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Some pun like this on India’s win at Melbourne

Some pun like this on India’s win at Melbourne

As the Indians *Wade* towards victory, I am sure this match would have caused a lot of *Burns* amongst the Aussies. Indian batting was *Head* and shoulders above the Aussies, making them turn *Green* with envy. The *Cummins* of form of the Indian team was in *Starc* contrast to the performance of the Aussies, which I am sure would have left the Aussie fans in *Paine* in their *Lyon*.

This is a forwarded message on whatsapp by my classmate in Engineering – Balachandra affetionately known as Balu

Ravi Shastri : India’s MCG triumph is one of the great comebacks in Test history

Ravi Shastri : India’s MCG triumph is one of the great comebacks in Test history

India level the series in style. Bowled out for 36. Missing three, arguably four, first-choice players. Losing another mid-Test. Spending months on the road and in mentally challenging bubbles. Losing the toss. Becoming only the third team to come back from a 0-1 deficit in the last 50 years in Australia. You might have accused India coach Ravi Shastri of hyperbole in the past, but you probably wouldn’t argue against his assessment that India’s win in Melbourne after all that is one of the great comebacks in Test history, not just Indian cricket.

“I think this will go down in the annals of Indian cricket – no, world cricket – as one of the great comebacks in the history of the game,” Shastri said. “You know to be rolled over for 36 and then three days later to get up and be ready to punch was outstanding. The boys deserve all the credit for the character they have shown. Real character.”

The key to this comeback, Shastri said, was to accept the result in Adelaide and move on. He was asked what the chat was in the dressing room in Adelaide and then in Melbourne when they rocked up.

“No chat,” he said of Adelaide. “And when we arrived in Melbourne, it was the things we have got to do to get up and fight.

“We had a lot of positives in Adelaide but at the end of the day it is the result that counts. We were blown away in the second innings in one hour. So when you are blown away, you are blown away. There is nothing you can do about it than to get up and fight, which we did in this Test match. To beat a team like Australia, especially in Australia, there is no point having one good day or two good days, you have got to have five good days if you have to beat them. As simple as that.”

India began the final day of the Test still needing four wickets with scores level, and were held up by a stubborn tail helped by a missing seamer and by now a lifeless track. “We were focusing on accuracy and discipline,” Shastri said. “And be patient. Be prepared to be patient even if they batted a session or a session and a half. Be prepared to chase even 100 or 150 if needed. Think in that fashion. Think as if you have to take 10 wickets not just four wickets.”

Shastri was glowing in the praise of the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, especially his batting. “The discipline,” said Shastri of Rahane’s century. “On such a big stage, in a massive arena, to come as captain of the team, bat at No. 4. When he went out to bat, we were two down for 60 and then to bat six hours on probably the toughest day to bat. It was overcast; all day the sun never came out. He batted for six hours. Unbelievable concentration. I thought his innings was the turning point.”

Shastri acknowledged the calmness of Rahane played a part on the field. “He is a very shrewd leader, he has a good understanding for the game. A good reader of the game. And I thought his calm composure out there in the middle helped the debutants as well, helped the bowlers as well. There was a calming influence out there. In spite of losing Umesh [Yadav], he did a great job out there.”

One of the big positives for India will be that the debutants Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill looked ready for the occasion, for Test cricket, playing in a big match. “That’s the brand of cricket we have been playing for the last three or four years,” Shastri said. “When you saw these two debutants show that kind of maturity and discipline there, it was great to see. Today Siraj’s effort was outstanding actually. He might not have the numbers to show for it but the discipline and the ability to bowl long spells, the maturity he showed for someone playing his first Test, doing the job he had to do once we lost Umesh, was outstanding.

“Then Shubman going and playing with that kind of flair later on was great to see. Great character. More than anything else, great character. He looked very very mature for someone playing his first Test match. He looked very calm and composed. Wasn’t afraid to play his shots, which was great to see. Even in the second innings, it was very easy to get into a shell but he went out there and played his natural game, which was great from the team point of view.”

Shastri credited the IPL for giving India international-cricket-ready debutants. “A lot has to do with the IPL,” he said. “The fact that they share the dressing room with international players, they rub shoulders with the best, it is that complex factor disappears very quickly. And you see what you see now.”

