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Courtney Walsh bowls.
Courtney Walsh bowls.
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ICC Recalls Courtney Walsh Refusing To Mankad Saleem Jaffar

ICC posted the video of Courtney Walsh’s decision to not Mankad Saleem Jaffar, which cost West Indies a semi-final berth in the 1987 World Cup. It was the last ball of a league-stage game against Pakistan in the 1987 Men’s World Cup in Lahore. West Indies needed the much-required win as it was the ninth match of the tournament and while Pakistan had won both their games thus far, West Indies had won one and lost the other. It was a crucial midway mark for both the teams.

West Indies finished the league stage with three wins out of six matches with a better net run-rate than Pakistan but the co-hosts of the tournament had won five of their games and qualified for the final four.

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Courtney Walsh

Pakistan Needed Two Runs Of the Final Ball To Proceed Ahead

Courtney Walsh had seen Saleem Jaffar advancing down the crease at non-striker’s end, as he made his run-up for the last ball of the game. As he reached his delivery stride he stopped, but instead of running Jaffar out and ending the match, he simply warned the batsman to stay in the crease and walked back to the top of his mark.

“Not running Saleem Jaffar in the World Cup of 1987… people still recognize it and appreciate it,” Courtney Walsh said in the ICC video. “I just couldn’t do it without a warning, and as a youngster the spirit of the game meant a lot to me. And because of the gesture and the way it was appreciated, that’ll be a memory that will always be with me.”

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2 runs off the last ball were needed when Courtney Walsh decided to not mankad his opponent

The batsmen ran two off the final ball and won Pakistan the game. Abdul Qadir was on strike for the last ball, with Saleem Jaffar on the opposite end. They needed 14 off the last over to chase the target of 216 set by the Windies team.

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Courtney Walsh’s humble gesture cost them a place in the 1987 World Cup semifinals. Courtney Walsh finished that match with figures of 4/40 and finished his career with 227 ODI wickets to go along with 519 in Tests – the most by a West Indies bowler.

Watch an interview of Courtney Walsh:

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)
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Shoaib Akhtar Unhappy On Seeing Former Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed Made To Carry Shoes In Manchester

Shoaib Akhtar was clearly unhappy as Lahore-born former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed carried shoes and drinks in the break. Pakistan team management has been blamed by former Pakistan international cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latif after former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed performed duties of a twelfth man on the second day of the first Test against England in Manchester.

However, Sarfaraz Ahmed was smiling despite being the 12th man and was even seen carrying shoes in middle after the fall of the wicket of his replacement Mohammad Rizwan in the 71st over of Pakistan’s 1st innings. The Champions trophy-winning captain also carried drinks for his teammates who were bowled out by the hosts England on the second day at Old Trafford.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar: You can’t do this to Sarfaraz Ahmed:

Former Pakistan cricketers, fans, and commentators did not like it and blamed Pakistan team management for disrespecting the Karachi-born Sarfaraz Ahmed. Shoaib Akhtar especially disliked the visuals and pointed out that it was wrong if there was an attempt to mock Sarfaraz Ahmed and the former captain cannot carry shoes and drinks to the field.

Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters
Sarfaraz Ahmed , Reuters

Shoaib Akhtar also went a step forward and called Sarfaraz Ahmed docile and weak and blamed him for leading Pakistan in the same timid manner.

“I didn’t like the visual. If you want to make an example out of a boy from Karachi, then it is wrong. You can’t do this to a player who has led Pakistan for four years and has won Champions Trophy for the country. You have made him carry the shoes. If he has done it himself, then stop him. Wasim Akram never brought shoes for me,” Shoaib Akhtar said.

“This shows that Sarfaraz is such a docile and weak man. He must have lead Pakistan in the same way as he carried the shoes. That’s why Mickey Arthur always dominated him. I am not saying carrying the shoes is a problem, but former captain can’t do that,” Shoaib Akhtar added.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif also did not appreciate the Pakistan team management and even questioned their team spirit by noting that Wahab Riaz and Md. Amir did not wear the proper kit, instead moved around in tracksuits. He, however, mentioned Sarfaraz’s greatness.

