2015–16 Ranji Trophy
The 2015–16 Ranji Trophy was the 82nd season of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class cricket tournament in India. It was contested by 27 teams divided into three groups of nine teams each; the top three teams from Groups A and B advanced to the quarterfinals along with the top two teams from Group C. For this season the schedule splits into two stages, the first is a league stage and the second being a knock-out stage; the league stage starts on 1 October 2015 and ends on 4 December 2015 and the knock-out stage starts on 3 February 2016 and ends on 28 February 2016. The 2015–16 Ranji Trophy will be followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Deodhar Trophy; the final was contested by a repeat of the 2012 -- 13 final. Mumbai won the match by 21 runs to claim their 41st title; the groups drawn are as follows Zone-wise participation: Points table Points table Points table 1st Quarter-final 2nd Quarter-final 3rd Quarter-final 4th Quarter-final 1st Semi-final 2nd Semi-final Series home at ESPNCricinfo Series home at Bcci.tv
Virender Sehwag pronunciation is a former Indian cricketer. Regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed opening batsman and bowled part-time right-arm off-spin, he played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian test side in 2001. In April 2009, Sehwag became the first Indian to be honoured as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for his performance in 2008, subsequently becoming the first player of any nationality to retain the award for 2009, he is the former Occasional captain of India, former Vice-Captain of India, former captain of Delhi Daredevils and former captain of Delhi Ranji Team. Sehwag holds multiple records including the highest score made by an Indian in Test cricket, the fastest triple century in the history of international cricket as well as the fastest 250 by any batsman. Sehwag holds the distinction of being one of four batsmen in the world to have surpassed 300 twice in Test cricket, the only one to score two triple centuries and take a five-wicket innings haul.
In March 2009, Sehwag smashed what was till the fastest century scored by an Indian in ODI cricket, from 60 balls. On 8 December 2011, he hit his maiden double century in ODI cricket, against West Indies, becoming the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to reach the landmark, his score became the highest individual score in ODI cricket – 219 off 149 balls, bettered by Rohit Sharma – 264 off 173 balls on 13 November 2014. He is one of only two players in the world to score a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test Cricket, the other being Chris Gayle. Sehwag was appointed as vice-captain of the Indian team under Rahul Dravid in October 2005 but due to poor form, he was replaced by V. V. S. Laxman in December 2006 as Test vice-captain. In January 2007, Sehwag was dropped from the ODI team and from the Test team as well. During his term as vice-captain, Sehwag skippered the team in place of injured Dravid in 2 ODIs and 1 Test. Following his return to form in 2008 and the retirement of Anil Kumble, Sehwag was reappointed as the vice-captain for both Tests and ODIs.
By early 2009, Sehwag had reestablished himself as one of the best performing batsmen in ODI cricket. Sehwag retired from all forms of International cricket on 20 October 2015. On 31 October 2017, Delhi and District Cricket Association honoured Sehwag by naming Gate No.2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium after him. Sehwag was born in the Jat family of a grain merchant, he spent his childhood in a joint family with siblings, uncles and sixteen cousins. Though now settled in New Delhi, the Sehwag family hails from Haryana. Sehwag was the third of four children born to father Krishan and mother Krishna Sehwag, with two older sisters Manju and Anju, younger brother Vinod, his father attributes his interest in cricket to a toy bat which he was given when he was seven months old. He attended Arora Vidya School in Delhi, pestered his parents to let him play cricket, on the basis that he was not academically gifted. Early in his career he had a reputation for being an attacking batsman and his coach was coach Amar Nath Sharma.
His father tried to end his career when he broke a tooth as a child in 1990, but Sehwag evaded the ban with the help of his mother. He attended Jamia Milia Islamia for graduation. Sehwag made his debut for Delhi cricket team in first class cricket in the 1997–98 season, he was selected to the North Zone cricket team for the Duleep Trophy the following 1998–99 season, ending fifth in the total runscoring list. The following year he was fourth on the Duleep Trophy run scoring list, including a 274, the highest score of the competition; this was attained against South Zone at Agartala in just 327 balls, followed a rapid 187 from just 175 in a Ranji Trophy match against Punjab. He was selected for the U-19 team which toured South Africa, he was seventh in the 2000–01 season with two centuries, but his consistency earned the attention of selectors and he became a regular member of the national team in mid-2001. Since his international career started, he has continued to play for Delhi in the domestic competition whilst he is not occupied with international duty and has captained North Zone to victory in the Deodhar Trophy in 2004–05 and 2005–06.
