Karnataka Premier League – Sixth Edition – Match No 16

16th match  – Bengaluru Blasters v Bijapur Bulls at Hubballi – Sep 15, 2017 –Bijapur Bulls  won by one run under VJD Method

With this win, Bijapur Bulls has won 25 games in KPL and own the record for most wins in KPL. It went past Belagavi Panthers which has won 24 games. Bijapur Bulls earned the distinction of becoming the first team in the history of KPL to win 25 games

B Chipli’s run aggregate in  KPL read  881 at the end of this  game. He now stands fifth in the list of most run getters in KPL. Others are – MA Agarwal {1368}, KB Pawan {922}, R Jonathan {907} and Amit Verma {896}

A Mithun’s lone wicket in this game fetched him 35 wickets from 35 matches. He now occupies the fifth place in the list of most wicket takers in KPL. Others are – K Gowtham {52}, J Suchith {45}, R Vinay Kumar {45}, VV Kumar {41} and Amit Verma {38}. Note that J Suchit and R Vinay Kumar share the second place jointly with 45 wickets each

Bijapur Bulls won this game by one run { under VJD Method} to provide the second occasion of a team winning a KPL game by one  run. The other occasion was Panthers winning its game against Brigadiers at Bengaluru on 18.09.10.

This game provides the 12th occasion of a KPL game decided on VJD Method or DL Method. All such  games are tabulated below

1 Mangalore United v Malnad Gladiators at Bangalore – Sep 15, 2009
  Mangalore United 135/5 (17/17 ov); Malnad Gladiators 126/7 (17/17 ov, target: 140)
  Mangalore United won by 13 runs (VJD method)
   
2 Malnad Gladiators v Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds at Bangalore – Sep 17, 2009
  Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds 52/2 (7.1/7.1 ov); Malnad Gladiators 36/5 (5/5 ov, target: 44)
  Davangere Diamonds won by 7 runs (VJD method)
   
3 Bangalore Provident (Rural) v Bijapur Bulls at Bangalore – Sep 16, 2010
  Bangalore Provident (Rural) 123/4 (17/17 ov); Bijapur Bulls 75/5 (8.3/9 ov, target: 75)
  Bijapur Bulls won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining) (VJD method)
   
4 Malnad Gladiators v Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds at Bangalore – Sep 17, 2010
  Malnad Gladiators 149/8 (20/20 ov); Shamanoor Davangere Diamonds 113/5 (16/16 ov, target: 116)
  Malnad Gladiators won by 2 runs (VJD method)
   
5 Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban) v Malnad Gladiators at Bangalore – Sep 27, 2010
  Malnad Gladiators 109/4 (13/13 ov); Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban) 89 (12/13 ov, target: 111)
  Malnad Gladiators won by 21 runs (VJD method)
   
6 Bellary Tuskers v Bijapur Bulls at Mysore – Aug 30, 2014
  Bellary Tuskers 145/8 (20/20 ov); Bijapur Bulls 87/3 (8.2/10 ov, target: 86)
  Bijapur Bulls won by 7 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) (D/L method)
   
7 Hubli Tigers v Mangalore United at Bangalore – Sep 6, 2014
  Hubli Tigers 190/6 (20/20 ov); Mangalore United 150/5 (16/16 ov, target: 154)
  Hubli Tigers won by 3 runs (D/L method)
   
8 Belagavi Panthers v Mysore Warriors at Bangalore – Sep 6, 2014
  Mysore Warriors 169/5 (19/19 ov); Belagavi Panthers 126/8 (14/14 ov, target: 133)
  Mysore Warriors won by 6 runs (D/L method)
   
9 Mysuru Warriors v Belagavi Panthers at Hubballi – Sep 9, 2015
  Belagavi Panthers 91/4 (10/10 ov); Mysuru Warriors 74/9 (10/10 ov, target: 96)
  Belagavi Panthers won by 21 runs (VJD method)
   
10 Bellary Tuskers v Namma Shivamogga at Hubballi – Sep 18, 2016
  Bellary Tuskers 169/6 (20/20 ov); Namma Shivamogga 161/6 (15.4/16 ov, target: 159)
  Namma Shivamogga won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining) (VJD method)
   
11 Bellary Tuskers v Hubli Tigers at Hubballi – Sep 20, 2016
  Bellary Tuskers 164/6 (20/20 ov); Hubli Tigers 143/3 (14.5/16 ov, target: 139)
  Hubli Tigers won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (VJD method)
   
12 Bengaluru Blasters v Bijapur Bulls at Hubballi – Sep 15, 2017
  Bijapur Bulls 125/9 (20/20 ov); Bengaluru Blasters 64/2 (9/9 ov, target: 66)
  Bijapur Bulls won by 1 run (VJD method)

 

 

 

Twins – Aprajith and Indrajit – score double centuries in Duleep Trophy – earns the distinction of becoming the first twins to accomplish the feat

Twin brothers from Tamilnadu – B Aparajith and B Indrajit – entered the record books of Duleep Trophy as twin brothers to score double century in the history of Duleep Trophy. B Aparajit had scored 212 for South Zone against West Zone at Chennai in Oct 2013. B Indrajit emulated him by scoring 200 for India Red against India Blue at Kanpur in Sep 2017

The twib brothers were born 26 minutes apart to Dr.TN Baba couples who was the former Media Manager of  the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 B Aparajith 212 South Zone v West Zone Chennai 03 Oct 2013
2 B Indrajith 200 India Red v India Blue Kanpur 13 Sep 2017

 

B Indrajith’s 200 provide the 46th occasion of a batsman scoring a double century in Duleep Trophy. All such occasions are tabulated below. Hanumanth Singh has the credit of scoring the first every double century in the Duleep Trophy.

