Ponting To Join Australian Crikcet Team As Assistant Coach

Ponting To Join Australian Crikcet Team As Assistant Coach

Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia’s coaching staff for the World Cup in England this year. He will be working alongside coach Justin Langer as an assistant coach during Australia’s quest for sixth World Cup Title.

According to interim High-Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark,

“With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus at the number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.” He added, “Ricky will assist Justin across a number of key areas including strategy and game-plan, but he will also work closely with and mentor the batting group as they prepare for the English conditions.”


Under Ponting, Australia won the World Cup twice in 2003 and 2007. he was also a part of the World Cup winning squad in 1999. The coach, Justin Langer believes his expertise will be helpful for Australia to defend the title.

“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title,” Langer said in a statement. 

Ponting previously worked short-term with Australia’s ODI and Twenty20 squads.

He said, “I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams, but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.” He showed his confidence in the Aussie squad and said, “I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team.”

On the other hand, David Saker resigned as Australia’s fast-bowling coach with immediate effect. Troy Cooley will serve a temporary bowling coach on upcoming limited-overs tours of India and the UAE. According to reports, Aussie legend Jason Gillespie is the most probable name for Australia’s long-term bowling coach position. 

Regarding Ponting’s appointment, Belinda Clark mentioned,

“This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes.”

The 34-year old will be coaching the newly named Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League in April and May before joining Australia’s squad. Australia’s World Cup campaign will start on June 1 with their first encounter against Afghanistan in Bristol.

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When Australia Won Their First Cricket World Cup

When Australia Won Their First Cricket World Cup

Australia has been the undisputed champion in the world of cricket for decades. Be it male, or female cricket Australia has proved themselves always. On this day Australian women’s cricket team won the very first cricket world cup, male or female. 

The first women’s world cup was held in 1973, two years before the version of male counterpart began. The next was scheduled to be held in 1978 but women’s cricket was going through serious financial trouble. Following that West Indies and Holland withdrew their names from the world cup just before the announcement of tournament dates. So finally it was a clash among four teams- Australia, New Zealand, England the previous champion and India the debutant. Only India had some sort of chance of pulling audience for the women’s world cup and hence India was declared to be the host of the tournament.

Also Read: Why The Ashes are seen as Cricket war 

Due to a very few numbers of teams, the tournament was decided to be played in a round robin format without a final where each team meets all the contestants and winner is chosen based on the numbers without a final, unlike elimination format. However, the last match played between the two strongest teams, England Women and Australia Women.

Margaret Jennings (Image; www.cricketcounty.com)

Australia Women began their journey in an easy win over New Zealand. Wendy Hills helped Aussie to set a target of 177 and bowlers like Sharon Tredrea and Raelee Thomson defended the total very well and the Kiwis could only score 111 for 8. The host on the same day began their journey of women’s world cup began in a very unfortunate way against the defending champion.

Australia continued their victorious journey throughout the tournament and Sharon Tredea delivered with bat also against India and Peta Vecro with a brilliant bowling figure of 9-3-9-3 bundled India for just 79. Elsewhere on the same day England thrashed New Zealand and won easily by 7 wickets with 57 balls remaining.

As expected the finalists from the previous season were scheduled to meet on 13th January 1978 in the second women’s cricket world cup final. Electing to bat first England Women produced a miserable performance against the yellow women. Sharon was on fire. Her 4 wicket spell with assistance from Verco in no time made England crawl at 28 for 6. Only Thomas and Watmough could add a meticulously slow 21 for the second wicket. Thomas was joined by Shirley Hodges, the wicketkeeper and the two added another 22 for the seventh wicket. Hodges and Glynis Hullah survived till the last ball to put on a score of 96-8 for 50 Overs.

Despite that easy target, Australia were soon on 6 for 2. Thanks to Hullah for quickly sending Lorraine Hill and Hills back to the pavilion. The Aussies were in a tough situation but it was still under control. Janette Tredrea, sister of Sharon and the skipper Margaret Jennings approached the target with absolute calm. They were in no hurry. The goal was not to lose wickets anymore. Both remained unbeaten, Jennings on 57 and Janette on 37; and won the first ever world cup by 8 wickets for Australia, male or female.

