Sachin Tendulkar Son - Arjun Tendulkar unseen stills

Arjun Tendulkar, son of Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar is born on 24th September 1999. He made his debut at the U-13 Cadency Trophy from MIGC Club in Pune. Arjun is often seen going to the stadium to watch his fathers play and enthusiastically cheering for him. The 11-year-old also played with the other Indian team members, starting with dashing opener Virender Sehwag. Sachin Tendulkar named his son Arjun inspired by the Arjuna award that he was bestowed with in the year 1994 for his contribution to the game of cricket.

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India at the 2003 World Cup

Like in the previous World Cup, India were beginning their 2003 Cricket World Cup Campaign on a string of poor performances. The World Cup consisted of a similar format to the previous world cup. The Indian team was somewhat stronger than the team representing them in the 1999 World Cup, but still contained the batting trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, now accompanied by rising talents Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif and Virender Sehwag. India were placed in Group A, accompanied by Holland, Australia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, England and rivals Pakistan. The Top 3 in the pool would advance to the Super Six section of the tournament.

India had a horrid beginning to the tournament, their first match was against minnows Holland, who tumbled the Indian batsmen out for just 204 (all out, 48.5 overs, 206 minutes), with only Sachin Tendulkar (52 from 72 balls, 7 fours) putting up resistance, although Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble reverted the damage with 4 wickets each and India ended up winning by 68 runs, the unconvincing victory setting the stage for immense criticism.

The next match on India's list was against world champions Australia. The Indian team, batting first, was steadily making progress at 1/41 when disaster struck, Virender Sehwag's wicket triggered a middle order collapse that left India struggling at 5/50 having lost 4 wickets for 9 runs. Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh offered some resistance but the damage was done as India were out for 125 (all out, 41.4 overs, 176 minutes). Australia scored the target in 22.2 overs, only losing one wicket.

The Indian performances in the first two matches triggered uproar within India, player effigies were said to be burnt on streets and the Board of Control for Cricket in India was under immense pressure to reshuffle the team at the end of the World Cup. This reaction at home may have triggered the Indian performances in the remainder of the World Cup.

India moved onto their third match (against Zimbabwe), lacking confidence. Sachin Tendulkar (81 from 91 balls, 10 fours) took India to 255 (7 wickets, 50 overs) and 3 wickets from Sourav Ganguly set the stage for a strong 83 run win by the Indians.

This was followed by a 181 run thrashing handed out to minnows Namibia. Sachin Tendulkar (152 from 151 balls, 18 fours) scored a century and Sourav Ganguly (112 from 119 balls, 6 fours, 4 sixes)* another century in a second-wicket partnership of 244 runs in 39.5 overs to take India to 311 (2 wickets, 50 overs, 207 minutes). Namibia were then all out for 130 (all out, 42.3 overs, 163 minutes) thanks to 4 wickets from part-timer Yuvraj Singh. The man of the match was Sachin Tendulkar in both matches.

India finished off the Pool Stage with an 82 run victory over England and a 6 wicket victory over Pakistan. Ashish Nehra achieved 6/23 against England to help India defend 250 as England were all out for 168. The Indian batting was bolstered by 50s from Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh.

The match against Pakistan was considered one in which Sachin Tendulkar offered his best. Chasing 274, Tendulkar (98 from 75 balls, 12 fours, 1 six) pulled off a near century to guide India to an unlikely victory. Tendulkar was once again awarded Man of the Match.

India were untroubled in the Super Six stage and continued their streak of strong performances with three wins out of three matches. The wins were comfortable, beating Kenya by 6 wickets through a century from Sourav Ganguly (107 from 120 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes); beating Sri Lanka by 183 runs thanks to 97 from 120 balls from Sachin Tendulkar, 66 from 76 balls from Virender Sehwag and 4/35 from Javagal Srinath. This match was particularly infamous from a Sri Lankan point of view because there were five Sri Lankan batsmen that got out for 'ducks', or without scoring a single run.

The last win was against New Zealand; after Zaheer Khan helped get the New Zealanders out for 146, Mohammed Kaif brought India home to a comfortable 7 wicket victory.

This brought India into the semi-finals against overperforming minnows Kenya. The match was not dramatic. Sachin Tendulkar (83 from 101 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and Sourav Ganguly (111 from 114 balls, 5 fours, 5 sixes) took India to 4/270. From where a combined bowling effort from 7 bowlers got Kenya all out for 179.

This brought India into the all-important World Cup grand final with Australia, but Australia dominated from the very start, achieving 105 runs in 14 overs before losing a single wicket. Ricky Ponting (140 from 121 balls), and Damien Martyn (88 from 84 balls) took Australia to an Australian record 359 (2 wickets, 50 overs), a record that would not be beaten until 2006, while scoring at the rate of 7.18 runs per over. India never stood a chance after Sachin Tendulkar lost his wicket for just 4. Virender Sehwag (82 from 81 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes) and Rahul Dravid (47 from 57 balls, 2 fours) shared a partnership of 88 runs in 13.2 overs, bringing India to 3/147. With India scoring at 5.96 runs an over, the batsmen were scoring fluently, but India's wickets were falling too quickly. India lost their last 7 wickets for only 87 runs to score 234 (all out, 39.2 overs).

There were a huge amount of bright sides in this tournament for India. Firstly, Man of the Tournament Sachin Tendulkar had outperformed every other cricketer in the world cup and had reclaimed his status as one of the best batsmen in the history of world cricket. Tendulkar was leading run scorer with 673 runs, followed by fellow Indian Sourav Ganguly who was 208 runs behind in second. Tendulkar's 152 against Namibia was the second highest score of the tournament and he achieved an average of 61.18. There were upsides in the bowling department as well with Zaheer Khan 4th on the wicket takers list. Finally, India as a team had achieved a streak beaten only by Australia; they lost only two matches in the entire World Cup, both of those being by large margains to champions Australia.

The Indian Squad that were the Runners-up of the 2003 World Cup...
  • Ajit Agarkar
  • Anil Kumble
  • Ashish Nehra
  • Dinesh Mongia
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Javagal Srinath
  • Mohammad Kaif
  • Parthiv Patel (Reserve Wicket keeper)
  • Rahul Dravid (Wicket keeper)
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Sanjay Bangar
  • Sourav Ganguly (Captain)
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Yuvraj Singh
  • Zaheer Khan

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India at the 1999 World Cup

The 1999 Cricket World Cup in England was one in which India were not expected to perform too well. Despite having the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, they weren't having too much of a good run. India was placed in Group A in the pool rounds against South Africa, Zimbabwe, hosts England, depending champions Sri Lanka and minnows Kenya.

India opened up with a close loss to South Africa in the final overs of the match. Although South Africa won by 4 wickets, the match was not without drama as South Africa had to score approximately a run a ball in the last 10 overs. The match featured a good performance from Sourav Ganguly (97 from 142 balls, 11 fours, 1 six) and Rahul Dravid (54 from 75 balls, 5 fours). None of the bowlers backed up the batting performance however, with Javagal Srinath the leading wicket-taker despite being very expensive. South Africa scored runs more quickly than India did, with Jacques Kallis (96 from 128 balls) leading the way.

India then appeared to have lost all form as they lost to Zimbabwe in a 3-run thriller. India were without the services of Sachin Tendulkar in this match as the star batsman flew to India after his father's death.The tailenders embarrassed supporters as India, chasing 252, went from 7/246 to all out for 249 with 3 overs left.

