Top 5 highest run scorers of all-time in Ashes

The Ashes is considered as one of the fiercest cricket battles. As we have India vs Pakistan for the cricket teams in the sub-continent, the battle between Australia and England is on the same lines. One of the oldest rivalries in the history of the sport, England squaring off against Australia always makes for headline news, and when the two sides meet in Tests, the stakes can’t get any higher.

The Ashes is of prime importance for both teams. It is on par with the Cricket World Cup for both teams. After winning the Ashes in 2020, Australia will be looking to retain the trophy. Their batting and bowling; both seem to be in tremendous form.

While England who are revolutionizing Test cricket with “Bazball” will be looking to snatch the trophy from the opposition’s hands. Who will prevail in this historic Test series between two of the oldest Test nations?

Many pundits have predicted the results of the ongoing Ashes series. Australian legend Glenn McGrath has predicted a 5-0 whitewash in the favour of the Australians. And he has predicted Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne to do good in the series.

Many legendary cricketers have displayed moments of brilliance in this historic Test series. From Sir Donald Bradman’s historic season in the 1930 season to Sir Alastair Cook’s remarkable 2010-11 season, the Ashes has witnessed several remarkable moments. In this article, we have a look at the Top 5 highest run-getters of all time in Ashes.

Top 5 highest run scorers of all-time in Ashes

#5 Steve Smith (3060 runs in 33 games)

Steve Smith

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Steve Smith has been an amazing player for Australia with the right-hander displaying his craft at the Ashes. The former Australian skipper is one of the very cricketers to feature in the top 10 run-getters of Ashes of all time.

Smith has scored 8,947 runs in 97 Tests at an average of 60.04. Out of the 8947 runs, over 3000 runs have come against England, which is 34.02% runs of his Test career. Also, Smith has scored more than 500 runs in successive Ashes series – 687 in 2017-18 and 774 in 2019.

Smith, who was banned from international cricket, made a return to Test cricket in 2019. The 2020 Ashes saw a very different Smith. He was absolutely sensational with the bat, making runs at an average of 110.57. With Smith smashing a wonderful century in the World Test Championship final, Smith will be looking to build on his amazing form.

#4 Steve Waugh (3173 runs in 45 games)

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Steve Waugh was one of the most prolific leaders in Australian cricket. Waugh has the highest win percentage 66, across all formats and is one of cricket’s greatest captains in history. Not only his leadership skills were excellent, but also his batting would envy any top-order batter.

The gritty right-hander is the third player to cross the landmark of 10,000 Test runs. Waugh has accumulated 3,173 runs against England in 45 Tests played from 1986 to 2003. Of the 32 Test centuries he notched, 10 were against England. He was more dominant against England in England, averaging 74.22 in 22 Tests.

His biggest Ashes season came in 1989 when he scored 506 runs at a staggering average of 126.50. His magnificent batting coupled with great bowling from the Aussies helped them win the Ashes 4-0.

#3 Alan Border (3222 runs in 42 games)

Alan Border - highest run-getters of Ashes

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Alan Border loved playing against England. The left-hander averaged 56.31 against the Poms in 42 Tests with 3222 runs with the assistance of 21 fifties and eight centuries.

His best came when Australia won three consecutive Ashes in 1989 (4-0), 1990-91 (3-0) and 1993 (4-1). During these series, Border’s leadership skills were as sharp as his batting skills. Did you know Border captained Australia in a record-breaking 28 Ashes Tests and won 13 of them? That makes him the most successful captain of the Ashes.

During the 1985 Ashes, Border played one of the most vital knocks of his career. During the Oval Test of 1985, Border played a valiant knock of 146* to salvage Australia’s chances to draw the Test. Also, his unbeaten knock of 200 at the Headingley Test from the 1993 Ashes series will forever be etched in every cricket fan’s memory.

#2 Jack Hobbs (3636 runs in 41 games)

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The only player who made it to the Top 5 highest run-getters of all time in Ashes; Jack Hobbs was a pivotal player for England who helped the Poms win many important clashes. He was called ‘The Master’ and scored even after he went past 50 years of age.

Hobbs made 61,760 runs in first-class cricket and 199 centuries. Hobbs made 5410 runs in 61 Tests from 1908 to 1930. Out of the 61 Tests, 41 were a part of the Ashes. In the Ashes, he scored 3636 runs in 71 Test innings against England at 54.26, including 12 centuries.

#1 Sir Donald Bradman (5028 runs in 37 games)

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The top spot is obviously occupied by none other than; the maestro himself, Sir Donald Bradman. In the 52 Tests that he has played, Bradman has scored 6996 runs at an unbelievable average of 99.98.

He is the only player to score more than 5,000 Test runs in the Ashes. He has hit 19 of his 29 Test centuries against England and averaged 89.78 against them. Bradman’s record of 974 runs in the 1930 Ashes is the most runs scored in a Test series. The record is yet to be broken even after 93 years.

Bradman has played many unforgettable innings during his career. One such came inning came during the third Test at the Headingley in Leeds where he slammed his career-best of 334 runs.

Remembering the forgotten legends of Indian Sports

Remembering the forgotten legends of Indian Sports

Athletes compete, passion ablaze,

Fields and courts, where legends amaze,

Graceful movements, battles unfurled,

Sports, a symphony that stirs the world.

Sports. A spirit that lies within us and an activity that holds a special place in every Indian’s heart. Be it hockey the national sport of  India or cricket- the soul of every sports enthusiast Indians look forward to these events. 

Indians are mad and passionate about sports. Be it cricket or football or hockey, every Indian wears his/her passion on their sleeve to support their favourite athlete.

Did you know India houses the world’s oldest stadium with terraced stands located in Dholavira, Gujarat? Such is the rich history of our country which has produced many sporting legends who have done miraculous tasks on the field to inspire future generations.

In such a sportingly rich country, it is a shame that we have some of our sporting heroes who aren’t being credited as much. Their dedication, sacrifices and bravery deserve wide recognition and appreciation from us.

