IPL, Money Mania

We’ve all been fretting and fuming about the IPL. I’ve been wanting to write some nasty posts about Lalit Modi, the strategy break and so on… but haven’t found the time. Thankfully, cricinfo’s new Page 2 has some irate cricket fans, who also have time to write such stuff:

Let’s take a moment (or 75) – A nice spoof of the strategy break (as though all the other money was never enough)

Excerpt:

1. The Dog-Running-Onto-The-Ground Break
After some six overs of the first game, the first dog – second only to rain as cricket’s constant companion – arrived. The advertisements during the ensuing break apparently took care of the salaries of half the Chennai team.

2. The Injury-Break Break
One player is nominated during each match to fake an injury. The cameras then move away from the action, and television viewers are treated to a whole cycle of advertisements. The time is not important, timing is.

Money, money, money – Songs on Lalit Modi’s Ipod

Excerpt:

1. “For the Love of Money”, The O-Jays
Donald Trump took the 1974 No. 9 hit from soul/R&B group the O-Jays and made it into an anthem of sorts on his smash reality show The Apprentice. You can almost picture Modi hitting “repeat” for this catchy tune. Especially when he gets out of one of those fancy imported cars, entourage in tow.

2. “Money”, Pink Floyd
The definitive money song, complete with cash register and coin sound effects. A must on Modi’s list of beats to play in the office, while travelling, on the treadmill, before business meetings, and during power naps. Cha-ching.

Commentary Humour [sic]:

“You talk of Citi Moments of Success, but when you get five wickets in four overs like that, that’s very special indeed.”
Robin Jackman describes how unique Anil Kumble’s feat on day one is, failing to account for the inconvenient fact that normal human beings do not, in fact, actually talk of Citi Moments of Success

Rules from hell:

Any team owner or official who even casually mentions any sum of money less than US$100,000 will have to pay a fine of one million dollars. As further punishment, the sum mentioned will be enforced as a salary cap for that team for the next IPL season.

Any words that contain the three letters IPL in sequence, such as “triplet”, “gripless” and “whiplash”, cannot be used in any form, printed or in verbal communication, without paying royalties to the IPL.


Mocking at the IPL Hype:

Lalit Modi, at the opening ceremony: “As I stand here before this excited, committed and [following phrase delivered in a shriek] sold out crowd in one of cricket’s most spectacular arenas for our opening day of Season 2009 of the DLF Indian Premier League , I feel joy, humility, pride and gratitude.” Joy, no doubt yes, but humility? Surely you jest, Mr Commissioner?

GQ magazine, India: Columnist Prashant Agarwal has seen the future and is suitably impressed. “Mark my words: in 2020, the most expensive commercial spot in the world will be a 30-second ad screened during IPL footage.”
[For heaven’s sake, I hope this doesn’t come true]

WHY I HATE THE IPL:

1. IPL = ICL + Money (+ Money + Money ..) + BCCI roping in Indian cricketers

2. Lalit Modi

3. Who the hell is BCCI to declare ICL illegal?

Of course, that doesn’t stop me from watching IPL 😦 (only on cricinfo, of course!)

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Sachin at Kukke Subramanya

Little-known till a couple of days ago, all of a sudden lakhs of people now want to visit – or at least know more about – the temple town of Kukke Subramanya, 105 km from  Bangalore. Their inspiration: Sachin!

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Sachin Tendulkar's two-day pilgrimage to the Kukke Sri Subramanya temple drew scores of fans. It also had them sourcing details from a website on the town.

As a result, the website saw over 17 lakh hits till 1.30 pm on Monday, leading to a server crash. The pilgrimage by Tendulkar, his wife Anjali, and his siblings Ajit, Nitin and Savitha, resulted in a massive 17,50,200 hits over Sunday and Monday on www.kukkesubramanya.com. The website received traffic from all over the world, while the town attracted scores of fans. Many e-mails and telephonic enquiries were received at the temple's reception office at Kukke Subramanya in Dakshina Kanara district.

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"It was never like this in the past," said a source at the website. "Though VIPs from all parts of the country visit the Kukke Sri Subramanya temple, Tendulkar's visit has led to a deluge of enquiries about the pujas here." At the temple, Lord Subramanya is worshipped as a snake.

