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15 memorable moments that will make Indian fans proud


Cricket in India is like religion, with Sachin Tendulkar standing as the God himself. This example perfectly epitomizes the madness of cricket in our country. Here we live again some of the greatest winning moments in India’s Test cricket history. It’s quite impossible to include all the iconic moments from Indian cricket history in just one list.

Here we look at 15 memorable moments that will make Indian fans proud.


Kapil Dev welcomes move to appoint Anil Kumble as the head coach

A veteran all-rounder Kapil Dev has applauded and greeted the BCCI’s decision to appoint Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team. Kumble was recently appointed as the head coach of Indian cricket team for a period of one year.

In an interview with The Telegraph India, the former world cup winning captain mentioned the three big qualities that Kumble possesses viz confidence, fighting spirit and courage, adding to it he said that it will be crucial for Kumble and for the Indian team.
“The Board has acted wisely in appointing somebody who played till as recently as eight years ago. The head coach should, in my opinion, be somebody who retired four, six or eight years ago. Not former players like me who retired in the 1990s. Cricket has changed in the past decade and the appointment of somebody contemporary, like Anil, has to be welcomed,”

Praising BCCI’s decision to appoint a player who has retired from cricket in 2008 he said “The thinking of somebody who played in the 1980s or in the 1990s will be quite different to somebody who played till 2008, like Anil. There’s a new format, there’s so much help from technology,”

Along with applauding BCCI he also showered praises on Kumble for his bona fides and also shared his experience when he first saw Kumble “Ordinary, in some ways (Kapil’s first impression about Kumble). However, with time, Anil learnt and improved by leaps and bounds. He wanted to get better. Kept improving to finish with 619 Test wickets,” he added.
Kapil also counted out the challenges that Kumble would face as the coach of the Indian team. Along with that he did not forget to mention the Antigua test where Kumble came to bowl with a broken jaw “Anil had many defining moments, like the 10-wicket haul in a single Test innings (Kotla, in 1999)… Maybe, it would be difficult to count them… As for that Antigua Test, Anil showed he valued playing for India and just wouldn’t give up, no matter what the circumstances,” he said.
In the end, Kapil Dev concluded by saying “Anil is smart enough to know what to do… He has a mind of his own… Anil made us proud of his achievements on the field. Hopefully, he’ll make us proud as India’s head coach too,”

Kapil Dev has himself been coach of Indian cricket team for a period of one year from august 1999 to September 2000. His coaching stint was marred with controversies and also team India could not produce something better. In 8 test matches played under him, team India could register only 1 win and lost 5 of them. The winning percentage was just 12.5%. In 25 ODI’s under him, team India could register a win in just 9 matches and lost 16 of them. Here the winning percentage was 44 %. From the numbers, it is quite evident that his stint as a coach was unsuccessful but yes the number of controversies that erupted during that time was the main reason behind the failure of the Indian team.

Now after a period of 17 years the board has appointed an Indian as the head coach of Indian team so it is expected that Kumble will do his best to achieve the future endeavours.

Kapil Dev with the 1983 World Cup at the Lord's belcony

5 reasons why the 1983 triumph is more important than the 2011 world cup win

On this day 33 years ago Indian team created a history as they went on to defeat the mighty west indies in the final of the 1983 prudential world cup. A team who was not at all in contention of winning the cup shocked everyone by defeating Caribbean boys in the finals. Right from the start of the world cup till the interval, West Indies was the favourites but Indian team astounded everyone by winning the cup. With this win, the team also proved that the first win over the same team was not just a fluke. Reading about the stories of the glory of that team is a sheer joy for a fan like me who was born 12 years later but yes enjoying and relishing that moments is what I can do.

After that world cup win the Indian team had to wait for another 28 years to get their hands on the cup again. On April 2 in the year 2011 with a six of Nuwan Kulasekara, M.S. Dhoni fulfilled the dream of every Indian to win the world cup.  The Dhoni’s army emulated and won the world cup.

