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  • POSTED BY EDude on | May 22, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    If you look at the max number of sixes scorers, Uthappa doesn't figure in the top 7, yet he has scored highest number of runs at a top strike rate. That's because he can play master strokes against quality bowling (I was reminded of Sachin attacking quality bowling) and ability to take singles and doubles. He hits sixes with ease. He runs hard, bats from opening till the end of innings, then keeps the wickets in the 2nd innings, yet keeps cool, doesn't show off, that speaks lot of his stamina and character. His sublime form at the top has freed pressure off teammates and enabled them to play their natural play. He performed extremely well helping Karnataka win all the domestic trophies this season. Unfortunately media doesn't give him due recognition. If Gambhir plays one slightly better innings, he gets credit in the news title, but I am yet to see headline on Uthappa, even after consistently scoring 40+ in 8 consecutive match-winning innings so far. The real MVP of the season.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | May 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Delighted to see KKR make it in. Given the poor start they had to the tournament this is an excellent achievement, accomplished with a game in hand, no less! Narine, Uthappa, and Shakib all looking outstanding during the season while good supporting roles played by Gambhir, RTD, and Chawla. As far as batting order goes, I'm happy with where everyone currently is. While it is tempting to move Shakib and RTD further up the order, it is better to keep them there as is - both are explosive batsmen and at the same time they are good insurance policies in case a collapse happens earlier in the order.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | May 23, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Very happy with Uthappa getting back into form. Always thought he had it in him to be a world class limited overs player. Funny what I can see but the national selectors can't. And the give chances to Yusuf Pathan --- in whom I never saw anything but a slogger whose slogging ability was less than Afridi and whose bowling and fielding were poor. Uthappa is not a test player though. And finally KKR realized what a slow batsman Kallis is for limited overs cricket. Anyday I will pick Shakib over Kallis in limited overs cricket unless the wicket is a green one or the ball will swing a lot. Finally Manish Pandey. Is he the most overhyped IPL player in the country? Why is he getting regular chances? First with RCB then with Pune and now with KKR. The guy has a bad defence and limited stroke-play. Just because he scored an IPL hundred doesn't make him a good bat. And finally with RCB. Please get some good domestic batsmen and bowlers. Only Chahal has been a success, rest are massive failures.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good lesson taught by all the Karnataka Players; Uthappa, Karun Nair, Vinay Kumar, Stuart Binny, Manesh Pandey, etc.... to Mallya and his team fcr not selecting the actual Bangaloreans for RCB. Me behind a diehard fan of RCB never supported RCB this time, though my brain supported RCB by heart was always wishing for the Bangaloreans in other teams to perform. Mallya and his team played with the sentiments of Bangaloreans and their players by not selecting anybody. The players here play for money and not for the honor of their state or city! In fact, some of the few Karnataka players outplayed RCB single-handled and drubbed RCB out of context; well played guys and well taught lesson to Mallya. Hope, he gives importance to local talent in the future at least.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    very very good robin will u back in Indian teem. nis bating. awsam

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Well done KKR!!! The Daredevils played Neesham for three games, he got 8, 22, and DNB and we won two of those games, then he never got picked again nd never played once in India... pathetic... and we never won another game as a result... Comparatively you have KKR starting with a Ghambir 0,0, and another 0... triple ducks... and they persevered and now they are in the finals. You play your best and your talented guys and your hitters, you do not put undue pressure on players who are performing better when still warming up than those who replace them can go at at their best as not t20 players (Tahir and Parnell offer little).. KKR got it right... DD are last due to wrong line-up in 12 consecutive games of pure silliness. Not luck, not wrong in-game calls.. just the wrong team. KKR got it right and only played international bowlers as have Indian batsman in great form/top order and their bowlers are Narine and Morkel. DD had to / have to play KP, Duminy, Neesham and De Kock / Tahir!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Great going for KKR..Uthappa n shakib well done. If there is one player in the KKR dugout who is really unfortunate in this ipl has to be..kuldeep yadav!if anyone had seen him bowling would know what i mean...not even one game!every young indian bowler in other teams have got a chance and they have really made their mark, but for kuldeep its an endless wait. If vinay kumar gets hammered chawla comes in and when chawla goes out vinay pops back in. Mr Wasim Akram n KKR..iam simply amazed. Really unfortunate for kuldeep to be a part of kkr. Had he been in nay other team iam sure he would have been in the leading wicket takers list. i hope at least he gets one game to show his meetle.The only indian under 19 bowler to get a hattrick in world cup..not even one game..cant be more frustating n unfair. Hope mr akram opens his eyes n give this young lad a chance to atleast cheer about something in this ipl. lets see!

