5 talking points from the India-West Indies ODI series

5 talking points from the India-West Indies ODI series

Another bilateral series, another triumph. The Indian Cricket Team has made it a habit of running riot in the shorter formats at home, with Virat Kohli guiding the Indian side to their fifth consecutive ODI series win at home after they defeated West Indies by 9 wickets in the fifth and last ODI.


India vs West Indies: With the series poised 1-1 after three games, the onus was on Captain Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue to lead the charge and trounce their rivals, which is exactly how it panned out in the last two games.

Here are the 5 talking points from the series.

Virat “run-machine” Kohli

Words fall short to describe the enigma that is Virat Kohli. Breaking records by the dozen and leaving no opportunity amiss to rack up runs forms the Indian skipper’s epitaph. He started the series with a bang, scoring three consecutive hundreds en route notching up 10,000 ODI runs. The fact that he moved from 9,000 runs to five digits in just 11 innings, displays the hunger and the passion that has come to define the 29-year-old.

The player will be hopeful of carrying forward his form for the crucial season ahead, that begins with tours to Australia and New Zealand, capping off with the World Cup in June next year.

 

The lack of an effective third seamer and Umesh Yadav’s Woes

Much was expected from Umesh Yadav in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first three games of the series. However, the Vidarbha pacer’s woeful run not only forced the return of the dynamic duo for the last two games but also intensified the pressure on the Indian camp who are still in search for the third seamer, who can bowl economical overs and scalp crucial wickets in the middle.

Umesh finished with figures of 0 for 64 and 1 for 78 in the two games that he played and though he has risen in the Test arena due to his pace, he leaves a lot to be desired in the shorter formats. Khaleel Ahmed’s rise and persistent showings look promising and if he can maintain his composure on the big stage, he might have a huge role to play in England.

 

The questions surrounding Yuzvendra Chahal

Once the go-to player for Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal’s diminishing impact and the rise of Ravindra Jadeja in the same interim has led to question marks over the place of the former. Not only is he proving to be expensive, but the wickets are also hard to come by as well for Chahal. The former chess player has taken 13 wickets in the last 11 ODIs and he has looked a pale shadow of his former self. Even on the field, Chahal is prone to spilling easy chances and with the conditions in all likelihood permitting Kohli to field just two spinners in Australia, New Zealand, and England, it might not be a surprise to see the wrist-spinner warm the benches.

Not only is Jadeja a better fielder, but he also is handy with the willow. Playing Chahal exposes India’s huge tail, which begins at number 7, and which led to the side’s downfall in the third ODI. Hence, unless the player can up the ante in all departments, he might just be a traveler overseas in the coming months.

 

Reliance on the top 3

The Indian batting unit is one of the contrasts. While the top three are at their formidable best, the rest of the batters look clueless and are often guilty of undoing the great foundation that has been laid by Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Kohli. The same was witnessed in the recently-concluded series as well, where a rare failure from the upper order players led to chaos, eventually ending in the rest of the middle order committing harakiri.

The fact that the management has been unable to zero down on the players for the middle order further makes it a weak spot. Though Ambati Rayudu has been successful in the last few games at number four, his prowess in swinging conditions is yet to be seen. With MS Dhoni’s waning form and no finisher in the side, the pressure on the top three is immense.

 

Dhoni’s batting form declines further

The former skipper has dented his reputation even further by amassing only 50 runs from three innings in the series. The player can no longer smash boundaries and sixes at will and is often guilty of consuming deliveries early on in his innings, which nullifies the momentum that had been garnered. The recent episode where he was booed at Lord’s and his inability to rotate the strike in the Asia Cup final only emphasize the dwindling power of the once-mighty cricketer.

He has been dropped from the upcoming T20I series, as calls for his head in the 50-over format are vociferous as well.

RAHUL “The Wall” DRAVID, inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame

RAHUL "The Wall" DRAVID, inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame

Former Team India captain Rahul Dravid has been formally inducted to the ICC Hall of Fame. On Thursday prior to the fifth and final match of the series between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar honored Dravid officially with the ICC memento in a small function just minutes before the match.


