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Deccan Chargers, Deccan Chargers won the IPL 2009 title after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore
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On This Day: Deccan Chargers Won The IPL 2009 Title After Defeating RCB

Adam Gilchrist-led Deccan Chargers finished last in the inauguration edition of the Indian Premier League, but who knew that they were going to build history in the next edition. In the 2008 season, they managed to win just two matches, but in 2009 edition, they entered the finals and defeated star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore in a thriller match.

Deccan Chargers Had A Disappointing Start:

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DC had a horrible start after they lost their captain Adam Gilchrist’s wicket in the first over for a duck. Anil Kumble’s googly left DC in a big loss.

But Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Symonds played a responsible role and confronted the spinner’s attack. The Proteas rotated the strike while the hard-hitter Symonds attacked the bowler, playing quick-fire innings of 21 ball 33 runs which comprised of four fours and one maximum.

Gibbs held the innings from the other end building a small partnership with Rohit Sharma. He registered an unbeaten half-century in 48 balls, striking two sixes and three fours. Rohit scored 24 runs off 23 balls. However, Anil Kumble’s masterpiece didn’t let Deccan Chargers set up a big total. They set the target of 144 runs at the loss of six wickets.

Pragyan Ojha and Andrew Symonds changed the scenario:

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144 was not a big target for RCB with the likes of Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Mark Boucher, Rahul Dravid, and Ross Taylor in their batting line up. They had chased 146 runs in a previous match.

But the spinner Pragyan Ojha, who retired from cricket earlier this year, set the game for DC. He picked two early wickets which created pressure on RCB. On the other hand, pacer RP Singh didn’t leak runs and proved to be the most economical bowlers. He also bowled the proteas, Jacques Kallis.

Then further, Andrew Symonds did his job, claiming figures of 3-18-2. He picked back to back wickets of Virat Kohli and Ross Taylor. With one wicket in their hand, the Bangalore-based franchise lost the grand-finale by seven runs. Deccan Chargers created history winning their maiden IPL title under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist.

Mike Hussey, Australia, Coaching Staff
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Mike Hussey Returns To Australia’s Coaching Staff

Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has confirmed to bring the veterans back in the team management. He wants his team to get benefitted from the knowledge of legends. As said, former cricketer, Mike Hussey will re-join the coaching staff of Australia. While, later this year, former allrounder Andrew Symonds will also mentor the Kangaroos.

Earlier, Hussey was included in the coaching staff for the T20 Campaign against Pakistan. Now, he will join the team against South Africa. Australia will head to play three-match T20I and as many  ODIs against Proteas.

The tour will start on February 21 in Johannesburg.

Justin Langer, Australia
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While speaking to Cricket Australia (CA), Langer said the initiative to bring legends in coaching staff will surely help the cricketers.

“One of the things we’ve tried to do is bring some of the legends back around the team,” Langer said on Sunday

“Our young guys and all our players can learn so much (from them), they’re great mentors. We had ‘Punter’ (Ponting), we had Steve Waugh for the Ashes, we’re looking at getting Andrew Symonds to come to New Zealand with us … and Mike Hussey is coming to South Africa. It’s a really good initiative,” Langer added.

Hussey, also known as “Mr Cricket”, has also enjoyed a coaching role with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in recent years. While he enjoyed few stints for his national team as a coach. Hussey believes that it is a difficult task to opt for a full-time job as a coach.

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“I do love coaching. The difficult thing is, do I want to do it on a full-time basis and be back on the road for 10 months of the year with a young family? That’s not something I’m interested in at the moment.

Hussey has dedicated his seven years of life in the field though he is still connected with the game in different ways.

The former batsman has played 79 Tests, 185 ODIs and 38 T20Is.

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Ricky Ponting Picks Top Three Fielders of His Generation; No Indian in his List

The crucial part of any interesting game is the fielding done by the two teams. The former Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting picks the top three fielders of all time while answering a question on his Twitter handle. The ex-Aussie skipper is regarded as one of the greatest fielders of his era. His reflex catches still remain etched in one’s memories.

