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Sourav Chandidas Ganguly (pronunciation (helpinfo)) (the first name occasionally spelt Saurav) also known as "Dada" is an Indian cricketer. Born 8 July 1972, lives at Barisha in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, West Bengal, he made his One Day International debut against Australia in 1992, and a Test debut versus England in 1996. He went on to become the captain of Indian cricket team from 2000 to 2005. He has led India to the World Cup 2003 finals, and holds the Indian captaincy record for the most Test victories. Following an exit from the national team in early 2006, he was recalled to the Indian Test side in December, staging a successful comeback in the 2006 - 2007 Indian tour of South Africa.

Ganguly is a left-handed batsman and a right-handed medium-pace bowler. He is a natural right-hander, but converted to the southpaw stance at a young age so that he could use his left-handed brother, Snehasish Ganguly's equipment.

Nicknamed Bengal Tiger, Prince of Calcutta and also affectionately called Dada (elder brother in Bengali) by his team-mates and Lord Snooty by his opponents, he is an aggressive player on and off the field. He made his one-day international debut in 1992, but his talents did not truly receive the recognition they deserved until India's 1996 tour of England when he scored centuries both in his debut Test as well as the next match (the second and third Tests of the series). Ganguly is only the third cricketer ever to score a century on debut at Lord's, after Harry Graham and John Hampshire (Andrew Strauss has also since accomplished the feat). Rahul Dravid once commented, "On the off-side, first there is God, then there is Ganguly". He scored 183 against Sri Lanka at Taunton in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, the highest by an Indian in World Cup cricket. He became captain within a year after the world cup and scored 2 centuries in the 2000 champions trophy immediately after. While he has achieved significant successes as captain, his individual performance deteriorated during his captaincy, especially after successes in the world cup and the tour of Australia in 2003 and the Pakistan series in 2004. Following indifferent form in 2004 and poor form form in 2005, he was dropped from the team in October 2005. He has since remained active on the first class cricket scene in hopes of a recall, but his performance has been mixed - he has hit a couple of centuries in domestic cricket, but his English county stint in 2005 and subsequent appearances in the Challenger Trophy were failures.

Consistent batting failures of the Indian cricket team, more so than his own mediocre to good performances in the domestic circuit led to his recall to the Indian Test squad in November 2006. Although India lost 2-1, Sourav Ganguly was the highest run getter for India, and only batsman to hit more than 200 runs in total. On January 12th 2007 he was recalled for the one day squad as well, where India play host to West Indies and Sri Lanka in a one day tournament. On January 21st, Ganguly hit a match winning 98 against the West Indies.

Sourav Ganguly made his international debut against Australia in India's tour of Australia in 1992. He didn't score much and was dropped from further matches. Four years later, following a good domestic record, he was recalled into the national side for a Test series against England in England. He made his Test debut at Lords, with a century in that match and repeated the feat in the match which followed. He was retained for the One day team and he went on become a regular in both forms of the game. One of his most memorable performance was in the final of the Independence cup at Dhaka against Pakistan, when the entire Pakistan team walked back in stating bad light along with the umpires, but Ganguly refused to come in. Ganguly scored 124 in that match in darkness, while Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored the winning runs with a boundary.

In 2000, after the match fixing scandal Ganguly was named the captain of the India team. In 2003 under his captaincy India reached the World Cup Final, where they lost to the Australians. Ganguly has scored over 10,000 runs in One Day Cricket and over 5,000 runs in Test cricket, including 12 centuries in Tests and 22 in ODIs. In terms of number of centuries in ODIs, he is exceeded by Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. Sourav, along with Sachin Tendulkar, formed by far the most successful opening pair in One Day Cricket, having amassed the highest number of century partnerships (16) for the first wicket. Together, they have scored 5,308 runs at an average of 45.37 [1]. Sourav has been succeeded by Virender Sehwag as opener.

He is the third player to cross 10,000 ODI runs and so far the fastest one to do so, after Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam Ul Haq, and reached 6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 ODI runs milestones in least number of matches played. Sourav can bowl medium-pacers as well, but has under-achieved in this aspect in Test matches, taking 25 wickets in 84 matches, at an average of 52.47. In 2004, he was awarded the Padma Shri. As of 2006, he is the only Indian captain to win a Test series in Pakistan (although two of the three tests of that series was led by Rahul Dravid).

Sourav Ganguly's 10 year international cricket career could be easily bisected into 2 halves, the pre and the post Y2K eras. The significance of the year 2000 lies not only in the fact that he became the captain of the Indian team but also in the fact that the ICC introduced the one bouncer per over rule in ODIs starting from that year. This introduction of the rule by the ICC had a negative impact on Sourav Ganguly's batting average, which plunged from a high 45.5 before the year 2000 to a low 34.9 between the 5 year period of 2001-2005[2]. Also, against Test playing nations (which included Zimbabwe and Bangladesh), his overall average plunged further down to 30.66, as did his 'away' average which fell to 29. He managed to score only (6) centuries between 2001-2005, of which 3 centuries were against Kenya & 1 was against Namibia.[3] This sudden drop in his batting average against Test playing nations after 2001 was clearly a result of the short pitch stuff he had to encounter from opposition bowlers. As S.Rajesh, the assistant editor of Cricinfo analyzes, Sourav Ganguly has been dismissed numerous times fending off the short ball[4] since 2001 and his average of 11.92 against the short ball has been the lowest among contemporary Indian batsman who played more than 80 ODI matches. The former captain has also been uncomfortable while attempting the 'pull' and the 'hook' shots when bowlers have dug it in short, often lasting less than five(4.89) balls before being dismissed[5].

Also, Sourav Ganguly's Test career had been riddled with lean patches, the first of which stretched for 3 years from Dec 1999 to Dec 2002 [6], during which his batting average fell to 31.7 in 36 consecutive Test matches over 60 innings. The next biggest lean patch of his career occurred after the 2003 World Cup, when his ODI average fell to 28 and this was when his place in the team was questioned by numerous Indian cricket fans. He averaged 23.5 in 20 ODI matches between Sep 2004 and Sep 2005[7], before being finally dropped from the ODI side.

Despite his hot and cold streaks Sourav Ganguly is only the third Indian Test match batsman to maintain a career average that never dipped below 40 runs per innings for his entire Test career. This is more due to his initial career graph, which plummeted alarmingly in the second half of his career. Whereas his contemporaries like Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Laxman have shown steady improvement in their career graphs, his own happens to have a pronounced downward trend. The other two who achieved this feat are Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin.

Sourav Ganguly also shares with G.R. Viswanath of India the record for scoring at least 10 or more centuries and his team either winning or drawing each and every match in which he scored a century. He also shares with Mohammad Azharuddin the record of scoring two consecutive hundreds in his first two Test matches, though Azharuddin bettered that by scoring a third consecutive hundred in his first three Test matches.

