Kuldeep Yadav Achieves Career Best Ranking

Kuldeep Yadav Achieves Career Best Ranking

Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner reaches career-best second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. His performance against New Zealand helped him to improve his T20 ranking. He took two wickets for 26 in the final match against the Kiwis to move up one place in the list. 


Kuldeep Yadav produced a magical spell to dismiss the well-set openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro in the only T20I match he played against NZ. Currently, he is behind only to Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in the ranking table. Krunal Pandya, another left-arm spinner has moved up 39 places to achieve his a career-best 58th rank. Indian openers Rohit Sharma is now at the seventh position while the other opener Shikhar Dhawan is now at 11th. Virat Kohli is now at the 20th position. 

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has moved up one place to 12th, Ross Taylor has moved up seven places to 51st and Tim Seifert has achieved career-best 83rd after moving up up 87 places. Tim Southee (up seven places to 30th) among bowlers is also a notable gainer with Mitchell Santner making it to the top ten.

For South African left-arm fast bowler Beuran Hendricks, the eight wickets against Pakistan have helped him reach his career-best 81st position. Chris Morris has also gained a career-best 21st position after finishing with six wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo has also advanced 15 places to a career-best 23rd position with five wickets. 

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Among others, Pakistan’s Babar Azam got his reward after his knock of 151 and continues to top the batsmen’s list. Hussain Talat has moved to 56th position and Shahid Afridi is now standing at career-best 48th position. Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim is at the fourth position now. 

Faf du Plessis (up from 20th to 17th) and Reeza Hendricks (up from 73rd to 42nd) have been the main gainers whereas all eyes were on the Nepal players. Nepal’s Paras Khadka has gained five places to reach 90th position while Basant Regmi and Sompal Kami are in joint 70th position among bowlers. 

In team ranking, there has been an improvement for Nepal. They have overtaken the UAE marginally to be on the 14th position South Africa is now at the third position ahead of Australia and England in the fourth and fifth.

The Test Specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara

The Test Specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara turns 31 today. Since his debut in 2010 Pujara has proved his worth as a test specialist. 


Chesteshwar Pujara solid technique is perfectly suited for the longer format of the game. By now it has been evident that Pujara is not a ‘good’ limited over batsman but his ability to deliver longer innings in test is often compared to ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid.

Pujara (Image- Reuters)

Cheteshwar Pujara plays for Saurashtra in Ranji. In February 2017 he scored 1605 runs in first class to set a new record for the most runs by an Indian in a first-class season. He surpassed Chandu Borde’s 1604 in 1964-65. In the same year, he also broke the record for the most first-class double hundreds by an Indian when he crossed Vijay Merchant’s 11 double centuries and scored one more. He scored 48 centuries and 50 half centuries in his 185 first-class matches. His impressive average of 54.50 and the total of 14552 showed his class and stamina as a batsman.

What Makes Cheteshwar Pujara Dependable?

In recent times whenever the team yielded the right-handed batter came to rescue. The number 3 position is test cricket is arguably kept for the most dependable bat of the team. Cheteshwar Pujara is proving every bit of the theory correct. But it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, his inclusion in the team has been often questioned and Pujara rose to every occasion to shut his critics.

His last few test performances have made him a regular member of men in blue. Numbers show why Virat Kohli depends on him at Number 3 position.  Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win tests in Australia, South Africa, and England and he always needed one Cheteshwar Pujara to craft the wins.

It was during the 2015 tour of Sri Lanka Pujara came back to the squad after 8 months and scored 145.  He helped India to put a total of 312 and eventually win the match. On an extremely tough pitch in Johannesburg, South Africa when the Indian team was all out for 187 runs, Pujara contributed a half-century. In England when the skipper played the role of an anchor, Pujara gave the support team required. In the third test at Nottingham, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 72 in the second innings that helped India set a mammoth target of 521 runs. India went on to win the match comfortably.

