Category: Champions Trophy

Anil Kumble says ‘untenable’ relationship with Virat Kohli led to his resignation

Anil Kumble’s decision to quit as the Indian cricket team coach came in the wake of reports claiming rifts between him and skipper Virat Kohli.

Outgoing Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble said on Tuesday that he decided to quit the post after realising that his partnership with skipper Virat Kohli was ‘untenable’.

Kumble tweeted a strong letter explaining his decision to step down, soon after the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced that the former India skipper had decided not to seek re-appointment.

Explaining his decision, Kumble said he was honoured when the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman asked him to continue in the job.

Kumble also said that he was informed for the first time only on Monday that skipper Virat Kohli had ‘reservations’ about his style of functioning as coach.

“Post this intimation, I was informed for the first time yesterday (Monday) by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as head coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstanding between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on.”

In a stinging message to Virat Kohli, Kumble added: “Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table. These need to be valued for the partnership to be effective. I see the Coach’s role akin to ‘holding a mirror’ to drive self-improvement in the team’s interest.

“In light of these ‘reservations’, I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”

Article courtesy – The Hindustan Times

Anil Kumble Steps Down As Team India Coach – ndtv

The former India leg-spinner is reportedly not interested in extending his contract which ended on Tuesday.

Anil Kumble has stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team. This comes after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to not renew his one-year contract and invited fresh applications for the post. Kumble’s contract as the head coach of the Indian team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and it is understood that he was not interested in an extension.

Sources told NDTV that skipper Virat Kohli was “not ready to budge”, from his position on Kumble and that “coach-captain relationship was ‘irreparable’.”

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the head coach for the senior India men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach,” a release from the Indian Board said.

“We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No.1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour,” the release quoted Amitabh Choudhary, the acting secretary, as saying.

In the interim, the BCCI has deputed MV Sridhar to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour. Sanjay Bangar (batting coach) and R Sridhar (fielding coach) will continue their assignments and assist the cricket team.

The situation had snowballed just prior to the ICC Champion Trophy with the BCCI issuing a press release, asking for applications for the post of head coach for the Indian men’s cricket team.

Among those who applied were Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput. A three-member BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will conduct the interviews for the job.

On the sidelines of the Champions Trophy in the UK, the CAC held meetings with Kumble as well as Kohli to sort out the differences between the duo.

It was being widely perceived in the BCCI that in the meeting between Kohli and CAC, the skipper had made it clear that his relationship with the coach had reached a dead end. It was only the CAC which had picked Kumble as the coach last year.

Kumble didn’t accompany the team to the West Indies for the upcoming limited-overs series starting June 23. He cited his commitment to an ICC meeting in London as the official reason.

Kumble, who was appointed as the head coach last year, has had a good run. Under his guidance, India won 10 out of the 13 home Tests with two draws and a single defeat. India also won a Test series comprehensively in the West Indies.

Under Kumble, India also won the ODI series against New Zealand and the limited-overs series against England.

Kumble steps down as India coach – “The differences seem irreparable,” acccoding to a Board Official – Kohli was not ready to take a step back.

Though Anil Kumble’s tenure ran out at the end of the Champions Trophy, he was expected to be with the team on their tour to the West Indies

Anil Kumble has stepped down as India coach, four days before the limited-overs tour of the Caribbean begins.

The decision comes less than a month after it emerged that players, including captain Virat Kohli, had told BCCI officials that they were uncomfortable with the “intimidating” style of Kumble’s man management. As a result, despite India’s success in Kumble’s year in charge, the board advertised for fresh interviews for the head-coach’s position instead of extending his contract.

It is understood that, on Monday, before Kohli departed for the Caribbean, he met the BCCI’s top brass along with Kumble in London. The meeting was attended by BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary, board chief executive officer Rahul Johri and MV Sridhar, general manager of cricket operations. The meeting was necessitated after the three-member cricket advisory committee (CAC), charged with finalising who will be coach, informed the BCCI that it had failed to resolve the impasse between Kohli and Kumble.

The BCCI had received six applications including that of Kumble for the fresh interview process. But, considering it was the CAC – comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman – that had recommended and shortlisted Kumble as the final choice last year, it still felt he remained the first choice for the head-coach position going forward. However, given the current relations, it is understood that the CAC did not meet Kumble at all after it was asked by the BCCI to make the final choice. “The differences seem irreparable,” a board official, who is privy to the discussions, said. He said that Kohli was not ready to take a step back.

Once the CAC realised the relationship was beyond repair, it asked the BCCI to take the negotiations process forward. “It was not a pleasant meeting,” the board official, who has knowledge of Monday’s meeting, said. According to this official Kohli remained “adamant” about his stand, which might have helped Kumble make up his mind.

“The CAC is likely to have told BCCI that the differences were not cricketing related but more of a personal nature,” the official said. “If he were to stick on, it would be very awkward on Anil’s part. It is not good to handle someone as big as Anil in this manner.”

Kumble’s one-year contract officially ran out at the end of the Champions Trophy – India played the final on Sunday – but it was understood that he would remain India’s coach for the West Indies tour while the CAC finalised who would be in charge going forward. While the India squad left for the Caribbean early on Monday morning, Kumble stayed back in London. As chairman of the ICC’s cricket committee, he is attending the chief executives committee meeting in London.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo – Article courtesy – espncricinfo.com

Pakistan wins Champions Trophy 2017 convincingly – beat India by 180 runs

Final – India vs Pakistan – at The Oval – on 18 Jun 17 – Pakistan won by 180 runs

 

India won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game to provide the 63rd occasion of a team doing so in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the ninth occasion of India doing so in the tournament.

 

India won the toss and inserted the opposition in this game to provide the fourth occasion of a team doing so against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the second occasion of India doing so against Pakistan in the tournament.

