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England have the bulldog spirit to hit back: Michael Vaughan

Former England captain Michael Vaughan

Former captain Michael Vaughan has backed England to bounce back from the bitter loss in  Chennai, saying that Kevin Pietersen and his men have the “bulldog spirit” to square the Test series against India in Mohali.

“One thing with the England team is we do have a ‘bulldog spirit’, a fighting spirit. We proved that in this game,” Vaughan said ahead of the second and final Test in Mohali starting December 19, 2008.

England dominated the first three days of the Chennai Test before losing the plot on the fourth day when Indian opener Virender Sehwag went on a rampage to snatch the match away from the visitors.

“It was a great game of cricket. Both teams played to an incredible standard in terms of what they’d gone through in the previous two weeks,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by ‘The Daily Telegraph’.

“The England team can be very proud of the way they played. For three-and-three-quarter days they dominated the Test and that is something which is very difficult to do in India,” he added.

Vaughan admitted that the six-wicket loss was a bitter pill to swallow, considering the way England dominated most part of the match. “The defining moment was that middle session (on day four) when we probably let the momentum sway back towards India when we could have nailed home the game.”

However, Vaughan, who is currently on a sabbatical from international cricket, said the task would be tough test of England’s mental strength. “We’ve just lost a real big game, a game that all the
lads would have expected to win on that fourth evening,” he said.

“It’s going to be a real task of mental strength. The boys are pretty drained and emotionally tired from what they’ve been through in the last few weeks. But if they win the toss, and bat, and get put runs on the board they can put India under a lot of pressure,” he added.

The right-hander, training with the England’s elite performance squad, said he is working towards his international comeback. “My mind is very refreshed and of course after such a great game of cricket I’m desperate to get out there and make decisions, play and score runs,” he said.

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December 17, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, India Related, Sports, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tendulkar ton scripts India’s historical win

Sachin Tendulkar led the Indian run chase to take India to a famous
victory on the decisive day of the first Test against England. The
master batsman clobbered his 41st Test hundred as India won by six
wickets. The second hero on the tense day was Yuvraj Singh who proved
his Test credentials with an unbeaten 85 while Tendulkar remained
unconquered on 103.

Chasing a
daunting 387-run target, India lost only three wickets on the day as
they scripted the fourth highest successful run chase in history of
Test cricket. The final two sessions of play saw India dominate
proceedings with Tendulkar and Yuvraj batting with authority to swing
the match completely in India’s favour shortly after tea. India, who
started the second session on a poor note losing VVS Laxman, made 91
runs after lunch without any further damage and in the post tea
session, the willows of Yuvraj and Tendulkar flourished in grand style
to author India’s highest run chase in the sub-continent.

Tendulkar
was a picture of poise as he batted with effortless ease on a slow
turning track, plundering nine boundaries in his unbeaten innings. He
authored the chase, playing the sheet anchor to perfection and building
vital stands with of 42 Gautam Gambhir, of 41 with Laxman (41) and
finally an unbroken 162 one with Yuvraj. And in a fitting finish, a
nudge down the leg side took Tendulkar to his century and India home.

India
suffered a big blow after lunch when Graeme Swann had VVS Laxman caught
at short midwicket for 26. England at that stage had India under
pressure at 224-4 but Yuvraj ignored both the nerves and the words that
came his way from Andrew Flintoff to punch a determined knock that
included a huge six off Monty Panesar.

He batted
with caution, showing the temperament that was amiss in several of his
previous Test outings. But once he settled down, the southpaw displayed
the spectacular strokeplay he is capable of. His 84 came off only 131
balls that saw him hammer eight boundaries and one six.

India
started the day at 131-1, needing 256 to win on the final day at the MA
Chidambaram stadium with Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid in the
middle. But England got the perfect start with Andrew Flintoff removing
Dravid, who could add only a couple to his overnight score of two.
Dravid, who has been in dismal form throughout 2008, edged an outgoing
delivery and Matt Prior made no mistake behind the stumps.