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Tendulkar, wife Anjali, brothers Ajith and Nithin, and sister Savitha spent Sunday and Monday at Kukke Subramanya, performing rituals aimed at helping him overcome sarpa dosha – perhaps one of the factors behind his nagging injuries.

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"He performed sarpa samskara on Sunday, and ashlesha bali and nagapratishte on Monday," said the source. "These rituals were recommended by a family friend, VS Nayak, living in Bangalore."

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To fans eager to shake hands with him, Tendulkar said, "I've pain in my shoulders. Please don't disturb me."
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Young achievers – Sachin

Sachin

Check out http://specials.rediff.com/sports/2006/may/15sld7.htm 

No story about the power of youth, the power of sheer genius and the power of sport can be complete without mentioning Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

If ever there was a prodigy, Tendulkar is one. If ever there was a sportsman who inspired generations, Tendulkar is one. And if ever there was a sportsman who transcended the game to become a symbol of national pride, Sachin is one.

His was what is called baptism by storm — against Pakistan, in Pakistan, against Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis firing on all cylinders. And Sachin stood the sledges, the 'perfume' balls and a knock to his head.

The world had seen its first glimpse of The Tendulkar resolve.

In the years that have followed, commentators have gobbled up dictionaries to find superlative adjectives to describe his batting, his dedication to the game and his keen interest in everything cricket. Myriad records have come crashing, myriad egos have been deflated — remember Henry Olonga, anyone? – and myriad greats have doffed their hat to the Bombay Blaster.

And we have seen a master at work. We are lucky.

"Main khelunga", said a young boy, all of 16, struck on the nose by a perfume ball and bleeding. With Sidhu on the other end thinking a stretcher would need to be summoned, the world saw the arrival of the young man, who was to rule cricket for several years thereafter. Sachin struck a masterful half-century in that innings. The meek boy with a girlish voice had transitioned into a man…

Happy birthday, Sachin!

Maybe since the 24th of April 1998, Sachin hasn't had a match to celebrate his birthday with, though I guess there may have been a WI test which I've forgotten. Nevertheless, I guess no one can forget the way Sachin demolished Aus then, with the other birthday-mate Damien Fleming on the receiving end.

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Excerpt of the article from rediff:

"I am basically here to thank everyone who has shown affection to me. It really surprises me — you are so consistent and I'm not," he said referring to the now almost annual ritual of reporters waiting outside his house with cake on his birthdays.

"It is something special. It is not a burden for me."

 Wasim on Sachin:

Sachin Tendulkar: An “unbowlable'' batsman of my era

On Monday, Sachin Tendulkar will be all of 33 years. Even with nine lives most cricketers still wouldn't be able go beyond the foothills of his achievements. Yet, there is a call for his head. The Gulliver of our times is being held down by the Lilliputians. Liberate him and you could still enjoy the genius of this man.
I have no time for all these tales coming out of India: Tendulkar is finished; he can't face up to short-pitched bowling; he is being "carried" in the team; he should choose between the two forms of the game; his injured frame is somehow being held together and horror of horrors, the time has come to look beyond him. From being the toast of the nation for a decade and a half, it would now appear as if he stands between the team and a golden future. Shame on all!I sometimes wonder if all this affects Tendulkar. Beyond the profile of equanimity in public, he is after-all a human and it must hurt. This kind of bigotry usually stirs champions to life. It always did to me; I would swear under the breath — and sometimes audibly — to spark myself to life. So those who are writing off Tendulkar must do so at their own peril. They shouldn't have any qualms in eating their own words.

Tendulkar has clearly been one of the three best batsmen I have ever seen on a cricket field. I would rate him along with Sir Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar as the `unbowlable' batsmen of my era.I remember there was a time when I would question my ability only because Gavaskar was still not in my bag. Finally I had him in Hyderabad — caught at second slip! The memory of it is still so refreshing. With Tendulkar too we always went to the field thinking if we get him, we would be through. And so it was most times!
Better than Lara

I would even rate Tendulkar as better than Brian Lara. The world can swoon over the records and mercurial ability of the West Indian but for me Tendulkar brings infinite value to the dressing room. You judge a man by the respect he gets within his own set of men. Tendulkar is beyond reproach on this issue; Lara would only set the tongues wagging.

Too much is being made of his injuries. It is not unnatural for a long-serving sportsman to fall foul with fitness. I too was beset with scores of injuries in my career; if it was not the groin, then the hamstring; if it wasn't the shoulder, then the knees. But I kept rousing myself from the surgeon's table and doing my stuff on the field. Tendulkar would do likewise.

