Top 10 players of most centuries in ODIs

PlayerCountryNo of 100'sInnings
Sachin Tendulkar India
Ricky Ponting Australia
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka
Sourav Ganguly India
Herschelle Gibbs South Africa
Chris Gayle West Indies
Saeed Anwar Pakistan
Virat Kohli India
Brian Lara West Indies
Mark Waugh Austrelia

NOTE: The records upto 26th February 2014.
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Asia Cup: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane anchor India to six-wicket win over Bangladesh

India began their Asia Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over Bangladesh.

A 213-run stand between Virat Kohli (136) and Ajinkya Rahane (73) helped India beat Bangladesh by six wickets.

The 19th century (136 off 122 balls) of India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has equalling Brian Lara with his 19th One Day International century, against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Wednesday. Now, Kohli is joint seventh on highest century-makers in ODIs. The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar with 49.

Earlier, Kohli won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat. The home team were without injured opener Tamim Iqbal and premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim had hit a sparkling ton to help the hosts post a challenging 279 for seven.

While Rahim's excellent knock went in vain, Kohli's effort resulted in victory of his team.

India will take on Sri Lanka on Friday.
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List of Asia Cup champions

The 12th edition of the Asia Cup will get under way in Bangladesh. Asia Cup will be contested between Asian countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan (introduced in 2014 edition).

The first Asia Cup was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1983-84. India won the inaugural tournament, defeating Sri Lanka.

India is the most successful team with five titles. Here is the list of previous Asia Cup champions starting from the inaugural edition in 1983-84.

Year Host Champion Runner-Up
1984 UAE India Sri Lanka
1986 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Pakistan
1988 Bangladesh India Sri Lanka
1990-91 India India Sri Lanka
Pakistan (Cancelled)
1995 UAE India Sri Lanka
1997 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka India
2000 Bangladesh Pakistan Sri Lanka
2004 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka India
2008 Pakistan Sri Lanka India
2010 Sri Lanka India Sri Lanka
2012 Bangladesh Pakistan Bangladesh
2014 Bangladesh TBD TBD
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Asia Cup 2014 - match Time table & fixtures

The 12th edition of Asia Cup is hosting in Bangladesh from 25th February to 8th March 2014. Bangladesh hosting second consecutive year and fourth overall. Five teams comprising of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are scheduled to participate for this biggest tournament played at the Asian level. The two venues are Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur and Fatullah Osmani Stadium at Fatullah.

With the schedule of the tournament out, all eyes remain fixed on the Super Sunday of 2nd March for the mouth watering clash between neighbours and cricketing rivals India and Pakistan. India has emerged at the winner in their last meeting in the rain affected Champions Trophy match last June, where they beat Pakistan by 8 wickets. Pakistan would be eager to repay their last match kindness back to Virat Kohli led side.

India would start the contest on 26th February against the host nation Bangladesh at Fatullah. India is coming into this tournament without the services of its regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India has won the trophy 5 times.

Take a look at the complete schedule with match Time table and fixtures detail of Asia Cup 2014:

Tue, Feb. 25 Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Fatullah
Wed, Feb. 26 Bangladesh vs. India Fatullah
Thu, Feb. 27 Afghanistan vs. Pakistan Fatullah
Fri, Feb. 28 India vs. Sri Lanka Fatullah
Sat, Mar. 1 Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan Fatullah
Sun, Mar. 2 India vs. Pakistan Dhaka
Mon, Mar. 3 Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka Dhaka
Tue, Mar. 4 Bangladesh vs. Pakistan Dhaka
Wed, Mar. 5 Afghanistan vs. India Dhaka
Thu, Mar. 6 Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka Dhaka
Sat, Mar. 8 FINAL Dhaka

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Sachin wanted to pack me off from West indies tour: Ganguly

Sachin Tendulkar almost sent an errant Sourav Ganguly home midway from the Caribbean tour of 1997 for not doing what he had been told to to do by the now retired legendary batsman. After the humiliating defeat in the 3rd Test match against West Indies, Ganguly was told to go for a morning run, which he didn’t; Ganguly reveals in his new book.

