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India vs Australia 1st Test Match: India Win Down Under in 10 Years and Beat Australia by 31 Runs

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Well, it was a long wait almost of 10- year- wait for a Test win Down Under as Virat Kohli’s visiting team outplayed Australia by 31 runs in the first of the first of the ongoing four-match series in Adelaide.

The Asian giants had last won in Australia under Anil Kumble at Perth during their trip Down Under in 2007-08. They were blanked 4-0 under MS Dhoni in 2011-12 and then they had seen a defeat of 2-0 during 2014-15 tour in spite of Kohli having scored enormous runs.

The defeat could be attributed to the fact that we failed to get hold of the game-changing moments in the opening Tests during the two previous overseas tours of the year in South Africa and England, but the team of Kohli made sure that the third time will indeed be lucky for them. Having to defend a 323-run target was done successfully in spite of the stupendous efforts from Nathan Lyon, who did make the task quite difficult towards the end.

The win helped India to get a lead of 1-0 in Test series for the first time in Australia for almost after the long span of 70 years.

Astonishingly Kohli is the first Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, South Africa, and England. He won the Johannesburg Test against the Proteas in January this year and after this, he defeated England in the fourth Test of a five-match series at Southampton later in the August- September.

Highlights

>India defeated Australia by 31 runs to win the 1st Test in Adelaide.

>India had last won a Test in Australia in 2008 in Perth under Anil Kumble.

>Kohli has become the first Asian captain to win Tests in England, Australia and South Africa.

India also becomes the first team to win a Test match in England, Australia, and South Africa in the same calendar year.

Australia resumed the final day of the riveting Test match at 104 for four, faced a tough task as no team could ever successfully chase more than 315 at the Adelaide Oval. The bowlers from India made the task all more difficult for the host team as they were full of determination and patience and striking at regular intervals.

Shaun Marsh gave India looked solid in the morning session as he struck half-century but Jasprit Bumrah removed him and they reached Lunch break with relief and optimism. Earlier the day Ishant Sharma had the iconic star catch of the local favorite Travis Head for 14.

The historic victory was paved by Cheteshwar Pujara, whose first innings 123 provided India with a score that was strong enough to compensate for the bad batting performance by the top order.

The bowlers did a commendable job by striking at regular intervals to provide India a slender 15-run lead.

R Ashwin spun the web around the Australian batsmen, and Jasprit Bumrah rattled hosts with his pace. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma took the key wickets to help India stay in the game.

The second innings saw a much better performance in India’s batting. KL Rahul scored a quick 44, Kohli patiently got 34 while Ajinkya Rahane scored 70 and shared a key 87-run stand with Pujara, who made 71 to go with his 123.

The lower order was not much in form but still managed to set Australia a 323 run-target. The fourth day was dynamic as Mohammed Shami and Ashwin got two wickets that made situation quite tough for Australia.

Aron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, and Peter Handscomb were dismissed before stumps on the day before the last day.

Australia could have hoped for a bit of fight from their overnight batsmen Marsh and Head but this did not happen. Captain Tim Paine was determined to change the game but when he got dismissed for 41 the game was over for Australia.

Lyon, performed well with the ball, and collected an unbeaten 38 off 47 balls and did this gave shivers to the Indian team. He managed to score 32-run stand with No. 11, Josh Hazelwood before Ashwin got the catch and got us the much awaited historic win.

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One of The Cricket Legends: Yuvraj Singh Announces Retirement from International Cricket

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Yuvraj Singh Announces Retirement from International Cricket

We all heard it right that on 10th June 2019, Indian Cricket team’s all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from the Cricket world. Commonly nicknamed as Yuvi, the 37 years old former cricketer played his ODI debut in Kenya 2000 and ever since then he never looked back. The left-handed batsman bags the title of Sixer King when he shot 6 sixes back to back against England in T-20 world, 2007.

