Sunday, August 19, 2012

V V S LAXMAN - Best Innings

LAXMAN, Very Very Special name in the Indian Cricket Team has announced his retirement from international cricket on 18 August 2012, Although he was selected for the upcoming New Zealand series, he opted not to play in the series. It was announced that the Northern Stand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium will now be named after him


Laxman bats right-handed and occasionally bowls off-spin. He is noted for his superb timing and the ability to hit against the spin, reminiscent of his role model Mohammed Azharuddin. Laxman is particularly noted for the skilful use of his supple wrists, which allow him to flick the ball to various places, but usually through the leg side. This also helps in his catching, and he typically fields in the slips or in a bat pad position.

Laxman is widely criticized as a slow runner between the wickets and he is one of the few players who have played 100 Tests but have never played in the Cricket World Cup.

"If you get Dravid, great. If you get Sachin, brilliant. If you get Laxman, it's a miracle." Brett Lee repeats the words of wisdom of his former captain, Steve Waugh

Achievements :
  • Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, 2011.
  • Arjuna Award, by the Government of India in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports, 2001.
  • Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 2002.
  • He is one of the few cricketers to score the most number of centuries (3) in a single ODI series.
  • His innings of 281 against Australia at Kolkata in 2001 was ranked sixth in Wisden's list of 100 great Test innings in the history of the game.
  • He has the record of taking the most number of catches(12) by a non-wicketkeeper in an single ODI series. He shares this record with Allan Border

He has always been at his best against Australians. During the first Test in Mohali of Airtel Cup. Laxman was suffering with a back problem and needed Suresh Raina as his runner, and the Indians had collapsed to 124/8 in pursuit of 216. He and paceman Ishant Sharma put on 81 to take the score to 205 before Sharma fell. Last man Pragyan Ojha then managed to survive till the end as the hosts completed a thrilling one-wicket win. Laxman ended on 73 not out. He was ruled out of the remaining matches of the series due to his injury.


Watch the video of it to feel from where he pulled a win, to add, he stopped Ricky Ponting enjoy his first success as captain in the Indian soil.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rahul Dravid - Soccer skills to save his wicket

Rahul Dravid was probably one of the last classical Test match batsmen. His progress into the national side may have been steady and methodical, he has always tried to hold his place with aggressive and calculated performances within and outside the country.

Dravid's immense levels of concentration also came in handy while he fields at slips. He holds the record for the most number of catches taken in the slips.

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Here is another example of his concentration and precision on saving his wicket, look at this and you will defintely have a one step higher respect for the classic batsman.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sourav Ganguly - The Best Indian Captain


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Sport star Person of the Year - 1998 Awarded by the Sportstar Magazine

Arjuna Award -1998 For outstanding performance in cricket
CEAT Cricketer of the Year 99-00 , Cash prize of 5 lakh rupees and a trophy

CEAT Indian Captain of the Year 01-02 For outstanding achievement as leader

Award for Cricketing Excellence 2003 Presented to men who made "the difference"

Padma Shri 2004 4th highest civilian award in India

Rammohan Roy Award 2004 For outstanding performance as captain


Sourav has 4 of his innings in top 100 ODI innings declared by Wisden Cricket and 3 in top 25.

Ganguly S C 141* Ind vs SA, 2000, Nairobi.
Ganguly S C 141 Ind vs Pak, 2000, Adelaide Oval.
Ganguly S C 183 Ind vs SL, 1999, County Ground.
Ganguly S C 153* Ind vs NZ, 1999, Captain Roop Singh Stadium.

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Sourav has 3 of his innings in Top 5 ODI innings played by Indian batsman as declared by Wisden Cricket.

Ganguly S.C 141* 196.71 India Vs South Africa 2000, Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground

Ganguly S.C 141 194.35 India Vs Pakistan, 2000, Adelaide Oval 

Ganguly S.C 183 194.07 India Vs Sri Lanka, 1999, County Ground, Taunton.


Second fastest player to reach 10,000 ODI runs.

Fastest to reach multiples of 7,000, 8,000,  9,000 ODI Runs.

Second Fastest after Viv Richards to reach 6,000 ODI Runs in 147 Innings and Sachin Tendulkar to 10,000 in 263 Innings.

In the Sahara Cup 1997, Saurav Ganguly set a World Record for 4 consecutive Man of  the Match Awards and later he was declared as the Man of The series also.

