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Rory Burns Seen Stepping Onto The Ball In The 2nd Lord’s Test

Rory Burns and pacer Mark Wood were seen passing the ball with their shoes. Rory Burns, who was wearing a shoe with spikes, was seen stepping onto the ball.  The England team caused a flutter when two of its players tried playing a bit of “football” with the red cherry during the post-lunch session on the fourth day of the second Test at Lords.

Footage from the official broadcasters emerged where one England player passed the ball to another, who used his spikes to trap it, raising a social media storm as accusations of ball-tampering flew thick and fast. England’s opener Rory Burns and speedster Mark Wood were passing the ball to each other using their shoes.

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Rory Burns Stepping On Ball vs India Sparks “Ball-Tampering” Debate.© Twitter

Rory Burns Seen Stepping Onto The Ball Which Ignited Ball-Tampering Controversy

Replays showed an English player stopping the ball with his spikes after the first one had kicked it with his shoe. The incident created quite an uproar among cricket fans on Twitter.  However, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour felt it was “not deliberate”.

“We saw it much later but I don’t think it was deliberate,” Rathour said at the post-day press conference.

The Indian team hasn’t lodged an official complaint with match referee Chris Broad. The incident was recorded in the 35th over of the Indian second innings, bowled by Ollie Robinson.

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

The footage didn’t show the face of the players although some reports claim it’s none other than Mark Wood and Rory Burns. The matter did not escalate and the umpires didn’t change the ball.

In fact, when an Indian fan asked Stuart Broad on social media if it was intentional, the injured England seamer replied: “Of course, it wasn’t.”

Stuart Broad explained that if the umpires needed to check the ball after the particular incident to ensure it hasn’t been fiddled with, then every six would warrant a ball check. Former South Africa pacer Shaun Pollock, who was commenting at that time, also expressed disapproval regarding the incident after which the ‘Voice of Indian cricket’ Harsha Bhogle also condemned it.

Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane Found Form  As The Duo Stitched A 100 Run Partnership For The 4th Wicket

On Day 4, India was in deep trouble after losing in-form openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma in the space of two overs. Virat Kohli, India’s captain, left with only 20 runs on the board. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who has been chastised for their poor batsmanship for a long time, put on a critical century partnership to take India from 55/3 to 155.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)
Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters)

However, Mark Wood struck again and dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for 45 runs. Minutes later, Moeen Ali removed Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja to help England finish the day on top.  Earlier in the match, England pacer Mark Wood dismissed India opening batters Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Sam Curran sent Virat Kohli back to the pavilion as the visitors were put on the back foot in the opening session on Day 4.

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Glenn McGrath Picks Top Five ODI Bowlers, Includes Only One Spinner

Glenn McGrath, who played international cricket for 14 years, was one of the premier pacers for Australia. He is still the all-time leading wicket-taker for the Aussies in ODI cricket; having 381 wickets to his name. The Australian great has picked up his top five ODI bowlers. Among which, four are pacers, and only one is a spinner.

McGrath put forth the names while speaking ahead of Australia’s third and final ODI against India on Wednesday, December 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

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McGrath has named the Pakistan legend Wasim Akram in his list. One of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the game, Akram, has 502 ODI wicket in his name. He is the highest wicket-taker for his country in the shorter formats. Then McGrath went for fellow countryman Brett Lee, who has 380 wickets. Lee, who made his ODI debut in 2000 and played until 2012, had given several top-notch and memorable performances.

The next pacer in Glenn McGrath’s list is Sri Lanka’s all-time leading ODI wicket-taker Chaminda Vaas. He has picked up a hat-trick in the first over of the 2003 World Cup match against Bangladesh. In 322 ODIs, he has notched 400 wickets, including nine four-wicket hauls and four five-wicket hauls.

Muttiah Muralitharan only spinner in Glenn McGrath pick:

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Muttiah Muralitharan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As for the fourth pacer, the former Australian cricket has zeroed in Shaun Pollock. The former South African pacer picked up 393 wickets from 303 ODIs. He holds the record for taking the most number of ODI wickets when playing on home soil.

