Tuesday, April 8, 2014

World T-20 2014 - Performances to be Remembered!

They had last won a world cup in 1996. Since then, Sri Lanka had been a regular runner up in most of the ICC tournaments and finally won the world t-20 in 2014 beating India at Bangladesh, that was a long wait for them. Sangakkara and Mahela's last t-20 performance for Sri Lanka had a perfect end.

A memorable t-20 this year! Memorable matches and memorable T-20 performances! A look at those!

Toss won and we elect to Bat first!

Stephan Myburgh : Netherlands Vs  Ireland 


Colassal would be the right word to describe. The qualifier match and Netherlands needed to chase  190 in just 14 overs to qualify for the Super 10

The world never knew this guy until he played a brilliant knock against the Ireland. The dutch man went on to score a match winning 23 ball 63, the innings included 7 huge six's and 4 4's, at the strike rate of 273.

Netherlands achieved the target under 14 overs and were in the super 10. Much thanks to this guy for the entertainment. This remains as the best innings so far this world t-20.






Alex Hales : England Vs Sri Lanka 

An Innings that over shadowed Mahela's 89. Alex Hales won the match single handedly for England.

Considered, top rated T-20 Batsman. Alex Hales, the lone century scorer in the 2014 world t-20 at Bangladesh. This wonderful innings came during a chase against the Sri Lankans. Needing 190 win, England had lost Lumb and Moeen Ali for no score. Alex Hales started to build the innings from 0/2 along with Morgan.

An unbeaten 116 from 64 balls under pressure at a strike rate of 181, a champion stuff indeed and that is why he is rated as the top T-20 batsman all over the world. The score of 116 remains the top score by an individual, this world t-20.
An Innings to remember for Hales.



 Umar Akmal : Pakistan Vs Australia 


Umar Akmal, goes Brutal Vs Australia. This is not for the first time.The younger Akmal scored a massive 94 off 54 balls at the strike rate of 174. The innings that almost won the game for Pakistan against Australia.

The same game, Maxwell was equally brutal against the Pakistani bowlers while chasing. This was considered as one of the best matches of the tournament. Aussies were likely to pull off a thriller, went down to Pakistan scoring 175. The only Match Umar Akmal scored for Pakistan






JP Duminy : South Africa Vs New Zealand : 


He is there when ever his team is in trouble. The classic left handed batsman had always helped South Africa recover after early troubles.

 An Unbeaten 86 of 43 balls at a strike rate of 200, won the match for South Africa against New Zealand. Duminy was in top form and a top t-20 Innings from a top class South African Batsman.









 Darren Sammy : West Indies Vs Australia 



You just cannot miss the Carribbean Flavor from a t-20 competition. The Gangnam dance would always be there to perform post match.Sammy's back from the death Innings that won the game for West Indies from no where.

Sammy has been the best leader in this t-20, this innings of 13 ball 34 with a strike rate of 261 won a thriller for West Indies.


Years to come, this would be remembered every time. Faulkner's embarrassing moment in his life.




AB de Villiers : South Africa Vs England 

Known as 360 degree player and this match saw Ab's classy stroke making all over the ground. He had the responsibility of leading his team since faf had to sit out. The master batsmen scored unbeaten 28 ball 69 at a strike rate of 246 in a crunch game against England. Proteas just won the game by 3 runs, Yet, those two points were so Vital for them to qualify for the semi finals.

A Knock under pressure. Ab had not been in a great touch, this match witnessed Ab's wonderful shot selection technique and class. 







Dwayne Bravo : West Indies Vs Pakistan

A breath taking quarter final match. Pakistan had almost nailed their spot in the semi finals with their bowling performance. West Indies had just hardly scored 80 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 15 overs. The remaining 5 overs, belonged to the West Indies and Thanks to Dwayne Bravo's 26 ball 46, he stroked at a rate of 171 almost, he along with Sammy had scored 82 runs in the last 5 overs

Even Saeed Ajmal was not spared, 24 runs came off his final over and That was the moment Pakistan started feeling the pressure. From 5/81 to 6/166 and the rest was History. West Indies had won the game and were one of the Semi Finalist. "Gangnam Prevails"





Virat Kohli : India Vs South Africa


India wins 80% of the games when ever they chase and this guy is the reason behind that. A genuine match winner for India. He knows how to construct an innings in a pressure game. A semi final, India faces South Africa. Batting first Proteas post a healthy score of 172.

A good start by India, yet, the openers were back soon. Virat Kohli batted like a lone champion. Much support came from Rohit, Rahane and Raina. Prodigious effort, Virat Kohli, 72 from 44 balls strike rate of 163. A game to remember.





Kumar Sangakkara : Sri Lanka Vs India 


He had saved his best for the finals. Sangakkara has not been in a great form this tournament and happens to be his last t-20 match for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara was at his very best during the finals against India, an unbeaten 52 from 35 balls at a strike rate of 148, won them the title, The world t-20 champions for 2014.

Though Virat Kohli scored 77 of 58 balls, Kumar Sangakkara's knock fetched him the man of the match in the finals. A moment to remember for Sangakkara, he had contributed the maximum, a win for his nation. A moment to remember for one of the Greatest ever Batsman from Sri Lanka.






Bowling :

Ahsan Malik : Netherlands Vs South Africa 


A five wicket haul against South Africa. The bowler picked 5/19 in his 4 overs with econ under 5. Sadly, the match was won by South Africans, as Tahir Picked 4/21, Proteas won the game by just 6 runs.

Not many bowlers had picked a 5 wicket haul in this world t-20 Tournament and Ahsan Malik was one of them and emerged as a leading wicket takers this tournament in Bangladesh.



Dale Steyn : South Africa Vs New Zealand 

 The Steyn Gun was not at his very best until this happened. A game against New Zealand, the furious South African bowler picked up 4/17 in a close game. Ross Taylor's 62 was not enough to win the game for Kiwis.

Needing 7 runs off 6 balls, Kiwis just managed to score 4 runs. what a final over. No wonder he is the best bowler in all the three formats of the game. Steyn was unstoppable in the last over even after been hit for a 4 by Nathan McCullum.

A Ripper, this game is turned to be! Take a bow Dale Steyn. 





Samuel Badree : West Indies Vs Bangladesh

A tournament that favored spinners a lot, this West Indian Leg Spinner was not a exception and was hard to pick. He proved to be lethal and one of the most economical bowlers in the world t-20

Samuel Badree's 4 for 15, the best by a West Indian bowler in World T20. He was a game changer when ever he came into bowl.







Ravi Ashwin : India Vs Australia :

He had been India's front line bowler this tournament, a leading wicket taker in the world t-20. Most of his wickets came, when ever he bowled his lethal Carrom Ball.

