Kohli fastest to 17 ODI tons

Statistical highlights from the sixth ODI between India and Australia in Nagpur, another high-scoring run chase…!!!

Virat Kohli brought up his hundred off 61 balls, India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur, October 30, 2013

Virat Kohli brought up his hundred off 61 balls, India v Australia, 6th ODI, Nagpur, October 30, 2013

  • Virat Kohli has taken 112 innings to hit 17 hundreds in ODIs, 58 fewer than Sourav Ganguly who was the fastest to 17 ODI hundreds before him. Saeed Anwar, the next quickest batsman to 17 ODI hundreds, took 177 innings.

  • Kohli aggregated 1000 runs in ODIs in 2013, when he crossed 82 runs in this innings. This is the third consecutive calendar year in which Kohli has aggregated 1000 or more ODI runs. He became the fourth batsman in ODIs after Sourav Ganguly (1997-2000), Sachin Tendulkar (1996-98) and MS Dhoni (2007-09) to hit 1000 or more ODI runs in three or more consecutive calendar years.

  • Kohli’s 61-ball hundred was India’s third-fastest in ODIs. He came close to bettering Virender Sehwag’s 60-ball hundred for the second time in 15 days. In the second match of this series, Kohli had broken India’s record for the fastest-hundred in ODIs, which was previously held by Sehwag.

  • Kohli scored his 11th hundred in chases and moved to second place, with Chris Gayle, in the list of batsmen with most centuries in chases. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 17 hundreds in chases. All of Kohli’s 11 hundreds in chases have resulted in wins. Only Tendulkar, with 14 hundreds in successful chases, has a better record. Five of these hundreds for Kohli have come chasing targets of 300 or more.

  • Kohli is the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions. In his last five innings, he has scores of 68*, 61, 100*, 68 and 115*. Between February 28 and July 21, 2012, he had scored four centuries and a 66 in five consecutive innings.

  • MS Dhoni became the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1000 or more ODI-runs against Australia. Dhoni has taken 29 innings, while Tendulkar took 20. Tendulkar has scored the most runs in ODIs against Australia. Dhoni scored his 34th unbeaten innings in successful chases. He has now moved ahead of Jonty Rhodes as the batsman to remain unbeaten the most number of times in successful chases.

  • The sixth ODI in Nagpur was only the second instance in ODI history that four individual centuries were scored. The first one also involved Australia, against Pakistan at Lahore in 1998. Australia ended up winning on that occasion, though.

  • India’s opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are by far the most prolific ODI pair of 2013: in 18 innings they’ve added 1068 runs at an average of 62.82. They’ve put together five century stands this year, no other pair has managed more than two.

  • Dhawan’s 100 – his fourth century in ODIs – took his aggregate in the format to 1000 runs. It took him only 24 innings to get there, which makes him the joint-fastest among Indians, with Virat Kohli. Only five batsmenhave got there in fewer innings.

  • Bailey’s series aggregate of 474 is the best by any batsman in a bilateral series. With one match still left, he has already gone past the previous record of 467, set by Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza in a five-match series against Kenya in 2009. Bailey is more than 100 runs clear of the next-best aggregate by an Australianin a bilateral series – Andrew Symonds had scored 365 in six innings on the tour to India in 2007.

  • During the course of his 156, Bailey went past 1500 ODI runs in only his 32nd innings. Only Hashim Amla has done it faster, in 30 innings.

  • Bailey has become only the ninth Australian to score 1000 or more ODI runs in a calendar year. In 19 innings this year, he has an aggregate of 1040, at an average of 69.33 and a strike rate of 98.29. Ricky Ponting achieved it six times, while Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Watson, and Mark Waugh did it twice each.

  • Shane Watson and Bailey both scored centuries, the first instance of Australia’s No. 3 and No. 4 batsmen getting hundreds in the same ODI. It was the tenth such instance for any team; the last time it happened was three years ago, in October 2010, by South Africa against Zimbabwe. It was only the third instance of two non-opening batsmen getting hundreds for Australia in an ODI.

