Another talented youngster from NCR, Rahul Dagar has made his way to the Haryana Ranji Trophy team. On the opening day of 2015-16 Ranji Trophy season, Rahul has been picked in the Haryana team who are taking on Maharashtra at Pune. Himanshu Rana and Shubham Rohilla were picked up at a very young age last year. Himanshu immediately made an impact with a delightful 80 on debut against Delhi. Rahul Dagar will also be looking forward to make a similar impact.
Rahul is an off-spinner and a handy middle order batsman. He is from Faridabad and trains under the guidance of Coach Sawan Kumar at Mahadev Desai Cricket Academy, Faridabad. Former Haryana and Railways Ranji Trophy player Mahesh Rawat also trains in this academy.
We wish Rahul all the luck and hope he makes a name for himself.
Funniest Names of Cricketers
Some have got the name from the profession of their parents and some have got it from the place they come from. I am sure commentators would have found it very difficult when these players were playing. I present the list the most funniest cricketers to have played the game:-
Richard Chee Quee
Cricket has noticed numerous moments when players have claimed bumped catches or obstructed the field and showed innocence when noticed by the umpires. But there have been rare instances when their cheating has been so clean and dramatic that even Natarwal would have been proud of. The umpires also played the role of mere spectators to their heroics. Here is a list of 5 infamous moments when the cricketers cheating made headlines:-
Bailed Out - Brad Haddin
New Zealand tour of Australia, 1st ODI: Australia v New Zealand at Perth, Feb 1, 2009A list or an article on cheating in cricket cannot begin without the mention of an Australian cricketer. Michael Clarke came into bowl his 5th over with the match in balance. New Zealand still needed 76 to win in the low scoring encounter with 6 wickets in hand. The delivery from Clarke came in with the arm, which Neil Broom decided to cut but missed. Broom had to go with suspicious reactions from Haddin. The initial images suggested that the ball took the bails but replays concluded that Haddin collected the ball in front of the stumps and dislodged the bails. None of the umpires noticed it and being an Australian cricketer Haddin did not say a word. New Zealand went on to win the match of the last ball with 2 wickets to spare.
“India and fast bowling”- how many of us have been dreaming over the last few decades about India discovering fast bowlers like our neighbours. Not that we haven’t seen some great fast bowlers from India, it is just that our fast bowlers have always come very rare, rather than ever in a pair. They never had the support of the conditions nor bowling support at the other end.
In this article, we would be looking some of the quick men produced by India in Test cricket.
Even before our times we used to hear the stories of how Mohammed Nissar and Amar Singh opened India’s bowling in it’s first ever test in 1932 against England. It was said that Nissar was even faster than Harold Larwood who was the chief architect behind the Bodyline series and many wins over Australia. Nissar played only 6 tests and a strike rate of a wicket every 48 balls. The reason of including him here is it is said that he was the fastest ever bowler ever to play for India. His new ball partner Amar Singh held the record of the best bowling in an innings for decades till Kapil Dev broke the record. Then there was a time in 60’s till late 70’s when spinners dominated Indian Cricket.
We always have a few players in our team who will do anything to get their hands on the bat. We usually call them ‘Batting ka Chussu’ . They will knock off a few balls as and when they get an opportunity. And we usually see this eagerness in bowlers. International cricketers are no different. There have been instances where bowlers have bailed out their teams from though situations but there are only a few who have been asked to bat ahead of the main batsmen to survive a period of play. And suddenly their love for batting blossomed and went on to score centuries. Here is a list of Nightwatchman who scored centuries in cricket:-
Nasim ul Ghani
Nasim-ul-Ghani was the first nightwatchman to score a century. He scored 101 against England at Lord's in 1962. In the 1st innings Pakistan was bowled out for 100 with Nasim top scoring with 17. In the second innings he got a promotion from 8th in the first innings to 6th in the second innings when team was struggling at 77/4. He did not disappoint and scored 101 of just 180 balls with 15 fours and 1 six. But could not prevent the team from a crushing 9 wicket defeat inside 3 days. At the time of his debut Nasim was the world's youngest Test player. And still holds the record for being youngest player to take five wickets in a Test innings. He was aged 16 years 303 days when he took 5 for 116 against West Indies in 1958.