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RIP Richie Benaud: ‘From our broadcast box you can’t see any grass at all, it is simply a carpet of humanity’

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By Shilpika Srivastava

Richie Benaud once said, ‘My Mantra is – Put your brain into gear and if you can add to what’s on the screen then do it, otherwise shut up.’  Though, he lost the cancer battle, Benaud will always stay alive in the memories of cricket fanatics.

It was in November that he revealed that he was being treated for skin cancer.

Benaud, a pioneering leg-spin bowler, played in 63 tests, 28 as captain, before he called out for retirement in 1964 only to pursue a career in journalism & broadcasting.

First man to accomplish 2,000 runs and 200 wickets in Test matches, Benaud, in his entire cricket career, took 945 wickets in 259 first-class matches and made 11,719 runs, scoring 23 centuries at an average of 36.50.

‘Voice of Cricket’

Benaud, following the 1956 Ashes tour in England, completed a BBC course, which embarked his journey of a 40-year long association with the corporation.

With his first BBC radio commentary in 1960, he soon made an appearance on television. He also became the lead commentator on Australian television’s Channel Nine from 1977.

Benaud’s ground-breaking commentary, light delivery and striking appearance were affectionately parodied and imitated by cricket fans and comedians.

Remembered for one liners

Benaud’s witty, exceptionally sharp and perfectly-timed one-liners said during hundreds of One Day and Test cricket matches certainly make him much more than just a commentator. His few of the most famous one-liners are:

  •  ‘Marvellous…’ 
  •  ‘From our broadcast box you can’t see any grass at all, it is simply a carpet of humanity.’
  •  ‘The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right time.’
  •  His throw went absolutely nowhere near where it was going.
  •  That slow motion doesn’t show how fast the ball was traveling.

Indeed, Benaud’s legacy will live on in his quintessential one-liners. RIP Richie Benaud!

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ICC Publishes Guidelines for Safe Resumption of Cricket

ICC has provided framework for safe resumption of cricket in all parts of the world

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ICC has has provided the framework for cricket to restart safely all over the world. Wikimedia Commons

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax.

“ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket and international cricket.

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world. Wikimedia Commons

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The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather it provides a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of infection with the COVID-19 virus.

The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket. (IANS)

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ICC T20 World Cup Chances of Taking Place in Current Times

Let us recall the T20 World Cup tournaments and its winners

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“Recently India has offered a proposal to swap T20 World Cup with Australia and host it instead of postponing the game next year,” Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was quoted saying. Wikimedia Commons

It is an understatement that every Indian loves cricket, for some of them its a religion and legendary cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar is called God of it. Amidst the chaos of life, we Indians will always find something to preach or prophesied about the enticing ambiguity of matches, it’s like we are born with this. We visit various cricket betting sites to get the most understanding of which matches to bet on. Many cricket tournaments have been postponed like ICC T20 World Cup.

Due to the cancellation / postponement of various cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), The Hundred and various other domestic leagues it is too early to comment on whether the tournament will start on the said fixture or will we move the T20 championship to next year.

As per a statement released by Mr. Sunil Gavaskar- “Recently India has offered a proposal to swap T20 World Cup with Australia and host it instead of postponing the game next year,”.

All these are just conjectures/speculations as nothing has yet been approved. Major board decisions will need to be taken for various international fixtures, eventually boiling down to the T20 world cup tournament itself.

Let us go down the memory lane of the T20 World Cup tournaments and its winners.

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The T20 world cup is an international tournament that is organized by ICC after a period of every 2 years. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The Advent of the T20 world cup.

The T20 world cup is an international tournament that is organized by ICC after a period of every 2 years. In totality ‘six editions’ of the tournament have been played successfully so far and is by far one of the most popular tournaments apart from IPL for the newer format of cricket – 20 overs game.

The maiden edition of the T20 World Cup was played in 2007 in South Africa, and the Indian team emerged as the winner of that tournament. Because of the immense success garnered by Men’s World T20, Women’s World T20 was also introduced in the year 2009.

Short briefing regarding all the six wondrous editions of the T20 World Cup.

2007 ICC Inaugural T20 World Cup (Winner- India)

 In 2007, T20 world cup made its debut with bells and whistles, as 12 teams competed for the maiden title in South Africa between 11 September to 24 September, this edition was summed up in 27 enticing matches.

The first edition of the T20 world cup received a huge appreciation from all over India. The format was so refreshing and innovative that it carved a special space in all our hearts, thus making it a colossal success. One of the most cherished moments of the match was when Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh smacked 6 sixes in an over of Stuart Broad and made a world record of making 50 in 12 balls.

In the finals, India defeated its arch rival-Pakistan in a neck to neck competition, both the teams playing at their best but at the end moment Pakistan succumbed to score the six runs they needed from the last over. Punters reading the cricket betting tips could have predicted that India is going to win this edition.