Sourav Ganguly has the highest Test and ODI aggregate of any left-handed batsman India has produced and his 12 Test and 22 ODI centuries are also a record for any Indian left-hander.

It was, however, as captain of the Indian team that Sourav Ganguly's biggest achievements occurred. He led India in a record 49 Test Matches, winning 21 of those, including 12 of them outside India. All three figures are records for Indian Test captains. He also led India to her first series wins in both Tests and ODIs in Pakistan, a feat that had eluded India for over 50 years. Ganguly also led India to more Test wins (11) outside India between 2000 and 2005 than all Indian captains had done between 1980 and and 2000.He led India to victory over steve waugh led Australia in the 2001 border-gavaskar trophy which is considered as one of the greatest in Indian cricket history. However, his captaincy record has no doubt been immensely helped by numerous series against the minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Against other teams, his captaincy record 12 wins and 12 losses, which is still better than other Indian captains . He also benefitted immensely from the peaking of all the great Indian players during his tenure - Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Kumble, Srinath and Harbhajan.

November 30, 2006, turned out to be lucky for Sourav Ganguly as the national board of selectors, chaired by Dilip Vengsarkar, decided to reinstate him in the team for the three-Test series against South Africa. The decision came after India had been knocked out early of the Champions Trophy, held in India, as well as losing the opening three games of an ODI series with South Africa. The selectors decided to back experience in a total reversal of coach Greg Chappell's mission to inject fresh blood into the Indian cricket team and Ganguly was selected alongside VVS Laxman and Zaheer Khan, who had also been removed from the Test team recently. Ganguly and Zaheer both fared well. Ganguly emerged as leading run getter for India in the recently concluded Test series with South Africa.

January 12, 2007 Sourav Ganguly was reinstated to the ODI team for the first two ODIs against West Indies. This comes almost after 15 months of his removal from the ODI side in 2005. He staged a good comeback by scoring a match-winning 98 run knock in Nagpur on his return in the first ODI. He was also selected in the 30 probables list for World Cup 2007 to be held in West Indies starting in March. He will most likely open the innings with Tendulkar as Virender Sehwag has been dropped for the first two ODIs.

This was good news to his fans who believed that India's most successful captain deserved the farewell of a champion. Sourav is a passionate man and fans (possibly selectors too) believe that, after spending ten months in the wilderness, Sourav's desire to succeed at the highest level and his experience will hold him in good stead.

[edit] Controversies

Ganguly is an aggressive player and has often attracted controversy. He has attracted the wrath of match referrees quite a few times, the most severe of which was a ban for 6 matches by ICC match referee Clive Lloyd for slow over rates against Pakistan and therefore his tour to Sri Lanka for the Indian Oil Cup 2005 was uncertain. These circumstances led to Rahul Dravid being made captain for the tour. Later, Justice Albey Sachs reduced the punishment from 6 matches to 4, and this permitted Ganguly to join the team, but as a player and not captain. In his opening match he made the highest score of the side (51) taking (110) balls[8]. He was again named captain for the Zimbabwe tour of August-September 2005. With this, he has captained India in the highest number of Tests (50).

During the 2003 World Cup final against Australia, Ganguly won the toss and decided to field. This decision raised eyebrows but Sourav remained confident that there would be moisture on the pitch that would help his bowlers, however the bowlers flopped and Sourav performed poorly with the bat. India went on to lose by 125 runs, a staggering defeat.

Ganguly's performance in the last couple of seasons has been really poor. This put his place in the Indian team under pressure. In the tour of Zimbabwe, in which he was newly reinstated as skipper, Ganguly ground out a painfully slow century, against what is regarded as one of the weakest bowling attacks in international cricket. During the match he told reporters that newly-appointed coach Greg Chappell had asked him to stand down as captain - a comment which Chappell later played down. However, forty-eight hours after saying that he respected the Indian captain and looked forward to working with him in the future, Chappell sent an email to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Both Ganguly and Chappell were summoned to a BCCI board meeting in which they agreed to work together for the good of the team. Rahul Dravid was appointed captain for the series against Sri Lanka and South Africa after Ganguly was not selected for the opening games due to injury. When the two series got over, Rahul Dravid was asked to continue as skipper.

On November 22, 2005, Ganguly stepped down as captain of Bengal cricket team after being replaced as captain of the Indian Test team. He played in the first two Test matches in the three-Test series against Sri Lanka. However, on December 14, he was controversially dropped, for the third Test at Ahmedabad, to make way for Wasim Jaffer, an opening batsman for Mumbai. Jaffer was picked by the selectors as they wished to build up a player selection pool with sufficient experience to succeed at international level.

Despite this, he retained his A-grade contract from the BCCI, in December 2005.

Following the drop, fans blocked roads and railway tracks in Kolkata, burning effigies of chief selector Kiran More and Indian coach Chappell, and the urban development minister of West Bengal, Asoke Bhattacharya, said Ganguly was a victim of the internal politics of the BCCI. [9] Cricinfo editor Sambit Bal wrote in a commentary that this was in all probability ... the end of the road for him. [10] However, it was announced on December 25, 2005 that he was selected as part of the Indian team to tour Pakistan. Kiran More cited his experience as the key reason, with Mohammed Kaif being dropped [11]. He was in the playing XI in the Lahore and Karachi Tests, but was dropped for the Faisalabad match, and has not been recalled since. He was unable to play in the England home series and the West Indies tour. He was also not selected for the following Tri-series in Sri Lanka. However, he was chosen amongst 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy after being left out in the dark for almost close to a year. Ganguly failed in the Challenger Trophy, however, managing less than 30 runs in two games, and so the chances of recall to the ODI side look bleak.

Ganguly later sent an email hitting out at his one time mentor saying that Jagmohan Dalmiya did not deserve to become CAB president as he had played with his career and that Ganguly was a victim of internal politics within the BCCI. This was in the backdrop of the CAB elections which Jagmohan Dalmiya won.

[edit] Comeback

After being dropped from the side for almost eight months, Ganguly was recalled to the Test team for the series against South Africa in December 2006, after an injury to Yuvraj Singh. And after the recall, in his first warm up match against rest of South Africa, he scored fantastic 83 runs when his team was in troublesome position at 69/5. this knock helped India win against rest of South Africa.

He went on to play a crucial knock in the first test match, scoring 51 not out in the first innings in a low scoring game. India went on to win the match, its first win in South African soil for 17 years. Though India ended up losing the next two test matches and thus the series, Ganguly emerged as the top run scorer for India, with an aggregate of 214.

Selected for the one-day team after his successful Test comeback, he started the series against West Indies with a fluent 98, which led to India winning the match. He played his last international ODI before 500 days. After being rested for the third ODI, he again answered his critics with a sparkling 68 in the final ODI to help India win the series 3-1.