He scored 210 for Central Zone against South Zone at Lal Bahadur Shastry Grounds Hyderabad in Nov 1964

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 Hanumant Singh 210 Central Zone v South Zone Hyd-LBS 14 Nov 1964
2 AL Wadekar 229 West Zone v East Zone Kolkata 04 Feb 1965
3 AA Baig 224* South Zone v North Zone Delhi 29 Oct 1966
4 MAK Pataudi 200 South Zone v West Zone Mumbai (BS) 28 Oct 1967
5 SM Gavaskar 228 West Zone v South Zone Vadodara 30 Oct 1976
6 M Amarnath 207 North Zone v East Zone Mumbai (BS) 08 Oct 1982
7 M Azharuddin 226 South Zone v Central Zone Jamadoba 06 Jan 1984
8 LS Rajput 221 West Zone v North Zone Trivandrum 11 Oct 1985
9 J Arun Lal 214 East Zone v Central Zone Pune 20 Oct 1986
10 J Arun Lal 287 East Zone v West Zone Pune 25 Oct 1986
11 SV Manjrekar 278 West Zone v Central Zone Nagpur 15 Oct 1987
12 LS Rajput 275 West Zone v Central Zone Nagpur 15 Oct 1987
13 R Lamba 320 North Zone v West Zone Bhilai 21 Oct 1987
14 AD Gaekwad 216 West Zone v North Zone Bhilai 21 Oct 1987
15 PK Amre 240* Central Zone v North Zone Visakhapatnam 30 Dec 1989
16 RB Parikh 218 West Zone v South Zone Bengaluru 30 Dec 1989
17 VG Kambli 208 West Zone v East Zone Mumbai 15 Jan 1992
18 V Yadav 201 North Zone v South Zone Surat 15 Jan 1992
19 A Jadeja 264 North Zone v Central Zone Vadodara 10 Oct 1993
20 AK Sharma 202 North Zone v Central Zone Guwahati 03 Nov 1994
21 SS Bhave 292 West Zone v South Zone Rourkela 30 Nov 1994
22 WV Raman 250* South Zone v West Zone Rourkela 30 Nov 1994
23 Bantoo Singh 214 North Zone v East Zone Kolkata 30 Nov 1994
24 SS Karim 200* East Zone v West Zone Nagpur 21 Oct 1995
25 AA Muzumdar 209 West Zone v North Zone Indore 19 Nov 1995
26 V Sehwag 274 North Zone v South Zone Agartala 01 Dec 1999
27 D Mongia 201 North Zone v South Zone Vijayawada 04 Jan 2001
28 VVS Laxman 217 South Zone v West Zone Surat 18 Jan 2001
29 D Mongia 208 North Zone v Central Zone Delhi 25 Jan 2001
30 GK Khoda 300* Central Zone v South Zone Panaji 01 Feb 2001
31 Yuvraj Singh 209 North Zone v South Zone Faridabad 12 Mar 2002
32 V Rathour 249 North Zone v East Zone Delhi 26 Mar 2002
33 Y Venugopal Rao 228* South Zone v England A Gurgaon 21 Feb 2004
34 A Chopra 205* North Zone v East Zone Rajkot 11 Feb 2008
35 M Manhas 205* North Zone v East Zone Rajkot 11 Feb 2008
36 S Badrinath 200 South Zone v North Zone Rajkot 29 Jan 2009
37 M Kaif 202* Central Zone v East Zone Amritsar 19 Jan 2010
38 AM Nayar 259 West Zone v North Zone Rajkot 26 Jan 2010
39 YK Pathan 210* West Zone v South Zone Hyd-RGS 02 Feb 2010
40 MK Pandey 218 South Zone v Central Zone Hyd-RGS 26 Jan 2011
41 Yuvraj Singh 208 North Zone v Central Zone Hyd-RGS 14 Oct 2012
42 MK Pandey 213 South Zone v West Zone Chennai 03 Oct 2013
43 B Aparajith 212 South Zone v West Zone Chennai 03 Oct 2013
44 NV Ojha 217 Central Zone v North Zone Mohali 22 Oct 2014
45 CA Pujara 256* India Blue v India Red Greater Noida 10 Sep 2016
46 B Indrajith 200 India Red v India Blue Kanpur 13 Sep 2017

 

D Monga, J Arunlal, LS Rajput, MK Pandey and Yuvraj Singh are the five batsmen who have scored double centuries on two occasions  in Duleep Trophy. Their performance is listed below

 

No No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 1 D Mongia 201 North Zone v South Zone Vijayawada 04 Jan 2001
  2 D Mongia 208 North Zone v Central Zone Delhi 25 Jan 2001
               
2 1 J Arun Lal 214 East Zone v Central Zone Pune 20 Oct 1986
  2 J Arun Lal 287 East Zone v West Zone Pune 25 Oct 1986
               
3 1 LS Rajput 221 West Zone v North Zone Trivandrum 11 Oct 1985
  2 LS Rajput 275 West Zone v Central Zone Nagpur 15 Oct 1987
               
4 1 MK Pandey 218 South Zone v Central Zone Hyd-RGS 26 Jan 2011
  2 MK Pandey 213 South Zone v West Zone Chennai 03 Oct 2013
               
5 1 Yuvraj Singh 209 North Zone v South Zone Faridabad 12 Mar 2002
  2 Yuvraj Singh 208 North Zone v Central Zone Hyd-RGS 14 Oct 2012

 

D Mongia and J Arunlal are the two batsmen to score two double centuries in the same season. J Arunlal was the first batsman to accomplish the feat in 1986 and D Mongia emulated him in 2001.

 

No No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 1 D Mongia 201 North Zone v South Zone Vijayawada 04 Jan 2001
  2 D Mongia 208 North Zone v Central Zone Delhi 25 Jan 2001
               
2 1 J Arun Lal 214 East Zone v Central Zone Pune 20 Oct 1986
  2 J Arun Lal 287 East Zone v West Zone Pune 25 Oct 1986

 

MAK Pataudi, S Badrinath, B Indrajith and SS Karim are the four batsmen who have scored exact 200 runs in the tournament. SS Karim remains the only batsman to score 200 and remain not out. The performance of these four batsmen are tabulated below

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 MAK Pataudi 200 South Zone v West Zone Mumbai (BS) 28 Oct 1967
2 S Badrinath 200 South Zone v North Zone Rajkot 29 Jan 2009
3 B Indrajith 200 India Red v India Blue Kanpur 13 Sep 2017
4 SS Karim 200* East Zone v West Zone Nagpur 21 Oct 1995

 

R Lamba and GK Khoda are the two batsmen who have score triple century in the tournament. R Lamba’s 320 for North Zone against West Zone at Bhilai in Oct 87 is the highest individual score by a batsman in Duleep Trophy. The following table lists the performance of these two batsmen

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 R Lamba 320 North Zone v West Zone Bhilai 21 Oct 1987
2 GK Khoda 300* Central Zone v South Zone Panaji 01 Feb 2001

 

Unforgettable Ananda Rau – commentator with a golden voice

The author of this  article is Shri C Prahlada Rao – one of the greatest cricket connoisseur I have come across. He used to work for Syndicate Bank and then later on joined Dena Bank as General Manager – Computers at Mumbai. Its here that i came across this genial gentleman who used to reel off many anecdotes just through his sheer memory. He is now settled in Mumbai and me at Bangalore but the  distance does not come in between us when we talk of cricket through telephone for many hours. Here is what Sri C Prahlada Rao thinks of Sri P Anandra Rau

As 15 year olds, my friends and I , became big time fans of commentator P.Ananda Rao around 1966-67 . What first drew us to him was his golden voice ( though a tad nasal ) and his superb command over English. Add to this, his fascination for detailing and his endearing narration made him extremely popular.

