Thursday, August 18, 2016

India moves to no.1 rank in latest ICC Test rankings but threatens to loss it to Pakistan if loss or draw against West Indies in the final Test

India, after their series win 2-0 against the West Indies with still one match to play and Sri Lanka’s series win against Australia 3-0 in the recently concluded test series helped India to move to no.1 place in ICC test rankings with 112 rating points. Australia lost 10 points with the series loss against the Lankans dropped to third position with 108 rating points. Pakistan who won leveled the series 2-2 recently against England climbed to 2nd place with 111 points while the latter settled at 4th position with 108 rating points. However there are chances for Pakistan to reach the top spot in the rankings if India loses or draws its final test match against the Caribbean’s in the 4th and final test match that is going to start on 18th, August, 2016. If India loses the match it will drop down to 4th position with 108 rating points, whereas a draw will help them settle with 110 points at second position behind Pakistan. So, the final between India and West Indies would be interesting to see as it looks like virtual fight between the arch rivals India & Pakistan where India losing or drawing the match seems like losing its top spot to Pakistan in ICC Test rankings.

ICC latest Test Cricket team Rankings:
1. India
2. Pakistan
3. Australia
4. England
5. New Zealand
6. Sri Lanka
7. South Africa
8. West Indies
9. Bangladesh
10. Zimbabwe

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Inspiring Fighting spirit from middle & lower orders help West Indies draw second test against India

The second match of the four match test series in India tour of West Indies ended in a draw as a result of some inspirational and mesmerizing fighting spirit from the Caribbean middle and lower order batsmen especially Roston Chase who scored 137 of 269 balls. We can say that this innings that he has played will be the innings of his life as it helped pull back this match from the Indians which almost looked impossible when the West Indies were 48/4. Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dorwich and Jason Holder who also added 50+ scores to their names played very crucial roles to draw this match.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first but could manage to get only 196 runs on the board for the loss of 10 wickets in 52.3 overs with only Jermaine Blackwood managing to score 50+ out of all the West Indies batsmen. R Ashwin who won the man of the match award in the first test for his all round performance with both bat got his second five-fer of the series and restricted the West Indies to 196 runs.

India started their innings with Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul who has come in for injured Murali Vijay. Lokesh Rahul scored 158 runs of 303 balls while Ajinkya Rahane scored 108 of 237 balls leading towards a score of500/9 in 171.1 overs. Roston Chase who batted amazing in the second innings got five wickets in the first innings and became a hero saving the match with his brilliant batting in the second innings.

Trailing by 304 runs, the West Indians started to bat in the second innings and lost 4 early wickets just for 48 runs. It was then, the heroics from the West Indian batsmen, Roston Chase followed by the lower order batsmen came into life which in result ended the match as a draw.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ICC latest Rankings for top 10 Test Batsmen 2016

ICC (International Cricket Council) announces latest rankings for test batsmen of the world in which Australian ODI and test formats captain, Steve Smith tops the table with a batting average of 60.19 followed by Joe Root (56.16) and Kane Williamson (49.23). However, we can see the Australian batsmen domination with 3 Australians making it to top 10, the other two being Adam Voges and David Warner at no. 6 & 7. Joe Root, the second in top 10 also has his team mate Alastair Cook at no.9 in the top 10 test ranking batsmen. Kane Williamson is the only New Zealander in the top 10 followed by two South Africans, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at 4th and 5th spots. Only two Asian batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from Pakistan could make places in the top 10 list at positions 8 and 10 respectively.

ICC Rankings for top 10 Test Batsmen:
1. Steven Smith (Australia)
2. Joe Root (England)
3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
4. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
5. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
6. Adam Voges (Australia)
7. David Warner (Australia)
8. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
9. Alastair Cook (England)
10. Younis Khan (Pakistan)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 10 ICC Test Ranked Bowler

Ravichandran Ashwin, the 29 year old off spinner and all rounder from India gained the top spot in ICC test bowling rankings with his match winning five wicket haul against West Indies in the recently concluded test match at Antigua. This is also his first five wicket haul outside Asia which also fetched him man of the match award in the first match of four test series in India’s tour to West Indies, 2016. His 113 run innings with bat in the same match also strengthened his position as an all rounder in the ICC Test all rounder rankings. Ashwin is at top of the table also in the ICC test all rounder rankings followed by Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) and Stuart Broad (England).

