Russell Domingo all-praise for Kagiso Rabada ahead of ODI series in England Kagiso Rabada has grabbed a total of 57 wickets in 34 matches he played in the 50-over format © Getty ImagesMelbourne: South Africa coach Russell Domingo has lavished praise on fast bowler Kagiso Rabada by comparing him with the country’s pace spearhead Dale Steyn as the 21-year-old begins a huge northern summer with the three-match ODI series against England, starting on Wednesday at the Headingley. Proteas will be without their key bowler Steyn for the England series as well as for the Champions Trophy and Test matches that follow as he continues to recover from a shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, Rabada, who made his ODI debut in July 2015, has grabbed a total of 57 wickets in 34 matches he played in the 50-over format since then. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 1st ODI at Headingley With Rabada establishing himself as one of the most complete fast bowlers at the moment, Domingo has pinned high hopes on him in the absence of Steyn. Admitting that Rabada can be as good as Steyn, Domingo said that the young fast bowler is a fantastic prospect for his side and that they are expecting good contribution from him in the upcoming tour. “He could be as good as Steyn. He’s a fantastic prospect for us and we’re expecting really big things from him this tour.He’s got pace and he’s got a wonderful head on his shoulders, with a great outlook on life . just very simplistic and calm,” cricket.com.au quoted Domingo as saying. ENG-SA seek lead with one eye on CT 2017 Domingo further insisted that Rabada’s excellent physical condition can also prove beneficial in his bid to steer clear of injury, which is a part and parcel of every paceman’s career. Describing Rabada as their `special` cricketer, Domingo admitted that the former is a fantastic bowler who needs to be managed carefully. “If he takes his shirt off you can see why he doesn’t get too many injuries – he’s an unbelievable athlete.He is built unbelievably well for a fast bowler,” the Proteas coach said. “We have to manage him because he’s a fantastic bowler who plays all formats for us and we have to be careful how we play him because he’s a special cricketer,” he added. The fiery right-arm quick also finished with the figures of two for 26 in South Africa’s warm-up clash against Northamptonshire on Sunday. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Russell Domingo all-praise for Kagiso Rabada ahead of ODI series in England appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Sachin Tendulkar: Indian players will approach ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 final differently in today’s date Sachin Tendulkar said, “I feel if we were allowed to play that match today, the players will approach that game differently.” © IANSMumbai: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar feels the advent of Twenty20 has changed batsmen’s approach to chasing big scores in ODIs, something that would be of help if India were to replay the lost 2003 World Cup final against Australia. India lost the 2003 World Cup final against Australia by 125 runs in Johannesburg. Australia had scored a mammoth 359-2 and the Indian batters put up a dismal show to be bundled out for 234. Asked about the loss, Tendulkar said, “I feel if we were allowed to play that match today, the players will approach that game differently.” “We were all charged up, we went out to field and right from over one, it was that big moment, unbelievably charged up. [If the] same players are given an opportunity, we will approach it [that game] differently,” Tendulkar said. IPL 2017 Final: Sachin Tendulkar heaps praise on Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga after clinching 3rd IPL title The 44-year-old was speaking to reporters here today after the highlights of his upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” was shown to the media. “[Players would have approached] differently only because of introduction of T20, in those days 358  looked [a] herculean task, it will be today as well but it will be closer than 2003,” he said. “We have also on number of occasions got 325-340 runs and that is because the format has changed, the rules have changed a little bit. The conditions have also changed [than] what we got there, I just feel the mindset has changed because of introduction of T20 and the calculations are different,” explained the former right-handed batsman. Sachin Tendulkar holds special screening of his film for armed forces Meanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on Raj Singh Dungarpur, the former BCCI president and chairman of selectors, saying he helped him in his early days. “Raj bhai clearly told me focus on your exams, you are not going to West Indies [in 1989]. This was during semifinals of Ranji Trophy, we were playing Delhi and I was having a net session in the morning.” Sachin Tendulkar: We all try our level best to do various things which gives us satisfaction “[I] clearly remember Raj bhai walking up to me and said Sachin, after this Ranji Trophy, you focus on your SSC exams. You will play for India, but you are not going to West Indies. Raj bhai has always been extremely supportive. Raj Bhai has played huge role in my life,” remembered the master-blaster. He also said his children Sara and Arjun have given a thumbs up to the upcoming movie, which is set to release on May 26. Sachin Tendulkar wishes to dedicate his movie to father, brother “For the world I am cricketer, but for them I am their father first, so how they react was important for me, when their reaction was positive, I said James Erskine has done a good job,” he quipped. The star batsman also revealed that his coach Ramakant Achrekar will watch the movie tomorrow. “Sir will be watching the movie tomorrow. Without him, nothing can happen,” he added. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Sachin Tendulkar: Indian players will approach ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 final differently in today’s date appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Mumbai Indians (MI), team review, IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma and co.’s waltz to glory This was Mumbai Indians (MI) third IPL title and Rohit Sharma’s 7th T20 title © BCCIThe ‘slow starters’ tag came to the fore in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 as well. Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) had walloped Mumbai Indians (MI) by 7 wickets in their first contest. That, however, is not a new phenomenon. In the past, despite experiencing defeats in the initial stage of the tournament, the resilient Mumbai went on to lift the title. IPL witnessed the same: Mumbai aced the last hurdle and that too for the record third time. They showed intent and maturity to encounter roughest of times. From defending champions, they had ended at No. 5 in 2016. They had exited with a win-loss ratio of 7:7 then. They, as a matter, of fact could not dish out right strategies. In addition, Hardik Pandya was nowhere close to his best. Parthiv Patel was not in his elements. There was no Lasith Malinga. There were no significant contributions from either Kieron Pollard or Jos Buttler. They even grieved the absence of Lendl Simmons midway. All went against Mumbai. However, this year, to simply put it, there was a different tale. Although Mumbai maintained the trend of losing against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the inaugural match, they ensured it was a fairytale end. While Gujarat Lions (GL) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were unfortunately hit by injuries in the initial stages, Mumbai kept their best foot forward since the beginning of the campaign. There was unity. There was confidence oozing in every teammate. There were calculative steps taken. Malinga was back, playing in the best of his fitness. They played well as a unit. Above all, they did not succumb to pressure. Another benefit for Mumbai was their new head coach in Mahela Jayawardene. The Gujarati factor Major chunk of the runs flowed from Parthiv’s willow this season. Unlike the previous one, none of the batsmen went past 400-run mark. He came of age with 395 runs at an average of 24.68 and strike rate of 134.81. He played a remarkable innings against RPS in Qualifier 2, on slow Wankhede pitch. Parthiv scored a resolute 52, albeit in a losing cause. Krunal has been an exceptional find for Mumbai. He not only got the runs with the bat but worked his magic with the ball. Ending the previous season at 237 runs, he continued