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February 2013

Sachin Tendulkar announced Retirement

Sachin Tendulkar on 23 December 2012 announced retirement form one day cricket which put an end to his 23- year old glorious career. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian Batsman who is considered one of the greatest batsman of the world after Don Bradman in Test Cricket and the second most successful one day batsman after Viv Richards as per the ranking done by Wisden-the Bible of Cricket. Tendulkar who belongs to Mumbai Maharashtra made his appearance in six world cups for India and was the member of the 2011 World Cup winning squad of the nation.

The major facts related to his one day international career are as follows:

  •  Sachin scored 18426 runs in 463 one-day matches at an average of 44.83

  •  Tendulkar made his ODI debut on his international tour against Pakistan in 1989 in Gujranwala, where he scored zero runs

  •  He scored his first half century in the 9th ODI

  •  He made 49 hundreds in the one-day format, including a double hundred which is the first in this form of cricket and 96 half centuries

  •  He scored his first century in the 79th ODI against Australia in 1994 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in a day-night match-this was the third match of singer world series

  •  In the 2003 World Cup in South Africa he finished as the highest run-getter

  •  He became the first cricketer to score a double century in the history of One Day international Cricket against South Africa in February 2010

  •  He played his last One Day International Match against Pakistan in Asia Cup Dhaka played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur and scored a half century to help India win the match

  •  Tendulkar scored his 100th international century on 16 March 2012 against Bangladesh, where he scored 114 runs

India retained their Number Five Position

India retained their number five position as per the latest ICC Test Championship rankings issued in Dubai on 17 December 2012 despite losing to England 1-2 in the home Test series. South Africa topped the ranking at 123 points. India, however, dropped a ratings point to 105, and is now four-points behind arch-rival Pakistan who are placed at the fourth position. England, on the other hand, consolidated their number two slot by adding a point after drawing the final Test at Nagpur, thereby winning a Test series in India after a long gap of 28 years. England now stands just five points behind South Africa. Australia is positioned at number three in the rankings.

India Lost the Test Series to England

The last test match between India and England of the Tournament England Tour to India ended up as a draw and with this India lost the four-test match cricket series against England by 1-2 on 17 December 2012. With this win England succeeded in ending a 28 year long wait of winning a test series on Indian Soil. Before this the English side under the captaincy of David Gower won the test series in India 1984-85.

  •  The first Test was played at Ahmedabad from 15 November to 19 November 2012 in which India won the match by 9 wickets.

  •  The second was played at Mumbai from 23 November to 26 November 2012 in which England won the match by 10 wickets

  •  In the third test match played at Kolkata from 5 December to 9 December 2012 England won the match by 7 wickets

  •  The last test resulted in a draw and was played at Nagpur from 13 December to 17 December 2012

SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind 2012

India won the inaugural SBI T20 World Cup for the Blind on 13 December 2012 after beating Pakistan in the finals at Central College grounds in Bangalore. A total of 5000 crowd cheered as India shattered Pakistan from 29 runs and the Indian captain Shekhar Naik lifted the trophy. India decided to bat first and scored 119 for 4 in 10 overs. India put up a competitive score of 258 runs in 20 overs. Rescuer of the team India was middle-order batsman Ketan Patel who scored 98 runs off 43 balls and is completely blind. Pakistan entered into finals unbeaten. Pakistan is the only team that entered the finals of all the four international blind cricket tournaments till now. At the break of the innings, Pakistan might have thought of winning the match on the grounds of excellent batting skills of the team throughout this tournament. The opener Mohammad Akram who had the highest score in the history of international blind cricket (264 against West Indies) was sent back to the pavilion for 32 runs only. Eventually, India won the T20 World Cup for the Blind and the team was later crowned as the world champions. It is also worth noticing that Men-of-the-Series were all Indians. These were Ketan Patel, Fully blind category (B1) Prakash Jayaramaiah, Partially blind category (B2) and Ajay Kumar Reddy, Partially sighted category (B3).

About T20 World Cup for the Blind 2012

T20 World Cup for the Blind was a 12-day tournament which comprised of nine teams. The T20 World Cup for the Blind 2012 was hosted by India. The tournament ran from 1 December 2012 to 13 December 2012 in Bangalore. The competing teams included Bangladesh, Australia, India, Nepal, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. The tournament was played on league-cum-knockout basis. Cricketer Saurav Ganguly is the Brand Ambassador of T20 World Cup for the Blind.The Cricket Association for the Blind (CABI) is main body which organises as well as conducts cricket for visually impaired in India. CABI is registered NPO which is affiliated to World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC).

About World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC)

World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) laid its foundation in 1996. The founding chairman of WBCC was George Abraham of India. The primary purpose of WBCC is promotion as well as administration of the game of blind cricket in the world.

About Cricket Association for the Blind (CABI)

CABI is a non-profit organisation affiliated to World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC). Pakistan, South Africa and England Blind Cricket bodies receive sponsorship from their mainstream cricket bodies but CABI does not receive any such sponsorship from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). CABI survives with the support from corporate houses as well as a few public sector organisations.

