2) Sachin Tendulkar (Batting average 53.78) The name many expect at the top here is third in consistency (after Gavaskar and Dravid), Runs Tally Impact and Partnership-Building Impact (both after Dravid and Gavaskar). He is second when it comes to series-defining performances (SDs), two less than Dravid in 37 more Tests, and half of those were in support roles. Despite a poor phase between 2005 and 2007, he came back spectacularly as the highest impact batsman in the world between 2008-early 2011, the highest impact phase of his career (despite the more spectacular phase between 1996 and 2000). At the time of the 2011 World Cup, Tendulkar and Dravid had almost the same impact as batsmen. Thereafter, Dravid was the highest impact Indian batsman till he retired in 2012, and Tendulkar was the lowest impact specialist Indian batsman, till he retired in 2013 – this separated them quite emphatically, for posterity.
I would at any time pick Laxam ahead of Hazare. Also my captain would be Gavaskar rather than Kumble because Kumble is not a guarantee for away tests. Gavaskar was only defensive because of India's strength at that time. In addition to always being shrewd, he showed on several occasions that he can be aggressive too. Remeber World Chmpnshp 85, Melbourne 81. My 12th man would be Zaheer, he would replace Prasanna/Kumble in tests where pitches are conducive to seam bowling. Also my keeper would be Kirmani though I must admit that it will be a tight race between him & Dhoni. What works in favor of Kirmani though is his excellant glovework for both pace & spin alike & his longevity without any injuries. Remember this is a specialist position & batting should not be the criteria as batting in this line up is immensely strong with 2 alrounders (Kapil & Mankad) backing up Sunny, Shewag, Dravid, Sachin & Laxman. Finally Mohinder, Gupte/Chandra, Dhoni-bkup WK & Amar Singh would complete my 16.
It is hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard the name of this legendary player. Sachin Tendulkar who is affectionately called Little Master by his fans is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. The 39-year-old Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 and still continue playing cricket. In his twenty-two years of cricket career, he has achieved many records in both Test and one-day international cricket. He is the highest run scorer and highest centurion in both format of the cricket game. So far he has scored 15470 runs in Test and 18426 runs in ODI respectively. He is the only player to reach the milestone of scoring a hundred centuries, including 51 centuries in Test and 49 centuries in ODI. He is also the only player to score fifty centuries in Test cricket. He is the first player to have scored double century in ODI cricket. He is also the first player to cross 10000 runs in one day cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar is the youngest debutant at the age of 16 years and 238 days and Farokh Engineer is the oldest debutant at the age of 36 years and 138 days. Anil Kumble is the leading wicket taker with 337 wickets to his name, and Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer with 18426 runs to his name from 452 innings at an average of 44.83. Currently, Tendulkar holds the record for playing the most number of ODI matches with 463. He also holds the world record for maximum number of Man of the Match titles. In ODIs, 418/5 is the highest runs scored by India in an innings. India's lowest total in an innings while batting is 54 runs. Currently, Rohit Sharma's score of 264 against Sri Lanka in November 2014 is the highest number of runs scored by any player in an ODI.
The biggest miss on the list is GR Visvanath, who has won India far matches than many who have scored far more run than him. The Indian Eleven, would be far poorer in his absence.
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VVS Laxman is in fairly good form of late. Batting lower down the order, the right-hander invariably comes up with match-saving, or match-winning, innings. He is rightly referred to as the 'Very Very Special' player.
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@Bamrolls: I do not dislike Kumble. But no way he gets ahead of any of the quartet. Being long in the tooth, I have seen 9 of this 11 in action at test and 1st class levels. Prasanna said Kumble would struggle to find a place in the 70s and I agree. Chandras record is more impressive because in those days there were few tests in a year, no one dayers, no coaches etc. One had to maintain form for a year without playing a test. It is easier if you are playing matches 12 months/year. Also the biggest fielding disaster was Prasanna with the physique of a sumo wrestler. There were also characters like P. Sharma and Kanitkar with plenty of blubber. Edges to 3rd man fetched two runs easily. Vishy was ok close in. Chandra was decent in the outfield by comparison. My educated guess is that we can subtract a couple of runs from the bowling averages of the 70s when comparing with the current era of bowlers. Anyway, I was pointing out that Menon's conclusion was wrong and based on sentimentality.
Accept everything except MSD here. It's a stupid joke that he is here. I can't remember any instance when (a) he went into bat when the going is tough, let alone score (when the going is good, he just runs in) and (b) he is acclaimed for his keeping abilities (even Kamran Akmal is sometimes praised for his keeping). As a captain, he got rid of senior players from ODI team, and has never shown any interest in picking the best team for the present or in building a team for the future. It's his luck that he is in the Indian team, luckier that he is the captain, and even more ridiculously lucky that he is in all time India's greats. All others in the greats' list influenced how the game is played in India and showed their utmost commitment to the game. Dhoni never has and never will. I am ashamed to be an Indian when my fellow Indians select him into the greats list. I am sorry for my outburst but I am truly disgusted.
