The Australian hard hitting batsman, Glenn Maxwell, had set the 7th edition of the Indian Premier League on fire by playing quite a few wonderful innings for his team Kings XI Punjab at the start of the tournament, but, he faded as the tournament came to India for the second leg and ended up at the third position in the list of leading run scorers.
Maxwell made three scores of 80 plus in the first three matches that he played in IPL 7 and all of a sudden, he became a superstar in India. People were hugely impressed by his ability of hitting sixes towards midwicket through slog sweep and over third man and point through switch hit.
Thereafter, he was expected to win each and every match for Kings XI Punjab and that pressure seemed to affect his game a little bit. Also, the wickets in India were much different from those in UAE where hitting through the line was easy. The Indian pitches that were used during the tournament had a lot of turn and thus hitting cross batted shots and switch hit was extremely difficult.
Despite that, Maxwell should have performed far better than the way he performed towards the end of the tournament especially in the playoffs. In the two playoff matches that Punjab played, Maxwell didn’t manage to get into the double figures in either of them. He, in fact, got out on a golden in the final match which was played at Bangalore.
The 25-year old all rounder who is known as the Big Show, however, was declared the most valuable player of the tournament. There was a close fight between him and Dwayne Smith, the Chennai Super Kings opener, for that award, but, he won it at the end.
The coach of the Bangladesh Cricket Team, Shane Jurgensen, has quit from his position. He made the BCB officials aware of his decision yesterday.
It has come as a big surprise for BCB. According to them, they were not expecting anything like this from the coach whose contract was going to expire after the ODI World Cup 2015.
It is believed that Jurgensen was not happy with some of the statements made by the higher BCB officials in the press of late about him and that’s why, he decided to resign.
However, Akram Khan who takes care of the cricket operations of BCB clarified that a meeting would be organized with Jurgensen soon.
Talking to the reporters, Akram said, “We have just received Shane’s letter. He has let us know that he doesn’t want to continue at his post. This is really surprising for us. We were expecting that he would stay until the completion of his contract.”
“I think he has taken the decision while being emotional. So, we would like to meet him once and try to convince him to carry on. Let’s see what happens.”
The performance of Bangladesh has not been that impressive in the recent past under Jurgensen. They lost to comparatively weaker teams like Afghanistan and Hong Kong in the Asia Cup and World T20 Championship respectively which left their fans completely shocked.
After that, some of the unsatisfied people from BCB criticized the coaching staff publicly which pissed Jurgensen off.
It would be good for Bangladesh if Jurgensen changes his mind because a series against India is coming up and you don’t want to go into such an important series with a new coach.
India will tour Bangladesh for 3 One Day internationals next month.
In the second match of the Arise Asia Cup, the hosts Bangladesh will face India tomorrow.
India is clearly the favourite side going into the match just because of their quality, but, Bangladesh is not a bad team especially when they play on their home grounds. So, the men in blue will have to make sure that they don’t give their opponents any sniff and make a winning start to the competition.
Virat Kohli will lead India in this tournament and it will be a big challenge for him. He has been given a very young side.
The first thing that Virat would like to do tomorrow is to win the toss because in Fatullah where the match is to be played, a lot of dew falls in the evening and that makes bowling extremely difficult.
So, if you lose the toss and you are asked to bat first, you are in trouble unless you score close to 350.
Although India has a destructive batting line up which is capable of scoring big, but, sill, they would like to bowl first.
A lot of eyes will be on India’s team composition as well. There have been a lot of people who believe that Cheteshwar Pujara should be included in the XI and he should open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan.
The Indian team management might make that move because Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not in the squad. So, nobody is there to give the innings a good finishing touch.
Since Rohit can hit big shots, he might be asked to bat a little lower probably at 6 and try to do what Dhoni has been doing for India since the last few years.
The match will start at 1.30 PM Indian Standard Time.