Composition of the team

Among the 11 players, four players are under completely blind or B1 category (partially-sighted), four players are under B2 category (players who are able to see up to 3 metres) and three players are under B3 category (players who are able to see up to six metres). According to the rules, B1 players get the scores doubled, which means that when they hit, they can add major difference to the score of the team.

Alastair Cook became the youngest Batsman to score 7000 Runs

England Cricket team captain Alastair Cook on 6 December 2012 claimed his place among the cricketing greats when he set an England record for the most Test centuries and became the youngest player in the long history of the game to pass 7000 runs. The 27 years old Alastair Cook scored his 23rd Test hundred to leave England closing in on a rare series win in India. He has ahead of past legends Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoffrey Boycott. Team-mate Kevin Pietersen has also scored 22 tons. Alastair Cook made an unbeaten 136 to put England on 1 for 216 at stumps at Eden Gardens on 6 December 2012 only 100 runs behind India’s first innings total of 316.

Glenn McGrath to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath is going to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the third Test between Australia and Sri Lanka starting from 4 January2013 in Sydney. McGrath became the third inductee of the year 2012-13 to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and will join Enid Bakewell and Brian Lara to the list and also became the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame. Lara and Bakewell were inducted in September 2012 at the ICC Awards McGrath will be inducted at his home ground of the SCG. A fourth and final inductee of 2012-13 would be announced next summer.

Glenn McGrath’s Career

  • McGrath represented Australia in 124 Test matches between 1993 and 2007 and claimed 563 Test wickets at an average of 21.64.

  •  He took more Test wickets than any other seam bowler currently in the game or retired.

  •  Glenn McGrath represented Australia in 250 ODIs, claiming 381 wickets at an average of 22.02, and was part of the Australian side that won three successive World Cups — 1999, 2003 and 2007.

  •  He still holds the record for most wickets in World Cup competitions, with 71 scalps and his figures of 7-15 against Namibia are the best in the competition’s history.

Michael Hussey Announced Retirement

Australian veteran Michael Hussey on 29 December 2012 announced that he would retire from Test cricket after playing the final match of the series against Sri Lanka at Sydney starting on 3 January 2012. Sydney Test match is going to be the 79th and final Test in 37-year-old Hussey’s career having made his debut at 30. However Hussey will continue playing the ODI tri-series involving Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka which will be his last international assignment. Michael Hussey, the senior left-hand batsman who is Known as Mr Cricket for his consistency, had a successful year 2012 with four centuries and has been in great scoring form this summer season against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

A Brief insight into Hussey’s Career

Hussey made his Test debut at the age of 30 in the Gabba cricket ground of Brisbane on 3 November 2005, as a replacement for fellow Western Australian batsman Justin Langer in the Australia vs. West Indies series.• Hussey has till now played 78 Tests scoring 6183 runs including 19 centuries and 29 half centuries at an impressive average of 51.52.• Hussey who is also the Australia’s 393rd Test Captain had a fantastic ODI record having scored 5442 runs in 185 ODIs with three hundreds and 39 half-centuries at an average of 48.15.• He was a member of the victorious 2007 ICC World Cup squad. He also played 38 T20 Internationals.• He had played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Chennai Super Kings, although he opted out of the 2009 season. He was retained by Chennai Super Kings in the 2011–2012 season of Indian Premier League for 425000 dollars.

BB Nimbalkar Passed away

Bhausaheb Babasaheb Nimbalkar, a giant of Indian domestic cricket who came close to breaking Sir Don Bradman’s first-class score in the Ranji Trophy, passed away due to age related ailments in his residence in Kolhapur on11 December 2012 just one day shy of his 93rd birthday. Nimbalkar is survived by his son Netaji. His other three sons died a few years ago due to ill-health. Nimbalkar, holds the record for the highest individual first-class score by an Indian - 443 not out for Maharashtra against Kathiawar at Poona Club in December 1948. Nimbalkar had claimed that he was not aware of Bradman’s record at the time of batting, else he would have batted faster.

A Brief insight into his Career

  •  He made his Ranji Trophy debut in 1939 against Baroda.

  •  Bhausaheb’s first-class cricket spanned decades. From 1939-40 to 1963-64 he played for six teams: Baroda, Maharashtra, Holkar, Madhya Bharat, Rajasthan and Railways.

  •  Bhausaheb was the ADC for Maharaja of Baroda, and despite having a first-class batting average of close to 48 in 80 matches (12x100s), never played for India. He once represented the Indians against a ommonwealth team and scored 48.

  •  BCCI honoured him with the Col. CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contribution to the sport, in 2002.

  •  Nimbalkar had 58 wickets in his domestic career which spanned from 1939-40 to 1964-65, and also kept wickets in some matches.

  •  He was a prolific run getter and in his 80-match long first-class career he had scored 4577 runs at an average of 52.01 with 12 centuries.

  • With an aggregate of 3,687 runs at a healthy average of 56.72 with 11 centuries he is counted among the outstanding batsmen in the Ranji Trophy.

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