Ricky Ponting

Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
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Wasim Akram Narrates Sledging Incident During 1996 Tri Series

Wasim Akram has narrated a hilarious sledging incident that took place between players of the Australian cricket team and a ‘Pakistan great’. The incident occurred during the 1996 Carlton and United tri-series in Australia also featuring West Indies.

Wasim Akram, who was captain of the Pakistan team, revealed how the likes of Australian pacer Glenn McGrath and late leg spinner Shane Warne began mouthing words to the batter, but the player, whose identity Wasim Akram did not reveal, and his reaction floored him.

Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)

Wasim Akram Revealed Glenn McGrath And Shane Warne Were Abusing A Great Pakistan Batter In An Australian Accent But The Batter Didn’t Understand It

Pakistan finally went on to raise the 1996 Carlton and United tri-series as they thumped West Indies 2-0 within the finals. Wasim Akram completed with 15 wickets in that series playing 10 games averaging 18, the 2nd most by a Pakistan bowler in that series after Saqlain Mushtaq, and the third overall. Late Shane Warne was the main wicket-taker with 19 scalps in eight matches averaging 17.1.

“One time, our great batsman was batting in Sydney. He was batting on 100 and I was batting with him. So, then I saw Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne abusing him in that Australian accent. I can’t say it on live TV. I told my partner ‘Listen, you know what they are saying, right?’

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG, 3rd day, December 28, 2006, ©Getty Images
Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG, 3rd day, December 28, 2006, ©Getty Images

He said ‘Paaji, I can’t understand a thing they’re saying’. Later, I told the Australians, guys, if you are going to abuse anyone, make sure you do it in a language that the person understands,” Akram said on the ‘To Be Honest’ show on YouTube on the channel ‘Nashpati Prime’.

Wasim Akram played in an era where the competition between bowlers and batters was pretty stiff.

Wasim Akram Was Always Very Confident As A Pacer

Wasim Akram, who picked up over 900 international wickets during his career, stated that he enjoyed his battles with some of the all-time greats, and although there were occasions when the opposition got on top of him, the Pakistan great never believed he could not get them out.

“As a fast bowler, I was always very confident. I have been smashed too, by Viv Richards, Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar on his day, Brian Lara on his day, Ricky Ponting… but I never backed down. I played a pretty top quality of cricket throughout,” added Akram.

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

He bowled to some of the greatest batters of all time – Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Aravinda de Silva, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, and looking back at his battles, Wasim Akram has cherished his time playing cricket for Pakistan. Wasim Akram picked 916 wickets in Tests and ODIs in 460 matches.

Ricky Ponting, Rishabh Pant
Ricky Ponting, Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)
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Ricky Ponting Delivers Major Update On Rishabh Pant’s Captaincy Future After DC’s Crushing Loss To Mumbai Indians

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has delivered a big update on Rishabh Pant’s captaincy future following the team’s loss to Mumbai Indians on Saturday (May 21). Delhi’s long wait for their first-ever IPL title has extended for at least one more season after the loss in their final league game. Delhi entered the match knowing that their fate was in their own hands, a luxury not many teams get at this stage of the competition.

A win against Mumbai would have been enough for them to enter the playoffs. However, Rishabh Pant & Co. failed to emerge victorious in the must-win clash as Mumbai handed them a crushing a 5-wicket loss. Delhi were just not at their best as Mumbai ended their hopes of entering the playoffs. Asked to bat first, Delhi made a disastrous start with the bat before recovering to post a challenging total of 159 for 7 in 20 overs.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)

Delhi bowlers then started well and had Mumbai Indians reeling at 95 for 3 in the 15th over. At that stage, Delhi were well on top and were looking set to register a win. However, hard-hitting batsman Tim David crushed their hopes by adding 50 runs for the fourth wicket in just 20 balls with Tilak Verma. The right-handed batsman smashed 34 off just 11 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 2 fours to break Delhi’s hearts. Mumbai eventually chased down the total with 5 balls remaining.