India made up for their early losses with a very convincing win over Kenya by 94 runs. India scored 2/329 through centuries from Sachin Tendulkar (140 from 101 balls, 16 fours, 3 sixes) who rejoined the team and Rahul Dravid (104 from 109 balls, 10 fours). The pair scored 237 in 29 overs at a run rate of 8.17 before Mohanty wiped up the Kenyan batsmen with a 4-wicket-haul.

They followed on with a record win against Sri Lanka by 157 runs. Sourav Ganguly (183 from 158 balls, 17 fours, 7 sixes) and Rahul Dravid (145 from 129 balls, 17 fours, 1 six) picked up two centuries at over a run a ball to get India to a total of 6/373, sharing a partnership of 318 runs in 44.9 overs. Sri Lanka were then rattled through a 5-wicket haul from Robin Singh (5/31 in 9.3 overs). They went on to seal a place in the Super Six competition with a win against home side England by 63 runs; once again Sourav Ganguly (40 from 59 balls, 6 fours) and Rahul Dravid (53 from 82 balls, 6 fours) starred with the bat, while a strong team effort with the ball got England all out for just 169.

India entered the Super Sixes segment as the team that came second in Pool A. Their strong performances in the Pool Stage did not give them a point boost going into the next segment, as they had taken losses to both of the other teams that had advanced through to the next stage from Pool A.

They began badly through a loss against Australia by 77 runs, with only Ajay Jadeja (100 from 138 balls, 7 fours, 2 sixes) and Robin Singh (75 from 94 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) putting up any resistance.

They then continued their now extremely strong record against Pakistan in World Cup's with yet another convincing victory over their long-term rivals; the win was by 47 runs. Rahul Dravid (61 from 89 balls, 4 fours) and Mohammed Azharuddin (59 from 77 balls, 3 fours, 1 six), led the way as India posted a total of 227/6 in 50 overs. Venkatesh Prasad then wiped up the Pakistani batsmen, taking 5 wickets for 27 runs as Pakistan was bowled all out for 180 (all out, 45.3 overs). The match was even more significant than usual as the two nations were at war with each other.

As events between the other teams unfolded, India were eliminated from the tournament, to India, the last match of the tournament against New Zealand was a dead rubber. In the end India lost the thriller by 5 wickets, as New Zealand achieved the target of 252 with just 8 balls to spare, despite a strong performance from Ajay Jadeja (76 from 103 balls, 6 fours, 2 six).

Despite being eliminated and being forced to play a dead rubber there were some plus-points for the Indian team leaving the world cup. The consistency and effectiveness of batting trio: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly was yet to be fully experienced. Despite not making the semi-finals, Rahul Dravid, being involved in two mammoth partnerships, was the leading run-scorer of the entire tournament with 461 runs at 65.85. The top 3 highest scores of the tournament were that of Indians, with Sourav Ganguly's 183, Rahul Dravid's 145 and Sachin Tendulkar's 140* higher than any other scores in the tournament.

The Indian Squad for the 1999 World Cup...
  • Ajay Jadeja
  • Ajit Agarkar
  • Amay Khurasiya
  • Anil Kumble
  • Debashish Mohanty
  • Javagal Srinath
  • Mohammed Azharuddin (Captain)
  • Nayan Mongia (Wicket keeper)
  • Nikhil Chopra
  • Rahul Dravid (Reserve Wicket keeper)
  • Robin Singh
  • Sadagoppan Ramesh
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Sourav Ganguly
  • Venkatesh Prasad

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India at the 1996 World Cup

India were the co-hosts of the 1996 Cricket World Cup along with Pakistan and Sri Lanka and were expected to perform well at home. Changes in format included the re-use of a group format, in which there were two pools of six, after which the top four from each group progressed to the quarter-finals. India was placed in Group A with Australia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. With the West Indies beginning to lose their grip on ODI cricket and with the inclusion of two minnows (Kenya and Zimbabwe) in their group, India were expected to cruise into the quarter-finals.

India opened their campaign against Kenya at Cuttack. India won the toss and elected to bowl first. They restricted the Kenyans to 199/6, with spinners Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju taking two and three wickets respectively. The target was easily achieved with 55 balls and seven wickets to spare, primarily due to Sachin Tendulkar (127 from 138 balls, 15 fours, 1 six)* who scored an unbeaten century in an opening partnership of 163 runs with Ajay Jadeja (53 from 85 balls, 4 fours, 1 six).
India continued their campaign in Gwalior against the West Indies, who won the toss and elected to bat first. The West Indies did reach 91/2 but after a mid order collapse were dismissed for 173 off the final ball of the 50 overs. Kumble and Manoj Prabhakar claimed three wickets each, while Javagal Srinath only conceded 22 runs for his two wickets. India started poorly, slumping to 2/2 after both Navjot Singh Sidhu and Jadeja were removed by Ambrose, but steadied on the back of Sachin Tendulkar (70 from 91 balls, 8 fours), whose half-century led India to a win by five wickets and more than ten overs to spare.
India then faced tournament favourites Australia in Bombay (now Mumbai), and the tourists batted first after winning the toss. Mark Waugh (126 from 135 balls) and Mark Taylor (59 from 73 balls) set the foundation with a 103 run opening stand, and Australia reached 232/3 before Mark Waugh was dismissed for 126. Australia suffered five run-outs, four in the last ten overs whilst chasing quick runs, with Venkatesh Prasad and Raju taking two wickets each. India's chase started poorly, with Ajay Jadeja and Vinod Kambli dismissed by Damien Fleming with only seven runs scored. Sachin Tendulkar (90 from 84 balls, 14 fours, 1 six) counter-attacked ferociously, and India were well ahead of the required run rate at 143/3 when he charged a wide from Mark Waugh and was stumped for 90. From there onward, the run chase began to falter, with only Sanjay Manjrekar managing 62 from 91 balls, resulting in a 16 run loss, dismissed for 242 in the 48th over.
India then faced Sri Lanka in a batsman dominated match in Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar (137 from 137 balls, 8 fours, 5 sixes) scored another century and captain Mohammed Azharuddin got 72 from 80 balls in a 175 run partnership as India compiled 271/3. However, the opening pair of Romesh Kaluwitharana and Sanath Jayasuriya launched Sri Lanka to 42 after just three overs. Jayasuriya managed to score 79 from 77 balls, leaving the score at 141/4. With the run-rate under control, Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga (46*) and Hashan Tillakaratne (70*) made a 131 run partnership to steer them to a six wicket win with eight balls remaining. Kumble led the bowling with 2/39 whilst Prabhakar was punished for 47 runs in four overs.
India ended the group stage against Zimbabwe in Kanpur, who won the toss and sent the Indians into bat. After slumping to 32/3, Sidhu (80 from 116 balls, 5 fours) and Vinod Kambli (106 from 110 balls, 11 fours) put on 142 runs before Jadeja finished off the innings with 44* from 27 balls to total 247/5. The Zimbabweans lost wickets at regular intervals and fell 40 runs short, with Raju taking 3/30 and Kumble, Srinath and Jadeja two each.
India's third placing in the group left them with a quarter final matchup against arch rivals Pakistan, who had finished second in their group at Bangalore. The match had a huge leadup, and Pakistani captain Wasim Akram withdrew due to injury. India elected to bat after winning the toss, with Navjot Sidhu (93 from 115 balls, 11 fours) and Tendulkar reaching 90 before the fall of Tendulkar. Sidhu went on to fall just short of a century, and although wickets fell regularly, the Indians continued to score quickly, with Jadeja scoring a rapid 45 from 25 balls in the final overs, including 40 from Waqar Younis' last two overs. Prasad and Kumble then took three wickets each to keep Pakistan to 248 to complete a memorable victory. This resulted in widespread disappointment in Pakistan, leading to a government inquiry, crowd demonstrations outside players' homes and the suicide of one distraught fan.
India were faced Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Calcutta and sent Sri Lanka in to bat first. Both Kaluwitharana and Jayasuriya were dismissed in Srinath's first over, uppercutting wide balls down to third man. Srinath then removed Asanka Gurusinha to leave the score at 35/3. However half centuries from Aravinda de Silva (66 from 47 balls) and Roshan Mahanama (58 from 101 balls) helped Sri Lanka to a total of 251/8. India made a solid start, with Sachin Tendulkar (65 from 88 balls, 9 fours) scoring a half-century and taking India to 98/1. However, the pitch began to crumble and take more spin, and when Tendulkar was stumped, the incoming batsmen were unable to cope with the four pronged spin-attack of Jayasuriya (3/12), de Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan and Kumar Dharmasena, who took 6 wickets as India lost 22/7 to slump to 120/1. At this point, sections of the crowd began setting fire to the stands and throwing missiles onto the field. Play was stopped as the crowd's anger began to develop into a dangerous riot. Umpires decided that Sri Lanka be awarded the game due to India's hopeless position, knocking them out of the World Cup.
India's campaign was higlighted by the consistency of Sachin Tendulkar, who managed 50 or more in all but two of his matches. With 523 runs at 87.16, Tendulkar was the leading run scorer in the entire World Cup, with two of his six dismissal due to run outs rather than batting errors. His 137 against Sri Lanka was the 4th highest of the entire tournament and his partnership of 175 with Azharuddin the fourth highest in the tournament. No other Indian batsmen aggregated 250 runs. India was also bolstered by the performances of Anil Kumble, who was leading wicket taker in the entire tournament with 15 wickets at 18.73 apiece and also the leading catcher, with 8 catches. Raju, Prasad and Srinath were tied in tenth spot with eight wickets each.
The Indian Squad for the 1996 World Cup...
  • Aashish Kapoor
  • Ajay Jadeja
  • Anil Kumble
  • Javagal Srinath
  • Manoj Prabhakar
  • Mohammed Azharuddin (Captain)
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu
  • Nayan Mongia (Wicket keeper)
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Salil Ankola
  • Sanjay Manjrekar
  • Venkatapathy Raju
  • Venkatesh Prasad
  • Vinod Kambli
India used Srinath and Prasad in each game as opening pace bowlers, with Kumble as the spinner. Depending on the pitch conditions, Raju was used four times as a second spinner, whilst Ankola and Kapoor played in the other matches as a spinner. Mongia, Tendulkar, Azharuddin, Kambli and Jadeja played in all matches, whilst Manjrekar, Sidhu and Prabhakar contested two positions in the team, with Prabhakar used as a fifth pace option.
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Baroda Bomber: Yusuf Pathan's profile