Sourav is the highest run scorer in the world in the calendar year of
1997 - with 1338 runs
1999 - with 1767 runs
2000 - with 1579 runs in 1998, he was the 2nd highest total run scorer in the world after Sachin Tendulkar.Sachin scored 1894 runs while sourav scored 1328 runs.

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Which means he ruled the world cricket in batting for 4 years.He scored 1114 runs in year 2002 also.

Holds the record, shared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer in an ODI — 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999.

Held the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for the highest first wicket partnership for India in a
ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001. This record was bettered by Sri Lankan opening pair of Jayasuriya and Tharanga in 2006 at Headingly.

Was involved in the first 300 run ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid.

Sourav with Sachin tops the list of Highest overall partnership runs by openers with 5799 runs(17
hundred runs partnership which too is a record).

Sourav with Sachin tops the list of Highest overall partnership runs by a pair playing at any position with total 7417 runs(22 hundred runs partnership which too is a record) till date and while his partnershipship with Rahul Dravid is on the 5th spot
in this list with a total of 4245 runs.

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Sixth on the all time list with 30 man of the match awards.

First Indian to score an ODI century against Australia in Australia.(who says he is afraid of fast tracks :P)

Sourav is among those 9 cricketers of the world who scored a century and took 4 wickets in the same match.

He first scored 130* and later took 4/21 against SL in 1999 at Nagpur.

Sourav is among those 12 cricketers of the world who scored a half century and took 5 wickets in the same match. He scored 71* and took 5/34 against Zim in 2000 at Kanpur.

Sourav Ganguly in ICC World Cup 2002/03 scored a total of 465 runs and this performance is on 5th spot in the list of Most runs in an series by a captain with unfortunately Greg Chappell topping the list.

In Feb 2005: Climbed to the number 3 spot in the list of most sixes hit by a batsman in ODI with 168 sixes in 247 matches.


Sourav jointly holds the record of scoring second maximum number of centuries (4) in world cup.

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Sourav holds the record of scoring maximum number of centuries in a single WC (3 centuries in WC-03) jointly with Mark Waugh and Mathew Hayden.

Sourav holds the record of scoring most runs through boundaries in an innings in any World Cup match. He scored 110 runs by boundaries in his mammoth 183


One of 3 batsman who made tons in their 1st two Test innings.

Sourav was only the 3rd batsman in the world to score a century on debut at Lords.

His 131 still remains the highest by any batsman his debut at Lord’s.

In May 2004: Joined the top 20 list of players who hit the most sixes in Test cricket, with 41 sixes.


Captained India in a record 49 Test matches.

Led India to a record 21 Test wins.

India's most successful Test captain.

India's most successful ODI captain.

In the 2nd Test vs. Australia at Kolkata in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Sourav became only the 3rd captain in Cricket history to lead a team to victory after following on. India went on to win the series 2-1.

In Mar - Apr 2004: Became the first Indian captain to win an ODI and Test series in Pakistan.

In April 2005: Became only the 3rd cricketer and 2nd Indian after Mohammed Azharuddin to make 5000 ODI runs as skipper in the Pepsi Cup vs. Pakistan. He scored against SL in taunton in WC-99.

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Sourav’s 183 is the one of highest score in an inning by any cricketer with Sehwag topping the list with 219.

Sourav with Dravid holds the record of heighest partnership of 318 runs in WC while the 2nd spont in the list too goes to Sourav with Sachin who scored 244 runs together against Namibia in WC-03.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Dhoni's ODI Record

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, The richest cricketer and the richest sports person in India has performed to some excellent performances.

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Listed are the milestones that he has achieved as a wicket keeper batsman in ODI format. 

On 31 October 2005 Dhoni scored 183* runs of just 145 balls against Sri Lanka in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, which is the highest score made by any batsman in the second innings (surpassing Lara's previous record of 153). His Helicopter shot became so famous during this season.

The innings featured 10 Sixes – the most by an Indian in an innings, and the fifth highest in ODIs.

He broke Adam Gilchrist's record of 172 for the highest score made by a wicket keeper.

The innings set the record for the most number of runs scored in boundaries (120 – 15x4; 10x6) breaking the record held by Saeed Anwar. However this was later broken by Herschelle Gibbs (126 runs in boundaries – 21x4; 7x6) against Australia during his knock of 175.
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The score of 183* equalled Ganguly's innings during the 1999 Cricket World Cup as the highest individual score against Sri Lanka.

Among Indian batsmen who have played more than 50 matches, Dhoni has the highest average.

Dhoni's batting average is also the highest amongst wicketkeepers in ODIs.

