IPL 2017: Learning with each passing day, says Rahul Tripathi

It was Rahul Tripathi, who scored a half-century at his home turf for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) © BCCIYou may think Indian Premier League (IPL) is all about entertaining fans with some intense matches in the shortest format of the game. Apart from the entertainment, the tournament also provides a fair amount of glimpse of the upcoming talents from Indian domestic cricket. It was the same on Saturday, when a fresh batsman from Maharashtra came out to bat for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the ongoing IPL 2017 against defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. Local boy Rahul Tripathi scored a crucial half-century at his home turf. Ajinkya Rahane interviewed him following Pune’s win. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Match 24 at Pune “I felt extremely nice. Firstly, opening with you was a great experience for me. I tried to see how the ball is behaving in one or two overs and then go and play shots as we required a run rate of 9 per over. I tried to go big on the loose deliveries and give the team a good start in the first six overs as we have been doing in the last couple of games. I can go on and on about this as it one such experience for me where I am learning with each passing day,” said Tripathi in an exclusive interview to iplt20. “When I play with you in the nets, I keep a close watch on the smallest of techniques that you apply while batting. With Steve, he brings in his different style of play and when Mahi bhai comes to the ground, all you hear is the crowd chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’. That’s the kind of aura he has. For me it is a great learning curve as all the hard work I have put in at club cricket. I only want to improve on it by learning how much ever I can with you people being around,” he added. “When the two of us open, being at the non-striker’s end and watching you play a shot with the straight bat is a learning for me. Also, the conversation in the middle, when you tell me things like achcha jaa rahe ho [you're doing good] automatically brings in that confidence in me to go out and perform,” Tripathi added. Speaking on how MS Dhoni inspired him, Tripathi said, “When I used to watch Mahi-bhai finish games on television, it looked as if it was an easy task, but after having spent time with him on and off the field, I realise that his level of calmness under pressure is what one needs to learn. The kind of shots that he played today as soon as he came out in the middle were unbelievable. I can only keep learning as much as I can in his presence.” When Rahane asked Tripathi on his experience while opening alongside him, he confidently said, “I was pretty excited to open with you. With each player you get to learn something or the other. I did watch you bat in the nets and watched you play a few shots; therefore, when I got to know that you will be opening the innings with me, I was quite eager to go out there and bat with you. I always believe that you can learn something or the other from your partner and I did learn a lot from the kind of innings that you played today.” Tripathi also went on to describe regarding his cricketing techniques and if he is tempted to play big in this format of the game: “It does happen a lot of times when I’m tempted to play such shots, especially in the first six overs when you know you have to score the maximum amount of runs. But, my style of batting is different, as my strength is timing and I focus more on that. Even in the nets I focus more on my shape while batting and the balance while playing the shot and that I believe has proved successful for me. “Also, I would like to add that IPL is a platform which provides the youngsters with a lot of opportunity. The young guns get a chance to perform in front of international bowlers and learn from them. In our team we have Rahul, then there are the Pandya brothers in Mumbai Indians, Rishabh Pant in Delhi Daredevils; these boys have been performing well this season. Personally, I feel that I got to learn a lot because of IPL as I had first come in as a fairly young cricketer and got an opportunity to learn from the best in the business.”