Last but certainly not the least, Cheteshwar Pujara was the main man in the batting line up that India could win their first test series on Australian soil. Player of the tournament Chesteswar Pujara scored 521 runs in the four-Test series. While scoring these runs he surpassed Rahul Dravid in terms of facing the most number of balls by an Indian in a test series in Australia. Pujara faced 1258 balls and crossed Dravid’s 1203 balls in 2003-04 series, Virat Kohli’s 1,093 balls in 2014-15 and Sunil Gavaskar’s 1,032 balls in 1977-78. He also surpassed England legend Herbert Sutcliffe who faced 1237 balls in the 1928-29 Ashes. This stat in recently concluded series in Australia truly shows why you can look up to Pujara whenever the team needs someone.

Following the footsteps of Rahul Dravid is not easy. But with a total of 5426 runs at an average of 51.18 in just 68 test matches Pujara is showing why he is the right successor of Dravid’s genre. The aura Rahul Dravid created with his calmness and patience, Pujara is doing the same to the current Indian cricket fans. Whenever India lost quick wickets and Dravid walked in, the sense of dependency made his fans faithful. Fans knew Dravid was there, and now fans believe Cheteshwar Pujara will be there.

Hirwani Won Test For India With Sensational Debut – 8 Wickets In Each Innings

Hirwani Won Test For India With Sensational Debut – 8 Wickets In Each Innings

Post the retirement of the famous spin quartet, Bedi-Prasanna-Chandrasekhar-Venkat Indian team were struggling in their spin department. Ravi Shastri used to contain one end and played the role of an all-rounder. 


For other spinner’s spot, India had to depend on the bowlers like Shivlal Yadav and Arshad Ayub. Globally there was a dearth of good spinners with Pakistani leg spinner Abdul Qadir being the notable one. For India Laxman Sivaramakrishnan was a leg-spinning sensation who had a great start to his career but fizzled out quickly. In 1988 India launched their new leg spinner, 19-year old Narendra Hirwani. After his heroic performance in recently concluded Australia tour as a part of U-19, the selectors put faith on him. A bespectacled Hirwani from Madhya Pradesh made on this day won his debut test match against West Indies with absolute brilliance and dominance.

Narendra Hirwani (Image- Getty Images)

It was a very strong West Indies team captained by Viv Richards and consisted of players like Richie Richardson, Desmond Haynes, and Carl Hooper. India were missing their regular captain Dilip Vengsarkar following an injury and Ravi Shastri got his only chance to lead India in a test match. It was the 4th test match of the series scheduled to be held in Chennai (then Madras). It is suggested that the pitch was underprepared, however, it was only Hirwani who could use the pitch and the conditions at its best. India had two more newcomers to accompany Hirwani in the all-rounders Raman and Ajay Sharma.

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Despite a confident 69 from Arun Lal India were 156 for 5 when Kapil Dev walked in. Ajay Sharma (30) batted for two hours and added 113 for the sixth wicket. A rampant Kapil Dev added 109 off 124 balls and helped India to score 382 runs. Although conditions were of no help to pace bowlers, Courtney Walsh bowled superbly to take 3 important wickets of Indian side that included Srikanth, Amarnath, and Kapil Dev. West Indies team were all out for just 184 with only significant contribution from Viv Richards who produced some outstanding strokes to score 68 runs.

On his first day of test cricket as a bowler, Hirwani took 3 wickets. Once the openers were gone, Hirwani got the wickets of Richardson, Logie, and Hooper in the space of 34 runs. Not to forget that earlier his very over of test career was to Viv Richards and it was a maiden. On the third day, Hirwani got the prized scalp of Viv Richards when he deceived the master with a flipper. Richards played it towards the third man and was bowled. Narendra Hirwani got the dream wicket on his debut. Then Hirwani was on fire. He took all the remaining five wickets of West Indies to produce a brilliant figure of 18.3-3-61-8.

With a lead close to 200 runs India slowly built on it. Another debutant WV Raman played a matured innings to provide valuable runs along with Azharuddin and set a target of 416 for West Indies.

