ICC scraps boundary count rule with Super Over to now be repeated until clear winner emerges

Sport360 staff 22:12 14/10/2019
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Three months after the 2019 World Cup final was decided by boundary count, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made changes to the Super Over rule for all its major events.

At the end of a tied super over in the final at Lord’s, England were declared winners on the basis of scoring more boundaries (fours and sixes) in its allotted 50 overs and the Super Over combined, much to the ire of the New Zealand fans.

Following that thrilling yet controversial final, the ICC has finally made changes to the rule and in case a situation arises where both teams are tied even after the Super Over in a final or semi-final, the Super Over will be repeated until there is a clear winner.

This rule was recently implemented in domestic T20 leagues like the Caribbean Premier League and now the ICC is following suit.

“Following on from a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, the Chief Executives’ Committee agreed that use of the Super Over as a way to decide results at ICC events will be retained. Both the Cricket Committee and CEC agreed it was an exciting and engaging conclusion to the game and will remain in place covering all games at both ODI and T20I World Cups,” the ICC said after its board meeting.

“In group stages, if the Super Over is tied, the match will be tied. In semifinals and finals, there is one change to the Super Over regulation in keeping with the basic principle of scoring more runs than the opponent to win, the Super Over will be repeated until one team has more runs than the other.”

The board also decided that the eight-year cycle commencing in 2023 will comprise eight men’s events, eight women’s events, four men’s U19 events and four women’s U19 events.

“In examining a whole range of options, the Board felt a major men’s and women’s event each year will bring consistency to our calendar whilst complementing bilateral cricket, giving our sport a strong future foundation,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

“It will provide clear structure and context to enable the growth of the sport and greater engagement opportunities for all of our stakeholders. The move towards a bidding model will give equal opportunities to all members to host ICC events post 2023.”

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CSA calls for patience with new Proteas crop after Test series surrender against India

Sport360 staff 17:43 14/10/2019
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Thabang Moroe has called on fans to remain patient after the Proteas conceded the three-match series against India by tasting a mammoth defeat in the second Test in Pune.

South Africa have been in transition after the likes of Morne Morkel, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla retired from international cricket over the past year, with the side now falling to three defeats in their last four Test series.

“It was always going to be a difficult challenge taking on the top team in the world – certainly under their own conditions – in India at a time when we have introduced a new team structure,” Moroe said in a press statement released on Monday.

“In the past two years we have had to bid farewell to some of the great names of international cricket such as AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn who between them played nearly 450 Test matches for the Proteas.

“You don’t replace that kind of experience overnight and we need to give a new generation time to settle.”

Their bowling has been poor while their batting has been highly inconsistent so far in the ongoing series against India. In the first Test at Visakhapatnam, experienced players such as Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar scored tons while skipper Faf du Plessis contributed with a half-century.

However, beyond these three top-order batsmen, the rest failed to apply themselves and make a meaningful contribution. Temba Bavuma has scored 64 runs in four innings, Theunis de Bruyn has managed 52 runs while opener Aiden Markram has only mustered 44 runs after bagging a pair in Pune.

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Their bowlers have toiled hard but haven’t managed to make a dent in the strong Indian batting order. However, Moroe believes the team will come good soon and with quite a few young players in the domestic circuit ready to make the step up.

“These things take time and I am confident that we will already see improvement in our next Test series when England are our visitors during the festive season,” Moroe said.

“I am sure that our supporters will rally behind them on home turf. These are, in fact, exciting times for South African cricket with new names and faces coming to the fore. Our talent pipeline has produced the likes of Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Zubayr Hamza over the last few years and our development systems are clearly in good shape.

“There is a huge incentive on our young players to put pressure on the incumbents. There is nothing like good competition for places that brings out the best in all.”

CSA’s acting director of cricket, Corrie van Zyl, complimented the quality of Virat Kohli’s team and also expressed his belief in the inexperienced yet talented South African players.

“We need to appreciate the quality that is in this Indian side. This is an Indian team that has been together for some time now and is well accustomed to playing in their home conditions,” van Zyl said.

“I strongly believe we, as the Proteas, have the players to win games and the youngsters will come right. The team are constantly trying to find ways to win. It’s not like they’re not doing a great job with it. We believe in them that they’re going to make the right decisions to do the best they can do to help us win Test matches.”

The visitors go into the third and final Test at Ranchi beginning on Saturday with the hopes of averting a 0-3 whitewash at the hands of India.

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A look back at Virat Kohli's top 10 knocks after India skipper's monumental Pune double-ton

Adithya Sundar 18:04 13/10/2019
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Scored 25 fours in his innings of 243: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli found his midas touch in Tests after going ten innings without a century as he notched his highest ever score in the format against South Africa in Pune.

It was another gem of an innings from the Indian captain and it adds to an ever-growing collection of stellar knocks. But how does it compare to the other superb displays in his career, though?

We examine 10 of his best knocks, in no particular order, across all formats.

133* versus Sri Lanka at Hobart (2012)

Kohli exults after the win in 2013. Image Credit - ICC/Twiiter

Kohli exults after the win in 2013. Image Credit – ICC/Twitter

This was the knock that marked Virat Kohli’s arrival into the big time. India had to chase down an improbable 321-run target in under 40 overs to qualify for the tri-series final and the hopes were quickly fading. In the end, the Men in Blue completed the job with four overs to spare after a sensational 86-run knock from Kohli.

While even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar got his first one-day hundred in Australia in only in his fourth tour, Kohli did so on his maiden visit. One of the highlights of the knock was the manner in which Kohli dismantled Lasith Malinga in that game, scoring 31 runs off the final eight deliveries from the pacer.

153* versus South Africa (2018)

With this super innings, Virat Kohli became the only the second Indian captain to score a Test ton in South Africa. He stood tall while the rest of the Indian batting crumbled against the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel at Centurion in the first innings.  The India skipper copped multiple blows to his body on a bouncy and pacy Centurion pitch but flinch he did not in a stellar unbeaten knock of 153. Unfortunately for Kohli, India were unable to capitalise on his innings and fell to a 135-run loss.

82* versus Australia at Mohali (2016)

This will probably be rated as one of the best ever T20I innings. Facing a steep run-chase of 161 against the Australia, India were staring at a defeat after being reduced to 49- 3 towards the end of the eighth over. Up stepped Kohli and he started by sharing a 67-run partnership with MS Dhoni in which the keeper-batsman’s contribution was just 18.

Still, India needed 47 off the final 24 deliveries to win and the game looked to be slipping away. Ultimately, the hosts got there with five deliveries to spare as Kohli plundered 19 runs off an over from James Faulkner and 16 from the subsequent one from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

149 versus England at Birmingham (2018)

After a dismal 2014 series in England where he failed spectacularly against James Anderson, Virat Kohli silenced his critics with a spanking century in tough conditions. He scored more runs in this innings than he had in the entire 2014 tour of England (134 runs in 10 innings). With a vociferous Barmy Army in the background and a pacy England attack in front of him, he carried the team with a fighting ton.

He batted expertly with the tail, shielding the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma and managing to add 105 runs to the total for the final three wickets. This was his 22nd Test ton and his first in England.

183 versus Pakistan at Dhaka (2012)

Virat Kohli slammed 183 in the 2012 Asia Cup clash against Pakistan.

Virat Kohli slammed 183 in the 2012 Asia Cup clash against Pakistan.

This knock was yet another chasing masterclass from the India superstar. After Pakistan openers Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed scored centuries to set up a stiff target of 329, Virat Kohli tore into their bowling attack with a rapid knock.

Striking at 123.64, he came tantalisingly close to becoming the first ever player to score a double-ton in an ODI while chasing. The opposition captain Misbah ul Haq was full of praise for Kohli’s knock and called it the best innings he had ever seen in person.

116 versus Australia at Adelaide (2012)

India lost the series 4-0 and in that whitewash, the lone bright spark was India’s future star Virat Kohli announcing his arrival Down Under with his maiden ton. He walked in when India was tottering at 111-5 and powered through hostile bowling and sledging from the dominant Aussies to reach three figures for the first time in his Test career. It was a sign of things to come as he returned in 2014 to smash four centuries in Australia.

89* versus Windies at Mumbai (2016)

This was an innings worthy of a World Cup semi-final. After Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a good start, Kohli propelled India to a huge total of 192. He smacked 11 boundaries and one six in his 47-ball blitz while his running between the wickets was a sight to behold. He toyed with the Windies attack at times and it was a pity that the knock wasn’t enough for India to secure a win. He even picked up a rare wicket with the ball when West Indies batted.

100* versus Australia at Jaipur (2013)

India had never chased 300 successfully against Australia before this game. They ended up chasing down 359 in 44 overs at Jaipur thanks to centuries from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Kohli registered the fastest ODI century by an Indian, in 52 balls, tonking seven sixes in his emphatic knock. This was also the 2nd highest successful chase in ODI history.

Kohli celebrates his quickest ever ODI ton. Image Credit - BCCI/Twitter

Kohli celebrates his quickest ever ODI ton (Image Credit – BCCI/Twitter)

235* versus England at Mumbai (2016)

It was the third double-ton of the year for the Indian captain. He pulverised the England bowling attack to the ground and helped India amass a total of 631 runs. On a rank turner of a pitch, while having to bat on the third and fourth days after the opposition had put up a formidable total of 400, Kohli played a marathon knock to steal victory for India when it seemed that the only possible outcome was a draw.

122 vs England at Pune (2017)

His knock at Pune alongside Kedhar Jadhav was one of the finest fightbacks by the Indian team in recent times. Chasing 350, India were reeling at 63-4 at one stage. This was a knock of two halves though. Kohli played second fiddle to Kedhar Jadhav initially and once the all-rounder departed for a well crafted century, he stepped up his own scoring rate.

This was his 27th ODI hundred and yet another effort that saw him grab the game by the scruff of the neck and pull India to victory in a difficult run chase.

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