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ASIA Cup: India face Afghanistan in a dead rubber after Pakistan beat Bangladesh in a thriller

The India v Afghanistan match on March 5 could have assumed an encounter of epic proportions, but a certain Shahid Afridi decided to do something about it. About 40 overs into the Pakistan innings, the home side looked in control of the game, then walked in Afridi. A target of over 100 in 10 overs was reduced to a mere 67 in 7, and 31 in 3, when after Afridi was run out for a blistering 59 off 25, Fawad Alam took charge and took Pakistan home to knock Virat Kohli‘s boys out of the Asia Cup.

But the writing is on the wall. India have simply failed to deliver in this competition, and the mere fact that the men in blue were were banking on Bangladesh to script upsets in consecutive matches just to keep India’s hopes alive probably indicates that the men in blue didn’t merit a place in Saturday’s final anyway.

At the pre-match press conference, Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu said that India had streched both Sri Lanka and Pakistan to the limit, and were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of the result “by a metre”. India’s bowling, particularly in the death overs, remains a constabnt worry, but the batting order collapses will further worry stand-in skipper Virat Kohli. In both these encounters, Indian batsmen lost their wickets at inopportune moments.

It is highly unlikely that Cheteshwar Pujara will get his opprtunity at the expense of either Ambati Rayudu or Ajinkya Rahane. Both young batsmen have shown potential, and have virtually earned an extended run with the side with one half-century each. Dinesh Karthik is the only specialist wicket-keeper in the side, so despite his costly bloopers, Karthik is certain of atleast one more match in an Indian shirt. With the openers also unlikely to be rested, Cheteshwar Pujara will have to wait a little longer in the wings.

For Afghanistan, the batsmen have looked comfortable against pace bowling throughout the tournament, but negotiating spin is one of their prominent weaknesses. The Afghanistan batsmen have looked at all sea against the Saeed Ajmal‘s and Ajantha Mendis‘s of the world, so India are likely to continue with their three-spinner combination, with the very talented Amit Mishra all set to get another chance to prove his worth.

Hamid Hassan‘s probable return in place of Dawlat Zadran is likely to boost their death bowling, while captain Mohammad Nabi would be calling for better shot selection from his batsmen, most notably the very talented Mohammad Shahzad, who has let himself down with expansive strokes at the wrong moment.

India (likely): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane,  Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami.

Afghanistan (likely): Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Nabi (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mirwais Ashraf, Rahmat Shah, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran.

Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century

TOP 10 TEST BATSMEN WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE AT AWAY VENUE IN 21ST CENTURY: (MIN. 20 AWAY INNINGS)

Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.

Today, we take a look at the Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century. Note that we have set the criteria of minimum 20 away innings to come to a reasonable conclusion. It is the toughest challenge for any batsman to perform in unfamiliar, overseas conditions and SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century recognizes those batsmen who have performed with remarkable consistency on foreign soil.

10. ALASTAIR COOK (England) – 51.76

England captain Alistair Cook may have failed to make an impression in the recently concluded Ashes series in Australia, but an impressive away average of 51.76 ensures the England in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

9. SHIVNARINE CHANDERPAUL (WI) – 52.86

Shivanrine Chanderpaul displayed battling instincts and willpower to forge crucial knocks to merely delay the defeat against India at Kolkata and Mumbai alike, and went on to score his 29th test century in New Zealand in December, which was also his 17th unbeaten test ton. Class!

8. DARREN BRAVO (West Indies) – 53.67

The comparisons of this young, stylish left-handed batsman with the great Brian Lara are obvious – that gorgeous flick of the wrist and those range of strokes that Lara played in this prime are unbelievably similar to Darren Bravo. With an away average of 53.67, Darren Bravo takes the 8th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

7. GRAEME SMITH (SA) – 53.93

Graeme Smith‘s average away from home is far better than the 49 he averages overall in tests – an indication of his comfort levels on all sorts of pitches and conditions. Smith effortlessly managed to draw a line between the two facets of the game – captaincy and batting, and earns the 7th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

6. AB DE VILLIERS (SA) – 54.72

AB de Villiers holds the record for the most fifties (or fifty-plus scores) in consecutive test matches when he scored a half-century in the 2nd test against Australia at Port Elizabeth, the record was only broken this week when he missed out on 43 in the 4th innings of the 3rd test at Cape Town. But his consistency on home and away conditions speaks volumes of his stature in international cricket.