Gambhir
reached his half-century soon after Dravid’s dismissal but he once
again fell to a poor shot. He poked at a wide delivery from James
Anderson and Paul Collingwood leaped to his right to take a neat catch.
The southpaw made 66 with seven boundaries to his name.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, India Related, Sports, World News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Disgusted Dhoni denies rift with selectors

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Nov 22, 2008 denied rift with selectors on dropping of Rudra Pratap Singh and preferring all-rounder Irfan Pathan for the remaining part of the on-going One-Day series against England.

“I don’t know who is spreading this kind of rumors. Whoever is leaking confidential matters to the press is not doing any good for the well being of cricket. I don’t want to deny or admit what transpires during the meeting because it is supposed to be confidential. If someone has leaked confidential matters to the press it is just not done. I want to know who the source was. As far as I am concerned there was no rift with the selectors on any issue,” Dhoni told reporters on the eve of the fourth One-Day match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“It is unfortunate that such rumors are being spread when the team is doing so well and we are on the threshold of achieving yet another series victory. I should admit this kind of distractions are not good for the game in general and for the team in particular. The selection matters should always remain inside the four walls and moreover it is the selectors job to pick the best possible team,” he added.

It is understood that one of the selectors leaked about Dhoni’s threat to quit as captain of the Indian team if Irfan Pathan was preferred ahead of R P Singh during the selection meeting in Kanpur after the hosts beat England by 16 runs on Duckworth-Lewis Method.

However, Dhoni, who first denied the rift vehemently but later on softened his stance and wanted to know who was leaking out confidential matters to the press wanted to know the name of the person responsible when a scribe tried to grill him on this matter.

“if you (scribe) got the news over phone from someone, why don’t you name that person. By naming that person, you will be doing a great service to the team as what transpires in a meeting is not supposed to be leaked by anyone,” he thundered.

“Thankfully, our team is very united and both R P and Irfan understand that the best 16 boys get to play for the country. Luckily I don’t have to explain to RP or Irfan about anything as they trust me fully. In fact the whole team trusts each other and I should say that it has been a very short but fruitful journey as a player and captain so far. Though this unwanted event (rumors of rift) has turned out to be an eventful journey as well,” he added.

November 22, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India win the Border-Gavaskar trophy

India create history in Nagpur, as they bring home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

The nation revelled today (Nov 10), as India, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, created history by registering a 172 run victory in the fourth and final Test at Nagpur against world champions Australia, to bring home the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-0 series win. India now lead the overal series wins by 4-3 in the last decade.

This historic Test also saw the end of one the most celebrated Indian cricketers career — Sourav Ganguly. The classically elegant Ganguly had announced that he will play his last Test in this Orange City before hanging up his boots.

Earlier, set the daunting task of scoring an imposing 382 to win the fourth and final Test against India, Australia were tottering at 111 for three wickets at lunch on the fifth and final day in Nagpur today.

As play resumed post lunch India continued to inch closer to victory with their spinners bringing about the dismissal of the dangerous Michael Hussey and Matthew Hayden. Soon, the Australian wicketkeeper too fell prey to the spin web wound by India as he fell prey to Amit Mishra having been caught by Sachin Tendulkar at mid-on.

This catch has given the Master Blaster another berth in the record books, as he claims his 100th Test catch.  The batting maestro, who holds several batting records in Tests and ODIs, reached the milestone in his 154th Test to follow compatriots Rahul Dravid (179), Sunil Gavaskar (108), VVS Laxman and Mohd Azharuddin (105) into the record book. The world record for the most number of catches in a Test career, 181 in 128 matches, stands in the name of Mark Waugh of Australia.

Soon, Shane Watson too fell prey to the the 300 wicket taker Harbhajan Singh for nine runs. In no time, leg spinner Amit Mishra got rid of ten wicket hauler on debut Jason Krejza and Brett Lee.

Mitchel Johnson and Cameroon White looked to consolidate and defend towards the end of the innings, however, failed to save the Test as Bhajji claimed the last wicket of Johnson.

Brief scores: India: 441 and 295
Australia 355 and 209 (Matthew Hayden 77; Amit Mishra 4/64, Harbhajan Singh 3/27)

Earlier, the batsmen out in the visitors’ second innings, after they had commenced at the overnight 13 for no loss, were first innings centurion Simon Katich (16), captain Ricky Ponting (8) and his deputy Michael Clarke (22), promoted up the order in quest for quick runs despite being unwell.