 

Pakistan posted a total of 338 for 4 in this game to provide the eleventh occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs after being inserted by the opposition in the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date Result
1 India 307/08 50.0 1 v Australia Dhaka 28 Oct 1998 Won
2 New Zealand 347/04 50.0 1 v U.S.A. The Oval 10 Sep 2004 Won
3 Sri Lanka 302/08 50.0 1 v Bangladesh Mohali 07 Oct 2006 Won
4 Sri Lanka 319/08 50.0 1 v South Africa Centurion 22 Sep 2009 Won
5 New Zealand 315/07 50.0 1 v Sri Lanka Johannesburg 27 Sep 2009 Won
6 India 331/07 50.0 1 v South Africa Cardiff 06 Jun 2013 Won
7 Bangladesh 305/06 50.0 1 v England The Oval 01 Jun 2017 Lost
8 India 319/03 48.0 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017 Won
9 England 310/10 49.3 1 v New Zealand Cardiff 06 Jun 2017 Won
10 India 321/06 50.0 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017 Lost
11 Pakistan 338/04 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017 Won

 

Pakistan posted a total of 338 for 4 in this game to provide the fourth occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs after being inserted by the opposition at The Oval in the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date Result
1 New Zealand 347/04 50.0 1 v U.S.A. The Oval 10 Sep 2004 Won
2 Bangladesh 305/06 50.0 1 v England The Oval 01 Jun 2017 Lost
3 India 321/06 50.0 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017 Lost
4 Pakistan 338/04 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017 Won

 

Pakistan posted a total of 338 for 4 in this game to provide the first occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs after being inserted by the opposition in the finals of the Champions Trophy. Thus Pakistan’s total of 338 for 4 represent the highest total by a team in the finals of the tournament after being inserted by the opposition. The previous best was India’s 264 for 6 against New Zealand at Nairobi {Gym} on 15.10.00

 

Pakistan posted a total of 338 for 4 in this game to provide the 18th occasion of a team posting 300 plus runs in an innings in the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed  below

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 India 307/8 50.0 1 v Australia Dhaka 28 Oct 1998
2 South Africa 316/5 50.0 1 v Kenya Colombo (RPS) 20 Sep 2002
3 New Zealand 347/4 50.0 1 v U.S.A. The Oval 10 Sep 2004
4 Sri Lanka 302/8 50.0 1 v Bangladesh Mohali 07 Oct 2006
5 Sri Lanka 319/8 50.0 1 v South Africa Centurion 22 Sep 2009
6 Pakistan 302/9 50.0 1 v India Centurion 26 Sep 2009
7 New Zealand 315/7 50.0 1 v Sri Lanka Johannesburg 27 Sep 2009
8 England 323/8 50.0 1 v South Africa Centurion 27 Sep 2009
9 South Africa 301/9 50.0 2 v England Centurion 27 Sep 2009
10 India 331/7 50.0 1 v South Africa Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
11 South Africa 305 50.0 2 v India Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
12 Bangladesh 305/6 50.0 1 v England The Oval 01 Jun 2017
13 England 308/2 47.2 2 v Bangladesh The Oval 01 Jun 2017
14 India 319/3 48.0 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
15 England 310 49.3 1 v New Zealand Cardiff 06 Jun 2017
16 India 321/6 50.0 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
17 Sri Lanka 322/3 48.4 2 v India The Oval 08 Jun 2017
18 Pakistan 338/4 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Pakistan posted a total of 338 for 4 in this game to provide the first occasion of Pakistan posting 300 plus runs in an innings in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the fourth occasion of a team posting 300 plus  runs against India in the tournament. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Pakistan 302/9 50.0 1 v India Centurion 26 Sep 2009
2 South Africa 305 50.0 2 v India Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
3 Sri Lanka 322/3 48.4 2 v India The Oval 08 Jun 2017
4 Pakistan 338/4 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Pakistan’s total of 338 for 4 in this game represent the highest team total posted against India in the Champions Trophy. The previous best was 322 for 3 at The Oval on 08.06.17

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Pakistan 338/4 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017
2 Sri Lanka 322/3 48.4 2 v India The Oval 08 Jun 2017

 

India holds the record for conceding 300 plus runs in the Champions Trophy on most occasions – four occasions. South Africa has conceded 300 plus runs on three occasions.

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Pakistan 302/9 50.0 1 v India Centurion 26 Sep 2009
2 South Africa 305 50.0 2 v India Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
3 Sri Lanka 322/3 48.4 2 v India The Oval 08 Jun 2017
4 Pakistan 338/4 50.0 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017
               
1 Sri Lanka 319/8 50.0 1 v South Africa Centurion 22 Sep 2009
2 England 323/8 50.0 1 v South Africa Centurion 27 Sep 2009
3 India 331/7 50.0 1 v South Africa Cardiff 06 Jun 2013

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the 50th occasion of a batsman scoring a century in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the fourth occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring a century in the tournament. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Saeed Anwar 105* 2 v Sri Lanka Nairobi (Gym) 08 Oct 2000
2 Saeed Anwar 104 1 v New Zealand Nairobi (Gym) 11 Oct 2000
3 Shoaib Malik 128 1 v India Centurion 26 Sep 2009
4 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the fifth occasion of a batsman scoring a century against India in the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 CL Cairns 102* 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
2 A Flower 145 2 Zim Ind Colombo (RPS) 14 Sep 2002
3 HH Gibbs 116* 2 RSA Ind Colombo (RPS) 25 Sep 2002
4 Shoaib Malik 128 1 Pak Ind Centurion 26 Sep 2009
5 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

It also provides the fourth occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring a century in the tournament. All such occasions are listed below.  Both the occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Shoaib Malik 128 1 Pak Ind Centurion 26 Sep 2009
2 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the 35th occasion of an opening batsman scoring a century in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the third occasion of a Pakistan opening batsman scoring a century in the tournament. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Saeed Anwar 105* 2 v Sri Lanka Nairobi (Gym) 08 Oct 2000
2 Saeed Anwar 104 1 v New Zealand Nairobi (Gym) 11 Oct 2000
3 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 v India The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the second occasion of an opening batsman scoring a century against India in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the third occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring a century against India in the tournament.

