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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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.