Mahendra Singh Dhoni the fastest captain to reach 5000 ODI runs

Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the third player to amass 5000 runs as captain for India in ODIs - the other two being Mohammad Azharuddin (5239) and Sourav Ganguly (5082). He is the quickest to this feat, having taken 127 innings as against 136 by Ganguly and 151 by Azharuddin.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's blistering unbeaten 139 went in vain as Australia came from behind to pull off a sensational four-wicket victory over India in the third cricket one-dayer to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series here on Saturday. During his knock, the wicket keeper-batsman smashed 12 fours and five sixes.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has recorded his sixth century as captain in ODIs - his ninth in ODIs and the second against Australia.

Dhoni's unbeaten knock of 139 is the third highest by number six batsman - the two highest innings being 175 not out by Kapil Dev vs Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on June 18, 1983 and 143 not out by Andrew Symonds for Australia vs Pakistan at Johannesburg on February 11, 2003.
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Ajit Agarkar announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ajit Agarkar, the former India seamer, has announced his retirement from all competitive cricket on 16th October 2013.

Agarkar had led Mumbai, for whom he played all his Ranji Trophy cricket, to the domestic first-class title in the 2012-13 season. He played 110 first-class games in all, taking 299 wickets at 30.69, as well as 270 List A games and 62 T20s in a career that began in 1996-97.

Ajit Agarkar made his Test and ODI debuts in 1998 and T20I debut in 2006. With 288 wickets, he is the third highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs after Javagal Srinath(315) and Anil Kumble(337).

Early in his career, Agarkar broke Dennis Lillee's world record for the fastest 50 wickets in ODIs, achieving the feat from only 23 matches. He held the record from 1998 until 2009, when Ajantha Mendis achieved the feat from just 19 matches.

Agarkar holds the Indian record of scoring the fastest 50 in ODI - he scored 50 of 21 balls. Agarkar also holds another ODI record, which is the quickest in terms of least number of matches played to take 200 wickets and complete 1000 runs. Agarkar achieved this feat in 133 matches breaking the previous record held by South African Shaun Pollock, who accomplished this feat in his 138th match.

He scored an unbeaten Test century at Lord's in 2002, batting at number eight.

Conversely, Agarkar attained the feat of five consecutive innings resulting in ducks(four of them of first ball) against Australia, an unfortunate honour.

Agarkar also played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and led Mumbai to the 2013 Ranji Trophy title in domestic cricket.
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Highest successful run chases in ODI history

Team Score Overs Opposition Ground
South Africa 438/9 49.5 Australia Johannesburg
India 362/1 43.3 Australia Jaipur
New Zealand 350/9 49.3 Australia Hamilton
New Zealand 340/5 48.4 Australia Auckland
Australia 334/8 49.2 England Sydney
New Zealand 332/8 49.0 Australia Christchurch
Australia 330/7 49.1 South Africa Port Elizabeth
India 330/4 47.5 Pakistan Dhaka
Ireland 329/7 49.1 England Bangalore
Zimbabwe 329/9 49.5 New Zealand Bulawayo

Note: Records up to 17th October, 2013.
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India vs Australia 2013: India beat Australia by 9 wickets to register 2nd successful run chase in ODIs

India chase down 359 to enter record books! This is the second highest successful run chase in ODIs.

Team India notched up the mammoth total of 359 runs at the loss of just one wicket and with 39 balls to spare against Australia.

Credit to all the batsmen, with a special mention for Rohit Sharma who finished unbeaten on 141 off just 123 deliveries. Virat Kohli went berserk with his 52-ball century, the fastest by an Indian in ODIs. It also happens to be his 16th ODI for Kohli. India have scaled down what looked like an impossible mountain. A lot of credit is also due to Shikhar Dhawan who scored 95. Dhawan was dismissed 5 runs short of his ton, ending a 172-run 1st wicket stand.

Rohih hits his 3rd hundred, and this is the 1st against Australia, 1st at home as well. While Kohli got hits ton in just 52 balls, and was to go on to break Sehwag's record for the fastest ton by an Indian batsman as India completed a stunning chase.

India have leveled the ODI series 1-1 in thumping style. Hard luck for Bailey and Co. who were completely blown away in the second half of the game. The next match scheduled to be held at Mohali.
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Sachin Tendulkar to play farewell Test at Mumbai`s Wankhede stadium

BCCI is all set to throw a grand farewell for Sachin Tendulkar as it has now confirmed that the master-blaster will be playing his last and the 200th Test match on his home ground in Mumbai.