“Senior players like Amir and Wahab who are also sitting out, are not even in their kits. They are wearing tracksuits. This is not team spirit, but this greatness of Sarfaraz because he is passionate about the game. This should not have happened,” Rashid Latif stated.

According to Misbah, there was no shame in carrying drinks for teammates:

Head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said that these discussions only happen in Pakistan and there was nothing to be ashamed of to carry drinks for teammates by the reserve players.

Misbah also called Sarfaraz an excellent player and good human being besides pointing that three of the non-playing members of the 16 man squad were practicing at the nets and only Sarfaraz was available at that instance.

“This type of discussion can only happen in Pakistan. I also performed the duties of a 12th man, when I was captain and was sitting out in a match against Australia. There is no shame in doing that,” Misbah maintained.

Shoaib Akhtar takes a dig at Misbah-ul-Haq's appointment
Shoaib Akhtar takes a dig at Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Sarfaraz is an excellent human being and player. He knows that it is a team game. When other players are practising outside, so the available player has to help out. It is not a matter of disrespect. In fact, it is big of Sarfaraz that he doesn’t mind doing it. Plus, it is a sign of a good team,” Misbah said at the end of days play.

Former Pakistan players were at a receiving end, but the Pakistan team was happily sitting on top in the Test match following brilliant performances by batsman Shan Masood and pacers; Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi.

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Pakistan team. (Credits: Twitter)
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Terrorists Open Indiscriminate Firing During Cricket Match In Pakistan

At a time when Pakistan are trying desperately to convince big teams to visit them for series, terrorists might have just made things tougher for them. Terrorism has once again come back to haunt Pakistan cricket as several terrorists sabotaged the final of a local tournament on Thursday. The incident took place when the final of the Amn Cricket tournament at the Dradar Mamazai area at Orakzai District in Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was underway.

As per reports, a large number of spectators, including political workers and media persons had gathered at the Chanay Ground to watch the final match of the Amn Cricket tournament. But their hopes of seeing a good finale soon turned into a nightmare. According to Pakistani news outlet The News, as soon as the game started, the terrorists opened indiscriminate firing on the playground from the nearby hills.

But fortunately, the players, spectators and journalists, managed to save their lives by fleeing the scene. The report further quoted a spectator as saying that the firing was so intense, the organisers had no option but to end the game. All ran for cover when the firing started from the nearby hills, he added. Fortunately, there was no loss of life or injury after the deadly firing from the terrorists.

Impact of terrorism on Pakistan cricket:

Pakistan cricket have paid a big price because of terrorism. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suffered huge loss of revenues, losing millions in the last one decade because of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

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                                                   Pakistan Cricket Board. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the wake of the incident, all the international teams had decided against touring to Pakistan. Consequently, Pakistan had to shift bases for their home games. The country also lost the joint hosting rights of the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan were to host the World Cup along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

But in recent years, things have started improving for Pakistan. Earlier this year, Bangladesh visited them for a bilateral series while the PSL was also held in the country. The likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka have also visited Pakistan in recent years.

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Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Credits: Twitter)
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If This Lad Was Virat Kohli, Everyone Would Be Talking About It: Nasser Hussain On Babar Azam

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has lavished praise on Babar Azam after the Pakistan star scored an impressive unbeaten fifty on rain-curtailed day 1 of the ongoing Test against England in Manchester. Only 49 overs of play was possible due to rain but it was enough for Babar Azam to score a highly impressive unbeaten fifty.

Before bad light brought an early end to the action, Babar Azam scored 69 runs. He shared an unbeaten 96-run stand with Shan Masood (46*) as the duo helped Pakistan recover from 43 for 2 to end the day on 139 for 2. After a cautious start, Babar Azam scored increasingly freely as the England bowlers struggled to hit the right length after lunch.

He managed to score only 2 from the first 26 balls before unleashing an array of shots after lunch. The right-hander was particularly dismissive of off-spinner Bess as he scored 48 from his next 44 deliveries to move to a 70-ball half-century.

‘Babar Azam is in ‘Fab Five”:

Nasser Hussain was very impressed with Babar Azam after seeing the latter play some stunning shots against the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. In fact, the former cricketer-turned-commentator went on to say that people don’t talk about Babar Azam much as he is not India captain Virat Kohli.