Hirwani started his magic early in the second innings and got both the openers before the score reached 25. Most of the West Indian players tried to hit out of the trouble but failed miserably to give Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More 5 stumpings in second innings. More’s performance was a good one in a difficult pitch and his collection of 5 stumpings in an innings and six in a match are still world records. Hirwani ran through the middle order and except some fight from Gus Logie and Clyde Butts rest of the players surrendered meekly. India won the match by 255 runs. There first test win over West Indies in close to ten years. Hirwani got another 8 wickets at the cost of 75 runs in the second innings (15.2-3-75-8)

His overall match figure of 16 for 136 was a world record improving on Australian Bob Massie’s 16 for 137 on debut. The record still holds in international cricket. However, Hirawani could not carry his good form in overseas tours and soon became irregular in the team. Once Anil Kumble rose through the ranks to take the position of India’s prime spinner, the chances for Hirwani was far and few between. But he continued to play domestic cricket and retired from first-class cricket in 2006.

21 Consecutive Maiden Overs By Bapu Nadkarni

21 Consecutive Maiden Overs By Bapu Nadkarni

In today’s world of T20 and global leagues, it sounds almost unbelievable that there was a time when cricket used to be played at snail’s pace. 


When a run rate of 2 runs per over in test matches was quite acceptable among players and fans. There are similar situations which occur during test matches even nowadays but those are few and far between.

Bapu Nadkarni, a left-arm spinner and bowling all-rounder for India was a great player from that era. He was famous for his accuracy and bowling at the same spot and maintaining same line and length for over after over. His career economy rate was below 2 and there were many spells where he displayed his great control and accuracy.

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But most famous of these spells occurred 55 years back on this day. It was 12th Jan 1964. India were hosting England in Chennai (then Madras) for the 5th test match of a series where all four previous test matches were drawn.

Bapu Nadkarni (Image: Getty Images)

Batting first, India scored 457 thanks to centuries from their wicket-keeper Budhi Kundaran and Vijay Manjarekar before declaring. India’s playing eleven consists of three spinners with Chandu Borde, Salim Durani and Nadkarni and England ended day two at 63/2. Nadkarni still did not bowl an over.

On day three, Nadkarni got a chance to bowl and kept bowling from one end with impeccable accuracy. The English duo of Brian Bolus and Ken Barrington decided not to take much risk and started defending everything. Nadkarni kept getting maidens after maidens but it did not impact his concentration and neither did he try to bowl something different. He bowled 21 consecutive maiden overs which is still a world record for the maximum number of consecutive maidens with 6-ball over in cricket. He bowled 131 consecutive deliveries and finally, a run were scored. Bolus and Barrington fought hard in front of Nadkarni and both registered extremely slow 50’s. Bolus’ effort resulted in 88 runs scored in nearly 7 hours whereas Barrington scored a 312-minute 80. Nadkarni ended the day with the analysis of 26 overs, 23 maidens, 3 runs, and zero wickets.

By the time, England got all out for 317 next day Nadkarni’s final analysis read 32-27-5-0. The entire England team crawled to 317 in 190 overs with a run rate of 1.66. Despite a sporting declaration from Indian captain Pataudi, the test match ended in a draw but remembered forever for Nadkarni’s Epic feat.

Nadkarni had quite a few top class performances for India including a century in the next test, a 10-wicket haul against Australia in the next season as well as a match-winning 6/43 against New Zealand in Wellington. However, cricket fans remember him for that one January afternoon where he kept bowling and bowling without giving hardly anything away.

Rahul Dravid – An ODI Hero Too

Rahul Dravid - An ODI Hero Too

Rahul Dravid is considered to be one of the greatest test batsmen India has ever produced. He is arguably one of the best Number three batters too in the history of cricket. 


His grammar book pattern, complete dedication, and utmost class helped him to achieve the feat in world cricket. The gentleman who defines the game played 31,258 balls in 286 innings shows the amount of hard work that went into scoring 13,288 test runs.

Rahul Dravid is an easy choice while talking about favorite test batters but in case of one day internationals things are not the same. Rahul Dravid is not the one we like to see in a limited over team where strike rates matter. Amidst the one day greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid will not be a favourable pick. That’s understandable. A batsman who couldn’t reach double-digits in the first three ODI of his career certainly cannot be a limited over great.

