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Teams With Most Whitewash Series Wins in Tests

Test Cricket has always been challenging forms of cricket. Well, maintaining, consistency, commitment has been the features that determine a player and a particular team’s calibre in Test cricket. The longest version of the game has provided some nail-biting moments when it comes to rivalries between some of the best teams across the globe.

These teams took pride in their performances which gave the fans some ultimate moments to relish.  In this piece, we are about to discuss teams who have registered the most number of whitewash series wins in Test cricket. These teams have maintained remarkable consistency with their resolve and temperament, which enabled them to record the most number of whitewash series wins.

It is also because these teams executed their plans as per the strengths of their opponents which gave them an edge over their opponents. It was simply amazing how some teams maintained their winning run, but it was the commitment to the field that gave them the upper hand.

We take a look at the eight teams who registered most whitewash series wins in Tests.

# 1 Australia (23 wins):

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Australia is the team which tops the list with the most number of whitewash wins. The Baggy Greens have registered 23 whitewash wins in test cricket. Australia has always been the most dominating and successful team in test cricket.

The Kangaroos latest whitewash was against New Zealand this year when they won with a 3-0 margin at home. Marnus Labuchagne was the man of the series. Australia registered four whitewash wins over England (1920-21 with a 5-0 scoreline), (1979-80 with a 3-0 scoreline), (2006-07 with a 5-0 scoreline), (2013-14 with a 5-0 scoreline).

Australia has registered three white was series wins over South Africa (5-0 in 1931-32, 3-0 in 2001-02, 3-0 in 2005-06). Australia has registered two whitewash series wins over India (3-0 in 1967-68, 1999-00 and 4-0 in 2011-12). Australia has registered six whitewash series wins over Pakistan in 1972-73, 1999-00, 2002-03, 2004-05,2009-10, 2016-17 (all with a 3-0 scoreline).

Australia has registered three whitewash series wins over Sri-Lanka (in 1995-96, 2003-04, 2012-13). Australia completed two whitewash series wins over west-indies (1999-00 with a 5-0 scoreline and in 2005-06 with a 3-0 scoreline).

# 2 England (13 wins):

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The three lions have always showcased their class and supremacy in test cricket with some accomplished performances. England registered its last whitewash series win over Sri-Lanka in 2018-19 with a 3-0 scoreline when debutant Ben Foakes was adjudged man of the series.

England registered four whitewash series wins over New Zealand (1962-63, 1965,1978, 2004) with a 3-0 scoreline. England registered three whitewash series wins over India 3 times (5-0 in 1959, 3-0 in 1967, 4-0 in 2011). England also registered two whitewash series wins over West-Indies (3-0 in 1928 and 4-0 in 2004).

England registered whitewash series wins over South Africa in 1895-96 and 1912 both with a 3-0 scoreline. England registered its whitewash series win over arch-rivals Australia in 1886 with a 3-0 scoreline.

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Top 10 Players Who’ve Won Most Man of The Series Awards in ODIs

Since the inception of One Day International (ODI) cricket, the game has seen a lot of transformation. The limited-overs format has changed tremendously over the last two to three decades. In the 1970s & 1980s, ODI was a 60-over format but later it was reduced to 50 overs per side. As the game got fast-paced, ODI saw many changes and it became a lot more intriguing.

Over the last 40 years, limited-overs cricket saw the arrival of some class batsmen who will be remembered as the legends of the game. These batsmen have delivered whenever their teams required them to come up with some spectacular performances.

In this piece, we are about to analyse the records of the players who have won the most number of man of the series awards in One Day Internationals. These players have stood up during pressure situations and have given their teams many memorable moments with their brilliance. Let’s take a look.

We take a look at 10 players who’ve won most Man of the Series Awards in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar – 15 Man of the Series Awards in 463 matches

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The legendary batsman doesn’t need any introduction. The Master Blaster has always stepped up whenever his team required him to. The champion batsman has many records to his name but this particular record shows the class and determination of the veteran batsmen. Tendulkar made batting look easy with his class and temperament.

