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Sachin Tendulkar Won’t Be A Part Of Upcoming Legends League Cricket (LLC) Starting On January 20

Sachin Tendulkar, former legendary Indian batsman is not a part of the upcoming Legends League Cricket (LLC) as confirmed by SRT Sports Management Private Limited on Saturday. The LLC is a professional cricket league meant for retired players, and it has recently announced its Indian squad for the league.

A promotional video featuring actor Amitabh Bachchan shows that Sachin Tendulkar is also going to be a part of the league, which the official spokesperson of SRT Sports rejected.

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

Sachin Tendulkar Won’t Play In Legends League Cricket 2022; He Led India Legends To Victory In The Inaugural Road Safety World Series

Starting January 20, the LLC will feature three star-packed teams which will lock horns with each other. Sachin Tendulkar has confirmed that he won’t be part of the upcoming legend’s league cricket which will kickstart on Jan 20 in Oman. Shortly after Sachin Tendulkar’s clarification, Amitabh Bachchan posted an apology for the previous tweet and posted a corrected promotional clip for the event.

Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)

“The news about @sachin_rt’s participation in ‘Legends League Cricket’ is not true. The organizers should refrain from misleading cricket fans and Mr. Amitabh Bachchan,” said the official spokesperson of SRT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd.

Sachin Tendulkar had led India Legends to victory at the inaugural Road Safety World Series 2020-21. India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends in the final of the tournament to lift the inaugural title.

Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, and Irfan Pathan also tested positive for COVID after playing in the tournament for India Legends besides Sachin Tendulkar who was the first person to test Covid positive. The Master Blaster led the eventual winner-India Legends and ended as the side’s leading run-getter with 233 runs.

India Maharajas Team To Consist Of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, And Harbhajan Singh Among Others

The Indian team will be represented by the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and the Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf. The team will be called The India Maharajas which will see them compete against some other star players from other nations.

LLC had earlier announced the Asia team as ‘Asia Lions’ which comprises mostly former Pakistani and Sri Lankan players including Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood, Upul Tharanga, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez,  Mohammed Yousuf, Umar Gul and Asghar Afghan.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Source: Twitter)
Shoaib Akhtar, Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Source: Twitter)

Regarding the World Giants team, from South Africa, the trio of Jonty Rhodes, Herschelle Gibbs, and Morne Morkel is set to feature in the tournament, much to the excitement of all fans. Interestingly, the World Giants team will have two of the most explosive batsmen who have ever graced the game of cricket in form of Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen. While Brett Lee is set to lead the pace attack, the side will also have two world-class left-arm spinners – Monty Panesar and Daniel Vettori.

All the matches of the tournament will take place at Muscat’s Al Amerat Cricket Stadium. The venue had also hosted six games in the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup. The tournament will take place from January 20 to January 29.

India Maharajas

Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Naman Ojha, Manpreet Gony, Hemang Badani, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sanjay Bangar, Nayan Mongia, and Amit Bhandari.

Asia Lions

Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kamran Akmal, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood, Upul Tharanga, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Yousuf, and Umar Gul, Asghar Afghan.

World Giants

Jonty Rhodes, Chris Gayle, Herschelle Gibbs, Brett Lee, Morne Morkel, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Daniel Vettori (few names yet to be revealed).

(File) Muttiah Muralitharan
(File) Muttiah Muralitharan
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Muttiah Muralitharan Says Mahela Jayawardene Is One Of The Most Important Players In Sri Lankan Cricket History After His Induction In ICC Hall Of Fame

Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan spin legend has called his former teammate and the ICC’s latest Hall of Fame inductee Mahela Jayawardene one of the game’s “great thinkers”.

Lauding him for his contribution to not just his country but world cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan wrote in an open letter that Mahela Jayawardene is one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history.

Mahela Jayawardene
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene (File | AP)

Muttiah Muralitharan: Mahela Jayawardane One Of The Most Important Players In Sri Lankan Cricket History

Mahela Jayawardene appeared in 652 international matches representing Sri Lanka in a career spanning about 18 years. During his international career, he also formed a healthy relationship and friendship with fellow veteran player Kumar Sangakkara. He is the first player in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to score over 10,000 Test runs and is also the second Sri Lankan player to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs after Sanath Jayasuriya.