  • POSTED BY MULLIK on | May 23, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @Puneet, no you are not taking anything away from Shakib. In fact you cannot. Why are you forgetting his 21 ball 46 just a couple of days ago. But again just two innings either is not an entitlement to be compared with Dhoni, true. I am however surprised to see some comments undermining Shakib because BD cannot win matches or he cannot single handedly win a match. On the other hand some commentators, only a couple of weeks ago, were screaming at Shakib supporters saying cricket is a team game, so Shakib alone is not enough for BD to win matches. BD haters please bear in mind, Shakib was not picked up by KKR as a BD representative. He was picked up because of his personal brilliance and please do not bring BD while praising or criticizing him. Why every time he plays a good knock some people bring up Bangladesh. He alone is not BD and BD is not only Shakib.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 23, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    KKR finally realized where Shakib should be batting. I hope they keep him there. He's not a #7. He definitely would've score more 50's if he was batting in the high order.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    KKR obviously on fire now. After Gamvir, Utthapa came into driving seat, making KKR top orders simply unbeatable, huge credit goes to two spinners, how Narain and Shakib controlling the opponents' scores in a word 'superb', and on top of that Shakib's form fueling the middle order in absence of pathan, Doeschate's knock.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | May 23, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Last time it was Vinay Kumar and it was Uthappa's turn this time around. The Bangalore boys played a big role in sinking RCB. The lack of Indian talent hurt RCB big time. Mallya spent all his money on Yuvraj and wasted some more on the likes of Aaron and Dinda.

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 23, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    I think uthappa is best player of all the times seeing his performance in this IPL.... he should be immediately included in Indian team...

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    I know both Uthappa and Shakib are not very attention seeking players. Yet they are calm, confident and class players in a t-20 match. I know many people would forget this innings. Yet I would say many coaches will keep the video clips of todays partnership between these 2. They were clinical, methodical. thoughtful, and their combiined thoughtfulness and performance so eye catching performance. Thos who wll follow the partnership for a couple more times they will find that if there were any textbook for t-20 partnership building, this innings would be in that textbook. Well played Shakib, well played Uthappa.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | May 23, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    @ gsingh7 , sakib is most experienced batsman for Bd but he is not the best . Newcomers Anamul , momenul , marshall etc is way more talented and with one third the experience of sakib they will surpass sakib . In asia cup your indian x-player commentators praised anamul and momenul , you indians need to get over your idea that sakib is the only decent batsman in Bd . With new talented young batsmen its not long way to go for Bd as fas as batting is concerned but in balling I think its long way to go but even that can change if Bd can groom upcoming ballers like taijul islam , mustafizur rahman , tashkin ahmed etc .

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | May 23, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    Awesome batting partners uthappa and sakib , hope these two show this kinda entertaining partnership in the playoffs. I think pandey should bat at 5 after y.pathan and sakib .

  • POSTED BY Wakenaam1103 on | May 23, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    RCB used to be my favourite team but not any more. Their bowling sucks. Kohli experimented with a lot of bowling changes but all the time had Ravi Rampaul, West Indies main strike bowler, twiddling his thumbs. Even the commentators were puzzled at this. Maybe they will play him in a meaningless last game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    @ Raniz.. Not to take anything away from Shakib, he did play an excellent inning, let's get back to reality. One inning does not entitle him to be compared to the likes of Dhoni and others you mentioned. And most Bangladeshi's would hate me for this, but lets not fool ourselves, he is still a long long way from being in that list.

  • POSTED BY uppi2kcp on | May 22, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    as a true bangalorean....absolutely gutted by RCB's perfomance...few things just dint go our way mainly 2 reasons - our openers failed 11 out of 13 matches..whereas the the top 4 teams as of 22nd may have had brilliant opening partnerships or starts 80 pct of times....(2) 2 liability "PACERS" called "VARUN AARON" and "ashok DINDA's" contract needs to be terminated ASAP!!!! RP singh was much better than these street level bowlers....huge letdown in opening batsmen and death bowling by the "varun/ashok" combi and starc to a small extent.....mallya must atleast bring back abhi mithun and h

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 22, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    KAY KAY ARRRR! They're on a 7 match winning streak, Narine's tied for most wickets, and close top in average and econ (only headed by guys with much fewer games), and Shakib is probably the best allrounder. Chawla is bowling very well too and their quicks carry their weight and their other batsmen are quality. Must speak well for Gambhir's leadership especially since they didn't start so well in the Middle East.

    Going into the playoffs position matters but so does "heat" and this team is firing on all cylinders right now. Plus they have the Yadav market cornered. Just don't let Russell play! :-D

    Go KKR!

    @EnglishCricket: mate, this summer is going to be a lot different from the last time India visited. In limited overs I predict that England gets completely whamboozled and in the Tests it'll be tough matchup: England aren't near as good as they were last two times they played India and India are much improved.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Shakib again showed who he is. I think if he is given a chance at 3, he can provide service with the bat too. Shakib is definitely the best spin alrounder and perhaps the best alrounder among the current players. The way Robin is playing he might get a chance to play in BD next month. Good luck to KKR from the USA.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Funny...real funny...indian fans are talking with pride nd want 2 deny bangladeshi contribution...showing stats btwn bd nd india they show themselves crazy...stat doesn't mention a team's ability...if it z, then show us us d stat btwn india vs pakistan, india vs australia, india vs southafrica...stat shiws india did nothing in test cricket outside d subcontinent even in srilanka...listn my frndz bd came 2:international stage after ur 45 years..give us nther 10 years thn ser how ferocious tiger wl roar ..can b happened in d nxt tour too..so b curcumspect...

  • POSTED BY obaidulmasum on | May 22, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Some match winning performance by Shakib:

    1)92*(69) vs Srilanka, This is the first match where mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis and legendary spinner Muralitharan smashed like the goli's bowler. Bangladesh win the match due to the magnificent performance of Shakib.

