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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

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