Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's reduce the work load of Umpires!

Cricket has changed so much in last 20 years. In the early 90s, we couldn't have imagined teams chasing a score of 300 and now even a score of 400 runs look so small. With the inception of T20 cricket, things have changed further. Batsmen are swinging their bats either ways to connect and take the ball out of the park. They are hitting unusual shots like reverse sweeps, upper cuts and scoops! Bowlers might have been suffered more in last two decades due to batting friendly conditions and rules, they have become smart in terms of containing the batsmen. The game of cricket is becoming tougher and competitive day by day.

With loads of changes in the great game of cricket, comes a lot of pressure on players as well as umpires. A bowler runs in, bowls a delivery at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour, within a split of the second the batsman tries to hit it and a small edge lands the ball in the gloves of wicket keeper. The whole process ends within a second. An umpire has to take care of so many things. First of all he has to check whether the batsman is ready or not. Then he has to keep an eye on the front foot of the bowler. This is followed by whether the ball pitches in line with the stumps or it lands outside the off. There is always a possibility of an LBW appeal and hence the umpire has to check this for each and every delivery. In a jam packed stadium with so much noise, the umpire also has to pay very minute attention to the edges. There could be a caught behind appeal anytime!

Similarly once this whole action ends, there could be a chance of a run out too! Thankfully we saw the inclusion of 'Third Umpires' who would take care of the run out appeals through TV replays. And the tradition continues from more than two decades. Just for the reference of cricket fans, Sachin Tendulkar was the first ever batsman to be declared run out by a third umpire. This happened in a test match against South Africa in November 1992.

But there are many other challenges the umpires are facing in the modern game of cricket that has been full of pressure cooker situation. Recently there has been incidents where the umpires have misjudged the no-balls and the batsmen survived even after being out. One of those incidents took place at the Lord's during the final test between England and Sri Lanka.

It is high time to think about awarding the no-ball decisions to the third umpire. Let the third umpires work a bit harder apart from sipping some cold drinks. Anyhow the on field umpires are checking for no balls on almost all dismissals. Let they pay more attention to what happens after the bowler has delivered the ball rather than first having a look at the bowler's front foot and then the further action.

More fundamental reforms in the no-ball rule seems complicated. Infact logically the rule seems fine. But some sort of relief for the on-field umpires in this game of cricket which was never saw quick and umpire decisions were never so scrutinized. 

As we all know one wrong decision can change the whole course of the game. Just imagine if anything as such happens in the last over of a World Cup Final. This can receive so much of scrutiny. While we are already in the modern elite cricket world of Hawk Eyes and Snickometers, let there be some technology in place where the on field umpires are relieved from making calls for the no-balls.

Friday, June 10, 2016

India vs Zimbabwe 2016 Cricket Series Preview, Live Streaming, Score & Telecast Information

India vs Zimbabwe 2016 Series Preview

Indian team had a fair share of success in the T20 world cup played at home. Then the players got involved in the ever successful IPL that was clinched by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Time to get back to some International cricket. BCCI has recently announced a full fledged schedule for International matches in India where they have introduced some new venues for test cricket. India will get an opportunity to host England, New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh in 2016-17 cricket season. Before that, India faces Zimbabwe for a short cricket series that kicks off from 11th June 2016.

India vs Zimbabwe Live Streaming, Telecast and Score
Ten Sports official website will bring the live streaming of these matches. Ten 2 HD cricket channel will provide live telecast in India.

India tours to Zimbabwe for a three ODI and three T20 International match series. All the matches are scheduled to be played at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe. The complete schedule is as follows:

1st ODI on 11th June 2016
2nd ODI on 13th June 2016
3rd ODI on 15th June 2016

1st T20I on 18th June 2016
2nd T20I on 20th June 2016
3rd T20I on 22nd June 2016

Team Squads:
India squad for ODI and T20 series: MS Dhoni ,KL Rahul, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Faiz Fazal, Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Ambati Rayudu, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Rishi Dhawan, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran, Jaydev Unadkat.

Zimbabwe squad for ODI series: Graeme Cremer, Richmond Mutumbami, Tawanda Mupariwa, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Maskadza, Taurai Muzarabani, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Peter Joseph Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Craig Ervine.

