India will be looking to post a big first innings total when they resume Day Two on 264-5 in the Jamaica Test.
West Indies pacers tested India’s batsmen on a quick Kingston pitch but the visitors showed good application to lose only five wickets.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and batsman Hanuma Vihari will aim to put India in a commanding position for a 2-0 series win.
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How many formats of cricket can you take? Tests, ODIs, T20, T10, Sixes, The Hundred, 90-Ninety…
Cricket fans are truly spoilt for choice but most would agree the 50-over format remains the ideal combination of skills and thrills – short enough to keep the tempo high and long enough to ensure only those with proper cricketing skills succeed.
It should therefore come as no surprise that the All-Time ODI team that we have compiled has players who were champions of Test cricket as well. Also, all barring one have a World Cup title under their belt.
Adam Gilchrist (wk)
The Aussie changed the role of wicket-keepers forever. Before him, it was gloveman first and batsman second. But Gilchrist’s devastating batting at the top of the order set the benchmark for keepers in the 21st century. Two fifties and a hundred in three successive World Cup triumphs in 1999, 2003 and 2007 respectively make Gilly the greatest ODI keeper.
The most prolific batsman in history. More than 18,000 ODI runs and 49 tons in 463 matches… these numbers are considerably greater than almost every batsman in history.
Sachin was the first batsman to score a double ton in ODIs in 2010, the next year he capped it with a World Cup crown. Just for the sheer weight of his numbers, the legendary opener walks into any ODI Dream Team.
Ricky Ponting (captain)
Punter has clinched the World Cup as a player and captain. Part of an Australian team that many consider the greatest to play the sport – even ahead of the mighty Windies – Ponting was a leader in the field and with the bat. The third highest run-getter in the format, Ponting’s brutal 140 not out in the 2003 World Cup will never be forgotten by Indian fans.
Not only is the 230 matches captained by Ponting the most in ODIs, his winning percentage of 76 (165 wins) make him the best ODI captain ever. Also, one of the finest fielders in cricket.
Sachin scored 49 tons in 463 ODIs. Kohli has 43 in 239. The current India captain is scoring runs at a rate never seen before. He is averaging more than 60 in ODIs, which is at least 16 more than those above him in the 10,000-run club.
There is no doubt Kohli will break almost every record in the book and he won’t even need to play as many matches as his predecessors did. The undisputed king of chases, Kohli is arguably the best ODI batsman of all time.
The original king. There have been many great ODI players but there can only be one Viv. While the Windies icon only made 6,721 ODI runs, he scored them with a fearlessness and style never seen before or since. The intimidation factor that he brought to the crease alone accounted for a few wins.
He won the first two World Cups for the Windies on his own – three run outs in the 1975 final and a ton in the 1979 title clash.
The only player on the list not to have won a World Cup. And it’s a shame because his numbers make him the most successful all-rounder in cricket. More than 11,000 runs in ODIs, to go with 273 scalps and 131 catches.
A world class one-down batsman and top quality first change seam bowler, Kallis was technical perfection personified. Had the Proteas not choked in the 1999 World Cup semi-final against Australia, history would have viewed Kallis differently.
The 2019 World Cup final is never going to be forgotten. And it was Stokes who engineered the greatest ODI spectacle, hitting a masterful 84 that saw England tie the game and then win the title after that super over against the Kiwis.
The England all-rounder is the biggest match-winner of the current crop and makes it to the list for his ability to deliver when it matters and for being a once-in-a-generation talent.
The Aussie quick provides the extra pace you need on placid ODI wickets. An excellent record of 380 wickets from just 221 matches at an economy of 4.7 shows he was hardly ever taken apart in his career.
The World Cup winner was also a handy lower-order batsman who chipped in with useful runs. Plus, one of the most athletic fielders throughout his career. The perfect out-and-out fast bowler.
You simply can’t get any more skillful than Akram. The left-arm swing king was the greatest exponent of conventional and reverse swing, finishing with 502 ODI scalps.
Bursting onto the scene during Pakistan’s stunning 1992 World Cup win, Akram forged one of the finest fast bowling careers that inspired a generation of quick bowlers in the subcontinent. For many, the greatest left-arm bowler of any kind.
Featuring in three successive World Cup title wins is no mean feat for a fast bowler. ‘Pigeon’ was the epitome of line and length bowling who never, under any circumstance, lost his accuracy.
A total of 381 ODI wickets from 250 matches at an economy of 3.88 is scarcely believable in this day and age. It’s his immaculate accuracy that make him indispensable in the ODI format.
The most successful bowler in ODI history. That alone ensures Murali’s inclusion in any All-Time list. What makes his numbers even more impressive is the fact he carried the Sri Lankan attack on his shoulders for decades, with just seamer Chaminda Vaas for consistent company.
The 1996 World Cup win was a watershed moment in Sri Lankan history. And Murali was an integral member of it.
The ongoing Test battles all across the globe including the Ashes in England has once again reaffirmed the five-day format’s status as the greatest examination of a player’s technique – and one that separates the true greats from the mere mortals.
Openers perform one of the most important roles in Test cricket, as a good start with the bat is vital for any side. Be it wearing down the new ball for other batsmen to follow or scoring some quick counter-attacking runs to put early pressure on the bowlers, the stakes are high for both No1 and No2 in the batting order.
Here, in the first of our series ranking the top Test players in the world, we divide the best openers around into four tiers.
While he might currently be in miserable form in England, there is a reason Warner was named in the ICC Test Team of the Year for four consecutive years in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
A Test average of nearly 47 as an opener is nothing short of sensational and the left-hander has managed to accumulate a total of 21 tons too in the process.
He is one of only five batsmen to have registered a century before lunch on day one of a Test while he has managed to register a century in each innings of a match on three separate occasions.
It has taken some time for Dimuth Karunaratne to establish himself as a Test batsman but the left-hander has showed tremendous growth over the last few years to establish himself as one of the world’s premier opening batsmen.
The left-hander became only the third Sri Lankan batsman in history to register a fourth-innings ton to lead his side to victory in the recent Galle Test against Sri Lanka. The Lions skipper has slammed match-winning hundreds to help his side record away Test series wins over Pakistan and South Africa and was deservedly named in the ICC World Test XI for 2018.
There has been no looking back for Tom Latham ever since he established himself as New Zealand’s Test opener in 2015, with the left-hander averaging a healthy 42.57 after 44 appearances in the format.
The 27-year-old’s unbeaten 264 at Wellington against Sri Lanka at the end of 2018 is the highest score by any opener in history to have carried his bat through the innings.
Latham’s credentials were confirmed when he scored back-to-back Test tons against Pakistan in the UAE in 2014 and the wicket-keeper batsman is averaging nearly 60 with the bat since the turn of 2018.
At a time when limited-overs specialists are being shoehorned into the Test format, Dean Elgar stands out with his old-school approach of dogged cricket where survival trumps everything else.
It is no wonder then that the Proteas batsman is among only two batsmen in history to have carried his bat as an opener on three separate occasions.
Elgar is a gritty player whose technique isn’t the most pleasing to the eye and he’s had to play most of his cricket on South African pitches which aren’t the kindest to openers. Despite that, he has managed to register 11 tons and is an opening batsman any team would love to have.
With 17 Test appearances so far, Markram’s red-ball career is still at a nascent stage but the South African’s promise is undeniable.
The former U19 World Cup-winning Proteas skipper was agonisingly run-out for 97 in his debut innings against Bangladesh but he did manage to make up for that disappointment by making 143 in the next Test against the same opposition.
He confirmed himself as a star in the making by registering another ton in his third Test appearance and added to his burgeoning reputation by adding two more tons in the home series win over Australia last year.
Two dismal years in 2017 and 2018 does not take away Tamim’s previous contributions for Bangladesh, with the left-hander being a key component of the team’s rise in international cricket.
The 30-year-old has had more success for the Tigers in the limited-overs formats but he has shown he has the temperament for Test cricket as well with nine tons and 27 fifties in 56 appearances for far.
He registered twin tons against England at Lord’s in 2010 before becoming only the second Bangladesh player to be named as one of Wisden’s four Cricketers of the Year in the very same year.
The 26-year-old has been a Test mainstay for West Indies since the turn of 2014 and has managed to do reasonably well as an opener despite what has been a tough period for the Caribbean side.
The right-hander has so far managed to register eight Test tons and 17 half-centuries in his career and remains the only opener in history to remain unbeaten in both innings of a Test match.
That instance came in 2016 at Sharjah where Brathwaite scored carried his bat with a 142-run knock in the first innings against Pakistan before following it up with an unbeaten 62 in the second.
A man of KL Rahul’s talent should be in a much higher tier but he has failed to really build on what was a highly promising start to his Test career.
The right-hander registered an excellent ton in Sydney against Australia in only his second Test appearance for India and then had a fabulous run in 2017 where he scored nine half-centuries in the space of 11 innings.
However, Rahul has since flattered to deceive for the most part bar the odd burst of brilliance, like his rapid ton in the fifth and final Test against England at the Oval last year.