5. SACHIN TENDULKAR (India) – 54.88

Can there ever be a list of test batsmen without the master blaster from India? Sachin Tendulkar‘s average of 54.88 is even more remarkable when you put it into perspective that the man made his debut 25 years back, and simply had the answers to everything the game of cricket threw at him, without ever being found wanting with his technique and consistency.

4. STEVE WAUGH (Australia) – 54.95

Steve Waugh endured a difficult start into International cricket and it took him 26 test matches and two disappointing dismissals in the nineties before he notched up his first century at Headingley in 1989. The very next test, he was smashing the ball through all corners of Lords’ to reach another test ton! An away average of 54.95 sees Waugh in 4th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

3. JACQUES KALLIS (SA) – 55.06

Age, inconsistency, lack of form aren’t usually terms one associates with his great cricketer from South Africa. Jacques Kallis has a proven track record around the world and an average of 55.06 on foreign soil sees the recently retired legend take a podium spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

2. HASHIM AMLA (South Africa) – 56.06

Hashim Amla‘s highest ever score of 311 came in a crushing demolition job of the English bowling at Oval in 2012 and 11 of his 21 test centuries have come on foreign soil with 4 in India itself. As good a test record away from home as you could hope for!

1. ANDY FLOWER (Zimbabwe) – 60.30

The only Zimbabwean batsman of true test quality in all kinds of conditions with an average of 60.30 outside Zimbabwe. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000 he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe’s history. Andy Flower takes the No.1 spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 test batsmen with highest average at away venue in 21st century.

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12 Unknown Facts about Indian cricket’s icon Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh is one of the best ODI cricketer India national cricket team has produced in recent times. At his best, there is no player on the planet that you would rather than this stylish left-hander from Punjab. That silky flick through the on-side, that slap through mid-wicket that he plays with disdain, Yuvraj’s high bat-lift makes his game even more pleasant to watch.

Let’s take a look at 12 unknown facts about the Punjab dasher.

1. Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh is a former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie actor.

2. Yuvraj is the only Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to have been signed by English county Yorkshire, an honor few overseas players are bestowed upon.

3. Yuvraj Singh was signed by Microsoft as a brand ambassador when the Xbox 360 video game console was launched in the Indian market way back in 2006.

4. He was an avid roller-skater as a child and has also won the National Under-14 Roller Skating Championship.

5. Why does Yuvraj wear the No. 12 shirt? He wears the jersey with number 12, since his birth date is on 12th of December which is also the 12th month of the year. Yuvi considers 12 to be his lucky number. Moreover, he also wears a black thread on his wrist when he comes in to play.

6. Yuvraj is a huge Sachin fan since childhood. Yuvraj cherishes those moments he spent on the crease with the master blaster, and rates that test in Chennai in 2008 when he had a crucial partnership with Sachin to win India the match as one of his greatest cricketing moments.

7. Yuvraj used to study at Chandigarh’s DAV School. The Southpaw had the maximum attendance on the cricket pitch though, and it is said that Yuvraj broke a sign of the school’s name which used to be on the school’s wall with a barrage of huge sixes. Quite the naughty lad, eh?

8. When he was 7 years old, he kept insisting his mother buy him a bicycle. When she finally agreed, Yuvraj jammed the bicycle onto a rickshaw on the very first ride and ended up with 10 STITCHES.

9. When one of Yuvraj’s friends brought an air gun when they were young, and nobody could figure out how it worked, Yuvi took the matter into his own hands and accidentally shot his friend in the stomach! Thankfully no damage was done!

10. We all have heard about Yuvi’s battle with cancer, but did you know that Yuvraj was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, for which he underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the United States.

11. Yuvraj Singh has also done a Bollywood animated movie ‘Jumbo’. Yuvraj did a voice-over in the movie produced by Akshay Kumar.