Tendulkar is not old. I mean he is only 33 which is not the autumn for a top class batsman and he certainly has more years of cricket left in him. He doesn't have to choose between one-day or Test cricket: if Inzamam-ul-Haq can do so at the age of 36, Tendulkar, who is fitter and more agile, can surely do no worse.

Palpable passion

Tendulkar's passion on the field is so palpable: it's not the sight of a cricketer who is on his last leg. It is also utter nonsense to suggest he is no longer up to short-pitched bowling. Piece of cake that is what it is to him.

Tendulkar is out of touch, his footwork may not be the best at the moment but it doesn't out a question mark on his ability. He is just one innings away from good form. Still, I would advise him to go out and enjoy his one-day cricket. He has put too many shackles on himself. Tendulkar appears too concerned with playing the proper shot and staying till the end rather than flow with the mood and spirit of limited overs cricket.

Daredevils

In a way, this is the time he should do it. There is no dearth of daredevils in the Indian team and the pressure is off him. He no longer needs to get weighed down by the burden of his team. Tendulkar can return to his roots that of breathless audacity. The bowlers would have nowhere to run; as should be the case with these hopeless critics!

Of all the great sights on the cricketing field, one of them is to see Tendulkar, enthusiastically running up to the batsmen with drinks, as though he's trying to impress some of the seniors for a place in the side. Show me one more man with more schoolboy-like enthusiasm for cricket! I've even heard of Sachin being 12th man and running into the field to substitute for a bowler in a tour game! For a man, nay, boy with that enthusiasm, he will certainly play for very long!

 Good luck, Sachin, and yes, happy birthday!

Gower on Sachin

This is what David Gower had to say on Sachin: 

"In the last session in Nagpur, when the Indian chase was still on, Tendulkar hit a reverse sweep, an orthodox sweep and a lofted cover drive to (Ian) Blackwell. They were all exquisite cricket shots. To play those shots deliberately in such quick succession, off almost similar deliveries, was genius. That was a little jewel, just those 3-4 minutes. It reminds you how very few people are special. It was a case of great thinking and good technique."

A friend of mine, Karthik, put it thus "… the act of watching a match translates into one of enduring it, in Sachin's absence." That is certainly true for many of us Sachin fan(atic)s. No Sachin, no cricket.
It does continue to amaze me to no end, as to how people who can scarcely deserve to mention his name, write any rubbish about him and his game. Come the WI tour, and The Master will have his say again. The MRF willow will dish out the replies…

Sachin ODI Dismissal Stats

These stats are interesting too. Vaas is not too much of a concern, nor Razzaq, as you can see his averages are not that bad against them. But you can conclude that Razzaq dismisses a set Tendulkar, and that’s a bit dangerous. I remember a 93 in Aus, and of course the recent 95 when Razzaq dismissed Sachin. On the other hand, Pollock has always dismissed Sachin early. It can also be viewed that Pollock can’t dismiss Sachin except early! So maybe, Sachin should not open against SA. It’s always possible to draw dumb conclusions from statistics, but we can make useful interpretations at times! Walsh again appears to have had an upper hand with Sachin. I am surprised that Cronje has dismissed Sachin only thrice — at one point it appeared that he was picking Sachin every single game!

Statsguru – SR Tendulkar – ODI Batting – Bowlers/fielders dismissed by

SR Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) [Player Page] – RHB; LBG
Born: 1973-04-24 (present age: 32y 299d)

ODIs: India 1989/90 – 2005/06 (16y 238d – 32y 298d)
Also: Test Player 1989/90 – 2005/06.

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Sort order: total dismissals (descending).


