India will miss a left-handed quick – Dawes

India’s quick bowlers are having some fantastic luck yet they might not have the same effect on Australia’s batsmen as Wahab Riaz had, Joe Dawes, the previous India rocking the bowling alley mentor, has said.

The left-handed Wahab tried Australia’s top order, particularly Shane Watson, with a threatening spell in the quarter-last in Adelaide, presenting their powerlessness to short deliveries bowled at pace, a shortcoming India would have observed, Dawes said, however India’s absence of a left-armer in their positions may work for Australia.

“They’ll be getting their work done and will issue it a split. Fletch [Duncan Fletcher] is a really shrewd mentor, he’ll be observing these things and he’ll look to attempt and get that some place and issue it a spin,” Dawes told Sydney Morning Herald. “At the same time the left-hander is a major advantage and that is the place the Indians don’t have anybody with genuine pace, or any left-hand bowlers here right now.”

The 42 wickets imparted between India’s pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma is one of the prime explanations behind India’s unbeaten run in the competition. Dawes said that one of them could endeavor reproducing a left-armer’s edge by playing round the wicket.

“Most likely they’ll attempt that. [But] around the wicket will be somewhat harder than simply having a left-hander there,” he said. “They will have viewed that and will issue it a go, and Umesh has certainly got the pace to do it yet he’s not an excessively tall man so that kind of changes the direction and the ricochet. The left-armers are turned out to be truly troublesome all through the entire competition, right?”

India’s bowlers will likewise need to beat the “mental harm” they continued amid an intense summer. India lost the four-Test arrangement 2-0 and were not able to make it to the finals of the tri-arrangement that peculiarities Australia and England.

“Amid the Test arrangement they truly battled for consistency,” Dawes said. “They played some great balls, then truly let the weight off. It would seem that perhaps adjusting to the conditions and getting their lengths right they’ve truly enhanced their consistency so they’re building weight now.

“MS [Dhoni] drives them well in one-day cricket and they’ve kind of got on a roll. Despite everything I think under weight they’ll be tried. I’m not certain they’ve been tried significantly under weight yet.

“That will be the genuine test in a semi-last against Australia, where there is that tiny bit of undoubtedly mental harm over the mid year where they’ve been hit around a bit.”

The turnaround commenced with India’s win against Pakistan in the opening match. From that point forward, they have released each resistance in transit to the semi-last, an accomplishment they had never accomplished previously.

“I think they have got the instruments to hurt any side, its simply whether they can be sufficiently predictable to put the ball in the right zone on the day, which they have and haven’t done all through the late spring.”


Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi bow out as Pakistan lose to Australia by six wickets in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 quarter-final

Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi bowed out of One-Day International (ODI) cricket with their dreams unfulfilled on Friday as Pakistan crashed out in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015quarter-finals against Australia in Adelaide. Both the senior players had announced they would retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup with skipper Misbah continuing to play Tests while Afridi will feature in Twenty20 cricket.
Misbah, 40, failed to get a one-day hundred in his entire career of 162 one-day internationals. His final run tally was 5,122 runs — the most runs by any player in one-dayers without a hundred. The captain managed 34 in Pakistan’s sub-par total of 213 all out against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
The co-hosts overhauled the target in 33.5 overs for a comprehensive six-wicket victory, earning a place in next Thursday’s semi-final against defending champions India in Sydney.
Afridi, famous for his 37-ball hundred in only his second one-day international made against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996, fell five wickets short of the 400-mark. Afridi, 35, who scored 8,064 runs in his 398 one-day internationals, could have been the only all-rounder with over 8,000 one-day runs and 400 wickets.


2015 Cricket World Cup Leading Run-Scorers: Martin Guptill hits 200! 2nd in the list of top-10 batsmen

Martin Guptill of New Zealand made a double century in the fourth quarter finals against West Indies in Wellington to take 2nd place in the leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to cross 500 run-mark in 2015 Cricket World Cup but his quarter-final innings 45 off 96 deliveries is anything that did justice to his aggressive, in-form batsman personality. He is the leading run-scorer of this edition but the humbling performance by Sri Lankan side in the quarter-final against South Africa could well be their final match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

His knock of 138 off 110 deliveries takes him to second place of leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup, only behind Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka (496 runs). Taylor has made 433 runs in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, including second century of the tournament. Zimbabwean Sean Williams also made another half-century to climb up to sixth place in top-10 list of batsmen of ICC World Cup 2015.