While Shastri gave all the credit to the players, the team management made a bold move of playing a fifth bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, who proved his worth in all three disciplines. “He is a genuine allrounder,” Shastri said of Jadeja. “That is why he bats where he is. He can bat at 6, he can bat at 5 if need be on a given occasion. But he is a genuine genuine allrounder. That’s why he lends a lot of balance to the side. Also when you play overseas there is a chance of one of the bowlers getting injured, like you saw with Umesh. With Jadeja there, it gives better balance and it also gives fast bowlers some respite with Jaddu and Ashwin doing the bowling.”

They also replaced Wriddhiman Saha, the more accomplished pure wicketkeeper, with Rishabh Pant, the keeper-batsman. “I thought he was very very good,” Shastri said of Pant. “Anyone can make a mistake. Any batsman can make a mistake. I thought the discipline he showed, the runs he made, his ability to counterattack, and play some shots and move the game forward. It is a huge plus for the team. He showed it in this game. He might have got only 29 but there was a lot more than 29 there.”

Shastri confirmed they will continue with five bowlers for the next Test, but will wait to see how fit Rohit Sharma is before deciding on any change in the batting for the third Test. “We will stick to five bowlers,” Shastri said. “Rohit joins the team tomorrow. We will have a chat with him tomorrow to see where he is placed physically because he has been in quarantine for the last couple of weeks. Also got to see how he feels before we take the call.”

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo : Article courtesy – espncricinfo.com

Bishan Singh Bedi to DDCA: Remove my name from Kotla stand, cancel my membership

Bishan Singh Bedi to DDCA: Remove my name from Kotla stand, cancel my membership

Email to Association President refers to nepotism during the reign of Arun Jaitley, whose statue is being installed at the Kotla. Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to remove his name from the spectators’ stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, his home ground in domestic cricket, while also renouncing his membership with the association. In an email to the DDCA, Bedi said his decision was in response to news that the association had decided to erect a statue of Arun Jaitley, the former president of the association, at the stadium, which was renamed after him following his death last year.

Bedi, after whom the stand at the venue was named in 2017, referred to what he called the “unsavoury past” and nepotism of Jaitley’s 14-year reign as DDCA president as the reason for his decision.

Here’s the full text of the email, written by Bedi to Rohan Jaitley, Arun Jaitley’s son and the new president of the DDCA, on December 22.

Dear Sir,

I write this letter with a heavy heart & deep sense of embarrassment.

I’m old enough to know that one doesn’t talk ill of the dead. And I hope you are also old enough to be in the know of my personal relationship with Late Arun Jaitley was never quite on the same page. Let’s say we weren’t really cricketing buddies when he was the President of DDCA. My reservations about the choice of people he hand picked to run the day to day affairs of DDCA is well known. I remember walking out from a meeting at his residence whence he was unable to throw out a rowdy element using terribly foul language. I think I was too head strong..too Old school..& too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered at the Kotla during his stewardship.

It pains me no end to point out the far from flattering facts about DDCA’s unsavoury past, but trust me it has a context. I was not raised to carry on the fight to the next generation. But I was also taught that if I firmly believe in taking a stand I must stick with it. But sadly this is how it has unfolded. Keep in mind, these are the ills of nepotism-you get blamed for decisions you weren’t part of and you can’t even give the excuse of absence.

As I observe now even in your leadership DDCA’s court culture of fawning obeisance continues. After the Feroze Shah Kotla was named hurriedly & most undeservingly after Late Arun Jaitley my reaction then was maybe somehow good sense might prevail to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How wrong I was. Now I gather a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be installed at the Kotla. I’m not at all enamoured with the thought of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla.

I pride myself as a man of immense tolerance & patience..but all that I’m afraid is running out. DDCA has truly tested me & forced me to take this drastic action.

So, Mr President I request you to remove my name from the stand named after me with immediate effect. Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership. I’ve taken this decision with sufficient deliberations. I’m not prone to disregard the honour that was bestowed upon me. My gratitude to Justice Sen & the Committee of M/s Dr ND Puri..Dr Ravi Chaturvedi..Vijay Lokapally..& Neeru Bhatia..all people of social & professional eminence..who extended the warm gesture to Mohinder Amarnath & myself..will never fade. But as we all know with honour comes responsibility. They feted me for the total respect & integrity with which I played the game. And now I’m returning the honour just to assure them all that four decades after my retirement, I still retain those values.

