Shubman Gill Breaks Virat Kohli's Decade-Old Record In Deodhar Trophy Final
Shubman Gill, who is captaining India C in the Deodhar Trophy, broke Virat Kohli's 10-year old record as he led his side in the final of the domestic tournament. Shubman Gill, 20-year-old, became the youngest-known captain to lead a side in the finals of Deodhar Trophy. India skipper, Virat Kohli, had captained North Zone in the final back in the 2009-10 season at the age of 21. Though it was a special occasion for the youngster, Gill could not contribute much with the bat in the summit clash against India B as he edged one straight to Yashasvi Jaiswal off Mohammed Siraj's bowling in the second over.
Virat Kohli's state mate Unmukt Chand is third on the list as he was the captain at the age of 22 when he led India B in the final of Deodhar Trophy in 2015.
In 2009, Virat Kohli led his side to a comfortable victory as North Zone defeated West Zone to clinch the coveted trophy.
Shubman Gill started the tournament with an impressive knock of 143 against India A on Friday but could only manage a couple of runs in his next two outings in the domestic tournament.
In the match, Kedar Jadhav and Yashasvi Jaiswal scored fifties to help India B post 283 for seven on the board. Chasing 284 for the win, India C lost five wickets inside 18 overs and needed 167 runs in 24 hours at the time of writing.
Virat Kohli Enforces Follow-On For 8th Time To Become Most Successful Indian Test Captain
Virat Kohli reached another distinction as India captain when he enforced a follow-on for a record eighth time during the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Monday. India bowled out South Africa for a paltry 162 runs to take a lead of 335 runs on the third day of the Test at JSCA International Stadium Complex. India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on for the eighth time in his career as Test captain, surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin's mark of seven.
MS Dhoni enforced a follow-on five times in his career, while Sourav Ganguly did it four times in his Test captaincy.
India have already clinched the three-match Test series 2-0 with the help of victories in Vizag and Pune. The number one-ranked Test team is now aiming for a whitewash against the visiting South Africans in Ranchi.
This is India's record 11th Test series triumph at home.
Playing his 51st Test match as captain, Virat Kohli couldn't impress much with the willow in the third Test and lost his wicket for 12 runs.
However, new Test opener Rohit Sharma continued the brilliant run at the top of the order and smashed his maiden Test double hundred.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a causative century as India declared their first innings on 497/9.
Following the impressive batting display, Indian bowlers took the charge and resumed dominating South Africa in Ranchi.
Umesh Yadav led the bowling attack with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with two wickets each as India wrapped up South Africa for 162.
In South Africa's second innings, Shami emerged as the wrecker-in-chief with three wickets, all inside the first seven overs.
Umesh struck twice, while spinners Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a wicket each to reduce South Africa to 132/8, trailing India by 203 runs, at stumps.
Sourav Ganguly 1st India cricketer in 65 years to become BCCI president
Batting great Sourav Ganguly is in line to become only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to serve as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Sourav Ganguly is all set to be elected unopposed as the new BCCI president. The former India captain filed his nomination for the coveted post on Monday at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. He was accompanied by former BCCI bosses Niranjan Shah and N Srinivasan as he became the only candidate to file the nomination.
Only once before had an India cricketer achieved the rare double. Maharaja of Vizianagaram, who led India in a Test tour to England in 1936. Despite playing only 3 Test matches for India, the Maharaja of Vizianagaram a.k.a Vizzy served as BCCI president between 1954 and 1956.
Notably, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav have also served as interim BCCI presidents in 2014.
The BCCI elections were scheduled to be held on October 23 but with Sourav Ganguly being the only candidate to file his nomination for the top post of Indian cricket, he is set to be elected unopposed.
A consensus between the state units of BCCI was built during an unofficial meeting last week. Ganguly was unanimously accepted as the presidential candidate by the representatives of the state units.
Shedding light on the dramatic turn of events in which he piped Brijesh Patel to become the frontrunner for BCCI president post, Ganguly said: "I didn't know I would be the President when I came down. You (the reporter) asked me and I told you it's Brijesh and when I went up and I came to know it has changed. I have never been in a BCCI election and I never knew it worked like this."