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     Gavaskar honoring Rahul Dravid with ICC Hall of Fame (photo: BCCI)

In July, this year ICC announced the names of Rahul Dravid, Australian legend Rickey Ponting and England woman cricketer Claire Taylor as the new addition to the Hall of Fame for their contribution to the world of cricket. Rahul Dravid couldn’t attend the function due to his prior engagement with the India-A side. ‘The Wall’ is the fifth Indian to be awarded the framed cap; the first four being Bishan Singh Bedi, Gavaskar himself in the inaugural year 2009, Kapil Dev in 2010 and Anil Kumble in 2015.

ICC borrowed a list of 55 yesteryear’s players from the Hall of Fame of Federation of International Cricket Players’ Association (FICA) and launched its own honoring legends like W G Grace, Don Bradman, and Richie Benaud among others. It has included 32 more players to that list since then to take the tally to 87. Seven of them are women cricketers including greats like Betty Wilson, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, and Belinda Clark.  ICC laid down strict criteria for the induction into the elite fame league. It is certainly easy to be honored as one of the legends of the board.  The first and foremost condition to be eligible for the Hall of Fame is the absence of a player in any kind of international matches for at least five years. This automatically removes the eligibility of the current greats as they can be considered only after five years of their retirement from International cricket. Apart from this, for each segment ICC has drawn certain selection parameter for the players to be inducted in the club.

For a batsman, it is must to record at least 8000 runs and 20 ODI hundreds in any of the two major formats of the game i.e Test cricket and One Day Internationals or should average 50 in the either. A Bowler must have more than 200 wickets in any one of the formats with strike-rate being 50 and 30 respectively. A wicketkeeper will be qualified with 200 dismissals in both or either format. A captain must have led the team in at least 25 Tests and/or 100 ODIs with a win percentage of 50 percent or more in either or both to be qualified for ICC Hall of Fame. No wonder that most of the cricket legends have already been added to the list with the criteria being so delicate. In case of yesteryear’s players who passed away, their relatives are awarded the memento. The living legends after induction take part in the selection process of the new Hall of Famers.

In his sixteen years of enduring career, Rahul Dravid scored 23,208 international runs for India across formats, including 36 Test and 12 ODI centuries and a total of 146 Fifties. He scored these runs with a test average above 52 and ODI average close to 40. In 2004 He was awarded the ICC player of the year and ICC Test player of the year. He was one of the best slip fielders of all time. He took 210 catches while fielding at slip position which is still a record.

He is currently the coach of India-A and Under 19 team. The juniors are doing extremely well under the guidance of The Wall as shown by their back to back final appearance in 2016 and 2018 Under-19 World Cups. The triumph of India-A in 2018 is one of the most dominating performance by any team in any ICC event. The youngsters from those teams like Rishabh Pant, Khalil Ahmed and Prithvi Shaw who are already making lots of noise in the International cricket for people to take notice are full of praise for their ‘Dravid Sir’.

The massive numbers prove that it was just a matter of time for ICC to recognize Rahul Dravid with this coveted award and add another feather to his cap.

India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

After a one-sided Test series, the India-Windies One Day series is proving to be a close battle. Although the ODI series will be followed by a 3-match T20 series most of the Indian fans have started thinking about the big Australia tour starting in 3 weeks time.


In India’s last Australia tour in 2016, Indians only played the limited over formats. Although they lost the ODI series 1-4, in T20s they whitewashed Australia for the first time in Australia with a 3-0 win.

This time the tour will start with T20s with three T20 Internationals scheduled on 21st, 23rd and 25th November in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney respectively. After a 10 days break the Border Gavaskar Trophy will commence from 6th December with the first test being played at Adelaide followed by second test match at Perth from 13th. Last two test matches will be the traditional Boxing-day and New Year tests at Melbourne and Sydney. The final leg of the tour will include 3 ODIs in 12th, 15th, and 18th January.

The Indian selectors have already announced the squads for the T20 and Test series and it includes quite a few surprises.

The T20 squad was announced for combined Windies and Australia tour and the biggest one is the removal of MS Dhoni from India’s T20 squad. This is the first time MS Dhoni has been dropped from an Indian squad in his 14 years long career. Instead of Dhoni, the selectors have opted for both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, a move described to pick the backup options behind the stumps.