A mere google search would have helped to know that Late Arun Jaitley’s tenure at DDCA was riddled with corruption. You being a lawyer should also know the cases of massive misappropriation of funds are still pending in courts.

Late Arun Jaitley I’m told was an able politician. So its the Parliament & not a cricket stadium which needs to remember him for posterity. He might have been a good cricket fan too, but his dillance with cricket administration was dubious & left much to desired. This is not a rhetorical assessment but a factual appraisal of his time at DDCA. Take my word, failures don’t need to be celebrated with plaques & busts. They need to be forgotten.

Mr President if ever you get to travel to the cricket stadiums around the world you will find how aesthetically challenged Kotla is and how it lacks the grandeur of a Test Centre. You need to be educated that sports administrators don’t need to be self serving. People who surround you presently will never inform you that it’s WG Grace at Lord’s..Sir Jack Hobbs at the Oval..Sir Donald Bradman at the SCG…Sir Garfield Sobers at Barbados & Shane Warne of recent vintage at the MCG..who adorn their cricket stadia with the Spirit of Cricket never out of place..so when the kids walk into these stadiums these majestic statues/busts enhance & enliven the inspiring stories of these past heroes that their elders tell them. Sporting arenas need sporting role models. The place of the administrators is in their glass cabins.

Since DDCA doesn’t understand this Universal cricket culture, I need to walk out of it. I can’t be part of a stadium which has got its priorities so grossly wrong & where administrators get precedence over the cricketers. Please bring down my name from the stand with immediate effect. You needn’t worry about me or my legacy. God Almighty has been very kind to me to keep me alive with my cricketing convictions. I don’t wish my strength of character to be maligned by my silence or association to this unsporting act.

Thankfully…Bshan Bedi.

Shamya Dasgupta is senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Viwership in top ten countries

Viwership in top ten countries

We are happy to inform our netizens that the portal www.hrgcricstats.com has made its presence felt in top ten countries of the word and has many numbers of visitors/viewers. The following table lists the top ten countries and visitors

NoTop 10 CountriesVisitors
1.India2191
2.United States0044
3.United Kingdom0036
4. France0023
5.Australia0022
6.Bangladesh0017
7.United Arab Emirates0014
8.Pakistan0014
9.Sri Lanka0012
10.Nepal0008
Which IPL players made Australia tour?

Which IPL players made Australia tour?

The Australia tour will be Virat Kohli & Co’s first international assignment since all cricketing activities were suspended in March.  The tour comprises three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and four Tests. The tour gets underway on November 27, 17 days after the IPL 2020 final.

Kolkata Knight Riders’s Varun Chakravarthy was rewarded for his solid performances in IPL 2020, earning a place in India’s squad for the T20I leg. After Mumbai Indians Skipper Rohit Sharma was mysteriously dropped from all Teams India, Kings XI Captain K L Rahul – who has been batting brilliantly in IPL 2020 — will be Kohli’s deputy in the white-ball teams. Rahul will be the first-choice wicket-keeper in both T20 Internationals and ODIs. Rajasthan Royals’s Sanju Samson will be the second wicket-keeper in the T20 International squad.

The Sunil Joshi-led selection committee also included young pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR), Kartik Tyagi (RR), Ishan Porel (KXIP) and Thangarasu Natarajan (SunRisers Hyderabad) in the travel party.

The Indian Test, ODI and T20 teams for Australia classified by IPL franchise:

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (T20, Tests, ODI)
Washington Sundar (T20)
Yuzvendra Chahal (T20, ODI)
Navdeep Saini (T20, ODI, Tests)
Umesh Yadav (Tests)
Mohammed Siraj (Tests)
 
Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan (T20, ODI)
Shreyas Iyer (T20, ODI)
Prithvi Shaw (Tests)
Ajinkya Rahane (Tests)
Rishabh Pant (Tests)
R Ashwin (Tests)
 
Kings XI Punjab
Mayank Agarwal (T20, ODI, Tests)
K L Rahul (T20, ODI, Tests)
Mohammed Shami (T20, ODI, Tests)
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Manish Pandey (T20, ODI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Tests)
 
Mumbai Indians
Hardik Pandya (T20, ODI)
Jasprit Bumrah (T20, ODI, Tests)
 
Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson (T20)
 
Chennai Super Kings
Ravindra Jadeja (T20, ODI, Tests)
Deepak Chahar (T20)
Shardul Thakur (ODI)
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy (T20)
Shubman Gill (ODI, Tests)
Kuldeep Yadav (ODI, Tests)
 
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari did not play IPL 2020.
 
