When Ahmed Shehzad cracked an unbeaten 98 off 64 balls against Zimbabwe at Harare on Saturday, he became the record-holder for the highest individual score by a Pakistani batsman, overtaking his one-day skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who had blasted an undefeated 87 off 53 balls against Bangladesh at Karachi in April 2008.
Ricky Ponting’s retirement has expectedly left a big hole in Australia’s batting line-up, that at the significant number three position. And one of the reasons for Australia’s failure in this Ashes has been the fact that he haven’t found a stable influence at the anchor position over the four Tests.
Comparisons between Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara are never ending. While it is a foregone conclusion that Tendulkar is the more successful of the duo, the match-winning skills of the Indian maestro have often been debated in contrast to those of Lara’s.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting will retire from all cricket in October. The 38-year-old is currently in England playing county cricket for Surrey but he has said that the Champions League T20 campaign with Mumbai Indians, winners of this year's IPL, will be his last competitive outing.
Aussie opener David Warner had to sit out of the Champions Trophy clash against New Zealand on Wednesday after he was involved in an altercation with an England player (believed to be Joe Root) in a pub in Birmingham following Australia’s match against England.
Australia came to India in 2008 with a strong bowling outfit but a weak bowling attack. Unfortunately for skipper Ricky Ponting, his batters did as poorly as the bowlers, as a result of which India got home to a comfortable 2-0 win.
The 1999/2000 series in Australia was a disastrous tour for the Indians. Led by Sachin Tendulkar, they lost all the three Tests without putting up much of a fight. India’s inability to cope with conditions abroad came to the fore again.