Ishant Sharma, India’s most successful bowler of the four-Test rubber, was easily the pick of the attack this morning and accounted for Katich and Clarke, while Ponting was run out through a brilliant piece of fielding and throwing by Amit Mishra.

The home team should have ended the session with more Australian wickets in their clutch but for a few dropped catches and a few edges that eluded the slip cordon.

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BCCI felicitates ‘Fab Four’


VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, and Sachin Tendulkar during a felicitation

Former captains Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly reposed faith in Mahendra Singh Dhoni and expressed hopes that under him, India would emerge as the number one team in the world.

“I know for the fact that this team under MS and (coach) Gary (Kirsten) will soon become the number one team. We have that talent,” an optimist Kumble said after he, along with Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were felicitated by the BCCI.

Ganguly, India’s most successful captain ever, shared Kumble’s view and said, “MS and Gary are our two torch-bearers and I hope they would take Indian cricket forward.”

Ganguly, who is playing his last Test here, took the occasion to thank all and said though he didn’t endear to all, he always had the team interest in mind.

“It was a long journey with lots of ups and downs, victory and loss but it was wonderful. Sharing the dressing room with the likes of Anil, Sachin, Rahul (Dravid) and Laxman has been an honour and privilege.

“During the journey, I made both friends and enemies but it was all for the good of Indian cricket,” said the left-hander.

Kumble individually thanked almost each and every teammate even though Tendulkar came in for special praise. “When he first came into the international scene, whole India said ‘you’d break every batting record’ and he had the talents to prove all right…

“With Rahul, I have shared a special bond, he was my Karnataka teammate as well. We have had some fantastic moments and I say ‘you have been the backbone of Indian cricket. All the success we had came because of your contribution’,” Kumble said.

Kumble was equally effusive in his praise for Ganguly and said, “Under you, we’ve learnt how to win Tests abroad. Besides, we have always cherished your batting.”

On Laxman, who is playing his 100th Test here, Kumble felt the right hander didn’t get his dues despite bailing out the team from difficult situations.

For his spin partner Harbhajan Singh, Kumble said, “I will miss bowling with you from the other end. From now onwards, you’d lead the (spin) attack. You are close to a personal landmark (of 300 Test wickets) and I’m sure one day you’ll become the highest wicket-taker for India.”

On Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, Kumble said, “I have played lot with both Veeru and Zak. Veeru is a very special talent and both he and Zak would lead the Indian batting and bowling.

“To all other members of the team, I wish you a great career ahead. Before this Test series against Australia, we sat and decided in Bangalore that we have to win this series. We are very close to that and I hope you guys will win it.”

Talking about Kumble and Ganguly, Tendulkar paid a rich tribute to both and said, “Sourav had lots of ups and downs in his career but has shown great determination and delivered tremendous performance. We’ve opened in lot of ODIs and know each other’s game very well.

“Anil too showed 100 percent determination. He broke his jaw in West Indies but returned with a plastered jaw and removed Brian Lara,” Tendulkar said.

“We’ll miss Sourav and Anil, as will the entire country,” he added.

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India’s Largest Test Victories

