This is certainly about the best team possible. I may have liked Amar Singh in place of Srinath not because he was from my time or that I had seen him. It probably has to do with what Len Hutton and Wally Hammond, two the greatest batsmen of all time had to say of him after having faced him in England and India. Even if it was probably the form to heap praise on their opponents in those days,Sir Leonard, a bred in purple Yorkshireman and Walter Hammond often considered as England's own Bradman, it seems an honest tribute that they paid to Ladhabhai Amar Singh in his prime. The Kathiawari just cannot be ignored.He was probably India's Kieth Miller or MIke Procter. Unfortunate that we are so influenced by the present and our success. Dhoni is very very good I know and his luck and talent have contributed in no small measure to India's present pre-eminence. But if we are to be objective Kirmani was simply the best wicket keeping all rounder we have had.
Dhoni???!!!! What rubbish!! This proves that Kirmani is seriously underrated- even by the experts. Besides, he kept(better than Dhoni ever will) to Prasana, Kapil, Chandrashekar( which would have been similar to keeping for kumble) and Bedi(again similar to Mankad). He would have been a far better choice.
In 2012 Tendulkar became a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper chamber of the Indian parliament—the first active athlete to join that body. In 2014 he became the first sportsman to receive India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.
Except Sharda Ugra, rest of the jury members all got it wrong proving they are no different than the original bunch of jokers.How can any one with good cricketing common sense not pick Laxman. Laxman's average is comparable to the best if his stats as opener are taken away. Moreover the value and stability that Laxman provides to the Indian Middle order can never be measured by stats alone. It is only since Laxman returned to the middle order from being a reluctant opener that India started winning test matches consistently both at home&away and importantly not loosing as many as before. He has been the best crisis man for team India. Most people seem to only remember his magical 281 but he has made innumerable contributions on several occasions to be the difference between a win/draw versus loosing a test match. I would also pick Zaheer Khan as 12th man,he would replace Prasanna/Kumble on pitches conducive to seam bowling both home&away. My captain would be Gavaskar & keeper Kirmani. https://youtu.be/0IaGlAad8c0 Close We've noticed that you are using an ad blocker. Advertising helps fund our journalism and keep it truly independent. It helps to build our international editorial team, from war correspondents to investigative reporters, commentators to critics. Click here to view instructions on how to disable your ad blocker, and help us to keep providing you with free-thinking journalism - for free. Thank you for your support. How to disable your ad blocker for independent.co.uk Adblock / Adblock Plus Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar. On Adblock click "Don't run on pages on this domain". On Adblock Plus click "Enabled on this site" to disable ad blocking for the current website you are on. If you are in Firefox click "disable on independent.co.uk". Firefox Tracking Protection If you are Private Browsing in Firefox, "Tracking Protection" may cause the adblock notice to show. It can be temporarily disabled by clicking the "shield" icon in the address bar. Ghostery Click the Ghostery icon. In versions before 6.0 click "whitelist site". In version 6.0 click "trust site" or add independent.co.uk to your Trusted Site list. In versions before 6.0 you will see the message "Site is whitelisted". Click "reload the page to see your changes". uBlock Click the uBlock icon. Then click the big power button to whitelist the current web site, and its state will be remembered next time you visit the web site. Then reload the page. Close Thank you for supporting independent.co.uk Continue to our site
This is absolutely absurd. Well no the whole team but, the middle order seems to me a bit out of whack. Specifically the inclusion of Vijay Hazare and Vinoo Mankad over the likes of Azhar and Vangsarkar or Vishwanath. For anyone tgo tell me, at least those who saw Vishy and Azhar play, for anyone to tell me that Vijay Hazare and Mankad were better than those two in any category on any surface against any opossition is absolutely absurd. And did I freaking miss something, no Tendulkar???? Are you guys out of your mind?????