Against Australia, the spinner picked up 4/11 in 3.2 overs he bowled and Aussies were bowled out for a score below 100

One of the best bowling performances this t-20 world cup had seen. Ashwin had been economical and picked up wickets almost every match.








Logan Van Beek : Netherlands Vs England 

 He was instrumental in England's shambolic defeat against Netherlands. England were all out for just 88 runs chasing 133 and Van Beek Picked up three wickets for 9 runs in the two overs he bowled.


Netherlands signed off from the world t-20 in style, their Last match against England would be much remembered. A surprise spell from Van Beek.

Hope to see more from the Netherlands in future. They had been amazing.






Rangana Herath : Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand


A dream spell, Rangana Herath. New Zealand had no clue what so ever, they were bowled out for just 60 runs and Sri Lanka were in the semi finals, defending a low score, 119. 

Herath picked up a five wicket hual giving away just 3 runs. The figures would be remembered for much longer time, 3.3 - 3 - 5






A wonderful tournament to be remembered! An exiting tournament comes to an end!





































Friday, March 7, 2014

Farewell Graeme Smith - Captain Marvellous

The Gigantic South African captain with high class performing attitude. Stood tall when his team needed him, The Biff people fondly call him, Graeme Smith. The classie left handed batsmen represented South Africa's u-19 along with Jonathan Trott and went on to be a super star and later to Captain the side. Graeme Smith arrived as an international cricket in the summer of 2003, when he scored two double-centuries in England, a knock would be remembered by most of us. Today, for what is, the record speaks, considered as fourth Innings hero he has really made south Africa a proud nation of Cricket.

He made South Africa the best team in the world, they stood apart. The dream would have been to win a world cup, eventually that did not happen for Smith. He was Unlucky when it comes to world cup. But they had the No.1 tag the best team, but one tag that kept coming along with them, the chokers! Smith would have not liked it.




Who would have ever thought, South Africa would ever chase a total over 400 in ODI? This man made that happen, a fine day at Johannesburg march 2006. Smith's 55 ball 90 as a opener set up the chase for South Africa. The best day for ODI cricket. Not to forget Gibbs's 175.

Smith Saw his team growing. Under his captaincy, he had best players. Ab.de, Kallis, Amla, Boucher etc. The best captain marshalled his best troop.

Presence is like an X-factor, hard to explain, but Smith had this immense presence when he was leading from the front. Monstrous confidence radiated through him. Somehow he comforted the leaders of South African cricket and they completely forgot their history as a conservative cricket nation, and Smith bustled his way through.



 Right after this, he got the tag "The bravest man in world cricket". Sydney, 2009,Smith Walked in at no.11 to save a test match, he played despite his broken hand and 8.2 overs to survive. The whole Sydney cheered when Smith was out to bat. They had great respect for Smith.

Smith did it all after starting as the youngest captain in his nation's history and then becoming the longest serving.He won twice in Australia, the test series that would remain for ever in cricketing memories.

Smith was the only South African batsmen to register two double centuries in a test series. 259 and 273 both against England in 2003, he was the only one to post four double 100's in a winning cause in tests, two against Bangladesh,one each against Pakistan and England. A true champion in all ways, he had a wonderful average of 79.33 in five test series in 2003, 714 runs is what he scored and the only South African captain to manage 700 runs in a test series. In the year 2008, Smith managed 1656 runs at an average of 72 in 15 tests that included six 100's and six 50's. Smith had his own legacy, his figures were so gigantic as his looks.



 Smith had led South Africa for over 4000 days, Yes, the longest! and he had been every one's favorite. Since the age of 10 Smith had been saying he wanted to captain his country and he has put forward his goals and he had accomplished them. Smith is not an angry man, he knows what he needs and he has done everything for what the team needs and handled those quite brilliantly. He knew he was struggling against Australia at home, at 33, not the right age to quit. He took the decision to quit all forms of International cricket.The 4th innings hero, Bye Bye Smith!








Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Renovation time! for my Blog and Team India!

Been long time, Yea, and lot of cricket been played! and lots being spoken

India losing at SA, India losing at NZ, ex cricketers and experts take on Dhoni's defensive strategy on test cricket! Duncan Fletcher's silence! Virat Kohli's career best ODI and Test Ratings and Much more on Indian cricket! 


It's time for Renovation, Dhoni is still building a proper test team!

McCullum's record test score of 300, beating Martin Crowe's 299! History at Wellington!

U-19 world cup's, Lime Light on! Vijay Zol! Kuldeep, the leggie who had been brilliant and a hat-trick in a world cup match and Much spoken talent from the IPL, Sanju Samson! Deepak Hooda and Much more talents!

Ranji Winners, Irani Cup winners Karnataka 2014. Well done Vinay and Co!

Aussie Tour of South Africa, Mitchell Johnson's furious 12 for! he has taken at least 49 apporx wickets since his come back in 6 test matches he had played! The real pace machine! First test Aussie win in style!

SL tour to bangladesh! Sanga's triple century, last ball finishes to the T-20 between them! SL take test and T-20 series wins!

IPL's huge money on Cricketers! Yuvi, Corey, Neesham, McCullum for CSK! Yuvi for RCB, KKR's new bowling Line up! Delhi's new Army, MVJ goes to delhi and much more happened at the IPL auctions this time. MI leaving out Mitch! not a good option for them! Punjab's exiting new line up of players and SRH looks awesome with Aussie opening pair, Finch and Warner! Karan Saharma for 3.7 Crores! woo! Huge!


 Dhoni Out of Asia Cup due to an Injury! Kohli to lead!

  DK would be the replacement! Will be the new young team! Lead by Kohli! looking forward! Hopefully Dhoni should be fit for the t-20 world cup!










Timeless cricket had missed so so much of cricket! TC will be back soon!

 Till then! ... Renovation time for TC!! TimeLess Cricket!

Monday, January 20, 2014

India Lose Series Opener!

Before the start of Kiwi series. New Zealand, a confident side, They had won the test series and the T-20 against West Indies and had levelled the odi series against them. India had lost the ODI series and test series against the South Africans. Corey Anderson had scored the fastest odi century, Luke Ronchi, Ryder and Ross Tayler were in great form.

For India, The openers were not doing what was expected from them and they were struggling for runs. Dhawan/Rohit Sharma were not good as they  use to bat on Indian pitches. Much was depend on Virat Kohli and the Captain Msd to take the Indian innings forward.

The same scenario happened yesterday, India has a good batting side, every one says. Yes, we do, But how well we have been doing outside India recently? Having won the toss and decided to field at Napier, Bhuvi bowled so well, 10 overs 38/1.