The lone spinner on Glenn McGrath’s list is Muttiah Muralitharan, who is one of the best spinners in the cricket world. He is also the one to have the highest ODI wickets in his name in this list, i.e., 534. Moreover, he had an economy rate of 3.93, which meant that he was accurate and hardly allowed looseners to the batters.

Glenn McGrath’s top 5 ODI bowlers

Wasim Akram- 502 wickets, Muttiah Muralitharan- 534 wickets, Brett Lee- 380 wickets, Chaminda Vaas- 400 wickets, Shaun Pollock- 393 wickets

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Shaun Pollock Recalls Virat Kohli Visiting Gym After Winning During India-South Africa Series

Shaun Pollock, the former South African cricketer, recalled an incident when Indian captain Virat Kohli visited gym instead of celebrating victory. Virat Kohli is known as one of the fittest sportspersons in the world at the moment as his dedication towards health and fitness has inspired a lot of players all over the world.

Shaun Pollock mentioned in a recent interaction on Cricbuzz that former skipper MS Dhoni brought intensity and Virat Kohli continued the legacy. The former Proteas all-rounder was commentating after taking retirement in 2008 and mentioned that instead of celebrating a victory, Virat Kohli visits the gym and is seen there most often instead of going back to hotels to take rest.

Virat Kohli At Gym
Virat Kohli At Gym

Shaun Pollock-Virat Kohli Taken Intensity To The Next Level After MS Dhoni Brought It

Former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock said that it was former India captain MS Dhoni who brought the intensity to the Indian team as captain and added that Virat Kohli had taken that intensity to the next level.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Explaining his point, Shaun Pollock recalled an incident that happened during the India-South Africa series, which exemplified Virat Kohli’s dedication towards his fitness.

“When Dhoni took over the captaincy, he brought an intensity to the party. He had a very calm demeanor in his captaincy. But when he got to the crease, he would be running hard between the wickets, the way he conducted himself, the way he marshaled his troops, it was very good,” Pollock said.

MS Dhoni captained India in limited-overs from 2007 to 2016 after quitting from Tests in 2014 to give the likes of wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha more chance. He is the only skipper to win all 3 major ICC trophies including 2007 inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 and 50 overs 2011 World Cup after a hiatus of 28 years.

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Virat Kohli, on the other hand, averages more than 50 in each of the 3 formats and is the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and regarded best contemporary batsman currently in the world. He has 70 international centuries next only to Sachin Tendulkar.

He was handed over the Test captaincy following MS Dhoni’s Test retirement in 2014. In early 2017, he became the limited-overs captain as well after MS Dhoni stepped down from the position.

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“And Kohli has continued to run with it. When I go for commentating for the India-South Africa series, at times, we finish the games early, and people go to their hotels. I might go to the gym, and I often see Kohli at the gym, after the day’s play. After they have won, and they could be celebrating, but he is at the gym,” Pollock said.

“Dhoni was the one who set that intensity and Kohli took it to the next level,” he further added.

RCB led by Virat Kohli failed to beat MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. RCB scored just 145 runs in 20 overs, and CSK chased down the target in 18.4 overs with Ruturaj Gaikwad scoring an unbeaten 65.

Virat Kohli had scored a fifty off 43 balls in the match. But still, CSK team is at the bottom of the points table and officially out of contention for a spot in the playoffs. Virat Kohli is the 3rd highest run-scorer so far with 415 runs in 11 matches averaging 59.29.

Top 10 Players Who’ve Won Most Man of The Series Awards in ODIs, Most Man of The Series Awards in ODIs
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Top 10 Players Who’ve Won Most Man of The Series Awards in ODIs

Since the inception of One Day International (ODI) cricket, the game has seen a lot of transformation. The limited-overs format has changed tremendously over the last two to three decades. In the 1970s & 1980s, ODI was a 60-over format but later it was reduced to 50 overs per side. As the game got fast-paced, ODI saw many changes and it became a lot more intriguing.

