Showing posts with label Captain Kohli. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Captain Kohli. Show all posts

Monday, January 29, 2018



ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 Virat Kohli has moved ahead of ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Brian Lara in the all-time career-high MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were updated today following the conclusion of the Johannesburg Test.

Second-ranked Kohli had started the third and final Test on 900 points and earned 12 points following contributions of 54 and 41. This means he is now on 912 points and in 26th position on the all-time list, which is headed by Don Bradman (961 points). Current number-one ranked batsman Steve Smith is second in the all-time list on 947 points.

While moving from 31st to 26th position, Kohli has leapfrogged Lara (911), Kevin Pietersen (909), Hashim Amla (907), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (901) and Michael Clarke (900).

Kohli now has his compatriot and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar - who peaked at 916 points following The Oval Test against England in 1979 – firmly within his sights. The India captain will now aim to gain five points and move ahead of Gavaskar either in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in June or during the five-Test series against England in August/September.

Other batsmen to improve their rankings after the Johannesburg Test include Amla in seventh (up by one place), Dean Elgar in 12th (up by two places), Ajinkya Rahane in 18th (up by five places), while those heading in the wrong direction are Faf du Plessis in 14th (down by two places), Lokesh Rahul in 20th(down by two places), Quinton de Kock in 27th (down by seven places) and Aiden Markram in 48th (down by 10 places).

There is no change in the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers, where James Anderson comfortably leads Kagiso Rabada, Ravindra Jadeja, Josh Hazlewood and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The only bowlers inside the top 20 to improve their rankings are Morne Morkel, who has moved up two places to ninth, and Mohammed Shami, who has risen two places to a career-best 15th position.

India’s trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are also on the charge.

Kumar has entered the top 20 for the first time in his career after lifting two places to take 20th position, Ishant Sharma is now in 26th spot after rising three places and Bumrah is at a career-high 46th position after vaulting 36 places.

Kumar and Shami have also improved their rankings in the all-rounders’ list, which is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan. Kumar has lifted eight places to join Rabada in 12th position and Shami has moved from 27th to 17th.

All-time MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 28 January 2018):

D.G. Bradman
S.P.D. Smith
L. Hutton
R.T. Ponting
J.B. Hobbs
P.B.H. May
G.S. Sobers
K.C. Sangakkara
I.V.A. Richards
C.L. Walcott
J.H. Kallis
M.L. Hayden
A.B. de Villiers
Mohammad Yousuf
R.G. Pollock
E.D. Weekes
K.D. Walters
A.D. Nourse
M.E.K. Hussey
R.N. Harvey
J.E. Root
D.C.S. Compton
S.M. Gavaskar
G.A. Headley
K.F. Barrington
B.C. Lara
K.P. Pietersen
H.M. Amla
S. Chanderpaul
M.J. Clarke

MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings (as on 28 January, following Johannesburg Test)

BATSMEN (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Steve Smith          Aus         947!       63.75     947 v Eng at Sydney 2018
   2          ( - )         Virat Kohli             Ind          912!       53.40     912 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
   3          ( - )         Joe Root               Eng         881         53.28     917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
   4          ( - )         Kane Williamson   NZ          855         50.62     893 v Aus at Perth 2015
   5          ( - )         David Warner       Aus         827         48.77     880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6          ( - )         C. Pujara               Ind          810         50.51     888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7          (+1)        Hashim Amla        SA          771         49.08     907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   8          (-1)         Azhar Ali               Pak         755         46.62     787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
   9          ( - )         D. Chandimal        SL           743!       43.94     743 v Ind at Delhi 2017
  10         ( - )         Alastair Cook        Eng         742         46.35     874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012
  11         ( - )         Ross Taylor          NZ          739         48.04     871 v Win at Hamilton 2013
  12         (+2)        Dean Elgar            SA          736         42.07     740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017
  13         ( - )         AB de Villiers        SA          699         49.92     935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
  14         (-2)         Faf du Plessis       SA          697         45.10     734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  15         ( - )         Jonny Bairstow     Eng         692         39.12     772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  16         ( - )         Kraigg Brathwaite Win         690         37.43     701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
  17         ( - )         Usman Khawaja   Aus         685         45.80     747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  18=       (+1)        Shaun Marsh        Aus         660!       40.87     660 v Eng at Sydney 2018
               (+5)        Ajinkya Rahane    Ind          660         43.68     825 v NZ at Indore 2016
  20         (-2)         Lokesh Rahul       Ind          657*       40.50     761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Avge      Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         James Anderson   Eng         887         27.40     896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   2          ( - )         Kagiso Rabada     SA          875         22.04     888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018
   3          ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          844         23.73     899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4          ( - )         Josh Hazlewood   Aus         814         25.77     863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
   5          ( - )         R. Ashwin              Ind          803         25.56     904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6          ( - )         Rangana Herath   SL           799         28.04     867 v Zim at Harare 2016
   7          ( - )         Vernon Philander  SA          791         21.85     912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8          ( - )         Neil Wagner          NZ          784         27.87     785 v Win at Wellington 2017
   9          (+2)        Morne Morkel       SA          773         28.08     776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  10=       (-1)         Nathan Lyon         Aus         769         31.64     774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
               (-1)         Mitchell Starc        Aus         769         27.73     805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016
  12         (+1)        Trent Boult            NZ          725         28.56     825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  13         (-1)         Dale Steyn            SA          722         22.32     909 v Win at Centurion 2014
  14         ( - )         Yasir Shah            Pak         704         29.44     878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
  15         (+2)        M. Shami              Ind          703!       28.90     703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018
  16         (-1)         Stuart Broad         Eng         683         29.33     880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  17         (-1)         Tim Southee         NZ          682         31.45     799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
  18         ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         668         32.35     705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
  19         ( - )         Keshav Maharaj   SA          634*       26.78     695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
  20         (+2)        B. Kumar               Ind          626*!      26.09     626 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

