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Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

VVS Laxman Praised Sachin Tendulkar For Playing Under Different Skippers After Quitting Captaincy In 2000

VVS Laxman, a former India batsman lavished praise on Sachin Tendulkar and said only a player like master blaster could have played under different skippers after quitting captaincy in 2000. Sachin Tendulkar was named the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) batsman in Tests of the 21st century leaving behind the likes of Jacques Kallis, Steve Smith, and Ricky Ponting by an exquisite 50-member jury put together by Star Sports.

Sachin Tendulkar retired from international cricket in 2013 after scoring 15,921 Test runs and 18,426 ODI runs and is still the leading run-scorer in international cricket in Tests and ODIs. His illustrious career spanned more than two decades where he played 200 Tests and 463 ODI, scoring 51 and 49 centuries, respectively.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

VVS Laxman: Sachin Tendulkar Inspired The Younger Generation Of Indian And World Cricketers

As many as 118 Tests have been played together by the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman – the most by a combination of three players. The record for the most Tests played by a combination of four players together is also held by veteran Indian players. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and Sourav Ganguly played 86 matches together. VVS Laxman played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs where he amassed over 10,000 runs overall.

“I’ve played alongside him for so long. Sachin played under different captains. I think in 2000 he decided that he is not going to captain anymore. And such a senior player, such a legend of the game. But to adjust and contribute to the progress of Indian cricket under different captains, and to help them flourish as captains, is something only a role model and inspiration like Sachin can do — which he did really good,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live.

File image of former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar (L) and VVS Laxman | AFP
File image of former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar (L) and VVS Laxman | AFP

“The legacy that he left-back is not only scoring hundreds, double hundreds, 100 hundred, but also the way he inspired the younger generation of Indian cricketers and the world cricketers. I still remember Kane Williamson in his debut Test match in Ahmedabad; chatting with Sachin, understanding the game.

“As recently as the IPL, which just finished, we had a long chat with Sachin; talking about his tennis elbow injury. So, not only the Indian cricketers got inspiration from Sachin, but all the cricketers from all over the world got inspiration from him and that’s why he is the greatest,” VVS Laxman added.

Sachin Tendulkar played the IPL till 2013 where his last year saw him lift the first IPL trophy for Mumbai Indians. Throughout his career, Sachin Tendulkar had prominent figures in the IPL. He played a total of 78 matches, scoring 2334 runs. He had an average of 33.83 and a strike rate of 119.82. IPL 2011 was also the time when Sachin Tendulkar scored his only century in T20 cricket. In 2013, Sachin Tendulkar was paid INR 8.28 crore to play in the IPL.

Sachin Tendulkar A Great Ambassador For Cricket From India: Nasser Hussain

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain termed Tendulkar a “great ambassador for cricket from India”.

“There are some great candidates and any of these (GOAT nominees) would be worthy winners. I mean, it’s not just the stats between those hundreds you get. I think it’s sometimes too driven by stats,” he said.
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
“This occasion has shown it — here today in the final — it’s about how you handle pressure; how you cope with pressure. Also, an ambassador for the game, Sachin, was a great ambassador for cricket from India. When he speaks, people listen,” he added.

Sachin Tendulkar, who called time on his illustrious Test career in 2013, notched up 15,921 runs at a phenomenal average of 53.78.


James Anderson Wasn’t Sure If He Was Good Enough To Play Int’l Cricket

James Anderson is set to be remembered as one of the best fast bowlers of this generation, but the England pacer has revealed he wasn’t sure if he was good enough to play international cricket when he started off in May 2003 against Zimbabwe at the Lord’s.

The 38-year-old James Anderson, already England’s most successful Test bowler with 616 wickets — the most by any pacer in the format — has had the far more physically demanding task of leading the attack.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson Thought He Wasn’t Good Enough To Play

James Anderson drew level with retired former captain Alastair Cook’s mark of 161 Tests after playing the 1st Test against the Kiwis.

“I thought I wasn’t good enough. I thought it was a huge step up from county cricket. I remember Nasser [Hussain] didn’t have a fine leg for me and I went for quite a few runs. My first ball was a no-ball as well so there were a lot of nerves there and I did feel like this was maybe a step too far for me at that point,” he said as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“I think I cleaned up the tail in that game. Until you play against the best players in the world and you’ve got them out, only then do you feel like you can compete and belong there.”