@Beertjie: I know what you are talking abt and i will have to say i Agree, thats obviously true that this XI will loose against Aus or WI all time XI (maybe to Eng and Pak XI as well). But what i wanted to say or actually felt bad was that players like Sunny and Dravid deserve more respect than given in that comment by Navillus. I agree Lillee, Warnie, Macgrath or Miller wud be nightmare to face but you still cannot say that Dravid and Sunny in their prime will fail everytime to these greats. Sachin, Sunny and Dravid have score against all top bowlers and in all tough conditions winning matches for India. Everyone knows that we are no.1 in test because of our batting. If a team's batting alone can make such a diff then there has to be something special abt it. In an Era when WI dominated, Sunny was the best against them, in 1990s when there were some of the all time Great Bowlers around Sachin topped the averages for the whole decade and who has won more matches for us than 'The Wall'?
Jadeja’s stunning performance, which included 7-48 in the second innings as India won by an innings and 75 runs, catapulted him over four players in the rankings to sit just eight ranking points shy of Aswhin, who remains the world’s No.1 Test bowler.
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Sadagoppan Ramesh played just 19 Tests, in which he had 2 SDs, including one against Pakistan (60 and 96 in a series-levelling game remembered solely now for Anil Kumble’s 10 wickets in an innings). Nothing, including his low failure rate of 37%, justified his being discarded so early in his career.
Ben Stokes described the moment he became the highest paid England cricketer of all time as “complete carnage”, having learned of his £1.7m deal to play for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League during the early hours of yesterday morning via social media. But even the all-rounder’s surprise could not match that of the Sussex left-arm fast bowler, Tymal Mills, who from a reserve price of £60,000 finished up with a £1.4m deal to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, some two years after he nearly quit the game. With Eoin Morgan, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy and Chris Jordan also picking up contracts, it felt like a watershed moment for English cricketers in the auction and reflected the growing acceptance of the world’s most lucrative Twenty20 league by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Reborn Tymal Mills’s Twenty20 vision offers a glimpse into modern cricket Read more Stokes, 25, had gone into the auction widely tipped to be signed up and found himself the subject of a bidding war between five of the eight franchises. Pune, last year’s bottom-ranked side, secured his services for 14.5 crore rupees (£1.7m) ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad for seven times his starting price. The Durham all-rounder thus became the highest paid overseas player in the IPL and the second biggest IPL auction sale after the £1.9m deal for India’s Yuvraj Singh two years ago. Given the deal is roughly twice that of his combined international central contracts, Stokes will earn more than any England cricketer before him. “It’s a life changing amount of money,” said Stokes, who waited 40 minutes to go under the auctioneer’s hammer after setting his alarm for 3.30am. “I was following on Twitter, I didn’t actually see the auction live. I kept on refreshing. I saw people were tweeting and then I realised that Pune had got me. I wasn’t sure how much a crore was. It was complete carnage.” The seven-figure sum collected by Mills was arguably the more staggering, however, not least because he has won only four caps and came close to retiring in 2014 owing to the congenital back condition that has since forced him become a specialist Twenty20 player. Speaking from the United Arab Emirates, where he is playing in the Pakistan Super League, the 24-year-old said: “I was the lowest of the base prices because I just wanted to get picked up by a team. When my name came up I was nervous, giddy and jumpy. The bidding was quite slow but once it hit 10 crore I knew it was big money – but it kept going. “When it finished I did not know how much it was worth. When I worked it out I could not believe it, it did not seem real. It’s an amount of money that can change your life. It will for me.” Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, who secured £1.2m IPL deals in 2009, are the only English cricketers to have previously drawn such eye-watering numbers. The 2017 IPL's top-paid cricketers The 2017 IPL’s top-paid cricketers. But the deals did not stop at Stokes and Mills, with Woakes signing for Kolkata Knightriders for £500,000, the one-day captain Morgan joining Kings XI Punjab for £240,000, Roy going to Gujarat Lions for £120,000 and Chris Jordan earning £60,000 at defending champions Hyderabad. Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales, however, went unsold. It means there will be eight England internationals in this year’s IPL – Jos Buttler and Sam Billings already have deals from last year at Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils respectively – although only Mills may be available to play for the entire tournament, which runs from 5 April through to the final in Hyderabad on 21 May. With the Champions Trophy being held in England this summer, Morgan, as one-day captain, will likely be asked to return after four weeks in time for the one-day series with Ireland that starts on 5 May. The remaining six are expected to have until 14 May but will still miss the final week as they are expected to attend a training camp in Spain. IPL salaries are listed for the full duration of the seven-week league and they will therefore receive a pro-rata amount based on the number of games they can play. There are obliged payments back to the English county system too and in the case of Stokes this will see him docked 0.5% of his central contract for every day he is away, or around £140,000 overall. Away from the English recruitment, perhaps the biggest breakthrough came with deals for Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, who became the first from Afghanistan to sign for IPL teams. Both will play for Hyderabad, with Rashid, an 18-year-old leg-spinner, earning £480,000 and with Nabi, an off-spinning all-rounder, £36,000. Other big overseas earners in the auction were the South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (£600,000, Delhi), the New Zealand left-armer Trent Boult (£600,000, Kolkata) and Australia’s right-arm quick Pat Cummins (£550,000, Delhi). With 2017 the final IPL season before every player is put back into the auction next year, only 66 “lots” were sold this time. Karn Sharma, a leg-spinner, secured the highest price for an Indian cricketer with a £380,000 contract at Mumbai. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who featured in the 4-0 Test series victory over England in December, went unsold. Cricketwatchdogs IPL salaries are listed for the full duration of the seven-week league and they will therefore receive a pro-rata amount based on the number of games they can play. There are obliged payments back to the English county system too and in the case of Stokes this will see him docked 0.5% of his central contract for every day he is away, or around £140,000 overall.
