Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has given Pakistan some outstanding cricketers; leg spinner Yasir Shah is one of them. Currently he is the leading spinner in the world of cricket. Pakistan has produced world class spinners right from Intikhab Alam to Saqlain Mushtaq, Abdul Qadir, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Aridi, Iqbal Qasim, Danish Kaneria and most recently Yasir Shah. Read more..
After their dismal performance at the World Cup earlier this year, Pakistani ODI team went through a complete overhauling and in the process got a new captain Azhar Ali. Azhar Ali’s appointment as a captain came as a surprise to many as Azhar was not a part of the World Cup squad; in fact he was not on the Pakistan international cricket scene for the last two years. His appointment was largely criticized and considered as one of PCB’s big blunder; however Azhar Ali silenced all his critics with his powerful performance and intelligent captaincy. Read more..
After a disappointing few years under the leadership of Peter Moores, England cricket team appear to have turned a corner and have impressed during new head coach Trevor Bayliss’ short spell at the helm. They drew the two-match Test series 1-1 as they earned a dominant 124 run victory in the opening game before the Black Caps thrashed the hosts by 199 runs to level the series. In the five-match One Day International series, England were once again patchy but showed that they can grit their teeth and snatch victory when it really matters as Jonny Bairstow’s miraculous 83 saved the hosts after they stumbled to 45-4 earlier in the innings. After a significant improvement, many punters will be backing England to go on and lift the Ashes trophy this summer despite their inconsistent performances with the bat. We take a look at the upcoming series and give our thoughts on whether the hosts can claim the victory over their archrivals.
Australia haven’t won an Ashes series in England since the turn of the millennium and the hosts will be looking for that to continue this summer. Alistair Cook’s side must improve further if they are to compete directly against the scoring power of David Warner, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith, who is arguably the best batsman in the sport. The Wallabies are exceptionally strong and England’s bowlers cannot afford to give their opponents easy chances to bat their way into the match or the hosts will find themselves chasing staggering totals. The likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad must remain focussed on their own game and refuse to be drawn into any ‘banter’ with the Australian batsmen at the crease. In terms of the psychological battle, they shouldn’t be afraid to bowl the odd bouncer but must certainly avoid any verbal confrontation.
Likewise, England’s batsmen should concentrate on their own game rather than trying to rile up the Australian bowlers. The likes of Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle are both capable of hurting England’s batsmen and getting the ball to swing – especially if they are egged on by England’s players. In an Ashes series, players must expect verbal confrontation but there is little need to stoke the fire further and encourage the Australians to up their intensity. If England want to win, they must avoid psychological warfare and focus on their cricket. With a bit of luck, they are more than capable of lifting the urn at the end of the five match Test series in August.
Records are made to be broken and game of cricket proves it with superstars emerging from the ground to the horizon. There are various records that are worth mentioning such as maximum Runs in ODIs, centuries, maximum runs in single innings and so on. Here, it would be apt to recall some of the best records in the Cricket.
When it comes to batting records in the World Cup then Sachin Tendulkar is one name that comes into mind instantly. Master blaster and often known as the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has made maximum number of runs totalling to 2278 runs in 45 matches.
Ricky Ponting holds the second spot in the World Cup with 1743 runs in 42 matches. West Indies legend Brian Lara made 1225 runs in 34 matches taking the third spot behind Tendulkar and Ponting. Sri Lankan superstar Sanath Jayasurya took fourth spot making 1165 runs in 38 matches. South African Cricket superstar JH Kallis played 36 World Cup matches and made 1148 runs.
Australian Adam C Gilchrist made 1085 runs in 31 matches played in the World Cup. Pakistan player Javed Miandad scored 1083 runs on total 33 runs played by him in his career. SP Fleming made 1075 runs in 33 matches played. H Gibbs made total of 1067 runs in 25 matches.
Another player from Sri Lanka who has made massive runs in the World Cup is Pa De Silva of Sri Lanka who played 35 matches and scored 1064 runs in total. Richards of West Indies made 1013 runs in 23 matches. Often, known as Bengal Tiger Sourav Ganguly of India made 1006 runs in 21 matches. Next to Ganguly stands M Waugh of Australia who made 1004 runs in 22 matches. Sri Lankan player K Sangakkara scored 991 runs in 30 matches during the World Cup.
Other players who are known for making incredible runs are as follows:-
All the Cricket playing nations across the World are sensing the enthusiasm, excitement and thrill in the air. Less than a month is left for Cricket World Cup carnival to start. There are various apps that are designed just for the upcoming World Cup. There are various records that will be interesting to talk about here.
Most number of runs in career
Legends of Cricket have set slew of records during the tournament which is matchless and should be applauded over and again. None other than Indian Little Master Sachin Tendulkar owns the record of most number of matches totaling to 200. In these 200 one day International Tendulkar scored 15921 runs with the average of 53.78. Tendulkar has hit total 51 centuries in these matches. Sachin Tendulkar has achieved this milestone in his career that started from 1989 and last till 2013
Second in the line stands Ricky Ponting of Australia with total of 168 matches scoring 13378 runs with the average of 51.85. Ponting has made these incredible runs in his career lifeline of 1995-2012.
SR Waugh of Australia has played total of 168 matches and scored 10927 with the average of 51.06 in his career that started in 1985 and lasted till 2004.
There are various other great players who have created the record of maximum runs in One Day International such as JH Kallis, Rahul Dravid, S Chanderpaul, AR Border, DPMD Jayawardene, MV Boucher, SK Warne and so on.
Most number of matches as Captain
Captains are responsible for their teams and it is often said that when a team loses then the blame is on Captain and when the team wins, captain gives whole credit to its team. It becomes pertinent to recall the incredible performances and records of those mighty captains who took their teams to new heights.
Amongst the Captains who scored maximum in One day International, Ricky Ponting stands on the top spot with total of 230 matches, winning 165 of them and losing 51. Two of the total matches were tied.
SP Fleming of New Zealand stands on the second spot with total 218 matches and won 98 of them. Fleming lost 106 matches in his career as a captain.
A Ranatunga of Sri Lanka who has also represented Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup takes the third spot, playing total of 193 matches, winning 89 and losing 106.
Other successful captains that have set the records in One Day International as well as Cricket World Cup are Australian legend AR Border, Indian former cricketer M Azzaharuddin, MS Dhoni, GC Smith among others. Australian cricket maestro AR Border played total 178 matches, winning 107 and losing 67. M Azzaharduddin of India played 174 matches out of which he won 90 matches and lost 76 with 2 ending in tie. Indian super captain MS Dhoni played total of 169 matches till date out of which he has won 93 matches and lost 61. Other captains like GC Smith, Sourav Ganguly, Imran Khan have also played various matches, winning most and losing some.