Sachin christens ISL team Kerala Blasters

The Sachin Tendulkar owned Kochi franchise of the Indian Super League or ISL has been christened as the Kerala Blasters.

The new team and the name was announced by incumbent Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after he had a brief meeting with the Indian cricketing legend in the capital last week.
The former Indian batsman also accepted the Kerala Chief Minister’s request to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Games which will be held in Kerala next year.

INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN

India defeated Pakistan in their first match in the World T20 Championship yesterday. They secured a pretty comprehensive victory against their arch rivals.

Bowling first, the men in blue made a terrific start as in the very second over they sent the opposition opening batsman Kamran Akmal back into the pavilion. It was the consequence of brilliant fielding by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his follow through. He fielded the ball about 5 yards away from the stumps and then with a direct hit, he knocked the stumps over.

BRILLIANT 109

The South African captain AB de Villiers played a brilliant inning of 109 in the third One Day international game against India at Centurion yesterday. He had made his way to the wicket in a very difficult situation as his team had lost 3 wickets at a score of just 28.

The ball was seaming a bit and the Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was in the middle of a very good spell. It was important for the South African skipper to see off that spell of his somehow and he did exactly that. He got through that spell and started playing his shots after that.

KOHLI CAN BREAK RECORDS

The former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar, has said that if Virat Kohli continues playing like this, he might end up breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of hundreds in One Day Internationals.

Kohli is just 24 years of age at the moment and he has only played 112 ODIs, but, he has already scored 17 tons. If he maintains his fitness, he will surely play for another 13-14 years and the no. of ODIs being played these days, there is a good possibility that he will break Tendulkar’s record.

Cook Wants Win in 100th Test

England captain, Alastair Cook, admits reaching a century of Test caps will be "a huge honour", although that feat will mean little if his team fail to win.

The opener has represented his country 97 times since making his Test debut against India as a 21-year-old in 2006. He made an immediate impact, scoring 60 and 104, and he has never looked back.

Now 28, Cook has scored 7,801 runs at an average of 47.85, including 25 centuries, an England record.

BRILLIANT 100

A brilliant hundred from Ravi Bopara guided Essex to a comfortable win in an YB40 match against Lancashire. Essex won the match by a big margin of 70 runs.

It was a belter of a deck at Old Trafford and the Essex skipper James Foster had no hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss.

The visitors were off to a poor start as one of their openers Gautam Gambhir perished early.

JENNINGS HAILS KOHLI

The former South African player Ray Jennings has hailed Virat Kohli and has said that he has the qualities to become a great captain in future.

Virat is currently captaining the Indian side in the 5-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in the absence of the regular captain MS Dhoni.

Under Virat’s captaincy, the young Indian side is performing quite well. They have won the first couple of ODIs against Zimbabwe quite convincingly and are looking set for a whitewash.

When Jennings was asked about Virat’s captaincy, he said, “Virat is a positive guy who likes to set example for other players in the team. He possesses great leadership qualities. He is someone who is very innovative and has got a good cricketing brain. He is very enthusiastic.”

Anderson targets series whitewash

English speedster James Anderson has stated that the England Cricket Team has no sorrow for the perils of the Australian side and has added the team is gunning for a clean sweep of the Ashes series.

Speaking to a local newspaper, Anderson stated that they team doesn’t feel any sympathy and mentioned that they are targeting a 5-0 white wash of the Aussies and each member of the team is eager to put his 100% in each of the games left to achieve that.

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MALINGA WAS TERRIFIC

The captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Angelo Mathews, has praised Lasith Malinga for his terrific performance in the match against New Zealand.

Malinga took 4 wickets against Kiwis, but, despite his great effort, Sri Lanka couldn’t win the match. New Zealand somehow managed to reach the target and won the match by 1 wicket.

Sri Lanka had batted first and had got all out on just 138 runs. Chasing down that total, New Zealand was in a very good position at one point of time, but, when Malinga came for his second spell, he changed it all.

With his lethal in swinging yorkers, Malinga just rattled the lower middle order of New Zealand. He got the important wickets of Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori in his second spell which pushed New Zealand right back.