Sampath Bandarupalli, Author at Sportzwiki

Sampath Bandarupalli

Cricket Statistician and Journalist. Love to churn out facts and stats. Member of the Society of Cricket Statisticians of India (SCSI).

Cricketers and their past professions

Top 5 Cricketers And Their Past Professions

Many Cricketers began their lives in some other profession for their livelihood before becoming big stars.

Top 5 Cricketers And Their Past Professions

1. MS Dhoni:Top 5 Cricketers And Their Past Professions 1

India’s most successful captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a ticket collector at the Kharagpur Railway station before he was picked and started to play for his domestic side in Ranji Trophy.

BCCI requests Election Commission to move 2014 elections from India

BCCI requests Election Commission to move 2014 elections from India

Indian Premier League (IPL) may be moved to South Africa due to lack of security because of the upcoming general elections held around the same time, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent a written request to the Election Commission (EC) of India, asking that the polls be conducted in the Republic of South Africa instead.

“Surely, the people of India want IPL to happen here more than some stupid elections. No one cares a damn about voting and I’m sure many of them don’t even have a clue about the candidates in the running. But I bet, sorry, I won’t bet and all, but I’m damn sure that anyone on the street will know which IPL team has purchased whom this year,” written by BCCI president N Srinivasan. “Further, IPL in South Africa means that Lalit Modi might come over there and eat my head. So at least for that, no way!” he added.

 The Election Commission has considered the receipt of Srinivasan’s letter and is reportedly studying it. While there hasn’t been an official comment yet, an EC official has conceded that IPL teams are far more balanced this year, and he expects a much tighter contest.

Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has already flew to South Africa, and joined noted Zulu cricketer Lance Klusener for dinner. “South Africa mein Mahatma Gandhi ko kaun laaya?” Rahul later thundered at a small gathering of bewildered South Africans.

UPA congress, the Samajwadi Party too, was quick to send a representative team led by Azam Khan on a study tour to visit South Africa. The visiting team spent an entire day with batting sensation Hashim Amla and later went on a safari to Kruger park presumably to study wild buffaloes.

Not one to take things lying down, BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has encouraged South Africans to contribute funds towards building a record-breaking statue of the late Nelson Mandela naming the idea as Statue of Black Africans.

The Aam Aadmi Party too, has tentatively decided to field journalist turned politician Ashutosh in Johannesburg, should the elections be held there. “I want to ask the Modi, how much he has spread the massage of Nelsun Mondayla?????” (sic) Ashutosh tweeted.

With the announcement of elections date and only half of the IPL matches may be moved, South Africa dropped from the race. And it raised chances for Bangladesh and UAE (United Arab Emirates).

And N.Srinivasan insisted EC through a phone call to add Bangladesh and UAE for reserve venues for Elections. In no time all the political parties run to beside country Bangladesh for study tour. Modi in no time announced to start the work of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Statue The Father of Bangladesh nation.

Rahul Gandhi called for hosting the elections at Mirpur, Dhaka the only stadium that produced victory for Bangladesh over India. He pleased the people saying that all the Bangla wins came during their term over India. He added more wins over India as a part of his manifesto too.

Modi stepping ahead of every like routine started his campaign in UAE calling for another statue formation, this time of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.He also insisted the Election Committee to held all the polling booths in Sheikh ZayedStadium just like hosting all matches there.

Disclaimer : This article as real as India’s Chances in the Asia Cup

Asia Cup: India knocked out after Pakistan beat Bangladesh by three wickets

Asia Cup: India knocked out after Pakistan beat Bangladesh by three wickets

India got knocked out of Asia Cup 2014 as Pakistan‘s historic victory over Bangladesh by three wickets helped them to qualify for final of the tournament. Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the final clash on Saturday, March 8.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling contest in the eighth match of the Asia Cup 2014 at Mirpur. In a sensational run-chase, ‘Man of the Match’ Shahid Afridi ‘s 25-ball 59 helped Pakistan get over a 327-run target in 49.5 overs. Ahmed Shehzad had top-scored with 103 and Fawad Alam scored 74.