ALL-ROUNDERS (top five)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                   Team     Points    Highest Rating
   1          ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan   Ban         438        489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
   2          ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind          391        438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3          ( - )         R. Ashwin              Ind          368        493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4          ( - )         Ben Stokes           Eng         358 /*    396 v Win at Lord's 2017
   5          ( - )         Vernon Philander  SA          322        376 v Aus at Cape Town 2014

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

India spoil Australia Day and celebrate Republic Day in Australia with 37-run win : 1st T20I

India spoiled the hosts' Australia Day party but celebrated the 67th Republic Day in style with a dominating 37-run win to claim the first T20 international in Adelaide on Tuesday.
A charged-up Virat Kohli once again hammered the Australia attack, this time scoring 90 not out to take India to 188 for 3. It was then supported by MS Dhoni's famous choke-with-spin T20 strategy, where Ravindra Jadeja (2 for 21) and R Ashwin (2 for 28) played the lead roles, but the pick of the bowlers was debutant Jasprit Bumrah, who ended with figures of 3 for 23.

Australia were bowled out for 151 in 19.3 overs. Among the wicket-takers was also debutant Hardik Pandya but he gave away 37 runs for two wickets in his three overs, including six wides.
Returning to international cricket for the first time since the 2011 World Cup, Ashish Nehra ended with decent figures of 1 for 30 in four overs.

The win gave India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Skipper Aaron Finch's 33-ball 44 were the only notable numbers in the Australia batting line-up that failed to capitalise on the brisk 47-run opening stand.

ALSO SEE Raina scored 41 off 34 balls

Ashwin began in an expensive fashion, giving away 17 runs in the second over of the Australian innings. But once Bumrah separated the openers by dismissing David Warner for 17, the Indian spinners took over. Ashwin came back to give away just 11 runs and take two wickets in his next three overs.
Jadeja got rid of India's nemesis Steven Smith for 21 and Ashwin sent top-scorer Finch back as Australia's chase fell apart. Making his comeback, Shane Watson batted at No. 6 and could score only 12 before being dismissed by Ashwin.

ALSO SEE Bumrah took 3 wickets

Earlier, put in to bat, Kohli played a blinder of an innings to help India post a challenging total on the board. India were off to a flying start thanks to some powerful batting by opener Rohit Sharma.
The visitors were scoring at 10 runs an over in the first four overs but the comeback man Watson's opening over saw momentum swing in Australia's favour as the veteran allrounder dismissed the Indian opener openers - Rohit (31 off 20) and Shikhar Dhawan (5 off 8) - in quick succession.
While Dhawan struggled in his scratchy innings, Rohit played a cracking cameo at a strike rate of 155.00, including four boundaries and a six. That brought two new men in the middle with Suresh Raina partnering Kohli.
Kohli took some time to get his eye in but once he had done that, Aussie bowlers were taken to the cleaners by his bat. Raina, at the other end, played second fiddle to India's Test captain, but Kohli's stroke-making didn't let Raina's run-a-ball pace hurt the innings.
Raina did well by letting Kohli farm most of the strike. Together, the duo added 134 runs for the third wicket. However, Raina started opening up in the later stages of the innings. He was dismissed by James Faulkner for a 34-ball 41.
MS Dhoni walked out to bat in the final over and smashed the first ball he faced for a massive six and the next delivery for another boundary through the off side. Kohli remained unbeaten on 90, which included 9 fours and 2 sixes.
The much-anticipated return of Yuvraj Singh fell short of the batting crease as he didn't get a chance to bat.
For the Aussies, Watson was the pick of the bowler with 2 for 24 while Faulkner picked up one wicket. Shaun Tait was expensive in his comeback after four years, with figures of 0 for 45. Like Pandya, he too bowled six wides.
The second T20I will be played in Melbourne on Friday, where Australia must win to keep the series alive.

Friday, January 22, 2016

'Slowing down for 100' Virat Kohli criticised by Glenn Maxwell for chasing century

VIRAT Kohli has been in outstanding form this series but not everybody is entirely convinced the Indian superstar has played the game the right way against Australia.

Following his match-winning knock at the MCG, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell – who hauled out for 96 in the penultimate over trying to hit a six – suggested India’s batsmen had focused too much on personal landmarks, hurting the team by slowing down the run rate.
“They were probably just making sure they got to a milestone,” Maxwell said on Sunday. “Some people are milestone driven, some people aren’t.

