Friday, September 4, 2009

Raina powers Air India Red past India Cements

Suresh Raina made an unbeaten 92 as Air India Red knocked out India Cements.Skipper Rahul Dravid and S.Badrinath were lone contributors,making 91 and 66 respectively.India Cements managed a mediocre 243 in the 47 over a side game.Air India Red started off decently with opener Naman Ojha making a fluent 59.Suresh Raina made a scratchy start,but went on to play a crucial innings of 92*.Yuvraj Singh supported him with 39,playing some beautiful and attacking shots.India Cements seemes short in the bowling department and were kicked out of the tournament inspite of winning the 1st match against BSNL.Being a big Rahul Dravid fan,it was disappointing to see his team going out of the trophy,with him being in such elegant form.


  1. Cricket has been traced to shepherds in England who started playing the early forms of cricket sometime in the 17th century.

    The first laws of cricket were written in 1774. Since then they have been changed on numerous occasions. Pretty much everything has changed since then. The early cricket bats were long curved pieces of wood resembling a thick hockey stick. The stumps consisted of two wickets and one bail in between. The only law of the game that has remained constant is the length of the pitch at 22 yards.

    Speaking of the stumps, initially the afore-mentioned shepherds would bat in-front of a tree stump, hence the term “stumps”. As the game progressed it was at times played in front of a wicket-gate – which led to the term “wickets”.

    Early bowlers would bowl the ball underarm – and cricket records tell stories of great underarm lob bowlers. Overarm bowling was initially illegal. It was introduced to cricket by a Kent cricketer, John Willes. He actually learnt it from his sister, Christina Willes who found her skirt was getting in the way when she tried to bowl underarm!

    In 1868 an Englishman called Charles Lawrence based in Australia put together a team of aborigines and took them to England. This was the first ever Australian tour to England, and each player wore a cap of a different colour so that the spectators could identify them. The team played 47 matches against a number of local teams of which they won 14, lost 14 and drew the rest. Apart from playing cricket the aborigines showcased a number of unique sports including the backwards race, boomerang throwing and cricket ball dodging.

    There are 10 ways in which a batsman can get out in cricket: Caught, Bowled, Leg Before Wicket, Run Out, Stumped, Handling the ball, Obstructing the field, Hit the ball twice, Hit Wicket, Timed out.

    Sir Len Hutton is the only man to be given out Obstructing the Field in test cricket.

    The first international cricket match was held between the US and Canada in 1844. The match was played in New York and Canada won by 23 runs.

  2. George Headley was one of the greatest batsmen of his time, often described as the black Bradman. His son Ronald played test cricket for West Indies, and Ron's son Dean played for England. This is the only family to have a father, son and grandson to play test cricket. This record might be equalled soon. Jahangir Khan played test cricket for India and his son Majid played for Pakistan. Grandson Bazid has played ODIs for Pakistan and is hoping to make his test debut soon. It doesn't end at that Javed Burki and Imran Khan, possibly the greatest of all Pakistani players were Majid's cousins.

    William Henry Cooper, who played the first of his two tests for Australia versus England in 1881-82, and Paul Sheahan, who made his debut in 1967-68 are the only great-grandfather great-grandson pair to play test cricket.

    The first two twins to play in the same test match were not Steve and Mark Waugh of Australia, but Rosemary and Elizabeth Signal of New Zealand, versus England in 1984; in women's cricket!!

    The Hadlee family has served New Zealand cricket well. Sir Richard Hadlee has captained New Zealand in test cricket. At the time of his retirement he held the world record for the highest number of test wickets, 431. His brother Dayle, and father Walter also played test cricket for New Zealand. Another brother Barry played ODIs for New Zealand. His wife, Karen has also represented New Zealand in women's cricket.

    Steve and Mark Waugh of Australia were two of the most prolific batsmen in world cricket. They are also twins. Steve played for Australia long before Mark made it to the team. When Mark finally played for Australia it was Steve who had been dropped to make room for Mark. Steve was given the job of informing Mark. Their brother Dean also played one first-class match for New South Wales.

    Lala Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath are the only father-son pair to have scored test centuries on debut. Strangely neither scored another test century.

    Victor Richardson was Australia's vice-captain during the Bodyline series of 1932-33. He later went on to captain Australia. Three of his grandsons played test cricket - Ian, Greg and Trevor Chappell - with Ian and Greg also captaining Australia in test cricket.

    The Chappells and the Grace brothers - WG, EM and GF - are the only sets of three brothers to play for the same team in the same test match. The Hearnes went one better. In 1892 at Capetown Jack and George played for England while Frank played for South Africa!

    Four Mohammad brothers represented Pakistan - Hanif, Mushtaq, Wazir and Sadiq. A fifth brother, Raees played first-class cricket. Hanif's son Shoaib also represented the country in tests.


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