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India Cricket News Sep-Oct 2009
Dhoni, Gambhir steal top honours
October 1, 2009India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named ICC ODI player of the year while his teammate Gautam Gambhir was adjudged as the ICC Test player of the year at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards at Johannesburg Thursday night. Dhoni was also named captain of the World ODI and Test team.The coveted Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year 2009 went to Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson. Johnson has become the sixth player after India’s Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff of England and South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting of Australia (2006 and 2007) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008) to take the top award. World Test Team of the Year: Gautam Gambhir (India), Andrew Strauss (England), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Thilan Samaraweera (Sri Lanka), Michael Clarke (Australia), MS Dhoni (India, capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Stuart Broad (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Harbhajan Singh (India, 12th man) World ODI team of the year: Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Kevin Pietersen (England), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Yuvraj Singh (India), Martin Guptill (New Zealand), MS Dhoni (India, captain, WK), Andrew Flintoff (England), Nuwan Kulasekara (Sri Lanka), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka), Umar Gul (Pakistan), 12th man: Thilan Thushara (Sri Lanka) New Zealand claimed the Spirit of Cricket award for the second time.
Champions Trophy 2009, South Africa
India had a hand in Pakistan's Champions Trophy defeat: Pak minister for Sports
October 06, 2009Muhammad Ali Shah, the minister for Sports and a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board governing council, accused India of influencing umpires to get Pakistan ousted from the Champions Trophy semifinal in South Africa. He has blamed India's role in the sub-standard umpiring, leading to Pakistan's defeat against New Zealand. "Definitely, it is clear that India were miffed at not qualifying for the semi-finals after Pakistan lost to Australia and they took their revenge in their own way. They influenced the umpires to favour New Zealand," Ali Shah told reporters. "Unfortunately Pakistan are not as strong as India. Remember how India pressured the ICC into replacing the umpire, Mr Steve Bucknor, in Australia after he had given a couple of bad decisions against them?" he added, while saying that the International Cricket Council must impose at least a one-year ban on Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who had wrongly adjudged Umar Akmal leg-before-wicket at a crucial stage of the Semifinal against New Zealand.
Champions Trophy, Final: Australia wins Champions Trophy 2009
October 5, 2009Australia have have become the first team to win the ICC Champions Trophy title twice, beating New Zealand by six wickets in the final at SuperSport Park. Chasing New Zealand's 200/9, Opener Shane Watson hit his second successive unbeaten century (105) to guide defending champions to a six-wicket victory with 28 balls remaining. Earlier, electing to bat, opener Martin Guptill (40), Neil Broom (37), James Franklin (33) and Aaron Redmond (26) were the only New Zealand bastmen to pass the 20-run mark. Watson was named man of the match, Ponting the player of the tournament, while South Africa's Wayne Parnell was the leading wicket taker with 11 scalps.
Australia's players will now head home for a short break before they depart for India, where they will play seven one-dayers against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side, while a number of the New Zealand team will travel to India to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 competition.
Australia 206/4 (Watson 105*, White 62, Mills 3-27) beat New Zealand 200/9 (Guptill 40, Hauritz 3-37, Lee 2-45) by six wickets
Champions Trophy 2009 Group Stage Points Table
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Champions Trophy, Match 12: India knocked out off ICC Champions Trophy despite win over Windies
September 30, 2009Australia stopped India's progress to the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a thrilling two-wicket win over Pakistan in the Group A match while Team India were chasing 130 runs for victory against Windies for a consolation seven-wicket win at Johannesburg.
Gautam Gambhir (six) and Rahul Dravid's (four) departed early, but Dinesh Karthik playing in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli dragged their way through an overly dogged 92-run stand to win with 107 balls remaining.
India 130/3 (Kohli 79*) beat West Indies 129 (Praveen 3-22, Nehra 3-31) by seven wickets
Champions Trophy, Match 9: Rain ruins Australia-India match
September 28, 2009A torrential downpour at Centurion Park saw the points shared by Australia and India with just 42.3 overs completed in their Champions Trophy encounter.
India will now have to beat West Indies by a big margin on Wednesday and pray that Pakistan too beat Australia by a good margin on the same day.
Australia 234/4 (Hussey 67, Ponting 65, Paine 56) v India - match abandoned due to rain
Champions Trophy, Match 6: Pakistan win by 54 runs, into the Semis
September 26, 2009A classy 128 from Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan beat rivals India by 54-runs in the Champions Trophy. Malik shared a record fourth-wicket partnership of 206 with Mohammad Yousuf (87) to propel Pakistan to 302 for nine. It was man-of-the-match Malik's seventh ODI century. Gautam Gambhir (57) and Suresh Raina (46) both made quickfire scores while Rahul Dravid (76) anchored on the other side. However a couple of run outs resulted in India falling from a healthy 126-2 to 248 all out.
Pakistan 302/9 (Malik 128, Yousuf 87, Nehra 4-55) beat India 248 (Dravid 76, Gambhir 57, Ajmal 2-31, Afridi 2-39) by 54 runs
Yuvraj Singh out of Champions Trophy, Gambhir new vice-captain
September 23, 2009India's Champions Trophy campaign was dealt a massive blow on Wednesday as middle-order batsmen and vice-captain Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of the eight-nation event due to a fractured right-hand finger. Yuvraj has been advised rest for six weeks and will return home.