The right-hander won 15 Man of the Series awards for team India in 463 matches in the 50-over format. He scored 18426 runs in his ODI career.

Tendulkar punched the ball gracefully on the offside and was equally strong on the leg side. Watching him drive through the off side was soothing to every fan’s eyes. Tendulkar showed exemplary footwork on any sort of wicket. Besides, he worked the ball well in the gaps and drove superbly straight down the ground with his classic timing.

Sanath Jayasuriya – 11 Man of the Series Awards in 445 matches

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The left-hander Sanath Jayasuriya changed the concept of batting in the 50-over format with his aggressive and attacking style of play. The Sri-Lankan legend would clear the boundary ropes with his powerful hitting abilities and time the ball superbly. Jayasuriya’s exquisite yet elegant drives would split the field easily.

The former captain showed tremendous resolve and batted brilliantly under pressure. Jayasuriya co-ordinated well with the non-striker while running between the wickets. Anything short and the left-hander would cut the ball powerfully or pull the ball if it would be in the middle and leg area.

Jayasuriya won 11 Man of the Series awards in 445 matches. He didn’t hesitate to play the big shots against the spinners. Jayasuriya had this knack of picking wickets with his off-spin. The veteran scored an astounding 13,430 runs in One Day Internationals.

Virat Kohli – nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games

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The Team India skipper Virat Kohli has a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the Man of the Series awards. Kohli has won nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games. The 31-year-old has shown tremendous resolve and courage while chasing a big total.

The right-hander has shown a fearless approach while batting and has led his team with determination.

Kohli can split the gap wonderfully with his fine cover drives and glorious timing. Kohli is equally strong at his pads. He has already scored 11792 runs till now and is looking good to break many more records.

Shaun Pollock – nine Man of the Series Awards in 303 games

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The South-African legend will be remembered as one of the best swing bowlers of all-time. Pollock had this knack of picking crucial wickets during crunch situations. The former Proteas captain swung the ball both ways and looked threatening on seaming wickets.

Pollock was a handy lower-order batsman. He made the batsmen make mistakes with his variations and made adjustments to his bowling as per the conditions. Pollock won nine Man of the Series awards in 303 matches. Pollock outfoxed the batsmen with his clever change of pace.

Chris Gayle – eight Man of the Series Awards in 301 games

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The West Indian Chris Gayle smashed the best bowling attacks all around the park with his powerful hitting. The 40-year-old was the mainstay of the West Indies batting for more than a decade in One Day Internationals.

The left-hander dominated the opposition bowlers with his powerful striking abilities as he made batting look easy.

Gayle’s effortless batting amazed fans world over. He could pierce the field with his cracking drives and destructive cuts. Gayle could judge the length of any delivery with his fine hand-eye coordination.

The West Indes veteran won eight Man of the Series awards in 71 series in the limited-overs format. Gayle scored 10480 runs in the ODI leg.

Vivian Richards – seven Man of the Series Awards in 187 matches

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“Sir Vivian Richards” was the most destructive yet attractive batsmen during the 1970s & 1980s. During those days ODI was a 60-over format. Keeping in mind that there where very few One Day Internationals being played during that time, it is surprising this legendary batsman won seven Man of the Series awards in 187 matches.

The West Indian was a nightmare for every bowler and hammered the best bowling attacks with his attacking style of play.

Richards has single-handedly won games for his team but he equally adapted as per the conditions which proved quite amazing. Richards was a gifted yet the most attractive batsman of that era.

Anything short on the offside and Richards was quick to cut the ball effortlessly. Richards was equally strong while playing the pull shots but it was his hand-eye co-ordination which enabled him to play his natural attacking game.

The legendary batsman will be remembered as one of the best timers of the cricket ball. Richards scored 6721 runs in his One Day International career.

