Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rahul Dravid | First Player to Take 200 Test catches

Rahul Dravid, known as the Great Wall of India in test Cricket as he served many times winning and drawing some crucial matches for India. Similar to his batting skills he is a brilliant fielder for India at the slips. Dravid has reached a new milestone regarding to the catching as he became the first cricketer to take 200 catches in test cricket. He reached there by taking Dale Steyn’s catch off Harbhajan Singh’s bowling in the 2nd test of the ongoing test series against South Africa. He is one of he best fielders at slips and is certainly the best slip fielder for India. Dravid is presently toppin the list with 200 test catches; following him are Markh Waugh wih 181 catches and Ricky Poting with 174 catches.Let’s now go across some records and milestones of Rahul Dravid in catching.

1st catch: In first test Nasser Hussain’s catch off Javagal Srinath.

50th catch: Ricky Ponting’s catch off Harbhajan Singh in his 43rd test match.

100th catch: Shane Warne’s off Harbhajan Singh in his 70h test match.

150th catch: Andre Strauss’s catch off Anil Kumble in 110th test.

200th catch: Dale Steyn’s off Harbhajan Singh in 149th match.

Catches at home: 95 (42 test matches)

Catches Abroad: 105 (82 test matches)

Catches of Right handed batsmen: 144

Catches of Right handed batsmen: 67

Catches off pace bowlers: 67

Catches off spin bowlers: 133

Rahul Dravid Reaches 12000 Test Runs Milestone

Rahul Dravid reached a new landmark as he became the third test batsman in history to score 12,000 runs after Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar (14,482 runs) and Ricky Ponting (12,333). He reached there scoring 43 runs in the first test match in the ongoing series in South Africa. His batting average is 53.31 in 148 test matches with 31 hundreds and 59 fifties.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Sachin Walks Down the Memory Lane

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar hits 50th Test Century vs South Africa at Centurion

The God of Cricket, professor of batting – master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has reached a historic milestone in his two decades of Test Cricket. The legend scored his 50th Century in Test Cricket, which is the most by any player in the world. He overcame this milestone in his 175th Test match and this his seventh century in this calendar year. After scoring his 49th Test ton against Australia in October, 2009 it took four matches for little master to reach to his 50th century. This is his fifth tours to South Africa and fourth century there which will be remembered for a very long time as this is his 50th test ton and gave India a hope saving the match. He was in the middle for around 258 minutes and faced 197 deliveries to reach there.

All the cricket loving people awaited for this moment from around one month and even the players were very curious to watch him in getting his 50th ton. One factor that will be disappointing for the master is losing of the test match despite of an excellent innings from Sachin. Incidentally this year it was the same opponents against whom the master scored an ODI double century February and again it’s Dhoni at the other end. Now he reached this new milestone against the same team and with the batsman at the other end being MS Dhoni. Nobody stood along with the master at the crease to allow him in saving the match from the hosts. We Congratulate Sachin Tendulkar for reaching this new milestone in the history of Test Cricket.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yusuf Pathan - Worthy All-rounder for India in the World Cup 2011

Yusuf Pathan is well known for his aggressive and hard hitting in Indian Cricket. He is a powerful right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler from Baroda who played for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He has proved himself in the IPL with many good performances for his team and was considered as a dangerous batsman. He scored a century in the first innings and a double century in the final of Duleep Trophy 2010 leading the West Zone to win over the South Zone recording highest successful run chase in the history of first class cricket. As a result of these performances he was selected for the New Zealand series that happened a few days ago.

Yusuf Pathan is considered as a specialist and hard hitter in the limited overs game. He got chances to play in the ODIs for India but those chances did not allow him to play long innings every time he went into bat. So he is been in an out of the team for quite some time and also due to Ravindra Jadeja he competition to his place in the side increased. Jadeja had ben given many chances than Yusuf but he failed to prove himself as an all rounder. As a process of selection for the World Cup team the Indian selectors decided to rest all the senior players and test the young players who will productive for the world cup.

In the hunt for an all rounder to suit the seventh spot to play at the lower middle order in the ODI team, the selectors have two options R Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan. So, both got selected for the ODI series against New Zealand and know only one could make it to the 2001 Cricket World Cup. Yusuf Pathan got a wonderful opportunity in the 4th ODI at Banglore where India was at a crucial position with four wickets down. He already had done enough with the ball by claiming three wickets and this is a good platform to prove himself with the bat. Yusuf completely used the given opportunity to the fullest as he scored an unbeaten 123 in just 96 balls and giving India a comfortable victory. His innings of 123 included seven fours and seven sixes. He played very carefully without throwing his bat at the ball and scoring runs at quick time and bringing down the required run rate and won the match for India almost single handedly. What does any team require from their all-rounders? With a wonderful century and three wickets, finally he sealed the opportunity given to him. He also stated that this innings would be the ‘turning point’ in his life. We can say that India had got a genuine all rounder finally who can win matches for them and is the best suited for the seventh spot in the team. He is definitely a dangerous batsman and can turn out o be a match winner for India at the number seven spot. Let’s see whether the selectors will gift him for his wonderful innings or will turned down his wishes.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