In this article, we have a look at some of the forgotten legends of India’s sports history. 

The Forgotten Legends of India’s Sports History

Jimmy George- The Flying Indian

Jimmy George- The Flying Indian

Jimmy George, the renowned Indian volleyball player and former captain of the Indian national volleyball team, is widely recognized as one of the greatest volleyball players in history. Often referred to as the “God of Indian volleyball,” he achieved remarkable heights in his career. An important aspect of volleyball is the net, which stands at a height of 2.43 metres. Jimmy’s exceptional attack reach extended to 3.44 metres, nearly one metre more than the net height.

Jimmy George initially played as an amateur for both Kerala and the Indian national team. However, he went on to make history by becoming the first Indian to transition into a professional volleyball player. He competed for professional clubs overseas, most notably in Italy. Jimmy’s skills and talent were widely acknowledged, and he gained significant recognition during his time playing in Italy.

Yet, tragedy struck when the world least expected it. At the tender age of 32, Jimmy’s life was cut short in a devastating road accident in Italy. The news shattered hearts and dimmed the light of Indian volleyball. A void was left, an emptiness that could never be filled.

But even in his untimely departure, George’s legacy remains indelible. His name will forever be whispered with reverence, his memory cherished by those who witnessed his greatness. He will forever be remembered as the youngest volleyball player to receive the prestigious Arjuna Award, a testament to his exceptional contributions to Indian sports.

Nirmal Kaur Saini

Nirmal Kaur Saini

Legends have said, “Behind every successful man is a woman”. We all know Milkha Singh- The Flying Sikh, the track and field sprinter who made India proud by winning various prestigious trophies and medals around the world.  

Nirmal Kaur Saini was the wife of Milkha Singh and the mother of their son Jeev Milkha Singh but very few people know that she was an Indian volleyball player and captain of the India women’s national volleyball team. She was a member of the Punjab volleyball team and has consequently won tournaments while playing with the team. She was the captain of the Indian Volleyball team in the Indo-Ceylon tour held in Sri Lanka.  

Sally Joseph 

Sally Joseph 

Sally Joseph, a Kerala native, was a remarkable and highly skilled volleyball player who left a lasting impact on the sport. Her exceptional abilities on the court set her apart and made her a standout figure among the volleyball players from Kerala. Known for her mesmerising playstyle, she possessed a unique skill set that often overshadowed even male players. Sally Joseph was particularly renowned for her captivating counter-attacking skills, displaying beautiful action and delivering thunderous spikes.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to Indian volleyball, Sally Joseph was honoured with the prestigious “Arjuna Award” in 1984. This esteemed award is granted to athletes who have exhibited exceptional performances and achieved remarkable milestones in their respective sports.

Sally Joseph’s legacy as a highly talented volleyball player from Kerala continues to inspire aspiring athletes. Her extraordinary skills, combined with the recognition of receiving the Arjuna Award, solidify her place among the noteworthy volleyball players in the history of Indian sports.

Nandu Natekar

Nandu Natekar

Nandu M. Natekar was the recipient of the first Arjuna Award instituted in 1961. He was the first Indian badminton player to play and win an international title back in 1956. He has won over 100 international and national titles. Nandu M. Natekar has participated in a number of matches, of which he won 12 out of the 16 singles matches and 8 out of 16 in doubles as part of the Indian team at the Thomas Cup held between 1951 and 1963.

During his playing career, Nandu Natekar represented India in numerous international tournaments and brought home several accolades. He won the National Badminton Championships of India for seven consecutive years from 1953 to 1959, showcasing his dominance and consistency in the sport. He also led the country in the tournament in 1959, 1961 and 1963. He also entered the quarterfinals of the coveted All England Championships in 1954 when he was just 21. 

MJ Gopalan

MJ Gopalan - Indian Sports Legend

Morappakam Josyam Gopalan, fondly called MJ Gopalan was a prominent figure in the field of Indian cricket. He played a significant role as an all-rounder and was associated with the Madras (now Chennai) cricket team.

Gopalan was an exceptional right-arm fast-medium bowler, known for his ability to swing the ball effectively. He represented the Madras cricket team in various tournaments and played a crucial part in their successes.

Gopalan’s cricketing career spanned from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, during which he showcased his skills in both domestic and international matches. His dedication and talent led him to earn the prestigious Madras Presidency cap, a symbol of recognition for exceptional cricketers in the region.

He was more successful in first-class cricket, taking 194 wickets as a fast bowler as well as scoring 2916 runs in 78 matches. Gopalan was a double international, who also represented India at hockey as a centre-half. In 1936, he was faced with a difficult choice when he was picked for both the cricket tour of England and for the hockey team at the Berlin Olympics. Gopalan bowled the first delivery in the Ranji Trophy, against Mysore at Madras in November 1934. 

Raj Singh Dungarpur

Raj Singh Dungarpur - Indian Sports Legend

Raj Singh Dungarpur held the position of president at the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In his role as the chairman of the selection committee, Dungarpur played a pivotal role in introducing Sachin Tendulkar to the international cricket scene. Tendulkar was handpicked by Dungarpur and included in India’s 1989 tour of Pakistan when he was a mere 16 years old. Dungarpur is also acknowledged for his efforts in establishing the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

During his cricketing career, Dungarpur represented the Rajasthan cricket team as well as the Central Zone cricket team. He participated in 86 first-class cricket matches spanning from 1955 to 1971, showcasing his skills as a medium-pace bowler and claiming a total of 206 wickets. Among his notable performances, his standout figures of 7 for 88 and 5 for 55 came during Rajasthan’s triumph over Vidarbha in the 1967-68 season. Moreover, Dungarpur assumed the role of Manager for the Indian Cricket team on multiple occasions, contributing to the team’s management and coordination.

