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India-England Test Series.
At lunch, Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were at the crease and with the score of 75 runs for three wickets and the packed stands had started to breathe a little easier. Runs had not been easy but the fluency with which Tendulkar had reached his 34 runs, had given great heart. At the other end, it was business as usual for Dravid, his nine runs coming in a little over one hour and a half. What transpired in those 40 minutes of lunch will never be explained satisfactorily. In fact, the match changed beyond recognition in the first two overs after the break. Dravid started the slide when he nicked a wide delivery from his counter part to the wicket keeper Geraint Jones. The star of Indian batting, Dravid with 309 runs in the series was out and the celebrations that followed around roaring Flintoff showed that England knew that they had breached the wall. Soon, Tendulkar offered a sharp bat pad catch to Bell at forward short leg of Shaun Udal. In trying to work the ball away to leg Tendulkar only managed to lob it of the bat and pad towards the fielder. As Yuvraj Singh watched in disbelief at the other end a procession began. Back into the pavilion first was Virendra Shewag, who needed a runner but did not use him as he fell for a 20 ball duck. Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a foolish shot to Udal lofting the ball towards long off. Monty Panesar never got hand to ball but when Dhoni tried again two balls later, Panesar clutched the ball to his chest in relief and elation. Yuvraj slashed Flintoff into the slip cordon, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel lasted a combined total of 12 minutes before getting dismissed.
the third test by 212 runs Indian Captain Rahul Dravid admitted that he had
made a mistake when he won the toss and chose to field first. I would definitely
like to change the decision. We batted poorly in the second innings after
some great work done by our bowlers yesterday. We just did not deliver in
this match. The wicket started turning and bouncing from the fourth day,
as Indians were one up in the series they should have gone in with an extra
batsman, also they did not help their cause by poor fielding In all three-test
series. In the last test, India dropped 15 catches and Flintoff twice.
In the British media, The Independent said that 5-1 series result was affair reflection of the gulf in class between the two teams.
The youngsters called up by India showed their maturity and calibre. Robin Uthappa was a transformation. The likes of Shreesanth and Suresh Raina have the halo of veterans. India did not miss Shewag, Kaif, Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Dhoni or Ajit Agarkar. They fancy themselves for the 2007 World Cup citing the success of debutante opener RobinmUthappa.
The British media said that India had used the loss of key players as an opportunity while England made it as an excuse for their flop show. In the recent one-day series, England’s leading bowler Matthew Hoggard described India as the best one-day side in the world. Matthew Hoggard said that their world record of registering 15 wins on the trot while chasing proved it. An indignant British media lashed out at England’s series defeat to India describing it as horribly embarrassing and the worst yet among their many one day misadventures, Daily Telegraph said that England have had many miserable one day tours in their time but this Indian misadventure is shaping up to be the worst yet. It said that Aussies must have been looking on again this week half amused and half bemused that ashes winner has gone to pieces so spectalurly England probably have a dreaded wish right now to jump on the next plane back to Heathrow. Rahul Dravid played a significant part in India’s victory, it said.
Fortunately, India is blessed with a good pool of players. It can now cover up for injuries like that of Tendulkar or the poor forms as the ones of Shewag and Kaif. Uthappa eased himself into the pool without fuss. So many young players have come and instantly made their presence felt that one cannot help but admire the passion talent and the structure, which is producing finished articles for India.
it needs a reassurance on its top order. India is not willing to let go on
Shewag or Kaif or for that matter Sachin Tendulkar. However, time is running
out for them Ideally, India would love to have all these men in 2007 World
cup, but it also needs time to think of alternatives between now and the
Pakistan won the match by six wickets.
Shewag announced his return to form with a typical cavalier knock of 73 runs
as the Indian batsman came into their own to post a challenging 269 runs
for the loss 5 wickets in their 50 overs in the second one-day match against
Pakistan. Indian batsman who looked pedestrian in the first ODI turned it
around to put up a worthy performance. Rahul Dravid led from the front with
92 runs in 116 balls. Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with 59 runs to give
their supporters at the Zayed Stadium a lot to cheer about. Yuvraj Singh
provided a late flourish with a cameo 24 runs of 10 balls. Pakistan was bowled
out for 218 runs. Only Inzamam who got 74 runs had scored good runs for Pakistan.