The senior campaigner feels the hurdles that have come in his long career have only made him stronger.

“I’m proud of the fact that I’ve overcome little hurdles throughout my career and they’ve made me stronger,” he said.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

“The stress fracture was like hitting the re-set button I guess. I’d gone through a lot of changes in my action before that and that stress fracture was probably a Godsend. It made me go back to my old action and since then I’ve felt really comfortable and got more consistent. That’s really helped me and makes me feel proud I got stronger from that and never looked back.”

James Anderson has played 161 Tests and is the 7th most-capped Test player only behind Sachin Tendulkar (200), Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh (168), Jacques Kallis (166), and Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Rahul Dravid (164).

James Anderson And Stuart Broad Looks Back On The 2007-08 Tour

The pacer believes the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington during the 2007-08 tour was one game that deserves a special mention. That is where his partnership with Stuart Broad began.

“We both look back on that Test with great fondness,” he said. “I think it was a proper starting point in our Test careers. The fact that Peter Moores, the coach at that time, showed that confidence in us because he left out two senior bowlers who’d been extremely influential in the England side up until that point.

“He brought us in and gave us that responsibility, showed that faith in us. We still look back on that with great fondness and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Hopefully there will be a few more memories to come.”

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England’s Stuart Broa. Photo Credit: AFP.

James Anderson admits that his growth from a good bowler to someone who could win games did take some time and it helped after he put in strong performances against the top teams.

“It took a few years. I think it was about putting in some performances against the better sides in the world. No disrespect to Zimbabwe, but playing against teams like South Africa and Australia and India, once you put in performances against the top teams in the world, that’s when you can feel like you can actually perform at that level. So it did take a few years and a few tours around the world to make me think I could actually do it,” he pointed.

Stuart Broad was named England’s vice-captain for the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s which ended in a draw. Pacer Stuart Broad picked up his first wicket in Test cricket after going 81 overs without it. Stuart Broad picked up the wicket of Tom Latham on Day 5 of the first Test at Lord’s. He picked up his first wicket of the match and first since January 2020 when he got the wicket of Angelo Mathews in Sri Lanka.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir Praised By Manvinder Bisla And KC Cariappa For Good Captaincy For KKR

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most successful captains in Indian Premier League history.  Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in his career while playing an important part in their batting department.

Several KKR players have talked about the leadership skills of Gautam Gambhir, who is the only KKR skipper to win IPL, and that too, twice, and how he led from the front to guide youngsters in the team.

Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL titles
Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL title

Gautam Gambhir Was Fiercely Protective Of His Players: Manvinder Bisla

One of the players, Manvinder Bisla was an integral part of KKR’s batting department during Gautam Gambhir’s reign as captain. He even top-scored in the final of IPL 2012. Manvinder Bisla hit 89 runs off just 48 balls to help KKR chase down Chennai Super Kings’ total of 190 runs in the final.

Manvinder Bisla played 39 matches in the IPL and hit 798 runs at an average of 21. He narrated how Gautam Gambhir was as a captain and said that the former India opener was fiercely protective of his players.

Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in IPL 2012 final against CSK.
Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. (Photo: Twitter/@KKRiders)

“As a captain, Gautam was fiercely protective of his players. He was like an older brother. Win or lose, he needed to just see focus and intensity. Even when I wasn’t converting starts, he was never short of encouraging words if he saw the effort.

“So chats with him at different times during the competition gave me the reinforcement that I was very much valued. Vijay Dahiya, our assistant coach, was also a great motivator. These two made it easy for me to deal with both success and failure,” Bisla said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Gautam Gambhir is a captain who is known to take bold decisions and the fact that Manvinder Bisla was chosen ahead of Brendon McCullum in the IPL 2012 final, is a living testament. Manvinder Bisla was made to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.

However, KKR was dealt with a big blow as their marquee batsman Gautam Gambhir departed in the first over itself after a peach of a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus. Gautam Gambhir was KKR’s leading run-scorer in that tournament and had amassed 590 runs.

Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis steadied KKR’s ship and steered them close to the target. The duo was on song and stitched a magnificent partnership of 136 runs before Manvinder Bisla got dismissed for 89. His power-packed innings was the cornerstone of KKR’s victory as he emerged as the ultimate game-changer. His inning was packed with 8 fours and 5 sixes. Jacques Kallis too scored 69 before departing.

Two Bengali boys in the form of Shakib-Al-Hasan and Manoj Tiwary orchestrated the victory from thereon as KKR successfully chased the target of 191 put up by CSK. In IPL 2014 final, Manish Pandey scored 94 as KKR chased down KXIP’s mammoth total of 199 made possible after KXIP’s Wriddhiman Saha had scored a ton.

Gautam Gambhir Was Strict In Bowling Discipline And Didn’t Compromise Poor Effort On The Field: KC Cariappa

Another find of Gambhir was spinner KC Cariappa who spent two seasons for the franchise – in 2015 and in 2019. In a recent interview, KC Cariappa recalled his experiences of playing under the two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2015 season, and described him as a “very good captain”.

“Gambhir was a very good captain. He was a little strict in terms of bowling discipline, and effort on the field was something he wouldn’t compromise,” Cariappa told Sportskeeda.

KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Outside the field, he didn’t bother you. On the field, you had to give your 100% and that’s what I loved,” he added.

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup where he did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless.

Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith - File Photo , Reuters & AFP
Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith - File Photo , Reuters & AFP

Virat Kohli Becomes 5th Highest ODI Run Scorer As A Skipper After Surpassing Graeme Smith

Virat Kohli surpassed former South Africa opener and ex-skipper Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs by a captain during the ongoing 2nd ODI against England in Pune.

India captain Virat Kohli on Friday added another feather to his already-illustrious cap as he surpassed former Protea skipper Graeme Smith to become the fifth-highest run-scorer as a captain in the 50-overs format during the ongoing second ODI against England in Pune.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Overtook Graeme Smith With Most Runs As Captain In ODIs

The Indian captain overtook the former opener, Graeme Smith, on the list of batsmen with the most runs as captain in ODI cricket when he went past the former South Africa skipper’s tally of 5,416 runs. The Indian skipper was playing his 94th ODI match as captain of India while Graeme Smith had got to the tally in 150 matches. The Indian skipper reached the milestone in the 24th over of the second ODI at Pune.

Graeme Smith Getty Images
Graeme Smith Getty Images

Before the 2nd ODI, Virat Kohli was only 41 runs away from going past former South Africa opener Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs by a captain. The No.1 in the list of most ODI runs as captain is former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who has amassed 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain. The Australia legend is followed by former India captain MS Dhoni who is at No.2 with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as a skipper.

Virat Kohli Also Became 4th Batsman To Complete 5000 ODI Runs At Home

However, Virat Kohli has the best average and strike rate combination in that elite list. Virat Kohli is the only one in the elite list to average more than 70 in ODI cricket as captain. His strike of 98.55 is also better than most batsmen.

KL Rahul hit his 5th ODI hundred, first vs England in Pune (AP Photo)
KL Rahul hit his 5th ODI hundred, first vs England in Pune (AP Photo)

Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 56 in the previous ODI, can also become only the 4th batsman to complete 5,000 ODI runs at home after Sachin Tendulkar (6976), Ricky Ponting (5406), and Jacques Kallis (5178).

India put into bat by Jos Buttler-led England scored 336/6 in 50 overs with KL Rahul top-scoring with 108. Virat Kohli scored 66 and Rishabh Pant played a whirlwind inning of 77 off only 40 balls.

This was also the first time since February 2020 KL Rahul has got an international hundred. It was the first time KL Rahul has scored a hundred while batting at No. 4 in ODIs. KL Rahul, who also has a hundred at No. 5, has been proving to be a top player for India in the middle-order despite not naturally suited to playing in the middle overs.

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Jonny Bairstow Happy With The Addition Of Jacques Kallis As England’s Batting Consultant

England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has hailed the addition of former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis as team’s batting consultant for the Sri Lanka series.

The 31-year-old, who is making a comeback to Test cricket after losing his national contract in the longest format, called the legendary cricketer the best all-rounder world has ever seen.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Google)

Jonny Bairstow: Jacques Kallis Is A Fantastic Addition

Jacques Kallis scored 13,289 runs in 166 Tests at an average of over 55 besides taking 292 wickets with his pace bowling averaging 32.65 during his 19-year-old international career. He is second only to Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting when it comes to scoring most runs in Test cricket.