“If this lad was Virat Kohli, everyone would be talking about it but because it is Babar Azam, no one is talking about it,” said Nasser Hussain while commentating for Sky Sports.

“He’s young, he’s elegant, he’s got all the swagger,” he added.

Hussain also added that Babar Azam has forced way into the top five batsmen of the world, making it Fab Five and no longer Fab Four.

“They keep going on about the ‘Fab Four (Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith, New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and England captain Joe Root) — it’s the ‘Fab Five’ and Babar Azam is in that,” he said.

Also Read: Babar Azam Is Right Up There Alongside Virat Kohli And Steve Smith: Azhar Ali

Also Read: Ishant Sharma Expresses His Desire Of Being In A World Cup Winning Squad

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image Credits: Twitter
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‘Indian Team Was Lucky’: Shahid Afridi After Fan Asks Him Reason Behind Poor Performance Against India In World Cups

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has come up with yet another statement that is bound to make the Indian cricket fans angry. In recent times, the former cricketer has come up with some controversial comments against India. Not very long ago, he had bizarrely claimed that Indian players used to ask for forgiveness after losing against their arch-rivals in cricket.

Unsurprisingly, the comment caused a big controversy as the Indian cricket fans slammed the outspoken Pakistani allrounder. Well, he could face more backlash on social media after his latest comment on India. On Wednesday, Shahid Afridi took to Twitter to have a question-answer session with his followers.

The social media users asked him different questions and he answered most of them. One of the users went on to ask him about his poor record against India in World Cup games. Pakistan have a terrible record against India in World Cups and Shahid Afridi’s record is even worse. Both the teams have faced each other seven times in the 50-over World Cup and four times in the T20 World Cup and India have won all the encounters.

As soon as Shahid Afridi gave the fans an opportunity to ask him questions, one of them asked him:

“Shahid Bhai asking respectfully,what do u think was the reason behind your poor performance against India in WC?,U scored just 56 runs in 5 matches and just picked up 1 wkt in total”

Shahid Afridi, in reply, came up with a bizarre answer. The outspoken controversial allrounder’s answer lacked any sort of humility as he wrote:

“I think Indian team was lucky.”

Shahid Afridi’s record against India in World Cups:

As far as Shahid Afridi’s record against India in the marquee event is concerned, it is absolutely dismal.  In four games against India at the 50-over World Cup, his scores were 6, 9, 19 and 22. He also faced India thrice in the T20 World Cup and scored 0, 8 and 8 as Pakistan lost all the three games.

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5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests
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5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests. So the biggest stage is set and Eden garden is geared up to experience an epic clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Both the teams are sweating it out hard to seal a victory here at any cost.

For Indians, the aim would be to win the game and keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Also, with this win, the Indian team will continue their winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup. And for Pakistani team, it is a golden opportunity to steal a win here against the low in the confidence Indian team. They will look to continue their form and will try their level best to put a brake on the on their losing streak.

We have to wait till tomorrow to see that which team will emerge as the winner but for now, let’s have a look at biggest fights between the two teams on the cricket field-

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

Kiran More and Javed Miandad- In a world cup match between the two teams More was continuously poking Miandad from behind the stumps. Javed was distracted by this. He was too frustrated and angry that he stopped the bowler and straightway turned to his back and had a war of words with More. He also complained to the umpire and got ready to play next bowl.

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

He played the next bowl and after that what happened left many stunned. Miandad after playing the bowl went back to the crease and jumped like a monkey twice. This scene left many stunned and also commentators were too surprised by this act from Miandad. Till now that two jumps from Miandad are an unsolved mystery that why he jumped like that twice.

5 Unforgettable Moments From Past World T20s
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5 Unforgettable Moments From Past World T20s

With the tournament proper of the World T20 beginning this week, we look back on the previous five editions of the World T20 and pick five unforgettable moments from the showpiece event of cricket’s shortest and youngest format.