Virat Kohli has opted to play the T20s in Australia and batting gives a familiar look with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul as Top order options. For the middle order, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will shoulder the responsibility along with the wicketkeepers.

Hardik Pandya is still not fit and in his absence, the Allrounder duties are handed to his elder brother Krunal Pandya who is expected to make his debut against the Windies. Krunal is also part of the Four member Spin attack for Australia which includes Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar. Bumrah will lead the pack of fast bowlers with support from Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and impressive new boy Khaleel Ahmed.

The 18 members Indian Test squad has a more stable look. Based on his experience Murali Vijay earned a call-up to support KL Rahul and the amazing Prithvi Shaw as the third opener option. Shikhar Dhawan was not so lucky neither is Mayank Agarwal, who despite the bucketful of runs in domestic cricket could not make the cut. With the regular troika of Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane in the middle order, the backup choices are Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma who also returns in the squad after missing the England tour due to his horrible show in South Africa at the beginning of the year. One should feel bad for Karun Nair who remained out of the squad after being part of the touring Indian side in England without playing a single game. Maybe Vihari’s off-spin bowling played a role in selectors going for him.

As Wriddhiman Saha’s long injury lay-off continues, Parthiv Patel earns another call-up as back up to Rishabh Pant and can also be another potential option in the top. Bowling looks more settled with all the regulars present in both Pace and Spin department. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav will provide spin options of different variety. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will lead the seam bowling options with support from Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Bhubaneshwar.

Australia just finished a winless series against Pakistan and with Steve Smith and David Warner still out due to the ball-tampering bans it will be a great opportunity for India to prove their supremacy in all formats and get their first Test series to win in Australian soil.

Top 5 Teen Cricket sensations of Indian Cricket

Top 5 Teen Cricket sensations of Indian Cricket

Indian cricket has witnessed the rise of Prithvi Shaw slowly and steadily. He is undoubtedly one of the most sensational teenage cricketers Indian cricket has ever produced. But he is certainly not the only one! There have been many since ages. Let’s have a look at the five top teen cricket sensations of Indian Cricket.


Prithvi Shaw

 

From very young age Prithvi shaw was in the news of Indian cricket circuit due to his innings of 546 runs in a Harris Shield Elite division match for his school Rizvi Springfield High School. It was 2013, and in last five years, Prithvi has made a steady journey towards the coveted India Test cap. After proving his metal in various age group tournaments he wrote his names in the record book in the 2017-2018 season by registering hundreds in both his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts. In early 2018 he led India under-19 team to their 4th World Cup, arguably the most dominating of the four.

Consistent performances took Shaw closer to India cap when he was included in the squad midway of the Test series against England. He finally made his debut against West Indies in Rajkot and celebrated the occasion with a brilliant attacking century and became the youngest batsman (18 years 329 days) to make a Test century on debut for India. He played two more useful innings in the second Test and ended the series with a Man of the Series award and a Test average of 118.5.

Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel became the youngest ever Test wicketkeeper at the age of 17 years and 153 days when he made his debut against England. It was a golden opportunity for Parthiv for lack of suitable wicket keeping options for India. After trying few like Sameer Dighe and Ajay Ratra, it was Parthiv who made it to the national side. Unfortunately, Parthiv failed to impress in the few chances he got. He was selected in the Indian team for 2003 world cup but didn’t play any match. Rahul Dravid was preferred as the Wicketkeeper in One day team and his poor wicket keeping made him lose his place in Test matches. Meanwhile, by the time he could make a strong comeback, Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni entered to steal the show.

He continued his domestic cricket career for Gujrat and also played in IPL. With a decent domestic cricket career and consistency, he got calls from international side time to time as a replacement. Thus Parthiv has an irregular career with gaps in between. In 2016 when Wriddhiman Saha got a strain, Parthiv was called up and ended up playing a Test match after missing 83 Test matches.

Sachin Tendulkar

At an age of 16 years and 205 days, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in Karachi against Pakistan in 1989. Thus he became the youngest Indian to play Test cricket. During his debut Test, he was hit by Waqar Younis on the nose but continued to bat bravely. His first Test hundred came at the age of 17 that literally saved Old Trafford Test. In 2000 he became the first batsman in the history to score 50 international hundreds.

