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The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia was a roller coaster of emotions beginning with Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and ending with a 4-2 score. France secured its second World Cup victory while Croatia won millions of hearts with their spirit. But, there was another victory that was won on the same pitch, […]

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The FIFA World Cup final between France and Croatia was a roller coaster of emotions beginning with Mario Mandzukic’s own goal and ending with a 4-2 score. France secured its second World Cup victory while Croatia won millions of hearts with their spirit. But, there was another victory that was won on the same pitch, moments after the play was resumed at halftime.

The pussy riot clique

Four people, dressed in old police uniforms invaded the pitch and caused chaos to run amok in the pitch. The match had to be paused until they were removed by the security officials. About 17 hours ago, a Moscow based pro-feminist protest punk rock group, Pussy Riot’s official twitter handle posted a tweet claiming responsibility for the invasion.

Here’s what the tweet read “NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — ”Policeman enters the Game”

Along with the tweet, Pussy Riot has also posted a photo that details the inspiration and reason for the pitch invasion, along with a list of demands to the Russian government.

The first video that was uploaded was taken down by YouTube on the grounds of copyright infringement. That has not deterred the band from fighting back and posting photos of the incident and re-uploading the video.

The invasion was staged in the presence of the Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to protest against the state and its repressive attitude towards its people. They invaded the pitch to make a statement about Russian political and prison systems. Pussy Riot’s pitch invasion demands included:
• Free political prisoners.
• Do not put people in jail for social media “likes”.
• Stop illegal detentions at political rallies.
• Allow political competition in Russia.
• Do not fabricate criminal cases and detain people for no reason.

A pussy riot member being dragged out of the field

It was reported by the Russian website Mediazona that the pitch invaders included three women and one man and all of them were reportedly detained at a police station nearby. One protester was able to run to the middle of the field and high five KylianMbappé, the 19-year-old soccer player who scored France’s fourth goal in the match against Croatia.

Another member Hi-fiving Mbappe

They may have been arrested and silenced, but we’ve already crossed the dawn of the digital age and it won’t be easy to stop the idea behind this protest invasion. The group’s demands are slowly but steadily resonating throughout Russia and the world. Here is the full video released by Pussy Riot on their YouTube channel wearepussyriot

 

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10 World Cup Controversies That Left Everyone Shook http://www.scrolldroll.com/world-cup-controversies-that-left-everyone-shook/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:50:24 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=15306

This year’s World Cup is ever surprising. Not so famous teams made it to the end and football behemoths got out in the middle of the tournament. But FIFA is one competition that has sparked controversies and shockers since its inception. Be it faking injuries or making injuries, players go to insane lengths to bag […]

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This year’s World Cup is ever surprising. Not so famous teams made it to the end and football behemoths got out in the middle of the tournament. But FIFA is one competition that has sparked controversies and shockers since its inception. Be it faking injuries or making injuries, players go to insane lengths to bag that extra shot to win. So as you gear up for the big finals, we bring you the biggest FIFA World Cup controversies that left everyone shook!

1. Head attack!

Zinedine Zidane rose from retirement to headline the French team. It was the finals when he and Italian defender Marco Materazzi were going towards the centre circle but suddenly Zidane headbutted him. That cost France penalties and eventually, the game.

2. Handball or football?

Whenever you club football with controversy, Luis Suarez is the first name that pops up. In the quarterfinals of FIFA 2010, Ghana was playing against Uruguay. Towards the end of the game, Ghana went for a goal, which Suarez blocked with his hand. What followed was a penalty which Ghana failed to convert and Uruguay emerged as the winner!

3. If you can’t beat them, just eat them!

From the looks of it, Suarez seems to have a penchant for controversies. During the 2014 World Cup, Uruguay needed to beat Italy to remain in the tournament. In the 79th minute, Suarez bumped into Chelini in Italy’s goal area, ending up biting him on the shoulder. This toothy act banned Suarez for 9 international matches that followed.

4. Karate ball?

In the 2010 World Cup Final, one thing that prominently stood out was Jong karate kicking Xabi in the chest. Not even half an hour passed by when Netherlands midfielder, Jong flew a kick towards Spain’s Alonso. What followed was Spain’s victory, despite a kick in the gut!