William Yardley: The man who hit two switch-hits in 1870

William Yardley. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia CommonsThere was a pleasant ripple in the life of the ex-patriate English circle in erstwhile Bombay when the family of Sir William Yardley, Chief Justice of Bombay, was blessed with a son on June 10, 1849. Perhaps following a family tradition or according to the prevalent custom of the times, the eldest male child of the family was named William like his father. Clearly a privileged child to the Manor-born, William Yardley Jr was educated at Rugby School where he was imbued with the dictum of the late Dr Thomas Arnold, perhaps the most famous of the eminent Headmasters of Rugby: “First religious and moral principle, second gentlemanly conduct, third academic ability.” Short, incomplete scorecards are available for 6 cricket matches in 1867 and 1868 where the name of William Yardley appears playing for Rugby, usually performing wicketkeeping duties in addition to batting. The Register at Cambridge reveals that William Yardley, eldest son of Sir William of Hadlow Park, Tonbridge, having completed his Matric Examination from Rugby School in 1868, was admitted at Trinity on January 24, 1868. He took his BA degree in 1875. Following his father in the legal profession, Yardley Jr was admitted at the Middle Temple, London, on June 24, 1868 for Legal training, and was called to the Bar on January 27, 1973. During his time at Trinity, Yardley was very actively involved in University cricket, earning a Cricket Blue from 1869 to 1872 and being named Cambridge cricket captain in 1871. He made his First-Class debut in 1868, with Kent against Gentlemen of MCC. Although Gentlemen of MCC won the game by 132 runs (thanks to the superlative bowling efforts of captain EM Grace), Yardley, in the role of wicketkeeper, had a fairly decent initiation into First-Class cricket, scoring 51 and 24 and making a stumping. His Cambridge debut followed next year, against MCC, where he played purely as a batsman and scored 65 and 2*. In a First-Class career spanning 1868 from 1878 Yardley played 83 matches, scoring 3,609 with a highest of 130 and an average of 25.77. He had 3 centuries and 19 fifties. He held 43 catches and made 6 stumpings. One of the highlights of the cricket career of William Yardley was the University Derby of 1870 when Oxford and Cambridge confronted each other at Lord’s — the match celebrated as Cobden’s Match. The legend goes as follows: “Cobden whose name in Cambridge HallThe feat unto this day recalls,Three wickets with the last three ballsTo win the match by two.” Cambridge had batted first, being bowled out for 147. Avison Scott had top-scored with 45 and ’keeper Yardley scored 2, while Charles Francis (5 for 59) and Thomas Belcher (4 for 52) were the star bowlers. Oxford did marginally better, being dismissed for 175, Frank Cobden taking 4 for 41 (all bowled). The Cambridge second-innings total was 206, Yardley’s contribution being an even 100 (his maiden First-Class century, off 110 balls, with 14 fours) with some “brilliant — at times, grand” hitting — the first century ever scored in Oxford-Cambridge ties. Also ReadOxford vs Cambridge, 1870: Frank Cobden’s match Oxford began the last innings of the game requiring 179, and there seemed few alarms when the seventh wicket fell at the total of 175. After all, they were within a boundary hit of a victory with 3 wickets in hand. Mention must be made here of the Cambridge left-arm round-arm fast bowler Edward Ward, who had captured 6 for 29 out of the first 7 wickets to fall. What followed was, of course, the stuff of legends, when Cobden, in an inspired burst of right-arm fast bowling, took a hat-trick, removing Samuel Butler (0), wicketkeeper William Stewart (0), and last man Belcher (0), all 3 wickets falling on the total of 176. Cambridge had won that epochal match by 2 runs, and one more item had been added to the folklore of cricket. In an article entitled Cricketers I Have Met, the great WG Grace has this to say about Yardley: “His height was 5 ft. 11½, ins.; weight, 12, st. He was, without doubt, one of the most brilliant amateurs of his or any time, batting in excellent style, and scoring freely and quickly against all kinds of bowling.” Later in the same article, WG reveals another interesting facet of Yardley’s cricketing capabilities: “He was not a good bowler; but he could bowl fast round-arm with his right and lobs with his left.” This ambidexterity would stand him in good stead in a match mentioned later. During his time at Cambridge, apart from cricket, Yardley is also known to have excelled at tennis and racquets, winning the Racquets Championship against Oxford in 1871. In the University Derby of 1872, Yardley again scored a century (130, his highest First-Class score), becoming the first man to score 2 centuries for Cambridge against Oxford, and the last man to score a century for Cambridge till Percy Chapman scored 118 in May/1920. For Cambridge Yardley scored 783 runs at 27 with 2 hundreds. Let us now return to an interesting incident in a match for Kent, against Surrey at The Oval in 1870. Kent batted first, despite the knowledge that one of their members, Yardley, had not yet been able to report at the ground, having sustained a recent injury. Kent were dismissed for an ignominious 20. Yardley is shown as being absent hurt (otherwise reported as “had not arrived — 0”). Surrey scored 160 with George Griffith contributing 59. It seems that Yardley had been able to present himself at the venue later in the day, and to bat for Kent in their second innings. The following is a description of the events which took place at the beginning of the Kent second innings: “Kent were shot out for 20 at the Oval in 1870, with their latecomer William Yardley — ‘had not arrived 0’ — trying to make amends in the 2nd innings by way of a cunning plan. Opening the batting, as fast bowler Walter Anstead came in to bowl, the ambidextrous Yardley (able to throw 75 yards left-handed) reversed his normal right-handed stance and leathered the ball, only narrowly missing the nearby fielder Southerton at point, who now was an aunt sally at effectively silly mid-on. In fairness, Yardley had enigmatically warned Southerton (that should he see him suddenly change stance) to make himself scarce, but Southerton had merely laughed. The next ball Yardley successfully repeated the trick with Southerton this time dropping spread-eagled to the ground. This greatly amused Yardley though the Surrey supporters were incensed; shouting, ‘Not cricket! Not cricket!’. Yardley, a thespian and later notable playwright, had turned the proceedings into a farce and when Anstead was withdrawn from the attack the crowd hissed and hooted him like a pantomime villain. Anstead later returned to clean bowl Yardley for 14 and with his innovation ultimately proving to no avail — Kent lost by an innings — one imagines the incident was dismissed as a bit of nonsense.” Well, two switch-hits in 1870; one wonders what Kevin Pietersen would have made of all this, had he known about his ‘innovation’ being performed in First-Class cricket so long ago. Yardley’s career with Kent consisted of 34 First-Class matches and a total of 1,473 runs at 24.55 with a solitary hundred and 6 fifties. He held 20 catches and made 1 stumping. He also played 9 matches for the Gentlemen, many of them alongside the WG. Wisden says that “It is no flattery to say that in 1870, 1871, and 1872, his only superior as a batsman was Mr. W. G. Grace.” This is very high praise indeed, coming from such a quarter. It is said that in the games in which both Yardley and WG played together, Yardley was fond of placing small wagers on their respective scores. In the Gentlemen versus Players match of 1871 at Lord’s, Yardley had the unusual satisfaction of outscoring Grace in both innings, with identical scores of 51. WG scored 50 and 37 in this match. Being an amateur cricketer in his time and age, Yardley had initially adopted his legal practice as his means of living, practising in the South-Eastern Circuit.The multi-faceted Yardley had then gradually added another string to his bow by becoming a stage actor of some repute with the Canterbury Old Stagers. Later, he built up a good reputation in the press as a Drama critic. In his later years, he had also authored, sometimes in collaboration with Herbert Gardner, plays like Little Jack Shepherd, The Passport, Hobbies, and similar productions for the stage. Yardley was reputed to be the ghost writer of one of WG’s four ‘autobiographies’ — The History of a Hundred Centuries, published by Gill in 1895. William Yardley passed away on October 28, 1900 at Kingston-upon Thames, Surrey, and was laid to rest at Brookwood Cemetery in Woking. There is, however, a postscript to the life of this remarkably versatile man. In the domestic season of 1901, CB Fry had hit 5 centuries in successive innings and was being hailed as a batting genius through the length and breadth of the land. Having completed his fifth consecutive century (140 against Kent at Hove at the end of August), Fry decided to organise a fundraising game for the widow and children of the deceased Yardley. Fry raised a team (The Rest) of some of the best cricketers of the time, including WG and himself, to take on the Champion County Yorkshire at Lord’s in a game in September. Also ReadCB Fry becomes first batsman to score six consecutive hundreds in First-Class cricket The Rest scored 526, Gilbert Jessop hitting 233 in 150 minutes with 33 fours and 2 fives and sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 204 with Fry (105, his sixth century in consecutive innings, scored in about 3 hours). Fry’s feat has been emulated by only Don Bradman and Mike Procter in later years. Yorkshire were then bowled out for 229 and 182, Albert Trott taking 5 for 86 and 8 for 84. The fundraiser had realised about £350 for the widow and children of the late Kent and Cambridge stalwart William Yardley.

Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Match 26, Preview and likely XI:...

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are ahead in net run rate, and are at No. 6 in the points table while Gujarat Lions (GL) are currently at the bottom of the table © BCCIGlenn Maxwell’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on hosts, Suresh Raina’s Gujarat Lions (GL), in the first match of Sunday’s double-header of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. To be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, the match is crucial for both the teams as a victory in either camp will take them to the No. 4 spot in the IPL 10 points table. It is a battle of two equals: both teams have won 2 matches playing 6 matches each. However, KXIP are ahead in net run rate, and are at No. 6 in the points table while GL are currently at the bottom of the table. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot Known to be a paradise for spinners, the Rajkot ground is sure to give and edge to hosts GL. Local boy Ravindra Jadeja is a part of the team. Jadeja’s record at Rajkot has been fantastic, and his all-round skills will definitely come in handy. Another name is Andrew Tye, who impressed one and all with his 5-wicket-haul on IPL debut and might expect a place for the Saturday fixture. GL also have two other options in the spin departments, in Shadab Jakati and Shivil Kaushik. While Jakati has bowled decently despite limited opportunities, Kaushik has disappointed with his game. As for the pace attack, the experienced Praveen Kumar and James Faulkner are almost sure to make it to the starting XI, while Basil Thampi has been impressive with his ability to bowl yorkers with ease. Raina may give Nathu Singh a try ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni. KXIP have been over-dependent upon their pacers as far as bowling is concerned. They have only one specialist quality spinner in Akshar Patel. Swapnil Singh’s performance has lacked consistency but he is expected to make it to the team for Saturday based on playing conditions; if need be, Maxwell will have to bowl the occasional over. The pace attack consists of Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma, while they have a third option between Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron, with Marcus Stoinis chipping in if needed. KC Cariappa may find a spot ahead of Gurkeerat Mann. IPL 2017: KXIP need to play as a team, says J Arun Kumar The GL camp is full of quality hard-hitters. Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum and Raina have been at their usual best. Dinesh Karthik is in very good form. With Jadeja and Faulkner down the order for slog-hitting, the batting looks sorted. KXIP have a lot of quality overseas batsmen. Unfortunately, they cannot accommodate all of them, as a result of which the batting looks weak. Hashim Amla has seldom disappointed at the top, while Maxwell will take charge of the middle-order. Names like Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Stoinis and Akshar will have to be consistent with the bat. IPL 2017: GL had no choice but to win vs KKR, says Sitanshu Kotak Likely XIs: Gujarat Lions (GL): Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Nathu Singh, Andrew Tye. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell (c), Marcus Stoinis, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, KC Cariappa, Swapnil Singh, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan. The story so far: both teams have played 6 matches each and have won 2 of them. KXIP are ahead of GL due to net run rate. Advantage: Home ground, a spinner-rich squad, a spin-friendly track — all speak in favour of GL. They are also coming off a victory against KKR. KXIP will really have to stretch themselves in order to win. Squads: Gujarat Lions (GL): Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Glenn Maxwell (c), Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Akshar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, T Natarajan, Swapnil Singh, Darren Sammy, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, Martin Guptill, Anureet Singh, Varun Aaron, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Matt Henry, Nikhil Naik, Rahul Tewatia, KC Cariappa, Pardeep Sahu, Rinku Singh, Armaan Jaffer. TIME: 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT

IPL 2017 LIVE Streaming, Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab: Watch GL vs KXIP...

