Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What are winter sports and winter Olympics?

Winter sports

Winter sports are normally played during the winter season. Formally, these sports are played on snow and ice. Some of the winter sports are played around the year such as Basketball. These are informal winter sports. Winter sports are quite different from the normal sports. These are normally the games take place in the snowy area. The places may be on the hilltops are artificially created one.
The main winter sports are Ice hockey, Figure skating, Snow-blading, Mono skiing, Skoal, Tobogganing, and Snowmobiling. Other common winter sports include Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Sledding events such as Luge, Skeleton, and bobsleigh.

Winter Sports included in Winter Olympics

Some of the winter sports are included in Winter Olympics and some are not. There are also some games which are included in some Olympics and not in other Winter Olympics.
There are several sports included in Winter Olympics Turin 2006 in individual and team categories. These are as follow:
Individual categories:
Ice skating:
Figure skating, Short-track Speedskating and Speed skating were included in Ice skating category.
Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Cross-country skiing, Freestyle skiing, New school skiing, Nordic combined and Ski jumping were included in Turin Olympics as Skiing events.

Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton were played as Sledding.
Alpine snowboarding, Boardercross, Freestyle snowboarding, and Slalom were the winter sports included Snowboarding games in the winter Olympics.
Team sports:
Curling and Ice hockey.

Snowbike in Colorado
By Bernd Brenter [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Winter Sports, Not included in Winter Olympics
There are some winter sports not included in the Winter Olympics. These are as follow:
Ice skating
Synchronized skating
Ski archery, Ski-boarding, Skibob, Ski-joring, Snowshoe, Speed skiing and Telemark skiing were not included in Turin Olympics.
Air-board, Dogsled racing, Ice Blocking and Wok racing were also not found their places in the Winter Olympics Turin 2006.
freestyle, snow-cross. Recreation, cross country and hill climbing in snowmobiling category were not included in Winter Olympics Turin 2006.
Team sports
Some of the team sports are played and enjoyed but not included in the Winter Olympics such as Bandy, Broomball, Ringlet, and Ice stock sport. Snowball fight is also a popular winter sport. Snowman building is popular among children and who build the highest one become the winner. Though Sledge hockey was not included in Winter Olympics it was included in Winter Paralympic Sport.
Recreational sports
People especially children enjoy some of the winter sports on a casual basis. Building snowmen, Ice boating or sailing, Ice swimming, Shiny, Snowball fight, and Tobogganing are some of them.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

T 20 Cricket IPL 2019: Videos, Schedule, Points, Records, Batting, Bowling, Catches

Update- Final Match 2019

The final match played on May 12 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Mumbai Indians, in the captainship of Rohit Sharma, beat Chennai Super Kings by just 1 run. Run out of MS Dhoni, skipper, CSK was the turning point of the match, that lead to MI being the champion of IPL 2019. Of course, CSK is the runners up. 

Update IPL 2019

Updating this on May 8, 2019, while league matches have come to an end and IPl fans, lovers of T20 cricket are waiting for the winners, runners up. The final match of IPL 2019 will be played on May 12, 2019.

IPL 2019 schedule and points 

IPL 2019 has started on March 23 and will go till May 12 creating a high level of madness among the cricket fans in India and overseas. Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Delhi Capitals are top in the point table. All these three teams have scored 18 points in 14 IPL 2019 T20 matches. However, Mumbai Indians have the best net run rate of 0.421 followed by Chennai Super Kings 0.131 and Delhi Capitals 0.44. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Kings XI Punjab followed the point table of IPL 2019 with 12 points in 14 matches. Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have scored the lowest points 11 in IPL 2019. 

Top Batsmen in IPL 2019

David Warner is the top scorer with 692 runs whereas Andre Russell has the best strike rate of 204.81 to date. Again, Andre Rusell has the highest sixes, 52, in his name and Shikhar Dhawan tops the list with 58 fours. Jonny Bairstow hit 114 in a single match, and this is the highest individual score in IPL 2019. 

See videos of massive sixes of Andre Rusell 

IPL 2019 Best bowlers

Kagiso Rabada tops the bowling list with 25 wickets in his bag. Best bowling figure goes is in favor of Alzarri Joseph with 6 wickets giving 12 runs. Anukul Roy, who played only one match and bowled only two overs has the best bowling average. He took one wicket by giving 11 runs only. Anukul Roy also has the best economy of only 5.50 runs per over. Lucky chap!

Deepak Chahar bowled 163 dot balls and this is the highest dot balls bowled in IPL 2019. However, we cannot forget Jofra Archer who is the only bowler with two maiden overs in his side in this IPL 2019. 16 bowlers could manage to score 1 maiden over in their favor. 