Don Bradman was elated to compare himself with this right-handed Indian sensation. At the time of retirement, Tendulkar got 15,921 Test runs, 18,426 One day runs with 51 Test and 49 One day centuries. He continued to prove his worth till the end of his career. At the age of 36, he became the first male cricketer to score a double hundred in One-day internationals. He played his last and 200th Test in 2013 and ended a golden era of cricket.

L Shivaramakrishnan

Laxman Shivaramakrishnan is arguably the most sensational debutant of Indian cricket. He became a sensation overnight when he took 7 for 28 in his Ranji Trophy debut against Delhi in 1981. No wonder he was selected for the national team in no time for Pakistan tour of 1982. He played his first Test match at the age of 17 years and 118 days against West Indies. In 1984 he took 12 for 181 against England which leads to an Indian victory. He took 23 wickets in that series to be recognized as the man of the series. He made a significant contribution in India’s triumph in World Championship in Australia in 1985.

He was expected to create magic with his leg spin and win matches for India amidst all kinds of odds and obstacles. But the reality turned out to be different and bitter as the young lad lost his grip and control. He did almost nothing in upcoming series and lost all the glory he earned. He made a comeback in 1987 world cup squad but failed to do well. Tamil Nadu state team also dropped him after their Ranji trophy victory in 1987. The ‘boy wizard’ was desperate to try his luck again and again; unfortunately, he could not recreate the magic ever that he is remembered for.

Vijay Mehra

Vijay Mehra is probably the least significant name in this league if we compare with numbers. But he began as the fifth youngest Test debutant in the history of cricket; and the youngest Indian Test cricketer in 1955. At the age of 17 years 265 days Vijay made his debut against New Zealand in Bombay. He couldn’t impress much in initial days and was dropped from the side. He got his Test cap after playing only 6 first-class matches. It was probably too early to bring him to the international scene. After six years he made a comeback in Calcutta against England in 1961 and scored 62 before he injured himself. After a decent comeback against England, he was called for West Indies tour as well. After two years Vijay Mehra was recalled but ended his career with poor performance.

Let’s not forget some of the big teenage sensations of Indian cricket like  Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Maninder Singh and Chethan Sharma who all made their debut in their teens with varying level of success.

7 things you need to know about the 30yo Debutant Ajaz Patel

The ongoing series between Pakistan and New Zealand has been witness to a handful of new faces and the absence of a few regulars. Amongst the freshest of faces are some slightly experienced men, at least age wise. But without any international experience. We’re talking about New Zealand’s new coach Gary Stead and Ish Sodhi’s spinner companion Ajaz Patel. The 30-year-old Ajaz Patel made his first international appearance today, against Pakistan in the 1st T20 International. Here are the 5 things we need to know about him:

 

 

  1. The newest addition to the Blackcaps side, Ajaz Patel, was born in Mumbai. He’s the fifth Indian born cricketer to play international cricket for New Zealand. The other four in this list are Ted Badcock, Tom Puna, Ish Sodhi, and Jeet Raval.

 

  1. He plays domestic Cricket for Central districts and earned a contract with them for the 2018-19 season in June 2018. 

 

  1. He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2017-18 Plunket Shield season with 48 dismissals. He played a total of nine matches in the latest season of the domestic league at a commendable average of 21.52 and paved the way for the Stags winning the title. Patel was therefore named the Domestic Player of the Year in that season.

 

  1. In July 2018, Patel was named in the Test squad for the series against Pakistan in UAE later this year. He was 29 years old when he got a Test call-up. He was named in the squad as a replacement for Micthell Santner who is under recovery from a knee injury that had forced him to miss the IPL. Given to the spin-friendly conditions in UAE, Ajaz will likely make his debut in the series against Pakistan.

 

  1. Following that, just three days prior to the commencement of the T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand the latter named the last two additions to the squad for the limited overs. Glenn Philips and Corey Anderson earned a spot each in the T20I squad. Ajaz Patel was named in the T20 International squad as the second spinner to Ish Sodhi. 