“You played so many wonderful innings and were always happy to be in the team, getting a lot of runs. There was less pressure on me to take wickets because once you put on all those runs, my job became easy. That is why you are one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history,” Muttiah Muralitharan said.

“More than that though, you are a great human being and a very soft, kind guy away from cricket. In sport, everyone sees that champions are always very competitive. On the field, you had this ability to switch on, you were a great person to be around and play with,” Muttiah Muralitharan said.

Muttiah Muralitharan is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket and he has the most wickets in Tests and ODIs with 800 and 534 respectively , Twitter
Muttiah Muralitharan is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket and he has the most wickets in Tests and ODIs with 800 and 534 respectively, Twitter

“You were much quieter than me! You know I talk a lot and there were a few others in the dressing room to do the talking but you were quieter, you concentrated so much on the game at the time, you were glued to the match even while in the dressing room.”

The 44-year-old Mahela Jayawardene retired as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest ever players, a key member of the Sri Lankan team that won the T20 World Cup in 2014 and reached four other major ICC finals. The former Sri Lankan captain was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final alongside former South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock and ex England batter Janette Brittin.

Muttiah Muralitharan: Mahela Jayawardene’s Induction In Hall Of Fame Is A Reward For The Toil Over The Years And Contribution To Sri Lanka

He is the third Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after another batting great and former skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan himself.

“It isn’t just for one individual moment that you are being inducted into the Hall of Fame, it’s a reward for the toil over the years and everything you contributed for Sri Lanka,” Muttiah Muralitharan wrote.

File image of former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara | Reuters / Dinuka Liyanawatte
File image of former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara | Reuters / Dinuka Liyanawatte

“Those are all taken into consideration when choosing who is inducted and the ICC thinks it is right that you are the next Sri Lankan to be chosen, to join Kumar Sangakkara and me in the Hall of Fame. You have been selected because as a captain you were very successful, you consistently delivered as a batter, and then as a fielder, you took a lot of catches ­– more than anyone else. You have done everyone in Sri Lanka proud.”

Mahela Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made it to the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20, and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Mahela Jayawardena played 652 international matches, comprising 149 Tests, 448 ODIs, and 55 T20Is. Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar played more international matches, pipping the Sri Lankan by 12 games.  A classy right-hander who scored runs relentlessly and captained his nation superbly, Mahela Jayawardena’s 149 Tests are the most by a Sri Lankan, as are his 448 ODIs (12,650 runs at 33.37, 19 centuries) where globally only Sachin Tendulkar (463) played more matches.

He is Test cricket’s ninth greatest run-scorer with 11,814 to his name at an average of 49.84, making the sixth most Test centuries in the longest format’s history. Among his 34 centuries is the famous 374 – Test cricket’s fourth-highest score – he made in the midst of a record-setting 624-run stand with close friend Kumar Sangakkara against South Africa in 2006.

Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
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IPL 2021: Year-wise Players With The Most Sixes In IPL

IPL 2021 resumption will be watched eagerly by fans who want to see who hit the big sixes and clear the ropes. The franchises in IPL have always preferred players who can sixes on a consistent basis and those players have a big impact on the performances of the franchise. Sixes can change a game very quickly and clearing the ropes consistently requires a completely different set of skills that aren’t associated with the normal game techniques.

These players certainly bag a hefty amount of money if they go into the auction pool and such has been their worth to the franchises. With the second phase of IPL 2021 set to take place in a few day’s time, there will be a lot of sixes hit in the small ground at Sharjah like in IPL 2020. Here is the list of year-wise players with the most sixes in IPL.

