KKR deserving IPL holders – Ganguly – Cricket News Roundup – May 28, 2012 – Part 1
Former Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, Sourav Ganguly, believes that KKR are deserving champions of the Indian Premier League, owing to their consistency in this year’s edition.
Ganguly’s former employees toppled two time champions, Chennai Super Kings, at Chepauk, chasing down a stiff target of 191, with five wickets to spare.
"Kolkata Knight Riders are deserving winners. Chennai Super Kings never seemed as consistently good as the Knights," he said.
Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper, has said that his side accomplished a mission after lifting their maiden IPL title.
Despite being the team’s top-scorer, Gambhir had to rely on Manvinder Bisla’s stupendous knock of 89, and veteran overseas’ player Jacques Kallis’ expert efforts, to dethrone Chennai Super Kings as the champions of IPL season five.
Following the victory, Gambhir said his team was worthy winners. "There is only one word that comes to my mind. Mission accomplished. We had strong belief in our team.”
England seamers put their side in total command following the conclusion of Day 3 of the second Test against West Indies – reducing the tourists to 61 for 6 in the second innings.
The hosts took a slender 58-run lead after resuming from their first innings from 259 for 3. They eventually ended on 428, with skipper Andrew Strauss top scoring with 141.
In reply, the Windies’ top order stumbled facing the likes of Tim Bresnan (3), James Anderson (2) and Stuart Broad, all of whom chipped in with wickets during a match-defying final session of the day.
Following the spot-fixing controversy which hit the Indian Premier League, BCCI has confirmed that India’s uncapped players will be a part of next year’s auction.
Currently, all franchises can scoop any local player, who has not featured for the national team, for fees up to Rs 30 lacs. However, recently an Indian news channel leaked a footage which saw Indian domestic players trying to see lucrative deals.
From next season though, all players will be auctioned which will help BCCI to prevent corrupt activities.
"It was the proposal of Shashank Manohar (former BCCI president) to auction all the domestic cricketers to avoid any form of corruption in the game," Shukla confirmed the Times of India. "All domestic players will be auctioned from the next edition."