The incident happened immediately after the third Test in Barbados which India lost narrowly by 38 runs. Set to chase 120 on a wearing track with uneven bounce, the visitors collapsed for a paltry 81. The Windies trio of Ian Bishop, Curtley Ambrose and Franklyn Rose ripped through the Indian batting line-up.

Ganguly begins the anecdote with an admission: "My fault, actually." Then he goes on write, "Sachin was utterly dejected and very angry with us. To get him to think positive and stop beating himself and us up so much, I asked him to tell me what to do. "Go for a run tomorrow morning," he said.

“It’s a story to tell now, but when he found out that I had missed the morning run the next day, his face was almost purple with anger. He told me, in language that cannot be printed, that he was going to send me home and I should sort myself out because my career could be ending. The thought of being sent home was enough to light a fire under my shoes. I wouldn’t have broken any records, never have, never will, but from the next morning, I was up and running.”

This comes from the new book Sachin Tendulkar: The man cricket loved back, which is Ganguly’s recollection of his former opening partner. 41 reminiscences and essays on the greatest star to ever grace the game complete the anthology, which has been put together by an online website.

As a captain, Tendulkar was seen as a failure. Under his captaincy, India won four Tests and lost nine. But Ganguly provides a justification of sorts for the poor record even as he takes an indirect dig at the current skipper MS Dhoni.

"Sachin was a better captain than his results show and better than people make him out to be. He led on some very tough tours - South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia - and it must be said he didn't lose eight in a row. This when he didn't have a very good team around him. The older players were fading and the newcomers were too raw," he explains.

Every article in the book lauds the Mumbai batting maestro. But when high praise comes from Allan Donald, who took the wicket of Tendulkar 10 times in the five Tests and five ODIs where both figured, it perhaps means a little more.

In the article headlined, The man who made you plan for weeks, the South Africa speedster writes, "You didn't work Tendulkar out in days. You had to plan for him weeks in advance. Otherwise, he could frustrate bowlers. When Hansie Cronje was the captain, our thinking was that the first 20 balls we had to make Tendulkar play every single one, even if we leaked runs. We also decided that we were not going to test him with the short ball early on: it was an easy way for him to get himself into his innings. We wanted to make him sweat as much as we could.

He goes on to say, "When a great batsman is in form, that is when you get really challenged as a fast bowler. Tendulkar turned that bowler's ego to his advantage. We saw it dozens of times, when he counterpunched really well. He had that ability, when the bowler was at his best and in fantastic rhythm and bowling at his optimum pace, to come in and change the state of the game, to hit you off your line, get you out of the attack. He was careful, but if you offered him half a chance he would make you pay. With Tendulkar you were always working with fine, fine margins."
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Virender Sehwag to lead MCC team

India Test discard Virender Sehwag has been roped in to captain the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad in a four-day Champion County match against Durham starting March 23 in Abu Dhabi, while Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan will lead the team in the preceding Emirates T20 tournament. The pair will lead a squad that also includes England's Monty Panesar and Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Virender Sehwag also confirmed to appear in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord's Bicentenary match on July 5.

The MCC team will arrive in Abu Dhabi on March 18 to take part in the Emirates T20 tournament on March 21 which also features Lancashire, Sussex, Durham and a Fly Emirates Select XI. Lancashire will then play 50-over matches against an MCC Universities Combined XI and MCC Young Cricketers on March 22 and 23 respectively.

Muralitharan will be making a special appearance as MCC captain in the Emirates T20 tournament, which will be played under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner and will feature the use of pink cricket balls.

The traditional four-day County Champion match will get underway on March 23 and will be a day/night match played with a pink ball.

Here the MCC squad travelling to Abu Dhabi
  • Virender Sehwag India - captain
  • Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) - captain (T20 fixtures only)
  • Sam Robson (Middlesex & England Lions)
  • Luis Reece (Lancashire)
  • Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
  • Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire & England)
  • Prassana Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
  • Ollie Rayner (Middlesex & England Lions)
  • Andre Adams (Nottinghamshire)
  • Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire & England)
  • Kyle Hogg (Lancashire)
  • Monty Panesar (Essex & England)
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BCCI paid Windies Board $250,000 for Tendulkar’s farewell series

Sachin Tendulkar’s hugely followed farewell Test series in October-November came at a price to the BCCI — $250,000 (approximately Rs 1.5 crore) to be precise.

