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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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Top 5 Memorable Moments in WC 2011

1. MS Dhoni’s winning hit in the final


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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Ten Shocking On-Field Injuries That Will Blow Your Mind

In the modern era there are so many safety gadgets are in use to protect the life of the players. But there is no end of accidents on the cricket field.  Let us check some of the critical injuries/accidents on the cricket field over the years.

1.    Phil Hughes


25 year old Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes died after he was hit by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott. The tragedy happened in the match between South Australia and New South Wales at in Sydney on 25 Nov 2014. Hughes was rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in unconsciousness stage and underwent surgery. He died after two days of the incident from his injuries.

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Amazing Facts : A flashback to 1992 World Cup

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


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)

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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Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin put WI on top


Before the start of match everybody was concerned about the possible rain in Kochi. In fact it was a rain of runs in the Nehru International stadium at Kochi in the first half of the first ODI match Vs India and WI. India choose to field after captain MS Dhoni won a good toss in Kochi. WI scored a huge 321/6 in 50 overs. West Indies openers D. Smith and Dwayne Bravo give a decent start to the WI innings. Bravo got a good start but could not continue his rhythm.  In fourth wicket partnership Marlon Samuels(126*) and Denesh Ramdin(61) scored a quick 165 runs in 139 balls. Samuels’s sixth ODI century helped West Indies to cross the 300 mark.

In the 45th over WI were 285/3, but in the death five overs they could score only 36 runs. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowler. He took 4/66 including the two consecutive wickets of Pollard and Rusell.

West Indies players threatened to drop ODI matches against India


Hours before the first ODI match against India at Kochi, members of WI ODI team threatened to snub the match over a pay dispute. The whole incident created a mess in and around the stadium. A joint agreement was signed on last month covering the aspects of the pay and perks to the players between the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA). But Dwayne Bravo, the ODI captain, came up with claim that the players are unaware about the talks and would not accept the outcome.

The WI team also stayed away from the practice section and the press conference on Tuesday, which also triggered the suspicion of boycotting the match.

However, BCCI and Kerala Cricket Association intervened in the matter and insisted that Wednesday’s match was on.

The West Indies Cricket Board issued a statement in this regard saying that they were aware of the dispute and confirmed the possibility of a strike.

“It has also come to the WICB’s attention that the some of the players could withdraw their services for the first ODI,”

“The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic (agreements). The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI (Indian board) and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action. The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfils all its commitments and that cricket is played.” the statement read.


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