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Top 10 Best Umpires in Cricket World 2015

Umpire in cricket is the man who declares any batsman out or giving him a sixer or an over boundary. It’s all in his hand standing behind the wickets at bowler’s end. They are the ones maintaining peace and harmony according to the rules of cricket. As the umpires are also humans, some misjudgments can also come from their sides. A wrong decision is well enough to put any team in tough situation, even when they are very close to the victory.

Irrespective of those unavoidable wrong decisions which are very few in number, the cricket umpires are the symbol of justice for any team on the ground. Without them, the cricket match will be itself a misery.

Top 10 Best Umpires in Cricket:

Today, we will bring to you the list of top 10 best umpires in cricket. The names in this list may be arguable, but they are undoubtedly the elite ICC cricket umpires in the history of cricket.

10. Tony Hill

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Tony Hill’s full name is Anthony Lloyd Hill. He was born in 1951 in Auckland, New Zealand. He made his ODI debut as an umpire in a match against New Zealand and Zimbabwe, which was played at Napier in March 1998. His Test debut came in 2001. There he managed a match against New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hamilton, New Zealand.

ICC had decided to appoint Tony Hill to matches away from New Zealand during his time on the International umpire panel. He played his role as a neutral umpire for supporting the elite panel. His particular highlights are the third test match between South Africa and Australia at Johannesburg in March 2006. Beside this, he was officiating on-field at three Group- A matches at 2007 Cricket World Cup in St. Kitts.

Tony Hill had officiated at 96 ODIs, 39 Teat matches, along with 17 T20 international so far. In 2009, Tony Hill was elected in the ICC Elite Panel of umpires. In this ICC cricket umpires list, Tony Hill is the 10th of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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09. Darrell Hair

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Darrell Hair, real name Darrell Bruce Hair was born on 1952, New South Wales, Australia. His debut as a Test umpire was on January 1992, between Australia and India in Adelaide. He was well mentioned to call NO BALL in great spinner Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in three overs for throwing the ball. The match was held in 1995, between Sri Lanka and Australia in Melbourne.

Darrell Hair had officiated a total 139 ODIs and 78 Test matches. On the 4th day of the 4th Test match between Pakistan and England in 2006 at the Oval ground, Darrell Hair and his fellow umpire Billy Doctrove ruled out Pakistan for illegal ball tampering. They awarded five penalty runs to the England team and offered them a replacement new ball. Pakistan team refused to take the field in protest.

Later on an ICC board meeting panel decided that Darrell Hair should not umpire matches involving the Test playing nations. On 22 August 2008, Darrell Hair handed his resignation letter to ICC in order to continue his career as a cricket coach. Despite all these controversies, Darrell Hair is in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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08. Rudi Koertzen

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Rudi Koertzen was born in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa in 1949. His real name is Rudolf Eric Koertzen. He was devoted for cricket since his childhood. While working for South African railways, he used to play cricket league. Initially, he became an umpire officiating at domestic games in 1981.

In the year 1992, Rudi Koertzen broke into the International cricket arena. He made his umpiring debut in ODI in a South Africa and India match. During the same tour, Rudi made his Test debut too, again in a match between South Africa and India. He took the standards to a higher level and in 1997 he became a full time ICC umpire. Soon, Rudi Koetzen became an important part in the ICC Elite Umpires Panel.

He officiated 209 ODIs along with 108 Test matches with 14 T20 Internationals in his career. He achieved ICC Bronze Bails Award for 100 ODIs, ICC Silver Bails Award for 200 ODIs and ICC Golden Bails Award for umpiring 100 Test matches. Rudi Koertzen is in the No 8 position in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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07. Daryl Harper

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Daryl Harper was born in 1951 in Australia. Daryl Harper started his living as a primary school teacher. He had a short career as an Australian football referee until an injury forced him to quit. Then he made it in umpiring cricket. He made his debut as a cricket umpire in 1983 and became the first Australian umpire to be selected into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in 2002. He continued his career as an elite umpire till 2011.

Between 1998 and 2011, He was also an international Teat umpire. Daryl Harper had a brilliant umpiring career. He officiated 94 Test matches and 174 ODIs in his career. Following a criticism in June 2011, during India-West Indies test series, Daryl Harper decided to be retired. He achieved the honorable ICC Bronze Bails Awards for umpiring 100 ODIs. He is indeed one of the best umpires in cricket.

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06. Billy Bowden

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His real name is Brent Fraser Bowden. He is commonly known as Billy Bowden. Billy was born in 1963, in Henderson, New Zealand. He made his ODI debut as an umpire in 1995 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka match. His test umpiring debut was made in 2000, between New Zealand and Australia.

Billy Bowden gloriously officiated at three ICC World Cup events and was the reserve umpire in both 2007 ICC World Cup final and 2007 World T20 Championship. Billy Bowden’s career is decorated with 184 Tests and 77 ODIs along with 21 T20 matches. He was elected into the ICC Elite Umpires Panel in 2003. In the current game of cricket, he is best known for his bizarre and unique umpiring signals.

Among them, his dancing jig while signaling sixer and his crooked index finger to give out of a batsman are most notable. Billy was awarded with the ICC Bronze Bails for conducting 100 ODIs in 2007. Billy Bowden is at the No 6 stand in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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05. Aleem Dar

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Aleem Dar is a Pakistani born umpire with the full name Aleem Sarwar Dar. He was a Pakistani first-class cricketer, before starting his career as a cricket umpire. He played cricket for Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore, Allied Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan railways as a right-handed batsman. Aleem Dar was also a leg break bowler. Just at the age of 30, Aleem Dar started his journey as an international cricket umpire in 2000. He managed his debut in a match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Two years later in 2002, Aleem Dar was selected into the ICC Elite Umpire Panel for his outstanding performance in umpiring. He was able to win three consecutive ICC umpire of the year prize, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also achieved the award “Pride of Performance Award Pakistan”. In 2011 Cricket World Cup, he spent a splendid period of time while he gave 15 consecutive correct decisions that won against the DRS challenges. He has officiated a total of 159 ODIs and 87 tests in his career. He proudly made his place in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket history.

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04. Simon Taufel

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Simon James Arthur Taufel, commonly famous as Simon Taufel was born on 21 January 1971, New South Wales, Australia. Taufel initially made his career in cricket as a fast-medium bowler and played for Cammeray Cricket Club. In 1990-91 season, he grabbed the club’s best and fairest player award as he was the leading wicket taker with lowest bowling average. But, it was a sudden unfortunate that, his bowling career was cut short because of a back injury.

As an umpire, he made his ODI debut in 1999 in an ODI match between Australia and Sri Lanka. In 2000, he stepped ito Test between Australia and West Indies match. Cricket loving people soon started considering him as one of the best ICC cricket umpires of all time in cricket history after he was awarded with five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year between 2004-2008. Taufel officiated at 174 ODIs, 74 test matches and 34 T20 Internationals. He announced his retirement after 2012 ICC World Cup T20 final. We are very glad to put him in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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03. David Shepherd

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David Shepherd is an English umpire who was born in Bideford, Devon on 27 December, 1940. He stated his cricketing career as a first-class cricketer. He played county cricket for Gloucestershire for 14 long years as a middle order batsman. He qualified for umpiring in 1981 and made a debut as an umpire in World Cup 1983 in England. It was a match against Pakistan and Sri Lanka which was played at swansea. He made his debut umpiring in Test in 1985 Ashes series at Manchester.

A funny fact about David Shepherd was, he always raised his leg whenever any score would reach 111. He appeared in 92 Test matches and stood last of them on June 2005. Shepherd also umpired 172 ODIs including three consecutive World Cup finals in 1996, 1999 and 2003. In 2009, he died of lung cancer. This great umpire is certainly made the position in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket world.

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02. Dickie Bird

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Harold Dennis Bird who is better known as Dickie Bird was born on April 19, 1933 in Yorkshire, England. He had a very struggling childhood. Dickie Bird was a school dropout and worked in a coal mine in his hard days. Surprisingly his first passion was football. But, after suffering an injury, he had to leave the dream. Then he began to play county cricket in his early career in Barnsley. He also played for his home, Yorkshire.

Bird made his debut in cricket umpiring at a Test match between England and New Zealand. He carried the glory to be the umpire for three consecutive Cricket World Cup finals notably in 1975, 1979 and 1983. He was officiated at 69 ODIs. He achieved officer of the Order of the British Empire award in 2012 for his outstanding contributions in cricket. In his last Test match, he was given the guard of honour by the English and Indian cricketers in 1996. Dickie Bird is the 2nd best umpire in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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01. Steve Bucknor

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Steve Bucknor was one of the most experienced and prolific umpires in the cricket world. His full name is Steve Anthony Bucknor. Bucknor was born in Jamaica, in 1946. He was a high school mathematics teacher in his early life. Initially, he was a football referee before he stepped in cricket at the age of 45. His Test umpiring debut was documented in 1989, in a match between West Indies and India. He officiated at his first ODI in the same year also between West Indies – India match.

In his outstanding career, Bucknor stood in 128 Tests along with 181 ODIs. Bucknor was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2007 for his outstanding service in the field of sports. He also received ICC’s Bronze Bails awards for his 100 ODI standings as well as Golden Bails for 100 Test matches. This well-known ICC elite umpire announced his retirement in 2009. Steve Bucknor is the umpire we are looking for to put him in No 1 in our list of top 10 best umpires in cricket.

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Many more world renowned umpires have already retired from cricket pitch and so many are in the way of making themselves famous. Now in 2014, the ICC Elite Panel Umpires consists of Bruce Oxenford, Richard Illingworth, Aleem Dar, Ian Gould, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Kumar Dharmasena, Nigel Llong, Rod Tucker, Richard Kettleborough and Paul Reiffel. The whole cricket world depends upon them. The cricket fans are always eager to see some best decisions during the adrenalin -driven matches in the upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015.