Amid the ongoing trend on Twitter, Ponting participated in a Q&A session on his social media account, Ponting had received a barrage of questions. The questions varied from past cricket incidents to his opinions on the ongoing India-New Zealand series.

Well, while answering a fan’s question, Ponting revealed that during his heydays Shane Warne has nicknamed him as  ‘Punter’.

Ricky Ponting names top three fielders of all time:

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During the session, a user asked Ponting to name the top three fielders of all time. The former Australian cricketer quickly came up with three names. He named his former teammate, Andrew Symonds, the South
African batting maestro AB de Villiers, and the legendary Jonty Rhodes as his top three fielders of his generation.

While the three names are no doubt the best when it came to fielding, none of the Indian fielders made it to his top picks. Not even the likes of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh.

Although Raina no longer plays for the India team, he was one of the terrific fielders for India. Whereas, Yuvraj Singh was best in business.

Here’s the response from Ricky Ponting while picking his top three fielders of all time:

Ricky Ponting believes Rishabh Pant will soon find his way back in the game:

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The cricketer-turned-commentator has served at various positions after he declared his retirement from all forms of cricket. He is, currently, the Head Coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Capitals. Ponting has worked with Rishabh Pant during his time with the Delhi-based franchise.

With KL Rahul’s in-form performances overshadowing Pant’s position in the team, a cricket fan asked him about his views on Pant’s form and future in the national team.

According to Ponting, the young wicketkeeper-batsman is a talented cricketer. He said that Pant will soon find his way back to the national team.

“Rishabh Pant is a young man with a huge amount of talent. I am looking forward to working with him again during the IPL and I am sure he will be back in the Indian team sooner rather than later,” Ponting said while replying to one of the users during his interaction with fans on Twitter.

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Top 10 Highest Batting Averages In CWC History

Every cricketer has a dream to play the Cricket World Cup (CWC) and make a crucial impact for his team to win a CWC trophy. But, only a few players can fulfil this dream.

Batting is one of the essential parts of a cricket team. The batting average determines the success rate of a batsman. So, the better average in CWC career means he is one of the high-quality batsmen in international cricket history.

Here we are briefly discussing the top ten batsmen who have the highest batting averages in the Cricket World Cup history (Special Criteria: Batsmen have played at least 10 CWC innings).

10. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) – 58.73

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The right-handed top-order batsman Kane Williamson is one of best batsmen in New Zealand cricket history. He is famous for his calm brain. After featuring the 2011 and 2015 Cricket World Cups as an important batsman, he is leading his national side in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. After batting in 21 CWC innings, Williamson has scored 881 runs with an average of 58.73. He has hit two centuries and three half-centuries in his CWC career.

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Five cricketers who changed their nationality and played international cricket

It is not uncommon for players to change their nationality and represent another country in all disciplines of sports. Cricket is no exception to that and there were quite a few instances where cricketers moved from one country to another to play international cricket.

Lack of opportunities to represent the country was the main reason behind players switching allegiance between countries. While some players moved from their country of birth to another, others came back to play for their native country.

Abdul Hafeez Kardar is one of the very few players who have played for both India and Pakistan in Tests and Kepler Wessels became the first cricketer to have played One Day International cricket for two countries, Australia and South Africa.

On that note, let’s take a look at the five famous cricketers who changed their nationality and played international cricket.

Andrew Symonds

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Born in Birmingham, an English couple adopted Andrew Symonds and then moved to Australia when he was young. The middle-order batsman made his first-class debut for Queensland during the 94/95 season.

Since he also had a British passport, he was selected to play for the England A team in 1995. However, he turned down the opportunity to play for his native country and wanted to play for Australia.

He then made his debut for Australia in 2003 and went on to play 198 One Day Internationals, 26 Tests, and 14 T20Is.

Symonds has scored more than 6500 runs for the Aussies and played a stellar role for the national team in their 2003 World Cup triumph.