Sixes In IPL:- Chris Gayle (357), AB de Villiers(245), Rohit Sharma (224), MS Dhoni (217) and Virat Kohli (205)
Sixes In IPL:- Chris Gayle (357), AB de Villiers(245), Rohit Sharma (224), MS Dhoni (217) and Virat Kohli (205)

IPL 2021: Year Wise Players With The Most Sixes In IPL

Sanath Jayasuriya(2008): Mumbai Indians

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya was one of the reputed names in the inaugural IPL 2008 season and he did have a good season with his franchise the Mumbai Indians at the top of the order alongside Sachin Tendulkar. Sanath Jayasuriya hit 31 maximums in the 2008 season which was the highest in the inaugural edition and he also hit one century and two half-centuries in 14 innings he played in the season. He scored 518 runs in the season at an average of 43.16.

Adam Gilchrist(2009): Deccan Chargers

Adam Gilchrist inspired Deccan Chargers to IPL glory Photo Credit: AP
Adam Gilchrist inspired Deccan Chargers to IPL glory Photo Credit: AP

Former Australian wicket-keeper batsmen Adam Gilchrist captained the now-defunct Deccan Chargers to a victory in the 2009 season-the 2nd edition of IPL in which he hit the most maximums of 29. The left-hander is a natural six-hitting machine in IPL and he also hit 54 boundaries in the year. He finished with 495 runs in 16 innings at an average of 30.93 in the IPL 2009 and he hit three half-centuries in the year.

Robin Uthappa(2010): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Robin Uthappa plays the reverse sweep, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Bangalore, March 23, 2010
Robin Uthappa plays the reverse sweep • Mar 23, 2010, © Indian Premier League

Robin Uthappa had a scintillating season in 2010 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he was one of the key factors in taking the side to the semifinals of the tournament. Robin Uthappa hit the most sixes in the 2010 IPL with 27 maximums and also hit 21 fours at a stunning strike rate of 171.55 in the season. He finished with 374 runs in 16 innings in the season at an average of 31.16.

Chris Gayle(2011): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle © AFP
Chris Gayle © AFP

Chris Gayle hit sixes for fun as always and after being surprisingly unsold in the 2011 mega auction, he made the franchises regret not buying him. He came in as a replacement for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 season and smashed 608 runs in 12 innings at an average of 67.55 in the season. He hit two centuries and three half-centuries in the season and his tally of 44 sixes in the season is the highest for the IPL 2011 edition as well.

Chris Gayle(2012): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Chris Gayle continued his good form from the 2011 IPL season into the 2012 season as RCB decided to retain his services. Chris Gayle looked at the epitome of consistency with 733 runs in 15 games in the season at an average of 61.08 and he hit one century and 7 half-centuries in the season. He finished with 59 sixes in the 2012 IPL which is the highest for a season in history until now.

Chris Gayle(2013): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle © IANS
Chris Gayle © IANS

Chris Gayle managed yet another blockbuster season in the 2013 IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore side and he notched up the highest T20 individual score with a 175 not out against Pune Warriors. The big left-hander finished with 708 runs in 16 innings in the season and he hit one century and 4 half-centuries in the season. Chris Gayle smacked 51 sixes in the season as well which is the third overall highest for an IPL season in history.

Glenn Maxwell(2014): Kings XI Punjab

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Glenn Maxwell brought up his show at UAE in the 2014 IPL in the first few games and he looked unstoppable in the 2014 season. Glenn Maxwell hit 552 runs in 16 games in the season at an average of 34.50 and he hit four half-centuries in the process of taking his side Kings XI Punjab to their maiden finals. He hit 36 sixes in IPL 2014 which was the highest for the season and had a strike rate of 187 in IPL 2014.

Chris Gayle(2015): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chris Gayle PTI
Chris Gayle PTI

Chris Gayle had made up for missing out few games in 2014 with an excellent 2015 season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he piled up 491 runs in 14 innings at an average of 40.91. He hit one century and two half-centuries in the season and his tally of 38 sixes in IPL 2015 was the highest for the season as well. He had a strike rate of 147.44 in the season and looked very threatening to the opponents.

Virat Kohli (2016): Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

Virat Kohli had a breakout season in 2016 in which he shattered most of the IPL records and led his team Royal Challengers Bangalore to the finals single-handedly. In fact, it was his most productive season scoring 973 runs in 16 innings at a mind-boggling average of 81.08. He hit four centuries and seven half-centuries in a single season and it was no brainer that he hit 38 sixes in the season which is the highest for IPL 2016.

