Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ranji Trophy 15-16: Quarter-Finals: Jharkhand vs Mumbai

Match Summary: Mumbai (416 & 245) beat Jharkhand (172 & 94) by 395 runs
Mumbai enter the semi-finals.

In the end, the task was too much for the Jharkhand team against the 40 times Ranji Champions Mumbai. Mumbai batted first after winning the toss. They put up a decent score although Nadeem did pull them back a bit. The Jharkhand opening partnership started aggressively. However after the initial flurry of boundaries, the Mumbai spinners reined them in and kept taking wickets regularly. They chose not to enforce the follow on. Although Mumbai couldn't get a big total in the second innings but the ask was very tough. Yet Jharkhand collapsed without even a semblance of a fight in the second innings and lost by a very big margin.

  • Nadeem picked his 9th career 5-wicket haul and his 4th of the season.
  • Samar Quadri picked his 6th career 5-wicket haul.

It was a slightly disappointing end to a good season overall for Jharkhand team. Jharkhand certainly missed the services of Varun Aaron (on account of his marriage) and Ishan Kishan (on National U-19 duty). Yet there were quite a few positives for the team.
  • Along with Vidarbha they were the only teams to qualify to the second stage of each of the three premier tournaments. 
  • Dhoni's presence in the Vijay Hazare Trophy brought the team into spotlight.
  • Shahbaz Nadeem took 50 wickets in the Ranji season.
  • Ishan Kishan is leading the India Under-19 team in the World Cup and has also been picked up in the IPL auctions to Gujarat Lions where he will be the under-study to Dinesh Karthik
Now the action shifts to IPL where the likes of Tiwary, Nadeem and Kishan would be hoping for the performance which shoots them into the limelight.

It was great following the team this year. Would certainly look forward to writing a few more blog posts on the Jharkhand team and its players next year when they are playing with the big boys in Group A.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

IPL 2016 - Auctions: Jharkhand

The final list for the player auctions for 2016 season of IPL is out. It was disappointing to see that in spite of a good run across the three formats, very Jharkhand players made it into the auctions list. Following are the players in the running for an IPL slot.
  1. Ishank Jaggi
  2. Virat Singh
  3. Ishan Kishan
  4. Jaskaran Singh
  5. Rahul Shukla
All of them are at the lowest base price of Rs. 10 Lakh each. Being the India Under-19 captain, Ishan Kishan's chances are the brightest to join the likes of Dhoni, Tiwary, Aaron and Nadeem in the IPL roster. Lets see which of the franchisees picks up these players.

Complete Player List for the Auction (Link)

Meanwhile in the Deodhar Trophy, Nadeem was the only Jharkhand representative. Playing only in the final for India A, he scored 2* and picked 3 for 36. 

Next Stop - Ranji Trophy Quarter-finals.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand Super League Review

After a good run in the league stages, the Jharkhand journey came to a halt in the Super League stage with the team losing all the 3 games easily. In all 3 games, Jharkhand batted first. The batsmen weren’t able to compile a big score. And the bowlers weren’t able to defend them. 

Match Summaries 
Game 1: Jharkhand [133/7(20)] lost to Uttar Pradesh [134/1(16.5)] by 9 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Virat Singh, Rahul Singh; Out – Ankit Dabas, Sonu Singh 
Key Performances: Rathour (40), Tiwary (38) 

Game 2: Jharkhand [134/7(20)] lost to Delhi [138/5(18)] by 5 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Varun Aaron ; Out – Prakash Seet 
Key Performances: Virat Singh (45), Jaggi (42), Aaron (3/27) 

Game 3: Jharkand [146/2(20)] lost to Gujarat [146/4 (14.1)] by 6 wickets 
Team Changes: In – Anand Singh, Sonu Singh; Out – Shasheem Rathour, Varun Aaron 
Key Performances: Jaggi (39), Kaushal Singh (2/21) 

Season Stats: 
Top Scorers: Virat Singh (251 @31); Ishank Jaggi (247 @49); Saurabh Tiwary (243 @61) 
Most Wickets: Shahbaz Nadeem (10 @23); Vikash Singh (9 @22); Prakash Seet (8 @22) 
Player Count: 16 

The Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy was also a good audition ground for the IPL Auctions. However there weren’t too many stand-out individual performances from the Jharkhand squad. It is likely to be a similar representation this year with the likes of Aaron, Tiwary and Nadeem featuring in the various squads. There is a fair chance for the likes of Shukla, Jaggi, Virat Singh and Rathour as well. Lets see what the auctions have in store. 

Coming Up Next: Ranji Trophy Quarter-Finals against 40 times champions Mumbai in February. 