He had a short stint with Leicestershire in county cricket in 2003, but a back injury led to a mutual termination of the contract. Sehwag was the captain of the Delhi Daredevils in the first two edition of Indian Premier League, before he quit the position to concentrate more on his batting transferring it to Gautam Gambhir. However, for the fourth edition of IPL, he was the only player to be retained by the franchise, again as captain of the Delhi Daredevils. Sehwag again led the team in the fifth edition of the league, where he made the record of being the only batsman to score five consecutive half centuries in T20s. Sehwag's ODI career started poorly when he scored 1 against Pakistan in Mohali in April 1999 when he fell lbw to Shoaib Akhtar, his bowling performance was ineffective and expensive, conceding 35 runs off 3 overs. He did not get another chance in the national team for 20 months. Sehwag was not given another match until the home series against Zimbabwe in December 2000. Sehwag rose to prominence in his fourth ODI match in March 2001 when he scored 58 off 54 balls, against Australia in Bangalore.
Combined with his three wickets, he help earn India a victory and was awarded his first man of the match award. He followed this with an unproductive tour of Zimbabwe
The Kensington Oval is a stadium located to the west of the capital city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. It is the pre-eminent sporting facility on the island and is used for cricket. Locally referred to as "The Mecca" of cricket, it has hosted many important and exciting cricket games between local and international teams during its more than 120-year history. Cricket at the Oval began in 1882 when the Pickwick Cricket Club assumed formal ownership of the ground; the first international match held was in 1895. The first Test match was held in January 1930, when the West England played to a draw. Since the genesis there have been a total of 43 Test matches played on the Kensington Oval grounds, 21 of those matches won by the West Indian cricket team; the new stadium has been commemorated through two 2007 Barbadian postage stamps. The stands of the Kensington Oval were extensively rebuilt for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in a BDS$90M redevelopment. Demolition of the old stadium began on schedule in June, 2006 after completion of the first Test against Pakistan.
Innotech Construction Inc. reconstructed the new Kensington Oval in late September into early October, 2006 and the team from the Barbados Light & Power Company cut down and removed some of the old utility poles at the traffic lights at the Holborn Circle, the entrances and exits of Fontabelle Road, Spring Garden Highway, Prescod Boulevard and Harbour Road and they planted new utility poles with electrical transmitters attached on to them. They dug up, resurfaced and repaved Prescod Boulevard and Fontabelle Road just in time for Cricket World Cup 2007 in Barbados; the names of the former stands which made up the Kensington stadium were the George Challenor stand, the Hall and Griffith, the Kensington, the Mitchie Hewitt, the Pickwick, the Three Ws stand plus the Peter Short Media Centre. Most of these names have been retained. In 2004, the STRI construction team were chosen to redevelop the Kensington Oval outfield, after they were involved with the Lord's Cricket Ground outfield reconstruction.
The topsoil on the grounds previous outfield was a sandy clay loam, which struggled to cope with Bridgetown's occasional heavy rainfall, with climate data indicating that a storm lasting up to an hour could dump about 50mm of rain once every five years. The topsoil was a complete mixture of soils and varied in depth, lying over ancient coral reef limestone; the new outfield consists of. Although many types of grass options was suggested to be used for the outfield, it was decided to use Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda grass as this type of grass is disease resistant and spreads to ensure quick recovery from injury and allows close mowing; the Cricket pitch was reconstructed with a profile consisting of. The square's soil is made up of 71% clay, 14% silt and 14% sand and during the redevelopment it was isolated from the rest of the ground so that it could be constructed before the outfield was completed; the pitch square's was sown down with Princess Bermuda grass, with the base and soil added in layers, before completion in May 2006.
The Kensington Oval has hosted many non-cricket events such as matches of the Barbados national football team, inter-school athletics, Miss Barbados pageants, concert events. The ground has a jumbo TV screen and a jacuzzi type area, for fans to watch while relaxing in the pool. Behind this is a large grassy hill for fans to have picnics on, which has a bunker underneath for the media. On 5 August 2011 Rihanna performed at the Kensington Oval for the first time in her home country on her Loud Tour, she planned another show for 1 November 2013 as a part her Diamonds World Tour, however the concert was cancelled due to technical difficulties. The expanded Kensington Oval was the venue for the 2007 Cricket World Cup final between Australia and Sri Lanka, held on 28 April, with the official attendance reaching 20,108; this was the first World Cup final to be a repeat – the sides met in the 1996 World Cup final, which Sri Lanka won. Australia has won every World Cup match against Sri Lanka apart from that loss.
