Indian Cricket Team’s First test Win

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Indian cricket team played their first test on 25th June 1932. It was a landmark day for any Indian cricket fan. Interestingly, on the same date after 51 years, in 1983 India won their first World Cup. 


India started playing test cricket in 1932, they played only 20 tests till 1951. They lost 11 and 9 tests ended in a draw. India were still waiting for their first success in the international stage.

In October 1951, England came to India to play a five-match test series. First, three test matches of the series in Delhi, Mumbai (then Bombay) and Kolkata (then Calcutta) ended in draws. England won the 4th test at Kanpur and then teams came to Chennai (then Madras) to play the final test match of the series.

THE MATCH

Indian cricket team made five changes from their last test squad. Vijay Manjrekar, CS Nayudu, Sadashiv Shinde, Nana Joshi, and Hemu Adhikari were replaced by Lala Amarnath, Mushtaq Ali, CD Gopinath, Ramesh Divecha and Probir Sen. England captain Donald Carr won the toss and chose to bat. However, India were on top from the beginning and Dattu Phadkar got the early wicket of Lowson. Spooner, Graveney, and Robertson made valuable contributions and at 171 for 3, England looked like taking the honours for day one. However two late wickets for India’s premier all-rounder Vinoo Mankad helped them to claw the bank and England were 224 for 5 at stumps on Day one.

During the afternoon, the news came that King George VI passed away. There was mourning in the English camp and accordingly the second day of the match was converted as a rest day.

Once the match resumed, Mankad ran through the lower order and from 224 for 5 England were all out for 266. Mankad finished with 8 wickets for 55 runs. The comeback keeper Prabir Sen finished with four stumpings in that innings.

Indian cricket team replied strongly with Pankaj Roy remained as the rock in one end. Around him there were good partnerships, Mushtaq Ali scored 22 and added 53. Hazare and Mankad also scored in the ’20s. Roy showed wonderful patience and application to score his second century of the series but once Roy and Amarnath were gone, India were at 216 for 5, a scenario close to what England was on day one. But then a new hero of Indian cricket announced himself.

UMRIGAR SHOW

Polly Umrigar, who was only retained in the team due to an injury to Adhikari, scored his maiden test century and took this match away from England. Umrigar who was going to become the leading run scorer for India established himself and some of his strokes were astonishing. He was well supported by Phadkar and the pair added 104 runs in the 6th wicket. After Phadkar, stylish Gopinath came and built another partnership with Umrigar who were already in masterful touch. India passed 400 and soon after Umrigar reached his 100. Finally, at 457/9 with Umrigar unbeaten at 130, the declaration came from captain Hazare. England openers added 12 by end of the day but it was going to be a difficult job for them.

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On 10th February 1952 which was the fourth day of the match, England lost Spooner before adding any run in the morning. The other opener was also out soon and although there was some fight from Robertson and Watkins, Indians kept taking wickets in regular intervals. Ghulam Ahmed took care of the middle order and got four wickets. The last four wickets were taken by Mankad, slowly becoming one of the top all-rounders in the world. The match was over before the tea when Hilton was stumped by Sen. It was Sen’s 5th stumping of the test match, all of which were of Mankad’s bowling.

The First Victory of the Indian Team

Indian cricket team were happy to get their first win in the 25th test but the celebration was not over the top. There was no cash award announced and players only got the match fee of Rs. 250, a number which sounds unbelievable in the current world.

India went on to win a test match against Pakistan in the same year and beat New Zealand next year. The below table shows India’s first test win details for all the countries.

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Rohit Sharma Is The New Topper

Rohit Sharma Is The New Topper

Rohit Sharma becomes the leading Twenty20 International run scorer surpassing Martin Guptill, the Kiwi batter previously held the record. The stand-in skipper has achieved this feat in the second T20I against New Zealand at Auckland. 


Although Rohit was dismissed for a 29-ball fifty, he went on to break quite a few records before heading back towards the pavilion.

Rohit Sharma is now the all-time leading T20I run-getter with 2,279 runs in 92 matches. The list includes names like Martin Guptill from New Zealand (2,272), Shoaib Malik from Pakistan (2,263), Indian skipper Virat Kohli(2,167) and another Kiwi batter McCullum(2,140) in the top five.

