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Saturday, 20 March 2021

Hong Kong Cricket Sixes History

 

The Hong Kong Cricket Sixes is a tournament organized by the Cricket Hong Kong. The tournament is sanctioned by International Cricket Council and is generally held at the Kowloon Cricket Club. Matches are intended to be watched on television, with rules and a setting that encourages aggressive attack and high scores. The tournament is best suited for the all rounders, as all players except the wicket keeper need to bowl an over. All editions of the tournament were held at the Kowloon Cricket Club, with the exception of the 1996 and 1997 editions, which were held at Hong Kong Stadium.

History

Pakistan won the inaugural trophy in 1992. Wasim Akram was chosen as the man of the match. Teams from Pakistan, England and South Africa have won the tournament 5 times each. The Indian won the 2005 edition. In 2006, South Africa beat Pakistan, the five-time champions. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 2007 after defeating an All-Stars team that included Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Shane Warne. In 2008, the All-Stars went to the tournament, with Brian Lara of the West Indies and Stephen Fleming of New Zealand as attacking members. They were joined by Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and hosts Hong Kong. Eight teams competed in the 2009 tournament, which ran from October 31 to November 1, with South Africa beating Hong Kong in the final. The Hong Kong Cricket Association was awarded HK $ 3.5 million by the Hong Kong Government's Mega Event Fund (MEF) to host the event in 2011, with additional funding provided by the KARP Group. The rules of tournament have been tweaked to meet the objectives of the Mega Events Fund, which promotes Hong Kong as Asia's event capital. The competition begins on Friday of the weekend and lasts two to three days. The number of competing teams was increased from 8 to 12 teams with the addition of 4 more teams, which comprised of a 3 international teams and 1 team of invitational squad of international players. Because of certain issues related to the time constraints HKCA did not make another MEF application in 2012 , and decided to rely on a smaller grant of government's ‘M’ Mark scheme. This resulted in a abated tournament played over two days on 27–28 October with just eight teams. All-Stars side was not a part of that edition of tournament. After 2012 there was a time gap before the tournament returned in 2017. This was mainly due to lack of funds. In 2013, the Hong Kong Cricket Association submitted  applications for MEF contributions. At first they had submitted for HK$10 million, but later they revised it toHK$5 million. But all these applications were turned down and the tournament was cancelled due to lack of funds. The organizers were left with only HK$1 million from the M-Mark scheme to compile the tournament. They couldn’t get enough sponsorships from private side too. After a delay of 5 years the tournament was held again in 2017. In that 19th edition, South Africa defeated Pakistan in the finals. Pakistan batting first made 123/6 in 4.5 overs. In reply , South Africa made 124/4 in five overs. South Africa won by 2 wickets.


Match rules

The Laws of Cricket apply, except:

1. Each match is played between two teams, comprising of six players. Each match consists of a maximum of five overs of 6 balls each, bowled by each side. The final match has eight-ball overs.

2. Every member of the fielding side, except the wicket keeper bowls one over each.

3. Wides and no-balls costs two runs.

4. If five wickets fall before the completion of 5 overs, the last remaining batsman bats alone with the fifth batsman, who was out acting as a runner. He always takes the strike. The innings is complete when the sixth wicket falls or the quota of 5 overs are completed.

5. When the batsman reaches 31 runs, they retire. A batsman who previously retired on reaching 31 runs, can return to the crease once the other lower order batsmen has been out or retired.

6. The winning team obtains 2 points for each.

7. There wont be a free hit after the no ball.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

India Vs England, 2021– Test series Review

 