[edit] Career Centuries

[edit] Test Cricket

Runs Against Venue (Year) Result
131 England Lord's (1996) Drawn
136 England Nottingham (1996) Drawn
147 Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) (1997/98) Drawn
109 Sri Lanka Mohali (1997/98) Drawn
173 Sri Lanka Mumbai (1997/98) Drawn
101 New Zealand Hamilton (1998/99) Drawn
101 New Zealand Ahmedabad (1999/00) Drawn
136 Zimbabwe Delhi (2001/02) India
128 England Leeds (2002) India
100* New Zealand Ahmedabad (2003/04) Drawn
144 Australia Brisbane (2003/04) Drawn
101 Zimbabwe Bulawayo (2005) India

[edit] One-Day Cricket

Runs Against Venue (Year) Result
113 Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) (1997/98) Sri Lanka
124 Pakistan Dhaka (1997/98) India
105 New Zealand Sharjah (1997/98) India
109 Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) (1997/98) India
107* Zimbabwe Bulawayo (1998/99) India
130* Sri Lanka Nagpur (1998/99) India
183 Sri Lanka Taunton (1999) India
139 Zimbabwe Nairobi (1999/00) India
153* New Zealand Gwalior (1999/00) India
100 Australia Melbourne (1999/00) Australia
141 Pakistan Adelaide (1999/00) India
105* South Africa Jamshedpur (1999/00) India
135* Bangladesh Dhaka (1999/00) India
141* South Africa Nairobi (Gymk)(2000/01) India
117 New Zealand Nairobi (Gymk)(2000/01) New Zealand
144 Zimbabwe Ahmedabad (2000/01) India
127 South Africa Johannesburg (2001/02) South Africa
111 Kenya Paarl (2001/02) India
117* England Colombo (RPS) (2002/03) India
112* Namibia Pietermaritzburg (2002/03) India
107* Kenya Cape Town (2002/03) India
111* Kenya Durban (2002/03) India

[edit] Records

[edit] Test

  • Scored a century on Test debut
  • Scored a century in each of his first two Tests
  • Captained India in a record 49 Test matches
  • Led India to a record 21 Test wins
  • India's most successful Test captain

[edit] ODIs

  • Second fastest player to reach 10,000 ODI runs
  • Fastest to reach multiples of 7,000, 8,000, 9,000 ODI Runs
  • Holds the record, shared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer in an ODI — 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999.
  • Held the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for the highest first wicket partnership for India in a ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001. This record was bettered by Sri Lankan opening pair of Jayasuriya and Tharanga in 2006 at Headingly.
  • Was involved in the First 300 run ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid
  • 6th on the all time list with 30 man of the match awards (Sachin Tendulkar leads with 52 awards in 369 matches)
  • He is also the only player to win 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs.
  • India's most successful ODI captain
  • First Indian to Score a ODI Century Against Australia in Australia

[edit] Career Statistics

[edit] Tests:

  • Cumulative Test batting average never fell below 40 runs per innings
  • He joined another select brand of 3 batsman who made tons in their 1st two Test innings.
  • Sourav was only the 3rd batsman in the world to score a century on debut at Lords.
  • His 131 still remains the highest by any batsman on his debut at Lord's.
  • Has gotten out on 99 twice in tests only 8 batsman have fallen so.The others are MJK Smith, G Boycott, RB Richardson, JG Wright, MA Atherton, Saleem Malik, GS Blewett

[edit] ODI's

  • Second Fastest after Viv Richards to reach 6,000 ODI Runs in 147 Innings and Sachin Tendulkar to 10,000 in 263 Innings
  • Cumulative ODI batting average never fell below 40 runs per innings after his 84th Innings

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achin Ramesh Tendulkar pronunciation (helpinfo) (Marathi: ???? ????????; born 24 April 1973) is an Indian cricketer who was rated in an article by Wisden in 2002 as the second greatest Test batsman ever, after Sir Don Bradman[1]. He holds several key batting records, including the most Test centuries, most ODI centuries and the most runs in ODI cricket. He is also the most capped player currently playing international cricket. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, for 1997-1998, and the civilian award Padma Shri in 1999. Tendulkar was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman ever.

Personal life

Tendulkar batting in late 2005 at the Chepauk.
Tendulkar batting in late 2005 at the Chepauk.

Born in a middle class Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins community a sub sect of Gaud Saraswat Brahmins community in Bombay, now known as Mumbai, Tendulkar was named after his family's favourite music director Sachin Dev Burman. His late father Ramesh Tendulkar was a Marathi novelist. He was encouraged to play cricket by his elder brother, Ajit Tendulkar. Sachin Tendulkar married Anjali Tendulkar(nee Mehta), the paediatrician daughter of Gujarati industrialist Anand Mehta, in 1995, some years after they were introduced by mutual friends. They have two children, Sara (born 12 October 1997) and Arjun (born 23 September, 2000). Tendulkar sponsors 200 under-privileged children, every year through Apnalaya, a Mumbai-based NGO associated with his mother-in-law, Annabel Mehta. He is reluctant to speak about this, or other charitable activities, choosing to preserve the sanctity of his personal life despite the overwhelming media interest in him.

[edit] Career

[edit] Early days of cricket

He attended Sharadashram Vidyamandir School where he began his cricketing career under the guidance of his coach and mentor Ramakant Achrekar. While at school, he was involved in unbroken 664-run partnership in a Harris Shield game in 1988 with friend and team mate Vinod Kambli, who also went on to represent India. At the time, this was a record partnership in any form of cricket and in 2006 it was broken by two under-13 batsmen, Mohammad Shahbaz Tumbi and B Manoj Kumar, in a match held at Hyderabad in India.

[edit] Domestic career

In 1988/1989, he scored 100 not-out in his first first-class match for Bombay against Gujarat. At 15 years and 232 days he was then the youngest cricketer to score a century on his first-class dbut.

Sachin Tendulkar is the only player to score a century while making his Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy debut.

[edit] International career

Sachin played his first international match against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989, facing the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir and Waqar Younis. He made just 15 runs, being bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. It was an inauspicious start, but Tendulkar followed it up with his maiden Test fifty a few days later at Faisalabad. His One-day International (ODI) debut on December 18 was equally disappointing, where he was dismissed without scoring a run, again by Waqar Younis. The series was followed by a tour of New Zealand in which he fell for 98 in the Second Test. John Wright, who later became the coach of India, took the catch that prevented Tendulkar from becoming the youngest centurion in Test cricket. His maiden Test century came in next tour, to England in August 1990 at Old Trafford. Tendulkar further enhanced his development into a world-class batsman during the 1991-1992 tour of Australia that included an unbeaten 148 in Sydney (the first of many battles against Shane Warne who made his debut in the match) and a brilliant century on the fast and bouncy track at Perth. He has been Man of the Match 11 times in Test matches and Man of the Series twice, both times in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.