Hashim Amla – seven Man of the Series Awards in 181 matches

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Hashim Amla was a specimen of consistency right throughout his career. The 38-year-old’s retirement was a big loss for South-African cricket. The right-hander has played some superlative innings bailing his team from danger.

Amla was quite strong on the offside where he punched the ball effortlessly with his sublime timing.

The elegant batsman was equally sharp with his wrist work and looked solid on the back foot as well as the front foot. Amla drove the ball gloriously and looked technically strong on bouncy wickets.

Amla won seven Man of the Series awards in 181 matches. He scored 8113 runs in his One Day International career.

Yuvraj Singh – seven Man of the Series Awards in 304 matches

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Yuvraj Singh was a champion in true sense. The 38-year-old made a comeback in international cricket after fighting a deadly disease like cancer. Although his form got affected after making a comeback, the 2011 World Cup hero will always remain an inspiration for millions of fans worldwide for his fighting spirit.

Yuvraj was a perfect No. 4 batsman for Team India and always performed under pressure. The left-hander stroked the ball wonderfully with his elegant and graceful drives. He pulled the ball powerfully with great hand-eye coordination.

The southpaw punched the ball well on the back foot as well as the front foot. The left-hander had the ability to change the situation of a game with his determined approach.

He won seven Man of the Series awards in 304 games. Yuvraj picked crucial wickets with his deceptive off-spin bowling. Yuvraj Singh was a match-winner during critical situations. The flamboyant left-hander scored 8701 runs in his 50 over career.

Sourav Ganguly – seven Man of the Series Awards in 311 matches

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“The Prince of Kolkata” as he was popularly known during his playing days, was a perfect opening partner for Sachin Tendulkar in limited-overs format when the duo opened together.

Ganguly was simply brilliant with his effortless cover drives and punched the ball wonderfully on the back foot. More than anything else it was the way he timed the ball was just amazing.

The former skipper showed great commitment towards the team and attacked the bowlers fearlessly. Ganguly wasn’t afraid to play big shots against the spinners. He won seven Man of the Series awards in 311 matches in the limited-overs format.

Besides, Ganguly took bold decisions as a captain while making changes in the field as well as while batting. He was called the man with a golden arm as he had this knack of picking wickets with his medium-pace bowling. Ganguly scored 11363 runs in the 50-over format.

 Ricky Ponting – seven Man of the Series Awards in 375 matches

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The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting stood like a rock during challenging situations and his focus seemed unbreakable when he batted. His fearless approach brought positive results for his side. Ponting would take calculated risks while batting and as per match situations.

The right-hander drove the ball effortlessly with his classical timing and found the gaps beautifully with his wristy yet elegant flicks.

Ponting possessed amazing footwork on any sort of wickets. Anything short on the leg side and Ponting was quick to pull the ball away. Ponting won seven Man of the Series awards in 375 matches in the limited-overs format. Ponting showcased great footwork while batting on Indian sub-continent wickets against the spinners.

The Aussie veteran scored 13,378 runs in his ODI career.

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5 Batsmen Who Can Break Chris Gayle’s Fastest Century Record in IPL 2020

T20 Cricket is all about entertainment and high voltage excitement. But, if we talk about IPL then the level of excitement in this particular event is beyond every fan’s imagination. IPL is like a festival of cricket where a galaxy of stars assemble to showcase their class. Since the introduction of IPL, the game has gone through a lot of changes.

Batting has become a lot more entertaining in T20 Cricket due to the IPL as the records are broken more frequently. One such record which we would like to mention in this piece is the fastest century scored by Chris Gayle in the 2013 season against the Pune Warriors. Gayle scored 175 in that game.

Although we have witnessed some sensational batting performances by other players in the IPL history, this particular knock will be remembered as one of the most destructive knocks ever played by any batsman. Gayle scored the century in 30 deliveries. Some batsmen can break this record as they have the quality to produce the same kind of acceleration.

