The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the details of the playing conditions for the new 100-ball cricket format; which will start from 2020 and known as The Hundred.
According to the rules, eight new city-based teams will play in the tournament over the five-week period where 100 balls per innings will be played and the ends will be changed after every 10 deliveries.
However, bowlers can bowl either five or ten consecutive balls; where each bowler is allowed to bowl a maximum of twenty deliveries per game.
Tom Harrison, the Chief executive of ECB said that this tournament will help to attract more viewers.
“The Hundred will help cricket to reach more people,” Harrison said and it remains “totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket”.
“This new competition will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24,” he further added.
The first-class counties have voted 17-1 in the favor of this tournament this week and it is understood that Surrey voted against.
The new competition will have a feature of a 25-ball powerplay in the starting for each team. Along with this, each bowling side will be allowed to take a strategic timeout of up to 2 and 1/2 minutes.
“This new competition has already helped to secure vital new partnerships and substantial broadcast revenues and it will help us to meet the ambitions of our game-wide strategy for 2020-24,” said Tom Harrison.
“The Hundred will help cricket to reach more people. We remain totally committed to the existing, popular forms of cricket and will be committing significant funds and focus to all levels of the game, protecting and nurturing the core whilst reaching out to a wider audience,” Harrison further added.
However, the identities of the eight teams which will be involved in the first edition of the tournament, have not been decided yet and will be decided later this year along with the player draft scheduled.
Though India captain Virat Kohli has said that he couldn’t imagine the need for another new format of the game, former South Africa player AB de Villiers said to BBC World Service that he would “love” to be a part of the new tournament.
Don Bradman, Arguably the greatest batsman ever in the history of the game has played many great innings throughout his career. In his 52 Tests, Bradman has scored 29 centuries, 2 of them triple hundreds.
Don Bradman played an innings of 299 not out and scored 9 more double centuries. But the one innings he played on this day during 1936-37 Ashes series is considered as his top-ranked innings as per Wisden, the holy book of cricket records.
Not only it was a magnificent exhibition of batting master class, the events leading to that test match and the ground conditions made this a superlative effort. It was Bradman’s first assignment as captain. Around a month before the series commenced Bradman faced a huge personal tragedy when His day-old baby son, the first child born to him and his wife Jessie, died. He battled his personal loss and returned to cricket two weeks later in a match against Victoria and score 192.
However, the Test series started and brought new kind of problems. In those days of uncovered pitches, weather and ground conditions had a much bigger say in the results. Along with that Bradman’s early off-form did not help. England took a comfortable 2-0 lead in the series and Bradman’s scores were 38, 0, 0 and 82. In those sticky wickets, he never looked comfortable and Australian team was all out below hundred twice in the first two tests. There were also reports of dressing room unrest and Four Australian cricketers, McCabe, O’Reilly, Chuck Fleetwood-Smith and Leo O’Brien, were asked to appear before the Australian board. Lots of news regarding discontent of players regarding Bradman’s tactics are also out in the media.
Among all these distractions and pressure, Bradman was preparing himself to make a strong comeback to form. He knew a good score should be round-the-corner. In the New Year test in Sydney, he started positively by winning the toss for the first time in test cricket. Under gloomy skies, he decided to bat but England pacers dominated. Bradman was out for 13, giving more air to speculations about his form and mindset. Australia reached 200 thanks to McCabe’s 63 and after significant rain, in a wet pitch, Bradman declared the first innings at 200 for 9. England was immediately under trouble and no one could stand up to Australian bowlers except Wally Hammond.
Curiously, the pitch was still wet and Bradman did not want to bat hence he asked his bowlers to bowl defensively. On the other hand, Gubby Allen, the England skipper, thought a similar plan and declared the innings at 76 for 9. To counter the pitch condition Bradman sent his two bowlers Billy O’Reilly and Chuck Fleetwood-Smith to open. The tactic was somewhat successful and when Bradman came out to bat at the fall of the 5th wicket, Australia had 97 on board. He started carefully and spent a good amount of time to settle himself in a drying pitch. On 5th January, day four of the test match, he and Jack Fingleton started at 194 for 5 and added 249 more runs before Fingleton was out. Bradman was in his sublime best as he played the ball late with minimum risk. England bowlers faced difficulty to manage a wet ball and he took full advantage of this. He ended the day unbeaten on 248 and Australia on 500 for 6. He kept batting next day and when he got out after scoring 270 Australia’s lead had crossed 650. Finally, they got all out for 564 and coming out to bat England was bundled out for 323 giving Australia a win by 365 runs.