Over the last 40 years, limited-overs cricket saw the arrival of some class batsmen who will be remembered as the legends of the game. These batsmen have delivered whenever their teams required them to come up with some spectacular performances.

In this piece, we are about to analyse the records of the players who have won the most number of man of the series awards in One Day Internationals. These players have stood up during pressure situations and have given their teams many memorable moments with their brilliance. Let’s take a look.

We take a look at 10 players who’ve won most Man of the Series Awards in ODIs.

Sachin Tendulkar – 15 Man of the Series Awards in 463 matches

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Sachin Tendulkar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The legendary batsman doesn’t need any introduction. The Master Blaster has always stepped up whenever his team required him to. The champion batsman has many records to his name but this particular record shows the class and determination of the veteran batsmen. Tendulkar made batting look easy with his class and temperament.

The right-hander won 15 Man of the Series awards for team India in 463 matches in the 50-over format. He scored 18426 runs in his ODI career.

Tendulkar punched the ball gracefully on the offside and was equally strong on the leg side. Watching him drive through the off side was soothing to every fan’s eyes. Tendulkar showed exemplary footwork on any sort of wicket. Besides, he worked the ball well in the gaps and drove superbly straight down the ground with his classic timing.

Sanath Jayasuriya – 11 Man of the Series Awards in 445 matches

Sanath Jayasuriya.
Sanath Jayasuriya. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The left-hander Sanath Jayasuriya changed the concept of batting in the 50-over format with his aggressive and attacking style of play. The Sri-Lankan legend would clear the boundary ropes with his powerful hitting abilities and time the ball superbly. Jayasuriya’s exquisite yet elegant drives would split the field easily.

The former captain showed tremendous resolve and batted brilliantly under pressure. Jayasuriya co-ordinated well with the non-striker while running between the wickets. Anything short and the left-hander would cut the ball powerfully or pull the ball if it would be in the middle and leg area.

Jayasuriya won 11 Man of the Series awards in 445 matches. He didn’t hesitate to play the big shots against the spinners. Jayasuriya had this knack of picking wickets with his off-spin. The veteran scored an astounding 13,430 runs in One Day Internationals.

Virat Kohli – nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games

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Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty images.

The Team India skipper Virat Kohli has a very impressive track record when it comes to winning the Man of the Series awards. Kohli has won nine Man of the Series Awards in 245 games. The 31-year-old has shown tremendous resolve and courage while chasing a big total.

The right-hander has shown a fearless approach while batting and has led his team with determination.

Kohli can split the gap wonderfully with his fine cover drives and glorious timing. Kohli is equally strong at his pads. He has already scored 11792 runs till now and is looking good to break many more records.

Shaun Pollock – nine Man of the Series Awards in 303 games

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The South-African legend will be remembered as one of the best swing bowlers of all-time. Pollock had this knack of picking crucial wickets during crunch situations. The former Proteas captain swung the ball both ways and looked threatening on seaming wickets.

Pollock was a handy lower-order batsman. He made the batsmen make mistakes with his variations and made adjustments to his bowling as per the conditions. Pollock won nine Man of the Series awards in 303 matches. Pollock outfoxed the batsmen with his clever change of pace.

Chris Gayle – eight Man of the Series Awards in 301 games

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Chris Gayle. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The West Indian Chris Gayle smashed the best bowling attacks all around the park with his powerful hitting. The 40-year-old was the mainstay of the West Indies batting for more than a decade in One Day Internationals.

The left-hander dominated the opposition bowlers with his powerful striking abilities as he made batting look easy.

Gayle’s effortless batting amazed fans world over. He could pierce the field with his cracking drives and destructive cuts. Gayle could judge the length of any delivery with his fine hand-eye coordination.