Glenn Maxwell(2017): Kings XI Punjab & David Warner(2017)- Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kings XI Punjab batsman Glenn Maxwell
Kings XI Punjab batsman Glenn Maxwell (Photo | PTI)

Glenn Maxwell did produce glimpses of his excellent show from the 2014 season in the 2017 IPL when he played for the Punjab franchise. The big-hitting right-hander struck 310 runs in 14 innings at an average of 31 and he had a strike rate of 173 in the season as well.

Glenn Maxwell hit 26 sixes in the 2017 season coming in the middle order and played the finisher role to perfection. Opener skipper David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderabad too had hit 26 sixes and amassed 641 runs averaging 58.27.

Rishabh Pant (2018): Delhi Capitals

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI

Rishabh Pant is one of the powerful strikers of the cricket ball at the moment among the Indian batsman and the youngster rocked the show in the 2018 season. Rishabh Pant finished with 684 runs in 14 innings for the Delhi Capitals in the 2018 season at an average of 52.61 and he hit one century in the edition as well along with 5 half-centuries. His tally of 37 sixes was the highest for IPL 2018 by any player.

Andre Russell (2019): Kolkata Knight Riders

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Andre Russell is known for bludgeoning the cricket ball and no player hits the cricket ball as hard as he does. The West Indian all-rounder had a phenomenal run in IPL 2019 where he hit 510 runs in 14 innings at an average of 56.66 and he had an unbelievable strike rate of 204 in the whole season. Andre Russell powered 52 sixes in the IPL 2019 which is the second-highest for any player in a season.

Ishan Kishan (2020): Mumbai Indians

Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Ishan Kishan had an excellent IPL 2020 in the UAE where he gathered 516 runs in 14 innings at an average of 57.33 and his brilliance earned him a maiden call up to the Indian squad. He hit four half-centuries in the season and had a strike rate of 145 in IPL 2020. The left-hander finished with 30 sixes in the season which is the highest in the IPL 2020 and he will be looking to continue his good form in the second phase in UAE next week.

In IPL 2021, Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul had hit 16 sixes followed by SRH’s Jonny Bairstow who hit 15 sixes before IPL 2021 was suspended due to bio bubble breaches. The likes of Ambati Rayudu-Chennai, Jos Buttler-Rajasthan, Andre Russell-Kolkata, Faf du Plessis-Chennai, and Kieron Pollard-Mumbai were tied in the 3rd spot with 13 sixes each.

Here are the players with the most sixes in each IPL season:

2008: Sanath Jayasuriya (31) – Mumbai Indians
2009: Adam Gilchrist (29) – Deccan Chargers (defunct)
2010: Robin Uthappa (27) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011: Chris Gayle (44) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2012: Chris Gayle (59) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2013: Chris Gayle (51) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2014: Glenn Maxwell (36) – Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings)
2015: Chris Gayle (38) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2016: Virat Kohli (38) – Royal Challengers Bangalore
2017: Glenn Maxwell (26) – Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings); David Warner (26) – Sunrisers Hyderabad
2018: Rishabh Pant (37) – Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals)
2019: Andra Russell (52) – Kolkata Knight Riders
2020: Ishan Kishan (30) – Mumbai Indians

 

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Top 6 Batsmen With Most International Centuries Against India

Century is one of happiest moments for a batsman. The top-class batsmen always try to play big three-digit knocks and this insistence gets higher against the challenging side in challenging conditions.

The Indian national cricket team has evolved as a challenging side with the time progress. Every batsman feels great after scoring a century against India. There are six cricketers who have recorded at least 10 international centuries against the Indian team.

Top six batsmen with most international centuries against India

Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) – 10 centuries

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene hit a total of 10 international centuries against India during his career. After playing 110 international matches against India (1997-2014), Jayawardene scored 4563 runs in 117 innings with an average 42.25. Apart from his 10 international centuries against the Indian team, the right-handed batsman also hit 25 half-centuries against this team.

