ICC World CUP 2015 Thread

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Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s Record vs Pakistan in World Cups

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What a Shock : Dhoni retires from Test cricket

MS Dhoni has retired from Test cricket with immediate effect following the drawn Test against Australia in Melbourne. Virat Kohli will take over as India captain for the final Test of the series, which India have already lost, in Sydney.

Dhoni was batting on 24 when the Test was called off early at the MCG – four overs were left and India had four wickets in hand – and he made no mention of his retirement during the customary captain’s press conference at the end of the match. The announcement was made via a BCCI press release shortly after and it cited “the strain of playing all formats” as the reason.

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Kolkata Knight Riders win their second IPL title

In what turned out to be a fitting finale to a splendid season of Pepsi IPL, the Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by three wickets in a thrilling last-over finish in Bengaluru. While KXIP posted a mammoth 199 for four – thanks to a brilliant century by Wriddhiman Saha – KKR ensured they were up to the mark during the chase despite losing routine wickets. Their cause was fuelled by a match-winning 94 (off 50 balls) by Manish Pandey. This is the Knight Riders’ second title triumph, after their maiden win back in 2011.

KXIP Innings

Powerplay: Knights Riders choke touted top order

Earlier, Gautam Gambhir won the toss and chose to field first. For KXIP, Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra came atop the order. And while the duo made a fluent start, their partnership was broken for 23 by Umesh Yadav in the fourth over; the KKR pacer had Sehwag (7) caught by Gambhir at mid-off. Then, George Bailey unexpectedly promoted himself up to No.3. However, his opposite number’s first bowling change – in form of Sunil Narine – saw the end of the KXIP skipper. The deceptive off-spinner bowled Bailey (1) out off the very first ball of the sixth over, courtesy a straighter one.

And thanks to a tidy two-run final powerplay over, the initial phase cost KKR a mere 32 runs – KXIP’s lowest powerplay score of the season – for two wickets.

Middle Overs: Vohra, Saha turn the tide

As a result of the two early jolts, KXIP had to rebuild in the middle stages. And after a relatively quiet seventh over, both Vohra and Wriddhiman Saha opened their shoulders and plundered 14 off the next one. But by the halfway stage KKR had again pulled things back as the scorecard read 58 for two.

However, Wriddhiman Saha then took matters in his own hands and went after the opposition bowlers. He helped plunder 34 runs off the next three overs. And then, in the 14th over – which was bowler by Narine – the diminutive wicketkeeper batsman struck a six and followed it up with two fours to bring up his half-century in 29 balls. And later in the same over, Vohra also brought up his 50 with a four. Those six deliveries by Narine ended up costing KKR 19 runs. The on-song duo then topped it off by scoring 20 runs off the next over, bowled by Morne Morkel.

Thanks to this onslaught, the scorecard read 131 for two after 15 overs; it also saw the third-wicket stand go past the 100-run mark. In all, 99 runs were scored during the crucial nine-over middle phase.

Final Stretch: It’s Saha all the way

In the 16th over, both Saha and Vohra survived close calls – while the former was dropped by Narine off his own bowling, the latter got a respite after Robin Uthappa botched a stumping chance. Saha capitilised on the second life and struck two fours and a maximum in the next over, which ended up costing a total of 19 runs. However, KXIP lost Vohra (67) soon thereafter; he was caught by Piyush Chawla off his own bowling.

With the scorecard reading 159 for three in 17.1 overs, Glenn Maxwell (0) joined the well-set Saha. However, the big-hitting batsman perished off the first ball he faced while reverse-sweeping Chawla; he ended up finding the safe hands of Morkel at short-thirdman.

However, it was clearly Saha’s night. The KXIP batsman struck Narine for a six and four, and then, brought up his century off another big hit off the wily spinner. His 49-ball 100 marked the first time that a player has reached triple digits in an IPL Final. Thanks to Saha’s exploits, the otherwise stingy Narine gave away 17 runs off his fourth over; in fact, his bowling figures for the night read 4-0-46-1, making him the most expensive of KKR bowlers.

And in the final over of the innings, Saha went after Yadav and helped pick 12 runs off him. As a result, KXIP finished at a healthy 199 for four after 20 overs, despite getting their slowest start of the tournament.

KKR Innings

Powerplay: Gambhir, Pandey take charge after Uthappa’s dismissal

KKR’s reply suffered a big setback early on as the ever-reliable Uthappa (5) holed out to Akshar Patel off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson in the very first over. But Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey went about undeterred as they tried to approach the steep run-chase with a positive mindset. They took kept the run-rate around the 10-an-over mark as they picked up routine boundaries.