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 HH Gibbs 116* 2 RSA Ind Colombo (RPS) 25 Sep 2002
2 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the sixth occasion of a batsman scoring a century in the finals of the Champions Trophy. It also provides the first occasion of a Pakistan batsman scoring a century in the finals of  the tournament. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 PA Wallace 103 1 Win RSA Dhaka 01 Nov 1998
2 SC Ganguly 117 1 Ind NZl Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
3 CL Cairns 102* 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
4 ME Trescothick 104 1 Eng Win The Oval 25 Sep 2004
5 SR Watson 105* 2 Aus NZl Centurion 05 Oct 2009
6 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

It also provides the second occasion of a batsman scoring a century against India in the finals of  the tournament. Both the occasions are listed below

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 CL Cairns 102* 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
2 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 in this game to provide the fifth occasion of an opening batsman scoring a century in the finals of the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed below. It also provides the first occasion of a Pakistan opening batsman scoring century in the finals the tournament. It also provides the first occasion of an opening batsman scoring a century against India in the finals of the tournament

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 PA Wallace 103 1 Win RSA Dhaka 01 Nov 1998
2 SC Ganguly 117 1 Ind NZl Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
3 ME Trescothick 104 1 Eng Win The Oval 25 Sep 2004
4 SR Watson 105* 2 Aus NZl Centurion 05 Oct 2009
5 Fakhar Zaman 114 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

 

Azhar Ali {59} and Fakhar Zaman {114} scored fifties in this game to provide the 14th occasion of both the openers scoring a fifties in an innings in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the second such occasion by Pakistan batsman in the tournament.

 

Azhar Ali {59} and Fakhar Zaman {114} scored fifties in this game to provide the ninth occasion of one of the openers scoring a half century and the other opener scoring a century in an innings in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the first such occasion by Pakistan batsman in the tournament.

 

Azhar Ali {59} and Fakhar Zaman {114} scored fifties in this game to provide the second occasion of one of the openers scoring a half century and the other opener scoring a century in an innings in the Champions Trophy. The other such occasion was witness when Indian openers SC Ganguly {117} and SR Tendulkar {69} scored a century and a half century against New Zealand at Nairobi {Gym} on 15.10.00

 

Interestingly enough – the batsman who made the half century on these two occasions has been dismissed run out. Azhar Ali was dismissed run out for 59 in this game, while SR Tendulkar was dismissed run out for 69 against New Zealand at Nairobi {Gym} on 15.10.00

 

R Ashwin returned with figures of 10.0-0-70-0 in this game to provide the 27th occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs in an innings in the Champions Trophy.  It also provides the third such occasion by an Indian bowler in the tournament. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Player Overs M R W Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Harbhajan Singh 10.0 0 71 1 1 v Pakistan Centurion 26 Sep 2009
2 UT Yadav 10.0 0 75 2 2 v South Africa Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
3 R Ashwin 10.0 0 70 0 1 v Pakistan The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

R Ashwin returned with figures of 10.0-0-70-0 in this game to provide the 23rd occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs in an innings in his full quota of ten overs in the Champions Trophy.  It also provides the sixth occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs without capturing a wicket in the tournament. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Player Overs M R W Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 RG Aga 09.0 0 70 0 1 Ken Ind Southampton 11 Sep 2004
2 JM Anderson 10.0 0 72 0 1 Eng Win Ahmedabad 28 Oct 2006
3 SE Bond 09.0 0 82 0 2 NZl Srl Johannesburg 27 Sep 2009
4 RK Kleinveldt 10.0 0 81 0 1 RSA Ind Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
5 Wahab Riaz 08.4 0 87 0 1 Pak Ind Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
6 R Ashwin 10.0 0 70 0 1 Ind Pak The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

It also provides the third occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs without capturing a wicket in his full quote of ten overs in the tournament. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Player Overs M R W Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 JM Anderson 10.0 0 72 0 1 Eng Win Ahmedabad 28 Oct 2006
2 RK Kleinveldt 10.0 0 81 0 1 RSA Ind Cardiff 06 Jun 2013
3 R Ashwin 10.0 0 70 0 1 Ind Pak The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

R Ashwin returned with figures of 10.0-0-70-0 in this game to provide the very first occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs in an innings in his full quota of ten overs in the finals of the Champions Trophy.  It also provides the first occasion of a bowler conceding 70 plus runs without capturing a wicket in the finals tournament.

 

Azhar Ali {59} and HH Pandya {76} were dismissed run out in this game to provide the 27th and 28th occasion of a batsman dismissed run out after scoring a fifty in the Champions Trophy.

 

Azhar Ali {59} became the first Pakistan batsman to be dismissed run out  after scoring a fifty in the tournament, while HH Pandya’s dismissals of 76 in this game provides the ninth occasion of an Indian batsman dismissed  in  such a manner in the tournament.

 

Azhar Ali’s dismissal run out for 59 in this game provides the seventh occasion of a batsman dismissed run out after scoring a fifty against India in the tournament, while HH Pandya’s dismissal for 76 provides the fifth occasion of a batsman dismissed run out after scoring a fifty against Pakistan in the tournament. It is interesting to note that out of these five occasions, four are Indian batsmen.

 

The following table lists the four batsmen who have been dismissed run out in the finals of the Champions Trophy. SR Tendulkar {69} and HH Pandya {76} are the two Indian batman in the list. Azhar Ali and HH Pandya’s dismissal provides the first occasion of two rival batsmen dismissed run out in the finals of the tournament

 

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 SR Tendulkar 69 1 Ind NZl Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
2 ME Trescothick 104 1 Eng Win The Oval 25 Sep 2004
3 Azhar Ali 59 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017
4 HH Pandya 76 2 Ind Pak The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

The following table lists the three occasions of rival batsmen dismissed run out after scoring a fifty in  the Champions Trophy.