Yusuf Khan Pathan is born on 17th November, 1982 in Baroda. He is an Indian cricketer. He is a powerful and aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler. His brother Irfan Pathan is also an Indian cricketer.

Yusuf Pathan made his debut in first-class cricket in 2001/02. Following his impressive performances in the 2007 Deodhar Trophy and the Inter-state domestic Twenty20 competition held in April 2007, Pathan was made a part of the Indian squad for the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship, held in South Africa in September 2007. He made his Twenty20 international debut in the final against Pakistan. He opened the batting for India in the match, and scored 15 runs in the process.

He was signed by the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League for USD 475,000 (INR 1.9 crore). In the 2008 IPL season, he scored 435 runs and took 8 wickets. He recorded the season's fastest half century (from 21 balls) against the Deccan Chargers.

Following his good showing in the IPL, he was selected for the Indian ODI team. Yusuf had made his One-Day International debut for India against Pakistan at Dhaka on 10 June 2008. He became a regular feature of the national One-Day International team, but has yet to make his test debut.

In the final of the 2010 Duleep Trophy cricket tournament, Pathan scored a hundred in the first innings and a double hundred in the second and led his team West Zone to a three wicket win over South Zone. Pathan made 108 in the first innings and an unbeaten 210 from 190 balls in the second innings. This became a world record in cricket for the highest successful run chase in first class cricket history.

On 13 March 2010, Pathan scored a century off 37 balls, in an Indian Premier League match against Mumbai Indians. The innings also included record 11 consecutive hits to the boundary (6, 6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4).

On 7 December 2010, Yusuf Pathan smashed an unbeaten 123 from 96 balls and shared an unbroken 133-run partnership with Saurabh Tiwary to guide India to a huge target of 316 with seven balls to spare and give the hosts a 4-0 lead in the series.He was named man of the match. The all-rounder clubbed seven fours and seven sixes on the way to his maiden one-day century to help the hosts overhaul New Zealand's challenging 315-7 with seven balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

In the 2011 IPL auction, he was bought for $2.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders.

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India at the 1992 World Cup

The 1992 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand had a number of special additions. Not in the least was the inclusion of cricket heavyweight South Africa. It was also the first world cup to include coloured clothing. Another major addition was the fact that the cup was not divided into pools, and each team had a match against all the other teams. There were 9 teams competing in all. India had a considerably strong team, still bolstered by Kapil Dev and Mohammed Azharuddin. It also had rising star Sachin Tendulkar, who would later become the leading run-scorer in career world cups.

India began badly, losing to England by nine runs. Their second match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain and Australia sneaked home in their third match by only 1 run, despite a strong batting performance from Mohammed Azharuddin (93 off 103 balls). Their first win of the tournament came in the next match against rivals Pakistan, followed by a win against minnows Zimbabwe, the win was by a commanding 55 runs, with Sachin Tendulkar (81 from 77 balls, 8 fours, 1 six) leading the way. India was practically knocked out of the tournament in the next match through its loss to the West Indies by 5 wickets. It went on to lose to New Zealand and South Africa. It only won 2 of its 8 matches, knocking it firmly out of contention for the semi-finals. India ended seventh on the table, above only Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Even the general player performances were at best, lacklustre, Mohammed Azharuddin was the leading batsman, scoring 332 runs in 7 matches without a century included. Sachin Tendulkar scored 283 runs in 7 innings that included 3 fifties. Tendulkar also ended up with a strike rate of 83.98, 6th in the tournament. The highest batting strike rate in the tournament was that of Kapil Dev, who carried a strike rate of 124.810.

The Indian Squad for the 1992 World Cup...
  • Ajay Jadeja
  • Javagal Srinath
  • Kapil Dev
  • Kiran More (Wicket keeper)
  • Kris Srikkanth
  • Manoj Prabhakar
  • Mohammed Azharuddin (Captain)
  • Praveen Amre
  • Ravi Shastri
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Sanjay Manjrekar
  • Subroto Banerjee
  • Venkatapathy Raju
  • Vinod Kambli

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India at the 1987 World Cup

India and Pakistan were the hosts of the 1987 Cricket World Cup and was expected to perform seeing as it was the reigning champions. It was grouped in Pool A with Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The matches had been reduced to 50 overs to accommodate for the number of daylight hours on the Indian subcontinent. India's start to the tournament was bright, as it topped the pool, getting 5 wins and only 1 loss, this loss being by only 1 run. It carried this out despite the fact that it lacked the likes of its past World Cup heroes: Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal, India's team was still captained by Kapil Dev and featured veterans like Sunil Gavaskar.