12. Yuvraj has started a great initiative with ‘YouWeCan’, with which he plans to help cancer patients in their treatment. Excellent work Yuvi! 

Boost for West Indies as Sunil Narine cleared for selection

West Indian off-spinner Sunil Narine‘s injury fears were put to bed when he was declared fit to face England in the second T20 international match at the Kensington Oval.

Narine appeared to have done some serious damage to his knee in attempting a sliding stop at the third man region during the seventh over of England’s chase in the first T20 on Sunday.

Narine’s comeback comes as a major boost for West Indies in their bid to retain their crown when the World T20 carnival kicks off in Bangladesh this Sunday.

A press release from the West Indies Cricket Board(WICB) on Monday confirmed Narine’s recovery and subsequent availability for Tuesday’s game. “West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has recovered from the knee injury he suffered during Sunday’s first T20 International against England at Kensington Oval. He was expected to undergo a scan on Monday morning but it was not required,” the statement read.

Narine currently leads the ICC T20 bowling rankings for bowlers and will spearhead the Windies attack in the World T20.

Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup
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Top 10 All-Time Leading Run Scorers In Asia Cup

Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup ∼ Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.

Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup

Today, we bring you the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup, those blokes who have taken the tournament by storm over it’s history and are at the top of the pile in the run-scoring charts. Asia Cup is a fight for subcontinental supremacy and each of the magnificent performers in SPORTZWIKI’s the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup have done their nation proud at this prestigious tournament.

10. Virat Kohli:

Arguably the best batsman in the world right now, Virat Kohli is tenth in SPORTZWIKI’s the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup. The India skipper, who is missing the 2018 edition, has scored 613 runs in 11 innings.

9. Marvan Atapattu

Marvan Atapattu was a far better batsman than people sometimes gave him credit for. The former Sri Lankan captain was the perfect opening partner for the destructive Sanath Jayasuriya and always brought his A-game for the Asia Cup. He amassed 642 runs in 13 matches with the help of 1 century and six fifties & ninth in Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup.

8. Aravinda de Silva

One of the greatest players in Sri Lankan history, Aravinda de Silva’s 645 runs in the competition earns him the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup. Class always comes through on the big occasions!

7. Mahela Jayawardene:

Another Sri Lankan in this list and certainly not the last, Mahela Jayawardene takes the eighth spot in this prestigious list after scoring 674 runs in 28 games.

6. Rohit Sharma:

India opener Rohit Sharma is on the sixth spot of SPORTZWIKI’s the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup. The only man to score three double centuries in ODIs, Rohit has so far amassed 697 runs in 21 matches. The right-handed batsman has scored 1 century and six fifties.

5. Arjuna Ranatunga

Sri Lanka’s world cup winning captain had an impressive record in the Asia Cup with 741 runs in the tournament. Ranatunga was also the captain of the Sri Lankan outfit which won the competition in 1997.

4. Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik loves playing against sub-continental teams – some of his most memorable knocks have come at the expense of India and Sri Lanka. The veteran Pakistani batsman is fourth in SPORTZWIKI’s the Top 10 leading run scorers in Asia Cup. So far, he has scored 756 runs in 16 matches.

3. Sachin Tendulkar 

A welcome change for Sachin Tendulkar, a rare countdown which he doesn’t top! The master-blaster is one of the most prolific run-getters in the tournament’s history with 971 runs at an average of 51.10, among them 2 centuries and 7 fifties.

2. Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara is the second in the list of all-time leading run-scorer of this continental showpiece. The former Sri Lanka skipper scored 1075 runs in 24 games with the help of 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries.

1. Sanath Jayasuriya:

The all-time is list is headed by Sri Lanka’s swashbuckling opener Sanath Jayasuriya. The hard-hitting batsman is the first to cross the 1,000-run mark in this competition. He scored 1,220 runs in 25 games including 6 centuries and 3 fifties. In his very last Asia Cup innings, he scored a match-winning ton against India in 2008 final.