Rohit Sharma is the third most six hitters in T20I with102 sixes. Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill both have 103. Currently, he is also just the third cricketer to hit 100 T20I sixes after Gayle and Guptill. Overall he stands at the fourth position in the list of most six hitters in International cricket now. He has 349 with Sanath Jayasuriya (352), Brendon McCullum (398), Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle (476), ahead of him. This also helped him to cross MS Dhoni for the Indian record of most number of International sixes.

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Although the Indian opener had a failure in the first T20I match against New Zealand in the ongoing series, he came back strong in the second one. His 50 off 29 balls crafted with three fours and four sixes gave India the momentum to chase 159. He remained the highest run scorer for India in this match with Rishab Pant scoring 28-ball 40 and a cameo of 17- ball 20 from the veteran Dhoni. Finally, India managed to level the series and are looking forward to another triumph in the last T20I against the Blackcaps on February 10 at Hamilton.

Kapil Dev’s Moment Of Glory : A World Record

Kapil Dev’s Moment Of Glory : A World Record

Throughout the 1980s the fast bowling responsibility for India was on one man’s shoulder. He kept bowling tirelessly with all his heart in most unfavourable conditions to provide the best results for India. This man was Kapil Dev, India’s greatest all-rounder and also India’s first World Cup winning captain. 


Like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil also started his test career in Pakistan. The year was 1978, Kapil as a 19-year old made his debut in the 1st test of the series at Faisalabad. The test match ended in a draw but young Kapil got noticed for his pace, as in those days hardly any Indian bowler would come with good pace and bounce. He also found his first test wicket in Pakistani opener, Sadiq Mohammad. 

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Slowly, Kapil Dev became India’s biggest threat in both home and away. Although he was not part of 1979 World Cup, he played all of India’s test matches from 1978 to 1984 till he was dropped controversially from the Eden Test match against England for playing an irresponsible shot in the previous test. He returned in the next test match and kept playing for India. During which he broke many Indian records and became the first Indian bowler to take 300 test wickets. Then he went further to reach the 400 wicket milestone in the Perth test during the 1991-92 Australia tour. He was only the second person after New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee to obtain this feat. Hadlee already retired with 431 wickets but Kapil kept playing. Although he was not as threatening but provided good support with his experience to youngsters like Javagal Srinath who made his debut during the Australia tour. Kapil kept picking up wickets and by the time Sri Lankan team came to India to play a 3-test series, Kapil were standing at 425 wickets. 

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It was a disastrous tour for Sri Lanka where they lost all 3 test matches, each by an innings. Indian spinners were the main destroyer and the trio Kumble-Raju-Chauhan took most of the wickets. Kapil took only one wicket in the first test at Lucknow. In a slightly favourable condition in Bangalore, Kapil and Prabhakar bowled 41 overs out of the total 58 overs in Sri Lanka’s innings and shared 7 wickets between them. Kapil ended with 3 wickets and only two away from the world record. Although it was demolishing act for the spinners in the second innings, Kapil managed to get last two Sri Lankan wickets to touch the world record of 431. It was told that when only the last wicket was pending Anil Kumble tried to bowl slightly outside to make sure the Sri Lankan batsmen were not out. An incident which would reappear again in 5 years time when on 7th Feb 1999. This time Srinath was doing the same after the fall of 9th Pakistani wicket to get Kumble his 10th wicket of the match. 

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Kapil touched 431 by getting Sri Lankan spinner Don Anurasiri caught by the Captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The whole nation was excited and held their breath until the next test match. The third test match was scheduled in the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, a ground which incidentally was also the witness of Sunil Gavaskar becoming the first person to reach 10,000 run landmark in test cricket.

The third test started on 8th February 1994. Azhar on his 31st birthday lost the toss and Arjuna Ranatunga decided to bat first. For Sri Lanka, experienced Roshan Mahanama and Dulip Samaraweera came out to bat. With 34 runs on the board, Sri Lanka lost their first wicket. Mahanama was leg before wicket by Kumble. This brought left-handed Hashan Tillakaratne to the crease. Just after one hour of play, at 10:34 am the moment came. Tillakaratne played a ball tentatively in the front and the ball took an inside edge and went to Sanjay Manjarekar in the short leg who did not make a mistake. With this Kapil Dev grabbed the world record. All the Indian players and fans were ecstatic. There were 432 balloons and a minute’s standing ovation in the ground, a special song was played in the national television channel and people started congratulating his wife and other family members. India wrapped up the test match easily with Raju and Chauhan sharing 17 wickets between them. 