Shami was moving the ball and picked up 4/55. Death bowling once again proved a problem for India. Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi teared apart the Indian bowling in the end overs. Ashwin went wicketless and Jadeja managed to pick one at an economy over 6 runs. Ishant Sharma gave away 72 runs for the 9 overs he bowled.

Virat Kohli had scored 18 centuries over all and 12 had come during the chase and India won 11 out of 12 times when ever he scored a century during the chase. His 18th odi hundred was out from India's winning ways. India had lost the match despite Virat's majestic 123 of 111 balls. Virat and Dhoni looked set, and India was cursing towards the victory, a short ball from McClenaghan to Dhoni and the keeper had to dive to make his ground and catch taken, Dhoni out for 40. Kiwis needed exactly the wicket of either MSD or Virat Kohli and soon McClenaghan dismissed kohli, full toss outside off, straight forward catch to Ryder. Ryder had earlier dropped Kohli on 94. Back to back wickets for McClenaghan and NZ were right back into the game.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma had played 23 balls for the 3 runs he scored and Dhawan looked set before he was dismissed for 32. Raina pulled one and caught at deep fine leg. Rahane, played so well in South Africa out for 7. The middle order is depend on Dhoni and the top order would depend on Kohli. Even if they are getting runs, India needs one or two batsmen to fire. Rahanae is certainly the guy India would look for and Raina had been given lot of chances and seen as the future no.4 for the 2015 world cup.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Urn Is back to Australia! - Well Played!

After 2007, Clarke led Australia had won the ashes and the urn has come back to Australia. A wonderful leader, a lovely team and the whole awesome support staff. Australia were brilliant in the field, Steve Rixon had to be a happy support staff. Every win means a lot to Darren Lehmann, all over it was an emotional moment for the Australian Cricket team and their fans. They had faced a lot of criticism in the past.

This was a memorable test for both the talented captains. 100th test for Alastair cook and Micheal Clarke.

The third test, played at Perth, the track known for its pace and the bounce. Australia already 2-0 up in the series just needed a win and the urn belonged to them. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Not a great start, Chris Rogers was run out and a wicket so early. With no big contributions from Watson and Clarke. Much was expected from the Australian captain who was playing his 100th test, but had to lose his wicket to swann for 24. Warner anchored the innings until he made 60 and edged straight down to backward point, Swann picked up his second wicket of the Innings. Australia four down for 129. England certainly looked confident and was pumped up as they had a good start to the test match. Things changed when the Young SPD Smith took off the England attack along with Haddin after losing Bailey for just 7 runs. Haddin and Smith put on a 124 run partnership for the 6th wicket. The 6th wicket partnership proved vital for the host as they progressed steadily. England had their long-awaited breakthrough when Haddin mistimed one to mid wicket and spooned it to Anderson after making 55, he had almost saved Australia. SPD on the other end was amazing to watch and scored his second test ton and first at home. Smith's 111 and Johnson's 39, some contributions form the lower order took Australia to 385. Broad picked up 3 wickets, couple of wickets for Swann and Anderson and One each for Stokes and Bresnan.

Cook had been struggling for runs at the top, this innings he went on to score 72. Carberry and Cook had a good opening partnership that lacked in rest of the innings. When Cook Just looked so comfortable and was heading towards a century, he cut one to the point and a fine low catch to Warner,The England captain had rather thrown it away after a lot of hard work. Pietersen, Ian Bell and Joe Root, all went out cheaply. None had a 50 plus score except their captain Cook. They were bundled for 251. Harris and Siddle picked up 3 each, two from Johnson and one each from Watson and Lyon summed up Aussie Bowling.


Great start by the Aussie openers in the second innings, after the host got the lead over 100 runs. All they needed was a strong start and the openers added 157, the best opening partnership so far this Ashes season. Warner went on to score his second 100 of the Ashes,Watson was on fire and scored his fourth test ton of his career. England had no clue, the lead for the third time in this series went beyond 500 when Bailey hammered Anderson for 28 runs equaling Lara's record off Robin Peterson. That over from Anderson,  4 6 2 4 6 6! and there came the declaration from the captain. Aussie declared for 369/6 and England needed 504 to win.

Another 500+ total England had to chase. 





 

First ball of the Second Innings and England chasing a huge total again, what more you can expect from the aussies? Cook gone the first ball he faced. Cook played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball from Harris. Repair work from Carberry and Joe root, nothing worked, Carberry gone caught at crease by Watson.
Day-4 of Waca track had developed lot of cracks and certainly a difficult pitch to bat on. Stokes and Bell were holding the innings together, before Bell got out for 60, This time the England middle order looked good with KP scoring 45, Bell 60, they all lacked that temperament showed by Ben Stokes. End of Day-4, Stokes had scored a fluent half century and handled the Aussie pacers well. He and Prior were the only hope for England when the day 5 started. Aussie bowlers tried hard to break the partnership. Johnson broke that stand and Proir had to go, an acrobatic effort from Haddin behind the stumps. Stokes was still there, Scored his maiden ton and the first English batsman this series to score a 100 and that was a great effort, applauded by every Aussie men. 120 is what Stokes scored and lost his wicket, Bresnan and Swann gone for 12 and 4 respectively. Broad with his broken foot came into bat and faced 7 lethal deliveries and Andrson was the last man to be dismissed. A straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it was Mitchell Johnson finishing off things for Australia. England all out. 353 ( Johnson 4/78, Lyon 3/70, one each from siddle, Harris and Watson)


 Australia has done it, they are winning it after 2007. Clarke's captaincy they had won it again in 2013. well played Australia.

It was a complete dominance. Looking at the scores england had to chase, 561 at Gabba, 531 at Adelaide and 504 at Perth.

Man of the match went to SPD Smith for his wonderful century in the first Innings that saved Australia.

Two more to go, I am hoping for a 5-0 win. Good Luck! Go Aussie!
  

 





Monday, December 9, 2013

Can England Make a Comeback? 2-0 now.


Mitchell Johnson has led Australia to another test win. A win at Adelaide today gave Australia a 2-0 lead in the ashes. Having scored a massive 570 in the first innings, a century from pup and Haddin. Australia looked strong and they looked confident.

England had to play without Trott and  the talented Joe Rott had to play at No.3. Stokes and Panesar were in the playing 11. Most of them were expecting the all rounder Bresnan to join, but the captain and the coach had some other plan. England played with two spinners and the combination was not a successful one. In the first Innings, almost every bowler picked up wickets for England and Broad came out with 3/98.