The West Indes veteran won eight Man of the Series awards in 71 series in the limited-overs format. Gayle scored 10480 runs in the ODI leg.

Vivian Richards – seven Man of the Series Awards in 187 matches

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Vivian Richards. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Sir Vivian Richards” was the most destructive yet attractive batsmen during the 1970s & 1980s. During those days ODI was a 60-over format. Keeping in mind that there where very few One Day Internationals being played during that time, it is surprising this legendary batsman won seven Man of the Series awards in 187 matches.

The West Indian was a nightmare for every bowler and hammered the best bowling attacks with his attacking style of play.

Richards has single-handedly won games for his team but he equally adapted as per the conditions which proved quite amazing. Richards was a gifted yet the most attractive batsman of that era.

Anything short on the offside and Richards was quick to cut the ball effortlessly. Richards was equally strong while playing the pull shots but it was his hand-eye co-ordination which enabled him to play his natural attacking game.

The legendary batsman will be remembered as one of the best timers of the cricket ball. Richards scored 6721 runs in his One Day International career.

Hashim Amla – seven Man of the Series Awards in 181 matches

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Hashim Amla was a specimen of consistency right throughout his career. The 38-year-old’s retirement was a big loss for South-African cricket. The right-hander has played some superlative innings bailing his team from danger.

Amla was quite strong on the offside where he punched the ball effortlessly with his sublime timing.

The elegant batsman was equally sharp with his wrist work and looked solid on the back foot as well as the front foot. Amla drove the ball gloriously and looked technically strong on bouncy wickets.

Amla won seven Man of the Series awards in 181 matches. He scored 8113 runs in his One Day International career.

Yuvraj Singh – seven Man of the Series Awards in 304 matches

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Yuvraj Singh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Yuvraj Singh was a champion in true sense. The 38-year-old made a comeback in international cricket after fighting a deadly disease like cancer. Although his form got affected after making a comeback, the 2011 World Cup hero will always remain an inspiration for millions of fans worldwide for his fighting spirit.

Yuvraj was a perfect No. 4 batsman for Team India and always performed under pressure. The left-hander stroked the ball wonderfully with his elegant and graceful drives. He pulled the ball powerfully with great hand-eye coordination.

The southpaw punched the ball well on the back foot as well as the front foot. The left-hander had the ability to change the situation of a game with his determined approach.

He won seven Man of the Series awards in 304 games. Yuvraj picked crucial wickets with his deceptive off-spin bowling. Yuvraj Singh was a match-winner during critical situations. The flamboyant left-hander scored 8701 runs in his 50 over career.

Sourav Ganguly – seven Man of the Series Awards in 311 matches

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“The Prince of Kolkata” as he was popularly known during his playing days, was a perfect opening partner for Sachin Tendulkar in limited-overs format when the duo opened together.

Ganguly was simply brilliant with his effortless cover drives and punched the ball wonderfully on the back foot. More than anything else it was the way he timed the ball was just amazing.

The former skipper showed great commitment towards the team and attacked the bowlers fearlessly. Ganguly wasn’t afraid to play big shots against the spinners. He won seven Man of the Series awards in 311 matches in the limited-overs format.

Besides, Ganguly took bold decisions as a captain while making changes in the field as well as while batting. He was called the man with a golden arm as he had this knack of picking wickets with his medium-pace bowling. Ganguly scored 11363 runs in the 50-over format.

 Ricky Ponting – seven Man of the Series Awards in 375 matches

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The former Australian captain Ricky Ponting stood like a rock during challenging situations and his focus seemed unbreakable when he batted. His fearless approach brought positive results for his side. Ponting would take calculated risks while batting and as per match situations.

The right-hander drove the ball effortlessly with his classical timing and found the gaps beautifully with his wristy yet elegant flicks.

Ponting possessed amazing footwork on any sort of wickets. Anything short on the leg side and Ponting was quick to pull the ball away. Ponting won seven Man of the Series awards in 375 matches in the limited-overs format. Ponting showcased great footwork while batting on Indian sub-continent wickets against the spinners.