Tendulkar's performance through the years 1994-1999, coincided with his physical peak, at age 20 through 25. Tendulkar was told to open the batting at Auckland against New Zealand in 1994 [2]. He went on to make 82 runs off 49 balls. His first ODI century came on September 9, 1994 against Australia in Sri Lanka at Colombo. It had taken Tendulkar 79 ODIs to score a century.

Tendulkar's rise continued when he was the leading runscorer at the 1996 Cricket World Cup, topping the batting averages whilst scoring two centuries.

This was the beginning of a period at the top of the batting world, culminating in the Australian tour of India in early 1998, scoring three consecutive centuries. These were characterised by a pre-meditated plan to target Australian spinners Shane Warne and Gavin Robertson, to whom he regularly charged down the pitch to drive over the infield. Following the series Australian spinner Shane Warne ruefully joked that he was having nightmares about his Indian nemesis[3].

A chronic back problem flared up when Pakistan toured India in 1999, with India losing the historic Test at Chepauk despite a gritty century from Tendulkar himself. Worse was to come as Professor Ramesh Tendulkar, Tendulkar's father, died in the middle of the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Tendulkar flew back to India to attend the final rituals of his father, missing the match against Zimbabwe. However, he returned with a bang to the World cup scoring a century (unbeaten 140 off 101 balls) in his very next match against Kenya in Bristol[4].

Tendulkar, succeeding Mohammad Azharuddin as captain, then led India on a tour of Australia, where the visitors were comprehensively beaten 3-0 [5] by the newly-crowned world champions. After another Test series defeat, this time by a 0-2 margin at home against South Africa, Tendulkar resigned, and Sourav Ganguly took over as captain in 2000.

Tendulkar made 673 runs in 11 matches in the 2003 World Cup, helping India reach the final. While Australia retained the trophy that it had won in 1999, Tendulkar was given the Man of the Series award. The drawn series as India toured Australia in 2003-2004 saw Tendulkar making his mark in the last Test of the series, with a double century in Sydney, which was also the last test appearance of one of cricket history's most successful captian Steve Waugh. Tennis elbow then took its toll on Tendulkar, leaving him out of the side for the first two Tests when Australia toured India in 2004. He played a part in the facesaving Indian victory in Mumbai, though Australia had already taken the series 2-1, with the Second Test in Chennai drawn.

On 10 December, 2005, at Feroz Shah Kotla, he delighted fans with a record-breaking 35th Test century, against the Sri Lankans.

On 6 February 2006, Tendulkar scored his 39th ODI hundred, in a match against Pakistan. He followed with a run-a-ball 42 in the second ODI against Pakistan on February 11, 2006, and then a 95 in hostile, seaming conditions on 13 February, 2006 in Lahore, which set up an Indian victory.

On 19 March 2006, after scoring an unconvincing 1 off 21 balls against England in the first innings of the third Test in his home ground, Wankhede, Tendulkar was booed off the ground by a section of the crowd[6], the first time that he has ever faced such flak. While cheered on when he came for his second innings, Tendulkar, was the top scorer in the second innings [7] and yet was to end the three-Test series without a single half-century to his credit, and news of a shoulder operation raised more questions about his longevity.

Tendulkar was operated upon for his injured shoulder forcing him to skip the tour of West Indies in 2006.

On 23 May 2006, after deciding not to undergo a scheduled fitness test, he announced he would miss the tour of the Caribbean for the Test series. However he agreed to play 5 games for Lashings World XI in order to regain fitness for a possible August comeback. He had scored 155, 147(retired), 98, 101(retired) & 105 in the 5 matches for Lashings XI with strike rate of well above 100 and was the top scorer in all the matches.

Also in his first Twenty20 match with international opposition, although unofficial, Tendulkar hit 50 not out off 21 deliveries to blast the International XI to 123 after 10 overs against the Pakistan XI.

However as of July,2006 The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the longest-serving international cricketer has overcome his injury problem following a rehabilitation programme and is available for selection.

He then came for the DLF cup in Malaysia and became the only Indian batsman to shine. In his most recent comeback match, against West Indies on 14th September 2006, Tendulkar responded to his critics who believed that his career was inexorably sliding with his 40th ODI century. Though he scored 141*, West Indies won the rain-affected match by the D/L method. In January 2007 Tendulkar scored a 76-ball century against the West Indies which makes it his 41st ODI century. He reached a hundred on the last ball of the Indian innings. Tendulkar now has 18 more ODI tons than Sanath Jayasuriya who is second on the list of ODI century-makers [8].

Wisden named Tendulkar one of the Cricketers of the Year in 1997, the first calendar year in which he scored 1,000 Test runs. He repeated the feat in 1999, 2001, and 2002. Tendulkar also holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003. In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, still the record for ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year.

[edit] Bowling

While not a regular bowler, Sachin Tendulkar has taken 38 wickets in 135 Tests and 146 wickets in 377 ODIs. He often bowls when two batsmen have been batting together for a long period, and can often be a useful partnership breaker. Though his Test bowling average is above 50 and his ODI bowling average above 40, he is considered [9] as the man with the Golden arm [10] who breaks partnerships. [11].

On more than one occasion [12], he has had a strong influence on an Indian victory with his bowling. Notable among his bowling exploits are:

  • 5 wicket haul against Australia[13] at Kochi in the 1997-98 Series . Set 269 runs to win, Australia were cruising comfortably at 203/3 in the 31st over. Sachin turned the match for India taking wickets of Michael Bevan, Steve Waugh, Darren Lehmann, Tom Moody and Damien Martyn for just 32 runs in 10 overs.
  • Final over control against South Africa in 1993 Hero-cup semifinals. South Africa needed 6 runs to win the match in the final over. Sachin, bowling 3 dot balls in that over, conceded just 3 runs to help India win the match and reach the Finals of the tournament. [14]
  • Performance of 4/34 in 10 overs against West Indies [15] in Sharjah where the Windies were bowled out for 145.
  • He single handedly won the ICC 1998 QuarterFinals at Dhaka to pave way for India's entry into the Semifinals, when he took 4 Australian wickets after scoring 141 runs in just 128 balls.
  • Tendulkar took three wickets on the final day of the famous Kolkata Test against Australia in 2001, which India won after following on, 274 runs behind on the first innings. Tendulkar took the key wickets of Matthew Hayden — who made a hundred in the previous Test at Mumbai and a double century in the next — and Adam Gilchrist, another centurion at Mumbai.

[edit] 2006

Tendulkar hitting a six off Sri Sreesanth
Tendulkar hitting a six off Sri Sreesanth

Tendulkar has missed four Tests and eleven ODIs through injury in 2006. However, he has done well in the ODIs that he has played, hitting two centuries and two fifties. He was the top scorer in 6 of the past 11 matches he has played this year. His Test form has been uncharacteristically poor, having failed to reach a single century this year, and only 1 test fifty. In fact, Tendulkar has not hit a half-century in his last 11 innings - the longest he has gone without reaching fifty since making his Test debut in 1989. The longest he has gone without a Test hundred is 13 innings. In the He top scored in the second One day International against South Africa.