But still, there are few reasons which prove that the win of 1983 was of more importance than the recent one due to the following reasons – 

Kapil Dev with the 1983 World Cup at the Lord's belcony

Kapil Dev compared Indian players with Army jawans in the 1983 final

On June 25, 1983, India created history at the Mecca of cricket – the Lord’s. India had won their first ever World Cup rising like a phoenix. They surprised everyone and defied all the speculation and prediction. Today, 33 years later, the 1983 World Cup captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev reflects on India’s campaign. 33 years have passed,  but the charm and importance of 1983 World Cup victory is still omnipresent among the Indian cricket fans. Those who watched that World Cup match and those who not because they were not born or might not have understood the game back then; both now equally understand the value of India’s victory in the 1983 World Cup.

India have won the World Cup second time in 2011 to break the 28-year hiatus as the favourites of the tournament. But India’s victory in 1983 World Cup is more cherished than the victory of 2011. Indian team were not considered as favourites back then.

Kapil had to fight against teams on the field and off the field against the English newspapers.

Kapil Dev in his Wisden India column wrote that India’s campaign in the World Cup a year before when India were touring West  Indies where they were beaten by 2-1 in ODI series and 2-0 in the Test series, helped immensely. According to Kapil, “We didn’t win, but we fought hard on that tour and against the best cricket team in the world. We felt that, if we could push the best in the world so much, we could do better against the other teams and even the West Indians.”

India defeated West Indies in the first match of their World Cup campaign that gave India a belief that they could “push the best in the world so much, we could do better against the other teams and even the West Indians.”

But the match which motivated India a lot was the match against Zimbabwe where India lost their top order for 17 runs. At 17 for 5, Kapil Dev came to bat and scored his career best 175 not out. Kapil recounts the memory, “then it was my turn. I was the captain. I would say that that day was meant to be my day. I just couldn’t do anything wrong. I think that was the best day of my cricket life – in fact, the best day in my life.”

He added, “I pulled my team out of the dumps and set it on the winning path with that innings of 175 [not out]. That gave all of us the confidence that we could win from any situation; no matter who comes our way, we could win.”

In the quarterfinal match, India defeated strong Australia by a huge margin of 118 runs. But still, the British media predicted an England and West Indies final. They didn’t give India a chance. But the ignorance of the Brtish media made Indian players angry and motivated them to beat England in the semifinal.

Kapi Dev wrote, “it was very disappointing to wake up the next morning and read in the papers that everyone was predicting an England vs West Indies final. We were facing England in the semis and no one gave us a chance.”

“But then again, that’s the sort of thing that gives you extra motivation to fight and try that much harder. That’s what we did against England. It was another team performance. Yashpal [61] again played a great innings, as did everyone else. All our batsmen contributed and before that, we bowled very well to finish the England innings at 213,” Kapil recount the tale of the match with pride. blowing out England from the semifinal, India were to meet mighty West Indies in the final at Lord’s. But again everybody started saying India have done well but West Indies would emerge champion. India in their first match defeated West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester.

After kicking out England from the semifinal, India were to meet mighty West Indies in the final at Lord’s. But again everybody started saying India have done well but West Indies would emerge champion. India in their first match defeated West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester.

He also revealed that before the day of the final every Indian player wanted to win the match and “I thought I was the captain but I realised that everyone was the captain on that day.”

The legendary allrounder said, “We went to Lord’s for the final and again everyone said that India had done well but now we didn’t stand a chance. Everyone started saying that the West Indies were going to win it once again, for the third time. But I think we had something that no one knew about. There was something up our sleeve – it was the self-confidence and the self-belief.”

Talking about West Indies’ formidable pace quartet he said, “the West Indies had Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall – I think, if you pick up teams from the last 100 years of cricket, you won’t find a pace bowling attack of that calibre. And the pitch was perfect for them. We also had pace bowlers, but we were not as fast as them.”

