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Tendulkar’s Best Figures to Sehwag’s ODI Debut – 10 Interesting Cricket Facts on April Fool’s Day

Nikhil Narain |April 1, 2020, 4:56 PM IST The 1st of April, every year, is celebrated as April Fools’ Day.We look at 10 interesting facts – records/events/ milestones – from the world of cricket which occurred on April Fools’ Day.1933: Hammond sets a World RecordWally Hammond hammered an unbeaten 336 against New Zealand in Auckland…

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Tendulkar's Best Figures to Sehwag's ODI Debut - 10 Interesting Cricket Facts on April Fool's Day

The 1st of April, every year, is celebrated as April Fools’ Day.

We look at 10 interesting facts – records/events/ milestones – from the world of cricket which occurred on April Fools’ Day.

1933: Hammond sets a World Record

Wally Hammond hammered an unbeaten 336 against New Zealand in Auckland – it was the highest Test score in history till then. He broke the record of Don Bradman – 334 against England at Leeds in 1930.

1941: Birth of an Indian Legend

Ajit Wadekar played a significant role with the bat in India’s first Test win AWAY from home when in February, 1968 they beat New Zealand by 5 wickets in Dunedin. India went on to win the series 3-1. He also led India to their maiden Test series win in the Caribbean and in England in 1971.

1957: Birth of an English Great

David Gower is widely regarded as one of the greatest English batsmen of all-time. The elegant and stylish left-hander scored 8231 runs in 117 Tests for England. His exploits included 18 hundreds with a highest score of 215 against Australia in the Ashes in Birmingham in 1985.

Ravi Shastri (Credit: Getty Images) Ravi Shastri (Credit: Getty Images)

1988: Shastri fifty blasts India to victory at Sharjah

Ravi Shastri, the Indian skipper, batting at number 6, blasted 72 off just 66 deliveries as India beat New Zealand by 52 runs in the final of the tri-nation Sharjah Cup.

1998: Tendulkar records best figures in ODI cricket

Sachin Tendulkar ran through the Australian middle order and returned with 5-32 in 10 overs in a tri-series match at Kochi – his best performance in ODI cricket. India won by 41 runs.

1999: Sehwag made his ODI Debut

Virender Sehwag, batting at number 7 against Pakistan in Mohali in the tri-nation Pepsi Cup was dismissed for a solitary 1. He was also hammered for 35 in his 3 overs. Little did the world know what lied in store in the years to come!

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2007: Sanath Jayasuriya demolishes West Indies

Sanath Jayasuriya smashed 115 off 101 deliveries against West Indies in their Super Eights clash in the 2007 World Cup at Providence. He then returned to pick 3 wickets handing Sri Lanka a 113 run victory over the home team.

2014: Pakistan records their lowest World T20 score

West Indies bowled out Pakistan for 82 in their 2014 World T20 clash in Dhaka – this remains Pakistan’s lowest total in any World T20 match.

2018: Pakistan thrash West Indies by record margin

Pakistan bowled out West Indies for 60 in Karachi – the joint-lowest T20I score for any major team in history till then – and registered a thrashing 143 run victory. It is the joint fourth-highest margin of victory in T20I cricket.

Sam Curran along with team members celebrates after claiming the wicket of DC's Colin Ingram during the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match in Mohali. (Image: PTI)

2019: Sam Curran’s IPL hat-trick

Sam Curran playing in his maiden IPL, picked the first hat-trick of the season (and 18th overall) when he bagged the wickets of Harshal Patel (over 17.6), Kagiso Rabada (19.1) and Sandeep Lamichhane (19.2) in what was a split hat-trick to help Kings XI Punjab register a 14-run victory over Delhi Capitals in Mohali.

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PCB to Conduct Virtual Fitness Tests Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Home News Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic IANS |April 9, 2020, 10:46 AM IST Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to…

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IANS |April 9, 2020, 10:46 AM IST

PCB to Conduct Virtual Fitness Tests Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Pakistan will conduct fitness tests on players virtually amid the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to conduct tests for its contracted domestic and international players on April 20 and 21, according to ESPNCricinfo.

The contracted players were due to undergo tests on March 23 and 24 but that was called off due to the pandemic. The new tests will be designed so as to monitor how players have been spending their time at home.

ESPNCricinfo reports that Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and trainer Yasir Malik sent out a message earlier this week to the players reminding them of their obligations to remain fit.