He has scored at least one half century in a test match every year, since 1992.

[edit] Criticism

Of late, as Wisden has noted, Tendulkar has not been as aggressive or cavalier as he was in his younger days. Expert opinion is divided on whether this is due to his increasing years or the lingering after-effects of injuries over 17 years at the highest level. He somewhat silenced these doubts by scoring a comeback hundred and a half-century in Malaysia tri-series in September 2006.

Despite his record of scoring the most Test centuries, none of Tendulkar's innings found a place in the Wisden 100, a statistics-based list released by Wisden in 2001 of the 100 "greatest Test batting performances". Wisden stated that most of his best performances had come in draws and defeats, and so received a much lower weighting as they did not majorly contribute to a victory[16].

[edit] Controversies

His two tenures as captain of the Indian cricket team were not particularly sucessful. During his second run, after constantly complaining that the national selectors weren't giving him the team he wanted, he resigned after a disastrous tour of Australia where India lost 0-3 in the Tests and managed to win only one of 8 ODIs.Incidentally, he was named man of the series for the Test matches.

During India's historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, he went public with his disappointment in not being able to score his 200 against Pakistan, when Rahul Dravid the acting captain of India declared the match with 16 overs remaining on Day 2 when Sachin was still on 194 NO. The controversy was so huge that it completely overshadowed one of Indian cricket's landmark innings by a young Virender Sehwag - a score of 309 which is the highest ever by an Indian in Tests. Many former cricketers [17] commented [18] that Dravid's declaration was in bad taste. The media noted at the time that the decision had apparently been made by Ganguly [19], and Ganguly himself later admitted that it had been a mistake, [20] the wording of the statement indicating that it had not been Dravid's call.

[edit] Famous innings

[edit] Test cricket

Runs Against Venue (Year) Result
119 not out England Manchester (1990) Drawn
148 not out Australia Sydney (1991-92) Drawn
114 [*] Australia Perth (1991-92) Australia
111 South Africa Johannesburg (1992) Drawn
122 England Birmingham (1996) England
169 South Africa Cape town (1996-97) South Africa
155 not out Australia Chennai (1997-98) India
136 Pakistan Chennai (1998-99) Pakistan
116 Australia Melbourne (1999-00) Australia
155 South Africa Bloemfontein (2001-02) South Africa
176 West Indies Kolkata (2002-03) Drawn
241 not out Australia Sydney (2004) Drawn

[*] Tendulkar rates this innings of 114, played on a bouncy WACA pitch when he was only 18 years old, as his best batting performance.

[edit] One-day cricket

Runs Against Venue (Year) Result
90 [21] Australia Mumbai (1996 WC+) Australia
104 Zimbabwe Benoni (1997) India
143 Australia Sharjah (1998) Australia
134 Australia Sharjah(1998) India
124 Zimbabwe Sharjah (1998) India
186 not out New Zealand Hyderabad(1999) India
98 Pakistan Centurion (2003 WC) India
141 Pakistan Rawalpindi (2004) Pakistan
123 Pakistan Ahmedabad (2005) Pakistan
93 Sri Lanka Nagpur (2005) India
141 not out West Indies Kuala Lumpur (2006) West Indies
100 not out West Indies Vadodara (2007) India

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[edit] Achievements

Sachin Tendulkars career performance graph.
Sachin Tendulkar's career performance graph.

[edit] Test cricket

Highlights of Tendulkar's Test career include:

  • Rated as the second best batsman of all time, after Don Bradman, by Wisden [1][22]
  • Highest number of Test centuries (35), overtaking Sunil Gavaskar's record (34) on 10 December 2005 vs Sri Lanka in Delhi.
  • Played in the highest number of Cricket Grounds - he has played Test Cricket on 52 different grounds, ahead of Azharuddin (48), Kapil Dev (47), Inzamam-ul-Haq (46) and Wasim Akram (45).
  • He is the fastest to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket history. He holds this record along with Brian Lara. Both of them achieved this feat in 195 innings.
  • 4th highest tally of runs in Test cricket (10,668)
  • Career Average 54.70 - Has the highest average among those who have scored over 10,000 Test runs
  • Second Indian to make over 10,000 runs in Test matches.
  • Has 38 Test wickets (6 Jan 2007)
  • Fourth fastest player to reach 9,000 runs (Rahul Dravid made 9000 runs in 176 innings, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting made 9000 in 177 innings, Sachin in 179.)
  • As of January 03, 2007 Sachin Tendulkar(5751) edged past Brian Lara's(5736) world record of scoring maximum runs in tests away from home. Tendulkar achieved this feat in 75 away Test matches while Brian Lara took 66 away Tests. He averages 54.25 in away Tests so far.

[edit] ODI

Highlights of Tendulkar's ODI career include:

  • Most runs (14,728 as of 31st January, 2007)
  • Most centuries (41)
  • Played most number of ODIs (378), (as of 31st January, 2007).
  • Played most number of consecutive ODI matches (185)[23]
  • Most Man of the Match (53) awards[24]
  • Only player to have over 100 innings of 50+ runs as of October, 2006
  • Third most number of Fifties (75). Inzamam-Ul-Haq (83) and Rahul Dravid (76) are the only other batsmen who have scored more Fifties than Tendulkar. [25]
  • Appeared on the most grounds (90 different grounds)
  • Most ODI runs by any batsman in any given calendar year - 1,894 ODI runs in 1998.
  • Most Centuries by a player in one year - 9 ODI centuries in 1998
  • Most centuries vs. Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
  • Holds the record for scoring 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year. He has done it six times - 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003.
  • Highest batting average among batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs (as of October 2006)
  • First cricketer and fastest cricketer to cross 10,000-run mark, 11,000-run mark, 12,000-run mark, 13,000 run-mark and 14,000 run-mark in ODIs
  • Only cricketer to cross 14,000-run mark in ODIs
  • Over 100 wickets (146 as of January 30th, 2007)
  • One of only two players to pass 10,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs (Sanath Jayasuriya the other)
  • Highest individual score among Indian batsmen (186* against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999)
  • Batting through the innings (50 overs) on two occasions.

[edit] World Cup

[edit] Miscellaneous

  • Tendulkar was the first batsman in history to score over 50 centuries in international cricket. In fact, he has now scored 76 (35 in Tests, 41 in ODIs).
  • Tendulkar was the first overseas cricketer to play for Yorkshire CCC in 1993, in more than 100 years of the club's history.
  • Shane Warne famously remarked after the Australian tour of India, and then Sharjah in 1998, that his nightmares are full of "Sachin coming, dancing down the track and lofting me over for yet another six !".
  • Matthew Hayden once said that,"If cricket is a religion in India, then the god of the religion is none other than Sachin Tendulkar".[citation needed]
  • In November 2006, Time magazine named Tendulkar as one of the Asian Heroes. [26]
  • The current India Poised campaign run by The Times of India has nominated him as the Face of New India next to the likes of Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi among others.