With the victory, Pakistan have booked a place in the final of the Asia Cup with Sri Lanka. That has put India out of the tournament. This chase of 327 was the Highest Successfully chased total for Pakistan. Their previous successfully chased total was 322. Before this match Pakistan chased down 300+ targets on four occasions and all against India.

And also the 326/3 by Bangladesh was their highest total in ODIs. All their batsmen contributed in their effort along with Rahim and Shakib who added 73 off last 5.3 overs. Anamul Haque top scored with 100. His opening stand along with Imrul Kayes was worth 150 runs.

India’s scenarios before this match were Bangladesh winning over Pakistan and Sri Lanka with Bonus Point in one of them. India needed to win their last match against Afghanistan on Wednesday with a Bonus Point. This makes India equal with 9 points along with Bangladesh and Pakistan. So on maintaining a better net run-rate than Bangladesh and Pakistan would help India to seal final berth.

The scenario looked in India’s favour till Afridi’s entry, where Bonus Point could also be achieved. But a 18-ball fifty from Shahid Khan Afridi, his 3rd occasion of 18 balls and 6th fifty taking 20 or less balls, turned the match towards Pakistan side. He smashed 7 sixers in the innings including 1st six on the first ball he faced.

Top Five Most Successful Indian Captains

In the game of Cricket, the Captain plays a key role behind its team’s success. A captain is called Successful Captain, only if he had guided his team to success. There are few Captains in Indian cricket history who were called as Successful Captains.

Here is the list of Top five Most Successful Indian Captains in Cricket History:

5. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi:

He lost an eye in a car crash, but even that did not stop Pataudi from fulfilling his dream of playing in the Indian team. He managed to score an average of 34 even after losing an eye, which showed his courage and determination. Until the accident happened, Pataudi looked like breaking all records for scoring 1216 runs at an average of 55.

He was the youngest Test captain at the time he took, aged 21 years and 77 days. He was a great batsman and a person with inspiration leadership qualities. He was known by the famous nickname ‘Tiger’. His decided to concentrate on spin when he recognized that India did not possess fast bowling resources. Tiger thus gave the world the famous spin trio like Bedi, Prasanna and Chandrasekhar. He finished with captaining over 40 tests and made India claim their first victory on foreign soil, by defeating New Zealand 3-1.

4. Kapil Dev:

The man who led India to its first ever World Cup in 1983, debut came only during the 1982-83 season which is an extraordinary fact speaking about the greatness of Kapil Dev. He started out when the mighty West Indies ruled the world, and Kapil Dev and his team managed to win a match in his first ODI series as a captain. Kapil Dev hadn’t yet made such a mark in the international arena. In fact, India found it going tough in the 1983 tournament. But it was young Kapil Dev who emerged as the true saviour.

In a must win game versus Zimbabwe, Kapil Dev put on 126 runs for the 9th wicket, scoring a century and creating a record that stand for 27 years from then. As a captain, Kapil Dev played better than he did as a player, and even when he was reappointed as captain in March 1985 the trend continued as he led the team from the front. Leading India to a series win over England was an extraordinary achievement in Indian cricket in that time, which was made possible by Kapil Dev in the 1986 series.

3. Mohammad Azharuddin :

The man who displayed his skills not only through his bat but also with his leadership was Mohammad Azharuddin, whose contributions as Indian captain were remarkable. He had a fluid batting style which was in some ways similar to that of English great David Gower. Azharuddin was a great fielder too, a wonderful batsman and his captaincy was one of the best.  Azhar could single-highhandedly turn the fortunes of a game and was a constant nightmare to the bowlers who faced him. His skills and art work in batting were much talked about. In fact, Azharuddin has to his credit, 103 wins as captain and one of the best success rates.

Unfortunately though, right at the peak of his career, out came the allegations of match fixing and it led to the downfall of a giant who was once respected both on and off the field ms dhoni movie dialogue

2. Sourav Ganguly:

He was the man who brought the unity Indian team. He spotted out precious new talents, some of them who have turned into match winners today. He displayed extreme phases of emotions and the calmness. While in joy he took off his shirt and waving after India won the final match in Natwest series in 2003 versus England in a thrilling finish at Lord’s. He took too much pressure and faced batting troubles as short deliveries were his biggest problem.