Neville D’souza

Neville D’souza - Indian Sports Legend

Neville D’souza played hockey during his academics and represented the Bombay State hockey team in the National Hockey Championship from 1953 to 1955. He began his football career after playing for football clubs in Goa. He scored 4 goals in the 1956 Summer Olympics and was known as one of the finest strikers back in his time.

S. Narayan a former Indian international who played with Neville at the 1956 Summer Olympics said about Neville D’Souza.

Whenever I think about Indian football, his name comes to my mind. After we won, I remember the Australians calling our victory a “fluke” and demanding a rematch at Sydney after the Games ended. They were so stunned at the Olympic loss despite the home advantage that they were adamant about playing us again. We won the re-match with Neville scoring twice. Television was not around when Neville was playing for India at the Olympics and nor were video recordings possible, so people have no way of knowing how good he was in the goalmouth.”

The Mumbai Football Association began organising U-17 Neville D’Souza Trophy for teenagers from seventeen districts in Maharashtra.

Shanti Mullick

Shanti Mullick Indian Legend Of Sports

Shanti Mullick is an Indian former women’s footballer who played as a forward for the India women’s national football team. Mullick is the first Indian women’s footballer to receive the Arjuna Award, the second-highest Indian sports award.

Mullick was born in Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal and her father was also a footballer who served in the military.

Mullick represented India at the AFC Women’s Championships where the team reached the finals twice and finished as runners-up in the 1980 and 1983 editions. She played for the national team managed by legendary Sushil Bhattacharya. Her team also finished in third place in the 1981 edition. She captained the Indian team between 1981 and 1983. Mullick was the first women’s footballer to score a hat-trick for India in a 5–0 victory over Singapore in the 1981 AFC Women’s Championship.

Yolanda D’Souza

Yolanda D'Souza Indian Sports Legend

Yolanda D’Souza Kammermeier, known as ‘The Hat-Trick Queen,’ holds the distinction of being the first woman to achieve an international hat-trick for India. Although she grew up in Calangute, young Yolanda never anticipated that she would become a pivotal figure in the history of Indian women’s football during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Yolanda’s career in football was truly remarkable, garnering her numerous accolades. In 1979, she was honoured with the prestigious Bakshi Bahaddar Jivba Dada Kerkar Award by the Government of Goa. Recognizing her exceptional talent and contributions to the sport, Yolanda was later bestowed with the esteemed title of “Player of the Decade” by the Women’s Football Federation of India (WFFI) in 1980.

One of Yolanda’s significant achievements was being the first female player to score an international hat trick for India. She accomplished this remarkable feat against the Swedish club BET in 1976, etching her name in the annals of Indian football history.

Nirupama Mankad

Nirupama Mankad - Legend of indian sports

Nirupama Mankad is a former Indian tennis player and also the daughter of Tennis legend G. Vasant. Mankad won the Asian women’s tennis championship in 1965 at the age of 17. She introduced Tennis to India before it became mainstream. She was active from 1964 to 1979 and contested 25 finals and won 18 singles titles.

Nirupama Mankad achieved several notable milestones throughout her career. In 1987, she became the first Indian woman to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament when she qualified for the Wimbledon Championships. Her perseverance and skill earned her recognition as a trailblazer for Indian women in tennis.

During her professional tennis career, Mankad participated in both singles and doubles competitions. She was known for her strong baseline game, versatility, and mental toughness on the court. Mankad’s dedication and hard work led to her achieving a career-high singles ranking of 134 in the world.

Nirupama Mankad also represented India in the Fed Cup, the premier international team competition in women’s tennis. Her commitment to the sport and her country helped raise the profile of Indian women’s tennis on the global stage.

After retiring from professional tennis, Mankad continued to contribute to the sport as a coach and mentor. She has been actively involved in nurturing young tennis talents in India and promoting the growth of the game at the grassroots level.

Nirupama Mankad’s achievements and her pioneering role in Indian women’s tennis have left a lasting impact on the sport in the country. She remains an inspiration for aspiring tennis players and a symbol of excellence in Indian tennis history.

Indian Cricket Team Squad For Asia Cup

Breaking: Asia Cup to be held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka

After days of having conflicts surrounding the venue for the 2023 Asia Cup, the Asian Cricket Council has come to a decision. As per the committee, the Asia Cup will be conducted in Pakistan and Sri Lanka from August 31 to September 17.

“The tournament will be hosted in a hybrid model with four matches being held in Pakistan, and the remaining nine matches being played in Sri Lanka. The 2023 Edition will feature two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final,” the Asian Cricket Council said in a statement.

The hybrid model has come into effect after the BCCI expressed its reservations about touring Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Earlier, former champions Pakistan were given the right to entirely host the continental tournament.

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“I am elated that our hybrid version for the ACC Asia Cup 2023 has been accepted. This means that the PCB will remain as the host and stage matches in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the neutral venue, which was required due to the Indian team’s inability to travel to Pakistan, ” said PCB boss Najam Sethi.

The Asian Cricket Council has confirmed that India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal will participate in the tournament and play a total of 13 ODI (One Day International) matches at the Asia Cup. Four matches of the Asia Cup will be played in Pakistan (Lahore) while former champions Sri Lanka (Kandy and Pallekele)will host nine games of the showpiece event.

The 2023 edition will feature two groups, with two teams from each group qualifying for the Super Four stage. The top two teams from the Super Four stage will then face off in the final. The final will take place on Sunday, September 17.

Michael Bracewell

Michael Bracewell ruled out of ODI World Cup 2023

New Zealand’s premier all-rounder Michael Bracewell has ruptured his Achilles which has ruled him out of the ODI Cricket World Cup happening in October. The injury was caused during a T20 Blast game in England and has sidelined him for six to eight months.

Bracewell has performed exceptionally for the Kiwis in the recent past. The left-hander has featured in 19 ODIs with 510 runs at an average of 42.50 while predominantly batting at No.6 and 7. The southpaw got major appreciation for his outstanding hundred against India this year where he smashed a 78-ball 140 – including 12 fours and 10 sixes – in chase of the home team’s 349/8.