    2)110 and 3 wicket vs Newzealand I think this is the best all-round performance by any player in the world for the last 20 years.

    3)2)58 and 4 wicket vs Newzealand. Bd won the match.

    3)49(31) vs India . He just thrashed indian bowlers and got out by a wrong decision. Don't know what misery waiting for the indian bowlers had he not given out in that match.

    4) 4/16 and DNB vs West Indies. In this match West Indies all out for just 61 runs and Bd won comfortably.

    I have omitted some of his performance but want to inform you Shakib already got 4 test, 14 ODI and 2 t20 man of the match award and he also adjudged 2 Test, 5 Odi and 1 t20 man of the series awards in his short career.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Dont want to be the Devil's advocate here but offlate kkr wins have come from robbie's excellent innings at top and some fire power from shakib at end gauti expect for the odd brilliance in few games hasnt clicked.This being cricket and moreover t20 being a funny game what happens on a day if robbie fails if he cant score runs can gauti manoj tiwari yusuf pathan and others step on the gas. KKr middle and lower order whenever have been tested have failed so hope Robbie doesnt have a bad day at office during playoffs fingers crossed

  • POSTED BY Raniz on | May 22, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    If you want Dot Ball, you can call me- S. Naraine If you want wickets, you can call me- D. Styen If you want Quick Runs, You can call me- Maxwell If you want Excellent Fielding, You can call me- K. Pollard If you want a Cool Cricketer, You can call me- J. Kallis If you want a Batsman who can batting long time, you can call me- R. Uthappa If you want a Finisher, You can call me- M. Dhoni If you want all the things in one, You can call me- Sakib Al Hasan!!

  • POSTED BY ashamilton on | May 22, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    My dreams came true. I wanted Bangalore based players to play extremely well against RCB just because to make RCB think tank to show how good Bangalore players.Uthappa has proved extremely well beyond my expectation. From day one I knew RCB won't make it to play offs . Wake up RCB wake up at least for next auction. I would have picked up more composed team had I been given all rights to select players.. The full credit goes to Sanjay Bangar for choosing right players at prices. RCB simply lost 3 players worth value on Yuvi which is simply waste.

  • POSTED BY d_observer on | May 22, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    According to some people's thought, as Shakib did not played any significant innings (they may need some assistant to collect stats correctly) for his country, therefore he is not a great player. Also they always cried that KKR should play Kalis/other foreign player instead of Shakib.

    But I think KKR know exactly what can benefit them eventually, thats why they dont listen to the blinds.

  • POSTED BY remnant on | May 22, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Well played KKR. Hope to see a CSK vs KKR final. Uthappa has been in the form of his life and Shakib has now demonstrated why he is rated so high by BD fans. Hope he plays like this with such a strike rate, and win matches here & for BD also, to be the impact player. I have always believed a foreign batsman/allrounder must not play the run grafter part, that can be played by any local also. Kallis was playing such a role and was one reason for the KKR imbalance in batting. Pandey is in a slump. Can be replaced or demoted in the order. This team is peaking at the right time. Bravo.

  • POSTED BY Razzor7 on | May 22, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Wow, Just Perused Through Some Overall IPL Stats For KKR. Didn't Expect To Find That Shakib Has The Overall Best Batting Strike Rate And The Second-Best Economy Rate With The Ball. Now That's Some Typical AllRounder Stats For You. Just Don't Over-Hype The Player Guys!

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | May 22, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    shakib is only half decent batsman bangladesh possess. last time i remember , below par west indies whitewashed bangladesh on their home grounds. still a long way to go for bangladesh .

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | May 22, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    kkr is too little too late .my team kings 11 will be number 1 and csk number two at end of season. kkr started poorly and will not make top 2. rr will beat them in eliminator round. hope kkr loses their last game.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    I think-KKR is going to win the tournament..they r the most favourite now with this combination,momentum & most importantly with these 3 unbelievably consistant players(robin,narine & shakib)..they r performing in almost each & every game since ipl7 started.How can the national selectors keep away robin from national team?!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Robin...robinn..robin...robin...yu beauty...play fr india soon .man..play same cricket cuntry also ....bangalore tiger now kolkata popular fighure....

  • POSTED BY crickocat on | May 22, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    so seems like you haven't learnt how to manage team like bangladesh . .that cost you an world cup and an asia cup . .oh i'm so sorry to say that shakib performed super in those matches . .ha ha ha ..

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    What an irony -- Eden Gardens was rumbling "Uthappa, Uthappa", two B'lore/Karnataka players (Uttappa & Vinay Kumar) in KKR & no B'lore/Karnataka player in RCB (correct me if I'm wrong)! Honestly, which team should somebody from B'lore/Karnataka (like me) be cheering for ?

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    A very good comment by RAZZOR7. Dear BD fans, please go through the comment by RAZZOR7. You should not spoil the reputation of our cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Hey guys from Bangladesh, listen: much ado about nothing is not a good habit. I am also from BD, but should be I become mad of a single player like Shakib? 11 players make a team, not a single player. Over talking/appreciating a single player is just harming the future of that player. Shakib is good player but far behind of Sachin/sourov/kallis/lara and many others. You bd fans please don't spoil the reputation of your nation and also of Shakib himself. IPL is a door to proof where we have only one player. No other player is even qualified enough to compete at IPL. So why you boast of BD cricket so high? There is far way to go, so please calm. Kh. Saiful Haque from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    What must a bowler do to get a MOM award?. The way I see it is that although Robin is in ripping form, he was not the BIG difference between both sides. Only 4 wickets fell. Even if he was out early, remember there is 11 BATSMEN in a side and in a T20 game, any player can hit the ball. A bowler can only bowl 4 overs and an opening batsman can bat for the entire 20 overs. Shame on the MOM selection.