Yuvraj Singh is the son of the fast bowler and Punjabi actor Yograj Singh. In the wake of our Sixer King’s retirement,

let’s have a look at his whole career and life as a cricketer of Indian Cricket Team, in a nutshell.

As reported by Cricbuzz the 37 years old made the announcement in a press conference in Mumbai saying that his journey has been like a

“great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go.”

Well for his fans it could never be a right time just ‘go’ has the cricket world’s fans will surely miss the legendary player who conquered not just the field but also the pitch of real life when he fought with the deadly disease.

Yuvraj Singh

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Apart from his tremendous success as the cricketer, Yuvraj Singh is known for his victory over cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer while he was playing the World Cup. The Sixer King totally ruled the field and the disease with the hope of never giving up and he never did.

He moved back to the pavilion in order to defeat the killer cancer and stepped out to the field successfully in 2012. After he experienced the deadly disease he took initiative to make the world aware of this deadly cancer and motivated the world to fight it back.

Yuvraj Singh

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In the press conference, Yuvraj Singh recalled his cricket career and with somewhat a heavy heart said “I would say I extremely lucky to play 400-plus games for India. I would’ve not imagined doing this when I started my career as a cricketer. Through this journey, some matches that remain in my memory are-the 2007 Test series in England, of course, the six sixes and the 2007 T20 World Cup. And then the most memorable one was the 2011 World Cup finals.

He became the heartthrob of Indian Cricket team when played as vice-captain at the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. He reached fastest fifty ever when he hit legendary six sexes off just 12 balls.

He further recalled some lows of his careers too saying:

“And then, probably the worst day in my career was the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where I scored 11 off 21 balls. It was so shattering that I felt my career was over.” – Yuvraj Singh

Well, we all remember that low point of Yuvraj Singh’s career where we all thought that it is over for Yuvraj. But to all of us’ pleasant surprise he made his comeback in home series against England in 2017 for the first time in Virat Kohli’s full captaincy. He made it to the tour of West Indies after the Champions Trophy in 2017.

Yuvi played is last One Day Internationals in 2017 in West Indies and after that, he just appeared in IPL (Kings 11 Punjab). Well, the team of Gudstory bids Yuvraj Singh farewell form Cricket with great pride and wish him all the very best for his life ahead.

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Top 5 Players Who Can Get The Most Wickets At The World Cup

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The biggest battle of cricket has already begun in England. And, unlike in older times, cricket is no more a batsman’s game. The bowlers have once again gained prominence in the game and have levelled the playing field. In this article, we shall take a look at the bowlers who have the potential to be the highest wicket-takers in this world cup.

#Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah was one of the best players in the IPL 2019. He has earned the title of ‘world’s best bowler’ from many experts all over the world. Bumrah can be a confident answer if asked for the best bowler for batting-friendly matches in England. When every other bowler feels the pitches of England are not their cup of tea, Bumrah confidently comes up with the best tricks.

He has shown his best skills from slow balls to yorkers. Jasprit Bumrah can be one of the best contenders for most wickets in WC title with a very low economy rate. All he needs is to maintain the focus before India’s gruelling World Cup schedule gets underway.

#Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is an exceptional bowler with a pace of over 140 kmph. A genuine all-rounder, Stokes has contributed the most to the factors that make England favourites to lift the ICC World Cup 2019. He is one of the most fervent players and shows his passion for everything he does.

Stokes took 4 wickets and notched a century in his last ODI series.  Ben has an excellent skill of turning the game around with a run-out or a catch as well. He is one of the most needed players for England to end up at the top of the World Cup points table.

#Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada is a prominent player on whom the Proteas shall depend a lot if they want to win their first ever World Cup and do away with the tag of chokers. There are a lot of bowlers who can have the top spot amongst the wicket-takers in the World Cup, and Rabada is one of the main contenders. Kagiso Rabada has 106 wickets in 66 matches until now and his performance, if his talent is anything to go by, could make him the highest wicket-taker in this world cup.