Ricky Ponting on Rishabh Pant’s future as captain:

Following the defeat, Ricky Ponting was asked about whether Pant would continue to lead the team especially after making a huge blunder against Mumbai. In the 15th over of the match, Pant decided against taking a review after Tim David nicked his very first ball of the innings and the on-field umpire did not raise his finger. Ponting, however, has ruled out any possibility of removing Pant as captain. The DC coach made it clear that there are no doubts over Pant’s future as the captain of the side.

Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter
Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter

“Absolutely, no doubt in my mind that Rishabh even in the last season he was the right choice for captain. Rishabh did a terrific job with the team after he took over from Shreyas (Iyer) after he injured his shoulders. He is just a young man and still learning captaincy. Being captain of a T20 team, especially in IPL, which is a high pressure tournament, is not easy thing to do and unfortunately, every single thing you do will be scrutinised. He certainly got my full backing,” said Ricky Ponting.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw | Photo: BCCI / IPL
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Prithvi Shaw Ruled Out Of IPL 2022, Confirms Delhi Capitals Coach Ricky Ponting

At a time when Delhi Capitals would have wanted all their star players to be fit and available, they have suffered a big injury blow. Their star opener Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). The news has been confirmed by none other than Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting. The right-handed batsman has missed Delhi Capitals’ last three matches and was admitted to a hospital on Sunday due to high fever.

With the franchise not giving any clear update on Shaw, there was little clarity on his health and availability for the tournament. Speaking at the toss on Wednesday (May 11), Delhi captain Rishabh Pant also failed to provide a clear update. The wicketkeeper-batsman was not sure of Shaw’s health and later revealed in the post-match presentation that his teammate could be suffering from typhoid.

“We miss him but we can’t control that. He has typhoid or something, like that is what the doctor told me,” Pant said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, Ponting has confirmed that Shaw’s campaign in the ongoing tournament has come to an end. Just a couple of days ago, Shaw had put up a story on his Instagram handle, giving an update on his health. In the picture, he was on a hospital bed and revealed that he was recovering well.

However, it looks like he would not be able to recover in time to play for Delhi again in IPL 2022. Ponting has pretty much confirmed that the young opener would not take any further part in the competition. Ponting was talking to the commentators during the game against Rajasthan Royals when he confirmed the news about Shaw.

Delhi Capitals keep playoff hopes alive:

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have kept their playoff hopes alive with a thumping win over Rajasthan Royals. After restricting the Royals to 160, Delhi chased down the total in 18.1 overs by losing just two wickets. Shaun Marsh (89) and David Warner (52*) were the star with the bat for Delhi. The duo shared a decisive 144-run stand for the second wicket. Delhi are currently at the fifth spot in the points table with 6 wins from 12 games.

Rishabh Pant. - SANDEEP SAXENA
Rishabh Pant. - SANDEEP SAXENA
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We Are Discussing The Roles The Players Can Take Up During Matches, Says Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals skipper on Monday said the team management has been discussing the roles “players can take up” during matches in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

The IPL 15 starts on Saturday with a match between defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium.

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI

Rishabh Pant : Delhi Capitals Discussing Players Roles Before IPL 2022

Rishabh Pant, who will be leading the Delhi Capitals franchise for the second time after guiding it to the playoffs last year, said every member of the team is in a “good frame of mind” heading into the tournament.

“At the moment, we are trying to understand what do the new players’ need during nets sessions. We are discussing the roles the players can take up during matches and the kind of team environment we would like to set up,” the dashing wicketkeeper-batter said in a press release issued by the franchise.

“We have spoken to the new players about the team environment we’ve had in the last few years,” he added.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: Twitter)

The JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals franchise will be taking the field with a new group of players in the upcoming season. Captain Rishabh Pant attended his first training session with the Delhi Capitals side.

“It seems like the team has been made for the first time. I observed every player during my first practice session with the team and it looks like everybody is in a good frame of mind. Everybody is enjoying each other’s company.”

The 24-year-old cricketer from Delhi, Rishabh Pant was appointed the stand-in captain in the previous edition after regular captain Shreyas Iyer was injured before the start of the season. In the second phase of the IPL 2021 which was held in the UAE, the keeper Rishabh Pant was appointed the permanent captain.