 

  1. Patel picked 4 for 57 off 8.5 overs overall in the three recently-concluded T20s between Pakistan A and New Zealand A, helping the latter winning the series 2-1. He averaged 14.25 and had an economy rate of 6.45 in doing the same.

 

  1. Ajaz made his international debut for New Zealand in the first T20I against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. He bagged his first international wicket, on debut, in the form of Sahibzada Farhan. With that dismissal, he became the 13th left-arm spinner to take a T20 International wicket on debut after reaching the age of 30.

New Zealand tour of Pakistan 1st T20I: Probable XI for both teams

New Zealand is set to make its comeback into international cricket after a long hiatus of 8 months. The New Zealand tour of Pakistan commences today October 31, 2018. The two teams will face each other in three T20Is followed by three ODIs and three Tests. 

 

The first of the three T20Is is scheduled today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. 

 

 

The Teams:

 

The Pakistan team recently defeated Australia 3-0 in a T20I series under captain Sarfraz Ahmed. They’ve consecutively won 10 T20I series and have built a rare hold around it. Defeating the number one ranked team in T20Is was like icing on the cake. Injured Fakhar Zaman did not make it to the squad. 

Pakistan:  Babar Azam, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan

 

 

Players to look out for:

Babar Azam has been the best player for Pakistan in this format this year. Newly turned the father of a baby boy, Shoaib Malik will lead the middle order along with Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim. The bowlers to look out for are Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Usman Khan, given to the conditions in UAE. 

 

 

The Blackcaps will be playing without their best limited-overs batsmen Martin Guptill. Mike Hesson isn’t their coach anymore. Gary Stead got the role a few months after New Zealand had made their last international appearance. All-rounder Corey Anderson will make his comeback and Glenn Philips will open the batting, besides keeping wickets, in Guptill’s absence. 

New Zealand: Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wicketkeeper), Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Mark Chapman, Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel, Lockie Ferguson

 

 

Players to look out for: 

Colin Munro, who had a very good season in the T20 leagues has set his eyes on the World Cup. Kane Williamson had a very good season at the IPL this year. With Corey Anderson making a comeback, the middle order will be taken care of. As per the bowling, the good old Tim Southee will lead the attack and along with him, Milne’s pace could do the magic for New Zealand.

Schedule for T20Is: 

Time: 9:30 PM(on all days)

 
1st T20I October 31: Pakistan vs New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
2nd T20I November 02: Pakistan vs New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
3rd T20I November 04: Pakistan vs New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Indian Women’s Cricket Squad: Twenty20 World Cup, 2018

Indian Women's Cricket Squad: Twenty-20 World Cup, 2018

Harmanpreet Kaur led Indian Women’s cricket team is all set for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup in November 2018. The BCCI announced a 15-member squad for the tournament to be held in The West Indies from November 9 to 24.

The team is a blend of experience and young talents. Mithali Raj will continue to shower experience whereas the experienced Shikha Pandey has been eliminated from the squad due to the poor performance in ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017. With Harmanpreet leading the team first time in an ICC event, Smriti Mandhana will be her support system as vice-captain. Jemimah Rodrigues and Tanya Bhatia have been included in the squad after their performance in recent Sri Lanka tour where the Indian team sealed the series with massive triumph.  The selectors have shown faith on the youngsters like Mansi Joshi and Arundhati Reddy whereas Pooja Vastarkar is all set to make her international comeback. She was out of the challenger’s trophy and Sri Lanka tour following her ankle injury.

Mithali, Smriti, and Harman will be the mainstays of the batting with Smriti to provide the early push. Mithali is in brilliant form as always and shown with her 61 ball 105 for India-A recently. Harman and Pooja are expected to provide the finishing touches.

With Poonam Yadav leading the spinning attack and Deepti Sharma in the squad, India can be assured of that segment. They have been impressive lately and produced some magical spells. The left arm spinners Ekta Bisht and Radha Yadav will be expected to supportive whereas Anuja Patil’s consistency will be the strength for the team. But Indian team will surely miss the veteran Jhulan Goswami in their bowling department as Jhulan recently took retirement from the Twenty20 format.

