Rahul Dravid makes history with 200 Test catches

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid became the first cricketer to take 200 catches when he got Dale Steyn with a brilliant catch at slip during the second India-South Africa Test at Durban on Monday, 27th December 2011.

A brilliant slip fielder, Dravid (149 Tests) is at the top the list of most number of catches in Tests. Former Australian opener Mark Waugh is second with 181 catches from 128 Tests, followed by Australian skipper Ricky Ponting with 174 catches.

For more than a decade, Dravid has held on to some stunning catches at slip and played a major role in spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh's success.

Find here his milestones as a fielder...

Break-up of catches against each country

  • vs Australia: 47 in 29 Tests
  • vs Bangladesh: 13 in 7 Tests
  • vs England: 26 in 17 Tests
  • vs New Zealand: 17 in 15 Tests
  • vs Pakistan: 19 in 15 Tests
  • vs South Africa: 21 in 20 Tests
  • vs Sri Lanka: 16 in 20 Tests
  • vs West Indies: 20 in 17 Tests
  • vs Zimbabwe: 21 in 9 Tests
Note: Dravid's tally includes one catch taken for ICC World XI in the 'Super' Test against Australia.

Dravid's milestone catches:

  • Catch No. 1: Nasser Hussain off Javagal Srinath in first Test.
  • Catch No. 50: Ricky Ponting off Harbhajan Singh in 43rd Test.
  • Catch No. 100: Shane Warne off Harbhajan Singh in 79th Test.
  • Catch No. 150: Andrew Strauss off Anil Kumble in 110th Test.
  • Catch No. 200: Dale Steyn off Harbhajan Singh in 149th Test.
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Pak media shower praise on Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar


Sachin Tendulkar's feat of becoming the first cricketer in history to score 50 Test centuries "needs to be seen at par with efforts in any field to push the frontiers of human excellence", a leading Pakistani daily said on Tuesday.

"Putting Sachin Tendulkar's latest feat in a strictly cricketing context would not be fair to the sportsman," an editorial in Dawn said.

"His achievements in the world of cricket need to be seen on a par with efforts in any field - science, art, literature, etc - to push the frontiers of human excellence."

Sachin's achievement "speaks volumes for the cricketer's temperament and his ability to adapt to changing times in the sports world", Dawn said.

"In fact, 20 years is a long time in the international sporting arena. Surviving for that long takes courage and determination. It is, as such, also about having enough passion for the game over that long a period to keep one's fitness level at the requisite level.

"Sachin Tendulkar, needless to say, has all these attributes and more - class, for instance. It is no wonder that he has survived two decades, and has, in fact, ruled the cricketing world," the editorial maintained.

Comparing him to Australian legend Don Bradman, Dawn said: "Tendulkar has established himself as the modern era's equivalent of the iconic Don. The many feathers in his cap appear to justify this perception. He has no more points to prove to anyone."

It went on to say that for the cricketing world, "it has been a privilege to watch Sachin Tendulkar demonstrate his remarkable skills. There is hardly anyone who would disagree with this, especially as his talent on the field has been observed for several years now. Today, it is just about celebrating a cricketing giant who goes by the name of Sachin Tendulkar".
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Cricket World Cup -20037


The ninth edition of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was held in the spectacular islands of West Indies from on March 13, 2007 and April 28, 2007. It is the first time the Cricket World Cup has been held in the Caribbean.



ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Mascot is an orange mongoose called Mello. Mello is neither an object, animal nor person but instead a youthful, friendly, contemporary character with bright eyes, a big smile and an abundance of personality. Mello represents zest for life. He is in his teens - cheeky and curious - and is socially aware. Mello is aware of the growing HIV epidemic around the world and therefore wears a red ribbon to show his support for the ICC/UNAIDS initiative.


This tournament feature 16 teams, i.e. Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, Kenya, Canada, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland. The teams are divided into four groups. Within each group, the teams will play each other in a round-robin format. Teams will earn points for wins and half-points for ties. The top two teams from each group, a total of eight, will move forward to the "Super 8" round. The top two teams from each group will play the other six teams that progressed from different groups. Teams will earn points in the same way as the group stage, but will also bring points scored against the other team who qualified from the same group to the "Super 8" stage. The top four teams from the "Super 8" round will advance to the semi-finals, and the winners of the semi-finals will compete in the final.


The official Song of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 has been titled "THE GAME OF LOVE AND UNITY". The song has been sung by Jamaican-born Shaggy, Barbadian entertainer Rupee and Trinidadian Faye-Ann Lyons.


The final match was played between the finalists of 1996 World Cup, Australia and Sri Lanka at the Kensington Oval, Barbados. Australia wins Cricket World Cup 2007 final by 53 runs.


Revenue wise, Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies, or officially speaking ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, was not a big hit, as the advent of T20 Cricket made people a bit disinterested in ODIs. Also, due to the poor performance of West Indian team, the local crowd was not much interested in the matches of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. The weather was also not Cricket friendly. Due to this, some games of Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies were curtailed.