5. Football gone wrestling!

The 1962 match between Chile and Italy is infamous for the violence that went on. Within 12 seconds of the game, first foul came in. What followed were punches, kicks, and blood. To prevent serious injury, the police intervened three times. At the end, Chile emerged as winners amidst the chaos!

6. Goal or No goal?

In the 1966 tournament, England was facing off West Germany. Geoff Hurst from England struck a goal from a close range, the ball touched the crossbar then bounced off the ground and later cleared. The referee wasn’t sure if it was a goal, hence asked his Azerbaijani linesman who opined that it was. After several years of studies, it surfaced that it wasn’t a goal after all. Although, Hurst goaled again and his team won by 4-2.

7. Sheikh it off!

During the 1982 World Cup, Kuwait was hosting this match and facing France who was leading with 3-1. Mid game, when the opposition struck a goal, the Arab team claimed that they couldn’t block it because they paused to hear a mysterious whistle sound that came from the stands. When the referee didn’t take their plea into consideration, Prince Fahad (The Kuwaiti FA president), himself intervened in favour of Kuwait and got France’s goal chalked off! (Is this what you call a home advantage?)

8. No pain, still gained?

In 2002 World Cup, Brazil was facing Turkey. During the last minutes, Rivaldo was waiting for the ball beside the corner flag. HakanUnsal from Turkey hit the ball towards his direction which hit him in the leg. To this, Rivaldo responded by clutching his face and diving into the ground which was uncalled for as the ball barely hit him. This led to a red card for Hakan and later a fine of 11,670 Swiss Francs for Rivaldo for his act!

9. Game of cards!

English referee Graham Poll got famous for triple booking one player. In the 2006 World Cup, Josip Simunic from Croatia was given a yellow card three times in a match against Australia. First in the 61st minute, then in 90th and finally in the 93rd minute, he was sent off!

10. Faking takes talent and I got plenty!

Not exactly a controversy but definitely a thing that’s currently breaking the internet. Brazilian football star, Neymar is famous for his tremendous play and infamous for the theatrical display of injuries on the field. His most recent drama surfaced when Brazil was playing against Mexico in this year’s world cup. After Miguel Layun accidentally stepped on his ankle, he writhed on the ground displaying excruciating pain. Eventually, this didn’t help Brazil as it ended up losing but Neymar became the face of many many memes.

Looks like everything is fair in love and football. Do you think these players went too far? Let us know in the comments below!

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19 Interesting & Little Known Cricket Facts http://www.scrolldroll.com/interesting-little-known-cricket-facts/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=14621

Invented ages ago, Cricket rose to global prominence during the 19th Century. With an estimated fanbase of 2.5 billion, the game of bat and ball is the second most popular sport in the world. Do you belong to this huge fanbase? Chances are, you do! Now, come check your trivia with these interesting and little […]

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Invented ages ago, Cricket rose to global prominence during the 19th Century. With an estimated fanbase of 2.5 billion, the game of bat and ball is the second most popular sport in the world. Do you belong to this huge fanbase? Chances are, you do! Now, come check your trivia with these interesting and little known Cricket facts.

1. LADIES FIRST

2. CRICKET AT OLYMPICS

3. 137 YEARS TO HAPPEN!!!

This feat was achieved by Chris Gayle on the first ball of the Mirpur Test in 2012.

4. GREAT INNINGS – NO FOOTAGE …HUH!!!

5. CAPTAIN COOL!

6. Last Test Wonder #1

He also surpassed Gilchrist (100) as the highest six hitter in Tests (107) in the same Test.

7. Last Test Wonder #2

8. The First Occasion When Both The Wicket Keepers Bowled

This happened in the first Test of the 2013-14 series at Johannesburg.

9. 76 Extras!!!

This includes 35 Byes, 26 Leg Byes & 15 No Balls.

10. 17-Ball Over

The veteran pacer bowled 7 wides and 4 no-balls & leaked 15 runs in the over.

11. Unluckiest Decision!

TV replays showed it was a no-ball as Vettori overstepped.

12. 77 Ball Duck!

13. No.11 Top Scores On His Debut!

14. Narendra Hirwani’s Record

The leg spinner played only 17 tests matches in his entire career.

15. Retired Out

Marvan Atapattu walked off after scoring 201, followed by Mahela Jayawardene, for 150.

