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5 Indian Cricketers Who Have Scored Only ODI Century

As we all know, ODI cricket is one of the forms of the limited-overs leg. Indian team began ODI cricket since the year 1974 at Leeds in England, till now 229 players have had represented the Indian team, playing a total of 983 ODIs. India had won 512 ODIs while losing on 421 games. Besides, 41 ended up without any result and as many as nine matches were tied.

Talking about individual batting performances, various great players have had served India for a long time.

Like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli have graced the game.

Well, here we will be talking about the players who had scored a solitary ODI century in their whole career. As we know, Sachin has the most ODI hundreds (49) to his name followed by the chase master, Virat Kohli with 43*.

So, here we will brief you about the five Indian cricketers who managed a solitary ODI century during their respective careers.

5. Kapil Dev:

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The legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev hails from Haryana. He led Team India when they lift the 50-over World Cup for the first time in 1983 at an iconic Lord’s Stadium in London.

In Quetta, Kapil made his debut in 1978 against Pakistan. Dev had played 225 ODIs before retiring in 1994.

Having scored just single century, that innings also came at a very crucial time in the World Cup 1983 against Zimbabwe. Where India was struggling at an initial stage, later Kapil stood firm and made 175* runs which helped India to defeat Zimbabwe.

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Indian Cricketers Who Were Born Outside India

Do you know England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan is Irish born? Though he is not England born cricketer, he is a famous player for them. He became the first captain of England to lead them to the World Cup trophy. Eoin is not only the player who has not represented his birth-nation. There are many cricketers like Kevin Pietersen, Imran Tahir, etc. are some of the well-known examples of these.

There might be different reasons why the player has chosen to represent another country rather than playing for their birth nation. And India has also allowed cricketer from different countries.

Here, in this article, we figured out a few Indian cricketers, who were born outside India.

Indian Cricketers Who Were Born Outside India:

6. Ashok Gandotra – Brazil:

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Ashok Gandotra was born in Rio de Janeiro in November 1948. He was called in the Indian national cricket team in 1969 when Vijay Merchant was chairman of the selection committee. The left-hand batsman Gandotra was given a place in the Indian team after his seeing prolific performance at the university level.

He appeared in Two Test matches, which came against New Zealand and Australia. He scored just 54 runs in those two matches. His unimpressive performance costed him, and he was dropped from the team though he continued his domestic cricket.

He went on play 56 first-class matches and also shifted his base from Bengal to Delhi but was could not earn the call from the national team. He has collected 2121 runs, including two centuries in first-class cricket.

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BCCI To Announce The Head Coach Today At 7 PM

Today at 7 PM, BCCI will announce the Indian men’s cricket team Head Coach to handover over the future of India Cricket team. The six candidates Shortlisted by BCCI have been interviewed today by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) from 10:30 am at BCCI’s Headquarter.

CAC comprising of former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the apt candidate among the six shortlisted candidates.

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The six shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Ravi Shastri, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput.

However, the CAC will not make the final selection. It will rank the candidates according to their merits and preferences.

BCCI said that there was a total of 2000 applications for the post of India head coach and the support staff, including the administrative manager of the team. In which merely Six were shortlisted for the head coach interview.

BCCI has to settle on the minimum requirement they had initially advertised for the head coach. The measure remains the same for batting, bowling and fielding coach except for the number of games played. Mike Hesson and Lalchand Rajput are the two for which BCCI has to sacrifice the minimum criteria of ‘minimum of 30 Tests or 50 ODIs played’.

Read More: Profile Details Of Six Shortlisted-Candidates Who Are Facing Interviews For India’s Head Coach Post

Mike Hesson was the former coach of New Zealand. He made the team to fight first time in finals in 2015 ODI World Cup. But he had never played international cricket. Rajput was the manager of India cricket team during 2007 world cup. Under His Coaching, Afganistan wins over West Indies for the first time.

Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Phil Simmons are the three foreign coaches. BCCI has not been in approval of foreign coaches.

Ravi Shastri may lead

Ravi Shastri may lead. Captain Virat Kohli wholeheartedly accepts him. Shastri is the first Coach under which India team has retained the position of No.1 in Test ranking. He has played the role of director with head coach Fletcher in 2014.

