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TEAM INDIA’s WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN BACK ON TRACK

Team India is back with another convincing win against the in-form Bangladesh Cricket Team. INDIA played BANGLADESH (IND v BAN) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, Same Ground where India played England a day ago and lost the game by a narrow margin of 31 runs in the end. (IND vs ENG). Before that game, India was the only unbeaten team of the tournament when their dream run came to an end against England. Today’s Match against Bangladesh was rather important for India to ensure they are through to the Semi-Finals and will only be playing a future match for a better position on the table and not for the qualification.

INDIA VS BANGLADESH MATCH REVIEW

The Match today was an important one for Bangladesh in order to keep their hopes for qualification alive. India scored a fairly decent total of 314-9 in their 50 overs. It was some good death bowling from MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN who had a splendid 5 wicket haul. Rohit Sharma was the star of the show with his yet again a brilliant century knock of 104 runs on 92 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni yet again played a sensible inning of 35 on 33 balls to make India get past 300 marks when yet again India’s middle order and lower middle order failed to impress.

Also Read: MS DHONI RETIRING FROM ODI CRICKET?

Bangladesh started off cautiously and went off really well in the first 10, but as in most cases they lost quick wickets to Hardik Pandya who got 3 wickets, the Bangladeshi Innings was revived M Saifuddin and S Rahman, but 314 runs was huge ask after losing 6 wickets. Bangladesh was always behind the required scoring rate and though came close to the actual target, they could not cross the line in the end. J Bumrah closed the proceedings for Bangladesh getting quick wickets in the end, bagging 4 wickets to his name.

India now has secured their place in the top 4 and currently, are on 2nd position with 13 points. India still has one game left against Sri Lanka (IND vs SRI) on 6th-July.

IND vs ENG

Its subcontinent vs England

Pakistani and Indian fans join hands for IND vs ENG

World cup 2019 is on its peak. Many nail biters have come along and the game is getting even more exciting every day. Winning margins are narrowing and the matches are having more tighter finishes. Similar was the case yesterday when Pakistan played against Afghanistan. PAK vs AFG was one of the most thrilling matches in this World cup 2019 season. Pakistan won the match eventually by 3 wickets but the pursuit of relatively a small total was a very bumpy road for Pakistan and at one point after the Captain Sarfaraz’s dismissal the match was tilted towards the Afghanistan team but courtesy brilliant innings from Imad Wasim, Pakistan was able to come out of that hopeless situation and eventually chased down the target of 228 with 2 balls remaining.

Pakistan is currently on 4th position on the Points table with 9 points in their 8 games. If Pakistan is to stay at this 4th position then the Host team England needs to lose one of their Matches. England is facing one of the strongest team in the world cup, India today. ENG vs IND is not an eliminator for Team India but it surely is for their neighbors Pakistan who are hoping to qualify for the Semifinals if England loses one game against INDIA.

There have been very rarely such scenarios in the history of cricket where Pakistani fans would cheer for India, however, today marks as an exception in the history of the game because every Pakistani fan is closely watching the game between India v England and hoping for India to win.

Cricket as a game is doing wonders here, Two nations which are hardly ever on the same page are cheering together against a common opponent England. Whatever the result may be but this moment will go down in history as one of the most emotional moments where Indian and Pakistani fans joined forces at a cricket ground.



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PAK vs ENG Series recap

ENGLAND vs PAKISTAN SERIES RECAP

PAK VS ENG AND SERIES COMPLETE SUMMARY

A scheduled tour of Pakistan cricket team to England comes to an end, not with the desirable results for the Pakistan cricket team but for the England cricket team, it couldn’t be any better right before entering into the ODI world cup. The tour was scheduled from 5th of May to 19th of May 2019. Series comprised of only one Twenty 20 (T20) and five One day Internationals (ODIs).

Before the actual series Pak vs Eng, there were three warm-up matches of the Pakistan cricket team with club teams of England for the practice purpose.

THE WARM-UP MATCH:

Pakistan vs Kent County

The first warm-up match was between Pakistan cricket team and Kent county cricket club in which Pakistan scored 358-7 in 50 overs, which in return Kent county cricket club able to scored only 258 and bowled out in 44.1 overs. The match was played on 27th of April 2019 at Beckenham. Imad Wasim was the hero of that match scored 117 of just 78 balls alongside Fakhar Zaman and Harris Sohail’s 50s.

SCORECARD SUMMARY:

PAKISTAN 358-7 (50 overs)
Imad Wasim                                                   117*(78) Imran Qayyum                                               4/45(10)
Fakhar Zaman                                                    76(59) S Snater                                                           1/68(10)
KENT 258 (44.1 overs)
AJ Blake                                                               89(48) Yasir Shah                                                       3/90(10)
OG Robinson                                                      49(76) Faheem Ashraf                                                 2/16(5)

THE SECOND WARM-UP MATCH:

Pakistan vs Northampton shire

The second warm-up match was played between the Pakistan Cricket team and Northamptonshire cricket club on  29th of April 2019 at the Northampton cricket ground where Northamptonshire scored 273-6 in their 50 overs which was very comfortably chase by Pakistan cricket team in just 41 overs and won by 8 wickets. Fakhar Zaman was brilliant from the bat scored fantastic 101, alongside Imam Ul Haq who scored eye-catching 71.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 273-6 (50 overs)
JJ Cobb                                                          146*(145) Harris Sohail                                                     1/18(5)
BA Hutton                                                         27*(32) Mohammad Hasnain                                      1/30(7)
PAKISTAN 275-2 (41 overs)
Fakhar Zaman                                                  101(81) NL Buck                                                             1/52(7)
Imam Ul Haq                                                      71(79) IG Holland                                                         1/57(8)