 But, Ganguly’s never-say-die approach and the ability to in still confidence in the Indian team that they can perform overseas too; the credit of achieving all that goes to this man. He still remains one of the most respected captains of the Indian team. True, Ganguly’s only major success was making India reach the finals of the 2003 ICC World Cup and the Asia Cup and also drawing a series against Australia Down Under. But the fact remains that he is one of the best men to have ever captained India.

 1. MS Dhoni:

Dhoni could be surely called as the India’s most and best Successful captain looking at the way he brought triumphs. The Indian team, under the leadership of Dhoni, won the inaugural 2007 World T20 which was held in South Africa. Dhoni became the test captain; in his very first series he won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In fact, under him India rose to the No. 1 position in the ICC test rankings.

The calmness and coolness qualities, which took Dhoni to heights never imagined in Indian Cricket. India even won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup breaking the long standing barren run since 1983, with the captain leading from the front by scoring a match-winning knock of unbeaten 91 in the final versus Sri Lanka. Even Tendulkar praised Dhoni, stating that he was the best captain he had ever played under.    ms dhoni dialogues

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, India, 2019 World Cup
Sourav Ganguly quashes the media reports. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Top Ten Best Opening Pairs in ODI Cricket

The role of Opening Pair of a team is to give a good start. In ODI cricket the stability of innings will be based on the way their openers start the proceedings. There are some openers in ODI format who are the ideal for all the opening pairs. They contribution, dedication and co-ordination are the notable features in Openers.

In the 1990s, batting in one-day cricket was revolutionised with the emergence of attacking openers. While Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharane kept on attacking from both ends, Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist too used the fielding restrictions to his advantage to play his part in changing the modern game. Tendulkar found the ideal partners in Sourav Ganguly and later Virender Sehwag to take on the opposition.

With neither of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist, Sanath Jayasurya or Virender Sehwag who changed the face of ODI and the opening batting, aren’t in the ODI format at the moment, here we bring you the list of top five opening pairs in ODI cricket.

10. HH Gibbs, GC Smith (South Africa):


South Africa was blessed with two amazing batmen opening for them. Gibbs, who can turn the match’s state on his day and Smith who can play sensibly and reform the innings together opened for South Africa. They gave great starts in their period and helped in South Africans triumphs. They both opened in 74 innings and contributed 3007 runs at an average of 41.19 which included 8 Century and 13 Half-Century partnerships with a best of 174.

Top Five All-Rounders in Cricket History

In Cricket the Batting and Bowling has equal importance. There are some players in the Cricket History who succeed with both Bat and Ball. We will bring the greatest player who performed well with both bat and ball.

Here are the Top Five All-Rounders in Cricket History:

5. Ian Botham (England): Top All-Rounders in Cricket History

Ian Botham was a key figure in Cricket History. It was his Ashes heroics that in 1983 he was best remembered for, as he was the difference between the two teams in the series with that it became to be known as “Botham’s Ashes”, where England beat Australia 3-1. In his career, he averaged 33.54 with the bat, but showed that he was capable of building a big innings, scoring 14 centuries and 22 half-centuries. He was known to be a hard-hitting batsman, shown by his high strike rate of 60.71 at that time. As a bowler, he took 383 wickets at 28.40, but his ability was more than that as his average was near to 21 before felt to injuries frequently. Nicknamed “BEEFY” his 149* against Australia rated as one of the top 10 greatest test inning of all time.

4. Richard Hadlee (New Zealand): Top All-Rounders in Cricket History

New Zealand’s greatest cricketer by quite a long margin, Richard Hadlee was often the difference between New Zealand and other teams during his tenure at the top. As a bowler he is best remembered, picking up 431 wickets at an average of 22.29 which was then a world record. He began his career as a fast opening bowler, but shortened his run-up and concentrated more on moving the ball, which made him the greatest of all time. He showed his best in his 9/52 effort against Australia. He was a handy lower-order batsman who would come in and try to hit everything, ending up with a reasonable average of 27.16 which included two centuries and 15 half-centuries. This shows that he was undoubtedly a bowling all-rounder; he was a capable batsman who could provide crucial runs towards the end of innings. Very few players remain crucial in their team’s outcome, which justifies Hadlee’s place amongst the great all-rounders of the game.