Gujarat Lions will hope to secure victory in their own den © BCCIWith both teams lying in a similar juncture of IPL 2017, Gujarat Lions (GL) will lock horns with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Match 26. Both sides have won 2 out of 6 matches and are lying in the bottom half of the table. However, with 8 games remaining, the hope is still alive for both the Lions and the Kings. The live cricket streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar. The live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD in English commentary, along with Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu commentary on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD, while SET MAX to feature only Hindi commentary. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 26 at Rajkot GL, who secured crucial victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their previous match, would want things to gradually fall in place from the remaining games. In absence of injured Dwayne Bravo, Jadeja has not really hit the right notes. But emerging players like Basil Thampi, Andrew Tye and their all-rounder James Faulkner have rose to the occasion when needed. GL’s batting, however, has provided quick fire start that comprises of Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Raina himself and Dinesh Karthik. KXIP, on the other hand, suffered consecutive defeats after a successful start to their campaign. Their batting has been dependent on a handful of men like Hashim Amla, Glenn Maxwell and Manan Vohra, who have anchored the innings earlier. The KXIP think-tank may want to alter their batting unit if they wish to win the remaining games. As for the bowlers, the pacers have not done justice for their side. With the records favouring both the sides equally, the Lions and Kings will have to push themselves for qualification.

IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma instils Mumbai Indians (MI) bowlers with immense confidence, says Mitchell...

Mitchell McClenaghan ended with figures of 3 for 24 against DD © AFPAfter Mumbai Indians (MI) were restricted to a sub-par total of 142 against a clinical bowling performance from Delhi Daredevils (DD), everything went right for the hosts. MI began to defend their total well by reducing DD to 24 for 6 at one point. Mitchell McClenaghan ran through the DD batting line-up after his torrid time against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). McClenaghan had a forgettable innings against KXIP where he leaked 46 runs, of which 28 came in a single over when Glenn Maxwell went berserk. In 6 games, McClenaghan had taken just 9 wickets at an economy rate of 9.12. On his return to save MI from a precarious condition against DD, McClenaghan credited captain Rohit Sharma and team management for instilling confidence in him. Full Cricket Scorecard, Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 25 During the post-match press conference, McClenaghan explained the game plan to defend their total of 142: “When you think you have a sub-par score on a pretty good wicket, the tendency is to go out and be too aggressive with the ball and think you have to make things happen from the outset. We worked hard with the analysts and got the right plans in place. We bowled with control, but with a nice presence. We have a nice sense of confidence, but not arrogance, which is nice in a group like this because you know you can back the skills of the bloke next to you and he’s going to give his 100 per cent for you.” McClenaghan stressed on the immense backing that he receives from the Mumbai skipper: “Rohit has been fantastic on and off the field, understanding in terms of knowing a lot of bowlers, in this tournament in particular, have gone for runs. He knows some days it may not be your day. He instils you with an incredible amount of confidence. You’re never worried; you’re never thinking ‘If I don’t bowl a good over, I’m going to get dropped.’” MI have made their best start in IPL history with 6 victories on trot. McClenaghan is hopeful of his side maintaining the consistency: “As soon as you underestimate someone, that’s when you’re going to get kicked in the teeth. We’ve got a very level management and a level team. A fresh start, every time. The key for us is not to get too high or get too low. Be consistent because there are ups and downs in T20 cricket.”

Highlights, Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25: DD lose

Mumbai Indians look to continue their winning streak © BCCIHello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of Match No. 25 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. I am Aditya Sahay and will bring you the live cricket scores and updates from this game. MI who are in red-hot form enter their seventh game of the tournament. Mumbai Indians received an early jolt against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). Since then, the team has shown different form compared to the previous years by getting rid of the ‘slow-starters’ tag. With experienced as well as debutant players bringing ‘A’ game forward, Mumbai Indians are also on top of the IPL 2017 table battling it out with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Full Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 2017, Match 25 at Wankhede Stadium With another win against DD, MI would want to strengthen their position. While skipper Rohit Sharma’s form has been unmoved, it has given opportunity to players like Nitish Rana, the Pandya brothers, Parthiv Patel and Jasprit Bumrah to carry forward their consistency. Amongst the international players Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler have provided match-winning performances. However, their concern would be to restrict the flow of runs that their experienced bowlers, Mitchell McClenaghan and Lasith Malinga, who leaked against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the previous match. But with ratio reading 6-1 favouring MI, DD have task on hand. DD, who started their campaign on a positive note, have shown no momentum barring a few players. Angelo Mathews’ inclusion has not bolstered DD in any department. Meanwhile, Karun Nair’s on and off performance have added further dilemma. However, players like Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant and Morris have stepped up in precarious conditions. The fourth-placed DD will hope to end their two-match losing streak and reclaim their position at the top of the table. Squads: Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan(c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson, Sam Billings, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Angelo Mathews, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Ben Hilfenhaus

Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 2: Mohammad Aamer shines with 5-for on...