 

No No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 1 MS Dhoni 51 1 Ind Win Ahmedabad 26 Oct 2006
  2 RR Sarwan 53 2 Win Ind Ahmedabad 26 Oct 2006
                 
2 1 CH Gayle 101 1 Win Eng Ahmedabad 28 Oct 2006
  2 IR Bell 50 2 Eng Win Ahmedabad 28 Oct 2006
                 
3 1 Azhar Ali 59 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017
  2 HH Pandya 76 2 Ind Pak The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 128 runs for the first  wicket in this game to provide the 76th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership in the Champions Trophy. It also provides fourth the occasion of Pakistan batsman posting a three figure partnership in the tournament.

 

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 128 runs for the first wicket in this game to provide the 16th occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for the first wicket in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the second occasion of Pakistan batsman posting a three figure partnership for the first wicket in the tournament. The first such occasions was the 118 runs partnership between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman against England at Cardiff on 14.06.17

Thus the 128 runs partnership between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman for the first wicket in this game provides the record partnership for the first wicket by Pakistan batsmen in the tournament.

 

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 128 runs for the first wicket in this game to provide the sixth occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for any wicket in the finals of Champions Trophy. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 SC Ganguly, SR Tendulkar 1 141 1 Ind NZl Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
2 CL Cairns, CZ Harris 6 122 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
3 RP Arnold, M Jayawardene 5 118 1 Srl Ind Colombo (RPS) 30 Sep 2002
4 DR Martyn, SR Watson 3 103* 2 Aus Win Mumbai (BS) 05 Nov 2006
5 SR Watson, CL White 3 128 2 Aus NZl Centurion 05 Oct 2009
6 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 128 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 128 runs for the first wicket in this game to provide the third occasion of batsmen posting a three figure partnership for any wicket against India in the finals of Champions Trophy. All such occasions are tabulated below

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 128 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017
2 CL Cairns, CZ Harris 6 122 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000
3 RP Arnold, M Jayawardene 5 118 1 Srl Ind Colombo (RPS) 30 Sep 2002

 

Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 128 runs for the first wicket in this game to provide the record partnership for any wicket against India in the finals of Champions Trophy. The previous best was the 122 runs partnership for the sixth wicket between CL Cairns and CZ Harris of New Zealand at Nairobi {Gym} on 15.10.00.  Both the occasions are tabulated below

 

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 128 1 Pak Ind The Oval 18 Jun 2017
2 CL Cairns, CZ Harris 6 122 2 NZl Ind Nairobi (Gym) 15 Oct 2000

 

India was dismissed all out for 158 in this game to provide the 73rd occasion of a team dismissed all out in an innings in the Champions Trophy. It also provides the third occasion of India being dismissed all out in the tournament. Interesting all the three occasions are against Pakistan and on all these three occasions India  has lost the game

 

No Team Score Overs RPO Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date
1 India 200 49.5 4.01 1 lost v Pakistan Birmingham 19 Sep 2004
2 India 248 44.5 5.53 2 lost v Pakistan Centurion 26 Sep 2009
3 India 158 30.3 5.18 2 lost v Pakistan The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

India’s 158 in this game represent its lowest total in a completed innings in the tournament. The previous lowest was 200 at Birmingham against England on 19.09.04.

 

India was dismissed all out for 158 in this game to provide the fourth occasion of a team dismissed all out in an innings in the finals of the Champions Trophy. All such occasions are listed below

 

No Team Score Overs Inns Result Opposition Ground Start Date
1 West Indies 245 49.3 1 lost v South Africa Dhaka 01 Nov 1998
2 England 217 49.4 1 lost v West Indies The Oval 25 Sep 2004
3 West Indies 138 30.4 1 lost v Australia Mumbai (BS) 05 Nov 2006
4 India 158 30.3 2 lost v Pakistan The Oval 18 Jun 2017

 

S Dhawan completed 700 runs in the tournament when he was on 20 during the course of his knock of 21 in this game. His run aggregate at the end of this game read 701. He became the third batsman to accomplish the feat. Others are – CH Gayle {791} and DPMD Jayawardene {742}. S Dhawan became the first Indian batsman to aggregate 700 plus runs in the tournament. The previous best was SC Ganguly’s 665.

India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy finals: It will be consistency vs volatility – Who will lift the coveted ICC Champions Trophy cup — Virat Kohli and Safraz Ahmed?

It is nonetheless a battle of attrition, where one needs to hold the nerve till the very end.

India’s remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistan’s legendary volatility when the fierce rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the ICC Champions Trophy, in London on Sunday.

The often tense political relations between the neighbouring nations add colour to the bitter yet intense rivalry, which has nowadays been confined only to global events due to the Indian government’s refusal to allow bilateral contests.

Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. And captain Virat Kohli has already declared that nothing extra is needed to get the same result despite the turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmed’s men since then.

It is nonetheless a battle of attrition, where one needs to hold the nerve till the very end.

The last ball six hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma haunted a generation of Indian fans till Sachin Tendulkar returned the favour during that epic knock at the Centurion.

In between, Ajay Jadeja, Venkatesh Prasad, Hrishikesh Kanitkar or Joginder Sharma have all played their bit roles in winning big matches thereby overcoming the Sharjah Syndrome that affected the Indian teams of mid 80’s and early 90’s.

Whether it’s New Delhi or Islamabad, Karachi or Kolkata, this is one match that fans would hate to see their team lose.

For the 22 players in question, it’s just a game of cricket. But for millions following them, it’s way beyond that and is fuelled more by comments from former stars like Virender Sehwag or Rashid Latif.

There could be unabashed love and unwarranted criticism in equal measures depending on which side one ends up.

Even skipper Virat Kohli would tell one and all that they are “not here to make statements“.

On pure cricketing logic, Pakistan are no match for Virat Kohli’s men, who have some of the best exponents of limited overs cricket.

But just like in life, at times sporting realities defy logic which is exactly the reason why Sarfraz Ahmed’s team can’t be ruled out on a big day.

