Cricket can be a very cruel game at times. With millions of eyes observing every move, it is not easy to escape the brickbats or the scorn of fans all around the world. Every cricketer has his highs and lows. While some are lucky enough to have the backing of fans no matter what, a few aren’t that lucky. They become the eye of a public storm and transform from heroes to villains in a jiffy in spite of their achievements. Here is
Ricky Ponting with his two World Cup trophies as a captain Australia’s Ricky Ponting leads the chart of most successful One-Day International (ODI) captains, followed by South African Hansie Cronje and his compatriot Steve Waugh. The ranks were given on the basis of players leading his team in minimum 100 matches as a captain. Interestingly, Ponting is also the player who has captained a side for the most number of ODI matches (230)
Mohammad Azharuddin batting for India against England in 1990 A recent survey conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) states that an urban Indian household pays around Rs 4,400 as bribe annually. But when it comes to judging other people the barometer changes and we all try to become the ideal honest citizen. The same Indian who would not mind paying few thousand rupees as bribe to get his day-to-day work done,
South Africa’s Hansie Cronje A naturally talented sportsman with amazing hand-eye coordination, a boyishly handsome born cricketer – Wessel Johannes Hansie Cronje was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa to Ewie Cronje and San-Marie Cronje on the 25th of September, 1969. Cronje showed early signs of sporting excellence, perhaps embedded in his genes courtesy his father Ewie cronje who was a first-class cricketer and
Cricket is a sport where numbers play a very important role. It is these numbers that add a whole new dimension to the game. Players feel satisfied and fans get excited when a milestone is achieved. Though many significant milestones have been achieved in cricket till date, there have been quite a few records that have been missed by agonizingly small margins. Let’s take a look at 10 such records that were missed by a whisker: (
One of the greatest teams ever not to win a World Cup Come the World Cup 2015 and the South African team will grace the field as one of the favorites to lift the coveted trophy. The team certainly looks like the one to beat with a captain and an eqaully dangerous batsman in AB de Villers and world’s best bowler in Dale Steyn. There are various other talents and proven performers like Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander, Hashi
AB de Villiers The Proteas were suspended from the ICC from 1970 to 1991 due to apartheid, which meant they finally made their World Cup bow in the fifth edition of the tournament in 1992. Blessed with many talented and hard-working players, the South African side has almost always impressed in every edition of the World Cup they’ve participated in, but a combination of bad luck, inability to handle pressure and superlative per
Hansie Cronje The term match-fixing is known to everyone in world cricket today. The recent fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) brought to light rampant malpractices that, unfortunately, are deeply rooted into the game of cricket. It is extremely ironic that the dark tales were all unravelled during a league that was set-up to ensure players are paid more handsomely t
The ‘spirit of cricket’ is a debatable topic in the ‘gentleman’s game’. This is one example, where the game threatened to go into that territory, before the captain nipped the issue in the bud. In the 1st final between Australia and South Africa, of the Carlton and United Series in 1997/98, the match was heading to a close finish with Australia needing 8 runs off 3 deliveries, and a wicket in hand. No. 1
Hansie Cronje at a court hearing Cricket as a sport was changed forever in the year 2000, when it was proven that South Africa’s captain Hansie Cronje was in contact with match fixing syndicates in India and had accepted bribes asking South African cricketers to deliberately under-perform in specific games. The allegations first arose in April 2000 when the Delhi Police uncovered suspicious tapes between
Captaincy in cricket, unlike, say, in football or hockey, can potentially revive a game or put one to dead. With the immense scope for the position in mind, let us take a look at the top 10 captains that the game has seen in the last 25 years.
Ricky Ponting (centre) Here is a list of players who have captained the most number of matches in international cricket. Former Australian player Ricky Ponting, who had the best career statistically as an international captain – winning percentage of 67.90, is at the top of the list, having captained his team in 324 matches. He is followed by Stephen Fleming and Graeme Smith at second and third spots, respectively.&n
Here is a compilation of some of the bizarre moments in the history of cricket: strange dismissals, unfortunate slips, comedy errors and many more.
Mohammad Azharuddin Mohammad Azharuddin leads the way with 128 consecutive international matches as captain for India. The right handed batsman stayed skipper for close to 5 years managing 30 Tests and 98 ODIs on the way. Mahela Jayawerdena is second in line with 100, while the late South African all rounder Hansie Cronje is third with 99. *Stats as on 26 February, 2014
Graeme Smith has had a pretty successful Test career Here is a list of captains who have won the most number of home Test matches in the history of Test cricket. With a victory in the recently concluded Boxing Day Test match against India at Kingsmead in Durban, Graeme Smith, together with Ricky Ponting, tops the list with 29 home wins. The 32-year-old South African, who has age by his side and also looks in good touch, would soon be undisputed