The world record changed hand quite a few times since then. West India pace spearhead Courtney Walsh broke Kapil’s record, which was later broken by Shane Warne and finally Muralitharan. Murali is the current top of the list after retiring with exactly 800 test wickets by taking the last wicket of his last match.

Anil Kumble – The second man in the ‘Ten-wicket in an Innings’ space

Anil Kumble - The second man in the ‘Ten-wicket in an Innings’ space

There are many records in test match cricket which are broken over the ages and improved records are added in the record books. The test or ODI record for the highest score for example. And then there are certain records which are very difficult to touch and cannot be broken. For example, Jim Laker’s record of taking 10 wickets in an innings which he achieved against the touring Australians at Old Trafford, Manchester in 1956. He also had 9 wickets in the first innings and his 19 wickets in a test remained a world record.

20 years back, on 7th February 1999 Indian ace leg spinner Anil Kumble equalled Laker’s record of 10 wickets in an innings when he ran through a strong Pakistani batting line to take all 10 wickets in the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi. 

Pakistan was touring India after a gap of 12 years and already had a 1-0 lead in the series after winning in Chennai when they reached the Indian capital Delhi. Indians wanted to take revenge and started brightly with top order contributing. Sadgopan Ramesh led the way with a 60 and middle order was held by a classy 67 from captain Azharuddin. At 231 for 4, India were threatening to get many more but as the nature of these games suggests, Pakistan clawed back and took last 6 wickets for 21 runs. Two of those were run outs. India finished with 252. It was early on the second day.

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Pakistan started their innings shakily and never recovered. For them, the highest individual score was a candid 32 from Shahid Afridi. Four Indian bowlers shared wickets with Srinath taking one, Venkatesh Prasad taking 2, Harbhajan Singh taking 3, and Anil Kumble taking 4 wickets. India got a handy first innings lead of 80 and built on it. Ramesh played his best innings and scored 96, decorated by 15 boundaries. In the lower middle order, Ganguly and Srinath made important contributions. Srinath missed his half-century by a solitary run and Ganguly remained unbeaten on 62. The target for Pakistanis was set as 420. A target which was never chased in test cricket and with almost two more days to go Indian fans were confident of a win.

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But Pakistan started confidently and the openers batted till lunch. 100 was scored with a run-rate more than 4 runs per over. Anil Kumble kept toiling hard. On his 7th over with Pakistan’s score at 101, he finally managed to get a nick of Afridi which was gleefully captured by the wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia. Afridi was distraught and acted as if there was no chance of he playing that ball but in those days of no DRS had to walk back. Dangerous Ijaz Ahmed came but Kumble got his foot in line of the wicket first ball. Suddenly Pakistan were without two wickets. Inzamam came at number four, played with his trademark lazy elegance. But with the score on 115, he was bowled to quicker delivery from Kumble. Kumble got another wicket in that over as Mohammad Yousuf was leg before on the 5th ball. At 115 for four the Pakistan chase looked in jeopardy. Soon Kumble got two more as Ganguly caught wicketkeeper Moin Khan in the slips and then the opener Saeed Anwar was also gone after scoring a half-century, caught by Laxman at short leg. This was Kumble’s 6th wicket in that innings and 10 for the match.

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Veteran Saleem Malik and captain Wasim Akram built a partnership and there was no wicket for a 16 overs period. But none of the Indian players looked worried as wickets were expected to fall at any time. Finally, after adding 58 runs in the partnership Malik was bowled by Kumble playing a pull shot after scoring a difficult 15 of 67 balls. By then Kumble’s 10 wickets in the innings looked very much possible.

