Top Opening Partnerships in Test Cricket

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Top Opening Partnerships in Test Cricket

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In a five-day game in which both teams play twice, the rookies play an important role in laying the groundwork. For the first hit team, you want your players to get off to a great start so that the others can take advantage of that and put pressure on the opponent. One of the most important roles in converting a team's fortune to test cricket is the starting batsmen. No wonder why the teams with the best beginners at their disposal are so successful in the longer format.In Test Cricket, if a beginner falls early, it gets really hard on the mid-ranking to driveRecovery against the red ball. Beginners play against the opposing team's best shootersFace the toughest spells in Test Cricket. Test cricket has, over the years, witnessed many world-class beginners who become an inspiration for the younger generation.Gautam Gambhir and Virender SehwagGautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been hailed as one of Test Cricket's Best Indian Opening Pairs. It was super fun to watch the two hit together, regardless of the format. The two share a great bond and played for Delhi Ranji Team. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir participated in several surprising opening partnerships during the period 2004-2012, where they wrestled together at the starting position in 87 events and scored 4,412 points with an average of 52.52. They participated in 11 federations of a hundred races in Test Cricket.Marvan Atapattu and Sanath JayasuriyaMarvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya ended their careers with a lot of jobs under their belt. Both scored numerous rounds in all formats and shared excellent Test Cricket partnerships. Together, they scored 4,469 points in 118 rounds when they began for Sri Lanka in the test. They scored matches with an average of 40.26 healthy and participated in 9 100 entries in the longest-running form of the game.Alastair Cook and Andrew StraussFrom 2006 to 2012, England was blessed with strong starting partner Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook. Both were prolific run-scorers for England. Alastair Cook is, in fact, England's number one run-scorer on auditions. Cook and Strauss scored many kicks together as beginners and contributed significantly to England's Test victories.They are currently the third-best starting pair on Test Cricket, having scored 4,771 passes together with an average of 40.96. Additionally, they shared 14 race partnerships when they opened for England in the test.Matthew Hayden and Justin LangerDuring the period 2000 and 2007, Australia was considered invisible. They boasted strong leadership, including a world-class starting pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. Langer and Haynes had the ability to build a great partnership and tire opposing bowlers.Both leftists have enjoyed an excellent cricket career. They formed many associations that helped the team win matches. Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer are currently the second-best starter duo on Test Cricket. The duo fought together in 113 rounds, scoring 5,655 rounds with an average of 51.88.Gordon Greenidge and Desmond HaynesThe West Indies staring couple Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes are still the best starting duo in Test cricket. Greenidge and Haynes love to work together and have come together in numerous partnerships. Greenidge and Haynes played one of the biggest roles in making the West Indies a formidable test unit during the 1990s, starting together in 148 rounds, scoring 6,482 points with an average of 47.31. Sew up to 16 assemblies for hundreds of executions.Also Read: India vs Australia 1st Test | IND vs AUS Probable XI | Fantasy Playing Tips | More

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India vs England 2021 | England tour of India Full Schedule, venue, dates - All you need to know

  • Jan 12, 2021
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Cricket will return to India in February next year when India hosts England. India is set to play 4 Tests, 5 T20I, and 3 ODI against England, as BCCI announced on Thursday. It will be a good opportunity for both teams to get used to the conditions in India, especially with the T20 World Cup that will be held in India next year. Fans will be excited to see cricket returning to the country after nearly a year.Here is the full schedule of India vs England 2021.India vs England 2021, Test series Schedule1st Test: Chennai | 5th Feb-9th Feb2nd Test: Chennai | 13th Feb-17th Feb3rd Test: Ahmedabad | 24th Feb-28th Feb (D/N)4th Test: Ahmedabad | 4th-8th MarchIndia vs England 2021, T20I series Schedule1st T20I: Ahmedabad | 12th March2nd T20I: Ahmedabad | 14th March3rd T20I: Ahmedabad | 16th March4th T20I: Ahmedabad | 18th March5th T20I: Ahmedabad | 20th MarchIndia vs England 2021, ODI series schedule:1st ODI: Pune | 23rd March2nd ODI: Pune | 26th March3rd ODI: Pune | 28th MarchAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah become highest paid Indian cricketer in 2020

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KL Rahul becomes 10th Indian to hit Test hundred at Lords