Zimbabwe squad for T20 series: Graeme Cremer (C), Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Brian Chari, Peter Joseph Moor, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Jongwe, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza Butt, Neville Madziva, Donald Tiripano, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Maskadza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tendai Chisoro, Hamilton Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Malcolm Waller.
Sanjay Bangar would coach team India for this tour. He is happy with the players at his disposal. He has a lot to experiment with the bench strength. With the likes of Rayudu, Jadhav, KL Rahul, Kulkarni and many more to name, Bangar is confident that the team will prosper in Zimbabwe.

MS Dhoni will lead the team and he would miss the services of Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He believes most of the youngsters in the squad have done well in the IPL but it would need a bit extra to prove the mettle in International matches.

The team doesn't get an opportunity to play tour games. So they will straight away start with the ODI series. Indian team is in no mood to take Zimbabwean team lightly. Last time when India toured Zimbabwe, they faced a hard time in the first ODI. Although the series went India's way 3-0, but it wasn't as easy as it reads.

Having said so, let us hope for another competitive series rather than a one sided affair. Catch the action live on Ten Sports official website and Ten 2 TV channel in India.

Here is a video posted on BCCI's official twitter handle. Some of you might be amused to see Dhoni bowling in nets!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Watch ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Live Streaming on HotStar!

T20 World Cup 2016
Asia Cup is concluded and India continues its dominance in the T20 cricket. Now comes the big one. ICC T20 World Cup 2016 kicks off from 8th March. Simultaneously once can enjoy some big warm up matches that are on-going. Not only the world cup matches but even the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 warm up matches are a mouth watering prospect. Watch live cricket streaming and scores on HotStar mobile app. Live telecast will be available in India on Star Sports TV network and DD National (Doordarshan) sports channel.

Here is the full schedule for ICC T20 World Cup 2016 warm up matches:

4th March 2016
Netherlands vs Afghanistan - 3pm IST
Scotland vs Oman - 7:30pm IST

5th March 2016
Zimbabwe vs Ireland - 3pm IST
Himachal XI vs Hong Kong - 7:30pm IST

6th March 2016
Scotland vs Netherlands - 3pm IST
Afghanistan vs Oman - 7:30pm IST

10th March 2016
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand - 7:30pm IST
India vs West Indies - 7:30pm IST

12th March 2016
England vs New Zealand - 3pm IST
Pakistan vs Local Team - 3pm IST

India vs South Africa - 7:30pm IST

13th March 2016
Australia vs West Indies - 7:30pm IST

14th March 2016
England vs Local Team - 3pm IST
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - 3pm IST

15th March 2016
South Africa vs Local Team - 3pm IST

The full schedule for ICC T20 World Cup 2016 is mentioned below:
Match Details
Zimbabwe vs Hong Kong
Scotland v Afghanistan
Bangladesh v Netherlands
Ireland v Oman
Scotland v Zimbabwe
Hong Kong v Afghanistan
Netherlands v Oman
Bangladesh v Ireland
Zimbabwe v Afghanistan
Scotland v Hong Kong
Netherlands v Ireland
Bangladesh v Oman
Super 10
New Zealand v India
West Indies v England
Pakistan v Q1A
Sri Lanka v Q1B
Australia v New Zealand
South Africa v England
India v Pakistan
South Africa v Q1B
Sri Lanka v West Indies
Australia v Q1A
New Zealand v Pakistan
England v Q1B
New Delhi
India v Q1A
Pakistan v Australia
South Africa v West Indies
New Zealand vs Q1A
England v Sri Lanka
New Delhi
India v Australia
West Indies vs Q1B
South Africa v Sri Lanka
New Delhi
1st Semifinal
New Delhi
2nd Semifinal

 The squads are announced and teams are pumped up to come out and perform to their optimum. According to the win loss ratio since the conclusion of last T20 world cup, India tops the chart. New Zealand and South Africa too are in the top three. 