THE THIRD WARM-UP MATCH:

Pakistan vs Leicester shire

The third warm-up match was played between Pakistan cricket team and Leicestershire cricket club on the 1st of May 2019 at Leicester cricket ground where Pakistan scored 200-6 in 20 overs. Leicestershire in return failed to chase the target and only able to score 142 and bowled out in 19.2 overs with 4 balls remaining. Babar Azam was amazing with the bat this time scored 101 on just 63 balls alongside Fakhar Zaman scored 52 of just 30 balls.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

PAKISTAN 200-6 (20 overs)
Babar Azam                                                      101(63) D Klein                                                               2/31(4)
Fakhar Zaman                                                    52(30) BWM Mike                                                        3/38(4)
LEICESTERSHIRE 142 (19.2 overs)
CF Parkinson                                                      27(22) Imad Wasim                                                     2/19(4)
BWM Mike                                                         37(26) Shaheen Shah Afridi                                    2/12(2.2)

PAK VS ENG FIRST T20 MATCH:

The first t20 of the scheduled tour between Pakistan and England was on the 5th of May 2019 at Cardiff where Pakistan scored 173-6 in 20 overs with the help of Harris and Babar’s fifties. England in return chase this total very easily with 4 balls remaining and won by 7 wickets with the help of destructive batting of captain Eoin Morgan who scored 57 of just 29 balls.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

PAKISTAN 173-6 (20 overs)
Harris Sohail                                                       50(36) TK Curran                                                          1/28(4)
Babar Azam                                                        65(42) JC Archer                                                           2/29(4)
ENGLAND 175-3 (19.2 overs)
EJG Morgan                                                      57*(29) Imad Wasim                                                     1/24(4)
JE Root                                                                47(42) Shaheen Shah Afridi                                        1/35(4)

PAK VS ENG FIRST (1st) ODI :

The first one day international between Pakistan and England was abandoned due to rain. The match was scheduled on 8th of May 2019 at Oval, London. The match was disturbed twice after that rains start heavily which causes abandoned of the match.

PAK VS ENG SECOND (2nd) ODI:

Second one day international between Pakistan and England was scheduled on 11th of May 2019 at Southampton where England set up a mammoth total of 373-3 in 50 overs with the help of demolishing batting off Jos Buttler who scored 110 of just 55 balls at a strike rate of 200. Pakistan in return played well but fall just 12 runs short of the target, score 361-7 in 50 overs, where Fakhar Zaman scored Brilliant 138 of 106 balls.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

ENGLAND 373-3 (50 overs)
JC Buttler                                                        110*(55) Yasir Shah                                                         1/60(7)
JJ Roy                                                                   87(98) Shaheen Shah Afridi                                     1/80(10)
PAKISTAN 361-7 (50 overs)
Fakhar Zaman                                                138(106) LE Plunkett                                                        2/64(9)
Asif Ali                                                                 51(36) DJ Willey                                                         2/57(10)

PAK VS ENG THIRD (3rd) ODI:

The third one day international between Pakistan and England was scheduled on the 14th of May 2019 at Bristol, where Pakistan set a score of 358-9 in 50 overs in which imam contribute with his bat and scored a mind-blowing 151 of 131 balls. England opening pair was in the mood of demolishing the Pakistan bowling lineup and they did it perfectly. They comfortably chase a total of 358 in 44.5 overs and won the match by 6 wickets. Bairstow scored 128 of 93 balls.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

PAKISTAN 358-9 (50 overs)
Imam Ul Haq 151(131) CR Woakes                                                     4/67(10)
Asif Ali 52(43) TK Curran                                                        2/74(10)
ENGLAND 359-4 (50 overs)
JM Bairstow 128(93) Imad Wasim                                                     1/58(7)
JJ Roy 76(55) Junaid Khan                                                      1/57(8)

PAK VS ENG FOURTH (4th) ODI:

The fourth one day international between Pakistan and England was scheduled on the 17th of May 2019 at Nottingham, where Pakistan once again accomplished in setting up a total of more than 300. Pakistan cricket team scored 340-7 in 50 overs in which Babar Azam was dominating the Pakistan batting lineup with his Brilliant 115 of 112 balls. England once again put Pakistan bowling line in pressure from the very start of the innings and chase the target in 49.3 overs with 3 balls remaining and won by 3 wickets. Jason Roy was brilliant with the bat, scored 114 0f just 89 balls.

SCORE CARD SUMMARY:

PAKISTAN 340-7 (50 overs)
Babar Azam                                                    115(112) MA Wood                                                       2/71(10)
Mohammad Hafeez                                          59(55) TK Curran                                                        4/75(10)
ENGLAND 341-7 (50 overs)
JJ Roy                                                                 114(89) Imad Wasim                                                   2/62(10)
BA Stokes                                                          71*(64) Mohammad Hasnain                                    2/80(10)

PAK VS ENG FIFTH (5th) ODI:

The final one day international between Pakistan and England was scheduled on the 19th of May 2019 at Leeds, where England score another total of 300+ runs. With the help of Morgan and Root’s Fifties, England scored 351-9 on 50 overs. Pakistan starts of very bad, opening stand fails badly in this match, Pakistan only able to score 297 and bowled out in 4.5 overs and England won it comfortably by 54 runs. Chris Woakes was brilliant with the ball taking wicket haul for just 54 runs. England whitewashed Pakistan cricket team and entering the world cup with great momentum.