  • POSTED BY niazbhi on | May 22, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Uthappa keeps the ball on the ground hits opponent team's good bowlers, at the end Sakib can hit the others. KKR is dependent on Uthappa and Narine. Narine and Sakib will always bowl well. KKR cannot rely on Uathppa to bat like this in every match and as briliant as Sakib's batting is, he is more suspect to getting out than Uthappa. KKR line up should be 1. Uthappa 2. Ghamvir 3. RTD 4. Yusuf 5. Sakib 6. Yadav 7. Pandey/DBDas 8. Chawla 9. Narine 10. Morkel 11. Umesh. They should play Kallis in place of RTD if Pandey is playing at 3. Kallis is a better bowler.

  • POSTED BY Razzor7 on | May 22, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Now Guys, Don't Get Too Excited About Shakib Being The Best Allrounder In The World. Yes, He's A Canny Bowler And An Accomplished Batsmen In All Forms Of The Game, However He Needs To Prove That Against The Top International Sides In Tests, ODIs And T20Is. Till Then, He Can't Be Called The Best. Current Stats (Averages): TestBat=37.96, TestBowl=33.39, ODIBat=34.99, ODIBowl=29.60, T20IBat=22.78, T20IBowl=18.90 Pretty Decent Stats, However Not Quite The Level Of J.Kallis, G.Sobers Yet.

  • POSTED BY vaidyar on | May 22, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    slightly poetic that the knockout innings came from Uthappa. The top scorer in that epic chase by RR was Karun Nair. Almost every K'taka player - Nair, Rahul, Uthappa, Pandey, Gautham is doing well. Vinay Kumar is generally inconsistent in t20s. Glad to see Shreyas Gopal also getting a shot and doing well. Hopefully next time Mallya infuses some local talent into the team. Otherwise please remove the B from the name.

  • POSTED BY Waliurp06 on | May 22, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @ESPNCRICINFOMOBILE: You are right bro. Shakib is such a player who can not win a match for his country. That is why despite of having so many match winner around the world, KKR have picked and retained Shakib. And Shakib is proving, how the KKR management are. They should have been consulted with such wise cricket analyst like you. If you say Uthappa played great, then at least show some courtesy to say Shakib Played Nice. Don't be shy to tell the truth. Talk about what he have done just now, not what he could not done before and before. Because then people will start talking about how Great Sachin used to make 100 and put his country to the loser side. ;). Try to be a real cricket lover. Say good when someone plays good, say bad when someone plays bad. That's it.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 22, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Why are some Indian fans have problem with Shakib? true his batting nor bowling is of Ajmal or Sachin calibre and quality but he is a genuine all-rounder that can bat and bowl. He is most likely by the end of his career which is like 15 years away from today will be averaging around 30 with the ball and over 40 with the bat in the main forms.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    well said Libin Thomas, i like your comment ,say some thing creative and innovative thumbs up to u dude

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Crickot have u not got enough losing against Indian ? One day 23-3 and test 7- 0 .. U guys will keep on telling the same thing even if u lose thousand times against India ..first learn how to handle associate teams first then think about India . We are sending a second string team to Bangladesh still we will win easily ..u c it .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    Rashed I told u please do not bring funny stats , because Bangladesh is a team which lose 9 out 10 matches they play and if someone like sakib performed in a match in which Bangladesh lost , what is the significance of that ? First never overrate a player who cannot even win an important match single handedly for the national team

  • POSTED BY Waliurp06 on | May 22, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Had to Bang my Office today to watch Shakib Playing......It has been totally paid off. :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    I'd have to say KKR might actually be the one to take the trophy this year. Momentum is most important during the business end of the competition and KKR charging towards the finish. They haven't lost in ages though so there's always the chance of a typical Melbourne Stars Choke which seems to happen when your not losing.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | May 22, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    But the question is whether selectors will risk him in indian team as "The One" is struggling and also "No Hit" Sharma is not doing any good either. Yuvi also needs to be replaced. It is just the matter of believing that Robin "robs in" in international games or not.

  • POSTED BY Kingzzzz on | May 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Where's Jacques Kallis? KKR with him would've won :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    English cric , we do not have a great pace bowler and we will never have it , we are traditionally a batting team . And we always have had the bra batting line up in the world so that's enough to win .if India has lot 4 -0 against ausis u must have seen ausis losing against India in same margin in India 4-0 and also their huge defeat against India in last 20/20 World Cup , all out for just 86 runs .

  • POSTED BY crickocat on | May 22, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    count it after from shakib started for bangladesh national team . .and i was only talking about shakib's performance . .ha ha ha . .jealous hah . .next month bangladesh will show you . .