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India Clean Sweep Five Match Series Against New Zealand

It’s the last and final ODI of the series in which New Zealand will be playing for at least a match win against India as they already lost nine consecutive matches and India will be looking for a clean sweep against the Kiwis. The match is played at Chennai where there are heavy rains from the past ten days. The wicket was wet and is expected to help the bowlers. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. As expected the Indian bowlers gained advantage from the wicket as the New Zealand openers fell in quick sessions leaving the Kiwis in a drastic situation.

J How and Styris were the only batsmen to get into a score of twenties. James Franklin carries his good form from the previous innings and was unbeaten at 17 and could not score further as he lacked he support from any other batsman on the other side. With this very poor batting from the Kiwis the black caps only managed to post a score of 103 in 27 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin got three wickets in his eight overs and Y Singh, Pathan and Nehra picked two wickets each. P Kumar bowled a decent spell with on wicket.

Chasing a low score of 103, the Indian captain got out in the third ball of the innings. At a vey short period of time after the dismissal of Gambhir, Virat Kohli got dismissed by Vettori leaving India in a tigh situation. Yuvraj Singh was the next batsman at the crease, he along with Parthiv Pael played a good innings and looked to be in fine touch. Parthiv Patel scored 56 of 70 balls with six fours and one six in his innings. Yuvraj Singh got 42 runs from 46 balls which included six fours and two sixes. Both of them finished the game for India sweeping the series 5-0. This is the tenth consecutive loss for New Zealand. The young Indian team without the seniors under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir won the series 5-0 against the Black caps and sent out a warning for the other teams that they are strong contenders for the Cricket 2011 World Cup.

India Win 4th ODI Against New Zealand

India won the series and looked to continue their winning run in the 4th ODI against New Zealand at Bangalore and on the other hand, already losing the series the black caps played for pride. In the process, India won the toss and chose to field sending the Kiwis to bat first. Once again B McCullum and M Guptill opened the innings for the Kiwis. This time McCullum to be looked in fine touch as he along with Guptill gave a good start to New Zealand. But both of them could not make it big as they got departed by the Indian bowlers for pretty decent scores. Later Taylor and Styris played made good scores of 44 and 46 before they got dismissed. James Franklin was the only hero in the New Zealand innings who scored an unbeaten 98 of 68 deliveries coming to bat at the lower middle order. Nathan McCullum gave good support to him in their crucial partnership. They scored 63 runs in the last five overs which helped them to post a very good score of 315/7.

Chasing a score of 315 is challenging for the young Indian team. This time the opener for the team is Parthiv Patel and Gautam Gambhir. Partiv Patel got a chance to prove himself as he came into the side after a long time as he had a good IPL and Ranji season. He looked to be in fine touch and gave good opening partnership along with Gambhir. But Gambhir did not stay long at the crease as he became the victim of some good bowling by McKay. Virat Kohli got out by playing a wrong shot of McKay. Yuvraj Singh got to a start but could not stay long. Meanwhile Parthiv Patel got to his first half century before he was caught out by Williamson. Later Rohit Sharma came to the crease, he along with Yusuf Pathan made a good partnership which gave India the hopes of winning after losingfour wickets. Both of them played sensibly without throwing away their wickets. Rohit Sharma scored 44 and got out to Southee who bowled a very good spell.

Saurabh Tiwary was he last recognized batsman for India after the dismissal of Sharma. Yusuf Pathan played carefully as he got a chance to play a long innings that could win the match for India. He scored a half century meanwhile Tiwary did a good job of rotating the strike. Both of them were slowly settling there while the rain interrupted the play. At this point India were 13 runs lagging behind as per the Duckworth–Lewis method. If the played get called off then definitely New Zealand will be benefited. But after sometime the rain stopped and the game was on. Yusuf Pathan hit Vettori for a six straight down the ground at the very first ball after the rain break. Later on with a wonderful century he took the match away from the Kiwis and gave a good victory for India long with Saurabh Tiwary. The senior Pathan scored an unbeaten 123 of 96 balls which included seven sixes and seven fours. With this wonderful innings with both the bat and ball Yusuf Pathan was named the man of the match and he is confident about his place in the World Cup squad. Let’s hope this will be the turning point of his life and gets selected in the World Cup team.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gambhir Leads India to Win 3rd ODI and a Series Against New Zealand

The 3rd ODI at Vadodara is an important one for both India and New Zealand, as India need one victory to seal the series and the Kiwis to stay in the competition for winning the series. India won the toss and sent New Zealand to bat first. With Brendon McCullum getting into the side made New Zealand look strong. Martin Guptill and McCullum opened the batting for the Kiwis. Indian pacer Zaheer Khan gave a good start to India picking up the dangerous Batsman B McCullum in the very second ball of the innings. After his dismissal couple of the New Zealand batsmen got a starts but couldn’t make it big and the only batsman to score over fifty was J Franklin who scored an unbeaten 72 helping the Kiwis to post a score of 24 for 9 in fifty overs. Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan and Zaheer Khan bowled well for India, especially Munaf bowling well not allowing to score any runs with his tight line and length.