Many teams, including India lost their captain after the world cup debacle. Rahul Dravid was the Indian captain and he was removed from captaincy and wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni was made the Indian captain.Overall, Cricket World Cup 2007 West Indies was not a flop, neither a hit. ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 would be remembered as the first hattrick of any international Cricket team to win 3 World Cups in a row.


  • Tournament formats - Round robin and Knockout
  • Host - West Indies
  • Champions - Australia
  • Runner up - Sri Lanka
  • Semi Finalist: New Zealand, Soputh Africa
  • Teams - 16
  • Matches played - 51
  • Most runs - Matthew Hayden (659)
  • Most wickets - Glenn McGrath (26)
  • Player of the series - Glenn McGrath (Australia)
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World's Best Batsman: Sachin tops Bradman says Australia poll

Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman

Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is of superior quality as a batsman to the great Sir Don Bradman. That's what a poll conducted by an Australian newspaper has to say. The survey was conducted shortly after Tendulkar set a new world record, becoming the first batsman to score 50 centuries in Test matches, emerged runaway winner over Don Bradman in a poll commissioned by an Australian newspaper on who is the best batsman of all time.

Australian daily 'Sydney Morning Herald' held the exercise asking readers to vote for 'The greatest batsman ever: Badman or Tendulkar?" Sachin Tendulkar secured 67 per cent of the votes as against Bradman's 33 per cent. 20768 cricket fans voted.

Voters apparently took into account the fact that Tendulkar has been a prolific run-scorer in all three formats of the game and has faced a total of 10 countries in the cricketing arena. Bradman however only featured in Tests and played mainly against England.

"Bradman scored a total of 7000 runs of which 5000 plus were against one country. He played only against four countries in an era where not many matches were played in a year. He did not face too many world class bowlers, with the fastest being Larwood who bowled supposedly at 95 mph," another post said.

Some voters felt that Tendulkar has far outstripped Bradman on the basis of the sheer volume of runs he has scored. Plus, they felt that pressure in cricket today is far more palpable than in bygone eras.

"I am Australian. I love Don Bradman... But my unbiased thought is Sachin is greater, said another opinion. Sachin has more than 30,000 Runs. He is playing in an era where every ball is analyzed and taken note of. Yet 12 nations have not found the way to stop this man!" one fan said.

Those who consider Bradman better than Tendulkar felt the Australian legend played on uncovered pitches at a time when there was no helmet and yet he had a near hundred average.

"Bradman - no helmet, uncovered pitches, higher average, no advantage of a modern bat, more centuries per innings -enough said really. Tendulkar is the best in the modern game, but Bradman is hands down the greatest," one cricket fan commented.

Still others believed it was inappropriate to compare the two since they played in two vastly different eras. After all, Bradman was in his heyday when body-line bowling wasn't in vogue before England fast bowler Harold Larwood unsettled him with such in the 1932-33 Ashes series.

"Sounds foolish to compare players from two different eras. Numbers don't count much when the conditions are so different. Same debate has been on comparing Pele and Maradona," a comment said.

Bradman's career spanned 20 years from 1928 to 1948, while Tendulkar has already chalked up 21 years and still going strong. On another count, Tendulkar made his Test debut at the tender age of 16, whereas the Don was 20. Tendulkar scored his maiden Test century at 17 years of age, whereas Bradman was 20 when he notched up the first milestone.

However, the Don finished his career with a staggering average of 99.94, but Tendulkar's is presently on a mere 56.91. Tendulkar has played in 175 Tests to Bradman's 52 in his entire career. Sachin has 50 Test centuries and counting to the Don's 29, but a dozen times, the latter has made double centuries while the former has only reached the double-ton mark six times.

On an occasion before Bradman passed away, he observed from video sources that Tendulkar's batting style uncannily resembled his own. Was the Don reborn as Tendulkar?
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Tendulkar is the first person to score 50 test 100s



Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar scored his 50th test century against South Africa. He is the only person to score a monumental 50 Test centuries in cricket history.

Sachin Tendulkar reached the coveted landmark when he completed his ton in 197 balls on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion on 19th December, 2010. At 7.36 pm Indian time, he pushed Dale Steyn through a heavily manned cover for four, bringing up his 50th Test hundred.