But here’s the trick. He may not be an ODI legend, but he is certainly a hero who gave it all to overcome his limitations and came out as a warrior. Rahul Dravid scored 10889 runs in 344 ODIS with an average of 39.16 and a strike rate over 71. For a batsman once considered a test specialist, this limited over figure is certainly commendable. His 12 centuries and 83 fifties gave some of the best moments of Indian cricket. Rahul Dravid is the only Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 10000 runs in both ODIs and Tests. Someone who was probably never sure about his selection in ODI team managed to play more than 300 one day internationals with such command.

Between 1999 and 2005, Dravid scored 10 of his 12 centuries. He won 9 out of the 14 Man of the Match awards during this period. In these seven years, he was among batsmen with at least 4000 one day runs with strike rate of 72 and the list included the big hitters like Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar,  Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Sourav Ganguly.  The world of cricket got to see the best of Rahul Dravid as ODI batsman during this time. He was involved in two triple-century partnerships- one with Sourav Ganguly against Sri Lanka in 1999 world cup and smashed 145 off 129 balls in 318 run partnership, another with Sachin Tendulkar in the same year when he contributed a glittering 153 against New Zealand.  These two are still one of the three highest partnerships for any wicket in one international cricket.

He began wicket keeping in 1999 but never let that affect his batting. In fact, the day he debuted as a wicketkeeper, scored one of the best one-day innings of his life (145 against Sri Lanka in Taunton). As a designated wicketkeeper he played 73 matches and scored 2300 runs at an average of 44 and a strike rate over 72. Rahul Dravid continued to establish himself in the biggest ICC events as well. In 1999 world cup he scored 461 runs at an average of 65.85 and produced 318 runs at 63.60 in 2003 world cup. He is among those few batsmen who scored more than 750 runs in the world cup at an average of 61.42.

Winning the matches is what matters the most. Apart from few memorable innings of 50 off 22 against New Zealand or the Taunton blast, Rahul Dravid rose at many occasions and emerged as the match-winning factor.

It is not possible to forget his stint of 81 runs against the best bowling attack of Pakistan at Sharjah in 1999. Another wonderful inning played by Rahul Dravid at Sharjah against Zimbabwe in 2000. He opened the innings, lost partners at regular intervals but kept his calm while accelerating the scoreboard at the same time.  His defense became the most significant factor for India’s innings. Rahul Dravid often worked as a great finisher of Indian innings. In a low scoring match against Pakistan at Multan in 2006 Rahul Dravid came to bat when India was 5 for 1. India needed just 162 runs to win the match but they kept losing wickets. Dravid’s partnership with Yuvraj (85) at this time worked as savior. He played the role of an anchor with 59 off 72.

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Playing at number 5, he was mostly expected to add some quick runs. But there were frequent times when India lost wickets and he had to build the innings coming at number 5. He did both. It was a match against West Indies at Toronto in 1999. Dravid walked in when India was struggling at 61 for 3. He scored a classy 77 off 87 balls and took the control of Indian innings. Thanks to him that India managed to score 225.  During 2003 World Cup while chasing 273 against Pakistan at Centurion Rahul scored an unbeaten 44 and put a crucial partnership with Yuvraj Singh to win the match. In 2004 India were chasing 293 against Pakistan at Lahore. It was 162 for 5 on the scoreboard and clearly, India seemed to lose the match by then. Rahul Dravid scored an unbeaten 76 off 92 balls and came up with a 132 run partnership with Mohammed Kaif. His 2663 with Yuvraj and 1960 with Kaif clearly shows his contribution as a finisher of the game.

His style is different but his numbers do not lie. Rahul Dravid may not feature in the ODI team but a Dravid is required whenever team struggles even in the limited over format of the game. Rahul Dravid with his classic batting style that has been criticized as slow, defensive and not appropriate for the format never stopped developing himself. He kept on growing and proving himself with each passing day. In fact, his only stint with Twenty 20 format also indicates the same. With the devastating 31 off just 21 balls with a strike rate of 147.61 once again proved his worth again and showed why he survived.

The Pujara factor: The most significant difference between India and Australia

Cheteshwar-Pujara-india-australia

HIGHLIGHTS


⚬ India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara is the real reason behind the edge against Australia.