The Indian team will share a place in Group B with New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, and Ireland and will play all the group matches at Guyana.

The first match of the tournament is set to be held on 9th November where the eves from India will face the white ferns from New Zealand. India will play a match each against their group members. Group A comprises Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and England. The top two from each group will have the face off in the semi-final matches.

Last Twenty20 world cup was a disappointment for the Indian team as they got eliminated in the group stage. The Caribbean condition is kind of similar to Asian one which will be a plus for the women in blue. The recent performances of team India have also been impressive in limited over matches. If they can continue to maintain the form, it will not be tough for them to reach the top four. Although defeating Australia and New Zealand in group stage can be troublesome for India.

India Women’s squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.

Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is in news again. This former Indian bowler is a participant in the latest edition of much controversial show Bigg Boss and is being anything but loved by the other contestants.


Sreesanth had already enough reasons to be disliked by the fans for his past and now he is adding some more to that. People from various fields come to the show to regain popularity or to change the image and here Sreesanth is becoming famous for all the negative reasons. One of his roommates termed him as enemy whereas he is being criticized for showing the least sportsman spirit in the house.

Sreesanth was banned by BCCI in 2013 for spot-fixing during IPL.  Post that, he tried to make a comeback through the entertainment industry. Apart from few films, he was also seen in Jhalak Dikhla Ja before Bigg Boss.

Although Bigg Boss 12 has not been very effective for Sreesanth as of now, there was a time when this former cricketer used to win matches for India and was loved by the fans. Few of his iconic performances are still remembered by them.

The Test vs South Africa, 8 wickets by Sreesanth

When Rahul Dravid led Indian team finally won a test match on the South African soil in 2006, Sreesanth became the man of the match with his massive contribution. The match drew huge media attention not just for the ill record of the Indian team, but also for Sourav Ganguly who was making a comeback after a gap of 10 months.

Indian team scored 249 in the first innings which included Ganguly’s 51 and made his comeback worth remembering for fans. The score wasn’t enough to defend the South African side consisting of Smith, Amla, Kallis, and AB de Villers but the Indian side bowled in a splendid way to restrict them for just 84 runs. Sreesanth took 5 for 40 with Zaheer and Kumble each taking 2 wickets. India came to bat again and with Laxman’s 73 put a score of 236 with South Africa already trailing behind by 165 runs. In the second innings, Anil Kumble led the show with Sreesanth and each of them took 3 wickets. South Africa was all out for 278 and India won that historic match by 123 runs.

Sreesanth played his first test in 2006 in Nagpur against England and took 4 wickets in debut match. The performance in South Africa test showed his consistency and temperament. The aggressive bowler showed calm whenever he was on the crease, unlike his off-field image. He had an interaction with Allan Donald before the South Africa tour which helped him to deliver that magical spell. He played 27 test matches and 53 ODIs with 37.59 and 33.44 averages respectively.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that he was here to stay but he lost it all for himself. We can certainly hope for his sanity in the show so that he doesn’t make it worse for his fans.

TEN AMAZING FACTS OF WOMEN’S CRICKET

TEN AMAZING FACTS OF WOMEN’S CRICKET

The popularity of Women’s cricket is almost nonexistent compared to the men’s format. Still, the rich history of women’s cricket has recorded many significant moments since 1745. Let’s sum up some of the best moments of the women’s cricket ahead of the Twenty-20 world cup in November 2018.


1. Women’s First Test

Although the Women’s game has just started to gain popularity in recent years the history of Women’s test match goes back to 84 years with the first test match being played on December 1934 between England and Australia in Brisbane. To put into perspective, it was just two years after India’s test debut and the infamous Bodyline series between the same countries. New Zealand joined the party next year and for the first 25 years, only these three teams were there. South Africa was the next team to start playing in 1960. India played their first test in 1976.

 

2. Women’s First World Cup

Women’s cricket may lack popularity compared to men’s one but women’s cricket history can easily give men’s version a tough competition. Women’s world cup was first played in 1973, a couple of years before the men’s event in 1975. With Seven teams from England, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, an International XI and a Young England side participating in the event, England came out as the debutant winner. England won five of its games, losing only to New Zealand in a rain-affected match. The tournament was played in a round robin format where each team playing against others once with the highest point holder declared as the winner.