                     Mat    I  NO  Runs HS1  HS2  HS3     Ave 100  50   0
overall              362  353  33 14146 186* 152  146   44.20  39  72  16

Bowler Dis bwd c fi c wk st lbw hit Ave 0 Team WPUJC Vaas (LFM) 9 2 4 2 0 1 0 20.88 1 SL SM Pollock (RFM) 7 2 2 2 0 1 0 6.28 1 SA HH Streak (RFM) 7 1 4 2 0 0 0 32.28 0 Zim Abdul Razzaq (RFM) 6 2 1 2 0 1 0 51.50 0 Pak Azhar Mahmood (RFM) 6 1 3 1 0 1 0 25.83 0 Pak GD McGrath (RFM) 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 26.16 1 Aus CA Walsh (RF) 6 1 3 1 0 1 0 8.66 2 WI Aaqib Javed (RFM) 5 0 3 1 0 1 0 3.20 1 Pak AA Donald (RF) 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 22.60 0 SA DW Fleming (RFM) 5 1 1 3 0 0 0 54.60 0 Aus ST Jayasuriya (SLA) 5 1 2 0 2 0 0 48.20 0 SL DNT Zoysa (LFM) 5 0 3 1 0 1 0 47.40 0 SL AC Cummins (RFM) 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 30.00 0 WI PS de Villiers (RFM) 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 15.50 0 SA CZ Harris (RM) 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 69.75 0 NZ JH Kallis (RFM) 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 74.75 0 SA B Lee (RF) 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 17.25 0 Aus TM Moody (RM) 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 16.25 0 Aus DK Morrison (RFM) 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 12.75 0 NZ M Muralitharan (OB) 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 46.25 0 SL Shoaib Akhtar (RF) 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 36.00 0 Pak Waqar Younis (RF) 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 34.25 1 Pak NW Bracken (LFM) 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 58.00 0 Aus WJ Cronje (RM) 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 28.33 0 SA TJ Friend (RFM) 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 24.66 0 Zim L Klusener (RFM) 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 24.66 0 SA GR Larsen (RM) 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 49.33 0 NZ CR Matthews (RFM) 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 15.66 0 SA Mohammad Sami (RF) 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 14.33 1 Pak DJ Nash (RFM) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 18.00 0 NZ Shoaib Malik (OB) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 114.00 0 Pak SA Thomson 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 25.00 1 NZ DR Tuffey (RFM) 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 5.66 0 NZ Wasim Akram (LF) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 5.00 0 Pak SR Waugh (RM) 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 59.33 0 Aus GP Wickramasinghe (RFM) 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 17.33 0 SL CEL Ambrose (RF) 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 24.00 0 WI Ata-ur-Rehman (RFM) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 27.50 0 Pak N Boje (SLA) 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 90.50 0 SA EA Brandes (RFM) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 9.50 0 Zim CL Cairns (RFM) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2.50 1 NZ CE Cuffy (RF) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 33.00 1 WI KSC de Silva (LFM) 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 20.50 0 SL M Dillon (RFM) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 36.50 0 WI CJ Drum (RFM) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1.50 0 NZ CRD Fernando (RFM) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 19.00 0 SL A Flintoff (RF) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 43.00 0 Eng GW Flower (SLA) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 42.00 0 Zim JN Gillespie (RF) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 31.50 0 Aus MN Hart (SLA) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 72.00 0 NZ M Hayward (RF) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 21.50 0 SA PW Jarvis (RFM) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 14.50 0 Eng MS Kasprowicz (RFM) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 71.00 0 Aus CC Lewis (RFM) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 18.50 0 Eng BM McMillan (RMF) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 39.50 0 SA Mohammad Rafique (SLA) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 51.00 0 BD Naved-ul-Hasan (RMF) 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.50 0 Pak ML Nkala (RFM) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 28.00 0 Zim RJ Ratnayake (RFM,LB) 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 44.50 0 SL Saqlain Mushtaq (OB) 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 83.50 0 Pak Shahid Afridi (RM,LBG) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 68.00 0 Pak MA Suji (RMF) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 11.50 0 Ken A Symonds (RM,OB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 74.50 0 Aus ME Waugh 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 76.00 0 Aus

Sachin ODI Bowling Stats

Sachin dismissed Inzi for a record 7th time — he’s not dismissed anyone more times; also, only Jayasuriya (does Inzi have a weakness for part-timers?) and Prasad have dismissed Inzi more times (8) (see below). I myself remember several times Sachin dismissing Inzi. Also note that he’s been breaking partnerships, considering the high scores batsmen have been on (reflected by the averages) — Andy Flower seems to clearly indicate that.
Statsguru – SR Tendulkar – ODI Bowling – Batsmen dismissed/fielders effecting dismissals

SR Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar) [Player Page] – RHB; LBG
Born: 1973-04-24 (present age: 32y 299d)

ODIs: India 1989/90 – 2005/06 (16y 238d – 32y 298d)
Also: Test Player 1989/90 – 2005/06.