But before that we have the Deodhar Trophy where Nadeem and Aaron will be representing India A.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Arbit Stats #49: Twin Doubles

ODI #3723: Australia vs India, Perth, January 12, 2016

207: Partnership between Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli for the 2nd wicket for India.
242: Partnership between Steve Smith & George Bailey for the 3rd wicket for Australia.

Smith-Bailey upstaged the efforts of Sharma-Kohli. In the process this was the first ever ODI to feature two double century partnerships.

Also Rohit Sharma's 171 was the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia beating Vivian Richards's 156 in 1979.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand Group Stage Review

Its been a good season for Jharkhand. Different format, yet the same result. Jharkhand marched into the second stage with ease in the national T20 tournament.

Game 1 : Tripura [146/7(20)] lost to Jharkhand [150/1(18.3)] by 9 wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 4, Tripura 0 
Lineup: Virat Singh, Ishank Jaggi, Saurabh Tiwary, Kumar Deobrat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vikash Singh, Ankit Dabas, Monu Kumar, Prakash Seet, Kaushal Singh, Sumit Kumar 
T20 debuts: Ankit Dabas, Monu Kumar, Sumit Kumar 
Key Performers: Nadeem (3/18), Virat Singh (65), Jaggi (75*) 

Game 2: Rajasthan [120/9(20)] lost to Jharkhand [121/2(19.5)] by 8 wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 4, Rajasthan 0 
Key Performers: Vikash Singh (4/12), Saurabh Tiwary (61* & 3 Catches), Sumit Kumar (38*) 

Game 3: Jharkhand [104/9(20)] lost to Punjab [105/3(17.3)] by 7 wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 0, Punjab 4 
Team Changes: Out – Saurabh Tiwary, In – Anand Singh 
Key Performers: Virat Singh (41), Prakash Seet (2/31) 

Game 4: Jharkhand [179/4(20)] beat Jammu & Kashmir [103/7(20) by 76 runs 
Points: Jharkhand 4, Jammu & Kashmir 0
Team Changes: Out – Anand Singh, Monu Kumar, Ankit Dabas; In – Saurabh Tiwary, Shasheem Rathour, Sonu Singh 
T20 Debut: Shasheem Rathour, Sonu Singh 
Key Performers: Rathour (50 & 1/17 on debut), Tiwary (57*), Sonu Singh (2/16), Nadeem (2/16) 
Jharkhand beat J&K across all 3 formats in the 2015-16 season 

Game 5: Saurashtra [128/5(20)] lost to Jharkhand [132/3(19.3)] by 7 wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 4, Saurashtra 0 
Team Changes: Out – Ankit Dabas, In – Saurabh Tiwary 
Key Performers: Sonu Singh (2/23), Rathour (1/18 & 27), Virat Singh (41) 

Game 6: Kerala [169/6(20)] lost to Jharkhand [174/4(19)] by 6 Wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 4, Kerala 0 
Team Changes: Out- Virat Singh, In – Ankit Dabas 
Key Performers: Nadeem (3/31), Jaggi (45), Kaushal Singh (33) 

Season Stats: 
Top Scorer: Saurabh Tiwary 174 @174 
Most Wickets: 9 @15.67
Player Count: 14

Jharkhand qualified for the quarter-finals finishing joint top of the group with Kerala. And alongwith Vidarbha are the only 2 dometic teams to reach the second stage in each of the 3 national competitions. Thats quite an achievement, specially given the absence of some key players on national duties.

Coming Up Next: Syed Mustaq Ali Super League where Jharkhand are clubbed with Uttar Pradesh, Delhi & Gujarat, with the group toppers reaching the finals. 
15-Jan-16: Jharkhand vs Uttar Pradesh 
16-Jan-16: Jharkhand vs Delhi 
18-Jan-16: Jhakrhand vs Gujarat
20-Jan-16: Finals

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Arbit Stats #48: 1009 Not Out

1009 - That is the number of runs scored by young Pranav Dhanawade in an inter-school tournament in Mumbai.
This is the now the highest individual score in any form of cricket records breaking AEJ Collins' 628 not out for Clark’s House against North Town in Clifton College scored in 1899.  The runs certainly came at a quick pace of just 323 balls laced with 129 fours and 59 sixes. truly mind-boggling numbers.

Hopefully it is just the start of an amazing cricketing journey for this young talent.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Twenty15 Line-up

With the last day’s play of the year approaching, Slipstream Cricket presents the cricketing XI of Twenty15 A.D.

1. Pink Ball 
30th November, 2015: The first ever ball bowled using a pink ball in international cricket. History was witnessed. It was well received and hopefully it will open up Test cricket to more audiences.
The First Pink Ball
2. Australia - The World Champions
At their home turf, Australia regained the World Cup, while New Zealand became everyone’s favorite second team. Special mention - The Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum’s letters requesting leave for his supporters & asking for Indian fans to support the Kiwis in the finals.

