Virat Kohli: One of the 100 TIME’s Most Influential’ of 2018.

King Kohli, again proved that why he is the King of his field.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli named as one of the 100 Most Influential’s list of 2018. Young aggressive batsman from India, Virat Kohli is amongst the six other sports personalities and only cricketer to be the part of the list. Other sportsmen, who share this hall of fame are; Greatest Tennis player of all the time, Roger Federer from Switzerland, American footballer JJ Watt, snowboarder Chloe Kim, figure skater Adam Rippon and basketball player Kevin Durant. Apart from Kohli and Federer, rest all the players represent United States in their respective sport.

Kohli is currently the number one-ranked ODI batsman and second best in Tests. He has led Team India to the number one rank in both Test and ODI team rankings.

On his this big achievement, his idol wrote a beautiful and emotional message for him, Sachin exclaimed, “The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation. That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. “Today Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game,” he added.

Mentioning how Kohli sailed through tough times, Tendulkar said: “Every sportsman knows what it’s like to have good spells and bad ones too. Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. He’s never looked back.”

Greatest of all time, Sachin wished the young run machine all the best for his career.

Coming this from his childhood idol, Virat thanked him from his official Twitter handle. Virat tweeted: Thank you @sachin_rt paaji for such warm and encouraging words. Truly honored for being able to make it to the @Time’s 100 list. #Times100 #grateful 🙏😇


IPL 2018: Narine becomes the first foreign player to take 100 wickets.

Carribbean magic spinner, Sunil Narine became the first foreign bowler to reach the milestone of 100 wickets in IPL career.

Bowling with a reshaped action, after allegations continuing on him in Pakistan Super League, in the previous month, Narine picked up jis hundredth bait in IPL on Monday.

Sunil Narine embossed history, by becoming first foreign player to do so in the history of IPL.

Narine plays for Shah Rukh Khan’s franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. On Monday, KKR were playing against Delhi Daredevils. Narine reached the milestone in style by picking up Delhi’s, Chris Morris & Vijay Shankar on the score of just 2 in the same over. Later, Narine took tailender Shami to make his tally 102 and finished his spell of three overs by conceding only 18 runs.

IPL 2018: Run Machine sets a new record!

Indian skipper and well known as “Run Machine”, King Kohli is in the form of his life.

Virat plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, in IPL. Kohli has been playing for the same franchise since the inaugural season. RCB being one of the strongest team since 2008 is yet to one their maiden IPL trophy. With the most destructive batting line up consisting, Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers, Chris Gayle etc in the past years, bad luck goes on for RCB.

But amidst all the bads, there’s a good news for RCB fans.

Virat Kohli became the highest run scorer in the history of IPL, yesterday. With this, the Indian captain has surpassed Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina. CSK batsman had smashed 4558 runs in 163 matches. While Kohli has accumulated over 4590 runs in total. Kohli had a spectacular 2017 amassing over 2500 runs at an average of 68.73 in all formats. He was recently named leading male cricketer for the second successive year Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year list.

Yesterday, while playing against Mumbai Indians, RCB was in a very tight position because of the early collapse of the batting. But Kohli, stood up on the hopes of RCB fans. Virat played, a superb captain’s knock and scored 92 not out. Although his brilliant innigs couldn’t help RCB to grab win against MI.

With 164 sixes and a whopping 399 fours, he is a deadly run machine which he had scored in just 153 matches. The 11th season of IPL could prove to be a record breaker season for him as he is at the third spot in ‘most sixes hit’ list. The only two batsmen above him are Raina and Rohit Sharma.

On this day in 2004…

On this day, Carribbean legend, Brian Charles Lara became the first batsman to score a quadruple century.

Cricket was originated by the whitemen, in the south-east England in 1877. But, this non-white guy named “Brian Charles Lara” has been ruling the gentlemen’s game even after 11 years of his retirement with his unattainable record till date.