We also loved Anant Setalwad , who too had a gifted voice and a smooth narration; but Ananda Rao stood out with his unique style, which made his listeners yearning for more.

Those days, media meant only the radio and the newspapers ( even sports magazines such as SportsStar, SportsWorld came much later ) and listeners had no choice but to cling to every word a commentator would utter to catch up with the action. And here, Ananda Rao was the master !

Sample these ..” And that marks the end of another typical Nadkarni over, a maiden, of course ” or “Conrad Hunte drives powerfully towards the covers region, Pataudi goes down on one knee, makes sure of stopping the ball, which he eventually does.”

On Wes Hall, in the 1966-67 series “Wes Hall, the old fire still burns. The gentle giant, steams in almost from the boundary line, his majestic run-up reminds one of a well-oiled express locomotive. You can see his shirt wide open, with his silver cross dangling from his powerful neck; you can feel his big muscles ripping against his white trousers . He delivers another thunder-bolt at Sardesai, which the batsman defends, showing the full face of his bat. Hall collects the ball on his follow-thru , throws it to Rohan Kanhai fielding at Mid-on and begins his long walk to the top of his bowling mark. Kanhai, meanwhile, is seen vigorously polishing the new ball on his trousers, runs after Hall and throws the ball at the receding back of the tall and lithe fast bowler. The ball hits Hall’s back with a thud, must cause him tremendous burn; but Hall catches the ball showing no visible signs of any pain and strides back to the top of his bowling mark…”

What narration !

Ananda Rao, with his picturesque commentating skills , drew a fascinating visual of a tear-away world class pace bowler in full throttle . What more do the listeners want ?

We also looked forward to P.Ananda Rao’s summing up of the day’s proceedings upto the tea interval , for the benefit of overseas listeners. His summing up reflected an extra-ordinary memory, his in-depth knowledge of the game and a perfect lesson for wrapping up in style. He was so much focused on this tough job that he would overlook any unusual event happening on the field. As listeners, whenever there was a roar from the stadium, we had no alternative but to hazard a guess that a wicket has fallen or a boundary or a six has been hit, depending on whether India was batting or fielding, as the case may be.

Truly, a master of his art !

When I read a news item in “The Hindu” that my favourite commentator was the General Manager of Das Prakash Group of Hotels, I could relate to him even more, as the Group hailed from Udupi, my home town.

A cricketer and a gentleman Balu Alaganan – A tribute by V Ramnarayan on Balu’s demise

Balu Alaganan who led Madras to its first Ranji Trophy triumph against Holkar at Indore in 1954-1955, was a popular captain, with an impeccable pedigree in the game. After his high school education in Colombo, he came back to his native Madras state, where he captained the strong Madras Christian College team at Tambaram. Alaganan was an all round sportsman, who won singles and doubles titles in state tennis, and played golf as a keen amateur.

The sad news of this gentleman cricketer’s death was announced today.

A conversation with Balu (circa 2000)
In a free flowing conversation about Tamil Nadu’s maiden Ranji triumph, Balu Alaganan revealed some unusual facets of that famous victory “I was a member of the selection committee that made me the Madras captain the year we won the Ranji Trophy!” he said. “It was a bombshell to me. I had been in and out of the side, had done nothing of note, though I had a hundred against Mysore in a junior match under the captaincy of M S Shastri, uncle of Ravi Shastri. M J Gopalan, C Ramaswami and R T Parthasarathi were the other selectors who persuaded me along with ‘Ghanta’ Srinivasaraghavan (the Madras Cricket Association secretary). Ghanta promised he would be there to watch us when we won the Ranji Trophy, but while we were playing Hyderabad we received news of the air crash that claimed his life.

About his dream run, culminating in a match-winning innings in the final, Alaganan recalls: “The players were more motivated than I. They kept on encouraging me. On the night before the last day of the match, A K Sarangapani had a dream in which he scored 74, the exact number of runs he made in the second innings. M K Murugesh came up to me at no.11 and said: “Don’t treat me as a tailender, I’ll stay with you”, and our partnership proved vital. The 50 runs we put on were in the end the margin of our victory”.

“In the semifinal, C D Gopinath plotted Pankaj Roy’s dismissal on the hook shot off the bowling of BC Alva with his fastish offbreaks. We had a fielder about halfway to the boundary, Alva bowled short and Roy could not resist the temptation.”

“Kripal played a great role in our win. He was writing his exams and we wanted a postponement, which was granted. The star-studded Holkar team captained by Mushtaq Ali, put us in on jute matting, perfect for batting, thinking they would finish the match earlier as their main bowler Dhanwade wanted an extra day in Bombay on his way to the English league.”

As it turned out, Madras made 479 and took the lead. Holkar had heard of Gopinath, but not of young Kripal Singh who played two wonderful innings and bowled superbly. Alaganan wanted to drop himself, as he hadn’t been among the runs. True to form, he scored a zero in the first innings, the only batsman to do so.

After that memorable victory, Alaganan retired and was nominated as a Vice President of the Madras Cricket Association, but was found to be underage, and had to wait until he was 35!

“One year, we all had to resign from the committee when S R Jagannathan sued the Association, but I was determined to become president after that, which I did,” says Alaganan, who was the popular choice it seemed, whenever unpleasant tasks had to be carried out.

He it was who had to inform skipper P K Belliappa he had to stand down as Tamil Nadu skipper in favour of Venkataraghavan, because the off spinner was being groomed for the South Zone captaincy and India vice captaincy.

Years later, when some players went up to him to express their unhappiness with Venkat, again it was Balu who had to convey their feelings to the captain.

A memorable match as manager of the state team was when Tamil Nadu beat Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy semifinal at Poona. “When Maharashtra went into bat for the last time in the match, we led only by 120 runs, but I told the boys not to give up. Skipper Venkat said: ‘Don’t worry, we will win the match’. There was some great bowling by Venkat and VV, and we bundled Maharashtra out for 96, to register an incredible win.”

Balu was a lucky manager. At least that’s how he describes himself, though players who have toured with him think of him as a thoughtful official who really cared for them and contributed meaningfully to team strategy. The Indian teams that visited Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies in the seventies thoroughly enjoyed touring with him.