Captain cook's form has been troubling England a lot, he has not been scoring runs at the top for England this ashes season. Johnson cleaned him up early, getting the first breakthrough for Australia. Carberry scored a patient 60. Joe Root, Pietersen all went out cheaply. Ian Bell and Carberry had a 45 run partnership between them, the second highest for England. The highest being 48 between Carberry and Joe Root. This indicates how well The English batsmen had tackled the Australian bowling and they lacked major Partnerships. Ian Bell was rock solid and remained unbeaten on 72 and he was the only batsman next to Carberry to provide some resistance when Johnson was firing the ball at 150kmph almost every time. The pacer came back strongly to pick up 7 wickets totally in the first Innings. Broad and Anderson were bowled the first ball they faced. Stokes was caught at crease, Monty who showed some resistance along with Bell, faced 35 balls for his two runs before he was cleaned up by Johnson. Johnson picked 7/40 and England all out 172.

Surprise. Clarke refused a follow on, may be, he wanted a rest for his fast bowlers or he wanted his batsmen to score more runs and take the lead over 500. Anderson was on fire, he picked up two quick Aussie wickets. Rogers gone caught behind for 2 and Watson for a duck and his form needs to be noticed. Watson has not been in best of his form. The home team two down for 4 runs. Thanks to the over night score of 83 from Warner, Australia took the lead over 500, 132/3 and England needed 531, when Aussies declared from their over night score of 132.

 Huge target for England. All they needed was a good start, No they did not get a start. Cook gone,  prey to Johnson again scoring just a run. Carberry followed for 14, Root and Pietersen (53) looked solid and kept going, But Aussies Just needed that one wicket of either KP or Root. Siddle got that wicket of KP, bowled. Smith, the part timer picked up Bell for 6 runs and a even a draw looked difficult for England. Root played well for 87, that should have been a 100 he was a bit unlucky to get an inside edge and a fine catch by the keeper. Stokes gone for 28, Prior looked good and at last he found some form and never carried that and was out for 69.Siddle and Harris shared 7 among them and england could score only 312.

Siddle 4/57 and Harris 3/54, one each from Johnson, Smith and Lyon. Player of the match, Johnson for his 8 wickets.


From the past " Australia, after seven defeats in nine, have now won two Tests on a row; England, unbeaten in 13 before this series, have been heavily beaten in both "




Monday, November 25, 2013

First win in ten Tests - Welcome Back Australia!

It's has been long time, Australia won a test! But, they have won it huge this time at the Gabba. Australia never lost a match at the Gabba since 1988. After series loss against India and at England, Australia came back harder and worked hard to start off the Ashes with a huge win over England at Gabba.

Mitchell Johnson was the hero. The comeback star was seen as the fast and the furious and he took almost 9 wickets for 103 runs and with the bat, 64 in the first innings and 39* in the second innings.

No one would have thought Australia could beat England by 381 runs. After scoring a modest first innings total of 295. (Brad Haddin top scoring with 94 and Johnson 64 )

When Stuart Broad came in to bowl, almost Every Australian crowd remembered what had happened last summer during the Ashes and among all those Boo's and placards on Broad, the English pacer picked up a 5 wicket haul and went on to pick 6/81.

Cook,did not have a good start to the season. Carberry who looked in good touch missed scoring a 50 at Gabba. Kevin Pietersen playing his 100th test did not provide the usual impact which could have ended in a memorable historic 100th test for Pietersen. The first four of the England's wicket were shared by Johnson and Harris. Johnson was at his very best, he had the pace and the bounce, England batsmen did find difficult to pick the short ball he bowled in particular. Nathan Lyon, the surprise package picked up couple of wickets to his name.

Pay Back time Aussies!

They had a lot, a lot. The crowd was amazing at Gabba! One of those interesting Placard on the display.

It was a full packed stadium at Gabba, despite rain interrupting the play, the Gabba crowd was amazing.




Aussie Batsman had more to offer during the second innings, A century from Clarke, and David Warner. England were in a worry, the lead was building up. Pup was dismissed after he scored a flawless 113 and warner for an entertaining 124. Bailey, Haddin and Johnson, down the order came good for Australia and the home team declared 401/7, with a huge lead over 500 runs and England needed 561 to win.


Not a good start for England during the chase. Two quick wickets, Carberry and Trott back to the pavilion and Cook had to play a solid innings, KP did not last long. Bell scoring 32 lost his wicket. Cook looking set, lost his wicket to lyon, having edged one to Haddin. Then it was just a pack of cards. In a span of Time, Johnson's 5 wicket haul and England all out for 179. It was all over at the Gabba! Australia came back stronger from the loss and the margin was huge. Australia won by 381 runs. Johnson, man of the match!

Next test, hopefully, Watson should be in form. He had made the no.3 spot his own, Bailey had an impressive debut, SPD Smith had lost his touch a little bit! if these batsman are coming good next test match. Problems for England.

Go Aussie!!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

India's only Master Blaster - A Farewell!

It has been 24 years, Just some years less than my age, he has spent his time playing for the nation and always, had fulfilled every fan's expectation. He is been worshiped as god by many and he is an inspiration to many. Some of the cricketers he played along with in his last test match against West Indies, were not even born and some were kids, who does not even knew what cricket was at that point of time.

Having come from Mumbai, the city that has produced so many cricketers, Sachin was always a special kid. His focus to the game,something he gave more importance always.

His journey with the team mates and the opponent has always been a great aspect. If I am not wrong, Sachin has played with 110 team mates and 650 opponents in his 24 year cricketing career. Here I recollect some of them and my Favorites.

Starting off with a brilliant quote from Sir Don Bradman :

One of the greatest of all times. Sir Don Bradman's words on Sachin :
"I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I felt that this player is playing with a style similar to mine."
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Ponting and Tendulkar :


They had been a batting sensation in their own terms. One was furious and more aggressive in the field and one was soft spoken nature who hardly showed any aggression.

 They first played against each other in an ODI in Dunedin, feb 1995, Sachin scored 47 and Ponting 62. India winning the game. Later, went on to face off  in 89 international games.


Punter was always a threat to Sachin in terms of records, how ever, Sachin proved he was more stronger than the latter. One controversy that was spoken worldwide, the monkey gate. Everything disappreaded when they both opened for Mumbai Indians for the IPL in 2013. 



 Wasim Akram and Tendulkar :


The King of swing, and The master class of batting. It was awesome sight to watch, when ever they faced each other and there was One famous Incident When Abdul Razzaq dropped Tendulkar during his dazzling 98 in the 2003 World Cup game. Wasim Akram is said to have put his hands up in exasperation and yelled, "Tujhe pata hai..




Glenn McGrath and Tendulkar :


 They were the best. When ever McGrath and Sachin faced each other, it was class. An awesome scene, every cricket lover would love this face off. The Australian pacer has dismissed Sachin 13 times in his international career. Sachin's famous during the 2001 chennai test, 1996 world cup. We do remember, in 1999 world cup and 2003 world cup Sachin was dismissed in first over by Mcgrath.