Mohammad Aamer has taken his first 5-for since his return to international cricket © AFPThe second day’s play between Pakistan and West Indies was called off due to persistent rainfall. Only 11.3 overs of the game was witnessed on Day Two which saw Mohammad Aamer taking his five-for (5 for 41) – his 4th in Test cricket. West Indies had put up a score of 278 for the loss of 9 when torrential rains hit the Sabina Park once again eventually the day getting called off. West Indies skipper Jason Holder is currently unbeaten on 55 having scored his 5th test fifty. Apart from Aamer, spinner Yasir Shah has taken 2 wickets in his kitty having conceded 91 runs for the same whereas debutant pacer Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz have got 1 wicket each. Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica Day Two started on an embarrassing note for West Indies. There had been heavy rain overnight, but the covers on the ground were insufficient to cover the entire area. This resulted in the wet outfield and moreover, the covers which were put on the wicket saw water seeping in through them resulting in the bowler’s run-up area become damp. Coal therapy was used at the start of the day to dry up the wet patches but to a very little success. Umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough had an inspection of the pitch twice but no play was possible in the first session of the day. This resulted in the first session getting washed out completely and soon after the lunch was taken, rain hit Sabina Park again stopping only after a brief period of time. Eventually, rainfall stopped resulting in weather clearing up and the finally the game was possible after a brief 4-hour break. When the players took to the field finally, the game was revised to 53 overs which was to be played in two sessions – if the weather and lights permitted. West Indies resumed from their overnight score of 244 with Holder and Bishoo (28). Both added 20 runs more to their overnight total before Aamer got the wicket of Bishoo taking his 4th of the match. Holder continued scoring runs dealing in boundaries bringing up his gritty fifty from the other end. But Aamer struck once again, this time getting the wicket of Alzarri Joseph (0) taking his five-for – his first since the infamous five-for at Lords in 2010. Pakistan pacers tried their best to get the last wicket of West Indies innings, but their plans were disrupted by rain eventually the play getting called off. The game will begin 30 minutes early on Day Three to compensate for the loss of the game on Day Two. But with the prospects of rain on all the remaining days of this first Test of the series, the future of this Test remains hanging in the hands of weather! Brief scores: West Indies 278 for 9 (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 55*; Mohammad Aamer 5 for 41, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) vs Pakistan Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica

IPL 2017: Zaheer Khan a terrific captain; really impressed with him, says Rahul Dravid

Zaheer Khan-lee DD suffered a 14-run loss at the hands of MI at Wankhede Stadium © BCCIRahul Dravid, currently the mentor of Delhi Daredevils (DD) has heaped praise on the team’s captain Zaheer Khan. Dravid said Zaheer is aggressive and he has been impressed with the way he has led DD. He also mentioned that a lot of young cricketers look up to Zaheer. Dravid also believes that there is a good pool of young and talented players in DD this time and playing in front such huge crowds in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 will only help them in their careers. DD played against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium and Dravid felt that his side will emerge on top, if they do the basics right. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD), IPL 10, Match 25 Talking about Zaheer, Dravid said on the sidelines of the game, “He has been very good. He likes to be aggressive, he likes to move the game around, which is really good. Just hope that he doesn’t get too cute, he has been terrific. Zaheer has been a really good captain, really impressed with him. Been working with him in the last couple of years. He is tactically very good. And good around the group as well. Lot of the young kids really look up to Zak. Really enjoyed working with him.” DD have youngsters like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair to name a few. Dravid is hopeful that they carry their experience from the IPL into their First-Class careers and also into the international level, if they get a chance. “Very excited [with the young talent]. Really great to see some of the batting talent we have seen, even in this IPL and what I have seen in the last couple of years in the Under-19s. The quality of the batsmanship has been exceptional. [A] Lot of these people pushing each other, challenging each other all the time. Just the creativity and the skill level in the batting is really good,” DD mentor said. READ: IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians defy Rabada, Morris to clinch low-scoring clash vs Delhi Daredevils “Fast bowling as well — some really good talent, good spinners as well. Hopefully they can use this platform and it is really great for the young Indian talent to play in front of this crowd and under this kind of pressure. It’s actually priceless and hopefully they can take that into the First-Class level. Hopefully when they do play for India, they are not too overawed by these kind of situations,” he added. Dravid believes with the Wankhede having an excellent track and the boundaries small, any team will be chasing the leather if a batsman gets set. “Things can change really quickly on this ground as we have seen. It’s one of those grounds where you can’t think too far ahead. It’s a small ground, it’s a really good wicket. We have seen people get out after starts, couple of batsmen get set and you can be really chasing the leather here. We just have to keep our feet on the ground and keep doing the basics well,” the former Indian captain said. On his coaching style Dravid said, “My style is don’t mess up people too much, don’t cause too much damage. As coach all you can do is prepare the players and do the best you probably can off the field. Make sure that the environment is good, they’re relaxed, happy and get what they need to put the performance on the field. But once the game starts, there’s very little you can do, especially in a fast paced game like T20. You have to rely on the captain: it’s the captain’s team once the 20 overs start.”

IPL 2017: It’s an honour to play with MS Dhoni, says Imran Tahir after...