ENGLAND 351-9 (50 0vers)
JE Root                                                                84(73) Shaheen Shah Afridi                                     4/82(10)
EJG Morgan                                                        76(64) Imad Wasim                                                   3/53(10)
PAKISTAN 297 (46.5 overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed                                                 97(80) CR Woakes                                                     5/54(10)
Babar Azam                                                        80(83) AU Rashid                                                      2/54(7.5)

SERIES OUTCOME: PAK vs ENG

PAKISTAN Team’s Performance and takeaways from the series:

THE BAD:

From Pakistan perspective, Pakistan doesn’t get the momentum they wanted before entering the world cup. This was the continuous 10th defeat of the Pakistan team which ultimately affect the team combination, the atmosphere of the dressing room and also the Psych of the players.

If we talk about practicing in the England conditions to be aware of the world cup conditions, it is well and good but if we talk about batting, bowling, and fielding, the Pakistan team was very down in all the departments of the cricket. They bowl very poorly, no early swing from the new ball, no reverse swing later with the old ball, no variations seen from Pakistani bowlers, Yorkers were also missing in the dead overs from Pakistani bowlers.
Pakistan raised its fielding standards in recent past but in this series, fielding was below the standard and fitness was also an issue in this series.

THE GOODS:

not so much good to account for from this series however, In batting there are few positive points for Pakistan team, openers are very much in form which is the good sign for Pakistan team, middle order works properly, but there was always a hard hitter missing in the lower order which could take up the momentum towards the end and help the team in setting up a huge and Asif Ali filled this spot for Pakistan also plunging his way into the World cup squad.

As a sum up, Pakistan team need a lot of hard work in all department of cricket to make a strong comeback in the world cup as a champion. They have full knowledge of their weaknesses now and they are well aware of the conditions and what they will be up against in WorldCup 2019.

ENGLAND Team’s Performance and takeaways from the series:

All Looking Good for England Team:

If we look at the series from the England perspective, the series was full of positivity and ultimately ending up the series on a positive note always helps the teams to get crucial momentum. As this series was the final series of England before the world cup, England got the full benefit of the series, test their new young boys, tested their batting line, bowling line and their fitness too. Entering into the world cup with whitewashed a team in something every team is dreaming off. If we talk about batting, it outclassed Pakistan bowling line up. Openers are in such a great form, the middle order is like a great wall and the most important thing is that lower order can bat too which is a bonus point for the England team. If we look at bowling, England tests too many young bowlers like Curran and Archer who did their job fantastic and brilliantly well in this entire series. These young guys add some pace in the England bowling lineup with great accuracy. Fielding and fitness of English players are always up to the mark.

CONCLUSION:

If we sum up the entire situation, England is on the top of the entire series as well as on the top of favorites for the world cup by different analysts and by different legends of the cricket. They are so perfect in each department either it is batting, bowling or fielding.

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Shahid Afridi Book THE GAME CHANGER

SHAHID AFRIDI BOOK GAME CHANGER

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SHAHID AFRIDI

Shahid Afridi needs no introduction.”Boom Boom Afridi” has been Pakistani Star All-rounder famous for his blistering hitting of the cricket ball. On 4th October 1996, Shahid Afridi came into the cricketing world with a bang, Stunning the world with his exceptional and clean hitting scoring Fastest century in cricket history (100 on 36 balls).

He has many a time stunned the world with his epic hitting skills. Shahid Khan Afridi has his name written for many records in cricket including Most sixes by batsmen and most number of “Man of the Match Awards” however he has also been in the headlines for non-cricketing reasons as well over his 20 years of career.

Shahid Afridi retired from International Cricket (ODI Format) right after ICC WORLD CUP 2015, Since then he has been mostly busy with his NGO “Hope Not Out”. Shahid has recently written a book which has caught all the media attention and Shahid has been in the spotlight once again due to some cheeky things he mentioned within his biography. Shahid Afridi’s Book is rightfully titled ” GAME CHANGER” just the way he was.

THE GAME CHANGER

Shahid Afridi’s book game changer has revealed many controversial things including Team politics, Board politics and some of the players. Shahid Afridi.

KEY POINTS OF SHAHID AFRIDI’s BOOK “GAME CHANGER”

