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Sehwag Launches Cricuru
Former Indian player Virender Sehwag has launched India’s 1st experimental learning website for cricket – Which is aimed to redefine the cricket coaching experience in the country. Cricuru is going to be an AI-based cricket coaching in the country and it will offer a personalized learning experience for all young cricketers. In the launch, Sehwag said – ” I always Indian cricket to be at the top and I had a vision for all the young and aspiring players to get the international standard of learning in cricket”.
5 Decisions Taken By Sourav Ganguly That Changed Indian Cricket Forever
Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, the name itself evokes a thousand emotions. He was not only India’s most gifted left-hander but also remains one of India’s finest captains. Ganguly took over the captaincy reigns when Indian cricket was at its lowest. The match-fixing scandal had driven fans away from the game. Ganguly not only built the team from scratch but also reinstated the faith in the game. He now heads the BCCI and remains one of the most influential figures in world cricket. Stay with us to know about the 5 Decisions taken by Sourav Ganguly.
This Test match win changed the course of Indian Test cricket forever. India came back into the game from a seemingly hopeless situation. The likes of VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Harbhajan Singh brought India back from the dead. India needed 10 wickets in 2 sessions to win the game. They managed to pick 3 wickets heading into tea on day 5. In a brilliant tactical move, Sourav Ganguly handed over the ball to Sachin Tendulkar asking him to give him a breakthrough. Tendulkar was known as the man with the golden arm. Ganguly had famously told Tendulkar only one over for you mate. Tendulkar prised out the wickets of Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, and Shane Warne in a game-changing spell.
India were trailing 0-1 heading into the 3rd test in the 4 match Test series against England in England. The conditions were tailor-made for English seamers. There was a lot of grass cover on the pitch and the weather was overcast. India had picked two spinners (Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh) on such a track. They had no other option but to bat first and bat big. India luckily managed to put on a mammoth score of 628 in the first innings. They went on to win the game by an innings and 46 runs with the spin twins running riot in the 2nd innings. Ganguly could have taken the defensive option of fielding first. But he took the bull by the horns and chose to bat first. His team responded in stunning style!
India didn’t have an ace allrounder who could fit the role of a wicketkeeper and a batsman before MS Dhoni. This deprived India of a quality batsman in the ODI setup. India always fell 20-30 runs short owing to the lack of a powerful batter. Ganguly asked Rahul Dravid to don the gloves for the sake of the team. He pushed Dravid down the order at number 5. This provided Dravid the cushion of rest when he came to bat. India suddenly could play with 7 frontline batsmen. The move helped India emerge as joint winners in the Champions Trophy (2002). They won the historic Natwest series (2002) and were the runners-up in the 2003 World Cup.
The call to open with Virender Sehwag in Tests is probably the best move made by any Indian skipper in Tests. Sehwag singlehandedly went on to win games for India in the longest format. He bulldozed attacks into submission in a single session. Sehwag went on to notch two triple tons and is the only Indian to have achieved the feat twice. Virender Sehwag was a middle-order batsman all his life. He made his Test debut for India batting in at number 6. Sehwag even went on to score a century batting at that position on debut. But the famed Indian middle-order was occupied by legends. Ganguly on the other hand didn’t want to lose out on a talent like Sehwag. He asked Sehwag to open in the series against England in 2002. The rest as they say is history!
Sourav Ganguly not just built his own team he even laid down the marker for the future. He helped in identifying the core members of the team who could go onto dominate the future. The likes of Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, and Ashish Nehra blossomed under Ganguly. He provided them with the freedom to excel and express themselves. MS Dhoni and Irfan Pathan too made their debuts under Ganguly. Ganguly made the famous call of sending Dhoni in at number 3 against Pakistan at Vizag in an ODI game in 2005. Dhoni hadn’t done anything of note until then hence the move seemed even more brave and gutsy. MS Dhoni went on to score a swashbuckling 148 and there was no looking back ever since.
Indian cricket is surely indebted to Sourav Ganguly and his contributions. He remains an iconic figure not just in Indian cricket but for the world cricket at large.
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IPL: 5 Decisions Taken By IPL Teams That Hurt Fans And Their Emotions
IPL is a highly competitive league. The best of the best fight for the ultimate prize. Teams are often stacked with star players. These players have a huge fan following. Teams need to draw a fine balance when it comes to managing them. IPL teams at times have found themselves at crossroads when it comes to team balance and star players. The decisions they took in the larger interest of the team on occasions have attracted widespread criticism. These decisions in IPL history by franchises drew sharp reactions from the fans. They were left hurting and few fans have even switched loyalties from those teams.
Decisions In IPL History By Franchises. RCB team created a lot of buzz during the 2008 auctions. They had appointed Rahul Dravid as their captain. But they ended up picking a poor T20 team in the first season. RCB bounced back in some style in 2009 to finish as runners-up and qualified for the knockouts in 2010. Dravid played an integral part in RCB’s victories and was a key member of the leadership group. But in a surprising move by the owners, they released Rahul Dravid ahead of the 2011 auctions. The franchise didn’t even attempt to retain Dravid in the auctions and this hurt the fans even more.
