Ben Cutting rising Star in IPL this Season

When all the talks had been around the superstars like Warner, Kohli and De Villiers, guess who ended up as the talking point of the Indian Premier League finale at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore?


It was a certain Ben Cutting from Queensland Australia who stole the show.

Although the tall all-rounder was known for his hitting back home, not many in India had any idea about his credentials ahead of this season. He had appeared for the Rajasthan Royals earlier, but, with little success only.

Being in the Sunrisers’ Hyderabad squad as the second choice overseas all-rounder, Cutting got his chance only close to the playoffs when some of the other favoured overseas players lost their form.

But, because of his batting failures in the eliminator and then, in the second qualifier, whether to keep him in the XI or not was a subject of discussion coming to the final with the pundits saying Eoin Morgan was probably more worthy of being played on Sunday.

However, just to have the cushion of an extra bowler which Cutting would have given him, David Warner favoured him, but, even he wouldn’t have anticipated such batting carnage from his compatriot.

The Australian Cricket Team was clean swept by the touring Indian side

The Australian Cricket Team was clean swept by the touring Indian side in the T20 series of 3 games.

It might only be the shortest format of the game, but, to down the Aussies on their home turf, it was simply magnificent from India’s perspective.

Australia had rested some of the main players with the New Zealand tour just around the corner and instead had picked some of the non regulars.

It still should have been an interesting series as most of the players who were selected were quite fresh from the Big Bash and were high on confidence.

But, unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as India dominated the series thoroughly.

The last match in Sydney might have been a bit closer in comparison to the first two, but, India did not look like losing that match either at any point.

Australia would be disappointed, not that much in the sense that they lost the series, they obviously had not given too much priority to the result of the series, otherwise, they would have gone with their main players, but, the fact that the youngsters, that they picked, just couldn’t quite raise the bar and show the fight.

Darren Lehmann do not Feel absense of Senior Players

The head coach of the Australian Cricket team, Darren Lehmann, is of the view that the absence of some of the senior players, who recently bid adieu to their test careers, would not be a problem for the team in the upcoming 3-match test series against the Black Caps as the youngsters are ready to step up and fill in those vacant places.

The 2015 Ashes played in England saw as many as 5 Kangaroo players leaving the longest form of the game including Michael Clarke.

But, Lehmann is far from being disconcerted by those retirements. He has got confidence in the credentials of the players who have been on the fringes of the team over the last couple of years and he is pretty sure that the new team combination will not take that much time to bring success to Australia in test match Cricket.

In an interview recently, Lehmann said, “Frankly speaking, I don’t expect this transition to be that difficult. Yes, the team will have a new look to it, but, the guys coming in and joining the group are quite familiar with the brand of Cricket that we have been playing and are looking to play. And, they have all got the potential to make it big at this level.”

Glenn Maxwell got out playing a reverse sweep at a very important time in the third One Day International

Glenn Maxwell got out playing a reverse sweep at a very important time in the third One Day International against England at Old Trafford and his wicket right there turned the game in the favour of the hosts.

But, that did not put any effect on Maxwell’s mindset and when he stepped onto the pitch to bat in the next game which was played at Leeds, he was quite prepared to reverse sweep the ball again.

The moment the off spinner Ali came into the attack and bowled his first ball to Maxwell, the Victorian was on his knees and bang went the reverse sweep in front of the backward point for four.

It was a statement of audacity from Maxwell. He was criticized a little bit the way he was dismissed at Old Trafford and there were suggestions that he needed to understand the value of shot selection, but, playing the reverse sweep straightaway, he sent a clear signal to those critics that it’s one of his signature shots and if he is good at it and collects runs with it, he would continue playing it without caring about what the people had to say.

Maxwell, to his misfortune, perished on reverse sweep again at Leeds, but, the difference this time around was that he had already scored 85 runs before that and had put Australia in a decent position.