5 Unforgettable Moments From Past World T20s

Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes at Durban

5 Unforgettable Moments From Past World T20s

Yuvraj Singh set the inaugural World T20 ablaze as the dashing left-hander smashed England fast bowler Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. Yuvraj pounded the young pacer to all corners of Kingsmead Stadium in Durban as he raced away to a fifty in just 12 balls, still the record for the fastest half-century.

The interesting story behind what drove Yuvraj is that he and Andrew Flintoff shared a rather heated conversation before that over and Yuvraj confesses that it was Flintoff’s provocation which spurred him and he unleashed it on poor Broad.

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 Matches
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Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 Matches

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 matches. The fever of the World T20 has started gripping the cricket crazy nation of India. In a country like India where Cricket is no less than religion and cricketers are worshipped like Gods, such a mega event brings about a lot of stimulation and enthusiasm among people. Especially when such a big tournament is held in India, the craze and madness among people reach another level altogether.

As far as the World T20 goes, the Indian cricket aficionados have great memories attached with this wonderful tournament. The inaugural World T20 which was held in South Africa in 2007 saw the Men-in-Blue lift the treasured trophy. At that time, T20 cricket was a new phenomenon among people at large. Forget about people even many teams weren’t use to the pace of the shortest format of the game. But the Indians have adjusted well to the wavelengths of the game.

Today, we will go back in time to experience the overwhelming level of joy and nostalgia as we glance through the most memorable matches of team India in World T20.

Top 5 Greatest Indian World T20 matches

5. India v Pakistan, Durban, 2007

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India, Pakistan. Image Credits: ESPN

It was India’s first-ever match in World T20 and that too against its Asian counterpart, Pakistan. Mohammad Asif made the most of the helpful seaming conditions at Kingsmead as he ran through the Indian top-order and claimed 4 wickets inside the first 7 overs of the game. But then Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni steadied the ship as they added 46 runs for the fifth wicket before Uthappa fell for a well-made half-century. India posted a competitive total of 141 runs on the board.

The Pakistani batting followed the same script as the Indian bowlers tore apart their top-order. With 4 wickets in hand and 39 runs to get in the final 14 balls of the match, it seemed the match was over. But out of nowhere, Misbah-ul-Haq plundered 53 runs and after 20-overs the scorecard of both the teams read 141 runs each, meaning a dramatic tie. But then India went on to triumph the match by means of a jaw-dropping bowl-out.

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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):

England, Jack Leach, Moeen Ali
England cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

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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MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter
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5 Remarkable Knocks of MS Dhoni Which Can Make Anyone His Fan

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni didn’t have a dream start of his career but soon he worked on and gathered the praise and the results are known to everyone. As he moved forward in his career, he was fondly known as ‘captain cool’ and ‘perfect finisher’ and so on. With his magnificent knocks, he got thousands of supporters behind him.

The Ranchi star made the entry in Indian team when veterans like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid were entertaining one and. Though he was successful in making a room for himself. He first went on to become the T20I captain and led the team to win the T20 World Cup 2007. Then, the wicketkeeper-batsman bagged ODI captaincy and won the World Cup trophy in 2011 for India. He didn’t stop here as he also led India to win the ICC Champions trophy 2013.

Overall, his crucial knocks acted as a saviour for the team which helped the team to win the game.

Currently, the 38-year old is in sabbatical after the disheartening semi-finals against New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019. However, he has played many knocks that the fans can watch over again and again that have helped team India multiple times.

Here, we have discussed five entertaining knocks of MS Dhoni which you can watch over and over again. Let’s take a look.

5 Remarkable Knocks of MS Dhoni Which Can Make Anyone His Fan

224 vs Australia, Chennai, Feb 2013

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MS Dhoni’s most celebrated run-strike is his double century against Australia during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2013.

In the first Test match, when India had lost the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara, the wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni, who was also the captain of India, scored a brilliant double century to led India score to 572 runs.

Virat Kohli also played a crucial role as he registered a century(107 runs). Dhoni scored  224 in 265 balls with 24 fours and 6 sixes. His partnership with Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also beneficial in that match.

It is a tough task for a wicketkeeper to score a double ton because he is already tired of wicketkeeping for a whole day.

Thus, Dhoni’s innings against Australia is the most memorable one for fans. Also, he became the first wicketkeeper to score a double century.

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