He has scored 11 hundreds against Australia, nine against Sri Lanka, seven against England, six against South Africa, five against Bangladesh, four against New Zealand, three each against West Indies and Zimbabwe and two against Pakistan.
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Cricket World cup 2011 Indian probables

The 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup -2011
  1. MS Dhoni (Capt),
  2. Virender Sehwag,
  3. Sachin Tendulkar,
  4. Gautam Gambhir,
  5. Virat Kohli,
  6. Yuvraj Singh,
  7. Suresh Raina,
  8. Harbhajan Singh,
  9. Zaheer Khan,
  10. Ashish Nehra,
  11. Sreesanth,
  12. Munaf Patel,
  13. Ishant Sharma,
  14. Vinay Kumar,
  15. Murali Vijay,
  16. Rohit Sharma,
  17. Ravindra Jadeja,
  18. Ajinkya Rahane,
  19. Saurabh Tiwary,
  20. Yusuf Pathan,
  21. Parthiv Patel ,
  22. R Ashwin,
  23. Wriddhiman Saha,
  24. Dinesh Karthik,
  25. Shikhar Dhawan,
  26. Amit Mishra,
  27. Piyush Chawla,
  28. Cheteshwar Pujara,
  29. Pragyan Ojha,
  30. Praveen Kumar.
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Captain Cool: Mahendra Singh Dhoni


M.S. Dhoni with
1st ICC T20 World Cup

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is born on 7th June, 1981. Dhoni was born and brought up in Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand). His father’s name is Pan Singh and mother’s name is Devki Devi. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti and a brother Narendra.

Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports.Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club. Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni played for the Bihar cricket team during the 1998/99 cricket season and was selected to represent India-A for a tour to Kenya in 2004. 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.

His one day international debut came after playing five years of first class cricket on the 23rd December, 2004 Vs Bangladesh at Chittagong, Bangladesh. Unfortunately, he was run out on the first ball he faced. It wasn’t a great debut for him where batting is concerned. Luck wasn’t on his side in the first four matches he played. Where as on the fifth match which was played against Pakistan at Visakhapatnam, Dhoni came to the crease at one down and scored 148 runs from just 123 balls. He hit 15 boundaries and four sixes. He got his first Man of the match award that day. This is the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. Later in the year, he broke his own record as well as set the current world record for the highest score in the second innings in ODI matches as he scored 183* on 31st of October, 2005 against Srilanka which was played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Adam Gilchrist was the former record holder with 172 runs. Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and in reply, India lost Tendulkar early. Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India – an innings described in Wisden Almanack (2006) as "Uninhibited, yet anything but crude".

Dhoni's success in the limited overs format secured him a place in the test team. On the 2nd of December 2005, Dhoni made his Test cricket debut against Srilanka which was played in Chennai. Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian Test wicket-keeper.

Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match that was marred by rain. Dhoni came to the crease when the team was struggling at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling around him, he played an aggressive innings and was the last man dismissed. Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate (half century came off 51 balls) aided India to set a target of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247

India toured Pakistan in January/February 2006 and Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad. India were left in a tight spot as Dhoni was joined by Irfan Pathan with the team still 107 away from avoiding follow-on. Dhoni played his typical aggressive innings as he scored his maiden test century in just 93 balls after scoring his first fifty in just 34 deliveries.

Consistent performances in ODI cricket through the end of the 2005/06 season saw Dhoni briefly ranked as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI ratings. Dhoni overtook Ricky Ponting as number one in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen on 20 April 2006. Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months continuously in 2009, it was Hussy from Australia who replaced him for the top spot in the beginning of 2010.

Dhoni's form dipped through 2006 as India lost matches at the ICC Champions trophy, DLF Cup, away bilateral series against West Indies and South Africa. A return to form in the home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka in early 2007 proved to be an inaccurate indicator of Dhoni's form as India crashed out of the first round in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Dhoni was out for a duck in both India's losses. After the World Cup, Dhoni won the Man of the series award in the bilateral ODI tournament against Bangladesh.

Dhoni was nominated as the vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England 7-match ODI series. And was elected as captain of Indian Twenty-20 Cricket Team for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. He led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy in South Africa with a victory over arch rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on 24 September 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev.

He, then went on to become the ODI captain of the Indian team for the seven-match ODI series against Australia in September 2007.

He made his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final test against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008 replacing Anil Kumble who retired from cricket after the third test. India eventually won that Test thus clinching the series 2–0 and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Dhoni had previously captained India on a stand-in basis against South Africa and Australia in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Dhoni also led team India to number one position in ICC rankings in test cricket for the first time. Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.

As of January 2010, Dhoni is the highest ranked ODI batsman on the ICC Rankings List. Dhoni was named as captain of Wisden's first-ever Dream Test XI Team in 2009 and has topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers compiled by Forbes. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009.
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Eighth Cricket World Cup Match summaries


Sachin Tendulkar
receives Man of the Series
from Nelson Mandela

CRICKET WORLD CUP 2003 -  FIRST ROUND
DATE MATCH POOL VENUE Winner
SUN
09/02/03
South Africa vs West
Indies
B Newlands, Capes
Town
West
Indies, by 3 runs
MON
10/02/03
Sri Lanka vs New
Zealand
B Good year Park, Bloemfontein Sri
Lanka, by 47 runs
MON
10/02/03
Zimbabwe vs
Namibia
A Harare Sports club, Harare Zimbabwe,
by 86 runs
TUE
11/02/03
Australia vs
Pakistan
A The wanderers, Johannesburg Australia,
by 82 runs
TUE
11/02/03
Bangladesh vs
Canada
B Kingsmid, Durban Canada,
by 60 runs
WED
12/02/03
South Africa vs
Kenya
B North West Stadium, Potchefstroom. South Africa, by 10 wickets
WED
12/02/03
India vs
Holland
A Boland Park, paarl India,
by by 68 runs