He has also scored 11579 runs and taken 273 wickets in 328 ODI matches. He is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket.

“I think it is a fantastic addition, someone of Jacques’ calibre,” Jonny Bairstow told reporters in a virtual chat from his hotel room in Hambantota.

Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar
Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Facebook)

“The things he has done within the game, in my eyes he is the best all-rounder that there has ever been. Someone that batted at the top of the order, caught absolute flies at slip and got so many wickets as well.”

Jonny Bairstow has scored 4030 runs from 70 Tests averaging below 35. His last Test came in December 2019 against South Africa. In the last few series against West Indies, Ireland, Australia and South Africa his average was below 25. He has 6 tons the last of which came against Sri Lanka in November 2018.

Jonny Bairstow: Intrigued To Spend Some Time With Jacques Kallis

31-year-old Jonny Bairstow believes he has a lot to learn from the South African great all-rounder who is currently in isolation in Sri Lanka and should join the squad on Friday.

“There are so many different aspects you could speak to him about. I am really intrigued to spend more time with him and gauge and understand the process,” Jonny Bairstow stated.

Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“Because to string all three bits together so successfully, over such a long period of time, is a skill in itself. It’s great to have Jacques around and I am really looking forward to spending some time with him and working with him.”

Joe Root’s England are already in Sri Lanka and gearing up for the 2-match Test series which will kick start from January 14 in Galle. The team will travel to India after the completion of the tour in the Island nation.

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ICC Hall Of Fame 2020 Includes Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Abbas, Lisa Sthalekar

ICC Hall of Fame announced the latest inductees who are former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, former Pakistan skipper Zaheer Abbas and former Australian women team’s captain Lisa Sthalekar.   

ICC made the announcement during a live show on social media which had Sunil Gavaskar, Melanie Jones and Shaun Pollock as the chief guests while Wasim Akram, Graeme Smith and Alyssa Healy also played a part in congratulating the new inductees.

Jacques Kallis, ICC Hall Of Fame
Jacques Kallis Getty

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Jacques Kallis Is Honored

Former South African Jacques Kallis has a record of winning 23 Player of Match awards in Test career besides having above 10000 runs and 200 wickets in both Tests and ODIs and is the team’s highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.

“It’s a great honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. It is something that I never expected when I started playing. I certainly did not play the game for any accolades or anything like that, I only wanted to win the games for whoever I was playing for.”

“But it is nice to be recognized when one has succeeded in the sport, it is nice to be recognized by people for something that you have achieved in the game, something that I am really proud of,” Kallis said.

Jacques Kallis is the 4th South African player to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame while Zaheer Abbas is the 7th from Pakistan. Lisa Sthalekar is the 27th from Australia and the 9th woman player in the list, which includes 5 from Australia. The 8 others include Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Belinda Clark, Enid Bakewell, Debbie Hockley, Betty Wilson, Karen Rolton, Claire Taylor, Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Woman Inductee Lisa Sthalekar Deeply Humbled

Lisa Sthalekar is ODI World Cup winner in 2005 and 2013 besides being T20 World Cup winner in 2010 and 2012 and is the first woman to achieve the ODI double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.

Lisa Sthalekar, ICC Hall Of Fame
Lisa Sthalekar

“I am deeply humbled to receive this honour. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that I would ever get to join such an illustrious group of players.”

“I was fortunate enough to learn from the best when I entered the Australia team Belinda Clark, Karen Rolton and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and rightly so. The guidance from them and other teammates along the way kept me focused but also ensured that it was a fun environment. Thanks to all my teammates.”

“It goes without saying that if it wasn’t for the support of my family, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have,” Lisa Sthalekar said.

In all, 93 players have been inducted so far under the system, which sees retired players become eligible five years after playing their last international match.

ICC Hall Of Fame’s New Inductee Zaheer Abbas Felt Privileged

Zaheer Abbas is the first batsman to score 5 successive tons and the only Asian to score 100 first-class centuries.