They brought up the KKR 50 in the sixth over, and by the end of the powerplay, they had taken the score to 59. They had clearly neautralised the impact felt by Uthappa’s first-over departure.

Middle Overs: Wickets, ticking scorecard make for an interesting climax

But with the introduction of spin in the form of Karanveer Singh, KXIP dealt another big blow. The young leggie got rid of Gambhir (23) as he was going for a big one off the first ball of the seventh over. But Pandey continued to rally on in the company of Yusuf Pathan. Thanks to a few big strikes, they took the KKR score to 89 for two at the halfway point.

Pandey then brought up his 50 in the 11th over with a six off Parvinder Awana. The KKR 100 also came up in the same over as 18 runs were scored off it. But then, Akshar Patel bowled a three-run 12th over – to follow up his two-run 10th – to put the pressure back on KKR. But thanks to a big 18-run Lakshmipathy Balaji over – which was laced with two Yusuf Pathan sixes – the score reached 128 for two after 13.

But the hard-hitting Pathan’s (36) 22-ball cameo ended when he holed out to Maxwell in the deep off the bowling of Karanveer Singh. However, Pandey – who struck a maximum and a six immediately after the wicket – ensured the 14th over went for 14 runs. By the end of the 15th over, KKR reached 151 for three, courtesy Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan.

Final Stretch: Piyush helps KKR pull off a last-over thriller

With the run-chase equation reading 49 off 30 balls, the game was headed to an interesting finish. While KKR needed both Pandey and Shakib to go about their business the way they had been, KXIP needed a breakthrough. They got just that when off the third ball of the 16th over, Shakib was run out by Bailey, to leave KKR on 156 for four. However, that over yielded 10 crucial runs, leaving the run-chase equation on 39 off 24 balls and Ryan ten Doeschate joining forces with Pandey.

Karanveer Singh then struck a blow by getting rid of ten Doeschate (4), after getting hit for a six by Pandey. But the delivery after the wicket cost KXIP another maximum, thanks to another maximum by Pnadey – who reached the nineties with that strike. He then dispatched the spinner for a four to put the pressure back on the bowling side. However, in a match where the momentum was swinging wildly towards the end, Pandey (94) departed off the final ball of the 17th over.

With 21 required off 18 balls, KKR had two new batsmen – Suryakumar Yadav and Piyush Chawla – at the crease. Despite some tight bowling from Akshar Patel – who finished with figures of 4-0-21-0 – the two batsmen brought the run-chase equation down to 15 off 12 balls. Mitchell Johnson, who was handed the responsibility of bowling the all-important 19th over, then got rid of Yadav (5).

KXIP were clearly in with a shot with all of KKR’s recognised batsmen back in the dugout and Narine taking strike opposite Chawla. And after bowling five tight deliveries, Johnson pitched a short one at the end, which was struck for a big six over square-leg by Chawla. The leg-spinner then struck the winning four for his team with three balls to spare.

Man of the Match: Manish Pandey for his match-winning half-century

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Some Childhood memories on Sachin Tendulkar’s Birthday

Some photos I would like to share from my childhood days on Sachin Tendulkars Birthday. From cutting pics of Sachin from newspapers and pasting them in notebooks to buying crappy “Learn kungfu in 1 month” manuals 😀

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Virat Kohli fastest to 19 hundreds, breaks Chris Gayle’s world record

Playing just 124 innings, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 19 ODI hundreds as he broke the world record held previously by his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Chris Gayle, who took 189 innings to reach 19 tons. Here are some of the other statistical highlights from India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup tie at Fatullah:

  1. Virat Kohli (136 off 122 balls) has set a record for the highest individual innings by a captain at the Asia Cup, bettering the 135 not out by Sourav Ganguly vs Bangladesh at Dhaka on May 30, 2000.
  1. Kohli is the first batsman to register three hundreds in India-Bangladesh ODIs, surpassing Gautam Gambhir’s tally of two.
  1. Kohli, with five hundreds in ODIs in Bangladesh, has extended his record – the next highest being Gautam Gambhir’s three.
  1. Kohli’s tally of twelve hundreds in 47 innings in successful chases is the second highest in ODIs, next only to Sachin Tendulkar’s 14 in 124 innings.
  1. Kohli is averaging 85.96 in successful chases while aggregating 2837 in 47 innings – the fourth best average amongst the batsmen with atleast 1,000 runs – the highest being 103.00 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
  1. Kohli has taken only 124 innings to reach 19 hundreds in ODIs – a world record, eclipsing Chris Gayle’s feat of reaching the milestone in 189 innings, followed by Sachin Tendulkar (194) and Sourav Ganguly (197).
  1. For India, twelve hundreds have been recorded in successful chases by captains in ODIs. Sourav Ganguly heads the chart with four, followed by two each by Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli and one each by Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  1. Kohli has got his 18th Man of the Match award in ODIs – his second vs Bangladesh.
  1. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a third-wicket stand of 213 – India’s highest partnership for any wicket at the Asia Cup, obliterating the 205 between Gautam Gambhir and Kohli for the second wicket vs Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 13, 2012.
  1. India’s previous highest third wicket partnership at the Asia Cup was 175 (unbroken) between Mohammad Azharuddin and Navjot Singh Sidhu vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah on April 14, 1995.
  1. The aforesaid partnership is the highest by any pair for any wicket vs Bangladesh at the Asia Cup. Of the six stands of 200 or more at the Asia cup, three have been registered against Bangladesh.
  1. The 213-run stand is the highest for any wicket in India-Bangladesh ODIs, surpassing the 203 for the third wicket by Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli at Dhaka on February 19, 2011.

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Sachin Tendulkar to retire after 200th Test

NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after playing his landmark 200th match against the West Indies next month, bringing an end to the intense speculation about his future.

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The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who has not been in the best of form in recent times, has informed the BCCI about his decision to quit Test cricket after a glorious career spanning 24 years.

“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old.

“It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day,” Tendulkar, who has already retired from the ODIs, said in the released issued by BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel.

Tendulkar thanked the BCCI for its support throughout his career and also for allowing to walk into Test sunset at a time of his choosing.

“I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it’s time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best,” he said.

There was intense pressure on Tendulkar to bid adieu to Test cricket after a prolonged form slump and particularly with the advent of a number of young players.

Tendulkar’s 200th Test match is most likely to be held at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is also a contender for hosting that historic match. The BCCI has not yet announced the venues for the two Tests against the West Indies.

The fact that the BCCI squeezed in a home series against the West Indies had raised speculation that it was done to give Tendulkar the opportunity to retire in front of his home fans.

Although Tendulkar had always maintained that he would continue playing cricket as long as he enjoys playing the game, the pressure of playing at the international level has gradually taking a toll on his ageing body.

He recently retired from the IPL and the Champions League T20 event after his franchise Mumbai Indians won both the titles this year.

Although the decision to retire was in the offing for some time, the BCCI release did create a flutter, prompting many former Test crickets to pay glorious tributes to the champion batsman who virtually held every batting record.

Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time and the most prolific run maker of all time. His 198 Test appearances yielded 15,837 runs at an average of 53.86. From his 463 ODI matches, he had, under his belt, a whopping 18,426 at an average of 44.83.

He is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries — 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs.

Much before his debut on November 15, 1989 against Pakistan, Tendulkar’s precocious talent was there to be seen when he shared an unbeaten 664-run stand with buddy Vinod Kambli in the Lord Harris Shield Inter-School Game in 1988.

His first Test century came in England in 1990 at Old Trafford and the Mumbaikar rose in stature after the 1991-92 tour of Australia, hitting sublime hundreds on a Sydney turner and a Perth minefield.

Tendulkar was also the first batsman in the world to score a double ton in ODIs, a feat he achieved in Gwalior against South Africa in February 2010. This was included in Times magazine’s top 10 sports moments of the year.

A perfect team-man, Tendulkar limited his Twenty20 ambition to the Indian Premier League, ruling himself out of national reckoning lest it upsets the existing equilibrium of the side.

The biggest compliment to his batting came from Bradman himself in 1999 when he said that Tendulkar’s style of playing resembled his style.

His 154 scalps in ODIs underline the fact that Tendulkar could have also staked claim to be that elusive all-rounder that India has been desperately looking for since the legendary Kapil Dev.

In the field, he is among the safest pair of hands in the slip and his flat throw releasing strong arm saw him manning the deep with equal aplomb. He has taken 114 catches in Test cricket and 140 in the ODIs.

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Happy Birthday M S Dhoni

A very happy birthday to one of the greatest captains in the world.