 

3. First 100 and 10 – Wicket Haul

Betty Wilson from Australia was the first ever cricketer, male or female to score a hundred and take ten wickets in the same test match in her final series in 1958 against England. She took 7 for 7 in the first inning that was incidentally the first hat-trick in women’s test cricket. Her batting performance wasn’t up to the mark in the first inning and she scored only 12 runs. But in second inning she scored exactly a hundred run and also took four wickets (4/9 in 19 overs) setting the record of best bowling figure of 11/19. Her records were broken by Shaiza Khan from Pakistan in 2004.

 

4. First 200 in ODI

Search Google with ‘First 200 in ODI’, most of the results will show Sachin Tendulkar’s name. But the fact is the first One Day International double century was hit thirteen years before Sachin Tendulkar did it in 2010 as the first male cricketer. Belinda Clarke scored first ever double hundred in the history of one day cricket during 1997 world cup in Mumbai. The then captain of Australian Women’s Cricket Team smashed an unbeaten 229 runs off 155 balls against Denmark. Recently Amelia Kerr from New Zealand broke the record of Belinda after twenty-one years and became the highest ODI scorer in women’s cricket.

 

5. Elizabeth and Rose Signal – The First Twins

New Zealand Women’s tour of England in 1984 the test cricket saw the appearance of the first twins of cricket. Elizabeth and Rose Signal, born 4 May 1962, became the first twins to feature in a Test match together, seven years before the Waugh brothers (Mark and Steve) played test cricket together in 1991. Both of the sisters were an all-rounder. Rose couldn’t perform well in the first test match at Headingley and never played another test. Elizabeth didn’t get a chance to bat in the first innings and scored just one in the second and didn’t pick up any wickets. She continued to playtest and ODIs where Rose later made a decent come back in one day format.

 

6. Mithali Raj – The Girl with Records

Often regarded as one of the greatest batswomen to have ever played the game, she is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in women’s ODIs. She is the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs. In June 2018 during the 2018 Women’s Asia Cup, Mithali Raj became the first player from India ( male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20Is and also set the milestone for becoming the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 T20I runs. Mithali is still the youngest to score a hundred in women’s ODIs. She Played 109 consecutive matches between 2004 and 2013 which is the longest streak for any player in women’s ODIs. She scored seven fifties on the trot this year — the most any player has ever scored in consecutive innings in this format.

 

7. Highest Individual Test Score

In 2004 Pakistan played a home series consisting of one test match against West Indies. Kiran Baluch scored 242 runs in the first innings of the match which is the highest test match individual score in women’s cricket till date. Her knock of 242 is also the highest ever test innings by an opening batswoman in test innings. She also achieved her career-best Test bowling performance in the same test match when she took 2 wickets for 41 runs in the third innings.

 

8. Amelia Kerr

Amelia Kerr from New Zealand is arguably one of the best all-rounders that the cricket world has ever produced with many ‘firsts’ in her name.  On 13th June of this year, she scored 232 runs against Ireland and became the highest scorer in women’s limited over cricket surpassing Belinda Clark’s 229 against Denmark in Mumbai during 1997 Women’s World Cup. This is only the 9th Double century in limited over cricket, combined men and women’s game and 3rd highest behind Rohit Sharma’s 264 and Martin Guptill’s 237. During this innings Amelia also became the youngest player to score a double century in any format of both men and women, beating the long-standing record of Javed Miandad, who scored a double century at 19 years 140 days. On the same day, she took 5 wickets for just 17 runs and showed why she should be regarded as a player with the utmost potential.

 

9. Women’s Last Test Match

Women’s cricket has probably started to attract the audience recently in limited over matches but for test cricket, the situation isn’t even close to the same. ICC has certainly decided to end the women’s cricket marking it as ‘commercially unviable’.  The ICC committee consisting of Shubhangi Kulkarni, Belinda Clark and Betty Timmer gave a final nod to a proposal made in June earlier this year regarding scrapping the women’s test cricket. So sadly we have probably seen the last women’s test cricket in November 2017 between England and Australia.

