Thoughts on the IPL - Part 2
I know of one Australian batsman who just hates playing in India. Very simple - he just can't seem to make runs when he's here. No, that batsman isn't called Ricky Ponting.
During Australia's tour of India in 2007 where they played 7 ODIs and a Twenty20 game
, Brad Hodge scored 61 runs from 7 innings
Now he's kicked off his IPL career with 1 & 1. Is he looking forward to the rest of the series, or what?!
At least the Kolkata Knight Riders will be smiling, since they can now get Shoaib Akhar
to play for them, after a committee ruled that his ban was only effective from June 4 2008
One team that's not going to smile for a while, least of all their captain, is the Bangalore Royal Challengers side. Even if Geoffrey Boycott's moom and her friends bowled to them, they'd contrive to lose
. The running between the wickets today against the Punjab Kings XI
was downright pathetic. The side has just three major problems - nothing serious. They just can't bat, bowl or field in a manner that Twenty20 requires them to. Here's hoping that Dravid's team turn it around, in just the same manner as England had in the 1987 Ashes in Australia, on the back of Martin Johnson's write-up in 'The Independent'
while covering that tour.
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