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen

One of the most exciting cricketers to have represented the game, Kevin Pietersen was phenomenal for England. The swashbuckling batsman has played more than 100 Tests and ODIs for England and scored more than 13500 runs.

Pietersen moved to England, his mother’s place of birth, and played well for Nottinghamshire and Hampshire.

He made his debut for England in 2005 and went on to play for more than 10 years for the national team.

In an exclusive extract from his new book Crossing The Boundary, Pietersen said that he was left out the Natal side in 2000 because of the prevalent quota policy, which eventually led him to seek his career in England.

Imran Tahir

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Imran Tahir has been sensational for South Africa in the limited-overs cricket. The Pakistan-born wrist-spinner has played for the Pakistan U-19 team and then went onto play for Pakistan A side.

He struggled to establish himself as a leg-spinner in Pakistan and then moved to South Africa. Tahir married a South African woman and became eligible to play for South Africa in 2011 when he met his residency requirement.

Since then, he has played 20 Tests, 85 ODIs, and 36 T20Is, and has bagged more than 250 wickets. He is the only spinner to take more than 100 ODI wickets for South Africa and the ninth highest wicket-taker for South Africa in ODIs.

Jonathan Trott

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Born in Cape Town, Jonathan Trott has represented South Africa at the age group level. He moved to England in 2003 and decided to use his British passport to play county cricket for Warwickshire.

England team then roped him in 2007 and he went onto a have an illustrious international career in England. Trott played 52 Tests and 68 ODIs for England, and scored more than 6500 international runs.

The three-time Ashes winner was the Wisden and ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2011. After a hugely successful international career for the England national team, Jonathan Trott finally decided to retire in 2015.

Luke Ronchi

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Luke Ronchi has played international cricket for two countries, i.e. Australia and New Zealand. Born in New Zealand, Luke Ronchi moved to Australia when he was young.

Ronchi played only four One Day Internationals and three Twenty20Is for Australia since his debut in 2008. He struggled to cement his place and was never a regular in the side.

Ronchi then moved to New Zealand in 2012 to enhance his chances of international cricket. He made his international debut for New Zealand in 2013 and played a huge role in their run to the 2015 World Cup finals.

A destructive wicketkeeper-batsman, Ronchi has played 85 ODIs and 33 T20Is in his career. He finally retired from international cricket in 2017.

Also read: Arjun Tendulkar named in India U19 squad for Sri Lanka tour

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IPL 10: Top 5 IPL Centuries In A Losing Cause!

Hitting a century in a T20 format is not an easy task for cricketers. They require some extra skills and efforts to reach the three-figure mark in this format.

Players like Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers are exceptional in this particular format as they love to hit the ball out of the park.

Usually, if a player hits a century in a T20, his team would register a win, but there are some instances when players found themselves unlucky as they ended the game on a losing side.

Today, we are here to open up those 5 pages from the book of IPL where players were unlucky not to be on a winning side even after scoring a memorable ton:

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Symonds Stretched ‘Monkeygate’ Incident Too Far, Feels Clarke

Kolkata, March 14 (IANS) Prime witnesses to one of the biggest controversies that rocked cricket during the second Test between India and Australia during the 2007-08 series, Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke on Tuesday made no bones while speaking about the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal with the latter going to say that Andrew Symonds should not have blown the issue out of proportion.

The furore had begun with some questionable umpiring decisions and later blew up into a racism controversy between Harbhajan Singh and Symonds which threatened to negatively affect relations between the two countries.

Australian batsman Symonds was at the centre of it all, but the drama started much earlier, when he was questionably given not out thrice during his first innings score of 162.

Australia went on to win the Test by 122 runs, but the incident did not die down and is now considered one of the biggest face-offs since the bodyline days.

“I can guarantee you, the ‘Monkeygate’ chapter will not have its true picture in the book,” Ganguly said talking about Clarke’s autobiography “My Story” which he launched here on Tuesday.