16. The Career That Failed After Dream Started

He still has the highest Test batting average for any Indian batsman- 54.20.

17. What do Inzy, S Ramesh & Kohli have in Common? “First Ball Wicket”

18. Miscalculated World Cup Exit

A misinformed Boucher defended the last ball bowled while they need a single to win to enter the Super Sixes stage.

19. Oldest Cricket Record

With so many phenomena associated with cricket, no wonder why it creates so much buzz. Indians belong to a major chunk of the fanbase, which is why this sport is celebrated in our country like no other.

Do you find these cricket facts amusing? Let us know if we have missed out on any other interesting ones.

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Slowest Cricket Innings: Sunil Gavaskar’s 36* Off 174 Balls Chasing 334 http://www.scrolldroll.com/slowest-cricket-innings-sunil-gavaskars-36-off-174-balls-chasing-334/ Thu, 31 May 2018 12:49:35 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13869

The original ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar is a name to be reckoned within Indian Cricket. The first cricket player to score over 10,000 runs in the history of Cricket and former Indian Captain has been lauded for his ability to face the fiercest pace battery of West Indians and Australians in the 1970s and 80s. […]

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The original ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar is a name to be reckoned within Indian Cricket. The first cricket player to score over 10,000 runs in the history of Cricket and former Indian Captain has been lauded for his ability to face the fiercest pace battery of West Indians and Australians in the 1970s and 80s. However, one particular instance remains a blot on Gavaskar’s otherwise glorious career – 36* off 174 balls against West Indies chasing 334 in the first match of the first World Cup in 1975.

Let’s know more about the slowest Cricket innings: Sunil Gavaskar’s 36* off 174 balls chasing 334

The first international ODI match was played in January 1971 and four years later, the first ODI World Cup was held in England. The concept of ODI Cricket was still very new to the cricketing world and only a total of 18 International ODI matches were played before the World Cup. ODIs used to be a 60-over affair then.

England, Australia, West Indies, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, East Africa and India were the teams participating in the 1975 World Cup. The Indian squad was captained by S Venkataraghavan and comprised of notable players like Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath, Madan Lal, Anshuman Gaekwad and GR Vishwanath. India was placed in the Group A of the World Cup with England, East Africa and New Zealand.

The first match of the first ever World Cup was all set to be played between a formidable England side and a relatively weaker Indian side at the Mecca of Cricket – Lord’s. It was history in the making and India was a part of it.

England’s Batting 

The first half of the match went perfectly as planned for England who notched up 334/8 in their quota of 60 overs – the first 300+ score in ODIs.
Dennis Amiss scored a calm 137 supported by a solid 68 from Keith Fletcher and a quickfire 30-ball 50 from Chris Old.

Gavaskar’s Innings 

Sunil Gavaskar came out to open the innings for India and played a snail-pace. At first, it looked like the Little Master was adopting this strategy to see off the new ball. However, the frustration of his other teammates in the Pavillion and the audience increased as his batting progressed. Some of the angry Indian spectators were reported to have even invaded the pitch.

Gavaskar and the team made no effort to try and reach the total. Gavaskar was dropped thrice in this inning adding to the misery of the spectators. Gavaskar also claimed that he had been caught behind off the second ball of the innings after a faint nick but nobody appealed and admitted he wished he had walked.

Gavaskar remained unbeaten at 36 off 174 balls at the end of the match with a single boundary. India finished the innings with 132-3 in 60 overs at a run rate of 2.2. GR Vishwanath top-scored for India in the match with 37 runs off 59 balls.

Reasons & Reactions

This inning is considered to be the laziest ODI innings of all time and one of the bizarre batting displays in ODI history. It received angry reactions from all quarters of the cricketing fraternity.

The Cricketer reported:

“Dejected Indians were pathetically pleading with him to die fighting. Their flags hung limp in their hands. It was a perverse moment of self-inflicted shame.”