⚬ Pujara scored his third century of the series today, and his 18th overall.


⚬ He’s only the fifth Indian to score three or more centuries in an overseas series.


⚬ This is the third time that Pujara has scored 400+ runs in a series vs Australia


India’s batsman Number three, Cheteshwar Pujara is the real reason behind India’s success in Australia. Not too long ago, Pujara was incessantly criticized for his “boring” cricket. Little did they know that this “boring” quotient would frustrate Australia. this time the boring meant how long he remained on the crease. And not only that, he kept scoring those runs. The three centuries that he has hit so far in the series is a testimony. 

 

When Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the series, due to injury, before the Adelaide test it paved way for an ‘opening conundrum’ for India. India was left with no other option but to go for the combination of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. Eventually, both of them disappointed with horrible performances. Australia too has had a problem in deciding the top three. Usman Khawaja was stooped down to the number three position to accommodate Aaron Finch as an opener. It didn’t work out for Australia. Neither of Finch or Khawaja did anything impressive for Australia.

The Fall of Wickets in the 1st innings of the Adelaide Test:  1-3 (KL Rahul, 1.6 ov), 2-15 (M Vijay, 6.6 ov), 3-19 (V Kohli, 10.3 ov), 4-41 (AM Rahane, 20.2 ov), 5-86 (RG Sharma, 37.3 ov), 6-127 (RR Pant, 49.1 ov), 7-189 (R Ashwin, 73.6 ov), 8-210 (I Sharma, 82.4 ov), 9-250 (CA Pujara, 87.5 ov)

It was clear that both the top orders were a little shaky. But there was a difference between the two sides, and it was number three. Cheteshwar Pujara stepped up for India right from the Adelaide Test. It could be deciphered from the FOW of the 1st innings of the Adelaide Test(above) how vital Pujara’s 123 was. In the end, India won the match by just 31 runs and needless to say Pujara’s hundred was the key. From then on Pujara never looked back. He remained 130 not out today, at the SCG, and helped India reach 303 at the end of Day 1.

 

RECORDS

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 18th Test century today. He’s now seventh in the list of most number of Test hundreds hit by Indian batsmen.

He is also the 11th(5363 runs) highest run scorer for India in Test. He went past Kapil Dev today.

Pujara has now scored 400+ runs in this series so far. This is the third time he has done so in a series against Australia. Also, the second Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar.

Only four Indian cricketers, other than Pujara, have scored three or most hundreds in a series overseas.

 

Indian Test Cricket – Melbourne Moments

Indian Test Cricket - Melbourne Moments

The annual test match in the great Melbourne Cricket Ground or simply the ‘G’ starting the day after Christmas has got an iconic status in recent years. Playing and performing in front of an exciting crowd of around 90,000 on a Boxing Day test match can be a daunting task but also a rewarding challenge. 


Indian test cricket has already some bittersweet memories in that ground. Virat & Co. will be surely charged up to make some more. memories and finish as the winning side. India won two test matches in Melbourne, once in 1977 and then in 1981. Whereas 1981 is the most memorable and most dramatic, we have some great memories of 2003-04 series as well.

 

1977: Magical Chandrasekhar & Classical Sunny

India had lost first two test matches of the series and as always the batting line up was struggling against pace bowling attack on Australian soil. After the early dismissals of two openers the middle order consisted of Amarnath, Vishwanath, Mankad, and Vengsarkar batted well to score 256 runs in the 1st innings. The challenge was to restrict Australia and get a considerable lead. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar took 6 wickets for just 52 runs to wrap Australia in just 213 runs.

India was ready to give a fight this time. Gavaskar came to bat with the urge to prove himself as he had scored a duck in the first innings. Then it was nothing short of a spectacular show. Gavaskar scored a brilliant century and with support from Mohinder Amarnath (72) and Gundappa Vishwanath (59) set a  target of 386 for Australia in the fourth innings. The Australian team was sent back to the pavilion for just 164 runs handing India their first ever win in Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.  Sunil Gavaskar’s comeback innings and B. Chandrasekhar’s spell went into history and are applauded till date whenever we talk about Indian test moments in Australia.