the momentum and ended at 243 runs with a strike rate 135.75. He kept his best reserved for the playoffs. One of his remarkable performances came against RPS in the final with a fine knock of 38-ball 47. He also ended with 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82, despite missing a few games due to groin injury. Emergence of Nitish Rana Being selected for just 4 games in the previous season, Rana carved a niche for himself this time. The loss of Ambati Rayudu, one of Mumbai’s veterans, was a gain for Rana. Although his tally of runs (333) was similar to that of skipper Rohit Sharma in a fewer innings, he ended with a decent average of 30.27 and a strike rate of 126.13. Rana also shared most Man of the Match awards (2) along with Mitchell McClenaghan. Heroes amidst storm Mumbai weathered many storms in this edition. Most of their matches went down the wire, be it Bumrah’s astonishing death-bowling during the Super Over vs Gujarat Lions (GL) or Pollard’s blistering knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after Samuel Badree’s hat-trick or Hardik’s last-over anxiety against KKR to seal the spot at the top of the points table. Well, the last match must still be fresh in your minds, thanks to Mitchell Johnson. Lethal bowling attack Apart from Bumrah, McClenaghan was also effective with the new ball. He had ended at No. 3 in the Purple Cap list last year with 17 wickets. This year, McClenaghan finished IPL 2017 at No. 4 with 19 scalps, just below his teammate Bumrah. The spinners, too, came good. Harbhajan’s resurgence in the initial phase was remarkable. He conceded less than 6 runs in the powerplay and has also picked crucial wickets. Filling his shoes well was the highest bid (INR 3.5 crores) of Mumbai this season, Karn. His best came against KKR, earning Man of the Match for figures of 4 for 16 in Eliminator. Surprisingly, all the three spinners — Harbhajan, Karn and Krunal —ended with an economy of well under 7. Player Mat Runs Wkts Ave Econ SR Karn Sharma 9 214 13 16.46 6.97 14.1 Krunal Pandya 13 273 10 27.3 6.82 24 Harbhajan Singh 11 266 8 33.25 6.48 30.7 Bench strength Mumbai threw a brainer when they played their final league match against KKR at Eden Gardens, with as many as six changes to the side. As Rohit mentioned during the toss, they wanted to test their bench strength. Where many feared it would backfire, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar and the fit-again Rayudu proved quashed all the critics. Saurabh and Rayudu ended with fifties, while Vinay Kumar bagged 2 wickets off his 3 overs. Rohit Sharma leads from the front There was not even a single moment when Rohit was bashed (or trolled) for his captaincy by the cricket fanatics. Be it bringing Karn within the powerplay against KKR in the playoffs or backing his bowlers, Malinga and McClenaghan, despite being whacked by Glenn Maxwell and Hashim Amla of KXIP. He also took some calculative steps like moving Pollard ahead or picking Karn over Harbhajan or Johnson over McClenaghan. Being part of four IPL finals and winning three with his captaincy, Rohit enjoyed his spot as a captain. He also remains the only Indian player to be part of seven T20 titles. The lows Rohit Sharma, the batsman: Although he was selected for the upcoming Champions Trophy, Rohit could not fire on all cylinders with the bat. He had a torrid time against as many as five leg-spinners – Imran Tahir, Rashid Khan, Samuel Badree, Rahul Tewatia and Amit Mishra. Adding to the woes, he earned just three fifties to his name. A batsman, who amassed 489 runs at an average of 44.45 and strike rate of 132.88 last year off 14 matches as an opener, managed to end this one at 333 off 17 matches at a staggering average of 23.78 and strike rate of mere 121.97 as a middle-order batsman. The bright side, though, he remains at No. 3 as the leading run-scorer in IPL with 4,207 runs. Also Read Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2017: Marks out of 10 for Rohit Sharma-led champions The missing Slinga factor: From 24 wickets in 2015 to 11 wickets in 2017, Mumbai were craving for a ‘Slinga’ innings. Malinga, who returned after one year layoff, had a difficult time to find the right length and variations. He has also leaked 50-plus runs on two successive occasions – one against GL and the other against KXIP. Although he was lauded for his bowling in the final for harassing Steven Smith with his yorkers, Malinga’s best this season was seen against Delhi Daredevils (DD) where he ended with 2 for 5. Malinga, who has assisted the youngster Bumrah, probably got overshadowed by his student this year. The giant leap RPS defeated Mumbai in three consecutive matches before the all-important final. An early nerve usually catches up on the teams, but surprisingly they could not find momentum even in their hunting ground Wankhede. The third time, it left a scar on Mumbai’s mind, losing in Qualifier 1 as well. However, when it was time to clinch the trophy, Mumbai gave it their all. An excellent comeback in the death over proved their supremacy. Leading run-scorers and wicket-takers Parthiv, Pollard, Rana, McClenaghan, Bumrah and Karn have particularly stood out for Mumbai, eventually finding their name in the Orange and Purple cap list. There is not much of a difference in comparison to last year, where Rohit was the only Mumbai batsmen in top 10. This time, Parthiv found his spot at No. 8. As for the bowlers, Bumrah and McClenaghan continued to rule within top 10 from last year, ending at No. 3 and 4 respectively. Top batsmen Player M Runs HS AVG SR 100s 50s Parthiv Patel 16 395 70 24.68 134.81 0 2 Kieron Pollard 17 385 70 29.61 139.49 0 3 Nitish Rana 13 333 62* 30.27 126.13 0 3 Rohit Sharma 17 333 67 23.78 121.97 0 3 Jos Buttler 10 272 77 27.2 153.67 0 1 Top bowlers Player M R W AVG ECON SR Jasprit Bumrah 16 440 20 22 7.41 17.8 Mitchell McClenaghan 14 507 19 26.68 9.38 17 Karn Sharma 9 214 13 16.46 6.97 14.1 Lasith Malinga 12 382 11 34.72 8.52 24.4 Krunal Pandya 13 273 10 27.3 6.82 24 Conclusion Their cabinet would be breathed a sigh after the humdinger at Hyderabad. However, sheer fortitude and performance as a unit were some aspects that made Mumbai superior in this thrilling 10th year of IPL. In the next edition, a different team may be dished out. Rohit, the crowd favourite, may not be seen representing Mumbai anymore. That said, the owners will bid money by abundance on him. In all, Mumbai’s rendezvous with fame will be remembered for years to come. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Mumbai Indians (MI), team review, IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma and co.’s waltz to glory appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Captains favour Home-and-Away format over neutral venues “An overwhelming majority [of captains and coaches] wanted to go back to the home and away concept,” said a Ranji Trophy skipper © Getty Images (Representational Image)Mumbai: The concept of going back to the home and away format in Ranji Trophy games after one year’s experiment with neutral venue format found favour from the majority of participants in the BCCI‘s captains-cum-coaches conclave on Tuesday. “An overwhelming majority [of captains and coaches] wanted to go back to the home and away concept,” said a Ranji Trophy skipper after the conclusion of the two-hour meeting that discussed “every aspect of BCCI tournaments”, according to BCCI’s acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhry. “There were views supporting both the formats. Instead of making a calculation of how many people were on which side, what was done was that points made to substantiate a certain position on either of the two formats have been collated,” said Chaudhry. Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Robin Uthappa to be named in Kerala team “They will be brought to the technical committee and then put before the general body which will take a call,” he added. “The meeting lasted two hours and covered every aspect of the BCCI tournaments, particularly the Ranji Trophy. Even the Vijay Hazare [one-dayers] and Mushtaq Ali [T20s] were discussed. There was also a discussion on junior tournaments even though it was the Ranji captains and coaches conclave. Every tournament literally got covered,” Chaudhry explained. BCCI to reconsider neutral venues for Ranji Trophy games at captain-coach conclave “All aspects of the game, various tournaments, playing conditions and players’ welfare – everything was discussed,” he added. It was learnt that the issue of raising the fees of domestic players too came up at the conclave as it was felt that the amount earned by players in Australia and England in domestic cricket was substantially higher and enough to make a living out of playing at this level too. Manoj Prabhakar resigns as Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy team coach Another issue that was discussed in detail was the quality of umpiring with almost everyone criticising the standards of officiating in domestic tournament, according to sources who attended the meeting. “Our umpires are very good in theory and are prompt in punishments but make a lot of mistakes on the field,” was the opinion of one of the captains. KS Monish’s 4 for 0 in Ranji Trophy 2015-16 and other cheap spells There was also suggestion to revive the practise of rival captains giving their views through a report on umpiring after each game to the BCCI, which was discontinued last season, it was learnt. The meeting was attended by the BCCI’s office bearers and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators whose member Ramchandra Guha described the discussions as “very educative.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Captains favour Home-and-Away format over neutral venues appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Champions Trophy 2002: Bizarre rain-rule results in joint winners Sanath Jayasuriya (left) and Sourav Ganguly lift the trophy: for the only time in history Champions Trophy had joint champions © Getty ImagesSeptember 30, 2002. After knocking South Africa and Australia in the semi-finals, India and Sri Lanka met in what was scheduled to be a high-intensity finish to the tournament. Unfortunately, rain intervened. A result would still have been possible, but ICC’s existing rules meant that the title had to be shared despite 110.4 overs of cricket in the final. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back. Despite the success of the two previous editions, ICC decided to make two significant changes in the format of the tournament. First, they made it a 12-team tournament, splitting the teams into four groups. This meant that there would be a league stage. One team from each group would go through to the semi-final. While this sounds a major change, it was not as big: instead of one team qualifying out of two after every round (the way it used to be), it became one out of three. Of course, this meant a change of name of the tournament. It could not be called ICC Knockout anymore. They renamed it to Champions Trophy. The other change was more significant. The original idea behind the inception of the event was to organise an international tournament to ensure some action between the World Cups: it would raise money for ICC and would help generate funds and interest in the host nation. Accordingly, the first edition was played in Bangladesh. As discussed previously on these pages, the response had been unbelievable. Within two years Bangladesh had been granted Test status. The second edition in Kenya had not seen success as well, though not to the extent of the Bangladesh edition. It would perhaps have made sense to organise the third edition in another non-Test-playing nation. They chose Sri Lanka instead. Of course, Sri Lanka had done a remarkable job when they hosted the Under-19 World Cup two years ago. However, the issue lay elsewhere: was the tournament not supposed to generate interest in countries beyond the Test world? The ten Test-playing nations were all invited, as were Kenya, who had attained full ODI status. The 12th team was Netherlands, who had won a humdinger against Namibia in the 2001 ICC Trophy final against Namibia. Both Netherlands and Namibia had qualified for the 2003 World Cup, as had Canada, who had beaten Scotland in the third-place match. All matches were scheduled at Colombo. Premadasa were allotted the Pools 2 (India, England, and Zimbabwe) and 4 (Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Netherlands) matches, while SSC got Pools 1 (Australia, New Zealand, and Bangladesh) and 3 (South Africa, West Indies, and Kenya). The 15 matches were spread out over 18 days. [read-also]609208[/read-also] There were, as always, a glitch or two. For example, India’s participation in the tournament was uncertain till the last moment. ICC had objections with the sponsors of the Indian players. After all, the Global Cricket Corporation deal was worth $550 millions. BCCI intervened, acting as mediators: it was decided that BCCI would support the cricketers if the sponsors sued them for abiding by ICC’s terms — terms that collided with the logos they bore. If ICC still did not agree, BCCI proposed to send a second-string side as they waited for the World Cup. FICA voiced their support for the Indian cricketers, as did Australia, England (players of both sides faced the same issue), Pakistan, and West Indies “on a matter of principle”. India shortlisted 25 players to make sure they could send a second-string side if needed. New Zealand were not affected, but NZCC President Martin Snedden pointed out that they would lose more than 30% of the predicted income over the next five years unless the issue was resolved. However, they agreed, albeit not too happily. The West Indians joined the fray. With the tournament scheduled to begin on September 12, not a single player had signed the relevant contract till August 22. On August 24, ECB announced that the English cricketers did not sign the contracts either, like their Australian counterparts. Finally, on August 28, two days before the ICC deadline for submission of squads, the Indian cricketers let know that they were willing to concede for the duration of the Champions Trophy. There were, however, certain clauses: first, ICC would not hold rights for images of Indian cricketers (they were supposed to have the same till six months after the tournament); and second, cricketers were now eligible to advertise for their sponsors 17 days after the tournament (as per the agreement, it was 30 days before and after the tournament). However, all was not well. Till the next day — less than 24 hours before ICC’s deadline — BCCSL could not come to terms with the demands of the cricketers. That eventually materialised on the final day — despite the board not willing to pay the cricketers 30% of the revenue earned from the tournament. SACA probably took a risk by agreeing without the cricketers signing the contracts. The signatures eventually happened on September 4. Then Pakistan put a request for three last-minute (non-injury) changes in the squad. ICC agreed to one (Misbah-ul-Haq replaced Azhar Mahmood) but not three. This meant that Saeed Anwar and Imran Nazir stayed on, while Imran Farhat did not take the Lahore-Colombo flight despite being given a ticket. The tournament finally went underway despite the many problems. There was good news as well: for the first time on-field umpires were allowed to refer to the television umpire for LBWs, bat-pad catches, edges, and bump catches. The prize money for the winning side was $300,000 — in addition to $225,000 from the other matches. So not all was wrong. Pool 1 The 2001-02 VB Series (where Australia failed to make it to the final at home) had changed the fate of three countries: it established Stephen Fleming as one of the shrewdest, most inspiring captains in world cricket; it helped Shaun Pollock’s South Africa to erase the memories of match-fixing for good; and it put Steve Waugh’s position in jeopardy. The selectors dropped the Waugh twins from the ODI side, putting Ricky Ponting in charge. Mark’s Test career would end later that year as well, but let us not get into that. With Bangladesh nowhere close to what they are now, the only serious match of the group was expected to be between Australia and New Zealand. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden caused mayhem at the top, Damien Martyn got 73, and Australia piled up 296 for 7. Then Glenn McGrath unleashed one of those spells. He conceded 8 off his first over. Then, at point, his figures read 6.2-1-30-5. At that stage New Zealand were 51 for 6. They soon became 82 for 9, and it took a 50-run, last-wicket stand (in 44 balls) between Kyle Mills and Shane Bond to provide some respectability. Bangladesh became 13 for 4 against Australia. Alok Kapali scored a brave 45, but in the end they got to only 129. Australia chased it down in 20.4 overs. New Zealand, already eliminated from the group, managed to score 244 for 9 in the last match. Mathew Sinclair, last-minute replacement for Craig McMillan (who had opted out citing security reasons), top-scored with 70. Bond then took 4 for 9 from his first 3 overs, and Bangladesh were bowled out for 77. Pool 2 Zimbabwean cricket was at its peak. Three years back they had beaten India and South Africa to reach the Super Sixes in the World Cup. A few months down the line they would make it to the top six again. Here, they reduced India to 87 for 5 in no time, all four wickets falling to Douglas Hondo. It was a bizarre-looking scorecard, since India were going at 6.53 an over after Virender Sehwag’s 36-ball 48. At this stage Mohammad Kaif joined Rahul Dravid. Kaif added 117 with Dravid (71) and an unbroken 84 with Anil Kumble. He remained unbeaten on a 112-ball 111, at that stage the highest ODI score by a No. 7 batsman. Incredibly, Kaif’s previous innings was the famous 87 not out that helped India seal the NatWest Trophy at Lord’s two months ago. Andy Flower swept and reverse-swept his way to 145, but got little support. Brother Grant got 33 and Guy Whittall 29, but that was it. At one stage Zimbabwe needed 88 from 66 balls, then 54 from 36, but they fell short by 14 runs in the end. Marcus Trescothick (115) and Nasser Hussain (75) added 141 to take England to 298 for 8 in the next match. There was little pressure, despite Hondo’s second four-wicket haul. Zimbabwe, having already bowled two overs less, succumbed to pressure. They were never in the hunt, and it was only Heath Streak’s unbeaten 50 that took them to 190 for 9. The stage was set up for the virtual quarter-final. Ashish Nehra got India off to the perfect start, removing Trescothick for 1 and Hussain for a duck. Then Nick Knight got a round fifty, and though there were cameos, the performance of the England innings came from Ian Blackwell. He added 104 in 90 balls with Alec Stewart and made a 68-ball 82; England finished on 269 for 7. No team had chased more than 244 at Premadasa till then, but then, the world had not seen another Sehwag either. He was dropped by Knight on 3, and there was no stopping him after that. The fifty took him 37 balls; the next fifty, another 39; and he eventually fell for a 104-ball 126. All Sourav Ganguly had to do in that 192-run stand was to rotate strike. VVS Laxman was run out soon, but Ganguly took flight after that. He was on an 80-ball 57 when Laxman had got out; his next 60 runs took 29 balls. Such was his dominance that Sachin Tendulkar managed only 9 in an unbroken 71-run stand. India whistled to the final with an 8-wicket win. Not only did they record the highest chase at Premadasa, they did it with 63 balls in hand. Pool 3 South Africa and West Indies, finalists of the first edition, clashed in the first match of the group. The first eight West Indians reached double-figures, but none of them made to fifty. As a result West Indies remained confined to 238 for 8. Having been docked an over, South Africa had only 49 overs to chase. The openers produced a study in contrast and probably deserve a mention. While Chris Gayle smashed 49 in 55 balls (38 of these runs came in boundaries), Shivnarine Chanderpaul took 98 balls for his 45. West Indies started well, reducing South Africa to 61 for 3. Then Jonty Rhodes took charge with a 70-ball 61, while Boeta Dippenaar — one of the finest (but seldom acknowledged) ODI batsmen to emerge from South Africa — gave him company with 53. They added 117. Then Carl Hooper removed both men in quick succession, leaving South Africa to score 60 from 60 balls. Mark Boucher got off the block soon, but Lance Klusener did not, and in the end they were left to score 13 off the last over. Also Read Champions Trophy 1998: South Africa win a knockout contest, Bangladesh conquer cricket Mervyn Dillon’s first ball was a low full-toss. Pollock calmly lofted it for six. He ran two, then holed out to Chanderpaul. The batsmen had crossed. Now Klusener ran two before hitting straight to Chanderpaul. South Africa had got 10 of those runs, but they had taken 5 balls for that. Worse, Nicky Boje, the man on strike, was yet to face a ball. But Dillon erred in line. The ball was outside leg-stump. Alan Dawson ran as soon as Dillon released the ball; not only was it a wide, they had also got that extra run. With the scores levelled, Dawson gave the last ball everything he had: a single would have sufficed, but the edge ran towards the fence. Dawson punched the air in ecstasy as Boje tore down the pitch, leaving Dillon in exasperation… Alan Dawson punches the air in ecstasy after his last-ball heroics; Nicky Boje is in the background © Getty ImagesEverything would have been an anticlimax after the match. Brian Lara, who had a near-miraculous outing in Sri Lanka the previous winter, had an iffy start. He suffered from cramps during the innings. He survived a caught-behind appeal on 32 (Asoka de Silva was the umpire). But he held on to smash 111 to take West Indies to 261 for 6. He had to be hospitalised immediately after the innings, and was diagnosed with hepatitis. Kenya, to their credit, refused to give in. They gave Steve Tikolo the platform he needed. He batted with purpose, innovating shots around the wicket. Unfortunately, he kept losing partners, and was finally yorked by Dillon for a 91-ball 93. Kenya lost by 29 runs. South Africa merely had to beat Kenya to qualify, which they did with ease. Herschelle Gibbs got 116, Graeme Smith 69, and Jacques Kallis 60 in a total of 316 for 5. Then they bowled out Kenya for 140. Of course, they did not manage to restrain Tikolo, who got 69 out of the total. Pool 4 With Sri Lanka in the group, Pool 4 was obviously the centre of attention of the first round. They played three fast bowlers against Pakistan in the tournament opener, who did half the job even before Muttiah Muralitharan came on. As has been the case in later years, Misbah played a lone hand with a well-crafted 47. Pakistan were bowled out for 200 after Inzamam-ul-Haq was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury. Then Sanath Jayasuriya (102*) launched an onslaught despite a shoulder niggle. Aravinda de Silva (66*) played the perfect support role. The match got over in the 37th over. However, the match was not without incidents. Shoaib Malik became the first to be given out leg-before by the third umpire (Rudi Koertzen). Yousuf Youhana slipped on the pitch and was run out: it looked so ridiculous that there were match-fixing suspicions. Thankfully, Youhana was declared innocent by the Anti-Corruption Unit. Shahid Afridi lost his temper over an appeal and went into an argument with Aravinda. And after the humiliating defeat, Pakistan recalled coach Mudassar Nazar. Sri Lanka got 292 for 6 in their second match. Netherlands were first reduced to 4 for 3; then Murali came on, took 4 for 15, and routed the hapless Dutch for 86. They did marginally better against Pakistan to reach 136. Pakistan reached home in the 17th over, Afridi butchering the Netherlands bowlers with 55 not out off 18 balls. All but three of these runs came in boundaries. Ten of the 12 league matches were one-sided, which did little for the sport. Unsurprisingly, 6 of these matches involved at least one of Bangladesh, Kenya, and Netherlands. In his column for The Indian Express, Ajit Wadekar wrote: “Holland, Kenya, and Bangladesh are not good enough to play ‘A’ teams. It is a sheer waste of time seeing them play against Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka or India … Maybe relegation and promotion can take place later within the groups. This is the only way the ICC can genuinely think of globalising the game.” Prophetic, indeed. Semi-finals The first semi-final ended in one of the most bizarre climaxes in the history of ODI cricket. India put up a decent 261 for 9, runs coming from Sehwag (59 in 58 balls), Dravid (49), and Yuvraj Singh (62) while Pollock took 3 for 43. Smith perished early to an acrobatic catch from Yuvraj, but Gibbs took charge, pulverising the Indian attack. He did not even seem to make an effort. His fifty came up without anyone noticing, as did his hundred. The asking rate came down steadily. Kallis made sure there was no mishap at the other end. At one stage South Africa needed 83 in 102 balls with 9 wickets in hand. Four quiet overs later it came down to 70 from 78. Then a small glimmer of hope came India’s way. Gibbs was already battling cramps. Smith was running for him. However, at this stage he could not carry on any longer and had to retire hurt for a 119-ball 116. But even then, the target was within reach, there were wickets in hand — and anyway, Gibbs would bat again if needed. Only two singles came off the next over. Then Rhodes swept the second ball of Harbhajan Singh’s over. The ball took the top edge and ballooned in the air; Yuvraj, at the peak of his