One of my all time favorite. They were.




Shane Warne and Tendulkar :

Shane warne was always a special bowler to Sachin and he knew how to tackle the leg spin and had specific plans towards the leg spin.

Warne even once confessed, He was having Nightmares of Tendulkar dancing down the track to his bowling.

2001 Chennai test and Sharjah encounter 1998! the unforgettable when they faced off each other.



Muttiah Murlitharan and Tendulkar :


One of the finest players you can ever see in cricket. He has 800 test wickets and the other has over 15,000 runs in test cricket. They have made their records speak in both Odi and Tests.

In short, No one has scored more runs than Sachin in ODI's and Tests and for Murali, no has picked more wickets then him in the Odi's and Tests.

Murali has dismissed sachin 6 times in 14 innings. One of the finest ever bowler, it was a great sight to watch him bowl to the Master Blaster.






Brian Lara and Tendulkar :

Apart from scoring 375, 400*  the highest scores in test cricket. The Caribbean legend had always liked the technique Sachin uses and had also quoted "Sachin Tendulkar's batting technique as the best in the world"  and..

"If I had a son who wanted to play cricket I wouldn't have told him not to watch my videos but instead ask him to look for Sachin's (videos) as he has the perfect technique against any kind of bowling. It is the best I have ever seen. Perfect for a youngster to learn from.


Imran Khan and Tendulkar :


He was the captain when India toured Pakistan in 1989 November. Yes, that was Sachin's debut test. The pakistan captain scored an unbeaten century in the first Innings.

When thy met in 1992 world cup match  at Sydney.  India went on to win that Match and Sachin was awarded man of the match for his unbeaten 54 and a wicket he took (Aamer Sohail), Pakistan went on to win that competition.



Sunil Gavaskar and Tendulkar :

Sunil Gavaskar : First man to score 10,000 runs in Test Cricket. One of the finest test batsmen India had seen. 

It was Known that, Sunil Gavaskar presented a Gunn & Moore bat to Sachin, when he was selected for U-15's. Later on time passed by..

Both the batsmen scored their 34th test 100's in their 119th match.



The Fab-4 as we Call Them :


 When India was struggling to win tests in late 1990's. These 4 batsman, redefined the Indian batting in 2000's.

Some of the famous win Included, Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies.

They provided the key change to the Indian Batting that was largely required. and.. fondly remembered as ..

The Fabulous Four..  May that be Test Cricket or the ODI. These four brought a huge change to the Indian Batting.

Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, and Laxman




With This, I conclude. These were some of my favorites.  Oh, Yes, How would I forget this?!

Anil Kumble and Tendulkar : 




 Who has forgotten the 10 wickets he took in a single Innings against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, in 1999 ?

What Sachin was to Indian Batting, Kumble was to their Bowling!

They both together saw India moving towards the No.1 spot in test rankings!

Truly, both were legends in their own way.





When I almost conclude this post, I hear, Sachin to get The Bharat Ratna. For, almost 24 years of excellence in cricket and taking the nation to the next level in cricket. He truly deserves one! Much Love Sachin.

The 24 year cricketing career had lot of moments to be remembered. You brought tears with your Good Bye Speech. Bye Bye Sachin for ever! The 22 yards and Millions of fans would miss you.

                                                                                  - A true Cricket Lover. Sachinist. 
















Monday, November 11, 2013

A three day test match.

West Indies touring India and Sachin's farewell test at Kolkata, Mumbai. India is in great form,5th test win in a row at home . Rohit Sharma more like Dhawan scored a 100 on his debut and falling just 10 runs short of what Dhawan scored on his debut Against Australia in India.

Some Unforgettable moments we took from the First Test :

The Stadium : Hosting Sachin's 199th test at the Eden Gardens and lots of things were planned for the five day affair. But the test match had to end in just three days and I personally loved the balloons during the day-3

Rohit Sharma : Every one has been talking about him, a double century against Australia in the final ODI at Bengaluru, he was in sublime form and Hit man he has been called. Selected in the squad for the test match against West Indies after being played almost 100 odi's. Not a bad cal I would say, Including Rohit Sharma in the test squad was certainly a good choice. He entered the test arena when Sachin had been Adjudged leg before and Shillingford was troubling almost every Indian batsmen resulting in top order failure. 4/82 the scorecard showed, One Mumbai batsman gets back to the pavilion almost completing his test career and another one is starting his career in test cricket. Rohit Sharma had announced his arrival to the test cricket and he continued from where he left in the odi's. No sense of nervousness, he was such class and he had the patience and the aggression. The Mumbai batsman went on to score his maiden century in his debut test. Much more like what Shikhar Dhawan did against Australia.

Ravichandran Ashwin : He has already scored a test century against West Indies and at no.8 when he arrived he looked much more like a proper batsmen and that time India had just scored 156 for the loss of 6 wickets. Ashwin looked much more comfortable facing shillingford and the furious Tino Best. But,once Rohit and Ashwin went on to score freely it was trouble for West Indies. His previous best 103 was against the West Indies at Mumbai. Ashwin averages 62 in tests as a batsman and 28 as a bowler and no doubt he is rated as the top rated all rounder after India won the first Test.

Mohammed Shami and the art of reverse swing : A promising seamer from Bengal  has played 15 first-class and 15 List A games before he made a debut along with Rohit Sharma against the West Indies in the first test at Kolkata. He knows the art of reverse swing. The debutant pacer picked up 9/118 and a five wicket haul in the second innings. With the pace and swing he has, I would love to see him as the future spear head if he continues to bowl the same way and not reducing his pace.

Shane Shillingford and the spin attack : Leaving out Sunil Narine was a bad decision I felt. Day-2 he almost took the game away from India. End of day-1 India were 37/0 and Day-2 saw Shillingford providing the breakthrough for the visitors and in quick time, Dhawan was bowled, Vijay was stumped and Sachin was caught at crease and Kohli was caught at short leg. Those 4 wickets he picked were so quick and he had almost turned the game. Day-2, Shillingford after Lunch had a very tough time, when Rohit and Ashwin were batting so well, he was not getting the support from Veerasammy Perumal, I felt Narine would have been an apt choice in the place of Perumal. The off spinner bowled 55 overs and went on to pick 6/167.

The Partnership, Ashwin's Versatility and Rohit's Class : The Indian captain who was batting so well along with Rohit had been caught behind, India were 6 down for 156. Rohit Sharma was running out of partners and India need something big. A No.8 batsman, who had already scored a test century put on a 280 run partnership for the 7th wicket, a record partnership for the 7th wicket. Rohit's debut century and Ashwin's second test century won the game for India. Ashwin was so versatile and with someone like him is always useful who is more than a lower order batsman. Rohit's much awaited test debut had a perfect answer to all the critics and makes him 14th Indian batsman to score a century on the debut.