3. Picture of the Year 
Grant Elliott smashes Dale Steyn for a six and then comes down the pitch to offer his hand to the bowler who is lying flat on his back. A better picture for sportsmanship could hardly have come.

4. Corruption
The cricketing world continues to reel with corruption charges. Some more players and officials got banned. N Srinivasan, the ICC & BCCI chief honcho had to step down because of Supreme Court intervention. 2 IPL teams were suspended. A Test match was conducted by an independent judge. Chris Cairns faced a perjury trial in London where his own team-mates gave evidence against him. While he was acquitted, the charges made by the likes of McCullum, Vettori and Ponting do not really absolve him in the public eyes. And there were many other unfounded allegations. Mohammed Aamir is back after serving a 5-year ban and his own team-mates are not exactly happy on his return
The corruption net is only growing wider.

5. Safety First
Umpire Paschim Pathak wore a helmet while officiating in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match. Given the increasing number of on-field incidents it is a good idea and hopefully others will also emulate him.

6. Cricketing Promos
It was a great year for the cricket promotional campaigns with Star Sports mauka series and the Ashes promo “We didn’t start the fire" being standout ones.

7. The Afghan fairy tale continues
Afghanistan became the first Associate to beat a full member in a bilateral series by beating Zimbabwe. They continued their rise by breaking into the Top 10 of the ODI rankings by the year-end. They bring a ray of hope into the increasingly murky world of cricket. Certainly deserve Test Status alongwith Ireland.

8. Contest of the Year – Wahab Riaz vs Shane Watson
It was an attritional battle with Shane Watson managing to see through the Wahab Riaz spell in the World Cup Quarter-final. It was fiery and engrossing spell in the midst of an ordinary match.

9. The English Turnaround
England entered the World Cup and then made a quick exit after getting hammered by all and sundry. The whole cricketing world came as one to have a good laugh at the English expense with the likes of Malaysia, Singapore & Japan challenging them for a game on their return. But fortunes turned around as a revamped England ODI team started playing brave cricket and registering big victories. Brave cricket basically meaning selecting players who could belt the ball to all corners of the ground from the word go. A philosophy the rest of the world had adopted some 20 years back.

10. Comment of the Year
Kumara Sangakkara was an under-achiever – so said none other than his own father. All this after nearly 28, 000 international runs (:O)

11. Arbit Stat of the Year - 542
That is Adam Voges’s current batting average against the West Indies. A statistical anamoly which will get corrected in due course if West Indies start thinking about playing Test Cricket

12th Man - Ian Bell
The patron saint of Slipstream Cricket lost his Test place after announcing his ODI retirement. It will be a pity if this was the last that we had seen of him in international cricket. After all he does hold some unique records like being the highest ODI run-getter for England and the only English player to win the Ashes 5 times.

That’s all for the year. Wishing all readers a very Happy cricketing year 2016.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Vijay Hazare Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand

The Jharkhand campaign came to a halt in the Qaurter-Finals stage against Delhi. Put into bat, Delhi racked a total of 225 on a two-paced dodgy pitch with uneven bounce. The Jharkhand chase got derailed with a completed failure from all the batsmen, save for Dhoni who remained unbeaten on 70 in a combined team total of 126. Finally Dhoni got going but the other batsmen could not put in the kind of performances which had carried them to the knock-out stage.

Overall, it was a good campaign for Jharkhand with 5 wins and 2 losses. And there was a lot of media spotlight with Dhoni playing. And with Ishan Kishan appointed India Under-19 captain for the World Cup, the media coverage only increased with the game being telecast live. Good media coverage backed by a decent performance should certainly improve the chances of the players especially the likes of Nadeem, Tiwary, Jaggi, Rahul Shukla, Kaushal Singh et al.

Trivia: Varun Aaron was leading the team which had the national team and the U-19 team skippers in the line-up.

Season Stats:
Top Scorers
  1. Ishank Jaggi - 237 @ 39.50
  2. Saurabh Tiwary - 193 @ 38.60
  3. MS Dhoni - 179 @ 35.80
Top Score - Saurabh Tiwary, 87* vs Kerala

Most Wckets
  1. Shahbaz Nadeem - 13 @ 13.15
  2. Rahul Shukla - 13 @ 17.62
  3. Sonu Singh - 7 @ 5.00
Best Performance - Sonu Singh 4/15 vs Railways

Player Count: 15
List A Debuts: Ankit Dabas, Sonu Singh, Vikash Singh

Coming Up Next: Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy from January 3rd.