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India won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, in which Yuvraj Singh made a world record. (Representational Image). Pixabay

2009 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner-Pakistan)

The second edition of the T20 world cup was hosted in England, neither India nor Australia made any great impression as both of them failed to make it to semi-finals. Pakistan qualifying for the second time in the finals defeated Sri Lanka in the last match by 8 wickets and 8 balls to spare. Tillakaratne Dilshan was titled as a player of the tournament with 317 runs.

2010 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner- England)

West Indies hosted the Third Edition of the T20 world cup and it was England who claimed the title of winning T20 world cup 2010 by defeating one of the best cricket teams-Australia and Kevin Pietersen was the title as the player of the tournament. It was indeed a nail-biting match, with both the teams showcasing their best to win the trophy.

For the second consecutive time, the Indian team failed by losing all their matches in the Super 8 stage. This tournament was an enormous disappointment for the Indians.

One of the major highlights of the 2010 tournament was Ireland and Afghanistan joining and competing in the T20 world cup.

2012 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – West Indies)

The fourth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Sri Lanka and it was the first time that the tournament was played in Asia. The West Indies team defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs and claimed the title for the first time, and also first time since the great Clive Llyod’s team in 1970’s and 1980’s.

“Ajantha Mendis” made it a memorable tournament by breaking the record for most wickets in a World T20 tournament with 15, including an incredible 6-8 against Zimbabwe.

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One of the major highlights of ICC T20 World Cup 2014 was the stellar performance of Sangakkara who scored 52 not out. (Representational Image). Pixabay

2014 ICC T20 World Cup (Winner – Srilanka)

The fifth edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted in Bangladesh, it saw an immense change in the format as it introduced the “first-ever” 16 teams including all ten full members and six associate members who had to qualify. Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates entered this tournament. Sri Lanka defeated India in the last match to claim the title after the first time.

One of the major highlights of the tournament was the stellar performance of Sangakkara who scored 52 not out as Sri Lanka chased down 131 inside 18 overs.

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2016 ICC World T20 (Winner – West indies)

The six edition of the T20 World Cup was hosted by India (the first champions of T20 world Cup) entailing all the 16 members for the second time. It was a magical moment for west indies as they fought their way back with England, thus becoming the first country to win the title for the second time.

During the match it looked like England would win as west indies required 19 runs to win, Carlos Brathwaite was the one who came for the rescue and hit Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes, thus leading west indies to make history twice.

2020 ICC T20 World Cup Australia

Australia will host the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup and it will be the first time in the history of the T20 championship that the country will host cricket’s shortest format world cup.

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COVID-19: Sports Enthusiasts Keep the Sports Spirit Alive

Keeping the sports spirit alive

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Sports calendar of 2020 has seen all major events either cancelled or postponed. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta

Another dreadful result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is that the sports calendar of 2020 has seen all major events either cancelled or postponed.

Sports enthusiasts have been left with nothing but reliving old matches, playing e-sports and interacting with fellow sports fans as a way to keep their spirit alive. Resulting in an increase in their activity and engagement on sports community platforms like Rooter, says its CEO and founder Piyush Kumar.

“Our user growth has been tremendous in last three months. We have more than 3 million active users (7 million overall users) who are spending close to 20 minutes everyday,” claims Kumar.

“People are reliving old matches and engaging with their fellow sports fans via live chat and discussions. We have also seen an increase in old-school games like book cricket and Ludo, which are shifting to the virtual world now,” he adds.

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“We have also seen an increase in old-school games like book cricket and Ludo, which are shifting to the virtual world now,” says Rooter, CEO and founder Piyush Kumar. Pixabay

Founded in 2016, the idea behind Rooter was to build a technology product that will connect fans with each other and create a strong community. “We initially made this community using live games during sports matches and later pivoted to content where now fans chat, create content and go live with audio/ video to connect with fans,” Kumar tells IANSlife.

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Sports fans get a dedicated and personalised sports feed as per their sports consumption. “It’s a never ending set of information on sports in multiple languages and across videos, images, polls etc. Sports lovers also get fastest and detailed scorecard of all matches across cricket, football and kabaddi in 10 Indian languages,” he informs.

Another feature of Rooter is the live audio/ video session that allows users to go online and do commentary, debates, quizzes, polls, games and connect with other fans. “It is our most engaged feature,” he says.

The company this year aims to create a new stream of content through e-sports and gaming. “Our user base is spending an equal amount of time watching sports and consuming e-sports, playing games and we believe we can provide a great product that will serve them right content and connect them with other fans/ gamers. We also want to build a strong user monetization feature thereby focusing on creating commerce on top of high engaged content we offer.” (IANS)