By an innings
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India inns & 239 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka (SBNS) 25 May 2007 Test # 1833
India inns & 219 runs v Australia Kolkata 18 Mar 1998 Test # 1409
India inns & 140 runs v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Dec 2004 Test # 1725
India inns & 131 runs v Pakistan Rawalpindi 13 Apr 2004 Test # 1697
India inns & 119 runs v Sri Lanka Lucknow 18 Jan 1994 Test # 1244
India inns & 112 runs v West Indies Mumbai 9 Oct 2002 Test # 1616
India inns & 109 runs v New Zealand Chennai 6 Jan 1956 Test # 420
India inns & 106 runs v Sri Lanka Nagpur 27 Dec 1986 Test # 1063
India inns & 101 runs v Zimbabwe Nagpur 21 Feb 2002 Test # 1589
India inns & 100 runs v Australia Mumbai 3 Nov 1979 Test # 860
India inns & 95 runs v Sri Lanka Bangalore 26 Jan 1994 Test # 1245
India inns & 90 runs v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 13 Sep 2005 Test # 1765
India inns & 83 runs v Bangladesh Chittagong (MAA) 17 Dec 2004 Test # 1727
India inns & 70 runs v Pakistan Delhi 16 Oct 1952 Test # 355
India inns & 67 runs v Sri Lanka Cuttack 4 Jan 1987 Test # 1064
India inns & 52 runs v Pakistan Multan 28 Mar 2004 Test # 1693
India inns & 46 runs v England Leeds 22 Aug 2002 Test # 1613
India inns & 27 runs v New Zealand Mumbai (BS) 2 Dec 1955 Test # 417
India inns & 22 runs v England Chennai 11 Feb 1993 Test # 1213
India inns & 17 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 8 Feb 1994 Test # 1247
India inns & 15 runs v England Mumbai 19 Feb 1993 Test # 1214
India inns & 13 runs v Zimbabwe Delhi 13 Mar 1993 Test # 1218
India inns & 8 runs v England Chennai 6 Feb 1952 Test # 348
India inns & 8 runs v Sri Lanka Chandigarh 23 Nov 1990 Test # 1156
India inns & 2 runs v Australia Sydney 7 Jan 1978 Test # 814
By runs
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 320 runs v Australia Mohali 17 Oct 2008 Test # 1889
India 280 runs v South Africa Kanpur 8 Dec 1996 Test # 1344
India 279 runs v England Leeds 19 Jun 1986 Test # 1047
India 272 runs v New Zealand Auckland 7 Mar 1968 Test # 634
India 259 runs v Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 18 Dec 2005 Test # 1778
India 255 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1988 Test # 1089
India 235 runs v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 27 Jul 1993 Test # 1228
India 222 runs v Australia Melbourne 30 Dec 1977 Test # 812
India 216 runs v New Zealand Chennai 26 Nov 1976 Test # 787
India 212 runs v Pakistan Delhi 4 Feb 1999 Test # 1443
India 195 runs v Pakistan Kolkata 16 Mar 2005 Test # 1741
India 188 runs v Sri Lanka Delhi 10 Dec 2005 Test # 1776
India 187 runs v England Kolkata 30 Dec 1961 Test # 518
India 179 runs v Australia Chennai 6 Mar 1998 Test # 1405
India 172 runs v New Zealand Bangalore 12 Nov 1988 Test # 1107
India 171 runs v Australia Kolkata 11 Mar 2001 Test # 1535
India 170 runs v Sri Lanka Galle 31 Jul 2008 Test # 1884
India 162 runs v New Zealand Mumbai 10 Nov 1976 Test # 785
India 153 runs v Australia Kanpur 2 Oct 1979 Test # 857
India 140 runs v England Bangalore 28 Jan 1977 Test # 794
India 138 runs v England Mumbai 27 Nov 1981 Test # 911
India 131 runs v Pakistan Mumbai 16 Dec 1979 Test # 865
India 128 runs v England Chennai 10 Jan 1962 Test # 520
India 123 runs v South Africa Johannesburg 15 Dec 2006 Test # 1823
India 119 runs v Australia Kanpur 19 Dec 1959 Test # 483
India 100 runs v West Indies Chennai 11 Jan 1975 Test # 752
India 96 runs v West Indies Mumbai 18 Nov 1994 Test # 1274
India 85 runs v West Indies Kolkata 27 Dec 1974 Test # 750
India 72 runs v Australia Perth 16 Jan 2008 Test # 1862
India 64 runs v South Africa Ahmedabad 20 Nov 1996 Test # 1338
By wickets
Winner Margin Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Mumbai (BS) 13 Nov 1952 Test # 357
India 10 wickets v Pakistan Chennai 15 Jan 1980 Test # 869
India 10 wickets v New Zealand Hyderabad (Decc) 2 Dec 1988 Test # 1111
India 10 wickets v England Mohali 3 Dec 2001 Test # 1574
India 10 wickets v Zimbabwe Harare 20 Sep 2005 Test # 1767
India 9 wickets v Bangladesh Dhaka 10 Nov 2000 Test # 1512
India 9 wickets v England Mohali 9 Mar 2006 Test # 1788
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Wellington 29 Feb 1968 Test # 632
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Auckland 24 Jan 1976 Test # 769
India 8 wickets v England Mumbai 28 Nov 1984 Test # 1001
India 8 wickets v England Kolkata 29 Jan 1993 Test # 1211
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Bangalore 18 Oct 1995 Test # 1308
India 8 wickets v New Zealand Kanpur 22 Oct 1999 Test # 1464
India 8 wickets v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 7 Jun 2001 Test # 1548
India 8 wickets v West Indies Chennai 17 Oct 2002 Test # 1618
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kolkata 28 Nov 2004 Test # 1724
India 8 wickets v South Africa Kanpur 11 Apr 2008 Test # 1873
India 7 wickets v New Zealand Delhi 19 Mar 1965 Test # 583
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 28 Nov 1969 Test # 667
India 7 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 6 Mar 1971 Test # 683
India 7 wickets v Australia Delhi 10 Oct 1996 Test # 1335
India 7 wickets v Zimbabwe Delhi 18 Nov 2000 Test # 1515
India 7 wickets v Sri Lanka Kandy 22 Aug 2001 Test # 1557
India 7 wickets v England Nottingham 27 Jul 2007 Test # 1841
India 6 wickets v West Indies Port of Spain 7 Apr 1976 Test # 775
India 6 wickets v Pakistan Delhi 22 Nov 2007 Test # 1849
India 5 wickets v New Zealand Dunedin 15 Feb 1968 Test # 630
India 5 wickets v England Lord’s 5 Jun 1986 Test # 1046