The BCCI has paid this amount to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on a specific request from it, said a top BCCI official. This money, according to the official, is actually the “reimbursement” that the West Indies Cricket Board had sought. The official also pointed out that the BCCI was not obliged to pay anything to the WICB as worldwide tours for many years have been taking place on reciprocal basis, meaning that no guarantee money is paid to the Board sending its team to the host country.

The home series against the West Indies, comprising two Tests and three One-day Internationals, was not originally scheduled for the 2013-14 home season, nor was it mentioned on the ICC Future Tours Programme, to which BCCI is not a signatory, anyway, the only series scheduled at home was against Australia, which played seven ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 International. But after India’s tour to South Africa was shortened due to a dispute between the two Boards, the BCCI invited the West Indies for the series during which Tendulkar completed 200 Tests.

The official disclosed that it was only during a recent working committee meeting that members came to know that the WICB had requested the BCCI for a reimbursement of $250,000 towards the travel costs of the squad to India and the money spent on obtaining visas etc.,

This payment was unusual as Boards hosting a team these days take care of all the boarding and lodging expenditure, but no money is paid to the Board of the touring team.

The system of the home Board paying its counterpart for sending its team was discontinued more than 10 years ago, according to former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Source: Yahoo Cricket India
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The squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014

The final squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014 have been confirmed. The tournament will be held in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6. Tournament Schedule 16 teams will be seen in action. While 15 squads have been announced, Zimbabwe is yet to name their line-up.

Here the squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014

Country Team Members
AfghanistanMohammad Nabi (captain), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Taraki, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran
AustraliaGeorge Bailey (captain), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
BangladeshMushfiqur Rahim (captain), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal
EnglandStuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
Hong KongJamie Atkinson (captain), Aizaz Khan, Mark Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Babar Hayat, Irfan Ahmed, Roy Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat
IndiaMahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
IrelandWilliam Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
NepalParas Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
NetherlandsPeter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
New ZealandBrendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
PakistanMohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Talha, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
South AfricaFrancois du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Sri LankaDinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardena, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
United Arab EmiratesKhurram Khan (captain), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Asadullah Shareef, Faizan Asif, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge, Moaaz Qazi, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patil, Rohit Singh, Shadeep Silva, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty
West IndiesDarren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
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Injured MS Dhoni ruled out of Asia Cup; Kohli to lead

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was today ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a side-strain injury that he suffered during the second Test in New Zealand. In Dhoni's absence, Virat Kohli will lead the side. Dinesh Karthik will take Dhoni's place in the squad. "

The Indian team returned early Thursday from the tour where New Zealand won the one-dayers 4-0 and also clinched the two-Test series 1-0.

As reported earlier, the 15-member squad includes Cheteshwar Pujara, who has played just two ODIs for India. He replaced Suresh Raina, who was omitted along with pacer Ishant Sharma.

Team India opens its campaign in the tournament against hosts Bangladesh in their first Asia Cup match in Fatullah on February 26.

Defending champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are the other teams in the tournament, the symbol of one-day supremacy in the region.

Dhoni, who captains India in all three formats of the game, is expected to be fit for the World Twenty20 which will also be played in Bangladesh from March 16.

India's squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey.
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IPL7: Rajasthan Royals - Full squad after the auction