  • Aug 13, 2021
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Opener KL Rahul reinforced his 84 in the First test with a superb 100 to break India's seven-year-old centuries drought at Lords on Thursday. Rahul became the first Indian after Ajinkya Rahane and the 10th overall to earn a place on the cricket househonors tables.Rahul brought the second hundred of him against England in the 212-ball. Rahul had hit nine boundaries and one six when he reached the three digits.Rahul went head-to-head with England's pace attack and came out with a good hundred, helping his team dominate the game in the final session of opening day.Notably, Rahul also became the second batsman to reach one hundred in the 2021-23 cycle of the ICC World Test Championship. This is KL Rahul's sixth test hundred and his second against England.Rahul leaves all fourth stump delivery and didn't care much about the incoming deliveries and knew where his off stump was and covered the swing. As soon as Rohit left the scene, Rahul upped the ante and ended the opening day with a brilliant sixth hundred.Placed in the position of the Lords, the Indian inaugural pair of KL Rahul (55 hits from 143balls)and Rohitnegated cloudy conditions on a good batting surface during the away team's inaugural track in the first century since the 2007 Tour.After negotiating two deliveries that went away. Rohit was surprised with one that came in, much to Anderson's delight, who overcame a close quartet to retain his place on the team. Anderson struck again in the 50th over when Cheteshwar Pujara fell to nine after edging outswinger to Jonny Bairstow on the third slip to leave the visitors at 150-2. But Rahul raised the scoring rate after Rohit's departure and ignited his half century.England, without seamer Stuart Broad due to a torn right calf, called up Haseeb Hamid, Moen Ali, Mark Wood, Zach Crowley and Dan Lawrence.Also Read- Neeraj Chopra rises to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold

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ENG vs IND | 'Virat probably my biggest wicket to date, it was a huge moment': Ollie Robinson

  • Aug 13, 2021
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England's Ole Robinson knocked out India's captain Virat Kohli at the end of the first day of second test, calling the precious wicket the greatest of his fledgling career.Fresh from his five-wicket haul in first opening test at Trent Bridge, Robinson cleared Kohli (42) who edged it to Joe Root on the first slip after taking the second fresh ball.Virat is probably mybiggest wicket so far, so I was happy with that. It was a great moment. The plan was always for him to bowl the fourth-fifth stump line, back of the length. Fortunately, the plan worked,said Robinson. After the stumps on Thursday.KL Rahul remained undefeated at 127wielding his bat from the first ball to the end, while his great opening partner Rohit Sharma played fluently before going out for 83, his best score in overseas test to lead India 276-3 on day one after Root opted to bowl. Robinson praised the efforts of opposing hitters for their efforts, but also felt his team was unlucky. "There were probably 10-15 hits and misses that he could count and another day we could have had it two or three earlier."  "We definitely looked at the circumstances and thought we could get some of them early here. I think on another day it (wickets) might have happened. "I felt we did a good performance," he said. "We worked hard against their batters and to be fair they played very well. Dense clouds in the morning delayed the start of the game, as Root was quick to choose a bowling game to take advantage of the conditions, which did not happen. When asked if the field was letting them down, he said: "We expected the field to be a little bit faster, a little bit smoother.’’ Obviously, it's a little bit slow. "The swing was a bit inconsistent; I don't know if it was the ball or the overhead. We decided to swing a bit, which we felt was a good plan, but the wicket was a bit slow on that and not as responsive as we think it might be. " Stuart Broad's absence (a torn calf) meant that Robinson shared the new ball with paceman James Anderson and said he was ready to take on the challenge. "It has been a privilege to share the new ball with Jimmy’’. I have shown in the last two games that I am ready to work when it arrives," he signed the exit.Also Read: Neeraj Chopra rises to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold

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England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England

  • Aug 17, 2021
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India's paceman shine with both bat and ball on Monday when Virat Kohli's team thrashed England by 151 runs in the Lord's second test. The victory gave India a 1-0 lead in a five-match series after their third win in 19 test matches at home of cricket after a match draw at Trent Bridge. England, who were to win 272 in least 60 overs on last day, were sent off to 120. They were in dire straits at 1-2 after Jaspreet Burmrah and Mohamed Shami knocked out openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley. without anything. His teammate Mohamed Siraj then continued the game with a score of 4-32, a comeback that saw him finish the game by bowling No11 James Anderson's. Previously, Shami, with 56 not out, and Bumrah (34 not out) had the highest scores in the tests and shared a standing position on ninth wicket with a score of 89, India their innings on 298-8. Then Bumrah had burns wicket with nothing when the lefthander was caught from a leading edge at wide mid-off. The struggling Sibley followed soon afterwards when he nicked a superb Shami leg-cutter to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. It was the first time in 141 years of test cricket in England that both home opener was played for a duck in the innings. Haseeb Hameed was dropped in the slips on four before his nine off 45 balls ended when lbw to an Ishant Sharma nip-backer, despite a review. England's 67-4 at tea became 67-5 three balls after that when England captain Joe Root, who had a superb 180 no-out in the first innings, fell for 33 when edged a Bumrah ball that angled in to opposing captain Kohli at first slip Jos Buttler was dropped on two in the slips by Kohli off Bumrah. But at the other end, Siraj hit twice on successive balls to leave England 67-5, with Moen Ali getting caught by a Kohli before Sam Curran completes pair edging to pant. New batsman Olly Robinson, on the England team without Ben Stokes, took a break from all cricket due to mental health issues and teammate Chris Wokes (heel injury), gamely resisted for 35 balls. But Robinson finally had the lbw on review for Bumrah, who finished with impressive numbers of 3-33 in 15 overs. His exit started collapse that saw England lost their last three wickets all on 120, with Buttler caught behind for 25 before Anderson fell. India resumed Monday on 181-6, a lead of 154. Robinson struck with the new ball so the danger Pant was caught behind for 22, with India now 194-7.With Shami and Bumrah consistently scoring, Root put spinner Mooen Ali back in to attack. Bumrah, however, was dropped on 22 by first slip Root off Mooen Ali. Shami passed his second 50 in 53 tests in driving successive Mooen Ali deliveries for four and six off to reach the landmark in just 57 balls. This innings recalls his 51 not out against England at Nottingham's Trent Bridge in 2014. Bumrah also topped his highest test score for the second time in the series after 28 at Nottingham.Also Read- Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in verbal battle: 'Chirp chirp chirp, this is what old age makes you do'