Rishabh Pant Opens Up On Working With Ricky Ponting

Bowlers Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav and Lungi Ngidi will assume leadership roles with their variations to complement pacer Anrich Nortje and spinner Axar Patel, both of whom were retained.

Speaking about working with head coach Ricky Ponting for the second time as skipper, Rishabh Pant said, “It’s always special meeting Ricky Ponting. Whenever I meet him, it feels like I am meeting a family member. And he always brings the energy out of every player on the field. Everyone looks up to him and waits for him to say something different.”

Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]
Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, the MOS of the 2021 T20I World Cup and MOM of the final, respectively, are expected to make up for the lack of firepower due to the loss of Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis. It must be noted that Delhi Capitals retained the likes of Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.

David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman are unavailable at the start. Delhi Capitals have a decent first XI but player availability could cause headaches.

David Warner is unavailable for the first two games and Mitchell Marsh for the first three matches. Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman are part of the ongoing ODI series between South Africa and Bangladesh and will also miss the first match.

The biggest concern for Delhi Capitals, however, was Anrich Nortje’s fitness. Originally there were strong doubts about him playing this season, which now have been wiped away as he joined Delhi Capitals’ squad. It is understood that he is likely to sit out the first few matches, but that’s a more manageable headache for the franchise.

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
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Chetan Sakariya Reveals How Rishabh Pant Made Him Feel Comfortable In First Interaction

Rishabh Pant will be leading Delhi Capitals for the second time after guiding the franchise to the playoffs last year. The 24-year-old cricketer from Delhi was appointed the stand-in captain in the previous edition after regular captain Shreyas Iyer was injured before the start of the season. In the second phase of the cash-rich league which was held in the UAE, the cricketer was appointed the permanent captain.

The flamboyant batter, who sticks to his fearless batting approach, will be hoping to excel in the leadership role, especially when he’s been in top form for the Indian Test team in recent months.

Rishabh Pant. - SANDEEP SAXENA
Rishabh Pant. – SANDEEP SAXENA

Rishabh Pant Made Chetan Sakariya Comfortable In First Interaction

Rishabh Pant was recently elevated to the role of vice-captaincy in T20Is for the three-match series against West Indies and the wicketkeeper-batter has also earned praise from Chetan Sakariya, who fetched a 4.2 crore pay cheque in the IPL 2022 mega auctions last month. Chetan Sakariya opened up on interacting with Rishabh Pant for the first time and shared how the Delhi Capitals captain made him feel comfortable.

“Rishabh Pant and my interaction happened for the first time when we were returning from practice and all fast bowlers were taking an ice bath. And suddenly he came to the physio room and welcomed everyone to the team. He gave me the nickname “Sakariya Ji”. So if such a big player speaks like this about you then you really feel good and he made me feel comfortable,” he told.

Chetan Sakariya
Chetan Sakariya (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chetan Sakariya joins the Delhi pace attack comprising the likes of Anrich Nortje, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Lungi Ngidi.

Chetan Sakariya Admits He Will Have To Work Hard As There Are Good Contenders In The Pace Attack In Delhi Capitals

Chetan Sakariya, who had a breakthrough season in 2021 IPL where he picked up 14 wickets in as many games, faces stiff competition from Kamlesh Nagarkoti as well.  But he’s ready to put in the hard yards, and Anrich Nortje’s persistent hip issue increases Chetan Sakariya’s chances of getting into starting eleven.

“When I was picked by DC in the auction then the team was already picked. There was Nortje, Shardul Bhai, Nagarkoti, Khaleel Bhai, etc. So the first thing that came to my mind is that it will be a good competition and there are good contenders and that I will have to work hard,” he further said.

Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)
Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)

 

Chetan Sakariya took 14 wickets in 14 games for Rajasthan Royals, who had a disappointing season. Nevertheless, the youngster will have a chance to play under DC head coach, Ricky Ponting, who is known to be a great man-manager. Chetan Sakariya made his international debut last year on the Sri Lanka tour playing one ODI and two T20Is. However, he hasn’t been picked by the team since then.