A lopsided opening round contest, which India won by 124 runs made many feel that Indo—Pak contests are fast losing their sheen due to lack of quality in Pakistani ranks.

An Azhar Ali is no match for Rohit Sharma in ODIs and Ahmed Shahzad doesn’t have the consistency that Shikhar Dhawan has shown. Babar Azam is a new kid on the block while Virat Kohli, with 8000 plus ODI runs, is destined for greatness.

But Pakistan cricket swings like a pendulum, hovering between brilliant and ordinary, making a mockery of any kind of definitive analysis.

And the pace attack of Mohammed Amir, tournament’s leading wicket-taker Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees have the ability to rewrite history.

And this despite a dismal 2-13 record against India in various ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20), which makes the ‘Men In Blue’ firm favourites.

India’s batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Skipper Kohli, with 253 runs, makes it three Indians in top-5.

Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if ‘Law of Averages’ catches up with them.

“I am sure when Kedar and Hardik will put their hand up when situation arises. I don’t think middle order not being tested is something to worry about,” the skipper, who himself has been in sublime form had said earlier.

With two quality pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom have maintained less than five runs per over economy rate on flat decks, India have their bases covered.

Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round prowess and the balance that Hardik and Kedar bring with their multiple skills, make it a complete side.

Defending the Champions Trophy will also be important as the on—field supremacy could also help India regain some lost ground off the field when the ICC Annual Conference starts a day after the final.

In all, a lot to play for.

Article Courtesy – The Hindu

India vs Pakistan Champions Trophy final: India will look to deliver knockout blow

Despite remarkable turnaround, will Pakistan banish the demons of defeats past?

Only two weeks ago, India and Pakistan met in Birmingham, producing the sort of contest that has now become familiar.

India was dominant and thrilling; Pakistan, for all its desire to jettison its ‘20th century’ approach to one-day cricket, was a shambles. And yet a fortnight later the two teams meet again, this time in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Recent vintage – In the interim, India has been the India of recent vintage, crushing South Africa and Bangladesh. Pakistan has simply been the Pakistan of forever: in crisis one moment, inspired the next. After that hiding at Edgbaston, Sarfraz Ahmed’s men have beaten South Africa and then stunned England in the semifinals.

The eyes of the cricket world will be on the Oval on Sunday as the neighbours clash in the final of a major tournament for the first time since 2007. India will be confident, having battered Bangladesh two days ago at Edgbaston.

The top three have all scored runs this tournament, not least Virat Kohli, who in his first global competition as captain stands one game away from the trophy.

India’s bowlers have been hugely effective, taking wickets in the middle overs to strangle opponents.

Between overs 11 and 40, they have claimed 19 wickets from the three group games, more than any other side.

Pakistan’s bowlers, however, are only second, having claimed 18 wickets over the same period.

Against England, they demonstrated that they could get the ball to reverse swing early, and on a grippy Cardiff surface knocked the host out.

Amir likely to return – Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and the returning Mohammed Amir — who is likely to replace Rumman Raees — will be a handful again. Hasan Ali in particular has been splendid, taking 10 wickets, providing vital breakthroughs.

This is India, though, and Pakistan will have to banish the demons of defeats past: in the last six matches in ICC events, it is India which has triumphed.

R. Ashwin had taping on his knee in training and although the injury did not appear serious, Kohli has Umesh Yadav, who took three for 30 against Pakistan in the opener, to call on.

Pakistan’s turnaround has been remarkable – It had picked itself up from the canvas, coach Mickey Arthur noted on the eve of the game.

As India seeks to defend the title it won four years ago, Kohli will want to deliver the knockout blow.

Shreedutta Chidananda – Article Courtesy – The Hindu

Some interesting stats ahead of India-Pakistan Final in Champions Trophy 2017

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INDIA BATTING AVERAGES
Player M I NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
V Kohli 4 4 3 253 96* 253.00 252 100.39 0 3 1 26 4
RG Sharma 4 4 1 304 123* 101.33 347 087.60 1 2 0 29 7
S Dhawan 4 4 0 317 125 79.25 310 102.25 1 2 0 40 4
MS Dhoni 4 1 0 63 63 63.00 52 121.15 0 1 0 7 2
Yuvraj Singh 4 3 1 83 53 41.50 75 110.66 0 1 0 9 2
HH Pandya 4 2 1 29 20* 29.00 11 263.63 0 0 0 0 4
KM Jadhav 4 1 1 25 25* 13 192.30 0 0 0 3 1
RA Jadeja 4 1 1 0 0* 0 0 0 0 0 0
R Ashwin 2
JJ Bumrah 4
B Kumar 4
UT Yadav 2

 

INDIA BOWLING AVERAGES
Player M I O M R W BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5 Ct St
JJ Bumrah 4 4 33.0 1 142 4 2/28 35.50 4.30 49.5 0 0 1 0
KM Jadhav 4 2 9.0 0 40 2 2/22 20.00 4.44 27.0 0 0 2 0
B Kumar 4 4 32.3 2 153 6 2/23 25.50 4.70 32.5 0 0 2 0
R Ashwin 2 2 19.0 0 97 1 1/43 97.00 5.10 114.0 0 0 0 0
RA Jadeja 4 4 34.0 0 182 4 2/43 45.50 5.35 51.0 0 0 3 0
UT Yadav 2 2 17.2 1 97 3 3/30 32.33 5.59 34.6 0 0 0 0
V Kohli 4 1 3.0 0 17 0 5.66 0 0 2 0
HH Pandya 4 4 29.0 1 180 3 2/43 60.00 6.20 58.0 0 0 1 0
S Dhawan 4 1 0
MS Dhoni 4 4 0
RG Sharma 4 0 0
Yuvraj Singh 4 0 0

 