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Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in ODI Cricket History

The list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history will be focused on those bowlers who took most wickets in ODI. Chronologically, they are arranged in this list. There are three players from both Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI. The list also consists two Aussies, one Proteas and only one Indian bowler with most wickets in ODI. Australian Brett Lee has the best strike rate of 29.4 balls per wicket while the Proteas pacer Shaun Pollock has the best economy rate of 3.67 runs per over. Chaminda Vaas has the best bowling figures with 8 wickets for just 19 runs whereas Pakistani swing master Waqar Younis took five-wickets total 13 times, which is most by any other bowler in the cricket history.

Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI:

The bowlers in cricket have much responsibility to take in order to win a match. The bowling side thus play a vital role in this manner. Today, we are trying to enlist the great bowlers with most wickets in ODI. Your valuable comments will be appreciable.

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So, let’s find out who is the highest wicket taker in ODI?

10. Sanath Jayasuriya (323)

Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in ODI Cricket History, Sanath Jayasuriya
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Full name: Sanath Teran Jayasuriya

Born: June 30, 1969

Birth place: Matara, Sri Lanka

Current age: 45 years 236 days

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Asia XI, Mumbai Indians, Ruhuna, Khulna Royal Bengals, Marylebone Cricket Club, Somerset

Batting style: Left-handed bat

Bowling style: slow left-arm orthodox

Playing role: All-rounder

Sanath Jayasuriya is regarded as one of the best ODI players of all-time in cricket history. With his powerful striking and match winning performances, he played as a genuine match winner for Sri Lanka well over for two decades. Jayasuriya is the only player in the history of ODI to take more than 300 wickets and score over 12,000 runs. His all-round cricket performances awarded him the most valuable player in 1996 cricket world cup and Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named him one of five Cricketers’ of the year in 1997.

Last but not the least, Sanath Jayasuriya is at 10th place in our list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history with his stunning 323 wickets. The Sri Lankan all-rounder with his 323 wickets in 445 ODIs for Sri Lanka, was a key figure for them in all formats of cricket.

In June 2011, Jayasuriya retired from limited over cricket.

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9. Anil Kumble (337)

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Full name: Anil Radhakrishna Kumble

Born: October 17, 1970

Birth place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Current age: 44 years 127 days

Major teams: India, Karnataka, Asia XI, Leicestershire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Northamptonshire, Surrey

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak Googly

Playing role: Bowler

Anil Kumble is a former captain of Indian Cricket team and an efficient right-arm leg spin bowler. In test cricket, he is the 3rd leading bowlers with most wickets with 619. The other twos are Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.

Although, Kumble was not a big turner of the ball, rather he delivered his ball with more pace and accuracy. He was awarded as the Indian Cricketer of the Year in 1993.

Anil Kumble has taken 337 ODI wickets in 271 matches. We put him at No 9 in our list of top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history. He may be one of the three in the leading wicket takers in Test cricket, but he is not the highest wicket taker in ODI cricket.

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8. Brett Lee (380)

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Full name: Brett Lee

Nickname: Bing

Born: November 8, 1976

Birth place: Wollongong, New South Wales

Current age: 38 years 105 days

Major teams: Australia, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers, Otago, Wellington

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

Playing role: Bowler

Bret Lee is a former Australian cricketer and he was recognized as one of the fastest bowlers in the world cricket. Lee was also famous for his athletic fielding and lower-order batting. Brett Lee finished his Test career with 310 wickets and ODI career with 380 wickets.

He is the 8th bowler with most wickets in ODI, 380 wickets in 221 ODI matches with a bowling average of 23.36.

In January 2015, Brett Lee announced his retirement from all formats of cricket and made an end to his glorious cricketing career.

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7. Glenn McGrath (381)

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Full name: Glenn Donald McGrath

Nickname: Pigeon, Millard

Born: February 9, 1970

Current age: 45 years 12 days

Birth place: Dubbo, New South Wales

Major teams: Australia, Delhi Daredevils, Middlesex, New South Wales, Worcestershire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast medium

Playing role: Bowler

Glenn McGrath was a key bowler for Australia and was known throughout his career for maintaining accurate line and length in bowling. He was one of the economic as well as dangerous fast bowler at his time. He holds the record of taking highest number of Test wickets as a fast bowler. In 2007 ICC World Cup, he was awarded the Man of the Tournament for his outstanding performances with the winning team.

Glenn McGrath has seized 381 wickets in 250 ODI matches with a phenomenal 22.02 bowling average. He grabs the No 7 position in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.

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6. Shahid Afridi (393)

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Full name: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi

Born: March 1, 1980

Birth place: Khyber Agency, Pakistan

Current age: 34 years 357 days

Major teams: Pakistan, Deccan Chargers, Dhaka Gladiators, Fly Emirates XI, Habib Bank Limited, Asia XI, Hampshire, Karachi, ICC World XI, Melbourne Renegades, South Australia

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm legbreak Googly

Playing role: All-rounder

At the age of 16, Shahid Afridi has made his debut in international cricket. Since then, he has been an integral part of the Pakistan team. He is popularly known as “Boom Boom Afridi” for his aggressive batting style. He is the former record holder of the fastest ODI century in just 37 balls.

Shahid Afridi always considers himself a better bowler than a batsman. We put him on the 6th place in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI. He is the only player in our list who has not yet retired from cricket. He picked up a total 393 wickets 391 ODI matches so far and still counting to go further ahead in this list. He has the potential to be the highest wicket taker in ODI.

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5. Shaun Pollock (393)

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Full name: Shaun Maclean Pollock

Born: July 16, 1973

Birth place: Port Elizabeth, Cape Province

Current age: 41 years 220 days

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, ICC World XI, Dolphins, Durham, Mumbai Indians, Natal, Kwazulu-Natal, Warwickshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

Playing role: All-rounder

Shaun Pollock is a South African retired cricketer and a prolific bowling all-rounder for the team. He played as captain of the South African side from 2000-2003. With over 400 Test wickets and 393 ODI wickets, Shaun Pollock is the leading wicket taker among the South Africans.

As a fast-medium seam bowler, Shaun Pollock has the ability to bowl a quicker ball with swing and accuracy. With 393 ODI wickets in 303 matches, Shaun Pollock stays at the No 5 spot in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.

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4. Chaminda Vaas (400)

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Full name: Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas

Born: January 27, 1974

Birth place: Mattumagala, Sri Lanka

Current age: 41 years 25 days

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Asia XI, Colts Cricket Club, Deccan Chargers, Hampshire, Middlesex, Marylebone Cricket Club, Northaptonshire, Worcestershire

Bowling style: Left-arm fast medium

Batting style: left-handed bat

Playing role: Bowler

Chaminda Vaas is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who is regarded as the best fast bowler for the country. He is considered as the most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka has ever produced. He was selected for the World Test and One-day XI at 2005 ICC awards.

Vaas was able to take 400 ODI wickets in his 322 matches at 27.53 bowling average. In his best ODI bowling figure, he took 8 wickets for the cost of only 19 runs. Chaminda Vaas claims the number four place in our list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.

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3. Waqar Younis (416)

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Full name: Waqar Younis Maitla

Born: November 16, 1971

Birth place: Vehari, Punjab

Current age: 43 years 97 days

Major teams: Pakistan, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, National Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Surrey, Glamorgan, United Bank Ltd

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

Batting style: right-hand bat

Playing role: Bowler

Waqar Younis is widely regarded as the greatest fast bowler of all time in the history of cricket. Currently, he is coaching Pakistan National team. This Pakistani fast bowler is the youngest captain for Pakistan. His career lasted from 1989-2003. During this time, he played 87 Test matches and 262 ODIs.

He amused the cricket world with his incredible ability to reverse swing a ball at high speed. Together with another pacer Wasim Akram, he formed one of the most dangerous bowling attacks. He took 416 wickets in his one day career. For this contribution, undoubtedly, Waqar Younis marked his place at No 3 in the list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history.

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2. Wasim Akram (502)

Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in ODI Cricket History, Wasim Akram
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Full name: Wasim Akram

Born: June 3, 1966

Birth place: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Current age: 48 years 263 days

Major teams: Pakistan, Lahore, Pakistan Automobiles Corp, Pakistan International Airlines, Hampshire, Lancashire

Bowling style: Left-arm fast

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Playing role: All-rounder

Wasim Akram was considered as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. Akram holds the most wicket taker with 881 an List A cricket. He is one of the founders and mentors for the reverse swing fast bowling. During 2003 World Cup, he marked his name as the first bowler in cricket to reach 500 milestone in ODI. He is one of the five members in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Currently, he is coaching Kolkata Knight Riders.

With 502 wickets in 356 ODI matches, the Sultan of Swing is the 2nd among the bowlers with most wickets in ODI.

Now, just scroll down to find out the highest wicket taker in ODI.

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1. Muttiah Muralitharan (534)

Top 10 Bowlers with Most Wickets in ODI Cricket History, Muttiah Muralitharan
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Full name: Muttiah Muralitharan

Born: April 17, 1972

Birth place: Kandy, Sri Lanka

Current age: 42 years 310 days

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Lancashire, Melbourne Renegades, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Tamil Union Club and Athletic Club, Wellington

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Playing role: Bowler

This famous Sri Lankan bowling figure was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack in 2002. After picking 800th test wickets on 22 July 2010, he decided to retire from Test.

He surpassed Wasim Akram’s ODI 500 wickets mark on 5 February, 2009 and became the highest wicket taker in ODI. The mesmerizing spin of Muralitharan dodged hundreds of batsmen and his ability to put pressure was just amazing.

Yes, Muttiah Muralitharan, with 534 wickets in 350 ODIs, he is the man in our list.

The list of Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in ODI cricket history is somehow glorified by all these great bowlers and their team contributions.

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Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket

The most interesting thing in cricket is to see a sixer all over the boundary line. The spectators’ loves it as well as the batsman loves it. The score board runs quicker and the two guys who really hate that show should be the bowler and the umpire in a lighter sense. To hit a six is not even a piece of cake for the batsman. The bowlers keep on challenging the batsmen with new and varied deliveries. The ball moves around, turns, swings and behaves like it wants too. It is the batsman who still has to set himself in for the delivery, find the right area, control, timing and elevation to sail the ball into the stands for a sixer.