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    @ Libin Thomas see now you feel bad. i didn't made stats. its the stats they made. every great player got great stats. look at sachin and his stats. know stat only does make a great player but no body become great player with an average stat. bowling also same story by that what did you mean indias bowling is the weakest bowling attack in the world.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    The rising t , that u guys were doing in last Asia cup and 20/20 World Cup ? U lost even against associate teams like afghan and Hong Kong . Why do u guys become arrogant for no reason ? Sakib was destroying only Indian domestic bowlers .still they are far better than your international bowlers ..your team win only once in a blue moon and u guys act like best in the word , actually think where r u in world cricket ? Have u ever win a single test match ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    uthappa has improved by leaps and bounds.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    come back indan team uthappa.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | May 22, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Shakib destroying Indian bowlers like its nothing. Nothing new. Yawn. Like to remind Indian fans that he's the only player to be ranked in top 3 all-rounders in each format. Would've number 1 had his team got enough matches like everyone else. Bat and/or ball Shakib has the ABILITY!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Crickocat, now pls do not bring India vs Bangladesh matches , it's 23 vs 3 and te Bangladesh have lost all against india .

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | May 22, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Funny Indian fans think they can take us on in England. Remember what happened in 11 test series? played like an associate team :) plus lets not forget our 2:1 test series win in India itself. Why can't you produce even 1 genuine pacer? answer me that :D even when conditions suits pacers your pacers are even worse :) remember the 4-0 thrashing to Australia in Australia? :D these Umesh, Varun, Sharma etc are terrible from what I've seen in this seasons IPL thus far. Only decent pacers India has is B.Kumar, Shami and Khan but even they are not anywhere near Steyn, Malcolm, Donald, Pollock, McGrath calibre. Best pacers can perform regardless of pitches and conditions.

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | May 22, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    @Ramansilva, thanks for that brilliant insight and wise words. Now, please go watch your team play England.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    banglar tiger is the best... best all rounder present time in the world... our shakib proud of you boss bangladeshi!!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Rashed , what performance u r talking about ? Have u seen kapil playing ? Do not get laughing stock by comparing sakib with a legend kapil dev , this is the problem with u guys , kapil was such a match winner and I have not seen sakib winning any important match for Bangladesh , please do not bring me funny stats now . The reason why sakib is on top in the list of all rounder today , just because he is playing in a weak Bangladesh team , for an example soon after the match starts before reaching 10 over Bangladesh lose 2 or 3 wickets then sakib comes and makes some runs , bowling also same story . C jadeja he rarely gats chance to bat just because of the formidable Indian batting line up .he gets to once in 5 or 6 matches .when gets chance that will be after 40 or 45 overs ..I hope u understand my point .. Do not overrate a player who cannot even win an important match for the country ..

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | May 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    @EDUDE Agree with you on depth of coverage for select players by media. Well this is India and that is the way it works. Media of all kinds is for players where their own TRP or whatever equivalent rises. a and Gambhir started their ODI and test career together. While Uthappa was great at times also had some temperamental issues throwing away his wicket after getting into a good start. But very rarely his good efforts were highlighted , while it was lot different for other players (Gambir being one of them). Even now most papers say Gambhir and Uthappa have given great starts to KKR. Rarely mentioning Uthappa in solo effort.

    Not sure if this blog of mine wil be published... straight talk is generally not popular!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    You all seem to be missing the value and contribution of SKNarine to the performance and results of the KKR.No amount of praise is too much.

  • POSTED BY sumit1982 on | May 22, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    I think in last match against sunrise, GG must give chance to some domestic player who are resting in bench for quiet a while.

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | May 22, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Well, am I right or am I right? KKR were too hot for RCB to handle. And frankly speaking, their body language spoke a lot when they came on to field. KKR is the most improved team if we compare all the teams at the start of the IPL7. Lost continuously, but now they are winning continuously. YP flopped again but thanks to Shakib and Robin, they played responsible innings. I won't be surprised, provided KKR continue the same way till the end, if I see KKR playing IPL final. They deserve the spot and congratulations on qualifying. Goodbye RCB. Go ahead and party. U are good for parties only (except VK and ABD). Frankly, u (RCB) did not deserve to even come this close.

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | May 22, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Kohli had some of the best in the business in his team but he could not marshal them even to a respectable position. India will be in a fix if he is appointed as the captain. Can he marshal a bunch of ordinary cricketers if he cannot get the best out of stars like Ghale, AB, Murali.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @Edude Gambhir has been riding the coat tails of uthappa this season. If not for Uthappa Gambhir has been a failure, and you are right I have seen more articles praising Gambhir then uthappa.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | May 22, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    These 3 cricketers r simply unbeatable in recent matches- Dazzling batting performance from Utthapa makes him contender of blue jersey again, Shakib again shows the world why he's considered as best spin bowling all-rounder of the world in recent years and only one word for Narine- mystery!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    @jalal seikh Sakib must be fun to bangla fans who have only 1 person to crow about, for Indian fans Uthappa is better and we outnumber you 8 to 1.

