frightened, because Adam Gilchrist went nuts…No he wasn’t admitted to a mental institute but he went nuts in the Indian Premier League the other day by blasting 109 not out off 47 balls which included an impressive 10 sixes and 9 fours. It was his scintilliating performance that enabled the Deccan Chargers to take charge of their match against the Mumbai Indians in style by beating them by 10 wickets. It was an excellent display of power hitting by Gilchrist, who is known for his brilliant attacking acts with the bat, and I’m sure that him and the Kolkata wicket keeper and New Zealand International, Brendon McCullum, will be challenging eachother for the rights as the most explosive batsman in the Indian Premier League. McCullum is currently the 2nd highest run scorer in the league so far and even though Gilchrist is a few places behind him I’m sure that with more punishing displays like that he will definetly provide a challenge. To the Deccan Chargers: Congratulations for the win! Enjoy the spoils of that huge win and let that build your confidence up for your remaining time in the tournament, to the Mumbai Indians: Bad Luck this time, lets see you assess what went wrong and hope for some success for you in your remaining time. I have noticed that Twenty20 games can be unpredictable and it can take only one mistake to turn a whole game around, I think its that which will keep us on the edge of our seats for the remainder of the tournament.

Right click HERE to view the the story behind Adam Gilchrist’s brutal innings.

Posted in Adam Gilchrist, Batting, Deccan Chargers, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians, sixes, twenty20, Wicket-keeper | 3 Comments »

Player Profile(#20)…Shane Warne(Australia)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 27, 2008

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Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969) is a former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket. While his career statistics suggest that, despite his aggregate performances, phenomenal popularity and notoriety, he was perhaps less effective and destructive than the interbellum Australian leg-spinners Bill O’Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett, his durability and impact on the modern game assure his place alongside them in cricket’s pantheon. Indeed, in 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only bowler selected in the quintet.

Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and his 708 wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was broken by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on December 3, 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals)—he was the second bowler to reach this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan. A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, and charges of bringing the game into disrepute.

As well as Australia, he also played Australian domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He was captain of Hampshire for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007. In March 2008, Warne signed to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the tournament, where he will play the roles of both captain and coach.

He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes series victory over England. Two other players integral to the Australian team of recent years, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer, also retired from Tests on the same day which led some, including the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, to declare it the “end of an era”.

Following his retirement from international cricket, Warne played a full season at Hampshire in 2007. He had been scheduled to appear in the 2008 English cricket season, but in late March 2008 he announced his retirement from playing first-class cricket in order to be able to spend more time pursuing interests outside of cricket.

  • Cricket-Online player profile – Shane Warne
  • Player Profile: Shane Warne from Cricinfo
  • Cricket Australia media release congratulating Warne on 500th wicket
  • 10 photos of milestone wickets in Warne’s career
  • VB Warnie – Summer of Spin
  • Ball of the Century
  • List of cricket incidents
  • List of sportspeople sanctioned for doping offences
  • Statsguru – Shane K Warne – Test Bowling – List of wickets

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    *Acknowledgements to owners of pictures used, Wikipedia.org, Cricinfo.com

  • Posted in 700 Wickets, Australia, Baggy Green, Hampshire, Indian Premier League, Jaipur, Leg spin, Living Legend of cricket, Rajasthan Royals, Shane Warne, Victoria | Leave a Comment »

    Player Profile(#20)…Shane Warne(Australia)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 27, 2008

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    Shane Keith Warne (born 13 September 1969) is a former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket. While his career statistics suggest that, despite his aggregate performances, phenomenal popularity and notoriety, he was perhaps less effective and destructive than the interbellum Australian leg-spinners Bill O’Reilly and Clarrie Grimmett, his durability and impact on the modern game assure his place alongside them in cricket’s pantheon. Indeed, in 2000, he was selected by a panel of cricket experts as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, the only bowler selected in the quintet.

    Warne played his first Test match in 1992, and his 708 wickets was the record for the most wickets taken by any bowler in Test cricket, until it was broken by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan on December 3, 2007. He took over 1000 international wickets (in Tests and One-Day Internationals)—he was the second bowler to reach this milestone after Muttiah Muralitharan. A useful lower-order batsman, Warne also scored over 3000 Test runs, and he holds the record for most Test runs without a century. His career was plagued by scandals off the field; these included a ban from cricket for testing positive for a prohibited substance, and charges of bringing the game into disrepute.

    As well as Australia, he also played Australian domestic cricket for his home state of Victoria, and English domestic cricket for Hampshire. He was captain of Hampshire for three seasons, from 2005 to 2007. In March 2008, Warne signed to play in the Indian Premier League for the Jaipur team, Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the tournament, where he will play the roles of both captain and coach.

    He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia’s 5-0 Ashes series victory over England. Two other players integral to the Australian team of recent years, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer, also retired from Tests on the same day which led some, including the Australian captain, Ricky Ponting, to declare it the “end of an era”.