Dhoni denies Indian batsmen are selfish

Expanding on those comments on Thursday, Maxwell singled out Kohli for criticism, saying the 27-year-old lost momentum because of his century ambitions in the game at Manuka Oval, a match remarkably won by Australia after India collapsed from 1-277 to be all out for 323.
“I was sent a photo the other day, it said Virat was 84 off 63, and then 100 off 89 or something like that. He got his last 11 runs off 22 balls to get his hundred,” he told Wisden India.
Maxwell was right in his assertion that Kohli slowed down as he neared his hundred, though he was slightly off the mark with his figures, as the No.3 went from 84 off 61 to 100 off 84 and took 21 balls rather than 22 to make the 11 runs he needed to reach triple figures
“I thought about that and I was like, ‘Jeez he did it so easily all the way up until then, and then you just lose a bit of momentum’.

Some players play for milestones but not me : Glenn Maxwell

“Then you look on the other hand, when you watch David Warner get into the 90s and he tries to hit Ishant Sharma for a slog-sweep for six. It’s just, to me, that’s two complete different ends of the spectrum. And then you look at the scoreline and you see 4-0. And to me, I’d much rather be 4-0 basically.”
In fairness to Kohli, he was still looking to play his shots in the 90s only to hit fielders, and a match earlier at the MCG he moved from 84 to 100 in exactly 16 balls. He also gave up his wicket chasing quick runs in the first ODI at the WACA, caught in the deep for 91 looking to up the run rate.

But in that same game Rohit Sharma took 16 balls to move from 90 to 100, and a game later at the Gabba he went from 94 off 98 to 100 off 112. In both matches the consensus was that India had fallen 30 runs short of what it needed.
So while India may lead the century charts 5-3, Australia has outscored it by 1263 to 1235 and made those runs at a quicker rate too (6.41 an over to 6.20). Not huge differences but enough for Australia to be just one game away from a 5-0 clean sweep, and indicative of the way the team plays under Darren Lehmann.
“The way Boof has talked to us always has been: ‘Take the game on, take the game on, take the game on. I don’t care if you’re on 90, I don’t care if you’re on zero, take the game on’

“If you face an off-spinner first ball and you’re on zero and you’ve just lost three wickets, try and hit him for six. Don’t do yourself in, just try and hit him for six. You’ve got everyone’s backing, try and hit him for six. The other night (in Canberra, where Australia made 348 for 8), he was upset after the game. He thought we’d left 40 or 50 runs short out on the ground. That’s how much he has been pushing us. And when you’ve got a coach like that, it just drives everyone to be better, and that’s a great thing for Australian cricket.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Struggling Dhoni offers to quit India ODI captaincy

Once hailed as the 'Best Finisher' and 'Captain Cool' India's wicket keeping captain Dhoni could step down down in favour of India's Test Skipper Virat Kohli after 4th consecutive defeat to Australia.
Indian cricketing hero MS Dhoni has foreshadowed he may repeat his Test captaincy abdication in the one-day format following back-to-back defeats to Australia.
Already retired from Tests, Dhoni came under severe criticism after 4 back to back defeats at the hands of World Champions Australia.
He has come under more flak from the critics, media and fans after scoring a 3 ball duck and spoilt a good opportunity to post a win, after Kohli and Dhawan posting a double century partnership for the 2nd wicket.
Dhoni himself  has taken the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat at Manuka Oval, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Shikhar Dhawan's departure that changed the complexion of the match.
"I think it was my wicket because that specifically is my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure we finish off the game well," Dhoni said. "So my wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role."

Dhoni, who is 35 years old, said he was willing to step down from the captaincy if India's selectors deemed that to be in the best interests of the team.
"Yes, if it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said after the defeat.
"Ultimately you want India to win. It doesn't matter who is the captain.
"I know this question was coming. I know the media really loves me."
If the wicketkeeper-batsman was to step aside, it would open the door for Virat Kohli to take over the reins in all formats. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 December, midway through the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia, ending a 90-Test career as India’s most successful captain and handing the leadership to aggressive middle-order batsman Kohli.
Dhoni took over the ODI leadership from Rahul Dravid after the country's surprise exit at the group stage of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Under his leadership, India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, while he has also skippered the team to a Twenty20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy and, with the Test team, lead India to the top of the world rankings.
"I was never really in line to become a captain. It was a job or responsibility for me. I have taken that responsibility. If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away," Dhoni added.
"What is more important is to play for the country and contribute to the team and try to keep the dressing room atmosphere good.
"So that whenever youngsters are coming in, they can come and perform. That will be the ultimate achievement for me.
"Indian cricket had been used to players coming in toned, ready for international cricket. Now it has changed. You have to grind it through. You can't win every series you play."
The 5th and final ODI will be held on Janury 23, again at the SCG. 
India who is already trailing 4-0 will struggle to stop Australia from posting a white wash.
If India loses again, that would be their 400th One Day International defeat.

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