In this piece, we are about to discuss batsmen who are the biggest stars at the moment and who can destroy the opposition’s bowling line-up with their attacking style of play.

These batsmen have played some memorable knocks in the past. The batsmen whom we are about to mention in this piece have broken many records in the past and are capable to break this particular record too. Let’s take a look.

We take a look at 5 such batsmen who can break Chris Gayle’s record of the fastest century in IPL 2020:

Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)

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Rohit Sharma is one of those Indian batsmen who has looked the most complete batsman in all three formats. The 32-year-old can build his innings quite well and can find the gaps effortlessly with his elegant cover drives. The right-hander makes batting look easy whenever he is one the crease.

Sharma looks elegant with his classy wrist work and wonderful back foot punches. Sharma can cut the ball superbly with his well times cuts and possesses fine footwork on any kind of wicket. Sharma can play the big shots and it’s his timing which amazes everyone.

Sharma’s effortless stroke play has caught everyone’s eyes over the years. The opener has scored 2773 runs in 108 T20I with a strike rate of 138.79.

The right-hander has scored 4 centuries and 21 half-centuries in T20I. He has scored 4898 runs in 188 IPL games with a strike rate of 130.82. Sharma has registered 1 century and 36 half-centuries in his IPL career.

Jos Butler (Rajasthan Royals)

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Butler is one of the most destructive hitters of modern-day cricket. The 29-year-old can tear apart any bowling attack with his powerful stroke play. The right-hander can accelerate the scoring quickly which can put pressure on the opposition.

Butler’s ability to hit the ball in the air can’t be undermined as the wicket-keeper batsman can hit a good length ball out of the park. Butler can find the gaps easily with his cracking cover drives and powerful cuts.

Butler can accumulate runs quickly while chasing a big target which makes him a dangerous player lower down the order. Butler can attack the spinners by charging down the wicket.

The England international has scored 1334 runs in 69 T20I with a strike rate of 139.68. His has 8 half-centuries to his name in his T20I career.

 David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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David Warner has re-established himself after making a comeback from the ball-tampering ban. His 335 against Pakistan in last year’s test series showed why he is considered one of the most destructive openers in World Cricket at the moment.

The left-hander can destroy any bowling line up on his day with his aggressive style of play. The Australian can find the gaps in the field with his powerful drives and square cuts. The 32-year-old is quick on the back foot and can punch the ball powerfully even on slow wickets.

Warner is equally strong while pulling the ball. Warner is not afraid to free his arms against the spinners to play the big shots.

Warner has scored 2207 runs in 79 T20I with a strike rate of 140.48 and has scored 1 century and 17 half-centuries. Warner has scored 4706 runs in 126 IPL games with a strike rate of 142.39. He has scored 4 centuries and 44 half-centuries in his IPL career.

AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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The former South African skipper is still one of the most feared batsmen in T20 cricket. The 35-year-old can change his game as per match situations and can rotate the strike intelligently.

De Villiers can be destructive on any kind of wicket. De Villiers can find the gaps with his well-timed and delightful cover drives. Anything short and De Villiers will punish the bowlers if it is slightly in the middle and leg area.

The right-hander can work the ball well in the gaps with his wristy flicks and possesses great footwork while playing on the front foot as well as the back foot. De Villiers can accelerate when needed and isn’t afraid to play the big shots against the spinners.

De Villiers is quite sharp while picking the length of delivery with his fantastic hand-eye coordination.

De Villiers is also a handy fielder inside the ring as well as at the boundary. De Villiers has scored 1672 runs in 78 T20I with a strike rate of 135.17. De Villiers has scored 10 half-centuries in T20I.

The South African has scored 4395 runs in 154 IPL games with a strike rate of 151.24. De Villiers has scored 3 centuries and 33 half-centuries in his IPL career.

Aaron Finch (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

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Aaron Finch can destroy any bowling attack with his accelerating and destructive style of play. The 32-year-old can cut the ball powerfully and can place the ball in the gaps with his destructive cover drives.