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Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing

Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Are you geting your daily dose of statistics? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world. Today, we look at SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

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It is in adversity that the true character and temperament of a batsman is tested, it is how he responds when the chips are down that filters the great men from the ordinary. Chases are truly a different ball game compared to putting a total on the board as a wide range of factors come into play – none bigger than the pressure of the climbing required run rate. SPORTZWIKI takes a look at the most successful batsman in chases as we unravel the Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

10. Brian Lara
Brian Lara may have been spent most of his career batting at the No.4 position but the West Indian legend was a man who thrived on the big occasion as he has been not out on 30 occasions in ODI chases. Lara was an expert at pacing his innings depending upon the situation and fins himself at the No. 10 spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

9. Michael Bevan
Michael Bevan is 9th in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing. Being a part of one of the strongest ODI outfits of all time, Michael Bevan could easily have been overshadowed by its mighty top-order. However, a capacity to deliver almost each time he was called upon and an unbreakable resolve in crisis situations made him stand out in a team of superstars. Only a handful of players even come close to matching his consistency, his ability to pull out wins from losing situations and his incredible batting average. Bevan has been not out in 30 chases, an incredible feat only few can match or better.

8. Ricky Ponting
There is rarely any batting countdown in which this great Australian batsman doesn’t feature. Ricky Ponting was a class act with the bat, and despite batting in the top-order, Punter had an amazing 32 not outs in ODI chases, his consistency was second to none. Ricky Ponting occupies the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

7. Arjuna Ranatunga
The Sri Lankan World Cup winning captain made it a habit to deliver in any crisis situation the team found itself in. Arjuna Ranatunga was a nightmare for any bowler in the world as he had the ability to pierce the off and leg-side fields with ease with his wide range of strokes. He is 7th in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

6. Shaun Pollock
The only bowler in the list, although Shaun Pollock would probably take offence to being called a bowler as he was truly an outstanding bolwing all-rounder for the Proteas. Pollock lent some much-needed depth to the South African lower middle order and was no pushover with the bat as he has rescued South Africa on many occasions in ODI chases. With a staggering 33 not outs, Shaun Pollock is 6th in our countdown.

5. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is one of the only few modern batsmen who can boast of having a better average in ODIs and tests than the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Kallis was a pillar of the South African top order, yet had an impressive record of finishing games with 34 not outs in ODI chases, earning the recently retired all-rounder the 5th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

4. Inzamam ul-Haq
We all remember how Inzi snatched a test win from Bangladesh’s grasp with his heroics in batting with the tail and single-handed dragging Pakistan to an underved victory. On a pitch helping seamers, Pakistan were 132 for six – still 129 short of victory. But Inzamam stood firm for five hours 17 minutes, and his unbeaten 138 guided Pakistan home. He was as effective in the ODi format as grabs the 4th spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing with 34 not outs.

3. Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes was the Michael Bevan of South African cricket, the man who so often carried the Proteas on his shoulders in so many great ODI matches of the past decade. And his impressive 35 not outs in ODI chases proves his worth as a finisher in this format. He is 3rd in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

2. Mohammed Azharuddin
Mohammed Azharuddin had all the necessary attributes to succeed in difficult situations- a wide range of strokes, a wristy style that helped him manouever the gaps and above all, a calm head on his shoulders, as Azhar led India to so many famous chases in his glittering career. The former Indian captain is 2nd in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing.

1. MS Dhoni
38 and counting! And if the latest New Zealand series is anything to go by, MS Dhoni would strengthen his position as the best finisher in world cricket. His game and shot making may not be pleasing to the eye of the cricketing purist, but MSD has shown time and again that he has what it takes to deliver in the crunch situations. He occupies the deserved 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’S Top 10 ODI batsmen with maximum not outs while chasing with an outstanding 38 not outs in chases.

12 Unknown Facts about ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid

Let’s take a look at 12 of the unknown facts about the man we chose to call by the name of ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid.

Rahul Dravid was won admirers around the world with his prolific run-scoring on the field and his understated, humble and charming personality off the field. Over the span of a glorious cricketing journey, he has won over most who have seen, heard or met him. click for more information –

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The awe that Dravid used to command at the crease with his genial smile and a killer bat can never be replicated, his contributions for India can never be marginalised. Dravid was arguably the most technically sound batsman India has ever produced, and probably, in terms of sheer impact of his performances, has played more significant knocks than this teammate and great friend Sachin Tendulkar.