Few overs later, Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq were gone in back to back deliveries and Kumble had 9. There was an interesting 60th over of the match, bowled by Javagal Srinath where all the Indian players including Srinath did not want to take the wicket. On the other hand, Pakistani number eleven Waqar Younis was trying to get out to not give Kumble all ten. Luckily Kumble ended all this drama in the next over. A forward push from Akram took the age and flew to short leg for Laxman to grab. With that Anil Kumble became just the second person to take all the ten wickets in an innings in a test match. India was victorious by 212 runs. Kumble’s second innings analysis was 26.3-9-74-10. 

Celebrations went on for hours and days. The win over Pakistan was always special and was no so frequent during the ’90s. Kumble ended with 14 wickets in the match. Interesting stories started to come up. The umpire AV Jayaprakash who made all the decisions for Kumble was from the same state, Karnataka. Sachin Tendulkar considered being the lucky charm for Kumble. Before the over in which Kumble took the first couple of wickets, Tendulkar took his cap and sweater and handed it to the umpire. Once the wickets were fallen, Tendulkar kept doing it before every over till the match end.

Rohit Sharma to lead as Virat Kohli will be rested for the last two ODIs

Rohit Sharma to lead as Virat Kohli will be rested for the last two ODIs

HIGHLIGHTS

Over the past several months Virat Kohli has been playing Cricket without the time to rest. Virat has finally been given his much-needed break. India is 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series in New Zealand. The second and third ODI matches will be played on January 26 and 28, respectively. After that Kohli will fly back to India as he has been rested for the last two ODIs and the T20I series that follows. 

Virat Kohli, as we know, has been playing all formats non-stop since the end of Asia Cup, the last time he took time off Cricket. Kohli has played 14 of the 15 Tests India played since the start of 2018 and has amassed 1345 runs. The only time he sat out was during the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in June. The BCCI has emphasized the management of burden and stress on key players of late. Hence, Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the entire tour of New Zealand after a successful venture in Australia. 

The squad, as of now, remains the same for the last two ODIs and the three T20I games as no replacement for Virat Kohli has been named yet. Rohit Sharma will lead as captain of the Indian team in Kohli’s absence. The IPL has also been preponed because of the World Cup which starts on May 30, in England. India will be hosts to Australia for a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series starting February 24. So all in all Kohli gets a one-month worth of rest before a hectic schedule of Cricket starts again.

The BCCI has confirmed in their media release that Kohli would be back for limited-overs series at home against Australia, that’s scheduled in March.

“Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and senior selection committee are of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the BCCI release said.

Pandya-Rahul controversy: BCCI CoA lifts ban with immediate effect

Pandya-Rahul controversy: BCCI CoA lifts ban with immediate effect

HIGHLIGHTS


Hardik Pandya’s infamous series of sexist comments on ‘Koffee with Karan’ had led to a huge whirlwind of controversy. As a result, Pandya was suspended by the BCCI. KL Rahul was also banned for just being present at the talk show alongside Pandya. Former India Women’s Team captain Diana Edulji, also a part of the CoA ensured that the bans were enforced. However, the CoA agreed to lift the provisional ban with immediate effect. Both players are now eligible to play for India.

CoA chairman Vinod Rai agreed on placing a two-match suspension until a new BCCI ombudsman was appointed. However, Diana Edulji wasn’t in favor of the idea stating either the office bearers and the CoA carry out the inquiry or it should be done by an ombudsman. Two of the three BCCI office bearers had then pointed out that the ombudsman could only be appointed by the BCCI.

Last week BCCI’s acting President CK Khanna voiced his opinion regarding the ban.

“I suggest that pending inquiry, we reinstate both the cricketers in the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest,”

Khanna wrote in a mail to the Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators (CoA) and the BCCI office-bearers.

“They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology. We must not keep their careers in limbo,” Khanna added while urging for a meeting between CoA and BCCI office-bearers.

Khanna also refused to call a special general meeting of the board, as demanded by some state units.

“As per the constitution of the BCCI, an ombudsman can be appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). But the matter (appointment of ombudsman) is already sub-judice,” Khanna wrote, replying to BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry.

Current Scenario

The next Supreme court hearing to appoint a new BCCI ombudsman has been delayed till at least February 5. The CoA hence decided that the provisional suspension should be lifted in consultation with the new amicus curiae PS Narasimha.

“Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect,” a release issued by the CoA on Thursday (January 24) read.

“The above matter and decision have been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” the release added.

Umesh Yadav Tops the Indian Pace Bowling ladder

Umesh Yadav was the hero for India in the 2nd Test Match played at Hyderabad yesterday. His 10 wicket haul in the match allowed Team India to win the last match of the series in just 3 days.


Umesh Yadav is bowling decently, but in Hyderabad, he destroyed the Windies with his 10 wicket haul in the match.

He has not been a regular member of this Indian squad, but now Umesh Yadav has certainly earned the trust of his captain ahead of the Australian tour.

This performance from Umesh Yadav has made him the go-to pacer at home. In the absence of Bumrah and Bhuvi, Umesh led the pace bowling attack very well.

Umesh Yadav was born in Nagpur on 25th October 1987. He played for Vidharba in 2008 and he becomes the first player to play for the country from that team.

Umesh Yadav made his ODI debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe and he played his 1st test match against West Indies in 2011.

He has played 40 test matches and scalped 117 with a bowling average of 32.85. He has picked up two 5 wicket hauls and 1 ten wicket haul so far.

In ODIs, the right arm pacer has played 73 matches and he has 105 wickets to his name with the bowling average of 32.60. But sadly he is yet to take a five-wicket haul in the 50 over format.

Umesh Yadav also plays T20Is. In that he has played only 5 games so far. He has picked up 8 wickets to his name. Umesh Yadav made his T20I debut against Sri Lanka in the year 2012.

He also plays the cash-rich IPL, in the 2018 season he played for RCB. He was brought for a whopping price of 4.5 crores.

Umesh Yadav had applied to join the police and the Indian army before playing cricket.

Umesh Yadav played with the tennis ball earlier. Then he went to Vidharba cricket academy. There he started to play with leather ball.

He made his first-class debut against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.

In that match, he took 4 wickets but he didn’t bowl in the second innings.

In that season, he played 4 Ranji matches for his state and Umesh Yadav picked up 20 wickets with an average of 14.60. His best figures were 6 wickets for 105 runs.

He also represented Central Zone in Duleep Trophy in 2010, that was his first season
Umesh Yadav made his IPL debut in 2010. He was brought by Delhi Daredevils in the first season. He took 6 wickets in that year.

He was also the part of India’s winning run in champions trophy in 2013. At the time he was the leader of India’s pace attack.

But due to his poor performance in India Vs Australia ODI series, he was dropped from the ODI side.

Then, he was recalled for the ODI series against South Africa. But his performance was not good and he was dropped again. He was included in the test squad.

Now Umesh Yadav has a chance to seal the place in India’s ODI setup. With Shardul Thakur injured, there might be a possibility of Umesh Yadav making it to the One Day International squad.

Umesh Yadav can also be a trump card for India in the tour of Australia next month. He can be the pace bowler for India in the test series against Australia.

He has pace but he also needs to concentrate on the line and length. That can give him a bulk of wickets.

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 vs West Indies | Team India’s ODI Squad Announced by BCCI

India vs West Indies | Team India's ODI Squad Announced by BCCI

The 14 member squad of Team India for the ODI series against West Indies have been announced by the BCCI selectors. Let’s see who made the list!


The squad has been picked of Team India for the first two ODI matches against West Indies.

The first ODI against West Indies will be played at Guwahati on 21st October 2018 and the 2nd One Day International match will be played on 24th October 2018 at Visakhapatnam.

Rishab Pant gets a maiden ODI call-up – After his decent show in the test arena, Rishab Pant has called for the first two ODI matches against West Indies. He is the part of that 14 member squad but will he get a chance in India’s Probable 11? Only time will tell. But the selectors have gone a step further, there are thinking ahead of Dhoni. MS Dhoni can’t finish the games like he used to do in his heydays. That’s where selectors have picked Rishab Pant. The dashing wicketkeeper batsmen from Delhi will have to bat number 6 if he gets a chance.

Virat Kohli named as the Captain – Kohli’s workload is an issue for India’s plans. The selectors and team management have to address Kohli’s workload. Due to this load, Kohli also missed the Asia Cup in Dubai. But thankfully it did not hurt India. With captaining in the test matches, Kohli will captain India in the 50 over format too. He has been named in the 14 member squad of the ODI team against the Windies.