The Indian openers M Vijay and Gambhir once again gave a good start tot the Indian innings. Vijay got a good start as he did in the previous match but failed to score more. He was run out, later the in form batsman Virat Kohli entered the crease. Gautam Gambhir looked to be in good touch from his century in the last match, he carried the same form here also and scored his second consecutive century and is the eight batsman to score consecutive centuries in ODIs. Virat Kohli also continued his good form and scored 63 from 70 balls. Both the batsmen once again recorded a century partnership and steered India to win the match with 9 wickets in hand and clinch the series with 3-0. Gambhir scored his second century as captain and said that it was a special one for him leading the team did not do any damage to his batting. Finally India comfortably won the series against New Zealand under the captaincy of stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir.

Gambhir Heroic Performance to Help India Win - 2nd ODI [ India vs New Zealand ]

Taking a 1-0 lead in the series India won the toss and sent the Kiwis to bat first in the 2nd ODI at Jaipur. The opening pair once again did not give an impressing start to their innings as J How (5) fell for Sreesanth. The star of the New Zealand is Martin Guptill who scored 70 from 102 balls who looked settled in the middle but the Indian bowlers did not allow him to score a biggie as he was dismissed by Ahwin. Later Scott Styris (59 from 56 balls) kept the score board ticking all the while he was playing but could not make it big before Sreesanth sent him back to the dressing room. The lower order batsmen for New Zealand this time did not look good as they were dismissed for low score finally posting a score of 258 runs for 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Sreesanth took 4 wickets for 47 and all the remaining bowlers did well to not allow the New Zealand batsmen score high.

Chasing down a target of 259, the Indian opening batsmen Vijay and Gambhir started well before Vijay was dismissed for 33 by Daniel Vettori. Later the Indian stand in skipper Gautam Gambhir did not allow the New Zealand bowlers to settle in the game as he took away the game form the visitors by scoring a century. This innings of an unbeaten 138 of just 116 balls for the Indian captain is a special and memorable knock as it was the first century that he scored while captaining India. He along with the in form Virat Kohli (64) led from the front steering India to a win in style and take India a lead of 2-0 in the five ODI series. Both Kohli and Gambhir recorded a partnership of 116 before Kohli fell to Mckay. None of the New Zealand bowlers looked impressive as they managed to pick up only two wickets allowing India to win by 8 wickets.

Kohli Hits Century as India Win 1st ODI against New Zealand

With many of the senior players rested, the Young Indian team led by the new stand in captain Gautam Gambhir, registered a comfortable win against the Kiwis in the first ODI of the five match series. The youngster who shined in the match was Virat Kohli (105 of 104 balls), looked to be in good touch as he scored his fourth ODI century and is definitely the only difference to take the match away from the hands of the visitors and helping the new captain to claim his first victory. With the win of the first ODI India lead the five ODI series with 1-0.

After losing the toss and were sent into bat 1st the Indians were bowled out for 276 runs in 49 overs before the young Delhi lad Virat Kohli scoring a sparkling century. With Kohli at the crease 300 looked to be an achievable score but with his dismissal the lower order failed to score as they just scored 26 runs in the last six overs before they were bowled out at the end of 49th over. Andy Mckay was the man with the ball who shined for New Zealand as he recorded his career best 4-62. The other bowlers Mills and Tuffey took 3-42 and 2-56.

Chasing a target of 277 the Kiwis openers J How and M Guptill gave a slow and steady start to the New Zealand innings before Nehra broke their partnership of 32 dismissing How (9) and later Guptill (30) also did not last long at the crease even being dropped twice by the Indians. Later Ross Taylor, the stand in skipper for New Zealand batted well to achieve his fifty besides the wickets of the visitors fell at regular intervals. He looked dangerous as he hit a couple of sixes, but Yuvraj Singh did not allow him to continue as he dismissed him. After his dismissal Nathan McCullum (35) and Kyle Mills (32) built up a partnership of 67 for the ninth wicket as Indian bowlers suffered to break this partnership and Mills becoming dangerous with the bat as he hit two sixes before his dismissal. Yuvraj Singh though having a tough time with the bat, bowled well (3-43) to pick three crucial wickets and along with R Ashwin (3-50) helped India to win the first ODI at Guwahati with 40 runs and take a lead of 1-0 in the series.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cricket Quiz No:2