Not a great team. Forget the recent hype, but Dhoni has no business being there. Kirmani is the best keeper. Sehwag has got the runs, but he is not the purist's delight. I will stay with Vijay Merchant, whose flowing drives along the carpet, on both sides of the wicket, must have delighted many a cricket lover. It was a toss up between Rahul Dravid and Polly Umrigar. I gave it to Umrigar, for being a great batsman, who bowled a bit. He bowled in tandem with Jasu Patel at Kanpur, against the Aussies and won us a game. Hazare was a surprise. I would stick to Vishwanath. Those wristy drives, were pure class. Vintage stuff. I have not seen Nissar, but I have read extensively about him. He is the best India has produced, and he just has to be there, although I am an admirer of Srinath too. Kumble has been a great bowler, throughout his career - but Subhash Gupte was in a class of his own. I endorse the rest of the selection. Cheers. https://www.cricketwatchdogs.com/2017/06/15/pakistan-beat-england-now-battle-cricket-matches-india-vs-pakistan/ With this magnitude of spin, the ball’s trajectory is much straighter and results in many wickets as the opposing batsman often plays down the wrong line of trajectory. As a result, Ashwin, who is one of the very few operators of this delivery in the world game, has one of the highest percentages of dismissals for leg before wicket in Test cricket to date.
Sports India has the best Blind Cricket Team in the world, but the players are languishing without jobs Some of them are living in near-penury. If you are a true cricket fan, you might want to help them. Devanik Saha Follow @devanikindia Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 12:25 Share @Whatsapp Share @Facebook Share @twitter Share @Email Share @google+ Share @reddit Earlier this month, the Indian cricket team made history by becoming the first team in 140 years to win against an Australian team in a bilateral series with three or more matches. With this spectacular performance, India has moved to Number 1 in the T20 ICC rankings. However, another cricket team from India, which has been performing astonishingly well but hasn’t got much recognition and attention, is India’s blind cricket team. In 2014, India won the Blind World Cup, when it beat Pakistan in the finals. But unfortunately, the Indian team is the only one which is not affiliated to its country’s national board. Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met the team and spoke about the team on his show, Mann Ki Baat, not much has changed and they are still struggling for support. The Indian blind cricket team was formed in 1998. Currently, the team is managed by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI). It is associated with World Blind Council, and is the apex body governing blind cricket in the country. Around 25 states are associated with CABI and it is the only authorizing body to get other teams to play blind cricket. Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is an independent entity - backed by Samarthanam Trust, a non-profit trust. They are in dire need of funds. The situation of the team members is pathetic. They are struggling financially, staying in hinterlands of Indian villages. Some live hand to mouth, doing odd jobs. Take for instance 29-year-old Ketan Patel, who is a partially blind cricketer, and has been playing for 12 years now. He won the Man-of-the-Series award for India's blind cricket team in the recently concluded ODI and T20 series in England, but is languishing without a job and any potential career growth. Despite many requests to the Gujarat government, Patel has been unsuccessful in finding much needed employment. Despite earning “enough” by rice farming and milk selling, Patel is struggling to make ends meet. Patel, who debuted in 2004 at the National Blind Championships in Chennai, is still hopeful. Despite their struggles, the team has been formidable and its performance exemplary. In December 2012, India won the first T20 world cup in Bangalore and in 2014, they won the ODI World Cup in Cape Town. It is the only blind team in the world that has won the T20, ODI and Asian championship. No other team has won all three championships. The team believes that donations and awareness will make a huge difference. With better equipment, they can perform better. And with some help from the government, they can get jobs and a life of dignity. BCCI is yet to recognize blind cricket and this is one of the team’s major demands as well, but it is not expected to happen anytime soon. In the last few years, the CABI supported by the Samarthanam Trust has always ensured that the Indian blind cricket team gets all the help it can get to compete at the international level but currently their funds have dried up. In the past, most of the cricketers have paid for the expenses out of their own pockets. Currently, their focus is on the upcoming T20 Blind World Cup in November and December this year, for which they are raising funds in partnership with Milaap, the fundraising portal. They are looking to raise a total of Rs 50 lakh which will help to pay for their kits, coaches and other expenses. If our readers wish to donate or support the team, here is the link.