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Thursday, January 18, 2018



·       Du Plessis and Shami achieve career-high rankings; Rabada returns No.1 bowler’s spot to Anderson

ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 Virat Kohli has become only the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to reach the 900-point mark in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, which were released on Thursday morning following the conclusion of the Centurion Test.

Gavaskar, an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, had achieved the milestone after his 50th Test when he scored 13 and 221 at The Oval in 1979 to jump from 887 points to 916 points, which remained his career-best. Kohli, who recorded his 21st century at Centurion, achieved the rare feat in his 65th Test after vaulting from 880 points to 900 points.

Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are the other two India batsmen who came close to the 900-point mark, but were unable to break the barrier. Tendulkar peaked at 898 points in 2002, while Dravid achieved 892 points in 2005.

Kohli is only the 31st batsman in the history of Test cricket to reach 900 points. Don Bradman sits on top of the table with 961 points, followed by Steve Smith (947), Len Hutton (945), Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs (both 942 points).

In doing so, Kohli has also leapfrogged Joe Root of England into second position as the top four positions continue to be occupied by Test captains who have all played in past ICC U19 Cricket World Cups. Kohli trails Smith by 47 points but now leads Root by 19 points, who, in turn, leads Kane Williamson by 26 points.

Other batsmen inside the top 20 to head in the right direction are South Africa’s trio of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, while batsmen to head in the opposite direction include Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul and Quinton de Kock.

Amla, who scored 82 in the first innings, has moved up two places to eighth, while du Plessis has been rewarded for his contributions of 63 and 48 with a rise of two places that has given him a career-high ranking of 12th. Elgar has also gained two places and is now ranked 14th following scores of 31 and 61.

In contrast, Pujara has slipped one place to sixth, Rahul has fallen six places to 18th and de Kock is 20thafter plummeting five places.

Outside the top 20, South Africa opener Aiden Markram has made an impressive gain after lifting 10 places to share 38th position with Roston Chase of the Windies. In the last three Tests, Markram, who captained South Africa to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title in the UAE in 2014, has earned 20 places.

In the bowlers’ table, Kagiso Rabada’s reign as the number-one ranked Test bowler has lasted just one Test as he has slipped behind James Anderson following an ordinary performance by his high standards. Rabada had figures of one for 74 and three for 47, which were not enough to keep him ahead of Anderson as he has dropped 16 points to now trail Anderson by 15 points.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Vernon Philander were the other bowlers inside the top 10 to slip, going down one position each. Ashwin is now fifth, while Philander is seventh.

However, India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has achieved a career-high ranking of 17th after taking five wickets in the match.

South Africa’s Lungi Ngidi has made an impressive entry in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after debuting in 61st position. Ngidi took one for 51 and six for 39 to help South Africa to a 135 runs victory, which has given them an impregnable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

There is no change in the top five all-rounders and Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead the field by a distance. Ravindra Jadeja is second, followed by Ashwin, Ben Stokes and Philander.

MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings (as on 18 January, following the Centurion 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         (+1)        Virat Kohli            Ind         900!      53.51    900 v SA at Centurion 2018
   3         (-1)         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         (+1)        David Warner       Aus        827        48.77    880 v NZ at Perth 2015
   6         (-1)         C Pujara               Ind         814        51.09    888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
   7         ( - )         Azhar Ali              Pak        755        46.62    787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
   8         (+2)        Hashim Amla       SA          745        49.00    907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013
   9         (-1)         D. Chandimal       SL          743!      43.94    743 v Ind at Delhi 2017
  10        (-1)         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)        Faf du Plessis      SA          734!      46.33    734 v Ind at Centurion 2018
  13        ( - )         AB de Villiers       SA          732        50.46    935 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2014
  14        (+2)        Dean Elgar           SA          711        41.35    740 v NZ at Dunedin 2017
  15        (+2)        Jonny Bairstow    Eng        692        39.12    772 v SA at Old Trafford 2017
  16        (+2)        Kraigg Brathwaite Win        690        37.43    701 v Eng at Headingley 2017
  17        (+2)        Usman Khawaja   Aus        685        45.80    747 v Pak at Sydney 2017
  18        (-6)         Lokesh Rahul       Ind         683*      42.41    761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
  19        (+1)        Shaun Marsh       Aus        660!      40.87    660 v Eng at Sydney 2018
  20        (-5)         Quinton de Kock  SA          659        41.02    802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

BOWLERS (top 20)

Rank      (+/-)        Player                  Team     Points   Avge      Highest Rating
   1         (+1)        James Anderson  Eng        887        27.40    896 v Win at Lord's 2017
   2         (-1)         Kagiso Rabada    SA          872        22.25    888 v Ind at Cape Town 2018
   3         ( - )         Ravindra Jadeja   Ind         853        23.73    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017
   4         (+1)        Josh Hazlewood  Aus        814        25.77    863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017
   5         (-1)         R. Ashwin             Ind         811        25.56    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016
   6         (+1)        Rangana Herath  SL          799        28.04    867 v Zim at Harare 2016
   7         (-1)         Vernon Philander SA          787        21.95    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013
   8         ( - )         Neil Wagner         NZ          784        27.87    785 v Win at Wellington 2017
   9=       ( - )         Nathan Lyon        Aus        769        31.64    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017
              ( - )         Mitchell Starc       Aus        769        27.73    805 v Pak at Brisbane 2016
  11        ( - )         Morne Morkel       SA          764        28.24    776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011
  12        ( - )         Dale Steyn           SA          730        22.32    909 v Win at Centurion 2014
  13        ( - )         Trent Boult           NZ          725        28.56    825 v Eng at Lord's 2015
  14        ( - )         Yasir Shah           Pak        704        29.44    878 v Eng at Lord's 2016
  15        ( - )         Stuart Broad         Eng        683        29.33    880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
  16        ( - )         Tim Southee        NZ          682        31.45    799 v Win at Jamaica 2014
  17        (+2)        M. Shami              Ind         672!      29.86    672 v SA at Centurion 2018
  18        ( - )         Shakib Al Hasan  Ban        668        32.35    705 v Aus at Mirpur 2017
  19        (-2)         Keshav Maharaj   SA          640*      26.78    695 v Zim at Port Elizabeth 2017
  20        ( - )         Kemar Roach       Win        612        29.42    774 v SA at Centurion 2014

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         399       438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
   3         ( - )         R. Ashwin             Ind         375       493 v Eng at Mohali 2016
   4         ( - )         Ben Stokes          Eng        358 /*    396 v Win at Lord's 2017
   5         ( - )         Vernon Philander SA          316       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

Monday, January 25, 2016

Kohli excited to welcome his brother Yuvraj back


He surpassed legends like Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest to reach 7000 runs and 24 ODI centuries but star Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday said as a cricketer he is "still very much a work in progress".

"I am very much a work in progress as a cricketer. Opponents are always trying to get you out, trying to outsmart you and you need to stay ahead of them. I feel like I am learning everyday, trying something new on the field," said Kohli in a Facebook video chat with his fans.

"That (mindset) keeps you grounded as well. We, as players, understand that not many are getting to play at the highest level and I am trying to make the most of it," he added.

Did he ever think about getting to 7000 runs faster than anyone else?

"I never planned it to be honest. The aim is to score as many runs for the team as possible. I did not focus on it (the record) but god has been my kind. When you look back you do feel it is special but you can't really plan these records," said India's Test captain, who took 161 innings to achieve the feat.

"It was also special to score the century with my brother watching it from the stands. He came to see me just for a day and I am glad his trip turned out to be a fruitful one," he added.

Not the one to be too affected by the conditions, Kohli said it doesn't matter where he is playing as long as he is contributing to the team's cause.
"I take every game the same way (whether in India or overseas). I want to score runs in every game I play and I want to win the game for my team. I feel it is just putting extra pressure in your head if you start categorising conditions. Cricket is a simple game and I try to keep it simple."

With the ongoing ODI series against Australia already lost, Kohli is eyeing redemption in the T20 series which follows the last two ODIs. Besides that, he is excited to play alongside Yuvraj Singh, who has made a comeback into the Indian team.

How does he describe his rapport with Yuvraj?

"I am very close to him. He is like an elder brother to me. I have always been very fond of him. He plays the game with a lot of passion. He is a wonderful human being, not many know that.

"There has been misconceptions about him but he is very hard-working, takes a lot of pride in playing for India. He has always guided me. I am very excited to be playing with him in T20s here," said Kohli.

What Kohli does with the bat is known to all but he can also bowl a bit of medium pace, albeit with a unique action.
Whatever the case may be, he does take his bowling seriously.

"Everyone laughs when I come on to bowl no matter what the situation is. I know my action is funny but I get the job done which is important," he said in a lighter vein.

Kohli also has 11 Test hundreds and he was asked to pick his top three.

"The century in Johannesburg (119 in Dec 2013) has to be at the top. We chose to bat on day one, the wicket was green, the bowling attack was challenging and I had not scored runs in the preceding one day series. 

There was a build up before that Test match. We were tagged as not being able handle to bouncy balls. Looking back, that century was special.

"Second one will be second innings at Adelaide (141 in Dec 2014). We went for the target and I did not plan to focus on the hundred. It was one of the best zones I have been in while batting.

"Wellington (105 in Feb 2014) is third. I wanted to finish the series on a high. So this has to be the order of top three," he said.

He was also asked some off the field stuff. Amir Khan is his favourite Bollywood actor and if there is a movie made on him ever, Kohli has the opening scene set in his mind.

"The opening scene would me hogging some fried food at home and some paranthas with a lot of butter. And a big can of colas and drinks that I don't even touch now. That would be the opening scene," quipped one of the fittest cricketers around.

Has he learnt a life lesson from cricket?
"Yes I have. And that is never stop working hard. Never take anything for granted. Never drift away from goals, your values and vision. Things can come down very quickly. Our sport teaches you that so well," he added.

IBN Cricket

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Genius vs Dumb - Why cricket is a Mind Game - Video

Genius vs Ordinary – 1 ball 1 run 1 clever trick: Here we have two occasions when the last ball thriller was set up by the Wicket-keepers. On one occasion, the batting team makes full use of the loop-hole and clinches the match, while, on the other occasion, a smart move by the keeper sets the record straight for his team. Let’s have a look at how the events unfolded.
The game was closing up for a nail-biting finish, as Venkatesh Prasad ran in to bowl the final delivery. Pakistan needed 1 run to win from 1 ball, with 2 wickets in hand. A fake run up by Prasad led the Pakistani tail-ender to wait for the final delivery.
Prasad comes in again as the Saqlain misses the completely. The non-striker ran his way to complete the single, while the keeper missed the stumps from the distance. Pakistan went on to win the thriller by 1 wicket.
On the next occasion, situation looked similar with South Africa needing 1 run to win from 1 ball. Kabir Ali was set to bowl the last ball, while South African all-rounder Andrew Hall was on strike. England wicket-keeper Jones came up to the stumps to avoid a single.Andrew Hall failed to make a contact with the ball, as his big bat swing missed the white leather completely. Jones moved smartly to stump Hall and finish the game for a tie.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Top 5 batsmen dismissed most times for LBW

A tabular form of the same follows:
No.NameCountryNumber of times dismissed
1Sachin TendulkarIndia51
2Graham GoochEngland50
3Ricky PontingAustralia41
4Alec StewartEngland40
5Shivnarine ChanderpaulWest Indies38

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sachin & Dhoni in Top Bracket - IPL 4

Around 62 Indian cricketers will be up for auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in the top-bracket of cricketers valued at Rs 1.84 crore. 

However, Tendulkar and Dhoni are likely to be retained by their respective franchises -- Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. 

Former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid along with VVS Laxman are in the third bracket which has a base price of Rs 92 lakh. 

The cricketers who will command the highest base price of Rs 1.84 crore are Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh. 

The second bracket is that of Rs 1.3 crore where Twenty20 specialist Yusuf Pathan finds a place alongside speedster Zaheer Khan and the talented Suresh Raina. 

Similarly stand-in ODI captain Gautam Gambhir, who didn't have a great IPL 2 and 3, has been priced in the third bracket at Rs 92 lakh along with the likes of Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and veterans such as Ganguly, Kumble, Dravid and Laxman. 

The fourth bracket is of Rs 46 lakh which consists of domestic cricketers and the fringe India players who have represented the country since 2005. 

Bengal players Wriddhiman Saha, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Dinda along with Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara are some of the players in the fourth bracket. 

The fifth and final bracket is of Rs 23 lakh where there are India discards such as Manpreet Gony, Sudeep Tyagi, Sridharan Sriram to name a few. 

The five brackets of base price: 1st: Rs 1.84 crore; 2nd: Rs 1.3 crore; 3rd: Rs 92 lakh; 4th: Rs 46 lakh; 5th bracket: Rs 23 lakh 

List of Players up for auction 

Andhra: Yelakka Venugopal Rao; Assam: Sridharan Sriram Baroda: Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ambati Rayudu, Munaf Patel; 

Bengal: Sourav Ganguly, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashok Dinda; 

Delhi: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma 

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel, Siddharth Trivedi Haryana: Joginder Sharma, Amit Mishra 

Hyderabad: VVS Laxman, T Suman, Pragyan Ojha 

Jharkhand: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwary 

Karnataka: Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Manish Pandey, Abhimanyu Mithun, R Vinay Kumar, Robin Uthappa 

Kerala: S Sreesanth 

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Wasim Jaffer, Abhishek Raut, Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Ramesh Powar 

Madhya Pradesh: Naman Ojha 

Punjab: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Manpreet Gony, VRV Singh 

Railways: Murali Kartik Rajasthan: Pankaj Singh 

Saurahstra: Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara 

Tamil Nadu: Dinesh Karthik, S Badrinath, R Sathish, R Ashwin, M Vijay, L Balaji 

Uttar Pradesh: Mohammed Kaif, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Sudeep Tyagi, Piyush Chawla, Rudra Pratap Singh 

Vidarbha: Umesh Yadav.

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