Balu also did a fairly long stint as radio and TV commentator. One unforgettable incident involved the late P Ananda Rau, who invariably summed up the day’s proceedings for the benefit of overseas listeners who tuned in just after teatime on Test match days in Madras. On one such occasion, even as Ananda Rau was summing up, a few wickets fell, and the commentator went on with his resume, paying no heed to current happenings. The crowd was roaring all the while, and the noise level was quite deafening. Acting on phone calls from worried listeners, who feared some mishap at the ground, the police landed there. Balu nudged Ananda Rau even as the police were making their way towards the commentary box, and Rau woke up from his trance to announce: “As I was talking to you, dear listeners, three more Indian wickets fell.”

The veteran administrator recalls with a chuckle an instance of attempted match fixing from his own experience. It was an intercollegiate match in the forties between Loyola and Madras Christian College, Alaganan’s team. Loyola’s captain Fullinfaw wanted an outright win, as otherwise Engineering, who had star players like Aruldoss, B C Alva, and G Ramanathan, would become the league champions. He asked the MCC captain to lose the match intentionally. “Our captain G Zachariah said, ‘No, I am a true Christian, and won’t throw away a match under any circumstance,’ and we drew the match. The Loyola College crowd, obviously in the know of things, booed us.”

The magicians called radio commentators – E R Ramachandran

I was very young when the whole house erupted in unbridled joy and hysterical happiness.
Syed Mushtaq Ali, the swashbuckling opener whose hand was broken and had retired hurt, came as the last man to hit a four singlehanded to get an improbable victory for India!
Those days radios worked only on valves and carried lot of airways ‘noise’ along with the commentary.
But the commentator had sent the whole nation into an electrifying ecstasy by conveying what was happening on the field miles away.
In clear contrast to this, when John Arlott was describing India’s innings with India 0 for 4 (yes, zero runs for four wickets) at Headingly, Leeds, you could hear a pin drop piercing the hushed silence as Freddie Trueman sliced through India’s batting using the ball as if it were a meat slicer.
Such was the power of radio commentators.
Sanjay was the first commentator who narrated the 18-day Kurukshetra war between Pandavas and Kauravas in Mahabharatha to the blind king Dhritarashtra through Divya drushti (power to visualise what’s happening elsewhere and convey the same).
Radio commentators were pure magicians who could convey the see-saw feelings that erupted in the field to fans thousands of miles away staring at nothing but ceiling and yet participate in whatever happened in the field.
There was AFS Talyar khan, AFST giving the commentary for a full five days all by himself!
Maharajkumar of Vijayanagaram (Vizzy), who would describe Polly Umrigar as the ‘Palm Tree’ hitter for the sixers he was famous for.
Quite a majority of cricket lovers grew up listening to ‘Berry’ Sarbadhikari, Pearson Surita, Anant Setalvad, Chakrapani, Dicky Rutnagar, Raj Singh Dungarpur, Ananda Rao, Balu Alaganan, Devraj Puri and his son, the ENT doctor Dr. Narottam Puri.
When the only way you saw action was through some pictures on the Hindu sports page next day, or the Weekly ‘Sports and Pastime’, these magicians by their collective range of voice and sheer artistry brought home the unalloyed ecstasy of winning, the despair of waiting for a draw or the agony of losing a nail-biter.
Anant Setalvad’s soothing voice would comfort the desperate crowd at paanwala shops in street corners that Chandu Borde and Russi Surti were rebuilding an innings lying in disarray.
Or, the smile that danced on the face of crowd when Dicky Rutnagar described the effortless ‘on-demand sixers’ by Salim Durani or ML Jaisimha to whichever part of the field the demand came from!
As you walked from Churchgate station towards Nariman Point in Bombay, you would see hundreds shaking their collective head when you heard Dr. Narottam Puri lament India’s inexplicable collapse from the radio at Lotus Court office of Philips.
A cabbie or a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, who would otherwise get frothing mad at the trespass of a carefree pedestrian with a tilted head, would smile and pardon his indiscretion shouting at the same time to know the latest score!
Most people had one ear affixed to their transistor sets, while riding their cycles, running to catch a local or while haggling with vegetable vendors as they do with mobile phones nowadays!
When Abbas Ali Baig, in company of Ramnath Kenny, drew a match against Australia with a fine 58 and was returning to pavilion, a girl came from nowhere and planted 13 kisses on him. The number was actually counted and conveyed by Vijay Merchant who lamented that he had played for years and lived practically on a cricket field, but never did a girl even look at him!
Did the commentators go wrong? Sometimes, but at extraordinary times!
It took quite some time for everybody to realize they had a tie on hand, the first ever in cricket’s history in December 1960 at Brisbane!
Our own All India Radio in the afternoon news at 1:30 News first flashed Australia had won and changed it to West Indies before finally coming out with the news of the first tie ever!
Listening to John Arlot, Brian Johnston, Rex Alston, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Peter Baxter, Trevor Bailey over shortwave radio was like sitting in a cricket coaching class; their commentary when Jim Laker took 19 wickets in a Test was no less than the feat itself.
Alan Mcgilvary, Micheal Charlton, Richie Benaud, Johnnie Moyes, Jim Maxwell were some of the finest Australian commentators who brought the drama of cricket right to the living room.
Into this box walked young Harsha Bhogle to bring ball-by-ball commentary from Australia.
It was as much of a debut as Sunil Gavaskar or a Sachin Tendulkar would make on the field and Harsha had a great debut series in Australia.
He is one of our best but somehow, the magic of what he did as a radio commentator has eluded him, such is the medium of radio compared to television.
Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar too should sometime go on the air to experience the power of radio in commentary.
How was India’s victory in Port of Spain, West Indies, conveyed in India?
India chased a near-impossible score of 400-plus runs against West Indies with both Vishwanath and Sunil Gavaskar scoring a century each, laying the foundation for the chase.
When Brijesh Patel scored the winning run, both Hindi and English Commentators on the All India Radio panel wanted to break the news simultaneously!
There was a minor scuffle as to who should convey India’s victory between Ravi Chaturvedi and Suresh Sarayya!
Those were the glorious days of ‘Emergency’ then and everybody had to be politically correct in their behaviour in public or the alternative was a quick spell in jail!
So the commentators had to heap praises on the then Kings and Queens before they could shower some on the cricketers for the famous victory!

First Published: October 19, 2011, 4:56 PM IST

They were a class apart in Cricket Commentary

They were a class apart – Listening to cricket commentary those days was a pleasure, what with the voices of experts such as Bobby Talyarkhan, Ananda Rau, and Pearson Surita capturing the magic of the game over AIR.

