Kohli goes past Tendulkar for most runs by Indian in away ODIs
Paarl (South Africa), Jan 19 (Cricket News) Star batter Virat Kohli on Wednesday surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 5065 runs to become the Indian player with most runs in away One-day Internationals.
He achieved the feat during the first ODI against South Africa here. Kohli made 51 off 63 balls, with the help of three boundaries.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (5,518) holds the top spot for most runs in overseas ODIs.
When he reached 27, Kohli also went past former skippers Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid for most runs scored against the Proteas.
Succeeded recently by Rohit Sharma as India's full-time limited overs skipper, Kohli came into the game with 1287 runs.
Kohli now remains only behind Tendulkar, who has scored 2,001 runs against South Africa in ODIs, the most by any player across countries.
In the overall list, Kohli is now the sixth-highest run-scorer against South Africa. Apart from Tendulkar, Kohli is behind Ricky Ponting (1,879), Kumar Sangakkara (1,789), Steve Waugh (1,581), and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (1,559).
Kohli shocked the cricket fraternity last week by announcing his decision to step down as India's Test captain, a day after the team lost the three-match series 1-2.
Gaby Lewis named in ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year
(Cricket news) Irish cricketer Gaby Lewis has been named by the International Cricket Council in the Women’s T20I Team of the Year. The 20 year old scored 325 runs in T20I matches in 2021 with an average of 40.62. She has already played 48 T20 Internationals since her debut in 2014 and was also a part of the Southern Brave that won the inaugural The Hundred competition and joined the Southern Vipers for the latter part of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy campaign.
Lewis said: “It’s very humbling to be recognised alongside some of the world’s best players in the T20 format. While it is pleasing personally, international cricket is a team game and we have a great squad in the Irish set up - the players I play alongside deserve as much credit for their commitment and performance over the last year. This has been a big year for Irish women’s cricket, not only were there three series wins - home and away - but we have qualified for the first time for the ICC Women’s Championship. We’re all looking forward to 2022, which will hopefully be a new chapter in our sport.”
Mandhana named in ICC T20I women's Team of the Year, no Indian in the men's side
Dubai, Jan 19 (Cricket News) Star India opener Smriti Mandhana was on Wednesday named in the ICC T20 women's Team of the Year for her superlative show in the format in 2021 but no Indian made the men's side.
The stylish Southpaw, who is the Indian team's vice-captain in the format, was the country's highest scorer in the format in 2021 with 255 runs at an average of 31.87.
The 25-year-old scored two fifties in the nine matches she played and got her team off to rapid starts regularly, as evident up by her strike-rate of 131.44.
While Mandhana was the only Indian, several members of the English side feature in the team with Nat Scriver being named captain.
The experienced England all-rounder produced many impactful performances throughout the year. Batting in the middle-order, Sciver scored a total of 153 runs, including one fifty, and she also picked up 10 wickets at an excellent average of 20.20.
Accompanying Mandhana at the top is England's Tammy Beaumont. The 30-year-old's reliable presence at the top of the order helped England off to steady starts regularly. She played nine matches and amassed 303 runs at an average of 33.66, including three fifties.
Danni Wyatt, wicketkeeper Amy Jones and spinner Sophie Ecclestone are the other English players in the side.
Gaby Lewis of Ireland, South African trio of Laura Wolvaardt, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp and Zimbabwe's Loryn Phiri make up the rest of the playing XI.
No Indian in the ICC Men's T20 Team of the Year ============================== There was no Indian representation in ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year 2021, which featured three Pakistanis including skipper Babar Azam, who has been named captain.
Apart from Azam, opener Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi, who had a sensational T20 World Cup were name in the squad.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh and pacer Josh Hazelwood, who played a vital role in winning Australia's maiden T20 World Cup title, featured in the team while the trio of South Africans Aiden Markram, David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi also made it to the playing XI.
Flamboyant wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler was the sole member of the England team in the ICC side.
Teams: Women: Smriti Mandhana (India), Tammy Beaumont (England), Danni Wyatt (England), Gaby Lewis (Ireland), Nat Sciver (c) (England), Amy Jones (England), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Loryn Phiri (Zimbabwe), Shabnim Ismail (South Africa).
Men: Jos Buttler (England), Mohammad Rizwan (Paksitan), Babar Azam (c) (Pakistan), Aiden Markram (South Africa) , Mitchell Marsh (Australia), David Miller (South Africa), Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa), Josh Hazlewood (Australia), Wanindu Hasanranga (Sri Lanka) , Mustafizur Rahaman (Bangladesh, Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan).
Kohli, Pant and Bumrah move up in latest ICC Test rankings
Dubai, Jan 19 (Cricket News) Indian star Virat Kohli on Wednesday moved up two places to seventh after scores of 79 and 29 in his last Test as captain in the latest ICC rankings for batters in the five-day format.
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant's unbeaten century in the second innings of the series-deciding third Test against South Africa lifted him 10 places to 14th, while fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah's six wickets in Cape Town took him back to the top 10 in the bowling chart.