3. Imran Khan (Pakistan): Top All-Rounders in Cricket History

Undoubtedly Pakistan’s finest cricketer ever, Imran Khan sneaks in at No. 3 in the list of all-time great all-rounders. He was primarily a bowler, taking 362 test wickets at an average of 22.81. He was a pacer who opened the bowling for Pakistan for many years. As his career progressed and he began to effect with injuries, his batting became more prevalent, to the point where he was in the team solely as a batsman by the end of his career. This showed that he could indeed make in the team as both a bowler and a batsman. He finished his test career with an average 37.69, including 6 centuries and 18 half-centuries, becoming one of eight players who achieve the ‘all-rounders triple’ of 300 wickets and 3000 runs. He was considered as Pakistan’s most successful cricket captain, Imran Won the World Cup 1992 for Pakistan, after which he left the sport.

2. Jacques Kallis (South Africa): Top All-Rounders in Cricket History

Looking at the stats, Jacques Kallis is unquestionably the greatest all-rounder of the modern era and all-time list. As a batsman, there are few better than Kallis, averaging 57.02, including 41 centuries and 55 half-centuries. This average is the highest of any current player, higher than other present day superstars. Unlike most all-rounders, Kallis is a technically proficient batsman. Most all-rounders tend to score their runs in rather quick time, but Kallis has a very classical approach, playing controlled shots. Kallis was also a fast-medium bowler, who has taken 274 wickets at an average of 32.51. Though he is rated as 2nd greatest all-rounder in Test Cricket, he is the Greatest ever ODI all-rounder.

1. Garfield Sobers (West Indies): Top All-Rounders in Cricket History

As greatest on this list, few would dispute that Garfield Sobers is the greatest all-rounder of all time. Like Kallis, Richard and Khan, he was a true all-rounder, and a threat with both bat and ball. He could bowl both fast-medium and spin, being effective with both. But he was a spin bowler when was first picked for the West Indies team, often batting low in the order. He went on to take 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. However, as his career developed he continued to work on his batting, which improved to the extent that he is now remembered as one of the finest batsmen of all time. His average of 57.78 is the 10th-best on the all-time list. He scored 26 centuries and 30 half-centuries. But his most famous feat remains the 365 not out, scored in 1958 against Pakistan. At the time, this was a world record, which stood until it was broken by Brian Lara in 1994. It still ranks as the fifth highest score ever in test cricket. He remains Greatest All-Rounder in History, a threat for the opponents with both bat and ball he was also excellent fielder, captained the West Indies for many years.

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Fake FB wall of Rohit Sharma with reactions to Mumbai Indians’ third loss in a row

Mumbai Indians registered their third consecutive loss in the present IPL edition. This is satirical article revealing how the team’s captain, Rohit Sharma and the club’s fans react to it.

Here is the Fake FB-Wall of Rohit Sharma with reactions to Mumbai Indians’ third loss in a row –

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Disclaimer: This is a fake FB wall and should be considered as part of fun.

IPL 2015: RCB vs SRH – Top 5 moments in the game

After a big lose against Chennai Super Kings in first game, Sunrisers Hyderabad opened their points tally by securing a big win against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium by 8 wickets.

Quick Flicks of the game (in other words 5 moments that changed the match):

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Opening:

Sunrisers sent Bangalore to bat after winning the toss but didn’t have the start they would have expected. Gayle owned Boult smashing him for a six and Kohli did similar to Bhuvneshwar. Boult made a decent comeback by bowling some good deliveries later. However, he was unlucky to be denied wicket of Kolhi on LBW shout. The opening stand went at to 9 runs per over before Gayle departed.