On April 12 2004, West Indies batsman Brian Charles Lara became the first man ever to reclaim the world Test batting record after scoring 400 not out against England at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St John’s, and in so doing earning the Trinidadian a permanent place in the history books.

However, if anyone had suggested going into that fourth Test match against Michael Vaughan’s side that Lara would manage to score even a consolation century, then they would have been reminded in no uncertain terms that top-level sport has no place for sentiment.

As for the first time ever against England, and in the great man’s career as a whole, Lara had started to look vulnerable against pace in that series in the Caribbean, with his once seemingly razor-sharp reflexes now nowhere to be seen as whispers began to be heard about his future in the game.

Lara had already overseen a trio of crushing and demoralising defeats in the first three Tests, and now he stood on the brink of a humiliating and ignominious home series whitewash at the hands of England, a totally unfathomable situation for the once proud West Indies team.

And, as if to make matters worse, the skipper and team’s best and most important batsman was also struggling badly for runs against a rampant English fast-bowling attack, with Lara having registered disappointing scores of 23, 0, 0, 8, 36 and 33 in the three Tests leading up to the final match in Antigua.

The captain had tried everything to regain just a semblance of form, moving himself up and down the order, tweaking his back lift, but the likes of pacemen Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones all appeared very much to have the one-time world’s best batsman’s number.

In fact, going into that fourth Test the only things that the left-hander really had left to hold on to were the good memories and positive vibes that the pitch at the Recreation Ground had provided him with in the past.

And that was because this was the very same venue where in his pomp, Lara had once set the world record for the highest score in Test cricket, also against England and almost exactly 10 years to the day of this very contest.

But it is safe to say that not even a man of Lara’s extreme self-belief and confidence would have dared let his mind wander to the possibility of a repeat showing as he went out to toss the coin with his opposite number on the morning of April 10 2004.

Within less than an hour’s play though, the captain was already making his way out to the middle after Flintoff had removed opener Daren Ganga for only 10, with the score at 33 for 1.

Now while the strip at St John’s has always been regarded as being the best pitch to bat on in world cricket, and the tourists’ bowling attack may also have taken their collective foot off the gas a touch with the series already in the bag, no one at the ground or following the match around the world could have predicted just what was about to take place during the course of the next 778 minutes of Test cricket.

Lara, do not forget, had also seemingly lost forever the world-record 375 that he had set against England on April 16 1994 when Australia opener Matthew Hayden had made 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth just six months earlier.

However, now he set about trying to scale that mountain top one more time, firstly putting on 65 for the second wicket with opener Chris Gayle, followed by a mammoth 332 for the third wicket with Ramnaresh Sarwan as the game moved into the afternoon on day two, with Lara now past a hundred and finally looking somewhere near his best again.

But it was probably not until Lara reached stumps on day two though, unbeaten on 313, that people really began to think that history could be about to repeat itself, with the ground heaving and in a state of nervous tension on the morning of the third day.

Of course Lara, being Lara, was not to be denied his record-breaking moment in the sun again, and at 11.43 Eastern Caribbean Time, Trinidad’s most famous son swept England off-spinner Gareth Barry for his 42nd boundary to take his own personal score on to 384 not out, and with that he had reclaimed the world record for the highest innings in Test cricket.

And, not done there, the left-hander then proceeded to become the first man in the history of the game to score 400 as West Indies declared on a mammoth 751 for five from their 202 overs at the crease, with Lara himself batting for 13 hours, during which time he hit an incredible 43 fours and four sixes.

When Lara reached the landmark, he took off his helmet, jumped up in the air, whirled his bat above his head, before kneeling down and kissing the pitch, much as he had also done 10 years previously, although the scenes were far less chaotic the second time around.

Maybe it was relief, maybe it was shock, probably a mixture of both, but either way Lara had somehow managed to yet again defy the odds, his fading reflexes and England’s vaunted pace attack to produce one final great innings that re-established the West Indian’s place at the summit of the Test-match batting arena.

Who do you think can break this record?