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Sort order: total dismissals (descending).


(6 ball overs)       Mat    O       R   W   BB1    BB2     Ave  Econ    SR 4w 5w
overall              362 1224.5  6194 142  5/32   5/50   43.61  5.05  51.7  4  2

Batsman Dis bwd c fi c wk st lbw hit Ave 0 Team Inzamam-ul-Haq (RHB) 7 1 2 2 0 2 0 35.57 0 Pak A Flower (LHB) 4 0 2 1 1 0 0 74.00 0 Zim Abdul Razzaq (RHB) 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 27.00 0 Pak DPMD Jayawardene (RHB) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 10.33 1 SL BC Lara (LHB) 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 47.66 0 WI CD McMillan (RHB) 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 32.33 0 NZ A Ranatunga (LHB) 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 14.66 0 SL SR Waugh (RHB) 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 16.66 0 Aus MG Bevan (LHB) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 36.50 0 Aus N Boje (LHB) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 12.00 0 SA SP Fleming (LHB) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 41.00 0 NZ MJ Horne (RHB) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 59.00 0 NZ Khaled Mashud (RHB) 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 11.00 0 BD L Klusener (LHB) 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 12.50 0 SA DS Lehmann (LHB) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 4.50 0 Aus RS Mahanama (RHB) 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 29.50 0 SL DR Martyn (RHB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 13.00 0 Aus Mohammad Sami (RHB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1.50 0 Pak Moin Khan (RHB) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 21.00 0 Pak JN Rhodes (RHB) 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 23.50 0 SA Saeed Anwar (LHB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 137.00 0 Pak Shoaib Malik (RHB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 92.00 0 Pak PV Simmons (RHB) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 58.00 0 WI ME Waugh (RHB) 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 98.50 0 Aus SC Williams (RHB) 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 60.50 0 WI

Statsguru – Inzamam-ul-Haq – ODI Batting – Bowlers/fielders dismissed by

Inzamam-ul-Haq [Player Page] – RHB; SLA
Born: 1970-03-03 (present age: 35y 351d)

ODIs: Pakistan 1991/92 – 2005/06 (21y 264d – 35y 350d); Asia XI 2005 (35y 167d – 35y 171d)
Also: Test Player 1992 – 2005/06.

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                     Mat    I  NO  Runs HS1  HS2  HS3     Ave 100  50   0

overall              355  330  49 11230 137* 123  122   39.96  10  82  19


Bowler Dis bwd c fi c wk st lbw hit Ave 0 Team ST Jayasuriya (SLA) 8 0 6 1 1 0 0 37.37 0 SL BKV Prasad (RMF) 8 1 5 1 0 1 0 34.25 1 Ind SR Tendulkar (LBG) 7 1 2 2 0 2 0 35.57 0 Ind WPUJC Vaas (LFM) 7 1 2 2 0 2 0 34.57 0 SL NJ Astle (RM) 6 0 3 1 2 0 0 17.16 0 NZ SK Warne (LBG) 6 1 0 0 2 3 0 14.16 1 Aus AB Agarkar (RFM) 5 2 0 2 0 1 0 39.00 0 Ind GD McGrath (RFM) 5 0 1 2 0 2 0 10.00 2 Aus M Muralitharan (OB) 5 1 2 1 1 0 0 40.80 0 SL JH Kallis (RFM) 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 38.00 0 SA L Klusener (RFM) 4 0 0 2 0 2 0 20.50 0 SA C Pringle (RFM) 4 0 3 0 0 1 0 26.75 0 NZ RR Singh (RMF) 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 31.50 0 Ind CL Cairns (RFM) 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 24.66 1 NZ WJ Cronje (RM) 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 53.66 0 SA M Dillon (RFM) 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 12.66 1 WI SC Ganguly (RM) 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 15.00 0 Ind CH Gayle (OB) 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 31.66 0 WI CL Hooper (OB) 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 23.33 0 WI GR Larsen (RM) 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 29.66 0 NZ S Lee (RM) 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 8.33 0 Aus A Nehra (LMF) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 42.33 0 Ind CPH Ramanayake (RFM) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 58.00 0 SL A Ranatunga (RM) 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 18.00 0 SL HH Streak (RFM) 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 15.33 1 Zim CA Walsh (RF) 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 29.33 0 WI