KKR had finished 6th under Sourav Ganguly in the first season. The team didn’t inspire any confidence of making the semis. This prompted KKR management and coach, John Buchanan to attempt a multi-captain theory. This theory not just appalled fans but also cricketing experts. They tried roping in McCullum as captain but the team eventually finished at the 8th spot. KKR fans swore to stop backing the franchise if Ganguly wasn’t reinstated as captain the next season. This made KKR bring back Ganguly as their captain in IPL 2010.
Virender Sehwag was the last iconic Delhi player left in the Delhi Daredevils franchise post the axing off Gautam Gambhir in 2011. Sehwag single-handedly shouldered the responsibilities for the Delhi side. He kept scoring over 350 runs in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Sehwag was the only star attraction for the Daredevils back then. Hence releasing him made zero cricketing sense. The fans were distraught with this decision.
MS Dhoni was the obvious choice for captaincy when the Rising Pune Supergiant team acquired him in IPL 2016. But the Pune franchise finished a lowly 7th in the points table under Dhoni. This led to the franchise sacking Dhoni from captaincy ahead of IPL 2017. Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of RPS, was vocal about Dhoni’s omission and heaped praises on incoming captain Steve Smith. This move didn’t sit well with many Dhoni fans and they hated the franchise for this.
SRH struggled to get going in IPL 2021. They had lost 5 out of their first 6 games. SRH kept losing games from winning positions. Their middle-order went from bad to worse. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T. Natarajan missed games owing to injuries. SRH dropped Manish Pandey for his strike rate and replaced him with a rookie like Virat Singh. He looked completely at sea in a place like IPL.
Warner was lost for words after losing the 5th game and he conceded that dropping Pandey was a harsh call from the management. His confession in the press conference admittedly didn’t sit well with SRH top brass and they immediately dropped Warner not just from captaincy but also from the playing XI. It was one of the darkest stories of IPL. The fans could not fathom such a woeful move and sensed a conspiracy. They wanted their icon, David Warner to shift to another franchise next year.
Top 5 Indian Batsmen With Highest Strike Rate In T20I’s
T20 cricket has evolved in its short existence of a decade and a half. Teams have finally understood the importance of consistent ball striking. The importance attached to average has slowly started fading. Teams now realize it is important to optimize every scoring opportunity. Indian cricket has adapted to an all-out aggressive approach in the last few series. The team has risked failure in its penchant to score fast and score big. They are keen to cross the 200 run mark in T20Is’ batting first. The stroke makers and their strike rate become even more important in such cases. Stay with us to know Indian Batsmen With Highest Strike Rate In T20I’s
Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the world to average more than 50 across all 3 formats. But his high average often masks the fact that Kohli is an aggressive run-maker. He gets off the block far quickly in International T20I’s as compared to the IPL. He remains the only player to have won 2 “Man of the Series” awards in T20 World Cups. In fact, he won the award in consecutive world cups (2014 & 2016). Kohli has amassed 3159 runs at a strike rate of 139 averaging 52.6. His batting index (strike rate + average) is an outstanding 191.6.
KL Rahul has been India’s best T20I batsman in the last couple of years. He had a poor series against England that has dented his numbers a bit. But there is no doubt about Rahul’s T20I batting skills. He has smashed 2 centuries and he is someone who gets going right from ball one. Rahul’s T20I career strike rate is 142.2. He averages a fine 39.9. His batting index is a solid 182.1.
Not many remember that Dinesh Karthik was India’s first-ever man of the match award winner in T20I cricket. Karthik’s contribution to Indian T20I cricket is underrated yet immense. He is primarily known for his 8 balls 29 against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy finals. His last ball 6 is one of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket in the last decade. Karthik has played many crucial knocks for India batting lower down the order. His stats are far better than MS Dhoni who featured in almost all T20I’s since 2007-17 the same period where Karthik got an odd game here or there. Karthik’s strike rate is a fine 143.53. For someone who walks in at number 5 or 6, he averages a wonderful 33.25. His batting index is a fantastic 176.78.
There can’t be a list without Virender Sehwag when it comes to batsmen having high strike rates. Sehwag was someone who played at the same rate in all 3 formats of the game. A strike rate of 82.2 in Tests, 104.3 in ODI’s, 145.40 in T20I’s signify the same. Sehwag blasted the bowling right from the word go. He didn’t let the opposition settle and that was his biggest strength. He averaged a lowly 21.9 but his impact was insane. Sehwag’s batting index is 167.5.
Hardik Pandya is India’s number 1 ball-striker in the shortest format. He strikes in at 147.66. Pandya is 2 points clear of Sehwag and that tells a story in itself. Hardik is a team man who plays according to the situation of the game. He doesn’t mind losing his wicket in the quest of scoring quick runs. Pandya is a fearful striker whose presence is vital for India in the upcoming T20I World Cup. Hardik averages (19.75) the lowest among these 5 players. His batting index (167.41) closely mirrors that of Sehwag.
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Happy Birthday Virender Sehwag
One of the all-time legendary opening batsman Virender Sehwag has turned 42. He has too many records on his name, starting from smashing 300 runs in test to scoring a double century in ODI. He has always been the backbone of the Indian cricket team and always been known for his aggressive approach at the top of the order. He has represented Delhi Daredevils in IPL and has captained his side for a couple of seasons. One of his greatest achievements was a 278-ball 319-run knock against South Africa in 2008, which is also the fastest triple ton scored in Test cricket.