Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sachin, we'll miss you..

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar will retire from all forms of cricket after playing his 200th Test next month.

The 40-year-old former India captain, who retired from one-day internationals in December 2012, will end his career with two matches against West Indies.

He played his final Twenty20 match last weekend in the Champions League T20 final between his Mumbai Indians team and a Rajasthan Royals side led by another former India skipper, his long-standing team-mate Rahul Dravid.

We have covered some of the quotes for Sachin Tendulkar -

- I want my son to became Sachin Tendulkar - Brian Lara

- We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin - Mark Taylor

- Nothing bad can happen to us if we were on a plane in India with Sachin on it - Hashim Amla

- He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also - Waqar Younis

- There are 2 kind of batsman in the world:1) Sachin Tendulkar 2) all the others. - Andy Flower

- I have seen god. He bats at no.4 for India in tests. - Matthew Hayden

- I see myself when i see Sachin batting. - Don Bradman

- Do your crime when Sachin is batting, bcoz even god is busy watching his batting. - Australian fan

- Best one from Barack Obama - I don't know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play.. Not bcoz I love his play its bcoz I want to know the reason why my country production goes down by 5 percent when he's batting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yuvraj Singh - Back with a bang!

Yuvraj Singh has made a comeback to India's limited-overs squad for the Twenty20 and first three ODIs of the home series against Australia.

Other than this there were four changes made to India's last first-choice ODI squad, the one that won the Champions Trophy in England. Yuvraj replaced opener M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik lost out to his Mumbai Indians team-mate Ambati Rayudu, the injured Irfan Pathan made way for Mohammed Shami, and Jaydev Unadkat's left-arm seam was preferred to Umesh Yadav. Don't know why Umesh was dropped.

Yuvraj's last ODI was against England in Dharamsala in January 2013. He was dropped from the squad for the Champions Trophy and did not feature in the Zimbabwe series either, when India had rested several first-choice players. However, following a fitness programme in France, he has shown a return to top form in List A cricket. He was the leading run-getter for India A in the limited-overs series against the touring West Indies A, with 224 runs from three matches, including one hundred and a fifty at an average of 74.66. He also scored a half-century for India Blue in the Challenger Trophy, a domestic 50-overs tournament.

Batsmen Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, seamer Mohit and spinner Parvez Rasool missed out from the team that played Zimbabwe.