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WOW, Take a BOW master! - Sachin becomes the first batsman to score a 200 in an ODI

Posted by Aneesh P V on February 24, 2010 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar added anotherfeather to his cap when he became the first batsman to cross the200-run mark in an one-day international at Captain Roop Singh Stadiumin Gwalior on Wednesday.


Tendulkar achieved the unique landmark when he run a single off Langeveldt against South Africa in the second one-dayer of the on going three-match series.

Sachin's 200 came off 147 balls, which include 25 fours and 3 sixes.


The master surpassed the previous highest individual score made by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar (194 against India in 1997) and Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe (194 not out against Bangladesh in 1999).


Tendulkar started his innings aggressively and made a quick-fire37-ball fifty before finally completing his century in 90 balls. Sachin extended his lead for the record of most number of centuries to 17 as Ricky Ponting lies in the second place with 29 centuries.


Tendulkar continued his record breaking form as he had slammed his 46thTest ton in the final match of the longer version of the game against the Proteas earlier.

 After losing Virender Sehwag (9) early in the innings, Tendulkar put on 194-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik (79 off 85 balls), who slammed his fourth ODI fifty, against South Africa.

 Earlier, India skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the second One-dayer of the three match series.

 Virender Sehwag, who was doubtful for the second ODI, is fit to play in Gwalior as Dhoni kept the same squad. On the other hand Proteas have made three changes. Jean-Paul Duminy, Roelof van der Merwe and Hashim Amla have made it to the playing eleven.

 After escaping with a narrow win in Jaipur, India would aim to plugtheir bowling loopholes and seal the three-match series to retain the number two spot in ICC rankings when they take on South Africa in the second ODI on Wednesday.

 History favours the hosts at this venue since out of nine matches they have played here, seven have resulted in victory for India.


Congratulate the little master on his historic double century

Hip Hip Hurray! Congratulations India, The Number One Test Cricket Side!

Posted by Aneesh P V on December 6, 2009 at 10:49 AM Comments comments (3)

TODAY: Hip Hip Hurray!

Three cheers to our Indian Cricket Team.... Hip HipHurray.... We've got the rank of Number 1 Test cricketing nation today afterdefeating the Sri Lankan team 2-0 in the test series in India....


Men In Blue pose for Team Photo after becoming World Number 1 Test team winning the Test series against Sri Lanka2-0... Hail Team India!!!!

Lots of positives to take away from this series...

   > The batting ofIndian top order - Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Dhoni, Yuvraj andeven Vijay in the last test.... all of them contributed..

   >The bowlingimproved after the first test match...with the changes brought in by Dhoni inthe test match worked well with Sreesanth and Ojha playing well.... Zaheer andHarbhajan were very good in the last test match too...

    > According toDhoni, even the fielding was better in this series...

    > Also thecoaching staffs - Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton

       got special mention from Sachin, Sehwag and Dhoni...


Two Important Turning points were:

   * DefinitelyVirender Sehwag's swashbuckling innings of 293 runs in the third test match

   * Sreesanth's 5wicket haul in the second test match


One point to be noted is this time both the batsmen andbowlers contributed to the victory. We got our 100th Test victory in the secondmatch and with the victory in the third test match against Sri Lanka, we alsogot the #1 rank in Test Cricket.

PAST & PRESENT:  Congratulations India, The Number One Test Cricket Side!

A curious mixture of circumstance and consistency (would youhave ever associated that with Indian cricket even just a couple of years ago)have seen India ascend to the summit of the ICC rankings. Critics will nowpoint out that the rankings are flawed (they seemed to be just fine whileAustralia held the position even after losing two series in a row), and thatthis Indian team doesn’t have the dominating prowess of the great West Indianand Australian sides of the past. Critics will say the bowling lacks thepenetration, pace and probing accuracy that befits a champion side. Criticswill say the team relies on individual moments of batting brilliance and theunit is unable to play as a team. They will say that many in the side have thewrong attitude and that the team shall continue to search for that elusive“killer instinct.” They will pick on the fielding and fitness and compare it tosides that struggle to make the top half of the table. They may have a fewpoints (for some of the time), but even these critics cannot ignore facts (forall of the time).