Cricket Quiz NO :2




  1. How many number of Test matches did India play till date?
  2. 439 440 441 442
  3. Under whose leadership did team India set a national record for winning nine back-to-back ODIs?
  4. Ganguly Mahendra Singh Dhoni Kapil Dev Sachin
  5. With the recent Test series win in this month (Oct 2010), after how many years did India whitewash Australia in a Test series?
  6. 30 years 26 years 28 years 20 years
  7. First cricket club was established in India in the year?
  8. 1972 1792 1793 1973
  9. When and where did Indian national cricket team play its first ever Test match?
  10. Lord’s, 25 June 1932 Nehru Stadium, 23 June 1932 McLean Park, 23 June 1932 Buffalo Park, 23 June 1930
  11. The person who led India in its first test match?
  12. Sunil Gavaskar Sachin CK Nayudu Kapil Dev
  13. Against which team did India record its first Test match victory?
  14. England Australia Pakistan Sri Lanka
  15. Sachin Tendulkar became the captain of India in which year?
  16. 1995 1996 1997 1998
  17. In which century was cricket first introduced to India?
  18. 17th century 18th century 19th century 20th century
  19. In which of the following India was the first cricket club established?
  20. Calcutta Delhi Hyderabad Mumbai

Saturday, October 23, 2010

India or Sri Lanka May Win ICC WorldCup 2011: Rodney Marsh

Australian former wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh stated that the hot favorites in the World Cup to be held in the sub-continent would be India and Sri Lanka. Rodney played for Australia in 1975 and 1983 World Cups and represented Australia in 92 ODIs.

He said that both the countries will have an edge as the world cup is being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh together. Further he added that Australia’s chances in the tournament depend on how they play against India in the ongoing series and against England in the Ashes. As the World Cup is being hosted in the sub-continent it will be very difficult for teams like Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand to succeed so certainly a tam from Asia would be successful according to Marsh.

Cricket Worldcup Quiz No:1








  1. Cricket worldcup first held in ?

  2. 1974
    1975
    1976
    1977

  3. The 2007 Cricket World Cup matches were held between ?

  4. 11 March and 28 April 2007
    12 Febraury and 28 April 2007
    13 March and 28 April 2007
    14 Febraury and 28 April 2007

  5. The first ever International cricket match was played between ?

  6. Canada and the United States
    Autralia and India
    India and Pakistan
    Australia and England

  7. Which player scored the most centuries during the first seven World Cups?

  8. Sachin Tendulkar
    Sir Vivian Richards
    Mark Waugh
    Glenn Turner

  9. Which country did not win the World Cup during those 25 years?

  10. India
    England
    Sri Lanka
    Pakistan

  11. Who is the only player to represent 2 countries in the World Cup?

  12. Kepler Wessels
    Steve Waugh
    Mark Waugh
    Wasim Akram

  13. Which country beat Australia in its first World Cup appearance in 1983?

  14. Zimbabwe
    Sri Lanka
    South Africa
    Bangladesh

  15. Which player took the most wickets during those World Cup campaigns?

  16. Imran Khan
    Shane Warne
    Wasim Akram
    Kapil Dev

  17. What coloured ball was used in the first World Cup in 1975?

  18. Grey
    White
    Red
    Brown

  19. 1975 to 2003: who was the only all rounder to score 500 runs and take 30 wickets in World Cup game

  20. Imran Khan
    Steve Waugh
    Kapil Dev
    Wasim Akram


Friday, October 22, 2010

Tight Security For India - Australia ODI At Fatorda

After a good win for India against Australia on Tuesday in Visakhapatnam, both the teams are getting ready for the 3rd and final ODI in Goa on sunday. Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure that no unfavorable incidents take place during the match and nearly 100 men are placed in plain clothes among the spectators to make out the mischief makers in case of any trouble occurred. Also four towers are being used at the stadium for the first time and metal detectors, bunkers, CCTVs will be installed at certain points inside and outside the stadium.

Until the last two days there were heavy rains which lashed out Goa threatening the organizers and fans but the sunshine from last two days gave hopes and brought back the cheers in them. With this the organizers became busy in getting the pitch ready for the match and to cover the wet patches around the outfield. Let’s hope the match will start on time without any delays due to rain.

India, Australia Ready For Final ODI In Goa

The young team Indian dressing room is full of joy after their victory in the second ODI against Australia, both the teams are now getting ready for the final match of the series in Goa.

India currently with 1-0 lead in the series will certainly be looking for a series win, as they have not won a single ODI series in India since 1986-87 against the Australians. But on the other side the Kangaroos will be looking to bounce back after their loss in the second ODI and try to level the series and protect their record of not losing an ODI series against the Indians in India since 1986. Hope the match will be an interesting one.