The match was Sri Lanka's second World Cup final appearance and Australia's sixth, their fourth in a row. Ricky Ponting elected to bat. However, the start of play was delayed due to rain, the match was reduced to 38 overs per side. Adam Gilchrist played an incredible innings of 149 – the highest for any batsman in a World Cup final – to give Australia an imposing total going in at to break. While Sri Lankan batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya were adding 116 for the second wicket, the contest was alive, but after the pair got out, Sri Lanka's chances washed way. Further rain forced the reduction of Sri Lanka's innings to just 36 overs, with the target revised to 269. At the culmination of the 33rd over, with Sri Lanka still trailing the adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target by 37 runs, the umpires suspended the game due to bad light. While Australia's players began to celebrate their victory, the umpires incorrectly announced that because the match was suspended due to light and not rain, the final three overs would have to be bowled the following day.
With Sri Lanka needing 61 runs from 18 deliveries, Mahela Jayawardene agreed there was no need to return the following day, instructed his team to resume batting, with Ricky Ponting agreeing to play only spinners. Umpires a
Newlands Cricket Ground
Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town is a South African cricket ground. It is the home of the Cape Cobras, who play in the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro20 competitions, it is a venue for Test matches, ODIs and T20Is. Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil's Peak, it is close to Newlands Stadium, a rugby union and football venue. The cricket ground opened in 1888; the ground's official name is "PPC Newlands" as of October 2015, acknowledging a commercial sponsorship arrangement. It is still referred to by its historic name "Newlands"; the title deed for the land containing the ground was granted to a brewer, Jacob Letterstedt in 1845, who presented it to his daughter, Lydia Corrina, as a wedding present upon her marriage to the Vicomte de Montmort. The land wetland and wooded, was rented to the Western Province Cricket Club in 1887 for £50, with a 25-year lease being signed in 1888 and the rental increased to £100.
Each of the club's life members contributed £25 towards the costs, a further £350 was received in donations towards the construction of a pavilion. The ground was levelled and opened with a two-day match between Mother Country and Colonial Born, which went on to become a regular feature. There was no scoreboard, a pond existed behind the location of the current scoreboard. Before the arrival of the Australians in 1902, which included Victor Trumper, the pine trees, which extended from the "B" field along Camp Ground Road and around the pavilion, were replaced by oak trees; this is the site of one of the most popular vantage points. A then-record crowd of 10 000 arrived to see the Test. Between 1991 and 1997 numerous changes were made to the ground. Large portions of the grass embankments were replaced by pavilions increasing the seating capacity to 25,000; the ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. There have been 55 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 23, their opponents 21 and 11 which ended in a draw.
The last team besides Australia to beat South Africa there was New Zealand in January 1962. The first One Day International played at the ground was on 7 December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets; as of January 2014, there have been 36 One Day Internationals played at the ground including five in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. South Africa has won 25 of its ODI games here and lost 5. Newlands is one of the few cricket grounds in South Africa. Most grounds tend to favour pacemen or batsmen, but the Western Cape has had a history of having good spinners, a recent example being Paul Adams; the ground has hosted exhibition matches in Australian rules football. In 1998, a crowd of 10,123 saw. List of Test cricket grounds List of international cricket centuries at Newlands Cricket Ground Official website Cricinfo ground profile
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are a franchise cricket team based in Bangalore, that plays in the Indian Premier League. One of the original eight teams in the IPL, the team has made three final appearances in the IPL, losing all; the team finished runners-up in the 2011 CLT20, losing the final against the Mumbai Indians. The home ground of the Royal Challengers is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore; the team is captained by Virat Kohli and coached by Gary Kirsten. The team holds the records of both the highest and the lowest total in the IPL. In September 2007, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the establishment of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition to be started in 2008; the teams for the competition, representing 8 different cities of India, including Bangalore, were put up on auction in Mumbai on 20 February 2008. The Bangalore franchise was purchased by Vijay Mallya; this was the second highest bid for a team, next only to Reliance Industries' bid of US$111.9 million for the Mumbai Indians.
