MS Dhoni breaks T20 world record of Kumar Sangakkara’s most number of catches

On Sunday, MS Dhoni outdid former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara to record a number of catches in T20 cricket during the first match against South Africa at the Wanderers. The former Indian captain achieved the feat after taking a miss-hit from South Africa batsman Reeza Hendricks off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India went on to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Breaking the past record of Sangakkara of 133 in 254 matches, MS Dhoni has now a total of 134 catches in T20 cricket. Kumar Sangakkara also had 50 stumpings, which take his overall tally to 192 dismissals in T20s. MS Dhoni has played 275 T20 matches so far, which also includes franchise cricket as well as Twenty20 Internationals, achieving a grand total of 204 dismissals which includes 134 catches and 70 stumpings. The 36-year-old cricketer is only three dismissals behind the overall world record currently held by former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal. He played 211 matches and achieved a total 207 dismissals (115 catches and 92 stumpings).

Talking about the most catches in the T20 format, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is at third spot with 123 catches in 211 matches. He has also 48 stumpings to his credit that takes his complete total to 171 dismissals. By 77 dismissals in 87 T20 Internationals, Dhoni is a way ahead of the competition. MS Dhoni has taken a record 48 catches but still behind Kamran (32), achieving 29 stumpings. The Indian cricket team has won in the first T20 at Johannesburg as they defeated South Africa by 28 runs.

I don’t want any tags, any headlines, I just go out there do my job, says Indian captain Virat Kohli

The Indian skipper and captain Virat Kohli said that he is not interested in whether anyone regards him as the best batsman in the world. Kohli’s team took India to an exceptional 5-1 series win over South Africa on Friday night, making one of the worst defeats South Africa have witnessed in home series in a bilateral series.

The 29-year-old cricketer also achieved his third century on Friday night as he made 129 runs off just 96 balls as India chased down a target of 205, conquering the match by eight wickets with more than 18 overs remaining. The series’ total runs of Virat Kohli (558 runs) was the highest by any cricketer in a bilateral series and the seventh highest in any one-day competition. The Indian Captain Kohli, however, was in no mood to get into the debate about whether he is the world’s best batsman. “I don’t feel like competing with anyone. It’s all about how I prepare, what my work ethic is like and how I’m feeling on game-day,” Kohli said.

“My only motivation is getting into that frame of mind. I only look to help my team in any way I can. If during the course of that, if you’re thinking about the team, special things happen. But if you’re thinking about being ahead of someone else, you’ll be found out very soon in this game, and then you’re compromising on what the team needs,” the 29-year-old cricketer said. He added that “I don’t want any tags, any headlines, I just go out there do my job. I don’t want to be called anything – it’s my job, I’m supposed to do what I’m doing”.

Kohli has already accomplished his 35th century on Friday, and only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of him now, who has scored 49 centuries in ODI cricket. Tendulkar has scored 49 centuries in 463 matches, whereas Kohli has just played his 208th match on Friday. While Kohli wasn’t much interested in commenting on his status in the game, Indian coach Ravi Shastri not shied from giving his opinion about Kohli’s status. “I’ve seen him batting across all conditions in all formats and it’s not just averages, it’s the way you get runs when you get it and the impact those runs have on what the team does. I would safely say he’s the best batsmen in the world now,” Shastri said.

“Virat’s desperation to win games for his side is massive. That’s why he conducts himself the way he does, but it’s from a competitive point of view, there is nothing malicious. That desperation is shown when he bats, he doesn’t just want to get close to the line, he gets his side over the line and we saw that again tonight,” said South Africa’s stand-in captain Aiden Markram.

WOW! Rahul Dravid’s secret message to India following India won the Under-19 WC will melt your heart

The legendary Indian skipper Rahul Dravid’s role in making India Under-19 boys winning the World Cup with such grace and decency is unmatchable. While the young cricketers of Indian team like to celebrate victories like Virat Kohli’s style of aggression or anger, Dravid is from the old school where it was more about measured aggression and giving respect to your opponent as well.

It is learned that Dravid’s message was to the young champions to restrain themselves from any act of ugliness while they went about their celebrations following beating Australia in the final on Sunday. “After the win, Dravid told the boys to cherish the moment. He instructed them not to direct any insult towards anyone. We can celebrate the victory politely also. And the players did exactly as per their coach’s instructions,” said a reliable source in person to the dressing room proceedings. Dravid doesn’t like players have a pass at the opponents after winning so he informed his players in advance.

The Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar also pointed it out in his congratulatory message, saying how he was impressed to witness the level of discipline that these youngsters had absorbed from Dravid.“One thing I noticed about the team is that they are disciplined. Dravid himself always placed impetus on discipline and the team has gained from his experience which has been at the highest level,” said Tendulkar.

Noticing the nervousness in the dressing room before the start of the game, Dravid raised the spirits by highlighting that how this day will never be repeated in their careers. “I know you guys must be feeling the heat, now you understand the meaning of the final, but don’t worry, you will get this moment only once in your lifetime. Among this batch, few will play IPL, international matches too… and that moment comes in your life regularly… but this moment will never come in your life again. So don’t think anything… just go and play your best.”

Under-19 World Cup: Manjot’s ton helped India beating Australia by 8 wickets

The Indian team defeated Austraila by 8 wickets in the ICC Under 19 World final on Saturday afternoon to win the World Cup trophy. The team in blue had defeated the three-time champions at Bay Oval. India, who were playing for the record sixth final have won for the record-fourth time as well, previous was being in 2000, 2008, and 2012.

