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India Cricket News July-Aug 2009
India #3, as Australia drop to fourth in Test rankings
August 24, 2009Australia were knocked off the top of the ICC test rankings for the first time since 2003 after losing the Ashes series to England on Sunday, enabling South Africa to take over the number one spot.
Sri Lanka are second, with India third, while England are just behind Australia in fifth.
Gambhir regains #1 Test spot
August 24, 2009Gautam Gambhir on Monday became the number one Test batsman again after Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke slipped down the rankings ladder because of their none-too-impressive form in the recent matches.
Gambhir, who was ranked third before the chart was updated, moved up two rungs after Sangakkara, who was leading the chart, failed to fire in the first Test against New Zealand at Galle. He became the top ranked batsman in July this year.The bowling list is still headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn with Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka second and Australia's Mitchell Johnson hanging on to third.
Harbhajan Singh (5th) and Zaheer Khan (8th) are the two Indian bowlers in the top 10 chart.
Sehwag meets Jaitley; Delhi players' mutiny likely to be over
August 23, 2009News channel CNN-IBN quoted its sources as saying Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Jaitley has assured Virender Sehwag that all issues will be sorted apart from an assurance that selection will be fair and performance-based. With this development, it is likely that the mutiny by Sehwag and other senior Delhi players will come to an end.Last week, Sehwag had claimed that some selectors group together to force a player of their choice into the side, leaving the captain and selection committee chairman powerless. He had also alleged manipulation in the selection of Delhi under-16 and under-19 teams. His allegations were backed by his domestic and national team mates Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Ashish Nehra and also by other Delhi cricketers.
Ganguly to head CAB’s cricket development panel
August 22, 2009Former Indian captain Saurav Ganguly was nominated as the chairman of Cricket Association of Bengal's cricket development committee. Making the announcement after a working committee meeting, which Ganguly attended for the first time, CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said the panel will draw up a master plan for developing and improving the game in the state.Former Indian team players Ashok Malhotra, Pranab Roy and Arun Lal are the other members of the committee, which will also review reports of the selectors at both the junior and senior levels.
Rahul Dravid back in ODI squad
August 16, 2009Indian cricket selectors on Sunday recalled Rahul Dravid, whose last one-day international appearance came in October 2007, to the 15 member ODI squad for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka (Sept 8-14) and the Champions Trophy in South Africa (Sept 22-Oct 5). Rohit Sharma was dropped after he scored just 15 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies last month and also could not impress in the Twenty20 World Cup in England.
Sachin Tendulkar also returned to the squad after opting out of the series against the West Indies but Virender Sehwag misses out because he is not fully recovered from a shoulder injury. Ishant Sharma will lead India's pace attack along with Rudra Pratap Singh, Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar. Indian Team for Tri-Series and Champions Trophy: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma
Zaheer ruled out, while Sehwag eyes Champions Trophy return
August 8, 2009Zaheer Khan, who injured his bowling-arm shoulder while fielding in the second edition of the Indian Premier League in May, will miss the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. A top ranking BCCI official confirmed that the bowler underwent shoulder surgery in South Africa in July and said that he is expected to return to international cricket by the end of this year.Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag who is undergoing rehabilitation after a shoulder injury, has targeted next month's Champions Trophy for a return. Sehwag missed the World Twenty20 in June due to the injury, sustained during the semi-final of the IPL. He was operated on June 11, and was expected to be ruled out for 12 to 16 weeks.India have had a great run in one-dayers over the past year, winning five bilateral series in a row. They have a tri-series in Sri Lanka which also involves New Zealand in September, the ICC Champions Trophy from September 22 and a seven-match one-day series against Australia from October 25. They are then scheduled to host Sri Lanka for a full series starting in November.
Gambhir now #1 in Tests
July 15, 2009Gautam Gambhir has become the first Indian batsman in over four years to head the batting rankings, replacing Pakistan’s Mohammed Yousuf in the latest Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen issued on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old left-handed opener became the sixth Indian batsman to lead the batting table.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is currently the #1 in the one-day International batting chart, followed by vice-captain Yuvraj Singh. Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings - Test Batsmen
1. Gautam Gambhir; 2. Y. Khan; 3. K. Sangakkara; 4. S. Chanderpaul; 5. Md Yousuf; 6. R. Ponting; 7. M. Jayawardena; 8. M. Clarke; 9. G. Smith; 10. K. Pietersen Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings - Test Bowlers
1. D. Steyn; 2. M. Muralidharan; 3. M. Johnson; 4. S. Clark; 5. M. Ntini; 6. Harbhajan Singh; 7. J. Anderson; 8. P. Harris; 9. C. Vaas; 10. Zaheer Khan Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings - All-rounders
1. J. Kallis; 2. M. Johnson; 3. D. Vettori; 4. A. Flintoff; 5. C. Vaas
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh
Pak govt may ask PCB to boycott 2011 World Cup
July 16, 2009After skipping the logo unveiling ceremony of the 2011 World Cup held in Mumbai recently, speculations are rife that Pakistan could boycott the mega event also.
According to sources, the government is seriously considering to ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott the 2011 World Cup in protest against the ICC’s decision to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan.The Indian government is being blamed for influencing the ICC’s decision and trying to alienate Pakistan. The Central Organising Committee of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday had recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan.
India to host 29 2011 World Cup matches
July 15, 2009The Central Organising Committee of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan. The COC met in Mumbai to recommend the ICC Board as to where, within Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, the 14 matches originally allocated to Pakistan should be staged and where the tournament secretariat would be based.
While India got eight, Sri Lanka will host the remaining four matches and Bangladesh two. India will now host 29 matches, Sri Lanka 12 and Bangladesh eight.The COC also recommended that Bangladesh would stage two of the four quarter-finals, with India and Sri Lanka hosting one each. The two semi-finals will be staged in India and Sri Lanka, with the final in India.
Champions Trophy 2009
Dravid, Sachin among Champions Trophy probables
July 6, 2009Former Indian Captain Rahul Dravid, who last played in a One Day International in October of 2007, was named in the preliminary squad for the Champions Trophy in South Africa in September. He was named along with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag after a young Indian batting unit struggled against short pitched bowling at last month's Twenty20 World Cup in England and recently in the Caribbeans.
The seniors, including Saurav Ganguly, were unceremoniously booted out of the team by selectors who pitched for youth with an eye on the 2011 World Cup to be staged in the sub-continent. Saurav has since retired. Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Abhishek Nayar, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Dhawal Kulkarni, Virat Kohli, Subramaniam Badrinath, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh.
The 30-man squad will be reduced to 15 before the tournament.