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Speaking purely from the results perspective, he (Shastri) has done quite well. So, besides Ravi, all other positions (in the coaching and support staff) in my opinion are open depending on who is applying, their credentials and whether they meet the criteria of the BCCI,” Gaekwad had told Mid-Day.

Present India’s men cricket staff, including Head Coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, was granted 45-days extension period for India Tour with West Indies. Shastri will give his interview at 4 pm through skype as he is with team India.

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Profile Details Of Six Shortlisted-Candidates Who Are Facing Interviews For India’s Head Coach Post

On Friday (16th August), the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is interviewing the head coach post for the India men’s national cricket team in Mumbai.

Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are the members of the newly-formed CAC. They are taking the interviews of the six candidates, which were shortlisted by the BCCI. After this interview, the CAC members will rank the candidates. Soon, the BCCI will take the final decision of the head coach of the Indian national cricket team.

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Here are brief profile details of the six coaching candidates.

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The 57-year-old former Indian cricketer Lalchand Rajput played for India in two Tests and four ODIs from January 1985 to March 1987.

Lalchand Rajput started his big coaching career as the coach of the Indian national cricket team. He was also the Joint Honorary Secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association.

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In 2007, he was the manager of Indian national cricket team. Under that tenure, India won the inaugural ICC World T20 2007 and the ODI tri-series trophy in Australia (2007/08).

In the inaugural IPL (2008), Rajput was the coach of Mumbai Indians (MI). He faced controversy in that season when he was caught laughing during the slapping incident by Harbhajan Singh to S Sreesanth after a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Later, he paid 50% fine of his match fee.

Lalchand Rajput coached Afghanistan national cricket team from June 2016 to August 2017. In this period, Afghanistan beat the West Indies in an ODI on the Caribbean soil. Since May 2018, Rajput is the head coach of Zimbabwe national cricket team.

In the recently concluded Global T20 Canada 2019, he was the head coach of Winnipeg Hawks.

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BCCI Announces The Interview Date For The Head Coach Post After Shortlisting Candidates

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the names of six shortlisted candidates who will give the interview for the head coach post of the India national cricket team. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will take this interview on 16th August.

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These shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Mike Hesson, Phil Simmons and the present India team head coach Ravi Shastri.

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Ravi Shastri is the present head coach of India national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy are the members of CAC. They will conduct the interview process on 16th August from morning to 5:30 pm. All the six interviews will be held in Mumbai, but all the candidates have got different time slots. However, some of the overseas coaches will present in the interview via video call.

Ultimately, BCCI will decide the Indian head coach

The CAC members will rank the candidates after the interview. Later, the BCCI will take the final decision based on availability and other conditions.

A senior BCCI official told CricketNext on Monday, “The board have finalised a list of six names based on their experience and qualifications for the post. All the six interviews will be held in Mumbai with different time slots for all the six candidates. The interviews will begin in morning and will go on till 5:30pm in the evening on August 16.

“Shastri is the automatic entry into this process like the rest of the support staff. The CAC will probably rank all the candidates, so BCCI can choose the final candidate on the basis of availability and other conditions. The final decision on how many names will finally be offered to BCCI will be decided by the CAC on the day of the interview.

“Some of the overseas candidates may not be able to attend the meeting, so they would connect with the panel via video call.”

After the conclusion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the BCCI invited the application for the coach and support staff roles. As per the media reports, the BCCI has received more than 2,000 applications. Now, the BCCI has shortlisted the interview candidates.

Brief details of the candidates

Ravi Shastri is the present head coach of the India national cricket team. After the conclusion of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Shastri has taken this role. He had the initial contract until the end of the CWC 2019. After India finished their journey in the semi-final of CWC 2019, Shastri has earned a 45-day extension for this position.

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However, recently, the Indian captain Virat Kohli has backed Ravi Shastri.

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Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Google)

The other shortlisted candidates also have very good coaching experiences. Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons played the head coach roles for Afghanistan national cricket team and West Indies cricket team.

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Lalchand Rajput served as the manager of India national cricket team from 2007 to 2008. During that term, India won the ICC World T20 2007. Rajput also coached Afghanistan and Zimbabwe national cricket teams.

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Lalchand Rajput (Image Credit: Google)

Robin Singh has vast experiences in coaching. He was the fielding coach of India national cricket team from 2007 to 2008. Also, he was the coach of India U19, Hong Kong, India A, United States etc. He also played the several coaching roles for the IPL teams Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.