Finch tends to make room outside the off-stump which gives him time to cut the ball in the gaps.

The right-hander is a fine puller of the ball and has the awareness to play the ball late on slow wickets. Finch is equally dominating against the spinners and can find the gaps with his unconventional strokeplay.

Finch can cause heavy damage to any bowling line up if he gets going. The Australian has scored 1989 runs in 61 T20I with a strike rate of 155.88. Finch has scored 2 centuries and 12 half-centuries in his T20I career.

Finch has scored 1737 runs in 75 IPL games so far with a strike rate of 130.7. He has scored 13 fifties in his IPL career.

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Top 5 ODI Knocks By Indian Batsmen In This Decade

Top 5 ODI Knocks By Indian Batsmen In This Decade: Since the start of the 21st century, One Day International Cricket has amazed every fan world over, with the kind of excitement it has created. After the advent of T20 Leagues globally, One Day International Cricket has become fast-paced and has continued to generate a lot of hype.

Since the last decade or so, limited-overs Cricket has looked all the more appealing as the game has reached the masses even in remote areas of the country due to the advent of Social Media. But, we have noticed an exciting trend in White Ball Cricket as the batsmen have looked more dominating.

Since the last decade, we have seen some magnificent knocks from some of the best players from around the World. Apart from these players, Indian batsmen too, have played some memorable knocks which will be remembered as some of the greatest knocks in the limited-overs format.

We take a look at top 5 ODI knocks by Indian batsmen in this decade which will always be remembered by the Indian fans for a very long time.

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1. Sachin Tendulkar (200 in 147 balls vs South-Africa in Gwalior in 2010)

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The master blaster smashed the South-African bowlers all around the park with his effortless timing. The 47-year-old batsman was at his best while playing the cover drives and flicked the ball wonderfully on the leg side. The right-hander pulled the ball superbly and didn’t allow the South-African bowlers to settle down. Tendulkar stroked the ball well in the gaps and rotated the strike intelligently.

The legendary batsman showed some great footwork and looked fluent while stroking the ball on the back-foot as well as the front foot. Tendulkar played some fine late cuts when the wicket got slow and was spot on as far as his shot selection was concerned. Tendulkar hit 25 boundaries and three sixes. Tendulkar’s knock helped India score 401. India won the game by 148 runs.

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Five Unsold Players Who Can Still Play In The IPL 2020

Every year the IPL auctions arrive with many surprises and create a hype which isn’t short of any excitement. The latest IPL auctions too generated a lot of excitement and drama, but it threw a lot more surprises in terms of players who were sold and who went unsold.

The latest auction reflected the changing scenario of T20 cricket where a player’s current form is also analysed very closely and the kind of impact he can have on the team. Franchisees and the team management also assess the team combinations they need and the kind of bench strength they need to have in order to be on par with the other teams.

There were a few surprises when it comes to the players who were in the limelight but couldn’t make the cut by any Franchisees. In the 2019 auction, there were some well-established player’s who might consider themselves unlucky but still, they can hope to impress the franchisees and the team management.

In this article, we have picked up a list of 5 players who might still feature in the event or it could be said that they might be considered as a backup for the tournament.

# 1 Carlos Braithwaite

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The burly West Indian, Carlos Brathwaite caught everyone’s eye when he smoked Ben Stokes for four sixes in the final over of the final of the World T20 in Kolkata in 2016. The 31-year-old can hit the ball a long way with his power and timing. Braithwaite can change the outcome of a game with his destructive batting. The Barbados player is known for his unpredictability and can dominate any bowling attack if he gets going.

The all-rounder has got the skills to pick wickets during crunch situations with his medium pace. Braithwaite can restrict the batsmen with his ability to bowl in the right areas. Braithwaite can outsmart the batsmen with his clever variations.

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5 Most Feared West Indies Batsmen During 1970s And 80s

Cricket in the Carribean was like a religion during the 1970s & the ’80s and Cricketers were worshipped like gods. Although the fans are still passionate about the sport, the ’70s & ’80s were the golden years of the West Indies Cricket.