“I feel privileged and truly humbled to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame of the class of 2020. I am excited to be in the midst of other illustrious cricketers.

“I would like to say a special thanks to my family, my country Pakistan, my county Gloucestershire and many fans worldwide who helped me achieve and fulfil my dreams by playing this great game at the highest level. Thank you, ICC, and the members of the jury, for this special honour. It is a final recognition for any cricketer.”

Zaheer Abbas, ICC Hall Of Fame
Zaheer Abbas. (Image Credit: Google)

“This great game has made me the person I am. Thank you cricket,” Zaheer Abbas said.

In 2019, Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar became the 6th Indian to be inducted in the Hall of Fame alongside former South Africa pacer Allan Donald and twice World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Before inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid were also in ICC’s Hall of Fame.

5 Cricketers Who Turned Selfish

5 Instances When Cricket Greats Turned Selfish

It’s a rare occurrence but sometimes cricketers come down with a bout of selfishness, and when we witness it, generally ugly moments emerge. Protecting your self-interest is natural, but you must know cricket has always been a team game and it’s also true an individual is keen to make his own case, whether it is to preserve their place in the team or to achieve personal goals.

Sometimes it will not affect the team’s cause but there are certain examples where a player’s action robbed off their team’s chances of winning. Take a quick look at five selfish acts by cricketers over the years, which include Tendulkar and Gavaskar among others.

5 Instances When Cricket Greats Turned Selfish

Sachin fumed over not getting a double

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credits: BBC

The day when each and every Indian cricket fans were celebrating Virender Sehwag’s thundering 300, the Indian team management had to resolve one of the biggest disputes which can ever take place in a cheerful dressing room. Along with Sehwag on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan in Multan, there was one man who was also notching up one of his regular hundreds and that man was Sachin Tendulkar.

When India reached 675/5, Tendulkar was batting at 194. Stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid decided to have a go at the Pakistan batsmen in the twilight overs of the day and therefore rightly so, declared the innings while Sachin was 6 runs short of his double ton. The Little Master was very upset about the fact that he wasn’t given an opportunity to complete his double century.

“What Indian captains don’t tend to do is declare when Sachin Tendulkar is on 194 not out. The matter became a full-fledged sensation when Tendulkar told a press conference he was disappointed not to get his double century.” It was former Indian coach John Wright’s version.

Tendulkar throughout his career maintained that he always batted for the team and never for himself. But this incident raised a lot of question marks over Tendulkar’s desires.

“I was shocked as it did not make any sense. It was day 2 of the Test match and not day 4, as it had been in Sydney, a month earlier.” Sachin’s statement ignited a new controversy.

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Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Credits: AFP

Top 10 Batsmen With The Most Number Of Balls Faced In The International Career

While international cricket is more than 140 years old, we have seen many great batsmen in every format of the game. The legendary batsmen, who have put the special mark on the game and always remained in the memory of the cricket fans, have played the important roles to inspire the game to move to the better position with the time progress.

The successful batsmen, who played international cricket for a long time and scored many runs, actually faced huge deliveries to reach their present position.

Here we are talking about the top ten batsmen with the most number of balls faced in the international career

Steve Waugh – 32432 balls

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Former Australian World Cup-winning captain Steve Waugh was one of the greatest batsmen in his country’s history. Serving for Australia between 1985 and 2004, Waugh played 493 international matches, where the right-handed batsman scored 18496 runs in 548 innings with an average of 41.65. During his international career, Waugh hit 35 centuries and 95 half-centuries.

The right-handed batsman Waugh faced a total of 32432 balls during his international career. He was one of the very consistent performers with the bat in international cricket.


Top 5 Batsmen With Most ODI Not Outs While Chasing

In ODI cricket, chasing any target is not an easy job, whether it is a big or small chasing. The batsmen require right kind of temperament during the chasing, as they might have to face different situations in different period of the chasing, and they have to adjust with the situation in a very short time as there are very lesser scopes to make any mistake.

While the ODI cricket is almost 50-year-old, we have seen some great chasing masters in this format who like to finish the game successfully for their teams. Their consistent success in chasing set a great example.