With that one innings, Bradman changed the fortune for himself as well as the entire team in that series. He followed up with 212 in Adelaide and 169 in Melbourne leading Australia to victory in both occasions and hence Australia became the first team to overcome a 0-2 deficit in a series to win 3-2.
Former India cricketer S Sreesanth, who is currently banned from all type of cricket for 2013 spot-fixing case, told the Supreme Court that the life ban on him by BCCI is “too harsh” and he thinks if Mohammad Azharuddin, can be reversed back after being accused of involving in a match-fixing scandal in 2000, then why can’t he?
On Friday, Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he has got offers to play English County matches and if this imposed life ban continues on him, he wouldn’t be able to play there. Salman Khurshid, senior advocate, who is appearing for the cricketer, said the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Ajay Rastogi that the former seamer has been acquitted by the trial court in the spot-fixing case and the life ban should be cancelled.
Moreover, Khurshid added that the other players who were there in the spot-fixing case were banned for 3-5 years but for Sreesanth, it’s a life ban, which is not justified. At 35 years of age, Sreesanth doesn’t have his international cricket career left but he should be allowed to play the club cricket at least.
“Life ban is too harsh. He is already 36. He cannot even play local club cricket because of the ban. He wants to play cricket and he got some offers from England but the offer will disappear if he is not allowed to play,”Khurshid told while pleading the court to allow Sreesanth to play in the English County matches.
The bench of Justices said that the matter will be heard in the third week of January.“We will hear the matter in the third week of January.”
Khurshid further added that former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was allowed by BCCI to be a part of the Hyderabad Cricket Association after he was given a similar penalty for a match-fixing case.
Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, who is appearing for BCCI, said that BCCI has adopted zero tolerance against the corruption in the game and the life ban cannot be revert back. Moreover, he added that the evidence against Sreesanth was incriminating, for this, the apex cricket body imposed the ban on him.
SC to hear plea by Cricketer S. Sreesanth challenging the lifetime ban imposed on him by BCCI. The Cricket Board had banned him after the 2013 IPL Spot Fixing scandal. pic.twitter.com/drz2Lq8Oeh
Sreesanth was imposed on life ban after his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing during the IPL season in 2013. The Delhi Police had arrested him, along with cricketers Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and others on charges of spot-fixing. 36 were accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan, and Chandila were let-off by the trial court in July 2015.
Though later Delhi Police challenged the verdict in the Delhi High Court, BCCI refused to alter the decision after the verdict. Last year, a single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth but a petition filed by BCCI again caused the life ban on him which was restored by the division bench of the high court.
Along with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association, the International Cricket Council launched the concept of the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009 with the intention of recognizing and applauding the feats of the cricketing legends.
In 2009, 55 players were included in the ICC Hall of Fame and henceforth, the ICC inducts a new member every year.
While 28 players from England have received this honor, Australia have 25 cricketers inducted in the Hall of Fame. With 5 players from India, the country is fourth in the list of most players who have received the commemorative cap. Here is the list of the Indian players who have been enrolled in the ICC Hall of Fame honor.
The player was the first Indian player who was bestowed with the prestigious honor, getting his Hall of Fame cap from Kapil Dev in 2009.
The Little Master was one of the greatest Test batsmen in his era, creating and breaking many records. He was not only the first player to score 10,000 Test runs but also ended his career with the most Test hundreds then – 34.
Gavaskar was the first player in the planet to score a hundred in both the innings of a Test match three times and the ICC honored him for his achievements.
Bishan Singh Bedi
The former slow left-arm orthodox bowler played for India from 1966 to 1979 and scalped 266 wickets in 67 matches.
The ICC included him in the Hall of Fame in 2009, and he received his cap from West Indian Courtney Walsh. Bedi not only stood out for his easy action and the nonchalance with which he controlled his line and rhythm but also for flighting the ball, which made him a real threat to the opposition.