GS Ramchand, Indian team manager at the 1975 World Cup told:

“It was the most disgraceful and selfish performance I have ever seen… his excuse [to me] was, the wicket was too slow to play shots but that was a stupid thing to say after England had scored 334.The entire party is upset about it. Our national pride is too important to be thrown away like this. ”
Years later, Sunil Gavaskar broke his silence about his innings saying:

“It is something that even now I really can’t explain. If you looked back at it, you’d actually see in the first few overs some shots which I’d never want to see again – cross-batted slogs. I wasn’t overjoyed at the prospect of playing non-cricketing shots and I just got into a mental rut after that. There were occasions I felt like moving away from the stumps so I would be bowled. This was the only way to get away from the mental agony from which I was suffering. I couldn’t force the pace and I couldn’t get out.”

Anshuman Gaekwad, who made 22 off 46 balls in the same match, said:

“We were all very surprised by the way he was batting. It was difficult to say what he was up to. When I was with him in the middle, we didn’t discuss the team’s strategy or his or mine. I was too junior to say anything to him.”

 

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13 Inspiring Quotes by WWE Wrestlers http://www.scrolldroll.com/wwe-quotes/ Wed, 02 May 2018 10:27:11 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=7064

WWE is one of the most popular entertainment sports among the people. The wrestlers work hard and hold around more than 500 promotions around the world in a year. Here are some few quotes by successful wrestlers which shows that they deserve the fame  that they have 1.We have to forget the pain and continue our […]

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WWE is one of the most popular entertainment sports among the people. The wrestlers work hard and hold around more than 500 promotions around the world in a year.

Here are some few quotes by successful wrestlers which shows that they deserve the fame  that they have

1.We have to forget the pain and continue our journey to success

2.Consistency is the key
 

3. Because wrestling has a lot of emotions too

4.You need to take risks sometimes

6. Always be positive

7. We will always meet some haters on out road to success

8. Never stop chasing your dreams

9. Be honest

10. Never settle for second place

11. You should always believe in yourself

12.Do not fear loneliness

13.Shakespeare would have been a wrestling fan

These wrestlers are more than just entertainers, they worked hard to get to where they are now. Some people may not consider them as real sports people but they should be respected for what they do.

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11 Impressive Cricket Records Held By Indians http://www.scrolldroll.com/impressive-cricket-records-held-by-indians/ Tue, 01 May 2018 11:59:43 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=3719

The English invented Cricket, the Aussies mastered it and the Indians rule it. Cricket is a religion in India and we have heroes who have fought crusades to bring us glory. When it comes to the record books, the Men In Blue have a knack for rewriting them. Some of the most acclaimed records in the […]

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The English invented Cricket, the Aussies mastered it and the Indians rule it. Cricket is a religion in India and we have heroes who have fought crusades to bring us glory. When it comes to the record books, the Men In Blue have a knack for rewriting them. Some of the most acclaimed records in the game belong to the Indians.

Let’s have a look at a few of them.

1. With over 664 International appearances (200 Tests, 463 ODIs & 1 T20), the Master Blaster has the most number of International Matches under his belt. 

Cricket Records Held By indians (1)

 

2. With 34,357 International runs, Sachin surpasses his closest Rival Kumar Sangakkara by over 6000 runs

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3.  Sachin – The Only Man On The Planet Who Can Boast Of A Hundred 100s. His closest rival Ricky Ponting has 71.

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4. The Young leg-spinner from Uttar Pradesh had a dream run in the initial days of his career. As a 19-year old, he picked up 16 wickets for India against West Indies in 1998. Unfortunately, his career didn’t last long.

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5. Rahul Dravid’s safe hand in the slips has fetched many wickets and helped him earn this record

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6. Rohit Sharma is also the batsman with the maximum number of 200s in ODI- 3. 
(209 against Australia in 2013, 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 & 208 against Sri Lanka in 2017)

Cricket Records Held By indians (6)

 

7. Virender Sehwag, Don Bradman, Chris Gayle and Brian Lara have all scored two triple centuries

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8. The left-hand spinner from Maharashtra has held this record for over 50 years now. He produced 21 successive maidens and a total of just 5 runs in 32 overs in the most stingy bowling spell ever.

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9. Yuvraj Singh became the first batsman in T20 Cricket and the second player in International Cricket (after Herschelle Gibbs) to score 6 sixes in an over against Stuart Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup. 

 

10. Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi witnessed history in 1999 when Anil Kumble sent the entire Pakistani team to the pavilion in the 2nd innings of the second test. This was only the second and the last instance of this nearly impossible feat.  