The next. 200th test for the Master. A memorable one. A farewell test.








Monday, November 4, 2013

Australia India Series, A Recap!

The series started with the Only t-20 played at Rajkot and right from the first game the series proved to be an absolute entertainer. Australia scored 201 in the 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Finch (89) was the top scorer for Australia. Maddinson was the surprise package, the opener just played the t-20 opener and he showed a lot of character by scoring a quick fire 34 of just 16 balls he faced. Vinay Kumar was the stand out performer for India,he picked 3 wickets for 26 in his 4 overs. In reply, India lost Rohit Sharma early and Dhawan was in a great touch and went on to score 32 of 19, Yuvraj Singh making a come back scored 77 of 35 that took the game away from Australians and India started off with a massive win. Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the match.

First Odi : The first Odi, Played at Pune and The Australians had a confident start, the openers Hughes and Finch put on more than a 100 run partnership. 72 from Finch, 85 from the captain Bailey, 47 from Hughes and a quick fire 31 from Maxwell took Aussies to 304 for the loss of 8 wickets. Yuvraj Singh and Ashwin picked up couple of wickets each. Indians in the reply, did not had a great start, 61 from Virat Kohli being the top score, the home team managed only to score 232 and were all out in 49.4 overs. Faulkner picked up 3 for 47. Bailey was the man of the match.Australia lead the series 1-0

Second ODI : Played at SMS Jaipur, Australia again went on to score a huge first innings total of 359. 50 from Finch, 83 from Hughes, 59 from Watson, 92 from Bailey and 53 from Maxwell made Australia score 359/5 and Indian bowlers went for plenty. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the only economical bowler in this match ( econ of 5.4 in his 10) Vinay Kumar picked up 2 wickets for 73 runs in his 10. India had to chase a huge target, the Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put on a 176 run partnership for the first wicket, Dhawan missed out his ODI century by 4 runs. Rohit(141*) along with Virat Kohli put added 186 for the second wicket and a 52 ball 100 from Kohli saw India chasing down the target in 43.3 overs with 9 wickets in hand. Rohit Sharma was man of the match. India level series 1-1

Third ODI : At Mohali,Losing the toss and batting first India scored 303 for the loss of 9 wickets, with a spectacular century from the Indian captain MSD batting down the order, he went on hard during the end overs and it was a much delight to see him bat during the pressure situation. Dhoni scored 139* and Kohli scoring 68 were the top scores. These contributions made sure India went past 300. Indian bowlers bowled much well and they had a good start. Voges and Faulkner turned the game and a deadly over from Ishant sharma went for 30 runs and a tight finish to the game. Aussies won the game at Mohali and they take a 2-1 lead. Faulkner won the man of the match for his impressive show with the bat(64*)

Fourth ODI : At Ranchi India winning the toss and fielded first. This game produced a no result as Rain interrupted the play. Batting first Australia scored 295, Bailey missed out another century in this series and was out for an impressive 98 and as usual fire works from Maxwell (92 of 77) took australia to 295/8. Mohammed Shami picked up 3 for 42 and couple of wickets from Vinay and Ashwin. In reply, India only played 4.1 overs and were 27/0 then came the rain and the play was not possible. The match produced a no result. Aussies lead the series 2-1.

Fifth ODI  : Cuttack, Match abandoned without a ball bowled, due to wet outfield.

Sixth ODI : Played at Nagpur, this match saw a total of 4 centuries. For Australia it was Bailey at last who scored a much deserved century(158) and 102 from Watson took Australia to 350/6 a high scoring game again. India who had already chased down 360 kept it simple and it was again Rohit and Dhwan’s 178 run partnership for the first wicket made sure India leveled the series. Virat Kohli once again proved he was a master in chases and went on to score a 100 in hardly 60 balls he faced. Dhawan who earlier missed out a century at Jaipur went on to score his yet another odi ton(4th). Kohli remained Unbeaten on 115. His 17th century over all and 11th while chasing. India chased down a huge target again with Dhoni and Kohli remaining unbeaten on 25 and 115 respectively. India level series 2-2.

Seventh ODI : Played at Chinnaswamy, Bengaluru. India was asked to bat first. A double century from Rohit sharma and third by an Indian after Sachin and Sehwag. This match turned out to be the final encounter and a decider. India batting first scored 383 for the loss of 6 wickets. Dhoni’s 62, Dhawan’s 60 and Rohit’s 209 were the major contributions. In reply Aussies lost early wickets and Watson being Injured, they had to send Haddin at No.3 and he certainly managed well and went on to score 40. Indians started feeling the pressure when Maxwell was taking on every Indian bowler, the hard hitting Maxwell scored 60 of 22 balls and India were back in the game when Maxwell was caught by Jadeja in Vinay Kumar’s bowling. Coming in at 7, Faulkner who had an impressive series so far, went on to score his Maiden ODI ton and he was turning the match for Australia, he along with McKay added 115 for the 9th wicket. Indians came back well to break this partnership when McKay was bowled by Jadeja and Faulkner was caught by Dhawan of Shami’s bowling and India had pulled of a series victory at Bengaluru.

Rohit Sharma was the man of the match and Man of the series!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Another huge target chased! - India!!

After 4th odi ended in No result at Ranchi and the 5th odi was abandoned due to wet outfield at Cuttack. India came back strongly to the win the 6th odi and level the series 2-2 at Nagpur
Being played at Nagpur the 6th odi, the conditions were hot and dry and the the pitch looked good for Batting, India had won the toss and decided to chase. India brought in Bhuvi and Amit Mishra in place of Vinay and Unadkat. Australian openers Hughes and Finch did not provide the start as they usually do, both were back to pavilion in quick time. Bailey and Watson were looking good, Watson had luck going his way when he was caught of a no ball being bowled by Jadeja, Watson had just scored 25 that time. Watson, then went severe on every Indian bowler and reached his half century. Bailey was solid as usual getting runs easily at the other end. The pitch was looking good and Australian batsmen were looking for a score over 300 again. Watson and Bailey added 168 in 23.3 overs and Indian bowlers had no clue what so ever. Mean while Watson scored his 9th odi century and soon lost his wicket to Mohammed Shami,a much needed breakthrough for India. Maxwell's stay at the crease this time did not last long and was caught at deep by Bhuvi and Ashwin was lucky to get the wicket of Maxwell. Voges and Bailey took the attack further and added 120 in 13.2 overs and Bailey who missed every opportunity of scoring a century this series, finally scored a much deserved century and went on to score a massive 156,a record score by an Australian Captain. Bailey's wonderful innings came to an end in the pursuit of quick runs as he smashed one from Jadeja to long off a simple catch to Kohli, that was an awesome performance from the Australia captain. Jadeja again went on to pick Mitchell Johnson and that happened to be his 100th Odi Wicket and in the end Australia had scored again a massive first Inning total of 350 for the loss of 6 wickets. As far as the Indian bowling was concerned, Bhuvi turned out to be economical,he picked a wicket in his 8 overs giving away 42 runs and Jadeja picked 2 for 68 in his 10 and Ashwin picked 2/64 in his 10 and a wicket for Mohammed Shami.