In June 2007, Dhoni(139*) and Mahela Jayawardene(107) set a new world record for the sixth wicket partnership of 218 runs against Africa XI during the Afro-Asia Cup.

Dhoni passed Shaun Pollock's record for the highest individual score by a number seven batsman in one-day internationals during his unbeaten innings of 139. Incidentally, Pollock record stood for just three days as his score of 130 came in the first match of the 2007 Afro-Asia Cup while Dhoni's century came in the third and final match of the series.
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Dhoni also holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicketkeeper and joint International (with Adam Gilchrist) with 6 dismissals (5 catches and one stumping) against England at Headlingly 2 September 2007.

Watch this great presence of mind by Dhoni to dismiss the best batman of the opponents team.

Dhoni holds the Indian record of most dismissals in ODIs. He went past Nayan Mongia's 154 for India on 14 November 2008 when he caught Ian Bell off Zaheer Khan at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot. However including 3 ODIs against Africa XI, his 155th dismissal was TM Dilshan caught off Munaf Patel at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 24 August 2008.

Dhoni, when he was on four during his innings of 23 against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday, completed 4,000 runs in ODIs. Having already effected 165 dismissals (125 catches + 40 stumpings), Dhoni became the sixth wicketkeeper after Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara to complete the "double" of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in the history of ODIs.
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Dhoni’s feat of completing the "double" of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in only 114 innings is a world record. He is the youngest wicket-keeper batsman to do so (27 years and 208 days).

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rahul Dravid 2 wickets vs South Africa

Rahul Dravid, The wall doesn't need an introduction to the cricket field. He established himself as an best middle order batsman, He also holds the record for the most number of catches in the international cricket.

He has also served the nation keeping wickets during the world cup which helped the team to have an extra batsman. 

Here is another avatar of the best cricketer as a bowler and what more you expect from him, he claims two wickets against South Africa, one of the best batting line ups in the world cricket.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cricket Dhoni's Special Helicopter Shot

Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Dhoni is one of the number of wicket-keepers who have come through the ranks of junior and India A cricket teams to represent the national team – Parthiv Patel, Ajay Ratra and Dinesh Karthik also followed this route.

Dhoni, referred to as 'Mahi' by his friends, debuted in the Bihar cricket team during the 1998/99 cricket season and was selected to represent India-A for a tour to Kenya in 2004. Along with Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni made multiple centuries against the Pakistan-A team in a tri-nation series and was selected in the Indian national team later in that year.

Dhoni tends to play mostly from the back foot with a pronounced bottom hand grip. He has a very fast hand speed through the ball which often results in the ball racing across the ground. From this initial stance his feet do not show much movement which sometimes results in chasing balls while not coming to the pitch of the ball or to some deliveries catching the inside edge.

The TIME magazine added him in its "Time 100" list of 100 most influential people of 2011.SportsPro has rated MS Dhoni as the 16th most remarkable athelete in the world.

Dhoni, who is famous for this Helicopter shot where, he fully uses the depth of the batting crease and hit the ball with the maximum power swing the ball towards the long on direction.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Best T20 Catch

I always believe that "Catches win Matches". In the game of Twenty 20 every ball is so important and the players always need to be sharp at field either to steal a run from the opposition or to throw their body at the ball to stop a single.

Here is one of the instance, where the bowler bowls with such an accuracy and speed and the batsman slashes hard at the ball. It requires such an concentration to pull a blinder like this when you field at the slip.

This blinder of a catch was taken by the Indian, Dinesh Karthick at slip to get rid of the South African Skipper Grame Smith, the bowler was RP Singh.

For me, this is one of the best ever catch considering the situation of game, where India was defending a little more than 150 which was so easy for the formidable home side to chase.

Look at the catch and know the importance of it.


Eventually, India won the match convincingly. Thanks to Rohit Sharma, brilliant half century and he was declared the MoM.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cricket - Best Stumping

Wicket Keeper : 

The wicket-keeper (also spelled wicketkeeper and often shortened to keeper) in the sport of cricket is the player on the fielding side who stands behind the wicket or stumps being guarded by the batsman currently on strike. 

The wicket-keeper is the only member of the fielding side permitted to wear gloves and external leg guards.The wicket-keeper may also wear a helmet with a mesh face guard to help protect from injury.

Keep's Functions:

The most common dismissal effected by the keeper is for him to catch a ball that has nicked the batsman's bat, called an edge, before it bounces. Sometimes the keeper is also in the best position to catch a ball which has been hit high in the air. More catches are taken by wicket-keepers than by any other fielding position.