List of Top 10 Batsmen with most sixes in ODI:

It is indeed a work of art to hit a six and the cricketers we will be discussing off are the best at doing that. Here is the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. To these batsmen, it’s a regulation act and they seem to be a real threat for any bowling attack.

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Let’s go across and find, who are the top batsmen with most sixes in ODI innings?

10. Adam Gilchrist, Australia: 149

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Adam Gilchrist was Australian wicket-keeper and opening hard hitter batsman. He was supposedly one-half of one of the most destructive and dominating opening pair in cricket, the Gilchrist-Hayden duo. Gilchrist loved to thrash the bowlers and hitting fours and sixes. It was like knockdowns for him. He played as an integral part in the Golden era of Australian cricket and contributed a lot in his teams’ success. He made himself an asset for the Australian team by being one of the best wicket-keepers in cricket along with his batting exploits.

Gilly appeared in 287 ODIs for Australia during his 18 long years and scored a total 149 sixes over the fence for maximums. We have started this list with this hard hitting batsman and surely he is the one among the top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.

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9. Chris Cairns, New Zealand: 153

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Chris Cairns, the New Zealander marked his name as one of the batsmen with most number of sixes in ODI. With 153 blows, he is at the No 9 spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. He was able to hit those sixers in his 215 ODI matches. He was a remarkable all-rounder for New Zealand team. But, Chris has been in news off late for all wrong reasons after he was subjected to allegations from ICC for involvement in match-fixing. Since then, it has been a real disgrace for this New Zealander.

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8. Ricky Ponting, Australia: 162

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Ricky Ponting is the former and one of the most successful Australian captains. He is a kind of batsman who currently holds the second position in term of accumulating runs in ODI after Sachin Tendulkar. Ricky Ponting led his team with aggressive batting style and with splendid performance at base. At the Golden period, he and his team virtually ruled the cricket world when other teams could just dream of beating Australia.

With his forceful batting, Ponting smashed 162 sixes in 375 ODIs from a substantial part of the 13,704 runs that he scored in ODI cricket. He grabs the 8th spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.

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7. Brendon McCullum, New Zealand: 166

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Brendin McCullum, another New Zealander has emerged as a batting legend for New Zealand team. He once played triple roles of a batsman, wicket-keeper and skipper Baz was good at everything that he did. As a wicket-keeper, McCullum has one of the fastest pair of hands and with bat, he is one of the quickest. He can hit the ball with such force that the ball sometimes travels faster after the hit than what the bowler had initially bowled.

In his 234 ODI match-career, he scored 166 sixes and the counter is still ticking for more. He is the 7th batsman with most sixes in ODI in our list.

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6. MS Dhoni, India: 177

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, MS Dhoni
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At No 6 is the six creator of the recent era of cricket, Indian skipper MS Dhoni. He is a kind of batsman who can hammer the best ball from a best bowler. He can hit a Yorker for a six with his signature helicopter shot. MS Dhoni has to have a higher place in the list of top batsmen with most sixes in ODI. Though he is currently placing in the second half of the list with 177 sixes registered to his name in 250 ODI matches that he has played so far. Anyone can expect him at the top of the list by the time he calls it a day from ODI cricket, for the rate and ease with which he has been hitting the monster blows off late.

Dhoni initially made himself a swashbuckling and ruthless hitter of the ball, eventually turned himself a self-controlled yet volcanic batsman who has complete faith and belief in himself and quite capable to launch a massive submissive attack on his opponents when other batsmen loose nerve.

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5. Sourav Ganguly, India: 190

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, Sourav Ganguly
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It is former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly who glorifies our No 5 position in the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI. Sourav Ganguly loved hitting the ball over the boundary as much as he loved his batting. He was also regarded as the GOD of off-side by many cricket associates. Dada was a graceful batsman who relied more on his timing than power, he would dance down the wicket and loft bowlers for six over long on and long off.

There is nothing so charming than to see him down the stump and hit a massive sixer. Sourav Ganguly has hit a total 190 sixes in his 15 years ODI career for India.

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4. Sachin Tendulkar, India: 195

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar
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If any cricketer has played 463 ODI matches for his team and stayed at the top for 24 long years, he can’t miss out any mainstream batting record. So, here is Sachin Tendulkar, at 4th place in top batsmen with most sixes in ODI list. The 5.5′ Sachin was not among the strongest batsmen rather he was a text book batsman throughout his career and taught the world that a perfect batsman doesn’t need the strongest of frames and rashest of shots to score runs in cricket.

Tendulkar with his 18,426 ODI runs has hit 195 sixes and almost all of them are the finest, nicely timed and eye soothing sight.

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3. Chris Gayle, West Indies: 211

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, Chris Gayle
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Chris Gayle is the name of a thunderstorm in cricket now. He is regarded as the ‘Gayle Storm’ by his fans for his hard hitting and ruthless batting style. Although the phenomenon was developed from his T20 performances, one can simply not ignore his contribution for West Indies team. The destructive opening batsman has seen the best and the worst parts of his career and by now is mature enough not to bother by anything.

When he has his weapon in his hand, it knows only one language, the language of sixes. With 211 sixes so far, Chris Gayle is at the No 3 spot in our list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.

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2. Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka: 270

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, Sanath Jayasuriya
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Sanath Jayasuriya is the pioneer for the evolution and destructive batting style. Opening batting was redefined by this Sri Lankan opener. Jayasuriya just loved to rip apart the opponent bowlers when they were at their best. Missed line balls or even a ball with slightest width would receive the harshest treatment by this furious batsman. He would hit sixes at will and all over the ground.

There was no difference in the way he treated the spinners and pacers. He was always there to greet them in a similar fashion. He has hit as many as 270 sixes throughout his ODI career and is the second best in the list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.

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1. Shahid Afridi, Pakistan: 342

Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in ODI Cricket, Shahid Afridi
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Shahid Afridi, popularly known as “Boom Boom Afridi” is the table topper in this list of top batsmen with most sixes in ODI innings. This Pakistani all-rounder in his early years of international career was a better off batsman than a bowler. For the most part of his 18 years ODI career with 389 matches, he has appeared as a biggest threat for the opponent bowlers. Afridi has the capability to swing the tide of the match on his own and in very little time. Hitting sixes is lot like a regulation for him. Afridi never takes time to get his eye in and is always right at the job.

The former record holder of fastest ODI hundred in just 37 balls, is the man we are on at top of our list. With 342 and still counting, he is the top batsman with most sixes in ODI cricket. No doubt, he is way beyond the reach of other 9 in this list of top 10 batsmen with most sixes in ODI.

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ICC World Cup records just before Cricket World Cup 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup is a one day international (ODI) tournament in men’s cricket which is organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The ICC Cricket World Cup has taken place every four years since its beginning in 1975 in England. Since then, the number of participated teams and number of matches have increased. However, ICC declared an interest in reducing the format of the game following criticism of ICC World Cup 2007.

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The World Cup Cricket is the flagship event of international cricket calendar. The tournament takes place every four years, with matches contested in a 50 -over cricket format.

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The 2015 edition of ICC World Cup cricket will be the 11th of this tournament. This mega event will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Previously in 1992, the two countries combined to jointly host this gigantic event of world cricket.

ICC World Cup is one of the world’s largest international sports tournaments. In World Cup 2015, there will be 14 teams competing each other. This event of cricket will be engaging one fifth of the world’s population with expected television audience of more than a billion.

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There have been a total of ten world cups since its beginning in 1975. Out of this ten tournaments, Australia has emerged as the most successful World Cup team ever in the history. Australians have won the elusive trophy 4 times, next in line are India and West Indies who have won it twice. Sri Lanka and Pakistan won the trophy only once. India, the last defending champion in 2011, will enter the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia in the hope for retaining their title and become the second most successful ODI team in the World Cup history after Australia.

There is a wise saying that, records are made to be broken. For this, several players and teams will be trying to fulfil their dreams of lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy and giving the best performance ever. So, Sporty Ghost brings to you the list of ICC World Cup records that have been set so far.

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Most runs in World Cups

ICC World Cup records just before Cricket World Cup 2015, Sachin Tendulkar, most runs
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The Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar is the most successful batsman in all the ICC cricket World Cups ever held. With 2278 runs in 45 world cup matches, Sachin is the highest runs getter. Australia captain Ricky Ponting is at second place while the West Indian Brian Lara being the third with the average of 45.86 and 42.24 respectively. There is hardly anyone recently in the line who is going to challenge these great batsmen. So sadly in this 2015 ICC World Cup, we will not be able to see anyone breaking Sachin’s record. It will certainly take some time.

Highest Individual Score

ICC World Cup records just before Cricket World Cup 2015, Gary Kirsten, highest individual score,
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South African left handed batsman Gary Kirsten has the highest individual score in world cup, which is 188 not out against UAE. There are few promising batsmen, who can be a threat to this record. South African skipper AB de Villiers, the record holder of fastest ODI century will be a threat indeed. However, batsmen like Tilkaratne Dilshan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli will not just sit down and watch. Well as this record is open to all, every batsmen dreams of breaking this record.

Most Successful Bowler

ICC World Cup records just before Cricket World Cup 2015, Glenn McGrath, most successful bowler
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Australian bowler Glen McGrath is still the most successful bowler in the history of World Cup. McGrath grabbed 71 wickets at an economy rate of 3.97. Muttaih Muralidharan of Sri Lanka and Wasim Akram of Pakistan are the next most successful world cup bowlers respectively. In this ICC World Cup 2015, everyone’s eye will be on Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga who will still playing in the world cup and he can challenge the record of highest wicket takers in World Cup cricket. Otherwise, this record will be there for a long haul.