Mahhmudullah of Bangladesh riding on his great form hit second hundred of 2015 Cricket World Cup against New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. After becoming the first Bangladeshi batsman to hit century in World Cups, Mahmudullah scored a well-made 124* against the Kiwis. With this hundred he moves to fifth place of leading run-scorers of ICC Cricket World 2015 with a total of 344 runs. The race to become the leading run-scorers of 2015 Cricket World Cup is heating up between two players – South African skipper AB de Villiers challenging Sri Lanka’s batting supremo Kumar Sangakkara. Both the players have consistently being among the runs.

There have been a total of one double century and 33 centuries hit in the World Cup 2015 so far. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (4), Tillakrathne Dilshan (2), Mahmudullah (2), Brendan Taylor (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (2) are the only payers to hit more than one century in Cricket World Cup 2015 so far.

Leading Run-Scorers: List of Top Batsmen of WC 2015









Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lanka






Brendan Taylor







AB de Villiers

South Africa






Tillakrathne Dilshan

Sri Lanka






Shikhar Dhawan














Sean Williams







Hashim Amla

South Africa













Shaiman Anwar






Leading run-scorers table updated till Match 44 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, India vs Bangladesh* on March 19, 2015.

The 27 centurions, starting with the top scorer are– Chris Gayle (215), David Warner (178), AB De Villiers (162*) Tillakaratne Dilshan (161*), Hashim Amla (159), Kyle Coetzer (156), Lahiru Thirimanne (139*), David Miller (138*), Brendan Taylor (138), Shikhar Dhawan (137), Marlon Samuels (133*) Aaron Finch (135), Moeen Ali (128), Mahmudullah (124*), Kumar Sangakkara (124), Brendan Taylor (121), Joe Root (121), Kumar Sangakkara (117*) JP Duminy (115*), Ed Joyce (112) Faf du Plesseis (109) Virat Kohli (107), William Porterfield (107), Shaiman Anwar (106), Kumar Sangakkara (105*), Martin Guptill (105), Suresh Raina (104), Kumar Sangakkara (104) Tillakrathne Dilshan (104), Mahmudullah (103), Glenn Maxwell (102), Lendl Simmons (102) Shikhar Dhawan (100) and Mahela Jayawardene (100).

Among the other notable players were India’s flamboyant batting star Virat Kohli’s 107 against arch-rivals Pakistan, Sri Lankan veteran Mahela Jayawardene who scored a magnificent century to save his side from going down against Afghanistan. Paul Stirling of Ireland’s winning knock of 92 against West Indies is another memorable innings of the 2015 Cricket World Cup.


Winning World Cup: It’s all about ‘3 crucial games’, says Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina has said India need to continue the good work in the next “three crucial games” to win the ICC World Cup 2015.

Left-handed Raina, who hit a century against Zimababwe last week to take India to sixth victory in a row in the group stage, is eyeing to carry the same form in the quarter-final against Bangladesh on March 19 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

India, the defending champions, are three games away from winning a second World Cup title in a row, which has never happened in their history.

“We are all looking forward to it (quarter-final) and we believe we have a good all-round side. Everything is working well for us and if it works well for another two weeks then it would be great,” Raina told BCCI’s official website.

“Now it is all about those three crucial games – the quarters, semis and the final. We need to continue what we have been doing over the past one month and work on our strengths. We need to get our focus on the rest of the three games.
“As of now we need to go and play really well against Bangladesh. They have reached this stage playing some good cricket. I hope we do well and we believe we will,” he added.

India and New Zealand are the only unbeaten sides so far in the tournament. The quarter-finals begin tomorrow with South Africa meeting Sri Lanka in Sydney.


Bat first, don’t obsess over De Villiers, says Muttiah Muralitharan

Spin great Muttiah Muralitharan told Sri Lanka to bat first against South Africa and not obsess over the destructive batting power of AB de Villiers in Wednesday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Muralitharan, a veteran of Sri Lanka’s defeated sides in the 2007 and 2011 finals, believes all the pressure will be on the team batting second at the Sydney Cricket Ground and that Angelo Mathews’s men can capitalise on South Africa’s poor record when chasing.
“I have two messages, win the toss and do not get too hung up thinking about AB de Villiers,” the off-spin great wrote in latest ICC column.
“The side batting first in one-day internationals at the Sydney Cricket Ground wins 58 per cent of the time according to the statistics but, in the pressure of a knock-out match as this one is, I reckon the advantage of runs on the board counts for even more than that figure suggests.”