  • POSTED BY crickocat on | May 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    do you remember shakib's performance when bangladesh beat india team out from wc2007 ,asia cup 2011 . .ha ha ha . .(i wish i could use some soccer type language)

  • POSTED BY EDude on | May 22, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Kohli didn't seem to have game plan. He and newbie- takawale scored at 7 an over for 12 overs when the asking rate was 10+, w/o any sense of urgency. Finally when Yuvraj and ABD came to crease, the required rate was 16+ in 8 years. Kohli is a media hyped hero. Scoring one heroic innings once in 7 matches isn't greatness. This season he showed he doesn't have the brains, attitude or the consistency to be a great player. He lacks leadership to get the best out of his giants. If he can't win with likes of ABD, Yuvaraj, Gayle in team, what can he do? It was ironic to see Robin flatten Mallya who totally ignored locals, the Ranji champs, in auction.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    @ Libin Thomas bro plz check best indian alrounder kapil dev(with due respect) and Sakib batting and bowling record in cricinfo. you will realize if shakib can maintain the way he is playing for last few yeaars his record will be way better than kapil dev's record.

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | May 22, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Real black eye for Kholi, the prospective future India captain, when he is unable to get a star studded RCB side to perform to its ability.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 22, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    @EnglishCricket: Don't blame the bowlers, blame the conditions. Indian bowlers are just as good as any bowler in the world given the right condition. Even Dale Steyn, Malinga and other international bowlers get smashed in the IPL. It's the kind of pitches, size of grounds in India that contribute to such things. Don't forget that an INDIAN bowler holds the Purple Cap for most wickets in this year's IPL and there are at least 3 more Indian bowlers in the IPL's top wicket takers list. It is also time some of you stop brining India's population into discussion here. England were the ones who invented cricket right ? But are they any good at playing it, especially ODIs and T20s ? Food for thought.

  • POSTED BY Raniz on | May 22, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    "Really glad to have Shakib at the other end. I knew I just needed to feed him the strike, he was going hammer and tongs at the spinners in the middle overs." thanks for such a little admire to shakib...@ Robin

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    Sakib knock was enjoyable than Uthappa.....we should respect Sakib for his Brilliant performance. ....

  • POSTED BY Speng on | May 22, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    KKARRRR! They are hot right now! Narine, Shakib and Uthappa are a trio anyone would want on their team. Would be great to see all three in the CPL this year but I guess that won't happen for Uthappa. Does anyone think he gets the nod for the Indian team against England? Given that Shikhar Dhawan (one of my favourite players) hasn't played so well in internationals recently maybe Uthappa takes over for him in limited overs?

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 22, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Good riddance! The most hyped team gets booted out first. Boy, am I glad! All hail Dravid! This team doesn't know how to respect local players and icons. Glad to see Uthappa smashing his 'home' team to pieces. Now go Mallya, spend 50 crores on some other non-local Indian talent for next auctions. Good for you! I always wonder, how the Karnataka/Bengaluru people are able to support RCB, when their favourite sons are being poorly handled by the administrators in RCB.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @EnglishCricket- Don't worry, You will learn more about Indian pacers when they will visit England this summer of July.. They will decimate your batting line-up, A fragile batting line-up.. Thrashed in Australia now you guys will be thrashed in your home.. Just wait and watch mate.. You will be humbled..

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I do not think anyone say that sakib is a bad player , but some of them simply overrating their country man . C what uthappa is doing , he has not been in Indian team for so long , if Bangladesh has got a player in uthappas caliber He would have been their biggest star ever .why do u guys simply waste your time to overrate a player who could not even produce a single victory for their country in the recent Asia cup an 20/20 World Cup which took place in their own country ..some good games in ipl do not prove anything .

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | May 22, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Indian pacers are a joke. You would think a country of more than a billion and they would've produced at least 1 world class pacer :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    KKR have struck form so guy's watch out!

  • POSTED BY bowlfordecoy on | May 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    yayay the over hyped team is outta IPL as they mostly do. Feel really for fans of RCB , they never had their hands at the cup and not gonna happen in future too , still their fans would be saying they wud win this year n stuff lol

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 22, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Who was the one that said KKR always loses due to Shakib? :) come out come out wherever you are :D 60 runs at nearly 160 SR and 4 overs at ER of 6.75 :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    rafi@ sorry boss but u left out narian.:p

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    And kumar , my bad

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I think after a few years in the wilderness, Robbin Uthappa has started playing like a champ again. He was great in first T20 world cup. and now he is the man for KKR. He should be selected in Indian 11 in 20/20 and ODIs to open the inning.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    The batting order for KKR should be : Uthappa Gambir Shakib Yusuf Ten doscate Yadev Pandey Chawla Yadev Morkel

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    shakib show your magic .sakib is not one of the best all-rounder. he is the only best all-rounder now.

  • POSTED BY Cricmot on | May 22, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Well done Uthappa. Looks like its KKR's game now, unless Gayle, Kohli fires its over for RCB. Uthappa has been a real match winner for KKR in this season.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Robin shoved great grattitude fr praveen amre..thanks to praveen amre ..making robin pure batsman...robin...robin...robin.....comon tiger..