Virat Kohli, Raina Leads India To Win

Virat Kohli’s ton in Visakhapatnam has elevated India with a 1-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. The 24-year old youngster took the responsibility of steering India to a successful win despite of leg injury along with Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the absence of the senior batsmen in the side. We can say that Kohli has successfully utilized the opportunity given to him in the absence of senior batsmen in the team like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

Chasing a huge target of 290 runs in 50 runs, openers Murali Vijay and Shikar Dhawan became victims of McKay leaving India in a tight position of 35 for two, then Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh took charge of steering India to a comfortable position with a partnership of 137 runs off 152 balls for the third wicket. In the process Yuvraj scored 58 runs while Kohli went on scoring later with Suresh Raina making his 3rd ODI century and got out for 118 runs. Suresh Raina stealed the show hitting the Australian bowlers for boundaries and reached his half century in just 37 balls and sealed the win for India in style. Virat Kohli was the difference in the team and in the match the people who shined are Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina with the bat and R Ashwin the Chennai off spinner with the ball. Virat Kohli and R Ashwin will definitely be looking for a place in the World Cup squad.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar Hits 6th Double Century In Tests‎

Sachin Tendulkar today scored a double century to place India in a comfortable position in the second test match against Australia in Bengaluru. This being his sixth double century in his career shows this hunger for success even at the age of 37 and 20 years of International cricketing. This is the second time Tendulkar scored a double century playing against Australia .Sachin shares this sixth double century record with Virender Sehwag (India), Marvan Atapattu (Sri Lanka), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Javed Miandad (Pakistan).
The top ten test double century scorers are:
Sno Player Name Country Double Centuries
1 Don Bradman Australia 12
2 Brian Lara West Indies 9
3 Wally Hammond England 7
4 K Sangakkara Sri Lanka 7
5 V Sehwag India 6
6 Marvan Atapattu Sri Lanka 6
7 M Jayawardene Sri Lanka 6
8 Sachin Tendulkar India 6
9 Javed Miandad Pakistan 6
10 Rahul Dravid India 5

Monday, October 11, 2010

Murali Vijay Hits Maiden Test Century

Murali Vijay who has come into the side in place of injured Gautam Gambhir for the second test match against Australia has utilized his opportunity very well by making a maiden test century, helping India to steer to a comfortable position along with Sachin Tendulkar in the last and final test against the Kangaroos. He made 139 in 310 balls before getting caught behind the wickets after a good fightback against the Australians score of 478 in the first innings. Vijay took 11 balls to get to the three-figure mark from 99 runs. He was involved in an important record partnership of 308 runs which put India in a command able position at the end of 3rd day in the second test match.

Tendulkar Hits 49th Test Century

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar today put another record into his account by scoring 49th century in Test cricket. He is the leading test run getter completing 14,000 runs yesterday and now he also bagged the highest number of centuries record against Australia in the ongoing second test match at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. He also got another record today scoring 150-plus for the 20th time overcoming his own and Brian Lara’s record of scoring 150-plus runs for 19 times. The 37 year old Mumbaikar with his brilliance is proving that the hungry for runs is there even in his 21st year of Test cricketing. He is certainly the God of cricket and is a standing out to be a great inspiration for all the young players in International cricket. The top ten
Test cricket century getters are:
Name of the Player Country No. of Centuries
Sachin Tendulkar India 49
Ricky Ponting Australia 39
Jacques Kallis South Africa 35
Sunil Gavaskar India 34
Brian Lara West Indies 34
Steve Waugh Australia 32
Matthew Hayden Australia 30
DG Bradman Australia 29
Rahul Dravid India 29
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 28

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tendulkar Completes 14000 Runs In Test Cricket‎

The God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar today reached a new milestone in the second test match against Australia becoming the first man to reach 14,000 runs in the history of Test cricket and thus created another record on his name. He is the first man to reach 12,000, 13,000 and 14,000 run marks after crossing Brian Lara’s run mark of 11,953. Now he is the leading the table of highest test runs of 14,017 with Australian captain ‘Ricky Ponting’ at the second place with 12,178 with a difference of around 1800 runs while Rahul Dravid is at the fourth position with 11,581 runs. The maestro is now into his 21st Test cricketing year and is still anxious in scoring runs standing as a great inspiration for the young players all around the world.
The top ten test run getters are:

Sno Name Country Runs
1 Sachin Tendulkar India 14,017
2 Ricky Ponting Australia 12,178
3 Brian Lara West Indies 11,953
4 Rahul Dravid India 11,581
5 Allan Border Australia 11,174
6 Jacques Kallis South Africa 11,126
7 Steve Waugh Australia 10,927
8 Sunil Gavaskar India 10,122
9 Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 9,408
10 Shivnarine Chanderpaul West Indies 8,969

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar Received 'People Choice Award'

Indian Senior batsman, Sachin Tendulkar received ‘People Choice Award’ for the year 2010 at and event organized by the ICC (International Cricket Council) yesterday in Bengaluru. He also won the ‘ICC Player of The Year’ Award 2010. He was also chosen as a part of both Test and ODI teams of the year. Sachin also moved up to third place in recent test rankings which was his highest rank since December 2002. Virender Sehwag won the ICC test player of the year award 2010.