Ravinda Jadeja is also in the top 10 list of ICC test bowler rankings. He is at 6th position behind Pakistan’s Yasir Shah. Ashwin leads the table followed by James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Yasir Shah, Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult, Josh Hazlewood, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

Top 10 ICC Test Ranked Bowlers:
  • 1. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
  • 2. James Anderson (England)
  • 3. Stuart Broad (England)
  • 4. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
  • 5. Yasir Shah (Pakistan)
  • 6. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
  • 7. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
  • 8. Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
  • 9. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
  • 10. Vernon Philander (South Africa)

Ashwin and Kohli gives India a thumping victory in first test against the West Indies

The Indian camp is all smiles winning their first match in the four test match series against the West Indies. This win is special as it is the first match that India played after Anil Kumble signing into the role of Indian cricket team’s head coach and recording their biggest test match win outside Asia. India defeated the West Indies by a huge margin of an Innings and 92 runs and leads the 4 test match series in the India tour of West Indies 2016 with 1-0.

The match was played in Antigua in hot and humid conditions which one would expect in the Caribbean. Going in to the match with five bowlers, India won the toss and elected to bat first. India scored a total of (566/8 dec in 161.5 overs) in their first innings with captain Kohli scoring a double century, Ashwin scoring a century, half centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra and some useful contribution from Wriddhiman Saha. Kraigg Brathwaite and Davendra Bishoo were the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies having got 3 scalps each to their name and Shannon Gabriel got 2 wickets with some promising pace troubling the Indian batsmen.

West Indies having a huge score to get started off steadily but the plan of playing five bowlers by Kohli’s team worked well for India as they haven’t allowed the West Indian batsmen to build any partnerships and getting wickets at regularly. They weren’t many notable performances by the West Indies with the bat in their first innings except Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich getting 50+ scores. Jason Holder and Roston Chase were the other two batsmen contributing to the team’s score of (243/10 in 90.2 overs). For India, its their pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami who got 4 wickets each to their name where the latter did well in his comeback match after being out of the team with an injury. Amit Mishra, the leg spinner looked handy getting two West Indian wickets and also scoring a half century with the bat in the first innings.

Trailing by 323 runs, West Indies started their follow-on second innings but lost two quick wickets. Rajendra Chandrika and Marlon Samuels got a partnership going before falling to Ashwin who later on went to get his first five-fer outside Asia. Devendra Bishoo and Carlos Brathwaite in the tail awaited the win for India for quite some time hanging in at the crease but its once again Ashwin who got break through to the team handing over India their first even biggest win outside Asia. R Ashwin was handed the man of the match award for his century 113(253) and 7 wickets to his name.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

West Indies Squad for Test Series against India - 2016

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced a twelve member squad for the four test match series against India starting on July 21, 2016. Jason Holder will be leading the team with Kraigg Brathwaite as vice captain of the team. Roston Chase will be the only debutant player for West Indies in the 12-member squad. This West indies team is packed with full of all-rounders in the names of Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Roston Chase and Jason holder which gives the team depth in batting and more bowling options to deal with batting strong Indian team. However, the bowling unit looks a bit inexperienced but playing at home might give an edge to attack the Indian batsmen.

Squad:

  • Jason Holder(c)
  • Kraigg Brathwaite
  • Shane Dowrich (Wk)
  • Marlon Samuels
  • Jermaine Blackwood
  • Devendra Bishoo
  • Rajendra Chandrika
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Darren Bravo
  • Roston Chase
  • Leon Johnson
  • Shannon Gabriel

WIth both the teams announcing their respective squads we can expect an interesting contest between India and West Indies as both the teams got a lot of young and fresh faces.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) won the eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) won the eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 22 runs to lock horns with Gujarat Lions (GL) in the second qualifier match at Feroz shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on 27th May, 2016.

After winning the toss KKR invited SRH to bat first. Shikar Dhawan started well with a couple of boundaries but lost his wicket to Morkel. Gambir bringing in Yusuf Pathan earlier than expected to bowl a few overs created pressure but Warner and Henriques continued with a decent partnership of 59 runs and departed in successive deliveries to Kuldeep Yadav. with Yuvraj Singh coming into the crease and playing a handy knock of 44 and camoes from Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma helped SRH to post a total of 162 runs in 20 overs.

KKR started the chase with Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir opening the batting. Uthappa lost his wicket for 11 runs, then Gambhir and Colin munro added 38 runs for the second wicket and KKR started losing in periodic intervals. It is then the young guns Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey who kept the scoreboard ticking but couldn't stand tall before some exceptional death bowling of SRH by Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Moises Henriques was named man of the match for all round performance with the bat and ball and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was handed over the purple as he is now the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 21 wickets followed by Shane Watson of RCB with 20 wickets.

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) VS Kolkata Knight Riders