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1. Dravid’s father used to work at the Kissan factory which makes Jams, which has earned Dravid the nickname ‘Jammy’. Dravid has also starred in an advertisement for Kissan.

2. Rahul holds the distinction of being the only Indian to score centuries in four consecutive test-match innings when he scored against West Indies at Mumbai. His previous three hundreds, 115,148 and 217 came during India’s tour of England in 2002.

3. Rahul  Dravid won the ICC Test Player of the year and the Player of the year awards when the ICC awards were launched way back in 2004, which remains one of his greatest achievements.

4. Rahul Dravid is also the only cricketer to have scored a century in each test playing nation. He achieved this stunning feat with a century against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.

5. Rahul Dravid is the only non-Australian cricketer to address the Bradman Oration. He delivered the Bradman Oration on December 14,2012 at the  War Memorial in Canberra. What an honor!

6. Dravid was the top scorer in the seventh ODI World Cup in England in 1999, with 461 runs, a perfect response to people who kept insisting he was a test match batsman.

7. Dravid was voted the sexiest sports personality in India in an online survey (2004-05). He left the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza behind.

8. Dravid is the only ever player in cricket history to have made his debut and retired in the same match. He made 31 off 21 in his T20 debut against England in the summer of 2011.

9. Much like Sourav Ganguly who also drifted to cricket after an initial obsession with football, Dravid played hockey before he took to cricket. With a natural flair for the sport, Dravid was selected for Karnataka’s junior state team.

10. Glenn McGrath once famously said that if there was one Indian cricketer who could earn a direct entry into the great Australian side of the late 90s, it would be Rahul Dravid.

11. We have already told you why Rahul is called ‘Jammy’. But very few people know that there is also a local cricket tournament at the school level named after the veteran batsman. The ‘Jammy Cup’ is held in Bangalore and the man-of-the-match gets the title of ‘Jammy of the Day.’

12. MTV viewers might have seen this! Dravid was proposed by a woman on MTV’s popular show – Bakra, a part of a prank ofcourse. But Dravid was seen advising the young maiden about continuing with her education and devoting her time to other things in life except her obsession for him!

Don’t miss this amazing video! Check it out here!

 

 

 

Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I

Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.

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With the carnival of the T20 World Cup set to kick off in a few days time, SPORTZWIKI tries to unearth the finest blokes in the format in which knocking the stumps and tonking the ball into the stands are the main objectives. Today, we take a look at the Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I.

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10. ROSS TAYLOR (NZ) : 38 SIXES

The New Zealand batsman is a difficult customer to stop when he is in full flow. Ross Taylor’s strength through the mid-wicket region is well documented, and has accounted for most of his 38 sixes as he occupies the 10th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I.

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9. MARLON SAMUELS (WI) : 39 SIXES

Is there any cricketer who strikes the ball as cleanly and sweetly as this powerhouse from Kingston, Jamaica? Marlon Samuels has enjoyed great success in the T20 format and his comfort levels against pace and spin like make him a dangerous weapon in the shorter format.

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8. SHAHID AFRIDI (PAK) : 41 SIXES

Shahid Afridi has long been synonymous with ‘inconsistency’, so has he been with ‘destruction’. Afridi has 41 T20I sixes to his name, a large chunk of those in Pakistan’s T20 WC winning campaign in 2009 in England. And with Afridi getting back to his best with his sizzling performances in the Asia Cup, the alarm bells must be already ringing in the opposition camp.

7. CAMERON WHITE (AUS) : 43 SIXES

Another talented player who, at times, flatters to deceive, Cameron White’s heaves through the deep extra cover region are a thing of beauty. White has been a prolific performer in the T20 format with 43 T20I sixes to his name.

6. MARTIN GUPTILL (NZ) : 49 SIXES

Martin Guptill is one of the precious few to have scored a T20I century – a sparkling display of breathtaking hitting and unapologetic torture on the South African bowling line up at East London in 2012 as he helped himself to an unbeaten 101 off 69 balls. Guptill comes in at the 6th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I.