South Africa’s four group game victories all came batting first, piling up 411 against Ireland, 408 facing the West Indies, 341 to beat the UAE and 339 in the win against Zimbabwe.
But batting second, de Villiers’s team made just 177 chasing India’s 307 and a disappointing 202 in pursuit of Pakistan’s modest 222.

“A total in excess of 300 batting first means the side needing to get those runs has to go at a run a ball from the outset and, if wickets go down and the run-rate increases, and in the knowledge of it being a win or bust encounter, batsmen’s brains can get scrambled very easily,” added Muralitharan.
“South Africa have a reputation for buckling at the business end of major tournaments. Sri Lanka have no such hang-up having won the World Twenty20 last year and reaching the World Cup final in each of the past two editions.”
Muralitharan advised Sri Lanka not to get distracted by de Villiers who has made 417 runs at the tournament with his best score a blistering 162 not out against the West Indies at the same SCG where Wednesday’s quarter-final will take place.
Instead, Sri Lanka have their own game-changers in Kumar Sangakkara, the leading run-maker with 496 and four successive centuries, as well as Tillakaratne Dilshan on 395 runs and boasting a best of 161 undefeated against Bangladesh.

“Sri Lanka need to focus on getting de Villiers in as quickly as possible. If he comes in with a platform laid, wickets in hand and the field spread then that is a licence for mayhem, especially against a Sri Lanka attack that has struggled to contain opponents throughout this World Cup.
“But if de Villiers comes in at 80-3, especially in a big chase, then that could be a different story entirely.” He added: “If I was in charge of the Sri Lanka team meeting then that would be a major theme of mine: forget how much they can hurt us with the bat; we can hurt them just as much, or even more.”


Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Quarter-Final, ICC World Cup 2015

All eyes will be on Kumar Sangakkara when Sri Lanka face South Africa in the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015 here at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) tomorrow (March 18, Wednesday).
Sangakkara has been in great batting form, constructing four hundreds on the trot, a record in the history of One Day Internationals
Now, the 37-year-old will be hoping to go further and make it five in five in his final World Cup. If he does that, he will match batting legend Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup record of most number of hundreds – 6. So far, Sangakkara has 5 World Cup tons, joint second with Australia’s Ricky Ponting. Sangakkara has achieved this in 4 World Cups. Tendulkar played in a joint record of 6 World Cups from 1992 to 2011. South Africa captain AB de Villiers and his men will be working out plans to stop Sangakkara tomorrow. If he stays true to his form, the Proteas’ record of not winning a knockout game in World Cup ever will remain. When this World Cup started, many thought no batsman could come closer to Tendulkar’s mark of 6 hundreds. However, Sangakkara has proved it wrong. The wicketkeeper-batsman is also the first batsman in World Cup history to register 4 three-figure marks in a single tournament. Can he emulate Tendulkar on Wednesday?

Most World Cup hundreds 6 – Sachin Tendulkar (44 innings) 5 – Kumar Sangakkara (34), Ricky Ponting (42) 4 – AB de Villiers (21), Sourav Ganguly (21), Mark Waugh (22), Tillakaratne Dilshan (24), Mahela Jayawardene (33)

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John Mooney’s sole focus is on beating Pakistan

Ireland’s pacer John Mooney on Thursday said he is not influenced by a Zimbabwean daily paper article that his nation’s cricket board has pummeled as a “horrible individual assault” on him, and that he is concentrating on his group’s must-win World Cup Pool B challenge against Pakistan.

World Cup Special Published in the Zimbabwe Herald, the culpable article made an association between Mooney’s fight with discouragement and his genuineness more than a hostile limit line get he took in Ireland’s limited win over Zimbabwe last Saturday, reports

A year ago, Mooney talked transparently about his maladjustment in an offer to bring issues to light about the issue among different cricketers. Mooney posted a remark on his Facebook page that the article “implies literally nothing to me”.

“Much thanks to you again for all your bolster, that man’s article implies literally nothing to me. My just concern is beating Pakistan on Sunday,” he said.

Mooney has played each of the five of Ireland’s matches at this World Cup to help them move to the edge of a compartment in the quarter-finals. Triumph over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday would see the Irish meet all requirements for the quarter-finals shockingly, while a misfortune will probably see them complete fifth in Pool B and miss the knockout stages.