The Aussie veteran scored 13,378 runs in his ODI career.

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Five South African Bowlers Who Made an Impact on Proteas Cricket Since 1990s

The story of South African Cricket is unique since its reintroduction in International Cricket in the 1992 World Cup. After being banned for 22 years, South Africa made a great comeback in the 1992 World Cup while finishing as a semi-finalist. Since then African team has kept on producing some top-class fast bowlers who have had a big impact on the Proteas cricket in the broader spectrum.

These bowlers have managed to dominate the batsmen not only on fast and bouncy wickets but also on sub-continent wickets which usually assist the spinners. Due to a vast amount of talent South Africa is the only team who has managed to win two-match Test series against Australia in Australia.

The Proteas have also won Test series in England where the conditions are helpful for swing bowlers.  The RSA has always had a mix of pace ingredient which has helped them to overcome any sort of conditions.

If we look at the teams South Africa has had in the previous years, their pacers have dominated the best batting line-ups and have achieved major status in the world of cricket.

We take a look at five such South African bowlers of yesteryears who have inspired the next generation of fast bowlers.

# 1 Allan Donald:

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Allan Donald (Photo Source: Twitter)

Allan Donald will be remembered as one of the best South African bowlers of all time. Donald bowled with an aggressive intent and looked to attack the stumps. The right-arm fast bowler generated a lot of speed with his jump.

Donald more often than not troubled the batsmen with his quick bouncers. His fast yorkers would often unsettle the batsmen. The 53-year-old would hit the deck hard and always tried to bowl in the good length area.

Donald operated quite well in the slog overs and extracted a lot of bounce even on slow wickets. Donald took 330 wickets in 72 tests and 272 wickets in 164 One Day Internationals. He was quite penetrative with his fast outswingers.

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Shaun Pollock Explains The Reason Behind India’s Successful Pace Attack

One of the most successful bowlers in the history of South African cricket, Shaun Pollock, has lauded the Indian pace attack and revealed the reason behind their success in recent times. Recently, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid had said that the current Indian fast bowling unit is the best that the country has ever had.

The Indian fast bowling unit, especially in Test cricket, has gone on to rule the world. The last 2-3 years have seen a rise in quality in the Indian fast bowlers, and they have become the most lethal pace attack in the world. A glimpse of it was evident during India’s tour of Australia in 2018 when the India National Cricket Team won its maiden Test series in Australia as the Indian bowlers rattled through the Aussie batting line up.

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Now, Shaun Pollock has heaped a lot of praise on the current Indian pace attack and shed light on the reason behind their success on the international stage.

Shaun Pollock Lauds Indian Pacers

“Yeah, you guys (India) are really in a strong position now (with regard to fast bowling). The depth in bowling, the different variations, you have got some tall guys, shorter guys, quick, skilful, shaping the ball and you can decide in between them and you can have a real good balance,” Shaun Pollock said on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show.

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Pollock served as a genuine bowling all-rounder for the Proteas. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“If you decide to go with three or even four seamers, you now have got guys who can step in. In the years gone by, you might have had a Srinath or a Venkatesh Prasad, but then the replacement bowler…third bowler or backup bowler… was not of the same quality and that’s where I thought they were letting themselves down,” added Pollock.

Bumrah Revealed Something Interesting In A Recent Chat: Shaun Pollock

The 46-year-old Pollock said in a recent chat, Bumrah had told him about competition among the Indian bowlers.

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Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

We had a chat with Bumrah, the other day, and he was saying everyone is competing, ready to go, you really have to keep performing and if you don’t have a good few games, then someone can step in and take your place. So, that’s a good situation for India,” Shaun Pollock added.