PAKISTAN BATTING AVERAGES
Player M I NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
Sarfraz Ahmed 4 2 1 76 61* 76.00 95 80.00 0 1 0 7 0
Fakhar Zaman 3 3 0 138 57 46.00 117 117.94 0 2 0 21 2
Babar Azam 4 4 2 87 38* 43.50 126 69.04 0 0 0 8 1
Azhar Ali 4 4 0 169 76 42.25 237 71.30 0 2 0 14 2
Mohammad Amir 3 2 1 37 28* 37.00 59 62.71 0 0 0 1 0
Mohammad Hafeez 4 4 1 91 33 30.33 122 74.59 0 0 0 6 3
Shoaib Malik 4 3 1 42 16* 21.00 43 97.67 0 0 0 6 1
Fahim Ashraf 1 1 0 15 15 15.00 15 100.00 0 0 0 1 1
Ahmed Shehzad 1 1 0 12 12 12.00 22 54.54 0 0 0 1 0
Imad Wasim 4 2 0 4 4 2.00 4 100.00 0 0 1 1 0
Hasan Ali 4 1 0 0 0 0.00 2 0.00 0 0 1 0 0
Shadab Khan 3 1 1 14 14* 16 87.50 0 0 0 1 1
Junaid Khan 3
Rumman Raees 1
Wahab Riaz 1

 

PAKISTAN BOWLING AVERAGES
Player M I O M R W BBI Ave Econ SR 4 5 Ct St
Imad Wasim 4 4 30.1 1 135 2 2/20 67.50 4.47 90.5 0 0 0 0
Hasan Ali 4 4 38.0 1 172 10 3/24 17.20 4.52 22.8 0 0 2 0
Shadab Khan 3 3 24.0 0 112 2 1/40 56.00 4.66 72.0 0 0 0 0
Mohammad Hafeez 4 3 23.0 0 108 1 1/51 108.00 4.69 138.0 0 0 3 0
Mohammad Amir 3 3 28.1 1 135 2 2/53 67.50 4.79 84.5 0 0 0 0
Junaid Khan 3 3 27.5 3 135 7 3/40 19.28 4.85 23.8 0 0 0 0
Rumman Raees 1 1 9.0 0 44 2 2/44 22.00 4.88 27.0 0 0 0 0
Shoaib Malik 4 1 2.0 0 10 0 5.00 0 0 1 0
Fahim Ashraf 1 1 6.2 0 37 2 2/37 18.50 5.84 19.0 0 0 1 0
Wahab Riaz 1 1 8.4 0 87 0 10.03 0 0 0 0
Ahmed Shehzad 1 0 0
Azhar Ali 4 2 0
Babar Azam 4 3 0
Fakhar Zaman 3 2 0
Sarfraz Ahmed 4 5 0

 

India Parameters Pakistan
04 Matches Played 04
02 – RG Sharma {123*}, S Dhawan {125} Centurions 00
02 – RG Sharma {91}. V Kohli {96*} Nineties 00
11 Fifties 05
03 V Kohli {81*, 76*, 96*} Captain’s 50s 01 {S Ahmed – 61*}
01 {MS Dhoni 63} WKs 50s 01 {S Ahmed – 61*}
317 – S Dhawan Most runs 169 – Azhar Ali
06 by B Kumar Most wickets 10 by Hasan Ali
04 Most TFPs 01
04 Most HCPs 04
08 Most 50+ Ps 05

Hasan Ali of Pakistan is the only bowler in CT 2017 to capture ten wickets. His performance in four matches is detailed below

HASAN ALI OF PAKISTAN
Player Team Mat Inns O M R W BBI Ave 4 5
Hasan Ali Pak 4 4 38.0 1 172 10 3/24 17.20 0 0

 

No Player O M R W Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Hasan Ali 10.0 0 70 1 1 v India Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 Hasan Ali 8.0 1 24 3 1 v South Africa Birmingham 07 Jun 2017
3 Hasan Ali 10.0 0 43 3 1 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
4 Hasan Ali 10.0 0 35 3 1 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017

 

INDIAN BATSMEN – FIFTIES
No Player Runs Mins BF 4s 6s Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 RG Sharma 91 146 119 7 2 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 S Dhawan 68 95 65 6 1 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
3 V Kohli 81* 108 68 6 3 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
4 Yuvraj Singh 53 49 32 8 1 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
5 RG Sharma 78 107 79 6 3 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
6 S Dhawan 125 198 128 15 1 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
7 MS Dhoni 63 78 52 7 2 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
8 S Dhawan 78 130 83 12 1 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
9 V Kohli 76* 136 101 7 1 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
10 RG Sharma 123* 165 129 15 1 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
11 V Kohli 96* 96 78 13 0 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017

 

INDIAN BATSMEN – FIFTIES
No Player Runs Mins BF 4s 6s Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 MS Dhoni 63 78 52 7 2 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
                     
1 RG Sharma 91 146 119 7 2 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 RG Sharma 78 107 79 6 3 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
3 RG Sharma 123* 165 129 15 1 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
                     
1 S Dhawan 68 95 65 6 1 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 S Dhawan 125 198 128 15 1 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
3 S Dhawan 78 130 83 12 1 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
                     
1 V Kohli 81* 108 68 6 3 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 V Kohli 76* 136 101 7 1 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
3 V Kohli 96* 96 78 13 0 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
                     
1 Yuvraj Singh 53 49 32 8 1 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017

 

INDIA – FIFTY PLUS PARTNERSHIPS
No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 136 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 V Kohli, RG Sharma 2 56 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
3 V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh 3 93 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
4 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 138 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
5 S Dhawan, MS Dhoni 4 82 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
6 S Dhawan, V Kohli 2 128 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
7 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 87 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
8 V Kohli, RG Sharma 2 178* 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017

India’s eight 50+ runs stand is a record for most 50+ run stands by a team in CT 2017

INDIA –  CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS
No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 S Dhawan, V Kohli 2 128 2 v South Africa The Oval 11 Jun 2017
2 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 136 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
3 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 138 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
4 V Kohli, RG Sharma 2 178* 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
INDIA – HALF CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS
2 V Kohli, RG Sharma 2 56 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
5 S Dhawan, MS Dhoni 4 82 1 v Sri Lanka The Oval 08 Jun 2017
7 S Dhawan, RG Sharma 1 87 2 v Bangladesh Birmingham 15 Jun 2017
3 V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh 3 93 1 v Pakistan Birmingham 04 Jun 2017