SHAHID AFRIDI’s BOOK IMPORTANT POINTS and REVIEW

  • Shahid very bluntly told his “ACTUAL AGE” every one from his book saying that he was indeed not 16 years of age on his debut instead he was 19 years old.
  • Shahid Afridi has initially written about his humble beginnings and initial childhood days.
  • Shahid also told us that he scored his first 36 ball Fastest century of the world with Sachin Tendulkar’s BAT! yes, that’s right. Sachin gave his bat to Waqar Younis to make him a similar bat from Sialkot and Waqar let Shahid play with the bat when he was going in to bat before that world record innings. No Wonder SACHIN TENDULKAR had an indirect secret hand in making Shahid a star he is today.
  • Then he spoke about the legendary players from Pakistan like Javaid Miandad, Waqar Younis, and Wasim Akram. For Javed Miandad, he used the word “Weak Human” and told a story when Afridi scored his first test century Miandad asked Afridi to give his performance credit to Javed in front of everyone. Similarly, about Waqar Younis, he says that he was a terrible Captain and a poor Coach as well. He did praise Wasim Akram referring his as his mentor. There is a lot more in the book to read about such stories and instances form Shahid Afridi’s life.
  • Shahid Afridi also discussed the dirty politics inside Pakistan Cricket and between players.
  • He also explained how he was a pure bowler and always meant to be a bowler but people made him batsmen and always expected sixes from his making him live in a confusion for all his career.
  • Shahid also discussed his party life before marriage and a little about his affairs and some funny stories related to it like once when he was impressed by a girl over phone and her voice was so lovely but when Shahid wanted to meet her and invited her in his home. it was a 14-year-old young boy and he felt embarrassed and he and his family met that young boy and spent the day with him.
  • Shahid also wrote about his political views. Shahid Wrote about Imran Khan, Praising him as a cricketer however he is of the view that Imran Khan’s party members aren’t competent enough to deliver.
  • Similarly, Shahid Afridi also discussed Bilawal Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari and shared a story where Bilawal was used as a scapegoat by Zardari to force indulge Shahid into their political gatherings and rallies.
  • Shahid Afridi also expressed his views about Nawaz Shareef, He says that no matter what you think of Nawaz Shareef and he may well be involved in corruption and all but “HE KNOWS HOW TO DELIVER FOR PAKISTAN”. he compared cities and gave an example of developments in Lahore city of Punjab (Where Nawaz Shareef ruled) compared to Karachi and other cities.
  • He also expressed his views about Military establishment of Pakistan where he wrote that Military should stay away from the politics and why they keep interfering in the countries politics when there is no need of it and they should simply stick to their own job.

CONCLUSION

Overall its a fine book with some mistakes and some contradictions here and there, however, Shahid Afridi has exposed some hard realities of cricket and especially Pakistan Cricket which has taken the fans by storm and its a good read. Controversies like legendary players like Miandad, Waqar Younis, and others are there with the sad events of Spot Fixing and Afridi’s Role in It. Overall if you are a Shahid Afridi fan it’s a must-read for you.

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ENGvPAK 5ODI series

England won the 5th-Match ODI series 4-0

Pakistan Lost 4th- ODI match to England

Pakistan lost another high scoring game to England in ongoing 5 match ODI series. This England vs Pakistan series is more of a World Cup preparation for both the teams. After the first ODI was abandoned due to rain at THE OVAL (London). Rest has been a complete struggle for the visitors where they have played and lost 4 High scoring matches on the trot.

England has Won the 5-ODI match series with a convincing 4-0 lead with also winning the final 5th-ODI match held at Leeds. All Matches were high scoring matches with 350 runs on average scored in each game. Pakistani batting was rather competitive during all three ODIs. Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq and Babar Azam score centuries and Asif Ali also chipped in with consecutive 50s. Captain Sarfraz also coming back into touch after a long time, scored 97 runs when he was run out in a funny way courtesy Jos Buttler’s acrobatics with his leg. However, it was Pakistan Team’s bowling which led them down on these flat pitches. Pakistani bowling is fairly more use to play on flat pitches in UAE however to everyone’s surprise Pakistani Bowlers were below power in all three matches. Ordinary bowling was further led down by poor ground fielding regardless of some young legs in the side, the fielding was a stress for the visitors in all three matches.

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Not only the side looks low on confidence but also the worries of right bowling combination for the world cup is a headache now for the head coach Micky Arthur. Muhammad Amir will join the stumbling bowling lineup in World Cup 2019, However, with his out of form poor run in the past series this year, people are skeptical of any quick improvements.

On the other hand, this series was not only a huge confidence booster for the England side moreover they managed to test all players on the bench for the coming World Cup Squad. Players like TOM CURRAN, JOE DENLY, and JOFRA ARCHER showed promise and performed very well making it ever so difficult for the England selectors to pick and drop players for the World Cup Squad.


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Amir and Asif are back

Muhammad Amir and Asif Ali are Back for WorldCup 2019

Muhammad Amir and Asif Ali who were left out of Pakistan’s World Cup squad initially are now called back into the side as confirmed by the PCB’s selection committee headed by Inzimam-ul-Haq.

Previously Both Players were dropped because of their poor run in ODI format this year but were given one last chance in the PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND ODI series. The recent announcement from Chairman selection committee can after Asif Ali made full use of this opportunity and scored consecutive 50’s in 2nd and 3rd ODIs against England. All matches have been high scoring matches where a striker like Asif Ali can be more than handy in the late order to boost strike rate.

On the contrary, Muhammad Amir who is currently medically ill amid chicken pox is included in the side due to the poor run of Pakistani fast bowlers against England where they have conceded more than 350 runs consistently and none of the top 4 bowlers have shown any significant performance for the side.

Wasim Akram and other former cricketers including Ramiz Raja also spoke about the Amir’s case and why he should be in Pakistan’s World Cup Campaign 2019. With recent poor performances by Faheem Ashraf and untested New inclusion of Abid Ali had made ways for Amir and Asif. Both players are set to get into the WC squad replacing Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali for WC 2019.

We can only hope that Amir can get his mojo back in the coming major event and perform for Pakistan just as he did in the ICC Champions trophy. Whereas Asif is already back in form and he just needs to continue his form into the world cup 2019. Still, there are a couple of matches against England left in the series where Asif needs can take his recent confidence to uplift his performance in the coming games.

