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2017 In Retrospect: Indian Cricket Team’s incredible success this year

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New Delhi, Dec 29: 2017 has been a phenomenal year for the Virat Kohli-led Indian team. What they have displayed throughout the year is a continuous hunger to win and en route destroyed any opposition which has come in its path. The best part about this dominance displayed by Team India is that not only has it been in Test cricket but also in the shorter formats – ODI and T20I. 

The Indian men’s cricket team achieved many highs in 2017 — winning 37 out of their 53 matches across all formats — even as the women hogged the limelight by finishing runners-up at the ICC women’s World Cup in London.

The men’s team experienced an array of transformations with skipper Virat Kohli taking over the mantle of all the three formats in company of head coach Ravi Shastri, who replaced Anil Kumble after an avoidable battle.

With the change in leadership, the playing style also underwent a change. While win-at-all-costs became the mantra for the new-look Indian team, passing a new “yo-yo” fitness test was made mandatory to get into the national squad.

If statistics are to be taken into consideration, the Kohli-led side missed the 2003 world record set by the invincible Australians by just a single win.

Of the 37 victories, 21 came in One-day Internationals (ODIs) even as India regained their No.1 spot in the longest format, having won seven out of 11 Tests before South Africa pipped them towards the end of the year.

The only heartbreak came during the final of the ICC Champions Trophy when the Men-in-Blue lost to an unpredictable Pakistan.

But one loss at the 50-overs global tournament did not deter the team, which by now had learned to take losses on the chin.

Have a look at Team India’s Incredible journey this Year: 

Test Cricket:

India are the number one ranked Test team in the world.

In Test cricket, India enjoyed tremendous success as they won 7 matches out of the 11 they played in 2017. Noticeably, they lost just 1 game.

India also became the first team to score more than 600 runs in three consecutive innings in Test cricket. This was after they hit 631, 759 and 687 against England. Test skipper Virat Kohli also registered 3 double-century partnerships with Ajinkya Rahane which is the most by any pair since 2013. In 2017, as many as 6 players scored more than 50 runs in one Test in an innings (against Sri Lanka). This is, in fact, the joint-most for them in an innings.

India then continued their dominanation, defeating Sri Lanka in 2017. India became the first visiting team to post more than 500 runs in two successive Tests in Sri Lanka. It also saw them register a whitewash in an away series of three or more Tests.

ODIs:

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In one-day cricket, India played 29 matches and won 21 and lost 7, resulting in a win percentage of 72 which is the most among all three formats. This year also witnessed history as India recorded four wins in a bilateral ODI series for the first time vs Australia. Particularly successful in this format was the opening pair which put up eight-century partnerships this year. This is the most for India in a calendar year in ODIs. Incidentally, this is also a world record in a calendar year.

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Among the top run-getter in ODI’s Virat Kohli tops the list with 1460 runs in 26 matches. Rohit Sharma is a distant second with 1293 runs

T20I (Twenty-Twenty Internationals) :

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In T20s India played 13 and won 9 and lost 4. Here too the men in blue tasted success in equal measure. In the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka, India won by a margin of 3-0 which in turn was their biggest series victory vs Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals.

Also for the second time in history, India managed to win three matches in a bilateral series — the first instance being against Australia. In T20 cricket India also saw its youngest debutant in Washington Sundar.

India’s Yuzvendra Chahal has aLso reserved out a place for himself in T20 history after becoming the highest wicket-taker ( 23 wickets) in T20 cricket in 2017. India also registered its biggest win in T20 cricket after beating Sri Lanka by 93 runs in Cuttack.

India also hold the record for most number of sixes in a T20 innings after slamming 21 of them against the Lankans in Holkar Stadium, Indore.

Records this Year: 

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma – The 1000-club men

Both batsmen scored six centuries and enjoyed the best year in terms of career aggregates. Kohli smashed 1460 runs at an average of 76.84 while Rohit piled up 1293 runs, averaging 71.83. Their performances have given Indian batting a big edge. In every series, either of them has played one big knock that has taken the game away from the opposition.

Kohli also the first Indian to score more than 600 runs in three separate Test series.

The cash-rich domestic T20 league (Indian Premier League) then took off and saw Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians lift the silverware for the third time.

Within a week, India regrouped to take part in the Champions Trophy where they thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan in the opener before getting past South Africa and Bangladesh to reach the final which they eventually lost to Pakistan.

But more than the loss to Pakistan, it was the unceremonious exit of Kumble after 12 months of an otherwise harmonious tenure that grabbed the headlines.

The episode could have been handled better, but it was less hurtful and did not derail the team with Kohli’s favourite, Shastri, returning to succeed Kumble as the head coach.

ICC Champions Trophy :

The Champions Trophy followed a brief, victorious limited overs tour to the West Indies. The Indians then toured Sri Lanka for a full series under the new coach, where they whitewashed the Islanders 9-0 across all formats.

Coming back, India’s dominance continued across formats, starting with a 4-1 demolition of the Kangaroos in the ODIs before sharing the T20I series 1-1.

Kohli’s men then made light work of the New Zealanders, beating them 2-1 in both the ODIs and T20Is before ending the year with another humiliation of the hapless Sri Lankans in a hurriedly-organised home series.

Unfortunately, Men-in-Blue lost to an unpredictable Pakistan in finals.

Women Cricket Team This Year: 

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While the men’s team basked in the glory of an emphatic home season, the women’s team under Mitali Raj — the leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs — doubled the joy by finishing runners-up in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Their dream of winning the World Cup might have been shattered, but they were successful in winning a billion hearts, making July 23 a historic date for Indians everywhere.

Making it past the league stages was unthinkable for many before these women made it possible in 2017.

Stunning England in their opener, the Indian eves went on a hat-trick streak by beating the West Indies, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, with brilliant performances by Smriti Mandhana, Ekta Bisht, and Deepti Sharma.

Then came the masterstroke from the Indian vice captain and star all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, who single-handedly carried India to the final, scoring a brilliant 171 off 115 balls against Australia in the semi-final.

India gave hosts England a run for their money in the summit clash before going down narrowly by nine runs, but that performance was enough to give oxygen to women’s cricket, which will move into 2018 with bigger hopes.

Despite all the success for India, challenges still remain.

And the way Team India have performed in 2017, lead by its passionate captain can manage to repeat the feats of 2017 in the coming year then this team will surely become the greatest our country has ever produced. Primarily because India will be touring South Africa, England, and Australia. Earth-shattering records such as 2017 will surely help the Indian side register wins in those countries – something fans and players will be hoping for alike.

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This IPL Chennai Super Kings weren’t there, says MS Dhoni after loss to Rajasthan Royals

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 20 : Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday seemed resigned to his fate after a seven-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals (RR) that pushed his team to the brink of ouster, even as he admitted that “this season we weren’t really there”.

“It’s not always supposed to go your way. That’s why what we try is going back to the process and see if the process is wrong or maybe we weren’t able to execute. Result is always a by-product of the process. What it does is it helps you think in a positive way,” Dhoni said after the match.

“We play in front of millions of people so there is nothing to hide. The fact remains that if you’re busy with the process then the undue pressure of results doesn’t get into the dressing room. We’ve tried a few things. That’s one thing you don’t want to do; you don’t want to chop and change a lot, because what happens is after three-four-five games you’re not sure of anything,” he said.

Dhoni hinted that in the four matches left in the league phase, youngsters in the squad would get to play.

“You want to give guys a fair go then if they’re not performing then you switch and go to someone else and give them a run. Insecurity is something you don’t want to prevail in the dressing room. Fair enough, this season we weren’t really there,” he said.

“Also there were few chances to the youngsters. Maybe we didn’t see the kind of spark that they could’ve given us to say ‘okay, you know, push the experienced guys and make space for them’. But what this result has done is give those youngsters whatever is left in our league stages. They will get a chance and have no real pressure on them so they can go out and express themselves. And give us the option of looking at the other options in the batting line-up or where they’d like to bat.”

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IPL 2020: Rajasthan win comfortably, stay afloat; Chennai pushed to brink

RR gave themselves a new lease of life on Monday with a convincing seven-wicket win over three-time winners CSK, a result that lifted them from the bottom of IPL points table to the fifth spot.

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Former champions Rajasthan Royals (RR) gave themselves a new lease of life on Monday with a convincing seven-wicket win over three-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a result that lifted them from the bottom of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table to the fifth spot.

Before the game started on Monday, RR were lying at the bottom of the eight-team points table. After they won with 2.3 overs to spare, thanks to Jos Buttler’s 48-ball 70 not out, they climbed to the fifth spot with eight points from 10 matches. Steve Smith’s team is very much in the race to qualify for the playoffs.

The top four teams qualify for the playoffs after each team has played 14 matches each in the league phase.

CSK, on the other hand, have looked completely off-colour this season and the defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has pushed them to the bottom of the points table. CSK will now have to win all their remaining four matches and pray to qualify for the playoffs.

Chasing CSK’s 125/5, RR finished at 126/3 in 17.3 overs.

Smith remained unbeaten (26 off 34 balls) while speedster Jofra Archer bowled a miserly spell of four overs, picking up the wicket of in-form Faf du Plessis and conceding just 20 runs.

Earlier, CSK won the toss and batted in a match that was captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 200th in the IPL; he thus became the first player to play 200 IPL matches.

Ravindra Jadeja top scored with 35 not out (off 30 balls) while Dhoni made 28 off 28 before being run out due to his own fault.

Jadeja and Dhoni added 53 runs in 7.4 overs as they struggled to get going. The two had joined hands at the fall of Ambati Rayudu’s wicket. CSK were struggling at 56/4 in 10 overs at the time.

Spinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia conceded just 32 runs in eight overs combined, picking up a wicket each.

Brief scores: CSK: 125/5 wkts in 20 overs (R Jadeja 35 not out, MS Dhoni 28, S Curran 22, S Gopal 1/14, R Tewatia 1/18, J Archer 1/20) lost to RR: 126/3 in 17.3 overs (J Buttler 70 not out, S Smith 26 not out, D Chahar 2/18) by seven wickets

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IPL 2020: KXIP crowned kings after beating MI in 2nd Super Over

Later in the ‘death’ overs, Pollard and Coulter-Nile’s cameo put MI in a healthy position, adding unbeaten 57 runs off the final 21 balls.

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Dubai, Oct 19 (IANS/GloFans) In a most dramatic contest, comprising two Super Over deciders, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) held their nerve to eke out a heart-stopping win over reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to most deservingly win two points and stay in the race for the IPL playoffs.

After the scores were levelled at the end of the regulation two innings of 20 overs each, the contest slipped into a Super Over. However, this decider, too, ended in a tie, and it took another Super Over decider the winner. The second time around, ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle effectively sealed the win with the first-ball six.

The hero of the thriller at Dubai International Cricket Stadium was KXIP captain-cum-wicket-keeper-cum-batsman KL Rahul, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, not just for his 51-ball 77, but perhaps also for his cool captaincy.

It was the day’s second match that was decided through a Super Over decider, as earlier in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders had pipped SunRisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

MI won the toss and posted 176 for six wickets in 20 overs, with the lone half-century coming from Quinton de Kock (53 off 43 balls), and KXIP ended with the same score, thanks to top scorer Rahul, who slammed seven boundaries and three sixes.

In the first Super Over, MI fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah once again stepped up when the team needed him. The lanky bowler first picked three wickets in the match before his lethal bowling saw KXIP managing just five runs losing two wickets in the first Super Over.

However, MI scored five and lost one wicket, as the contest extended to the second Super Over.

In the second Super Over, MI managed 11 runs at the loss of one wicket, and while chasing KXIP opener Chris Gayle’s massive six, along with Mayank Agarwal’s boundary was enough to fetch KXIP a pulsating win with two balls to spare.

Agarwal was the hero of the second Super Over. While fielding near the boundary line, he leapt back to catch the ball while being air-borne at long on rope and threw it back in to deny Kieron Pollard a six. That turned out to be a decisive save.

Before it, KXIP, who were chasing the 177-run target, were off to a flying start as KL Rahul (77) and Mayank Agarwal (11) added 33 runs in the initial three overs.

Three balls later, Bumrah castled Agarwal that saw Chris Gayle (24) joining skipper Rahul in the middle.

Gayle and Rahul tried to repair the early damage with a 42-run stand for the second wicket. While trying to clear the long-off fence in the 10th over, Gayle handed a catch to Trent Boult at the boundary off a Rahul Chahar delivery.

Nicholas Pooran (24) and Rahul were then involved in a 33-run stand before Bumrah struck again, this time packing the West Indian in the 13th over, leaving KXIP at 108/3.

Glenn Maxwell maintained his inconsistency with the bat as the Aussie once again departed without troubling the scorers. Rahul and Hooda then shared 38-run stand, taking their side closer to the target.

However, Bumrah spoiled the KXIP party as he dismissed Rahul in the 18th over with a deadly yorker. Bumrah’s breakthrough also turned out to be the game changer. With nine needed off the final over, Deepak Hooda (23 not out) and Chris Jordan (13) could manage only eight.

The match went down to the wire with two required from the final ball but a brilliant run out saw Jordan falling short of the crease as scores were tied.

For MI, Bumrah shone with figures of 3/24 while Rahul Chahar bagged two.

Earlier, wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock’s valiant 53 along with Kieron Pollard’s 34 and Nathan Coulter-Nile (24) late fireworks took MI to 176/6′

MI kept losing wickets at regular intervals as half of their batsmen were back in the pavilion with 116 runs on board in 15.3 overs. However, de Kock showed grit and determination in the middle.

The South African stumper was involved in a 58-run partnership with Krunal Pandya (34) before falling. de Kock’s innings contained three fours and as many sixes.

Later in the ‘death’ overs, Pollard and Coulter-Nile’s cameo put MI in a healthy position, adding unbeaten 57 runs off the final 21 balls.

Pollard’s knock, which came off just 12 balls, was decorated with a boundary and four sixes while Coulter-Nile smashed four fours.

For KXIP, Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh picked two wickets each. Shami also bowled a tight over in the first Super Over decider.

Brief scores: KXIP 176/6 (KL Rahul 77, Nicholas Pooran 24; Jasprit Bumrah 3/24) beat MI 176/6 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 53, Kieron Pollard 34 not out; Mohammed Shami 2/30) in 2nd Super Over.

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