  • Ravindra Jadeja, the bowler who finally dismissed Bailey is also the only one who has gone at less than a run a ball against him in the series. Against Jadeja, Bailey has scored 90 off 112 balls (run rate 4.82 per over). All the others have gone at more than six per over, with R Ashwin conceding the most runs – 106 off 86.
    Bailey v Indian bowlers in this series (Qual: 10 balls)
    Bowler Runs Balls Dismissals Runs per over
    R Ashwin 106 86 1 7.39
    Ravindra Jadeja 90 112 1 4.82
    Vinay Kumar 47 40 2 7.05
    Yuvraj Singh 45 35 0 7.71
    Ishant Sharma 44 31 0 8.51
    Bhuvneshwar Kumar 37 20 0 11.10
    Amit Mishra 33 28 0 7.07
    Mohammad Shami 29 16 0 10.87
  • Australia’s batsmen have struck 47 sixes in five matches in the series so far. It’s their highest in any bilateral series, and their second-highest in any series: they’d struck 67 sixes in 11 matches in the 2007 World Cup.


Dynamite Faulkner trashes India

Ishant Sharma ensured that MS Dhoni’s ton was in a losing cause.

What an over: Ishant Sharma

What an over: Ishant Sharma

MOHALI: Ishant Sharma snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as Australia robbed India by four wickets at the PCA Stadium on Thursday night to go into a 2-1 lead in the seven-game series. Stumbling in their pursuit of a challenging 304-run target, Australia looked out for the count when they collapsed to a stage where 44 were needed in 18 balls. This is when Ishant began his eighth over and in the space of six deliveries, and with a lot of help from James Faulkner, turned the match on its head by leaking four sixes and a boundary.

But if the lanky Delhi once-fast bowler was the definitive villain, Faulkner was the quintessential hero, one who overcame a crappy phase of his own to turn it on when it mattered.

The Aussie all-rounder smashed 30 in that fateful Ishant over and then slammed another six off Vinay Kumar in the final over to decide the game, with three balls remaining. Faulkner ended with a breathtaking 29-ball 64* (6×6, 2×4), but could very easily have been the antihero for his side at the halfway mark when MS Dhoni took 21 from his last over to drive India past 300.

The first essay was all about Dhoni’s perfectly-paced unbeaten 139. The Indian skipper entered the arena on 76/4 and looked like he was cramping as he went for his first run. That was about all the trouble he encountered in rescuing India from 154/6 in 32 overs to the healthy 303 they finally amassed. 

Dhoni figured in two vital partnerships (72 with Kohli, 76 with Ashwin) and corrected his dismal strike rate (he took 77 balls to reach his half-century) with trademark butchery at the ‘death’. His high swirler dropped by counterpart Bailey in the penultimate over, Dhoni went on to smash 35 runs in the balls remaining.

Bounced out

The bouncer spelled the end of most Indian batsmen. Much was expected of Shikhar Dhawan (8) at the site of his scintillating Test debut, but the southpaw fell jabbing Clint McKay to the wicketkeeper in the second over. Rohit Sharma (11) was done in by a Shane Watson rapid riser, while Suresh Raina (17) and local hero Yuvraj Singh (0) went to successive Mitchell Johnson short deliveries, the crowd silenced by a scoreboard that read 76/4 in the 14th over.

Kohli and Dhoni came together for 72 runs for the fourth wicket. For a change, the Delhi lad remained aground and laced his 73-ball 68 with nine hits to the fence, but no sixes. He was caught behind trying to hoick off-spinner Glenn Maxwell, and soon after Johnson picked up his third when another bouncer proved too good for Jadeja (2).

Chasing yet another target north of 300, Australia grafted 68 without losing a wicket. But from the moment Phil Hughes (22) fell to Vinay Kumar, the chase looked ill-fated. Aaron Finch (38) and Watson (11) fell to questionable leg-before decisions off Ishant and Jadeja respectively, and skipper Bailey (43) was trapped by Vinay in the first over of his second spell. Maxwell’s unfortunate run-out in the 37th over only made it worse. But Adam Voges (76*) played the holding role long enough for Faulkner to save Australia the day.

Finch stuns England with blazing 156

Australia 248 for 6 (Finch 156) beat England 209 for 6 (Root 90*) by 39 runs

Aaron Finch smashed his first T20 international hundred, England v Australia, 1st T20, Ageas Bowl, August 29, 2013

Aaron Finch smashed his first T20 international hundred, England v Australia, 1st T20, Ageas Bowl, August 29, 2013

Whether Australia can produce young batsmen who are able to occupy the crease in Test cricket remains up for debate. That they can produce batsmen who give it an almighty thump there is no doubt. Aaron Finch, the 26-year-old Victorian, ransacked England’s bowling with an eye-popping world record 156 as Australia secured their first victory in any format for 200 days.