Dhoni has 22 Test wins, one more than Ganguly who held the record previously. To add to this record figure Dhoni also has the T20 World Cup win in 2007, ICC ODI World Cup win in 2011 , Champiosn trophy in 2013.

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World Champion India wins the last edition of Mini World Cup

Edgbaston: India’s bowlers defended a modest 129 runs to consign England to a five-run defeat in a thrilling Champions Trophy final here on Sunday. Ravichandran Ashwin took 2 wickets for 15 runs and Ravindra Jadeja bagged 2 for 24 as England’s heartbreak in the finals of ICC tournaments continued.

England lost four wickets in a space of eight balls as Ishant Sharma (2 for 36) turned the match on its head, ripping out the heart of the England middle order with back-to-back wickets in the 18th over.

A 64-run fifth-wicket stand between Eoin Morgan (33) and Ravi Bopara (30) threatened to take the game away from India but both fell attempting poor strokes against an otherwise expensive Ishant.

Man of the Match Jadeja bowled Jos Buttler on a duck and Tim Bresnan was run out by Rohit Sharma for 2 as England needed 19 runs from 12 balls to win. Ashwin bowled a tight last over as India won their second Champions Trophy after sharing the title with Sri Lanka in 2002.

On a day when rain played havoc, the final, which started six hours behind schedule, was reduced to 20-overs-a side. After being put into bat, India struggled on a sluggish wicket. The team was rescued by a 47-run sixth-wicket stand between Virat Kohli (43) and Jadeja (33 not out).

In this Champions Trophy, India have showed their batting muscle in every game. But the script turned out to be different on Sunday evening. The Edgbaston wicket behaved like a typical sub-continental deck with balls coming slowly off the pitch and affording a lot of spin.

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Vindoo introduced to Meiyappan by Dhoni’s friend: Police sources

Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan surrender at Crime Branch in Mumbai on 24 May. PTI Photo

With the spot fixing scandal revealing the murky trail leading to bookies and spot fixing, the noose is tightening around Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super King (CSK) “honorary member” and son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan. In an exclusive response to TEHELKA, top police sources said that alleged bookie Vindoo Dara Singh was introduced to Meiyappan by Arun Pandey, a very close friend and business partner of MS Dhoni.

Meiyappan came under the scanner following the arrest of Vindoo Dara Singh, (son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh) on Tuesday after Singh claimed that he betted on behalf of Meiyappan. Singh, who was allegedly arrested for being in touch with bookies will now be in police custody till 28 May after the Mumbai police got an extension from a court. Singh’s arrest had sparked a massive controversy after pictures of him watching CSK matches with Indian captain MS Dhoni’s wife, Sakshi were played up on news channels hinting at the Dhoni link.

After being summoned by Mumbai police, Meiyappan took a chartered flight to appear before the police. But even before his reaching Mumbai, India Cements (the company which owns CSK) distanced itself from Meiyappan saying that he was neither the owner nor the CEO/Team Principal of CSK. “Mr Gurunath is only of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of CSK,” they clarified.

Many like former IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi and more recently, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have called for BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s resignation. However Srinivasan has shown no intention of stepping down on account of his son-in-law being probed for betting and is instead headed to Kolkata to attend the rest of the IPL matches.

The spot fixing scandal hit IPL 6 when Rajasthan Royal players S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajeet Chandila were arrested by the Delhi police on May 16 for alleged spot fixing. A series of arrests of bookies and players have since followed and Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf too is being investigated for his role in the scandal which is throwing up bigger names in the investigations with each passing day. Rauf has been dropped by the ICC from the Chmpions Trophy while Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila have been suspended by the BCCI pending inquiry.

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IPL: Sreesanth, two other Rajasthan Royals’ players arrested for spot-fixing

Kerala pacer S. Sreesanth and two other players of the Rajasthan Royals Indian Premier League team have been arrested by the Delhi Police and charged with spot-fixing in the on-going tournament.

Sreesanth and the others, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, were arrested in a secret swoop at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai, where they were staying, and will be brought to Delhi to be produced in court.

The police have also arrested seven bookies. Police sources said the players have been accused of spot-fixing in different matches this week. They also said that the arrests were part of an investigation conducted over months by the special cell of the Delhi Police into alleged spot-fixing in the cash-rich IPL tournament, the sixth edition of which is being played now.

The Rajasthan Royals franchise, which is co-owned by Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, has said in statement that, “We are completely taken by surprise… We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game.” (READ full statement)

30-year-old Sreesanth, a veteran of 53 ODIs and 27 Tests, has been in controversy before over a fight with spinner Harbhajan Singh in the 2008 edition of the IPL.