Imran Tahir picked a crucial wicket of Shikhar Dhawan against SRH © BCCIRising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS) spinner Imran Tahir says it is an honour to share dressing room with a great cricketer like MS Dhoni. Tahir bowled only 3 overs and gave away 23 runs and picked a crucial wicket of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener Shikhar Dhawan during their clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. After registering their third win in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), Tahir opened up on a few things with some interesting statements. Tahir started by praising Dhoni’s match-winning knock of 61 off just 34 balls. FULL CRICKET SCORES: RPS vs SRH, Match 24 “I don’t have words. He played very well and Dhoni is known for playing in this type of situations. It was unbelievable to watch from Tripathi first and then Dhoni. We are also excited that we will get to see Dhoni playing in similar fashion. It was a great knock,” said Tahir, as quoted by PTI. When asked about his experience of sharing dressing room with a great personality like Dhoni, Tahir said, “It is absolutely an honour. What a humble and nice person he is and it’s been lovely to play with him. I try as much as things I can share with him because he has got a lot of experience. To be honest, I am loving every moment and I am sure it’s every cricketer’s dream to play with MS Dhoni. And it’s a great opportunity, thanks to IPL. I got into Pune and then play with him. It has been really going well with him. I hope it carries on.” Being a leg spinner, Tahir has faced many situations where he had to bowl on flat pitches where no turn is on offer. Talking about that factor, Tahir opined, “It is all about mind games. If pitch is not offering turn and still you are trying to legbreak and leaking runs, then you are actually going against your team plan or your own plan. In my view, you can only success by sticking to yours plans because if wicket is not allowing turn and still trying for legbreak, you will get hit as per my thinking. If legbreak is happening then definitely go for it. But I am also a bit lucky that I am a leg spinner because of variations and we have to use it quite intelligently. So, legbreak should be done only according to the conditions and plan.” Further, Tahir also added that T20 is a format which has made spinners more perfect as batsman are expected to deal in fours and sixes very often. “In my view, we are aware of the fact that people love watching sixes and fours. They have no idea what we have to go through. But since it is part of our job and the way T20 cricket has been designed, it benefits bowlers as they become more perfect. And as we all know that bats are thicker these days and because of those things, it is a good challenge for bowlers,” Tahir said. At the end, Tahir shared something interesting when asked about sharing knowledge with other bowlers. He started by saying nobody taught him anything but he likes to share with the other bowlers. Tahir did not name the player with whom he has shared his knowledge after the match but he probably indicated towards Afghanistan sensation Rashid Khan and said, “Nobody taught me on my bowling. I wouldn’t name any one, but there were many people whom I sought help but none did. But I like to share my knowledge till the time I am playing and contributing to the game by any means. Even now, I went to SRH’s dressing room to ask him, although he is currently bowling better than me. But then he also asked something from me, which I knew and shared with him. So I think, by sharing, you earn more.”

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Frederick Ponsonby: Cricketing peer, co-founder of I Zingari

Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough © Getty imagesThe family appears to have come over from North West England at the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, having originally resided at Ponsonby, a parish in the Union of Whitehaven, Allerdale Ward, above Derwent, Cumberland. The family is reputed to have had one ancestor who had been appointed the Royal Barber to the court of King William I, a fact that is commemorated in the family crest in the form of 3 combs and a chevron symbolising the open razor that had once shaved the Royal cheeks. The family Motto reads Pro rege, legegrege, the free translation of which is “For the King, law and people. By the time this narrative begins, of course, the family had come a long way, no longer carrying out Royal tonsorial duties, the male members having themselves become Peers of the Realm. It was on September 11, 1815 that John William Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough, of Marylebone, London and his wife Lady Maria Fane, were blessed with a second son, christened in due course as Frederick George Brabazon. The young scion of the noble family was admitted to Harrow, in the Easter Midsummer semester of 1830. He played cricket in the Harrow first XI in 1832 and 1833, and is noted in the Harrow Register as having become a Monitor in 1833. He completed his Matriculation and left Harrow in January 1834. The archives show the Hon. Frederick Ponsonby (as he was known during his active playing days) playing 13 games for Harrow School between 1831 and 1834 (of which 7 were against MCC), principally as a right-handed batsman who batted in the lower-order. He appears to also have been an occasional wicketkeeper with 3 First-Class stumpings to show for it. He was not known to be a very heavy scorer, bagging a pair against traditional rivals Eton at Lord’s in 1832, and being dismissed for a duck in the only innings he batted in his other game against them, in 1833. During Ponsonby’s time in the Harrow first XI, the school was passing through a horrific run of defeats, the win against Winchester in 1833 being their first victory since 1822. The next step in the overall upbringing of the Ponsonby was admission to Trinity, Cambridge, on February 1, 1834. Ponsonby earned his Cricket Blue in 1836 and took his MA in 1837. It may be noted that he was a member of MCC from 1834, playing cricket for them while he was at Cambridge. He was admitted to Lincoln Inn for legal studies and training, and was called to the Bar on June 15, 1840. Ponsonby’s first game in the MCC colours appears to be a Second-Class match, ironically against his alma mater Harrow in 1834. He scored 9 and 8 and held a catch. He made his First-Class debut for Cambridge against Cambridge Town Club later that year. He scored 2 and 5 and the Town Club won the game by 10 wickets. Interestingly, playing for the Town Club was one Francis Phillips Fenner, and he took 8 wickets in the game. Fenner would become a well-known Cambridge and Hampshire cricketer in the years to come and would later establish a cricket ground in 1848 on land which he had himself leased. This ground, named FP Fenner’s Ground in his memory, is still used by Cambridge for all their home cricket matches. In a First-Class span of 1834 to 1856, Ponsonby played 67 matches (26 of these were for MCC), scoring 1,129 with a highest of 74 and an average of 10.96. He is seen to have scored 3 fifties and to have held 31 catches along with 3 stumpings. Of these, 26 were for MCC. Handbill for Gentlemen vs Players at Lord’s, 1841, a match that was possible only due to subscription raised by Frederick Ponsonby © Getty ImagesPonsonby entered the record books in 1842. Playing for MCC against Cambridge, he made one hit that fetched 9 runs in his first-innings score of 39. Scores & Biographies recorded the historic feat as “a hit to leg for 9, being one of the longest recorded in any match where there were no overthrows.” Ponsonby’s feat has since been eclipsed by the Derbyshire skipper Sammy Wood against the MCC at Lord’s in 1900 by a stroke that had resulted in 10. The match report states: “Wood, assisted by the net and an overthrow, scored 10 in one stroke off [Cuthbert] Burnup in the second innings. The revised net system was in use in this match.” Even so, Ponsonby’s 9 runs off a single delivery was the first of 14 such instance till date, and the only one that did not entail any overthrows. The match between Kent and England at Canterbury in 1841, a game England won by 74 runs, and a match where Francis Fenner was reputed to have scored 34 painstaking runs in about 5 dour and gritty hours in the England first-innings of 163 (Ponsonby contributing 30), proved to be the starting point of a novel show of talent of a different type on the part of the Hon. Frederick Ponsonby. In an article written by Lord Alistair Lexden and published in 2016, the author gives a fascinating insight into the events that ensued at Canterbury around the time that the above-mentioned game was played. Lord Lexden says: “For two weeks in August 1841, the city of Canterbury was en fete. Along with many other entertainments, the editor of a local newspaper wrote later: ‘The Tories had gained a great political triumph, and had succeeded in returning both members for the city to Parliament. The victory was celebrated with dinners and dances; there was a fancy bazaar, at which duchesses, marchionesses, countesses and baronesses kept the stalls.” The Kent vs England game had been witnessed by about 4,000 spectators, “including the leading county families”. In the words of Lexden: “The victory inspired the creation of an annual Canterbury Cricket Week (always spelt with capital letters) which only World Wars had the power to disrupt. From the start, the Week also provided a splendid daily diversion for those attending it: each evening theatrical entertainments of high standard were laid on by a company formed by some of the visiting cricketers and supplemented by friends with thespian talent.” The whole concept of these evening theatricals was mooted by one John Baker, a clergyman, local landowner and amateur cricketer. It seems that the success of the initial performances in a “rundown local theatre (recalled by the participants as a ‘den of dirt and distemper’)” led to a lasting bonding between the participants, led by members of the Ponsonby family, headed by the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon, and including his brother Spencer, both known to excel at amateur theatricals during their Cambridge days. The Hon. Frederick Ponsonby as Theophilus Pole (left) and the Hon. Spencer Ponsonby as Toby Tramp in the farce The Mummy staged by the Old Stagers in 1861. Photo courtesy: The Ricardo AlbumA contemporary media report read: “Many of the amateurs walked the stage with the grace and style of favourite professionals to whom they would bear comparison”. Inspired by the success of the evening theatrical entertainments, the participants were quick to find a name for the group: the Old Stagers. Still flourishing in England more than 170 years later, the Old Stagers, an enterprise inspired and founded by Frederick Ponsonby, is the oldest amateur dramatic society in the world. Since the group’s inception in 1842, their performances have become an integral part of the Canterbury Cricket Week celebrations through the years. The famous lime tree at St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, having been planted in honour of the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo, was already flourishing by the time the Canterbury Week and the Old Stagers came into being. The curtain rose on “the first performance of the Canterbury Amateurs” on August 1, 1842. Alfred Mynn was known to have been persuaded to become an active participant in these theatricals with the Old Stagers from 1847 till his death in 1861. There have been several nomadic cricket clubs in England over the years; the names of the Free Foresters, the Incogniti, the Cryptics, the Buccaneers, and the Arabs come to mind. The oldest of this genre of cricket clubs was undoubtedly the I Zingari. In his fascinating History of I Zingari, author WJ Bolland begins by saying: “An intoxicating combination of adrenaline and alcohol can be seen as largely responsible for the foundation of I Zingari on 4th July, 1845. After victory in a game against the school side at Harrow, William Bolland, Frederic and Spencer Ponsonby and R.P. Long had dinner at the Blenheim Hotel in Bond Street. Agreeing that much of the enjoyment of their victory stemmed from the fact that all eleven of them were amateurs, the friends decided that it would be sensible to found an amateur wandering club.” After long deliberations, the group of Old Harrovians decided that the itinerant cricket club would be named I Zingari (The Gypsies). The colours decided upon were Black, Red, and Gold, symbolising the Club Motto: “Out of darkness, through fire, into light.” It was decided that membership would be invitation only. The three founders of I Zingari. From left: Hon. Spencer Ponsonby, John Loraine Baldwin, Frederick Ponsonby © Getty ImagesA rough draft of the Rules of the Club was chalked out: “That the Entrance be nothing, and the Annual Subscription do not exceed the Entrance.” Bolland was elected Perpetual President, the title later being changed to Governor. It was this free spirit of amateur adventure and enjoyment of the game that has been the hallmark of the club ever since. The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1995, and the tradition continues with one match scheduled for I Zingari in the calendar for 2017, against Old Amplefordians at Ascot Park on September 10. An arm injury in 1843 imposed some restrictions on Ponsonby’s active participation in cricket to some extent. He repaid his debt to his old school by accepting an honorary coaching role and was instrumental in the recruitment of John Wisden as a bowling coach for the school in 1852. He was associated with MCC for a long period and was the perpetual Vice-President of Surrey County Cricket Club. He played his last First-Class game for the MCC against Sussex at Hove in 1856, bowing out of active cricket with a duck in his only innings. On January 28, 1880, upon the death of his elder brother John George, the 5th Earl of Bessborough, who had died without a male heir, the Hon. Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby succeeded to the title as 6th Earl of Bessborough. As a Parliamentarian and a Member of the House of Lords, he was nominated as a Member of the Commission to look into the Land System in Ireland (the family had large land holdings in county Kilkenny of Ireland) in 1880. On the basis of the report submitted by the Commission, known as the Bessborough Commission, Prime Minister William Gladstone initiated the Land Bill of 1881. The 6thEarl of Bessborough was never married. He passed away from bronchitis on March 11, 1895 at his residence at 45 Green Street, Mayfair, London, aged about 79. Frederick George Brabazon Ponsonby, 6th Earl of Bessborough, was laid to rest on the family estate of Pilltown, county Kilkenny, Ireland, eight days later. His will was proven (by probate) on June 25, at £114,984 gross and £68,920 net.He was succeeded by his brother Walter William, Rector of Canford Magna, Dorset.