England began their world cup journey in 1978 with a bit of controversy. Rachel Heyhoe- Flint, arguably the first great female cricket was dropped from the England squad. It had been rumored that her popularity wasn’t going well with the administration. Once they lost it in 1978, it took another 16 years for England to win it in 1993. For Australia, it was just the beginning of their dominance in the world of cricket. They went on to win the women’s version for three consecutive times starting from 1978 and eventually became the most successful team with 6 world cups.

Injured Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Adelaide Test

Injured Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Adelaide Test


⚬ The 19-year-old Indian opener Prithvi Shaw suffered a major injury in his ankle during a tour match vs CA XI

⚬ The ligament injury has ruled him out of the first Test at Adelaide which starts on December 6

⚬ This leaves India with a quandary over the opening position

The Board of Cricket Control India has confirmed that young gun Prithvi Shaw has incurred a lateral ligament injury during a tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The first of the four-match Test series is scheduled to be played at the Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2018. And Prithvi Shaw won’t feature in it due to his major ankle injury. Injured Prithvi shaw was carried out of the ground immediately after the attempted catch twisted his ankle. He was taken to the hospital and later came out with a fully strapped ankle and walking with the support of crutches. His condition doesn’t seem good enough even for the second Test which is just a little more than two weeks away.


Updates from BCCI on Twitter:

Shaw was fielding on the deep mid-wicket area on the third day of the tour game. He caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the boundary line. Incidentally, he twisted his left ankle while landing. He seemed to be in a lot of pain as the India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. Shaw was carried off the field immediately and taken for scans in the nearest hospital.

Shaw looked in good form as he hit a smooth 66 in the ongoing practice match vs the CA XI, at the SCG. Perhaps, Shaw was certain to open the batting for India. The 19-year-old was a sure shot for the first Test, but India has been a little worried about the other opening spot. The Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealed yesterday that one opening spot was decided to be given to the teenager. The other opening spot and the No.6 position are still open. KL Rahul is the obligatory option for the second opener but has been underperforming this year. He averages 24.70 in 2018, with just two scores above fifty in 18 Test innings.

Competing for Rahul’s spot is veteran Murali Vijay, who had a forgettable England tour earlier this year. Rohit Sharma has never opened in the 25 Test innings that he has played till date, although he averages 58.18 batting at Position 6. India haven’t announced a squad replacement for the injured Prithvi Shaw yet. But it seems likely that they might go for Mayank Aggarwal or even Shikhar Dhawan.


Fixture: First Domain Test, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia vs India at The Adelaide Oval on December 6 (10.30 AM Local Time/ 5.30 AM IST)

5 things to know about Australia’s best ever all-rounder Keith Miller

Keith Miller

Australia’s Keith Ross Miller was born in Sunrise, Victoria on November 28, 1919. He would have been 99 years old today. Known as “Nugget” and claimed to be Cricket’s “Golden boy” by an English journalist, Keith Miller was one of the most charismatic cricketers ever. 

Tall, lithe and handsome, Keith Miller was a popular face and probably Cricket’s first pin-up. During his late teenage years he was already a jockey, give to his good looks. After retirement, he took to the press box to elongate his association with Cricket. He played the “Victory Tests” in England after World War II and was a part of Don Bradman’s “Invincible” Australian side.


Service during the war and back injury

Soon after Keith Miller made his debut for Victoria, his cricketing career was interrupted by World World II. He went to England and served as a night fighter pilot. He picked up a back injury there which made him almost handicapped and it made him suffer for years down the line. 


Miller’s outlook towards Test Cricket during the post-war era

A war-time hero and a brilliant all-rounder during the post-war era, Keith Miller soon made it to the forefront of the cricket scene. A spot for him in the Australian Test side was inevitable. Captain Don Bradman discerned his fast-bowling abilities accurately as he let him open the bowling with Ray Lindwall. He was a natural hard-hitter and was allowed bat in the top order. Many say that the war had changed him. And even though he was amazing as a Cricketer he wasn’t too competitive. 