The first match of the tournament for India was arguably the most eventful one. Australia won the match by just 1 run, after piling up 270 in their first innings, helped by a century from Geoff Marsh (110 from 141 balls). India began their innings brightly and were cruising at 2-207 before Navjot Sidhu (73 from 79 balls, 4 fours, 5 sixes) fell. This was followed by a spectacular middle order and tailend collapse that made India lost their last 8 wickets for just 62 runs. India were all out for 269 with one ball remaining in the match, leaving the possibility of a tie or victory within their grasp. The performance was heartening, however, because of the strong batting of Kris Srikkanth (70 from 83 balls, 7 fours) and Navjot Sidhu.

The second match against New Zealand was dramatic too, with Navjot Sidhu (75 from 71 balls, 4 fours, 4 sixes) once again rescuing India after India had fallen to 3/21, and Kapil Dev (72 from 58 balls, 4 fours, 1 six)*, cutting loose brilliantly in the later half of the innings, taking India to 252. India eventually pulled off a 16-run victory thanks to some economical bowling from Ravi Shastri and Mohammed Azharuddin.

The rest of the group stage were smooth runnings for India, getting Zimbabwe all out for 135 and then beating them by 8 wickets in the third match. India beat Australia in the third match by 56 runs after India totalled up 289 (6 wickets, 50 overs), with Dilip Vengsarkar (63 from 60 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes), Sunil Gavaskar (61 from 72 balls, 7 fours), Mohammed Azharuddin (54 from 45 balls, 5 fours, 1 six)* and Navjot Sidhu (51 from 70 balls, 2 fours) all scoring half-centuries, and a 7 wicket win over Zimbabwe, with Navjot Sidhu (55 from 61 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) never failing to score 40 in a memorable World Cup campaign. India sealed up the Group Stage with a 9-wicket thrashing of New Zealand, as their batsmen chased down 221 with 18 overs and 9 wickets to spare, thanks to a 136-run opening partnership between Kris Srikkanth (75 from 58 balls, 9 fours, 3 sixes), and Sunil Gavaskar (103 from 88 balls, 10 fours, 3 sixes)*.

India went into the semi-finals facing the mouth-watering prospect of facing arch-rivals Pakistan in the final. But to the horror of fans, their world cup campaign ended in the Semis against England. Kapil Dev bowled strongly as England managed to put up 254 in the first innings, helped by strong performances from Graham Gooch (115 from 136 balls, 11 fours) and captain Mike Gatting (56 from 62 balls, 5 fours). But India was pushed out of contention as Navjot Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar failed. A strong performance from Mohammed Azharuddin (64 from 74 balls, 7 fours) pulled India within reach of the target, but the tail failed to capitalize, India losing by 35 runs with 5 overs to spare.

The Indian crickters of the 1987 World Cup...
  • Kapil Dev (captain)
  • Chandrakant Pandit
  • Chetan Sharma
  • Dilip Vengsarkar
  • Kiran More (wicketkeeper)
  • Kris Srikkanth
  • Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
  • Maninder Singh
  • Manoj Prabhakar
  • Mohammed Azharuddin
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu
  • Ravi Shastri
  • Roger Binny
  • Sunil Gavaskar

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India at the 1983 World Cup

In the 1983 Cricket World Cup, India was given a boost in that it would be able to play two matches against each of the three teams in its pool. The only minnows in the World Cup were the Zimbabwe cricket team, a team that India was grouped with. India were also grouped with the West Indies and Australia, creating formidable matchups for a team that had become known for its inability to perform in the World Cup.

India opened up their campaign against the favourites and depending champions, the West Indies. But it shocked all observers with a 34 run victory thanks to a strong performance from Yashpal Sharma (89 from 120 balls, 9 fours). India totalled up 262 in 60 overs and tumbled the West Indies out for 228, thanks to a quick 3 wickets from Ravi Shastri. A confident team went on to deal out a thrashing against Zimbabwe, chasing down the total of 156 with 23 overs and 5 wickets to spare, helped by a half-century from Sandeep Patil (50 from 54 balls, 7 fours, 1 six). Madan Lal was the destroyer in chief with his three wickets. However, the confidence and morale were short-lived as India was dealt out a 162 run thrashing from Australia 2 days later. India collapsed to 158 attempting to chase Australia's mammoth 320.

As India entered the second half of the group stage, they opened up with a loss against the West Indies by 66 runs. Vivian Richards (119 from 146 balls) took the West Indies to 282 in 60 overs, a score that India was unable to chase despite Mohinder Amarnath's (80 from 139 balls) good innings.

India's next match against Zimbabwe was to become famous for the remainder of history. The favourites, India, were 5-17 by an emerging Zimbabwe bowling lineup. A defeat would have made qualifying for the semifinal impossible, but Kapil Dev's (175 from 138 balls, 16 fours, 6 sixes)* famous innings took India to 266 (he combined with Syed Kirmani (24 from 56 balls, 2 fours) in a 126 run 9th wicket partnership). The Zimbabwe batsmen got starts but were once again hampered by Kapil Dev and Madan Lal who got 4 wickets between them. India ended up winning by 31 runs. However, the last match against Australia was still a must win. But India made light work, winning by 118 runs thanks to 4-wicket hauls by Madan Lal and Roger Binny.

India's semi-final match against England contained no drama. India coasting to a 6 wicket victory. The major contributors were Yashpal Sharma (61 from 115 balls, 3 fours, 2 sixes), Mohinder Amarnath (46 from 92 balls, 4 fours, 1 six), and Sandeep Patil (51 from 32 balls, 8 fours) with the bat. Kapil Dev picked up 3-35 to seal a victory that took India to the World Cup final.

The final was considered somewhat of an anticlimax, most expecting a clear West Indies win although India had beaten them in the preliminary rounds. The West Indies tumbled India out for 183, with Kris Srikkanth (38 from 57 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) top scoring, and were cruising on their way to a memorable victory at 2-57, with Vivian Richards (33 from 28 balls) at the head before suffering a major collapse. They were annihilated by the Indian bowlers and reached 6-76 before providing some sort of resistance. They were all out for 140, India won by 43 runs. The heroes of the day were Mohinder Amarnath (3/12 and 26) and Kris Srikkanth (top scorer with 38). Mohinder Amarnath was awarded with Man of the Match for the final contest.

The Indian for the 1983 World Cup...
  • Kapil Dev (captain)
  • Balwinder Sandhu
  • Dilip Vengsarkar
  • Kirti Azad
  • Kris Srikkanth
  • Madan Lal
  • Mohinder Amarnath
  • Ravi Shastri
  • Roger Binny
  • Sandeep Patil
  • Sunil Gavaskar
  • Sunil Valson
  • Syed Kirmani (wicketkeeper)
  • Yashpal Sharma
Source: Wikipedia
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All records of Sachin Tendulkar

"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 feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two...his compactness, technique, stroke production... it all seemed to gel !" 
- Sir Donald Bradman

When it comes to cricket in India, whole country goes crazy. India is a country where cricket has been worshipped as a religion and whose God is none other than one and only the master blaster batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar the run machine of India is not only considered as the cricketing God only n India but has been known by the same name through out the world. Making his debut against Pakistan in 1989, 22 long years have passed, but his hunger for run still seems the same. In the 22 years of his cricketing career, he has piled records upon records and is sitting on the top of the cricketing world. No one can even dream to go near the landmarks that he has made and achieved in his cricketing career. Many times critics rose against him but he never replied them verbally, but it’s his performance and his magic with his bat that silenced whenever any critic rose against him. In fact, it may not be wrong to say that he is the perfect ideal gentleman to be considered as the ideal and role model for this gentleman’s game. His recent performance in the past two years is really awesome. Between these two years he has shown the glimpse of same 16 year old Sachin who made his debut 22 years before. It is due to his consistent performance that he has been adjudged as the ICC Player of The Year this year.