Dope Testing Under Wada

The dope testing programme of 2011 Cricket World cup will come under WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) compliant code with a modified whereabouts clause. The ICC agreed to launch the programme with a belief that, if cricket is to make world events like the Olympics which would help the game grow globally it is important to introduce the anti-doping code. The ICC finally accepted to launch the WADA-compliant code after a long stand-off between the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and the ICC.
Due to security reasons and violation of privacy during the off-season, players of India and few other countries are unwilling to sign the controversial whereabouts clause. However, the ICC will be conducting doping test for all the players for Cricket 2011 World Cup.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Virender Sehwag - Test Player Of The Year ‎2010

Indian Dashing Opener Virender Sehwag was declared ‘ICC Test player of the year 2010’ at ICC awards ceremony held at Banglore. Sehwag won his first ever ICC award of his career, overcoming the competition from Sachin Tendulkar, Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla in ‘ICC test player of the year category’. He collected the award from former West Indies bowler Courtney Walsh. He got the award for his performances with the bat during the last one year scoring 1,282 runs in 10 Tests at an average of 85.46 with the help of six centuries and four half centuries.

The other awards announced at the event are:

  • ICC Player of the year: Sachin Tendulkar (India)
  • Test Team of the year: India
  • ODI Team of the year: Australia
  • ODI player of the year: AB de Villiers (South Africa)
  • ICC Spirit of Cricket: New Zealand
  • Best Twenty20 performance of the year: Brendon McCullum (116* against Australia)
  • Umpire of the year: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
  • Emerging player of the year: Steven Finn (England)
  • ICC Associate player of the year: Ryan ten Doeschate (New Zealand)

ICC Test team of the year: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar,  Simon Katich, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, Doug Bollinger and James Anderson.

ICC ODI team of the year: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Shane Watson, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Paul Collingwood, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, Daniel Vettori, Ryan Harris, Stuart Broad and Doug Bollinger.

Tendulkar Rises To No.3 In ICC Rankings

In the ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday Sachin Tendulkar came to the third position moving up one place from fourth position, Kumar Sangakkara is on the top with Virender Sehwag in the second position. This is Sachin’s highest ranking in tests since 2002. On the other hand, VVS Laxman moved up fourth positions to eight-Laxman’s career best rank. Rahul Dravid has moved one place up to 22nd whereas Gautam Gambhoir and MS Dhoni have moved down to 16th and 37 positions.

Shane Watson has also moved upto his career best rank 30 in ICC Test ranking batsmen but his fellow Australian batsmen Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, and Marcus North has slipped down in the rankings to 19th, 28th, 8th, 12th, 52nd positions respectively.

In the bowling department Zaheer Khan achieved fifth rank-his career best rank, Doug Bollinger moved to 8th while Hlifenhaus to 20th and Mitchell Johnson o fourth position. Dale Steyn is on top of the table follwed by Graeme Swann in the second spot.

Jacques Kallis is headind the ICC Test all-rounder table followed by Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson has moved up two spotsand occupies the sixth position in the latest rankings.

Sachin Tendulkar - ICC Player Of The Year ‎2010

At the seventh ICC awards function held at Banglore the little master Sachin Tendulkar bagged ‘ICC Player of the year award 2010’ for the first time in his career. He was the second Indian to receive the prestigious award after Rahul Dravid. The mastero also won the ‘People choice award’ for the year 2010 which was the category introduced for the first time in ICC awards. He was also chosen as part of the team in both Test team and ODI team of the year.

The other awards announced at the event are:
  • Test Team of the year: India
  • ODI Team of the year: Australia
  • Test player of the year: Virender Sehwag (India)
  • ODI player of the year: AB de Villiers (South Africa)
  • ICC Spirit of Cricket: New Zealand
  • Best Twenty20 performance of the year: Brendon McCullum (116* against Australia)
  • Umpire of the year: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
  • Emerging player of the year: Steven Finn (England)
  • ICC Associate player of the year: Ryan ten Doeschate (New Zealand)

ICC Test team of the year: MS Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar,  Simon Katich, Hashim Amla, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, Doug Bollinger and James Anderson.

ICC ODI team of the year: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Shane Watson, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Paul Collingwood, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, Daniel Vettori, Ryan Harris, Stuart Broad and Doug Bollinger.

