Friday, 19 March 2010

CSK Turns to Bollinger for a Bowling Boost

IPL CEO Sundar Raman has confirmed through his twitter account that Bollinger would be replacing Oram in the team. (Link - Raman's Tweet). Even Harsha Bhogle thinks it is an excellent decision. (Harsha's Tweet) It is great news to have a fast bowler among the ranks. Since he is currently playing the test matches against New Zealand, we can expect him to join the squad on April 1 - along with Michael Hussey.

Brief Bio:

Douglas Bollinger  is a professional Australian cricketer who currently plays first-class cricket for the New South Wales Blues. He is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm fast bowler. He is known as Doug "The Rug" by the general public.
Bollinger is one of a select group of up and coming Australian cricketers who have spent time at the Commonwealth Bank Centre of Excellence honing their cricket skills, in the hope of gaining national selection. He made his Test debut for Australia on 3 January 2009 in the Third Test against South Africa at the SCG. On 1 May 2009, Bollinger claimed his first ODI five-wicket haul, which came against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. He picked up 5/35 and won his first Man of the Match award. In the 6th ODI versus India at Guwahati, he took 4 wickets and was declared as the Man of the match again.
Bollinger was once again drafted into the Australian XI for the second of three Tests against the West Indies in November – December 2009 following injuries to leading pacemen Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle. He took 5 wickets in the match at Adelaide, and continued his good bowling form into the third and final Test, taking career best figures of 5/70 in the first innings and 8/141 for the match. During the test series, Gayle famously said he is becoming Bollinger's bunny. (Source: Wikipedia)

 What do you think? Will the addition of Bollinger have any impact on the team?

[But there is no information about the addition of Bollinger in the official website. Thanks Siddharth for the tip]


Unknown said...

I was rather surprised that they did not look to pick Bollinger up during the auctions. He was quite a steal at his base price, and given that Chennai has struggled with good fast bowling options.
He is presently the best bet among the Aussie bowlers ( Yes, not Mitchelli, for he can go horribly paltry at times).

I am also surprised by Mumbai's steal of Sathish and KKR's of Ganapathi Vignesh, the 2 big names in the ICL.

Strangely, Vignesh hasnt got a game yet. Any guesses why?

Chris said...

Well picking Bolinger will not make any difference if the local talents balaji, badri, murali vijay and Aswhin dont step up to the plate and be counted. Why are the other tamil nadu players not given a chance ever. Why is it always these same guys over and over again. I think it is too late already. We have been whopped by Mumbai indians and and guess who opened the bowling attack for us -Balaji.-and it was nightmare second over and we were not able to get back into the game. I guess Balaji must be a very popular guy to be in the team in spite of giving about 12 runs per over in the last game. The CSK needs a long laundry list of players and clear thinking first in terms of local talents. Along with Bollinger, Makhaya also needs to be given a chance.
Too little to late ..

Balaji said...

Bollinger would be good replacement for the Joginder/Gony place but the basic problem of balaji being in effective also needs to be addressed. 2 spinners and 2 pacers would be the best option and also use your part timers like Raina