Ball Tampering Cases

TOP 8 Ball Tampering Controversies in Cricket

CONTROVERSIES, CHEATING AND THE CRICKET WORLD

Cricket world, cricket, and the cricketers are always surrounded by controversies. Controversies and cricket go hand in hand. There have always been controversial happenings inside and outside the playing field however this modern-day cricket has come a long way in scrutinizing the causes with some new ICC rules and code of conduct.

Whenever there is a mega-event such as ICC World Cup or any other mega tournament there is always a great chance of controversies popping up due to the competitive nature of the game. This gentlemen game demands a fair play with big hearts and sportsmen spirit which sometimes is found lacking or players overtrying their part to get results for sides no matter what reason controversies are bound to occur.

Recently cricketing world have been largely dealing with controversies like MATCH FIXING, SPOT FIXING, and BALL TAMPERING.

BALL TAMPERING IN CRICKET:

There is a long past history of ball tampering in cricket and sadly such cases came out from some of the biggest names in the game. In good old days, there were no such rules which prevented the tampering with certain things and the coin, the bottle cap and the nails were common tools of players to tamper with the Ball. But with the advent of Reverse swing, everyone wanted to make the ball swing in the air and hence players figured ways to tamper with the ball to get the desired effect.

WHAT IS BALL TAMPERING?

Ball tampering is an unlawful act in the game of cricket in which alteration of the surface of the ball is done by the fielders or the bowler itself to interfere with the aerodynamics of the ball and to aid its movement in the air.

According to the cricket law, fielders and the bowlers are only allowed to shine the ball or to dry the ball with the towel if the ball is wet. If anyone wants to remove dirt from the ball it is done in the supervision of on-field umpires. If the surface of the ball is altered by the fingernail, rubbing on the ground, or by any other sharp object, it will be in the context of ball tampering.

PURPOSE BEHIND THE BALL TAMPERING:

The main and foremost purpose behind the ball tampering is to get the ball to swing or bring to obtain favorable bowling conditions. Normally, players apply saliva to shine the one surface of the ball which helps them to swing the ball with the shine which is legal however in case of ball tampering, players rub the surface of the ball by sharp objects like Nails, spikes, bottle caps, sandpapers which alter the surface of the ball and because of this act ball swings more in the air. Bowlers also get a reverse swing which is gold in the death overs and very difficult for the batsmen to deal with.

BUT WHAT IS REVERSE SWING?

This whole thing works on the principal of Air pressure, as on shiny surface air can flow smoothly whereas on the rough surfaces its flow is not smooth, In case of cricket ball the difference of ball surface condition on either side of the seam can make on side of the ball experience lesser air pressure and thus ball swings that way. Cricket Ball has to be shiny on one side and rough on the other to be able to swing in the air commonly referred to as REVERSE SWING. Which is indeed very difficult to play.

Players usually do tamper the ball whenever there are unfavorable conditions for bowling. Tampered ball swings much which helps bowler to do something better with the ball in such a difficult situation.

HISTORY OF BALL TAMPERING:

Cricket history is full of such incidents where a single individual or a few teammates were involved in ball tampering. Ball tampering causes serious damage to the integrity of this game. Ball tampering not only damaged the image of the game but also some fine careers of great players as they were banned for years or fined from their match fee. In the past, there are so many legendary cricketers who were also involved in such sorts of activities directly or indirectly. Waqar Younus was the first who receive a suspension and fined 50% of his match fees in 2000.

MICHAEL ATHERTON:England

England’s captain Michael Atherton against South Africa in a test match in 1994 at lords was accused of ball tampering. Atherton caught by the cameras when he put his hand in his pocket and then rub something on the ball. Atherton denied that allegation of ball tampering and give a statement that he had dirt in his pocket which he used to dry his hands. This whole infamous episode is termed as “dirt in the pocket”.

WAQAR YOUNIS:

Waqar Younis, a Pakistani legendary fast bowler known for his accuracy, pace and deadly Yorkers was also involved in Ball tampering activity in 2000 where he received a suspension and 50% of his match fees for his role in ball tampering. He was the first player to officially receive a suspension and was fined for ball tampering.

SACHIN TENDULKAR:

Even the Masters can at time flaunter and can be found wanting in this cruel game of cricket. Sachin Tendulkar who is probably the “King of modern-day Cricket” was allegedly involved in one such case. In 2001 against South Africa in a test match, match referee suspended Tendulkar for ball tampering. Tendulkar denied the allegation and said that he only removed a piece of grass which was stuck in the seam and was not involved in tampering of any kind. meanwhile, took notice and later ICC removed all the charges on Tendulkar for ball tampering, though ICC still said that he cleaned the ball without the permission of the umpires which is against the ICC code of conduct and the rules of the game.

RAHUL DRAVID:

In 2004 in Australian tri-series against Zimbabwe Rahul Dravid who was a very established and seasoned cricketer from India was caught by the cameras when he was engaging in questionable activities with the ball used. He apparently rubbed the shiny surface of the ball. Rahul Dravid was fined 50% of his match fee for his wrongdoings.

ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM:

Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, that he used mint saliva to polish the side of the ball which remain for a long time and gave the ball more swing. This admission came 3 years after the conclusion of the ashes 2005 series in which England beat Australia 2-1.

PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM:

In 2006, Pakistani Team was penalized by the match umpires for tampering with the ball. In this Test match between Pakistan vs England, Pakistan refused and denied that no ball tampering was done by them. As a protest, Pakistan refused to continue to play after tea and did not come out to continue with the Match. Umpires then decided the match in favor of England as per the cricket laws. Darrel Harper was criticized for his decision and the controversy drew deeper when Harper was unable to provide significant proof of any tampering with the ball. He retired from his umpiring career later.