Inzamam Haq who was not given out lbw twice was also dropped when an easy
catch was missed. He was lucky in scoring runs. India won by 52 runs and
equalling the series.
The selectors retained the 15-member team that took on Pakistan in the two one day international match played at Abu Dhabi for the tour of West Indies. Sachin Tendulkar who is still unfit was left out while out of form Mohammed Kaif kept his place after the selectors decided to back him.
Caps captain, who batted for more than nine-and-a-half hours to compile the
score, has jumped ten places to 14th in the list, his highest placing since
1997, the year he took charge of the team. Fleming is not the only New Zealand
batsman making progress up the batting list as James Franklin, who made his
maiden Test hundred in Cape Town, is up 18 places to 101st position. Like
New Zealand, South Africa has just one player among the top 20 batsmen, Jacques
Kallis. He remains in second position behind Australia captain Ricky
Ponting but retains his spot at the top of the LG ICC
New Zealand’s highest-placed bowler in the list is Shane Bond in 10th. The paceman is missing from the series because of a knee injury. South Africa still have three bowlers in the top 20 with Makhaya Ntini retaining second position behind Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka while Shaun Pollock remains 12th and Andre Nel is joint 13th, down two spots and sharing that place with Danish Kaneria of Pakistan. Vettori has dropped one spot in the all-rounder’s table, allowing Irfan Pathan of India to move up to third position behind Kallis and England’s Andrew Flintoff. Pollock remains in fifth place.
Test of the series, beginning in Johannesburg on Friday, will have huge significance
and not only because, with South Africa 1-0 up after winning the first Test
at Centurion, it will decide the series. The match at The Wanderers will
also decide fifth and sixth places in the LG ICC Test Championship table
with a South Africa win or a draw enough to see the home side jump over their
opponents and into the higher position. New Zealand has to win to
retain that fifth spot.
Australia and India are both powerhouses of the women’s game. Last year they contested the final of the World Cup in South Africa, a match won by Australia by 98 runs. Players and administrators from both countries expressed their pleasure and excitement at the prospect of hosting the next two tournaments. “We will be looking to showcase the women’s game to the world in 2009,” said Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland. “The tournament is a good platform to keep driving the growth of the game and increasing participation and interest among females, which is a priority for Australian cricket over the next few years.” Australia captain Karen Rolton added: “We are honoured to be hosting the event in 2009 and the Australian team is certainly looking forward to be playing in front of our home crowd as we try to defend the World Cup title. I was only 14 years old when Australia hosted the 1988 World Cup, but I have heard about how that was a source of inspiration for young girls in the country to start playing cricket. Hopefully we can generate a similar result over the coming years”.
Having played World Cups in India, New Zealand and South Africa, it is great that we have the chance to now play on home soil and also get some certainty with where the (next two) tournaments will be staged.
The women’s World Cup will return to India in 2013 after a gap of 16 years and captain Mithali Raj was ecstatic at the prospect of the tournament taking place in her homeland.
“It’s fantastic that the Women’s World Cup will be held in India,” she said. “Having the World Cup here will be very beneficial as it will create an even greater awareness of women’s cricket than already exists.” The media are a great support to women’s cricket in India and coverage of the World Cup will take the game to every corner of the country. As a result of the exposure the tournament will provide, we are extremely hopeful that it will lead to a significant increase in women playing the game in India,” she added”.
The Women’s World Cup has been running for longer than the men’s version and was first played in England in 1973. It was won by the hosts England who beat Australia by 118 runs in the final at Edgbaston.
Since then there have been a further seven tournaments with Australia winning five of them (1978, 1982, 1988, 1997 & 2005), England winning once more (in 1993) and New Zealand triumphing in 2000. The tournament has been staged twice each in England (1973 and 1993),India (1978 and 1997) and New Zealand (1982 and 2000) as well as Australia (1988) and South Africa (2005)