THU
13/02/03
West Indies vs New
Zealand
B St. George's Park, Port
Elizabeth
New
Zealand, by 20 runs
THU
13/02/03
Zimbabwe vs
England
A Harare Sports club, Harare (Match
cancelled)
FRI
14/02/03
Sri Lanka  vs
Bangladesh
B Pietermaritzburg Ovel, Pietermarizburg Sri
Lanka, by 10 wickets
SAT
15/02/03
Kenya vs
Canada 
B Newlands, Cape
Town
Kenya,
by 4 wickets
SAT
15/02/03
Australia vs
India
A Super Sports Park, Centurion Australia,
9 wickets
SUN
16/02/03
South Africa vs New
Zealand
B The Wanderers, Johannesburg New
Zealand,  9 wickets
SUN
16/02/03
England vs
Holland
A Buffalo Park, East
London
England,
by 6 wickets
SUN
16/02/03
Pakistan vs
Namibia
A Dibiyers Diamond Ovel, Kimberley Pakistan,  by 171 runs
TUE
18/02/03
West Indies vs
Bangladesh
B Villomoor Park, Benoni Tie
WED
19/02/03
England vs
Namibia 
A St. George's Park, Port
Elizabeth
England, by 55 runs
WED
19/02/03
Sri Lanka vs
Canada
B Boland Park, paarl Sri
Lanka,
by 9 wickets
WED
19/02/03
Zimbabwe vs
India
A Harare Sports club, Harare India,
by 83 runs
THU
20/02/03
Australia vs
Holland
A North West Stadium, Potchefstroom. Australia, by 75 runs
FRI
21/02/03
New Zealand vs
Kenya
B Nairobi gimkhana Club, Nairobi (Match
cancelled)
SAT
22/02/03
England vs
Pakistan 
A Newlands, Capes
Town
England, by 112 runs
SAT
22/02/03
South Africa vs
Bangladesh
B Good year Park, Bloemfontein South Africa, by 10 wickets
SUN
23/02/03
West Indies vs
Canada
B Super Sport Park, Centurion West Indies, by 7 wickets
SUN
23/02/03
India vs
Namibia
A Pietermaritzburg Ovel, Pietermarizburg India, by 181 runs
MON
24/02/03
Zimbabwe vs
Australia
A Queens Sport Club, Bulawayo Australia, by 7 wickets
MON
24/02/03
Sri Lanka vs
Kenya
B Nairobi gimkhana Club, Nairobi
Kenya, by 53 runs
TUE
25/02/03
Pakistan vs
Holland
A Bolland Park, Paarl Pakistan, by 97 runs

WED
26/02/03
England vs
India
A Kingsmead, Durban
India, by 82 runs
WED
26/02/03
New Zealand vs
Bangladesh
B Dibiyers Diamond Ovel, Kimberley New Zealand, by 7 wickets
THU
27/02/03
South Africa vs
Canada
B Buffalo Park, East
London
South Africa, by 118 runs
THU
27/02/03
Australia vs
Namibia
A North West Stadium,
Potchefstroom
Australia, by 256 runs
FRI
28/02/03
Sri Lanka vs West
Indies
B Newlands, Capes
Town
Sri
Lanka, by 6 runs
FRI
28/02/03
Zimbabwe vs
Holland
A Queens Sport Club, Bulawayo Zimbabwe,
by 99 runs
SAT
01/03/03
Kenya vs
Bangladesh 
B The Wanderers, Johannesburg Kenya, by 32 runs
SAT
01/03/03
Pakistan vs
India
A Super sports Park, Centurion
India, by 6 wickets
SUN
02/03/03
Australia vs
England
A St. George's Park, Port
Elizabeth
Australia, by 2 wickets
MON
03/03/03
New Zealand vs
Canada
B Villomoor Park, Benoni New Zealand, by 5 wickets
MON
03/03/03
South Africa vs Sri
Lanka
B Kingsmeed, Durban Tie
MON
03/03/03
Namibia vs
Holland
A Good Year Park, Bloemfontein
Holland,by 64 runs
TUE
04/03/03
West Indies vs
Kenya
B Dibiers Diamond Ovel, Kimberley West Indies, 142 runs
TUE
04/03/03
Zimbabwe vs
Pakistan 
A Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Match abandoned