Against India, Jayawardene hit 6 Test centuries and 4 ODI centuries. However, as a captain, the right-handed batsman hit only one Test century against this team. His highest score against the Indian team was 275 runs during Ahmedabad Test in November 2009, which is still the only Test double-century for Sri Lanka in India.

Format Number of centuries against India
Test 6
ODI 4
Australia vs India 2020-20: India Will Win Without Virat Kohli, Believes Harbhajan Singh
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Harbhajan Singh Reminisces About Virat Kohli’s Six On Sanath Jayasuriya’s Bowling

Even since Virat Kohli has emerged into the international scene, he has maintained the standard despite losing cool most of the times. However, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has recalled an incident when courageous Kohli hit Sri Lankan legendary bowler a six.

Harbhajan Singh, who recently pulled out of the IPL 2020 citing personal reasons, recalled his encounter with Indian skipper Kohli which took place during the Mumbai Indians vs Royal challengers Bangalore match of the inaugural edition of the cash-rich IPL.

The star off-spinner Harbhajan on Star Sports’ programme ‘IPL memories’ reiterated that he had heard Kohli’s name from Lalchand Rajput much before the IPL Players’ Auction 2008.

Back then, Harbhajan led Indians in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar.

“I had heard Virat Kohli’s name before the IPL auction from Lalchand Rajput. In an IPL game, I was the captain of the Mumbai Indians, Sachin paaji was sitting out,” Harbhajan stated.

What showed Harbhajan Singh that Virat Kohli is ‘one for the future’?

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Known for his fearless approach, Kohli had always tried to dominate the bowlers and so he did against Jayasuriya.

Harbhajan further revealed that Kohli had stepped out to struck a six which subsequently gave him an idea of how Kohli has been one for future for India some 12 years ago.

“Virat Kohli hit Jayasuriya for a six by stepping out of his crease. He was not afraid of the fact that a man of Jayasuriya’s stature was bowling to him. That showed me that he is one for the future,” Harbhajan said.

Over the years, Kohli has become a renowned cricketer across the globe for his remarkable show with the bat especially his way of batting in the run-chase.

The veteran batsman in the contemporary cricket had further led his team to finest victories which included a historic Test series victory over Australia in 2018-19.

Given to the domination across all three departments, Kohli also became first-ever Indian skipper to hand India a Test series win on Australian soil.

Virat Kohli always kept his focus on cricket: Irfan Pathan

Virat Kohli,
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Besides, Harbhajan, former Indian left-arm fast-bowler Irfan Pathan had also recalled Kohli’s emergence. He further hailed Kohli for his work ethic on being focused on what he loved to become a star.

Pathan further added that Kohli has always enjoyed his game and never set cricket as his secondary choice which eventually helped him to evolve in the game.

“The good thing is that he always kept his focus on cricket. This is why he is one of the best players in the world right now and it shows how much commitment he has,” Pathan said about Virat Kohli.

Former Indian cricketer Subramaniam Badrinath has also heaped praises on Kohli approach towards the gentleman’s game.

Meanwhile, Kohli-led RCB has regrouped in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set their sights on their maiden IPL title as the IPL 2020 will commence from September 19 in Abu Dhabi.

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Cricketers who turned politicians
Cricketers who turned politicians
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Top 10 Cricketers Who Turned Politician

Cricketers are some of the most influential characters across the world as they inspire people with their hard work, passion, and determination to fight in order to achieve their success. This has made many youngsters look up to the players as their idols for inspiration. Here we look at some of the cricketers who have turned to politics after ending their glorious chapter in cricket.

Here we look at some of the cricketers who have turned to politics after ending their glorious chapter in cricket.

Top 10 Cricketers Who Turned Politician

10. Nawaz Sharif

Top 10 Cricketers Who Turned Politician
Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif has in fact played first-class cricket in Pakistan. However, he represented Railways in his only appearance against PIA back in 1973-74 and had scored a duck in that innings.

