Mar 13, 2009

India determined to whitewash Kiwis: Kirsten

PTI, March 13,2009

Joseph Hoover


Auckland, Mar 13 (PTI) The Indian team is in a dilemma on whether to field a full-strength team in their bid for a 4-0 sweep or give the reserve players a chance in the fifth and final cricket one-dayer against New Zealand here tomorrow.


India coach Gary Kirsten said there is a temptation to rest key players from the match but the team was also eager to continue with the winning momentum going into the Test series starting April 18.


India has a 3-0 lead in the series, the second match of which was washed out in Wellington.


"We would be tempted to rest some players, but we also want to make sure we keep the momentum going. It is important on a tour to set yourself up to win games of cricket on a consistent level, and momentum is very important on a tour".


"So we haven't made a decision. We have spoken about a little bit," said Kirsten, addressing the media in the absence of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had set out for deep-sea fishing.


Asked whether Sachin Tendulkar, whose abdomen injury kept him out of the fourth one-dayer in Hamilton, could return to action in tomorrow's match, Kirsten said, "We are not sure yet. We will have to wait and see." PTI


Top 10 ODI Performance in cricketr world

10 - Saeed Anwar (Pak) 194 v Ind at Chennai in 1997

Still the World record score in One Day Internationals more than a decade later, and achieved against their deadliest rivals, the next-highest score in the innings was just 39. It could have been even higher too - Pakistan added another thirty runs after he was dismissed in the 47th over.

9 - Brian Lara (WI) 139 v Aus at Port-of-Spain in 1995

Another masterclass from Brian Lara as he scored his first century for the West Indies in his native Trinidad. His innings came from just 125 deliveries against an Australian attack which featured McGrath, Fleming, Reiffel and Warne, before the visitors fell away to be dismissed for just 149.

8 - Allan Border (Aus) 127* v WI at Sydney in 1985

He may have scored only three ODI hundreds, but this one was described by opposing captain Clive Lloyd as the best One-day innings he had seen. Rescuing his side from 64 for four against the might of Garner, Holding, Marshall and Davis, he helped lift them to a 26-run triumph.

7 - MS Dhoni (Ind) 183* v SL at Jaipur in 2005

After Kumar Sangakkara had set the tone with an unbeaten 138 to set the home team nearly 300 to win, the Indian wicket-keeper played a career-defining innings - the highest ever by a ODI wicket-keeper - from just 145 deliveries before sealing the victory with his tenth six.

6 - Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 151* v Ind at Mumbai in 1997

India’s batsmen had found it heavy going as they managed to score just 225 in their fifty overs. Most of the Sri Lankans struggled in a similar manner; however Jayasuriya seemed to be playing a different game to everyone else. He slammed his runs from just 121 balls to win the match with nine overs to spare.

5 - Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 189 v Ind at Sharjah in 2000

The Sri Lankan dynamo was at it again three years later as his national-record innings led his side to an imposing 299 for five in the Coca Cola Champions Trophy Final. Only Russel Arnold of his team-mates managed to score more than fifteen. A shell-shocked Indian side was humbled for just 54 in response.

4 - Kapil Dev (Ind) 175* v Zim at Tunbridge Wells in 1983

Another match to have entered cricketing folklore, With qualification for the semi-finals in some doubt, India slumped to 17 for five before Kapil began his assault, slamming sixteen fours and six sixes from just 138 deliveries. Not content with that, he followed up with an economical spell to lead India to a narrow victory.

3 - Desmond Haynes (WI) 145* v NZ at Berbice in 1985

The opener’s seventh ODI century was made against a strong bowling attack featuring Richard Hadlee and Ewen Chatfield - second and fifth in the bowling charts at the time. Eight Kiwis were dismissed bowled as they were all out for just 129, less than Haynes managed by himself.

2 - David Gower (Eng) 158 v NZ at Brisbane in 1983

The first Englishman on the list, and it is often forgotten what a successful batsman the languid left-hander was in the shorter format of the game. He entered in the ninth over and faced just 118 balls to lift England to a 54 run victory over a Kiwi side featuring five of the world's top twenty bowlers at the time.

1 - Viv Richards (WI) 189* v Eng at Manchester in 1984

So - twenty-five years on and still no-one has bettered Viv’s monumental effort. It could have been so different as he was on 96 with his team struggling at 166 for nine when last man Michael Holding strode to the crease. What followed is now history as the last wicket pair added 106 in fourteen overs and England were beaten easily.

Tendulkar in the same league with Bradman: John Wright

PTI, March 12,2009


Hamilton, Mar 12 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar is in the same league with Don Bradman and the batting maestro has it in him to become the first cricketer to hit 100 international centuries, former India coach John Wright said today.


Wright said he expects Tendulkar to continue at least till the 2011 World Cup and retire only when he desires.


"I always felt he is in the same line as Bradman and he has the potential to possibly get a 100 international hundreds combining Tests and One dayers," said Wright, who had a successful five-year stint with the Indian team.


"To do something like that would be truly Bradmanesque," the former New Zealand captain told NDTV.


Incidentally, Bradman himself found some similarity between his own and Tendulkar's batting.


Tendulkar will turn 36 on April 24 but Wright said going by form -- the Mumbaikar hit a sublime 163 off 133 balls before retiring hurt in the third India-New Zealand ODI at Christchurch -- he expects the Indian to continue tormenting the bowlers. PTI


Wright reckons India coach Kirsten better than him

PTI, March 12,2009


Hamilton, Mar 12 (PTI) Former India coach John Wright reckons incumbent Gary Kirsten is better than him as a motivator and says Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men have what it takes to become the top team in both Tests and one-dayers.


Former South Africa opening batsman Kirsten joined the Indian team as coach last year, replacing the controversial Greg Chappell, and steered the side to Test series wins over Australia and England apart from a number of series triumphs in one-dayers.


"Oh he's (Kirsten) probably better, well I know he did score more runs than me. He is very thoughtful and very passionate and I think he understands the importance and the privilege of coaching India," said Wright, who was India's coach from 2000 to 2005.


"And you have to understand how things work. You bring some ideas from outside India but there is also an understanding of how things are best handled and getting to know your players and keeping them contented and happy and confident and being able to correct them when they need to," Wright told reporters.


Wright, currently a New Zealand selector, also felt the support staff that works with Kirsten has given the team a professional approach. PTI