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India vs England: Wounds of 2014 hurt Virat Kohli again

  • Aug 26, 2021
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For a man who seemed unstoppable even two years ago, Virat Kohli's luck with the bat is completely incomprehensible. The world's number one batsman, who collected hundreds at will, has not scored one hundred in all three formats in 50 innings. India's captain Virat Kohli's fight continue as he was dismissed in the first hour of the first day of 3rd Test against England at Headingley in Leeds. James Anderson sent Kohli back to the pavilion for 7. Lean patches are part of a cricketer's journey. There are likely to be peaks and valleys in performance as the career runs. Every great in the game has had their share of dips and Kohli is undoubtedly facing headwinds after fixing the loopholes in 2014. But it looks like the old habit of dangling the bat outside the off-stump seems to be back and Kohli not for the first time in England, got out swishing at a ball a could have been left alone. This was the fourth time in the series that he had edged the ball behind the stumps. Most dismissals for Kohli against a bowler in TestsJames Anderson - 7 times in 23 matches Nathan Lyon - 7 times in 18 matches Stuart Broad - 5 times in 18 matches Moeen Ali - 5 times in 15 matches Ben Stokes - 5 times in 15 matches Kohli's lean patch began with the 2020 Tour in New Zealand, where he managed 218 runs in four T20Is, three ODI matches and two test matches. In the only Test he played in Australia late last year, his defiant 74 in the first innings was lost in the ruins of the disastrous second innings of the pink-ball Test where India were gobbled up for 36. It was an out of character show from the India captain who spent 244 minutes at the crease for his 180-ball effort. It was also his second slowest half-century. A similar kind of effort would have helped the India cause at Headingley had kohli played the waiting game. With KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara back in the shade. Kohli made the appropriate noises on the eve of the Test by saying "You have to keep your ego in your pocket while batting in England". In his pre & post match discourses , Kohli avoids talking about the individual players form. "Our focus is not thinking about where people are individually now. It's collectively about how much strength they bring to the team. As a batting unit, we look to perform in tough conditions, so we are in a winning positions and someone is going to put their hands in every game." Kohli has maintained when asked about the Pujara and Rahane's ordeals.Also Read- India interested in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics: IOC President Thomas Bach

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Headingley Test: Joe Root surpasses Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar with 8th hundred in India vs England Tests

  • Aug 27, 2021
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In form captain Joe Root edged out players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Alastair Cook to become the batsman with the most hundreds in the India vs England Test after scoring the eighth century in the Test against Virat Kohli side during the second match of the series in Leeds on Thursday. Root tops the list of most number of hundred in India vs England Tests with 8 centuries in 41 innings, while Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook are the second seven-ton sets in bilateral series between the two countries. Root also became the first player to score hundreds in 3 consecutive tests twice in the same year. Root hit hundred in each of the last two tests in Nottingham and London. Root also became the player to score more than fifty plus as captain during England vs India in England. Root smashed six fifties while playing against India in England, he equalled MS Dhoni's record.Also Read- India vs England: Wounds of 2014 hurt Virat Kohli again Root scored 139-run in 189-ball with Malan (70 of 128) before the southpaw picked up edge while trying to flick Mohamed Siraj ball. Indian pacers, who wrote a memorable script for the Lords victory, bowled too many boundary balls and the English duo were quick to pick them. The pitch appears to have loosened considerably for the batsman after India collapsed to 78 on the first day. Indian bowlers have not been able to send Root back to the pavilion easily in the series and the skipper scored runs whenever he want to. He seems to be in form and reached his 51 fifty of 57 balls with a impressive back foot punch through the covers.Also Read- IPL 2021: Pandya brothers Kunal and Hardik join Mumbai Indian camp in Abu Dhabi