And the facts are as impressive as they are surprising. Thelast time India lost a test match was in July 2008 in Sri Lanka. It is also thelast time they lost a test series, and flatteringly the last time they did notwin a test series. Reflect on that for a moment; India have won every testseries they have played for close to a year and a half. No other team has abetter record over this period. Even the overrated Australian side, who havelived off their past performances to hold on to number one, have lost threetest series during this time including one at home. Go as far back as May of2007 and the team’s record is still surprising. Out of ten test series,including the acrimonious tour to Australia, India have won 7, lost two (Ausand SL) and drawn a home series against South Africa. Go back even further andyou will admire that the side has away series wins in England, the West Indies,New Zealand and Pakistan, silencing those who say they are poor travelers. Infact, the last time an Indian side went win-less in a series was againstPakistan in January of 2006.


During this time unnecessary controversy has plagued theside, as have injuries and change in management and personnel. There have beenthree different captains, several different pace and spin bowlers in the sideat one time or another, the retirement of two of India’s all-time greats andeven the ignominious dropping of world class players by bitter and stupidselectors. In short, this has hardly been a settled team. But it is oneoverloaded with talent. That they haven’t won as convincingly as many believethey should have only goes to show how people’s expectations have changedconsiderably from the times when just avoiding a whitewash abroad wasconsidered a decent performance. But they have won enough to be the best in anera where there is no clear leader.


Credit should go not just to this team that has crushed SriLanka in this series, but also to those who have been a part of building thisside and this spirit over the last few years. Anil Kumble stepped in when theselectors were not ready to thrust Dhoni with the responsibility of testcaptaincy, and he led by example. He demanded nothing short of excellence fromhis players, backed them to the hilt, performed with enthusiasm that belied his37 years of age and in his own way guided and prepared them through a toughtransition. The core of this side – Sachin, Rahul, Sehwag, Laxman, Harbhajanand Zaheer – then gave their new captain all the support he needed and helpedhim mould this side into one capable of beating any opposition, anywhere in theworld. Dhoni’s captaincy has inspired much talk, so much so that his matchwinning performances are sometimes overshadowed by it. Indeed, he might well beone of the luckiest Indian skippers with a this beautiful rich combination ofseniors and youngsters, all of whom have made important contributions whencircumstances demanded it. Whether it is Gautham Gambhir who has become thenumber one test batsman, or even the temperamental troubled child Sreesanthtaking a 5-fer on his return, at crucial times there has always been someonewho has performed beyond his potential.


It is hard to understand why so many wish to condemn thisteam. The explosive brilliance of Sehwag at the top and his more than ablepartner Gambhir are easily the best opening partnership in all forms of thegame at the moment. In Zaheer, Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma, the side has a wellrounded pace bowling attack, and when they are all back to top form I’d like tosee how many sides can keep them at bay. Between Harbhajan, Ojha and Mishra,the team has rich spinning options to select from, all of whom can dominate aside on a wearing track. Yuvraj might still be finding his feet in Test cricketbut his batting pedigree is doubted by none. Dhoni has evolved and developedhis game to the level where you wonder if there is a more ambitious anddetermined cricketer today. And then you have the famed trio, who might notsteal the headlines as often as they used to but who are always, in their ownquiet ways, contributing to the series victories. Indian cricket has had manydutiful servants, but none more battle-worn and committed than SachinTendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. If this is the last time they haveplayed together for India at home, then they have gone out on a deservedflourish, as key architects of the number one side of the world. Well done,team India!


Testing d test cricket.....!

Posted by Aneesh P V on December 6, 2009 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello friends,  I know that so many of you don't know about the modern day test cricket. Now a days, because of lots of ODI's and T-20's, test cricket has eventually lost it's hight. But you may like the information below about modern ady test cricket.

Modern day Test cricket (since 1979/80) has been played all over the world with six balls per over. However, Test cricket started with 4 balls per over and has had varying number of balls per over around the world up to 1979/80, generally the same as the number of balls per over in force in other first-class cricket in that country.

