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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…

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.

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 excell…

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 hi…

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 Sing…

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 f…

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. Vi…

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…

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 Ne…