Following are some of his best/ records.... 

Sachin Tendulkar Runs Record

Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in both ODI cricket and Test cricket. 

 ODI Matches   Runs Test Matches Runs 
       442  17598     172 14292 

Sachin Tendulkar Centuries Record

Again, the master holds the record for most centuries in the both form of cricket. Critics say, fifties make a good player but, centuries makes the best of player and no doubt he is one the better player you will ever see in the history of cricket.

ODI matchesNo. of centuriesTest MatchesNo. of centuries
      442         46       172        49

Record for highest individual score in ODI

Only one cricketer has scored a double century ever in an ODI cricket and the cricketer in no other than Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar score 200* runs against South Africa in 24 February 2010.In that match, he scored 100 runs only with 4's and total of 118 only with boundaries.

Score  Balls faced   S.R. 4's  6's Opposition
200*    147147.05 25 3South Africa

Sachin Tendulkar Nervous nineties Record

Sachin Tendulkar is well known for his records of runs and centuries but, also known for the most outs in the score of nineties, nervous nineties. Sachin Tendulkar has the record for most centuries in both form of cricket then, why should he be nervous. Still, Sachin Tendulkar out in nineties for 18 times in ODI and 8 times in test cricket,  holds the record for nervous nineties. It's not all because, the unluckiest of nervous nineties, Sachin Tendulkar has been out in 99 runs for 3 times which is another nervous nineties record.

Highest Partnership record in ODI

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid holds the record for highest partnership record in ODI cricket. Their combination scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999. Sachin Tendulkar had scored 186* in that match which is his previous best score in ODI where Rahul Dravid scored 153 run which is his highest ODI score.

Fastest Player to reach many milestones

Sachin Tendulkar is the fastest player to reach 11000, 12000, 13000, 14000, 15000, 16000 and 17000 runs in ODI cricket and fastest player to reach 8000,10000, 12000 and 13000 runs in test cricket.

Man of the Match and series award

Sachin Tendulkar has been rewarded the man of the match for 61 times and man of the series for 15 times in ODI cricket, which is still the record for most man of match and man of series.

Other Records Of Sachin Tendulkar

  1. Only Double Century in ODI
  2. Highest Run scorer in the ODI
  3. Most number of hundreds in the ODI.
  4. Most number of nineties in the ODI
  5. Most number of man of the matches(56) in the ODI’s
  6. Most number of man of the series(14) in ODI’s
  7. Best average for man of the matches in ODI’s
  8. First Cricketer to pass 10000 run in the ODI
  9. First Cricketer to pass 15000 run in the ODI
  10. He is the highest run scorer in the world cup (1,796 at an average of 59.87 as on 20 March 2007)
  11. Most number of the man of the matches in the world cup
  12. Most number of runs 1996 world cup 523 runs in the 1996 Cricket World Cup at an average of 87.16
  13. Most number of runs in the 2003 world cup 673 runs in 2003 Cricket World Cup, highest by any player in a single Cricket World Cup
  14. He was Player of the World Cup Tournament in the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
  15. Most number of Fifties in ODI’s 87
  16. Appeared in Most Number of ODI’s 441
  17. He is the only player to be in top 10 ICC ranking for 10 years.
  18. Most number of 100′s in test’s 39.
  19. He is one of the three batsmen to surpass 11,000 runs in Test cricket, and the first Indian to do so
  20. He is thus far the only cricketer to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honor
  21. In 2003, Wisden rated Tendulkar as d No. 1 and Richards at No. 2 in all time Greatest ODI player
  22. In 2002, Wisden rated him as the second greatest Test batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.
  23. He was involved in unbroken 664-run partnership in a Harris Shield game in 1988 with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli,
  24. Tendulkar is the only player to score a century in all three of his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debuts.
  25. In 1992, at the age of 19, Tendulkar became the first overseas born player to represent Yorkshire
  26. Tendulkar has been granted the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri by Indian government. He is the only Indian cricketer to get all of them.
  27. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 runs in a calendar year in ODI’s 7 times.
  28. Tendulkar has scored 1894 runs in calendar year in ODI’s most by any batsman
  29. He is the highest earning cricketer in the world
  30. He has the least percentage of the man of the matches awards won when team looses a match. Out of his 56 man of the match awards only 5 times India has lost.
  31. Tendulkar most number man of match awards(10) against Australia.
  32. In August of 2003, Sachin Tendulkar was voted as the “Greatest Sportsman” of the country in the sport personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.
  33. In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes.
  34. In December 2006, he was named “Sports person of the Year.
  35. The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.
  36. Tendulkar was the first batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket
  37. Tendulkar was the first batsman in history to score over 75 centuries in international cricket:79 centuries
  38. Has the most overall runs in cricket, (ODIs+Tests+Twenty20s), as of 30 June 2007 he had accumulated almost 26,000 runs overall.
  39. Is second on the most number of runs in test cricket just after Brian Lara.
  40. Sachin Tendulkar with Sourav Ganguly hold the world record for the maximum number of runs scored by the opening partnership. They have put together 6,271 runs in 128 matches.
  41. The 20 century partnerships for opening pair with Sourav Ganguly is a world record.
  42. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid hold the world record for the highest partnership in ODI matches when they scored 331 runs against New Zealand in 1999.
  43. Sachin Tendulkar has been involved in six 200 run partnerships in ODI matches – a record that he shares with Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
  44. Most Centuries in a calendar year: 9 ODI centuries in 1998.
  45. Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs (41 Centuries and 87 Fifties)(as of 18th Nov, 2007).
  46. Only player ever to cross the 13,000-14,000 and 15,000 run marks IN ODI.
  47. Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (200* against South Africa).
  48. The score of 186* is listed the fifth highest score recorded in ODI matches.
  49. Tendulkar has scored over 1000 ODI runs against all major Cricketing nations.
  50. Sachin was the fastest to reach 10,000 runs taking 259 innings and has the highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs.
  51. Most number of Stadium Appearances: 90 different Grounds.
  52. Consecutive ODI Appearances: 185.
  53. On his debut, Sachin Tendulkar was the second youngest debutant in the world.
  54. When Tendulkar scored his maiden century in 1990, he was the second youngest to score a century.
  55. Tendulkar’s record of five test centuries before he turned 20 is a current world record.
  56. Tendulkar holds the current record (217 against NZ in 1999/00 Season) for the highest score in Test cricket by an Indian when captaining the side.
  57. Tendulkar has scored centuries against all test playing nations. He was the third batman to achieve the distinction after Steve Waugh and Gary Kirsten.
  58. Tendulkar has 4 seasons in test cricket with 1000 or more runs – 2002 (1392 runs), 1999 (1088 runs), 2001 (1003 runs) and 1997 (1000 runs).[6] Gavaskar is the only other Indian with four seasons of 1000+ runs.
  59. He is second most number of seasons with over 1000 runs in world.
  60. On 3 January 2007 Sachin Tendulkar (5751) edged past Brian Lara’s (5736) world record of runs scored in Tests away from home.
  61. Tendulkar and Brian Lara are the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. Both of them achieved this in 195 innings.
  62. Second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.
  63. Became the first Indian to surpass the 11,000 Test run mark and the third International player behind Allan Border and Brian Lara.
  64. Tendulkar is fourth on the list of players with most Test caps. Steve Waugh (168 Tests), Allan Border (158 Tests), Shane Warne (145 Tests) have appeared in more games than Tendulkar.
  65. Tendulkar has played the most number of Test Matches(144) for India (Kapil Dev is second with 131 Test appearances).
  66. First to 25,000 International runs
  67. Tendulkar’s 25,016 runs in international cricket include 14,537 runs in ODI’s, 10,469 Tests runs and 10 runs in the lone Twenty20 that India has played.
  68. On December 10, 2005, Tendulkar made his 35th century in Tests at Delhi against Sri Lanka. He surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 centuries to becomethe man with the most number of hundreds in Test cricket.
  69. Tendulkar is the only player who has 150 wkts and more than 15000 runs in ODI.
  70. Tendulkar is the only player who has 40 wkts and more than 11000 runs in Tests.
  71. Only batsman to have 100 hundreds in the first class cricket
  72. And more...
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Zimbabwe Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup

Zimbabwe WC Squad:

  1. Elton Chigumbura (captain),
  2. Regis Chakabva,
  3. Charles Coventry,
  4. Graeme Cremer,
  5. Craig Ervine,
  6. Sean Ervine,
  7. Gregory Lamb,
  8. Shingirai Masakadza,
  9. Christopher Mpofu,
  10. Raymond Price,
  11. Edward Rainsford,
  12. Tatenda Taibu,
  13. Brendan Taylor,
  14. Prosper Utseya,
  15. Sean Williams.
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Netherlands Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup

Netherlands had first qualified for the World Cup in 1996 and after missing out in 1999, came back to play in 2003 and 2007 World cup editions.

Netherlands WC squad:

Peter borren, wesley barresi, adeel raja, mudassar bukhari, atse buurman, tom cooper, tom de crooth, alexie kervezee, bradley kruger, bernard loots, pieter seelar, eric szwarczynski, ryan ten doeschate, berend westdijk, bas zuiderent
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Indian Squad that won the 1983 World Cup

The Indian cricket team has won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. The team members are..

  • Balwinder Sandhu
  • Dilip Vengsarkar
  • Kapil Dev (captain)
  • Kirti Azad
  • Kris Srikkanth
  • Madan Lal
  • Mohinder Amarnath
  • Ravi Shastri
  • Roger Binny
  • Sandeep Patil
  • Sunil Gavaskar
  • Sunil Valson
  • Syed Kirmani (wicketkeeper)
  • Yashpal Sharma
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Ireland Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Ireland first played in a World Cup in 2007 edition and they transformed their debut into the biggest shock ever in a cricket World Cup when they beat Pakistan in the first round to oust them out of the tournament..

Ireland's team:

  1. William Porterfield (Capt),
  2. Andre Botha,
  3. Alex Cusack,
  4. Niall O’Brien (wk),
  5. Kevin O’Brien,
  6. George Dockrell,
  7. Trent Johnston,
  8. Nigel Jones,
  9. John Mooney,
  10. Boyd Rankin,
  11. Paul Stirling,
  12. Albert van der Merwe,
  13. Gary Wilson (wk),
  14. Andrew White,
  15. Ed Joyce
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India at the 1979 World Cup

In the 1979 Cricket World Cup, India was in group with the depending champions West Indies as well as New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. Once again, the matches were played in 60-over ODI. India got off to a bad start opposite to the strong West Indies, with only Gundappa Viswanath (75 from 134 balls, 7 fours) putting up any resistance. They eventually lost by 9 wickets, the only wicket being that of Desmond Haynes, nabbed LBW by Kapil Dev, as Gordon Greenidge (106 from 173 balls) put up an unbeaten West Indian century.

The next match practically ended their World Cup Campaign, with a 8-wicket loss at the hands of New Zealand. The match was reasonably close as India were all out for 182 with 5 overs to spare, with only Sunil Gavaskar (55 from 144 balls, 5 fours) putting up any resistance, and New Zealand had only 3 overs remaining to achieve their target. All bowlers gave little over 3 runs an over, but BA Edgar (84 from 167 balls) eventually brought New Zealand home, in a 100-run opening partnership with JG Wright.

A demoralized India went into the last match against Sri Lanka as favourites, but they failed to chase down Sri Lanka's 238, losing by 47 runs.

India ended their World Cup without managing to score above 200. India knocked out the tournment without win a match.

The Indian Squad for the 1979 World Cup...
  1. Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan (captain)
  2. Mohinder Amarnath
  3. Bishan Singh Bedi
  4. Kapil Dev
  5. Anshuman Gaekwad
  6. Sunil Gavaskar
  7. Karsan Ghavri
  8. Surinder Khanna (wicketkeeper)
  9. Brijesh Patel
  10. Bharath Reddy
  11. Yashpal Sharma
  12. Dilip Vengsarkar
  13. Gundappa Viswanath
Source: wikipedia
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Bangladesh Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Bangladesh will play India in the first game of the tournament, and will look to repeat their performances of the last World Cup 2007 where they beat India in first match. It will not be easy this time around.

Bangladesh Team Squad

  1. Shakib Al Hasan(captain),
  2. Tamim Iqbal (vice-captain),
  3. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk),
  4. Md Ashraful,
  5. Imrul Kayes,
  6. Shahriar Nafees,
  7. Juaneed Siddiqui,
  8. Roquibul Hasan,
  9. Mahmudullah Riyad,
  10. Naeem Islam,
  11. Abdur Razzak,
  12. Suhrawardi Shuvo,
  13. Shafiul Islam,
  14. Nazmul Hossain and
  15. Rubel Hossain.
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Kenya Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Kenya first participated in a World Cup in 1996 and since then have been a part of all the World Cups. They have done well at the Associates cricket level but their performances in the last few years have tapered off at international level. They reach Semi finals in 2003 World Cup edition.

Kenya's team:

Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Maurice Ouma, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Thomas Odoyo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche, Peter Ongondo
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West Indies Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

West Indies had won the World Cup in the first two years of its inception, in 1975 and 1979, and lost in the final of 1983 to India. Since then, they have never reached the final of the tournament, and only got to the semi-finals once.

West Indies's Squad:

  1. Chris Gayle (capt),
  2. Sulieman Benn,
  3. Dwayne Bravo,
  4. Shivnarine Chanderpaul,
  5. Narsingh Deonarine,
  6. Andre Fletcher,
  7. Wavell Hinds,
  8. Nikita Miller,
  9. Kieron Pollard,
  10. Denesh Ramdin,
  11. Ravi Rampaul,
  12. Kemar Roach,
  13. Darren Sammy,
  14. Ramnaresh Sarwan,
  15. Jerome Taylor.
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New Zealand Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

New Zealand has never won a World Cup in the history. In fact, New Zealand has not even entered the final of the tournament.