Chetan Sakariya picked up two crucial wickets in the final India-Sri Lanka ODI, giving away just 34 runs from his eight overs.  He also picked up a solitary scalp in 2 T20Is to go with 2 scalps in his first and only ODI so far.

IPL 2022 will kick start from March 26 with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squaring off in the tournament opener.  Delhi Capitals will be going against five-time champions Mumbai Indians in their opening game on March 27.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
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Shoaib Akhtar Wants ‘Outlawed’ Bodyline Bowling To Be Allowed In Test Cricket 

Shoaib Akhtar has called for the return of Bodyline and unlimited bouncers to revive the game. Bodyline, or fast leg theory bowling, was a tactic adopted by the English cricket team during the 1932–33 Ashes series.

It involved hurling the cricket ball at the batsman’s body so they are forced to either hit straight to a fielder on the leg side or get struck. The tactics were quickly outlawed. It was designed to combat the extraordinary batting skill of Australia’s leading batsman, Sir Don Bradman.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (Photo: @shoaib100mph)

Shoaib Akhtar Wants Unlimited Bouncers And Bodyline Bowling To Be Allowed In Test Cricket

But now, with benign pitches being served up in Pakistan (in the ongoing Test series against visitors Australia), the West Indies and even Australia, Shoaib Akhtar has called for a return to the blood and thunder days of Bodyline to give Test cricket ‘character’.

‘Nowadays, they [modern cricket players] are very soft. I don’t think the aggression is as much there now. I don’t know why. I’m old school, like Ian Chappell. I want unlimited bouncers. Bodyline bowling should be allowed. Why not? I want some character,’ Akhtar told journalists in Pakistan this week.

Test bowlers have been restricted to two bouncers per over since 1994. While Bodyline has been outlawed for almost 90 years, it didn’t stop Shoaib Akhtar from employing tactics designed to hurt rather than take wickets during his playing career.

Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (Source- Twitter)
Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting (Source- Twitter)

He recalled the infamous Test series in Australia in 2004/05 when he had a running battle with Australian openers Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer along with No.3 and Aussie legend Ricky Ponting.

“I gave it to them. In the 2005 series, me and [Justin] Langer got into a fight. Me and [Matt] Hayden got into a fight. It’s verbal, not physical. I wanted to display my talent [and show] that I am better than you,” Akhtar said.

“During the Test match, I thought [if nothing is happening] let’s hurt somebody. That’s why I bowled the fastest spell. I wanted to see if Ricky can match my pace and I was purposely bowling bouncers [to] see if I could beat him but before that I had never beaten him with my sheer pace. Had it not been Ricky Ponting … I would have chopped his [the batsman’s] head off because it was furiously fast.”

Shoaib Akhtar’s comments come during the historic Test series between Australia and Pakistan that has so far served up two draws.  While the second Test was competitive to the end, the first was a batsman’s paradise on a pitch that resembled a highway.

Steve Smith And Ian Chappell Criticized The Benign Pitches In Pakistan While Kemar Roach Called Caribbean Pitches Unfriendly To Pacers

Former Australian captain Steve Smith described the pitch in Rawalpindi for the first Test as ‘dead and benign’.

Ian Chappell wrote a column where he said: “The last thing the five-day game needs is benign pitches, large first-innings scores, or distinctly uneven matches. Test cricket is a severely challenged format and for the game to prosper it requires serious consultation.”

West Indies quick Kemar Roach echoed Shoaib Akhtar’s sentiments, calling the pitches in the Caribbean unfriendly to pace bowlers, stating there’s only ‘dead tracks now’. The West Indies fast-bowler, who moved clear of Sir Garfield Sobers in the all-time wicket-taker rankings, took aim at conditions in Barbados.

‘The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit of a concern. There’s no enjoyment for fast bowling anymore,’ he said.