    Following his retirement from international cricket, Warne played a full season at Hampshire in 2007. He had been scheduled to appear in the 2008 English cricket season, but in late March 2008 he announced his retirement from playing first-class cricket in order to be able to spend more time pursuing interests outside of cricket.

  • Cricket-Online player profile – Shane Warne
  • Player Profile: Shane Warne from Cricinfo
  • Cricket Australia media release congratulating Warne on 500th wicket
  • 10 photos of milestone wickets in Warne’s career
  • VB Warnie – Summer of Spin
  • Ball of the Century
  • List of cricket incidents
  • List of sportspeople sanctioned for doping offences
  • Statsguru – Shane K Warne – Test Bowling – List of wickets

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    *Acknowledgements to owners of pictures used, Wikipedia.org, Cricinfo.com

  • Posted in 700 Wickets, Australia, Baggy Green, Hampshire, Indian Premier League, Jaipur, Leg spin, Living Legend of cricket, Rajasthan Royals, Shane Warne, Victoria | Leave a Comment »

    In the International Spotlight…Bermuda Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 25, 2008

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    The Bermudian cricket team is the team representing Bermuda in the sport of cricket, governed by the Bermuda Cricket Board. The Bermuda Cricket Board was elected to Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council, the global ruling body for the sport, in 1966. Having performed in all 8 ICC World Cup Qualifiers (formerly the ICC Trophy), the one-day competition for associate and affiliate members of the ICC, their most notable achievements have been finishing runners up in the 1982 competition and, more recently, finishing fourth in the 2005 tournament – granting them qualification to their first World Cup in the 2007 tournament. They failed to proceed past the Group Stage, following 3 heavy defeats – including the largest defeat ever recorded in a World Cup match at the hands of India. The highlight of the Bermudian season is the annual Cup Match, played between two of the island’s leading clubs of Somerset and St. George’s, which was first played in 1902. The game is played in a carnival atmosphere over two public holidays.

    Beginnings:
    The first recorded cricket match to take place in Bermuda occurred on 30 August 1844. The Bermuda Cricket Club was formed one year later and had support from locals as well as British troops. Some international games were played against American sides, principally from Philadelphia in the late 19th century, but the cricketing strength of the island diminished greatly after the First World War. Indeed, the only significant tour in the inter-War years was a five-match tour by a team led by Sir Julien Cahn in 1933.

    Post Second World War:
    After the Second World War cricket regained popularity in Bermuda, and many tours arrived, including some Test sides on the way to the West Indies. The first Bermudian tour of England took place in 1960 and more tours followed. Bermuda also is the place where the first non-Yorkshireman played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Yorkshire traditionally had a rule that no-one born outside the county could play for them, a rule abandoned in the 1990s. However, the rule was bent to allow Garry Sobers to play some games for them under the captaincy of Brian Close during a festival match in Bermuda.

    In 1966 Bermuda was elected to Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council. A match against New Zealand in 1972 was given first-class status. Since then they have competed in a wide range of international competitions including the ICC Trophy, a competition which was proposed by Alma Hunt, the Bermudian delegate to the ICC.

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    Here are some helpful links to access more information about Bermudan Cricket —>>

  • Cricinfo Bermuda
  • Bermuda Cricket Board
  • Cricket Archive- Bermuda
  • Bermudan Cricket Timeline

    *Acknowledgements to owners of video and pictures, Wikipedia.org, Cricinfo.com

  • Posted in associate member, Bermuda, British colony, Cricketing Minnow, Dwayne Leverock, Island Nation | Leave a Comment »

    An A.N.Z.A.C Tribute…..

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 25, 2008

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    Hi everyone,
    Just would like to make a tribute to all the cricketers (and everyone else also) that fought during the World Wars and perished in combat. They were indeed hardy souls that fought well for their country and theres no doubt in my mind that anyone that perished would have made a fine cricketer, as by fighting in the World Wars they showed immense spirit, determination, and comradeship that any dedicated cricketer today would be very proud of. Much respect should go out to these guys (and women) that fought to fight for the protection of our countries (and perhaps also the future of the game of cricket as well), and we should all remember them and their personal sacrifice they made. Theres no doubt that “above” they will still be playing cricket without the fear of being killed in the line of duty and for the ones that didn’t play cricket, they are in a better place and will always have my respect. Thankyou fallen war heroes, if it wasn’t for you cricket might not even exist to this day, or perhaps in a much broader view, maybe not life…

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    Posted in A.N.Z.A.C, Australia, cricketers, new zealand, Poppy, war veterans, World War 1, World War 2 | Leave a Comment »

    In the International Spotlight…Bermuda Cricket

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 25, 2008

    Photobucket

    The Bermudian cricket team is the team representing Bermuda in the sport of cricket, governed by the Bermuda Cricket Board. The Bermuda Cricket Board was elected to Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council, the global ruling body for the sport, in 1966. Having performed in all 8 ICC World Cup Qualifiers (formerly the ICC Trophy), the one-day competition for associate and affiliate members of the ICC, their most notable achievements have been finishing runners up in the 1982 competition and, more recently, finishing fourth in the 2005 tournament – granting them qualification to their first World Cup in the 2007 tournament. They failed to proceed past the Group Stage, following 3 heavy defeats – including the largest defeat ever recorded in a World Cup match at the hands of India. The highlight of the Bermudian season is the annual Cup Match, played between two of the island’s leading clubs of Somerset and St. George’s, which was first played in 1902. The game is played in a carnival atmosphere over two public holidays.