Best Bowling Figures

Again Australian Glen McGrath holds the best bowling figures in any ICC World Cups. He got 7 wickets in 7 overs giving away only 15 runs in a world cup match against Namibia. The record can still be broken and awaits a new leader.

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Most Successful Fielder

Australian captain Ricky Ponting is by far the best fielder in the world cup history. He holds the record of most number of catches in world cups that is, 28 catches in 46 world cup matches. The next two cricketers in this line are Sanath Jayasuria and Chris Cairns of New Zealand respectively. This record will also be staying to Ponting’s hand for a long time since there is no player in the top 20 who could challenge Ricky Ponting’s record.

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Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2017

Cricket is merely the gentlemen’s game and the cricketers are extremely meticulous about everything in the game of cricket. Everything means from the regulations of the game to the kits used by the cricket players. There are many important things at playing cricket when it comes to the best of performance. While the cricketing skill and rigorous practice of the player is significant, the sports gears that he uses also have a very important role to play.

A ball and a bat play as the key components in the game of cricket. Every batsman, based on his playing style and physical standards and his strength choose a cricket bat that best fits his requirement. Most of the greatest batsmen in the world always rise up their bats to show their achievements. The scene is a symbolic and the most desired in the world of cricket. For the cricketers, bats are like sword that is used to win the war. Cricket becomes more exciting game for the best cricketers with their best cricket bats.

As sports fans, we hardly ever pay our attention to this mandatory tool in cricket. There are different kinds of sports bats in the world. We have made a list of top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World.

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World:

Today Sporty Ghost is posting the list of Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World. A lot of research have done by our team. Some of them are very cheap cricket bats, some have valuable and expensive cricket bat stickers. Eventually, on the basis of their specification and recommendation of successful batsmen, we have found the top 10 best cricket bats in the world. The burning question of you would be, among them what is the best cricket bat? You have to just scroll down to find the answer.

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So, let’s find out, which one is the best cricket bat in the world?

10. Spartan CG Authority:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Spartan CG Authority
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We put Spartan CG Authority at No 10 in our list as it is one of the best cricket bats used by players from around the world. It is specially designed for the batsmen to play with power. Spartan is the bat of choice for the mightiest stroke makers to handle even the most explosive power in playing cricket. The bat has been crafted so perfectly according to the power hitting style of modern era of cricket, especially at this twenty twenty generation. It has a massive sweet spots to strike and the edges of this bat are really thick.

The weapon is made of Super Grade I English willow wood and has its mid profile with a full spine. The handle of this bat is made of rubber and cane which is smart enough to provide flexibility, power and control to the batsmen. With a flat face and curvature, Spartan CG Authority, is indeed one of the best cricket bats in the world.

Features:

Made of: Super Grade I English willow

Profile: Mid-profile with a full spine and side profiling for destructive precision. Maximum edge thickness.

Weight: 2 lb 10 oz (1200 gms) to 3 lb (1350 gms)

Handle: Round handle with 9 pieces of cane and rubber to deliver the optimum grip.

Face: Flat face with slight curvature.

Bow: Slight bow which provides perfectly balanced pick up

Toe: Slightly square in shape in order to increase hitting area and lower the center of gravity of the bat that promotes greater swing weight and power distribution.

Size: SH

Endorsed by: Michael Clarke, Chris Gayle, Matt Prior.

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9. Reebok Blast:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Reebok Blast
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Blast is one of the best cricket bats in Reebok’s Premium Cricket bats collection. The bat is made of the Grade I English willow which is the best quality in this business. The traditional heavy shaped appearance gives amazingly light pick up for the batsmen. Reebok Blast is crafted by the expert designers of Reebok by using the latest technology. It is the 9th best cricket bat in the world.

The bat is one of the most desirable bats among the batsmen. The design of the bat is meticulously crafted. Hence, it is light weighted with a great pick up. Reebok blast is regarded as one of the best cricket bats by many famous cricketers.

Features:

Made of: Grade I English willow

Shape: Traditionally shaped and styled bat for the batsman.

Grip: Chevron grip

Handle: 9 pieces of Sarawak cane which is best for shock absorption and better performance.

Weight: 2 lb 9 oz (1150 gms) to 2 lb 13 oz (1275 gms)

Sweet spot: Lower mid blade

Edge: Thick edge.

Toe: Embossed toe protector for better durability

Blade: Curved

Size: SH.

Endorsed by: MS Dhoni, Shakib Al Hasan, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambir, Sanath Jayasuriya.

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8. Kookaburra Angry Beast:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Kookaburra Angry Beast
Kookaburra Angry Beast ; image credit shopping.rediff.com

Kookaburra Angry Beast is one of the premier bats of world famous Kookaburra cricket Bats Company. The bat is at No 8 spot in the list of top 10 best cricket bats in the world. The Kookaburra cricket bats are made of the highest grade English willow which is naturally air dried after harvesting. The bat has an amazingly light pick up on such a huge profile. It is designed to provide optimum power to the batsman. The Beast comes with a dynamic power shaped face which has the ability to deliver explosive stroke play.

Features:

Made of: Grade I unbleached English willow.

Grip: Red snake grip.

Handle: 12 pieces of Sarawak cane.

Weight: 2 lb 8 oz (1150 gms) to 2 lb 12 oz (1250 gms)

Edge: Big edge square

Sweet spot: Mid blade

Scallop: Slight concave

Face: Flat face

Bow: Mid/Low blade

Size: SH and LB

Endorsed by: Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Matthew Wade, Simon Katich.

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7. SS Ton Gladiator:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, SS Ton Gladiator
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Sunridges (SS) is one of the oldest sports brands in India which specially manufactures cricket bats. The bat has a higher popularity among the domestic cricketers, but the international cricketers too seek to use it. The SS Ton Gladiator is quite a sought-after bat as it provides great power, impact and balance to the batsman. Highest Grade English willow is selected to craft this piece. The handle of this bat is made up of Sarawak combination cane which helps in shock absorption and boosts powerful cricketing shorts.

The edges are designed rounded particularly for the aggressive and hard hitter batsman. We have selected SS Ton Gladiator for the No 7 place in our list of top 10 best cricket bats in the world. It is an excellent cricket bat to play. These are the long lasting bats and most batsmen like it because it is handy.

Features:

Made of: Super Grade I English willow

Grains: 11-13 straight grains with super rebound quality

Edge: Rounded edges for the aggressive batsman

Grip: Special Scale Grip – for better control and comfort

Handle: 12 pieces of Sarawak cane handle for powerful shots and shock absorption

Weight: 2 lb 9 oz (1160 gms) to 2 lb 12 oz (1230 gms)

Size: SH and LB

Endorsed by: Kumar Sangakara, Shikhar Dhawan, Kieron Pollard, Dinesh Karthik.

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6. Puma Ballistic:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Puma Ballistic
Puma Ballistic ; image credit scssports.in

Puma Ballistic is at No 6 best cricket bat in the cricket world. This remarkable cricket bat is made of using the very best unbleached super grade I English willow. The wood has been specially picked as per its weight, grain structure and performance. The Puma Ballistic has a higher and more powerful swell enhancing high speed hitting power with precise control and improved balance. It is one of the dream bats for any batsman in cricket.

Puma Ballistic is well known for its powerful hitting zone with flexibility. In the new era of T20 cricket, Puma Ballistic is the perfect weapon for any batsman. It is among the best cricket bats for the hard-hitting T20 batsmen as well.

Features:

Made of: Highest grade of English willow with high and powerful swell.

Sweet spot: massive hitting zone

Handle: Made of PUMA-specific cane for optimum control and highly responsive feel.

Grip: Unique multi-textured PUMA grip designed with new cosmetic to ensure the best possible touch and control.

Weight: 2 lb 6 oz (1075 gms) to 2 lb 12 oz (1250 gms)

Blade: Sophisticated profiling that removes weight from the blade and ensures contoured edges as thick as possible.

Toe: Molded PUMA toe protector which increases durability and reduces swelling from moisture uptake.

Size: SH

Endorsed by: Adam Gilchrist, Brendon McCullum, Marlon Samuels, Yuvraj Singh.

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5. SG Cobra select:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, SG Cobra select
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Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) is the largest cricketing gear manufacturer in the world. It is currently the No. 1 cricket gear brand in India. Famous first-class cricketers as well as international cricketers, panel members all provide valuable feedback to the R & D team of SG. The gear can be updated according to the requirement. The SG Cobra select is made of the finest English willow. Its handle is made of premium quality imported Sarawak cane which is specially designed to enhance control and power.

The bat has a traditional shape and style which boosts maximum stability during batting. We have selected SG Cobra to put it at No. 5 spot in our list of top 10 best cricket bats in the world.

Features:

Made of: Grade I English willow

Shape: Traditional shape with maximum stability

Handle: made from highest quality Sarawak cane to deliver superior power and control.

Grip: New multi-color player grip

Sweet spot: Lower mid-blade

Edge: Thick edges and curved blade for better control and balance.

Toe: Toe protector for better durability. The protector also maintains the moisture level.

Size: SH

Endorsed by: Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Wasim Jaffer.

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4. GM Icon:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, GM Icon
GM Icon ; image credit www.cricketzoneusa.com

Gunn & Moore cricket bats are one of the oldest widely used cricket bats in the world. The bats are designed and produced from highest grade English willow by their best craftsmen. The GM factory is considered as the most technologically advanced in the sports world and only the GM that blends state of the art DXM technology for over 125 years. They use the latest technology, materials, innovative ideas and unrivaled design flair to produce most advanced cricket equipment. That’s why we put GM Icon bat at No 4 in our list of top 10 best cricket bats of the world.

Features:

Made of: Super Grade I English willow with iconic design.

Structure: High swell position, concentrated power, surprisingly light pick-up, lightweight design.

Edge: Massive edge of 38 mm

Face: Flatter face

Size: SH and LB

Scallop: Super concave profiling with toe up.

Endorsed by: Shane Wtson, Jonathan Trott, Ross Taylor, Alex Hales.