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India thump World Champs Australia by 320 runs

India drubbed Australia by 320 runs at Mohali to take a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series. This is India’s biggest ever Test win (excluding innings victories).

India dominated this match with everybody chipping in significantly. Debutant Amit Mishra had a 7-wicket match haul, while Sourav Ganguly and Gautam Gambhir slammed centuries in first and second innings respectively. Sachin Tendulkar scored 88. But the ‘Man of the Match’ was the captain himself. MS Dhoni was given the award for his knocks of 92 and 68*.

Scorecard

Congratulate Team India

Earlier, Australia, who resumed the play on Tuesday with their overnight score of 141/5, were bundled before the lunch in reply to India’s 515 runs on the last day of the second Test.

Zaheer Khan fastened India’s winning bid as he took three quick wickets of Brad Haddin, Cameron White and Brett Lee while Amit Mishra wrapped up the proceedings by claiming Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke.

Zaheer struck in the very first over of the fifth day and dismissed Haddin for 37 runs after he added 84 runs with Clarke for the sixth wicket. A good length ball from Zaheer came back to beat Haddin and crash into the middle and off-stump.

In his next over, he got White come forward for the drive. The ball took an outside edge and Dhoni took a good catch behind the wicket. Lee didn’t even last a ball. Zaheer pitched a short stuff that beat Lee and uprooted the off-stump.

After Lee fell, India hoped to finish it quickly but a 50-run partnership between Johnson and Clarke frustrated the hosts. Mishra then foxed Johnson with his flight caught him off his own bowling. Clarke, who slammed a fighting 69, fell as the last wicket as he pulled a good length ball from Mishra and Sehwag at midwicket pouched it safely.

Australian coach Tim Nielsen had confessed after the close of fourth day’s play that team played for a win but the gameplan backfired. Of course, with 515 runs to chase in four sessions on a spinning track can never be easy and playing aggressively cost Australian heavily.

4th innings score in India by visiting team

Inn4 Score Result Margin M Season Venue Target
WI 276-5 W 5 wickets 1 1987-88 Delhi (Feroz SK) 276
NZ 272-6 D drawn 1 2003-04 Ahmedabad (GS) 370
WI 270-7 D drawn 3 1966-67 Chepauk 322
WI 266 L 96 runs 1 1994-95 Wankhede 363
NZ 252-2 D drawn 3 1999-00 Ahmedabad (GS) 424
Aus 212 L 171 runs 2 2000-01 Calcutta 384

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Cricket, General, Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment