Cricket Plays brings you the Weekly Cricket Buzz from December 16 to 22. Top Buzz this week– IPL Auction | SPOTY Ben Stokes | Demise of Basil Butcher | KPL dirty-deeds | Team India
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 16
Sensational Ben Stokes the fifth Cricketer to win the BBC SPOTY award
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 17
1970’s Wisden Cricketer of the Year, Basil Butcher is no more
Basil Fitzherbert Butcher, the former West Indies batsman, widely acknowledged for his performances against India and England, passed away. The knocks in England, 133 at Lord’s in 1963 and 209* in Nottingham in 1966, are most remembered. In 1970, he was also named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 18
‘Sheer Power’ as the Men in Blue outperform the Windies in the 2nd ODI
‘Sheer Power’ the phrase to describe the performance of the Men in Blue vS the Windies in the 2nd ODI, at Visakhapatnam. Windies won the toss and choose to field, and the Game was literally over for them as Rohit & Rahul were in no mood to spare the visitors. Both got to personal tons, then the late blitz by Iyer and Pant, took India’s total to an out-of-reach 387.
At one stage, India were – 308/3 on 45th over, then after 2 overs, India after 47th over- 363/3. 55 runs in two overs as Iyer and Pant hammered the West Indies bowlers.
After the Batsmen, the Bowlers too came all Guns blazing and removed the visitors at mere 280, thereby handing them a defeat by 107 runs. Kuldeep Yadav picked up another Hat-trick, his 2nd, first Indian to have achieved this feat.
Time for the ‘CHAHAL TV’
The 3 match ODI series is now even at 1-1, the trophy is up for grabs in the 3rd ODI to be played at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Dec 22.
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 19
IPL 2020: Auction Action
Cricket Plays brings to you the Ful update on Vivo IPL 2020 Auction Action, for the 13th edition of the IPL, as it happened. The VIVO IPL Player Registration was closed on 30th November with 971 players (713 Indian and 258 overseas players) signing up to be a part of the VIVO IPL 2020 Player Auction, set to take place today, in Kolkata. But again, the list was filtered to 338, so a total of 332 cricketers will go under the hammer in the IPL 2020 auction with only 73 slots to be filled by the eight franchises. Today is the day to fill the holes in a franchise for the upcoming IPL season, which will decide their fate, come next year. Follow the link below….
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 20
IPL Auction 2020: Who won the IPL Auction war?
The marquee tournament of ’em all, the IPL. 5 hours of a meet, INR 140.30 Crores of bids, as 8 IPL Franchises went on to a war for the players of 7 nations.
Out of 971, 332 were filtered, and in the IPL Auction total of 62 players were bought of which 29 were overseas and 33 Indians; of them again, 32 were capped and 30 uncapped.
But again, Who won the IPL Auction war? Follow the link below..
KPL investigation continues- Police search KSCA Secretary’s residence
The KSCA secretary Santosh Menon’s house was searched by Police in connection with their ongoing investigation into the alleged cricket betting and spot-fixing scandal in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). Menon is the second elected KSCA official on the CCB scanner, after Police arrests Sayyam and Bafna.
Sandeep Patil, the joint commissioner of police (crime), said Santosh’s name cropped up during probe and police obtained a search warrant from the court before swooping down on his residence. “We have seized his laptop and mobile phone and have sent them to the cyber wing for analysis. We have summoned Santosh on Friday.”
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 21
Roger Binny, KSCA names players alleged in KPL dirty-deeds
KSCA bars its managing committee member Sudhindra P Shinde from all cricketing activities, who was questioned and arrested for his alleged involvement in the KPL betting/match-fixing scandal. Roger Binny, the former Indian Allrounder, who is the KSCA president stated:
“S.P Shinde had been arrested and questioned by the investigating authorities regarding his alleged involvement in the KPL related activities prior to his becoming a managing committee member. Mr. Shinde has been asked not to attend any meetings as a managing committee member nor participate in any cricket-related activities organised by the KSCA.”
KSCA for the first time made the players and coaches name official who has been named in the dirty-deeds. Players CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi, Viswanathan M, Nishant Shekhawat, along with coach Vinoo Prasad have been suspended and will not be permitted to participate in any cricketing activity organised by the KSCA and are prohibited from availing any services in the KSCA Sports Centre.
The association had last month suspended Belagavi Panthers owner Asfak Ali Thara, who was among the first to be arrested. They have now stated that if he is found guilty of match-fixing/betting, the franchisee will be terminated.
“The decisions taken by the KSCA regarding the players and others will be reconsidered only after the investigation is complete. In case any of them is found guilty, appropriate and stringent action will be taken immediately. The KSCA would like to take this opportunity to assure all its cricketing fans and all other stake holders in cricket that it will continue to do everything possible to ensure that cricket will remain fair and transparent,”
Weekly Cricket Buzz, December 22
Clinical India makes it 10 on 10 vs the Windies since 2007
Win the toss- win the match, as they say. But, it wasn’t that easy. A hard-fought match, finally ending with India’s Victory, as expected. The target was a little too much, but considering the Windies bowlers, and the solid opening stand from the fabulous duo, it was expectedly a ramp-walk, which was bumped when the middle order failed. Then it boiled down to Kohli and Jadeja, Kohli however fell but after easing out the chase, then came the ‘Hero’ Shardul Thakur, who pinned Sheldon Cotrell to the mat, thereby, gifting the Hosts a 10/10 Victory vs the Windies since 2007.
The Chase Master, at it again
Well played Windies, the expected ordinary series was made extra-ordinary, all thanks to the ‘Men in Marron.’
Records Tumble as Rohit marches on..