Shane Warne, Australian squad
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10 Weird Cricket Facts

Cricket, as they say, is a game of glorious uncertainties. Nothing can ever be taken for granted in the game. On a day, the best team will maintain its dominance by just demolishing other teams and making a mess of them. While on a certain day even the best team will be humbled by a lesser-known opponent. Thereby, it’s this unpredictable nature of the game, which adds that extra spice in it. Viewers simply are thrilled to witness the unexpected twists and turns. These twists and turns ensure an edge of the seat thriller.

As a result of cricket is an unpredictable sport, there have been bizarre instances which have come up in the years gone by. In this article, we have a look at the ten weird facts which source from cricket.

10 Weird Cricket Facts

1. A Six as long as 556 miles! Really?

10 Weird Cricket Facts
Jimmy Sinclair (Image Credit: Google)

Well, this is undoubtedly the most bizarre fact related to cricket. Just imagine the facial expressions of a bowler, who realizes that he has been hit for a six and the ball has travelled for 556 miles. Jimmy Sinclair was the batsman who hit the epic six. The ball went out of the ground and landed on a train which was on its way to Port Elizabeth. It was recovered from there!

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2007 ODI World Cup: Top 5 Most Six Hitters

In the ODI or T20I cricket, the number of sixes is very crucial as it always helps to move the scoreboard in the fastest way. During the 2007 ODI World Cup (official name was ICC Cricket World Cup 2007), the batsmen hit a total of 373 sixes.

In the 2007 ODI World Cup, while the champions Australia hit the most number of sixes (67 sixes), the semi-finalists South Africa were the only other team to hit 50 or more sixes (51 sixes).

Here we are talking about the top five most six hitters in the 2007 ODI World Cup.

Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 11 sixes

Ricky Ponting, 2007 ODI World Cup, most six hitter
Ricky Ponting (Image Source: Google)

Australian captain Ricky Ponting maintained his status as a big tournament player in the 2007 ODI World Cup where the right-handed batsman finished as the third-most run-scorer (539 runs) in their successful tournament. During the global tournament, Ponting hit 11 sixes in nine innings.

Ponting smashed a century (113) during their opening game of that tournament against Scotland in the Group Stage (at Basseterre on 14th March 2007), which was also his only century in that tournament. He smashed five sixes in that game which was his most sixes in an innings during that tournament.

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:

T20 World Cup 2009, Top Five Highest Partnerships In The ICC T20 World Cup 2009
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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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Playing XI Of Batsmen Who Got Run Out For Most Times In International Cricket

There are over ten ways a player can get out. You might not have seen all the ways, but some are very common like caught, bowled, given leg before wicket (lbw), run out or stumped. A batsman can be run-out because of his own mistake, or it can be said sometimes because of its laziness.

When the player has a slow running between the wicket, he can easily get run-out. But sometimes the batsman can be run-out because of his partner’s mistake. Here, in this article, we have built a team with the players who have most time run out in their careers.

Sanath Jayasuriya:

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The former Sri Lankan captain and opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was one of the greatest batsmen of his era. He is credited to bring revolution in white-ball format with his explosive batting. The allrounder has over 20,000 runs and scalped over 400 wickets in international cricket. He also holds the record of getting 32 times run out.

Marvan Atapattu:

Marvan Atapattu
Marvan Atapattu. Image Source: Twitter

Marvan Atapattu is the former opening batsman of Sri Lanka. He is the most stylish opener, having six double centuries in Test format. He was the leading scorer for Islanders during his illustrious career. Having represented Sri Lanka for over 17 years, he has scored over 14,000 runs in international cricket. However, he has gained fame because of his batting, but he was also famous for the wrong thing, getting run out. Atapattu has been run out for 48 times.

Rahul Dravid:

Best Playing XI Of Most Run-Out Players In International Cricket
Rahul Dravid. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket Pundits said that if a bowler could not pick the wicket of Rahul Dravid in the first hour, it becomes hard to get his wicket. Therefore, he is famously called as ‘The Wall’, playing with complete dedication for the team cause. However, his career is regarded to be shadowed because of Sachin Tendulkar’s popularity. In his meritorious career, he has scored over 25,000 runs across all the formats. He was run out a total of 53 times in his career.

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