youth, was manning short fine-leg; he flung himself to his right and came up with an outstanding catch with his wrong hand. Three balls later Kumble caught Boeta Dippenaar at deep square-leg. They needed 67 from 66 balls after the over. The tables had turned, albeit slightly. With 62 to score from 54 and the pitch getting slower and Kallis “apparently playing for a draw” (Wisden), Ganguly introduced Sehwag. And when Harbhajan bowled out his 10 overs, he brought back Kumble. The asking rate climbed. With 49 to score from 40 balls, Boucher went for a slog-sweep. Once again there was a top edge; this time Yuvraj ran behind Dravid (who was keeping wickets) to complete the catch. The stage was set an onslaught, but Klusener could not get his timing right (“he batted like a blind man teeing off”, reported Wisden). To make things worse, Kallis was mysteriously intent on blocking everything. Ganguly read the situation perfectly: when Kumble bowled out, he tossed the ball to Tendulkar, ensuring the South Africans never had the ball to come on to the bat. Not before the 49th over did he replace Tendulkar with Zaheer Khan. The target moved further and further away: 48 from 36; 42 from 30; 39 from 24; 30 from 18; 25 from 12; and finally, 21 from 6. There was a solitary boundary in the South African innings between the 33rd and the final over — a four by Kallis off Tendulkar in the 47th over. Then, as the last over began, it suddenly dawned upon Kallis that he had left it for too late. When Sehwag came around the wicket, he neatly slog-swept him for six, making everyone wonder why he had not attempted that earlier. He tried an encore, but could manage an edge that ricocheted off his body; Dravid collected an easy catch. Kallis had scored 97, but it had taken him 133 balls; and before that final six he had scored 41 from 54 balls, allowing the asking rate to go beyond reach. But then, there was Klusener, who was perfectly capable of getting 15 from 4 balls. Unfortunately, all he managed was two twos before falling off the last ball of the match. South Africa needed under 5 an over at one stage. They scored a mere 73 in the last 17 overs to lose the match meekly to justify the C-tag (the word that rhymed with ‘jokers’). There was nothing as spectacular about the second semi-final, where Sri Lanka put up one of their greatest shows in limited-overs cricket. They knew their spinners held the key against Australia, so they crammed their side with a handful: Murali, Kumar Dharmasena, and Upul Chandana, backed by Jayasuriya, Aravinda, and Russel Arnold. So confident were they of their strength that they did not have an issue with having Chaminda Vaas at seven. Gilchrist and Hayden raced to 42 in 5 overs. Then Jayasuriya decided that enough was enough, and replaced Pulasthi Gunaratne with Dharmasena, and then Vaas with Aravinda (but not Murali). Funny things began to happen at this stage. After being unable to force the pace, Gilchrist finally managed to get a single off the fourth ball. Hayden gave Aravinda the charge the next ball, missed the line, and was bowled. He was so far outside the crease that Kumar Sangakkara would have had ample time to stump him anyway. Gilchrist lofted the first ball of the next over. Atapattu took the skier at cover. Then desperation crept in. Australia were 48 after 6 overs; the next 5 overs yielded 8. Run outs were missed. They ran desperately for singles. But both Dharmasena and Aravinda bowled straight and slow, not allowing Ponting or Martyn to chance their arms. To make things worse for the Australians, Aravinda was even getting his off-breaks to turn. Murali must have licked his lips in anticipation. Jayasuriya replaced Dharmasena with Vaas, who trapped Ponting leg-before with his second ball. Darren Lehmann, getting desperate for a single, leg-glanced one and set off for an impossible single; Martyn sent him back, but Jayasuriya had already thrown the stumps down. Michael Bevan joined Martyn, but little happened. There were two consecutive maidens. Murali replaced Vaas; Dharmasena replaced Murali; but Aravinda, the good old man of Sri Lankan cricket, approaching the end of his glorious career, kept bowling unchanged: when he started his final over his figures read 9-2-9-1. Then the unthinkable happened: Aravinda conceded a four. Martyn slashed at one and edged it, but it was a four nevertheless. The joy did not last: two balls later Martyn pushed one towards mid-wicket and set off, but Arnold’s direct throw found him short. Aravinda finished with 10-2-16-1. Ignore the celebrations for a while. Note the three men who shaped Sri Lankan cricket over years. From left: Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya © Getty ImagesBevan slog-swept Dharmasena in the next over; Arnold leapt up at mid-wicket and caught it both-handed. There was little resistance after that: Shane Watson top-edged Murali to fine-leg; Brett Lee made room to cut one, but Jayasuriya’s ball hurried on to hit timber; Murali spun one across the entirety of Warne, Sangakkara gathered it down leg, and dove to hit the stumps; and poor McGrath was bowled through the gate. Australia — reigning world champions — crashed to 162. Between them the five spinners returned figures of 39.4-3-105-8. With Jayasuriya, Atapattu, and Sangakkara all crossing forty, the 7-wicket victory was achieved in 40 overs. He took only one wicket, but there was little doubt that Aravinda would be named Man of the Match. “The wicket was too slow and turned too much for a one-day wicket,” complained Ponting at the post-match press conference. The two finals Following two sensational semi-finals, there was little doubt that a high-intensity final was on the cards. It indeed seemed so, after Sri Lanka accumulated 244 for 5, all their batsmen reaching double-figures. It was an imposing target, given that the pitch got slower with every passing over. India had drafted in Javagal Srinath for Nehra, who had split the webbing between his index- and middle-fingers. Unfortunately, Srinath did not look at his best: after all, he had little time to prepare when he was almost lifted out of Leicestershire. They must have rued the selection, more so because they already had Zaheer and Ajit Agarkar in the side and had left out Anil Kumble. The decision looked worse after Harbhajan picked up 3 for 27 and Sehwag bowled his 10 overs conceding 32 runs. Ganguly sent Dinesh Mongia to open, holding Tendulkar and himself back — presumably because the two of them could score runs against spin on a slow pitch better than anyone. Sehwag began well, smashing three fours off the second over, from Gunaratne. India were 14 after 2 overs. Then the skies opened, and no further play was possible. The day’s play had to be called off. Of course, there was a reserve day. However, as per the laws the match would not resume; the entire match would be replayed instead. This time Ganguly picked Kumble, leaving out Srinath. Zaheer caused a stir when Jayasuriya inside-edged the first ball of the match on to the stumps. It was the first time in 10 innings that Jayasuriya failed to cross 35. Aravinda, batting at four, took Agarkar for four fours in an over before top-edging a catch off Kumble. His last international innings on home soil was a 24-ball 27 — including 6 fours. Then the Indian spinners extended their stranglehold — to the extent that Sri Lanka crawled to 155 for 4 after 41 overs. Then they went for the big shots, losing wickets in the process. Mahela Jayawardene got a crucial 55. Vaas played a crucial cameo with 2 fours and 3 twos in 10 balls. And Arnold remained unbeaten on 56. The last 9 overs got Sri Lanka 67. Sri Lanka finished on 222 for 7. Mongia perished for a duck this time, but Sehwag kept the charge on. Tendulkar came at three. India reached 28 for 1 after 8 overs. Then Sehwag went after Dilhara Fernando, taking him for a four and a six from the first four balls. Then, amidst lightning and thunderstorm, it poured down again for the second time in 24 hours. Steve Bucknor and David Shepherd waded through the puddles, but in vain. There was no way there could have been a cricket match under those circumstances. The trophy and prize money had to be shared. The image of Steve Bucknor checking the conditions linger in one’s mind © Getty ImagesIronically, 52 overs of cricket were played on the first day. There were another 58.4 overs on the reserve day, amounting to a total of 110.4 overs — 64 balls more than a regular ODI. To think about it, replays are somewhat unfair as well. That became more evident in the 2003 World Cup final, when it suddenly rained during the early stages of the Indian innings after Australia had amassed 359 for 2. A replay would have killed all advantage Australia had secured. “It’s [a rematch] by far superior to anything else, including playing a game from where it finished the night before. That simply cannot work effectively,” ICC media spokesperson Brendan McClements told BBC. Some of the cricket fraternity did not support. Farokh Engineer, for example, was quite vocal: “I think it’s [a rematch] absolutely daft. It doesn’t make any sense … They should look at that rule straight away and change it. The obvious thing is to continue from where they left off.” “It was a disappointing, if fair result, with the two teams most adept on slow, turning pitches sharing the $300,000 prize,” pointed out Wisden. While that was true, there is no doubt that an event of such magnitude deserved a champion. Brief scores: First day: Sri Lanka 244 for 5 in 50 overs (Sanath Jayasuriya 74, Kumar Sangakkara 54; Harbhajan Singh 3 for 27) vs India 14 for no loss in 2 overs: match abandoned. Reserve day: Sri Lanka 222 for 7 in 50 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 76, Russel Arnold 56*; Zaheer Khan 3 for 44) vs India 38 for 1 in 8.4 overs: match abandoned. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Champions Trophy 2002: Bizarre rain-rule results in joint winners appeared first on Janta Shakti.
No MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir; Rohit Sharma to lead this All-Time IPL XI Ten seasons. 13 teams. Hundreds of superstars. Now pick an XI. Picking an Indian Premier League (IPL) All-Time XI is some task. Individuals, Indian or overseas, have gone onto light up the tournament with unthinkable feats, which makes this tournament the most coveted T20 league in the world. I, Suvajit Mustafi, have been entrusted with this job of picking 11 superstars from the galaxy, keeping emotions at bay and balance at fore. Brace up for the word ‘impact’ and some surprises as the eleven names follow… Openers In an ideal world where four-overseas-players rule does not exist, this would have been a cakewalk. Chris Gayle and David Warner would have walked out to bludgeon bowlers into oblivion. Keeping the balance of the side in mind, only one of them will make it. While Warner’s consistency and leadership skills give him an edge, Gayle races ahead in sheer impact. Gayle undoubtedly is the greatest T20 batsman ever. Between 2011 and 2013 none matched his impact. He also has a better average and strike rate than Warner. Add 18 IPL wickets to that. Gayle has been one of the primary reasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) near-insane fan base. In a way he has been a face of IPL, synonymous to the tournament, a poster boy indeed. Chris Gayle (KKR, RCB R: 3,626 | Ave: 41.2 | SR: 151.2 | HS: 175* | 100s: 5 | 50s: 21 | W: 18 Chris Gayle has been one of the primary reasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) near-insane fan base © BCCIWho miss out: Warner, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey Proceeding to hunt for an Indian opening partner for Gayle. The strong contenders are Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa. Filtering further, it comes down to Sehwag, Tendulkar and Gambhir. Gambhir has been an epitome of consistency for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has led the franchise extremely well, helping it win two titles. I will go to the extent of calling him the best IPL captain so far. His good mate Sehwag does not score in terms of consistency, but again, the impact he has is matched by few. Big knocks from Sehwag go on to decide games. ALSO READ: David Warner to call the shots and Rishabh Pant to keep wickets in IPL 2017 XI Tendulkar has been very consistent, but barring 2010 he did not create serious impact. That takes him out of the race. Sehwag retired in 2015. Not to forget, his hundred against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2014 playoffs guided Kings XI Punjab to their first ever IPL final. Gambhir may have a better average but Sehwag’s strike rate is astronomically high. Also, Gambhir has no IPL hundred Sehwag has 2. In a side with a robust middle-order to follow, our side can risk to have two of the most explosive and entertaining batsmen ever to start the innings. In addition, this will be a left-right combo. Random trivia: Gayle and Sehwag had opened for ICC World XI against Australia in 2005. Both these men have double-tons in ODIs and two triple tons in Test. Virender Sehwag (DD, KXIP) R: 2,728 | Ave: 27.55 | SR: 155.4 | HS: 122 | 100s: 2 | 50s: 16 | W: 6 Virender Sehwag retired in 2015 © IANSWho miss out: Gambhir and Tendulkar Number Three Inarguably the best No. 3 in limited overs cricket at the moment walks in next. From a teenager to national captaincy, Virat Kohli has played all his 10 seasons for RCB. He has been consistent and backbone of RCB’s batting over the years. Kohli has breached the 500-run mark four times. In 2016 he came in proximity to the unthinkable 1,000-mark, managing 973 at 81.08 —at a strike rate in excess of 152. He slammed 4 centuries in a single season. No tournament around the world has ever witnessed such madness. Pretty much peerless, the No. 3 is Kohli’s spot. Virat Kohli (RCB) Runs: 4,418 | Ave: 37.44 | SR: 129.8 | HS: 113 | 100s: 4 | 50s: 30 | W: 4 Virat Kohli has breached the 500-run mark four times © AFPWho miss out: Suresh Raina misses out batting at No.3 Number Four and Wicketkeeper I may be crucified by masses for this. There is no right or wrong but a certain gentleman named AB de Villiers has to be picked. Even if it is in expense of a superstar named MS Dhoni. AB’s numbers wear more impressive look than Dhoni’s. Just like Dhoni, AB has the ability to finish well (remember that over of Dale Steyn?) as well as build platforms. De Villiers is the best batsman of his generation. Period. Some of the knocks he has produced in the IPL have left the fraternity spellbound. He bats well alongside Kohli and the middle-order of this side revolves around the South African. AB also takes the extra responsibility of keeping wickets for this side. Though a reluctant keeper, AB has kept wickets 31 times in IPL. Random fact: Despite their IPL prowess, it is quite surprising that both AB and Dhoni have dismal records in T20Is. Dhoni has only one fifty in T20Is, that too as recently as in 2017; AB, on the other hand, averages a shade of 24 in this format. AB de Villiers (DD, RCB) Runs: 3,473 | Ave: 38.16 | SR: 148.2 | HS: 133* | 100s: 3 | 50s: 22 AB de Villiers is the best batsman of his generation © PTIWho miss out: MS Dhoni, the wicketkeeper Captain comes out next Who leads the side? There is no Gambhir. There is no Dhoni. But even if they made it, Rohit Sharma would have given them a tough run. It does not matter how you rate his captaincy: he is IPL’s most successful skipper — and an excellent batsman to boot. Having won the tournament for Deccan Chargers (DC) in 2009, Rohit has led Mumbai Indians (MI) to three IPL triumphs — in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Not to forget, he gave Tendulkar the most perfect farewell from MI when he led the side to their second Champions League T20 triumph in 2013. That is Rohit the skipper. As a batsman, he has amassed more than 400 runs in a season six times. He has been one of the most consistent and versatile batters in the tournament since the inception of the league. He bats at No. 5 in the side. Trivia: Rohit has bowled less than 10 overs for MI ever since he joined them in 2011. However, he has an IPL hat-trick to his name. He achieved the feat in 2009, for DC. Rohit Sharma (DC, MI) Runs: 4,207 | Ave: 32.61 | SR: 130.9 | HS: 109* | 100s: 1 | 50s: 32 | W: 15 Rohit Sharma has bowled less than 10 overs for MI ever since he joined them in 2013 © BCCIWho miss out: Dhoni and Gambhir, as captains. Ambati Rayudu and Yuvraj Singh. Finisher You cannot name an IPL All-Time XI and not pick Suresh Raina. No batsman has been as consistent as Raina since the league’s inception. He was one of the pillars of CSK’s enormous success and later led Gujarat Lions (GL) in a dignified way. In 8 out the 10 seasons he has finished with over 400 runs. The only time he did not do this was in 2015 and 2016 when he amassed 374 and 399 respectively. No wonder he sits at the top of the table of IPL run-getters. Raina has batted mostly at No. 3. However, with Kohli in the side, he has to be content with the finisher’s job, a role he has successfully donned for the national side for many years. There maybe an argument that this is Dhoni’s slot. However, Raina has proved his worth in the past