SUPER SIX ROUND


DATE
MATCH

VENUE

WINNERS


FRI
07/03/03

Australia vs Sri Lanka
Super Sports
Park, Centurion

Australia, 96 runs
FRI
07/03/03
India vs Kenya
Newlands Capedown

India, by 6
wickets

SAT
08/03/03
Zimbabwe vs New Zealand
Good Yesr Park, Bloemfontein New Zealand, by
6 wickets
MON
10/03/03

India vs Sri Lanka

The Wanderers, Johannesburg India, by 183
runs
TUE
11/03/03

Australia vs New Zealand


St. George's Park, Port Elizabeth

Australia, by 96 runs

WED
12/03/03

Zimbabwe vs Kenya

Good Yesr Park, Bloemfontein Kenya, by 7
wickets
FRI
14/03/03

India vs New Zealand

Super Sports
Park, Centurion
India,
by
7 wickets
SAT
15/03/03

Zimbabwevs Sri Lanka

Buffalo Park, East London Sri Lanka,
by 74 runs
SAT
15/03/03

Australia vs Kenya

Kingsmead, Durban Australia,
by 5 wickets





SEMI FINALS
DATE
MATCH
VENUE

WINNERS

TUE
18/03/03
 Australia
vs Sri Lanka

St. George's Park, Port
Elizabeth

Australia, by 48 runs

THU
20/03/03

India vs Kenya
Kingsmead, Durban
India, by 91
runs

 


THE FINAL

DATE
MATCH
VENUE
WINNERS
SUN
23/03/03

Australia
Vs India

The Wanderers, Johannesburg
Australia, by
125 runs
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Top Bowler in 2003 World Cup

Leading Wicket
Takers
Player Team  Mts  Inns  Balls  Runs  Wkts  Best  Aveg  Econ  SR  5w  4w
WPUJC Vaas
SL
  10
  10
  528
  331
  23
  6/25
  14.39
  3.76
  22.95
  1
  1
B Lee
Aust
  10
  10
  499
  394
  22
  5/42
  17.90
  4.73
  22.68
  1
  0
GD McGrath
Aust
  11
  11
  522
  310
  21
  7/15
  14.76
  3.56
  24.85
  1
  0
Zaheer Khan
Ind
  11
  11
  530
  374
  18
  4/42
  20.77
  4.23
  29.44
  0
  1
SE Bond
NZ
  8
  8
  468
  305
  17
  6/23
  17.94
  3.91
  27.52
  1
  0
M Muralitharan
SL
  10
  10
  526
  319
  17
  4/28
  18.76
  3.63
  30.94
  0
  1
VC Drakes
WI
  6
  6
  311
  208
  16
  5/33
  13.00
  4.01
  19.43
  2
  0
J Srinath
Ind
  11
  11
  547
  369
  16
  4/30
  23.06
  4.04
  34.18
  0
  2
AJ Bichel
Aust
  8
  8
  342
  198
  16
  7/20
  12.37
  3.47
  21.37
  1
  0
A Nehra
Ind
  9
  9
  415
  289
  15
  6/23
  19.26
  4.17
  27.66
  1
  1
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Top Batsman in 2003 World Cup


Leading Run Getter



PLAYER TEAM Mts Inns N.O. RUNS H.S. Aveg SR  100s  50s  0s
SR Tendulkar
Ind
  11
  11
  0
  673
  152-
  61.18
  89.25
  1
  6
  0
SC Ganguly
Ind
  11
  11
  3
  465
  112*
  58.12
  82.30
  3
  0
  1
RT Ponting
Aust
  11
  10
  2
  415
  140*
  51.87
  87.92
  2
  1
  0
AC Gilchrist
Aust
  10
  10
  0
  408
  99-
  40.79
  105.42
  0
  4
  0
HH Gibbs
SA
  6
  6
  2
  384
  143-
  96.00
  100.78
  1
  2
  0
MS Atapattu
SL
  10
  10
  3
  382
  124-
  54.57
  84.51
  2
  1
  1
A Flower
Zim
  8
  7
  0
  332
  71-
  47.42
  72.33
  0
  3
  0
ML Hayden
Aust
  11
  11
  1
  328
  88-
  32.79
  80.00
  0
  1
  0
A Symonds
Aust
  9
  5
  3
  326
  143*
  163.00
  90.55
  1
  2
  1
DR Martyn
Aust
  10
  8
  3
  323
  88*
  64.59
  81.77
  0
  4
  2
ST Jayasuriya
SL
  10
  10
  2
  321
  120-
  40.12
  76.42
  1
  2
  0
SP Fleming
NZ
  8
  8
  1
  321
  134*
  45.85
  85.82
  1
  0
  0
R Dravid
Ind
  11
  10
  5
  318
  62-
  63.60
  64.11
  0
  2
  0
V Sehwag
Ind
  11
  11
  0
  299
  82-
  27.18
  86.66
  0
  2
  0
CB Wishart
Zim
  8
  7
  1
  293
  172*
  48.83
  85.42
  1
  0
  0
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Groups in Cricket World Cup 2003

Pools in World Cup 2003



Pool A Pool B

1. Australia

2. England

3. Pakistan

4. India

5. Zimbabwe

6. Namibia

7. Netherlands


1. South Africa

2. Sri Lanka

3. West Indies

4. New Zealand

5. Kenya

6. Bangladesh

7. Canada

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Cricket World Cup -2003


Cricket World Cup - 2003
Mascot: Dazzle, the Zibra
The eighth Cricket World Cup 2003 was held in South Africa between 9th February, 2003 and 23rd March 2003. The official mascot of the tournament was Dazzle, the Zibra.