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3. Gray-Nicolls Viper:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Gray-Nicolls Viper
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Gray-Nicolls was the first cricket company colored cricket bat stickers in the cricket history. From the very beginning, they have manufactured cricket bats to the very highest standards by using the latest technology. Gray-Nicolls always maintain the perfect combination of tradition with innovation to produce best cricket bats, which perform at every level. Every cricket bat is designed, hand finished and rigorously tested by their experts. The Gray-Nicolls viper is a splendid work of art. It is at the No 3 position in our list of top 10 best cricket bats in the world.

Features:

Structure: World famous Gray-Nicolls scoops.

Perfectly balanced bat with lightweight pick up.

Sweet spot: Huge mid-blade

Edge profile: Thick

Spine profile: Steep

Endorsed by: David Warner, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Alastair Cook, Cameron White.

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2. Adidas Incurza:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Adidas Incurza
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Adidas is a famous well renowned brand in sports world. They manufacture various sports items, from shoes to bags or sports jerseys. The reputed Adidas Company also manufacture cricket bats of finest quality. The Adidas Incurza is one of the most sought-after bats in international cricket. The bat has been designed for batsmen with strength for an attacking game-play. With an amazing profile which flows through the increased bow and middle, the Incurza has an excellent pick up and balance.

It has become one of the most-looking cricket bats which is crafted out of finest English willow. Adidas Incurza is indeed one of the best cricket bats in the world and we put the masterpiece at No. 2 spot in our list. It is the most stylish, strong and amazing bat to play with. Adidas Incurza is a very powerful bat with nice stroke. The bat is sensational enough to be one of the best cricket bats in the world.

Features:

Structure: Sculptured Shoulder. Specially powered for every types of shot.

Sweet spot: Low powerful middle

Weight: 2 lb 7 oz (1100 gms) to 2 lb 12 oz (1250 gms)

Size: SH and LB

Endorsed by: Sachin Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja.

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1. Kookaburra Kahuna:

Top 10 Best Cricket Bats in the World 2015, Kookaburra Kahuna
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It is Kookaburra Kahuna we are looking for and it is the best and the table topper in our list of top 10 best cricket bats in the world. Kahuna has been the leader of the Kookaburra cricket bats. This bat is an exceptional combination of light pick up and awesome power. Its straight evenly spaced grains and a clean hitting area generate a maximum impact. It is aggressive and more powerful among any of Kookaburra cricket bats. The Kahuna is perfectly designed for the stroke makers with edge thickness, sweet boe and clean square shaped face.

Kookaburra is the best cricket bat manufacturing company in the world. It is the most powerful and most beautiful bat. The bat can be recommended to all ages. It is very stylish and comfortable natural balance, which make it the world’s best cricket bat.

Features:

Made of: Grade I English willow

Grip: ‘Max Trio’ Octopus Xtreme

Handle: rounded with 12 pieces of Sarawak cane.

Sweet spot: Mid blade which is about 225 mm from the toe.

Weight: 2 lb 7 oz (1100 gms) to 3 lb 4 oz (1475 gms)

Edge profile: Big edge square

Face profile: Flat ‘Power Plus’ face

Spine profile: Pronounced from Handle to toe (64-67mm)

Bow: Mid/Low blade (11-12 mm)

Scallop: Slight Concave (4-5 mm)

Size: SH

Endorsed by: AB de Villiers, Martin Guptill, Ricky Ponting.

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What have we learned from England versus India cricket series?

As the English cricket team are currently halfway through their tour of India, it’s a good time to check how they’ve been progressing and what tempting test match betting options could be ahead.

Playing against the Indian side on their home soil was always going to be a tough challenge for the English team. But the first test in Rajkot showed that England had what it takes to play in difficult conditions with the all-rounder Ben Stokes in great form to power his way to 128 runs in the first innings despite the impressive off break skills of Indian star Ravichandran Ashwin.

Cook Batting, England vs India
Cook Batting | image credit – Wikimedia/Nic Redhead

And England fans will have also taken heart from captain Alastair Cook’s performance in the second innings that brought him a decisive thirtieth century, and meant that India faced an uphill struggle that ultimately saw the first test being concluded in a draw.

However, Alastair Cook’s fatal dropped catch from Mohammed Shami meant that the English team missed a golden opportunity to take the advantage in this opening match. And this mistake was certainly made all the more memorable by the events that took place in the second test.

Although the England tour to India was always going to provide the visitors with long odds to win at test match betting sites like Coral, few would have realized how England’s batsmen would be torn apart at the second test in Visakhapatnam.

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As well as James Anderson suffering the ignominy of being the first English player to have a king pair in a test since 1906, the side also endured no less than ten batsmen being dismissed by LBW – the most ever in a test for an English side.

Although the Decision Review System undoubtedly raised many questions about some of these dismissals, few could argue with India’s performance as Virat Kohli powered the team to a massive 455 in the first innings.

Virat Kohli, England vs India test
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And special mention must also be made for Jayant Yadav who quickly became a favourite of the press as a result of his solid all-round performance.

But with plenty of cricket left to play, it’s clear that despite India’s phenomenal performance in the second test, the betting options for this gripping test match series are wide open as long as the English side work out how to survival the assault of India’s deadly spin bowlers.

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AUSTRALIA TO ENTER WORLD CUP ON TOP OF ICC RANKINGS

Australia’s entry in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be glorified as they are at the top position in the latest Reliance ICC ODI Team rankings, released on last Monday. It’s because of their remarkable 112-run tri-series Final winning over England in Perth on Sunday. With this splendid victory, the Australia National Team currently holds a six-points advantage over second-positioned India. India also featured in this series. The ICC Cricket World Champion is a point clear of South Africa. South Africa’s point in this ranking table is 113.

There are a number of ODI series are going on in recent days. The second and final game between Pakistan and New Zealand is set to be played on Tuesday. The Black Caps is currently holding a 1-0 lead following its seven-wicket victory on Saturday. This victory secured New Zealand the sixth place while a win for seventh-placed Pakistan would level the series 1-1 and reduce the gap on New Zealand to three points.

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There are total 14 teams will compete their final ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up fixtures ahead of the starting of this gigantic cricket tournament on February 14.

However, Australia’s hard hitter Glenn Maxwell has moved up 19 places to 17th position in the Reliance ICC Player Ranking for ODI Batsmen. He is the highest mover in the top 20 ranking after scoring a stunning 152 runs in five matches. Another Australian James Faulkner ( up 14 places to reach 21) is just two points behind South Africa’s Faf du Plessis in 20th place.

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Australia victory ; image credit pixshark.com

England’s Ian Bell was the highest runs scorer in the series (247 runs). He has also vaulted 13 places to 25th. One the other hand, South Africa’s skipper AB de Villiers is in top spot of this ranking table. He is 24 points clear of his team-mate Hashim Amla.

There were also some positive developments for Black Caps batsman Luke Ronchi, who made his career high at 27th. England’s James Taylor also gained up to 86 th position, by stepping 53 steps in the world rankings.

There is a remarkable change in the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers. England’s pacer Jimmy Anderson has moved up two places to fourth place after taking seven wickets in the Tri-series. He had a stunning bowling average of just under 20. Australian bowler Mitchel Starc was the top wicket-taker in that Tri-series. He grabbed 12 wickets in five matches. Starc has moved up five places to seven, while England’s highest wicket-taker Steven Finn has progressed 14 places to 12th because of his 11 wicket-haul in five matches in that Tri series. England spinner Moeen Ali has also stepped forward by 41 places to 56th after taking seven wickets in the Tri-series.

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Other significant movers in the world rankings include New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult (up 56 places to 61st) and West Indies pacer Jason Holder (up 18 places to a career high 41 place)

However, there are also some changes in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for All- rounders. Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib-Al-Hasan has regained his number one ranking as an all-rounder after moving up two places. He is 10 points clear of Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews in the second place.

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ICC World Cup 2015 | 15 Interesting Facts about ICC Cricket World Cup

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ICC World Cup 2015: 15 interesting facts about ICC Cricket World Cup

The ICC World Cup 2015 is knocking at the door with just under 2 weeks to go before this gigantic event of cricket gets under way.

Today we will share 15 interesting facts about ICC Cricket World Cup.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 1: Since 1992, The England National cricket team have not played an ICC World Cup semifinal. Since then, there have been 5 ICC Cricket World Cup and England team have not finished in the top 4 position in either one of them. All the top 8 ODI ranked cricket teams have played at least 1 semifinal in the past 5 ICC Cricket World Cup, except England. Even the underdog Kenya has played one semifinal.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 2: It is surprising that, there have been just two ICC Cricket World Cup editions with the quarterfinals format. England and South Africa are the only teams who have never crossed over the barrier of quarterfinals in ICC World Cup Cricket.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 3: Sri Lanka and India are the only teams in cricket world who have won both their ICC World Cup quarterfinals. The other for teams include Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies. They have all won one and lost one quarterfinals in ICC Cricket World Cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 4: Since 1992, the last 6 ICC Cricket World Cup have witnessed an Asian team, contesting the Final. Among those, the world cups were won by the Australians. In each of this final, they beat the Asian teams- Pakistan in 1999, India in 2003 and Sri Lanka in 2007. The other three World Cup finals were won by the Asian teams, notably Pakistan in 1992, Sri Lanka in 1996 and India in ICC World Cup 2011.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 5: Australia National team have played in 5 of last 7 ICC World Cup Finals. The only one the Australians didn’t play in besides the last one, was when the world cup was hosted by them.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 6: Pakistan’s all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene will be playing their 5 ICC world cup. Probably, it may be their final appearance.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 7: India’s national squad has only four members that were a part of their team in the victory of ICC World Cup 2011. They are MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ashwin and Suresh Raina. One the other hand the host team Australia also has 4 members (Clark, Watson, Haddin, and Johnson) that were a part of their 2007 ICC World Cup winning team.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 8: The coaches- Waqar Younis (Pakistan), Duncan Fletcher ( India), Darren Lehmann (Australia), Marvan Atapattu ( Sri Lanka), Ottis Gibson, Phil Simmons (West Indies), Chandika Huthirusinghe (Bangladesh) and Aaqib Javed (UAE)- all of them have played in at least one ICC World Cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 9: One the other hand, the coaches of South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England and Scotland- Russel Domingo, Mike Hesson, Andy Moles, Peter Moores and Grant Bradburn respectively- have NOT played in any ICC Cricket World Cup.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 10: The Zimbabwe National team’s coach, Dav Whatmore has not played in any cricket world cup. Whatmore may not play the world cup, but he was the coach of a ICC Cricket world cup winning team, Sri Lanka in 1996.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 11: Duncan Fletcher, Phil Simmons, Aaqib Javed and Chandika Huthurisinghe are coaching different cricket teams than the teams they played for in World cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 12: In this ICC World Cup 2015, there is no one who has more than 1,000 runs in world cup. The highest World Cup run scorer playing in this ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara with 991 runs, followed by another Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene with 975 runs in world cup.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 13: The highest wicket taker playing in ICC World Cup 2015 is Sri Lanka’s weapon of pace Lasith Malinga (31 wickets), followed by Shahid Afridi with 28 knocks.