CRICKET COMMENTARY is now a subject, debated and dissected by all, including the players. A lot of it is related to what is being said and analysed by a plethora of former cricketers in the current World Cup.

True, nothing panegyric is being said about any of them, and rightly so, because very few had succeeded in riveting the attention of the huge audience with their description, vocabulary, vision and assessment, even though a majority are high profile players in their heyday. Their discomfort in pitching for the appropriate expression, total lack of felicity and professionalism, leave alone the essential ingredients of voice modulation, sobriety and restraint, make a mockery of what many regard as an art in itself.

It is fashionable to portray commentators of the BBC and ABC as demi-gods and the Indians unworthy of the job. In the Indian context, it is ridiculous, since the Englishmen and Australians come off in their mother-tongue. Long before the names of John Arlott and Alan McGilvary entered the Indian psyche, there were commentators who earned the appreciation and approbation of one and all, including the thousands of Englishmen. Can any of those who listened to the narration of A.F.S. (Bobby) Talyarkhan from the famous Bombay Gymkhana ground, or any other centre, where Tests were played, feel that it did not match his western counterpart? He was a one-man army, and went on the air throughout the day, giving listeners a mental picture of what he was seeing, be it the classicism of Lala, the imperious stroke-making prowess of CK, or even the impeccable defensive display by Vijay Merchant.

To say, `Bobby’ Talyarkhan was a trendsetter so far as commentary in Indian sports is concerned, notably for cricket and horse-racing, is no exaggeration. There have been quite a few who have followed in the footsteps of `Bobby’, each exuding a different style, personality and intonation to communicate with listeners over the then most powerful medium, the All India Radio. The Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagaram (`Vizzy’ to many), the former India captain, had a style of narration all his own. He was admired and despised, but none dared to ignore him. Vizzy always led the field, and formed a lively team with Devraj Puri and Berry Sarbadikary. While Puri, who was a first-class and unofficial Test cricketer, spoke with a passion, almost racing with the ball rolling from the bat of Vijay Hazare, Vijay Manjrekar or Dattu Phadkar, the silver-haired Berry Sarbadikary was more tonal, drawling but measured.

But if you needed one with the diction and style that matched those demigods of BBC and ABC it was Pearson Surita from Kolkata. A brilliant narrator, both in football and cricket, Pearson was hugely popular with the listeners for the choice of words and observations. Not surprisingly, he was invited as guest commentator to share the mike along with John Arlott and Brian Johnston when India toured England in 1967. Equally versatile was Anant Setalvad from Mumbai.

In no way did Tamil Nadu lag behind in this field. Though `Bobby’ Talyarkhan captured the audience here — he named GP “the parson” and Rangachari “the policeman” — in the 1930s from the picturesque Chepauk, once considered as beautiful as any other English ground, this city, considered then a conservative, intellectual centre, on par with London, can remember with pride a few notable cricket commentators as good in any other metropolis of India. High on this is the late P. Ananda Rau, whose sonorous voice could be heard from any transistor set those days during the Ranji Trophy matches. Unlike now, commentary never came through the whole day, and the resume after an hour or so from lunch break was eagerly looked forward to. The summing up by Ananda Rau on what occurred during the break would be enough for the listener to mentally picture the happenings at Chepauk.

A `Varsity’ blue, Ananda Rau, who spent the better part of his professional career as hotelier — he was the manager with the Dasaprakash Group — contributed immensely to enhancing the profile of cricket commentary. When AIR began broadcasting commentary in 1938, Ananda Rau, then a narrator of local events, made his debut with the Madras-United Province Ranji Trophy match in 1943. Encouraged by the then state captain, G. Parthasarathy, (GP as he was affectionately called) who later became India’s Permanent Representative in the U.N. Ananda Rau was behind the mike for over 57 Tests (both official and unofficial) and 117 first-class matches, including the Ranji and Duleep Trophy tournaments. The golden moment of his career as a commentator came when he was invited by the BBC to do the job from the hallowed Lord’s. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991 for his contribution to sport and tourism. He was president of the Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Associations.

Ananda Rau had a splendid team man in Balu Alaganan, the first captain to take Tamil Nadu (then Madras) to a trophy triumph in the Ranji Trophy. Renowned for his sobriety and depth of knowledge, Alaganan’s observations were weighty and taken as authoritative. Another prominent figure during that period was again a Ranji Trophy captain and former Minister of State, R. T. Parthasarathy of Salem. A youngster who went on to become an exponent, K. Balaji, cut short his career behind the mike to pursue higher studies. Bureaucrat and cricket buff, V. Ramamuthy, was also on the panel — he even toured Pakistan. But he switched over to Tamil commentary, and continues to be part of that team. While on the subject, it is not easy to ignore the name of V. M. Chakrapani who joined the staff of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The charm of radio commentary is gone. The advent of TV has transformed the whole concept, where professionalism and felicity have been pushed into the background in preference to projecting star players — glamorous models too — whether they fill the bill or not. If someone today views the TV on mute mode, it is not an aberration; but a conscious choice to avoid the deluge of words.

S. THYAGARAJAN – Article Courtesy – The Hindu

Post Script –  I, HR Gopala Krishna, had the opportunity of working with P Ananda Rau,  Balu Alaganan and, V Ramamurthy in the Radio commentary box as a scorer-cum-statistician in Test Matches and Ranji Trophy matches and with RT Parthasarathy and K Balalji  in Ranji Trophy matches

Dhoni saga: The Finisher has unfinished business

Secret of success: M.S. Dhoni, who has a record 100 stumpings, knows too well that the odd mistake is often remembered more than a weighty contribution.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni flashed a familiar smile and extended his arm. His handshake was firm, as always.

Moments earlier he had been swarmed by fans in the hotel lobby even as he alighted from the lift. Dhoni’s popularity has not dipped a tad.

Dressed in a tight t-shirt and jeans, he appeared super fit. “Do I have any other choice,” he quipped.

A professional athlete’s life can be hard. You come under a microscope. Then there are questions that follow – Is he getting on in age, is he slowing down?

The India-Australia limited overs series beginning at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday could see Dhoni answering many of those queries.

As a wicket-keeper batsman, Dhoni comprehends only too well that the odd mistake is often remembered more than a weighty contribution.

Glittering career

He has to be on his toes, silence the doubters and build on what has been a glittering career. At 36, much of his incredible journey from a small town to the big, bold lights of international cricket is behind him. But then, the challenges ahead could get his competitive juices flowing.

For most part, he has sped down the highway to success and milestones, his biker spirit shining through.

Dhoni has crossed the 300-game mark in ODIs; has a record 100 stumpings in them. These are times though when he may have to negotiate some tight bends.