P.S. - Group Stage Reveiw (Link)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Vijay Hazare Trophy 15-16: Jharkhand Group Stage Review

Dhoni playing in a domestic game after many seasons dramatically increased Jharkhand’s media coverage. in a first, we had full page articles in Mumbai Mirror for a Jharkhand List A Game. And the increased attention helped the team's cause as they marched into the quarter-finals after winning 5 of their 6 games and topping the Group stage. 

Game 1: Jharkhand [210 (50)] beat Jammu & Kashmir [205/7(50)] by 5 runs
Points: Jharkhand 4, Jammu & Kashmir 0
Team: Ishank Jaggi, Ankit Dabas, Anand Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, MS Dhoni, Kumar Deobrat, Kaushal Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron, Rahul Shukla, Jaskaran Singh
List A debut – Ankit Dabas
Key Performances: Ishank Jaggi (54), Kaushal Singh (53), Shahbaz Nadeem (3/28)

Game 2: Jharkhand [177/7(47)] lost to Gujarat [179/4(40.5)] by 6 Wickets
Points: Jharkhand 0, Gujarat 4
Key Performances: MS Dhoni (44), Nadeem (2/36)
Team Changes: None

Game 3: Kerala [236/8(50)] lost to Jharkhand [240/5(47)] by 5 wickets
Points: Jharkhand 4, Kerala 0
Key Performances: Rahul Shukla (3/47), Saurabh Tiwary (87*), Kaushal Singh (48)
Team Changes: None

Game 4: Haryana [133/10 (33/50)] lost to Jharkhand [134/1 (29.4)] by 9 wickets
Points: Jharkhand 4, Haryana 0
Key Performances: Shukla (3/33), Nadeem (2/17), Aaron (2/21), Jaggi (62*)
Team Changes: In – Monu Kumar; Out - Jaskaran

Game 5: Jharkhand [216/8(50)] beat Karnataka [169/10 (45)] by 47 runs
Points: Jharkhand 4, Karnataka 0
Key Performances: Jaggi (50), Deobrat (47*), Nadeem (3/15), Sonu Singh (3/20)
Team Changes: In – Sonu Singh (making his List A debut); Out - Monu Kumar

Game 6: Jharkhand [211/5 (45)] beat Railways [96/10 (37)] by 115 runs
Points: Jharkhand 4, Railways 0
Key Performances: Tiwary (49), Sonu Singh (4/15), Nadeem (2/21), Ankit Dabas (2/20)
List A debut for Vikash Singh, who has previously played 10 T20 games
Team Changes: In – Monu Kumar, Vikash Singh; Out – Aaron, Shukla; Deobrat leading the team

Season Stats
Top Scorer: Ishank Jaggi - 236 @ 47.20
Highest Wickets: Shahbaz Nadeem 13 @ 11.15
Player Count: 15
Captain Count: 2
List A debuts: 3

Coming Up Next: Quarter-final against Delhi on 23rd Dec

Monday, December 7, 2015

Ranji Trophy 2015-16: Jharkhand vs Hyderabad

Match Summary: Hyderabad (145 & 269) lost to Jharkhand (388/8d & 29/0) by 10 wickets 
Points: Jharkhand 7, Hyderabad 0 

Jharkhand continued their fantastic turn-around with a third bonus point win on the trot. And qualified for the quarter-finals after a gap of 2 years.

Hyderabad collapsed in the first innings with Jaskaran Singh, Kaushal Singh and Shahbaz Nadeem taking 3 wickets each. Jharkhand scored briskly and built up a huge lead riding on Saurabh Tiwary's unbeaten double century. Hyderabad resisted strongly in the second innings and managed to turn around the deficit. But Jharkhand easily chased the small target without any loss and racked up their third consecutive bonus point win.

Game Notes
  • Team Changes: Rahul Shukla came back in place of Samar Quadri.
  • 2nd first-class century for Shiv Gautam.
  • 15th first-class century for Saurbah Tiwary.
  • 3rd fifer for Rahul Shukla and second for the season.
  • 3/32 - Jaskaran Singh's career best bowling figures 
Season Stats
Top Scorer: Saurabh Tiwary 677 @ 67.70
Most Wickets: Shahbaz Nadeem 45 @ 17.16
Player Count: 21 from 8 Games
Captain Count: 3 from 8 Games

Points Tally - 31 from 8 games. Finished second in the league table behind Saurashtra (36). Earns them a place in the knock-outs as well as a promotion to the big league of Group A or B next season, which provides a better platform for the likes of Tiwary & Nadeem to be noticed by the national selectors.

Coming Up Next - The Ranji Quarter-finals begin 3rd February, but before that we have the Vijay Hazare Trophy commencing on 10th December, where Jharkhand fight it out in Group B. With the national team unlikely to have any tours, there is a likelihood of the likes of Dhoni and Aaron playing for Jharkhand which will be a real boost-up for the team