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Shaun Pollock Supports Use Of Saliva Or Sweat If Players Are Provided ‘Bio-Secure Environment’

Banning or using saliva or sweat on the ball has become a never-ending debate since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Various former and current cricketers have given their views, but so far, no solution has been found. These natural substances, which assists the bowlers, are now associated with the spread of the virus. So, their usage is under question. Former South African pacer Shaun Pollock has said that the use of sweat and saliva will not harm if players are kept under a bio-secure environment.

Use of saliva doesn’t matter if there are no symptoms: Shaun Pollock

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Shaun Pollock, who has represented Proteas in 303 ODIs and 101 Tests, has said that the players need to be kept in a safe environment ahead of a match. They shall be regularly tested and monitored and also will have to follow two weeks quarantine. As per him, if no one is infected, the game can be continued as normal and then shining the ball would also be not the problem.

“I think the environment that’ll end up being created is almost going to be like a bubble, People will get tested, they’ll go into a two-week camp where they’re just going to sit and monitor how the conditions of their bodies change. And if there are no symptoms, it doesn’t really matter about shining the ball then, because you’re in the bubble and no one you come into contact with will have coronavirus,” said Shaun Pollock.

“So you can just get on with normal proceedings. I’d presume that there’d be no crowds in place, every single environment they go into would be cleaned down and sprayed, and everything along those lines,” added Pollock.

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Shaun Pollock also supports to create these bio-secure environments to ensure a safe T20 World Cup in Australia at the end of the year.

“I think Australia is probably in the best scenario to create a little bit of a vacuum or bubble where maybe things can happen,’ explained the 46-year-old Pollock.

What is a biosecure environment?

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Stuart Broad. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Biosecurity is a set of measures aimed at preventing the introduction and/or spread of the harmful virus. For instance, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to create such safety environments for the cricketers. As Pakistan and West Indies are set to tour England to play the Test series, ECB has chosen the venues who have on-site hotels which mean no team bus travels and no stepping out. The touring nation will also have to follow the quartine period, and a medical team will be with them who will do regular check-ups.

Well, will it be implemented successfully? Will it ensure players safety? There is no confirmed answer to that because this will be the first time any such thing that will be introduced in sports.


Sachin Tendulkar Told Me He Couldn’t Take On The Short-Pitched Deliveries: Shaun Pollock

dThe legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was the most technically sound player, but he also had a shortcoming. Former South African cricketer Shaun Pollock has revealed that the former Indian batsman faced difficulty with playing the short-pitched deliveries, as revealed by Sachin himself to Shaun.

Shaun and Sachin have together played for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Moreover, they have also captained the franchise, and after their retirement, they are still connected with the franchise as mentors.

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Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former pacer said that to counter the short-delivers, Sachin would ramp the ball over the wicketkeeper and slip fielders

“He talked to me once about going to Australia and understanding he couldn’t take on the short-pitched deliveries anymore so he would ramp the ball over the wicketkeeper and slip,” Pollock was quoted as saying in a podcast, reported by the TOI.

Shaun Pollock failed against Sachin Tendulkar:

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Shaun Pollock. Photo Credits: Sporty Ghost

Pollock expressed that his tactics against Sachin used to fail whenever they played in the sub-continent. He said that he waited for the Master Blaster to make a mistake.

“There were times, especially in the subcontinent, where you thought, ‘I’m not sure we can knock this guy over’. We were hoping he would make a mistake, rather than had a genuine plan,” the former speedster added.

Sachin and Pollock are the two great cricketers and have brought victories for the country. After seven years of retirement, Sachin still holds the record of most ODI centuries as well as he has a total of 100 tons in international cricket which is still unbreakable. He has as many as 18,426 runs in ODIs while in Test cricket, he has 15,921 runs. Pollock, on the other hand, picked up 391 ODI wickets and 421 Test scalps.

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Stuart Broad Picks The Best Bowler Of His Generation

England’s experienced campaigner Stuart Broad has been one of the greatest bowlers in contemporary cricket. He has been one of the integral parts of England cricket history. In the initial phase of his career, he made a lot of mistakes in his bowling. The best example is when he was hit for 6 sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh.