“Because only a ‘Sardarji’ will know what Harbhajan tried to say. You can call it ‘Monkeygate’, you can call it ‘Hanumangate’ and whatever gate you want. I was standing next to Harbhajan Singh and I know exactly what he meant,” Ganguly, who said.

“Nonetheless, that incident was a bit more than ‘Monkeygate’. The next morning, everyone was angry and there were calls going on in the board. It was a wonderful series. Beating Australia in Perth… India-Australia is always enthralling,” Ganguly, who scored a 67 and 51 in the two innings of that Test played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, said.

On that Clarke compared the recent DRS controversy involving Australian skipper Steve Smith and how it was amicably solved to the ‘Monkeygate’ chapter, stressing that Symonds went into overdrive with his reactions.

“I was very close to Andrew (Symonds) at the time. I asked him if he was racially vilified. It wasn’t about being racially abused for Andrew but a lot of other things.

“Now it’s not the right time to discuss those things. But I didn’t think he (Symonds) should have continued with that (incident). It should have ended right there,” Clarke said.

“What’s happening here with the Steve Smith incident here. It’s been handled in the right way. And the BCCI have handled it pretty well. Now we head to Ranchi and we know we are going to have a very good Test match.”

India and Australia are locked 1-1 in the four-match series. The third Test starts in Ranchi from Thursday.

Talking about the same Sydney Test, Clarke admitted to walking back to the pavilion after an Anil Kumble delivery struck his gloves and went to first slip.

“There was also a decision (in the same Test) when Anil bowled and the ball hit my glove and I was out. But I did not walk,” he said.

“I did not want to go. I did not want to fail. I believe the umpire has a job to give me out. I made plenty of mistakes in my career but I have played in the right spirit. Over a long period of time, I can hold my head high.”

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Shane Watson a part of tumour: Michael Clarke

The former Australian skipper Michael Clarke has opened up about his feud with different players during his playing days and has denied the claim that he ever called Shane Watson a ‘cancer’ for the team. While speaking at a TV show 60minutes at channel nine, Clarke cleared many rumors and expressed open views regarding his rough past of Australian cricket team.

“No, I didn’t say that,

“I said that there is a number of players or a group in this team at the moment that are like a tumor, and if we don’t fix it, it’s going to turn into cancer,” said Clarke.

He also revealed the story which goes back to 2009 when Simon Katich grabbed Clarke by throat following a disagreement over whether the Aussie team should sing team song post victory over South Africa or not. Michael Clarke was the vice-captain of the Australian team at the time, Katich was never selected to play for Australia again despite having a great form in past few years.

“I think a lot of us were getting wound up, so I think I had every reason to be p—– off. But I don’t think my language was appropriate to Kato,

“It turned out – I found out four days later that Matthew Hayden was going to retire after that Test match. So I think Haydos wasp—– off as well that that happened in his last Test,” he adds.

Clarke also revealed a revelation that it was his selfish act to promote himself as the poster boy for leading Australia in Test cricket “I think if I performed well, I was happy. If I performed bad, I was shattered,

“I don’t think I was a good vice-captain at all. As soon as I got given the vice-captaincy, I think the perception was I was automatically the next captain, and that built. I never dreamt of captaining Australia. I couldn’t care less if I captained Australia or not” says Clarke.

Clarke has had many issues with former Australian players and coach John Buchanan, the former Australian coach who played a handful of domestic matches before turning himself to a full-time coach. Clarke, in past, went on to say that Buchanan has no knowledge of baggy green as he has never worn it. He also had issues with Andrew Symonds in past.

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Three Indians included in James Franklin’s all Time XI

The former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin has too joined the list of players who are now a day’s announcing their all time XI squad on the Lords official you tube channel. Franklin has selected quite a strong team as the team includes players who have already proved their worth at the international level. Interestingly the Indian batsman Rohit Sharma also finds a place in Franklin’s list. Rohit Sharma is himself not a permanent member of Test team and is on the verge of getting dropped from the team if he fails to deliver on the West Indies tour. Also preferring Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat Kohli is a big surprise in itself.

