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  • 'Coaching more fulfilling than five-wicket haul' - Tip

    The opening day of the Saurashtra-Baroda match in Khandheri, on the outskirts of Rajkot, had an unlikely visitor. At the foot of the pavilion steps, several kids wearing identical uniforms clustered a...

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    The Indian Space Research Organisation has confirmed that after Rohit Sharma's latest overseas batting failure, the batsman will be re-entering the planet's atmosphere somewhere over New Zealand in th...

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  • How to Bat in Cricket Tip

    Batting in cricket involves physical and mental skills. A successful cricket batter, or batsman, defends the wicket (3 vertical rods or "stumps" staked into the ground and topped with 2 horizontal "ba...

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  • Indian National cricket Team Article

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    The Indian cricket team is the national cricket team of India. Governed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it is a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test and One Day International (ODI) status.

    Although cricket was introduced to India by European merchant sailors in the 18th century, and the first cricket club in India was established in Calcutta in 1792, India's national cricket team did not play its first Test match until 25 June 1932 at Lord's.[2] They became the sixth team to be granted Test cricket status.[3] In its first fifty years of international cricket, India was one of the weakest teams in international cricket, winning only 35 of the 196 Test matches it played during the period.[4] The team, however, gained strength in the 1970s with the emergence of players such as batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Vishwanath, all-rounder Kapil Dev and the Indian spin quartet — Erapalli Prasanna and Srinivas Venkataraghavan (both off spinners), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (a leg spinner), and Bishen Singh Bedi (a left-arm spinner). Traditionally much stronger at home than abroad, the Indian team has improved its overseas form since the start of the 21st century, winning Test matches in Australia, England and South Africa. It won the Cricket World Cup in 1983 under Kapil Dev, was runner-up in 2003 under Sourav Ganguly, and won the World Cup a second time in 2011 under Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It thus became only the third team after West Indies and Australia to have won the World Cup more than once.[5] It is also the first cricket team to win the World Cup on home soil. India also won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Dhoni. India has also been the runner-up in 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy and the joint champion along with Sri Lanka in 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, led by Ganguly in both the instances.

    The Indian cricket team is currently ranked second as per the ICC Test rankings,[6] first in ODIs and second in T20Is by the ICC.[7] Currently, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain in all forms of the game while Duncan Fletcher is the coach. Under the leadership of Dhoni, the Indian team has set a national record for most back-to-back ODI wins (nine straight wins)[8] and has emerged as one of the most formidable teams in international cricket.[9] The Indian cricket team also has rivalries with other Test-playing nations, most notably with Pakistan, the political arch-rival of India. However in recent times, rivalries with nations like Australia, England and South Africa have also gained prominence.

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  • Talent and temperament aplenty in Teenaged Samson Article

    Sanju Samson recollects what happened one January afternoon last year precisely. He was in Jaipur, attending the selection trials being conducted by Rajasthan Royals. Sreesanth, the former India and Rajasthan Royals fast bowler, banned for life by the BCCI for spot-fixing in the IPL, had taken Samson to the trials.

    After IPL 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders, the first franchise to scout and pick Samson, had severed ties with him. Samson returned to Kerala, the state he plays cricket from, anxious.

    "I can never forget the day when I attended the Rajasthan Royals selection trials. Sreesanth bhai took me there last January. After the IPL and Champions League in 2012, Knight Riders told me that the BCCI had asked the teams to trim the squads and they had decided to drop me and they were sorry about that. So I never expected another IPL team soon," Samson told ESPNcricinfo last month, during the Ranji Trophy match between Kerala and Himachal Pradesh in Telicherry.

    However, Sreesanth had been impressed by Samson's attitude and batting and wanted the 18-year-old to play for Royals. "One day I was batting in front of Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton. I started playing strokes," Samson said. "It was my day and I just expressed myself in front of a legend like Rahul Dravid."

    Samson will always cherish what happened next. "He [Dravid] came and directly told me, 'Sanju, you have a very special talent and I would really love to make you play in my Rajasthan Royals team. Would you play for us?' He asked me like this. That question really shocked me. I was really surprised and excited, and wanted to record that moment in my memory. He had seen me for barely two days. So what he said to me, I never expected that," Samson said, a big smile lighting up his face.

    Samson still cannot believe. But on Friday, he became one of the five players retained by Royals ahead of the 2014 season. Along with Stuart Binny (Royals) and Manan Vohara (Kings XI Punjab), Samson is one of only three uncapped India players to be retained among the 24 cricketers held back by the franchises. Samson is the youngest of them all.