Dhoni no longer plays Test cricket, there can be long breaks between series, and he has to keep his focus. And each time he fails to live up to his own high standards, he will be under even more scrutiny.

Yet, there could be some sting in the tail of a fulfilling tale which could climax in the ICC 2019 World Cup.

Dhoni is here in a city that is only too familiar to him. As the talismanic skipper who fired Chennai Super Kings to several triumphs, he has a legion of supporters in these parts.

There will be a roar when he enters the ground here for the first India-Australia ODI.

‘A legend’

India coach Ravi Shastri has backed Dhoni to continue in the side, appreciates his ability, fitness and commitment. “He is a legend,” says Shastri.

In a side of stroke-makers, Dhoni offers stability to the line-up. He has so often been the link between the specialist batsmen and the lower order.

He can rally when the chips are down, build partnerships and pilot the side home. Take the India – Sri Lanka ODI this season at Pallekele for instance.

Pursuing 237, India slumped 131 for seven before Dhoni (45 not out) guided the side to victory along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He does add weight and experience to the order.

Of course, he might not have the eye of a 28-year-old. Years of cricket do take their toll. And his ploy of taking the game deep and exploding at the finish has come in for some criticism particularly when the tactic fails to come off.

His 114-ball 54 against the West Indies in the ODI at North Sound is a case in point. India went down by 11 runs and Dhoni couldn’t quite be the finisher that day.

But then, he still has the bat speed, dexterous wrists and the power to dismantle attacks on his day. Dhoni still covers ground like a panther between the wickets and still possesses those fast hands to effect lighting stumpings and run-outs.

This celebrated cricketer still has some gas left in the tank. Dhoni has some unfinished business.

by S Dinakar – Article courtesy – The Hindu

 

 

Karnataka Premier League – Sixth Edition – Match No 15

15th match – Hubli Tigers v Mysuru Warriors at Hubballi – Sep 14, 2017 – Mysuru Warriors won by three wickets with two balls to spare

VV Kumar captured two wickets in this game which fetched him  an aggregate of 41 wickets in KPL. He became the fourth bowler in KPL to capture 40 plus wickets. Others are – K Gowtham {52}, J Suchith {45} and R Vinay Kumar {44} – Stats as at the end of Hubli Tigers innings in this game.

 

J Suchith’s lone  wicket in this game fetched him an aggregate of 45 wickets in KPL. He now occupies the second place in the list of bowlers who have captured  most wickets in KPL. K Gowtham occupies the first place with 52 wickets – Stats as at the end of Hubli Tigers innings in this game.

 

MA Agarwal scored 68 in this game which represents his ninth fifty in KPL. He holds the record for most fifties in KPL. His nine fifties are listed below

 

No Pos Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Date
1 01 MA Agarwal 56 Diamonds Gladiators Bangalore 17.09.10
2 01 MA Agarwal 100 Diamonds Panthers Bangalore 22.09.10
3 02 MA Agarwal 103 Panthers Hubli-T Hubli 08.09.15
4 01 MA Agarwal 74* Panthers Bulls Hubballi 17.09.16
5 01 MA Agarwal 69* Panthers Shivamogga Hubballi 20.09.16
6 01 MA Agarwal 66* Panthers Rockstars Hubballi 28.09.16
7 01 MA Agarwal 119* Panthers Mangalore Hubballi 29.09.16
8 01 MA Agarwal 92* Hubli-T Shivamogga Mysuru 08.09.17
9 01 MA Agarwal 68 Hubli-T Mysuru Hubballi 14.09.17

 

MA Agarwal’s 68 in this game was his sixth half century in KPL. He became the ninth batsman to score six or more half centuries in KPL. Others are – B Chipli {07}, Mohammd Taha {07} R Samarth {07}, KB Pawan {06}, R Jonathan {06}, RV Uthappa {06}, RK Sabharwal {06} and RP Kadam {06}

 

MA Agarwal’s run aggregate at the end of this game read 1368. He has scored 124 boundary fours and 54 boundary sixes. His run aggregate, boundary fours and boundary sixes are records in KPL in each statistical parameter.

 

KK Nair was dismissed run out for 15 in this game to provide the 19th occasion of a captain dismissed run out in KPL. It also provides the third occasion of Mysuru-W captain dismissed run out in KPL.

The other two occasions are

 

No Batsmen MoD Runs Team Oppositon Venue Date
1 MK Pandey R out 10 Mysuru-W Panthers Bangalore 06.09.14
2 CM Gautham R out 42 Mysuru-W Rockstars Mysuru 17.09.15

 

Mysuru-W won this game by three wickets with two balls to  spare to  provide the  eighth occasion of a team winning a game with two balls to spare in KPL. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Winner Margin BR Target Overs Max Opposition Ground Match Date
1 Provident 7 wickets 2 142 19.4 20.0 Brigadiers Bengaluru 19 Sep 2010
2 Diamonds 4 wickets 2 175 19.4 20.0 Bulls Bengaluru 26 Sep 2010
3 Bulls 7 wickets 2 168 19.4 20.0 Mysuru-W Mysore 14 Sep 2015
4 Shivamogga 4 wickets 2 159 15.4 16.0 Bellary Hubballi 18 Sep 2016
5 Bulls 7 wickets 2 189 19.4 20.0 Hubli Tigers Hubballi 19 Sep 2016
6 Mysuru-W 4 wickets 2 162 19.4 20.0 Bulls Hubballi 23 Sep 2016
7 Hubli Tigers 5 wickets 2 174 19.4 20.0 Mangalore Hubballi 25 Sep 2016
8 Mysuru-W 3 wickets 2 155 19.4 20.0 Hubli Tigers Hubballi 14 Sep 2017

 

Mysuru-W won this game by three wickets with two balls to  spare to  provide the  second occasion of a Mysuru-W winning a game with two balls to spare in KPL. Both the  occasions are tabulated below

 

No Winner Margin BR Target Overs Max Opposition Ground Match Date
1 Mysuru-W 4 wickets 2 162 19.4 20.0 Bulls Hubballi 23 Sep 2016
2 Mysuru-W 3 wickets 2 155 19.4 20.0 Hubli Tigers Hubballi 14 Sep 2017

 

MA Agarwal’s 68 was in a losing cause in this game to  provide the 49th occasion of a batsman’s fifty going in vain in KPL. It also provides the fourth occasion of a Hubli Tigers batsman’s fifty going in vain in KPL.

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Date Res
1 R Jonathan 52 Hubli-T Mysore-W Mysore 29.08.14 L
2 KB Pawan 73 Hubli-T Bulls Hubli 06.09.15 L
3 Mohd Taha 89 Hubli-T Bulls Hubli 19.09.16 L
4 MA Agarwal 68 Hubli-T Mysuru-W Hubli 14.09.17 L

 

MA Agarwal’s 68 was in a losing cause in this game to  provide the second occasion Hubli Tigers batsman’s fifty going in vain against Mysuru-W in KPL. Both such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Date Res
1 R Jonathan 52 Hubli-T Mysore-W Mysore 29.08.14 L
2 MA Agarwal 68 Hubli-T Mysuru-W Hubli 14.09.17 L

 

R Vinay Kumar’s lone wicket in this game fetched him an aggregate of 45 wickets in KPL. He now shares the second place jointly with J Suchit who has also an aggregate of 45 wickets. K Gowtham with 54 wickets to his credit leads the list of most wicket takers in KPL.

 

Mysuru Warriors posted its 18th win in KPL. It now shares the second place for most wins in  KPL with Hubli Tigers which also has won 18 games. First place is shared by Belagavi Panthers and Bijapur Bulls with 24 wins

 

No Pos Team Mat Won Lost Tied Tie+W Tie+L NR
1 1 Belagavi Panthers 45 24 19 0 0 0 2
2 1 Bijapur Bulls 42 24 16 0 0 0 2
                   
3 2 Hubli Tigers 30 18 11 0 0 0 1
4 2 Mysuru Warriors 28 18 10 0 0 0 0

 

Expect surprises from Dhoni with the bat – Shastri

India coach Ravi Shastri has hinted that there are “surprises in store” from MS Dhoni “with the bat”. There has been a perception over the last few years that Dhoni has struggled to finish games. And while he wasn’t at his destructive best in the recently concluded 5-0 series victory over Sri Lanka, his ability to read the limited-overs game ensured he finished with 162 runs from four ODI innings, without being dismissed.

With Dhoni being 36 now, and the next World Cup in 2019, India seem to have some time to help groom a replacement in less demanding circumstances but Shastri had quashed such arguments two weeks ago saying age was no factor in the debate when the skills haven’t faded. And on Tuesday, speaking to India Today, answering a question on whether Dhoni should be in India’s World Cup plans, Shastri said, “If he keeps performing like that, how can you even think of anything else?”

“He is one of the fittest guys in the team. As far as wicketkeeping goes, in one-day cricket, he’s the best and let me tell you there’ll be some surprises in store with the bat. You watch. I have a feeling there is something around the corner. In Sri Lanka, you might have just seen a trailer.”

Dhoni has been taking a few measures to tweak his game, ditching his preferred style of pads for the more orthodox kind and has been working on a more balanced knee flexion. Technical changes aside, Shastri said Dhoni’s hunger to perform for India has not faded yet. “A break from Test cricket has been very good for him. For going through all those years as a wicketkeeper across all three formats has been tough.”

Another topic that has been debated is the resting of India’s lead spinners from the series against Australia starting on September 17. It is the second one in a row that doesn’t feature R Ashwin, though in this time he is playing for Worcestershire in the County Championship, and Ravindra Jadeja. Even with the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad insisting the offspinner was rested, there was speculation over whether he was dropped from the one-day side.

Shastri said India were making sure Ashwin and Jadeja do not burn out.

“You have a heck of a lot of cricket being played. You have about 25 Test matches in two years. You have a similar number of one-day games and a similar number of T20 games. Now you want a guy operating in a mode in a particular format that is very good from the team point of view. If you look at the No. 1 and 2 bowlers in the world, it’s Ashwin and Jadeja [sic three and two] and we are playing a heck of a lot of cricket, a lot of Test cricket. So if you start playing them across all formats, there will be burn out.

“The World Cup is still two years away. There’s enough time. Every now and then they might play. But the emphasis should be on Test matches as far as they are concerned. They can play across all three formats. So how much you want to use a player here, as opposed to a different format, that is a decision the team management will have to take.

“[India go to] South Africa for two months [in 2018], England two and a half months, Australia two and a half-three months, so you don’t want a burnout or more important than that, injuries. Already you would have seen in Sri Lanka, all 15 players played. You will see at least, across the one-day formats, just having a chat with the selectors, their intentions, I think are very good. Try as many guys who are on the fringe and then boil down to a point, six months, seven months to the World Cup, you have about 17-18 players to choose [from]. That will depend on current form, at that time form will be very important as well, and of course the fitness parameters.”

Article Courtesy – Espncricinfo.com

Karnataka Premier League – Sixth Edition – Match No 14

14th match –  Bellary Tuskers v Belagavi Panthers at Mysore – 09.12, 2017 – Belagavi  Panthers  won by 25 runs

 

Amit Verma’s two wickets in this game gave him an aggregate of 38 wickets in KPL. He now stands fourth in the list of batsmen who have scored most runs in KPL. Others are – K Gowtham {48}, J Suchit {44}, R Vinay Kumar {44} and VV Kumar {39}. Note that J Suchith and R Vinay kumar share the second place with  44 wickets each.

 

K Gowtham earned his 40th cap in KPL in this game. He became the eleventh cricketer to play 40 plus games in KPL. Amit Verma leads the list with 45 games to his credit. This game was his 45th game

 

No Player Mat Runs HS Ave C W BBI Ave 5 Ct St
1 Amit Verma 45 896 73* 26.35 0 38 4/05 18.50 0 15 0
2 RR Bhatkal 42 818 83* 26.38 0 20 3/14 32.75 0 15 0
3 R Jonathan 42 907 77 30.23 0 2 2/22 56.50 0 11 0
4 AA Joshi 42 697 56* 33.19 0 8 2/19 28.25 0 24 0
5 M Nidesh 42 813 70 30.11 0 1 1/28 83.00 0 11 0
6 KB Pawan 42 891 73 23.44 0 21 1
7 B Chipli 41 867 89 22.81 0 0 0 17 1
8 KR Kapoor 41 705 65 22.03 0 0 0 19 0
9 SP Manjunath 41 452 55* 21.52 0 2 1/06 16.50 0 9 0
10 K Gowtham 40 447 36 14.90 0 48 4/16 16.54 0 17 0
11 R Vinay Kumar 40 812 70 27.06 0 44 4/12 18.93 0 12 0

 

S Hoover scored 62 in this game which represents his first fifty in KPL. His previous best was 38 representing Belgavi Panthers against Bijapur Bulls at Mysuru on 16.09.15

 

This game witnessed four cricketers with 40 plus KPL caps – Amit Verma {45}, KB Pawan {42}, KR Kapoor {41} and K Gowtham {40}

 

KB Pawan’s run aggregate in KPL at the end of this game read 922. He became the third batsman to total 900 plus runs in KPL. Others are – MA Agarwal {1300} and R Jonathan {907}. KB Pawan occupies the second place in the list of batsmen who have score  most runs in KPL.

