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.