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Bhuvneshwar impresses Donald

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Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald said he was impressed by Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Donald, who was recently appointed as coach of the Pune Warriors team, said that while extra pace was a skill that could win matches for the side, the control shown by Bhuvneshwar was equally crucial. In an interview to Hindustan TImes, Donald also stated that young fast bowlers, like South African pacer Marchant de Lange, risked becoming injury prone if they were exposed to too much cricket at a young age.

Indian bowlers need more conditioning
He was, however, critical about the up-and-coming fast bowlers doing the rounds on the Indian domestic circuit. In an interview with Yahoo! Cricket he talked about how Indian bowlers need to work on their conditioning and fitness, that way they can avoid any undue stress which can ultimately lead to serious injury. He also spoke about the importance of managing a bowler's workload, pointing out de Lange's situation, where despite being a well-built young man, he was overbowled, which ultimately led to his stress fracture.

Jaipur's venue woes
Jaipur's status as an IPL venue was secured after a prolonged tussle between the Rajasthan state sports council and the Rajasthan Cricket Association, and the confirmation came just in time for the organisers to start preparing the ground for Rajasthan Royals' home games. However, authorities found some temporary structures erected in the west stand of the Sawai Man Singh Stadium unsafe. Since the stadium is owned by the state sports council, they appointed a three-member committee of structural engineers. A regional Hindi daily reported on Thursday that the committee found that "the temporary stands could be blown away even by a breeze". While the RCA officials feigned ignorance about the issue, Rajasthan Royals were taking no chances. "We are having a meeting with the vendors and we will make sure we get a safety certificate from structural engineers for the stand," a Royals spokesperson said. During the committee's official inspection of the stadium on Thursday, no major glitch was observed and the matter was put to rest.

Kings XI bank on Adam Gilchrist, Darren Lehmann
Kings XI Punjab batsman David Hussey has said that captain Adam Gilchrist and coach Darren Lehmann could lead the side to their maiden title win in the IPL. The pair helmed Deccan Chargers' title run in 2009 and Hussey said their experience was important for the team. "Gilchrist is a class player," Hussey said. "He is a great acquisition. Any team would benefit from his wealth of experience. We are looking up to him to score many runs for us and take catches behind the stumps. Lehmann, as a coach, is great for the franchise. I am hoping that the combination will regenerate the same impact."

Mark Waugh tips Ponting to be leading run-scorer
In the Times of India, Mark Waugh wrote that Ricky Ponting could finish as leading run-scorer in the IPL. Waugh said Ponting was still hungry for runs and had shown good form while playing the Big Bash League and the Sheffield Shield. He was named Sheffield Shield player of the year this season and was part of the Tasmania team that won the title.

Mishra reveals his previous IPL blunder
Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Amit Mishra revealed to New Indian Express what went wrong last year when he failed to turn up fit for a number of games. "In the last edition I rushed into the IPL after an injury. I was not fully fit. This time I come into the IPL with decent performances in domestic cricket. I will try my best to live up to the expectations and my own reputation," Mishra said, "Being one of the top five bowlers in the IPL gives me great pleasure. I'm feeling confident of doing much better this time around. I always try to be an aggressive leg-spinner. In Twenty20 cricket, a spinner has to learn the art of taking wickets otherwise it is difficult to survive."

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  • JIGNESH on April 5, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Sure Ponting would be winning run scorer, but from bottom. Or he may be winning run scorer from top, but with what strike rate? 80-90?

  • P on April 5, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    ponting - leading run scorer ? ... at what strike rate ... less than run a ball ... he is going to cost mumbai dearly both with his selections and his un20-20 like batting ... they already have so many deadweights ... ponting just makes sure teh ship sinks easily ... intelligence of mumbai owners/kumble etc is certainly under question

  • raj on April 5, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    Indian wickets are not ideal for Ponting's technique - especially the extravagant lunge forward with hard hands to meet the bowl. That is the reason why Bhajji has been so successful against Ponting. However, opening the innings could help Ponting adjust for when the spinners come on. Technique is difficult to adjust especially at they age - he is so accustomed to playing like that - any changes may cause problems elsewhere. My money would be on Gayle or even Vijay.

  • M on April 4, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Ponting will have a mediocre run aggregate. More important his strike rate will be less compared to other senior guys like Sachin, Gayle, Gambhir, Kallis. I will bet he will be gone next IPL.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    There's a massive difference playing in the Big Bash League and the IPL. Most significant being the turf. Ponting is undoubtedly a highly technical and dominant batsman. There is no question about his class. However, history shows he has always struggled against spinners in India. Sorry Mark, you got it wrong. I don't see him topping the charts here. My money will still be on Gayle or someone from the young Indian brigade (specially who regularly opens for his side). Gayle got a real chance to make it three in a row because he doesn't throws his wicket early (like Sehwag or Warner) and can unleash at any stage, against any attack - spin or pace.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    It's obviously gonna be Gayle again, I wish Punters all the best tho.

  • jithender on April 4, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    i think you are dreaming. in my books ponting is no 20-20 batsman, and certainly not a match winner by any stretch of imagination.he may have been a very good test batsman and perhaps a good one day player too.20-20 is certainly not his cup of tea. ipl franchises have a lot of money at their disposal and can be generous towards ex players like ponting and an average maxwell.good luck gentlemen you have placed your money on loosing horses

  • V.L on April 4, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @jimbond Considering Ponting's terrible record in India(avg of 21 in tests) I would be surprised if he finishes in the top 10 players, let alone top run scorer!

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Haha, Mark Waugh is dreaming.

  • Dummy4 on April 4, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @ jimbond .... if its so easy why we have a diff player of tournament for the past 5 seasons? Its not so easy playing continuously for 2 months and keep fit. Try to appreciate their efforts.....

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