The West Indian side dominated every team they played against whether they were playing at home or away. West Indian fast bowlers were the most feared due to their pace, swing and aggressive bowling. They dominated the best batting line-ups on any sort of wicket.

In comparison, their batting too was quite strong. Their batsmen took the opposition bowlers head-on and would hammer any bowling attack on their day. These batsmen showed great footwork on any kind of wicket.

The West Indian batsmen showed fine temperament and footwork even while playing spinners in the sub-continent. They were equally good while facing the English bowlers in swinging conditions. These batsmen played a very important role in making West Indies one of the greatest sides during that period. We take a look at five such West Indies batsmen of that era who had a big impact on their team.

# 1 Clive Lloyd

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Clive Lloyd led the team from the front with his smart tactics and determined approach. Lloyd was a key figure in the batting line-up and smashed the bowling attacks with his powerful cuts and effortless cover drives. Lloyd took apart the best bowling line-ups with his aggressive stroke-play and powerful punches.

The left-hander was strong on the back foot as well as on the front foot. Lloyd had this tendency to shuffle across the stumps which made it all the more difficult for the bowlers to bowl at him.

Lloyd would find gaps in the field quite easily with his wonderful footwork. The southpaw was sharp while playing the pull shots on fast wickets. Lloyd looked comfortable while playing the spinners on sub-continent wickets and used the crease well while playing attacking shots against them. The left-hander was a towering personality in International Cricket. He scored 7515 runs in 110 tests. He led West Indies to two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979.

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Five South African Bowlers Who Made an Impact on Proteas Cricket Since 1990s

The story of South African Cricket is unique since its reintroduction in International Cricket in the 1992 World Cup. After being banned for 22 years, South Africa made a great comeback in the 1992 World Cup while finishing as a semi-finalist. Since then African team has kept on producing some top-class fast bowlers who have had a big impact on the Proteas cricket in the broader spectrum.

These bowlers have managed to dominate the batsmen not only on fast and bouncy wickets but also on sub-continent wickets which usually assist the spinners. Due to a vast amount of talent South Africa is the only team who has managed to win two-match Test series against Australia in Australia.

The Proteas have also won Test series in England where the conditions are helpful for swing bowlers.  The RSA has always had a mix of pace ingredient which has helped them to overcome any sort of conditions.

If we look at the teams South Africa has had in the previous years, their pacers have dominated the best batting line-ups and have achieved major status in the world of cricket.

We take a look at five such South African bowlers of yesteryears who have inspired the next generation of fast bowlers.

# 1 Allan Donald:

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Allan Donald will be remembered as one of the best South African bowlers of all time. Donald bowled with an aggressive intent and looked to attack the stumps. The right-arm fast bowler generated a lot of speed with his jump.

Donald more often than not troubled the batsmen with his quick bouncers. His fast yorkers would often unsettle the batsmen. The 53-year-old would hit the deck hard and always tried to bowl in the good length area.

Donald operated quite well in the slog overs and extracted a lot of bounce even on slow wickets. Donald took 330 wickets in 72 tests and 272 wickets in 164 One Day Internationals. He was quite penetrative with his fast outswingers.

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Five Bowlers Who Can be Used as Pinch-Hitters in The 2020 T20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup is little over eight months away but it has already attracted a lot of attention given the kind of excitement it generates. This year’s T20 World Cup too is expected to bring many exciting moments like the previous editions.

With every T20 World Cup seeing the emergence of power-hitters and this year’s event will once again bring focus on some of the newest power-hitters in world cricket who have the ability to change the outcome of a game.

In such a contrast, this T20 World Cup will get special attention as we could see bowlers who might be used as pinch-hitters.

In every T20 World Cup, we see the batsmen or the all-rounders dominate the batting charts but this year’s T20 extravaganza might see bowlers who could under-line their match-winning abilities with the bat.