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 22, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    97 metre six from Shakib. Shear class from a small man :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    what a batting by sakib .......... 3 sixes and 24 runs in a over

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    RCB need to get a better selection and strategic team. They can go a long way by learning from teams like RR. I'm no fan of any IPL team, but I think it makes for a better competition by having more new faces amongst the Overseas Contingent so that we get to see different styles for each competition. Teams like DD, RCB and to an extent SRH have been far too unwilling to drop their underperforming star players. (KP, Gayle, Finch etc..) Teams like RR and CSK, MI and KXIP have been great at building a team full of solid performers built around one or two marquee players plus they set the same standards for every player no matter whether they're heralded or not.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    I'm not sure why kohli dropped parthiv, in terms of play he is far better than takawale

  • POSTED BY EDude on | May 22, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    If you look at the max number of sixes scorers, Uthappa doesn't figure in the top 7, yet he has scored highest number of runs at a top strike rate. That's because he can play master strokes against quality bowling (I was reminded of Sachin attacking quality bowling) and ability to take singles and doubles. He hits sixes with ease. He runs hard, bats from opening till the end of innings, then keeps the wickets in the 2nd innings, yet keeps cool, doesn't show off, that speaks lot of his stamina and character. His sublime form at the top has freed pressure off teammates and enabled them to play their natural play. He performed extremely well helping Karnataka win all the domestic trophies this season. Unfortunately media doesn't give him due recognition. If Gambhir plays one slightly better innings, he gets credit in the news title, but I am yet to see headline on Uthappa, even after consistently scoring 40+ in 8 consecutive match-winning innings so far. The real MVP of the season.

  • POSTED BY OttawaRocks on | May 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Delighted to see KKR make it in. Given the poor start they had to the tournament this is an excellent achievement, accomplished with a game in hand, no less! Narine, Uthappa, and Shakib all looking outstanding during the season while good supporting roles played by Gambhir, RTD, and Chawla. As far as batting order goes, I'm happy with where everyone currently is. While it is tempting to move Shakib and RTD further up the order, it is better to keep them there as is - both are explosive batsmen and at the same time they are good insurance policies in case a collapse happens earlier in the order.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | May 23, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Very happy with Uthappa getting back into form. Always thought he had it in him to be a world class limited overs player. Funny what I can see but the national selectors can't. And the give chances to Yusuf Pathan --- in whom I never saw anything but a slogger whose slogging ability was less than Afridi and whose bowling and fielding were poor. Uthappa is not a test player though. And finally KKR realized what a slow batsman Kallis is for limited overs cricket. Anyday I will pick Shakib over Kallis in limited overs cricket unless the wicket is a green one or the ball will swing a lot. Finally Manish Pandey. Is he the most overhyped IPL player in the country? Why is he getting regular chances? First with RCB then with Pune and now with KKR. The guy has a bad defence and limited stroke-play. Just because he scored an IPL hundred doesn't make him a good bat. And finally with RCB. Please get some good domestic batsmen and bowlers. Only Chahal has been a success, rest are massive failures.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good lesson taught by all the Karnataka Players; Uthappa, Karun Nair, Vinay Kumar, Stuart Binny, Manesh Pandey, etc.... to Mallya and his team fcr not selecting the actual Bangaloreans for RCB. Me behind a diehard fan of RCB never supported RCB this time, though my brain supported RCB by heart was always wishing for the Bangaloreans in other teams to perform. Mallya and his team played with the sentiments of Bangaloreans and their players by not selecting anybody. The players here play for money and not for the honor of their state or city! In fact, some of the few Karnataka players outplayed RCB single-handled and drubbed RCB out of context; well played guys and well taught lesson to Mallya. Hope, he gives importance to local talent in the future at least.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 23, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    very very good robin will u back in Indian teem. nis bating. awsam

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Well done KKR!!! The Daredevils played Neesham for three games, he got 8, 22, and DNB and we won two of those games, then he never got picked again nd never played once in India... pathetic... and we never won another game as a result... Comparatively you have KKR starting with a Ghambir 0,0, and another 0... triple ducks... and they persevered and now they are in the finals. You play your best and your talented guys and your hitters, you do not put undue pressure on players who are performing better when still warming up than those who replace them can go at at their best as not t20 players (Tahir and Parnell offer little).. KKR got it right... DD are last due to wrong line-up in 12 consecutive games of pure silliness. Not luck, not wrong in-game calls.. just the wrong team. KKR got it right and only played international bowlers as have Indian batsman in great form/top order and their bowlers are Narine and Morkel. DD had to / have to play KP, Duminy, Neesham and De Kock / Tahir!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    Great going for KKR..Uthappa n shakib well done. If there is one player in the KKR dugout who is really unfortunate in this ipl has to be..kuldeep yadav!if anyone had seen him bowling would know what i mean...not even one game!every young indian bowler in other teams have got a chance and they have really made their mark, but for kuldeep its an endless wait. If vinay kumar gets hammered chawla comes in and when chawla goes out vinay pops back in. Mr Wasim Akram n KKR..iam simply amazed. Really unfortunate for kuldeep to be a part of kkr. Had he been in nay other team iam sure he would have been in the leading wicket takers list. i hope at least he gets one game to show his meetle.The only indian under 19 bowler to get a hattrick in world cup..not even one game..cant be more frustating n unfair. Hope mr akram opens his eyes n give this young lad a chance to atleast cheer about something in this ipl. lets see!