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11. Forced to follow after a paltry total in the first Innings, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s partnership helped India take the lead and avoid a defeat. A superb bowling performance by Harbhajan and Sachin along with Ganguly’s aggressive captain ship helped India dismiss the Kangroos. It was only the third occurrence of a victory after following on and the last one so far.

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Did we miss a record we should have included in this list? Let us know in the comments.

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28 Best Comments From Harsha Bhogle In The Commentary Box http://www.scrolldroll.com/harsha-bhogle-commentary/ Sat, 28 Apr 2018 08:02:27 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=3873

What Sachin is to the 22 Yards, Harsha Bhogle is to the commentary box. The formats have changed, the players have changed and the game has changed but what hasn’t changed for almost three decades now is Harsha’s Bhogle’s voice.  The impeccable commentator has taken us through several memorable matches and Indian victories. Harsha Bhogle’s punch […]

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What Sachin is to the 22 Yards, Harsha Bhogle is to the commentary box. The formats have changed, the players have changed and the game has changed but what hasn’t changed for almost three decades now is Harsha’s Bhogle’s voice.  The impeccable commentator has taken us through several memorable matches and Indian victories.

Harsha Bhogle’s punch lines, witty remarks and analogies on the microphone have become widely popular on social media with several threads on Quora dedicated to it. So, we bring you some of best comments from Harsha Bhogle.

1. When Chris Gayle was just talking in 6s and 4s!

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (1)

2.  When R. Ashwin came to bat and started playing unconventional cricket shots in a match against England:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (2)

3. When Michael Atherton was showing off their ‘hospitality skills’.

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (3)

4. About comparing Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (4)

5. Being gentle can result into Harsh-a -ness, Rajat:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (5)

6. This is how he reacted to Shakib Al Hasan dead slow bowling!

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (6)

7. Ian Chappell just wanted to know from co-commentator Harsha Bhogle whether Hirwani can bat.

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (7)

8. When an Aussie fielder dropped a simple catch:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (8)

9. In the second ODI against Pakistan, Harsha was talking about the Indian batting when he said:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (9)

10. The camera caught umpire Rudi Koertzen sporting a rare smile and Harsha couldn’t help but say:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (10)

11. Harsha was hosting the ICC Awards before the T20 World Cup and he called on Jonty Rhodes to present an award. As Jonty began descending the stairs Harsha commented: Harsha Bhogle Quotes (11)

12. When Michael Vaughan’s off spin got Sachin bowled out!

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (12)

13. The savage 2013 ODI India – Aus series explained by Harsha where India chased a scrore over 300 thrice:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (13)

14. When Sachin appealed after trapping Shane Shillingford LBW during his 199th & penultimate test match at the Eden Gardens and the crowd roared with Sachin’s appeal:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (14)

15. When a wicket fell & Sachin had to come to bat next:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (15)

16. When Dravid got out in his final match (CLT20 2013 Final) playing a wild slog shot:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (16)

17. About Rahul Dravid:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (17)

18. This mutual admiration and that Natwest final where India defeated England and Dada celebrated with his shirt off:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (18)

19. When Micheal Clarke got out on the slip but was still waiting for the umpire’s decision:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (19)

20. An enthusiastic Harsha just phrased the Yuvraj Singh and Durban cricket ground combination perfectly:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (20)

21. Andrew Symonds LBW appeal got nothing out of the umpire:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (21)

22. On Sachin’s farewell, Harsha summed up Wankhade’s atmosphere in one sentence:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (22)

23. Andrew Tye bowls a slower delivery was picked early by Kohli for a huge 6:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (23)

24. When he can’t help but notice Brad Hogg’s odd style of bowling:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (24)

25. After Joe Root attempted a reverse sweep at a very crucial point in the match and got out.

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (25)

26. While Pujara is amazing in tests, T-20 is not his cup of tea

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (26)

27. A perfect stroke for Sachin’s retirement moment:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (27)

28. When India was miserably losing a test match to England with Harsha & Dravid in the commentary box:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (28)29. On Rahul Dravid’s class:

Harsha Bhogle Quotes (29)

We are just glad that we were born in a time where Sachin was killing it on field and Harsha behind the mic.

