Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Anil Kumble New Coach of Team India

 The last time Anil Kumble was part of an India camp was at his home ground, M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, in 2008. Two men were under immense pressure to keep their places in the side: Captain Kumble and former captain Sourav Ganguly. Just before the series both had struggled in Sri Lanka: Ganguly had scored 96 runs in six innings, and Kumble had taken eight wickets for 400 runs in three Tests. Just before the home series against Australia, Kumble answered in the negative when asked about retirements. A few days later, Ganguly announced this series was to be his last, and an injured Kumble ended his career even before Ganguly.

Eight years later, Kumble and Ganguly have emerged as an unlikely duo shepherding the Indian team from the management perspective. Unlike Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, Ganguly has turned out to be pretty hands-on as a state association president and a member of the cricket advisory committee. Kumble, too, has had a stint as a state association president, actually winning an election, willing to put his reputation on the line by entering the contest. Now Ganguly is believed to have played a key role in getting Kumble as the coach of Indian team.

Sitting in the same spot that Ganguly had been in when he uttered words that still resonate - "just one last thing lads, before I leave, I just want to say that this is going to be my last series," Kumble was asked for his opinion on the way Shastri had been overlooked. Shastri had alleged Ganguly was not even present to interview him when he made his presentation. The underlying suggestion being that the decision had already been made before the interview process.

Kumble was a relentless bowler, always at the batsman, but here he did a good impression of leaving this swinging ball alone outside off. "I was the first one to call Ravi after I was chosen as head coach," Kumble said. "He did a wonderful job with the Indian team. It is not about Anil or Ravi, it is not about the head coach. It is about the players, it is about the team. And from my point of view, whether it is me or Ravi or any Indian, we all want the Indian team to do well. We all want the Indian team to perform at its best. We all believe that there is potential for the Indian team to be the best in all three formats.

"And If I'm part of the journey, that's all I have to say. He congratulated me. I told him it's a fantastic team, a young team that we have. It could be someone else tomorrow [in place of me]. I'm not permanent in this role. I have an opportunity to make a difference. I have an opportunity to be part of the journey and if I can be part of the journey where we see Indian cricket rise to where we all want it to be, then I think it's wonderful. I feel privileged, like I already mentioned. And an honour again to be a part of the team."

Kumble was more comfortable and open talking about his own role. At the outset he repeated that he and his support staff were going to be in the background, that his legendary status as a cricketer himself was not going to overpower his team. About his preferred support staff - Sanjay Bangar and Abhay Sharma as batting and fielding coach are temporary appointments for the upcoming West Indies tour - Kumble didn't reveal much except that he was keen to work with the bowlers himself. A fast-bowling coach couldn't be ruled out, though.

"At this point in time, I thought I can get close to the bowlers, for a start," Kumble said. "Yes, we are considering options, I don't want to say what because this is my first trip as coach with the team and I'd like to observe and try and see how the team is shaping up. At this point in time, I thought that with the bowlers, it is the strategy that I can certainly play a part of and that's something which I am looking at, trying to get closer to the bowlers, understanding what their needs are and then looking at probably bringing in, if you are looking at a fast bowling coach I think is what you are trying to say. There are considerations that I am thinking of but at this point, I don't know if it will be possible to take someone to the West Indies. If that doesn't happen, then certainly I am keen to look at the bowlers. I feel that that is certainly an area where I can contribute a lot more."

 Kumble was asked what he, as a player, used to look for in a coach. The answer to this was the most definitive in his 20-minute press conference. "As a coach, all I sought was organised preparations for the team and informed inputs to the captain and the team to strategise better. Inclusive of every player. You have to include every player. It's not about just the 11 who are to play. Also abut the six or seven who are not going to play.

"That's something I sought as a player because it was not always that I played in every team that played for India during my time. I was dropped, I was not chosen for tours. So I understand [what it means to] be the most important member in the team to being dropped. I understand all of that, I understand that communication at such times is very critical. For the coach to pick up the phone and send the message, 'Don't worry you are still part of the team.' That's what I will look to do. Hopefully I will be able to succeed in telling people who are part of the system that they will always be part of it."