[edit] Man of the Match awards

[edit] 10 Awards in Test cricket

# Date Against Venue
1 August 9, 1990 England Old Trafford
2 February 11, 1993 England Chidambaram Stadium
3 October 25, 1995 New Zealand Chidambaram Stadium
4 March 6, 1998 Australia Chidambaram Stadium
5 January 28, 1999 Pakistan Chidambaram Stadium
6 October 29, 1999 New Zealand Sardar Patel Stadium
7 December 26, 1999 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground
8 February 24, 2000 South Africa Wankhede Stadium
9 October 30, 2002 West Indies Eden Gardens
10 January 2, 2004 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground

[edit] 52 Awards in ODI

# Date Against Venue
1 1990-91 Srilanka Pune
2 1991-92 West Indies Sharjah
3 1991-92 South Africa Kolkata
4 1991-92 West Indies Melbourne
5 1991-92 Pakistan Sydney
6 1991-92 Zimbabwe Hamilton, New Zealand
7 1993-94 New Zealand Auckland
8 1994 Australia Colombo
9 1994-95 New Zealand Vadodara
10 1994-95 New Zealand Delhi
11 1994-95(Wills World Series Final) West Indies Kolkata
12 1994-95 (Pepsi Asia Cup) Srilanka Sharjah
13 March 16, 2004 Pakistan Rawalpindi
14 July 21, 2004 Bangladesh Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
15 September 14, 2006 West Indies Kuala Lumpur[27]
16 January 2007 West Indies Vadodara

[edit] Trivia

  • Tendulkar has been seen taking his Ferrari 360 Modena for late-night drives in Mumbai. (Gifted by Fiat through Michael Schumacher, the car became notorious when Tendulkar was given customs exemption; Fiat paid the dues to end the controversy.)
  • During India's 1999-2000 tour to Australia, he was declared out LBW after ducking and being hit by bouncer that kept low, which lead commentators to coin the term "shoulder before wicket".[28][29]
  • Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to have been declared run out by a third umpire in 1992 against South Africa in South Africa.
  • Tendulkar is ambidexterous. He writes with his left hand but bats & bowls right-handed.
  • During his early days as a schoolboy cricketer he went to the MRF pace academy to train as a pace bowler but was sent back home.
  • Owns a restaurant, Tendulkar's in Colaba, Mumbai. Tendulkar's is one of India's very few personality-themed restaurants.
  • On December 4, 2006, Tendulkar was featured in a question on the American game show Jeopardy! The clue was "Sachin Tendulkar of India is a leading bowler in this sport."[30]

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Ricky Ponting


Player profile

Full name Ricky Thomas Ponting
Born December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania
Current age 32 years 82 days
Major teams Australia, ICC World XI, Somerset, Tasmania
Nickname Punter
Playing role Higher middle order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 1.78 m
Education Mowbray Primary; Brooks Senior High School, Launceston
Relations Uncle - GD Campbell

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 110 183 25 9368 257 59.29 15890 58.95 33 36 1059 57 124 0
ODIs 269 263 31 9856 164 42.48 12385 79.58 22 58 845 121 117 0
Twenty20 Int. 5 5 1 178 98* 44.50 110 161.81 0 1 14 9 3 0
First-class 205 345 50 17750 257 60.16 66 71 208 0
List A 336 330 43 12034 164 41.93 25 73 148 0
Twenty20 6 6 1 198 98* 39.60 130 152.30 0 1 3 0

Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4 5 10
Tests 110 527 231 5 1/0 1/0 46.20 2.62 105.40 0 0 0
ODIs 269 150 104 3 1/12 1/12 34.66 4.16 50.00 0 0 0
Twenty20 Int. 5 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
First-class 205 1422 757 14 2/10 54.07 3.19 101.57 0 0
List A 336 349 269 8 3/34 3/34 33.62 4.62 43.62 0 0 0
Twenty20 6 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0

Career statistics

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Test debut Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth - Dec 8-11, 1995 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007 scorecard
ODI debut Australia v South Africa at Wellington - Feb 15, 1995 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut New Zealand v Australia at Auckland - Feb 17, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int. Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 9, 2007 scorecard
First-class span 1992/93 - 2006/07
List A span 1992/93 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span 2004 - 2006/07

ICC Player of the Year 2006
ICC Test Player of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006
One-Day International Player of the Year - 2002
Allan Border Medal 2004, 2006, 2007
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006


Acclaimed by academy coach Rod Marsh as the best teenage batsman he had ever seen, Ricky Ponting began with Tasmania at 17 and Australia at 20, and was given out unluckily for 96 on his Test debut. He was and remains the archetypal modern cricketer: he plays all the shots with a full flourish of the bat and knows only to attack, and his breathtaking, dead-eye fielding is a force in the game by itself. A gambler and a buccaneer, he is a natural at one-day cricket. He has had his setbacks, against probing seam attacks and high-class finger-spin, which, when out of form, he plays with hard hands. In the 1990s there were off-field indiscretions that led him once to admit publicly to an alcohol problem, but he overcame the issues and became part of the heartbeat of one of Australia's most successful teams. After the retirement of Ian Healy he took over as the man who led the singing of the victory song, passing it on when he assumed the captaincy.

With many lessons learned, Ponting's growing maturity was acknowledged by the ACB when he saw off competition from Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist to succeed Steve Waugh as Australia's one-day leader early in 2002. It was a seamless transition: Ponting led the successful 2003 World Cup campaign from the front, clouting a coruscating 140 not out in the final, and acceded to the Test crown when Waugh finally stepped down early in 2004. A broken thumb suffered in the Champions Trophy in England forced him to watch Gilchrist lead Australia's first series victory in India for 35 years from the dressing room, although he returned for the final Test. Batting-wise his first year as captain was one to forget, but he began his second with 207 against Pakistan, joining Don Bradman and Greg Chappell as the only Australians to reach four double-centuries.

By the time the eagerly-awaited 2005 Ashes series got underway the cracks in an almost invincible Australian side were beginning to appear. A humiliating one-day loss to Bangladesh caused the first ripple of dissent against his leadership style, and this grew as the contest progressed. A heroic 156 helped save the Old Trafford Test, but on September 12, 2005, Ponting became the first Australian captain since Allan Border in 1986-87 to taste defeat in an Ashes series. The result hurt and the pain lingered throughout the next summer, but he regrouped and reglued to start an amazing streak of 16 wins in 17 Tests, culminating in the 5-0 demolition of England to regain the urn in the most emphatic way. However, the summer was tarnished slightly when England handed Australia their first tri-series finals loss for 14 years and he missed the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy defeat with a back injury. In the Tests Ponting was Man of the Series as Australia became the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes cleansweep and his 576 runs at 82.28 confirmed him as the game's modern master.