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1981: Controversy & Victory

Captained by Greg Chappell, Australia was a relatively young team with few stalwarts like Denis Lillee, Rodney Marsh and Greg himself. Indians were a more settled side Captained by Sunil Gavaskar with players like Gundappa Viswanath, Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev and Dilip Doshi in their ranks.

Despite the young team, Australia had won the first test in Sydney by an innings and the second test in Adelaide had ended in a draw. It all came down to the 3rd test in Melbourne for India to try one last time to level the series.

On a grassy track, Chappell won the toss and put India to bat. It was a good toss to win as Lillee and Pasco got enough help from the pitch and got India all out for 237 before the end of the day. Only Viswanath could give a fight and score a brilliant 114 to give some respectability to India’s total. The next highest score was Kirmani’s 25. Australia scored 400 plus, thanks to a century from Allan Border and important contributions from Chappell and Walters. The lead was 182 runs for the Aussies.

Indians had a great start in the second innings and Gavaskar added 165 runs with his opening partner Chetan Chauhan when the controversy struck. Gavaskar was given out LBW against the bowling of Lillee by umpire Rex Whitehead. Gavaskar was sure that he hit the ball and was so furious that in protest he took Chauhan along with him off the field and it looked like he was going to concede the innings. But thanks to Indian team manager, Wing Commander SK Durrani’s intervention the match was continued. Among all this India could not capitalize on their good start and got all out for 324 giving a target of 143 to chase for Australians to win the series 2-0. The bigger headache for India was that the premier pace Bowler Kapil Dev was nursing a thigh strain and could not take the field. Also, Doshi was injured but he continued and along with Karsan Ghavri, gave India a great start on 4th day evening when Australia ended the day at 24 for the loss of 3 wickets including Chappell. Next day Kapil showed his mental strength and came to bowl after taking painkillers and injection. Even in that state Kapil produced some awesome spells and almost single-handedly finished the Australian batting line up with an amazing figure of 5 for 28. Australia could score only 83 and gave Indians one of their most memorable victories overseas.

 

2003-04: Sehwag’s 195

Another memorable test match in Melbourne was the Boxing Day test during India’s tour in 2003-04 series. Indian team were already leading the series 1-0, thanks to their great win in Adelaide. They won the toss in MCG and Captain Sourav Ganguly decided to bat. It was a great crowd on the Boxing Day and they were thoroughly entertained by a great knock by Virender Sehwag. Along with a patient Akash Chopra, Sehwag added 141 runs in the first wicket out of which Chopra scored 48. It was a wonderful batting exhibition from Sehwag who hit all around the ground and was scoring at a Strike rate around 80. After Chopra’s dismissal, Sehwag and Rahul Dravid added 137 runs and India looked in a strong position. However Australian captain Steve Waugh, playing his last series, got the wicket of Dravid and in the very next over Brett Lee got Tendulkar in the first ball. Sehwag continued to play in his normal flow but Indians got a serious blow when batting at 195, Sehwag tried to play Katich out of the park to reach his double hundred and got caught by Nathan Bracken. India lost their last 7 wickets for just 55 runs and after that great start only could score 366. Australia replied with a massive 558 which included a century from Matthew Hayden and a Double century from Ricky Ponting. It was Ponting’s second double century of the series after Adelaide and this time Australians were determined to not let it go in vain.

In the second innings, India could only score 286, with notable contributions from Dravid and Tendulkar. Sehwag scored just 11 after his first innings heroics. All the Australian bowlers were on target and Brad Williams finished with 4 wickets. With a target of 95 to chase Australia reach the target by losing just one wicket and fittingly both Hayden and Ponting were on the crease while the winning runs were scored. Although it was a losing cause, Sehwag’s Day-one 195 is considered to be one of the greatest knocks by Indians in Australian soil.

3 Probable Replacements For Indian Women’s Cricket Team Coach

Coach - Tom Moody

Indian Women’s cricket team is going through a tough phase after the much talked about the conflict between the coach Ramesh Power and senior cricketer Mithali Raj. Interestingly when Mithali went against the coach, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana showed their support towards him. 