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Mike Hesson was one of the successful coaches of New Zealand national cricket team history. Earlier, he also taught Argentina and Kenya national cricket teams. In IPL 2019, Hesson was the head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

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Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Google)

Tom Moody was the former head coach of Sri Lanka national cricket team. In his long coaching experiences, Moody also trained the IPL teams Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

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Tom Moody to Mike Hesson: Five Applicants Who Are Capable of Replacing Ravi Shastri

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) deadline has culminated on July 30 for head coach and support staff posts, which had already seen over 2000 applications for the coaching staff posts. Meanwhile, the five applicants are capable of replacing Ravi Shastri.

Meanwhile, many are hopeful that Shastri will be reappointed as a chief coach. However, some of the cricketing pundits believe that there is a need for the change of guard.

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Besides, some international stars have the potential to claim the top-brass post.

Following semi-final loss to New Zealand at the World Cup, India had faced criticism for their debacle in the knockout stage at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Apart from the head coach, the Board had already received hundreds of applications for the support staff which stands now closed.

Furthermore, the interviews of the applicants will be conducted in the latter half of August.

Concurrently, Shastri is enjoying a 45-day extension post World Cup along with batting, bowling and fielding coach respectively. Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R. Sridhar are accompanying Shastri for the impending Caribbean tour which will commence with the 1st T20I of the three-match series on August 3 at Lauderhill Florida.

Also, the experts had recorded mixed reaction regarding the head coach as Shastri, including support staff, will automatically enter the procedure for the posts.

Recently, Team India skipper Virat Kohli had thrown support behind Shastri.

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Tom Moody:

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So far, Australia-based Tom Moody has been unlucky after applying for Team India’s coach since 2005. Back then, Greg Chappell became India’s chief coach. Also, in 2017, Moody had applied for the position of head coach, but he had lost to Ravi Shastri.

Now, Moody has a wealth of experience on his back. The reports emerged that Moody had applied for the chief coach job after serving Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also, he had coached Sri Lanka before leading them to the finale of the 2007 World Cup.

Read More : Tom Moody is in Race for Team India’s Head Coach

Moody had a stint with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The 53-year-old veteran had served as the Director of Cricket for the Big Bash League franchise Melbourne Renegades.

All in all, he is one of the potential contenders who could replace Shastri at the helm.

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Ambati Rayudu And Ajinkya Rahane Are Deserved To Be In ICC World Cup 2019 – Robin Singh

After the completion of the ICC World Cup 2019, the major topic in the Indian Cricket was the selection of the players and their batting order. Meanwhile, the latest applicant for the head coach Robin Singh highlights the poor calls of the management and their strategy with Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu.

A lot of criticism came for Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri after they sent Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya ahead of former skipper MS Dhoni, who eventually came in at No. 7 to give a spirited fight before the final outcome of the match.

Former Indian cricketer, Robin Singh has taken a dig at current Indian coach Ravi Shastri by saying that Team India has now lost two successive World Cup semifinals under Shastri’s coaching.

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Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane would have been in my team – Robin Singh

In addition to a loss in the semifinal of the 2016 ICC World T20. He also felt that Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu deserved to be in the Indian World Cup squad.

Speaking to Hindu, Robin Singh quoted that Ravi Shastri failed to guide the team at key moments during the world cup. He believes that change in Team management would be an ideal option. Further, he highlighted the vows at number 4 for the team for a long time now.

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“Under the current coach, India has lost in the semi-finals of two successive ODI World Cups, and in the last four stages of the World Twenty20 championship as well. Now is the time to prepare for the 2023 World Cup and a change could be good for the side. Both Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane would have been there in my team,” the 55-year-old Singh said.

Further, he also cited that Virat Kohli should have played down the order with MS Dhoni at number 5. Robin Singh added that he would have ensured Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni form a pair in the middle, which would have been ideal for the team in those tough conditions.

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Head Coach Applicant Robin Singh Reveals Why Indian Coaching Need To Change Now

Former Indian cricketer and fielding coach Robin Singh wants to take India’s head coaching challenge. He feels that a change can bring a better result for the Indian national cricket team.

According to media reports, Robin Singh has applied for India’s head coaching job. The 55-year-old has vast experiences in the coaching role. In the last 15 years, he has successfully coached various teams in different positions. Some of his trained teams are India U19, Hong Kong national cricket team, India A, Indian national cricket team, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, the United States women’s cricket team etc.