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ICC Cricket World Cup fact 14: Wanna know, who is the oldest cricketer playing in this ICC World Cup 2015? It’s not 40-year-old Misbah Ul Haq. He is the UAE’s captain, the 43-year-old, Mohammad Tauqir.

ICC Cricket World Cup fact 15: Finally, here comes the saddest story. The South Africa national team have never ever won a knock out match in a world cup. They are the semifinalist of 1992, 1999 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup events and also the quarter finalist of 1996 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup events. Unfortunately, they lost all those games. 2003 ICC World cup was the only world cup, in which they did not reach even the knock out stage. The 2003 World Cup was held at their home.

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Top 10 Highest Runs Scorers in ICC World Cups

Cricket is a form of sport which is full of passion and thrill. There are some people to whom cricket is just a game of bat and ball, but for some others it’s their religion. So brass yourself to explode into the awesomeness of cricket as the most prestigious tournament of this game is approaching near this 14 February. ICC Cricket World Cup is the ultimate dream of every cricket playing nation, it is the ultimate glory that every cricket loving nation dreams of achieving. From Asia to the Caribbean and Australia to Europe, all will be awaiting eagerly to watch the charm of this tournament. This mega event of cricket was started in 1975 with a very limited resources. Only England had the audacity to organize such a great tournament.

The trend of launching such great event started and it kept on coming after four years. Until now, a total of 10 world cup cricket tournaments have taken place and it was the team, Australia who has been fortunate enough to win the title 4 times in the history of cricket.

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For every player of cricket, it’s a dream to be participated in the World Cup, either as a batsman or a bowler. Everyone wants to perform well and prove it to the world that he deserves to be a part of the world cup team.

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Today, we are specially talking about those famous batsmen who have scored heavily in this ultimate tournament of cricket. Here is the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

10. Aravinda De Silva, Sri Lanka

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He was the captain of Sri Lankan side when they won their first ever ICC World Cup in 1996. Aravinda De Silva is an extraordinary performer of cricket. He played a total of 35 matches of world cup tournament and scored 1064 runs. The average and the strike rate was respectively 36.68 and 86.57.

His match winning batting performance in the final of 1996 was remarkable indeed. Aravinda De Silva is ranked on No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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9. Herchelle Gibbs, South Africa

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Herchelle Gibbs was renowned for his attacking batting. He impressed a lot in all the matches he played in the world cup. He was an innings opener for South Africa and his way of batting impressed the whole cricket world.

Gibbs played total 25 world cup matches with 1067 runs at an excellent average of 56.15 and a dashing strike rate of 87.38. We put him at No 9 position in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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8. Stephen Flemming, New Zealand

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Stephen Flemming was the captain at the New Zealand side and he is on the 8th spot in this list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups. Flemming is famous for his great leadership skills and his outstanding technical batting style. He played 33 matches at the world cup and scored 1075 runs with the average of 35.83 and strike rate of 76.89.

Stephen Flemming is considered as the most dependable captain for New Zealand ever. Recently, New Zealand spinner Daniel Vittori has broken the record of most number of ODI matches played for the nation.

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7. Javed Miandad, Pakistan

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Javed Miandad is one of the best batsmen Pakistan has ever have in the history of cricket. He marked his name on the list of top 3 highest run setters of the game of cricket. He was an integral part of Pakistan side when they won their first ever World Cup in Melbourne in 1992 by beating England. Javed Miandad played an incredible knock in the Final that help Pakistan win the title.

Javed Miandad and Sachin Tendulkar of India are the only cricketers in history who have played most number of world cups. Miandad played 33 world cup matches and scored a total of 1083 runs at an impressive strike rate of 68 and average of 43.32. Javed Miandad is 7th in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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6. Adam Gilchrist, Australia

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Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen in the history of Australia cricket. His aggressive batting style helped Australia to snatch victory in a number of matches. His wicket keeping sill was also outstanding. Gilchrist was so flexible in the way of his batting, that he could bat at any position and explode the opponents with his devastating batting.

He played a total of 31 games and scored 1085 runs. He had an impressive strike rate of 98 and an average of 36.16. He was a part of Australian side when they won the ICC World Cup in 2003 and 2007. As a remarkable batsman, Adam Gilchrist will be certainly joining in our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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5. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

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Jacques Kallis was regarded as the backbone of South African batting line up. His elegant batting and his controlled medium paced bowling attack helped South Africa won a number of great matches at the ICC World Cup stage.

He played a total of 36 world cup matches and bagged 1148 runs with an excellent average of 74 and 74.40 strike rate. Jacques Kallis is the 5th among the top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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4. Sanath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka

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Snath Jayasuria was an opener for Sri Lanka and was considered as one of the most attacking batsmen Sri Lanka have ever produced. For a long period of time, he was the record holder of the fastest ODI fifty. Sanath Jayasuria was the pioneer of an attacking innings opener. The aggressive opening batting style forced the bowlers to change the lines early in the match.

Jayasuria played 38 matches in World Cups and scored 1165 runs at an stunning strike rate of 90.66 and an average of 34.26. It is remaining hard for Sri Lanka to find his replacement after his retirement. Sanath Jayasuria is on number 4th position on the list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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3. Brian Lara, West Indies

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Brian Charles Lara is the definition of his own with his a total class act and sheer power. Lara was the very best batsman West Indies ever have leaving behind Clive Lloyd and Sir Vivian Richards.

Brian Lara scored a total 1225 runs in his 34 world cup matches at an incredible average of 42.24. Brian Lara of West Indies is the 3rd highest runs scorer in our list.

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2. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Ricky Ponting, nicknamed “punter” was one of the great Australian captains. With his broadened helping hands, Australia had secured 2 world cup titles, respectively, in 2003 and 2007.

Ponting played a total of 43 matches in ICC World Cup and bagged 1743 runs at an average of 45.86 and a strike rate of 80. Ricky Ponting is the second highest runs getter in the list of Top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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1. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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After Sir Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as the greatest batsman in the history of world cricket. He is the most classical and consistent batsman the modern cricket world had ever seen. Sachin was an important part of Indian team when they claim their second world cup title in 2011. He wrote his name as the highest runs scorer in all the cricket world cups that have taken place yet. He also played the highest number of world cups throughout his career.

In his 45 world cups matches, Sachin had scored a stunning 2278 runs at an average of 57 and a strike rate of amazing 89. Undoubtedly, he is the best cricketer the world has ever witnessed. Sachin Tendulkar is the No 1 at our list of top 10 highest runs scorers in ICC World Cups.

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ICC Cricket World Cup|Pressure is South Africa’s Toughest Opponent

South Africa has always furnished such teams which are capable enough to win the ICC Cricket World Cup. But, because of the extreme pressures and forces above and sometimes their own doing, they have faltered at crucial junctions in the World Cups. The current South African squad led by the ever-talented AB de Villiers, however, will look to shed the tag of ‘nearly men’ and ‘chokers’ and give South Africa their first major trophy.

South Africa’s ICC World Cup campaign has been a heart-breakers’ tale. They first participated in 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup. Right from their first step, the rain Gods conspired against them that time and in 2011 World Cup when they were the odds-on favorites to beat New Zealand team in the quarterfinals but, their batting line up collapsed as they all failed to cope with pressure.

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The saddest history: South Africa vs Australia, semi-final, 1999:

Who can forget the breath taking semifinal match between Australia and South Africa in 1999 ICC World Cup??? It was a small situation of a tied semi-final with Australia, who advanced to final because of a group-stage win.

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South Africa were desperate to win that semi-final against Australia, needing just one run to win off four balls with a wicket in hand. But a major mix-up between Lance Klusener and the tail ender Allan Donald gave the Australians the thoroughfare. In the coming World cup, more than beating their opponents, South African team will have to push back the pressure and battle the demons within. They have been weighed down by the pressure too many times.

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The prospects of Proteas

The scars of the past still exist, led by AB de Villiers, the most spectacular cricketer in recent times, it would not be hard to overcome the pressure situations. The Proteas will feel right at home in the soil of Australia and New Zealand. South Africa with a Classy batting line-up backed by dominating pace attacks, they can threat any teams in ICC World Cup 2015.

The bowling attack:

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South Africa are at the same group with the defending Champions India. It may seem that, they will have a little problem getting past the group stage. But the bowling attacks with Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, will surely cause more than a few problems for India’s mighty batting line-ups.

The batting line:

South Africa’s batting will be led by AB de Villiers. Yes, he is that AB who smashed the fastest century in the ODI history, off just 31 balls against West Indies, who frequently hover around the World No 1 in ODI ranking for last five years. However, his pressure of captaincy has not dimmed his outstanding form either.

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And then comes Hashim Amla, another great batsman South Africa has ever produced. The solid batting skills of Amla at the top of the line, juxtaposed with the ruthlessness of JP Duminy and David Miller at middle order, leaves South Africa with a right mix of sanity and aggression.