The visiting English team was undone by the Indian spinners in the Indian conditions. There were a lot of discussions regarding the spin friendly conditions in these pitches. But that is what we call the favorable home conditions. When the Indians tour New Zealand, South Africa and England they have to face the hostile pace friendly conditions. Likewise when these nations tour the Asian nations they should be prepared to face the spin friendly conditions here. England had defeated Sri Lanka in the recently conclude test series there and had high expectations.  Since 1980, England has been the only team to win two test series in India, the latest being in 2012. England started off well in Chennai.  Batting first they posted a mammoth total of 578, with Joe Root scoring a fine double hundred. The Indian first innings ended up at 337. England was all out for 178 in their second innings. But India couldn’t manage to put up a fight and was folded out for 192 runs. England had an imposing victory of 227 runs. But in the second match in Chennai England failed miserably and never showed up to the contest. Winning the toss, India made 329 in their first innings, with Rohit Sharma scoring a breezy 161. In reply English batsmen could only muster 134 runs in their first innings. Indian off spinner Ravichandra Ashwin picked up 5 English wickets in the first innings. India in their second innings was at some stage 106/6, before Ashwin once again contributed to the Indian cause, this time with the bat. Ashwin scored 106 and India reached 286/10. English batsmen once again fell to the spin trap of India and failed to put up a fight. They were bowled out for 164 runs and India won by a huge margin of 317 runs.


      Axar Patel

After the two tests in Chennai, the part moved to Ahmadabad. The third test was the pink ball day night test. The pitch once again looked a turner. India went to the match with three spinners in their ranks. But England picked only one specialist spinner in the form of Jack Leach. England won the toss, but couldn’t utilize the advantage once again and were bowled out for a paltry 112 . English batsmen found it hard to handle the spin of Axar Patel and the spinner picked up 6 wickets in the first Innings. India was bowled out for 145 in their first inning with Joe Root picking up 5 wickets. Jack Leach picked up 4. So the match was somewhat evenly poised and England had a chance, since India had to bat in the fourth innings in the crumbling pitch. But once again the English batsmen were undone by Axar Patel and Ashwin . Their second innings ended in 81 runs. India chased down the 49 runs without losing a wicket and grabbed a 10 wicket victory. The 4th and final test was also in the same ground. Now the English had their confidence low and the spin threat was always looming in their minds. India had to avoid defeat to ensure their place in World Test Championship finale. Once again England won the toss and elected to bat. England batsmen managed 205 in the first innings. Axar Patel picked up 4 , Ashwin 3 and Siraj 2 wickets respectively. In reply India made 365 in the first innings with the help of an attacking century from Rishabh Pant. Second Innings of England came to a halt at 135 with once again Ashwin and Axar picking up 5 wickets each. So the series ended with India winning 3-1 and making a entry to the World Test Championship Final.


Joe Root

The rotation policy of English team played a part in their poor performance in the recently concluded test series. They never played their best team, resting some of their main players. James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad make a serious threat to the opposition. But they never played together continuously in the series. Likewise Moeen Ali could have been beneficial to the English cause in third and fourth test matches. He could have contributed with bat and ball alike. Jose Butler is just another attaching batsman who could have taken the attack to the opposition, which Rishabh Pant had done for India. English batsmen were not prepared to play the spin conditions of India. They had taken India lightly after their victory in Sri Lanka. But later they realized the difference in quality.


                                                                     Rishabh Pant

Monday, 8 March 2021

Batsmen who have hit 6 sixes in an over

1. Sir Garfield Sobers

On August 31, 1968, the West Indian all-rounder became the first player to accomplish the feat. Nottinghamshire was facing Glamorgan, and Sir Garfield Sobers was captaining the team. Malcolm Nash was taken to the cleaners by the West Indian great. Sobers hit five consecutive clean hits for six runs, but was caught on the boundary on the sixth. But unfortunately for the fielding team, the fielder Roger Davis made a mess of it and the ball crossed the boundary ropes. And thus for the first time in history a batsmen smashed six sixes in an over.

 

Sir Garfield Sobers

      2. Ravi Shastri

The former Indian all-rounder and the current coach of Indian team is a surprising addition in the list. Shastri was not known for his big hits. The all-rounder achieved the feat on 19th January,1985. He smashed the left arm spinner Tilak Raj of Baroda for 6 sixes in an over while playing for Bombay in the Ranji trophy.

Ravi Shastri

     3. Herschelle Gibbs

The swashbuckling South African Hershelle Gibbs was the first batsman to achieve the feat in world cup match and in an international ODI game. The Netherlands bowler Daan van Bunge was at the receiving end. Gibbs achieved the feat during the World cup in 2007 held in West Indies.