Here we are talking about the top five batsmen with most ODI not outs while chasing

Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 34 not outs

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Jacques Kallis (Image Credit: Twitter)


Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who played 328 ODIs from 1996 to 2014, batted in the second innings of an ODI match for 158 times. During those ODI chasing, Kallis remained not out in 34 ODI innings, and out of those matches, South Africa won 30 ODIs. In this 34 ODI innings, the right-handed batsman hit three centuries and 19 fifties, including his best knock 121, not outs.

South Africa’s most ODI run-scorer (11579 runs) Kallis scored 5575 runs in overall ODI chasing (average 44.95), including five centuries and 45 half-centuries.

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009

Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. In the final of that tournament, they halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as the Islanders were restricted to 138/6 in 20 overs. In reply, the all-rounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guided the team to lift the ICC trophy.

India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup. 

During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers build several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who were the highest scorer in the T20 World Cup 2009.

Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher: 133 runs against Australia:

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West Indies started their ICC T20 World Cup 2009 campaign by winning against Australia. Ricky Ponting-led Australia had set a fighting target of 170 runs but it felt short in front of the explosive batsman Chris Gayle.

The Windies opening batsmen Chris Gayle and Andre Fletcher led the team to chase down the target. The duo set up 133 runs partnership which became the highest partnership of this particular tournament. Gayle smashed Australia’s bowling line up with the likes of Mitchell Jonson, Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and Bret Lee. He amassed 88 runs off 50 balls, striking six gigantic sixes and six boundaries, before losing the wicket to Bret Lee. His opening partner Fletcher scored 53 runs off 32 balls and hit seven fours and one six. 

In the end, Ramnaresh Sarwan scored match-winning runs to guide the team to victory by seven wickets.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 124 runs against West Indies

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya played the quick-firing innings against West Indies which led Sri Lanka to register the third-highest total by a team in the ICC T20 World Cup 2019.

Sri Lanka was asked to bat first as they lost the toss. The openers Dilshan and Jayasuriya thrashed the Caribbean bowlers and registered 124 runs partnership before the end of that partnership. Dilshan scored 74 off 47 balls, striking 11 fours and a six while Jayasuriya scored 81 off 47 balls, striking 10 boundaries and three sixes. Sri Lanka set up the target of 193 runs with the help of their partnership.

Finally, the West Indies faced defeat as they lost the game by 15 runs. 

Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright: 102 runs against the Netherlands

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
Ravi Boapara. Image Credit: Getty Images.

This was the opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 where the host England faced a shocking defeat against the Netherlands though Ravi Bopara and John Wright set the third-highest partnership of the tournament. 

Put in to bat, England got off to a great start with Ravi Bopara (46) and Luke Wright (71 off 49) adding 102 for the opening wicket in 11.2 overs. Once Netherlands’ pacer Ryan ten Doeschate got Bopara, things went downhill for England. Wright kept them going at one end but the others collapsed as England settled for only 162/5 in 20 overs. 

In reply, the underdog Netherlands chased down the target on the last ball of the match as they won the match by four wickets.

Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis: 87 runs against Scotland

Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
Jacques Kallis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Scotland played the second match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2009 tournament against South Africa. It was important for them to win the match to be alive in the competition as they had already lost the first match against New Zealand. However, the Proteas skipper Graeme Smith ended Scotland’s hope after setting up a partnership with the all-rounder Jacques Kallis. 

Asked to bat first, Kallis made a 31-ball 48 and added 87 runs in 9.3 overs for the first wicket with Smith who scored 38 runs. AB de Villiers’s blistering knock of unbeaten 79 runs led South Africa to set the highest total of the tournament, 211 runs (211/5).

In reply, Scotland were folded up for just 81 runs at the Oval as Proteas crushed them by 130 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya: 81 runs against Pakistan

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Sri Lankan cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan (L) and Sanath Jayasuriya ( Image Credit: Getty Images)

Sri Lanka opening pair Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya once again set up the match-winning partnership for the first wicket. Dilshan smacked the likes of Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul and went on to score 46 runs off 39 balls, striking eight boundaries. Jayasuriya who made 26 off 24 balls, stitched up 81 runs partnership with Dilshan before losing his wicket. Their partnership became the fifth highest partnership in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009.

Sri Lanka put up 150 at the loss of seven wickets on the board. In reply, Pakistan could not chase down the target and were restricted to 131/9.





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