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Sunday, January 24, 2016

​Rohit Sharma storms up the ODI batting charts


·       Warner, Marsh and Hastings achieve career-high rankings as Maxwell, Smith, Rahane, Jadeja and Ishant Sharma move up the order
 ·       Boult to start series against Pakistan as No.1 ranked ODI bowler as New Zealand aims to move into third position



India's Rohit Sharma has surged into the top five of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen after stellar performances in the just-concluded series against Australia, which the world champion and number-one ranked side won 4-1.

Sharma has claimed a career-best fifth position after rising eight places following his series aggregate of 441 runs in five matches. Sharma, who played in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2006 in Sri Lanka, has now become India's second highest-ranked batsman behind Virat Kohli (second), with captain MS Dhoni slipping seven places to 13th position in the latest rankings, which were released on Sunday morning.

Sharma, who was declared Player of the Series, earned 59 points for his performances and he is now 64 points behind Kohli, who trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers of South Africa by 75 points.

Australia's dominant performance in the series is reflected in the fact that Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith have improved their rankings, while David Warner, Mitchell Marsh and John Hastings have achieved a career-high ranking.

Maxwell, who scored 169 runs in the series, has moved up two places to eighth, Smith's 315 runs have helped him rise five places to 15th, and Warner has jumped five places to 18th after scoring 220 runs.

Outside the top 20, Ajinkya Rahane has moved up three place to 25th after contributing 141 runs, and Marsh has rocketed 21 places to 43rd after scoring 164 runs.

The series, in which a total of 3,159 runs were scored, proved to be a difficult one for the bowlers and this is reflected in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Bowlers in which most of the top-ranked bowlers have been unable to defend their pre-series rankings.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has dropped two places to 11th, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has slipped seven places to 20th, James Faulkner has plummeted seven places to 28th, Axar Patel has fallen four places to 33rd and Umesh Yadav has plunged five places to 41st.

The only bowlers inside the top 50 to improve their rankings are India's Ravindra Jadeja, who is in 22nd place (up by two places), and Hastings, who is sitting in 49th position (up by 62 places). Outside the top 50, Ishant Sharma has gained 15 places and is now in 71st spot.



Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc missed the series against India, resulting in him dropping from the number-one position. Starc had moved to the top after he bowled Australia to the ICC Cricket World Cup victory last year in March.

Starc's slip means New Zealand's Trent Boult will start the three-match series against Pakistan as the number-one ranked bowler. He leads Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, in second place, by seven points.

In the series against Pakistan, New Zealand will have an opportunity to move ahead of third-ranked South Africa. However, to make it happen, it will have to win all three matches against Pakistan.

Since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Pakistan has played 18 ODIs in which it has won eight and lost nine (one no-result). In contrast, New Zealand has played 16 ODIs in the same period and has won eight and lost seven (one no-result). In this background, there is very little to choose between the two sides, which are separated by 24 points on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Championship table.

Meanwhile, India, after winning the Sydney ODI, has retained its second position on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Championship. It trails Australia by 15 points but is just one point ahead of South Africa, which will play five ODIs against sixth-ranked England from 3-14 February.

New Zealand v Pakistan series

25 Jan – 1st ODI, Wellington
28 Jan – 2nd ODI, Napier
31 Jan – 3rd ODI, Auckland

MRF TYRES ICC ODI TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 24 January, after the conclusion of Australia-India series and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)

RANK TEAM             POINTS
1          Australia         128
2          India                113
3          South Africa   112
4          New Zealand   111
5          Sri Lanka        104
6          England           101
7          Bangladesh     97
8          Pakistan          87
9          West Indies     86
10        Afghanistan    47
11        Ireland             46
12        Zimbabwe       45

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF TYRES ICC ODI PLAYER RANKINGS (as on 24 January, after the conclusion of Australia-India series and before the start of New Zealand-Pakistan series)

BATSMEN (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
   1         ( - )        AB de Villiers     SA         900        54.21    902 v NZ at Auckland 2015
   2         ( - )        Virat Kohli          Ind         825        51.51    886 v Ban at Fatullah 2014
   3         ( - )        Hashim Amla      SA         776        52.70    901 v Eng at Trent Bridge 2012
   4         ( - )        Kane Williamson NZ         770        47.86    798 v SA at Centurion 2015
   5         (+8)       Rohit Sharma      Ind         761!      42.08    761 v Aus at Sydney 2016
   6         (-1)        T. Dilshan            SL          760        39.44    802 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   7         ( - )        Shikhar Dhawan  Ind         748        43.97    794 v SA at Melbourne 2015
   8         (+2)       Glenn Maxwell    Aus        731        36.25    735 v Ind at Canberra 2016
   9         (-1)        Martin Guptill     NZ         722!      42.71    722 v SL at Bay Oval 2016
  10        (-1)        Ross Taylor         NZ         720        43.90    743 v Zim at Harare 2015