STEVE SMITH, DAVID WARNER and CAMERON BANCROFT

Last year in March 2018, the Australian cricket team was in South Africa, during the third test match of the series when the Australian side was in serious trouble, Steve Smith gave the ball to the Bancroft which was then tampered with the sandpaper, caught by the television cameras. afterward, Cricket Australia had to tackle the matter, which they did with a strict approach, and after accepting their mistake, all three players including Warner and Smith were banned for a year from international and from domestic cricket as well. Bancroft did that act on instructions of both senior player so Cricket Australia minimize his banned and allow him to play domestic cricket in December last year. Steve Smith and David Warner finished their punishment later this March-29th and were free to play international cricket from March 2019 onwards. After this scandal, the Australian coach stepped down from his role and Justin Langer took over the office. In a very emotional presser, Smith apologized to his fans and promised Aussie board and his nation not to repeat this at any cost. The entire scandal is known as “Sandpaper Gate” scandal.

PAKISTAN VS ENGLAND ODI SERIES 2nd ODI AND LIAM PLUNKETT:

LIAM PLUNKETT ALLEGEDLY TAMPERED WITH THE BALL

Pakistan is playing England in their last series before the ICC World Cup, as to finalize their preparation in which 1 T20 and 5 ODI are scheduled. T20 was won by England side quite comfortably while the first ODI was abandoned due to rain. In 2nd ODI England put a massive total on the board of 374 runs. Pakistan in reply started off very well but in the last overs ball started to reverse which grabbed the attention of the match officials.

Cameras caught Liam Plunkett tampering with the ball, He was allegedly rubbing his nails over the white cricket ball to make one side rough enough for reverse swing. The ball condition was very poor in the last overs as it can clearly be seen in the leaked video of the alleged ball tampering.

ICC AND BALL TAMPERING OF LIAM PLUNKETT

This wasn’t the first case of ball tampering from England side none the less, over media pressure ICC took notice but later ICC dropped off all allegations of ball tampering after further investigation into the matter, ICC has given clean chit to Liam Plunkett and so far there has been no objection from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) over the matter. This ICC decision of dropping off the tampering case related to the richest cricket board “ECB” was not so well received by the cricket fans around the world as many believe that there was certainly something fishy going on as seen in the Plunkett closeup video. Though no action was taken on this ball tampering case it certainly raised some Eyebrows leaving fans wondering about the ICC system of justice.

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Mitchell Starc Aussie Bowler

Starc to add some spark! Mitchell Starc is Back

Mitchell Starc who is the front-line attack bowler for Australian team was out nursing a pectoral injury for the past three months. Starc is now back in the team playing in the ongoing 3 practice match series for World Cup 2019 against New Zealand.  Series between Australia vs New Zealand is now leveled 1-1 after New Zealand won the second ODI comfortably by 7 wickets and 16 balls to spare. Starc once again proved to be the cornerstone of the Aussie pace attack, apart from Starc Aussie bowling attack looked one rather dimensional and shaky as the World Cup candidate Kane Richardson was again not amongst the wickets finishing with 52-0 in his 10 overs. Whereas the SA Abbott was the most expensive of the lot giving away 57 in 7.2 overs. Nathan Lyon the spinner called in for World Cup 2019 squad was also wicketless. However, Mitchell Starc was the only standout performer with 2 quick wickets in his short 5 over spell giving away just 14 runs. In Batting Steve Smith also shined with his unbeaten 89* runs innings showing positive signs for the upcoming mega event.

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Mitchel Starc Bowling Stats:

29 years of age Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal since his debut in 2010. He has very good numbers especially in the shorter formats of the game. In ODI’s he has been the go-to man for his captain under pressure situations. Here are Mitchel Starc’s career stats.

Cricket Format Matches Wickets Economy Average
Test 2011- 51 211 3.39 28.2
ODI 2010- 75 145 4.95 21.4
T20I 2012- 23 31 6.76 19.1
T20 2009- 86 128 7.14 17.5

Starc Bringing Balance to the Australian Bowling Lineup

At first Australians had Mitchell Johnson and then came Mitchell Starc, Johnson was known for his raw pace while the Starc brought more seam control to the Aussie bowling lineup, though fast enough Starc has a remarkable control especially in case of white ball and he has been nailing the job for a good decade now for team Australia with his bowling. He has been the star of several tournaments for Australia however his amazing performance ICC World Cup 2015 remains the highlight of his career where he was also given the Player of the Tournament award. Looks like Starc is back just in time to raise the hopes of Aussie fans as Australian team needed him badly. The Aussie attack was looking extremely one dimensional and some time out of sorts against good opponents on good decks. With Starc’s experience and expertise, this is to change now and Australia will now move into the ICC World Cup 2019 with a very well-balanced side.

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Avengers Endgame

IPL 2019 AVENGERS ENDGAME IS HERE!

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2019 (VIVO IPLt20 2019)

Indian premier league, in the undisputed king of all cricket Leagues and it is one of the biggest T20 league across the globe where players from all over the world take part and make it successful. As IPL editions progress, more and juicier clashes between the teams come up and make this event more eye-catching and more successful than ever.

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WE ARE IN THE ENDGAME NOW!

As we all know the Indian premier league is in its full swing and the mega event has just stepped into the playoffs now. The top four teams of the edition CSK, MI, SUN and DC are playing against each other to make into the finals and lift the marvelous IPL trophy.