 

PAKISTAN BATSMEN – FIFTIES IN CT 2017
No Player Runs Mins BF 4s 6s Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Azhar Ali 50 85 65 6 0 2 v India Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
2 Fakhar Zaman 50 56 36 8 1 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
3 Sarfraz Ahmed 61* 119 79 5 0 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
4 Azhar Ali 76 129 100 5 1 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
5 Fakhar Zaman 57 89 58 7 1 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017

 

PAKISTAN BATSMEN – FIFTIES IN CT 2017
No Player Runs Mins BF 4s 6s Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Azhar Ali 50 85 65 6 0 2 v India Birmingham 04 Jun 2017
4 Azhar Ali 76 129 100 5 1 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
                     
2 Fakhar Zaman 50 56 36 8 1 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
5 Fakhar Zaman 57 89 58 7 1 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
                     
3 Sarfraz Ahmed 61* 119 79 5 0 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017

 

PAKISTAN – 50 PLUS RUNS PARTNERSHIPS
No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez 3 52 2 v South Africa Birmingham 07 Jun 2017
2 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 74 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
3 Mohammad Amir, Sarfraz Ahmed 8 75* 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
4 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 118 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
5 Azhar Ali, Babar Azam 2 55 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017

 

PAKISTAN – CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS
No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Opposition Ground Start Date
1 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 118 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
PAKISTAN – HALF CENTURY PARTNERSHIPS
1 Mohammad Amir, Sarfraz Ahmed 8 75* 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017
2 Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez 3 52 2 v South Africa Birmingham 07 Jun 2017
3 Azhar Ali, Babar Azam 2 55 2 v England Cardiff 14 Jun 2017
4 Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman 1 74 2 v Sri Lanka Cardiff 12 Jun 2017

India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy final, at The Oval June 18, 2017 – India’s top three v Pakistan’s pace

13-2  India’s win-loss record in ICC world events against Pakistan (including the bowl-out win against Pakistan in the 2007 World T20). In ICC ODI tournaments, India are 8-2 ahead, while they are 5-0 up in World T20s. Pakistan’s two wins, though, came in Champions Trophy matches, in 2004 and 2009. Since that 2009 win, though, Pakistan have lost seven in a row. Pakistan still have a substantial 72-52 lead overall in ODIs, but at global events, India have had a distinct advantage.

2-0 India’s record in the finals of global tournaments against Pakistan. The 2007 World T20, in which India sneaked through by five runs in the final, was an ICC event, but there was a non-ICC tournament in 1985 – the World Championship of Cricket – which India won by beating Pakistan by eight wickets in the final. In both these tournaments, India beat Pakistan in the group stages as well.

4  Number of times India have reached the Champions Trophy final, the most for any team. They lost to New Zealand in 2000, shared the trophy with Sri Lanka in 2002, and beat England in the final in 2013. Pakistan have reached the Champions Trophy final for the first time.

34-7 India’s win-loss record in ICC world events since the start of 2011, easily the best among all teams during this period. The next best win-loss ratio is New Zealand’s 21-12. India have won two tournaments during this period – the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.

India’s batting against Pakistan’s bowling

91.5 India’s batting average in the 2017 Champions Trophy, easily the best among all teams. They have scored 1098 runs in the tournament at a run rate of 6.23, both of which are also the best in the tournament.

31 Wickets for Pakistan, the most by a team in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Their average of 31.77 is second (after Australia), as is their economy rate of 4.99, after South Africa.

Pakistan’s pace and middle-overs edge

23.78 Pakistan’s bowling average in their last three matches, after conceding 319 for 3 against India in their opening game. In their last three matches, they have taken 28 wickets and their economy rate has dropped to 4.46, after they had leaked 6.64 runs per over against India.

19 Wickets for India in the middle overs (10.1 to 40) in this tournament, the most by any team; Pakistan are next with 18. However, in terms of averages and economy rates, Pakistan are the best bowling team in these overs, conceding only 29.33 runs per wicket and 4.4 runs per over. India have the best strike rate during this phase, but are second in terms of average, and third in economy rates.

Pakistan’s middle-overs bowling has been the biggest area of improvement in this tournament: in the period between the 2015 World Cup and this tournament, they averaged 56.67 runs per wicket in this phase in matches against the top-eight teams, which was the worst among these teams. Wahab Riaz’s absence in the last three matches has probably been a blessing in this aspect of their bowling: in the period between the World Cup and this Champions Trophy, he had figures of 1 for 393 in 80 overs, during the middle phase against the top teams.

17.76 The bowling average for Pakistan’s seamers during the middle overs: they have taken 13 wickets during this phase and conceded only 4.2 runs per over. Indian seamers have taken seven wickets at an average of 41.42 and an economy rate of 5.3. In the first ten overs, though, Pakistan’s seamers have struggled for wickets, taking only two at an average of 76.50. Overall, Pakistan’s pace attack has taken 23 wickets to India’s 16.

PACE ATTACK FOR IND AND PAK IN CT 2017
  First 10 Overs Middle Overs Last 10 Overs
Team Ave ER Ave ER Ave ER
Pakistan 76.50 5.10 17.76 4.20 28.25 6.84
India 41.75 4.28 41.42 5.30 26.40 6.23

India’s terrific top three

874 Runs scored by India’s top three batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan has 317, Rohit Sharma 304, and Virat Kohli 253. This is easily the highest tally by the top three of any team in this tournament – England’s 483 is the next highest, while Pakistan’s aggregate is 406. India’s top two wickets have put together four century stands, which is as many as the top two wickets of all other teams have managed in all.

81.4 Percentage of India’s runs, off the bat, scored by Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli. They have faced 85.8% of all deliveries faced by Indian batsmen (909 out of 1060). The other Indian batsmen have faced only 151 balls in all, but have done well in the limited opportunity, scoring 200 runs at a strike rate of 132.45. Pakistan’s top three have scored 59.3 % of their team’s bat runs.