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England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in England

  • Sep 03, 2021
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Shardul Thakur came on the counterattack on Thursday as he helped India advance to a respectable first innings total on Day 1 of 4 Test against England at the Oval. Shardul hit 57 of just 36 balls while stitching up 63 runs on just 48 balls with tail-ender Umesh Yadav after the top Indian batsman failed to make runs. Shardul Thakur reached fifty with his 3rd six, pulling Chris Woakes to the mid-wicket stand. Shardul celebrated his second test with a lot of swagger as he waved his bat to the dressing room and players stood up to applaud his brave effort. 50 runs in 31 balls, Shardul Thakur broke Ian Botham's record for the fastest fifty in England. Botham had reached the historic milestone with 32 balls in 1986 at the Oval. Notably, this was also India's second fastest 50 in a test match. Kapil Dev holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman. He had hit 30 balls 50 against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982.7 boundaries and 3 sixes! Shardul Thakur went after everyone after the tea break and was hitting them hard. He made England pacers feel unsure of their length, as he drove with ease and go on back foot to punish shorter deliveries. Thakur hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes while attacking England pacemakers. He made fun of the midfielder because he constantly kept finding the boundaries after clearing the player into the ring. Joe Root cut a frustrated figure as Shardul and Umesh expand the total of the India's first innings.India are bowled out for 191.Chris Woakes finishes with a four-for.#WTC23 | #ENGvIND | https://t.co/zRhnFiKhzZ pic.twitter.com/T8eP4jp8EB— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2021Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Also Read- Afghanistan cricket get green signal to play their 1st Test since Taliban's takeover, to face Australia in November

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England vs India: Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja script historic win for India over England

  • Sep 07, 2021
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Virat Kohli-led India stormed to a 157-run win over England on the final day of the fourth Test to register only their second Test win at the Oval and take a 2-1 unbeatable lead in the five-match series on Monday. Innings defeat in Leeds seems like a distant memory now, as Jasprit Bumrah inspired India to put on an energetic performance and reclaim the series lead with a convincing 157-run win over England on the final day of the Oval Test. England was bowled out for 210 in pursuit of a target of 368 on the final day, succumbing to the constant pressure built up by the Indian bowlers. The visitors recorded only their 2-test win at the Oval and the first after the historic victory in 1971 under Ajit Wadekar.Chasing a daunting victory target of 368, the hosts made a good start with a century opening partnership before India advanced and restricted England's scoring rate with some disciplined bowling. Shardul Thakur made India's first breakthrough by eliminating Rory Burns (50), a ball after hitting half a century and brought up 100-run partnership for the first wicketThe momentum of the match turned to India's way when Dawid Malan was run out for 5 with about 30 minutes before the morning session, trying to make a quick single with Haseeb Hamid. Hamid (63), who got a reprieve on 56 when Mohammed Siraj dropped catch, was the next batsman to go after Jadeja hit the rough patch as the ball spun past his bat to hit the off-stump.Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Bumrah produced a sensational spell in the 2nd session Jasprit Bumrah removed Olli Pop (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) in back-to-back overs to turn match in India's favor. Bumrah came up with inswinging delivery to breach Pop's defense and became the 23rd Indian bowler to reach 100 Test wicket landmark. In his next over, he produced a reverse-swinging Yorker at 142 kph that crashing into the base of Bairstow's. Jadeja dismissed Moeen Ali (0) as the ball pitched on the rough patch and took the edge of the bat for an easy catch at short-leg. Root-Woakes delay India's victory Joe Root and Chris Woakes, the last English batting player, played some shots during a 35-run seventh-wicket stand to delay India's victory before the England captain dragged a innocuous delivery of Thakur to his stumps to go for 36 and end his team's faint hopes of an unlikely win. THIS. IS. IT! Take a bow, #TeamIndia! What a fantastic come-from-behind victory this is at The Oval! We head to Manchester with a 2-1 lead! #ENGvIND Scorecard https://t.co/OOZebP60Bk pic.twitter.com/zhGtErWhbs— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2021Umesh Yadav dismissed Woakes (18), Craig Overton (10) and James Anderson (2) to seal India's assured victory at the Kennington Oval. For India, Yadav got 3 for 60, while spinner Jadeja and seamer Bumrah and Thakur took 2 wickets apiece.Also Read- England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in EnglandAlso Read- Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis resign as Pakistans head coach and bowling coach ahead of T20 World Cup