Keith Miller’s Ashes Debut

Keith Miller made his Ashes debut at the Gabba in the year 1946. Test Cricket had marked its comeback after nine years in Australia. Miller claimed nine wickets in the first match at Brisbane. Australia had won the series 3–0 wherein Miller scored 384 runs at 76.80 and bagged 16 wickets at 20.88.


Keith Miller’s relationship with his captain Don Bradman

Keith Miller and Don Bradman exhibited sheer contrast in characters. Miller was never ruthless in his approach as a cricketer whereas Bradman was absolutely competitive. Miller’s sporadic stints of throwing away his wicket and not bowling too hard to his opponents often enraged his captain. the relationship had soured up so much that even after Bradman’s retirement he made sure Keith Miller was not made captain.


Keith Miller life outside of Cricket

Keith Miller was unpredictable in and outside the Cricket field. His contrast in choices was highlighted by the fact that he was both a fan of classical music and loved gambling. He married Margaret “Peggie” Wagener who he met during the war years and had four sons from that marriage. He later divorced his wife in 2002 and remarried after she passed away in 2003. He spent his last years on a wheelchair.

The aura of Birthday Boy Adam Gilchrist

The aura of Birthday Boy Adam Gilchrist

It would not be a hyperbole to state that Adam Gilchrist was the most thrilling cricketer to have ever graced the game.

Playing Cricket with freedom and ferocity, the presence of Gilchrist on the field often took us back to the heydays of Sir Garfield Sobers, which only further stamps the aura of the Aussie in the cricketing realm. More than the number of runs he scored or the stumpings he effected, the ruthless manner with which he achieved cricketing glory left a lasting impression. He changed the complexion of the game and rewrote how the world viewed wicket-keepers henceforth.

After the 1980s saw a peak in the form of cricket’s all-rounders, the new millennium was defined by wicket-keeper batsmen like Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara, Mark Boucher, and MS Dhoni. However, none of these greats managed to catch the eye of the followers with the panache that the left-hander from New South Wales exhibited. Whether it was scoring runs at a rapid rate or smashing towering sixes in a format where sixes were hardly the norm, Gilchrist left behind a legacy that left spectators and critics spell-bound and inspired.

Be it his 57-ball ton at Perth against England in 2007 or his phenomenal knock in the 2007 World Cup finals, where he raced away to 149 against Sri Lanka, his vintage stroke-making, the delectable class and the assured calmness were hard to miss and as he overhauled Ian Healy’s 395 dismissals as a keeper in 26 fewer matches, his breathtaking presence could in no way be overlooked. Playing 96 consecutive Test matches in an era where tight schedules and injuries prevailed, further made Gilchrist a phenomenon; a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer we were privileged to witness.

Gilchrist was a maverick; a magician who could delight us with the innumerable tricks up his sleeve. He was not only a special cricketer but also a thorough gentleman in a flock of uncouth individuals led by Ricky Ponting. In a culture where every umpire’s decision was questioned, the keeper started his own unique legacy of walking even before the umpire had announced his final decision. As the Indians, who were disgusted by the behaviour of the Australian players, converged as one in the controversial series in 2008 to hand Gilchrist an ovation for his services to cricket in his last Test at Adelaide, one could witness the respect that the cricketer had garnered, despite rising up from a culture where adulation for the opponent was looked down upon.

By realizing the importance of leaving the game of cricket in a better shape than he had found it, Gilchrist stood tall, questioning the snobbish attitude and the siege mentality that players around him were engulfed him. However, instead of ensuring that cricket pervaded the nonchalance, the sport has only managed to down-spiral ever since, and with the Australian cricket circuit reeling, cries for yet another Gilchrist, who would salvage cricket Down Under, has reached a crescendo.

Thus, more than his on-field demeanor – which are no less applaud-worthy, it is Gilchrist’s attitude towards the sport that won millions of fans. And for that, cricket will always be thankful.