From 2007 to 2009, Robin Singh was the fielding coach of the Indian national cricket team.

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Since 2010, Robin is one of the crucial coaching staffs for the Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians (MI). He joined this team as the head coach, and currently, he is playing the batting coach role.

Apart from coaching the foreign teams, Robin has also trained some foreign league teams. He coached in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Hong Kong T20 Blitz, T10 league etc.

Now is the time to prepare for the 2023 World Cup – Robin Singh

Talking about the present Indian national cricket team, Robin has pointed out India’s recent unsuccessful results in the knockout stages of the ICC tournaments. He feels that it is the best time to start the preparation for the next Cricket World Cup (2023). Robin believes that a change can be useful for this Indian team.

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Robin told according to India Today, “Under the current coach, India has lost in the semifinals of two successive ODI World Cups, and in the last four stage of the World Twenty20 championship as well. Now is the time to prepare for the 2023 World Cup and a change could be good for the side.”

The experienced coach brought out a strategy which India should follow in the 2019 CWC semi-final

In the recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, India mostly dominated in the round-robin stage. The two-time CWC champions India qualified for the semi-final after finishing as the table-topper.

In the first semi-final of the 2019 CWC, India faced the fourth-placed team New Zealand. After the Indian top-orders faced massive batting collapse in the initial period of the chasing, India suffered an 18-run defeat in that rain-interrupted semi-final.

Robin Singh believes that the Indian captain Virat Kohli should come to bat at no.4 and MS Dhoni at no.5. For that semi-final, he also had a surprising choice of Mayank Agarwal at no.3 position.

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Talking about that match, Robin said, “You got to transport yourself mentally into the game, put yourself in situations that the team and the players face, be a part of the moves, get into the players’ mind. You can do this, only if you understand the game technically.

“With the ball moving around and India losing Rohit Sharma early, I would have held back Virat Kohli to the No. 4 slot. For that game, I would have picked another top-order batsman, Mayank Agarwal, at No. 3. M.S. Dhoni would have been No. 5 and he would have got more time. Kohli and Dhoni could have batted together. Then, we could have had the three power hitters, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja coming in.”

Since 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory, India hasn’t won any ICC tournament yet.

Robin Singh played for India from 1989 to 2001. He played only Test and 136 ODIs where he scored 27 and 2,336 runs respectively. As a right-arm medium-fast bowler, Robin also took 69 ODI wickets.

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FC Pune City signs striker Robin Singh for ISL 2018-19 season

Pune, Jul 23: India striker Robin Singh was today signed by Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City to strengthen the team’s front line for the 2018-19 season.

The 28-year-old striker, who plied his trade for ATK in the last season, will now don the FC Pune City kit reuniting with his former Delhi Dynamos teammate Marcelinho.

Speaking on the signing, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, Robin is a proven performer with a wealth of experience in top flight football. His dominating aerial prowess and robust presence upfront will add more power to our frontline.

Robin, a Tata Football Academy product, made his senior team debut with Kolkata giants East Bengal in 2010.

Making consistent progress, the striker plied his trade for clubs like Bengaluru FC (2013-15), Delhi Dynamos (2015-16), FC Goa (2016-17) and ATK (2017-18). Since making his India debut in 2012, Robin has made 30 appearances for the national team.

The squad is very talented with a great balance of youth and experience with the whole club having a winning mentality wanting to achieve more everyday on and off the pitch, Robin said in a statement.

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Robin Singh, Sridharan To Coach In S. Africa T20 Global League

Johannesburg, Aug 23 (IANS) Former India cricketers Robin Singh and Sriram Sridharan will coach their respective franchises in the Twenty20 Global League, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Wednesday.

Former all-rounder Robin, who made 136 One-Day International (ODI) appearances for India scoring 2336 runs at an average of 25.95, will be mentoring Bloem City Blazers. He earlier served as fielding coach of India and also worked as head coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former batsman Sridharan — who has featured in eight ODIs for India — will coach the Johannesburg Giants. He has also worked as the head coach of the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and joined the Australian national side as spin bowling consultant.

Meanwhile, former South Africa player Graeme Smith will coach Benoni Zalmi, Jacques Kallis will mentor Cape Town Knight Riders and Mark Boucher will train Nelson Mandela Bay Stars.

Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming will head the Stellenbosch Monarchs.