Sourav Ganguly, however, will be able to serve as BCCI president only until September 2020 due to the cooling off period. He has been holding posts in Cricket Association of Bengal for the past five years where he currently serves as president and an administrator can only serve six years on the trot.
Ganguly said he was looking forward to taking over the top job and "do something" to correct the hampered image of BCCI.
"I am happy with the appointment because this is the time when BCCI's image has got hampered and it's a great opportunity for me to do something," Ganguly told on Sunday.
Shoaib Akhtar Pays Captain Virat Kohli The Ultimate Compliment
Virat Kohli's brilliant unbeaten double century paved the way for India's record series win over South Africa in Pune. India beat the visiting South Africans by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test to clinch the three-match series with one match still to play. With the win in Pune, India became the first team in the history of cricket to win 11 consecutive Test series at home. And while Virat Kohli's captaincy has been a topic of debate for many, especially after India's World Cup 2019 exit, the Indian skipper received high praise from all quarters. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was effusive in his praise for Virat Kohli, even going to the extent of terming India's run-machine as the "best captain in the world at the moment, miles above the rest in current era".
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said: "I had earlier said that Virat Kohli will become a good captain after the World Cup because he is learning from his mistakes. He is learning well. He has learnt how to sort out India's batting order and team composition. Virat Kohli is the best captain in the world but around him there are so many poor captains."
"World is about mediocre captaincy nowadays. It's very disheartening to see that there are not many great captains in the world anymore apart from Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli. One thing I like about Virat Kohli is that he is a fearless captain. Virat Kohli ran all over South Africa. They (India) have become the best team in the world. They have a great, fearless captain. He puts his country before himself," added the former Pakistan cricketer.
India's win over South Africa in Pune meant they have now won 11 straight Test series at home, bettering their joint-record which they held with Australia, who twice won 10 home series in a row -- from 1994 to 2001 and 2004 to 2008.
Virat Kohli too achieved some big landmarks in the second Test, courtesy his highest Test score of 254 not out.
The Indian captain overtook Don Bradman's Test tally of 6,996 runs and also went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by scoring a record 7th Test double hundred, the highest by an Indian.
As far as the Test Championship is concerned, India consolidated their position at the top of the table with 200 points after 4 wins.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli Breaks Massive Don Bradman Record
Virat Kohli flayed the South African bowlers to all parts of Pune en route his 26th Test hundred. In the post-lunch session on Day 2 in India vs South Africa 2nd Test, Virat Kohli adopted a more attacking approach and in no time reached the 150-run mark -- the ninth time he has done so whilst captaining the Indian team. In the process, Virat Kohli broke the legendary Don Bradman's record of most 150-plus scores as captain. The Indian skipper and the Australian great were tied at eight before the Pune Test but Kohli went past the former Australia skipper on Day 2 of the second Test with his ninth 150-plus score as captain.
India have dominated the second Test after Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat. Rohit Sharma, who hit two centuries in the opening Test of the three-match series, was dismissed cheaply but from thereon in, it was one-way traffic.
Mayank Agarwal, who hit a double century in the first Test, scored a hundred on Day 1 of the second Test while Cheteshwar Pujara (58) scored another gritty half-century.
Both batsmen were dismissed but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made sure India didn't suffer anymore setbacks on the first day.
Resuming on 273 for three, India didn't lose even a single wicket in the first session of the second day as Kohli and Rahane made merry against a hapless South African attack.
Virat Kohli's knock, though, wasn't one without chances. The Indian skipper found the going a tad bit difficult against Rabada early on Day 2 but one he settled down, the picture-perfect cover drives and flicks off the pads were on full display.
Keshav Maharaj too found the edge of Kohli's bat thrice in the span of two overs, but all three times the ball went past Faf du Plessis at first slip.
Overall, Kohli was just brilliant and peppered the boundary regularly in his superlative knock.
India finally lost a wicket on Day 2 shortly after lunch when Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj on 59.