Sachin Tendulkar Created World Record By Aggregating 1003 Runs In The Calendar Year

The God of Cricket ‘Sachin Tendulkar’ adds another one to his world records list. During the first test match of the ongoing series against Australia at Mohali, the master created a world record by scoring 1003 runs in the calendar year 2010-the sixth occasion of making 1000 runs in a calendar year beating off Matthew Hayden (Australia), Brian Lara (West Indies) and Ricky Ponting ( Australia) who totaled 1000runs in a calendar year for five times. The six occasions in which Sachin scored
1000 runs in a calendar year are as follows:



Sno
Year No. of matches Runs Scored 100’s 50’s
1 1997 12 1000 4 3
2 1999 10 1088 5 4
3 2001 10 1088 3 6
4 2002 16 1392 4 5
5 2008 13 1063 4 3
6 2010 8 1003 5 3

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Team Profiles

Australia:

The most efficient team of the ICC Cricket World Cup is team Australia winning the cup for four times (1987, 1999, 2003, and 2007) with three consecutive world cup wins from 1999 to 2007. It holds a record of entering the World Cup for six times (1975, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007) in nine World Cups happened so far and record wins of 29 consecutive matches in the World Cup without any loss since 23 May 1999. The team is being led by an amazing and successful captain ‘Ricky Ponting’ who is the main key for success of the team at every tournament. In spite of missing the four biggies of the team Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne the team is still looking strong with a lot of young talent including Shane Watson, Mike Hussey and Mitchell Johnson. It is sure one of the hot favorites in the tournament for lifting its fifth World Cup.

India:

Cricket has become a religion in India and people are developing more interest towards the game year by year. The cricket fever started to grow in India right from the win of ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983, the only World Cup for India till date. Though it reached the finals in 2003 World Cup it could not defeat the mighty Australians. Now the team is full of young talent with successful captain MS Dhoni leading the team, who has already brought us the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2007. With strong batting line-up including Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, bowling attack including Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan Singh the number one test side are also the favorites of the tournament to lift their second ever World Cup title at home.

Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka was not one of the test playing nations by the time Cricket World Cup has started. It gained glory in the tournament in 1996 when it won its first ever World Cup under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga against Australia. It again reached the finals in 2007 under the captaincy of Mahela Jayawardena but lost to Australia. No it is co-hosting the World Cup along with India and Bangladesh. The Sri Lankan side has got a lot of talent with players like Tillakeratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralidaran and Ajantha Mendis. Sri Lanka is also in the race of winning the title once again.

England:

England, the inventors of cricket has not even one ICC Cricket World Cup to its credit, though it has reached to the finals three times (1979, 1987 and 1992) but could not go further to win the title, since 1992 it has even not reached the semi-final of the tournament. But, with the recent win of ICC Twenty20 World Cup the team has proved itself and is looking stronger with strong middle order with Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen and a good bowling attack with James Anderson and Graeme Swann. With this England is sure one of the hot favorites in the tournament for lifting its
first ever ICC Cricket World Cup.

South Africa:

The team has not won even one ICC Cricket World Cup since its participation in the tournament from 1992. The team has only managed to reach the semi-finals in 2007 where it got defeated by Australia. The team is being led by Graeme Smith and is very much talented with players like Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn. With lot of talent available South Africa are one of the favorites in the World Cup and is in the race of lifting its first ICC Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan:

Pakistan won its first and only World Cup in 1992 defeating England in the final with 22 runs with the help of skipper Imran Khan. From 1992, the team has managed only to reach one final of the World Cup in 1999 getting defeated by the Australians in the final. But the team has done well in all the ICC Twenty20 World Cups as it reached all the finals since 2007 and are on the winning side of 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup. The team now is good going with lot of young talent including AKmal brothers, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi and a good bowling attack. It is also one of the favorites and will try to take home their second World Cup.

West Indies:

West Indies has lost the World Cup glory since its loss against India in the final match in 1983. From then the first World Cup winning country has not even made it into the final of the tournament. The present team has to look to the great team at that time for inspiration who have won the first and second Cricket World Cups (1975 and 1979). The present team led by Chris Gayle has a lot of good players like Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Sammy, Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul will try to regain their World Cup glory.

New Zealand:

Unlucky or what it is very bad of a team reaching the semi-finals in five tournaments (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999 and 2007) and not even winning at least one of them. New Zealand will be very keen in lifting the World Cup this time after too many loses in spite of reaching the semi-finals five times in nine tournaments. The team is presently being led by Daniel Vettori with a lot of good players like Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond and will be with a urge to win the title this time.

Bangladesh:

Bangladesh entered into the tournament in 1999 and surprisingly defeated Pakistan by 62 runs in 1999 and the greatest moment is when they defeated India at ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 which sent India out of the tournament. Bangladesh is one of he hosts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The side has some good talented players in form of Captain Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Mortaza. The team will definitely try to improve its World Cup records.

Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe is a team known to upset the other teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup as the results of defeating Australia in 1983, England in 1992, India and South Africa in 1999 proves it. The stunner was when Zimbabwe defeated Australia in the 2007 ICC Twenty20 World Cup. The team depends on mainly Charles Coventry, Tatenda Taibu and Ray Price for their victories.