Ahead of the 2008 player auction, the IPL named Rahul Dravid as the icon player for the Bangalore franchise, which meant that Dravid would be paid 15% more than the highest bid player at the auction. The franchise acquired a number of Indian and international players at the auction such as Jacques Kallis, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn and Cameron White, they signed up Ross Taylor, Misbah-ul-Haq and India under-19 World Cup winning captain Virat Kohli in the second round of auction. The team won only 4 of the 14 matches in the inaugural season, finishing seventh in the eight-team table. Only Dravid managed to score more than 300 runs in the tournament and they had to bench their costliest foreign player Kallis for a few of the matches due to his poor form; the string of failures midway through the season led to the sacking of the CEO Charu Sharma, replaced with Brijesh Patel. Team owner Vijay Mallya went on to publicly criticize Dravid and Sharma for the players selected by them at the auction and stated that his "biggest mistake was to abstain from the selection of the team."
The chief cricketing officer Martin Crowe resigned. At the 2009 player auction, the franchise signed up Kevin Pietersen for a record sum of US$1.55 million, making him the joint costliest player, along with fellow Englishman Andrew Flintoff, signed up by the Chennai Super Kings for the same amount. They traded Khan for Robin Uthappa with the Mumbai Indians and roped in local batsman Manish Pandey from them. Ahead of the tournament, shifted to South Africa due to the general elections, the Royal Challengers named Pietersen as the team captain for the season. Bangalore continued to struggle during the initial games of the 2009 season, winning only two of their first six games under the new captain. However, the team's fortunes improved after Pietersen left for national duty and Kumble took over the captaincy, as the team went on to win six of their remaining eight league games to finish third on the points table; the team qualified for the semifinal. Electing to field first, Bangalore restricted their opponents to 146 and chased down the total with 5 wickets in hand thanks to 48 and 44 by Pandey and Dravid respectively.
In the final against Deccan Chargers, the Royal Challengers bowlers, led by Kumble's 4 for 16, kept the Chargers down to 143/6. However, they struggled in the runchase, with only four batsmen reaching double figures, lost the match by six runs in a tense finish. In 2010, the Royal Challengers continued under Kumble's captaincy and finished the regular season with seven wins from 14 matches and 14 points, they were one of the four teams tied on 14 points with two semifinal spots at stake. In the semifinal, the Royal Challengers were defeated by the table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 35 runs. With a convincing nine-wicket win over defending champions Deccan Chargers in the third-place playoff, the Royal Challengers qualified for the 2010 Champions League Twenty20. Kumble retired at the conclusion of the Champions League, having led the team to the semifinals of both the IPL and the CLT20 that year. On 8 January 2011, IPL Governing Council held the auction for the season 4 of the league; the franchises had the option of retaining a maximum of four players for a sum of US$4.5 million.
Royal Challengers however retained only one of their players, Virat Kohli, leaving the rest of the players back in the auction pool. When other IPL franchises let go the non-performers from each of their teams, RCB lost the top performers from the previous season by releasing them back to auction pool. On Day-One of the auction, Bangalore bought Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan for $650,000, their former player and Mumbai Indians spearhead Zaheer Khan for $900,000, Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate for $400,000, ace middle order batsman AB de Villiers for $1.1mn, former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori for $550,000, India's new sensation, who played with Mumbai Indians until last season, Saurabh Tiwary for a whopping $1.6 million. West Indian batsman Chris Gayle was brought in as a replacement for the injured Dirk Nannes in the middle of the tournament. Vettori led the side for the fourth season of the IPL. RCB kicked off their campaign with a comfortable six-wicket win over the newly formed team, Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
But they suffered th
In cricket, batting is the act or skill of hitting the ball with a bat to score runs or prevent the loss of one's wicket. Any player, batting is denoted as a batsman, batswoman, or batter, regardless of whether batting is their particular area of expertise. Batsmen have to adapt to various conditions when playing on different cricket pitches in different countries - therefore, as well as having outstanding physical batting skills, top-level batsmen will have lightning reflexes, excellent decision-making and be good strategists. During an innings two members of the batting side are on the pitch at any time: the one facing the current delivery from the bowler is denoted the striker, while the other is the non-striker; when a batsman is out, they are replaced by a teammate. This continues until the end of the innings, when 10 of the team members are out, where upon the other team gets a turn to bat. Batting tactics and strategy vary depending on the type of match being played as well as the current state of play.