New Zealand's Squad:

  1. Daniel Vettori,
  2. Hamish Bennett,
  3. James Franklin,
  4. Martin Guptill,
  5. Jamie How,
  6. Brendon McCullum,
  7. Nathan McCullum,
  8. Kyle Mills,
  9. Jacob Oram,
  10. Jesse Ryder,
  11. Tim Southee,
  12. Scott Styris,
  13. Ross Taylor,
  14. Kane Williamson,
  15. Luke Woodcock
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Australia Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Australia is the defending champions of the ICC World Cup. And World Champions for 1987, 1999, 2003 and 2007. They were runner up in 1996 World Cup edition.

Australia's Squad

  1. Ricky Ponting (c),
  2. Michael Clarke (vc),
  3. Doug Bollinger,
  4. Brad Haddin (wkt),
  5. John Hastings,
  6. Nathan Hauritz,
  7. David Hussey,
  8. Mike Hussey,
  9. Mitchell Johnson,
  10. Brett Lee,
  11. Tim Paine (wkt),
  12. Steve Smith,
  13. Shaun Tait,
  14. Shane Watson,
  15. Cameron White..
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South Africa Team for ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

South Africa has yet to win the World Cup since their return to the world of sports in 1991, and their show in the ICC tournaments has been marred by some huge freak shows and controversies. In 1992, a rain rule ended their hopes, in 1996 they won all their games only to come across a rampaging Brian Lara and lost, in 1999, they tied a game against Australia in the semis and bowed out, in 2003, they forgot the rain rule and in 2007 they had to face Australia in semi-final and were crushed.

South Africa Team Squad

  1. Graeme Smith (Capt),
  2. Hashim Amla,
  3. Johan Botha,
  4. AB de Villiers (WK),
  5. JP Duminy,
  6. Faf du Plessis,
  7. Colin Ingram,
  8. Jacques Kallis,
  9. Morne Morkel,
  10. Wayne Parnell,
  11. Robbie Peterson,
  12. Dale Steyn,
  13. Imran Tahir,
  14. Lonwabo Tsotsobe,
  15. Morne van Wyk (WK).
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The Turbanator: Harbhajan Singh profile

Harbhajan Singh is born 3 July 1980 into a lower middle class Punjabi family in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. He is an Indian cricketer. A specialist bowler, he has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner behind Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan.

One of his common nicknames, outside India, is The Turbanator, deriving from his skill as a bowler in terminating the innings of the opposing team, and the fact that, as a Sikh, he wears a black turban whenever he plays. Among Indians, Harbhajan is more commonly known as bhajji.

He is the only son of Sardar Sardev Singh, a businessman who owned a ball bearing and valve factory. Growing up with five sisters, Harbhajan was in line to inherit the family business, but his father insisted that he concentrate on his cricket career and represent India.

Harbhajan was trained as a batsman by his first coach Charanjit Singh Bhullar, but converted to spin bowling after his coach's untimely death saw him turn to the tutelage of Davinder Arora. Arora credits Harbhajan's success to a work ethic that included a three hour training session in the morning, followed by an afternoon session lasting from 3 pm until after sunset.

Following the death of his father in 2000, Harbhajan became the family head, and as of 2001, had organised marriages for three of his sisters.

Harbhajan made his Test debut in the Third Test against Australia in Bangalore, where he scored 4 not out and a duck, and recorded the modest match figures of 2/136 as Australia won the match by eight wickets.

He made his ODI debut against New Zealand. He took 1/32 from ten overs on debut as India narrowly won by 15 runs.

His career was initially beset by investigations into the legality of his bowling action and disciplinary incidents that raised the ire of cricket authorities. However in 2001, with leading leg spinner Anil Kumble injured, Harbhajan's career was resuscitated after Indian captain Sourav Ganguly called for his inclusion in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy team. In that series victory over Australia, Harbhajan established himself as the team's leading spinner by taking 32 wickets, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a hat trick in Test cricket.

Following his performance against Australia in 2001, the Government of Punjab awarded him Rs. 5 lakh, a plot of land, and an offer to become a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab Police, which he accepted.

In early 2008, he was given a ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for racially vilifying Andrew Symonds. The ban was revoked upon appeal, but in April, Harbhajan was banned from the 2008 Indian Premier League and suspended from the ODI team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for slapping Sreesanth after a match.

He was conferred the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.

TESTSAustralia Bangalore Mar 25, 1998
ODISNew ZealandSharjah Apr 17, 1998
T20South AfricaJohannesburg01 Dec, 2006
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England has never won the cricket World Cup and apart from the World T20 triumph recently in West Indies, have not managed to clinch a single world-level cricket tournament. they were the finalists of the tournament in 1979, 1987 and 1992.

England's Squad

  1. Andrew Strauss (captain),
  2. Matt Prior (wicketkeeper),
  3. Ian Bell, ,
  4. Paul Collingwood,
  5. Tim Bresnan,
  6. Eoin Morgan,
  7. Kevin Pietersen,
  8. James Tredwell,
  9. Luke Wright,
  10. Graeme Swann,
  11. Jonathan Trott,
  12. Michael Yardy,
  13. James Anderson,
  14. Stuart Broad,
  15. Ajmal Shahzad.
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India at the 1975 World Cup

The 1975 Cricket World Cup was the first World Cup and comprised a number of 60-over matches.
India were in group along with England, East Africa and New Zealand and were to play each of these teams once. To advance to the semi-finals they had to come in the Top 2 of their pool. However, the running was tough and India opened their campaign with a particularly infamous loss. India lost their first match to hosts England by 202 runs after England had scored 334 (4 wickets, 60 overs) in their allotted overs, with help from DL Amiss (137 from 147 balls), and KWR Fletcher (68 from 107 balls), who shared a second-wicket partnership of 176 runs. Any hopes of an Indian win were lost through some extremely controversial batting by Sunil Gavaskar (36 from 174 balls, 1 four), who batted through the 60 overs for 36 not out as India scored 132 (3 wickets, 60 overs). This match was treated as a disgrace in India and the players came under much controversy.
The next match they win an easy 10 wicket win against minnows East Africa (through some more intelligent batting by Sunil Gavaskar (65 from 86 balls, 9 fours) and Farokh Engineer (54 from 93 balls, 7 fours) before bowing out of the tournament in a must-win match against New Zealand. After scoring 230 all out in 60 overs, led by a half-century from Abid Ali (70 from 98 balls, 5 fours, 1 six), Glenn Turner (114 from 177 balls, 13 fours) brought New Zealand home with 4 wickets and 1.1 overs remaining.
The Indian Squad of the 1975 World Cup
  • Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan (captain)
  • Abid Ali
  • Mohinder Amarnath
  • Bishan Singh Bedi
  • Farokh Engineer (wicketkeeper)
  • Anshuman Gaekwad
  • Sunil Gavaskar
  • Karsan Ghavri
  • Madan Lal
  • Brijesh Patel
  • Eknath Solkar
  • Gundappa Viswanath
Source: Wikipedia
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Sri Lankan cricket team for 2011 ICC cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka is the second host of the 2011 edition of the World Cup. They were the runner-up in the previous edition of the 2007 tournament. They had won the tournament in 1996, and were the semi-finalists in 2003.

Sri Lanka's Squad

  1. Kumar Sangakkara (captain),
  2. Mahela Jayawardene (vice-captain),
  3. Tillakaratne Dilshan,
  4. Upul Tharanga,
  5. Thilan Samaraweera,
  6. Chamara Silva,
  7. Chamara Kapugedera,
  8. Angelo Mathews,
  9. Thisara Perera,
  10. Nuwan Kulasekara,
  11. Lasith Malinga,
  12. Dilhara Fernando,
  13. Muttiah Muralitharan,
  14. Ajantha Mendis,
  15. Rangana Herath.
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Indian speedstar: Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is born 7th October 1978, in Shrirampur town in Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, India. He is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000.