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Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

India celebrated their world cup victory on their home soil in 2011 ICC World Cup. Indian team was much more interested in lifting the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar than holding the world cup trophy. The reason was very simple behind this. It’s because they all knew that Sachin will not be with their team in the next ICC World Cup. The purpose of this article is to enlist cricketers who appeared in the 2011 ICC World Cup but will not played in 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There are several players in this list like Andrew Strauss, Virendar Sehwag, Matt Prior, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Abdul Razzaq, Doug Bollinger, Graeme Swann and along with many others.

The last man of the series Youvraj Singh will not be seen hitting long sixes this time in the cricket world cup. The long list of players who will be missed in this world cup has been cut down to 15 players. These 15 can make world’s best squad for any cricket tournament.

Top 15 Players from 2011 who will be missed in 2015 Cricket World Cup

1. Ricky Ponting, Australia

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Australian captain Ricky Ponting has led his team in 2003 and 2007 ICC World Cup to win the glorious title. In 5 ICC World cups, Ponting has played a total 46 matches. He earned Man of the match title 3 times in his world cup career.

Ricky Ponting was one of the few who got to hold the world cup title 3 times. Undoubtedly, Ponting “the punter” is a part of the all-time great batsmen list.

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2. Sachin Tendulkar, India

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Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of cricket, the master batsman, the cricket GOD was holding world cup trophy in his homeland in front of 42,000 people and millions of cricket fans watching him on the screen. Everything about the great Sachin will be missed in this 2015 ICC World Cup.

Sachin has an incredible World Cup records with 6 centuries and 15 fifties in his 45 matches. Sachin bagged man of the match 8 times and in 2003 ICC World Cup, he was the man of the series in that tournament.

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3. Graeme Smith, South Africa

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Graeme Smith was part of the South African squad from 2003-2011. He played his role as a responsible captain of world’s best team in 2007 and 2011 World Cup cricket and sat the basement for scariest team for any opponent we see today in cricket.

Graeme Smith’s South Africa lost in quarter final to New Zealand in the last world cup and many more consider that as an upset.

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4. Jacques Kallis, South Africa

Jacques Kallis is undoubtedly one of the high profile cricketers of all-time. Kepler Wessels once said about Kallis, “His all-round skills are world class and he is indeed a key member of the South African side.” He represented his team in ICC main event for 36 times which is more than any other fellow player.

In 1999 World Cup he scored a dashing 96 runs against India. The innings was considered as one of his all-time best performances.

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5. Michael Hussey, Australia

Mike Hussey is a versatile batsman and one of the best finisher in the world cricket. He is a nightmare for any bowler. His marvelous innings in World T20 2010 semifinal crashed Pakistani team into pieces.

Hussey has 42 fifties in his 157 ODI innings. He will be surely missed in this ICC World Cup 2015.

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6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies

It may be controversial to pick up Chanderpaul in World Cup squad. Even the list contains some legends, we still need him to give everybody break from cheering and clapping. He is a kind of player who possesses with great temperament. His long international career of more than 20 years in cricket, he has an enlightened career.

He was an integral part of his side in every world cup from 1996 to 2011. Chanderpaul was at his best in 1999 ICC World Cup with his incredible average of 67.

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7. Paul Collingwood, England

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Paul Collingwood is an English all-round cricketer. Last time in the world cup, he was not even near to his best, but yet he is one of the most prestigious players in cricket. From 2003-2011, he played total 18 matches in the world cup and scored 474 runs and bagged 8 wickets.

Paul Collingwood will be certainly missed in this world cup, but he may appear as a part of coaching stuff of Scotland team.

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8. Brett Lee, Australia

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Brett Lee, the Aussie speed-star has broken many wickets in his career. In 2003 ICC World Cup, in a match against New Zealand, he took 5 wickets. Brett Lee brought best in the mega tournaments with his average 17.97.

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9. Shoaib Akhter, Pakistan

Shoaib Akhter, “the Rawalpindi Express“, was scarier than any other fast bowler in cricketing world. He holds the record for the fastest ball in cricket history. Shoaib Akhter has wrecked many great batsmen with his devastating yorkers.

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10. Zaheer Khan, India

Zaheer Khan is the highest wicket taker in 2011 world cup. He picked a total 21 wickets at an average of 18.75. Pakistani spinner Shahid Afridi also took same wickets at 12.85 average. He was a valuable weapon for the Indian pace attack. Team India will surely miss him in this world cup campaign.

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11. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka

Muralitharan took 68 wickets in his 40 world cup matches. It is only Glenn McGrath who is ahead of him with 71 wickets in the world cup. He is an important part of Sri Lankan team when they won 1996 World Cup.

The world’s leading wicket taker, Muttiah Muralitharan could not be better described than former captain Marvan Atapattu‘s statement, “A Champion”.

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12. Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan

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Saeed Ajmal is one of the great spinners not only in Pakistan but to the whole cricket world. Pakistan team was so dependable to him that they trusted him more than rest of the teams’ accumulative performance. In his 111 ODI, he picked a stunning 185 wickets in just 6 years of his career.

Ajmal has been no one in ODI ranking for a significant period of time. He was expected to play in this ICC World Cup 2015, but ruled out due to ICC ban.

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13. Scott Styris, New Zealand

Scott Styris is a real star for the Black Caps. He played 26 world cup matches from 2003-2011. With an incredible batting average of 53.47, he is one of the most experienced all-rounder for New Zealand. He was awarded man of the match for his outstanding performance against England in 2007 World Cup.

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14. Virender Sehwag, India

Virender Sehwag is one of the most talented batsmen with 8273 runs. He is renowned as a hard hitter to the ball, and to the opponent bowlers he always appeared as nightmare. His strike rate was 104.33. It was the highest by any batsman scoring 8000+ runs.

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15. Matt Prior, England

Matt Prior, due to his fall out of form would not be in the English squad. Matt Prior played 7 world cup matches and he made 3 stampings and 7 catches.

In this short list, many other cricketers have missed out. But, you viewers are always welcomed to give your valuable comment regarding the article.

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Sachin Tendulkar backs Virat Kohli to star at the World Cup

India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has backed defending champions India to be one of the semifinalists in the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. The 41-year-old master blaster Sachin also named Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as the other three teams who will progress through into the final four teams.

Sachin told in a private tv channel,

“The top four teams that I would put them in the semifinals in 2015 World Cup would be Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India”.

Meanwhile Sachin Tendulkar also commented on star batsman Virat Kohli. He said that the 26 year-old is quick to grasp in adverse conditions and adjusts his game accordingly quite well, backing the Delhi batsman to shine during this mega-event.

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Sachin said about Virat,

“I think he is brilliant. He has the ability to analyze the situation very well. He also analyzes the pitch, the surface, the overall condition that he is going to bat on. Virat picks that very quickly, and then he is sure about when he is going to collects runs and how he’s going to collect runs”.

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Pakistan’s bowling lacks consistency: Sachin Tendulkar

Furthermore, Sachin Tendullar said that skipper MS Dhoni will be the key batsman in the Indian line-up at 2015 ICC World Cup. Sachin also mentioned that Dhoni’s ability to remain calm in pressure situations will come in handy in this mega-event of cricket. He also added that the Indian team can’t depend upon a single individual to deliver rather they have to perform as a team. Everyone’s contribution is necessary in this regard.

The 2011 world cup winner said,

“I think MS Dhoni is the guy. It’s because he has the experience of competing at this level of cricket for close to 10 years and he is composed and calm. You know, even on the biggest of the stages he is calm and composed and that is what you surely expect from a leader.”

Sachin also mentioned about his former teammate that Dhoni has a certain quality as a captain of the Indian side, but it is also equally important for a captain to be in a good form too. Sachin seeked support for the entire Indian team.

When someone asked him about India’s opening encounter against Pakistan, he said that while Pakistan’s bowling line-up does possess a great threat, they lack the consistency to deliver on a regular basis.

He said,

“I remember when we played in 2003 against Pakistan at South Africa, the bowling attack has Shoaib Akhter, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Abdul Razzak, Shahid Afridi, and leading attack in the world I would say. But, with time the team also has changed a lot. “

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Mentioning the changes he added,

“The Pakistan team don’t have an attack of that caliber, but that does not mean newer lot cannot deliver. They still have the ability to deliver, but you all know they lack that substance. I think Mohammad Irfan is one bowler who can consistently bowl well in New Zealand and Australia’s condition. Wahab Riaz can bowl, but I feel they might lack consistency.”

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New Zealand could win maiden World Cup title: Sachin Tendulkar

The little master batsman, Sachin further said that this could be New Zealand’s best chance to cross all the barrier and win their maiden ICC World Cup title. He also praised on Australian batsman Steve Smith, calling his energy infectious. Sachin also added that he could well be one of the standout players at 2015 ICC World Cup.

About the New Zealand side sachin said,

“New Zealand is a very close to them. I think New Zealand is another underrated team but are strong side with their decent bowling attack and all of them can bat”

Sachin focused on Aussie skipper Steve Smith that four months ago nobody would said Smith is going to perform well in all sectors of cricket, the Tests, the ODI and the T20s. To Sachin, Steve Smith was always a dangerous player. In Test cricket, Steve has shown tremendous and leadership qualities. All these qualities make him one of the strong contenders to be the top players of the World Cup events.

Sachin concluded,

” Steve Smith is an energetic player, he is vibrant and his energy is infectious. The way he led the team in the Test series also played well in the ODIs, this is something that one needs to take notice of”.

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2015 World Cup: Defending champions India down but not out

Indian National team is the defending champions by the last cricket world cup. They appear as one of the favorites in 2015 World cup in Australia and New Zealand. But India recently had a very poor tour of Australia which has shaken the belief of many that the No 2 side in ODI ranking will be able to retain cricket’s most prestigious title.