It was a ferocious display of hitting from Finch, who had six previous T20 caps, as he tore England’s attack to shreds with a brutal display, in the process going well past Brendon McCullum’s 123 as the highest score in an international Twenty20. Australia’s eventual 248 for 6 was the second-highest total in a T20 international – and the highest in a match involving two Test nations – only Sri Lanka’s 260 against Kenya was out of reach and for a while it appeared they may cross that landmark too.

A couple of weeks ago in the Friends Life t20 quarter-final there was 200-plays-200 match and the consistency of the one-day pitches at the Ageas Bowl deserves much praise – 457 runs in 40 overs is value for money, even if to watch such a boundary-fest all the time would dull the senses. But to chase 249 would have bordered on miracle territory. England, not surprisingly, could not get close – although did pass 200 for only the fourth time in a T20 – despite Joe Root’s entertaining 90 off 49 balls. Tellingly, perhaps, England could only manage five sixes to Australia’s 18.

Fourteen of those came off Finch’s bat, another of the records that he broke during the onslaught. He began with a six first ball, picked up effortlessly off Steven Finn, and it was a theme that would continue throughout. Each of Finch’s landmarks came up with a six; his half-century, from 26 balls; his hundred, off 47, beating McCullum’s record, and his 150.

He was on track to beat Richard Levi’s 45-ball hundred against New Zealand, in Hamilton, as the fastest on the international stage but after reducing himself to a couple of singles had to settle for second spot when he launched his 47th delivery, from Stuart Broad, for another six. He was the first Australian to make a Twenty20 international hundred and it took him just 13 more deliveries to power past 150. By then, it had long since stopped being an even contest.

The bowlers had no answers, although not for the first time there was an absence of yorkers – anything fractionally off target was dispatched over the boundaries with strength, timing and, occasionally, some finesse; although this was not an innings of deft touch and placement. Finch’s sixes over the off side, one struck as he slid outside leg stump, were perhaps the most breathtaking.

Picking through the wreckage of England’s figures may seem a rather pointless task, but there are a couple of overs that stand out. Root’s only over cost 27 – he made the mistake of conceding a single to Shaun Marsh first ball – and Danny Briggs, on his home ground, was taken for 23 in his last, all by Finch. Following on from Martin Guptill’s huge innings in the one-day international here earlier in the season, this is not a favourite ground for England at the moment.

The only England bowler to have an economy rate in single figures was Jade Dernbach, which itself will bring surprise from many. He finally removed Finch and also dumbfounded Shane Watson with a back-of-the-hand slower ball after his 37 off 16 balls, in a stand of 99 in seven overs, had gone almost unnoticed.

Finch and Marsh had added 114 in nine overs for the second wicket having come together early following David Warner’s bizarre dismissal. Swinging with all his power, he top edged Broad’s second ball and, in the process, lost his bat which flew towards short fine-leg while Jos Buttler settled under the catch. Warner then had to walk back to collect his bat from an obliging England player who had picked it up. It was the high point of the innings for England.

But the crowd had another moment to savour. The opening over of the chase, bowled by the much-missed (at least by the England supporters) Mitchell Johnson, cost 17 and included two wides and three boundaries. Johnson, though, recovered from those early problems by trapping Michael Lumb lbw and then having Eoin Morgan caught at point while he touched 93mph on the speed gun.

But Josh Hazlewood created the most physical damage. Root needed treatment for a cut lip after a short ball from Hazlewood squeezed between his peak and grille. Warner, who had come close to inflicting something similar earlier in the tour, was the first Australian to go up to Root who, after a few minutes, did not seem overly troubled by the blow as he notched a 29-ball fifty and he later took 16 off Johnson’s last over much to the joy of the fans who stayed on to the bitter end.

In the seventh over there was also a significant moment. Fawad Ahmed, the legspinner, delivered his first international over. It went for 10 and his four overs ended up costing 43. It was not really an evening to be a spinner. His story remains a remarkable one but, for one night at least, it was trumped.


