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Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Friday announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. After his international retirement in 2018, de Villiers had continued to play in franchise cricket, notably for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Friday's retirement from all forms of the game marks the end of his decade-long association with the franchise.
In a series of tweets, de Villiers said, "It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly."
The 37-year-old had played in 184 IPL matches, firstly for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) for three seasons followed by a successful decade with Bangalore, where he formed a formidable partnership with Virat Kohli.
Overall, he scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, including three centuries and 40 half-centuries while being a member of the RCB side which entered IPL playoffs five times.
"That's the reality I must accept -- and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I've had my time. Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for the Titans, or the Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimagined experiences and opportunities, and I will always be grateful."
De Villiers featured in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for the Proteas.
"I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played."
"AB de Villiers has been among the best ambassadors of the game, and we are honoured to have him represent RCB in the IPL. His work ethics have been impeccable, which has not only rubbed off on the team, but has left a high benchmark for other youngsters to follow," said RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra in a statement.
"AB has been a true leader, both on and off the field and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for his tireless commitment in helping RCB establish itself as one of the premier franchises in the IPL. We wish AB all the best for his next innings in life. He will always be part of the RCB family," Mishra added.
De Villiers signed off by saying, "Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family - my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first." (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Cricket, AB de Villiers, IPL, RCB, Sports.
Good sportsmanship includes adhering to the rules, as well as being aware of and following sporting etiquette. A fair game is played with courtesy and fairness towards the other team and courtesy and graciousness in both victory and defeat. In different sports, sportsmanship is practiced in a variety of ways. Sportsmanship typically involves treating people as you would like to be treated yourself. Shaking hands, helping a fallen opponent, encouraging the opponent team, cheering, clapping, or giving a high-five are all instances of good sportsmanship. When it comes to sportsmanship, it's vital to remember that "it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." In the guidelines, sportsmanship isn't specified as a law or a regulation. It depends on the person and varies from one to another. As a cricketer grows up, the ideals of sportsmanship are instilled in him.
Check out these acts which exemplify sportsmanship:
> India vs. Afghanistan, 2018:
Rahane's spirit shone through as he made a mesmerizing gesture vs. Afghanistan. It was Afghanistan's first Test in their cricket history, and everyone in the sport hailed it. India's skipper called the whole Afghanistan squad to the trophy felicitation ceremony after a dominant inning and 262-run win. In the post-match ceremony, the Indian team shared a frame with Afghanistan to recognize their opponent's efforts.
Rahane's spirit shone through as he made a mesmerizing gesture vs. Afghanistan. | Wikimedia Commons
> Kane Williamson in the 2019 World Cup:
New Zealand lost the World Cup finals on a boundary-count rule in the super over at Lord's. Captain Williamson, on the other hand, dealt with his disappointment maturely. Williamson was the tournament's unheralded hero. Almost everyone applauded the Kiwi captain's gesture towards Carlos Braithwaite after a five-wicket win over the West Indies in the 2019 World Cup match on the 23rd of June 2019. As a whole, New Zealand's on-field behavior was commendable despite Ben Stokes deflected a throw towards the boundary with his bat in the finals. England's first World Cup victory was the media's focus, but the sportsmanship of the Kiwi captain, Kane Williamson, was also praised.
New Zealand's on-field behavior was commendable despite Ben Stokes deflected a throw towards the boundary with his bat in the finals. | Wikimedia Commons
>Adam Gilchrist in the 2003 World Cup Semifinal vs. Sri Lanka:
Honesty is the best policy, and Adam Gilchrist epitomized it. There aren't very many players that walk away when they realize they're out. Moreover, walking off in the World Cup semi-final carries a lot more weight than walking off in any other typical match. As usual, Adam Gilchrist played his game with integrity and declared after the game that, in his opinion, he had no right to be there.
Adam Gilchrist played his game with integrity and declared after the game that, in his opinion, he had no right to be there. | Flickr
Keywords: Sports, cricket, sportsmanship, India, Afghanistan Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand
Ravi Shastri addressed his last press conference at ICC T20 World Cup; said ‘I’ was replaced with ‘we’
There were no egos in the Indian dressing room and the word 'I' was consigned to the dustbin during the last five years of his tenure as the chief coach of the side, asserted Ravi Shastri as he addressed his last press conference following the nine-wickets win against Namibia in the final 'Super 12' game of the ICC T20 World Cup here.
The Virat Kohli-led side gave a commanding performance in India's last assignment at the global event after they failed to secure a semifinal berth following two early 'Super 12' defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand, who both advanced to the last-four from Group 2.
Shastri's tenure would be known for the highs the Indian Test side touched this year when they beat the invincible Australia 2-1 on their home turf and took a 2-1 lead against the Joe Root-led England in the five-match series. The last Test had to be cancelled following a bio-bubble breach in the India camp.