This target looked challenging, but the Indian batsmen had already chased down 360 at Jaipur and they had to repeat the same stuff here at Nagpur. The Indian openers Dhawan and Rohit sharma had a solid start and they put on 178 for the first wicket in 29.3 overs. Once again the Australian pace bowlers were tested and the Indian openers were quick on their feet and made sure they gave India a sound start. None of the specialist bowler were able to pick the first wicket, it was when Bailey decided to throw the ball to a part time bowler Finch. Finch gave Australia a much needed breakthrough and Rohit sharma was first wicket to fell, for a well made 79 of 89 balls. There was cheer, Virat came in and he did not waste much time and he continued where he left from Jaipur, Dhawan was looking set for his 4th odi century and he did not miss this time and went on to score a match winning century and he was soon dismissed after scoring a century, India were two down for 234 when Raina joined Virat Kohli and Raina was once again troubled by a short ball from Johnson and was out for 16, soon Johnson picked yuvraj for a duck and India had lost 3 wickets in quick span of time. In the other end Virat was going well scoring runs and he had not slowed down. India had lost 4 wickets for 290 and had a long way to go. MSD joined virat, the duo made sure they did lose any more wicket and carried on, soon Virat brought his 17th odi century and 11th while chasing, and a champion player like him is what India needed during the crisis situation. Kohli delivered what India exactly needed, a pressure situation and he was leading from the front, 11 centuries he has scored while chasing and India had won all of them. Needing 20 of the last two overs, Kohli took on watson and scored 14 runs of that over and India needed 6 from the last over from Faulkner. Dhoni was on strike and as a finisher you all know what Dhoni can do and Dhoni scored the winning runs for India and remained unbeaten on 25 and India had won yet another match chasing over 350. What a match to remember, What a chase.

Virat Kohli was again magical this time and won the man of the match for his 66 ball 115 and rest of the contributions were Dhawan's 100 and Rohit's 79.

A monemt of joy! the next match will be at Bengaluru on Nov-2nd! do not miss the action.
Ok folks! It's Diwali time! I wish you all a very Happy Diwali and hope you enjoy the festival and yea, Be safe!
                                       - Harish.S

Thursday, October 17, 2013

what a match! what a chase! what a win! - India!!

The second ODI between India and Australia played at : Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, saw Australia winning the toss again and electing to bat. Aussie Openers Hughes and Finch once again provided the start they required. The track looked like a good one to bat and the openers started scoring runs in quick time, the first wicket fell when Aussies had scored 74.  Brilliant fielding from Raina and a direct hit. Finch back to the pavilion. Watson who missed out in the first game was in sublime form this game, he and hughes added 108. Watson scored a quick fire 59 before he was dismissed caught over long on by Ishant. The Aussie Captain George Bailey had come to the crease and he was in a hurry to score runs and he was hitting every ball he faced, at the other end Hughes was calm and composed, this duo added just 30 runs before Hughes was dismissed for a well played 83. Maxwell known for his big hitting joined his captain and both were taking on the Indian Attack and Dhoni had no clue on stopping them, the runs flowed so easily for the batsmen and the Indian bowlers found hard to get their line and length. The hard hitting pair added 96 in just 8.3 overs before Maxwell was run out for 53 of just 32 balls. Captain Bailey scored a massive 92 of 50 balls and remained unbeaten. The Aussies had scored a huge first Innings total of 359 for the loss of 5 wickets in 50 overs.The bowling, Vinay Picked couple of wickets for 73 from his 9 overs and Ashwin picked one for 50 from his 8 overs.

Now, Indian batsman again had to chase a score over 300 and this time its going to be a huge task than the last game. The openers Rohit Sharma and Dhawan did not fail this time, the duo put on a opening partnership of 176 runs, This was the kind of start the Indians were looking, those runs came in quick time,26.1 overs. Shikhar Dhawan who missed out in his first game, was dropped while he was on 18 by Haddin and he did utilize that opportunity and went on to score 95 in 86 balls and the delhi batsman was dismissed without scoring a century, yet that innings made a huge impact on the scorecard. Rohit sharma was calm until dhawan was scoring, once dhawan was back to the pavilion, he took up the attack along with Virat Kohli. The Mumbai Batsman had scored a century during 2010. Rohit Sharma was in sublime touch, he was pulling and driving the ball so well and at the other end Kohli was on fire, he was hitting six’s and four’s now and then and both the batsmen made bowling difficult for the Aussie Bowlers. The run rate had come down to 4 runs an over and the last ten overs Indians needed only 40 runs. The way Rohit and Virat played was just more than awesome, in the mean time Rohit brought up his 3rd odi ton in style, this century certainly took a long time to come, and at the other end Virat was clinching towards his 16th odi ton and the fastest as well, Virat scored a 52 ball 100 and the fastest by an Indian, earlier Sehwag had this record, scoring a century in 60 balls against New Zealand. The target looked comfortable in the end for India, and India had successfully chased down a huge target and scored 362 in 43.3 overs with a loss of Just one wicket.
Rohit Sharma was adjudged Man of the Match for his 123 ball 141*(17 four’s and four six’s) The other contributions came from Virat Kohli, 100* of 52 balls(8 four’s and 7 six’s) and Shikhar Dhawan’s 95 of 86 balls(14 four’s)
What a win! What a chase! and the series is leveled 1-1,hope you all enjoyed the game! as I too loved watching. See you soon with an update after the Mohali encounter.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Yuvi Yuvi Yuvi!! - The men in blue are back!