After a close draw in Antigua last week, conditions are similar for the second Test in Barbados though there does appear to be some assistance for the spinners. There have been rare glimpses of pace and bounce for the quicks.

“There’s no pitch you can identify that you will want to perform there as a fast bowler. It’s all dead tracks now. It’s a bit concerning for me as a fast bowler, we’ve got a good group of fast bowlers coming through in the future as well. You need to have a discussion about it, and what we can go for, improve the pitches, and bring back cricket back to life again in the Caribbean.”

Kemar Roach - AP
Kemar Roach – AP

Shoaib Akhtar holds the fastest delivery recorded in all three formats of international cricket of 161.3 km/h and he sincerely wants to see that record broken.

 “I genuinely want to believe that somebody should be out there who is ready to break my record,’ Akhtar said. “I’ll be the first person to hug them.”

Shoaib Akhtar openly admitted he tried to chop Ricky Ponting’s head off. Ricky Ponting had called a spell he faced from Shoaib Akhtar the fastest ever.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
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Shoaib Akhtar Recalls Bowling Fastest Ever Spell Against Ricky Ponting In 1999 Perth Test

Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan’s express pacer recalled his first-ever series against Australia – in 1998, the last time they had visited Pakistan prior to the ongoing tour.

With Australia’s ongoing tour of Pakistan, their first in 24 years, being one of the key talking points in world cricket, especially after the impressive Karachi Test, one of Pakistan’s legends, Shoaib Akhtar recalled his most memorable duel against the Aussies, triggering flashbacks of that fiery duel with former captain Ricky Ponting in the 1999 Test in Perth.

Shoaib Akhtar recalls fiery duel with Ricky Ponting in 1999 Perth Test(Getty)
Shoaib Akhtar recalls fiery duel with Ricky Ponting in 1999 Perth Test(Getty)

Shoaib Akhtar Recalled Bowling The Fastest Spell To See Whether Ricky Ponting Can Play Or Be Beaten

Pakistan were trailing in the series 0-2 after Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist’s sensational fourth-innings scores helped the hosts chase down 369 in Hobart. Shoaib Akhtar single-handedly wanted to pull one back for the visitors and the bouncy Perth conditions had the stage ready for one of the fastest bowlers of all time to wreak havoc.

“During the Test match, I thought [if nothing is happening] let’s hurt somebody,” Akhtar said in an interview. “That’s why I bowled the fastest spell. I wanted to see if Ricky can match my pace and I was purposely bowling bouncers [to] see if I could beat him but before that I had never beaten him with my sheer pace.”

Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter
Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter

“Had it not been Ricky Ponting … I would have chopped his [the batsman’s] head off because it was furiously fast.”

The pace great also recalled his first-ever series against Australia – in 1998, the last time they had visited Pakistan prior to the ongoing tour. Shoaib Akhtar has the fastest recorded legal delivery in Test cricket and openly admits he tried to chop Ricky Ponting’s head off. Ricky Ponting has called a spell he faced from Shoaib Akhtar the fastest ever.

Shoaib Akhtar Wants Bodyline Bowling Should Be Allowed

Shoaib Akhtar believes that even though he went in with an aggressive mindset of hurting their batters during the match with lethal bouncers, his Australian attitude was widely embraced by the Aussies. Shoaib Akhtar has called for the return of Bodyline and unlimited bouncers to revive the game.

Bodyline, or fast leg theory bowling, was a tactic adopted by the English cricket team during the 1932–33 Ashes series. It involved hurling the cricket ball at the batsman’s body so they are forced to either hit straight to a fielder on the leg side or get stuck. The tactics were quickly outlawed.

“[They loved] my aggression because they think I am a Pakistani who has the attitude of an Australian,” Akhtar says. “I gave it to them. In the 2005 series, me and [Justin] Langer got into a fight. Me and [Matt] Hayden got into a fight. It’s verbal, not physical. I wanted to display my talent [and show] that I am better than you.”

“They wanted gladiators out there. Nowadays, they are very soft. I don’t think the aggression is as much there now. I don’t know why. I’m old school, like Ian Chappell. I want unlimited bouncers. Bodyline bowling should be allowed. Why not? I want some character. I’ve been best of friends with Brett Lee and I respected Ricky Ponting.”