Indian team bowled exceptionally well and it helped them in restricting Australian team at just 216. Talking about the Indian batting hero of the day, Manjot Kalra, who played an important inning of 101, led the team to victory. Kalra was awarded as Man of the Match as well. The most talked players Prithvi Shaw and Shubham Gill failed to create any magic in the match but Kalra played an important inning and took the match away from the hands of the opposition. Picking to bat first after winning the toss, the Australians lost their top three batsmen with just 59 runs on the board as pacer Ishant Porel’s twin strikes helped in making them out.

Following this, Merlo and Param Uppal strengthened the team with a 75-run fourth wicket stand that witnessed them going over the 100-run mark. India’s Ishan Porel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shiva Singh and Anukul Roy took two wickets each while Shivam Mavi took one. Harvik Desai ended the match in style with a boundary. The young cricket stars of Indian cricket have launched themselves to the world and that too with a loud noise.

India vs South Africa 1st ODI: Kohli’s ton and Rahane’s sensible half century helps India to six-wicket win in Durban

Indian captain Virat Kohli (112) scored his 33rd ODI century, an extremely imperative and special one, which led Indian team to a vigorous six-wicket victory that not only helped them lead in the six-match ODI series but also gave a much-needed boost to team India as it was the first win against South Africa at Kingsmead after six losses.

However, Ajinkya Rahane’s dependable innings helped India in winning the ODI match easily. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shocked the middle order to leave the Proteas fluctuating before skipper Faf du Plessis, with support from Chris Morris and Andile Phelukwayo, which helped the South African team to reach 269. The South African captain Faf du Plessis (120) made his ninth ODI century. The Indian team started well at the time of chasing before Rohit Sharma misjudged a pull to be caught. Following this, Shikhar Dhawan was run out to a direct hit by Aiden Markram off a Virat Kohli call. However, Rahane (79) came at fourth for batting and the skipper took the match towards the finish line.

Both Kohli and Rahane played smartly and the match easily India took from the hands of South Africa. The South African team was struggling at 134/5 but du Plessis’ innings of 120 runs change the scenario for the hosting team. The Indian team, after all, simply played amazingly good on Thursday night with Kohli’s ton, Rahane’s dependable innings, Yadav and Chahal’s spectacular bowling.

India Vs SA Test series: Team India got a reality check of its performance in 5-day matches, many loopholes to work on

In the 3 Test match series with South Africa, India already loses first two test matches. Isn’t it shocking to see a world-class team like India losing these matches with such an ease? It is the same team that looks strongest the most on papers. India, in last some years, performing extraordinarily in every home series and was winning peacefully. But playing in South Africa is definitely not a bed of full roses for the team India. They not only have to learn from these easy defeats in these test matches but also work on many other things. We will talk about the most important places where team India really needs to work on.

World’s strongest batting line, but not used appropriately

There’s no question on the world-class batting line of team India. Actually, it’s the strongest part of our team. But it sounds unimaginable when we witness team India losing because of poor performances of Indian batsmen. Players like Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravi Pujara and many more, again and again, failed to perform in the test matches against South Africa. The inconsistency in the performances of Indian players needs to be focused and analyzed on.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli’s inexperienced decisions

There is no doubt in the ability of Virat Kohli as a batsman. He’s the world’s best batsman and we believe in it. But he still needs to work on his captaincy skills. An ace Test match player like Ajinkya Rahane was being ignored by Kohli in the first two test matches and this decision of the Indian captain needs to be evaluated. Rahane is unarguably one of the finest test match player and his records convey the same. Even dropping India’s best current lot bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test match was unexpected and shocking for all. The Indian captain has to look again at his decisions.

And the hunt for good Wicketkeeper/Batsman still goes on

The biggest setback team India is suffering from is a good wicketkeeper/batsman. There was a time when Indian team had Dhoni, who was not just a good wicketkeeper but also a great batsman and captain. Team India has to compromise on both now – a great wicketkeeper and a great captain. Parthiv Patel’s performance as a wicketkeeper in second test match showed how blessed team India was when MS Dhoni was the wicketkeeper. There’s no one who seems to even fit 20% of the place in the team as a wicketkeeper like MS Dhoni. The search for a good wicketkeeper still continues.

Indian Captain Virat Kohli fined 25% of his match fee for showing disagreement in Centurion Vs South Africa

On Tuesday, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was fined 25 percent of his match fee and got one demerit point for expressing disagreement on Day 3 of the second Test against South Africa in Centurion. The Indian skipper breached Article 2.1.1 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which describes to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

The ICC said in a statement, “The incident took place in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings when Kohli continued to complain to umpire Micheal Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a rain delay, before throwing the ball into the ground in an aggressive manner.” “After the day’s play, Kohli pleaded guilty to the offense and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” the statement added. The charge was pointed by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.

The level 1 violations carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points. The Indian captain Kohli has been very honest about his feelings, aggressively celebrating every fall of the wicket and even his own gutsy century. The South Africa pacer Morne Morkel, however, made it less important by saying that they are not getting too worked up seeing Kohli’s reactions that nearly border on being inflammatory at times. “Virat is very competitive. They are over here to compete and they’ve got a team that could potentially beat South Africa for the first time here. That’s his nature. It gets him strong and keeps him going. We’re well aware of that don’t take any notice of it,” Morkel said following the end of day’s play on Monday.