Bhuvi and Bumrah rested again – After the hectic schedule of the Asia Cup, India’s premier fast bowlers have rested for the first 2 ODI matches as well. The selectors are not any chances before the all-important Australian tour which start from November 2018. That’s why Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have been given a rest. They are likely to back in the squad from the 3rd ODI. Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, and Mohd Shami have made to the team in the absence of Bhuvi and Bumrah.

Dinesh Karthik out and Manish Pandey in – Dinesh Karthik has been axed from the ODI squad. He didn’t make to the 14 member squad for the Windies series despite playing some decent knocks. Instead, the selectors have given a chance to Manish Pandey but Pandey hasn’t used the opportunity well. He played for well for India A but in the match against Afghanistan, he ruined his chances. Still, Manish Pandey made it to the 14 member ODI squad.

Ravindra Jadeja Back in the ODI squad – Ravindra Jadeja adds a lot to the ODI team as he does for the Test team. He is the perfect all-rounder that India needs in their ODI set up. He can bat, he can bowl and he is one of the best fielders that India has in their team. Jadeja has replaced Axar Patel.

India’s 14 member ODI Squad for the first 2 ODI’s vs West Indies –

Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (Wk), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul

Asia Cup Final: Indian spinners hog-tie the efforts of Liton Das

The Asia Cup final is Live at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, wherein a fully loaded India are playing against a crippled Bangladesh. While India are the defending champions, Bangladesh have secured a place in the Asia Cup final thrice in the last four editions. The world no. 7 team were deprived of their best players with Shakib-al-Hasan and Tamim Iqbal’s absence. In-form batsman Mushfiqur Rahim would be playing, but with injuries.

 

Bangladesh’s skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who has got a broken finger himself, acknowledged themselves as underdogs for the final without any hint of hesitation. 

 

“Let me be honest, the moment Tamim entered the field against Sri Lanka as the last man to help Mushfiqur score those runs, my Asia Cup was won,” an emotional Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference.

 

Liton Das played the best innings of his life, producing his maiden half-century in One-Day Internationals and also converting into a brilliant hundred. The 23-year-old right-handed batsman produced the best ODI innings of his life against one of the best teams in the world, and under pressure. The two openers, Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz forged a splendid partnership of 120 runs until the latter was uprooted by ridiculously slow delivery from Kedhar Jadav.

 

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Openers Liton Das and Mehidy Hasan Miraz forged a splendid partnership of 120 runs.

 

During his first-wicket partnership with Miraz, Liton Das was playing the match of his life. He finished with an impressive 121 off 117, making it into an offbeat list of cricketers. He came into play the final today averaging only 14 in ODIs and he’s now second in the list of cricketers with the lowest batting average before scoring their maiden hundred. The most fascinating thing about this wicketkeeper-batsman is the way in which he faced and attacked the frontline Indian bowlers. At one point, he had put Bangladesh on top as he kept playing attacking shots against Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja.

 

The Kedar factor

 

Kedar Jadhav was given the ball for the first time in the match only after the 20th over. He bagged his first wicket of the day off his fifth ball. In the next eight overs, Bangladesh had only managed 29 runs at the expense of four wickets. Jadhav’s wicket of Mehidy Hasan Miraz was literally the breakthrough India were looking for. The run-rate was falling the experienced batsmen had lost their wickets to Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza lost his wicket to a good old stumping by the one and only and with it, MS Dhoni now has 800 dismissals as a wicketkeeper in ODIs. Only Adam Gilchrist(905) and Mark Boucher(998) have more. India didn’t look back even once from that stage. The difference in Bangladesh’s batting performance in the first and second half of their innings can be discerned clearly from this: First 20 overs- 108 for no loss, Next 20 overs- 70 runs for the loss of five wickets. 

 

India successfully bowled out Bangladesh in 48.3 overs with Kuldeep Yadav picking up 3 wickets and Jadhav finishing off with bowling figures of 9-0-41-2. Despite the heroics of Liton Das, Bangladesh managed to produce a target of only 223 for India in the Asia Cup final.