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium will be hosting the farewell Test for Sachin Tendulkar after the legendary batsman expressed a wish to play his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month in front of his home crowd.

The BCCI has confirmed the venues for upcoming West Indies series and has chosen Eden Gardens and Wankhede Stadium for the two Tests.

West Indies will be in India for a short tour to play in two Tests and three ODIs beginning 6th November.

Tendulkar’s 199th game will be in Kolkata while he will don the whites for the national team one last time in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

The BCCI is planning a grand farewell for Tendulkar.

Last week Tendulkar announced that his 200th Test against West Indies will be the last time he represents India in an international match as he has decided to call it a day.
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ICC World Test Championship logo revealed in Abu Dhabi

The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s chief executive David Richardson on Saturday announced that the pathway to the ICC World Test Championship had begun with the revealing of the event brand logo.

The International Cricket Council has launched the 2017 World Test Championship, aimed at preserving the primacy of the longer format of the game.

It will be hosted by England and will feature the top four teams in the ICC test rankings, with a total prize money of 10 million US dollars.

The top four ranked teams on December 31, 2016 – the cut-off date set by the International Cricket Council (ICC) - will play the three-match Test championship between the first and third weeks of June 2017. There will be two semi-finals and the winners will play the final. The Grand Finale of this Test cricket tournament is scheduled to be held at the “Coliseum of Cricket”, the Lord's Cricket Ground.

After the Champions League cricket tournament which was held this year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to hold a Test cricket world championship tournament as well.
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Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test will be in Mumbai

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to grant cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar his wish to play his 200th and farewell Test in his home town Mumbai.

Kolkata and Mumbai were the frontrunners to host Tendulkar's farewell Test but the legendary batsman in a letter to the BCCI has expressed his desire to play the 200th Test in Mumbai.

According to BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, the Indian cricket board to hold the second and final Test of the series against West Indies at Mumbai, as desired by Tendulkar. Shukla also said that BCCI was planning a grand farewell for Tendulkar.

Now, Tendulkar will be given an opportunity to bow out of the game in front of his family, friends and adoring fans in Mumbai.

The West Indies team will 2 Test and 3 ODIs. The series was fixed in a hurry to make sure that Tendulkar plays his last Test in India. The first Test will be played November 6-10 and the second November 14-18. There after they play three ODIs slated for November 21, November 24 and November 27.

The second match of the two-Test series against the West Indies will be Tendulkar's 200th and last.

The contest is now between Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Wankhede Stadium and Cricket Club of India's (CCI) Brabourne Stadium to host Tendulkar's 200th match.

On April 2, 2011, India had won the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium. Tendulkar's dream of winning the World Cup came true at his home ground. Now, the same venue will give him a perfect send off.
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Sachin Tendulkar Factfile

