• Now that India is firmly perched on top in the ICC Test rankings and are second in the ODI rankings there is praise being heaped all round. Not unexpectedly, the batsmen have received the lion's share of the encomiums but the bowlers too have garnered their share of praise. There have been plaudits too for Dhoni's leadership qualities – though he is still considered by many to be the Man with the Midas touch – while a few good things are said every now and then about coach Gary Kirsten. 

     

    But there is one set of people associated with the game who never get any praise even when the team is doing well. And, they are harshly criticized when the team fares badly as if it is only their fault. Oh yes, selectors have a thankless task. They cannot please everyone and are sitting ducks for potshots. Some of the comments on the selection of Indian teams can be downright uncharitable. A few years ago, a website carried a scathing article terming the selectors as 'five blind men'. The piece was

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  • - This game was abandoned without a ball being bowled providing the 76th such occasion in the history of one day internationals.

     

    - This game provides the eighth occasion of an abandoned game in India. The eight occasions are – vs New Zealand at Jammu on 19.12.88: vs New Zealand at Margao on 21.11.95: vs Australia at Cuttack on 27.10.96: vs South Africa at Chennai on 22.11.05: vs England at Guwahathi on 09.04.06: vs Australia at Mum-DYP on 11.11.09: vs Australia at Kochi on 17.10.10 and vs Australia at Margao on 24.10.10.

     

    - India is second in the list of countries with most abandoned games. Sri Lanka leads the list with 12 abandoned games.

     

    - Countrywise break up of 76 abandoned games read thus – Australia {03} : Bangladesh {02} : Canada {03}: England {05}: India {08}: Ireland {02} : Kenya {04} : Netherlands {03} : New Zealand {05} : Pakistan {06} : Scotland {05}: South Africa {06} : Sri Lanka {12} : West Indies {06} and Zimbabwe {05}.

     

    - Margao is the only ground in India to

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  • - South Africa's margin of victory in this game - by 272 runs - provides the second largest victory in terms of runs in the history of One-Day International. The best is New Zealand's 290 runs win against Ireland at Aberdeen on 01.07.08.

     

    - South Africa's victory in this game represents the 29th win by a team with a margin of 200 plus runs.

     

    - This game provides the third occasion of team setting a target of 400 plus runs for a victory when the team has won by 200 plus runs in One-day games. The other two occasions are - New Zealand setting a target of 403 against Ireland at Aberdeen on 01.07.08 {New Zealand won by 290 runs} : India setting a target of 414 runs against Bermuda at Port of Spain on 19.03.07 {India won by 257 runs}.

     

    - South Africa's total of 399 for 6 in this game provide the tenth occasion of team setting a target of 400 plus runs for a team to win in the history of One-Day International.

     

    - JP Duminy {129} and AB de Villiers {109} scored hundreds in South Africa's

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