Article Courtesy – rediff.com – Laxmi Negi
The Gentle Man of Steel

The Gentle Man of Steel

Vishy. The very name sends thousands of Indian cricket fans into ecstasy, reliving memories of Little Master GR Viswanath’s wristy artistry, often placing the pleasure he gave them above the mastery of the other Little Master Sunil Gavaskar that invariably gave Indian batting solidity. Yet Vishy recently said,”I hail from the Bhadravati region of Karnataka with its steel plant. I am made of steel,” the kind of statement you do not associate with this gentle little giant. Speaking on the same occasion, the belated offer to him of honorary membership of the Madras Cricket Club late last year, I recalled his brave 124 and 33 against the West Indian quicks on a nasty Chepauk wicket back in 1978-79 despite being bruised black and blue. R Mohan who spoke later remarked that those used to be Vishy’s favourite colours in a cheeky reference to the colours of a couple of iconic labels. Was it a coincidence, then, that Viswanath was an acknowledged walker like Johnny?

During my felicitation speech, I narrated another Vishy episode that had the audience in splits. My book Third Man has a picture of me taking a return catch to dismiss Viswanath after a scintillating 67 in a Ranji match at Bangalore’s KSCA Stadium. During the Hyderabad launch of the book, my old friend VM Shamraj who had been our team manager during that game in 1976 asked me,”Do you remember what Vishy said to you that night at dinner?” I did not remember, but Shamraj very kindly refreshed my memory. The audience at MCC had another good laugh when I said, “Being ever the perfect gentleman, Vishy said, “Well done, Ram! You made an easy catch look difficult.” Later, in a display of his soft side, the man of steel denied having made the statement.

I first watched Viswanath in action in two Duleep Trophy matches back in 1968. In the first, he showed his class against Dilip Doshi and company of East Zone at Eden Gardens, and in the second, he gave a mature display of defiance and correct batsmanship against a quality North Zone attack led by Bishan Bedi. they were both little gems that exuded class. Teammate Tiger Pataudi must have been impressed, for not very long later, Vishy made his Test debut at Kanpur against Australia. He was not very well known in Madras then, and the Physical Director of my college had a dig at me when Vishy failed in the first innings after I had gone on and on about his great promise. “Enna saar, unga hero cipher adichuttare!” (I don’t think this needs translation) And I’m proud to say I shot back, “Wait pannungo, second inningsle hundred adippaan!”

The first time I faced Vishy on a cricket field was an SBI inter circle match between Madras and Hyderabad. GRV was leading a strong Madras side that included Test cricketers AG Milkha Singh and VV Kumar. At the end of the match one of my Hyderabad teammates said, “Vishy, how did it feel captaining the team for the first time?” Pat came the reply, “It was great. I led from one end, and VV led from the other”, referring to the leg spinner’s reluctance to part with the ball.

Much has been written about Vishy’s batting and qualities of head and heart. Of his batting I can only add that he had at least two shots for every ball. Listen to the words of my late Hyderabad teammate Vijaya Paul describing that knock of 67 I mentioned earlier. “Our medium pacers, especially veteran Syed Abid Ali, attacked him with three slips and a gully as he came in to bat. Abid was bowling some beautiful outswingers, which Vishy imperiously despatched to the midwicket boundary with his wrists of steel. Soon the slips came out one by one, and before long, the onside was packed with defensive fielders. The master then quickly came up with a delightful Plan B. With hardly any obvious change in his approach, he started working the outswingers through the now-depleted slip cordon for fours while seeming to look towards the onside!” I also remember John Arlott’s wonderful gravelly voice drawing the listener’s attention to “little Viswanath’s” forearms. “Strong like those of an ironmonger,” he said.

I close with another story involving GRV and Abid Ali. During the Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka in 1976, Viswanath played a ball to midwicket and found Abid charging down the wicket even as Vishy was shouting “No” at the top of his voice. Abid stopped close to Vishy and asked, “Kya bole?”

Many happy returns, Vishy. Thank you for all the wonderful cricket you played.

V Ramnarayan on GRV’s birthday this year the Friday, February 14, 2020

GOPALASWAMY IYENGAR KASTURIRANGAN

GOPALASWAMY IYENGAR KASTURIRANGAN

Gopalaswamy Iyenger Kasturirangan (born 12 October 1930, Madras, India) is a former cricketer who played first-class cricket in India from 1948 to 1963.