“We have some great time to get prepared for what will be the greatest amusement ever. Trust me; we are all so pumped for this present it will be awesome in any case,” Mooney composed. On Tuesday, Cricket Ireland said they were considering “conceivable activity” over the Zimbabwe Heralds tory and had reached the International Cricket Council (ICC) around a conceivable blueprint.

Zimbabwe’s stand-in chief Brendan Taylor issued an expression of remorse to Mooney for his group. Mooney expressed gratitude toward the African outfit for its signal. “The previous evening I messaged Brendan Taylor to say thanks to him and his group for their conciliatory sentiment. They are incredible blokes and they didn’t need to do that, on the grounds that I know the man who composed that article does not speak to their group,” Mooney’s post read. He, in any case, was concerned writer Robson Sharuko’s article would hinder different sufferers from discussing their maladjustment.

“The principle thing that gets to me about his article is that it may keep someone from getting the help they require later on,” he said. “The reason I addresses the press about my battles was to advance psychological wellness issues. Utilizing the truth I’m a sportsman to achieve individuals who feel they can’t tell individuals their issues.” The 33-year-old Mooney said he was diminished in the wake of uncovering reality. “Give me a chance to simply say the day I told individuals my issues I felt a colossal murmur of help. I don’t need individuals to see this unpleasant article and say ‘goodness I’m not telling anybody, individuals will slag me off, or my name will be discolored’.” “Individuals will help you, individuals who you wouldn’t dare hoping anymore provide for you quality. Life will show signs of improvement not more awful,” he said. “I truly needed to get past this competition without composing anything on emotional well-being as I’ve been so centered around my cricket, however sadly I’ve needed to do this short piece.”


Adam Gilchrist praises Sangakkara with hilarious tweet

Former Australian batting star Adam Gilchrist recognized wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) cricket deeds with a hilarious tweet.

On Wednesday, the Sri Lankan legend turned into the first batsman to record four successive hundreds in One-Day International (ODI) cricket with a 124-run thump against Scotland in a World Cup coordinate in Hobart.

Later amid Scotland’s pursuit, Sangakkara turned into the first man to impact 500 ODI releases. He likewise passed Gilchrist’s record of 52 World Cup dismissals. After Sangakkara’s points of interest, the Aussie praised the World Cup’s top scorer, yet in a clever manner. “I scored 4 100’s consecutively once…shame it was on the golf course! Congratulations on 500+ WC record and runs,runs,runs #legend,” Gilchrist composed on Twitter. The 37-year-old Sangakkara likewise turned into the first batsman to score four centuries in a World Cup and ODI competition. Sangakkara crushed 124 against Scotland in Hobart taking after prior scores of 105 not out against Bangladesh, 117 not out against England and 104 against Australia. Before the end of the match, he had taken 41 gets and made 13 stumpings in World Cups. Gilchrist had 45 gets and seven stumpings in 31 World Cup matches (Sangakkara was playing his 36th). Left-hander Sangakkara is likewise the main run scorer in the continuous super occasion with 496 runs in only six amusements with a stunning normal of 124. This World Cup will be the last ODI task for Sangakkara.


Media barred from Indian team’s hotel at World Cup

The just-elected office bearers of the BCCI might have shown some interest in improving its relationship with the media, but the Indian cricket team management continued to keep its distance from the touring national media contingent with members of the fourth estate being banned from entering the hotel premises, here today.

While in places like Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Hamilton, media people did have access to the hotel lobby, the authorities of the ‘Heritage Hotel’ here are very strict about even letting media people be within 100 metres of the premises.

It is not known whether the authorities are issuing a diktat by the Indian team management, which is known to keep the media at arm’s length, but there was an altercation between reporters of some electronic channels today when they were filming the proceedings of movements in the hotel from across the road. It was learnt that some of the security staff of the hotel came and told them to move from the area even though the public road or footpath is not under their jurisdiction. Even as some of the media people wanted to have refreshments at the hotel’s coffee shop, they were told that if they are not staying in the hotel in no uncertain terms they won’t be allowed inside. Since the relation between players and media had hit nadir during the current World Cup, it is absolutely possible that players and the support staff have told the hotel members to bar the media as some of the channels have been doing a paparazzi on the cricketers following them from sea beach to salon.