Top 5 Wicket Keepers in Cricket History

Top 5 Wicket Keepers

Wicket keeping in cricket is a challenging role. A good wicket keeper has to be a mind reader with a lightning speed behind the stumps.

The role of wicket keeper has gone through a lot of changes. Nowadays keeping can’t be the only skill to be considered for team selection. A keeper has to be a moderate batter now. Wicket Keeper batsman is what every team looks for. This certainly gives a balance making the role more challenging for the keepers. Cricket world has seen numerous outstanding wicket keepers. We have created a list of five best of the lot.

Mark Boucher

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Mark Boucher (Photo: AP)

Mark Boucher still tops the wicket keeper dismissal list with the highest number of dismissals despite his retirement in 2012. He had in store 998 dismissals in 467 matches when he was badly injured during a practice session and his eye got affected. He could have been the first wicket keeper in the history of cricket to touch the magical number of 1000 in terms of dismissals. In his initial days of cricket career, although he made headlines against Pakistan when he accounted for 9 dismissals as a very young lad, he had tough phase too. He couldn’t read the swinging ball in his starting days. He worked hard on it and went on to become one of the best keepers in the history of cricket. This keeper batter of South Africa always supported the team with quick knocks of 30-40; he scored 5,515 runs in 147 Test matches and 4,686 in 295 ODIs.


Adam Gilchrist

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Adam Gilchrist (Photo: Getty Images)

Adam Gilchrist is arguably the best wicket keeper batsman of all time. He gave the role of wicket keeper- batsman a whole new dimension with his attacking stroke play. What made his keeping role tougher than others that he had to show his skill against Shane Warne, the spin machine. With McGrath, Gilchrist shared a wonderful relationship and the duo achieved 90 dismissals together. He kept wickets for consecutive 96 test matches between 1999 and 2008. This left-handed batter was one of the strongest pillars of his team for more than a decade. He was part of three World Cup victories for Australia between 1996 and 2007 with a match-winning stroke of 149 runs in 2007 World Cup final. During his time span, Australia reached the peak of success and Gilchrist consistently contributed in that. He affected a total 905 numbers of dismissals in 396 international appearances. With the bat, Gilchrist scored 5570 in 96 test and 9619 in 287 ODIs.

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni (Photo: AP)

It was a regular day at practice when the coach asked Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep wickets. He wasn’t into cricket, his first love was football and he was a goal keeper in school. It is wicket keeping that helped him to make him to the national team. Dhoni kept on improving since the first day. His fabulous keeping is the reason why Parthiv Patel didn’t find a stable place, despite being a senior to Dhoni. The lightning fast stumping skill is what Dhoni excels at. Within a blink, he stumps in one swift motion. Dhoni became the first keeper to stump 100 times in ODIs in the history of the game. Since he has retired from test cricket he will probably not be able to cross Mark Boucher from South Africa and achieve 1000 dismissals. But MS Dhoni has affected 186 stumping which is the highest till date. In total Dhoni has achieved 806 dismissals in 515 matches. Former India captain Dhoni has been a successful batsman as well. He scored 4,876 runs in 90 test matches and 10,173 runs in 332 ODIs till date.


Rodney Marsh

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Rodney Marsh (Photo: ICC Twitter Page)

One of the finest wicket keepers of all time Rodney Marsh was interested in keeping since his first competitive match in the age of 8. But he was a better batsman than keeper and it was evident from the initial phase of his career. He was selected to the team mainly because of his batting skill. In fact, his poor keeping skill earned him the title of ‘Iron Gloves’. Rod couldn’t give up on his love of keeping and tried hard. With time he kept on improving and went on to become one of the greatest ever. Thanks to his partnership with Dennis Lillee that it gave birth to the famous phrase ‘caught Marsh bowled Lillee’. The duo contributed to 95 dismissals together. Rodney March was the first Australian wicket keeper to score a test century during 1972-73 test series against Pakistan. As a batsman, he gave stability to the lower order. Once he scored 26 runs in final over against New Zealand. In 92 ODIs Marsh scored 1,225 with a strike rate of 82.27 and in 96 test matches, he scored 3,633 runs. From 188 international matches, he contributed to total 479 dismissals.

Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum (Photo: Getty Images)

Formal captain of New Zealand cricket team, Brendon McCullum discontinued wicket keeping in the last two years of his career due to his back problem. But the right handed batsman was an exceptional wicket keeper and certainly the best wearing the black cap. His fleetness behind the stumps was an asset for the team. He was the first wicket keeper batsman from New Zealand with more than 200 dismissals in one day cricket. With 453 dismissals in 432 international matches, he is certainly one of the most talented keeper and fielder ever. He lightened up the field in the first ever IPL match and scored a blistering 158, the highest T20 score at that point of time, for Kolkata Knight Riders. He had a perfect swansong when he hit a blistering 54 ball hundred, the fastest ever in test cricket with respect to balls played, against the neighboring Aussies in his final test match in 2016.

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.

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.

Top 5 Test Innings of Virat Kohli against Australia

Top 5 Test Innings of Virat Kohli against Australia

Virat Kholi is Team India’s backbone for the Australian tour. Let’s see skipper Kohli’s top 5 innings against The Aussies.

India captain Virat Kohli has been in terrific form. The form in which is in, he will be the player to watch out for in the tour of Australia.

Against Australia, he has scored the bulk of runs in his test career. In 15 test matches and 27 innings, Kohli has scored 1322 runs at an average of 50.84 with six centuries and three half-centuries so far. His best score of 169 runs has come in 2014 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In Australia, Virat Kohli has scored 992 runs from just 8 test matches. He has scored 5 hundred and 2 fifties to his name. In Australia, his highest score is 169 which came in 2014.

The 2014 tour to Australia was very good for Virat Kohli. That was his second test tour and he was also handed the captaincy for the very first time. That happened due to MS Dhoni’s injury. Kohli captained India in 2 matches. He was the highest run-getter for India in that test series. Even though India lost the 4 match test series 2-0 but that series will always be remembered for Kohli’s master class knocks. Kohli scored 4 test centuries on that tour. He scored 692 runs in 4 matches with an average of 86.50.

As the tour of Australia is coming up next month, let’s relive Virat Kohli’s top five knocks against the Aussies.

169 and 54 at Melbourne in 2014 – This is the top score of Kohli against Australia. This came in India’s last tour to Down Under in 2014. After Shikhar Dhawan and Chesteshwar Pujara went early, it was Virat Kohli’s 169, with Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay’s timely knocks which helped India post a total of 465 in their 1st innings. In the 2nd innings too, Kohli’s 54 runs saved India the game. In the end, this test match resulted in a draw.

115 and 141 run at Adelaide in 2014 – In this Test, Virat Kohli captained India for the first time in Test. He broke many records when he scored two hundred in two consecutive innings as a Captain. He was under pressure right from the start of that tour. His 115 knock was in the 1st innings. Apart from Kohli’s 115, Pujara’s 73, Murli Vijay’s 53 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 62 were the only contributors for India which allowed them to score 444 in their 1st innings. Chasing the target of 364 in the 2nd innings India was on the course of a big win at Adelaide but the wicket of Murli Vijay turned the game towards Australia. Unfortunately, Indian batsmen couldn’t stuck around with Kohli to chase that total, Kohli’s 141-run knock went in vain. India lost the match by 48 runs in the end.

147 at Sydney in 2015 – Virat Kohli ended this tour with another magnificent hundred. His 147 run knock again came in under pressure situation. After Australia declared their 1st innings on 572 runs, India got off to another poor start. This time it was Murali Vijay who went to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. But Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s partnership helped India for the time being. But it was again Kohli’s brilliance that took pressure off them. His marathon knock of 147 helped India to come closer to Australia’s total. This Inning was his third consecutive hundred as a captain. His 147 helped India to pile up 475 in their 1st innings. In 2nd innings too, Kohli contributed 46 runs that helped India to draw this match.

