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StatsMania: Most Centuries By Captains In ODIs

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Scoring a century is an achievement for any batsman across any format in international cricket as the level of competition at the highest level is fierce. Becoming captain for any side is an added responsibility for a cricketer and to score a hundred leading the side is a tough task for any batsman.

Here we look at the top players who have managed to score most centuries leading the side in the ODI format.

#10. Virat Kohli*- 5 Centuries 

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India’s new ODI captain  Virat Kohli will surely move up the list in the future as he took charge of the ODI team very recently. He has been a spectacular batsman for India since the start of 2010s and looking an extra ordinary player despite becoming the captain.

He has managed to score an impressive 5 centuries in just 19 matches as the captain of India so far.

10 Best Quotes on “Captain Cool” MS Dhoni

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Many cricketers come and go, but MS Dhoni is one of those cricketers alike Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara or Glenn McGrath who will have place in the cricket history which shall never be erased.

From beginning his professional life as a ticket conductor to becoming one of the greatest captains the game has ever seen, MS Dhoni’s life has had a fair share of tragedy, drama, emotion and some amount of tranquility.

He led India successfully to becoming the world number one Test side, he guided an inexperienced side to the inaugural ICC World T20 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and most importantly, who can forget that winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara all those years ago at the Wankhede.

A captain par excellence, MS Dhoni has given us some evergreen and nonperishable memories and here are some of the most iconic quotes said by legendary cricketers on MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni To Lead India In The Warm Up Match Against England

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MS Dhoni’s fans have had a tough 48 hours post his announcement that he will step down as the Indian skipper. Yet one cannot ignore a fact that this decision taken by MS Dhoni will be really helpful in the long run, especially because the World Cup is just 2 years to go.

Many of the fans expected him to lead the side till the 2019 ICC World Cup. But at this moment of time, even his presence in that world cup in doubtful. Whatever may be the reasons for his decisions, one has to respect it and appreciate the legend he is.

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But something good to cherish for the Indian fans is that MS Dhoni will be leading the Indian side probably for one final time in the 1st Warm-up game against England. India A side led by Dhoni will also contain players like Shikhar Dhawan, Mandeep Singh, Ambati Rayudu and senior pro Ashish Nehra, who are keen to book themselves a spot in the ICC Champions Trophy.

This warm-up game will hold monumental importance for the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Mohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Mandeep Singh, who have been very keen to get into the main setup.

Another great news for Indian cricket lovers is after a very long time, Yuvraj Singh has made a comeback to the Indian side following his exceptional performances in the domestic season. The dashing left-hander will definitely be in the eyes of many people and there will be a whole lot of pressure on him to perform well.

Fans are also excited to re witness the old Yuvraj-Dhoni combination, which spanked some great bowling line ups with ease under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. Now, under Virat Kohli as well, Dhoni will have the freedom to think only about his batting and keeping.

Video: A Tribute To The “Indian Skipper” MS Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s incomparable legacy on and off the field in many ways act as a custodian for the game of cricket. Undoubtedly one of the greatest this game has ever seen, MS Dhoni bid adieu to Test cricket at the end 2014 and a couple of days ago, he quit the captaincy duties.

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MS Dhoni had played 199 ODIs as a captain and it looked as though he will complete 200 games in Pune. But he has always had a particular proclivity to stun the people, let that be on the field with his exploits or off the field with his decisions.

BCCI has confirmed that he will be a part of the side as the wicket-keeper and with the ICC World Cup 2019 almost 2 years to go, many are calling this a fabulous call from the captain cool. India will also enter ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as the defending champions, having won the trophy previously in 2013.

As the legend of Indian cricket brings an end to his time at the helm, here’s a tribute video for the one and only Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Indian Cricket Team’s Fixtures in 2017

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2016 was an year filled with great joy, barring that loss in the semifinal to West Indies for India and the 4-0 triumph against the English was the perfect icing on the cake for Virat Kohli’s troops. India will kick start 2017 with an ODI and T20 series against England which will commence from 15 January and post then, it is one hectic year for the Indians. Here is a list of all the Indian cricket team this year.

1) JANUARY:

India vs England

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This definitely is one of the most pulsating fixtures of the year. Eoin Morgan led English side will be here for a 15 day tour and will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals.

