Jun 132013
 
Cricket History On This Day - 13th June - Cricket World TV

Our look back at cricket history made on this day, 13th June, from international cricketers who were born today to those scoring centuries and taking five-wicket hauls.

Included in today’s look into the archives are cricketers such as Gordon Greenidge, Herschelle Gibbs and Muttiah Muralitharan.

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Mar 022013
 
Cricket On This Day - 2nd March - Cricket World TV

A cricket video for Cricket World TV about cricket news today in cricket history and a look back at cricket history being made on this day, from international cricketers born on this day to those scoring centuries and taking five-wicket hauls.

Included in today’s show are cricketers such Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss.

Cricket World is the website to visit for the latest breaking sports news from all around the world of cricket including Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s and major tournaments such as the World Cup 2011 and the Indian Premier League. Also offering free live scores, live streaming, betting, photos and cricket videos, cricket tv and scorecards.

Cricket World has covered all the main events in world cricket including World Cup finals, milestones achieved by the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, the spot fixing trial, the Ashes as well as producing videos about cricket at all levels.

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Feb 282013
 
Top Five Cricketers for any All-time World XI

A look at five players from the rich treasure trove of nearly 135 years of test cricket who would walk into any All-Time XI list

The great game has had players of all shades and colors, and greatness defined in various hues. Some, like Bradman and Murali have unbelievable stats which brook no further argument. Others like Tendulkar or Walsh astound as much with their longevity as with high peaks they have scaled. Some were born to lead like Imran (who led from front with immense talent) or Brearley (whose leadership skills overshadowed modest talent). One Richards(Viv) pummelled you to submission like a heavyweight boxer, the other Richards(Barry) cut you open with surgical precision and timing. Then there are men like Kallis or Botham who could do anything on the cricket field. It can neither be easy nor fair exercise to pick just five names who transcend all such boundaries of statistics, national loyalty, skills and match-winning ability. A modest attempt at outlining five cricketers who deserve their spot in any World XI in the history of cricket, ever!

  1. Sir Donald Bradman (AUS)6996 runs @ 99.94, 29 centuries – Statistically speaking, the Don is so far ahead of the pack that ‘Bradman-esque’ is usually thought of as an unfair comparison. He took an unconventional, but effective technique and fused it with immense ambition to produce results that transcended the boundaries of the game. Even as the blatantly ruthless ‘Bodyline’ was devised purely to hinder him, he averaged 56, a mark only twelve men have bettered in their entire cricketing career. You can argue about pitch, quality of bowlers, conditions and host of other factors but this is sheer awesomeness! The first name on any World XI team-sheet. No debate!
  2. Sir Garfied Sobers (WI)8035 runs @ 57.78, 235 wickets @ 34.03 – The Alpha-male of cricket, enough said! For twenty years, Garry Sobers did what schoolboys dream of. His batting average is well clear of some of the modern day batting ‘greats’ like Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Kallis and Sangakkara, despite an uncompromisingly attacking playing style which was much more Sehwag or Gilchrist. His record of highest individual test score stood for 35 years. He could open the bowling with his fast-medium, wreck the middle order with his wrist spin or even left-arm orthodox. And then there was the fielder! Equally brilliant whether defining sharp reflexes at gully, short leg, covering ground with feline grace in cover or point, or rocketing throws from deep he could do it all, and boss it. The first man to hit six sixes in an over at top level cricket, so brilliant was his 254 against the Australia playing for Rest of the World that Bradman crowned it the ‘best innings ever played in Australia’. 
  3. Adam Gilchrist (AUS)5570 runs @47.60, 416 dismissals (2.178/match) – There are keeper-batsmen, and then was Gilchrist. He came into a powerful Australian side with the legacy of Marsh and Healy weighing heavy in popular memory. His response was steamroll allcomers with a test match batting strike-rate of 82, at various points holding the record for most sixes hit in test cricket, most dismissals by a keeper (his dismissals/ match ratio is still the highest in the history!) and becoming the most dreaded number seven in the history of the game. Despite a sensational ODI century in World Cup final (2007) it was his test batting average coupled with his keeping credentials which heralded an era where wicketkeepers were expected to perform on either side of the stumps. His presence turned Australia into an overpowering outfit which twice racked up sixteen consecutive test victories. Forever the selfless deputy, when chances came he captained Australia with distinction too, winning them the ‘Final Frontier’ which Waugh, Taylor and Ponting could not conquer. Most of all he played it ‘fair’, always willing to ‘walk’ whether it was a club match or a World cup semifinal.
  4. Wasim Akram (PAK)2898 runs @ 22.64, 414 wickets @ 23.62 – Akram’s cricketing achievements read like a comic strip superhero tale. If cricket had a God, Akram would undoubtedly be his left arm. The ball could be red or white, Kookaburra or SG; the pitch could be a seaming Headingley or parched Faisalabad; a windy overcast morning in Wellington or a sunny afternoon in Kingston, Akram would always have a script for the occasion. Master of swing (conventional or reverse), seam, cut, yorker, bouncer and all these at high pace – no bowler quite made it sing like him. He created angles, late movement and expanded the possibilities of what a cricket ball could do. Only Malcolm Marshall among the right-armers would come close to his . His career reads like a highlights package: two match-turning yorkers in a World Cup final, four international hattricks, four wickets in five balls once, first man to breach 500 ODI wickets, playing elite cricket with diabetes … and then he could belt it with the bat like every ball deserved to land beyond the ropes. A magician!
  5. Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) – 800 wickets @ 22.72 – To understand the genius of Murali, is to understand his infinite ability to carry the burden. As if being the sole representative of ethnic minority of Tamils in Sri Lankan team, their chief strike bowler home and away and perennially answering doubts over legitimacy of his action wasn’t enough there was also a shoulder which rotated at a speed matching most fast bowlers at the time of delivery. His greatness lay in managing to shoulder all of those manfully, with poise and cheer. He allowed his detractors to let him bowl with his arm in a cast, biomechanic experts to monitor every delivery of his (before deeming everything as legal!), got umpires like Darrell Hair (who once called him for chucking) to gel. Above all, he was a fierce competitor, a master of his craft but forever a student of the game; his wide-eyed glee and impish enthusiasm never far from the surface. Sitting atop the list of career tally of wickets in both Tests and ODIs, astonishing 67 five wicket hauls in tests (30 more than the next best, Warne) and turning a ‘minnow’ into a powerhouse are just few things he did. Rahul Dravid once spoke of him, sitting in a Dubai hotel with glass floors ‘he can spin it on this .. and he can spin it on the deserts outside!