Canada:

In the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2009 held in South Africa, Canada finished runners-up and got qualified for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The team first participated in the tournament in 1979 and in 2003 it defeated Bangladesh by 60 runs which brought some glory to the team. John Davison broke a record in the tournament for the fastest century in Cricket World Cup history. So the team has a good talent in form of Umar Bhatti, Sunil Dhaniram, Ashih Bagi (wicket-keeper) and Rizwan Cheema.

Ireland:

Ireland is the top Associate team in the wold as it came out as the winning side in 2009 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa defeating Canada in the final by nine wickets and got qualified to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It also participated in the 2007 World Cup and defeated Pakistan and Bangladesh to promote to the next stage. The key players of the team will be Niall O'Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin and Trent Johnson.

Kenya:

Kenya finished third in the qualifying event in South Africa 2009 and got qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. This team earlier participated in many of the World Cups. It defeated West Indies in 1996 by 73 runs and the team shocked the entire cricketing world when it reached the semi finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 defeating Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, New Zealand (match forfeited) and Bangladesh. The team will mainly rely upon Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Peter Ongondo, Lameck Ngoche and Hiren Varaiya for their wins.

Netherlands:

Netherlands had already participated in the tournament earlier in 1996, 2003 and 2007. It finished fourth in the ICC 2009 World Cup Qualifier in South Africa to get place in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It shocked England in 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup by winning with four wickets. The Netherlands team will be led by Peter Borren and the team will mainly depend on Bas Zuiderent, Alexei Kervezee, Ryan ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli for putting up a good show.

Whatever may be the records of teams or players, cricket is a game of uncertainties as they say anything is possible in cricket anyone can win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup independent of the stats.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Schedule


Group A: Group B
Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya.India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands.

Match no.
Date
Teams
Venue
1
19 Feb
India vs Bangladesh
Dhaka
2
20 Feb
New Zealand vs Kenya
Chennai
3
20 Feb
Sri Lanka vs Canada
Hambantota
4
21 Feb
Australia vs Zimbabwe
Ahmedabad
5
22 Feb
England vs Netherlands
Nagpur
6
23 Feb
Pakistan vs Kenya
Hambantota
7
24 Feb
South Africa vs West Indies
New Delhi
8
25 Feb
Australia vs New Zealand
Nagpur
9
25 Feb
Bangladesh vs Ireland
Dhaka
10
26 Feb
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Colombo
11
27 Feb
India vs England
Kolkata
12
28 Feb
West Indies vs Netherlands
New Delhi
13
28 Feb
Zimbabwe vs Canada
Nagpur
14
1 Mar
Sri Lanka vs Kenya
Colombo
15
2 Mar
England vs Ireland
Bangalore
16
3 Mar
South Africa vs Netherlands
Mohali
17
3 Mar
Pakistan vs Canada
Colombo
18
4 Mar
New Zealand vs Zimbabwe
Ahmedabad
19
4 Mar
Bangladesh vs West Indies
Dhaka
20
5 Mar
Sri Lanka vs Australia
Colombo
21
6 Mar
India vs Ireland
Bangalore
22
6 Mar
England vs South Africa
Chennai
23
7 Mar
Kenya vs Canada
New Delhi
24
8 Mar
Pakistan vs New Zealand
Pallekelle
25
9 Mar
India vs Netherlands
New Delhi
26
10 Mar
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe
Pallekelle
27
11 Mar
West Indies vs Ireland
Mohali
28
11 Mar
Bangladesh vs England
Chittagong
29
12 Mar
India vs South Africa
Nagpur
30
13 Mar
New Zealand vs Canada
Mumbai
31
13 Mar
Australia vs Kenya
Bangalore
32
14 Mar
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Pallekelle
33
14 Mar
Bangladesh vs Netherlands
Chittagong
34
15 Mar
South Africa vs Ireland
Kolkata
35
16 Mar
Australia vs Canada
Bangalore
36
17 Mar
England vs West Indies
Chennai
37
18 Mar
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
Mumbai
38
18 Mar
Ireland vs Netherlands
Kolkata
39
19 Mar
Australia vs Pakistan
Colombo
40
19 Mar
Bangladesh vs South Africa
Dhaka
41
20 Mar
Zimbabwe vs Kenya
Kolkata
42
20 Mar
India vs West Indies
Chennai
43
23 Mar
First Quarterfinal
Dhaka
44
24 Mar
Second Quarterfinal
Colombo
45
25 Mar
Third Quarterfinal
Dhaka
46
26 Mar
Fourth Quarterfinal
Ahmedabad
47
29 Mar
First Semifinal
Colombo
48
30 Mar
Second Semifinal
Mohali
49
02 Apr
FINAL
Mumbai