The Kohli and Shoaib Malik factors

5 Man-of-the-Match awards for Kohli in only 17 matches against Pakistan, across formats. Only two Indians – Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar – have won more such awards across formats against Pakistan, while MS Dhoni also has five, but from 45 matches. Kohli averages 96 in wins against them, and 7.20 in defeats.

3 Instances of Junaid Khan having dismissed Kohli in ODIs. Kohli has scored only two runs off him in 22 balls, giving him an average of 0.66, and a strike rate of 9.09.

1649 Shoaib Malik’s ODI aggregate against India, at an average of 48.50, and a strike rate of 89.57. India are clearly his favourite ODI opponents: almost a quarter of his ODI runs, as well as four of his nine hundreds and his highest ODI score, have all come against India. Since January 2000, no Pakistan batsman has scored more ODI runs against India than Shoaib Malik.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats – Article courtesy – espncricinfo.com

 

Virat Kohli has to stick to what’s worked for India: Rahul Dravid

Virat Kohli has found a winning formula during the ICC Champions Trophy and must now stick to it in the final to beat Pakistan, says former India skipper Rahul Dravid.

India skipper Virat Kohli should avoid making any changes to the team for the Champions Trophy summit clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, believes former captain Rahul Dravid.

India will be taking on bitter rivals Pakistan on Sunday in a bid to defend their title. It is the first time the two teams are clashing in the final of an ICC event since the 2007 World T20 tournament.

“I think Virat has to stick to what’s worked well for him. India loves chasing, we saw that today. They have got some really experienced players who have played in big pressure games, they know how to handle these kind of situations and I think this is a tactic that works for them,” Dravid who is an ‘ESPNcricinfo Match Day analyst right now, said.

“People might question why are you only getting 4.8 run average in the first 10 but you know that’s how they like to set up their innings with Rohit and Shikhar, knowing fully well that they have got the power at the back end of the likes of you know, Hardik Pandya, Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Jadeja.”

“So you know they have got some big power that can make up a lot of runs in the end as well, as long as they can keep wickets in hand, they play spin well through the middle as well. So look, I won’t change anything, India’s batting has been exceptional,” he added.

India have done well chasing but if they have to put up a mammoth total in the final then lower-order batsmen Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya might have to play a big role, feels Dravid.

“I think if you get Pakistan chasing in the final, anything above 280, you would be happy. Look if we have the batsmen in hand, and they do play the extra batsman, Kedar Jadhav, at 6 and they have Hardik Pandya at 7 and they have shown that he can be pushed up a little bit,” he said.

“It will be case of pushing one of up through the middle, Jadhav is a very good player against spin we know that, he does take it on. And if you are in that position, I guess you could do that, push Pandya or Jadhav ahead of even Yuvraj and Dhoni and have a crack.”

As for Pakistan, Dravid said experienced cricketers Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will need to step up if the team has to have any chance against India.

“It’s a fantastic final. I guess Pakistan have something to prove, that they can put up a better performance than they did at the start of the tournament,” Dravid said.

“They are going to need people like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, their two most experienced players to really step up if they want to win this game,” he added.

Talking about Pakistan’s bowling, Dravid said: “You know they’ve probably learned from the last time they played India, in that they didn’t take wickets and India hurt them really badly in the last seven or eight overs, so they can’t afford to let that happen again.

“One of the nice things about Hasan Ali is the length that he bowls.He pitches the ball up, he gets people to drive and I think that’s one of the reasons, in these kind of conditions, he takes wickets.”

Article Courtesy – The Hindustan Times

Will Anil Kumble resign as Indian cricket team coach? Signs are strong

The Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI will meet on Friday to review situation in Indian dressing room. Anil Kumble’s days as Indian cricket team coach seem numbered.

There is a strong indication that Anil Kumble’s job as the Indian cricket team’s head coach is on the line.

Although the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, is keen that the former leg-spinner continue at least till the end of the limited overs series in the West Indies, Kumble may not like to continue.

As per Kumble’s one-year contract with the BCCI, his terms expires at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy but the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, led by Vinod Rai, wants Kumble to continue only if he is keen.

While reports of rift with captain Virat Kohli may not be totally true, Kumble’s presence in the dressing room is not welcomed by senior players, revealed a top BCCI source.

“Yes, players do not want him and there will be a change in coach for sure,” the official said.

The question is when?

“The CAC is really worried about this issue and given the fact that the Caribbean series is upon us, this is not the right time to change the coach. But it will eventually happen,” said the Board official.

LONDON MEETING

The CAC is meeting in London on Friday to find a solution. While the three wise men didn’t want to be hasty in finding the right replacement, Kumble may not want to stay on.

If India can beat Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, it will be good occasion for Kumble to end his association with the Indian team.

After all, Kumble has been synonymous with success even though Kohli believes it is a “team game and success is not anybody’s personal”.

Given the clash of personalities, Kumble could well decide not to continue.

KOHLI LOVES BANGAR

Kohli once again spoke highly of batting coach Sanjay Bangar after India battered Bangladesh by nine wickets in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Not only Bangar, Kohli mentioned about Raghu, one man who throws balls to players trying to perfect their strokes for hours during nets.

“Bangar’s inputs have been priceless. If I have become a better batsman, it’s because of Bangar and Raghu,” said Kohli.

The separation with Kumble would have been smoother if Kohli was not involved in this mess, said the BCCI official.

Should Kohli be given the superpowers to even select a coach?

That’s not an ideal scenario for the CAC. That will be setting a bad precedent too.

Given the fact that Ganguly believes in complete powers for the team captain, Kohli may just win the battle.

One thing is for sure, Virender Sehwag is a rank outsider even though the CAC, which has the complete faith of the BCCI, is keen on an Indian head coach.

Soumitra Bose – Article Courtesy – The Hindustan Times

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