Kumble had earlier remarked it felt a little odd being interviewed by three of his long-time team-mates. Having stepped into the team atmosphere, though, Kumble doesn't feel odd at all. "Obviously you know the roles and boundaries as a coach," Kumble said. "Other than that it's no different. All of us want Indian cricket to be doing really well, and these are exciting times. I feel privileged to be a part of that journey, and in whatever way I can help Indian cricket achieve that. It was no different walking into a meeting room with the entire team, although the faces were different. I've played with some of them; I've mentored a couple of them in various capacities. To be back in the changing room is always special."
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Sunday, 3 July 2016

South Africa tour of Australia, 2016

South Africa have confirmed they will play a day-night Test against Australia in Adelaide from November 24, the third match of their tour later this year.
here is Fixture of South Africa tour

Nov 03, Thu - Nov 07, Mon
Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test    
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
7:30 AM
02:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Nov 12, Sat - Nov 16, Wed
Australia vs South Africa, 2nd Test    
Bellerive Oval, Hobart    
4:30 AM
11:30 PM GMT / 10:30 AM LOCAL
Nov 24, Thu - Nov 28, Mon
Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test    
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
8:30 AM
03:30 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
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Saturday, 2 July 2016

5 Indian origin cricketers who captained other countries

It is a common phenomenon in cricket for players with origins in one country going on to represent another one during their international careers. However, the sport has also witnessed instances when such cricketers have gone on to captain the nation they are based in for a considerable period of time.
Over the years, a number of players hailing from an Indian origin have skippered international sides other than India. While some of them had quite a lot of success in the role, there were quite a few who couldn’t quite produce the kind of performance that was expected.
Here’s a glance at 5 Indian origin cricketers who captained other countries:

1. Aasif Karim (Kenya)


Aasif Karim was one of Kenya’s earliest cricket captains (Image Credit: ESPNCricinfo)

One of Kenya’s longest serving captains in ODI cricket, Asif Karim, hails from the Indian community settled in Mombasa, Kenya. He was a regular part of the Kenyan team during their early years in international cricket, beginning from the 1996 World Cup and has represented the African nation in 34 ODIs.
Karim took over as the skipper of Kenya in the year 1997 and was at the helm for 21 matches, including the 1999 ICC World Cup. During his captaincy reign, the team won 6 matches and lost 15 of them. In 1999, the mantle of captaincy was handed back to former skipper Maurice Odumbe.
However, Aasif Karim continued to play every now and then before retiring from the sport following Kenya’s monumental 2003 World Cup campaign.

2. Ashish Bagai (Canada)


Ashish Bagai is Canada’s longest serving captain in ODIs (Image Credit: ESPNCricinfo)

A wicket-keeper batsman of Indian origin, Ashish Bagai remained pretty much the face of Canadian cricket during his 10-year long international career. He played for Canada in 62 ODIs and 9 T20Is, averaging close to 38 in the 50-over format and over 40 in the shortest form.
Over a period of 6 years between 2007 and 2013, Bagai skippered the national team in as many as 27 one-day internationals and 4 T20I matches. While he achieved success as a captain in 8 ODIs, Canada could win just a solitary 20-over international match under him.
Ashish Bagai’s last series as an international player saw him captain the team in the qualifiers for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

3. Rohan Kanhai (West Indies)


Rohan Kanhai is rated among the best of West Indies cricket (Image Credit: ESPNCricinfo)

West Indian legend Rohan Kanhai is easily one of the best cricketers of Indian origin to have represented another country. Kanhai was a true genius with the bat and he showed various glimpses of this throughout his great career with more than 6000 runs in 79 Tests.
The master batsman also served the West Indies Test team as captain in 13 matches between 1972/73 and 1973/74 seasons. During his tenure, Rohan Kanhai achieved decent success as the team won 3 Tests and drew as many as 7. He also holds the distinction of being West Indies’ first ODI skipper.
Kanhai’s final appearance in Test cricket came as captain of the West Indies side in a match against England at Port of Spain.

4. Hashim Amla (South Africa)


Hashim Amla has been moderately successful as captain (Image Credit: BT Sport)

One of the mainstays of the current South African batting line-up, Hashim Amla, hails from a Muslim family that has its origins in Gujarat, India. Amla has been one of the most prolific batsmen of the present generation and has scored runs in a heap for his native country across all formats.
The stylish batsman has also captained the Proteas Test and ODI sides in recent times and achieved decent success. In 14 Tests under him, South Africa managed to win 4 and lose the same number of matches. Amla has also led his national team in 9 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
Considering that he is just 33 at present, Hashim Amla may get an opportunity to spend time at the helm of affairs again.

5. Nasser Hussain (England)


Nasser Hussain has been one of England’s best captains in the past few decades (Image Credit: Fox Sports)
Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain had a more than decent international career as a batsman for his native country. Born in the Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras), Hussain fought hard to establish himself in the English team but made his opportunities count when they came.
Among England’s most successful captains in the past couple of decades, Nasser Hussain led the team in 45 Tests and 56 ODIs. The English won 17 Test matches and 28 one-day internationals under his reign, which included a number of victories on foreign soil as well.
Although Nasser Hussain played his last ODI match as a skipper, Marcus Trescothick was the captain in his last Test.
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