Kapil Dev needs no introduction in Indian cricket, for the image of him holding the 1983 Prudential Cup inspired a whole generation of cricketers, who then took to the sport with the aim of emulating the all-rounder.
The ICC recognized his stupendous brilliance with both bat and ball – he scored 5248 runs in 131 Test matches at an average of 31.05 and picked up 434 wickets, including 23 5-wicket hauls at an average of 29.64 – and he thus became the third Indian to receive the honor.
Dev was also named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002.
The leg-spinner scripted many memorable records in his career. He is best known for dismissing all 10 batsmen in a Test innings at Feroz Shah Kotla, which made him only the second bowler in the world after Jim Laker to have achieved the feat. He was not a big turner of the ball but was successful in picking up 619 Test wickets with his variable bounce and pace.
The Bengaluru player got the honor in 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He had also been adjudged the Cricketer of the Year in 1993.
The latest entrant on the list, Rahul Dravid was unanimously called “The Wall” for his ability to stonewall and tire out the rivals. He received his ICC Hall of Fame cap from Sunil Gavaskar during the fifth and final ODI between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram.
The number 3 player in Tests scored 24,208 runs for India across all formats, including 48 hundred and 146 fifties. He has also been awarded the Player of the Year and the Test Player of the Year award in 2004 by the ICC.
In 2000, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named him as one of the five best cricketers of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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
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
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
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 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.
Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record, Fastest To Score 10,000 ODI Runs.
In last few months Virat Kohli has made a habit of breaking records and reaching various peaks with his superlative batting performances. He is producing one great inning after another with a great display of skill and confidence. Wednesday was also a regular day in Virat Kohli’s life. He scored his 37th One Day International century; his third consecutive centuries against Windies and broke all sorts of record.
This is his 6th ODI century against this particular opposition; the highest ever by any batsman in the history of the game, a record he also carries against Sri Lanka with 8 centuries against them. He also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar and became the Indian with highest aggregate runs against Windies just behind Javed Miandad and Mark Waugh.
Reference of Tendulkar has to come again as on the way to his century Virat completed the small margin of 10,000 ODI runs when he reached 81 with a push to long on. He broke Tendulkar’s record to achieve the milestone with the least number of innings (205) and fastest with respect to career days. Virat has played 3270 days of international cricket to reach the 10,000 mark whereas Tendulkar played 4121 days. Virat’s average of 59.62 also placed him in the summit with respect to batting averages while reaching the 10K mark, passing MS Dhoni who averaged 51.30 while reaching his 10,000 ODI runs early this year.
There are also other mind-boggling stats about Virat like reaching 1000 ODI runs this year in 11 innings with an average close to 150 with scores of 112, 46*, 160*, 75, 36, 129*, 75, 45, 71, 140 & 157*. This is his 5th ODI innings in Vizag’s ACA-VDCA stadium where he has scored three hundreds, one 99 and 65.
But keeping all the records aside from the kind of batsmanship which was on display on Sunday and Wednesday shows how the legend of Virat Kohli is spreading in the Cricket world. On Sunday, it was a tricky chase of 322 runs in Guwahati, Virat came to bat in the second over and unlike his regular flowing innings, counterattacked the Windies bowler to ensure that the asking rate never gets out of reach. He completed his century in 88 balls with 16 Boundaries and when got out after a brilliant 140 India’s asking rate was below 4.
On Wednesday, it was a different case. This time India was setting up a target instead of chasing. Virat again came to the middle early after the fall of last match centurion Rohit Sharma and was much more sedate. He crafted his innings with one’s and two’s with occasional boundaries. This time he reached his century with only 10 fours however still his Strike rate was above 90. Post reaching the hundred he changed gears and scored his last 55 runs in just 23 balls. He treated both Kemar Roach and Obed McCoy, one senior bowler and the other a debutant, with similar disdain and ensured India passed 300 comfortably.
The way he was able to play two different kinds of innings in a gap of three days and how he changed his batting mode during the game showed his ability to read the game situation perfectly. He takes his game seriously and never let his guard down in international cricket despite the bucketful of runs he is producing match after match, year after year.