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15 Unbelievable Cricket Records That’ll Blow Your Mind http://www.scrolldroll.com/unlikely-cricket-records/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:21:57 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=8395

Cricket is certainly the most splendid and the greatest game that the mankind has invented. The dramas, the performances, the thrill, the skills and the entertainment it offers are second to no other game. And what makes it more fascinating is how the unachievable is achieved only to be replaced. We bring you some of […]

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Cricket is certainly the most splendid and the greatest game that the mankind has invented. The dramas, the performances, the thrill, the skills and the entertainment it offers are second to no other game. And what makes it more fascinating is how the unachievable is achieved only to be replaced.

We bring you some of the most unlikely cricket records of all time.

1. Shane warne, the legendary spinner has taken 293 ODI wickets And Sanath Jayasuriya, primarily an opening batsman, has taken 323 ODI wickets! Surprised? 

 

2. How do you expect a number 8 batsman to perform with the bat? No expectations you might say, but the mighty all-rounder from Pakistan stunned the cricketing world with his thundering knock of 257* against Zimbabwe.
(Highest Test Scores of Sachin, Ganguly
and Kallis are 248, 239 and 224 respectively).

 

3. Playing the last game of your life might lead to performance pressure for many but not Jason Gillespie. The Australian fast bowler, who’s been an inspiration for tailenders ever since he retired scored a double ton (201*) in his last test match against Bangladesh. Fun fact – This was his first one too!

 

4. The famous all-rounder of the Indian team from the 90’s, Ajit Agarkar holds the record for the fastest ODI 50 by an Indian till date! He hammered his half-century off 21 balls.

 

5. The Pakistani heartthrob all-rounder Shahid Afridi has had hard luck finding patience all these years. Aptly named ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ for the explosive nature of his batting, it is no surprise he’s never been at the crease for more than 100 balls!

 

6. It remains a mystery to date as to how can such a prolific batsman hit just 6 sixes in his entire test career. Reasons cited have been large grounds, cautious nature among others. Luckily or unluckily one of those 6 sixes came against India…

 

7. Unlike gully cricket coming to bat, in the end, has its own perks…

 

8. Merely 21 years old with no international experience in bowling, Inzy tricked the batsman to edge his left arm spin delivery to the keeper. Guess who the batsman was – Brian Lara! Now that’s some debut wicket!

 

9. The swing bowler with an unusual bowling action from India, Debashish Mohanty despite not making it big in international cricket, did reserve his name in the history of cricketing trivia when the 7th edition of cricket world cup put up its logo inspired by his ball throwing action.

 

10. The God of cricket has been a part of almost every historical event the game has to offer. When the first time technology was used to determine a batsman’s dismissal in 1992, the batsman was Sachin and the team was South Africa.

 

11. Despite the fact that most of his runs have come playing against weaker nations, he is certainly an asset for a non-test playing nation and a really fine one at that.

Ryan Ten Doeschate (Avg: 67.00) is the highest (min. 20 Innings) for any batsman till date and is followed by the Indian Captain – Virat Kohli (58.10).

 

12. Chris Martin, the medium pace bowler from New Zealand has 233 wickets and a total of 123 runs to his credit while Bhagwat Subramanya Chandrasekhar, the leg-spinner from India has taken 242 wickets and scored a total of 167 runs in his career.

 

13. One of the potential talents that got wasted, the dynamic middle-order batsman, Vinod Kambli is one of them. The reasons for the success gap can be many, but one can’t deny that India couldn’t make the best out of someone like him.

Vinod Kambli still holds the record for the highest batting average for an Indian batsman in tests (54.20) which is higher than that of Sachin Tendulkar (53.78).

 

14. All-rounder from India, Ajit Agarkar did what even the God of cricket couldn’t. Playing against England in 2002, Agarkar scored 109 runs off 190 balls at Lord’s, what makes it sweeter is the fact that it was his maiden century!

 

15. Imagine that for a fast bowler! He played 131 matches never missed a test due to an injury. Kapil Dev missed only one test in his 16-year long career. He was dropped despite being in good form to discipline him for a rash stroke he played in the 5th Day of the previous test against England which India eventually lost. He had played 66 consecutive matches before this incident and played 65 consecutive tests after it.