Garner, Holding, Marshall and Roberts finished India’s innings for 183.  India players were silent.  Kapil  remembered a funny moment,  “I called my players jawans (read Indian Army)… let’s fight till the end”.

But opener Sunil Gavaskar didn’t agree with Kapil, he said, , “stop calling them jawans; we are in the final and all of us deserve more than that”.

In the second innings of the match Indian bowlers went through the West Indies batting line-up Jeff Dujon showed a resistance and he scored 25, but when Mohinder Amarnath’s vicious swing bowled him out Dujon was slapping the ground in pain. Kapil said, “When you play as a team, you don’t need big names to win. You need big commitment.”

But after notching up the victory Indian team was celebrating at the Lord’s dressing room till 3 am in the morning, but disappointedly there was no one to serve them the dinner.

“We were world champions who didn’t get dinner after winning the trophy. But it didn’t matter. Nothing mattered except that we were the best in the world,” Kapil Dev signed off.

Kumble may continue as the ICC Cricket Committee chief if he wants to
Kumble may continue as the ICC Cricket Committee chief if he wants to

Anil Kumble will follow footsteps of John Wright and Gary Kirsten

Anil Kumble after being appointed as India’s new coach said that he would follow the footsteps pf his predecessors, John Wright and Gary Kirsten, and keep a low profile in the job. Kumble said on Friday.

The 45-year-old Indian cricketer, who played under the coaching of John Wright and Gary Kirsten, wants to emulate the success  of that duos during his one year term.

John Wright was India’s head coach from 2000 to 2005 and held a similar position at his Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians in 2013-14 when Kumble served as the team’s mentor.

“I played a lot under John Wright, he’s been a great influence on how I’ll go about (the role), in terms of being in the background, Kumble told the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) website.

“When I became a mentor for (the) Mumbai Indians, I brought John in because he understood a lot about Indian culture and then the way coaches work. So I’ll pick his brain,” said Kumble, who was appointed to the high-profile post on Thursday.

Kumble also shares a good rapport with Kirsten from 2008 to 2011 during the leg spinner’s last year of international cricket.

Kumble played his final Test in November 2008.

“I was involved with Gary Kirsten only for the Test matches, a very short period. He was, again, someone who worked in the background and didn’t make himself visible,” said Kumble.

“Exactly how I’d like to work as well. Not in the front, but behind the scenes.”

After Kapil (1999-2000) Kumble was the first Indian to be appointed as Indian coach.

Besides Wright, India also have had Greg Chappell (2005-2007) and Duncan Fletcher (2011-15) both Fletcher and Chappell gave India contrasting results.

Ravi Shastri was Indian Team Director since August 2014 till World T20 in India.

Greg Chappell was the most controversial captain with whom Sourav Ganguly shared a willy-nilly relation.

Kumble, known for his work ethic and never-say-die attitude, stressed that a coach should be an “enabler” who takes “the burden of the captain”.

“You’re trying to build personalities, trying to build leaders. That’s how I’d like to look at this team,” said Kumble, who remains India’s highest wicket-taker with 619 scalps in 132 Tests.

Kumble, who was chosen for the high-profile job from a list of 57 applicants received by the BCCI, will join the team ahead of a gruelling season which begins with the West Indies tour in July.

Memorable India vs Zimbabwe matches
Memorable India vs Zimbabwe matches

Top 5 memorable clash between India and Zimbabwe

This Zimbabwe tour holds a great importance for both skipper MS Dhoni and Team India. Dhoni as a batsman has an opportunity to complete his 10,000 runs in ODIs and better his winning percentage overseas. With a comprehensive win in the first ODI, he is obviously full of confidence.

For Team India, which is full of debutants and new faces, it will be an opportunity to test its bench strength. Historically, Men In Blue have enjoyed an upper hand over Zimbabwe, but some encounters between the two sides have had their share of excitements and setbacks.

India-Zimbabwe have locked horns on 60 occasions, since 1983.