Following the conflict also due to the completion of tenure of Ramesh Power as a coach, Board of Cricket Control of India is all set to welcome the new coach. There are a lot of big names that include some foreigners and some Indian legends who have already applied for the job.

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We are looking into the top 3 candidates who can eventually become the new coach of Indian women’s cricket team.

 

Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore (Photo: Cricinfo)

The mastermind behind the 1996 world cup victory of Sri Lanka was their coach Dav Whatmore when they defeated powerful Australia at the Gaddafi stadium. His strategy of power hitting during the first 15 overs helped Sri Lanka to come victorious whereas it was later used by many teams and became a norm in one-day internationals. The aggressive batting of the opening pair Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana to give the team a powerful start set a new benchmark. The calmness of Dav Whatmore could never reveal his aggressive strategies against the opponent, and this became his biggest strength. He also served as the coach of Bangladesh cricket team from 2003 to 2007, and Bangladesh got their first ever Test match victory during his tenure in 2005. Later he guided India U-19 team captained by Virat Kohli to win the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.

 

Tom Moody

Tom Moody (Photo: www.iplt20.com)

This former Australian cricketer played eight Tests and 76 ODIs for Australia. Tom Moody was a hard-hitting batsman with a medium pace bowling quality was also a decent slip fielder. He made his ODI debut against India in 1987 and had a decent one-day international career including his key role in Australia’s world cup win in 1999. He scored 61 in his first test match against New Zealand and promoted to open the batting order against Sri Lanka that eventually didn’t work out and made his way out of the test squad. After retirement, Tom Moody went into cricket coaching. Life took a full circle for Moody when he got chance to coach Sri Lankan cricket team and took them to the final of the World Cup in 2007. He then went on to contribute to the domestic cricket circuit in Australia. Later he became the coach of Kings XI Punjab and also led Sunrisers Hyderabad in their maiden title win in Indian Premier League and also had few stints in Big Bash League.

 

Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad (Photo: Reuters)

Venkatesh Prasad was a regular name in Indian cricket team during 90’s could move the ball in both ways and that’s what made him special for the team. He was a slow seamer and was more effective in the away matches. But surprisingly his most outstanding spell came at Chennai in 1999 and he ended Pakistan’s second innings of a test match with a devastating figure of 6 for 33 that included a spell of 5 for 0. Once he took 10 wickets during a test match in Durban against South Africa. Fondly called as Vishy, Prasad was a useful weapon in the limited over matches as well. He took 196 wickets from 161 ODIs with an average of 32.30. Post his bowling career he went into coaching and was appointed as the coach of U-19 Indian team that finished as runners up in 2006 U-19 world cup. Later he was also recruited as the bowling coach of the senior team in 2007. He also had his IPL stints with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.

Ravindra Jadeja- The Indian All Rounder turns 30

Ravindra Jadeja- The Indian All Rounder turns 30

Born on 6th Decembers, 1988 the enigma called Ravindra Jadeja turns 30 today. 


It was in 2006 Under-19 World Cup that splendid spells from Ravinder Jadeja and Piyush Chawla bundled Pakistan in 109 in the finale. Unfortunately, India lost the match by 38 runs but the tournament gave birth to some of the future legends of the Indian cricket team.

In 2008 during the next Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur Ravindra Jadeja went on to win it for Virat Kohli’s Team India. He bagged 10 wickets at 13.20 and with an economy rate of 3.14 led Indian team to their second Under-19 World Cup triumph.

 

Ravindra Jadeja (Photo: AFP)

This limited over specialist became the second bowler after Anil Kumble to claim the number 1 spot among bowlers in One Day International in 2013. However, his test performances have been also impressive since his test debut in 2011-12 against England. Since then he has been a part of some heroic victories against Australia (in 2012-13 and 2016-17) and England (2016-17). Jadeja, currently the second-ranked test all-rounder is also in the top 5 in bowlers’ ranking and has 385 wickets in international cricket till now.

Although he started with Rajasthan Royals in IPL, he later became one of the main pillars of Chennai Super Kings with his tight bowling, dashing fielding and big hitting. He has been a go-to man for MS Dhoni whenever he needed to break a partnership. After facing a ban in the third edition of IPL, he came back even stronger to prove his worth as an all-rounder.