5. DAVID WARNER (AUS) : 57 SIXES

David Warner has the ideal game to succeed in the T20 format – the Southpaw has an extraordinary range of strokes through all corners of the cricket ground and has the knack of being able to execute the sensational, quite often cheeky strokes. With 57 sixes in T20 internationals, Warner is 5th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I.

4. YUVRAJ SINGH (IND) : 59 SIXES

59 sixes, with 6 of them scored in 1 Stuart Broad over that is still likely to continue as a Youtube sensation for generations to come! Yuvraj Singh was the architect of India’s T20 WC success in 2007 with match-winning knocks against England and later on, against Australia in the semi final when he smashed 70 off  just 30 balls.

3. CHRIS GAYLE (WI) : 64 SIXES

Chris Gayle’s stand-and-deliver method hasn’t won many admirers from the bowlers around the world. Usually, there is only one outcome when you pitch it up to his man. And that is not a pleasant sight for any bowler. Gayle is 3rd in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I with 64 sixes.

2. SHANE WATSON (AUS) : 64 SIXES

Shane Watson, despite all his injury problems and struggles with the bat, remains a key player for Australia in the T20 format. Watson was crucial in Australia’s run to the final in the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean in 2010, and yet agains represents Australia’s best hope in 2014.

1. BRENDON MCCULLUM (NZ) : 80 SIXES

Anyone who witnessed the undefeated 158 off 72 against RCB in the inaugral match of the Indian Premier League will testify to the fact that Brendon McCullum has the ability to make some of the best bowling line-ups look ordinary. With a staggering 80 sixes in T2OI, McCullum takes the 1st place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 cricketers to hit maximum sixes in T20I.

10. Ross Taylor (NZ) : 38 SIXES
9. Marlon Samuels (WI) : 39 SIXES
8. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) : 41 SIXES
7. Cameron White (AUS) : 43 SIXES
6. Martin Guptill (NZ) : 49 SIXES
5. David Warner (Australia) : 57 SIXES
4. Yuvraj Singh (India) : 59 SIXES
3. Chris Gayle (West Indies) : 64 SIXES
2. Shane Watson (AUS) : 64 SIXES
1. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) : 80 SIXES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history

Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.

Click Hare For New Update – Top Five Most Successful Indian Captains

Today, we shift out focus on the Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history. Leading a side in a test match is a massive honour, a privilege only few are bestowed upon. It is also a challenge that requires every inch of one’s cricketing skills, as well as leadership and management qualities. Test cricket is the holy grail for any cricketer, and the constant scrutiny that comes from leading a side in the longer format just adds to the pressure – only those who have stepped up when it mattered have been successful as test captains. Let’s dig into the history books and take a look at the Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history.

10. Mushfiqur Rahim

The Bangladesh captain was thrown into the top job at the age of 23 after Bangladesh slumped to an unexpected defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in 2011. Rahim made his debut as skipper against West Indies at Chittagong.

9. Mohammad Ashraful

Mohammad Ashraful, as a batsman, always gave you the impression that he had the potential to make it big in international cricket, but his inconsistency let him down. As a skipper, Ashraful failed to win each of the 13 tests in which he led Bangladesh, drawing just the one. Asharful takes the 9th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history.

8. M Bisset

A wicket keeper batsman, Sir Murray Bisset captained South Africa in two test matches in 1899 and lost both. Having been handed the mantle of captaincy at 22 years and 306 days, Bisset takes the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history.

7. Javed Miandad

After Asif Iqbal retired from the game following a series defeat to India, Miandad was chosen as the Pakistan captain ahead of senior players like Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz Nawaz, Majid Khan and Wasim Bari. Miandad began with a series win over the Aussies.

6. Ian Craig

A slightly built right-handed batsman, Craig holds the distinction of being the youngest Australian to score a first-class double ton, play for the country and to captain his country. But loss of form and ill-health forced him out of the side after just one season.

5. Shakib Al-Hasan

The third Bangldeshi in the list, Shakib Al Hasan took over the captaincy from the injured Mashrafe Mortaza for a test against West Indies at St. George’s. Under Shakib’s leadership Bangladesh went on to win the second Test, and in the process secured their first ever overseas series win. Shakib helped himself to both the man of the match and man of the series awards.