Balls per over:-

In England

1880 to 1888: 4

1890 to 1899: 5

1902 to 1938: 6

1939 only : 8

1946 to date: 6

In Australia

1876/77 to 1887/88: 4

1891/92 to 1920/21: 6

1924/25: 8

1928/29 to 1932/33: 6

1936/37 to 1978/79: 8

1979/80 to date: 6

In South Africa

1891/92 to 1898/99: 5

1902/03 to 1935/36: 6

1938/39 to 1957/58: 8

1961/62 to date: 6

In New Zealand

1929/30 to 1967/68: 6

1968/69 to 1978/79: 8

1979/80 to date: 6

In Pakistan

1954/55 to 1972/73: 6

1974/75 to 1977/78: 8

1978/79 to date: 6

This is the balls/over at that nations, upto different years.

!Men in Blue will look to emulate the Australians!

Posted by Aneesh P V on November 13, 2009 at 11:28 PM Comments comments (0)

It started with Allan Border and it has continued till Ricky Ponting.Yes, I am talking about captaincy and not to forget putting forth agood team in place and the target of achieving the world-beater tag. IfBorder had David Boon, Craig McDermott, Bruce Reid, Mike Whitney, SteveWaugh, Mark Waugh, Ian Healy and Tim May—his successor Mark Taylor wasblessed with the Waugh twins in their prime forms and had Shane Warne,Glenn McGrath and so the trick always has been to put forth missingpieces and solve the jigsaw puzzle.


The recent failures of the ever-conquering Aussie side has been attributed by many to the retirement of greats such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchristbut the real issue for them has been finding suitable replacementswhich is where most teams suffer from. West Indies’ performancenosedived ever since the greats such as Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holdingand the Walshs and Ambrose called it a day, Yes, they did have BrianCharles Lara and have Chanderpaul. But are they the same side?


The Ashes 2009 might have made many cricketexperts write the obituary for the Aussies and hail the Englishmen asthe next world-beaters. Hey! Wait. Australians are not done yet and tobe what they have done for decades now, one has to win EVERYTHING andnot the Ashes and necessarily in all formatsof the game. Yes, Andrew Strauss’ men would have found the hard truthwith the first three games showing the England outfit as and out andunfit. The measure of a side that is set to achieve pinnacles ofsuccess comes when it performs without its superstars.Australia without Ponting depended on the services of Cameron White andCallum Ferguson and look how they have delivered.


Nowthe big question is —which team remotely comes close to take thenumeral Uno spot from the Aussies? In my mind–it has to be the INDIANS.The only team which has challenged consistently in the last 7-8years...Sorry not South Africans or the home-tigers Sri Lankans. Indiais the only one-day side to have won the ICC Champions Trophy, the ICCTwenty20 WC and 50-over WC in the history of short version of the gameand the only team other than South Africa to have won Test matchesconsistently in the Down Under.


“It is only an incentive. But our first priority is to do wellin the next few matches and win the series. If we do well consistentlywe will be number one. So, we are taking it as the first tournament ofthe season,” said Dhoni on the eve of their tri-series opener againstNew Zealand. Brave words from a man who took the Indian captaincy afterRahul Dravid resigned from it in September 2007. What makes this Indianunit?


Not long ago,Indians were one of those teams that depended on individual brilliancethan collective charisma. The Indian team now boasts of evergreenSachin Tendulkar who opens it with either Virender Sehwag or GautamGambhir and with out of the tri-series will start with Dinesh Karthik.Their middle-order is solid with Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh andYusuf Pathan and will depend on R.P. Singh, Ishant Sharma, PraveenKumar, Harbhajan Singh and part-timers such as Yuvraj, Yusuf and Sachinto sharing tre the bowling load.


Interestingly,Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma are not in the team and theperformers select their spots and that is the sign of a team which islooking to attain the number one tag and not sit on past laurels.


InTest cricket, the middle-order of VVS Laxman, Sachin and Rahul provideconcrete to the opening pair of Gambhir and Viru. The bowling gainsvariety when you have Amit Mishra, Bhajji in the spin department and Zak, RP, Ishant Sharma taking care of the fast-bowling.


An ideal team that continues to perform in all-conditions is the likely candidate to grab the top spot in the coming days.