ICC 2013: Cricket in a nutshell

With the business end of the year still to go, 2013 has already seen quite a bit of international cricket. The Ashes are on, the first of two consecutive series- while India is yet to tour South Africa at the end of the year.

There have been massive highs and depressing lows, and to sum it up, here is a compilation of titles:
Batting Hero of 2013:
Kumara Sangakkara (SL)
In his 36th year of existence, much like Brian Lara, Sangakkara is enjoying an extended purple patch that has seen him compile runs in all forms of the game. He has already lived through an illustrious career- the best and worst Sri Lankan squads in a decade, involving a lot of Final match heartbreaks- but Sangakkara hasn’t had enough yet. Under the captaincy of Angelo Mathews, he has blossomed into their most reliable player this year- 5 hundreds already- with 3 of them coming in just the 2 test matches he has played all year. He has aggregated 883 ODI runs at an average of over 70, and 441 runs in 2 tests. His 169 against South Africa will go down as one of the finest one-day innings of all time, an almighty assault that bore graceful violence and beauty rarely associated with such large scores.
Comeback of the Decade:
Shikhar Dhawan (IND)
Close behind him, it’s been Shikhar Dhawan driving a new-look young Indian team to multiple titles with his disdainful cuts and gorgeous drives. His average and statistics are irrelevant, and his 248 against South Africa A doesn’t even make the list- because his influence at the top of the order has rivaled Sangakkara’s importance. 2013 has been the year of the southpaws.
Alarm Bell Of 2013: 
Ian Bell (ENG)
4 hundreds in 2013. The rise of Ian Bell has coincided with England’s rise in Test Cricket. His grace and technique has seen the return of classical batting return to the top of international cricket- and he has finally fulfilled the talent that he had suppressed for years of mediocrity. He has already had a tremendous Ashes series- 3 centuries in 4 matches- and has been in good ODI form too (England’s highest scorer in both forms).
Armageddon of 2013:
Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
The legend of Sir Jadeja is secure. It is not even a shock anymore that he is the number 1 ranked ODI bowler in the world right now, and his test series against Australia (24 wickets in 4 matches) dispelled all notions that bits-and-pieces cricketers can’t cut the mustard at the international level. He is the main reason behind India’s climb up the rankings in both forms. His 38 ODI wickets easily put him on top of the ‘most valuable player of 2013’ list.
Best Bowler of 2013:
James Anderson (ENG)
His average may be a little higher than the other two English bowlers topping the test chart- Broad and Swann- and his wickets may not be as many as Broad (thanks to Broad’s last test burst of 12 wickets), but Jimmy Anderson has demonstrated that, much like fine wine, his bowling has only gotten better with age. He has widely been hailed as the best swing bowler of his generation- even better than the destructive Steyn- and has led England to an Ashes series lead of 3-0 already. Not many are aware that he has also been England’s best bowler in ODIs this year- capturing 23 wickets in 10 games.
Villain of 2013:
DRS (ICC)
The Decision Review system and umpires in the current Ashes series have combined to make a lethal cocktail that could single handedly destroy Test Cricket. Hot Spot has only added to the disaster, and the suits in the Council must be wondering if the BCCI aren’t just big bullies after all.
Scapegoats of 2013:
Shane Watson and David Warner (AUS)
The former is going through the worst slump of his career- and has been shuffled to positions 1,3,7 and 5 in the test order through the Ashes. His century at The Kia Oval, his first in test cricket in 45 innings, comes as a great relief after a year that has seen him being disciplined for not writing his homework. Redemption could be close.
The latter has been suspended after getting into a pub brawl with a self-righteous Joe Root, has taken the hard path, scored a century in South Africa, been absorbed back by a desperate Australian Ashes squad and almost redeemed himself in the fourth test before an Australian collapse undid his effort. Australia’s two openers may not have had the best season of their lives- going down 0-4 to India and 0-3 down in the Ashes in England. The Ashes Down Under could be their last chance.

отправить заявку на кредитную картуприватбанк взять кредит на картуприватбанк кредитная карта как получитьбизнес план кредитного брокера скачать

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


× 1 = six

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

More in Cricket

  • The Sports Week That Was and Will Be

    While a bunch of Oscar-nominated contenders make their way into Indian screens on the eve of the 89th Academy Awards –...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 24, 2017
  • Another Year, Another Grand T20 Auction

    The Premier T20 league in world cricket is less than two months away, once again. This means, on Monday, all paths...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 22, 2017
  • 5 Underrated Indian Test Opening Batsmen

    In the last 27 years, since 1990, the Indian Test cricket team has had 35 different openers – either long or...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 21, 2017
  • India v/s England: T20 Report Card

    An Eoin Morgan led England T20 side – which had reached the final of the World T20 in India less than...

    Rahul DesaiFebruary 2, 2017
  • Top Six One-Hit Bowling Wonders

    Continuing with our cricketing one-hit wonders, after a list of five batsmen last week, we will now have a look at...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 24, 2017
  • India v/s England: ODI Report Card

    England won their first international game on their long, painful India tour at Eden Gardens – the venue of perhaps their...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 23, 2017
  • Top 5 One-Hit Wonder Batting Stars

    The craft of batting in cricket has arguably seen more evolution than any other area over the last decade. It becomes...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 18, 2017
  • Gujarat’s Ranji Trophy Fairytale

    A month ago, I stood in one of Ahmedabad’s famous optician stores. I observed the customers as I waited for a...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 17, 2017
  • Chinks in India’s ODI Armour

    India v/s England, ODI series Result: India win first game to lead 1-0 in 3-match series   It ended up becoming...

    Rahul DesaiJanuary 16, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×
WordPress Popup