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Bracewell’s injury is a major blow to New Zealand’s plans for the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup. The Black Caps will also be without the services of their talismanic skipper Kane Williamson who is nursing a leg injury.

Upon knowing the news of the injury, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said: “Firstly, you always feel for the player when injury strikes and especially when it means they will have to miss a world event.”

He further said, “Michael’s a great team man and has had a fantastic 15 months for New Zealand since his international debut. We’ve seen his exceptional skills in all three facets of the game and he was shaping as an important player for us at the world cup in India.”

Bracewell will now undergo surgery in the UK and then fly to his hometown for rehabilitation.

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MS Dhoni successfully undergoes knee surgery in Mumbai

Chennai Super Kings skipper and former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was seen struggling with his knee in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League has successfully undergone surgery on his left knee in a Mumbai hospital.

As per Cricbuzz, the operation went well and Dhoni is perfectly fit. Initially, it was expected that he would remain in the hospital for two more days, but later in the evening, it emerged that Dhoni had been discharged.

Dhoni, who led Chennai Super Kings to their fifth IPL title, had flown to Mumbai from Ahmedabad after the IPL final and consulted renowned sports orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, who is also on the BCCI medical panel and had performed surgeries on a number of top Indian cricketers, including Rishabh Pant.

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According to John Gloster, former India and current Rajasthan Royals physio, who has worked with Dr Pardiwala, Dhoni is in safe hands.

“Dr Dinshaw is a very competent surgeon, particularly for knees and shoulders. We are lucky to have someone of his capability in India. He is a surgeon who would intervene only when he is assured that the outcome will be significant,” Gloster told Cricbuzz.

CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan revealed that he spoke to Dhoni after the surgery. “I spoke to him after the operation. I cannot explain what the surgery is about but we have been told it is a keyhole surgery. He sounded fine in our conversation,” the CSK official confirmed.

Dhoni had played the entire IPL season with heavy strapping on his left knee and while he looked absolutely fine during wicket-keeping, he came into bat as low as No. 8 at times and didn’t look in his element while running between the wickets. However, things will be better now as the wicketkeeper-batsman will look to recuperate and rebuild.

IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI: Predicted lineups, Match timings, Venue and Dream11 prediction

IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI: Predicted lineups, Match timings, Venue and Dream11 prediction

Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians will be facing each other in the Eliminator happening on 24th May at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. While the 5-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians will be looking to add one more trophy to their cabinet. Lucknow Super Giants will be trying to carve their name into IPL history.

Lucknow Super Giants has an upper hand over Mumbai Indians as the team has defeated the Mumbai-based on all three occasions when the two teams have clashed with each other. However, Mumbai Indians will be looking to forget the past and think of this match as a new opportunity.

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Both teams are stacked with match-winners. While Mumbai Indians have one of the most dangerous batting lineups, with Suryakumar Yadav getting back in form at the right time. Fellow batters Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Nehal Wadhera, and Tilak Varma have also fired whenever an opportunity was presented. However, their bowling lacks the punch. Mumbai are dearly missing the services of their star bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer. But Piyush Chawla, one of the most inexperienced IPL spinners has come to party as the leg-spinner has taken 20 wickets from 14 games.

For Lucknow Super Giants, there have been different match winners for every match. Although they will miss the services of regular skipper KL Rahul, the team has seen different match winners in different matches. From Marcus Stoinis to Kyle Mayers to Nicholas Pooran, the Lucknow-based franchisee has seen players take responsibility and win matches. In the bowling department, Ravi Bishnoi has been their standout performer. Bishnoi has found able support in Yash Thakur, Mark Wood, and stand-in skipper Krunal Pandya.

In this article, we will be having a look at the predicted lineups, IPL fantasy tips, match timings, and Dream11 prediction.

Everything you should know about IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI

Where is the IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI happening?

The IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs CSK is happening in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

When is the IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI?

The IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI is on 24th May, 7:30 PM onwards.

What is the predicted lineup for the IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI?

Since this is a knockout game, both teams won’t be changing their playing XI. It is expected that both the teams will be playing the same eleven that played in the last game.

The expected lineup for Lucknow Super Giants will be as follows:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Karan Sharma, Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya (C), Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen ul-Haq and Yash Thakur.

Impact Players: Kyle Mayers, Mohsin Khan, Amit Mishra

The expected lineup for Mumbai Indians will be as follows:

Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff, Chris Jordan and Akash Madhwal.

Impact Players: Nehal Wadhera, Vishnu Vinod and Hrithik Shokeen

What is the pitch report for the IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI?

The IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI will be played on the same track where the Qualifier 1 GT vs CSK is played. The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai favours spinners. So, both teams will be trying to field as many spinners as they can and restrict the flow of runs. For Mumbai Indians, the spin duo of Piyush Chawla and Kumar Kartikeya will be an important cog for the 5-time champions. While Ravi Bishnoi will be the X-factor for Lucknow Super Giants.

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Where to watch the IPL 2023 Eliminator LSG vs MI?

The IPL 2023 Eliminator Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians will be telecasted on Jio Cinema and Star Sports channels.

What is the average score on MA Chidambaram Stadium?

In IPL 2023, the average score went up as compared to the previous editions. While batting first, the average score was 217. And the average team total while batting second was 215. Teams who have batted first have won thrice while the teams who have batted second have won four times.

What is the head-to-head score between LSG and MI?

Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians have faced each other thrice in the Indian Premier League. The Lucknow-based franchisee has won on all three occasions.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Mumbai Indians: Dream11 prediction

Wicket-keepers: Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock

Batters: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Nicholas Pooran

All-rounders: Cameron Green, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Ravi Bishnoi, Jason Behrendorff

LSG vs MI Dream11 Captain and Vice-Captain

For Small League, Head-to-Head contests: Piyush Chawla, Marcus Stoinis

For Grand League: Ravi Bishnoi, Suryakumar Yadav

7 instances when a cricket match was stopped for weird reasons

7 instances when a cricket match was stopped for weird reasons

Cricket, known for its unpredictable nature, has witnessed countless memorable moments on the field. From breathtaking catches to high-scoring thrillers, this sport never fails to entertain. However, amidst the excitement, there have been instances where the game has come to an abrupt halt due to the most peculiar reasons. Today, we embark on a journey through seven instances when a cricket match was stopped for the most bizarre and unexpected causes. 

From furry creatures invading the pitch to nature’s unpredictable wrath, these incidents remind us that cricket is indeed a game filled with surprises at every turn. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to explore the fascinating world of cricket’s strangest interruptions. Let’s dive into the extraordinary circumstances that left players, officials, and fans bewildered, proving that even in this gentleman’s game, the unexpected can become a reality. 

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Late food delivery incident during South Africa vs Bangladesh Test in 2017 

In Test match cricket, fans eagerly anticipate the moment when teams emerge from the pavilion after lunch and tea breaks. However, an unusual occurrence disrupted the usual proceedings during the second Test match between South Africa and Bangladesh at Bloemfontein in 2017. On day one of the match, the start of play was delayed as one of the teams had to wait for their food to arrive. This unexpected situation resulted in an international match being postponed until the necessary arrangements could be made. The incident served as a reminder that even the most meticulously planned events can encounter unforeseen obstacles, much to the disappointment of fervent fans eagerly awaiting the resumption of play. 

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During the lunch break, the Bangladesh team encountered a minor delay as their food arrived 10 minutes later than the scheduled time. However, an interesting twist emerged when it was discovered that the delay was a result of a print error in the food menu, which led to the team receiving halal food. The incident gained significant media attention, with pictures of the delivered food being released and circulated widely. This unexpected turn of events sparked curiosity and discussions among cricket enthusiasts and the general public alike, highlighting the intricacies involved in catering to diverse dietary requirements during international sporting events. 

This particular match will be etched in the memories of both teams, as it witnessed an extraordinary display of batting prowess by four South African players who each scored centuries in the first innings. Additionally, the star pacemaker Kagiso Rabada showcased his exceptional skills by claiming five wickets in both innings, ultimately leading the home team to a resounding victory by an innings and a remarkable margin of 254 runs. This remarkable performance by the South African team left an indelible mark on the match and served as a testament to their dominance and collective brilliance on the cricket field.

Burnt gravy at Old Trafford 

During an enthralling match in 2007 at Old Trafford in Manchester, Lancashire, and Kent were engaged in a captivating battle. As Lancashire approached an imminent victory, the unexpected occurred – fire alarms abruptly sounded, bringing the game to a sudden halt. 

The interruption due to the fire alarms disrupted the intense atmosphere and added a unique twist to the proceedings. Both teams and spectators were momentarily taken aback as they awaited further instructions and eagerly anticipated the resumption of play. This unforeseen incident served as a reminder that even amidst the excitement of cricket, unpredictable circumstances can momentarily overshadow the game’s progress. 

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Following the activation of the fire alarms, the pavilion was swiftly and completely evacuated, ensuring the safety of all present. The fire brigade promptly arrived at the scene, instilling a sense of urgency and anticipation among the onlookers. With bated breath, everyone prepared themselves for the possibility of witnessing the pavilion engulfed in flames. However, much to everyone’s relief, the situation turned out to be a complete anti-climax. The feared spectacle of a blazing pavilion did not materialize, leaving the incident to be more of an unexpected disruption rather than a disastrous event. Nonetheless, the temporary suspension of play and the evacuation process created a memorable and unique moment in the course of the match. 

The surprising cause of the fire was traced back to a group of amateur cooks who had unintentionally overcooked a particular dish. Their culinary endeavor had taken an unfortunate turn, resulting in the dish being burnt to such an extent that it emitted smoke, triggering the fire alarms and setting them into action. The peculiar incident highlighted the consequences of culinary mishaps and served as a reminder of the importance of caution and precision in the kitchen. While the situation may have initially caused alarm and disruption, the underlying cause of the fire brought a touch of irony and even a sense of humor to the otherwise intense cricket match at hand. 

While cricket is known for its captivating moments, incidents involving burnt food leading to a disruption in play are a rarity. However, in 2007, such an extraordinary event occurred that left the hopes of play momentarily reduced to ashes. The unexpected mishap, caused by burnt food, brought an intriguing twist to the proceedings, showcasing the unpredictability and diverse range of incidents that can influence the course of a cricket match. This unique occurrence served as a reminder that even the most unconventional factors can unexpectedly impact the game, creating a memorable and unusual chapter in the annals of cricket history. 

India’s Baggage Delay Causes Match Delay in 2nd T20I Against West Indies in August 2022

In a recent incident in international cricket, the commencement of a match faced an unexpected delay due to the late arrival of baggage for the visiting team. This unforeseen occurrence unfolded moments before India’s second T20I match against West Indies at Warner Park in St Kitts on August 2. The untimely arrival of the baggage disrupted the scheduled proceedings, causing a temporary halt in the match’s start. This incident serves as a reminder that even meticulous planning can encounter unforeseen obstacles, impacting the smooth execution of highly anticipated cricket encounters. 

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A significant delay of three hours occurred at the start of the match, attributed to the crucial luggage of Team India being delayed. Cricket West Indies issued a statement explaining that the delay was a result of circumstances beyond their control, with team luggage experiencing considerable delays in transportation from Trinidad to St. Kitts. It was an unfortunate occurrence that affected the timely commencement of the match. Before this incident, India had emerged victorious in the first match of the series, securing a commanding 68-run win at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. 

