• The controversy over club vs country, the debates over too much cricket and the injuries to various key players and the reasons as to why and how all this happened can be kept aside for the time being. The most positive aspect of the selection of the Indian squads for the tour of the West Indies is that it gives many promising players the opportunity to cement their places in the team in the near future. After all the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh cannot go on forever. Much has been said and written about the Indian team's bench strength and here was a chance for the selectors to look ahead and plan for the future and that is what they have done.

     

    Kris Srikkanth and his colleagues have spread the net far and wide but in reality there is never any need to do so as the replacements for established players are always ready. In batting and bowling India have an admirable second line of defence and there is no reason

    Read More »from Indian selectors looking ahead
  • West Indies capped KC Brathwhite for this test. He became the 290th cricketer to appear for West Indies in tests. He also became the 21st West Indian cricketer to make his debut vs Pakistan.

     

     

    Pakistan won the toss in this game, batted first and won the test providing the 16th occasion of Pakistan winning the toss and batting first. Its win in this test provides its fifth win when it had won the toss and batted first.

     

     

    Azhar Ali {67}, Umar Akmal {56} and Tanvir Ahmed {57} scored half centuries in the first innings of this test providing the 93rd, 94th and 95th occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring half centuries against West Indies.

     

     

    Azhar Ali {67}, Umar Akmal {56} and Tanvir Ahmed {57} scored half centuries in the first innings of this test providing the 131st, 132nd and 133rd occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring fifties against West Indies.

     

     

    Tanvir Ahmed scored 57 while batting at number nine in the first innings of this test to provide the 20th occasion of a Pakistan

    Read More »from West Indies vs Pakistan – Second Test
  • IPL 2011: Match No 72: Eliminator
    Final: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Mum-WS on 25.05.11: Mumbai
    Indians won by four wickets

     

    Mumbai won this game by four
    wickets with four balls to spare providing the ninth occasion of a team winning
    a game with exact four balls to spare in IPL and this win also provides the
    third such occasion in IPL 2011. The other two occasions are - Delhi
    winning the game by three wickets against Pune at Mumbai on 17.04.11, Hyderabad winning the game
    by six wickets against Pune at Mumbai on 16.05.11

     

    This game was SR Tendulkar's 50th
    game in IPL. He became the 23rd cricketer to play 50 plus games in
    IPL.

     

    SR Tendulkar became the fourth
    captain to play 50 plus games in IPL. Others are - MS Dhoni {58}, SK Warne {55}
    and AC Gilchrist {54}.

     

    SR Tendulkar became the third
    captain to win 30 plus games in IPL. The win in this game was the 30th
    win for him. Others are - MS Dhoni {35} and SK Warne {30}

     

    RG Sharma became the fourth
    cricketer to play 60

    Read More »from IPL playoff: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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