Foueteen(14) nations participated in the event with their teams to prove their mettle in the 54 matches held during the event.The teams were divided into two groups: Pool A and Pool B, the pools being compiled according to a seeding system devised by the Executive Board of the International Cricket Council. The seedings are based on an international rankings list calculated according to the results of all limited overs internationals between the end of the last Cricket World Cup in June 1999 until the cutoff date of September 30, 2001.

The Australian cricket team has been winning almost every match over the last four years and came to the 8th World Cup in southern Africa as pre-tournament favourites. At the end of it they went home with the trophy, retaining it without losing a single match to became the first in history to win the World Cup for the third time.

They outplayed every opposition they came up against and in every department of the game too, certainly the deserved winners. No matter the toss was won or lost, no matter batted first or bowled first - whatever they did was to perfection and not left to chance.

Shane Warne was sent back home after failing a drug test. Cricket minnos Kenya enter into Semis

In the final against India, they lost both openers after a good start and could have lost more wickets but skipper Ponting and batsman Damien Martyn first made sure there were no further losses. After playing themselves in, both went on a rampage and belted the Indian bowling to every nook and cranny of the Wanderers to pile up a monstrous 359-2, Ponting ending with 140 and Martyn on 88. Despite a fighting 82 from Virender Sehwag , India could only make 234.

The winning team Australia received $2 000 000 cash prize along with the World cup trophy.
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2011 Cricket World Cup : BCCI to distribute free tickets to students

To ensure capacity crowd at the stadiums, the organising committee of the 2011 cricket World Cup has decided to distribute free tickets to school and college students.

Tournament director Ratnakar Shetty told reporters here on Thursday that the organising committee is in talks with the sponsors and the host associations to work out how many tickets can be distributed among the students.

"We have decided to distribute free tickets among students. We have lots of sponsorship programmes through which we will be distributing the tickets. State associations will also have some quota for the students. We want the state associations to throw their gates open for the students," said Shetty.

Shetty, who is also the chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said that free tickets will be given to draw crowds, specially for the non-India matches.

"The real challenge is to bring in people for non-India games and one of the suggestions is to bring in school and college children,"  he said.

Shetty said that ICC officials have visited Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata to inspect the stadia, which have been renovated.

"All the three stadiums in Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata have undergone massive renovation. We have made sure that the stadiums have better spectator services, media facilities and proper set-up for the broadcaster," he said.
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Nawab of Najafgarh: Sehwag's profile



Virendra Sehwag

Virender Sehwag was born 20 October 1978, in Delhi. Sehwag affectionately known as Viru, the Nawab of Najafgarh, or the Zen master of modern cricket, is one of the leading batsmen in the Indian cricket team.

 
He developed a liking for the game of Cricket at quite an early age, and received his education at Arora Vidya School in Delhi where he started learning to play Cricket seriously under the guidance of his coach A.N. Sharma.

 
He started playing for the Delhi Cricket team in the year 1997-98, and played for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy tournament in the year 1998-99. In the year 1999 he was selected for the National Under-19 Cricket team of India, and was chosen for the National Cricket team 2 years later.

 
He played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test cricket team in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the only Indian to be honored as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009.

 
Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score by an Indian player in a Test match that he achieved in a match against South Africa played at Chennai on 26th of March 2008. He scored 319 runs off just 278 balls in the match, which was also the fastest Triple Century in Test Cricket.

 
Sehwag is one of the three batsmen in the world who have scored 2 Triple Centuries in Test Cricket, which was also the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket (reached 300 off only 278 balls) as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman (in 207 balls against Sri Lanka on 3 December 2009 at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai).

 
Sehwag also holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have ever surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, and the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul.

 
Sehwag smashed the fastest century ever scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, off just 60 balls in an ODI match against New Zealand on 11th of March 2009 at Hamilton.

 
Sehwag was appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was later replaced by V. V. S. Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI team and later from the Test team as well. During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured Dravid for 2 ODIs and 1 Test. Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag has been reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs.