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Jadeja provides a good support in lower order in both tests and ODIs as displayed by his 10 fifties in ODIs and 9 fifties and one solitary century in test cricket. His maiden century came in his home ground in October against the West Indies. However, Jadeja has a scintillating batting record in the first class cricket and he is one of those nine batsmen who have scored three first-class triple hundreds. The names include legends like WG Grace, Bill Ponsford, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Graeme Hich, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, and Cheteshwar Pujara. Jadeja had entered this elite list before he even turned 24.

He was called ‘rock-star’ by Shane Warne during the inaugural IPL edition. He was earlier trolled as ‘Sir’, ‘Lord’ by the fans, but now those have become his nicknames. With India Australia test series beginning from today, we can only hope the birthday boy to show his skills on the Australian soil to register the much-awaited series win for the team.

Indian Test Moments @ Adelaide Oval

Indian Test Moments @Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world and has hosted 76 test matches till date with 75% of those matches ending in a result. Australia won 40 of those 57 matches. The ground hosted its first ever test match in 1884. 


Adelaide Oval is the first ground in the world to have organized a day night test match between Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Over the years the venue famous for its heritage scoreboard has been part of many famous cricketing moments.

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India has played 11 test matches so far at this ground with a not so impressive record. India has won only once, lost seven and drawn three matches.  In those few appearances, Indian team have created moments that only numbers cannot justify.

 

When Vijay Hazare Stole the Show

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Vijay Hazare (Photo: PA Photos)

Vijay Hazare was one those Indian batsmen whom team looked up to during a crisis. During India’s first tour of Australia in 1948, India had lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one when they appeared for the fourth at Adelaide Oval. Australia scored 674 runs and the cricket world was waiting to witness another surrender of the Indian side. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69 and scored 116 runs in the first innings against the devastating Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar. While following on he scored another ton (145) to become the first Indian to hit two centuries in both innings of a test match. Although India lost the match Hazare is still remembered for his amazing showcase in front of the Aussie crowd.  

Don Bradman went to on record to praise Hazare, “Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country…”

 

A Repeat of Eden 2001

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Rahul Dravid, Adelaide Test 2003 (Photo: Getty Images)

India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board after Australia piled up 556 in the first innings of Adelaide Test, 2003. Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion. As always the hope was on VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. When fans were waiting for another special inning from VVS Laxman against the yellow army after Eden 2001, Rahul Dravid took the lead role. He scored 233 and was well supported by Laxman who scored 148 and both of them managed to save the follow-on. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the situation and Ajit Agarkar recorded his career best figure, 6 for 41. Australia could set a target of 233 in the second innings and with an, in form Dravid, it was an easy win for India thereafter. The wall scored unbeaten 72 runs to register the first and only test win of India in Adelaide Oval.

 

The Record Maker

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Virat Kohli, Adelaide Test 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli got his maiden Test century during the 2012 Australia at Adelaide and since then he has been involved in a never-ending love saga with the ground.  When India team toured Australia in 2014 Virat Kohli became the most valuable batsman of the side. Due to an unfit Dhoni, Kohli got his first chance to captain India in a test match. He did not miss the golden opportunity and scored centuries in both the innings of the test match. The sheer elegance of his batting in both the innings proved why he earned the status of the most important batsman of the team. Especially in the second innings, Kohli led the team like a true leader with a classy 141 while chasing 364. The test match ended with India losing by a narrow margin of just 48 runs but Virat Kohli put his name in the record books for a number of records. 256 runs scored by him in that match is the highest for any player on captaincy debut and he also became the second captain and the first overseas player to score two hundred on captaincy debut. Overall he was the sixth overseas batsman scoring twin hundreds in a test match in Australia and second for India after Hazare. He also became only the fourth Indian to score hundred in both innings of a test match after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid.

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Nowadays Adelaide Oval is considered as one of most batting-friendly conditions in Australia and Indian team will be happy to start the test series in this venue. They will look to put the Aussies in the back foot from the very beginning when the test match will start from Thursday.