This Edition of VIVO IPLt20 12 2019 was packed with crazy ups and downs all the way and juvenilized the fans throughout the season to the playoffs now. Four best teams (Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Delhi) made it to the qualifiers. Yet again the major upset was the Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli finishing last in the IPL Points table yet again. It was a major led down for the franchise as they lost all 6 matches upfront making their chances of reaching playoffs very slim.

THE IPL TOP FOUR AVENGERS ASSEMBLE.

The point table is headed by MI (Mumbai Indians), Played 14 matches, Won 9, Lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.421, followed by CSK (Chennai Super Kings) at second position, Played 14 matches, Won 9, Lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.131. DC (Delhi Capitals) is at third position, played 14 matches, won 9 matches, lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.044. SRH (Sun Risers Hyderabad) is at spot 4, played 14 matches, won 6, lost 8, with 12 points and a net run rate of +0.577.

The point table shows how pivotal this IPL competition was between the four where the top 3 teams of IPL ended up with equal 18 points, positioned on the basis of net run rate. This shows the intensity of competition among all the teams.

PLAYOFFS! WHO IS PLAYING WHO?

FIRST MATCH (QUALIFIER 01): CSK vs MI

The first match of playoffs or the big Qualifier 01 was between CSK vs MI and it means the winner of this qualifier directly make it to the VIVO IPL2019 FINALS, which is MI (Mumbai Indian) now as they have beaten CSK to get into the FINALS. And the loser of the qualifier (CSK) still has a second chance to play against the winner of eliminator 01 to take a spot in the finals.

Qualifier 01 was between MI vs CSK, which was won by Mumbai Indians (MI) quite comfortably by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare. The loser of Qualifier 01 MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super King has a chance to play against the winner of eliminator 01 scheduled on 08-May-2019 between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals. (SUN vs DC)

MUMBAI MADE IT TO THE IPL 2019 FINAL

Mumbai Indians is among the most successful teams of the league. Mumbai Indians are the three-time winners of IPL. And this time in qualifier 01 Mumbai Indians made it directly into the finals.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is by far the most successful team of the IPL. They hold the winning record with Mumbai Indians of 3 times. The defending champions are the only team of IPL who made it into the playoffs every time they played an IPL edition. Due to some terrible reasons, CSK was suspended for two years. Despite those 2 years, CSK always made into the final four and they have won the IPL trophy three times. yes, that’s right three times and they still have a chance to take another one home.

2nd MATCH (ELIMINATOR 01): SRH vs DC

2nd match of playoff or the eliminator 01 is between the teams at spot 3rd and 4th. Winner of this Eliminator 01 Play against the loser of Qualifier 01 (Chennai Super Kings), while the loser of Eliminator will go home! Eliminator 01 is between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals, which will be an interesting match for sure. This is the golden chance for both the teams to make a strong impact on the league by winning the league from here.

Sunrisers Hyderabad is led by talented New Zealander Kane Williamson and the inform SRH has a great chance to make it through and win this IPL 2019 to repeat the history once more.

Delhi Capitals is led by young cricketer Shreyas Iyer captaining the Delhi capitals in this all-important IPL 2019 playoffs. Will he be able to surprise everyone? Only time will tell.

3rd MATCH (ELIMINATOR 02): CSK vs TBC

The Biggest Match before the Finals on 10th-May-2019

The 3rd match of playoffs or Eliminator 02 is between the winner of Eliminator 01 and Mahender Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super King (CSK). Surely this playoff has the great entertainment IPL edition ever had. CSK has a great edge over both teams of Eliminator 01, in terms of experience and performance as well. But we all know that cricket is by chance game, but for sure it will be the best cricket game to watch it.

THE BIG VIVO IPL 2019 FINAL MATCH 12th-May-2019

The 4th match of the Playoff or the great Finale will be held on 12th-May-2019 between the winner of Eliminator 02 and Winners of Qualifier 01 (Mumbai Indians). Mumbai Indians are sitting strong in the finals with few days to spare and prepare for the Big game while others still in the hunt for a spot in the finals. Will MUMBAI INDIANS win this IPL Trophy or someone from CSK, DC or SRH will top them to lift the IPL trophy? We have to wait till 12th-May-2019 to be sure of that. But some very masala packed cricket is heading our way in coming 4 days. Stay tuned.

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MS DHONI

MS DHONI RETIRING FROM ODI CRICKET?

THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MS DHONI

Introduction

What if I asked you to guess the most successful and popular Indian cricketer of Modern cricket? Yes, you guessed it right, Its Mahindra Singh Dhoni known to his fans as M.S Dhoni or “MAHI” by some. Certainly, MS doesn’t need any introduction, 37 years old Dhoni has been playing for the Indian National Cricket Team for many years now, he became captain of Men in blue in the year 2007 after Rahul Dravid (ODI Captain and also a Wicket Keeper) and captained Indian side in all formats of cricket later. Dhoni shined as captain for his country in all ICC major events including the ICC WC in 2011, ICC Wt20 and ICC Champions Trophy. Not to forget that he has captained and led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team to victory 3 times before in the biggest and India’s very own cricket league the IPL (Indian Premier League).

MS DHONI AS A PLAYER

Unlike a few other players, Dhoni did not begin his career with a silver spoon but rather struggled to earn his place with consistency. MSD made his first debuts in ODI then in tests and then in T20 in 2004, 2005 and 2006 respectively. His consistency is very well defined by his stats. According to the stats:

MS Dhoni ODI cricket career, Test and T20 Career of MS Dhoni.