Delhi middle order batsman Virat Kohli has been named as Yuvraj's replacement. Opener Gambhir, who himself is recuperating from a groin injury, was named the vice-captain of the team. Star opener Virender Sehwag as well as pacer Zaheer Khan are also missing from action due to injuries.
New Zealand crushes India in warm-up match
September 21, 2009India's preparation for the Champions Trophy suffered a major setback with the 103-run loss to New Zealand after they were shot out for 198, chasing the mamooth 301 runs set by the Kiwis.
Indian bowling was ripped apart while batting collapsed like a house of cards at the Senwes Park in Johannesburg. In batting, Rahul Dravid (37) was engaging while Abhishek Nayar was the top scorer with a fighting 41 off 36 balls.
Yusuf Pathan was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 46 runs.The Champions Trophy starts Tuesday with South Africa taking on Sri Lanka at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Tri-Nation Compaq Cup, Sri Lanka
Harbhajan, Tendulkar star in India’s Compaq Cup victory
September 14, 2009Sachin Tendulkar's 44th ODI century, his 86th international hundred in total (138) and Harbhajan Singh's five-wicket haul helped India to secure victory in the Compaq Cup final played at R.Premadasa stadium. Yuvraj Singh (56 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56) chipped in with useful contributions as Sachin added 95 with Rahul Dravid (39), 110 with Mahendra Dhoni and 71 with Yuvraj Singh after India won the toss and made 319-5.
Sri Lanka were all out for 273 in 46.4 overs with Harbhajan Singh returning an impressive haul of 5 for 56. Tillakaratne Dilshan (42) and Sanath Jayasuriya (36) gave Sri Lanka a flying start before Harbhajan started chipping away, dismissing both Dilshan and Jayawardene. Thilan Kandamby (66) and Chamara Kapugedera (35) kept the hosts in the hunt but ran out of steam in the end with Harbhajan taking the last three wickets. It was an impressive turnaround for India, who lost by 139 runs when the sides met in a group stage game at the same ground two days back.
This latest victory puts India back to within a single ratings point of South Africa and with just two points separating first from third placed Australia in the table. Australia, already four-nil up in the seven-ODI series against England, could go top of the rankings if it manages a clean sweep.
India 319/5 (Tendulkar 138, Yuvraj 56*, Dhoni 56) beat Sri Lanka 272 (Kandamby 66, Harbhajan 5-57) by 46 runs
India lose to Sri Lanka by 139 runs, slide back to #2
September 12, 2009Less than 24 hours after India had ascended to the position of top ODI team, Angelo Mathews ripped through India's middle order, claiming six wickets as Sri Lanka inflicted a comprehensive 139-run victory over them.
Sanath Jayasuriya cracked 98 off just 79 deliveries and Thilina Kandamby raced to an unbeaten 91 off 73 deliveries towards the end as the hosts piled up a formidable 307 for six, batting first.For India, opening duo of Dinesh Karthick and Sachin Tendulkar made a promising start, before Karthick fell for 16 runs from 23 balls. Tendulkar soon followed him back, lasting 33 balls, hitting 5 fours for 28. Rahul Dravid (47) and MS Dhoni (8) fell in identical fashion within the space of 2 overs, followed by Yusuf Pathan (1), Harbhajan Singh (4) and Ashish Nehra (1) - all to Angelo Mathews.
Sri Lanka 307/6 (Jayasuriya 98, Kandamby 91*) beat India 168 (Dravid 47, Mathews 6-20) by 139 runs
India beat New Zealand by six wickets, temporarily #1 in ODI rankings
September 9, 2009A depleted Indian side inflicted a crushing six-wicket defeat on New Zealand at R. Premadasa Stadium, eliminating the Kiwis from the tournament.
Ashish Nehra picked up 3 wickets for 24 to take his ODI tally past 100 and Yuvraj Singh took 3 for 31 as New Zealand were all out for 155 in 46.3 overs. Dinesh Karthik was unlucky to be given out lbw, but Sachin Tendulkar (46) and Rahul Dravid (14) ensured the outcome would be a formality as they added 60 for the second wicket. Dhoni (45 not out) and Suresh Raina (35 not out) took India past the target with ease.With this win, India, now with 128 points, are technically #1 in the ODI rankings, ahead of South Africa, who have 127.
India 156/4 (Tendulkar 46, Raina 45*) beat New Zealand 155 (Nehra 3-24, Yuvraj 3-31) by six wickets
Dhoni in line for top ICC awards
September 3, 2009India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (shortlisted for the ODI Player of the Year 2008, Test Player of the Year and Cricketer of the Year) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (shortlisted for T20 International Performance of the Year, Test Player of the Year and Cricketer of the Year) have been nominated in three categories each at the LG ICC awards 2009.
The Awards will take place at a glittering ceremony in Johannesburg on October 1, to coincide with the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. The nominations were made by a five-man ICC selection panel chaired by former West Indies captain and current chairman of the ICC cricket committee Clive Lloyd. The panel also includes former players such as India's Anil Kumble, Mudassar Nazar of Pakistan, Bob Taylor of England and New Zealand's Stephen Fleming. Apart from Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh figure in the individuals shortlisted for ICC Cricketer of the Year. The other Indians nominated are Gambhir, V.V.S. Laxman, Harbhajan (Test Player of Year); Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag (ODI Player); Amit Mishra (Emerging Player) and Mithali Raj, Priyanka Roy (Women Cricketer).