 

10. Ireland Women’s Cricket Team- Undefeated in Test

Ireland women’s cricket team made their one day debut in 1987 and was considered to be a top team during 90’s and early 2000’s. It played its first and only test match till date in 2000 and defeated Pakistan. In the current scenario, it can easily be said that Ireland will not play anymore test match which means Ireland women’s cricket team has the hundred percent success rates in test cricket. Interestingly Ireland men’s cricket team played their first test match in this year against Pakistan and lost the match.

7 Most Beautiful Cricket Stadiums in the World

7 Most Beautiful Cricket Stadiums in the World

Cricket Stadiums are important because only a perfect ambiance makes even a dull match enjoyable!


There are numbers of cricket stadiums around the world. Some are famous for their seating capacity, some for the crazy fans and some for simply the aesthetic beauty! The perfect cricket stadiums provide the appropriate vibe and make the experience worth remembering. Here we have listed seven most beautiful cricket stadiums that are famous for their serenity, beauty, and aura.

 

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground

Adelaide Oval remains one of the perfect cricket venues despite renovations and developments. Surrounded by gardens, situated near river Torrens with the backdrop of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide has the ideal environment to watch cricket. With a capacity of 55,000, it stands strong as one of the oldest cricket venues in the world. Since 1873 Adelaide has been an integral part of the Cricket World. The age-old scoreboard at Adelaide has witnessed it all. The ground has also been host to other games like football, rugby, tennis etc.

 

 

Galle Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka

Galle Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka

This spin friendly cricket ground in South Sri Lanka gives a stunning view of the historical Dutch fort and the Indian Ocean on the two sides of the stadium. The blending of nature and history is what makes Galle Cricket Stadium is one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. It began as a race course in 1876 and was officially declared a cricket stadium in 1927. The ground was devastated by a Tsunami in 2004 and became a shelter for a lot of homeless people. The renovations and reconstructions have not been completed yet. But we hope that this lucky ground of Sri Lanka Cricket Team regains its charm soon.

 

 

Newlands Cricket Ground, Capetown

Newlands Cricket Ground, Capetown

Newlands Cricket Ground in Capetown, South Africa is regarded as one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. With a seating capacity of 25000 people, the ground is famous for its breathtaking view of Table Mountain and devil’s peak in the setting. The ground has witnessed almost every cricketing hero in action since 1988. It hosted first test match in 1989 between England and South Africa. The pitch here is spin friendly which is a rare scenario in South Africa.

 

Arnos Vale Cricket Ground

Arnos Vale Cricket Ground

This is one of the youngest grounds in the Caribbean and is situated at the seashore. With a seating capacity of 18000 people, this ground is famous for its splendid natural beauty. The milieu of the stadium looks stunning with the visual of the Caribbean Sea and stretch of Grenadines Island. Arnos Vale hosted quite a few international matches since 1981 with last one being held in 2014.

 

 

Queenstown Events Centre

Queenstown Events Centre

Located at the foot of The Remarkable mountain range, Queenstown Events Centre is a multipurpose activity centre. It is situated in the countryside of New Zealand. The hilly background with the nearby Lake Wakatipu and surrounding farmlands make the whole visual more serene. It hosted its first international match in 2003. The location being close to the international airport’s runway is an added advantage for the spectators. This offers an amazing view of aircraft taking off and landing from the stadium.

 

 

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Situated at an altitude of 1317 meters above sea level, with a capacity of 23,000 people, Dharamsala cricket stadium is famous for its scenic beauty. It is located in Kangra Valley and operated by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. The Dhauladhar range adds serenity to the backdrop of the stadium. It was built in 2003 and since then it has been the set for many domestic encounters. In 2013 it hosted its first ODI in January 2013, between India and England, despite bad weather. This is the first ground in India to have used rye grass in outfields that prevent the grass dying in temperature below ten degrees.

 

 

Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is famous for its maintenance. The specialty of the ground is its lighting called ‘ring of fire’. They are fixed around the circumference of the rood and placed in a way that minimizes the shadows of the object in the ground. With a capacity of 25000 people, the ground hosted the first international match in 2009. The systematic and well-planned ground creates a perfect ambiance for cricket.