 

KB Pawan scored 51+ in this game providing his sixth fifty in KPL. He became the ninth batsman to score six or more fifties in KPL. Others are – MA Agarwal {08}, R Samarth {07}, Mohammad Taha {07}, B Chipli {07}, RP Kadam {06}, RK Sabharwal {06}, RV Uthappa {06} and R Jonathan {06}. KB Pawan’s six fifties are detailed below.

 

No Pos Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Date
1 01 KB Pawan 50 Mysore-W Hubli-T Mysore 29.08.14
2 02 KB Pawan 55 Hubli-T Rockstars Hubli 04.09.15
3 02 KB Pawan 73 Hubli-T Bulls Hubli 06.09.15
4 01 KB Pawan 54 Bellary Hubli-T Hubballi 20.09.16
5 02 KB Pawan 62 Bellary Mysuru-W Hubballi 01.10.16
6 01 KB Pawan 64* Bellary Panthers Mysuru 12.09.17

 

K Gowtham captured four for 23 in this game. His second wicket – that of D Padikkal – gave him the 50th wicket in KPL. At the end of this game, his aggregate of wickets read 52. He became the first bowler to  capture 50 plus wickets in KPL

 

 His four wicket haul provides the 42nd occasion of a bowler capturing four or more  wickets in KPL. It also provides the 38th occasion of a bowler capturing exact four wickets in KPL.

 

K Gowtham’s four for 23 in this game provide the second occasion of his capturing four wickets in KPL. The other occasion was his 4 for 16 representing Gladiators against Brigadiers at Bengaluru on 27.09.10. He became the ninth bowler to capture four or more wickets in KPL on two or more occasions. The performance of these nine bowlers are listed below

 

No No Player O M R W Team Opposition Ground Date
1 1 M Yadav 4.0 1 29 4 Mangalore v Mysuru-W Hubballi 05.09.15
  2 M Yadav 3.0 0 19 4 Mangalore v Bellary Mysore 12.09.15
  3 M Yadav 4.0 0 17 4 Mangalore v Rockstars Mysore 15.09.15
                     
2 1 VV Kumar 3.5 0 21 4 Mysore-W v Rockstars Mysore 03.09.14
  2 VV Kumar 3.0 0 20 4 Mysore-W v Panthers Bengaluru 06.09.14
  3 VV Kumar 3.5 0 40 4 Mysuru-W v Hubli Tigers Hubballi 28.09.16
                     
3 1 B Naveen 4.0 0 20 4 Panthers v Brigadiers Bengaluru 18.09.10
  2 B Naveen 3.2 0 13 4 Panthers v Bulls Hubballi 11.09.14
                     
4 1 DJ Johnson 4.0 0 30 4 Panthers v Gladiators Bengaluru 13.09.09
  2 DJ Johnson 4.0 0 38 4 Panthers v Brigadiers Bengaluru 22.09.09
                     
5 1 J Suchith 4.0 0 20 5 Mysuru-W v Bellary Hubballi 07.09.15
  2 J Suchith 4.0 1 26 4 Mysuru-W v Panthers Hubballi 24.09.16
                     
6 1 K Gowtham 3.0 0 16 4 Gladiators v Brigadiers Bengaluru 27.09.10
  2 K Gowtham 4.0 0 23 4 Panthers v Bellary Mysore 12.09.17
                     
7 1 NV Prasad 2.3 0 14 4 Brigadiers v Maharaajas Mysore 18.09.09
  2 NV Prasad 3.4 0 16 4 Panthers v Hubli Tigers Hubballi 08.09.15
                     
8 1 T Pradeep 4.0 0 18 4 Panthers v Mysuru-W Hubballi 24.09.16
  2 T Pradeep 4.0 1 14 4 Shivamogga v Bulls Mysore 07.09.17
                     
9 1 UB Patel 4.0 0 31 4 Mangalore v Brigadiers Bengaluru 25.09.10
  2 UB Patel 4.0 0 11 4 Mangalore v Provident Bengaluru 29.09.10

 

K Gowtham’s 4 for 23  in this game  provides  the tenth occasion of a Panther’s bowler capturing four wickets in KPL. All such occasions are tabulated below. Panthers became the first team to have bowlers capturing four wickets on ten occasions

 

No Player O M R W Team Opposition Ground Match Date
1 R Vinay Kumar 4.0 1 12 4 Panthers Maharaajas Bangalore 12 Sep 2009
2 B Naveen 3.2 0 13 4 Panthers Bulls Hubli 11 Sep 2014
3 NV Prasad 3.4 0 16 4 Panthers Hubli-T Hubli 08 Sep 2015
4 B Naveen 4.0 0 20 4 Panthers Brigadiers Bangalore 18 Sep 2010
5 DJ Johnson 4.0 0 30 4 Panthers Gladiators Bangalore 13 Sep 2009
6 DJ Johnson 4.0 0 38 4 Panthers Brigadiers Bangalore 22 Sep 2009
7 T Pradeep 4.0 0 18 4 Panthers Mysuru-W Hubballi 24 Sep 2016
8 P Dubey 4.0 0 19 4 Panthers Shivamogga Hubballi 20 Sep 2016
9 K Kamath 3.3 0 26 4 Panthers Blasters Mysuru 08 Sep 2017
10 K Gowtham 4.0 0 23 4 Panthers Bellary Mysuru 10 Sep 2017

 

KB Pawan’s 64 not out in this game was in a losing cause to provide the 48th occasion of a batsman’s fifty going in vain in KPL and also provides the  sixth occasion of Bellary Tuskers’ batsman’s fifty going in  vain in KPL. All six occasions are listed below

 

No Pos */+ Player Runs Team Opposition Ground Date Res
1 03   D Nischal 50 Bellary Bulls Mysore 30.08.14 L
2 02   KB Pawan 54 Bellary Hubli-T Hubli 20.09.16 L
3 01   RP Kadam 50 Bellary Hubli-T Hubli 20.09.16 L
4 01   RP Kadam 61 Bellary Mysuru-W Hubli 21.09.16 L
5 05 + CM Gautham 58* Bellary Bulls Mysore 09.09.17 L
6 01   KB Pawan 64* Bellary Panthers Mysore 12.09.17 L

 

Belagavi Panthers posted its  24th win in KPL and share the record for most wins in KPL with Bijapur Bulls.

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