 

ODI Debut

The One Day International (ODI) Cricket career of Virender Sehwag began with an ODI match against Pakistan played in Chandigarh on 1st of April 1999, although he just faced 2 balls by Shoaib Akhtar and got LBW out after scoring a single run in this match. 2 years later, he scored 58 runs off 54 balls in an ODI match against Australia played in Bangalore to win his first Man of the Match award. He also took 3 wickets, giving away 59 runs in this match.

 

Test Debut

Sehwag debuted in Test Cricket with a Test match against South Africa played at Bloemfontein on 3rd of November 2001. He played an impressive 105 runs in the first innings and 31 runs in the second innings of the match, although he took no wickets and gave away 22 runs in the match.

 

Achievements:

  • First ever Indian to score 300 runs in a Test innings
  • Highest individual score by an Indian in Tests (309)
  • Highest-ever Test score at over a run-a-ball (254 off 247 balls against Pakistan)
  • Involved in the highest opening partnership for a Test played away from India (410 with Dravid).
  • Most Test runs in a single day by an Indian.
  • He is the third batsman in the history of Test cricket to score two triple centuries, alongside Australia's Sir Donald Bradman, and the West Indies' Brian Lara and Chris Gayle.
  • Second fastest ODI 50 by an Indian - a record, he shares with Rahul Dravid, Kapil Dev and Yuvraj Singh - when he took 22 balls against Kenya in 2001.
  • Two consecutive double century partnerships in a Test innings. He achieved this record, for the first two wickets in Chennai on 27–28 March 2008 (with Wasim Jaffer and Rahul Dravid respectively). This was the first time in Test history that the first two wickets in an innings have resulted in double-century stands. He equaled this in the innings against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, combining with Murali Vijay and Dravid for the first and second wickets.
  • He is the first person in the history of test cricket to hit two triple centuries and take five wickets in a Test innings.

Awards

  • Arjuna Award in 2002.
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2008 and 2009.
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Sachin is Don Bradman of modern era - says Lara



Brain Lara with Sachin Tendulkar

Saluting the longevity of Sachin Tendulkar, West Indies great Brian Lara has described the Indian batting legend as the ‘Don Bradman’ of modern era but refused to the compare the icons of different eras.

Lara, himself a legendary left-handed batsman from the Caribbean, said what astonishes him the most about Tendulkar is his longevity.- Lara said of his close friend .

The West Indies player is of the opinion that
"Australian great Don Bradman, who ended his career with an incredible Test average of  99.96, and Tendulkar should not be compared as they played and flourished in different eras. Sachin is our period’s Don Bradman. Forget the difference in averages with Bradman but whoever I have spoken to who have seen very old players in action, they believe that he (Bradman) would not have averaged 99 in today’s cricket. So I believe that Sachin is our period’s Bradman,”

- Brain Lara said of his close friend .
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Seventh Cricket World Cup Match summaries