Rajasthan Royals Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 24.
  • Amount spent: Rs 54.45 crores (Rs 5.55 cr remaining).
  • Amount for 5 retentions: Rs 37.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Steve Smith Rs 4 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 4.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 8.
  • Wicketkeepers: 3
Here is Rajasthan Royals's full squad after the auction.
  1. Shane Watson (Australia, all-rounder) Retained
  2. Ajinkya Rahane (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Stuart Binny (India, all-rounder) Retained
  4. James Faulkner (Australia, all-rounder) Retained
  5. Sanju Samson (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Retained
  6. Steve Smith (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 4 crores
  7. Brad Hodge (Australia, batsman) Rs 2.4 crores
  8. Rajat Bhatia (India, all-rounder) Rs 1.7 crores
  9. Tim Southee (New Zealand, fast bowler) Rs 1.2 crores
  10. Dhawal Kulkarni (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.1 crores
  11. Abhishek Nayar (India, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  12. Kane Richardson (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  13. Ben Cutting (Australia, bowler) Rs 80 lakhs
  14. Karun Nair (India, batsman) Rs 75 lakhs
  15. Iqbal Abdulla (India, all-rounder) Rs 65 lakhs
  16. Unmukt Chand (India, batsman) Rs 65 lakhs
  17. Deepak Hooda (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  18. Kevon Cooper (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 30 lakhs
  19. Dishant Yagnik (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  20. Vikramjeet Malik (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Pravin Tambe (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs - Right to match
  22. Ankush Bains (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Amit Mishra (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  24. Rahul Tewatia (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Royal Challengers Bangalore - Full squad after the auction

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 60 crores (all funds used up).
  • Funds for three retentions: Rs 29.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Yuvraj Singh (Rs 14 crores)
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 6
  • Bowlers: 11
  • All-rounders: 3
  • Wicketkeeper: 1
Here is RCB's full squad after the auction.
  1. Virat Kohli (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Chris Gayle (West Indies, batsman) Retained
  3. AB de Villiers (South Africa, batsman) Retained
  4. Yuvraj Singh (India, all-rounder) Rs 14 crores
  5. Mitchell Starc (Australia, left-arm paceman) Rs 5 crores
  6. Albie Morkel (South Africa, all-rounder) Rs 2.4 crores
  7. Varun Aaron (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  8. Ashok Dinda (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.5 crores
  9. Parthiv Patel (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 1.4 crores
  10. Muttaiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka, spinner) Rs 1 crores
  11. Ravi Rampaul (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 90 lakhs
  12. Nic Maddinson (Australia, batsman) Rs 50 lakhs
  13. Harshal Patel (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs - Right to match
  14. Vijay Zol (India, batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Abu Nechim Ahmed (India, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Shadab Jakati (India, left-arm spinner) Rs 20 lakhs
  17. Sachin Rana (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  18. Sandeep Warrier (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Yuzvendra Chahal (India, legspinner) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Tanmay Mishra (Kenya, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  21. Yogesh Takawale (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Kings XI Punjab - Full squad after the auction

Kings XI Punjab Squad for IPL 7
  • Team trength: 23.
  • Amount spent: Rs 55.9 crores (Rs 4.1 crores remaining).
  • Funds for two retentions: Rs 16.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Mitchell Johnson Rs 6.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 7
  • Batsmen: 8.
  • Bowlers: 8.
  • All-rounders: 6.
  • Wicketkeepers: 1
Here is Kings XI Punjab's full squad after the auction.
  1. David Miller (South Africa, batsman) Retained
  2. Manan Vohra (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Mitchell Johnson (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 6.5 crores
  4. Glenn Maxwell (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 6 crores
  5. George Bailey (Australia, batsman) Rs 3.25 crores
  6. Virender Sehwag (India, batsman) Rs 3.2 crores
  7. Rishi Dhawan (India, all-rounder) Rs 3 crores
  8. Wriddhiman Saha (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 2.2 crores
  9. Shaun Marsh (Australia, batsman) Rs 2.2 crores
  10. Cheteshwar Pujara (India, batsman) Rs 1.9 crores
  11. Laxmipathy Balaji (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.8 crores
  12. Beuran Hendricks (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 1.8 crores
  13. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka, all-rounder) Rs 1.6 crores
  14. Gurkeerat Singh (India, batsman) Rs 1.3 crores
  15. Murali Kartik (India, spinner) Rs 1 crore
  16. Sandeep Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 85 lakhs
  17. Mandeep Singh (India, batsman) Rs 80 lakhs - Right to match
  18. Akshar Patel (India, all-rounder) Rs 75 lakhs
  19. Parvinder Awana (India, fast bowler) Rs 65 lakhs - Right to match
  20. Shardul Thakur (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Anureet Singh (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  22. Shivam Sharma (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Karanveer Singh (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Kolkata Knight Riders - Full squad after the auction

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59 crores (Rs 1 crore remaining).
  • Funds for two retentions: Rs 22 crores
  • Costliest player: Jacques Kallis Rs 5.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 5.
  • Bowlers: 8.
  • All-rounders: 6.
  • Wicketkeepers: 2
Here is Kolkata Knight Riders full squad after the auction.
  1. Gautam Gambhir (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Sunil Narine (West Indies, spinner) Retained
  3. Jacques Kallis (South Africa, all-rounder) Rs 5.5 crores - Right to match
  4. Robin Uthappa (India, batsman) Rs 5 crores
  5. Piyush Chawla (India, spinner) Rs 4.25 crores
  6. Yusuf Pathan (India, all-rounder) Rs 3.25 crores - Right to match
  7. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh, all-rounder) Rs 2.8 crores
  8. R Vinay Kumar (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.8 crores
  9. Morne Morkel (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 2.8 crores
  10. Umesh Yadav (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  11. Manish Pandey (India, batsman) Rs 1.7 crores
  12. Chris Lynn (Australia, batsman) Rs 1.3 crores
  13. Pat Cummins (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  14. Ryan ten Doeschate (The Netherlands, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  15. Suryakumar Yadav (India, batsman) Rs 70 lakhs
  16. Andre Russell (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 60 lakhs
  17. Manvinder Bisla (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 60 lakhs
  18. Kuldeep Yadav (India, left-arm chinaman bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  19. Veer Pratap Singh (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  20. Debabrata Das (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Sayan Sekhar Mondal (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Sunrisers Hyderabad - Full squad after the auction

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 24.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59 crores (Rs 1 cr remaining).
  • Amount for 2 retentions: Rs 22 crores
  • Costliest player: David Warner Rs 5.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 7
  • Batsmen: 8.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 4.
  • Wicketkeepers: 3
Here is Sunrisers Hyderabad's full squad after the auction.
  1. Shikhar Dhawan (India, batsman) Retained
  2. Dale Steyn (South Africa, fast bowler) Retained
  3. David Warner (Australia, batsman) Rs 5.5 crores
  4. Amit Mishra (India, spinner) Rs 4.75 crores
  5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India, fast bowler) Rs 4.25 crores
  6. Aaron Finch (Australia, batsman) Rs 4 crores
  7. Karn Sharma (India, legspinner) Rs 3.75 crores
  8. Darren Sammy (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 3.5 crores Right to match
  9. Ishant Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  10. Irfan Pathan (India, all-rounder) Rs 2.4 crores
  11. KL Rahul (India, batsman) Rs 1 crores
  12. Moises Henriques (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  13. Parvez Rasool (India, all-rounder) Rs 95 lakhs
  14. Jason Holder (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 75 lakhs
  15. Y Venugopal Rao (India, batsman) Rs 55 lakhs
  16. Naman Ojha (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 50 lakhs
  17. Prashanth Parameswaran (India, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  18. Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  19. Ashish Reddy (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  20. Amit Paunikar (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Anirudha Srikkanth (India, batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  22. Chama Milind (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Manprit Juneja (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  24. Ricky Bhui (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Chennai Super Kings - full squad after the auction

Chennai Super Kings Squad for IPL 7
  • Squad strength: 20.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59.8 crores (Rs 20 lakhs remaining).
  • Funds for five retentions: Rs 39 crores
  • Costliest player: Faf du Plessis Rs 4.75 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 5.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 4.
  • Wicketkeepers: 2
Here is CSK's full squad after the auction.
  1. MS Dhoni (India, captain, wicketkeeper/batsman) Retained
  2. Suresh Raina (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Ravindra Jadeja (India, all-rounder) Retained
  4. R Ashwin (India, spinner) Retained
  5. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, all-rounder) Retained
  6. Faf du Plessis (South Africa, batsman) Rs 4.75 crores
  7. Dwayne Smith (West Indies, batsman) Rs 4.5 crores
  8. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 3.25 crores
  9. Mohit Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  10. Ashish Nehra (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  11. Ishwar Pandey (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.5 crores
  12. Ben Hilfenhaus (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  13. John Hastings (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 50 lakhs
  14. Matt Henry (New Zealand, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Samuel Badree (West Indies, spinner) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Mithun Manhas (India, all-rounder) Rs 30 lakhs
  17. Vijay Shankar (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
  18. Baba Aparajith (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Ronit More (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Pawan Negi (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Mumbai Indians - full squad after the auction

Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 7
  • Squad strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59.95 crores (Rs 5 lakhs remaining).
  • Funds for five retentions: Rs 39 crores
  • Costliest player: Michael Hussey Rs 5 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 4.
  • Bowlers: 10.
  • All-rounders: 3.
  • Wicketkeepers: 4
Here is Mumbai Indians's full squad after the auction.
  1. Rohit Sharma (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Harbhajan Singh (India, spinner) Retained
  3. Ambati Rayudu (India, batsman) Retained
  4. Kieron Pollard (West Indies, all-rounder) Retained
  5. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka, fast bowler) Retained
  6. Michael Hussey (Australia, batsman) Rs 5 crores
  7. Corey Anderson (New Zealand, all-rounder) Rs 4.5 crores
  8. Pragyan Ojha (India, spinner) Rs 3.25 crores
  9. Zaheer Khan (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  10. Aditya Tare (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 1.6 crores
  11. Jasprit Bumrah (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.2 crores
  12. Jalaj Saxena (India, all-rounder) Rs 90 lakhs
  13. Josh Hazlewood (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 50 lakhs
  14. Krishmar Santokie (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Marchant de Lange (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Ben Dunk (Australia, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  17. CM Gautam (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  18. Pawan Suyal (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Apoorv Vijay Wankhede (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Sushant Marathe (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  21. Shreyas Gopal (India, legspinner) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL 2014 Player Auction summary

The IPL 2014 Player Auction has concluded with a total of 154 players sold, including 50 overseas players. As many as 66 players will represent their last season's franchise (24 retained + 13 RTMs + 29 bought in auction).

Here is the full squad summary after the auction.

Team Funds Remaining Rights to Match Overseas Players Total Players
Chennai Super Kings
Delhi Daredevils
Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad
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IPL 2014 auction: Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik steal the show on Day 1

Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik were the biggest buys at the 2014 Indian Premier League auctions, with both Indian cricketers attracting 10-crore plus sums. While the Royal Challengers Bangalore snapped up the struggling Yuvraj for a staggering Rs. 14 crore, Dinesh Karthik went to the Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 12.5 crore.

Among overseas stars, Kevin Pietersen (Rs. 9 crore by Delhi) and Mitchell Johnson (Rs. 6.5 crore to Kings XI Punjab) were the only other players whose valuations exceeded a million U.S. dollars, while the lone million dollar boy from 2013, Glenn Maxwell, just about matched that valuation with Rs. 10 crore, also by Punjab.

New Zealand star allrounder Corey Anderson, who holds for the record fastest ODI hundred, drew a handsome price of Rs. 4.5 crore from Mumbai.

Players from Sri Lanka and England, who will play a series in May, did not attract any bids. The sole exception was Sri Lanka allrounder Thisara Perera, who was bought by Kings XI for Rs 1.6 crores. Sri Lankan stars like Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan remained unsold.

Three struggling India players – Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma – nearly didn’t find any takers before belated bids saw them being sold marginally above their base prices. Sehwag (Rs. 3.5 crore) went to Punjab, Zaheer (Rs. 2.6 crore) to his former team Mumbai while Ishant (Rs. 2.6 crore) was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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Sachin Tendulkar set to lead MCC against Shane Warne's Rest of World

Cricket fans are set to get one more chance to see legends Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Shaun Pollock and Shane Warne in action at Lord's after they were confirmed for a match marking the ground's 200th anniversary.

Retired batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and iconic Australian spinner Shane Warne have reportedly been confirmed as captains for a match marking the 200th anniversary of the Lord's cricket ground.

