Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble India’s most successful Test stars at home

first_imgIf 13 consecutive Tests back home and India playing their 500th Test and Ravichandran Ashwin becoming the second fastest bowler to reach 200 wickets were not enough, there seems to be another historic and significant landmark waiting for Indian cricket when they take on New Zealand at the Eden Gardens from September 30. Last week, the hosts thrashed the Kiwi’s by a huge margin of 197 runs in the first Test at Kanpur. This week, India will play their 250th Test match at home to mark another significant event in the country’s 84 year Test cricket history.Over the years India have produced many talented cricketers who have made an impact on the game and won the country many crucial matches both with the bat and ball.India’s cricket crazy fans have watched and cheered for many of their stars when they have piled on the runs or ran through the opposition batting line-ups back home or abroad but two people have led the way both abroad and back home: Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble.MASTER BLASTERIn India as many say, “Cricket is religion” and if it is indeed so, a little man from Dadar, Mumbai, who goes by the name of Sachin Tnedulkar, has to be God. Tendulkar has been worshiped throughout his career by the Indian fans and you get to see that when you see Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, a man with his body painted in the Indian flag and Tendulkar’s name written on it is seen everywhere, where the legendary batsman has been.advertisementTendulkar has scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches at an average of 53.78. (Reuters Photo)The former India captain’s achievements in Test cricket are phenomenal. He has scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches at an average of 53.78 overall which included 51 centuries. Out of the 200 Tests he played, 94 of them have been on home soil where he managed a staggering 7,216 runs with an average of 52.67 and 22 centuries. He is the highest ever run-getter by an Indian batsman in Tests at home and also abroad where he racked up 8,075 runs.Tendulkar is followed by Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, who make the top five run-getters in home soil. While ‘The Wall’ managed 5,598 runs in 70 mathes at home, the original ‘Little Master’ is third in the list with 5,067 runs from 65 matches. Sehwag and Laxman are sitting fourth and fifth in the list. The Nawab of Najafgarh managed to score 4,656 runs from 52 Tests and the ‘Very Very Special’ Laxman raked up 3,767 runs in 57 Tests at home.Tendulkar also leads the pack with the most amount of centuries at home with 22 where he is followed by Gavaskar (16), Dravid (15), Sehwag (13) and one of India’s finest and perhaps the most controversial captain in Mohammad Azharuddin who managed to get 13 centuries in 46 Test matches at home, also making 3,412 runs in the process at an average of 55.93, which also happens to be the highest average by an Indian batsman at home.JUMBOWhile Tendulkar leads the way in the batting charts, the current India coach Anil Kumble heads the list as the best bowler at home. Kumble with his ability to get sharp turn and bounce terrorised the batsmen right from the very onset. Ask the Pakistan team which played the second Test of the India Pakistan series in 1998-99 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, the Karnataka spinner spun a web around the Pakistani batsmen picking up all the ten wickets in the second innings, returning with figures of 10/74. It is still the best bowling performance by any Indian bowler. He also became the second bowler to achieve that feat in the history of Test cricket with Jim Laker of Australia being the first back in 1956 against England when he picked up 10/53 in the 4th Test of the Ashes series at Old Trafford.Anil Kumble has picked up 350 of his 619 wickets at home. (Reuters Photo)Kumble has picked up 350 of his 619 wickets at home where he has played 63 of his 132 Test matches. While Kumble managed to extract vicious bounce if not spin outside the sub-continent, he was unplayable back home where he constantly extracted turn and bounce from the pitch. He has an impressive average of 24.88 back home with 25 five-wicket hauls in an innings and seven ten-wicket hauls in a match played at home.Kumble is followed by his spin partner Harbhajan Singh, the only pacer in the top five wicket takers in the list Kapil Dev, BS Chandrasekhar and the left arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi. Bhajji managed 265 wickets from 55 Tests at home with an average of 28.76 while Chandrasekhar and Bedi managed to get 142 and 137 wickets from 32 and 30 Tests at home with an average of 27.69 and 23.99 respectively. However, in this spin dominated card, Kapil Dev stands out. Perhaps, the greatest fast bowling all-rounder India has ever produced, Kapil has managed to pick up 219 wickets from 65 Test matches at an average of 26.49, making him the third most successful Indian bowler at home.advertisementKumble also leads the highest number of fifers in an innings. He is followed by Bhajji (18), Ashwin (14), Kapil (11) and Bedi (8) for the highest number of fifers by an Indian bowler in India.While Kumble has managed seven 10 wicket hauls in a match, the likes of Ashwin (4), Harbhajan (4), Kapil (4) and Maninder Singh (2) follow him in the list.However, Ashwin is expected to overtake the current India coach soon. He already has 14 fifers in an innings and four 10 wicket hauls in a match. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner averages a very impressive 21.04 and has picked up 136 of his 203 wickets at home as well. With 12 Test matches still to go, R Ashwin is all likely to topple the bowling legend if he keeps up his impressive form.Indian batsmen with most runs at home  Runs Matches Average 100s Sachin Tendulkar 7216 94 52.67 22 Rahul Dravid 5598 70 51.35 15 Sunil Gavaskar 5067 65 50.16 16 Virender Sehwag 4656 52 54.13 13 VVS Laxman 3767 57 51.60 8 Dilip Vengsarkar 3725 54 55.59 13 Gundappa Viswanath 3502 48 47.32 10 Mohammad Azharuddin 3412 46 55.93 13 Sourav Ganguly 3180 50 42.97 8 Kapil Dev 2810 65 36.97 5         Indian batsmen with most 100s at home  100s Matches Runs Average Sachin Tendulkar 22 94 7216 52.67 Sunil Gavaskar 16 65 5067 50.16 Rahul Dravid 15 70 5598 51.35 Mohammad Azharuddin 13 46 3412 55.93 Virender Sehwag 13 52 4656 54.13 Dilip Vengsarkar 13 54 3725 55.59 Gundappa Viswanath 10 48 3502 47.32 Sourav Ganguly 8 50 3180 42.97 VVS Laxman 8 57 3767 51.6 Polly Umrigar 7 36 2082 43.37         Indian bowlers with most wickets at home   Matches Wickets Average 5I 10M Anil Kumble  63 350 24.88 25 7 Harbhajan Singh 55 265 28.76 18 4 Kapil Dev 65 219 26.49 11 2 BS Chandrasekhar 32 142 27.69 8 1 Bishan Bedi 30 137 23.99 8 0 R Ashwin 20 136 21.04 14 4 Javagal Srinath 32 108 26.61 5 1 Zaheer Khan 38 104 35.87 3 0 MH Mankad 23 103 26.53 4 2 Pragyan Ojha 20 101 27.51 7 1         Indian bowlers with most 5-wicket innings hauls at home  5I Matches Wickets Average Anil Kumble 25 63 350 24.88 Harbhajan Singh 18 55 265 28.76 R Ashwin 14 20 136 21.04 Kapil Dev 11 65 219 26.49 Bishan Bedi 8 30 137 23.99 BS Chandrasekhar 8 32 142 27.69 Pragyan Ojha 7 20 101 27.51 Subhash Gupte 6 21 84 30.34 EAS Prasanna 5 22 95 26.94 Venkatpathy Raju 5 16 71 24.00 Javagal Srinath 5 32 108 26.61          Indian bowlers with most 10-wicket match hauls at home  10M Matches Wickets Average Anil Kumble 7 63 350 24.88 R Ashwin 4 20 136 21.04 Harbhajan Singh 4 55 265 28.76 Kapil Dev 2 65 219 26.49 Maninder Singh 2 18 62 30.61 MH Mankad 2 23 103 26.53      Indian captains with most wins at home  Matches Won Lost Drawn Win% MS Dhoni 30 21 3 6 70.00 Azharuddin 20 13 4 3 65.00 Sourav Ganguly 21 10 3 8 47.62 Sunil Gavaskar 29 7 2 20 24.14 Tiger Pataudi 27 6 9 12 22.22 Virat Kohli 5 4 0 1 80.00 Sachin Tendulkar 12 4 3 5 33.33 Bishan Bedi 8 3 3 2 37.50 Rahul Dravid 8 3 2 3 37.50last_img read more