Videos: Watch Kagiso Rabada in Bowling action

T20 Cricket IPL: Indian Premier League

IPL is an abbreviation of Indian Premier League. IPL is a domestic tournament of Cricket in India in the T20 format. The T20 format has become the most popular cricket format in the cricket world since its inception.
The popularity of T20 or twenty-twenty format of cricket has surpassed one day international (ODI) and test cricket formats in popularity. IPL has ignited madness among cricket lovers all over the world and especially in India.
BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) organizes Indian Premier League (IPL) every year in India. IPL 2018 is the eleventh in the series. This IPL is sponsored by Vivo and called Vivo IPL. IPL T20 has become a major source of revenue for BCCI and Indian Government. Brand value of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is calculated as the sixth highest in all world sports events.
Eight regional teams have been participating in IPL T20 cricket. These are as follow:
1. Mumbai Indians (Mumbai)
2. Kolkata Knight Riders (Kolkata)
3. Delhi DareDevils (Delhi)
4. Chennai Super Kings (Chennai)
5. Sun Risers Hyderabad (Hyderabad)
6. Royal Challengers Bangalore (Bengaluru)
7. Punjab Kings Eleven (Punjab)
8. Rajasthan Royals (Rajasthan)

IPL T20 Chennai Super Kings CSK Vs Kolkata Knight Riders KKR
Chennai SuperKings Vs Kolkata Knightriders IPL T20 tournament

Attribution: By Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan [GFDL ( or CC-BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

IPL 2019

Sponsors and match format of IPL T20

Each team is sponsored by a sponsor. Each team can hire players from India and other countries. However, it is mandatory to take 4 players from the region. Large numbers of foreign players are participating in IPL T20 because of the huge amount of money.
Each team plays with each team in league matches. Top four teams play in Semifinals. Winner of both semi-finals then play the final match and winner of the final match becomes champion of the IPL T20. Rajasthan Royals won the first IPL T20 and Deccan Chargers bagged the trophy in 2009.

Various formats of cricket: Test cricket

The classical form of cricket is test cricket. It has been played for five long days, six hours a day. It takes a longer time in comparison to one-day internationals(ODI). One day international matches take just one day. All types of cricket matches are played between two teams having 11 players on each side.
Both the teams play two innings in test cricket format. There is no restriction or limit of time in playing an inning. One of the teams bat first and play their innings till 10 of the batsmen out. The opponent team bats the next in the same way. The first team then comes again to bat their second innings as their first. The opponent team plays again in their second innings. Sum total of both innings of both the teams decides the result.
Many times all four innings cannot be completed even in prescribed five days and match ends with a timing draw. This feature of test cricket makes it unpopular. People do not have patience and time of five days to watch a test match in a modern and busy life.

IPL T20 2018 Video Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings

ODI and T20 formats of cricket

One day internationals (ODI) had come in the seventh decade of the twentieth century as a faster format of cricket. Soon it becomes popular in the cricket world. ICC had started organizing world cup for cricket in ODI format. The first world cup was organized in 1975 in England and the West Indies became the world champion of cricket. West Indies won the championship three times and India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka bagged the trophy once. Australia has won the championship four times and they are the present champions.
Both the teams play a limited 50 overs in ODI format of cricket. The team, who scores higher in 50 overs becomes the winner. One day internationals are limited over matches and completed within a day.
T20 is the even faster format of cricket which takes approximately 3 hours to be completed. Each of the teams plays only twenty overs. The team scores higher in twenty overs becomes the winner. T20 or Twenty-twenty format of cricket has started in this century, just a few years back. However, it has become more popular than both test matches and ODIs.
ICC has started world cup for the T20 format of cricket and India was the first Champion in the T20 format. The second one was won by Pakistan and the third T20 world cup will be played this year.

IPL T20 Video 2018  Sun Risers Hyderabad Vs Kings Eleven Punjab

IPL 2014 - Result, orange, and purple cap and the best catch

Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL T20 cricket final defeating Kings eleven Punjab by 3 wickets in the year 2014. Batting first Kings XI Punjab scored 199 in twenty overs and KKR crossed it scoring 200 in 19.3 overs to be the champion in 2014. The final match was played on Sunday 1st June 2014, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Robin Uthappa (KKR) won the orange cap (Best batsman) in the tournament scoring highest 660 runs in IPL 2014. He was followed by Dwaine Smith (CSK, 566 runs) and Glen Maxwell (KXIP, 552 runs).
Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) won the purple cap for the best bowler in IPL T20, in 2014. He bagged 23 wickets in the series. Sunil Narine (KKR) and Bhuvaneshwar Kunar (SRH) followed him for second and third positions with 21 and 20 wickets respectively to their credit.
Glenn Maxwell of KXIP was declared most valuable player with 286 points followed by Dwaine Smith (285.5 points) and Robin Uthappa (288 points). Kieren Pollard took the best catch in the tournament.

(This is an old article written in 2010. Edited and published with few changes).

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