Soon after his worst nightmare, he didn’t make lame excuses for his failure but instead he raised his standards gradually and then he went on to become one of the finest bowlers in modern-day cricket. Stuart Broad became the second-highest wicket-taker for his nation and his journey has been well and truly remarkable.

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The Nottingham-born cricketer has by far picked 485 wickets in Test cricket which is seventh-most by any bowler in the history of red-ball international cricket. Among the seamers, Stuart Broad is also the fourth bowler to take that many wickets. He also picked 178 wickets in ODIs and 65 wickets in T20Is.

Stuart Broad reveals the best paceman of his generation

Recently, Stuart Broad participated in a SkySports podcast which was hosted by Rob Key alongside legendary West Indian cricketer Michael Holding and South African cricketer Shaun Pollock, where they discussed greatest-ever fast bowlers.

Stuart Broad picked Dale Steyn, as the best paceman of his generation. Broad had also expressed that Dale Steyn’s bowling action, the swing was perfect in all aspects. He further went on to add saying that if anybody wants to be a bowler of top calibre, then one would want to have the kind of skills Dale Steyn had.

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Dale Steyn. Getty Images

“He (Dale Steyn) is the bowler of my generation. The action, the pace, the way he can swing it, the skill. If you wanted to be a bowler, you’d want that sort of ability,” Stuart Broad told in the podcast.

Dale Steyn picked 439 wickets in Tests registering his best bowling figures of 11/60 with 26 five-wicket hauls and five 10-wicket hauls. He has also claimed 196 wickets in ODIs and his best bowling figures are 6/39 and also bagged three 5 wicket hauls. He has accounted for 64 dismissals in T20Is and registered his best bowling figures of 4/9.

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Proteas Veteran Shaun Pollock Reveals Best Batsman of His Generation

The legendary South African pacer Shaun Pollock recently revealed the best batsman in his generation and also gave the appropriate example for it. Meanwhile, the legendary Caribbean pacer Michael Holding also disclosed his best batsman.

The former Proteas captain Shaun Pollock claimed that the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman in his generation. Talking about this, Pollock praised Tendulkar for his brilliant understanding of the game.

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Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pollock told Sky Sports, “It was how well he understood his game and how he would adjust. He talked to me once about going to Australia and understanding he couldn’t take on the short-pitched deliveries anymore so he would ramp the ball over the wicketkeeper and slip.”

Even after retiring from international cricket in more than six years ago, Tendulkar is still the most run-scorer in international cricket as well as the Test and ODI formats, and no one is closer of these records along with many other records.

Shaun Pollock dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 13 times international cricket

In international career, Pollock dismissed Tendulkar for 13 times, which was also his most success against a batsman. However, the former Proteas star pacer admitted that he and his teammates were mostly scared to bowl to Tendulkar.

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock (Photo Credits: Sporty Ghost)

Pollock added, “There were times, especially in the subcontinent, where you thought, ‘I’m not sure we can knock this guy over. We were hoping he would make a mistake, rather than had a genuine plan’.”

Viv Richards is the best batsman I have seen against anything and everything: Michael Holding

Michael Holding
Michael Holding. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

On the other hand, Michael Holding chose the legendary West Indian cricketer, Sir Viv Richards, as his best batsman. Holding felt that Richards was always comfortable to handle all the bowlers in every moment.

Holding told Sky Sports, “Viv is the best batsman I have seen against anything and everything.”

Sir Viv Richards
Sir Viv Richards (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He never looked intimidated. Richard Hadlee in New Zealand, Dennis Lillee in Australia, Abdul Qadir in Pakistan, Bishan Bedi in India. Ian Botham in England. He got runs against anybody and everybody.

“As he was batting at No 3 for West Indies, I often saw him watch the first couple of overs, get a visual picture, and then go and sleep.”

Sir Viv Richards is also known as one of the greatest batsmen in international cricket history.

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