  • 1973: Born April 24, Mumbai.
  • 1988: Scores 100 not out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy becoming the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days.
  • 1989: Makes Test debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of 16.
  • December: Makes ODI debut against Pakistan but is dismissed by Waqar Younis without scoring a run.
  • 1990: Scores maiden Test century against England at Old Trafford.
  • 1992: At the age of 19 he becomes the first overseas-born player to represent Yorkshire.
  • 1994: September 9 - Claims his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in Colombo after 79 one-day matches.
  • 1996: Leading run scorer at World Cup played in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a total of 523 runs.
  • August: Takes on the India captaincy although suffers two relatively unsuccessful stints during a four-year period, winning only four Tests and 23 ODIs.
  • 1997: Named Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
  • 1998: Scores his first double century for Mumbai against Australia in the Brabourne Stadium.
  • 1999: November - Involved in India's highest run-scoring ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid as the pair put on 339 against New Zealand. In the same match, he records the highest individual ODI score in Indian history with an unbeaten 186.
  • 2000: Gives up the captaincy of India after the two-Test series with South Africa.
  • 2001: Given a suspended ban of one game in light of alleged ball tampering during a match against South Africa at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth. The ban is later lifted by the International Cricket Council after an investigation.
  • 2003: Named the Player of the Tournament at the 2003 Cricket World Cup and scores 673 runs, the highest by any player in the tournament.
  • 2005: Overtakes Sunil Gavaskar's record of the highest number of Test centuries by claiming his 35th against Sri Lanka in Delhi.
  • 2006: Overtakes Kapil Dev claiming the record for the highest amount of Test appearances for India with 135.
  • 2007: January 3 - Edges past Brian Lara's world record of runs scored in Tests away from home with 5,751 runs.
  • June: Becomes the first player to score over 15,000 ODI runs during a match against South Africa in Belfast.
  • 2008: March - Plays a record-breaking 417th ODI match against Australia.
  • August - Becomes just the third player in Test match history, and the first from India, to play 150 matches when he is selected in the third Test against Sri Lanka.
  • June: Nominated as the 'Icon Player' of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, signing a deal worth $1,121,250 per season.
  • October 17 - Becomes the highest run scorer in Test cricket, passing Lara's previous mark of 11,953, when he reaches 16 in the first innings of the second Test against Australia.
  • 2010: February 24 - Scores the first double century in one-day international history, hitting an unbeaten 200 against South Africa.
  • April - Named player of IPL3 after finishing as the tournament's top run-scorer.
  • August 3 - Becomes most capped player in Test history, making his 169th Test appearance in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo to overtake former Australia captain Steve Waugh.
  • December 19 - Becomes first batsman to hit 50 Test centuries, achieving the feat against South Africa in Centurion.
  • 2011: March - Hits two tournament centuries as co-hosts India win the World Cup.
  • November: Becomes the first man to score 15,000 Test runs during Test series against West Indies.
  • 2012: March - Scores his 100th international century in an Asia Cup match against Bangladesh, the first player ever to do so.
  • December 23 - Announces retirement from one-day international cricket.
  • 2013: October 10 - Announces he will retire from Test cricket after playing in his 200th Test against the West Indies in November.
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Sachin Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will retire from the Tests following his impending 200th Test

In a statement released from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sachin said he had been living his dream of playing cricket for India. “It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.”

Tendulkar thanked the BCCI for everything and his fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes had given him the strength to go out and perform at his best.
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Mumbai Indians win Champions League 2013

Mumbai Indians created history by becoming the first team to win the Champions League twice. In a high-scoring final here on 7th October 2013 Sunday night, MI defeated Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs.

The Champions League Twenty20 2013 will end with the same teams on the field as when the first match was played on 21st September - Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. Just over two weeks on, it's Rahul Dravid versus Sachin Tendulkar again in what is mostly likely to be the last time the two greats will be seen together on the field, pitted against each other.

But emotions aside, it's a match that promises to be engrossing - a clash of styles, a clash of team character.

It was a perfect farewell for batting great Sachin Tendulkar, playing in his last Twenty20 match, as the Mumbai Indians won the Champions League Twenty20 title defeating the Rajasthan Royals in the final at the Ferozeshah Kotla

The Mumbai Indians team made it a double by having also won the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year, only the second team after Chennai Super Kings (2010) having done so. The Indians also became the first team to clinch two CLT20 titles, the first one coming in 2011.

After the win, Tendulkar was seen being carried to the dugout by his team, waving the Mumbai Indians flag.

He was also given the guard of honour twice during the match. Once when he got out and walked back to the pavillion and when the team came out to field.
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Sachin Tendulkar reaches 50,000-run landmark across all formats

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday, 5th October 2013 crossed another milestone by completing an astounding 50,000 runs iacross all forms of recognised cricket during his knock in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) semi-final between Mumbai Indians and Trinidad & Tobago at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium, New Delhi.

Needing 26 runs on the day to reach the landmark, Tendulkar tucked one towards mid-wicket for a single off left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley to reach another milestone in his glorious career spanning close to two-and-a-half decades. He scored 35 off 31 balls before edging one to Denesh Ramdin off Lendl Simmons' bowling.

Tendulkar became 16th in the list of most run-getters in recognised cricket, with former England captain Graham Gooch at top with 67,057 runs to his credit.

Tendulkar now has 50009 runs in 953 competitive matches, which includes 551 List A matches, 307 first-class matches and 95 T20 games.

Tendulkar has so far scored 25,228 runs in 307 first-class matches which includes a staggering 15,837 runs in 198 Tests.

The 40-year-old has 21,999 runs in 551 List A matches which includes 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs.

Having scored 2747 in the 94 earlier T20 matches, the legend scored the necessary 26 runs with consummate ease.

The maestro is also standing on the cusp of another rare feat of becoming the first player in the history of the game to play 200 Test matches, which in all likelihood will be completed in the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies.
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