Waugh believes his successor will hold the game's run-scoring record when he retires. The world's leading strokeplayer, he finished 2005 with 1544 runs and posted twin hundreds three times in five months, joining Sunil Gavaskar as the only other man to achieve the feat, and the double effort in his 100th Test at the SCG was magnificent. He followed up with another 1333 runs in 2006 and owns more centuries than anyone but Sachin, Brian and Sunny. Frighteningly, he is far from finished.

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Can't wait: Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting at home with his bats as he prepares to win the back the Ashes this summer.

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Adam Gilchrist


Player profile

Full name Adam Craig Gilchrist
Born November 14, 1971, Bellingen, New South Wales
Current age 35 years 117 days
Major teams Australia, ICC World XI, New South Wales, Western Australia
Nickname Gilly, Churchy
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 1.86 m

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 90 129 19 5353 204* 48.66 6505 82.29 17 24 652 97 344 37
ODIs 257 250 9 8585 172 35.62 8915 96.29 14 48 1041 126 376 46
Twenty20 Int. 4 4 0 65 48 16.25 48 135.41 0 0 5 5 1 0
First-class 182 269 45 10002 204* 44.65 30 40 714 55
List A 321 309 17 10138 172 34.71 16 56 484 55
Twenty20 4 4 0 65 48 16.25 48 135.41 0 0 1 0

Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4 5 10
Tests 90 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
ODIs 257 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
Twenty20 Int. 4 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
First-class 182 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
List A 321 12 10 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0
Twenty20 4 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0


Career statistics

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Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Brisbane - Nov 5-9, 1999 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007 scorecard
ODI debut Australia v South Africa at Faridabad - Oct 25, 1996 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut New Zealand v Australia at Auckland - Feb 17, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int. Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 9, 2007 scorecard
First-class span 1992/93 - 2006/07
List A span 1992/93 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span 2004/05 - 2006/07

One-Day International Player of the Year - 2003
One-Day International Player of the Year - 2004


Going in first or seventh, wearing whites or coloureds, Adam Gilchrist has been the symbolic heart of Australia's steamrolling agenda and the most exhilarating cricketer of the modern age. He is simultaneously a cheerful throwback to more innocent times, a flap-eared country boy who has walked when given not out in a World Cup semi-final, and swatted his second ball for six while sitting on a Test pair. "Just hit the ball," is how he once described his philosophy on batting, and he seldom strays from it. Employing a high-on-the-handle grip, he pokes good balls into gaps and throttles most others, invariably with head straight, wrists soft and balance sublime. Only at the death does he jettison the textbook, whirling his bat like a hammer-thrower, caring only for the scoreboard and never his average. Still he manages to score at a tempo - 82 per 100 balls in Tests, 96 in one-dayers - that makes Viv Richards and Gilbert Jessop look like stick-in-the-muds.

When he signed a record A$2million sponsorship deal with Puma in 2004, few people questioned his value for money. Indeed it was arguably Gilchrist's belated Test arrival that turned the present Australian XI from powerful to overpowering. He bludgeoned 81 on debut, pouched five catches and a stumping, and has barely paused for breath since. Only in the last two years has his appetite slowed - he was troubled by Andrew Flintoff's around-the-wicket barrage during 2005 and found the flaw difficult to overcome - and his match-turning 144 against Bangladesh in April 2006 was his first century in 16 Tests. The 2006-07 Ashes series was literally hit and miss, with three single-figure scores, two fifties and his most brutal hundred, while his one-day form was subdued.

In Tests, three Gilchrist innings rank among the most amazing by Australians: his death-defying unbeaten 149 against Pakistan at Hobart when all seemed lost, his savage and emotional 204 not out against South Africa at Johannesburg, and his 57-delivery Ashes century at Perth when he missed equalling Viv Richards' world mark by a ball. In one-dayers, his 172 is the third-highest score by an Australian and his overall number of career dismissals - he is currently at 422 - might take decades to top. A devoted family man, his entry into the 2007 tournament was expected to be delayed while attending the birth of his third child.

As Australia's 41st Test captain he found the extra burden tiring, and was happy for Ricky Ponting to step in once Steve Waugh retired. But as Ponting's fill-in he crossed the final frontier, leading Australia to their first series win in India for 35 years in 2004-05. As a wicketkeeper he lacks Rod Marsh's acrobatics and Ian Healy's finesse, and he probably peaked at 30 in 2002. But if he clutches few screamers he drops even fewer sitters and while his batting has started to lose its super powers his glovework is still purring. He is closing on Healy's record of 395 Test dismissals and already owns the most centuries of anyone to combine both roles.


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Matthew Hayden


Player profile

Full name Matthew Lawrence Hayden
Born October 29, 1971, Kingaroy, Queensland
Current age 35 years 133 days
Major teams Australia, Hampshire, ICC World XI, Northamptonshire, Queensland
Nickname Haydos
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 1.88 m

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 89 159 13 7739 380 53.00 12881 60.08 27 27 942 79 118 0
ODIs 134 130 14 4840 181* 41.72 6350 76.22 7 29 492 61 54 0
Twenty20 Int. 2 2 0 26 20 13.00 12 216.66 0 0 4 1 1 0
First-class 279 486 46 23484 380 53.37 75 98 286 0
List A 279 272 28 10745 181* 44.03 24 60 115 0
Twenty20 2 2 0 26 20 13.00 12 216.66 0 0 1 0

Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4 5 10
Tests 89 54 40 0 - - - 4.44 - 0 0 0
ODIs 134 6 18 0 - - - 18.00 - 0 0 0
Twenty20 Int. 2 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
First-class 279 1097 671 17 3/10 39.47 3.67 64.52 0 0
List A 279 339 358 10 2/16 2/16 35.80 6.33 33.90 0 0 0
Twenty20 2 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0

Career statistics

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Test debut South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg - Mar 4-8, 1994 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007 scorecard
ODI debut England v Australia at Manchester - May 19, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v Australia at Hamilton - Feb 20, 2007 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut England v Australia at Southampton - Jun 13, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int. Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 9, 2007 scorecard
First-class span 1991/92 - 2006/07
List A span 1991/92 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span 2005 - 2006/07

Allan Border Medal 2002
Test Player of the Year - 2002
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2003


Strength is Matthew Hayden's strength - both mental and physical. It enabled him to shrug off years of carping that he was technically too limited for Test cricket because of the way he played around his front pad, and it enabled him to touch rarefied heights of batsmanship. Before his maiden first-class innings, he asked if anyone had made 200 on debut, then went out and hit 149. The runs have rarely abated since. Tall, powerful and equipped with concentration befitting the fisherman and surfer that he is, he batters the ball at and through the off side for days at a time. He has also made himself a fine catcher in the slips and gully.