An Indian cricketer has become the first man in the world to score 300 runs in a Twenty20 match. 21-year-old Mohit Ahlawat hit a triple-century for Maavi XI off just 72 balls in a Friends Premier League match against Friends XI at Delhi’s Lalita Park. While the match has no official status, Mohit’s innings is still believed to be the first time any batsman has recorded 300 runs in a T20 match. The match scorecard revealed Mohit hit an astonishing 39 sixes and 14 fours, meaning he ran just 10 of his 300 not-out, which helped Maavi XI post a score of 416-2 from their 20 overs – also thought to be a world record. In reply, Friends XI scored a respectable 200, though fell short of their target by a hefty 216 runs. Read more The paradox of T20 cricket must be addressed - it's time for change Mohit’s record-breaking innings soared past the professional record for a highest T20 score, which belongs to West Indies batsman Chris Gayle after he scored 175 runs off 66 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Australia’s Aaron Finch holds the international record with his 156 off 63 balls against England. Sri Lankan Dhanuka Pathirana held the previous best T20 score in the world, having hit 277 off 72 balls in a local Lancashire T20 league match in 2007. Despite his innings being laden with boundaries – a 74% boundary rate on balls faced – Mohit revealed afterwards that he still tried to build an innings in order to avoid being undone by the new ball. Innings by numbers 300 - runs scored 39 - sixes scored 14 - fours scored 10 - runs actually ran 10 - dot balls “The attack was good but after seeing off the new ball, I decided to just bat aggressively and was really timing the ball well,” he told ABP Live. Not content with 250 off 18 overs, Mohit set his sights on a triple-century, and blundered 50 off the final two overs which included 34 off the last six balls. “I saw the scoreboard, and I was nearing my 200 with five overs to go, so I decided to go for the kill,” Mohit added. “I reached 250 with just two overs to go, I told my partner, ‘let me try if I can make 300’, and I got 30 off the last over.” Scorecard of Delhi's Mohit Ahlawat's 300 runs in a T20 match. @mohanstatsman pic.twitter.com/RM2AbldY4S — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) February 7, 2017 Despite not being a registered professional cricketer, Mohit has not stopped that from throwing his name into the hat for the upcoming Indian Premier League. “Yes, I have put my name in IPL auction but I am not sure if this knock will help make people notice me.” More about: Cricket India cricket T20 Reuse content Comments
Chetan Chauhan’s top-scoring, second innings 85 came after India batted 182 runs in arrears in the first innings. He and Gavaskar had a 165 run partnership, till Gavaskar was wrongly given out to Lillee – which resulted in a famous brain freeze by the great opener. He almost dragged Chauhan back into the pavilion, but cooler heads prevailed. An inspired Indian team batted well thereafter to set Australia 143 to win. But on a wearing pitch, Australia collapsed for 83 and India levelled the series 1-1. The first time India levelled a series in Australia, and since then, 34 years on, India has only managed that once more.
That six of the XI made their debuts after November 1989, when Tendulkar first announced himself to the world, is a tribute to the Mumbai man's impact. Golden Ages must have their iconic figure and Tendulkar is clearly the one here, both for what he has accomplished himself and for his qualities that inspired the others.
“I saw the scoreboard, and I was nearing my 200 with five overs to go, so I decided to go for the kill,” Mohit added. “I reached 250 with just two overs to go, I told my partner, ‘let me try if I can make 300’, and I got 30 off the last over.”
3) Sunil Gavaskar (Batting average 51.12) The most consistent Indian batsman ever also predictably has the highest New Ball Impact – he was one of the most accomplished opening batsmen in history. Despite some landmark successes, the Indian team’s mindset was much more defensive in his time, thus reducing the potential for SDs relative to the Indian teams of the 2000s. Moreover, two of Gavaskar’s greatest innings (221 vs England, and 96 vs Pakistan – his last Test innings) narrowly missed being SD performances by 9 and 16 runs respectively; if they had even been scored by his colleagues, it would have given him an impact neck-to-neck with Tendulkar’s. Gavaskar gave Indian cricket a spine in the 1970s and was their highest impact batsman right through his career. Most interestingly, he was India’s highest impact batsman ever till early-2002, when Dravid overtook him (and then increased the gap dramatically). Despite Tendulkar’s stunning individual performances in the mid-late-1990s, he never overtook Gavaskar, till his own high impact phase between 2008 and 2011. It is one of the most interesting aspects of Indian cricket when you look at impact in a team context.
Jadeja’s stunning performance, which included 7-48 in the second innings as India won by an innings and 75 runs, catapulted him over four players in the rankings to sit just eight ranking points shy of Aswhin, who remains the world’s No.1 Test bowler.
what a joke? This 11 is based on international record or domestic first class record? Laxman, Zaheer and harbhajan should be in the team instead of hazare, Mankad, and Prasanna. Look their international record and how many game they won forIindia. https://www.cricketwatchdogs.com He was not a stylist in the Ranji form, and was frequently overshadowed by his illustrious team-mates Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond - but there was no denying the effectiveness of his method. He could guts it out with the best of them if conditions dictated and they frequently did against the likes of Grimmett and O'Reilly - two of the best spinners in cricket history. He did not have the classic Hammond cover drive but rather the jab past point, but really came into his own on difficult wickets.
VVS Laxman is in fairly good form of late. Batting lower down the order, the right-hander invariably comes up with match-saving, or match-winning, innings. He is rightly referred to as the 'Very Very Special' player.