Kasturirangan was an opening bowler who bowled “sharp inswingers … off the wrong foot”.He played cricket for the Mysore University team in the Rohinton Baria Trophy from 1947-48 to 1950-51, taking three wickets in the final in his last season, when Mysore University won.

He made his first-class debut in 1948-49 for Mysore in the Ranji Trophy. In 1951-52 Ranji Trophy matches he took 12 wickets at an average of 10.33. He was selected to tour the West Indies with India in 1952-53 but declined the invitation and was replaced by N. Kannayiram.

He continued to play for Mysore, and captained the team from 1960-61 until his retirement after the 1962-63 season. His best figures were 6 for 42 (8 for 98 in the match) against Hyderabad in 1961-62.

Kasturirangan played 47 matches in his cricket career.  He scored 447 runs in 57 innings of which 27 were not outs. His highest score was 41 not out and returned with an aveage of 14.90 runs per innings. His highest score came against Andhra in 1960-61 at Bangalore. He was involved in an unfinished partnership of 158 runs for the seventh wicket in the company of KS Viswanath who scored 131 not out.  With the leather he captured 133 wickets of which 47 were bowled. 65 were caught and 21 were leg before wicket. His best bowling innings effort was 7 for 13 in the Rohinton Baria Trophy representing Mysore University against Poona University at Central College Grounds, Bangalore.  Poona University was scuttled out for 45 due to the magnificent bowling effort of Kasturirangan. He returned with the bowling figures of 14.0-6-13-7. In Poona’s second innings, he was amongst the wickets again. His figures read 17.0-7-18-3. He had a great match picking up ten wickets conceding 31 runs.

Kasturirangan made his first class debut in a Ranji Trophy match representing Mysore against Maharashtra at Central College Grounds in 1948-49 season. His first first class wicket was that of PG Sham Joshi whom he had caught and bowled for 81. He returned with figures of 18.3-4-29-1. He scored 2 not out with the willow in Mysore’s first innings. In second innings, his bowling figures read 4.0-0-4-0. With the willow he scored 429 runs from 36 matches and 48 innings out of which 18 were not outs. He returned with an average of 14.30 runs per innings. His highest score was 41 not out against Andhra in 1960-61 at Bangalore. With  the leather he captured 94 wickets of which 28 were bowled, 52 were caught and 12 were leg before wicket. He had two five wicket hauls in his first class career –

1 5 13 Tamilnadu Madras 1960/61
2 6 42 Hyderabad Hyderabad 1961/62

His best innings bowlng figures in First class cricket was his 6 for 42 against Hyderabad at Hyderabad in 1961-62 season.

Kasturirangan’s last first class match was against Kerala at Trivandrum in 1962-63 season. He was captaining Mysore in his farewell first class game. He captained Mysore in nine first class games. His performance while leading read as under

Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
9 12 5 123 41* 17.57 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs W BB Ave Ct St
1340 65 487 27 6-42 18.03 4 0

Kasturirangan plsyed 28 Ranji Trophy matches for Mysore and captained in eight Ranji Trophy matches. His performace is listed below

Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
28 35 15 330 41* 16.50 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave Ct St
4752 226 1518 76 6-42 19.97 16 0
Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
8 10 4 120 41* 20.00 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave Ct St
1226 60 428 25 6-42 17.12 2 0

Kasturirangan has appeared against six visiting teams representing Mysore, South Zone and Indian Board President’s Eleven. The details are furnished below

No Date Visiting Teams Representing
1 27 Jan 1951 Commonwealth XI in 1950/51 Mysore
2 21 Nov 1952 Pakistan 1952/53 South Zone
3 21 Mar 1958 Ceylon in 1957/58 Mysore
4 16 Jan 1959 West Indies in 1958/59 South Zone
5 07 Jan 1961 Pakistan in 1960/61 Indian BP XI
6 06 Jan 1962 MCC in 1961/62 South Zone

Kasturirangan has played two Duleep Trophy matches representing South Zone. The details are furnished below

No Date Trophy Match Ground
1 30 Sep 1961 Duleep Trophy South v North Nehru Stadium, Madras
2 20 Oct 1961 Duleep Trophy West v South Brabourne Stadium, Bombay

Post retirement he was the Vice President of KSCA. He was also a curator of the pitches at KSCA and was also the Chairman of the pitches subcommittee of BCCI.

