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Rahul Dravid has said that during his few days’ stay with the Indian team, he just tried to convey to the youngsters what are the challenges that they are going to face in English conditions. He didn’t try to tinker with anybody’s technique at all.
Dravid had scored three hundreds for India in the 2011 test series in England. On pitches where the fast bowlers were having a lot of fun, the Karnataka right hander stood like a wall and put a high price tag on his wicket. But, the others couldn’t support him and thus, all his effort went in vain.
Dravid was interviewed by a website correspondent the other day at his hotel in Nottingham. When he was asked about his time as a batting consultant in the Indian camp recently, he said, “I was not there as a batting consultant. I had just been asked by the Indian management to spend a bit of time with the youngsters and that’s what I did. I have played a lot of matches in England and thus, I know about the difficulties that a subcontinent player can face here. I just tried to convey that to the boys.”
When asked if he tried to work on the style and trigger movements of the Indian batsmen too, Dravid said, “No, not at all. I just told them about a few adjustments that they will have to make here; that’s it.”
Earlier, there were speculations that Dravid would stay with the Indian team right through the series, but, that wasn’t the truth.
Dravid left the Indian camp ahead of the first test because of his commentary commitments. However, his advice seems to be working for at least a couple of Indian players who scored big in Nottingham.
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Yesterday was a very special day in the career of the England fast bowler Chris Jordan. He bowled his first over in 5-day cricket and in that very over; he was able to get a batsman out.
Dimuth Karunaratne was that batsman. He was batting pretty well at that point of time and England desperately needed to send him to the pavilion. The new ball bowlers used by Alastair Cook were finding it hard to make any impact on him. That prompted the skipper to try Jordan and the Caribbean born player struck straightaway.
Jordan was ecstatic after getting that wicket and one can understand that happiness. The first test wicket is very, very special for any player. No matter how many wickets you get after that, the first wicket that you get in test match cricket, you never forget that moment in your life.
England needed more than one breakthrough from Jordan though, but, he couldn’t do that. He bowled well, but, the Sri Lankan batsmen handled him well too. However, the thing which the England fans would have been very happy to see with Jordan was his intensity. He was trying hard on every ball that he was delivering.
Before that, Jordan had batted well too during England’s innings. Although he could score only 19 runs, but, for the time he was out there at the crease, he was looking quite settled. Some crisp shots came off his bat which entertained the spectators.
Many experts believe that Jordan can actually turn out to be a good all rounder for England because he has got a lot of skills with the bat. He bats like any other top order batsman. He might not have the temperament of a proper batsman, but, the technique is certainly there.
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The Chennai Super Kings have made their way into the qualifier 2 in the 7th edition of the Indian Premier League. They defeated the arch rivals Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in the eliminator yesterday.
Winning the toss on a batting friendly wicket, the CSK skipper MS Dhoni decided to bowl first. His decision was not looking that good at the start as his fast bowlers started leaking runs. But, in the middle overs, the spinners pulled things back a little bit and then, some brilliant death bowling by Ashish Nehra and Mohit Sharma restricted Mumbai to only 173. It was about 10 runs less than par in those conditions.
And to make the job even tougher for the reigning champions, the men in yellow managed to start briskly in reply. 60 runs came for them in the first 6 overs.
Mumbai bounced back with a couple of quick wickets, but, Suresh Raina, who is known as Chennai’s Mr. Consistent, showed again why he is considered as big match player. He played a superbly paced knock. He was cautious against certain bowlers, but, he upped the ante when the slightly weaker bowlers came into the attack.
David Hussey supported him pretty well. The Australian veteran who is CSK’s newest signing used his experience to good effect and got the job done. He hit 3 sixes during his inning of 40.
Now, in qualifier 2 which will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, the Super Kings will take on the Kings XI Punjab against whom they had lost twice in the preliminary stage. They would certainly be looking to avenge both those losses, but, to do so, they need to play some high level cricket as Punjab is not a weak unit by any means.