Friday, February 16, 2007

Sourav Ganguly Wallpapers

Kapil Dev : India's Cricketer of the Century

Kapil Dev is the finest allrounder to have played for India. He was more than a cricketer, he was an inspiration. If one player could be given the credit for changing the way a nation thought about the one-day game, it is Kapil. This he did by leading India to the World Cup win in 1983. After that year, India were no longer embarrassed by the one-day game.

Finest hour(s)
At 21 Kapil became the youngest to the Test double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. He held the world record for the most wickets in Tests, 434, before Courtney Walsh went past that mark. On a memorable tour of England in 1982, he thrice came close to making the fastest ever Test century, his 89 off 55 balls at Lord's setting the pace. Four years later, he led India to a 2-0 win in England.

His unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the '83 World Cup after India were 17 for 5, must rate as one of the most significant centuries in the one-day game. At Melbourne in 1980-81, he claimed 5 for 28 to dismiss Australia for 83 and help India draw the series.

What makes him special
He brought to the game an intuitive understanding and enthusiasm that communicated itself both to his colleagues and the spectators. Indian players were best known for wristy strokeplay if they were batsmen or ability to spin the ball if they were bowlers. Kapil went against this stereotype, as a tall, strong man, capable of driving the fast bowler for a six into the stands or knocking the batsman on the helmet with an unexpected bouncer. With the last man at the wicket during a Test at Lord's, Kapil hit four consecutive sixes off Eddie Hemmings to avert the follow on. No. 11 Narendra Hirwani was clean bowled the first ball of the next over.

As a bowler, it was his ability to move the ball rather than hurl it at great speed that earned him nearly 700 international wickets. His approach to the wicket was classic, his leap controlled.

How history views him
When Kapil Dev was given the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Award, the judges seemed to be endorsing the words of John Woodcock who wrote, "India have never had another cricketer like him, and quite conceivably they never will." It isn't the figures alone but the presence. Kapil Dev has a place reserved for him at the head table of the greatest allrounders to have played the game.

Life after cricket
Kapil Dev, a natural sportsman is a scratch golfer who participates in tournaments around the world. He was briefly coach of the Indian cricket team. His business interests - from media and modeling to electronics - have capitalised on his image as cricketer.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Zaheer Khan's first 5 wicket haul in ODI

Zaheer Khan claimed his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals to help defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third match of their series on Wednesday (14/02/2007).

Zaheer dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara, Farveez Maharoof and Malinga Bandara to finish with five for 42.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sachin Tendulkar Profile

  • Name : Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

  • Nationality : Indian

  • Date of Birth : 24 April 1973,

  • Birthplace : Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra

  • Height : 5'4"

  • Batting Style : Right Hand Bat

  • Bowling Style : Leg Break Googly, Right Arm Off Break, Right Arm Medium.

  • Test Debut : India v Pakistan at Karachi, 1st Test, 1989/90.

  • ODI Debut : India v Pakistan at Gujranwala, 2nd ODI, 1989/90