Chandila, 29, has played for Haryana and the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL previously. Chavan, 27, has played for Mumbai.

Spot fixing is the manipulation of a particular ball or wicket in a cricket tournament, which is then betted upon.

Betting on sports is illegal in India but is allegedly big business in the IPL and is  run by underground syndicates in Mumbai and other parts of the country. Sources said bookies often operate out of vehicles now to avoid detection.

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IPL: Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad Full Match Highlights

Kieron Pollard’s Innings below

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IPL: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings Full Match Highlights

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IPL: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore

2nd Innings Highlights and David Miller’s batting highlights below

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Sachin Tendulkar’s Best ODI and Test Innings

Today is Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday so here are his best ODI and Test Innings.

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IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors Full Match Highlights

Chris Gayle’s Complete Record Breaking Ton

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India gets an invincible lead over Australia, leads by 3-0

India beat the mighty Aussies despite stutters in their batting after spinners gave the home side the advantage on final day.

A revenge was big time due and team India have done it (remember, India’s white-wash at the hands of Auzzies down under by 4-0). After World Cup 2011 victory, this is a big series won over mighty Australians. Are we here for for a white-wash and return the favor with interest? Lets wait and see. For now, we can rejoice.

 

Journey Of a Sachin Fanatic

World Cup 1996: (Beginner)

This journey started somewhere in the 1996 WC when my dad introduced me to this 5 feet odd batsman and said “look how be bats”. I began liking him but it was more of an acquired taste.

Sharjah 1998: (Fanatic)

The real fanatism came in 1998 during the sharjah series.His innings of 143 in that sand storm is etched in my memory like most sachin fans.There was a time when I was only bothered about his 100.I didnt care if India wins or not.All I wanted was a tendulkar 100!

From 1998 to 2006, I was a sachin fanatic to the point of being a sadist for his competition/haters.I was an alter ego of my present self.There was a time when my only worry in life was sachins form 😀

I could keep watching sachin videos whole day without getting bored.

I am one of those who switched off tv when sachin got out.Done that umpteen times and i am proud of it.
I had many books with photos of sachin (and other cricketers too, but sachin almost 60%) pasted. Used to cut his photos from newspapers, magazines and pasted it in my books.

2004 Slump: (The Sadist)

I used to think the whole world hates sachin during 2004 aus series.All critics bashed him for bad form.Some even wanted him to retire.and then when he got 200 in sydney, i remember I saw the full match highlights for 5-6 times.I used to hate dravid when he got credit for 2003-04 pak win.

2007 WC defeat and rise of Dhoni: (The Hater)

I think it was the 2007 WC ouster when for the first time I was extremely disappointed.(Besides the WC 2003 final of course)That was the same year India won the T20 WC under Dhoni and then obviously Dhoni went on to captain India to the WC 2011 win.

His retirement was on the cards though a bit late. But I am surprised why he retired ODIs before tests. Contrary to other batsmen, sachin has always been stronger in ODIs. The best time to retire was wc 2011 victory but I dont know why he continued further. He could have made 100 100 by playing only tests too.

And finally, let me say this is a huge loss for India especially in ODIs.The excitement to see indian batting open will never be the same.Sachin used to motivate me,he still motivates me.I am lucky to be born in his era.

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Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar has retired from ODI cricket. Tendulkar finishes an illustrious career in the 50-over format, having played 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries,

“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” he said in a statement. “I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”

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Ponting to retire after Perth Test

Ricky Ponting has announced his retirement from international cricket, on the eve of the third Test against South Africa in Perth.

“It’s a decision I thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the decision, at the end of the day it was about my results and my output in this series so far,” Ponting said.

“It hasn’t been to the level required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. My level of performance hasn’t been good enough.”

Following a poor start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ponting said he was troubled by the “tentative” manner of his dismissals. In Adelaide he was bowled twice in the same match for only the second time in a career that began in 1995.

“This is not a decision that’s been made by the selectors, this a decision that has been made by me,” Ponting said. “I’m glad I’ve got the opportunity to go out on my terms.”

Ponting will play out the domestic season for Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL.

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*MUST WATCH* Imitating Harsha Bhogle,Ravi Shastri,Ian Chappell,Tony Greig & Sachin

harsha bhogle ,ravi is SAME. ian chappel started well but later it ddint match much.tony grieg is also good.sachin too.

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