The relation of the number 183 and Indian Cricket Team

Numerology is any belief in the divine, mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. But what has numerology to do with India cricket team?  There are some instances in the past which will surely make you feel so.

Starting from 2000 the three captains ( Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli) out the five captains (other two Anil kumble and Rahul dravid) share something in common. The three became the captain of the Indian cricket team after scoring 183 runs as their highest individual score in one day internationals.

Sourav Ganguly scored 183 of 158 balls against Sri Lanka on 26th of May 1999 on the County Ground, Taunton in the 1999 world cup and went on becoming the captain of the ODI team in 2000 and eventually the captain in all the formats

Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 183 of 145 balls against Sri Lanka on 31st Oct 2005 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in the bilateral series of 2005 and went on becoming the captain of the team in 2007 and eventually the captain in all the formats.

Virat Kohli scored 183 of 148 balls against Pakistan on 18th March 2012 at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur Dhaka in the Asia Cup of 2012 and went on becoming the captain of the team in 2014. Virat is currently the captain of the test team is the considered the future captain in all the formats after MS Dhoni.

And out the three times the Indian team made it to the ODI world Cup finals (50 overs and 60 overs both) India was captained by two captains with the highest individual score of 183 (2003- Sourav Ganguly and 2011- Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and India team scored 183 in famous world cup finals of 1983 where it defeated the then defending champions West Indies.

Surely one can say numerology does exist in the Indian Cricket team.

 

The real truth on Arjun Tendulkar v/s Pranav Dhanawade controversy.

From the past few days the social media is buzzing with various posts on Arjun Tendulkar’s selection over Pranav Dhanawade for the U-16 West Zone side. Some say it was injustice done towards Pranav as he is a driver’s son and that Arjun’s recent form has not been great. But here is the real truth.

Mumbai Cricket Association selects team of different age groups Under 14, Under 16, Under 19, Under 23, Ranji Trophy, Women’s Under 19, Women’s under 23 & Women’s Senior Team from the west zone to participate in the national tournaments conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. These selections are based on the performances in the various selection tournaments conducted for different age groups. The Ranji Trophy team is selected on their performances in local cricket, particularly in the senior club tournaments and inter office tournaments. Pranav did not fulfill any of the criteria set by the MCA and he wasn’t a part of MCA during the selection trials. Whereas Arjun is a part of the MCA’s u-16 local team.

Arjun Tendulkar’s  selection was made keeping in mind his performance in the Mumbai Cricket Association U16 Payyade Trophy held in November 2015 where he top-scored for the Sunil Gavaskar XI against the Rohit Sharma XI , posting 106 out of 218 at the venue named after his father, the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana Grounds. He also smashed 116 of 42 balls in september 2014. Being a bowling- allrounder he has also chipped in with wickets in the past.

Pranav came into the limelight after scoring 1009 runs of 323 balls, and this innings of his came after the completion of the selection trials for the under 16 west zone team. So he was not eligible for the selection.

Arjun is an established player and has all the rights of being selected. Pranav still has a long way to go. But looking at the performance of these two young kids we can only say that the future of Indian cricket is in good hands.

 

 

 

 

The art of keeping it simple in T20 Cricket.

So a few days back the longest T20 season ended. This season certainly changed the way T20 cricket is played. Since its arrival in 2007, all one could make of this format is the Fast- paced nature and entertainment value. Bowlers started getting hammered over all the place and batsmen took  all the limlight. And above all this came the man, who literally slaughtered the ball, yes you got that right, the big man himself CHRISTOPHER HENRY GAYLE. He took the T20 arena literally by a Gaylestrom. Then came in the Ramp shots and the uncanny batting style mixed with predetermined shots. Singles dried up and emphasis was given only on boundaries. With the fielding restrictions it became more and more difficult for the bowlers. Spinners went completely out of the picture and the fielding standards dropped somewhat.

But this season of T20 cricket literally changed the way of looking at the game. From the batting prespective, Virat kohli literally showed the way to score runs in T20 format . By being the highest run scorer in all tournaments throughout the season with close to 2000 runs in a single season , he literally dawned the modern era of T20 cricket. The only thing which lead to his success was-orthodox cricket. You never saw a ramp shot or a Dil-scoop from him, nor did he showcase any uncanny batting style. He just focused on the basics and kept it simple. He showed the importance of running between the wickets in cricket even in this high paced format. AB divilliers, David Warner, Jos Buttler and Joe Root raised the standards on batting and fielding.  Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodi spun their web on the subcontinent wicket and were the key players in New Zealand’s glorious run to the Semis in the world cup recently concluded. Andre Russell and Chris Morris showed the importance of all rounders in the modern game. Youngsters like Sanju Samson and Karun Nair took the centre stage. The fast bowlers too learned with time and started trusting more on the age old weapon of swing and death overs bowling became better. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Tim Southee led by example and were quite successful, but it was the young fast bowler from bangladesh Mustafizur Rahman who was the star of the season.

This season surely showed that the way of succeeding in the modern game, is by following the first chapter of the cricketing textbook- THE ART OF KEEPING IT SIMPLE.

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