The new fitness test requires players to do 60 push-ups, 50 sit-ups and 30 burpees, taking a minute to complete each. It will also need players to do 10 complete chin-ups in one attempt, 25 Bulgarian split squats, 2.5metre standing broad jump, reverse plank for two minutes and pass a level 18 yo-yo test.

“With all the limitations and lack of resources at the moment, we have chalked out this new fitness battery with everyone given an equal opportunity,” the message from Misbah and Malik read.

“We have to make sure that we are giving our hundred percent. You have been informed well before time to make sure you are mentally and physically ready for it. All the tests will be carried out on video link by your team’s trainers.”

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Shoaib Akhtar Proposes India-Pakistan Series to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Fight

PTI |April 9, 2020, 10:44 AM IST Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries.The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistan-based outfits…

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Shoaib Akhtar Proposes India-Pakistan Series to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Fight

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries.

The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistan-based outfits and the resultant diplomatic tension. They only play each other in ICC events and Asia Cup.

“In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three-match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” Akhtar told PTI from Islamabad.

“If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field,” he said.

“You are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic,” added the 44-year-old.

With both countries in a lockdown amid the fast-spreading pandemic, the games can only be organised when things improve. However, Akhtar feels the sooner they are held, the better it would be but could not tell how the logistics of such an initiative would be worked out.

“Everyone is sitting at home at the moment, so there will be a massive following for the games. May be not now, when things start improving, the games could be organised at a neutral location like Dubai. Chartered flights could be arranged and the matches could be held.

“It could even lead to resumption of bilateral cricketing ties and relations of both countries improve diplomatically. You never know,” said the ‘Rawalpindi Express’.

“The whole world will tune into it, so much money can be raised to deal with this crisis. In difficult times, the character of the nation comes forward.”

In these extraordinary times, Akhtar feels both countries should help each other.

“If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide).”

India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were recently trolled for asking their social media followers to donate to Shahid Afridi’s charity foundation which is doing its bit in Pakistan’s fight against the deadly virus.

“It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” he opined.

Akhtar has spent a lot of time in India as a commentator. He fondly recalled his days in Mumbai during the World T20 in 2016, the last time he came to India for work.

“I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India. For the first time I am revealing this, whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV,” he remembered.

Akhtar used to visit the city’s slum areas with his face covered to hand out financial help to elder women there.

“From drivers, runners to my security guys. I took care of a lot of people. I was like if am earning from this country, I have to help my colleagues also.

“I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” added Akhtar.

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New Zealand Tour Helped Me Grow in Confidence: Sanju Samson

Home News Samson, 25, played two T20Is in New Zealand in the five-match series which India won 5-0, but failed to make an impact with scores of 2 and 8. Cricketnext Staff |April 8, 2020, 4:24 PM IST India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has not had a lot of chances to stake a claim but he…

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Samson, 25, played two T20Is in New Zealand in the five-match series which India won 5-0, but failed to make an impact with scores of 2 and 8.

Cricketnext Staff |April 8, 2020, 4:24 PM IST

New Zealand Tour Helped Me Grow in Confidence: Sanju Samson

India wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson has not had a lot of chances to stake a claim but he is happy with sharing the dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma while learning from them.

Samson, 25, played two T20Is in New Zealand in the five-match series which India won 5-0, but failed to make an impact with scores of 2 and 8. He was given a chance against Sri Lanka also in Pune earlier this year but there also he managed just six.

“I looked at the brighter side of things. I got to share the dressing room with legends like Virat bhai and Rohit bhai and there is a lot to learn from them even if we just observe the way they handle themselves on and off the ground. And then to be a part of the world’s best cricket team is not a small thing,” he told The Times of India on his time on the bench.

“The New Zealand tour was one of the best times of my life. Yes, it is true that I could not perform with the bat the way I would have loved to. But I believe the change of style that I have adopted in my batting recently will sometimes lead to failures. I have started to accept that fact and I wait and prepare for my next big successful innings,” he added.

Samson recalled when he was sent to bat in the Super Over alongside skipper Virat Kohli in the 4th T20I, it helped boost his confidence. “In fact, I was sent in to bat in the Super Over again in a tight match (fourth T20I in Wellington), that too with Virat Kohli. So you can make out the trust the Indian team had on me. That moment was a huge achievement in my career,” he said.

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