Even if he doesn’t take many wickets, he can be very useful to the team as his economy rate is yet to touch 6.00 in ODIs. Such a consistent player like Rabada has everything it takes to help South Africa to the World Cup points table and they will rely heavily on his ability for sure.

#Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan has played an important role in helping Afghanistan qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019. One cannot ignore his wicket-taking ability. He made his debut in T20 international against Zimbabwe on October 26, 2015. The Afghan player has a series of variations in his bowling arsenal and has maintained his consistency since debut.

He was placed ahead of Imran Tahir and Kagiso Rabada while ranking ICC ODI bowlers in 3rd place. Before Afghanistan’s World Cup schedule even began, Rashid Khan was already in fine form which was seen in the IPL. If he continues delivering top performances, Afghanistan can definitely hope to finish higher up on the World Cup points table.

#Adam Zampa

Adam Zampa

Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup – Australia v West Indies – Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Britain – June 6, 2019, Australia’s Adam Zampa in action Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Adam Zampa is a player who is compared with the legendary Shane Warne with his leg-break action. He uses his old technique of tossing the ball despite not having much experience in ODI cricket.  His above the eye-line tossing the ball technique has helped him vastly. With more than 60 wickets in less than 60 ODI matches, Zampa is essential for Australia’s hopes of leading the World Cup points table.

It can be seen lately that Australia’s finger spinners are not so impactful. Hence, being the only wrist spinner in the Australian team, he has the responsibility to deliver even on batting-friendly tracks. Together with Nathan Lyon, he can wreak havoc and hence has the highest chance of being the top wicket-taker.

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7 Lesser Known Facts About Kapil Dev Who is Best Known As ‘Haryana’s Hurricane’ For His Fast Bowling Speed

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Kapil Dev is a name that requires no introduction. Every crazy fan of cricketer must be aware of him and his dynamic personality. He is extremely popular as ‘Haryana Hurricane’ due to his mind-blowing bowling speed of 140 km/ph without breaking down. It is due to this ability he has earned this name. He is the only person with such abilities and stamina in the history of cricket that India could ever have.

Till the date, there is not even a single person in Bollywood who could be compared with him and the qualities he possesses. He is still remembered when it comes to cricket who took the world of cricket on another level.

Today, we will talk about some of the lesser-known facts about Kapil Dev:

1. Born in Chandigarh, Punjab

Kapil Dev Ram Lal Nikhanj is a former Indian cricketer. He was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002, Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. He was India's national cricket coach between October 1999 and August 2000.

via: Mid-Day

Kapil Dev was born on 6th January 1959 in Chandigarh, Punjab. He was born to Ram Lal Nikhanj, who is a building and timber contractor.

2. His appearance in 3 Bollywood Hindi Movies

Besides playing cricket, he also made his appearance in three superhits Bollywood Hindi movies, namely Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Aryan and in Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii.

3. The only person who took 400 wickets

The only person who took 400 wickets

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He is the only person in the world of cricket who has taken 400 wickets and has scored more than 5,000 runs in test cricket matches, thus making him one of the greatest all-rounders in the cricket.

4. Was also a captain of Indian Cricket Team

He also captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

5. He got married to a non-celebrity

Kapil Dev got married to Romi Bhatia who is not a celebrity like him. He was introduced to her by a common friend in 1979. They finally got married in 1980 and currently, they have a daughter child named Amiya Dev.

6. Holds the world record for taking a huge number of wickets

He finally got retired from cricket in 1994, holding the world record for taking the number of wickets in test cricket matches which was subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000.

7. He wrote 3 autobiographies

He wrote 3 autobiographies

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He is fond of writing too besides playing cricket. He has written a total of three autobiographies. The names of his autobiographical works are: By God’s Decree that got published in 1985, ‘Cricket my style’ in 1987 and ‘Straight from the Heart’ in 2004.

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