We could see some of these bowlers do the job of a batsman as they are more than capable of winning games with the bat for their respective teams.

We take a look at five such bowlers who can be used as pinch-hitters in the 2020 T20 World Cup:

Nathan Coulter-Nile:

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Nathan Coulter-Nile tends to hit the deck hard with his quick pace. Coulter-Nile can outsmart the batsmen with his variations but the Australian can also pack a punch with his batting. Playing in home conditions will help Coulter-Nile evolve as a batsman.

The 32-year-old can struck the ball powerfully and is a strong square of the wicket. Coulter Nile has showcased his batting abilities by playing some cameos in the past.

The Australian will relish batting on bouncy Australian wickets. Coulter-Nile can hit the ball out of the park with his attacking style of play.

Coulter-Nile has a wide array of big shots against the spinners and has looked comfortable while playing the pull shots. And, he will surely turn out to be a reliable option as a pinch-hitter but he should be used as a No. 3 or No 4 this seems highly unlikely. His strike rate in 28 T20I is 125 which showcases his hitting abilities.

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10 Fastest Deliveries Bowled by Bowlers in The History of Cricket

The cricketing world has witnessed some great fast bowlers who achieved legendary status in world cricket with some electric performances. It is with due respect that we call them legends of the game due to their ability to rise on the big occasion and make everyone take notice of their performances.

Apart from them, fans have also witnessed fast bowlers who have bowled their heart out. They were considered fastest as compared to some of their contemporaries in terms of their speed. These bowlers created fear in the minds of the opposition with their pace and brutal deliveries.

In this piece, we are about to discuss ten bowlers who had produced some fastest deliveries during their playing days. The list also consists names of the bowlers who are still playing the game. These bowlers possessed tremendous speed and were not afraid to challenge the batsmen with their raw pace.

We take a look at ten fastest deliveries bowled by bowlers in the history of cricket:

# 1 Shoaib Akhtar (161.3 Kmph):

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“ The Rawalpindi Express” as he was nicknamed due to the speed and pace he possessed was considered the fastest when he arrived at the International arena. The right-arm fast bowler was genuinely quick when he bowled brutal Yorkers and quick bouncers.

Akhtar’s reverse swing was hard to pick, and the batsmen always found it difficult to handle his pace when he was on song. The Pakistani clocked 161.3kmph against England in the 2003 World Cup which was considered the fastest delivery bowled by him.

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Best Asia XI Cricketers of All-Time

The limited-overs format has produced some electrifying and memorable moments since its introduction. Asia has remained a Cricketing powerhouse in terms of quality in the limited-overs format. Many Legendary names in Asia will be remembered for their dominance in One Day Cricket. Cricket is like a religion in Asia were Cricketers are worshipped like gods for their stand out performances.

In this piece, we have picked up the best Asia XI in One Day Cricket. These players have stepped up for their respective teams during critical situations. Besides, the legends have showcased their supremacy time and again. Further, the stars have taken pride in their performances.

Although ODI has changed since the last few years some of the players who have retired from the sport long back will be irreplaceable in terms of their calibre. The list consists of players who have achieved legendary status in world cricket with some remarkable achievements and milestones.

Based on their performances we have picked Best Asian XI Cricketers of All-Time:

# 1 Sachin Tendulkar:

Sachin Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s Five Records
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images

The legendary batsman doesn’t need any introduction. The master blaster has always stepped up whenever his team required him to deliver. The champion batsman has many records to his name, and his determination on the field was simply unmatchable. Tendulkar made batting look easy.

The right-hander scored 18426 runs in 463 One day Internationals in the 50 overs format. Tendulkar punched the ball gracefully on the offside and was equally strong on the leg side. Watching him drive through the off side was soothing to every fan’s eyes. Tendulkar showed excellent footwork on any kind wicket. Tendulkar worked the ball well in the gaps and drove superbly straight down the ground with his perfect timing.

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