Batsman Forever

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The Delhi batsman has beaten all odds to be back in the team for the England tour later this year. Last time he was in that country, he did not do too well. Gambhir would want to amend that. He has the experience; apart from him, only Dhoni and Ishant Sharma in the current team have played in England before. Much is expected of young guns Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma. And while they may have the gumption and audacity of youth on their side, Gambhir has two very potent weapons: adversity and grit. Both have been constant companions running alongside, like two parallel tracks that motivate and drive the opener to overcome everything in his way.

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IPL Hits and misses

Who Clicked
Manish Pandey-Wriddhiman Saha: After Saha hammered KKR with a century, Pandey’s 50-ball 94, gave KKR their second IPL title in three years with a three-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab. Earlier, Saha smashed his century off 49 balls to become the first player to score a 100 in an IPL final.

Virender Sehwag: Sehwag turned the clock back as he carried KXIP to 226 for 6 against CSK in the second qualifier of the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sehwag scored 122 off 58 balls.

Yusuf Pathan: Pathan revived memories with a 22-ball 72, which carried KKR to second place in the points table as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets.

Corey Anderson: Anderson made mayhem, hammering 95 off just 44 balls to help Mumbai Indians score a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in just 14.4 overs. Ambati Rayudu scored 30 off 10 as they chased down RR’s 190 in 14.3 overs.

James Faulkner-Steven Smith: Australians Smith and Faulkner smashed 65 in 17 balls to carry RR to a five-wicket win against RCB. Smith (48 not out off 21 balls) and Faulkner (41 not out off 17) came together in the 14th over with Rajasthan on 106 for 5, and played unbelievably to overhaul RCB’s total of 190 for 5 with seven balls to spare.

Glenn Maxwell: Australian Glenn Maxwell gave IPL 2014 season a brilliant start with a sequence of 95, 89 and 95 in the first three matches, but then faded somewhat after being ‘rested’ for a match.

Kieron Pollard: Though he didn’t shine with the bat, Pollard took one of cricket’s greatest ever catches when he held on to dismiss Kevon Cooper during Mumbai Indians’ IPL clash against the Rajasthan Royals.

Who Didn’t

Virat Kohli (14 matches, 359 runs, strike rate 122.10, average 27.61)

Dinesh Karthik (14 matches, 325 runs, strike rate 125.96, average 23.21, eight dismissals)

Murali Vijay (11 matches, 207 runs, strike rate 107.81, average 18.81)

Amit Mishra (10 matches, 7 wickets, economy rate 9.06)

Ishant Sharma (3 matches, 3 wickets, economy rate 9.18)

Mohammed Shami (12 matches, 7 wickets, economy rate 8.38)

Pragyan Ojha (12 matches, 4 wickets, economy rate 8.26)

Michael Hussey (9 matches, 209 runs, strike rate 114, average 23.22)

Chris Gayle (9 matches, 196 runs, strike rate 106.52, average 21.77)

Kevin Pietersen (11 matches, 294 runs, strike rate 126.18, average 29.40)

Shane Watson (13 matches, 240 runs, strike rate 122.44, average 20, 7 wickets)

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