Virender Sehwag’s Record Breaking 219 [Infographic]

Virender Sehwag has always had a game suited for ODI Cricket more than Test but for some inexplicable reason he seems to play big innings in Test matches more so than ODIs.

Yesterday, Sehwag decided to do some catching up and not only with a fantastic hundred but a double hundred. He broke Tendulkar’s 200* which was the world record before.

Here is a infographic I made about Sehwag’s journey to the world record-breaking 219 runs.

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Hopefully Sehwag takes this murderous form to Australia where India will play a test series starting 25th December 2011.

What could be India’s squad in 2011 ICC World Cup?

This year we had a tough cricket; even Indian team had hard luck in the ICC T20. There is nothing to be blamed with neither the selectors nor the commission. The Tri series leaves nothing to be described about our team young legs. The ICC WC 2011 is around the corner, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh going to host it. At this point of view, Indian team should concentrate on their game i.e. bowling, fielding & should consider few players to play their natural game.

Hopefully the lord of the venue, Sachin Tendulkar will be playing. The opening pair will be very strong such that Sachin & Shewag will start the innings. Even the top order batsman will be filled out with Gambir, Raina & Yuvraj.

The middle order will be taken care by our captain Dhoni. The lower middle order is the biggest question, no real guesses at all. The top lower order batsman will be Harbahjan. When it comes to seamer’s, Zaheer will be in the playing eleven. These eight players will be confirmed; only in case of any injuries there might be few changes.

The areas to be focused by our team will be specially bowling & fielding. There are really big hitters in the squad, so no problem with that. When it comes to bowling, the economy of Indian team bowler is almost above Five & half. If this continues then the runs we concede in one match by our bowlers will be surely above 280+. The target becomes tough, in case of early wickets of our batsman. We lost the game. Next is fielding, there was few many misfield by our young legs in the Tri-series. This should be avoided in the ICC WC.

Thus Players should be focused in fielding. When it comes to the playing 11, I left 3 players, in that one will surely be an all rounder, then the other two will be a seamer.

Which players can be filled in that gap??

My guess will be, Praveen Kumar, though he can swing the ball in both directions & other possibility will be either Sreesanth or R.P. Singh. The all rounder will be Yusuf. I personally feel that, playing eleven with 3 regular seamers will be a correct choice.

What are your views and thoughts on India’s chances and tactics for World Cup in 2011? Drop in your comments

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Preview: India in West Indies – ODI Match 1

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Match Details

India in West Indies 2009| ODI #1

Date: 26 Jun, 2009

Time: 08:00 PM IST

TV Coverage: On Ten Sports in India

Venue: Kingston, Jamaica

Playing Conditions

Weather: High: 33°C, Low: 25°C, Partly Cloudy, Rainfall expected, Humidity: 52%

Teams Form

In chronological order from left to right

India: WNWWL

India has won their last 5 bi-lateral series. They would like to continue their good form in ODI this season. In the last series, India defeated New Zealand by 3-1 in their home.

West Indies: LLNLL

West Indies have played their last 5 ODIs against England and could not win any. They are counting on their recent form in T20WC and promise to present a tough competition to Indian team in their home.

Team News

India

Indian team needs to forget their bad performance in WCT20 and start the series afresh. Some of the big names like Sachin, Sehwag and Zaheer are missing from the squad. Jadeja, Badrinath, Vijay and Nehra should monetize this opportunity by performing up to the expectations.

It would be interesting to see who opens with Gambhir. Will it be Rohit again or will any one from Dinesh and Vijay will get a chance?

Possible Eleven

Seems like only one from Vijay, Dinesh or Badrinath will be selected for the playing eleven. Dinesh or Vijay could be a good choice for the opening slot and Rohit may come back to the middle order.

India

  1. Gautam Gambhir
  2. Vijay / Dinesh / Badrinath
  3. Rohit Sharma
  4. MS Dhoni (capt./wk)
  5. Yuvraj Singh
  6. Yusuf Pathan
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. Harbhajan Singh
  9. Ishant Sharma
  10. RP Singh
  11. Ashish Nehra / Praveen Kumar

IPL to be held twice in a year?

In an interview to Daily Telegraph, the IPL commissioner – Lalit Modi has dropped a hint that the IPL could be held twice a year.

In Modi’s own words:

“The IPL will be based in India, but the second season (of a year) that we are planning gives us the chance to see if a market exists and we are seriously looking at what we can do with it”

The response that IPL-2 got from cricket fans in South Africa has definitely encouraged Modi to think bigger now and he is looking at various possible opportunities.

imageNow the big question that arises is whether or not there is any scope for another IPL within the same year? We already have the World Cup T20 happening every alternate year, annual Champions League starting this year, other ODI series and Test matches that happen all the year around… wow, isn’t  that a lot of cricket?

Do you think it could end up being too much of T20 to handle? How will it impact the audience of test matches and ODIs, I wonder…?