Six players who played for same franchise in the glorious ten years, in IPL.

1. Virat Kohli

King Kohli has been picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), owned by business tycoon Vijay Mallya since the very first season. IPL commenced in 2008 and in that year, Indian U-19 squad led by Virat Kohli won the tournament and this led down the glorious path for him. RCB have been able to witness Kohli’s transformation from a young chubby teenager to one of the most fittest geniuses of the game. Virat has played all the ten years with the Bangalore Franchise.

Playing for RCB, Virat has scored 4418 runs in 149 matches, with an average of 37.44 and a magnificent strike rate of 129.82. Virat was handed over the captaincy in 2011 because the then captain Daniel Vettori was not present for that particular season. But by seeing his vision for the game, he was appointed as the full time captain and continue to do so. 2016 proved to be the best for the run machine. In this year, King Kohli scored four magnificent tons and seven half centuries. In this particular year, Virat became the orange cap holder for his 973 runs, with 113 being his highest till date. Besides batting, Virat has a total of 4 wickets and 61 catches under his name and has conceived 368 runs.

2. Harbhajan Singh

One of the most significant spinners of all the time for India, the turbanator, Harbhajan Singh is the second player in my list who played for the same franchise, Mumbai Indians for all the ten years of IPL. These ten years have been proved to be a roller coaster ride for the off-spinner. From being dropped down from the national side, to be the part of Mumbai Indians being the champions for three times and captaining his side for winning the Champions League T20 in 2011, Harbhajan witnessed everything in the past decade.

Harbhajan Singh practicing in nets, for MI.

Playing for MI, Harbhajan has taken 127 wickets, in his 136 matches and conceived 2,907 runs with an average of 26.54 and economy 6.95. His best figures in IPL is, 5/18. Harbhajan has also scored a total of 771 runs with 64 being his highest.

In 2018, Chennai Super Kings has picked up the veteran spinner to play for them.

Harbhajan Singh in a shoot for CSK.

3. Ambati Rayudu

Right hander, middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu has been playing IPL since 2010. Before, 2010 he was a part of Indian Cricket League (ICL) because of which he was not able to take participate in Indian Premier League. But later in the year 2009, Ambati Rayudu accepted BCCI’s invitation for being a part of next year’s auction.

Ambati Rayudu in the nets for MI.

In 2010, Mumbai Indians picked him up to strengthen their middle order with domestic player. Since then, Rayudu has been a crucial part of MI. Playing for MI, Rayudu has scored more than 250 runs every year except 2017 where he was a part of playing XI for only five times in the whole season. He has a total of 2416 runs under his willow with 81 not out being the highest. Rayudu has scored 14 half centuries in IPL & has played with an average of 27.14 and an beautiful strike rate of 116.66.

Ambati Rayudu has been picked by Chennai Super Kings led by M.S. Dhoni, for this year’s IPL.

4. Lasith Malinga

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is one of the most deadly bowler in the gentleman’s game. His ability to bowl toe crushing yorkers with pin-point accuracy along with variations in his bowling, makes him one of the lethal weapon in any bowling attack.

Malinga was picked up by Mumbai Indians in the inaugural edition but he missed out that season because of a knee injury. But from 20 onwards, Malinga used to be the frontline pacer for the side for nine years. Playing for MI, Malinga has taken 154 wickets in his 110 matches, giving out 2,928 runs with an average of 19.01. Malinga bowled with an economy of 6.86 throughout his IPL career, altogether and has best figures of 5/13. Malinga was also the purple cap holder in the 2011 season.

This year, Mumbai Indians has picked him up as Bowling Mentor for MI Paltan as Akash Ambani, owner of the side thinks that assigning Malinga as the mentor will give youngsters a key for motivation and true guidance.

4. Kierron Pollard

Windies all-rounder Kierron Pollard is another player who played for the same franchise since his IPL debut. Mumbai Indians invested in the Trinidadian giant, because he has the ability to change the game with his batting, bowling and fielding.