@cricinfans: You r wrong. Bowling means not always super fast bowling. Having three specialist, unique and match winning spinners will never make a team worst. This India XI bowling is very competitive, with very strong spin dept. and fair medium fast bowling. https://www.cricketwatchdogs.com/2017/06/15/pakistan-beat-england-now-battle-cricket-matches-india-vs-pakistan/ Share Written by Liam Sanders, PhD Researcher, Loughborough University December 20, 2016 Quartz india With a victory over England in the fourth Test match by an innings and 36 runs, India’s cricket team has secured its fifth consecutive Test series win and have now gone over four years without losing a test match on home soil—a run of 18 matches. Throughout this period we witnessed the meteoric rise of Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s prize Test match finger spin bowler. Ashwin, now the no.1 ranked bowler in world cricket has amassed 15 five-wicket hauls in Tests, the highest for any bowler in two successive calendar years. In September, he became the second-fastest bowler to claim 200 Test wickets in his career. Statistics aside, success on the world stage is not a matter of chance, quite the contrary. Ashwin’s journey is a culmination of his technical refinement, innovation, and the teammates who bowl alongside him. Refining the technique While there are many facets that contribute to a successful spin bowler, imparting a high number of revolutions on the ball is seen as critical and the main cause for both the ball’s “drift” in the air and deviation off the pitch. Coupled with the ability to pitch the delivery in advantageous areas, elite finger spin bowlers such as Ashwin play an integral role in the success of teams competing in the international game. A forthcoming study on the biomechanics of elite finger spin bowling, led by myself and my colleague, Mark King, at Loughborough University in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board, profiled 30 elite male finger spin bowlers over a four-year period (including the English spinners Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar and James Tredwell). Our team of researchers explored the technical factors within a bowling action that influence the rate at which a ball spins. Highly advanced motions of the pelvis are paramount to producing high spin rates to the ball. The team observed very strong positive relationships between the orientation of the bowler’s pelvis and the rate at which the ball spins during flight, particularly at the instance of front foot contact and ball release. These findings created a compelling argument that highly advanced motions of the pelvis are paramount to producing high spin rates to the ball and therefore that spin bowling should not be solely thought of as an upper arm skill. The movement during the ball’s flight is due to its “lift” or Magnus force, which affects the way a ball reacts during motion. This movement occurs because on the side of the ball which is advancing due to the spin motion the air flow is slowed down, creating a high-pressure region. On the other, receding side, it creates a low-pressure region. The difference in pressure causes a “lateral” force perpendicular to the ground and a lateral movement of the ball during flight. This is known as drift. The force of the lift will vary in direction and magnitude and depends on the amount of spin and the axis along which the ball is spinning. In addition, cricket balls have a seam, and spinners commonly apply spin along the line of this seam to help their grip on the ball. This means the spin axis is commonly kept perpendicular to the direction of the seam, promoting a stable seam position and the possibility of the ball deviating off the seam the moment it hits the pitch. When the ball meets the pitch surface, particularly in India (due to drier pitches creating high friction between the ground and the ball), this commonly creates large lateral deviation and a heightened challenge to the opposing batsman. In 2016, Ashwin’s front foot is now directed toward the opposing batsman with an optimal pelvis orientation at ball release. (AP/Altaf Qadri)Coming back to Ashwin, since 2012 he has noticeably made a number of key technical changes to his bowling action to improve alignment and promote a transfer of momentum throughout his delivery stride. In 2016, he now bowls with a slightly open pelvis orientation when his front foot hits the ground. This differs to the strictly side-on, or at times closed-off pelvis orientation that he used when releasing the ball back in 2012. He now has the ability to rotate his pelvis effectively and efficiently, promoting the transfer of kinetic energy from the pelvis to the hand as he releases the ball, and so injecting greater spin onto the ball. Partnerships and pace Humility is a strong virtue in any individual. With this in mind, Ashwin’s rise to stardom has to be partly credited to his orthodox left-arm spin partner, Ravindra Jadeja. Between November 2015 and the end of the fourth Test against England in mid-December 2016, India’s star duo had accumulated the most wickets in Test cricket—an incredible 124. The pair is unrelentingly accurate, with Jadeja mounting great pressure, bowling 53 maidens (an over, or six consecutive deliveries where no run is scored) in the current series against England alone. The speed at which the ball is released also plays a significant role in the success of an elite spin bowler. When a new, competent batsman enters the crease, they use the idiosyncratic cues provided by the bowler, such as the release velocity, height, and angle of preceding deliveries. This forms a mental template of the ball’s trajectory—essentially an attempt to predict the trajectories of the deliveries to follow. Here, Ashwin’s subtle variation of the speed and the axis around which he spins the ball comes into play. He commonly delivers his stock ball with an initial release speed around 54mph. Variations of pace close to this speed may exploit a batsman’s mental template and take advantage of the batsman’s subtle “blindness” to length and speed. This can create a fatal weakness in judgement, particularly for any new batsman at the crease. The new batsman’s ability to tell what speed and trajectory the ball will arrive is now sub-optimal, meaning vital mistakes are made in deciding whether to come forward or back when playing the ball. This can result in a quick return to the dressing room. Innovation Ashwin can also be considered as one of the modern game’s great innovators through his use of a unique delivery known as the “carrom” or “sodukku ball,” meaning “snapping of fingers” in the Tamil language. When delivering the carrom ball, Ashwin spins the ball using half as many revolutions as he would with one of his regular deliveries. The ball is released out of the front of the hand as opposed to the side, using the middle digit to impart spin. As a result, it is very difficult for the opposing batsman to distinguish and therefore a dangerous tool of deception. With this magnitude of spin, the ball’s trajectory is much straighter and results in many wickets as the opposing batsman often plays down the wrong line of trajectory. As a result, Ashwin, who is one of the very few operators of this delivery in the world game, has one of the highest percentages of dismissals for leg before wicket in Test cricket to date. All this has combined to make Ravichandran Ashwin one of the most effective bowlers in today’s modern game. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We welcome your comments at email@example.com. Most Popular Open-minded people have a different visual perception of reality Read full story