Hayden's earliest Tests were exclusively against South Africa and West Indies, a trial for any opener. They were not auspicious, but patience and willpower have since won the day, especially since the tour of India in 2000-01, where he slog-swept his way to 549 runs, an Australian record for a three-Test series. By the end of 2001 he had broken Bob Simpson's Australian mark for most Test runs in a calendar year - Ricky Ponting first topped Hayden's 1391 in 2003 - and formed a prodigiously prolific opening partnership with Justin Langer. Belatedly he came good in the one-day arena too, and by the time the 2003 World Cup rolled around he was ranked among the top three batsmen in both forms of the game. Later that year he hammered 380 against Zimbabwe at Perth, briefly borrowing the Test record from Brian Lara, and in mid-2004 he was at it again, battering Sri Lanka for twin centuries that took his tally to 20 in only 55 Tests.

Weary through years of plunder and a difficult India tour, Hayden experienced an extended slump during 2004-05 and was initially replaced as one-day opener by Michael Clarke. His lack of form and footwork continued against England and his disastrous series only improved at The Oval with 138. It was the awkward beginning of a resurgence that saved his career and thrust him towards more mature domination. Usually playing more patiently, he followed his south London renaissance with three hundreds in successive matches, becoming the third player next to Bradman and Barrington to score four in a row twice, and passed 1000 runs in a calendar year for the fifth time. After reaching three figures on five occasions during 2005-06 and adding 153 at the MCG a year later, he stands behind only Bradman, Ponting and Waugh on Australia's list of century-makers. Regaining the Ashes brought tears to Hayden's eyes and he was also saddened when Langer retired at the end of the series, although his mood lifted when he won back his one-day place. In the final match of the 2006-07 Chappell-Hadlee series he thumped an Australian-record 181 off 166 balls, which included ten sixes and again showed his impressive power.

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Michael Clarke


Player profile

Full name Michael John Clarke
Born April 2, 1981, Liverpool, New South Wales
Current age 25 years 343 days
Major teams Australia, Hampshire, New South Wales
Nickname Pup, Clarkey
Playing role Lower middle order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 1.78 m

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 27 41 5 1512 151 42.00 2677 56.48 4 5 178 13 20 0
ODIs 101 89 21 2893 105* 42.54 3559 81.28 2 21 254 16 37 0
Twenty20 Int. 5 5 1 49 37 12.25 35 140.00 0 0 0 4 1 0
First-class 80 135 12 5111 201* 41.55 17 18 74 0
List A 162 144 28 4619 105* 39.81 5802 79.61 3 34 61 0
Twenty20 11 11 1 200 46 20.00 149 134.22 0 0 5 0

Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4 5 10
Tests 27 260 128 8 6/9 6/9 16.00 2.95 32.50 0 1 0
ODIs 101 1274 1102 30 5/35 5/35 36.73 5.18 42.46 1 1 0
Twenty20 Int. 5 30 36 1 1/25 1/25 36.00 7.20 30.00 0 0 0
First-class 80 1209 684 15 6/9 45.60 3.39 80.60 1 0
List A 162 1970 1638 55 5/35 5/35 29.78 4.98 35.81 1 1 0
Twenty20 11 81 112 2 1/25 1/25 56.00 8.29 40.50 0 0 0

Career statistics

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Test debut India v Australia at Bangalore - Oct 6-10, 2004 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 2-5, 2007 scorecard
ODI debut Australia v England at Adelaide - Jan 19, 2003 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v England at Sydney - Feb 11, 2007 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut New Zealand v Australia at Auckland - Feb 17, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int. Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 9, 2007 scorecard
First-class span 1999/00 - 2006/07
List A span 2000/01 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span 2004 - 2006/07

Allan Border Medal 2005


Michael Clarke already boasts a possibly unique claim to fame in Australian cricketing folklore: he was anointed as his country's next captain before he'd played a single Test. When he made his debut and a thrilling 151 against India at Bangalore his future looked even brighter than the yellow motorbike he received as the Man of the Match. The amazing ride continued with another stunning century on his home welcome at the Gabba, and his first Test season ended with the Allan Border Medal. Then came the fall.

Barely a year after his debut he was scuffing his feet around Hobart's Bellerive Oval while receiving a call from Trevor Hohns that ended his starburst at 20 Tests. A streak of 531 runs without a century through series against Pakistan, New Zealand, England, the World XI, and West Indies led to his demotion and a desire "to tighten his technique", especially in the early stages against the swinging ball. An unbeaten 201 for New South Wales in the Pura Cup was a brave and swift response, but while he remained a one-day fixture he had to wait until the low-key series against Bangladesh to reclaim his Test place. Three muted innings forced him and his supporters to look to the Ashes to re-determine his international worth. He wasn't meant to play at all, but when Shane Watson tore his hamstring in the lead-up to the first Test Clarke was re-installed and showed his maturity during a stunning series. The flamboyant edges were curved - and usually curbed - and the tinkered outlook brought him 389 runs at 77.80. A century at Adelaide secured his spot, a follow-up hundred in Perth confirmed his future and by the end of the summer he was named vice-captain of the one-day side, although a hip problem ruined his immediate leadership aspirations.

Until his sacking in 2005 Clarke was a ravishing shotmaker with an unshakeable temperament. He did not so much take guard as take off. His arrival was typically the cue for a string of wristy, audacious flashes through the offside. All the while he radiated a pointy-elbowed elegance reminiscent of a young Greg Chappell or Mark Waugh, who, like Clarke, waited long and uncomplainingly for a Test opening and then marked the occasion with a century. Unlike Chappell and Waugh, who learned the ropes in domestic and county cricket, Clarke cut his teeth in Australia's one-day side. His impact in pyjamas was startling: he racked up 208 runs in four games before he was finally dismissed, and after 100 matches averages in the mid-40s at a strike-rate hovering in the 80s. His bouncy fielding and searing run-outs, usually from square of the wicket, add to his run-value, while his left-arm tweakers cajole important breakthroughs, and they also dropped six surprised Indians in the second innings of his fourth Test at Mumbai.

A cricket nut since he was in nappies, Clarke honed his technique against the bowling machine at his dad's indoor centre. Affably down-to-earth, he is meticulous about his hair - it is blond and always looks freshly showered - and adores fast cars. He is proudly patriotic too, wearing an Australian flag on the back of his bat in his early internationals, and before he played a Test he signed a record-breaking A$1.25million deal with Dunlop-Slazenger. "On captaining Australia, I'd love to," he commented early in 2004. "It's another goal and something I'll have to work hard for." He worked hard for his first Test hundred, but made it and the following one against New Zealand look stunningly easy. A future star transformed into a genuine one, but it was not until the 2006-07 Ashes that he proved he was ready for the long haul.

Edited by ANJANA - 11 March 2007 at 5:59am

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