 

Herschelle Gibbs

      4. Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh played an important role in helping India win the first ever T20 World Cup in 2007 held in South Africa. The Indian south paw entered into a heated argument with Andrew Flintoff during 18 th over. In reply Yuvi smashed the young Stuart Broad all over the park for six sixes in the 19 th over.

Yuvraj Singh

     5. Ross Whiteley 

In July 2017, Ross Whiteley joined the select club with six consecutive maximums. He was born in England and plays for Worcestershire county team. In a T20 match at Headingley while playing for Worcestershire Rapids, he smashed Yorkshire Vikings spinner Karl Carver's for six maximums. Worcestershire  Rapids lost, despite the Sheffield-born batsman's efforts, with David Willey,  smashing a match-winning 118 off 55 deliveries.

 

Ross Whiteley

     6. Hazratullah Zazai

The development of cricket in Afghanistan during the recent times has been quite enviable. Many quality cricketers have emerged from the ranks and they have proved to be a match for some of the best quality teams. Hazratullah Zazai has been one such player. During the Afghanistan Premier League (T20), Hazratullah Zazai bashed his way through Abdullah Mazari's deliveries joining the list of cricketers who have smashed 6 sixes in an over.

Hazratullah Zazai

      7. Leo Carter

In January 2020, the New Zealand batsman created headlines by hitting six sixes in a single over during his team's T20 match against the Northern Knights. Carter, who competed in New Zealand's Super Smash competition, hit six consecutive sixes on his way to 70 not out in just 29 deliveries, leading Canterbury Kings to a seven-wicket win with seven deliveries left.

Leo Carter

 8. Kieron Pollard

The West Indian captain is the third batsmen to achieve the rare feat of 6 sixes in an over in International cricket. Pollard blasted off the sixes off Srilankan spinner Akila Dananjaya, who had taken a hatrick in his previous over. Pollard has been a regular face in different T20 franchises all over the world. In IPL he plays for Mumbai Indians.

  Kieron Pollard


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Forfeit of innings in test match: The Historical match fixing event

 

The test match played between England and South Africa at Centurion in 2000 has been special in the cricketing history for many reasons. It was in this match where the innings forfeit occurred for the very first time in history of test cricket. Until then, many cricket followers were not much familiar with the rule. In normal test match usually the innings of a team is terminated when they get all out or else when the captain declares an innings. But this match witnessed a new method of Forfeiting, where the captain altogether sacrifices an entire innings of a team. England, lead by Nasser Hussain had won the toss and elected to bowl first. The English bowlers proved the decision of their captain right and restricted the South African batsmen to 155/6. But then unfortunately the heavens opened up and the rain came down.


Nasser Hussain

 The rain continued to play havoc for the next three days and the match seemed to be moving towards a draw. Only the final day was left and nothing much was expected other than a dismal draw. But there was turnaround for the proceedings on the fifth day morning. The South African captain Hansie Cronje put forward an idea to Nasser Hussain. According to Cronje, if South Africa managed to make around 250, they are ready to declare and forfeit their second innings, if England are ready to forfeit their first innings. So that means South Africa's first innings score will be the target of England. English Captain Nasser Hussain, found the offer too good and readily accepted the conditions. On the fifth day of the match South Africa batted for almost 27 overs and declared their innings at 248/8. Lance Klusener was the top scorer for South Africa with a score of 61*. He was unbeaten at one end , when the South African captain declared the innings. The cricketing world were witnessing some bold moves from the captain and the players. Now as per the terms and conditions made earlier, England discarded their first innings and South Africa their second innings. Now England had to make 249 in their so called second innings to win the match. The South African bowlers reduced England to 102/4 at one stage and the match was heading towards an interesting phase. Michael Vaughun and Alec Stewart played spoil sport on South African dreams as the duo built a 126 run partnership for the fifth wicket. Alec Stewart was dismissed for 73 when the score was at 228. England lost some further quick wickets and were in a precarious situation at 240/8. But they managed to hold their nerves and chisel down the required runs. Darren Gough and  Chris Silverwood managed to prevent any further loss of wickets and England won the match by 2 wickets.        