Australian opener Justin Langer wears a bouncer from Akhtar in the spiteful Test series between Pakistan and Australia in 2004/05 @AAP
Australian opener Justin Langer wears a bouncer from Akhtar in the spiteful Test series between Pakistan and Australia in 2004/05 @AAP

Shoaib Akhtar has also lived in Australia during the early part of his career.

“The warmth I got from Australians was amazing,” Akhtar says. “Jeff Thomson’s house in Brisbane was like a second home to me. Sadly my mother passed away two months ago but she went to Australia and loved it. It’s the most fascinating place.”

Test bowlers have been restricted to two bouncers per over since 1994. While Bodyline has been outlawed for almost 90 years, it didn’t stop Shoaib Akhtar from employing tactics designed to hurt rather than take wickets during his playing career.

He recalled the infamous Test series in Australia in 2004/05 when he had a running battle with Australian openers Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer along with No.3 and Aussie legend Ricky Ponting.

Babar Azam (Pic Source: Twitter)
Babar Azam (Pic Source: Twitter)
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Babar Azam’s 196 Highest By A Captain In The 4th Innings

Babar Azam, the Pakistan skipper scored a career-best 196 against Australia in the 2nd Test and left behind quite a few big legendary batters such as Don Bradman, Virat Kohli, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis in an elite list.

A day after Babar Azam scored his sixth Test century after a hiatus of about 2 years, the Pakistan captain went in to convert it into his highest score. With Pakistan battling to save the Karachi Test against Australia, Babar Azam led from the front and produced a fine knock of 196 to deny the visitors what looked like a potential win.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored 196 (PCB)
Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored 196 (PCB)

Babar Azam Denies Australia Win; Scores 196 Which Becomes The Highest By A Skipper In The 4th Innings

Babar Azam stood in the way of Australia achieving win, and although opener Abdullah Shafique and keeper Mohammad Rizwan played their parts, the fact that Pakistan will head into the final Test with the series levelled at 0-0 is primarily because of their captain’s resistance.

When the fifth and final day commenced, Pakistan needed to pull off a record chase of 506 runs with eight wickets remaining. But Babar Azam stood tall like a wall, bringing up his first Test hundred in over two years and then doubling it in the final session.

With Australia managing to pick up two more wickets in the day and reducing Pakistan to 277/4, it seemed as if another batting collapse was inevitable. But Babar Azam batted splendidly to deny Australia and produced a fighting knock in the fourth innings of a Test match.

Babar Azam may have missed out on a maiden Test double, he went to the top of an elusive list. His knock is now the highest by a captain in the fourth innings of a Test match. In the process, Babar Azam left behind the likes of Don Bradman, Virat Kohli and Ricky Ponting, whose best while batting in the fourth innings were 173 not out, 156 and 141 respectively.

Abdullah Shafique broke into the Pakistan Test side despite very little first-class experience AFP/Getty Images
Abdullah Shafique broke into the Pakistan Test side despite very little first-class experience AFP/Getty Images

Babar Azam also leaves behind the legendary Brian Lara, whose highest score in the fourth innings of a Test match is an unbeaten 153. Not many gave Pakistan a chance when Day 5 got underway, especially how they crumbled in the first innings, losing eight for 88 to be eventually bowled out for 148.

In the second innings, however, Babar Azam gutted it out, first with Abdullah Shafique, who built on his phenomenal form in the series to score 96. Abdullah Shafique missed out on a hundred with Australia captain Pat Cummins picking up his wicket to give the team a breakthrough.

Mohammad Rizwan Also Scored A Ton

As Pat Cummins then knocked over Fawad Alam, it allowed Australia to put their foot inside the door but, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan produced a century partnership. Babar Azam’s marathon knock ended when he edged Nathan Lyon to Marnus Labuschagne at first slip, much to the dismay of the crowd that had come in to see their captain breach the 200-run mark.