Sachin Tendulkar will lead the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of the northwest London venue, while Shane Warne-led Rest of the World side at the Lord’s in a one-day game on July 5 to mark the bicentenary celebrations of the historic club.

Tendulkar, who was awarded Honorary Member of MCC in 2010, will lead a side that will also have another Indian batting great Rahul Dravid in his side.

The famous Tendulkar vs Warne rivalry will be renewed for a day as the Aussie legend leads a team that will also have former South African captain Shaun Pollock in its ranks.

This is the second time Tendulkar will appear at Lord’s in such a fixture, having captained the Rest of the World side - scoring a majestic century in the process - in the Lady Diana Memorial Match in 1998. “It is an honour to be asked to captain the MCC side in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept it,” Tendulkar said in a statement released by the MCC.
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National honours for Tendulkar

National honours for Tendulkar:
  • 1994: Arjuna Award, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in sports.
  • 1997-98: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest honour given for achievement in sports.
  • 1999: Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
  • 2008: Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian award.
  • 2014: Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award.
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Sachin Tendulkar and CNR Rao conferred Bharat Ratna

India's biggest sports icon Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist CNR Rao were conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee in a glittering ceremony in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

The two joined the list of 41 eminent personalities, who have been conferred with the Bharat Ratna in recognition for their contribution to the society.

Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsman to be given the honour; he beat hockey legend Dhyan Chand to get the first Bharat Ratna. At 40, he is also the youngest recipient of the award.

Rao, 79, is the fourth scientist after C.V. Raman, M. Visvesvaraya and former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to get the Bharat Ratna.

Legendary cricketer Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16 last year of his 200 Test match.

The government had last year changed the nomination criteria for the Bharat Ratna to include sportspersons. Legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand was also recommended for the award but Tendulkar was preferred.

Tendulkar said that he was humbled and honoured to receive the Bharat Ratna. He also congratulated fellow recipient Prof Rao. "I would like to congratulate Prof CNR Rao for getting the Bharat Ratna. It is an honour to get the award with him, his contribution to the field of science is immense. It's only that cricket is played in front of thousands of people and is a popular field," he said.

Sachin Tendulkar is the first man to play 200 five-day Test matches, and he played more one-day international games, 463, than anyone else. He is the highest career run scorer - 15,847 in Tests and 18,426 in one-days -- in both formats. He has also scored 100 or more runs more often than anyone else in both formats, with 51 in Tests and 49 in one-days, giving him a neat and unprecedented 100 centuries in international cricket. He is also the first to score a double hundred in the 50-over format
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MS Dhoni completes 8000 ODI runs

India captain MS Dhoni completed 8,000 runs in One Day Internationals on Friday January 31, 2014 during the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.

MS Dhoni is the 7th Indian to cross 8,000 runs in 50-over international cricket. Dhoni, in 214 innings, is the fourth fastest to cross 8,000 after Sourav Ganguly (200 innings), Sachin Tendulkar (210) and Brian Lara (211).

MS Dhoni scored 47 in the match. However, India lost the match by 87 runs and series 0-4.

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Mohammad Azharuddin, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag are the other Indians in the 8,000-run club.

Indian batsmen in 8,000 ODI-run club:
  • Sachin Tendulkar 18,426 (463 matches),
  • Sourav Ganguly 11,363 (311),
  • Rahul Dravid 10,889 (344),
  • Mohammad Azharuddin 9,378 (334),
  • Yuvraj Singh 8,329 (293),
  • Virender Sehwag 8,273 (251),
  • MS Dhoni 8,046 (243)
NOTE: Records up to 31st January, 2014.
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Scotland and UAE qualify for ICC World Cup 2015

Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have secured the final two spots in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after recording victories on the last day of the Super Six stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ).

Scotland and UAE now complete the 14-team line up for the 2015 event, and will compete alongside the 10 full members, Afghanistan and Ireland.

UAE will now make their second appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup, having played in the 1996 edition. Scotland has played in two previous ICC Cricket World Cup events (1999 and 2007)

By virtue of finishing in the top four of the ICC CWCQ NZ 2014, the UAE, Scotland, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea have attained ODI status until 2018.
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