The cricketing world hailed the bold movement taken by the captain. The decision had brought life to a dismal dead match. But the appreciation and praises we're not be continued long. Hansie Cronje was arrested for match fixing in India in the same year 2000. Hansie Cronje revealed to the world that the famous match at Centurion was also a fixed one. The match which was considered to a a classic battle, suddenly lost all its glory and everything turned to ashes. Later Allan Donald mentioned that he was surprised when Cronje put forward such an idea in the team meeting. So that was the only time when the teams agreed to forfeit their innings in a test match. The match was fixed by Cronje for a bookmaker who could have lost big amounts in case of a draw.    


  Hansie Cronje

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Unlikely Heroes of IPL 2020

 

Unlikely Heroes of IPL 2020 Review

IPL is a great platform for some of the uncapped players to showcase their talent, and thereby grab a chance to play for the national side. In every edition of IPL we can see the emergence of some young players quite unexpectedly. Team predictors discuss about some of such talents who emerged quite unexpectedly, some of them even outshining the seasoned international players in their franchise team.

 

1. Ishan Kishan : Mumbai Indians

Ishan Kishan was phenomenal with the bat in this edition of IPL held at UAE. The left handed Jharkand batsman seems to be at ease while facing the raw pace of Rabada, Nortje or the spin of Chahal, Ashwin or Jadeja. Kishan surprised everyone with his six hitting ability. The pocket dynamo thrashed 30 sixes from 14 matches, which was surpassed by none in the tournament. He amassed 516 runs from the same number of matches and became the leading run scorer for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. The left hander maintained consistency in his run scoring process and Mumbai Indians never felt the absence of an injured Rohit Sharma at top order. Ishan if technically fine and its not just about his big hitting capabilities alone.



 2. Natarajan : Sunrisers Hyderabad

The injury to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar opened the door to IPL 2020 for Natarajan. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The lefthander was particularly impressive with his bowling skills in death overs. He could strangle even the best of batsmen with his yorkers. The consistency he displayed in bowling those yorkers were too great. T Natrajan took 16 wickets from as many matches.

 


3. Rituraj Gaekwad: Chennai Super Kings

Rituraj Gaekwad failed to impress in the first two innings for CSK this year. It was an odd year for CSK and had nothing much to cheer about. The failure of top players once again handed Rituraj with an opportunity. Rituraj failed to feature in the CSK playing XI in the initial stages of the tournament. He got to play only 6 matches in IPL 2020. In 6 matches he scored 204 runs. In the last three matches of CSK, he scored consecutive half centuries and was awarded the man of match award in all three games. He scored 65,72 and 62 against RCB, KKR and KXIP. The young talent from Maharashtra guarantees to reach heights and needs to be nurtured well.

 


4. Rahul Tewatia : Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Tewatia, became an indispensable part of Rajasthan Royals line up in this year's IPL. He contributed with both bat and ball for the team's success. His 5 sixes in an over off Sheldon Cotrell was a mind blowing performance. The Haryana all rounder took his team to victory against Kings XI Punjab, when all hopes were gone, with 51 needed off last 3 overs. Tewatia made 255 runs and scalped 10 wickets from 14 matches.

 


5. Varun Chakrvarthy : Kolkata Knight Riders

The Tamil Nadu leg spinner who was born in Karnataka, was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2019. But Varun couldn't perform as expected. His first over went for 25 runs and later Kings XI released him from the squad after 2019 season. But this year's IPL with KKR turned to be blessing for Varun. The leg spinner picked  17 wickets from 13 matches, including a five wicket haul against Delhi capitals. His figures of 5/20 has been the best bowling figures in IPL 2020. The scintillating performance took him to the Indian T20 squad for Australian tour. But unfortunately he is likely to miss the tour due to a shoulder injury.

 



6. Devdutt Padikkal : Royal Challengers Banglore

The Karnataka batsman was the most prolific run scorer for RCB in 2020, surpassing even the likes of Kohli and AB De Villers. He scored 473 runs in 15 matches, with an highest score of 74. The consistent performance gave the much needed stability at the top order for RCB, especially since Aaron Finch was not in great form.



Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Umar Gul Retirement from International cricket

 Pakistan Pacer Umar Gul Annouces Retirement from Cricket

The pakistani pacer bids goodbye to his cricketing career after representing his country in 47 tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20I. Umar Gul represented Pakistan in the Under 19 World Cup in 2002.The very next year in 2003 he was selected for the national ODI and test teams. Umar Gul has picked up 163 wickets in 47 tests and 179 wickets from 130 ODIs.
Umar Gul was particularly more lethal in the T20 format. He has scalped 85 wickets in 60 T20I at an average of 16.97. He was one of the mainstay behind Pakistan's success in 2007 and 2009, T20I world cup held in South Africa and England resprctively. In 2007, Pakistan reached the finals, but lost to arch rivals India in the final hurdle. Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker in the tournament with a tally of 13 wickets. In the second T20I World Cup, 2009 Pakistan became the champions, and this time too Umar Gul was the highest wicket taker with 13 wickets. In the list of highest wicket takers in T20I, Umar Gul is placed 5th. The list is headed by Lasith Malinga of Srilanka with 107 wickets from 84 matches. The best figures of the Pakistani pacer reads 5/6. The whooping performance came against New Zealand in 2009 ICC T20 World Cup. His figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs against Australia at Dubai was another performance which fetched accolades from the cricketing community. The toe crushing yorkers and reverse swing were the main weapons for Umar Gul.

In test he was often prone to injuries and at times it halted his progress. His best performance in test of 6/135 came against Srilanka at Gaddafi Stadium in 2009. In his first test match he could pick only 2 wickets. In the second and third match he picked up 5 and 8 wickets respectively against the same opponents. In ODIs his best bowling figures read 6/42. The performance came against England at Kennington Oval in 2010.

The Fastest Bowler in IPL 2020

 Anrich Nortje : The fastest bowler in IPL 2020

IPL 2020 has been not that bad for the fast bowlers. The shifting of venue from India to the UAE has provided them a better chance to showcase their art. In India the pitches are found to be more in favour of batsmen and spinners. Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Anrich Nortje, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumbrah all have found a smooth sailing in this year's IPL. The venues other than Sharjah haven't witnessed giant scores. The pitches in Abudhabi and Dubai have something for the bowlers. The 4 among top 5 wicket takers till now have been fast bowlers. Rabada with 19 wickets for Delhi capitals has been in the top spot. Jasprit Bumrah is in the second spot with 15 wickets. Mohammed Shami with 14 wickets is in the third spot and Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals with 12 wickets is in the 5th spot. Yuzvendra Chahal is the lone spinner in top 7. Delhi capitals and Mumbai Indians are in the top spot in the points table. These two teams have some fiery fast bowlers and that have helped them to reach the top spot. Mumbai Indians have the likes of Jasprit Bumbrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson. Bumrah and Boult can be found in the list of top 10 wicket takers in this year IPL. Delhi Capitals have the services of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Rabada with 19 wickets is in the top spot among wicket takers , and Nortje is placed 6th with 12 wickets. T Natarajan of Surisers Hyderabad has been another find of the tournament. He has been excellent with the yorkers and has been a consistent performer for Hyderabad franchise. Till now he has taken 11 wickets from 9 matches.

Nortje has been a revelation this year's IPL. Last year he was a part of Kolkata Knightriders , but couldn't play because of a shoulder injury. This year when Chris Woakes of England pulled out of this year's IPL, Delhi Capitals signed a contract with the South African. In international level Norte has played 6 tests and 7 ODIs for South Africa. He has a tally of 19 wickets in tests and 14 of them in ODI. He is known for his raw pace in domestic circuits, and his team mate, Rabada was not at all surprised when Nortje bowled the fastest delivery in IPL 2020 in the match against Rajasthan Royals. The delivery clocked 156.22 km/hr. Jos Butler scooped the delivery for a boundary using the pace of the delivery. After two consecutive scoop Butler was bowled by an swinging delivery.In fact the top 5 fastest deliveries of this year's IPL has been bowled by Anrich Nortje. The slowest of the 5 deliveries is 153.72 km/hr. When most of the bowlers strive to reach the 150 km/hr mark, the South African pacer seems to go beyond the mark with ease at multiple times.