Pakistan's wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Photo: Mohammad Rizwan's Twitter account
Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Photo: Mohammad Rizwan’s Twitter account

Babar Azam looked like joining the likes of Pakistan greats Javed Miandad and Younis Khan in another elusive list but it wasn’t to be. Babar Azam’s wicket was followed by Faheem Ashraf’s dismissal the next ball.

Sajid Khan struck a couple of boundaries but once Nathan Lyon removed him to leave Pakistan on 414/7 with eight overs left, things looked bleak for the home team. But, Mohammad Rizwan held one end with Nauman Ali and deservingly scored a century to help Pakistan to a draw. Against all the odds, the hosts batted through 171.4 overs, finishing 63 short of the target.

Pakistan finished their marathon second innings at 443 for 7 with Mohammad Rizwan unbeaten on 104 and Nauman Ali on 0 off 18 balls.

Australia 556 for 9 dec (Khawaja 160, Carey 93, Ashraf 2-55) and 97 for 2 dec (Khawaja 44*, Labuschagne 44, Afridi 1-21) drew with Pakistan 148 (Babar 36, Starc 3-29) and 443 for 7 (Babar 196, Rizwan 104*, Lyon 4-112)

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Delhi Capitals Team Bus Vandalised By Miscreants; FIR Lodged

Delhi Capitals team bus was allegedly attacked by miscreants in Mumbai as the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 had the first share of controversy.

The Mumbai Police on Wednesday (March 16) registered an FIR against unidentified persons for damaging the parked team bus of the Delhi-based franchise. Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) party workers attacked and vandalised a bus that was being used in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Tuesday night. The vandalised vehicle was to be used as a team bus by Delhi Capitals.

Delhi Capitals Bus (File Photo)
Delhi Capitals Bus (File Photo)

Delhi Capitals Team Bus Damaged By Miscreants; FIR Lodged

An FIR has been registered against 5-6 unknown persons under sections 143,147,149,427 of IPC. The attack was carried out by Maharashtra Vahatuk Sena – transport wing of MNS – for allegedly ignoring local bus traders. MNS workers were irked as the contract to pick up and drop IPL players were not given to a local trader.

Delhi Capitals players are arriving in Mumbai to begin their preparations for the upcoming IPL 2022, starting March 26. Delhi Capitals are being led by young India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The team’s opening game will be held against five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians on March 27 at Brabourne Stadium.

“An FIR has been registered against 5-6 unknown persons under sections 143,147,149,427 of IPC for allegedly attacking the Delhi Capital IPL team parked bus,” police said.

Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]
Ricky Ponting is looking forward to working with Rishabh Pant. [Source: The SportsRush]
Earlier on Tuesday (March 15), Delhi Capitals’ Head Coach Ricky Ponting and Bowling Coach James Hopes assembled at the team hotel in Mumbai. The coaches will undergo a mandatory 3-day quarantine before stepping out of their rooms.

Shane Watson Expressed Excitement To Work Alongside Ricky Ponting

The franchise also announced appointing former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson as their new Assistant Coach for the upcoming season. The 40-year-old joins the DC coaching staff comprising head coach Ricky Ponting, assistant coaches Pravin Amre and Ajit Agarkar and bowling coach James Hopes.

On his appointment, Watson said, “The IPL, the best T20 tournament in the world. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, first of all with Rajasthan Royals winning it in 2008, led by the incredible man Shane Warne, RCB and then CSK. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, and now coaching opportunities.

“It’s come to be able to work under the great Ricky Ponting. He was an amazing leader as a captain, and now to be able to coach under him. He is one of the best coaches in the world now. So, for me to be able to learn the ropes under Ricky, I am really excited.”

Shane Watson (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shane Watson (Image Credit: Twitter)

“With Delhi Capitals, they got great squad, now is the time to win their first title. I am super pumped to get over there, work with the boys, help them out as much as I can and hopefully, we can win the first title. Can’t wait to get over there,” he added.