A parallel situation occurred back in 1986 when Australia’s ODI match against India in Jamshedpur had to be postponed for similar reasons. Fast forward to the present, both India and West Indies are currently facing visa complications for their upcoming travel to the USA. These visa issues have arisen just before the last two T20I matches, originally slated to be held in Florida on August 6 and 7. This unforeseen setback has created uncertainties and challenges for the teams, potentially impacting the smooth execution of the matches. The situation serves as a reminder of the intricate logistical arrangements and administrative hurdles involved in international cricket tournaments. 

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A car stops play in Delhi 

During a Ranji Trophy match at the Palam Air Force Ground in 2017, Delhi faced off against Uttar Pradesh in an eagerly anticipated contest. The match showcased a star-studded lineup, including renowned players such as Gautam Gambhir, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Suresh Raina. However, the third day of the game took an unexpected turn when a car managed to breach all security measures and made its way onto the field, leaving everyone astonished. 

Due to a direct connection between a stadium gate and the main road, coupled with the absence of personnel at their designated posts, a driver found an open pathway to freely enter the ground. Exploiting this lapse in security, the car effortlessly made its way onto the field, surprising everyone present. In an audacious display, the vehicle even managed to complete two laps around the pitch before its impromptu escapade was abruptly halted. 

Upon the car’s intrusion, the officials swiftly took action to block the driver’s potential escape routes, effectively sealing off any possible exit points. Subsequently, the intruder was apprehended and handed over to the police. Despite the driver’s claim of panic and insisting it was an honest mistake, the incident stands out as one of the most extraordinary reasons for a cricket match to be interrupted. 

Cricket Match Temporarily Halted as Nathan Lyon Accidentally Burns Toast in 2017 

A momentary interruption occurred during a live match, courtesy of Australian bowling sensation Nathan Lyon, renowned for his impressive tally of 482 Test wickets. In a rather amusing turn of events, Lyon inadvertently caused a slight halt when he left a toaster unattended, triggering the fire alarms and prompting the arrival of the fire brigade. The incident showcased that even highly skilled athletes can have unexpected mishaps off the field, adding a touch of lightheartedness to the intensity of the match. Lyon’s accidental toaster mishap momentarily shifted the focus from the cricket action to the comical side of the players’ lives, creating a memorable and light-hearted interlude amid the game. 

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The incident unfolded during the Sheffield Shield clash between New South Wales and Queensland in Brisbane back in 2017. Nathan Lyon, representing New South Wales, found himself engrossed in the game as his team was on the verge of victory. Amid the excitement, Lyon decided to make himself a toast, only to become so captivated by the unfolding events on the field that he inadvertently left the toaster unattended. Unbeknownst to him, this momentary distraction led to the fire alarms being triggered. Lyon’s unintentional act of toast-making turned into a light-hearted anecdote, highlighting the passionate involvement of players in the game and their ability to become fully absorbed in the proceedings. The incident added a touch of humor and relatability, reminding us that even professional athletes can get caught up in the excitement of their performances. 

“(The toast) popped up first, and I wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to put it back down. However, I got completely engrossed in watching the cricket,” Lyon later explained, shedding light on the amusing sequence of events. Despite the momentary distraction, New South Wales emerged victorious in the match, showcasing their resilience and skill. Lyon himself played a pivotal role, contributing with three wickets in the first innings. The incident served as a lighthearted reminder of the players’ human tendencies and their ability to get absorbed in their passion for the game, even at the expense of minor culinary mishaps. Ultimately, it was a memorable moment that added an amusing touch to the team’s triumph. 

Sun’s Brightness Halts India vs New Zealand ODI Match in 2019 

While rain and bad light often frustrate cricket fans by interrupting thrilling matches, an unexpected twist took place in 2019. During an ODI cricket match between India and New Zealand in Napier, the game came to a surprising halt due to the excessive brightness of the sun. Despite officials’ helplessness in controlling natural elements, the match had to be paused as the sun’s intense radiance posed challenges for the players. This rare occurrence left both spectators and players taken aback, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the sport and the influence of external factors on its proceedings. 

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During India’s batting innings at Napier, an incident unfolded involving opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan. In the 11th over, Dhawan struggled to pick up the delivery from New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson due to the intense brightness of the sun. The harsh glare proved to be a challenging and unpleasant experience for the batter. Concerned about the safety and fairness of the game, Dhawan engaged in a brief conversation with the on-field umpires. As a result, the match was temporarily suspended until the brightness of the sun diminished, allowing for better visibility and a level playing field for both teams. This episode highlighted the impact of natural elements on cricket matches and the importance of ensuring optimal conditions for all players involved. 

This unforeseen incident at Napier was a result of the unique geographical alignment of the ground, which runs from east to west. This alignment posed a challenge for batters during sunset, making it difficult for them to face fast bowlers effectively. The intense glare of the sun during this time created unfavorable conditions for the batsmen, affecting their visibility and ability to read the bowlers’ deliveries accurately. Interestingly, a similar occurrence had taken place previously at Napier during a Super Smash Twenty20 match between Central Stags and Canterbury Kings. These instances shed light on the significance of geographical factors and how they can impact the dynamics of cricket matches, emphasizing the need for adaptable strategies and considerations for varying playing conditions. 

Kandy Bee Attack 

During a cricket match in 1981, bees caused quite a stir by leaving several cricketers and officials injured. The incident became infamous and raised concerns about bee-related disruptions during games. Fast forward 26 years later, and history repeated itself in another cricket match. This time, England was facing Sri Lanka in Kandy when a sudden swarm of bees descended upon the stadium, catching everyone off guard. The players, filled with a mixture of fear and awe, found themselves completely bewildered, unsure of how to handle the situation. 

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In a remarkable display of quick thinking, the umpire demonstrated his presence of mind by promptly lying flat on the ground to protect himself from the impending bee attack. Witnessing this action, the players swiftly followed suit, taking a prone position on the field, their stomachs pressed against the ground until the bees ceased their disruptive presence. The unexpected intrusion resulted in a significant halt in the game, as play remained suspended until the umpires deemed it safe to resume. Undoubtedly, this incident stands as one of the most astonishing causes of a temporary stoppage in cricket history.