‘If we lose game, it’s on your head’: When wrong LBW call against Chris Gayle left Brad Hogg fuming

‘If we lose game, it’s on your head’: When wrong LBW call against Chris Gayle left Brad Hogg fuming

Former Australia off-spinner Brad Hogg, in a recent video, recalled the 2015 Big BashLeague encounter in which he was “annihilated” by Chris Gayle.

The 2015 Big BashLeague encounter between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers was not one of the best games for former Australia spinner Brad Hogg. The left-arm spinner was hammered all over the park by West Indies’ star player ChrisGayle. Hogg was smashed for 44 runs in his 4 overs. Speaking in a video on his Youtube channel ‘Hogg’s Vlog’, the bowler explained how he lost his cool in the match after a wrong LBW call and almost cost the match to his team.

“30th December, 2015, it’s Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers. Chris Gayle is playing for Renegades, Hoogg is playing for Scorchers. Before the game, I was hoping that our opening bowlers would make the breakthrough and not allow me to get exposed to Chris Gayle. The reasons being the conditions at dockland were not conducive to my bowling. Pitch stays low. I like a pitch with extra bounce because of my top spin where I hit the bat high up on the splice,” Hogg said.

“Chris Gayle already had one-up on me before we started the game. When I came on, I had two plans to Chris Gayle. The first one was up to keep him off strike. The first ball I am bowling, Aaron Finch was on strike. And he turned over the strike straightaway. So, I had the next five balls to Chris Gayle,” Hogg recalled.

“I wanted him to ball quick into the pitch just short of the length. But I didn’t want to be too short because he would be able to pull me, I didn’t want to be just overpitched where he could just power me down the ground. So, as I started bowling, I already had negative thoughts, and I gave away a four and a six in the next three balls,” he further said.

The 49-year-old further recalled how he changed his plans to bowl a quicker one which trapped Gayle on the pads, but the umpire was not convinced that it was hitting the middle stumps. “It was in the 5th delivery, I thought I’d rather slow it up rather than bowl quicker, just to see if I can bamboozle him, and make him swing a little bit earlier. Slowed it up, he missed it. LBW, right in front, hitting middle stump. Umpire gave it not-out.

“Now this umpire has never umpired me before. ‘Why haven’t you given that out, mate’, why haven’t you given that out’. He said ‘it was missing leg stumps’. I said ‘you gotta be kidding me, what do you mean it’s missing leg stumps, it’s turning back and hitting middle’. He said ‘it was wrong-un, and going down leg’. I went off my tree. I said ‘mate, you haven’t seen one ball that I have bowled in my life, and you are telling me that’s wrong-un, when I have actually bowled a leggie. Come on! If that’s cost us the game tonight, it’s on your head’,” Hogg said.

He went on to recall how the decision led to him losing his concentration and he was “annihilated” by Chris Gayle in his next few overs. “The next ball, dot. But the next over, I went for 13 (16, actually). The reason I went for 13 (16) was because I was fielding at square leg when Andrew Tye was bowling his over, and I was still abusing the umpire. I didn’t focus on the job at hand. I went for 44 that evening. And Chris Gayle annihilated me.”

Hogg advised that everyone should do all things with positive mindset and the right attitude to achieve success. “Gayle made me look like a 2nd grade bowler. But, it’s just simple. Anything you do in life, you’ve got the wrong attitude, the wrong mindset, things fall apart. I lost focus, I got angry, and I didn’t control the controllables,” he said.

“So, when you are out in the middle, just make sure, you control the decisions. Don’t get upset over a bad ball. Don’t get upset over bad decisions. If you have got the right mind, you can make it up the very next ball. And that was the difference between Shane Warne playing Test cricket over myself. He had a better mindset in the game of cricket. He was so good in not letting things to him,”Hogg signed off.

Article courtesy – hindustantimes.com

ICC Approves COVID-19 Substitutes, Bans Use of Saliva; Additional DRS Review in Test Cricket

ICC Approves COVID-19 Substitutes, Bans Use of Saliva; Additional DRS Review in Test Cricket

The ICC on Tuesday approved COVID-19 replacements in Test cricket, banned the use of saliva to shine the ball and re-introduced non-neutral umpires for bilateral series as part of its interim playing regulations to tackle the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement has come on the day the same day the West Indies squad arrived in England for a three-Test series behind closed doors.