2015 World Cup: India and Pakistan in the same pool



Co-hosts of the 2015 Cricket World CupAustralia and New Zealand, have been drawn in the same group for the tournament, while title-holders India will face off against long-time rival Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.

The first match of the prestigious one-day tournament will be held in Christchurch, the New Zealandcity devastated by an earthquake in 2011, when the locals take on Sri Lanka on February 14.

The day-night final match will be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29.

Australia and New Zealand are grouped with England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qualifiers.

Title-holders India are pooled with Pakistan, South AfricaWest IndiesZimbabwe, Ireland and one other qualifying team.

The top four sides from each pool will go through to the knockout stage.

Forty-nine matches will be played in 14 venues across the two host nations, with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

New Zealand will host 23 games in seven cities, including Christchurch where international cricket is set to return for the first time since the 6.3-magnitude quake which killed 185 people in 2011.

Other New Zealand cities to host games are Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he was encouraged by the draw.

“We’ve had recent success over both Sri Lanka and England in one-dayers, so to face them and a qualifying team in the first three matches is certainly an encouraging draw for us,” he said.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who launched the tournament in Melbourne, said the contest would likely be watched by a global television audience of one billion.

“When it comes to 2015, I don’t think you’re going to be able to keep anyone away,” Rudd said.

“This is going to be a great, great world series.”

Pool A

England, Australia (co-host), Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand (co-host), Qualifier 2 (TBD), Qualifier 3 (TBD)

Pool B

South AfricaIndiaPakistanWest IndiesZimbabwe, Qualifier 1 (Ireland), Qualifier 4 (TBD)

Matches scheduled for February and March 2015

21 cricketing relics that will make you feel old

Times whooshes past us like a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer. Here’s why:

1.    Kids born in that week Sachin Tendulkar destroyed Australia in Sharjah would now be getting ready to write their SSC exams.

2.    This boy Matthew Fisher is 15 years old. He was born in 1997. He has started playing county cricket for Yorkshire this season. It has been a while since your fifteenth birthday, hasn’t it? 

3.    It has been 16 years since Reebok labeled Rahul Dravid ‘The Wall’ in theirTomorrow Is Mine campaign. 

4.    You actually remember Harsha Bhogle from an era when he had no hair… 

5.    … and Virender Sehwag from the era he had hair. 

6.    It’s been 20 years since Allan Border’s Cricket was released, and you remember thinking it was the most amazing video game you had ever played…

7.    … till Electronic Arts released Cricket 1997

8.    It’s 20 years since Shane Warne’s Ball Of The Century

9.    You actually remember Sunil Gavaskar from a time he had salt-and-pepper hair. The photograph on the left is from 1983. Gavaskar’s hair is jet black now. How intriguing!

10.    It has been six years since Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes against Stuart Broad and MS Dhoni lifting the World Twenty20 in South Africa.

11.    Y2K era kids are now getting ready to play international cricket.

12.    You remember watching Sachin Tendulkar bat in the 1992 World Cup.

13.    Parthiv Patel was just a child – 17 years old – when he made his Test debut in England in 2002. Here he is now, all grown up with his wife and daughter.

14.    It has been nearly six years since Tendulkar and Ganguly last opened the innings for India.

15.    It has been nine years since Indian Cricket, the only almanac we had for the longest time, shut shop. How many of you remember reading it?

Via MS Kadu/Wikimedia Commons

16.    It has been 11 since Sourav Ganguly waved that shirt on the balcony at Lord’s. But most of us remember it like it happened yesterday.

17.    Brian Lara’s 400 not out happened nine years ago.

18.    It has been eight years since a tennis elbow threatened to end Tendulkar’s career. He’s still around!

19. You remember watching cricket on TV in an era when looking at the graphic on the top-right, you could not understand which ball of the over was in progress.

20. The team of the 1996 World Cup was one of the finest Indian squads assembled. You remember the tournament like it had happened recently. Yet can you guess the current ages of the members of that team?

21. When Sachin Tendulkar started his international cricket in 1989, these were the top-grossing Bollywood films released that year. Of the actors above, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit have made a comeback to films. Anil Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Jackie Shroff have kids who are connected to the film world in some way. Nagarjuna is still a big deal down south. Bhagyashree has fallen off the radar. Salman Khan is still romancing nubile heroines. And Rajinikanth is… well… Rajinikanth.

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?