Andrew Strauss steps down as ECB's strategic advisor

Andrew Strauss steps down as ECB’s strategic advisor

Former England player Andrew Strauss has decided to step down as the Strategic Advisor to the ECB Board and Chair of the Performance Cricket Committee. The former skipper of the England national team has been a prominent figure in the England Cricket Board, who served as the interim Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket between February and May 2022.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the ECB and am proud of having contributed to a successful period for our England teams. With increasing commitments outside of the organization, sadly I’ve decided it’s time to step away from my current role. I wish the new Board all the very best as it continues in its mission to grow our game,” said Strauss, who has also previously served as Director of England Cricket for over three years.

Strauss, who had recommended several reforms for English cricket were turned down by the counties. These recommendations were made to enable players to play in all kinds of conditions a player can get to experience around the world. In the same vein, restructuring the domestic set-up, which will focus more on playing red-ball cricket. Apart from that one of the key recommendations proposed included the use of Kookaburra balls which seams for a longer duration than the Duke balls which are mainly used in England.

ECB Chair Richard Thompson said: “Andrew has given outstanding service to English cricket over many years in a number of different roles. I’ve greatly valued the advice and expertise he has provided in my time as Chair, and have enjoyed working with him. We are currently implementing the vast majority of recommendations from his impressive High Performance Review, which I believe will help our England Men’s teams to sustain their success. I have no doubt he has much more to contribute to the game and hope he will return in the future.”

Strauss, who has been one of England’s most successful Test skippers, has been a vital part in the success of the men’s cricket team in white ball format. After the disastrous performance in the 2015 World Cup, Strauss appointed the managing director of men’s cricket helped revolutionize white-ball cricket forever and make The Three Lions a dominant force in the years to come.

With Strauss departing, the ECB has appointed four non-executive directors in their management with the likes of Penny Avis, Baroness Zahida Manzoor, Jennifer Owen Adams, and Gareth Williams, respectively. Additionally, as per the board, the appointment of two more cricket directors in non-executive roles is underway.

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BCCI Central Contracts: Richa Ghosh, Jemimah get promoted; Shikha Pandey dropped

Team India’s young batting sensation Richa Ghosh has been rewarded for her tremendous performances in the recent past. The right-hander, along with Jemimah Rodrigues has been elevated to the B category in the BCCI central contract while the likes of Shikha Pandey and Poonam Yadav have been left out.

As per the central contracts, a player in the A category gets paid Rs 50 lakh over and above match fees, and Rs 30 lakh and Rs 10 lakh are allotted for the B and C category respectively. Only three players are contracted in the A category including current Team India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, flamboyant left-handed batter Smriti Mandhana and premier all-rounder Deepti Sharma.

There are many surprise inclusions and exclusions that will certainly raise many eyebrows. A total of seven new players, who weren’t contracted last year, have entered the contracts list including left-arm spinner Radha Yadav and left-hand batter Yastika Bhatia.

Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who was part of the elite Grade A list last year, has been moved down to Grade B while all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar slips from Grade B to Grade C. The likes of Harleen Deol (Grade C), Sneh Rana (Grade C), and Shafali Verma (Grade B) have maintained the status quo from last year.

Pacer Renuka Thakur, who did not have a contract last year, has been bracketed straight into the B category after a stellar season.

Meanwhile, wicket-keepers Taniya Bhatia and Arundhati Reddy are the other major exclusions from the contracts list.

Contracted Players

Grade A (INR 50 lakh): Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma

Grade B (INR 30 lakh): Renuka Singh Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Grade C (INR 10 lakh):Meghna Singh, Devika Vaidya, Sabbineni Meghana, Anjali Sarvani, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Yastika Bhatia

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5 controversial cricket bats that you didn’t know about

Cricket, as a sport, has undergone significant evolution over the years, and one of the most essential tools of the game is the cricket bat. With time, there have been numerous innovations in the design and construction of cricket bats. However, some of these innovations have also been controversial due to their unique features. In this article, we will examine five such controversial cricket bats that may not be familiar to many people. We will explore the reasons behind the controversies they caused and the impact they had on the cricketing world. These cricket bats range from controversial materials to unconventional shapes and sizes, but all of them have undoubtedly left their mark on the sport. 

5 controversial cricket bats that you didn’t know about 

Painted Cricket Bats (2015) 

Many cricket bat manufacturers resort to painting their bats to conceal lower-quality willow. By applying a coat of paint, manufacturers can effectively mask stains, knots, hard bars, and an even lower number of wavy grains in the wood. Another common tactic is to design stickers that are large enough to cover most of the willow, effectively hiding any blemishes or imperfections. While these practices are controversial, they have become increasingly common in the modern game of cricket, where the quality of the bat can make a significant impact on a player’s performance. 

Interestingly, even professional cricket players who have access to high-quality willow have been known to use painted bats. Despite not needing to hide any imperfections in the wood, these players use painted bats purely for marketing and publicity purposes. It is unlikely that the paint has any effect on the bat’s performance, and therefore, the practice is purely a means of standing out from the competition and creating a unique image. 

The practice of using painted cricket bats gained further attention during the ill-fated Stamford Cricket competition in the West Indies, where several players sponsored by Gunn and Moore were selected to participate. Although the bats themselves did not cause any issues, the tournament sponsor raised controversy over the use of painted bats. Despite this, the practice of using painted bats continues to be a popular marketing and publicity tool for both professional players and bat manufacturers alike. 

In 2015, during the opening game of the Big Bash League (BBL), West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle created a stir by using a special gold-colored bat, which was flown in from India by his sponsor, Spartan. Gayle, known for his love of bling, used the bat to score 23 runs before being dismissed. The use of the gold bat sparked controversy, with reports circulating that the bat contained metal. However, Spartan Cricket denied these reports, stating that the gold coloring used in the bat did not contain any metal and that there were strict regulations on what materials could be used in cricket bats. Despite the controversy, the use of colored bats continues to be a popular trend in the modern game of cricket, with many players using them as a means of standing out on the pitch and generating publicity for themselves and their sponsors.

