Q writes his 4th quarter report with not much time left for the start of the first semi-final. Shaun Marsh and Sohail Tanvir stand out with the bat and ball respectively, and Q picks out Piyush Chawla's excellent bowling too:
One man hasn't made his international debut yet, while the other is barely 8 months old in international cricket.
Shaun Marsh and Sohail Tanvir are at the top of the leading run scorers
and leading wicket takers at the end of the group stages of the Indian
Its interesting to note the similarity between Warne's and Chawla's
figures - same number of wickets, similar average, a similar economy
rate (7.9 and 8.3 respectively), and exactly the same strike rate of
One is the master leg spinner, arguably the best bowler
ever to play test cricket. While the other is trying to cement his
place in international cricket.
Yuvraj recently said that Chawla has always delivered when asked to.
That's true. He has consistently picked up wickets and checked the scoring of the opposition.
Rajneesh Gupta has a good statistical summary. The thing that stands out the most is the lack of value in all that information given the small number of matches and the haphazard nature of Twenty20.
Meanwhile, Suresh Menon writes about the IPL's spin doctors. And the BBC writes about the ECB's upcoming meeting about reforming county cricket. What are the bets that they'll do nothing much?