Here are the Shinning MS Dhoni Batting Stats which are a proof that MS Dhoni is simply a class. Take a look on the below Mahi Stats.

DHONI AS A WICKET KEEPER

WHY DHONI IS THE BEST WICKET KEEPER FOR INDIA?

As a wicket keeper, his stats are amazing as well. According to his stats:

Dhoni Stats as Wicket-Keeper:

Format Catches Run Outs Stumpings
ODI 2004-up till now 314 22 120
Tests 2005-2014 256 3 38
T20I 2006-up till now 57 8 34

DHONI AS A CAPTAIN OF INDIA

“CAPTAIN COOL” of World Cricket!

Overall those successful years of Captaining the Indian side, Dhoni became the main anchor of the Indian side with the name “Captain Cool”. Dhoni has faced a lot of ups and downs during his entire career but the one thing he is famous for is his ever-cool mind and thinking which certainly helped him handle the situations very calmly and overcome the situations with positive results. Just because of his attitude, he became famous among cricketing and non-cricketing fans.

THE SELFLESS CAPTAIN MSD

There have been numerous times when MSD has skipped the limelight for the sake of encouraging the young talent. Whenever TEAM INDIA won a major title or a tournament, more often than not, MS Dhoni was seen handing over the celebrations and the trophy to the young players in the team and simply drifting from the showoff stage.

MS DHONI ACHIEVEMENTS FOR TEAM INDIA:

There are so many milestones MS Dhoni has achieved throughout his career. Here we take a quick look at some of the most prestigious ones under his belt.

  1. Padma Bhushan in 2018
  2. Padma Shri in 2009
  3. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in2007
  4. ICC ODI Team of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014
  5. ICC ODI Player of the Year Award in 2008, 2009
  6. CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports in 2011
  7. ICC Award for Spirit of cricket in 2011
  8. MTV Youth Icon of the Year
  9. LG People’s Choice Award in 2013

Major Tournaments Won by India under MS DHONI Captaincy:

  1. ICC World Twenty20 in 2007
  2. CB Series of 2007-2008
  3. Asia Cup in 2010
  4. ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011
  5. ICC Champions Trophy in 2013

As you all know, especially cricketing fans that World Cup fever on its peak and the biggest cricketing event is on the board in the month of May 2019. As the World cup coming close, cricket fans set close eyes on their favorite team as well as their favorite players.

MAHENDAR SINGH DHONI AND ICC WORLD CUP 2019:

WILL MSD RETIRE AFTER ICC WORLD CUP 2019?

The thing everyone’s been thinking of about 37 years old MS Dhoni, the most frequently asked questions include one the most important question that is “Will this ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 edition be the last of MS Dhoni?” For the cricketing fans, this is probably the most important question to be answered by cricketing Greats of All Times and by MS Dhoni himself.

MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION HERE “SHOULD MSD RETIRE FROM ODI CRICKET?

If we look in the past, there are so many great cricketing legends, who took the cricket world cup as a platform for their retirement. They announced their retirements just before the world cup. This trick works for so many cricketers as they performed well in the world cup and then get retired at the peak of their form and career as well. So, all the fans remember them in great words and the cricketing world admire them for a long time.

If we take a note from the past examples, some of the biggest examples in front of us are the Great Imran Khan of Pakistan, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Little Master Sachin Tendulkar of India, These legends announced their retirement on World Cup events and left the arena on the biggest cricketing stage. Choosing World Cup event to say goodbye makes a lot of sense and there are good reasons for it! This not only served them the purpose of ending their respective careers on a high but their decision helped them to motivate themselves to sparkle on last time to be the champions. And as they say, End should be the most memorable one and for these legends, it certainly was when they lifted the WORLD CUP Trophies and returned to their fans as Champions of the world. History of cricket is full of these sorts of examples.

MS Dhoni has served his country and his team with great honor and pride. He has led Team INDIA in almost every event of the cricket world and made his team champion. He has won all major ICC tournaments and there is no trophy in Cricket MSD hasn’t held in his hands. He has achieved more than any Captain from INDIA and as a player, he has served wonders for his nation over a period of 15 years.

REASONS WHY WE ALL WILL MISS DHONI

MSD has been the love of Indian Cricket fans since 15 long years now. From his first Helicopter shot till this CSK’s Awesome Performances in the recent IPL 2019 edition, MS Dhoni has always provided his fans the performances they want to see. He has been the backbone of Indian cricket. As the experts say Sourav Ganguly gave INDIA a “Spine” but Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave INDIA “The Courage”. MSD has everything in his bag from World Cup wins to the immense love and Dhoni chants he gets from his fans when he enters the arena, now all he needs is a perfect finish, and THE BEST FINISHER MSD he is, we can expect something more special in the coming World Cup from Dhoni at the twilight of his career

CONCLUSION

Apart from all these facts and all Speculations over the media and cricketing minds, many are trying to predict what MSD will decide, Some are suggesting retirement while others want him to keep going for as long as he can however this Entirely depends upon MS Dhoni and it’s he is the only one who will decide his fate, Will Dhoni retire? Will he not? What are his plans? For now, we can only make intelligent guesses but one thing is for sure that he will be playing a key role in World Cup 2019. MSD and his calmness are the magic ingredients India need to be over the line in this all-important ICC World Cup 2019 edition.