The keeper can stump the batsman by using the ball to remove the bails from the stumps, if the batsman has come out of his crease during a delivery.

When the ball is hit into the outfield, the keeper moves close to the stumps to catch the return throw from a fielder and, if possible, to run out a batsman.

Importance of being a keeper:

The keeper may also have a captaincy role. Uniquely, they are usually involved in every delivery of an innings, and may be in a position to see things that the captain misses. They can frequently be heard encouraging the bowler, and may also indulge in the practice (not meant to be overheard) of "sledging" the batsman with well timed comments about their skill, appearance or personal habits.

Now watch the one of the best Cricket Stumping ever, It was indeed a very difficult one, as the keeper has to stretch to his left and then come back in time to stump.


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Cricket - List Of Fastest Fifty in ODI

One Day Internationals
A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket, played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a fixed number of overs, and now a days it is fifty over per side, earlier it used to be 60 overs per side.

The international one-day game is a late twentieth-century development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971 between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. When the first three days of the third Test were washed out officials decided to abandon the match and, instead, play a one-off one day game consisting of 40 eight-ball overs per side. Australia won the game by 5 wickets.

That's the small history of how the one day international game evolved. From then, the game has improved vastly along with the aggression of the batsman to score run against the bowler.

Here are listed the five fastest half centurions(50 runs) in one day internationals

Sanath Jayasurya : He scored the fastest ever fifty in a ODI and he took just 17 balls to get to this. He achieved this milestone against Pakistan in Singapore during the year 1996. 

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Simon O'Donnell : Has scored the second fastest fifty for Australia against Sri Lanka. He reached this milestone with 18 deliveries. The venue was at Sharjah and it was during the early 90's.

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Shahid Afridi : Famous Pakistani Cricketer, who is also referred as LALA, also shares with Simon O'Donnell for the second fastest fifty in ODI, He has achieved this not once, but twice.

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1. Shahid Afridi,  Pakistan vs Srilanka at Nairobi 1996
2. Shahid Afridi,  Pakistan vs Netherlands at Colombo 2002

He is still considered to be one of the most destructive batsman that cricket has ever seen.

Mark Boucher : Wicket keeper batsman from South Africa, bats lower down the order either at 5th down or 6th down, but an aggressive and calculated shot selector. He has scored this against Kenya, taking 19 balls to score half century. He is the only batsman to have achieved this glory in his home condition (Cape Town) during the season of 2001.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cricket - Facts, Do you know this

Cricket, There are few unknown facts about this game and I have listed down here, and I assure this post will get updated frequently as I collect interesting updates.


Cricket has only ever appeared in the Olympic games twice. The first time was in 1896 in Athens; however, there were not enough teams to truly compete so the competition never occurred. Once again, in 1900, cricket made a reappearance in the Paris Olympics but only 2 teams were able to compete: Great Britain and France. The winner, Great Britain, received the gold medal. 

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Geoff Boycott was the first cricketer to face a ball one-day cricket history. Graham McKenzie was the bowler.


It has been stated in the past that Sunil Gavaskar was so ill-tempered that his parents had to take him to a psychiatrist to get checked out. We can believe this one for sure!


Shahid Afridi’s epic 1996 37-ball century, the fastest in one-day history at the time, was actually scored off Waqar Younis’ borrowed bat!


There is a special style of dismissal known as the Mankad and it is named after Indian bowler Vinod Mankad. It involves the running out of the non-striking batsman when he leaves his crease by the bowler before the ball has been delivered. Vinod used this method often, instead of warning the batsman as was custom at the time, so the name stuck.  Recently, Even R Ashwin did the same with L ThiriManna(Srilanka) in the CB series 2012.

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In 1992, Sachin Tendulkar became the first ever batsman to be run out after the third umpire consulted TV replays--Jonty Rhodes was the fielder. The next day, in the same test match, Rhodes was run out in the exact same way by Sachin. Talk about tit for tat!


In a World Cup match in 1975, Gavaskar batted through the 60 overs and scored only 36 runs. I doubt this record is ever going to be broken either! 


West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh was nicknamed Duracell for his ability to bowl extremely long spells.


After scoring 277 runs at the SCG in 1993 vs. Australia Brian Lara named his own daughter Sydney!


English shepherds, considered to be the first to discover cricket, used to play in front of a tree stump. Hence the origins of the term "stump." As the game progressed, they moved to sometimes playing in front of a wicket-gate, which led to the term “wicket" being coined.