    Before today, Samson hit the national headlines when he hit a fearless half-century, in only his second match for Royals, in an exciting chase against Royals Challengers Bangalore. Although that was the only fifty he could register in the 11 IPL matches, Samson raised his bat to three half-centuries during the Champions League T20 in September-October, where Royals finished runners-up. One of those half-centuries came in the final, which was against Mumbai Indians.

    Chasing a tall target of 202, Royals lost Kusal Perera quickly. It did not matter to Samson, who displayed temperament and an alert eye to pick gaps. He blazed eight boundaries in his 50. When Samson departed in the 12th over Rajasthan were 117, but they faltered. It was an evening when Samson turned franchises' heads.

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  • Bowlers did a very good job and bowled in right ar Article

    New Zealand’s spectacular fightback in the ongoing third Test was helped to an extent by dropped catches but Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara defended his teammates, saying their fielding has been “fantastic” for most part of the trip.

    After two days of domination at the Basin Reserve, the visitors had a tough day in the field as the pitch flattened out and the hosts rallied to 252/5 in their second innings to wipe off the first innings deficit.

    While wickets didn’t come in the last session, a couple of close chances went down in the field, particularly off centurion Brendon McCullum who benefitted on both occasions. It was, in fact, the difference between the match finishing on Sunday and going into a fourth day.

    “If you look at both the Test matches we have taken so many good catches. Not only on this trip, but in South Africa also, the Indian fielding has been fantastic. We have effected many run-outs and held many good catches. So you are bound to drop a few catches here and there,” said Pujara, defending his mates, after the third day’s play here.

    “It has been a fantastic game so far with many turns. But we are still in a very good position. If we can get a couple of quick wickets early on tomorrow, a lot of time is available. We are happy with the way things have shaped up.

    “We could have been happier with a couple of more wickets but we are in a good position and in with a good chance to win this Test match,” he added.

    India bowled out New Zealand for 192 runs in their first innings and then went on to score 438 runs in their second essay.

    The Kiwis almost lost their way before recovering through a fine partnership of 158 runs for the sixth wicket between McCullum (114 not out) and Watling (52 not out).

    “We have to give credit to their batsmen. The way they batted was really good. Brendon batted well and that partnership was very crucial for them. We tried our best but they were the winners in that last session. Like I said earlier, if we can get a couple early wickets then we can go through the tail-enders,” he said.

    “The pitch is getting better day by day. Our bowlers did a very good job and bowled in the right areas. They didn’t allow them to score many runs, which is a good sign for us. Overall looking at the wicket, they bowled really well,” Pujara added.

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  • 'We must make sure the culture of Test cricket sta Article

    Jacques Kallis on the health of Test cricket, the allrounder's art, what South Africa's Under-19s must do now that they've tasted success and how he plans to stay whetted for one-day cricket, in a free-flowing Q&A session at Newlands

    South Africa allrounder Jacques Kallis fielded questions as part of the Newlands 10th annual New Year's address on Sunday. He began by explaining how it felt to become an international cricketer:

    I grew up not wanting to play for South Africa because we didn't have international cricket at that stage. I wanted to play provincial cricket and that was what I was working towards. To suddenly be exposed to international sport, your goals change. It was a major changing point in my life. It afforded me the opportunity to see places, meet people, explore other things.

    Have you ever had a regret about retiring from Test cricket first, and have you missed it?
    All good things do come to an end. The moment I had begun to lose a little bit of passion or I got a little bit tired, I'd have called it quits. Ideally, I would have liked to finish it at Newlands but everything happens for a reason. I have not missed it yet. I am still involved in the side quite a lot. I have been involved with the guys. We went on the camp before this series, in the bush. I still feel a part of it. Surprisingly, I have watched a little bit more cricket now than I did in my playing days. Life is a lot easier on the couch.

    Everyone has a favorite ground, what is it about Newlands that is so special to you?
    What better ground is there in the world? You've got the mountain, you've got beautiful weather, you've got great facilities. I grew up wanting to play at Newlands, bunking a few classes to come and watch matches. It's a magnificent place to play cricket. The crowds are always fantastic. They are always behind the guys. The memories play such a big role here.

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    After making his 100th hundred, Sachin tendulkar spoke about the wait, his family, the physical exertion, and a few special hundreds.

    A day after scripting 100 international centuries, sachin Tendulkar may have been lonely at the top with the next best being Ricky Ponting's 71 but there was no way he could avoid the flurry visitors on a busy saturday in Dhaka at the Pan Pacific Hotel.

    The brother's touch: "The family tried to make my life as normal as possible and discussed things outside cricket. I talk a lot on cricket with my brother(Ajit). He guided me throughout and this is something I want to dedicate to him. We have lived our dream toghether. whenever I went into bat I knew that mentally he was there".

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