4. Graeme Smith

Smith took over the reins of the team after just eight matches into his test career after Shaun Pollock resigned as skipper after the setback of the 2003 ICC World Cup. To captain an international side at the highest level for over a decade and in over a hundred test matches speaks volumes of Smith’s inherent leadership qualities and his stature as a leader of men in a South African side perched at the pinnacle of the Gentleman’s game.

3. Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis took over as Pakistan captain at the age of 22 in a test match against Zimbabwe at Karachi in 1993. Waqar had a 60% success rate as skipper, winning 10 out of 17 tests, his highest point as skipper came when Pakistan won six consecutive Test matches in 2001/2002.

2. Nawab of Pataudi

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, atleast in terms of results on foreign soil, stands out as one of India’s greatest ever captains. Pataudi led India to its first-ever series victory on foreign soil as India won the 1967-68 test series in New Zealand by a margin of 3-1.

1. Tatenda Taibu

Zimbabwean wicket keeper batsman Taibu became the youngest ever test captain when on 6 May 2004, he captained his team against Sri Lanka. Taibu takes the 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 youngest captains in test cricket history.

Player Age Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
T Taibu 20y 358d Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Harare 6 May 2004 Test # 1698
Nawab of Pataudi 21y 77d India v West Indies Bridgetown 23 Mar 1962 Test # 527
Waqar Younis 22y 15d Pakistan v Zimbabwe Karachi 1 Dec 1993 Test # 1237
GC Smith 22y 82d South Africa v Bangladesh Chittagong 24 Apr 2003 Test # 1640
Shakib Al Hasan 22y 115d Bangladesh v West Indies St George’s 17 Jul 2009 Test # 1926
ID Craig 22y 194d Australia v South Africa Johannesburg 23 Dec 1957 Test # 444
Javed Miandad 22y 260d Pakistan v Australia Karachi 27 Feb 1980 Test # 876
M Bisset 22y 306d South Africa England Johannesburg 14 Feb 1899 Test # 58
Mohammad Ashraful 22y 353d Bangladesh Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 25 Jun 2007 Test # 1837
Mushfiqur Rahim 23y 50d Bangladesh West Indies Chittagong 21 Oct 2011 Test # 2010

 

7 interesting facts about Shikhar Dhawan’s marriage

They say we are destined to end up with someone special in our lives, some romances are indeed destined to be. One such romance is between Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan and his beautiful wife Ayesha Mukherjee. Let’s take a look at 7 interesting facts about Shikhar Dhawan’s marriage.

1. Shikhar Dhawan’s love story didn’t begin with a chance encounter with his eventual soulmate, but the two lovebirds first started getting to know each other on social networking website Facebook. Match made on FB, eh?

2. Moustache swirling cricketer Shikhar Dhawan is grateful to his senior cricket colleague Harbhajan Singh, who is said to have donned the match-maker’s role and introduced Shikhar and Ayesha on facebook.

3. Ayesha is said to have a huge interest in sports, and is also an amateur boxer. Her mother is British, and her father is Bengali, which is why Ayesha can speak very fluent Bengali.

4. This is not the first time Ayesha has tied the knot. The Bengali beauty has two daughters from her first marriage – Rhea and Aliyah. Moreover, Shikhar’s better half is 12 years older than him and the Indian opener had a tough time convincing her parents as they had reservations about the age difference between the two.

5. Did you know that Shikhar and Ayesha got engaged way back in 2009? But Shikhar postponed the wedding as he wanted to focus on cricket and first cement his place in the Indian team before taking the plunge.

6. Ayesha became a rage on the internet after their marriage in 2012 and the social network has been speaking in glorious terms about her beauty, and about a tattoo that apparently runs all the down her back!

7. What strengthened Shikhar Dhawan and Ayesha Mukherjee’s relationship is that even though Ayesha hails from Australia, and still has to shuttle between Australia and India, Shikhar believes she is more Indian than he is! Ayesha is a very religious person at heart, can speak Bengali very fluently and can cook yummy Indian dishes! Quite the ideal bride, eh?

 



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