  • India vs England – January 15 – 1st ODI – Pune – 13:30 local 
  • India vs England – January 19 – 2nd ODI – Cuttack – 13:30 local
  • India vs England – January 22 – 3rd ODI – Kolkata – 13:30 local
  • India vs England – January 26 – 1st T20I – Kanpur – 19:00 local
  • India vs England – January 29 – 2nd T20I – Nagpur – 19:00 local
  • India vs England – February 1 – 3rd T20I – Bengaluru – 19:00 local

9 Heartbreaking Moments in Cricket Which Made Fans Cry

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A coin always has two sides and this is something no one can deny or do anything to avoid the other side of it. Nothing’s different when it comes to cricket, where there are some incredible moments which made many fans and cricketers cry out of happiness, there were some moments which destroyed the hearts. Inevitable are these incidents or moments, but sometimes it gets very difficult for us to get out of it.

Here are some moments in the game which made every cricket fan cry.

9) Virender Sehwag’s retirement:

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An absolute legend of the game, Virender Sehwag received tremendous love and respect from every corner of the country and the fraternity. An out and out entertainer, Sehwag in his playing time demolished all the bowling line ups regardless of the formats. But a fact his form dipped in the final few years of his career and which resulted in his retirement made every cricket fan cry. This indeed was a heartbreaking moment for the fans.

Can India start dominating cricket overseas?

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The India team has been mighty while playing at home. They have handed a hammering to numerous teams that have toured India. Most recently the travelling New Zealand team was at the receiving end as the New Zealanders had no answer to India’s bowling as well as batting and were drubbed 3-0 in tests and thus India grabbed back the no.1 position in tests from arch-rivals Pakistan.

Cricket – India v England – Fourth Test cricket match – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India – 12/12/16. India’s Virat Kohli (L) celebrates with team mates after winning the match. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Though there has been absolutely no doubt about India’s performance at home, it’s their away performances that always come under scrutiny and criticism. The poor performances of the Indian team overseas especially on the bouncy wickets overshadow their phenomenal performances at home where the pitches are tailor-made to suit their spinners. Somehow, the famed Indian team fails to perform in away games especially on bouncy pitches like the ones in Australia, South Africa and England.

There was a time in 1990s when the Indians failed to win a single test series in an entire decade. Infact they were able to win just 1 test match in an entire decade. Those were the times when not much would be expected of the Indian team. Things improved at the turn of the millennium as under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy India won 11 of the 39 tests between 2000 and 2010. The big 4 of the Indian team won many hearts and matches on a consistent basis overseas. Big things were expected when Anil Kumble passed on the test captaincy to Dhoni. However Indians failed to notch away series victories against major teams like Australia, England and South Africa.

Indians have never been good travellers and barring some sporadic series victories, Indians haven’t won anything worth remembering in away series’. While India has raced ahead when it comes to the shorter formats, in the cricket’s longer version the team is still crawling. Between matches 2011 and 2014 India won 12 matches of the 20 in Australia, South Africa and England.  The year 2016 has been a mixed bag for the Indians. India started off with a tour to Australia and Australians beat Indians comprehensively 4-1 in the ODIs. However, in the T20 matches that followed Indians drubbed Australia 3-0. India’s next assignment was the T20 Asia cup and India lifted the cup. Next came the World T20 and India bowed out in the semis. India;s tour to West Indies was a successful won as they won the 3 match Test series and drew the t20 series 1-1 which was played in USA.

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To succeed on the bouncy wickets, India needs bowlers particularly pacers who will be consistently able to clock 140kmph+ and at the same time maintain line and length. Currently only Mohammad Shami has been able to achieve this.  Other pacers like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and even the experienced Ishant Sharma have been taken for cleaners and have been largely ineffective on the overseas matches. Buvaneshwar Kumar did show some promise but he doesn’t really have enough pace to help his cause. Adding to the problems, the spin department consisting of the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Amit Mishra and others haven’t really caused much problems on the away pitches as opposed to their destructive bowling performances on the Indian wickets.

The situation isn’t bright on the batting front either as the famed batting line-up consisting of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been their partisan selves on the away pitches. The batting and the bowling order needs to fire in unison and only then India will be able to win series overseas. India has lot of time to try out new players as India doesn’t have any overseas fixture in the next 9 months as after the New Zealand series, England will tour India. We will also be playing a one-off test against the Bangladesh team at Hyderabad in February.