Virat Kohli is arguably the best ODI bat India has ever produced. Now, what makes Virat the best in the lot? The ability to attain the goals effortlessly with absolute calm is what makes Virat Kohli special. The credit also goes to his confidence and supreme fitness. He never gets tired in any condition and can carry on till the end unlike batsmen from the previous era. If he begins something, he makes sure that he stays till the last ball more often than not. Others give tension whereas Virat soaks it all. In fact, Virat Kohli performs better in pressure. While chasing his batting average is 68.54 whereas as captain he has scored at an average of 88. He hasn’t probably faced the best of bowlers from cricket history but he has tackled all the obstacles with ease. The sense of confidence Virat evokes is immense for the cricket fans.
It is important for him to carry the form until the upcoming world cup in 2019. India has a top-heavy batting order with relatively newer players in the middle order and MS Dhoni not in the best of forms in recent times. So Virat Kohli is the name Indian cricket team depends on mostly. This is similar to the earlier 90’s when the entire team used to depend on Sachin Tendulkar. It really took days to overcome the situation as India produced more efficient and dependant bats. Today we do have significant but less confident bats. This needs to be sorted immediately with World Cup happening in less than a year because if Virat fails, the chance of team’s failure becomes higher statistically.
India Thrash West Indies by 8 wickets and go 1-0 up in the 5 matches ODI series.
India had a comprehensive win over West Indies. Virat and his men start the series on a winning note.
Even though the hosts had a tough day with the ball but, tons from Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma allowed India to chase the target of 323 runs easily.
India won the toss and opted to bowl first, Shami and Chahal gave India some early breakthroughs but Kieran Powell and Shinron Hetmyer played a gusty knock which helped West Indies to stay in the hunt.
Powell and Hetmyer took great control of the innings after the fall of debutant Hemraj and Marlon Samuels.
The rebuilding process was done nicely by the two set batsmen, Kieran Powell got to his fifty, unfortunately, he couldn’t convert the start. Powell was out to Khaleel Ahmed after scoring 51 runs.
But Hetmyer carried his innings along and tried to hold the one end. He didn’t get the more support as he required from Jason Holder and Rovman Powell.
Despite that Shimron Hetmyer was unstoppable, he got to his 6th ODI hundred. But he couldn’t go all the way, his brilliant knock of 106 runs was ended by Ravindra Jadeja.
West Indies needed some lusty blows towards the end of their innings, it was provided by Devendra Bishoo and Kemar Roach.
Bishoo and Roach added 44 runs for the ninth wicket and gave West Indies an excellent finish.
West Indies scored 322 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs. Devendra Bishoo was unbeaten on 22 runs and Kemar Roach was not out on 26 runs, which he scored from just 22 balls.
India missed Bhuvi and Bumrah towards in the end overs. Mohd Shami was expensive in his 10 overs.
He picked up 2 wickets but he gave away 81 runs after his 10 overs.
With Shami, Chahal picked up 3 wickets and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets to his name.
The Indian innings didn’t get a good start.
Chasing 323 runs to win, Shikhar Dhawan was clean bowled by Oshane Thomas in the first over. Dhawan managed to score only 4 runs.
Then came the partnership that blew the Windies away. Skipper Virat Kohli and Vice Captain Rohit Sharma took the innings under their control.
Rohit and Kohli shared a match-winning partnership of 246 runs which turned the game on its head.
This partnership made sure that India is on the winning track.
Virat Kohli slammed his 36th One Day International ton and Rohit Sharma too got up to his 20th ODI century.
They both took India closer to the West Indies total.
The Windies needed something to break this huge partnership and finally, Virat Kohli was stumped by Shai Hope. Kohli’s magnificent knock was ended on 140 runs.
But Rohit Sharma continued his class at the other end. He scored his 6th 150 in ODI cricket and now the Hit Man has the most 150 plus scores in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu finished off the game with no further hiccups.
Rayudu gave a finishing kick to the innings, he was not out on 22 runs with Rohit Sharma played another sensational knock.
Hit Man was unbeaten on 152 runs, which he scored from just 117 deliveries, this innings included 15 fours and 8 mighty sixes.
India chased down the target in just 42.1 overs.
Oshane Thomas and, Devendra Bishoo picked up 1 wicket each to their name.
India won the match by 8 wickets and take the lead 1-0 in the 5 ODI match series.
Virat Kohli was named the man of the match for his captain’s knock.
The 2nd ODI will be played on 24th October 2018 at Visakhapatnam.