SUMMARY OF ICC WORLD CUP - 1999 


DateVenueBatted 1stBatted 2ndWinner - MarginMan of the Match
14 May 1999Lord'sSL 204Eng 207-2Eng - 8  wktsAJ Stewart
15 May 1999HoveInd 253-5SA 254-6SA -  4  wktsJH Kallis
15 May 1999TauntonKen 229-7Zim 231-5Zim - 5  wktsNC Johnson
16 May 1999BristolSc 181-7Aus 182-4Aus - 6  wktsME Waugh
16 May 1999WorcestePak 229-8WI 202 Pak - 27  runsAzhar Mahmood
17 May 1999ChelmsfordBD 116 NZ 117-4 NZ - 6  wktsGR Larsen
18 May 1999CanterburyKen 203 Eng 204-1Eng - 9  wktsS Tikolo
19 May 1999NorthamptonSA 199-9SL 110 SA - 89 runs L Klusener
19 May 1999LeicesterZim-252-9Ind 249 Zim - 3 runs +GW Flower
20 May 1999Chester-le-StreetPak 261-6Sc 167 Pak - 94 runsYusuf Youhana
20 May 1999CardiffAus 213-8NZ 214-5NZ - 5 wktsRG Twose
21 May 1999DublinBD 182 WI 183-3WI - 7 wktsCA Walsh
22 May 1999The OvalSA 225-7 Eng 103 SA - 122 runsL Klusener
22 May 1999WorcesterZim-197-9SL 198-6SL - 4 wktsMS Atapattu
23 May 1999LeedsPak 275-8Aus 265 Pak - 10 runsInzamam-ul-Haq
23 May 1999BristolInd 329-2Ken 235-7 Ind - 94 runsSR Tendulkar
 24 May 1999SouthamptonNZ-156 WI 158-3WI - 7 wktsRD Jacobs
24 May 1999EdinburghBD 185-9Sc 163 BD - 22 runs +Minhajul Abedin
 25 May 1999NottinghamZim-167-8Eng 168-3Eng - 7 wktsAD Mullally
26 May 1999AmsterdamKen 152SA 153-3SA - 7 wktsL Klusener
26 May 1999TauntonInd 373-6SL 216 Ind - 157 runsSC Ganguly
27 May 1999LeicesterSc 68 WI 70-2 WI - 8 wktsCA Walsh
27 May 1999Chester-le-StreetBD 178-7Aus 181-3Aus - 7 wktsTM Moody
28 May 1999DerbyPak 269-8NZ 207-8Pak - 62 runsInzamam-ul-Haq
 29 May 1999#BirminghamInd 232-8Eng 169 Ind - 63 runsSC Ganguly
29 May 1999ChelmsfordZim-233-6 SA 185 Zim - 48 runsNC Johnson
30 May 1999SouthamptonSL 275-8Ken 230-6SL - 45 runsM Odumbe
30 May 1999ManchesterWI 110 Aus 111-4Aus - 6 wktsGD McGrath
31 May 1999EdinburghSc 121 NZ 123-4NZ - 6 wktsGI Allott
31 May 1999NorthamptonBD 223-9Pak 161 BD - 62 runs +Khaled Mahmud
04 Jun 1999The OvalAus 282-6Ind 205 Aus - 77 runsGD McGrath
05 Jun 1999NottinghamPak220-7SA 221-7SA -  3 wktsL Klusener
06 Jun 1999#LeedsZim-175 NZ 70-3 No ResultNo Award
08 Jun 1999ManchesterInd 227-6Pak 180 Ind - 47 runsBKV Prasad
09 Jun 1999Lord'sAus 303-4Zim 259-6Aus - 44 runsNC Johnson
10 Jun 1999BirminghamSA 287-5NZ 213-8SA - 74 runsJH Kallis
11 Jun 1999The OvalPak 271-9Zim 123 Pak - 148 runs +Saeed Anwar
12 Jun 1999NottinghamInd 251-6 NZ 253-5NZ -  5 wktsRG Twose
13 Jun 1999LeedsSA 271-7Aus 272-5Aus - 5 wktsSR Waugh
16 Jun 1999*ManchesterNZ-241-7Pak 242-1Pak - 9 wktsShoaib Akhtar
17 Jun 1999*BirminghamAus 213SA 213 Match tied SK Warne
20 Jun 1999**Lord'sPak 132 Aus 133-2Aus - 8 wktsSK Warne




*          Semi-Final

**        Final

#          Matches played over two days because of rain , bad weather etc.

+          Target adjusted

D/L       Duckworth Lewis Method applied

Note : Matches in bold are day-night matches
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Cricket World Cup - 1999

Steve Wagh with World Cup trophy

The Cricket World Cup 1999 was hosted by England, Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands. This time 12 teams participated which were divided into 2 groups - Group A and Group B. Each team played each other in the league stage. The top three teams from each group qualified for the Super Sixes in which each qualifier from Group A played with each qualifier from Group B. The points earned by teams against each qualifier from their group was also carried forward. The top four teams from the Super Sixes advanced in the semifinals.
The Tournment starts with England and depending champions Sri Lanka on May 14, 1999 at Lord's. And ends with the final match between Australia Vs Pakistan on June 20, 1999.

Desperately needing a win to enter the super sixes, Australia won their last group stage game against the West Indies after they had score of just 12 runs in 10 overs, chasing 110. Similarly needing a win to enter the semi-finals, they won the last super six encounter against South Africa. In the semifinals the situation was die-hard when the match was tied because Lance Klusner, the last man left, was run-out with 1 run needing from 3 balls with only 1 wicket remaining, but given the advantage of winning their super sixes match against them. But whatever it is, the Aussies bid farewell to their captain in an ideal way.

Australia won the cup by beating Pakistan by 8 wickets. It was a one-sided final at the Lord's cricket ground in London. The other two semifinalists were New Zealand and South Africa. Shane Warne was Man of the Match in the final match as well as in the semi-final. Rahul Dravid from India made the maximum runs in the tournament. Lance Klusener, South Africa was crowned as Man of the Tournament. Sourabh Ganguly, India scored the highest, 183 against Sri Lanka at Taunton.

As for India, they were somewhat unfortunate. They entered the super six matches with empty pockets as both the countries against whom they had lost the group matches also qualified for the super sixes. In the super sixes they were ruled out even after securing a comprehensive victory over the then world cup favorites, Pakistan. Rahul Dravid got his name enshrined in the world cup history when he topped the most runs table with 461 runs.
  • Venue: England, Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands
  • Date: 14 May 1999 to 20 June 1999
  • Teams Played:
    • Group A : India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya.
    • Group B : Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, Scotland.
  • Super Six :
    •  Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, India.
  • Winner: Australia
  • Runner up: Pakistan
  • Man of the Match: Shane Warne (4 wickets for 33 balls)
  • Man of the Tournament: Lance Klusener, South Africa.
  • Top Scorer: Rahul Dravid, India (461 runs)
  • Semi finalists: South Africa, New Zealand
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