India's last series was against Zimbabwe, and that series saw a lot of new faces getting their breakthrough.
Australia's tour of India, first match commenced yesterday with a t-20. Played at Rajkot, India had won the toss and decided to field in a flat pitch that was good for batting.
Australian openers started off well and they did not allow any Indian bowlers to settle. The openers Finch and Nic Maddinson(debut) made sure they gave their team the start. Australia utilized the powerplay and added 56 in 4.5 overs before Bhuvi rattled Maddinson who scored 34 in 16 balls he faced and India had their First breakthrough. Finch was just unstoppable and he continued his hard hitting, Ashwin went for 41 in his two overs. Watson was given Leg before and Vinay was spot on with his bowling and Aussies found hard to play his bowling and Jadeja too was quite consistent with the line and length. The Aussie Captain George Bailey was dismissed for a duck and it was Vinay again taking that wicket.Maxwell scored a quick fire 13 ball 27 and was out when Ishant took a good catch. Though Aussies kept losing wickets, they were well ahead of 10 runs per over and 200 was looking so easy. Finch scored a massive 89 of 52 balls before being dismissed by Vinay, a great return catch to send the Aussie opener back to the pavilion. In the twenty overs, Australia scored 201 for the loss of 7 wickets. It was Vinay Kumar, the stand out performer for India, he picked up 3 wickets for 26 in his 4 overs and Bhuvi Picked 3 for 35 in his 4 and Jadeja a wicket for 23 in his 4 overs.
 Indians had to chase a huge score, The openers Dhawan and Rohit sharma were not able to provide the start as Aussies did, Rohit was out for just 8 runs, Dhawan and Raina started to score runs quickly and added 38 in 3.4 overs before Raina lost his wicket for 19. Kohli Joined Dhawan , the left/right combo added 30 in 3 overs and Dhawan headed to pavilion, being stumped. There were still hopes, this man came in Yuvraj Singh. Every one remembers his 30 ball 70 against Australia in the t-20 semi finals 2007. The team exactly needed that Kind of knock to chase down this target and he did played the same way,Kohli lost his wicket for 29 when he tried to charge Mackay down the track and caught over long on. India's most devastating pair MS Dhoni and Yuvraj on the middle. They just played the way as if there was no pressure and India were going on 9 runs per over and they needed 10, Yuvraj was in sublime form on his come back game, he was timing the ball so well and he hit 5 huge six's and 8 fours and that was a match winning knock, he scored a brutal 77 of 35 balls, that was more challenging than Finch's 52 ball 89. MSD remained calm at the other end and he was the finisher as usual, scoring 24 of 21. The duo added 102 in 8.3 overs and saw India winning with 2 balls to spare.
Yuvraj Singh was adjudged man of the match!
It's time to cheer folks! 7 ODI matches remaining! Lets win it! Bleed Blue!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hi!! I am bored!

Been loooooooong time I came here updating my blog after India played against Zim!

well, This is just gonna be a formal , no.. a scribbling may be! Have been watching films hearing a lot of music, and less of cricket!

Got really bored on seeing Australia losing to England 3-0 in the ashes. Yes, hope they come back!

Finch's 156 was lovely to watch, and what else?!

Pakistan winning against Zimbabwe and Younis Khan's 200 in the second Innings!

Dollar value going up! and petrol prices going up! but there are people like me, who put petrol for Just 100 rs. Earlier 1.39 lts for rs.100 and now approx 1.29 lts for rs.100!

Onion prices. Thank you! what else?! Gold prices! hats off to congress and the Indian economic system and Our Finance Minister says, we are having a tough time. Ok!

The new RBI governor. Welcome sir!

Gang rapes and the judgement!! 

UP riots! what else do we need to face?!

Syria! really Pity that country! chemical chemical! really dangerous! not again plz!

Kimi losing in Italian GP! I heard fans of him telling keep calm and let kimi do what he wants to do! Ok.

see you soon with the next post! Bbbyee!  - with Laav, Harish.S! oYE! How ever you call me! :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

India in Zimbabwe. A recap!

This was the series to test the bench strength and Virat was again given an opportunity to lead the team against Zimbabwe and this was the young Indian squad with lot of new faces. Pujara Made his debut, Mohit was given a chance, Unadkat proved his skill as a bowler. Ambati Rayudu scored some runs, Rahane scored a half century and he has been in the bench for a long time. Amit Mishra was excellent with the ball picking up 18 wickets and equaling the world record with Srinath did against New Zealand. Lot of things happened this series.
Match 1 : India won the toss and chose to field. Sikandar Raza (82) and Chigumbura (43) were the highest scorers for Zimbabwe and they made a modest total of 228. Mishra bowled well and picked up 3 for 43 in his ten overs
India had to chase with ease. The openers fell for low score and Captain Virat had to lead from the front, Virat scored an excellent century (115) and he along with Rayudu (63) made sure India secured a lead in the 5 match ODI Series . India chased down the total in 44.5 overs. Virat was the man of the match.
Match 2 : Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field. Rohit sharma's poor form continued and he had to lose his wicket for just 1 run. Virat too did not last long and was back to the pavilion. Time for Dhawan to perform and he did so. The left hander scored a brilliant century after bring dropped behind and one at deep. He did not waste his chance and went on to score 116, Dinesh Karthik was another stand out performer this game scoring 69. Both the batsman made sure India was out of trouble and Vinay Kumar made a quick fire 27 from 12 balls and India put on a massive score of 294 in their 50 overs
Zimbabwe had to chase a huge target after winning the toss. Sibanda (55) was the only highest scorer for them followed by Chigumbura's (46) and Utseya's 52 and in 50 overs Zimbabwe scored 236/9. Unadkat picked 4/41 and Dhawan was the man of the match. India lead series 2-0.
Match 3 : India won the toss and chose to field. Indian bowlers were spot on. Zimbabwe batsmen struggled to get runs except for Sean Williams (45) and were all out for 183 in 46 overs. Amit Mishra 4/47 in his 10
Indian's had nothing much to chase,Rohit sharma failing again and useful 35 from Dhawan, Virat remained unbeaten on 68 to chase down the target in just 35.3 overs, Mishra was man of the match. India won the series 3-0
Match 4 : Having won the series. India won the toss and chose to field. Once again this was a kind of repeat, the bowlers were spot on and made sure Zimbabwe kept losing wickets. Chigumbura's half century made them to score 144 in 42.4 overs. This time Mishra picked 3/25 and Mohit sharma picked 2/26.
Pujara on his debut scored 13 and lost his wicket. Rohit and Raina put on a 100+ run partnership and chased down the target with ease, Both scored half centuries and got back their form. 145/1 in 30.5 overs. Mohit Sharma got Man of the match on his debut. India 4-0.
Match 5: Again, India won the toss and chose to field. As expected, Mishra and his googly fetched him six wickets for 48, with just a half century on the scorecard by Sean Williams (51) Zimbabwe all out for 163.
Pujara again failed to capitalize the opportunity and lost his wicket, 41 from Dhawan, 50 from Rahane and 48* from Jadeja won the match for India in 34 overs. Man of the match Amit Mishra for his 6 wicket haul.Series White Washed
India did show their class, This series was completely dominated by India, testing the bench strength and Virat's potential as a future leader.