A left arm pace bowler, Zaheer is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways, and as a batsman also holds the record for the highest Test score by a No. 11.

Zaheer was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore,

He made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Dhaka.

His ODI debut against Kenya at Nairobi during the ICC KnockOut Trophy in the same year. He has taken over 200 ODI wickets at an average of 26 runs per wicket taking 4 wickets in a match 6 times (4 times against Zimbabwe) including 32 wickets against Zimbabwe at an average of 17.46 runs per dismissal.

He, along with other seamers like Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra helped India to make it to the finals of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Zaheer finished the 2003 World cup as 4th highest wicket taker - 18 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 20 runs per wicket.

Zaheer has taken over 150 Test wickets at an average of just over 33 runs per wicket.

Zaheer holds the world record for the highest Test score by a number 11 when he scored 75 for India v Bangladesh in Dhaka, 2004. His partnership with Sachin Tendulkar which produced 133 runs is an Indian-record for the tenth-wicket. His batting average of 19.46 at number 10 is also the highest for a batsman in ODIs.

In 2006 Zaheer signed for Worcestershire County Cricket Club as their second overseas player as a replacement for Australian Nathan Bracken. He became the first Worcestershire player to take 10 wickets in a match on debut for over 100 years against Somerset, even though Worcestershire eventually lost the game. In June 2006 he took the first nine wickets to fall in the first innings against Essex, ending with 9-138; had wicket-keeper Steven Davies not dropped a catch offered by last man Darren Gough he would have become the first bowler ever to take all ten for the county.

He won the Man of the Match award in the first test between India and Australia, at Bangalore, in the 2008-2009 series for his all round performance with the bat and the ball. He became the third Indian, after Rusi Surti and Kapil Dev, to score a half century and take five wickets in an innings in the same match, against Australia.

TESTSBangladesh Dhaka Nov 10, 2000
ODISKenya Nairobi Oct 03, 2000
T20South AfricaJohannesburg01 Dec, 2006
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Pakistan Cricket Team ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Pakistan were to host the World Cup but had to be pulled out of the tournament after it was found that security was going to be a hassle.

Meanwhile, were the runner-up in 1999 World Cup. They had won the tournament in 1992.

Pakistan announces 15 member squad for the ICC 2011 World Cup, and didn't announce Pakistan captain

Pakistan's Squad:

  1. Shoaib Akhtar,
  2. Muhammad Hafeez,
  3. Kamran Akmal,
  4. Younis Khan,
  5. Misbah-ul-Haq,
  6. Asad Shafiq,
  7. Umer Akmal,
  8. Shahid Afridi,
  9. Abdul Razzaq,
  10. Abdul Rehman,
  11. Saeed Ajmal,
  12. Umer Gul,
  13. Wahab Riaz,
  14. Sohail Tanvir and
  15. Ahmed Shehzad.
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Indian Cricket Team for World Cup 2011

BCCI Releases Indian Cricket Team for World Cup 2011 on 17th Jan, 2011 at Chenna. The World Cup will be played from February 19 to April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, a factor which obviously compelled the selectors to go in for an extra spinner as the pitches in the sub-continent tend to favour the tweakers.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be leading a batting line-up that starts with Sehwag and Gambhir and a set of explosive stroke-players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan and himself. Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel are the four medium-pacers while both R Ashwin and Piyush Chawla came in as spinners to assist Harbhajan Singh, an allrounder in Yusuf Pathan besides the part-time offerings of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag.

The squad for World Cup 2011:

MS Dhoni (Captain), V Sehwag (Vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla.
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Yuvraj Singh portfolio

Yuvraj Singh is born 12 December 1981 in Chandigarh, India. His father is Yograj Singh is former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star .

Yuvraj first came to attention when he captained the Under-19 Punjab cricket team in the final of the Cooch-Behar Trophy against Bihar Under-19s, in which he scored 358 runs. He then gained selection for the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000, where he was part of a team lead by Mohammed Kaif which won the tournament. Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Yuvraj made his One Day International debut against Kenya at Nairobi in 2000, at the ICC KnockOut Trophy. He showed his potential in his second ODI which was against the Australians where he scored a quickfire 84 off 82 balls against a quality pace attack consisting of bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.

One of his most memorable innings was a partnership with Mohammad Kaif in the NatWest Series final against England in July 2002 which led India to victory. He scored his first century in his fourth season with the Indian team against Bangladesh in 2003.

Yuvraj had a good run of form late in 2005 and early in 2006, in the ODI format of the game. He was named as the man of the series in three consecutive series, against South Africa and then against Pakistan and England, in which he scored three centuries and four half-centuries in fifteen matches, which propelled him into the top ten of the ICC ODI batting rankings.

During the Pakistan tour, at times when captain and vice-captain Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag were absent, Yuvraj was the on-field captain, indicating that he may be seen as a potential captain.

His performance was recognised with his shortlisting by the ICC as one of four nominees for the Internation One Day player of the year award.

In September 2007, he was named as the ODI vice captain of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the resignation of Rahul Dravid. In November 2008, he hit 138* from 78 balls against England at Rajkot, taking 64 balls to reach his century, which at the time was the second fastest by an Indian in ODIs, after Mohammad Azharuddin's century in 1988 against New Zealand came off 62 balls. After reaching 50 from 42 balls, he added a further 88 in the next 36 balls.

Yuvraj made his Test debut against New Zealand in Mohali in late 2003 in front of his home crowd in Punjab due to the absence of regular captain Sourav Ganguly in the No. 6 position. He scored his first Test century in a losing effort against Pakistan in the second Test at Lahore.

Yuraj made T20 debut against Scotland at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 13, 2007. On 19 September 2007 against England in the ICC World Twenty20 Super 8 match held at Kingsmead in Durban, he hit 6 sixes in an over up against Stuart Broad. This helped him to reach the fastest fifty ever in Twenty20 game, off just 12 balls and also the fastest in any form of international cricket. This was the fourth time that six sixes had been hit in one over in senior cricket, the first time in Twenty20 cricket, and the first time in any form of international cricket against a bowler from a test playing nation. (Garfield Sobers and Ravi Shastri did it in first class matches, and Herschelle Gibbs did it in a 2007 Cricket World Cup match against Dutch bowler Daan van Bunge.) He has also hit the longest six of the tournament:119 meters off of Australian bowler Brett Lee.

Yuvraj was awarded a Porsche 911 car for his 6 sixes achievement by the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Lalit Modi. Yuvraj also received Rs.10,000,000 (US$252,716) in cash from the BCCI for his splendid performance in the tournament. Yuvraj also scored 70 runs off 30 balls and went on to claim the Man of the Match against Australia in the World Twenty20 semifinals at Durban.

He was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was abolished and the captaincy given to Kumar Sangakkara. On 1 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his first hat-trick in T20 cricket against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kingsmead in Durban, the same ground where he hit his six sixes. He dismissed Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis. On 17 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his second Twenty20 hat-trick against Deccan Chargers at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Yuvraj dismissed Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao.

TESTSNew ZealandMohali Oct 16, 2003
ODISKenya NairobiOct 03, 2000
T20Scotland DurbanJan 09, 2011
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