In the following year’s Big Bash League, Andre Russell of the Sydney Thunder used a black-painted Spartan cricket bat. However, his short stint at the crease was marred by controversy when the opposing wicketkeeper, Brad Haddin of the Sydney Sixers, noticed black spots appearing on the ball. Haddin later stated that if Russell had batted for a longer period of time, the discolored ball might have been difficult to see. Cricket Australia quickly took action and less than 24 hours after the game, they banned the use of colored bats that caused discoloration to the ball. This incident highlights the importance of maintaining the integrity of the cricket ball, which is essential for ensuring a fair and balanced game for both teams. 

Indeed, while the controversy surrounding the discolored ball may have resulted in the ban on colored bats in the Big Bash League, the PR stunt by Spartan had already achieved its objective of generating publicity and getting people talking about their colored bats. In the world of sports marketing, sometimes even negative attention can be beneficial as it increases brand recognition and awareness. Nonetheless, the importance of upholding the rules and regulations of the game should always remain paramount. 

Mongoose Short Blade MMi3 (2010) 

The Mongoose bat was marketed as a game changer in cricket bat design, with high-profile players like Mathew Hayden, Mohammad Ashraful, Stuart Law, James Anderson, Andrew Symonds, and Marcus Trescothick endorsing it for a fee. However, it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick, despite claims of being a revolutionary product. 

The Mongoose bat was marketed as a game-changer that would revolutionize cricket bat design, with high-profile players like Matthew Hayden, Mohammad Ashraful, Stuart Law, James Anderson, Andrew Symonds, and Marcus Trescothick promoting it for a small fee. 

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While the claim that the Mongoose was a lighter bat was true, weighing in at an average of 2lb 6oz, the bat’s design made it feel much heavier, picking up like a 2lb 12oz bat. This made the bat lose its appeal. 

So, despite the hype and endorsement from high-profile players, the Mongoose bat failed to make an impact in the market. While it claimed to have created a lighter bat, weighing an average of 2lb 6oz, the design made the bat feel heavier and lose its appeal. Even though it was popular for pick-up in shops, sales were disappointing, with one retailer reporting zero sales despite it being the most picked-up bat in the shop. 

The Mongoose also faced a major issue with its super-short blade. Players had to adjust their technique as the blade was a third shorter than a regular bat. This caused them to miss the ball, get hit, or worse, nick off. It was difficult for players to switch back to a regular bat after using a Mongoose bat for a while, which made it impractical for professional cricket. 

The lack of a unique selling point, combined with the practical issues of using a shorter blade, meant that the Mongoose bat was not as successful as initially anticipated. Despite endorsements from high-profile players, it was not long before they returned to using traditional length bats. With no significant advantage over other brands and a design that did not work in practice, the Mongoose brand eventually faded away from both the market and public attention. 

Bat with a carbon graphite strip (2006) 

During the year 2006, the cricketing community focused its attention on Ricky Ponting, the Australian captain, and his cricket bat. The reason for this scrutiny was a slender carbon graphite strip affixed to the back of the willow. The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) expressed apprehension to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about this strip, stating that it could confer an unfair advantage to the batsman by providing additional power to the bat. 

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Upon thorough examination of all available evidence, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) reached a verdict that the use of the aforementioned bat with a carbon graphite strip was illegal. Additionally, the MCC also dismissed two other types of Kookaburra bats – the Beast and the Genesis Hurricane – which featured similarly colored graphite strips on the back of their blades. The MCC determined that the use of such enhancements breached the rules pertaining to the usage of cricket bats. 

It is worth noting that Ponting had previously used the same bat with the carbon graphite strip to score a double century against Pakistan in a Test match played at Sydney during the 2004-2005 season. 

Aluminium Bat (1979) 

During the first Test of the Ashes series at Perth on December 15th, 1979, the Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee made headlines by walking out to the middle with an aluminum bat. At the end of Day 1, Australia was in a difficult position, struggling at 232/8, with Lillee not out on 11. The following morning, he caused a stir by emerging from the pavilion with the aluminum bat in hand, surprising everyone who witnessed it. 

Interestingly, Lillee had already used the aluminum bat once before, just 12 days earlier in a game against West Indies at Brisbane, where no complaints were made. On the second day of the Ashes Test, Lillee drove a delivery from Ian Botham down the ground and picked up three runs. However, Australian captain Greg Chappell believed that the ball should have gone to the boundary and immediately instructed 12th man Rodney Hogg to hand Lillee a traditional bat. Despite this, Lillee was adamant and chose to continue playing with his aluminum bat. 

As play continued, England captain Mike Brearley began to voice his concerns about the damage being done to the ball and the constant stoppages in play caused by Lillee’s use of the aluminum bat. In response, Chappell decided to put an end to the controversy by personally entering the field and presenting Lillee with a traditional wooden bat. Lillee, clearly frustrated by the turn of events, threw the aluminum bat away in disgust and continued his innings with the wooden bat. 

Monster Bat (1771) 

Before international cricket began, a curious match was played between Chertsey and Hambleton teams in England on September 25th, 1771. During the game, a Chertsey team batsman named Thomas White unveiled a strange bat. While resembling a bat in form, this unique implement was unusually wide, fully covering all the stumps. This caused quite a stir and became a topic of discussion among cricket enthusiasts at the time. 

As a result of Thomas White’s unusual bat, the Hambleton bowlers were unable to dismiss him, as the bat completely covered the stumps. This caused consternation among the Hambleton team, who lodged a formal protest and signed a petition. The protest was led by the team’s fast bowler, Thomas Brett. In response, a standard bat size of 4.25 inches was subsequently introduced for all formats of cricket, thereby preventing the use of oversized bats that could give an unfair advantage to the batsman.

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