The obstacles :

The Indian team has been down under since November 2014. They failed to win even a single match- whether in one day internationals or in Test matches. Finally, they tasted victory in a World Cup warm-up against Afghanistan on 10th February, after more than two-and-a-half months.

In the Tri series involving England and Australia, the defending champion India failed to win a single match. Moreover, on February 8, a 106-run drubbing at Australia’s hand in a warm-up has certainly dented India’s chances at the quadrennial event of cricket.

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The light of Hope:

However, there are some counter arguments too. Since MS Dhoni’s side has been in the southern hemisphere for so long, the time spent here has certainly helped team India to acclimatise to the adverse conditions.

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Another remarkable thing is that India will not be playing world No 1 Australia in every match like they did during the Tri series. World Cup is a mega-tournament where the most important thing is building momentum in the league phase and qualifying for the knockout stages, as it is a different ball game altogether from the quarter-finals onwards.

Also, several critics have regularly said that come what may, in today’s date, India are a top ODI team.

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Team India in 2015 ICC World Cup:

In 2015 ICC World Cup, India have been placed in Group B where other teams are West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ireland, UAE and traditional rivals Pakistan, against whom they will play at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan have a better ODI records against India, but in a World Cup contest, they have never been able to break the jinx of defeating India-the last of which came in a semi-final at Mohali four years ago.

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The bowling attack:

India’s bowling attack is in more than a spot of bother. The pace spearhead Ishant Sharma is out of the tournament with an injury. This put a big question mark over the fitness of another pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It clearly seems that the fast bowling line is not looking good for India.

Under this circumstances, Mohammad Shami could prove to be the key fast bowler for India, considering the medium pacer Stuart Binny and inexperienced Mohit Sharma.

In the spin bowling section, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are proven themselves as match-winners several times, but how much the conditions in Australia and New Zealand will suit the spinners is yet an another question.

In this World Cup the two main concerns for Captain Dhoni will be the ability to take 10 wickets and a kind of death bowling. Lately, India have struggled in both the area and the condition in the world cup where every batsman will look to give his best performance will certainly not help them. If India want to retain the World Cup title, their traditional strength-batting-has to click in time.

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The batting line-up, the only hope for India:

India boasts one of the strongest batting line-ups which possess four Indian batsmen, Virat Kohli (No.3), Shikhar Dhawan (No.7), MS Dhoni (No.9) and the blaster batsman Rohit Sharma (No. 13) in ICC top 20 ODI batsmen ranking. The Indian team has also a reliable middle order with Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane. Ashwin, Binny and Jadeja are more capable as batsmen down the batting order.

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In spite of all the disadvantages, the fact is that India will always be the favorite one as the defending champions of cricket world cup.

For example, when India had a poor run before 2013 Champions Trophy in England, they came out on top in a comprehensive manner with MS Dhoni becoming the first captain to win all the major ICC tournaments and Jadeja and Dhawan emerging as the highest wicket-taker and highest run-scorer respectively.

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Team India: MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Stuart Binny, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015: 10 most important stats of the day

India once again came out on top in the high voltage clash to defeat Pakistan in their world cup opening match at Adelaide Oval, Australia. India have claimed their bragging rights in one of the greatest cricket rivalries. Today, it may have been the second day of a six week mega-tournament but make no mistake, India’s defeat of Pakistan in Pool B of 2015 ICC World Cup on Sunday mattered a lot.

An estimated total 988 million people all over the world saw the semifinal in the 2011 ICC World Cup between India and Pakistan is probably the most watched sports event of all time.

In Adelaide Oval, in front of 42,000 spectators, a patient century from Virat Kohli (107 from 126 balls) helped India to gather 300-7 from its 50 overs, the total Pakistan never came close to beating.

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India vs Pakistan, 2015 :

Here is a list of top 10 most notable stats from Today’s India-Pakistan match at Adelaide Oval.

1. Virat Kohli has become the first ever Indian batsman to score a century in a ICC World Cup match against Pakistan team. Kohli went past Sachin’s 98 in the 2003 ICC World Cup group stage match at Centurion, South Africa. Sachin marked his name as the highest run-scorer in the World Cup fixtures between both the teams. Former Pakistani opening batsman Saeed Anwar is the only other batsman to have scored a hundred in a World Cup India-Pakistan match. He scored 101 off 126 balls in 2003 ICC World Cup.

2. Indian off-spinner bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 3 maiden overs in this match. It was in 1979, when an Indian spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan bowled 3 maidens in a World Cup match lastly. His bowling figure was 12-3-30-0 and it was a match against West Indies in Birmingham, England.

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3. India have played against Pakistan total 6 times in the ICC World Cup history- 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015. India have emerged victorious on all these 6 occasions in the World Cup. Except 2003 World Cup, in all other 5 editions India batted first. It was only then, when Pakistan won the toss, opted to bat first and lost the game.

4. Again it is Virat Kohli who played his 151st ODI match today and is now the fastest to reach 22 ODI centuries. He put behind Sachin Tendulkar, who achieved the mark in 213 ODIs-by miles. Kohli is now the joint fourth in the leading centurions in ODI’s list, with Sourav Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya occupy the first three places with 49, 30 and 28 centuries respectively.

5. Pakistan pacer Sohail Khan picked 5 wickets for 55 today. He is the first ever Pakistani bowler to take 5 wickets in his debut world cup match.

6. Indian captain MS Dhoni has reached 14000 runs in international cricket today. Dhoni made himself the third wicket-keeper behind Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (17338 runs) and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist (15,252 runs) to have crossed the landmark.

7. Head-to-Head: Pakistan are well ahead of India with 72 wins, while India are on 51 including their win today.

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8. It is the third time Pakistan have conceded 300+ in a ICC World Cup match. In 2003 world cup, Australia took Pakistan for a ride scoring 310/8 at Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by a Ross Taylor-inspired 302/7 at Pallekele in 2011 World cup.

9. India have played 10 World Cup matches altogether against Pakistan, including T20s. Surprisingly, they have won all of them. The score card will show 10-0 now. Quite a marvelous record for India indeed.

10. Paki all-rounder Shahid Afridi has played 5 cricket World Cups so far. He doesn’t have a single half-century in any of them. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has scored a remarkable century both in 2011 World Cup and today in 2015 World Cup.

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ICC World Cup 2015: Ireland shock West Indies, ease to 4-wicket win

It was a bright sunny day at Saxton Oval and fearless Ireland on this day that will be remembered for years to come in the faraway pubs and Belfast. Batting with panache, bowling with purpose and fielding with precision, the Irish chased down 305 runs against West Indies to infuse the first round in 2015 ICC World Cup with life on February 16.

It has been years now, the Irish had punched above their weight, pulling off amazing upsets more than once, but today it hardly sounds an upset. From the very beginning of the first delivery of the game, till the moment when the winning runs were scored, there wasn’t a single Irish cricketer with any self doubt. The manner in which Ireland set the pace against West Indies, showed just how good they really were. West Indies is a kind of team that could so easily have bossed them over on another day.

Today in this match there was no fluke. The conditions were not stacked especially in Ireland’s favor. On the other hand, West Indies did not take their opponents lightly.

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Ireland team put the West Indian bowlers to the edge of sword and eased to a four-wicket win. Today, they have caused the first major upset in 2015 ICC World Cup at Saxton Oval.

Brief scores of the match:

West Indies: 304/7 in 50 overs.

Lendl Simmons: 102

Darren Sammy: 89

George Dockrell 3-50, John Mooney 1-59

Ireland: 307/6 in 45.5 overs

Paul Stiring: 92

Ed Joyce: 84

Jerome Taylor 3-71, Chris Gayle 1-41.

The Irish scored 307 for six in 45.5 overs in chasing down 305 runs for victory. It is their fifth World Cup victory. Previously, they have defeated Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and the Netherlands in ICC World Cups. Irish opener Paul Stirling led the charge by scoring 92 off 84 balls and was supported brilliantly by Ed Joyce (84 runs) and Niall O’Brien (79 not out) in the to victory.

The pair added valuable 106 runs for the second wicket followed by an initial 71-run partnership between the Irish captain William Porterfield (23 runs) and Paul Stirling. O’Brien and Joyce added another 96 runs for the third wicket as the Ireland marched towards the massive target.

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When Ireland gathered 273 runs for just 3 wickets in the 40th over, it seemed that they would finish it off quite quickly. However, then it happened as they loose three for just six runs. Responsible batsman Niall O’Brien then kept his cool and steered Ireland team to an unforgettable victory with 25 ball remaining.

Earlier, in West Indies innings, a 154-runs stand between Lendl Simmons (102 runs) and former captain Darren Sammy (89 runs) powered them to a massive total of 304. The West Indies team found themselves in heaps of trouble after being put into bat against Ireland.

At once the scorecard told us 87 for five. But, with a 154 runs partnership for the sixth wicket between Sammy and Simmons, West Indies managed to rally back to finish with a sizeable total of 304. Darren Sammy fell just 11 short of what would have been his maiden one day international century, but Simmons managed to press on to get the mark of scoring hundred.

Irish spinner George Dockrell picked up three wickets for the cost of 50 runs. Earlier, explosive opener Chris Gayle (36 runs) got off to an unlikely slow start. Batsman Dwayne Smith took it as a pressure and got out at 18. Smith fell in the eighth over trying to up the ante.

Darren Bravo (0 runs), one of the key to West Indian batting line, got himself run out withoit facing a ball as West Indies slipped to 31 for two. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels (21 runs) put on a 47-run stay for the third wicket. But then, Gayle was caught in the outfield when he tried to hit Dockrell out of the ground. After two balls when Marlon Samuels fell, that sparked a mini collapse for West Indies team. The catastrophe came when Dinesh Ramdin (1run) got out after nine more runs.

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Sammy and Simmons got together and blitzed the Ireland team bowling to all parts of the ground. Simmons hit nine fours and five sixes while Sammy plundered nine fours and four sixes. Eventually, Andre Russel smashed 27 runs off just 13 balls to take West Indies past the 300-mark.