Pollard has played sensational cricket over the past eight years for MI. While playing for his franchise, Pollard has scored a total of 2343 runs in 123 matches with an average of 28.92 and strike rate of 146.52. With the ball, Pollard has 56 wickets under his name and has taken some of the really mind-blowing catches out of total 70 catches.

In 2018 also, Mumbai Indians used their Right to Match card in the auction to retain Pollard. Fans will continue to see him in the blues.

6. Shaun Marsh

Left handed Aussie batsman, Shaun Marsh was purchased by Preity Zinta for his franchise Kings XI Punjab in the inaugural season itself. Marsh didn’t let her owner and team down by scoring most runs in the 2008 season and winning the Orange Cap. Marsh has been the part of KXIP over the past decade, although he missed out the IPL in 2009 and half 2010.

Playing beautifully, Marsh has scored 2477 runs in his 71 matches with an awesome average of 39.95 and strike rate of 132.74. Marsh has one ton and twenty half centuries under his name.

His brilliant performance with the bat, could not let him to make way for this year’s IPL as he remained sold. Reason behind this could be him being out of form in the recent past.

Cricket Australia came down hard on the Trio.

Cricket Australia has turned up firmly, taking the ball tempering scandal seriously, CA has banned captain Smith and Vice-Captain Warner for 12 months.

Cameron Bancroft, who admitted to change the condition of the ball with yellow sandpaper, has been banned for 9 months.

James Sutherland (CEO, Cricket Australia) mentioned that, Warner is found responsible for the “development of a plan to attempt to artificially alter the condition of the ball”, and “instruction to a junior player to carry out a plan”

David Warner, charged for advising junior player Bancroft to tamper the ball, “including demonstrating how it could be done”.

Warner has been also found misleading Newlands officials by hiding his knowledge and involvement in the scandal and not voluntarily reporting it to the officials.

Skipper, Steve Smith has been found guilty for knowing of the plan beforehand and not taking the preventive measures. Also, it was the skipper only who directed “that evidence of attempt tampering be concealed on the field of play” which means, it was Smith who asked Bancroft to hide the sandpaper in his underpants. Smith was also found to “misled match officials regarding his teammate’s attempt of artificially changing the condition of the ball”.

Cameron Bancroft, the most junior member of the playing XI has been charged for being a member of the conspiracy and carrying out Warner’s plan to tamper the ball and following Smith’s direction to mislead the officials about the whole drama and also for his own lies to officials and public.

According to reports, Warner will never be given any leadership role in his career whereas Smith and Bancroft will have to wait for atleast 12 months after their ban for any leadership role.
The offending trio are banned from all international cricket and domestic cricket in Australia, but can still play and are encouraged to return to club level to help re-connect with the cricket community.

Just In: No place for Smith-Warner in IPL 2018.

The poor misery continued for the Aussie duo being involved in recent ball tempering saga.

Indian Premier League’s chairman Rajiv Shukla confirmed that Steve Smith and David Warner will not be playing this year’s IPL as they have been charged for letting the reputation of their nation and the spirit of the game down by indulging in unfair practice of ball tempering against South Africa in the third test match.

Both the players were captains of their respective side. Smith already stepped down as the captain of Rajasthan Royals, a couple of days back. Warner also stepped down as the skipper for Sunrisers Hyderabad. But, now both the aussie players have been ruled out of the tournament. Smith and Warner have a contract of INR 12.5 crores together.

“The franchises will get replacements for the players as they (David Warner and Steve Smith) will not be allowed to play this year,” Rajiv Shukla, IPL Commissioner, to ANI.

Captain Smith and Vice Captain Warner was involved in the ball-tempering scandal that took place in the Cape Town test, along with the opener batsman Cameron Bancroft. All the three players have been found guilty of breaching article 2.3.5 of Cricket Australia Code of Conduct and has been suspended from the last and final test match to be played between Australia and South Africa in Wanderers starting from March 30.