• - SK Raina became the most capped IPL Cricketer when he appeared in this game. It was his 47th IPL appearance. He went past AC Gilchrist who has appeared in 46 games.

     

    - At the end of this game, SK Raina's IPL aggregate stood at 1408. He became the first batsman to total 1400 plus runs in IPL.

     

    - MS Dhoni became the 31st cricketer to appear in 80 plus T20 games. He is the second Indian cricketer to appear in 80 plus T20 games. He shares the record with RG Sharma who has also played 80 T20 games.

     

    - JH Kallis completed 2000 runs in T20 games when he was on 22 during his knock of 54 in this game. At the end of this game his aggregate stood at 2032. He became the 18th batsman to score 2000 plus T20 runs.

     

    - JH Kallis became the sixth batsman in the annals of T20 game to aggregate 2000 plus runs without a hundred. Others are - OA Shah {2453}: JP Duminy {2210}: KC Sangakkara {2182}: JA Morkel {2121} and IJL Trott {2081}.

     

    - M Bisla became the 20th stumping victim of MS Dhoni when he

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  • If World Cup 2011 was considered to be the litmus test for the 50 over format of cricket, it has certainly passed the test with flying colours. At least for some time now, the raging debate over the format's redundancy seems to have taken a back seat. Yes, India's participation till the end and the eventual victory had a huge role to play in its success, although it would be unfair to overlook the other factors which worked in the format's favour. And it may also be worth to have a closer look at the areas in which the format needs to reinvent itself to continue thriving in the age where people are hard-pressed for time, and a game of cricket lasting seven long hours may be just too much to endure. While it is easier to gloat in the glory, it's only wise to understand the demands of the time and change accordingly. And let's not forget T20 is breathing down its neck all the time.
     
    Here're a look at few positives that emerged from the World Cup 2011 and a few suggestions with regards to

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  • Public memory is short and cricket followers in this country are generally creatures of emotion and not of logic. There is nothing wrong in showing emotion per se. But then these displays should be controlled and should not go over the top. Under the circumstances it is no surprise that in the wake of India's triumph in the World Cup the questions in polls follow along the expected lines. Is this the best Indian ODI team ever? Is MS Dhoni the best-ever Indian captain? Is this the greatest triumph in Indian cricket history? And not unexpectedly the majority answers in the affirmative.

     

    In a way this kind of reaction is not surprising given the monumental achievement of winning back the World Cup after 28 years. The point to note however is that these questions are asked every time there is a memorable Indian triumph. And over the years there have been quite a few.

     

    Old timers still talk about the celebrations that followed India's first-ever Test victory in February 1952 at Madras.

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