In the five new regulations, recommended by the Anil Kumble-chaired Cricket Committee, and ratified by the Chief Executives Committee (CEC), the teams will also be allowed an additional DRS call as home umpires will now be officiating in bilateral Test series.

Also, a 32-inch additional logo would be permitted on the players’ jerseys, which will help teams make commercial gains as Boards battle the pandemic’s financial blow.

“Teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement,” the ICC stated in a press release.

“However, the regulation for COVID-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is,” it added.

The CEC predictably ratified the ban on use of saliva, which is considered to be a transmitter of novel coronavirus unlike sweat which will still be allowed to shine the ball. Repeated violation of the ban would at first invite a warning before a five-run penalty is imposed.

“Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning,” the ICC said.

“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences,” the parent body stated.

The introduction of two home team umpires for bilaterals after nearly two decades is purely due to the logistical challenges of travelling given the flight restrictions in place globally.

“The requirement to appoint neutral match officials will be temporarily removed from the playing conditions for all international formats owing to the current logistical challenges with international travel.

“The ICC will be able to appoint locally based match officials from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials,” the ICC said.

This means India’s C Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon will be seen officiating during the home series against England next year with Javagal Srinath being the match referee.

Due to the lack of experience of a lot of these umpires, who are not a part of the ICC Elite Panel, an additional DRS review has been allotted to the teams in each innings.

“…keeping in mind that there may be less experienced umpires on duty at times. This will increase the number of unsuccessful appeals per innings for each team to three for Tests and two for the white-ball formats.”

The ICC Cricket Operations team will also support local match referees when processing code of conduct breaches, and a neutral Elite Panel match referee will conduct any hearing remotely via video link.

The ICC also relaxed the apparel rules by allowing a logo on the chest of Test match jersey.

“A logo, not exceeding 32 square inches in size, may be placed on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater in addition to the three other logos allowed as per regulations. As of now, logos on chests are only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.”

(With Inputs from ICC Release)

Denying Tendulkar 100th Ton Made Umpire Rod Tucker and I Get Death Threats: Tim Bresnan

Denying Tendulkar 100th Ton Made Umpire Rod Tucker and I Get Death Threats: Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan said that he umpire Rod Tucker received death threats for wrongly depriving Sachin Tendulkar the opportunity to bring up his 100th Century

Former Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman to have played the sport. The Master Blaster is widely regarded as the ‘God of Cricket’. Tendulkar, who is the highest run-scorer in Tests as well as ODIs, was known for his impeccable batting technique. Sachin Tendulkar has created a plethora of records in his glorious 24-year career. One of the most coveted record that the ‘Master Blaster’ owns is scoring 100 international hundreds.

However, it wasn’t an easy ride for Tendulkar after scoring his 99th hundred during the 2011 World Cup game against South Africa. After that century, Tendulkar touched the 90-run mark only once in 2011. It seemed like Tendulkar was going to create history by scoring the 100th ton of his international career in a Test match against England. However, to everyone’s disappointment, he was trapped in front of the wicket by England all-rounder Tim Bresnan as umpire Rod Tucker adjudged him out on 91 and broke a billion hearts.

Recalling the moment, Bresnan said that he and umpire Rod Tucker received death threats for depriving Tendulkar the opportunity to bring up his 100th international ton. While speaking on the Yorkshire Cricket: Covers Off podcast, Bresnan said that Tendulkar was on 99 international hundreds and in that series, there were no referrals because the BCCI didn’t want them. It was at The Oval in the last Test of the 2011 series in England. He added that the ball was probably missing leg anyway and umpire Rod Tucker adjudged it out.

Bresnan revealed that he got death threats on Twitter and umpire Tucker had people writing to him to his home address. Bresnan also revealed that Tucker received proper death threats and many fans wrote to him that the ball was missing the leg stump. He further said that the situation arose to such an extent that Tucker had to get police protection.

Tendulkar finally ended his dry spell in the 2012 Asia Cup match against Bangladesh and reached the milestone of scoring 100 tons in international cricket. It eventually turned out to be Tendulkar’s penultimate ODI appearance as he retired from white-ball cricket later that year. Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2013 and played his final Test against West Indies in Mumbai a month later.