Asked if he and Virat Kohli actively worked towards creating an environment where players stood up for each other amid criticism, Shastri said, "We actively worked towards it. We wanted trust in that dressing room. That's the only way you can get each other's back. We needed communication. We wanted no finger pointing at each other. We needed the word 'I' to be thrown into the dustbin and the word 'we' coming in. And we created a culture that had to be obeyed and followed," said Shastri.
"With Virat leading the way, he's been one of the great ambassadors for the games, especially when you look at red-ball cricket, the way he's embraced it. And it's allowed other players on the team to follow suit. You've got to give credit where it's due," added the coach, who was criticised during the England tour for taking India players to his book-launch function, following which several members of the Indian support staff tested Covid-19 positive.
"So it's a team culture, which was impressed upon the team to follow, and they followed it to the hilt."
On what was the best thing to happen in 'this Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri era', the coach emphasised that it had created a team, which is one of the greatest in the history of the game.
"Just the quality of cricket this team has played over the last five years across all formats. When you perform in that fashion where you go across the globe, across all formats and beat teams, then you know you're part of one great cricket team.
"I'm not saying a great cricket Team India, I'm saying one of the great cricket teams in the history of the game. Because if you look at those kinds of performances, they don't happen often. You've got to have a bunch of players who are fit, hungry, fearless, have the quality, have the belief, and then to stay fit so you can play those five years together and go across the globe and perform everywhere.
"I mean, if you look at -- if you want the real highlights, nothing beats Australia. England, we're up in the series. It will be the longest time we'll be up in the series until next year. I might be commentating on that game for all you know, but I'll keep that one area. It feels good."
Shastri also said that the ICC T20 World Cup apart, his side had played exceptionally well in the shortest version of the game, beating the likes of West Indies and Sri Lanka on their home turfs.
"White ball, everywhere. You beat the West Indies in the West Indies. You beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, good teams. All around, it's been fabulous. Yes, we are disappointed in the result in the first two games here. Let's be honest, I'm not here to make any sort of excuses. But still, it's something for the boys to learn. They'll get an opportunity again next year. It's not often you have World Cups in 12 months. So hopefully, they'll go and kick some butt there," added Shastri. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Cricket, ICC T20 World-cup, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli.
The sporting industry thrives on the success of the patron teams, or at least, teams that the people love. It is common knowledge how much time and energy people are willing to spend watching matches between their favourite team and its rival. Matches that take place across the world, in different time zones, do not matter much when it comes to expressing patronage for a star player or team. Late nights, crowded sitting rooms, and rain-checked appointments are absolutely welcome during match season.
Cricket has gained the world's love when it comes to making them stop everything and stare at a screen, awaiting the next run, boundary, or wicket. No other sport across the world receives as much love and undying allegiance. In this scenario, it is only natural to have an entire system in place that makes use of this immense love for the sport. Creating leagues that run annually, and pit one team against another, to measure prowess, skill, and popularity does not seem odd at all. In fact, it pumps the adrenaline more than ever, and receives an incredible amount of support. People will do anything to watch their team in action one more time.
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Like in every other cricket-loving nation, Australia's Big Bash League reigns supreme among the predictors, who weigh the statistics of each team, player, and season. They go by the name of KFC Big Bash League, more popularly, BBL, and were established in 2011. Their franchise Twenty20 matches are held during the summer season, between the months of December and February. Currently, there are six local teams, Sydney Sixers, Perth Scorchers, and so on, the former being the latest champion. Apart from the Indian Premier League, BBL has the most attendance.
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Since the world's eyes are on Australia anyway during this season, BBL also predicts its winners and losers, hosting events and putting up charts of the same. Experts that work under them regularly update the ravenous public about the latest developments based on experience, how often team members change hands, leadership developments, and even predict the success of each player in turn. The BBL points table sees a raving amount of reviews each year from the publicity of the franchise itself. People from all over world want to be able to know the outcome of the match beforehand, to increase the excitement of watching it.
Over the years, newer features have been introduced to make the franchise more enticing. Awards, both real and imaginary, are handed out to winners, and to exceptional players. Online betting also takes place to see who wins and who loses, based on personal opinions coupled with the experts' predictions. The BBL chart is extremely useful in this context. They even have a Women's Big Bash League that is gaining momentum.
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The odds offered by BBL takes into account all the minute factors that most predictors do not pay attention to, such as weather conditions, and a list of probable players, including match details. What makes BBL reliable is that the experts who give out suggestions do their best field work, and have sound knowledge of the game and players. On Crictips, BBL has truly made a name for itself as an all-round cricket guide to all kinds of sporting audiences.
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Keywords: Australia, BBL, Crictips, Cricket, Betting