 

Cricket has been a game of numbers and statistics. Almost every day, It offers a platform to players around the world to carve a place in history for themselves only to be replaced by someone else sometime later. But whatever the case be, these records make it even more appealing to people like this astonishing sport.

Share your cricket related trivia with us in comments below.

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14 Minimal Posters That Perfectly Define Legends Of Cricket http://www.scrolldroll.com/cricketers-minimal-posters/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:59:52 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=5653

In a country where the people are divided based on their caste, region, language, religion and many other elements of the social fabric, Cricket has been a national unifier. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal, the entire country cheers for the glorious sixes, inswinging yorkers, impossible catches and stunning deliveries. And the game […]

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In a country where the people are divided based on their caste, region, language, religion and many other elements of the social fabric, Cricket has been a national unifier. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal, the entire country cheers for the glorious sixes, inswinging yorkers, impossible catches and stunning deliveries.

And the game has been brought closer to our hearts with the legends of the game. We have seen them start their careers, achieve impossible feats, produce spectacular performances and turn into legends. So, we bring you 14 minimal posters that perfectly define legends of Cricket

1. Be it runs, centuries, victories or abuses, the Indian Captain is always there

  

2. A crucial match but a broken jaw. Well, nobody could stop Jumbo’s march to glory

 

3. One of the most stylish cricketers to have ever donned the blue jersey, the Six x 6 in the inaugural T20 World Cup is a memory that every Cricket Fan remembers

 

4. While the best of the Cricketers sometimes fail to score a triple hundred in their entire career, Brian Charles Lara showed he definitely was the best, by scoring 400

 

5. If Cricket is a religion, there will be only one God & everyone knows who he is

 

6. Generations to come would remember the Spin Wizard & the ball that stunned even the Cricket Pundits

 

7. Captain Cool – Need we say more!

 

8. Is it a bird or a plane? No, it’s the man with the Golden Arm we all simply loved.

 

9. 32/3, Batting on 195 or opening with the ball bending like a banana, there was only one man who didn’t fear to step out and smash the leather for another glorious six.

 

10. Sourav was the man who taught India to win and brought the killer instinct in the Men In Blue. Dada giving Englishmen a taste of their own medicine at Lords is one of the most memorable moments in Indian Cricket.

 

11. Last over of a Crucial Match and 6 runs to win, who would you give the ball?
Well, those deadly in-swinging yorkers with precision and consistency is the priced possession of only one man.

 

12. Every batsman has his scoring areas and shots, and then there is ABD.

 

13. “There is the God of Cricket, there is the God of Off-side, there is the God of 4th innings. But, when doors  are closed, even the God is behind the Wall.” – Indian Cricket Fan

 

14. In a fraternity filled with fizzy hairstyles, funky beards, and unique styles, a man sticks to the basics and lets his bat do the talking.

 

Have we missed out your favorite Cricketer? Mail your suggestions and we’ll try to come up with something interesting and exciting.

Concept and Artwork: Sahil Dev

 

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12 Sporting Heroes Whom The Country Failed http://www.scrolldroll.com/legendary-but-forgotten-sportsmen/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:48:18 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=3733

All athletes are passionate, hardworking and competitive. They go through extensive training, avoid distractions and lead a completely different lifestyle. But in India, sportsmen are differentiated on the basis of their sport. Athletes opting less popular sports get ignored by government and sporting bodies. Regardless of giving their all to the game and winning international […]

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All athletes are passionate, hardworking and competitive. They go through extensive training, avoid distractions and lead a completely different lifestyle. But in India, sportsmen are differentiated on the basis of their sport. Athletes opting less popular sports get ignored by government and sporting bodies.

Regardless of giving their all to the game and winning international tournaments, these athletes don’t get acknowledged as legends. Besides cricket, barely any sport is widely celebrated by the nation. It’s unfair how an IPL hero earns crore and lives a prosperous life, while a National level Kabaddi Champion sells vegetables to feed her children. Such sportsmen live the lives of poverty, misery and bygones, despite winning Olympic medals for the country.

So, we bring you 12 sporting heroes who never got their due and were failed by the nation.

1. From winning Bronze to selling Gol Gappas

Sita Sahu won a double bronze at the 2011 Special Olympics. Two years down the line, she was reported as selling golgappas with her family in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. It was only in 2014 that the Madhya Pradesh government rewarded Sahu her well-deserved sum of Rs 3 lakhs. The NTPS gave her family Rs 6 lakh for the achievement.