Indian pitches would support big scores. So the crowds would be certainly treated with some exciting matches. Catch all the action live on HotStar, Star Sports and DoorDarshan. We will keep you updated with match previews and reviews.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Watch Bangladesh vs New Zealand and England vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming HotStar

HotStar continues quality live streaming and score of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 as we now move to last few matches of the Super 10s. Two more places from each group are wide open yet. India vs Australia match would decide the semi finalist along with New Zealand from one group. While the other group would decide the second finalist from England vs Sri Lanka match. We also have a match scheduled today that is merely a formality - New Zealand vs Bangladesh. Watch T20 world cup 2016 matches live streaming on HotStar and Star Sports HD network in India.

New Zealand has won all their matches so far and they were the first to qualify for the semi-finals. They defeated teams like India, Australia and Pakistan which shows the strong form they are in. Williamson has lead the team well and he has been well supported by his team mates. Their weakness has been their spin bowling but this time their strength is spin. Although they haven't scored too many big scores, but their spinners have been able to curtail the opposition for low scores too.

Bangladesh have won none so far. Infact they managed to snatch a defeat out of a straight win. They were comfortably cruising to victory against India with ample number of wickets in hand. Some over confidence and rash shots lead them to a loss by just one run. That was a pure nail biter and that gave Indian team a life line to stay in contention for the semi-finals.

England has done a better job than expected. They got a disappointing start when they lost a match against West Indies even after scoring a 180 plus score. They bounced back as hard as possible by beating South Africa. That was an unbelievable chase by England. They chased down 230 which is a record in ICC World T20 history. They would love to see South Africa lost against West Indies in the Super 10s match. If this happens, they just have to beat Sri Lanka and reach the semis.

Sri Lanka has slimmest of chances of making it to the semis. But it looks really hard. The defending champions never looked impressive. They haven't found the right combination and now it looks really late. The biggest blow in their arm was the injury to Lasith Malinga who pulled out of the T20 World Cup. If they beat England, they would have win to feel proud about.

We will provide previews of next matches. Watch the matches live on HotStar in India. And yes, don't miss the exciting match which is also a virtual quarter final - India vs Australia live on HotStar!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Watch India vs Pakistan Live Streaming from T20 World Cup 2016

Probably the best match in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016! Here comes India vs Pakistan T20 match and it will be played today at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. What a match this could be! Watch India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2016 live streaming and scores on HotStar. Star Sports and DD National Sports channels will bring live telecast of this match with Hindi and English commentary in India.

India vs Pakistan Head to Head in T20 Internationals:
Total T20 Matches played = 7
India won = 5 
Pakistan won = 1
No result = 1

Details of T20 Internationals - India vs Pakistan:
14 Sep 2007 - Match tied at Durban
24 Sep 2007 - India beat Pakistan at Johannesburg by 5 runs
30 Sep 2012 - India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets at Colombo
25 Dec 2012 - Pakistan beat India by 5 wickets at Bangalore
28 Dec 2012 - India beat Pakistan by 11 runs at Ahmedabad
21 Mar 2014 - India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets at Dhaka
27 Feb 2016 - India beat Pakistan by 5 wickets at Dhaka

So, overall the head to head and match details clearly indicate that Indians have done far better than Pakistan team in the T20 Internationals. But the thing we all should note is, Pakistan has always defeated India in '50 overs format' at the Eden Gardens.

Apart from the history, one should also look at the current scenario. Pakistan seems to be having a slightest edge over India in this match. Reason being, India entered the T20 World Cup with a tag of firm favourites. Shockingly they lost to New Zealand by a big margin thus getting a big negative net run rate in the points tally. The team may face high chances of early elimination if they don't beat Pakistan today at Kolkata.

Meanwhile Pakistan embarked on their campaign with a win over Bangladesh. Most of their batsmen clicked in a combined effort to register a convincing win. Pick of the members was Shahid Afridi who scored a quick fire 49 and also took two wickets. Although their win came against the weakest team in the group, but a win always brings in confidence. So as far as the confidence level is concerned, Pakistan are better placed than the hosts India.

MS Dhoni and men would be firm enough to bounce back hard and win the remaining matches. That would give them an easy entry to the knock out games.

Whatever be the situation, but two things are for sure! Full house at the Eden Gardens and an enthralling match. Watch it live on HotStar and Star Sports.