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'We can give up on KKR now' - Shastri

A round-up of IPL news from May 9, 2013

Ravi Shastri, the former India allrounder and current TV commentator, has said in his column in the Times of India that defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders have been way too predictable this season. Their middle order, he said, has been woeful. "I think we can give up on Kolkata Knight Riders now. They have been clinging to a slim chance which, but for them, isn't visible to others. Most know what they've lacked. For me, the biggest issue has been their lack of mystery. They're just so plain predictable," Shastri wrote. "So teams plan to play out Sunil Narine and attack the rest. A good fast bowler is kept in reserve for Yusuf Pathan. The middle-order is virtually non-existent so [the opposition's] best bowlers are pressed to get their top four. The virus has also got to Gambhir and Kallis, their two best batsmen. The two barely last beyond 10 overs. They also don't deserve a medal for their fielding." Knight Riders, after 12 games, have just four wins, and apart from winning all their remaining games will need other results to go in their favour to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

T20 not just about darting the ball in - Ojha
Mumbai Indians left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has said he has been working on slowing up his pace in the IPL, with some help from team mentor Anil Kumble. "I am consciously working on bowling slower through the air," Ojha said. "I keep things simple and vary the pace and spin the ball. Normally in this format, I have seen the bowlers bowl really fast, so they compromise on turning the ball. But when you have people like Anil Kumble as a mentor, that experience helps you." Ojha has 14 wickets in nine innings, with an economy rate of 6.25, so far this IPL season. Talking about Kumble's advice, Ojha said: "He has told me to vary the pace. In the second innings, there is always a lot of dew on the wicket. If you try to bowl fast, it becomes easy for the batsman to clear the boundary, but if you are slower through the air, he will need to use a lot of power and will need to get on top of the ball to hit it."

'T20 is like fast food' - Sandeep Patil
Even while the IPL extravaganza hurtles towards its climax, India's chief selector Sandeep Patil has reminded young cricketers to attach prime importance to Test cricket. Speaking at an event in Mumbai, Patil - as quoted by the Times of India - said: "Please, if you want to play true cricket, it's only Test cricket. T20s are like fast food where you just pay, grab a bite and go home. But if you want to earn a name for yourself, for your team, for your country, for your parents, please give importance to the longer version of the game which is true cricket."

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bhaskar on May 13, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It wont be a big loss if IPL is reduced to half its duration, people will be more than happy to have it cut off to 50%. 1 team should meet another only once, not twice & lengthen the duration for nothing.

  • Subrahmanyam on May 13, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I fully agree with Sandeep Patil, that test cricket is ultimate test of character of any cricketer. However, like in life, one has to experience all the emotions of all life to become a complete person, whether he or she. Similalry, to become a complete player, one should have the passion to go for all formats of the game. Finally, it is up to the individual to chose which format he is really relishing or suitable to his temperament / style. There is nothing wrong in younger genertion going for shorter version of the game. Like when we were young, there were no computers, people were relying on manual skills, now with the advent of automation into every facet of life, there is lot of progress, does it mean they lack the skills. It is natural for anyone to envy what they don't possess. No hard feelings Mr.Sandeep Patil!!!. In fact you were one of the few who were billed to have the T20 style batting prowess in your era, though it was not there at that time.

  • Vinod on May 12, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    the KKR players appear to be tense even before the match starts. gambhir and the entire think tank seemed to be not doing anything to boost up the morale of their lads although they have the best of resources with them. the captaincy has gone bad to worse this time! i am surprised to think that they were champions last year.

  • Krishna on May 9, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    KKR has again suffered for want of a good captain. Gambhir, in this season, is not the same Gambhir who played the last season. He appears surly, ill-tempered and irascible - barking orders rather than lifting the team spirit and morale. His slump in form has not helped either. I am unable to get rid of the feeling that ever since he received a thump on the head in England, he has never been the same player.Somehow, he looks more vulnerable than he ever was in his career.The team is not responding in a positive fashion and they constantly look very stressed. One also wonders whether SRK is a good owner. He is more of an albatross who weighs the team down rather than remain hands off and offer the supporting hand.The funny part is, considering they won the tournament last year, it is amazing how many people actually WANT KKR to lose!!!!

  • jana on May 9, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    He has gone out of Ideas.. In match Against Mumbai.. He denied giving Balaji Last over he had best spell for 3 overs conceding just 7 rund instead he persisted with Mclaren.. That made the Diff he conceded 60 Runs & scored 1 run.. Why Ryan ten Doeschate warming up the bench all season.. he must be given chance & give rest to yusuf.. He will sign in 1 out of every 10 match.. by the time we say BYE BYE.. KKR better luck next time. Next team LEE,Ryan ten Doeschate in Mclaren,Yusuf out

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    The way Gambhir got cleaned up by Mitchell Johnson he should think about playing cricket again and Mumbai Indians is the team to beat this season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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