    Beginnings:
    The first recorded cricket match to take place in Bermuda occurred on 30 August 1844. The Bermuda Cricket Club was formed one year later and had support from locals as well as British troops. Some international games were played against American sides, principally from Philadelphia in the late 19th century, but the cricketing strength of the island diminished greatly after the First World War. Indeed, the only significant tour in the inter-War years was a five-match tour by a team led by Sir Julien Cahn in 1933.

    Post Second World War:
    After the Second World War cricket regained popularity in Bermuda, and many tours arrived, including some Test sides on the way to the West Indies. The first Bermudian tour of England took place in 1960 and more tours followed. Bermuda also is the place where the first non-Yorkshireman played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Yorkshire traditionally had a rule that no-one born outside the county could play for them, a rule abandoned in the 1990s. However, the rule was bent to allow Garry Sobers to play some games for them under the captaincy of Brian Close during a festival match in Bermuda.

    In 1966 Bermuda was elected to Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council. A match against New Zealand in 1972 was given first-class status. Since then they have competed in a wide range of international competitions including the ICC Trophy, a competition which was proposed by Alma Hunt, the Bermudian delegate to the ICC.

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    Here are some helpful links to access more information about Bermudan Cricket —>>

  • Cricinfo Bermuda
  • Bermuda Cricket Board
  • Cricket Archive- Bermuda
  • Bermudan Cricket Timeline

    *Acknowledgements to owners of video and pictures, Wikipedia.org, Cricinfo.com

  • Posted in associate member, Bermuda, British colony, Cricketing Minnow, Dwayne Leverock, Island Nation | Leave a Comment »

    An A.N.Z.A.C Tribute…..

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 24, 2008

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    Hi everyone,
    Just would like to make a tribute to all the cricketers (and everyone else also) that fought during the World Wars and perished in combat. They were indeed hardy souls that fought well for their country and theres no doubt in my mind that anyone that perished would have made a fine cricketer, as by fighting in the World Wars they showed immense spirit, determination, and comradeship that any dedicated cricketer today would be very proud of. Much respect should go out to these guys (and women) that fought to fight for the protection of our countries (and perhaps also the future of the game of cricket as well), and we should all remember them and their personal sacrifice they made. Theres no doubt that “above” they will still be playing cricket without the fear of being killed in the line of duty and for the ones that didn’t play cricket, they are in a better place and will always have my respect. Thankyou fallen war heroes, if it wasn’t for you cricket might not even exist to this day, or perhaps in a much broader view, maybe not life…

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    Posted in A.N.Z.A.C, Australia, cricketers, new zealand, Poppy, war veterans, World War 1, World War 2 | Leave a Comment »

    Player Profile(#19)…Jacob Oram(New Zealand)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 24, 2008

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    Jacob David Philip Oram (born 28 July 1978, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand) is a New Zealand cricketer. He is a big hitting left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. Because of his abilities with both bat and ball, he is a regular fixture in the current New Zealand test and one day sides. He usually bats around 6 or 7 for New Zealand. Oram’s bowling has been more successful in the shorter format: he has reached as high as 5 in the ICC ODI Player Rankings as a bowler. Standing at 1.98m (6ft 6 in), he was a schoolboy representative as a soccer goalkeeper. He has also played for Manawatu in the Hawke Cup.

    He plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

    More details about his career statistics and everything else can be found by right clicking HERE

    Here is a brilliant example of his hard hitting and punishing batting —>>

    Posted in all-rounder, Batter, black caps, bowler, Chennai Super Kings, Hawke Cup, Indian Premier League, Jacob Oram, Manawatu, new zealand | Leave a Comment »

    Player Profile(#19)…Jacob Oram(New Zealand)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 24, 2008

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    Jacob David Philip Oram (born 28 July 1978, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand) is a New Zealand cricketer. He is a big hitting left-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. Because of his abilities with both bat and ball, he is a regular fixture in the current New Zealand test and one day sides. He usually bats around 6 or 7 for New Zealand. Oram’s bowling has been more successful in the shorter format: he has reached as high as 5 in the ICC ODI Player Rankings as a bowler. Standing at 1.98m (6ft 6 in), he was a schoolboy representative as a soccer goalkeeper. He has also played for Manawatu in the Hawke Cup.

    He plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

    More details about his career statistics and everything else can be found by right clicking HERE

    Here is a brilliant example of his hard hitting and punishing batting —>>

    Posted in all-rounder, Batter, black caps, bowler, Chennai Super Kings, Hawke Cup, Indian Premier League, Jacob Oram, Manawatu, new zealand | Leave a Comment »