116 at Adelaide in 2012 – His love affair with Adelaide started from here. This was Kohli’s first tour Down Under. His knock of 116 was the only highlight of that Indian Innings. But it wasn’t enough as India lost this match by a huge margin of 248 runs.

107 at Chennai 2013 – This is Kohli’s only hundred against Australia at home. His 107 runs at Chennai set the tone for the hosts in that series. It was a real treat for the Indian cricket fans to watch Kohli’s innings of 107 and master class knock of MS Dhoni. His 224 runs gave India the momentum to seal the match by eight wickets and series. It was the first time that India beat Australia 4-0 in a Test series.

India’s ODI Squad and The Selection Issues

India's ODI Squad and The Selection Issues

India has to deal with some headaches before the tour of Australia and the world cup 2019 in England.

With the 2019 World Cup in England is not so far away, India’s ODI squad is not that settled at the moment.
India need to find the right balance in middle order, especially at number 4 batting position.

    • The Number 4 Batting Conundrum The team management and the selectors have tried many players but no one has been a go-to player for this batting position.

      KL Rahul was tried numerous times but he failed to deliver at this position. Rahul also lost his place in the ODI side due to this.

Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni also batted at this position but the team management didn’t stick to any of them.

Ideally, MSD should be the man who could bat at number 4 because he Rayudu for the first 2 ODIs.has a lot of experience which can help the team.

MS Dhoni was a finisher in his heydays but now he takes a lot of time to get set and that’s why many experts feel that MSD is the right man for this job.

The Middle order batsmen are not getting more chances to bat, it is mainly because of the top 3 batsmen, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli.

These 3 batsmen have batted so brilliantly that most of the times India’s middle order wasn’t required to bat.

  • Rishab Pant Called as Dhoni’s Cover – Dhoni ‘s slump in form biggest worry for India. His poor form is because he bats at number 6 instead of 4. This is also the reason why Rishab Pant may be Dhoni’s cover for the ODI and T20I series against West Indies which will start from 21st October 2018.

    The selectors have named both the players in the 15 man squad for the first 2 ODIs against West Indies.

It would be interesting to see who will make it in the probable 11.

  • Rayudu at Number 4 – This time again we may see another new face at the number 4 batting position.

    After his good show in the Asia Cup, Ambati Rayudu will play at the number 4 spot.
    Rayudu batted well in the absence of Virat Kohli. He held on to the number 3 spot.

But now he needs to cement his place in the ODI side for that Rayudu needs to bat well at number 4. If he does so then he will fly to Australia and then to England as well.

Selectors have also named Ambati Rayudu for the first 2 ODIs.

  • Bhuvi and Bumrah are back – There are no problems for India in the bowling department as two of India’s finest bowlers will be back after their well-deserved rest. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will be back after the 2nd ODI against the Windies.

  • Ravindra Jadeja Cements his place in the ODI set-up – After a good show in the Asia Cup and scoring his maiden test ton in Rajkot, Ravindra Jadeja finds a place in the ODI team. He will be the spin bowling all-rounder that India will bank upon. He has also been selected for the first 2 ODIs against West Indies.

  • Virat Kohli’s Workload – Another Important thing India should address is Virat Kohli’s workload.

    Kohli is the backbone of Team India, he needs to be fit for India’s upcoming tour of Australia. He will the player to watch out for in that whole tour.
    India will play 3 T20 Internationals, 4 Test Matches and 3 One Day International matches on their tour to Australia next month.

But still, the selectors have named Kohli for the limited over against West Indies. There was a possibility that Rohit Sharma could have captained the side. But the selectors have named Virat Kohli as the captain for the first 2 ODIs.

Rohit Sharma has done wonders for India with his captaincy. He won the ODI series and T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka at home, then he won the Nidahas Trophy and now recently he also conquered the Unimoni Asia Cup 2018.

Rohit has not lost any series as a captain till now. It’s a great achievement for Rohit Sharma.

  • Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya to miss the series – Only two players might miss out of the series against West Indies and the tour of Australia.

    Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, both of them got injured during the Asia Cup.