Franklin’s list includes 3 players who are presently part of Mumbai Indians and two players who have been part of the team in the past. Sachin Tendulkar is linked to Mumbai Indians as a consultant whereas Harbhajan Singh and Rohit Sharma are currently part of the Mumbai squad. Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Symonds are the players who have represented the franchise in past.

Franklin has included only those players who used to play during the time when he was active as an international cricketer.

The England Test captain Alastair Cook will open the innings for Franklin’s team whereas the former New Zealand player Nathan Astle will be his partner on the crease. Sachin Tendulkar who used to bat at number 2 or at number 4 will bat at number 3; following him will be the legend, Brian Lara.

Rohit is placed at number 5 on his list. Franklin gives an explanation putting Rohit at number 5 “I’ve gone with Rohit Sharma at number five. His record recently has been outstanding. Especially in one-day cricket, he is a devastating batsman.”

The controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds finds his name on this list as he is the lone all-rounder in the team. The devastating opener and wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum will come in at number 7. Now this is a strange call as McCullum has been quite successful for the New Zealand team as an opener.

The most successful off-spinner for the Indian team in Test cricket, Harbhajan Singh is the lone specialist spinner the team.

The pace bowling attack is packed up with the presence of some of the deadliest bowlers in world cricket. The trio of Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and James Bond will oversee the pace attack. All of these three were the most feared bowlers of their time. Brett lee is most successful amongst these but no one can underestimate the power of other two as they both did not allow the batsman to open their arms at any moment of the game. All the three bowlers are the rare species of the bowlers that are difficult to find nowadays.

Franklin’s XI includes 3 players from India, 3 from New Zealand, 3 from Australia, 1 from England and one from West Indies.

The team includes all the players who have shown their calibre on the field during their playing days but still the inclusion of Rohit Sharma ahead of Virat Kohli is the biggest suspense of this story.

James Franklin’s All Time XI: Alastair Cook, Nathan Astle, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds, Brendon McCullum (c & wk), Harbhajan Singh, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Shane Bond

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Symonds feels he has enough knowledge to be a coach

Former Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds feels that he is ready for the coaching job. Symonds believes he has enough knowledge to take up the challenge. He played most of the place in cricket world. He further stated that he has enough knowledge to teach the youngsters of the game and learn from him.

Symonds was asked how his game changed after a see-saw ride in the first five years in international cricket. He said, “Ricky Ponting was instrumental in my career going forward. I suppose the 2003 World Cup was probably where it was most obvious that he wanted me on that tour. I had not really scored a lot of runs to have warranted a spot on that tour, but he had a gut feeling that I was going to come good. Fortunately, on that tour we had Michael Bevan injured and Darren Lehmann out suspended so I had to play and I had some success and from that point on, I sort of worked out how to be a successful international batsman.”

ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 victory was special for Andrew Symonds. From then Australia had gone through a lot in the run up to the mega event. He said, “I have never seen a more nervous Australian dressing room. It was so quiet and you could see everyone was so nervous. We were missing key players and this was the reason for the tensed atmosphere in the dressing room. Other teams could sniff that we were possibly going to have some weak areas and that this might be the weakest Australian side that they’ve seen for a while and they might have an opportunity to knock us off. In came players like Andy Bichel, Brad Hogg and that was when I sort of started to work things out a bit better. We went through that whole World Cup undefeated.”

On being asked about his approach to the game as an all-rounder, the former cricketer said, “The idea of batting is to score runs. But for me, it was about trying to find the right balance – not to be over-aggressive and reckless but be aggressive enough to be able to put enough pressure on the opposition. For me, it was finding that balance. I train pretty hard. Once I worked out that I was going to bowl a fair bit and wanted to be dynamic in the field, then having to bat, I got to a point in my career where I was incredibly fit and strong, so I could handle the workload and the rigours of doing those three things.”