at this position. When it comes to IPL, Raina has proven to be a bigger match-winner than Dhoni. Raina also has a CLT20 hundred and boasts of an excellent record in that tournament. In addition, Raina has 25 IPL wickets to his name with his tidy off-spin at an economy rate under seven-and-half. Suresh Raina (CSK, GL) Runs: 4,540 | Ave: 34.13 | SR: 139.1 | HS: 100* | 100s: 1 | 50s: 31 | W: 25 Suresh Raina has 25 IPL wickets to his name with his tidy off-spin at an economy rate under seven-and-half © IANSWho miss out: Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan I have taken the liberty to break the usual conventions. The six-batter-one-all-rounder-four-bowler theory is the usual norm for selection. Then the batters can bowl too. This side can take a risk to field five specialist bowlers considering the batting firepower they have in their armoury. Remember, we are talking about the all-time greats of IPL. Therefore, there is no place for a genuine all-rounder. It is loaded with five out-and-out specialist bowlers, some of whom are more than competent with bat. Spinners Spin plays very important role in Indian conditions. Add to it the mystery bit, and you have all ingredients for success. Sunil Narine has been IPL’s most successful overseas spinner. There have been doubts raised over his action, but Narine has found ways to bamboozle opponents and also restrict the run-flow. He has changed KKR’s fortunes since arrival in 2012 and the franchise has backed him to the core. In 2017, Narine’s batting went on to be a difference maker for KKR as well. KKR finished third despite injuries and unavailability of Andre Russell. Narine opened batting in this edition and slammed the joint-fastest IPL fifty off just 15 balls, against RCB. Narine at No. 7 lends strength to batting. Trivia: Narine first caught IPL’s attention with his exploits at the 2011 CLT20 for Trinidad & Tobago. Narine has phenomenal record in the now defunct tournament, claiming 29 wickets from 20 matches at 9.20. His economy rate is a ridiculous 4.68. Sunil Narine (KKR) W: 95 | Ave: 21.37 | Econ R: 6.33 | BB: 5-19 | 5w: 1 | 4w: 6 Bat Ave: 13.55 | SR: 147.3 | 50s: 1 Sunil Narine has been IPL’s most successful overseas spinner © AFPWho miss out: Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Shakib Al Hasan as spinners. Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson and Russell as all-rounders. Picking one Indian spinner out of a brilliant lot is a task. Amit Mishra is the highest Indian wicket-taker in IPL. The ever-consistent Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla follow the list. Harbhajan’s contribution with bat has helped MI cross the line several times. He has provided IPL with some greatest moments. The cerebral Yuzvendra Chahal was a chess master and his intellect was visible ever since he took the spin charge of RCB since 2014. Then there is Ravichandran Ashwin. Filtering it further, it is a toss-up between Harbhajan and Ashwin. Ashwin has a better economy rate and average. He has been another pillar for CSK alongside Dhoni and Raina. On the other hand, Harbhajan has led MI in the past and guided them to a CLT20 win. Ashwin edges past in terms of bowling but only by a slender margin. However, despite Ashwin being a better batsman, Harbhajan’s contribution in lower-order has been more significant for MI, IPL’s most successful franchise. Considering balance of the side, Harbhajan makes the cut. Remember, there is no all-rounder in the side. Harbhajan Singh (MI) W: 127 | Ave: 26.65 | Econ R: 6.95 | BB: 5-18 | 5w: 1 | 4w: 1 Bat Ave: 16.3 | SR: 142.4 | 50s: 1 Harbhajan Singh has led MI in the past and guided them to a CLT20 win © BCCIWho miss out: Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal. The Trump card He may have lost the crown of being the king of death bowling to him MI teammate and pupil Jasprit Bumrah, but he still has enough steam to win his sides matches, even at the fag end of his career. It was evident in the final on Sunday. He is the first name you would pick in any all-time IPL XI. The fourth overseas player. The greatest bowler in IPL history. The highest-wicket taker in the tournament. Lasith Malinga has been peerless in IPL. This was the easiest pick. Lasith Malinga (MI) W: 154 | Ave: 19.01 | Econ R: 6.86 | BB: 5-13 | 5w: 1 | 4w: 4 Lasith Malinga has been peerless in IPL © AFPWho miss out: No one. Malinga is the greatest IPL bowler. Other pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the best Indian pacer in IPL. He has won Purple Caps in consecutive editions. Bhuvi’s ability to get prodigious swing and exceptional bowling at the death and ability to stifle runs makes him an asset. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (PWI, MI) W: 111 | Ave: 21.07 | Econ R: 7.08 | BB: 5-19 | 5w: 1 | 4w: 2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been the best Indian pacer in IPL © AFPIt is time we add a bit of variation to this bowling. How about getting a left-arm pacer in the mix? Ashish Nehra, the fourth-most successful pacer in IPL, makes the cut. Zaheer Khan and RP Singh have enviable numbers, but Nehra has impressed the most of the lost. In fact, he has been so good that he has made a comeback to the Indian side at well above 35, that too as spearhead of the attack. That seals the spot in Nehra-ji’s favour. Ashish Nehra (MI, DD, PWI, CSK, SRH) W: 106 | Ave: 23.53 | Econ R: 7.84 | BB: 4-10 | 5w: 0 | 4w: 1 Ashish Nehra, the fourth-most successful pacer in IPL, makes the cut © AFPWho miss out: Zaheer Khan and RP Singh. 12th man He should have featured in most XIs. He can bowl. He can bat. He is amongst the finest fielders. He can sing. He can dance. Dwayne Bravo is the 12th man. Dwayne Bravo is the 12th man © IANSDwayne Bravo (MI, CSK, GL) W: 122 | Bowl Ave: 22.58 | Econ R: 8.19 | BB: 4-22 | 5w: 0 | 4w: 2 Runs: 1,262 | Bat Ave: 22.94 | HS: 70* | SR: 126.3 | 50s: 4 © BCCIIPL All-Time XI: Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suresh Raina, Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Ashish Nehra. IPL All-Time no restriction XI (more than four overseas players): Chris Gayle, David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (wk), Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Shane Warne (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lasith Malinga. IPL All-Time Indian XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra. IPL All-Time Overseas XI: Chris Gayle, David Warner, AB de Villiers (wk), Michael Hussey, Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Shane Warne (c), Dale Steyn, Lasith Malinga. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More No MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir; Rohit Sharma to lead this All-Time IPL XI appeared first on Janta Shakti.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: CSA announce South Africa squad Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced the 15-woman strong, Momentum Proteas squad that will represent South Africa in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup that will take place in England from 24 June to 23 July. The tournament will take place across five venues namely; Bristol County Ground, The County Ground (Derby), Grace Road, Leicester, The County Ground (Taunton) with the final at Lord’s in London. Captain, Dané van Niekerk will lead the side for the first time in an ICC World Cup after successfully seeing to the team’s inclusion thanks to an impressive showing at the World Cup qualifiers in February of 2017. Clicquot to partner ICC for Champions Trophy, Women’s World Cup 2017 Included in the squad are newbies, Nadine de Klerk and Raisibe Ntozakhe, both of whom made their international debut during the recently concluded CSA Women’s Quadrangular series in Potchefstroom. They showed enough potential for the selectors to take a leap of faith and give them an opportunity on women’s cricket’s biggest stage. The rest of the team list reads as expected by many, with senior players such as Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty and vice-captain Chloe Tryon cracking the nod for yet another ICC competition. Coach, Hilton Moreeng is satisfied with the squad selected and believes that they have the ability and capability to return home with the trophy. “It’s taken the better part of the last 24 months to build what we have now and I believe that we finally have the winning formula,” he commented. “The balance in the side is just right and I know that the team can’t wait to get to England and test themselves against the world’s best sides. This year’s squad, led by Dané van Niekerk has spent a lot of time together and we have a lot of game time under our belts,” he continued. “I’m very happy and proud to have the two youngsters, Raisibe Ntozakhe and Nadine de Klerk in the fold. They proved their worth during the Quadrangular series and announced themselves well to international cricket. They are the perfect example of hard work paying off and how doing all the right things can reap just rewards. ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Australia announce 15-member squad “We’re looking forward to getting to England and making our nation proud.” South Africa will face old rival, Pakistan in their first appearance at the World Cup and Van Niekerk is looking forward to a strong showing from her charges. “We’ve spent a long time preparing for this and it’s a really exciting time for the team and women’s cricket globally,” she said. “Playing for your country is a dream come true on any day, but representing it at an event like the ICC World Cup is the pinnacle for every sportsperson and the Momentum Proteas are no different. With a few of us having a bit of experience of English conditions, we are confident going into the tournament that we are going to give it our very best and leave it all on the field by the time it ends. ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Cricket Australia welcomes extra prize money “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the girls that made the team and to also thank all of those who have supported us up to this point, especially Cricket South Africa and Momentum. We will dedicate every appearance at the tournament to all of you.” Cricket South Africa Chief Executive, Mr Haroon Lorgat said; “Congratulations to all our players who have been selected to represent our country at the ICC Women’s World Cup. Qualifying for the 2017 World Cup was a goal we had set ourselves some three years ago and we are proud to have achieved it. I have no doubt that our players will represent us with pride and passion and we wish them every success during the tournament.” ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: PCB announce 15-member squad In wishing the team well, Danie van den Bergh, head Momentum Brand said: “This is a proud moment for Momentum as we send our women’s sporting ambassadors to the ICC Women’s World Cup. It has been exciting to see the team grow in world rankings and again earn their spot and in the World Cup. This shows what can be achieved when we invest in the sport and developing the players. We thank CSA for this partnership and the commitment they have shown in supporting the women’s team and all opportunities provided, in the form of dedicated management and coaching. We wish the team the very best and hope their representation inspires and encourages young women and girls, or any young South Africans, to get involved and to dream those big dreams. Bring it home ladies!” Momentum Proteas ICC Women’s World Cup squad: Dané van Niekerk (capt, Eastern Province), Trisha Chetty (wk, Gauteng), Moseline Daniels (Boland), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Border), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Masabata Klaas (Free State), Lizelle Lee (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province). Management: Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Manager), Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach), Russell Clarke (Fitness Trainer), Abram Ramoadi (Video Analyst), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison). Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: CSA announce South Africa squad appeared first on Janta Shakti.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Haris Sohail replaces Umar Akmal Lahore: The national selection committee headed by Inzamam ul Haq had called Umar Amin, Haris Sohail and Asif Zakir for fitness test on Tuesday at National Cricket Academy to replace Umar Akmal who had earlier failed to pass the fitness test in the pre-camp for Champions Trophy in Birmingham, England. Umar Akmal has been told to return home to work on his fitness. The NCA trainer conducted the test of all three players and based on the reports submitted by the trainer and upon Pakistan’s team management request Haris Sohail has been selected to replace Umar Akmal for the Champions Trophy to commence from June 1, 2017 in England and Wales. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Haris Sohail replaces Umar Akmal appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Kerala High Court issues fresh notice to BCCI, seeks stand on S Sreesanth’s life ban The BCCI had earlier filed a counter-affidavit on the issue before the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth © IANSKochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday sought the BCCI‘s stand on a plea by cricketer S Sreesanth challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the game’s governing body after detection of the 2013 IPL-6 spot-fixing scandal. A bench of Justice PB Suresh Kumar sought the BCCI’s stand, issuing notice to its panel of administrators headed by Vinod Rai, former CAG, and slated the matter for next hearing on June 19. The BCCI had earlier filed a counter-affidavit on the issue before the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the continued life ban on him from the games despite his acquittal of the match-fixing charges. BCCI stays firm on S Sreesanth’s life ban In its affidavit, the BCCI had said “the decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner from the criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the BCCI and/or its affiliates.” The Board had said the question before the sessions court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes. On the other hand, the question before the BCCI Disciplinary Committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the Board had said. BCCI issued notice by Kerala High Court over plea by S Sreesanth The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry, it had said. All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were discharged in the spot-fixing case by Patiala House Court in July 2015. The BCCI, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision, even after the verdict. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Kerala High Court issues fresh notice to BCCI, seeks stand on S Sreesanth’s life ban appeared first on Janta Shakti.
PCB has already made up their mind to punish Khalid Latif, says lawyer Khalid Latif stands accused of attempting to spot-fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy © AFPKarachi: The lawyer for suspended batsman, Khalid Latif, claimed on Monday that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already made up its mind to punish the national team player on charges of spot-fixing. The 31-year-old batsman stands accused of attempting to spot-fix, accepting an offer by a bookmaker which he did not report, and luring other players into the conspiracy. The player’s lawyer, Badar Alam, said they are not expecting justice from the three-member tribunal hearing the spot-fixing charges against Latif. “We don’t believe we can get justice from this tribunal. Trial without our participation proves our reservations. How can you expect to have a fair trial when all the members of the tribunal served the cricket board in some capacity in the past,” Alam said. Pakistan opener Khalid Latif boycotts spot-fixing hearing Latif and Alam had, on Saturday, boycotted the hearing of the tribunal headed by a former Lahore High Court judge, claiming all three members were former employees of the board and could not be expected to dispense justice fairly. PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi has said the two were trying to sabotage the tribunal proceedings. “Even if they don’t appear for the hearings we can still proceed with any action against the batsman allowed under the Anti-Corruption laws and code,” Rizvi said. PCB seize bat grips given by bookmaker to Khalid Latif Alam demanded that the video recordings of the trial be released. “They [the PCB] claim that they cannot release the video because it is their private matter, which proves that they’ve already made up their mind to punish the player.” Since the start of the proceedings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal, Khalid and his lawyer have been at loggerheads with the board and even moved a petition in the Lahore High Court against the tribunal, but it was rejected. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More PCB has already made up their mind to punish Khalid Latif, says lawyer appeared first on Janta Shakti.