2. Once a Kabaddi Champion sold vegetables later

Shanti Devi, the 40-year-old former player of the Bihar Kabaddi team sells vegetables at the Sonari Aerodrome Market at Jamshedpur to feed her family. Devi won two consecutive National Kabaddi championships in 1982 and 1983. She also won the silver medal in Guwahati National Kabaddi League and bronze in All India Women National Kabaddi Championship.

3. Helped India win Gold but struggled with a deadly disease

Known as ‘the bearded horse’ for his great control of the game, Mohd. Yousuf Khan was considered one of the best all-rounder players in Indian football history. He played a huge role in India’s win in the 1962 Asian Games and was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1966. After bringing much fame to the nation Yousuf Khan faced penury in his last days, suffered from Parkinson’s disease and died due to a fatal heart attack.

4. Won a Gold medal but sold it later

Sarwan Singh was Indian representative in the 1954 Asian Games in the 110 meter hurdles event. He covered 110 meter in 14.7 seconds, and won a gold medal. After astute poverty hit him, Singh started driving a taxi away from home. Unfortunately, poverty even took his gold medal.

5. From playing National Games to dying in poverty

Makhan Singh is the only Indian to have beaten Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, in the 400 meter race at the 1962 National Game in Kolkata. Besides beating Milkha Singh, he was a part of the Indian men’s 4×400 meter relay and 4×100 meter relay teams in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He lost his leg in a tragic accident and had to suffer the wrath of poverty.

6. A pro in Carrom like no other

Maria Irudayam is the only man to have won the Arjuna Award for Carom. He won the state title in 1981 and conquered the National Championship in 1982. It was in 1991 that he won the Carom World Title. He is also called the Sachin Tendulkar of Carom. He re-won the World title in 1995. Currently, he runs the Periyamedu Carrom Practice Centre in Chennai, but even after all this he lives a life of mediocrity.

7. A steeplechase champ who faced a tragic end

Paan Singh Tomar, an Indian soldier, athlete and a rebel, was a seven-time national steeplechase champion in the 1950s and 1960s. He also represented India at the 1958 Asian Games, Tokyo. His national record of nine minutes and two seconds in the 3000-meter steeplechase event remained unbroken for ten years. He left his sporting career to become a dacoit & was shot by Inspector Mahendra Pratap Singh.

8. Goalkeeper turned captain who faced a dreadful end

Shankar Laxman The first goalkeeper to captain an international hockey team, he played 3 successive Olympics finals for India. Sadly, a member of the gold winning hockey squad of 1956 and 1958 Olympics, Shankar died at the age of 73 living in abject poverty and suffering from Gangrene.

9. Olympic medalist who struggled with money

Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav wrestled his way to the bronze medal in the freestyle 57 kg category at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, becoming the first winner of an individual medal after India’s independence. He was called ‘ pocket dynamo’ by fans. Sadly, he was even deprived of his pension and died in a road accident.

10. From winning gold to clerkship 

Virender Singh, or goonga-pehelwan, as he is known in the wrestling circles, won India the only gold medal at the Deaflympics in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2005 and followed it up with a silver medal at the World Deaf Wrestling Championships in 2008 in Yerevan, Armenia. At the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, he settled for a bronze and added another bronze at the 2012 World Deaf Wrestling in Sofia. For all the honours he brought India, he now works as a mere clerk with Haryana power corporation.

11. A talented footballer who resorted to selling Chaat

Bir Bahadur, former footballer who was known as Forward Cheetah, was part of the team that finished twice as a runner up in the National Football Championship, Santosh Trophy. Now he sells chaat in the streets of Hyderabad and struggles for a living.

12. Hockey legend who faced poverty

Major Dhyanchand was an iconic Indian hockey player who is remembered as a magician of Indian Hockey. He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1956. His birthday, August 29, is also celebrated as National Sports Day in India. Dhyan Chand scored more than 400 goals during his international career which ended in 1948. Like others, he too was ignored by our nation and died penniless in utter poverty.

These were just a very few names. There are many such stars who were failed by the nation, even though made great efforts to make us proud.

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