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N.Y. Fantasy Football Stays Shut

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — A New York judge on Nov. 16 rejected the requests of daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel for temporary restraining orders to block the state attorney general’s attempt to shut them down.In separate complaints filed Nov. 13 in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, FanDuel and DraftKings first asked a judge for an injunction, arguing that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrongly characterized their businesses as illegal gambling operations.On Nov. 16, Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel asked Justice Manuel Mendez for an immediate restraining order to stop Schneiderman until they can present their case. Each said they face irreparable damage otherwise.DraftKings said it has 375,000 New Yorkers among some 2.5 million players, and that the attorney general told its vendors in letters that it was at risk of not doing business in New York anymore.FanDuel said it has over 1 million users, with “hundreds of thousands” in New York whose deposits it has been unable to process since Nov. 13.The company blamed that on Schneiderman’s office, saying it has already contacted the bank and payment processors handling FanDuel’s customer deposits and withdrawals, deterring them from continuing.Schneiderman’s lawyers told Mendez at a hearing late Nov. 16 that they hadn’t done anything to actually prevent the companies from doing business in New York, and therefore he couldn’t issue an order to stop it.Mendez agreed. “They have not taken action yet to somehow enjoin the plaintiff from continuing to engage in their business here in New York,” he said. He ordered them back to court on Nov. 25.The case began with cease and desist letters sent by the attorney general last week, warning DraftKings and FanDuel they should stop conducting illegal gambling in New York.DraftKings and FanDuel argue that they offer games of skill, not of chance, as defined New York’s gambling laws.DraftKings said it was “confident in our legal position” and intended to keep operating in the state.____By Deepti Hajela. AP writer Michael Virtanen in Albany, New York, contributedlast_img read more

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