Jan 312013
 
Cricket On This Day - 31st January - Cricket World TV

A cricket video for Cricket World TV about cricket news today in cricket history and a look back at cricket history being made on this day, from international cricketers born on this day to those scoring centuries and taking five-wicket hauls.

Included in today’s show are cricketers such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Sachin Tendulkar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Nafees Iqbal.

Cricket World is the website to visit for the latest breaking sports news from all around the world of cricket including Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s and major tournaments such as the World Cup 2011 and the Indian Premier League. Also offering free live scores, live streaming, betting, photos and cricket videos, cricket tv and scorecards.

Cricket World has covered all the main events in world cricket including World Cup finals, milestones achieved by the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, the spot fixing trial, the Ashes as well as producing videos about cricket at all levels.

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Jan 222013
 
Warne's star burns less brightly, and he knows it

Shane Warne’s rapid descent from buoyant to embittered over the past six weeks began in the match that was supposed to further the claims he made on the eve of the Big Bash League that the only thing preventing him from again excelling for Australia in tests was his contented family life.

It was not just an unprecedentedly expensive bowling stint in the season-opening Melbourne derby for the Stars against the Renegades – 0-41 from two overs – that was cause for alarm but also the embarrassingly easy catch he dropped off Faf du Plessis in the same match.

Each in isolation was hard to fathom based on his mighty on-field reputation, yet together they were a sign a 43-year-old Warne succeeding was not guaranteed.

Given Warne’s pre-Big Bash declaration he was ”jumping out of my skin to have a bowl”, the prickly manner with which he finished the tournament, in regard to the Stars’ semi-final exit and a string of disciplinary charges, seemed symptomatic of a champion player struggling to accept, while under the public glare he has relished for almost 20 years, that he is no longer capable of doing what he used to do so effortlessly.

Warne has already been pilloried sufficiently for his rabid baiting of opponent Marlon Samuels and, less seriously, for devising a captaincy rort in the Stars’ semi-final away to Perth that, unbeknown to him, had already been outlawed.

For all the condemnation over those incidents, particularly the former, defenders retort he was never a cleanskin, even during his peak, so should not be expected to fulfil that role now.

Season one of Warne’s comeback to the Big Bash was not a success in terms of wickets – he claimed seven in eight matches – but he was the Stars’ most economical bowler with 6.74 runs an over, a sign of his impressive accuracy and also that batsmen were cowed by his reputation.

The key difference between season one and season two was how little, in comparison, Warne was willing to trust himself.

When Cameron White was in charge, in season one, the leg-spinner bowled his full allocation in all but one match. This season, he bowled his full four-over allocation in only three of seven matches.

While Warne was accused of lacking mettle for not bowling himself at all in the Stars’ semi-final loss away to Perth it was actually justifiable for him to have preferred the seamers, given the greasy conditions and the way Perth’s spinners were flayed beforehand. In the other three matches, however, there were no comparable explanations.

In the 20 overs Warne bowled for the Big Bash, from which he claimed four wickets at an average of 39.75 and conceded 7.95 runs an over, he was struck for four, on average, once every 2½ overs and for six just under every 3½ overs.

By comparison, Warne’s long-time spin rival Muttiah Muralitharan boasted not only better overall results from his 32 overs – 11 wickets at 17.36 while conceding 5.97 runs an over – but also about half the boundaries, with a four every 4½ overs and a six once every eight overs.

Muralitharan also bowled his full four-over allocation in every match. Like Warne a year earlier, Muralitharan’s great record was due not just to his good bowling but because batsmen still feared him.

It would be wrong to say Warne was inept during the Big Bash because, with the exception of his fielding, he wasn’t. He suffered few yips with the ball and was still adept at landing his leg-spinners.

But the fear-factor among his opponents was not there. All the evidence suggested that while Warne remains a handy leg-spinner, he is no longer a champion leg-spinner.

Warne’s hard-earned reputation from his international career is intact. He could conceivably return next season and still do a solid job for the Stars, and be paid handsomely for it. The long-time star of the show would just have to brace for demotion to supporting actor.

– The Age

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