Considered one of the best all-rounders in white-ball cricket, Shane Watson has been a part of two of Australia’s World Cup-winning campaigns in the 50 over format – in 2007 & 2015. At the 2012 T20 World Cup, he was named Player of the Tournament. Having represented his country in 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is, Shane Watson has over 7000 runs, and more than 200 wickets to his name in limited-overs cricket.

Shane Watson represented Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Shane Watson amassed 1490 runs in 140 IPL games averaging 22.57 and took 153 scalps averaging 24.81. Delhi Capitals squad boosts of some experienced cricketers like Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, and Kuldeep Yadav to name a few.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)
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Faf du Plessis Effusive In Praising Ex-Indian And RCB Skipper Virat Kohli

Faf du Plessis, former Proteas skipper was effusive in his praise for Virat Kohli, the leader, crediting him from bringing a huge change in Indian cricket.

Former India captain Virat Kohli has played a key role in changing Indian cricket during his leadership period. Although, the team did not win an ICC silverware, India evolved into one of the greatest Test sides in cricket history, drawing comparisons to the West Indies of the 70s and 80s and the invincible Australian side under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.

Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis(Twitter)
Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis(Twitter)

Faf du Plessis Has Huge Respect For Virat Kohli As Batsman And Skipper

Virat Kohli, who resigned from Test captaincy earlier in January, ended his tenure as the fourth-most successful skipper in Test history, registering 40 wins as a captain in 68 games, which also includes 11 draws. He stands third in terms of win percentage (50%) among all 28 Test captains who have at least led a team in 40 or more matches.

Faf du Plessis admitted that during his tenure as an international cricketer and leading the South African side, he witnessed the change and admitted that he had never seen an Indian team like that before.

“Virat is not just for RCB but also for international game. He is one of the most respected leaders of the game. His performance as a cricket player has been probably one of the greatest.

So huge respect for what he has done with the bat in his hand, but also captaincy perspective,” he said during the RCB Unbox event on Saturday where he was named as the new captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

Faf du Plessis (Picture Credit: RCB)
Faf du Plessis (Picture Credit: RCB)

“He has changed Indian cricket. I have seen that happen over time. Playing against India for so long, I could see that shift, his leadership footprint has brought in the Indian team — a competitive, fit Indian team that was fighting fire with fire as no Indian team ever did before,” he added.

Virat Kohli has captained the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in most matches – 140 matches with a win percentage of 49.29. Virat Kohli, who took over the RCB captaincy from Daniel Vettori in the 2013 season, finished with 66 wins and 70 defeats in 140 games as RCB skipper.

Faf du Plessis: Virat Kohli’s Got An Extremely Strong Leadership Style

Faf du Plessis has led South Africa in 8 international matches against a Virat Kohli-led Indian side – 6 in Tests and the remaining two in ODIs. India won six matches – four Tests and two ODIs – and lost the remaining two Tests.

“He’s got an extremely strong leadership style and that rubs off obviously on players underneath him and that is something that we would still need. Apart from Kohli, the team has players like Glen Maxwell and Dinesh Karthik, who have captaincy expertise in franchise cricket,” he added. 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli might have relinquished captaincy but his energy is something that RCB will need at every step of its IPL campaign, newly appointed skipper Faf du Plessis said on Saturday. The four-time IPL winner for CSK was on Saturday unveiled as RCB skipper to take the baton from their longest-standing captain, Virat Kohli who took charge ahead of IPL 2013.

Faf du Plessis has the opportunity to be the first captain to win an IPL trophy for RCB as they have made it to the finals thrice in 2009, 2011, and 2016 editions but have failed to win the title.

Virat Kohli had announced at the beginning of the UAE leg of the 2021 edition of the IPL that he will quit as captain of the side after this season. Virat Kohli is the all-time leading run-scorer in the IPL. Virat Kohli has so far scored 6283 runs in 207 IPL matches since he joined RCB in the inaugural edition in 2008 and led them to a runners-up finish in 2016.

RCB had retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj. Some of the key players that RCB acquired include Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Faf du Plessis, Josh Hazlewood, Dinesh Karthik in IPL 2022 auctions.

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