  • POSTED BY MULLIK on | May 23, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    @Puneet, no you are not taking anything away from Shakib. In fact you cannot. Why are you forgetting his 21 ball 46 just a couple of days ago. But again just two innings either is not an entitlement to be compared with Dhoni, true. I am however surprised to see some comments undermining Shakib because BD cannot win matches or he cannot single handedly win a match. On the other hand some commentators, only a couple of weeks ago, were screaming at Shakib supporters saying cricket is a team game, so Shakib alone is not enough for BD to win matches. BD haters please bear in mind, Shakib was not picked up by KKR as a BD representative. He was picked up because of his personal brilliance and please do not bring BD while praising or criticizing him. Why every time he plays a good knock some people bring up Bangladesh. He alone is not BD and BD is not only Shakib.

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | May 23, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    KKR finally realized where Shakib should be batting. I hope they keep him there. He's not a #7. He definitely would've score more 50's if he was batting in the high order.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    KKR obviously on fire now. After Gamvir, Utthapa came into driving seat, making KKR top orders simply unbeatable, huge credit goes to two spinners, how Narain and Shakib controlling the opponents' scores in a word 'superb', and on top of that Shakib's form fueling the middle order in absence of pathan, Doeschate's knock.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    I'm not sure why kohli dropped parthiv, in terms of play he is far better than takawale

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    RCB need to get a better selection and strategic team. They can go a long way by learning from teams like RR. I'm no fan of any IPL team, but I think it makes for a better competition by having more new faces amongst the Overseas Contingent so that we get to see different styles for each competition. Teams like DD, RCB and to an extent SRH have been far too unwilling to drop their underperforming star players. (KP, Gayle, Finch etc..) Teams like RR and CSK, MI and KXIP have been great at building a team full of solid performers built around one or two marquee players plus they set the same standards for every player no matter whether they're heralded or not.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    what a batting by sakib .......... 3 sixes and 24 runs in a over

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | May 22, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    97 metre six from Shakib. Shear class from a small man :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 22, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Robin shoved great grattitude fr praveen amre..thanks to praveen amre ..making robin pure batsman...robin...robin...robin.....comon tiger..

  • POSTED BY Cricmot on | May 22, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    Well done Uthappa. Looks like its KKR's game now, unless Gayle, Kohli fires its over for RCB. Uthappa has been a real match winner for KKR in this season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    shakib show your magic .sakib is not one of the best all-rounder. he is the only best all-rounder now.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    The batting order for KKR should be : Uthappa Gambir Shakib Yusuf Ten doscate Yadev Pandey Chawla Yadev Morkel

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    I think after a few years in the wilderness, Robbin Uthappa has started playing like a champ again. He was great in first T20 world cup. and now he is the man for KKR. He should be selected in Indian 11 in 20/20 and ODIs to open the inning.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    And kumar , my bad

Knight Riders v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Kolkata May 22, 2014

Uthappa powers Knight Riders into playoffs

The Report by Alagappan Muthu
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Kolkata Knight Riders 195 for 4 (Uthappa 83*, Shakib 60) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 165 for 5 (Takawale 45, Narine 4-20) by 30 runs
Scorecard

Robin Uthappa was little more than a spectator for eight overs as Royal Challengers Bangalore displayed the intent of a side fighting for survival. Three Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen were in the hut just after the Powerplay and Uthappa was 20 off 18. He finished an unbeaten 83 off 51 to confirm his team's place in the playoffs by extending their unbeaten run to six matches. Royal Challengers' loss meant they were out of the tournament.

They did have the resources to threaten a target of 196. But they persisted with a misfiring Chris Gayle and endured another poor start. Yogesh Takawale, inducted in the XI to offset Gayle's dot balls, looked scratchy early on and when he was becoming fluent, he perished. Sunil Narine's script was near flawless against Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh - who made a brief fist of it when he swatted Umesh Yadav in a 22-run 16th over - and AB de Villiers to scupper any chance the visitors had.

The pitch had offered early evidence of stopping on the batsmen a couple of times. Uthappa decided nudging around was too risky and enacted a counterattack. Concise footwork added power to his straight hits. His indulgence in unorthodoxy went as far as sweeping and reverse-sweeping, but more often than not he concentrated on guiding the ball into gaps with necessary angling of the bat. A caress to third man gave him the orange cap and his ninth 40-plus score in 13 matches ended up becoming his first unbeaten innings this season. Eden Gardens was rumbling "Uthappa, Uthappa" as he drilled the final ball of the innings - a full toss on middle - into the sightscreen to reach his highest IPL score.

Shakib Al Hasan was a brilliant deputy. Knight Riders were 56 for 3 in the eighth over when he joined Uthappa. The 121-run partnership took shape with singles and twos before Shakib, batting determinedly deep in his crease, brought out his bottom-handed swipes. The bowlers obliged by failing in their search for the blockhole and both batsmen began finding the boundaries with ease. When Yuzvendra Chahal was razed for 24 in the 15th over, with three towering sixes, Royal Challengers were rattled beyond recovery. They offered width, full tosses and bungled an easy run-out of Uthappa in the penultimate over to enable 78 runs off the last six overs.

Royal Challengers' hopes were pinned to an 85-run stand between Kohli and Takawale. They needed to balance the construction of a springboard for their finishers with an asking-rate that was persistently above 10. Rotating strike was not a problem and Vinay Kumar was carted for 17 runs in the ninth over to tempt their fans. However, with 26 runs and two wickets coming in the next four overs and 103 needed in the remaining seven, the dire need for big hits overcame the batsmen's ability.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo