Archive for December, 2014

Less known Facts: A.B. de Villiers


1.      AB at an age of 4 used to carry drinks to his brothers while they play cricket for an opportunity to  bat at the end of the day.

2.     A.B. de Villiers’ born in 17 February, 1984 and his favorite number is 17. He is known as Abbas in the friends.

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India Vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 5 Highlights


Chasing 363 runs on the fifth day of Test match after loosing two wickets, Indian opener Murali Vijay and Stand-in captain Virat Kohli started off the day beyond the expectations. The duo put up a 185 runs partnership in the third wicket and Indian was heading to a historic win. M Vijay (99) who was batting with awesome composure fall to Nathan Lyon’s delivery on 99 while looking to flick for a single and was trapped in front of the wicket. Ajinkya Rahane, who played well in the first innings, was unlucky to got out for a duck in the same over. Suddenly, India reduced to 242/4.

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India Vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 4 Highlights


To the overnight score of 369/5, India could only add 75 runs at the cost of remaining five wickets.  India’s first innings ended at 444 runs only 73 runs behind Australia’s first innings. With a crucial first innings lead in hand Australia started their second innings to raise the lead around four hundred and put India under pressure. David Warner, again proved his worth as an opener and smashed back-to-back centuries. His 102 runs achievement in the second innings made him the fifth batsman to hit two back-to-back tons in the same calendar year. The other four cricketers to have achieved this phenomenon record are Clyde Walcott in 1955, Sunil Gavaskar in 1978, Aravinda de Silva in 1997 and Ricky Ponting in 2006.

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India Vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 3 Highlights


As awaited Australia declared their first innings score at 517/7. S Dhawan and Murali Vijay started off well for India. Dhawan scored a quick 25 runs of 24 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara and M Vijay held the innings together and both scored valuable half centuries to give Indian innings a good platform. The real hero of the Indian innings was stand-in captain Virat Kohli, who joined after the wicket of M Vijay (53 runs) played the innings of a true leader.

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Can You Guess the Connection Between 183 & Indian Captaincy?


183 is just a number but when we look at the connection this number had with Indian cricket,  you will be certainly astonished. Let us have a look why this number is so special. Before that, Can you guess/remember the Indian players who had scored 183 runs in the ODI cricket…?

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India Vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights

Day 2: Australia 1st innings 517/7 (120 overs)


The second day of the first test match started ten minutes later than the scheduled time. Sky was cloudy and there were chances of a possible rain. Michael Clarke, who was retired hurt yesterday due to a back injury walked stride with Steven Smith to the middle. India’s top order bowlers welcomed the Aussies with full and wide deliveries. Even the injured Clarke felt very comfortable against the ineffective Indian bowling. The expensive Indian bowlers gave away 51 runs in the 12.2 over which bowled before lunch.

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India Vs Australia: 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights

Day 1: Australia 1st innings 354/6 (89.2 overs)

The first Test in the four match series started at Adelaide Oval in an emotional morning. Under Adelaide’s blue sky, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. India opened the bowling with a well  planned  strategy against Warner, that  bowl around the wicket to him. But the left arm Aussies batsman kept his composure and decided not to take any unwanted risk.

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India Tour of Australia: India’s Five Fabulous Test Victories

India is touring to Australia from 24 November 2014 to 10 January 2015 for a four test match series. Last time when India played in Australia in 2011-12 for the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy , the host humiliated Indians in all the departments of the game and whitewashed the four game series. India could not win a Test series in Australia till date. So far India had won only five Test matches in Australian land. Let’s have a look at those ever cherishing victories by Team India.

1. Adelaide Test, India Tour of Australia 2003-04


The second match in the Border–Gavaskar Trophy at the Adelaide had all the beauty of a Test match. The two top teams in the world cricket horned together in a nail biting match and there were enough goosebumps moments for the fans. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Ricky Ponting with a magnificent double century (242) provided Aussies the advantage. Justin Langer (58 runs) and Simon Katich (75 runs) extended good support while and tail end batsman Gillespie’s quick 48 runs helped Australia to reach 556 Runs in the first innings. Anil Kumle’s yet another 5 wicket haul in a speedy Australian wicket was the highlight of Indian bowling .

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Top Five Indian Individual Test performances in Australia

Rahul Dravid’s 233 & 72 Not Out at Adelaide in 2003

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India name probable 30 man squad for ICC Worldcup 2015

India announced its 30 man preliminary squad for the forthcoming ICC world cup. Senior players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan were excluded from the probables squad announced today. This major exclusion of 2011 world cup winning players invited a large criticism from the fans and media.

Here is the squad:

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