The main concerns for the batsmen are not to lose their wicket and to score as many runs as as possible. These objectives conflict – to score risky shots must be played, increasing the chance that the batsman will be dismissed, while the batsman's safest choice with a careful wicket-guarding stroke may be not to attempt any runs at all. Depending on the situation, batsmen may forget attempts at run-scoring in an effort to preserve their wicket, or may attempt to score runs as as possible with scant concern for the possibility of being dismissed; as with all other cricket statistics, batting statistics and records are given much attention and provide a measure of a player's effectiveness. The main statistic for batting is a player's batting average; this is calculated by dividing the number of runs he has scored, not by the innings he has played, but by the number of times he has been dismissed. Sir Donald Bradman set many batting records, some as far back as the 1930s and still unbeaten, he is regarded as the greatest batsman of all time.
Any player, regardless of their area of special skill, is referred to as a batsman while they are batting. However, a player, in the team principally because of their batting skill is referred to as a specialist batsman, or batsman, regardless of whether they are batting. In women's cricket, the term bats woman is sometimes encountered, as is batter, but'batsman' is used in both men's and women's cricket; the batsman's act of hitting the ball is called a stroke. Over time a standard batting technique has been developed, used by most batsmen. Technique refers to the batsman's stance before the ball is bowled as well as the movement of the hands, feet and body in the execution of a cricket stroke. Good technique is characterized by getting into the correct position to play the shot getting one's head and body in line with the ball, one's feet placed next to where the ball would bounce and swinging the bat at the ball to make contact at the precise moment required for the particular stroke being played.
The movement of the batsman for a particular delivery depends on the shot being attempted. Front-foot shots are played with the weight on the front foot and are played when the ball is pitched up to the batsman, while back-foot shots are played putting the weight onto the back foot to bowling, pitched short. Shots may be described as vertical bat shots, in which the bat is swung vertically at the ball, or horizontal or cross-bat shots, in which the bat is swung horizontally at the ball. While a batsman is not limited in where or how he may hit the ball, the development of good technique has gone hand in hand with the development of a standard or orthodox cricket shots played to specific types of deliveries; these "textbook" shots are standard material found in many coaching manuals. The advent of limited overs cricket, with its emphasis on rapid run-scoring, has led to increasing use of unorthodox shots to hit the ball into gaps where there are no fielders. Unorthodox shots are typical – but not always – more high-risk than orthodox shots due to some aspects of good batting technique being abandoned.
The stance is the position. An ideal stance is "comfortable and balanced", with the feet 40 centimetres apart and astride the crease. Additionally, the front shoulder should be pointing down the wicket, the head facing the bowler, the weight balanced and the bat near the back toe; as the ball is about to be released, the batsman will lift his bat up behind in anticipation of playing a stroke and will shift his weight onto the balls of his feet. By doing this he is ready to move swiftly into position to address the ball once he sees its path out of the bowler's hand. Although this textbook, the side-on stance is the most common, a few international batsmen, such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, use an "open" or "square on" stance; the term used to describe. While the bat should be raised as vertically as possible, coaching manuals suggest that correct technique is for the bat to be angled from the perpendicular; some players have employed an exaggerated backlift. Others, who have employed the more unorthodox open stanc
Uttarakhand cricket team
The Uttarakhand cricket team is a cricket team representing the state of Uttarakhand in Indian domestic competitions. In July 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India named the team as one of the nine new sides that would compete in domestic tournaments for the 2018–19 season, including the Ranji Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Ahead of the 2018–19 season, Bhaskar Pillai was appointed as the team's coach. In September 2018, they lost their opening fixture of the 2018–19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, to Bihar, by 5 wickets. In the Plate Group fixture between Uttarakhand and Sikkim, Karn Kaushal made the first double-century in the history of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring 202 runs. In their first season in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, they finished in second place in the Plate Group, with seven wins and one loss from their eight matches. Karn Kaushal finished as the leading run-scorer, with 489 runs, Deepak Dhapola was the leading wicket-taker for the team, with eleven dismissals.
In November 2018, in their opening match of the 2018–19 Ranji Trophy, they beat Bihar by ten wickets. They advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament. However, in their quarter-final match they lost to Vidarbha by an innings and 115 runs to be knocked out of the tournament. In March 2019, Uttarakhand finished third in Group E of the 2018–19 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with four wins from their seven matches. Karn Kaushal was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 176 runs, Sunny Rana was the leading wicket-taker, with nine dismissals