Matches India won: India have won 48 matches.

Zimbabwe won: Zimbabwe came out victorious on 10 occasions, while two matches remained without results.

Here are five exciting encounters between the two teams, remembered for the quality of the game, irrespective of end results.

Top 10 ODI captains with most wickets
Top 10 ODI captains with most wickets

Top 10 ODI captains with most wickets

When you have earned captain’s armband, there always will be immense responsibility on you to be the representative and hero of your team. You have to lead from the front, you have to set examples for your teammates. A captain needs to watch out his players’ attitude, bowlers’ mentality, fair play and most importantly, contribute your part to the team with the bat or bowl. Here is the list of top 10 captains with maximum wickets as captain in ODI.

India’s best ODI eleven of all time
India’s best ODI eleven of all time

India’s all time best ODI eleven

To select an All-time XI of a country like India is certainly a difficult task. You have to judge the performance of players belonging to different eras is always fraught with danger. And there will always be the disgruntled cricket lovers who will not welcome the list when their favorites miss out.

For the purpose of our analysis, the final XI we have selected has three top order batsmen, two middle order batsmen, an all-rounder, a wicket-keeper, and four bowlers.

Gary Sobers and Alan Knott, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Lord's, August 1973. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Patrick Eagar Collection via Getty Images)

5 great all-rounders who could have played the IPL

The all-rounder has worth a huge value. Players like Dwayne Bravo and Shakib AL Hasan, Dwayne Smith were bought for huge sum considering their importance to the team. Their skill contribute both  with the bat and ball made them worthy players. Players like Dwyane Bravo for the last couple of editions justified his worth with how bowling performance and batting on a couple of occasions; the same is with the Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder Shakib AL Hasan. But, in modern day cricket, there is not a single all-rounder who could emulate the calibre and success of famous all-rounder of 1980s and later in the 1990’s.

So here are five all-rounders who could have played the IPL and enriched the game.

James Anderson hailed after surpassing Kapil Dev
James Anderson hailed after surpassing Kapil Dev

James Anderson hailed after surpassing Kapil Dev

James Anderson has conquered the test arena in the last few years and there is no stopping him. The English pacer was at his supreme best against Sri Lanka at Leeds on the second day’s play. He was simply unplayable as his ability to swing the ball both ways remains unmatched. Along with that, Anderson’s consistency and accuracy matter a lot as well. Along with pacer Stuart Broad, Anderson has formed an intimidating new ball pair.

During the second day’s play, Anderson went past Kapil Dev in the list of the leading wicket takers. Anderson began the game with 433 scalps to his name and soon surpassed the legendary Kapil Dev in his mesmerizing spell of swing bowling. Anderson took yet another five-wicket haul as England dismantled Sri Lanka for a paltry 91.

Veteran English broadcaster Jonathan Agnew was in complete awe of Anderson, as he analyzed the pacer’s performance. “Once Sri Lanka went into bat, conditions were tailor-made for England’s brilliant new-ball duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and frankly it would have been a surprise if they hadn’t made hay against a very callow Sri Lankan batting line-up,” Agnew said.


Praising the dup of Broad and Anderson, Agnew further added, “Anderson and Broad are high-class operators with bags of experience, and with gloomy skies overhead and some very fine catches in the slip cordon, conditions were loaded in their favor.” “Anderson, in particular, was magnificent, moving the ball at will, and the fact that he passed Kapil Dev as the sixth-highest Test wicket-taker of all time only served to underline his outstanding pedigree,” Agnew said.

In an earlier interview, Anderson had stated his aim of playing till the 2019 Ashes. “In the back of my mind I think I can get 500 Test wickets,” Anderson told The Telegraph UK. “And what has helped me during the last three or four years has been thinking about staying as fit as possible so I get on the field. “Then I can contribute to us winning games. If I do that and stay in the team it means I will get wickets. “I would like to play the 2019 Ashes. I will be 37 then.”