Selected rankings (top 50)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        HS Rating
  13        (-7)        MS Dhoni            Ind         706        51.25    836 v Aus at Delhi 2009
  14        (+1)       George Bailey     Aus        704        43.21    867 v SA at Harare 2014
  15        (+5)       Steven Smith       Aus        702        41.65    709 v Ind at Canberra 2016
  16        (-2)        Aaron Finch         Aus        694        38.48    743 v Eng at Melbourne 2015
  18        (+5)       David Warner      Aus        666!      37.67    666 v Ind at Sydney 2016
  24        (+2)       M. Hafeez            Pak        620        32.13    665 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  25        (+3)       Ajinkya Rahane   Ind         615        33.22    630 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  28        (+1)       B McCullum        NZ         607        30.42    685 v Eng at Auckland 2013
  30        ( - )        James Faulkner   Aus        598*     39.85    628 v Eng at Perth 2015
  35        ( - )        Ahmed Shehzad  Pak        580        34.51    670 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
  40        ( - )        Azhar Ali             Pak        553*     43.82    562 v SL at Hambantota 2015
  43        (+21)     Mitchell Marsh   Aus        546*!    38.00    546 v Ind at Sydney 2016
  46        (-1)        Corey Anderson  NZ         539*     35.30    604 v Ind at Hamilton 2014


BOWLERS (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating
   1         (+1)       Trent Boult          NZ         706*     23.48    4.66      738 v Eng at The Oval 2015
   2         (+1)       Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        699        27.89    4.30      717 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   3         (-2)        Mitchell Starc     Aus        695        19.65    4.85      783 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
   4         ( - )        Imran Tahir         SA         688        22.94    4.49      735 v SL at Sydney 2015
   5         ( - )        Dale Steyn           SA         682        25.93    4.86      746 v Ind at Durban 2013
   6         ( - )        Morne Morkel     SA         666        23.98    4.90      717 v SL at East London 2012
   7         ( - )        Matt Henry          NZ         650*!    21.60    5.38      650 v SL at Bay Oval 2016
   8         ( - )        Saeed Ajmal        Pak        642        22.73    4.18      810 v SA at Centurion 2013
   9         (+1)       James Anderson  Eng        621        29.22    4.92      719 v SA at The Oval 2013
  10        (+1)       Mohammad Irfan Pak        620        31.02    4.88      641 v UAE at Napier 2015

Selected rankings (top 50)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Ave        Eco.       HS Rating
  11        (-2)        R Ashwin             Ind         615        31.73    4.85      691 v SL at Hambantota 2012
  19        (+1)       M McClenaghan  NZ         570        28.20    5.94      603 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  20        (-7)        B Kumar              Ind         568        38.30    4.89      657 v WI at Dharamsala 2014
  22        (+2)       Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         557        34.55    4.87      738 v Zim at Bulawayo 2013
  28        (-7)        James Faulkner   Aus        545        32.36    5.60      585 v NZ at Melbourne 2015
  33        (-4)        Axar Patel            Ind         536*     28.82    4.73      559 v SA at Chennai 2015
  35        (+1)       Tim Southee        NZ         532        31.98    5.34      638 v Eng at Wellington 2015
  40        (+1)       Adam Milne        NZ         515*     40.92    5.05      530 v SL at Christchurch 2015
  41        (-5)        Umesh Yadav      Ind         511        33.74    5.99      600 v Ban at Melbourne 2015
  42        ( - )        Wahab Riaz         Pak        508        30.49    5.52      522 v Eng at Abu Dhabi 2015
  49        (+62)     John Hastings      Aus        485*!    33.42    4.83      485 v Ind at Sydney 2016

ALL-ROUNDERS (top 5)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                                Team     Points    Highest Rating
   1         ( - )        Shakib Al Hasan                Ban        416       453 v Zim at Chittagong 2009
   2         ( - )        Mohammad Hafeez           Pak        356       438 v Ind at Kolkata 2013
   3         ( - )        Tillakaratne Dilshan          SL          349       415 v Sco at Hobart 2015
   4         ( - )        Glenn Maxwell                  Aus        336       351 v Eng at Headingley 2015
   5         (+1)       Angelo Mathews                SL          335       427 v Eng at Colombo (RPS) 2014

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after a minimum of 40 started innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating after he has conceded 1,500 runs.
!indicates career-highest rating


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.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kane's maiden Fifer and India's spectacular collapse - Aussies thrash 'duck' Dhoni's India for the fourth consecutive time

Paceman Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to script India’s spectacular collapse and bowl Australia to a 25-run victory in the high-scoring fourth One-day international on Wednesday.

Three batsmen struck centuries in the 671-run match between the world’s top two one-day teams but it was Richardson’s (5-68) incisive bowling that clinched the contest, while also earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Chasing 349 for victory, India were cruising at 277 for one before losing their last nine wickets for 46 runs to succumb to their fourth successive defeat in the five-match series.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (126) and Virat Kohli (106) featured in a 212-run stand for the visitors before the wheels came off India’s chase at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Dhawan registered his ninth ODI century and Kohli scored his second consecutive hundred but India lost three wickets in 11 balls for the addition of one run that derailed them.

For them, in-form Ajinkya Rahane came out to bat despite a split webbing of his fingers, but could score only two as India were all out for 323 in the final over.

India captain MS Dhoni took the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of 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.

“That’s what pressure does to you. A few of them have not played much international cricket, so at times it seems when you’re batting in the middle playing that big shot is the right thing to do, but slowly and with more games under your belt you realise that’s a time you have to carry on some kind of a partnership, and once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket then you can play the big shots.

“Hopefully they will learn out of this, it’s the first few games they’ve played and maybe it’s the first time in their career that they were under some kind of pressure. Hopefully they’re learning,” Dhoni said.

Earlier, Aaron Finch struck his seventh hundred in a blistering opening partnership of 187 with David Warner to power Australia to 348 for eight wickets.

Finch smashed a run-a-ball 107 while Warner fell on 93 from 92 deliveries as the hosts continued to make merry against India’s toothless bowling attack after opting to bat first.

Australia had chased down each Indian target to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and the tourists’ battered bowlers did little better after finally getting the chance to bowl first.

Warner, who missed the last two matches due to the birth of his second child, started off with a maiden against Umesh Yadav but soon hit his stride with three fours in an over against seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yadav also conceded three boundaries in the next over against the diminutive left-hander as Australia raced to 50 in the seventh over.

Finch was equally destructive and a fierce straight drive from the right-hander off fast bowler Ishant Sharma (4-77) hit umpire Richard Kettleborough on the shin, forcing the official off the field.

Finch mistimed a pull to be dismissed eight overs after Warner had played Ishant on to his stumps.

Australia captain Steven Smith (51) and all-rounders Mitchell Marsh (33) and Glenn Maxwell (41) chipped in with some quick runs. Sydney hosts the fifth and final one-dayer on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dhoni denies Indian batsmen are selfish


India captain MS Dhoni rejects claims that his batsmen have been 'milestone driven' in the ODI series against Australia

Have India's batsmen been guilty of putting self above team in the ongoing ODI series? MS Dhoni rejects the idea outright but Glenn Maxwell feels it is no secret that "some people are milestone driven". Dhoni lamented his side's sloppy fielding and inconsistent bowling after they suffered a three-wicket loss at the MCG on Sunday night.
However, pundits have also been critical of the side's supposedly sluggish batting in the series.

India have posted totals of 3-309, 8-308 and 6-295, but many feel they could have all been bigger totals if the tourists had attacked more in the middle overs.

Dhoni became defensive when asked if the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma had batted selfishly while approaching tons. "No, certainly not. I don't think so," Dhoni said.
"Don't ask me to elaborate, the statistics are with you."

Maxwell was more forthright when asked about the approach of some of India's batsmen when three figures beckoned.

"They were probably just making sure they got to a milestone. Some people are milestone driven, some people aren't," he said.
"If you're milestone driven and it means that much to you, then go for it. "But it's not been something that's really driven me too much. Each to their own." Maxwell added it would be wrong to criticise India after a much-improved performance with bat and ball in Melbourne.



"They played really well today. I thought everything clicked for them on a pretty difficult wicket," he said. Dhoni was frustrated to have already lost the five-match series and put the heat on his pacemen after losses in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.
 "There will be conflict of interest if I start reviewing my performance ... as the skipper," he said.

"You have to see that more than the series win - what really is happening. "What are the segments where we are lacking and where we can improve as a team because it is not about the leader. "It's the fast bowlers, how at times they give away those easy boundaries and that in turn puts a lot of pressure."

Dhoni suggested a "lack of concentration" was behind some terrible fielding errors that proved decisive in the tight MCG contest. "When your best fielders make mistakes you can't blame it on fielding practice," he said.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Some players play for milestones but not me : Glenn Maxwell


Glenn Maxwell starred in Australia’s 3-wicket win today with his a 96-run innings at the MCG. His match-winning knock gave Australia their third consecutive win and ensured another series triumph. However, Maxwell’s post-match comments added salt to India’s wounds.
He said that some of the players are milestones driven when he was asked about Matthew Hayden’s comments that Indian players slow when are closer to a milestone.
“Some people are milestone-driven,” the Australian all-rounder responded. “I think they are probably making sure they get to a milestone,” Maxwell added to his response in the post-match press conference.
The former Australian opener, Hayden had said that players from the subcontinent play for “personal landmarks”.
“In one-day cricket, if you get to 70 or 80, you can obviously get a hundred by just batting carefully but we [Australia] just don’t do that. It affects a batsman’s statistics but we just don’t go for those personal marks.
“Countries like India suffer from that. We back ourselves against those countries because they’ll get two or three players in the 70s and beyond and they’ll be eyeing off that personal landmark and it will cost their side 40 or 50 runs as a result. Pretty much all the sub-continental sides are like that,” Hayden had said.
Indian batsmen have broken many ODI records this series. In all, they have three centuries, two by Rohit Sharma and one by Virat Kohli in as many ODIs played so far in the series. But, unfortunately on all three occasions, India failed to win the match have received a back lash for that.

Maxwell later talked about his own batting approach and said that it doesn’t matter to him whether he looks “attractive” or not while scoring runs.
“I don’t want to be an attractive batsmen; I just want to get the job done,” he said when asked how he goes about his business in the middle. I always keep thinking who they have left to bowl, who I can target,” the unorthodox batsmen said.

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