Sunrisers’ comeback led by slow bowlers:

With Kohli and Dinesh Karthik settled at the crease, RCB looked towards a big ending which was slashed by the slow bowlers of Sunrisers. First, Karn Sharma got rid of Dinesh Karthik on first ball of 11th over. Big moment was when Bopara got through Virat Kolhi’s stumps and later followed it with getting Mandeep Singh’s wicket of next ball leaving the home side struggling.

RCB collapse:

After a blitz from AB de Villiers, RCB looked towards a big total but Boult and Bhuvneshwar’s accurate bowling in last two overs spilled whatever hopes that remained as they were bundled out for 166. After been hit for four on first ball of penultimate over, Boult struck on consecutive deliveries dismissing De Villiers and Abbott.

Boult got one more in the over by sending Harshal Patel back. It was Bhuvi’s turn in last over as he cleaned up the tail of RCB. At first he got hit by Aaron, Bhuvi returned well to clean up him on the next ball and did the same to Nechim couple of balls later.

Warner’s fireworks:

SRH’s captain David Warner was in a mood of striking as he came out with all guns blazing. With some good support he received from Dhawan, Warner went after RCB bowlers as a result the first two overs of the innings yielded 36. He kept his flow and raced to a 24-ball fifty. Warner, with help of 4 sixes and 6 fours, scored 57 in just 27 balls and helped Sunrisers move with a brilliant rate of over 10 to ease the chase.

Smooth Finish:

After a couple of wickets from Yuzvendra Chahal, SRH looked in a panick but set batsman Dhawan got a good support from KL Rahul. They kept rotating strike and brought down the required equation to quit easily achievable. Without wasting the time, both the batsmen scored quick runs towards the end as they finished the game with 16 balls to spare. Dhawan and Rahul shared an unbeaten stand of 78 in 43 balls for the third wicket.

IPL 2015: CSK vs SRH – Match Report

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered their second straight win at home with McCullum and MS Dhoni thrashing Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) impressive, at least in theory, bowling attack.

CSK captain MS Dhoni decided to bat first after winning the toss on a good surface. Bhuvneshwar and Boult started off well but McCullum kept going with his shots. Smith struggled throughout the innings before getting run out for 27. After that, McCullum went more hard against Sunrisers bowlers as he smashed every SRH bowler. He kept hitting the big shots as the run rate was going about 10 an over. Raina played an anchor role during his stay but he too departed due to a direct hit. But Sunrisers troubles increased when MS Dhoni entered the crease.

Dhoni began slowing playing off few deliveries with dead bat, but after that, he looked unstoppable. He got struck in to leg-spinner Karan Sharma against whom he scored 3 sixes in the penultimate over of the innings. He completed his fifty in 25 balls but soon fell to Boult in the last over for 53. Jadeja had to sacrifice his wicket on next ball letting McCullum to complete his hundred. McCullum, who hardly got strike during MS Dhoni’s stay, was on 89 with 3 balls left. He managed well to scoop for a six and four to move up to 99 and picked up a single on last ball to complete his second IPL century.

Chasing a target of 210, Sunrisers got a decent start with Dhawan hitting boundaries. However, Dhawan fell for 26 in cause of quick runs and Rahul too followed the southpaw. David Warner found himself struggling before some tight bowling of Chennai Super Kings as on the other hand Naman Ojha too departed. When finally Warner looked like hitting well, he was caught well at cow corner by Dwayne Smith for 53. Bopara tried to hit a few sixes but he too fell got out for 22. Williamson, who came out to bat at No.6 could only manage to pick single infront of heavy required rate as they managed 164 for 6 in the 20 overs and fell short by 45 runs.

IPL 8 : Match 3, KXIP vs RR – Twitter reactions

In a clinical performance Rajasthan Royals defeated hosts Kings XI Punjab by runs. It was a team-effort led by enigmatic Aussie James Faulkner who is considered one of the best finsihers in the world. 

Here are the twitter reactions:

Viru Pa at his best in the field….

…Failed with bat though!

Is it so? Won’t be surprised though…

How about this for an idea?

5 Australian on display in this match!

Eh, cheeky word-play!

…and let the Binny mocking begin!

Just to remind Pravin Tambe was young – once upon a time!

One of the best catches of the season

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