IPL 2017: Dwayne Bravo of Gujarat Lions (GL) ruled out for the season

Dwayne Bravo did not play any of the six matches played by Gujarat Lions (GL) so far this season © IANSAfter suffering a hamstring injury earlier in 2016, followed by a surgery, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who plays for Gujarat Lions (GL), has been ruled out for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Bravo has still not recovered completely to be eligible to play in the IPL 10 tournament. Gujarat owner Keshav Bansal confirmed the development on Twitter. Bravo did not play any of the six matches played by Gujarat so far this season. Following his exit from IPL 2017, he is also in doubts regarding his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, slated to be held in England in June. With April 25 being the deadline for the announcement of the final 15-member squad for the tournament, chances looks bleak for the Trinidad and Tobago cricketer. Dwayne Bravo’s upcoming song to feature Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni? Earlier in December 2016, Bravo was ruled out of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2016-17 after he suffered a hamstring injury during a match against Perth Scorchers. Bravo sustained injury while trying to stop a boundary. Bravo held his hamstring as soon as he incurred pain. Bravo underwent a scan after he was stretchered off the field. He later underwent a surgery in January 2017. Meanwhile, Bravo has found quite a few ways to keep himself occupied in India. Apart from cricket, Bravo has made quite a name for himself in the entertainment industry in India. Going to miss this Champion! Unfortunately he has been ruled out this season due to injury! I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery! pic.twitter.com/XkKiMN9ojt — Keshav Bansal (@KeshavBansal08) April 23, 2017 Gujarat Lions earlier tweeted a video of Bravo and his younger half-brother Darren Bravo. In the video, both brothers can be seen talking about Dwayne’s upcoming song that features India’s current captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni. “We go over to India, India, India. I call up a boy named Kohli, Kohli Kohli. We tell him to WhatsApp Dhoni.” Soon after the stanza, both brothers were seen laughing at full strength.

Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica, Day 3, Preview: Search for...

In the limited time available, Mohammad Aamer seized the opportunity to take a five-for — his first since making his comeback in international cricket © AFPThe second day of the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies was heavily affected by rain, resulting in a mere 11.3 overs of cricket. In the limited time available, Mohammad Aamer seized the opportunity to take a five-for — his first since making his comeback in international cricket. At the other end, West Indies skipper Jason Holder scored 55 not out off 69 balls, defying Pakistan. By the time the day ended, West Indies had reached 278 for 9 after resuming the day at 244 for 7. Yasir Shah claimed 2 for 91, while Wahab Riaz and debutant Mohammad Abbas got a wicket apiece. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica Day Two had a lot of action in store. West Indies had resurrected their innings — they were 71 for 5 at one point on Day One — but a patient stand of 118-run stand between Roston Chase (63) and Shane Dowrich (56) rescued the hosts out. Yasir Shah struck against the run of play getting both Chase and Dowrich on consecutive deliveries. Pakistan had got the grip of the game yet again. At that stage the score read 189 for 7. Then Holder and Devendra Bishoo added 75 for the 8th wicket, frustrating the Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan had their opportunities of mopping up the tail, but missed chances cost them. Abbas looked dangerous with the new ball but that was it. Wahab has been wayward, often giving away runs and releasing the pressure. Untidy bowling has cost Pakistan, and will hurt them more if they allow Holder to score more runs on Day Three. Holder has already shown signs of cutting loose once Alzarri Joseph was cleaned up. Misbah-ul-Haq will have to end the innings. PAK vs WI, 1st Test, Day 1: Aamer, Abbas’ early damage, Wahab’s stunner and other highlights West Indies, on the other hand, will aim to make it past 300, which will definitely give them a mental boost. Their tail-enders have done a commendable job. It is likely that Holder goes away for big shots immediately on Day Three. With nothing to lose for West Indies, any run that comes on the third morning will be welcome. When it comes to their bowling, Gabriel and Joseph will be hoping to exploit the rain-hit pitch. We have already seen Aamer and Abbas do a splendid job with the new ball. If they get a couple of wickets in the first session, they will certainly be back in the match. Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 2: Mohammad Aamer shines with 5-for on a rain-hit day On the other hand, quick wickets will also bring Younis Khan (23 short of 10,000 Test runs) and Misbah (48 short of 5,000) coming in to bat in their final series. But having said this all, there is this maximum possibility of rain playing the perfect spoilsport on Day Three just the way it did yesterday. Brief scores: West Indies 278 for 9 (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 55*; Mohammad Aamer 5 for 41, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) vs Pakistan.
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