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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

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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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Top 5 Memorable Moments in WC 2011

1. MS Dhoni’s winning hit in the final

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Nuan Kulasekara’s second delivery in the 48th over, a full length to MS Dhoni, and he smashed it over the long on for a massive six. A crashing shot powered by Dhoni in the crucial time made all Indian fans on their feet. MSD’s followthrough and a meaningful smile , with which he uprooted one stump as relic, the most unforgettable seen in the 2011 world cup.

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Amazing Facts : A flashback to 1992 World Cup

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1992 world cup was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand for the first time. This was the fifth edition of ICC world cup and Pakistan won the tournament beating England in the final. Let us check some of the interesting facts in the 1992 Benson and Hedges Cricket World Cup.

1. The important changes introduced in the 1992 Cricket World Cup were white ball and colored jersey. These changes were undoubtly the highlights of the event.

2. South Africa made their debut in ICC world cup in 1992.

3. Another interesting fact in 1992 WC was use of two new balls, one from each end. ICC adopted this strategy as the game was using white ball and there was a chance of ball get discolored and hard to see as the game progresses.

4. Fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs (only two fieldsmen allowed outside the circle,then five fieldsmen allowed outside the circle for the remaining overs) was first introduced in 1992 world cup.

5. Martin Crowe, New Zealand captain opened his teams bowling innings by Deepak Patel, a spinner which was not so common those days.

6. Sri Lanka, considered as minnows in the world cricket, scored the highest total ( 313 runs) in the 1992 World Cup tournament.

Rohit Sharma’s Double Century and Five Coincidental Facts

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1. On both occasions when Rohit scored his double century, Virat Kohli was got run out. More interestingly the partner of Virat was Rohit on both occasions !!!

2. Both the double centuries came in the month of November. Rohit’s first double century in ODI was on 02 November 2013. He smashed again on 13 November 2014. Exactly after 1 year 11 days.

3. India’s margin of victory was 153 runs when Sharma sored 264 runs. This was same when the other two double centuries were made by Sachin and Sehwag!!!

4. On the both occasions the TV umpire was Mr.AK Choudhary. S Ravi was one of the field umpires in both matches when Rohit scored his doubles in ODI.

5. When Sharma Scores a double his captain scores a sixty. In the first occasion Rohit Sharma scored 209 runs and captain Dhoni scored 62 Runs. At Eden Gardens When Sharma made history with his massive 264 runs captain Kohli scored 66 runs.

Journey of Indian cricket jersey

The Indian jersey has undergone a series of changes over the years to today’s design. There are lots of superstitions associated with such changes. Lets have a look at the transformation of the beautiful Indian jersey.

The introduction of color era in ODI (In the eighties)

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India’s first cricket jersey was of light blue with yellow stripes. This jersey was considered as a lucky one as they won the cricket world championship in 1985.

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Know the Interesting Facts about Virat Kohli

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1.    Virat Kohli, undoubtedly the one of the best players in the current generation of the game, is the first Indian cricketer to score a century on World cup debut match. In WC 2011 he scored a smashing 100* runs against Bangladesh at Dhaka.

2.    Kohli is known as ‘Chiku’ among his friends, a nick name got when he was playing for Delhi in domestic games.

3.    Virat’s first crush was Karishm Kapoor, a famous Bollywood actress.

4.    Virat Kohli holds record of the fastest century by an Indian in one-day internationals surpassing Virender Sehwag’s record. He scored a 52 ball ton against Australia at Jaipur in 2013 bettering Sehwag’s record by 8 balls.

5.    Many of the cricket pandits and Kohli fans believe that if some one can brake Sachin’s records it would be Virat Kohli.  Yeah..look at these stats. He is the fastest to reach 1000, 3000, 4000 & 5000 runs in One Day Internationals.!!Interestingly he is also the fastest to reach at 18 ODI centuries !!!

Virender Sehwag: Interesting Facts

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1.    Virender Sehwag, world’s most devastating player,  has an unpleasant start to his test career. In his debut test match he was imposed with a match ban for excessive appealing.

2.    His favourite cricket ground is Ferozshah Kotla. In his early days of career he used to go to this ground for practice in his Chetak scooter.

3.    Virus’s favourite food item is “kheer”.

4.    He holds the unique record of only Indian player and third in the world to score two triple centuries in Test cricket.

5.    He fastest triple century in Test cricket is another feather in his record book.

6.    Sehwag has scored more centuries than half centuries in Test cricket. This shows his ability to play big innings.

7.    He holds the record of involving in two consecutive double century partnerships in a Test innings.

8.    He is the first person in the history of test cricket to hit two triple centuries and take five wickets in a Test innings.

9.    Virender Sehwag is the one and only cricket in the history of test cricket to score two triple centuries and take five wickets in a Test innings.

10.    Sehwag holds the record of most runs scored by an Indian in a single day of a Test Match. He scored a dashing 284 in a day against Sri Lanka in 2009.

Little Known Facts about Kapil Dev

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1.    Kapil Dev has appeared in three hindi movies namely Mujhse Shaadi Karogi(special thanks – as Shri Kapil Dev) , Aryan: Unbreakable (as Cricket player ) and in Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii (thanks).

2.    Kapil’s, 631 is the all time top rating for all rounders in ICC cricket ratings in One Day Internationals.

3.    Kapil is the synonym of fitness. He never misses a test match of his career because of any injury or finess reasons. Remember that during his 16 years long Test career he played 131 test matches for India.Unbelieavable!!!

4.    More interestingly, in his 184 Test innings he was not run out even once.!!

5.    He is the only player in the history of the game to achieve the the all-rounder’s double of 4,000 runs and 400 wickets in Test cricket.

6.    Kapil Dev is the youngest bowler to take 300 Test wickets.

Unknown interesting facts about Rahul Dravid

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1.    Rahul Dravid, the wall of Indian cricket was a keen Hockey player in his childhood. He was also got selected to Karnataka state junior Hockey team.

2.    Like many other cricketers Dravid has nurtured superstitions in the cricket field, he used to wear a new cloth items in his every Test matches.

3.    Rahul Dravid is the only cricketer to have made the international debut and retirement in the same match.This happened when he appeared for his lone T20 match against England.

4.    Dravid holds the record of not being out on duck for most consecutive One Day International matches.

5.    Dravid, at the age of 39, became the second oldest batsman after Sir Donald Bradman to score 1000 or more runs in Test cricket  in a calendar year.

6.    Rahul Dravid is the only cricketer to hit 3 consecutive sixes in an International T20 debut.

7.    India is not the the only team for which Rahul Dravid played against Pakistan. In 2003 he represented Scotland team and dismissed for duck in the fist ball.

8.    He is the only batsman in the world to have been involved in the two 300 plus ODI partnerships.

9.    Rahul Dravid has faced a total of 31,258 deliveries in his Test career, which is a record.

10.    In 2004-05 Dravid was voted as the sexiest sports personality in India in an online survey.

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