The next overseas assignment of team India is the Champions trophy to be played in England from June 2017. India needs to be prepared to retain the title they won in 2013 under Dhoni’s captaincy. If India manages to address their short-comings in the bowling department and draft in batsmen who are capable of playing pace and short balls on bouncy/fast wickets then India has a good chance of dominating the teams on overseas assignments.

 

Most thrilling cricket matches ever

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Cricket is one of the most exciting sports in the world. We have seen how fortunes have shifted on many occasions. Because of such heart-stopping matches, the popularity of cricket has reached new highs and brought in many fans. Here are the top-5 thrilling matches ever played

#1 India vs Pakistan

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India VS Pakistan matches are always a treat to watch. India and Pakistan didn’t really have a good 2007 as they both had crashed out the ODI World Cup in the group stages itself, thus inviting the ire of the fans and critics alike. Both the teams eyed redemption and they got the chance to redeem themselves as India and Pakistan entered finals of the T20 World Cup in South Africa much to the delight of the fans on both sides. The stage was set. Everyone expected a cracker of a match and they weren’t disappointed. India batted first and set up a total of 157 for the loss of 5 wickets. Gautam Gambhir top-scored for India with a gritty 75.

Batting second, Pakistan didn’t really get a start they wanted and were reduced to 26 for the loss of 2 wickets. Imran Nazir played a brief cameo but he soon perished after scoring 33. Soon after Shohaib Malik, Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi were back in the hut leaving Pakistan reeling at 77 for the loss of 6 wickets. Indians felt that they had won the game and celebrations started in India but one man changed it and took Pakistan to the brink of victory. His name was Misbah-ul-haq, then an unknown cricketer. He rallied the lower order and the total runs to win was reduced to 13 runs in the final over. Dhoni gave the ball to Joginder Sharma. He bowled the first ball wide and the target was reduced to 12 runs off 6 balls. Next ball was a dot and the target now was 12 runs from 5 balls. The next ball was placed in to the crowd by Misbah reducing the target to 6 runs. At this point of time, even the die-hard India fan would have given up but then Misbah went for the scoop shot, and found S Sreesanth standing at short fine leg. The match was over! India had won the match and the World Cup.

Rags to riches stories of cricketers

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Gone are the days when cricket used to be a game which could be afforded only by well-off beings. The neo-cricket era has made cricketers overnight celebrities; be it through numerous leagues that these players play in or through the various brands that these cricketers endorse.

Cricketers are often associated with money and are misconstrued to be avaricious. However, what people fail to notice is the dire situations and poverty that these players grew up in. The following is the list of cricketers who overcame all odds and became superstars.

#5 Umesh Yadav

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Umesh Yadav is currently on of the fastest players who have ever played for Inda. He has rattled the timber of many batsmen and surprised many with his blistering pace. However, life wasn’t a bed of roses for Yadav who was born in a low-income family in Nagpur, Maharashtra. His dad was a coal-miner and Yadav grew up in the small dwelling allotted to his father in Valli, a mine-workers’ settlement of 5000-odd people, about five kilometres from Khaparkheda.

He hadn’t even touched a leather ball until he was 19. Yadav tried his luck in army and police but was rejected. He was also rejected by numerous clubs as well. He got his first break in the Vidarbha Gymkhana and there was no turning back ever since. He quickly rose through the ranks and was called up to the Indian team and has been a regular ever since.  He was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for a whopping USD 750,000 in 2012.

Cricket Reader’s Yearly Review: Test XI Of 2016

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A fantastic year has come to an end. Test cricket has been subjected to undergo revolutionary additions with the advent of Pink ball cricket to improve viewership and other important decisions to uphold the dignity of the gentleman’s as it has always been, in the future also. Here is a Test XI, picked purely over statistics.

12th Man – Neil Wagner (Left Arm Fast Bowler)

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Pretty quick and aggressive, Wagner gives his national side the pace they require to ball out the opposition and on any hard and quick wicket, Batsman are going to have a tough time facing him. Lest saying that, he was perfectly perfect on Indian pitches too! He’ll have to be in the side and here he is.

13th man – Steven Smith

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Surprising, is it? Smith batted at No.6 for most part of his career and being a destructive player, we felt he could occupy it overlapping few others. His track record in test cricket is more than legendary. He scored 4 hundreds this year at an average of 71, though he possesses an unconventional technique, he’s got runs in England last time. So nothing bad about his batting, he is very strong against spin also which suits him for 4th and 5th days play. He deserves the spot this year too.