MSD & Co. with the coveted Trophy

28 years is a long time for history to repeat itself but its been worth the wait as the Men in Blue lifted the coveted trophy to become the World Champions for the the 2nd time after Kapil Devils did it way back in 1983. For a nation so crazy about the game this is nothing short of 2nd independence if i might call it.

Dhoni who has been instrumental in leading the Men in Blue right from World T20 to attaining No 1 status in Tests and putting an end to a 28 year wait for the ultimate Trophy – World Cup . There was not much of partying for the Indian team because they had a photoshoot early on sunday and here are some of the shots.

Chennai Super Kings clinch IPL3

chennnai champions of IPL3Match 60(IPL3 FINAL): Big cheers, chants of Sachin, Sachin reverberated across the ground when Sachin walked onto the field for the toss and 3 hours later the DY Patil stadium was stunned into silence as the men in yellow walked away with the top honours. MS Dhoni’s captaincy overshadowed the bravado of Sachin Tendulkar in the big final on Sunday. With this win MSD has added another feather to his captaincy hat. First he started the turnaround for his team with the bat and then he was spot on with his captaincy against a formidable Mumbai Indians attack. Suresh Raina capitalized on the two dropped catches to score 57 which is the highest in an IPL final. 58 runs were scored in the first 10 and 110 runs came off the last 10 which was where Mumbai Indians lost the match. Had Kieron Pollard come up the order maybe the men in blue would have ended up on the winning side. But it was the Super Kings who came up trumps by 22 runs in what was a cracker of a game.

Pollard powers Mumbai Indians into the Finals of IPL3

Kieron Pollard plays a shotMatch 57(1st Semi Final) – Kieron Pollard’s all round show ensured that Bangalore Royal Challengers didn’t reach their 2nd consecutive IPL Final and instead MI sailed through the finals and hence qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in September. RCB were in control for most part of Mumbai’s innings only to see Pollard play yet another delightful cameo to lift the Mumbai Indians to an impressive 184-5. It was always going to be a tough chase and this being a semi final only made it harder. Bangalore’s batting powerhouse stumbled yet again and never threatened to get close to the target. Even a limping Kieron Pollard was good enough to take 3 wickets and was rightfully awarded the man of the match.

Mumbai Indians enter Semis with a convincing victory over Royals

Sachin Tendulkar saw off a difficult period for Mumbai Indians before launching into the attack to boost their total.Match 45 : It was a clash between two teams led by the 2 legends Sachin and Warne and in the end it was Sachin who came out trumps as his magical innings ended the Royals unbeaten record at their home ground. It has been a dream IPL for Sachin and Mumbai Indians this year. If at all there was a team which could break the fortress that the Royals had built around the Sawai Man Singh Stadium it had to be Mumbai Indians and they did it in style by beating them by 39 runs.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

Chennai send Mumbai Indians crashing to their 2nd defeat

Chennai Super Kings team celebrates after taking crucial wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.Super Kings needed divine help if they had to beat the table leaders and they got that in the form of the extremely hot weather in Chennai which forced Sachin to retire due to dehydration. Once he was off the field Mumbai Indians collapsed losing 6 wickets for 28 runs in 32 balls. As a result they lost the match by 24 runs, only their 2nd in 9 games. With this win Chennai have kept their hopes alive to reach the semi-finals having accumulated 10 points in as many games.

Mumbai Indians Innings

Master Blaster’ magic crushes Chennai

Sachin Tendulkar was in complete control of the Mumbai innings and was in sublime touchWhen you have GOD in your side you have nothing to worry. Mumbai Indians rose to the top of the IPL standings thanks to the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar splendid innings of 72 in 52 balls who almost carried his bat through to give his side a 5 wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings at their home ground. Dhoni was back but it didn’t make any difference to the Super Kings as they lost their 3rd match in a row.

Mumbai Indians Innings

Sachin’s 20 glorious years in international cricket

00118-sachintendulkarHe was just 16 when he donned the whites for the Indian team against Pakistan on Nov 15th 1989. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by another debutant Waqar Younis. He was even hit on the mouth by Waqar  but continued to bat, in a blood-soaked shirt.Looking at his first innings nobody could ever imagine that one day he would become the most prolific batsmen in both forms of the game. Yes the man in question is none other than our very own Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.He is just 10 days short of completing 20 years in international cricket and it’s incredible to see him play with the same passion that he had when he played his first game. If you have to describe his career then this has to be it…

Cricket OSCARS : Indians take the top honours

dhoniWasim Akram might have termed his captaincy as listless in the ongoing Champions Trophy and his team might have been ousted from CT but there was happy news for MS Dhoni who was not only named the captain of the ODI and TEST team of the year but also won the ODI player award. However he could not be there to take the awards surprisingly (Maybe he was avoiding the media)

Award Night in photos