Kohli decided to quit Test captaincy a day after India lost the three-match series against South Africa 1-2, ending his seven-year reign at the helm.
In the latest weekly update that takes into account the third match of the South Africa-India series in Cape Town which the hosts won by seven wickets to clinch the World Test Championship (WTC) series, Keegan Petersen has shot up 68 places to 33rd after match-winning scores of 72 and 82.
He scored the maximum runs to claim the Player of the Series award, his 276-run aggregate helping him surge up after starting the series in 158th position.
Temba Bavuma (up seven places to 28th) and Rassie van der Dussen (up 12 places to 43rd) are the other South Africa batters to advance while fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada (up two places to third) and Lungi Ngidi (up six places to 21st) have also made notable progress.
Australia's Travis Head has reached a career-best fifth position among batters after his Player of the Match performance in the fifth match of their Ashes series against England.
Head, who scored 101 in the first innings in Hobart to finish with a series topping 357 runs that also got him clinch the Player of the Series award, has advanced seven spots to joint-fifth with India's Rohit Sharma.
Head's previous best ranking was the 10th position that he occupied last month.
All-rounder Cameron Green is another Australia player to gain after the 146-run victory that helped Australia win the series 4-0 and climb to second in the WTC points table.
Green was up 23 places to joint 66th after his scores of 74 and 23 and has also moved up 13 places to 62nd in the bowlers' list. Scott Boland has moved from 49th to 43rd with four wickets in the match.
England opener Jack Crawley has progressed nine places to 68th after scores of 18 and 36. Among their bowlers, Stuart Broad has moved up two places to 12th position after finishing with six wickets in the match while Ollie Robinson (up one place to 24th) and Mark Wood (up seven places to 31st) have also advanced.
In the ODI player rankings that consider performances from the last two matches of the West Indies-Ireland series and the first two of the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe series, Ireland off-spinner Andy McBrine has gained 17 slots to move into the top 10 with two four-wicket hauls.
West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein has moved up two places to joint-59th.
In other major movements, Zimbabwe's Sean Williams has advanced eight places to 40th after scores of 100 and 40 and Sri Lanka batter Kariyawasa Asalanka's knocks of 71 and 23 have helped him move up 16 places to 52nd.
Laughable to blame The Hundred for England's Ashes defeat, says limited overs skipper Morgan
Barbados, Jan 19 (Cricket News) Limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan feels it's "laughable" to use The Hundred as an excuse for England's recent Ashes debacle and insisted that Test cricket has "always been the priority." England's Test side slumped to 0-4 Ashes series defeat in Australia last week. They were completely outplayed in four games by the hosts, while Joe Root and his men managed a draw in the fourth Test by the skin of their teeth.
Morgan's comments come after Test skipper Root urged the ECB to 'prioritise' his side following the Ashes defeat, implying there has been too much focus on limited-overs cricket since 2015.
“People that use that as an excuse don’t watch cricket,” Morgan told 'talkSPORT'.
“Test match cricket has always been the priority – it’s the format for our elite players. Obviously times at the moment have been tough down in Australia during the Ashes but they always are. We’ve lost the last two series 4-0," he added.
Root has argued for changes in the domestic structure to incorporate more red-ball matches at the height of summer when The Hundred -- the ECB's professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament -- takes place.
“It’s laughable to point the finger at The Hundred. The Hundred is an unbelievable success," Morgan said.
He added that the domestic structure in England is similar to that of Australia's.
“Our formats in county cricket and the Hundred, in the way they’re structured, are exactly the same as Australia’s.
“People need something to blame so they’ll point at probably the furthest point to reality because nobody wants to say, ‘You know what, we’ve not had the prep we’d have liked, we probably haven’t played as we’d have liked, and we’ve lost.’ “That happens in all formats, but I stress Test match cricket has always been the priority." It has been claimed that Morgan has been given full-strength squads throughout the last two years in preparation for T20 World Cups but the limited overs skipper pointed out that the white ball side has often not had the luxury of a full strength team available.
“As a white-ball group, we’ve gone on tours and played in series at home where we haven’t had our full-strength side available – that’s been a constant theme for a number of years now. Obviously Test matches take priority and always do." Morgan also said that for a "majority" of his cricketing career, limited-overs cricket was second fiddle, an "afterthought".
“... 95 per cent of the time was spent around planning and prep for Test match cricket and then when we got to a World Cup, it was like, ‘Well, if we do well, great, but if we don’t, it’s fine’.
“With the skill level that guys are producing now on a consistent basis, proven over a long period of time, we’re considered one of the best in the world. Trust me, I’d much rather be considered that than an afterthought,” he added.
England are scheduled to take on West Indies in a five match T20 series, starting Saturday.
Afghanistan to play ODI series against Netherlands in Qatar
(Cricket news) Qatar will host a three match ODI series between Afghanistan and Netherlands starting from 21st January. All the matches will be played in West End Park International Cricket Stadium at Doha, the stadium has so far hosted 6 T20 matches and this will be the first 50 over game in the venue. Both teams will play each other after a decade long gap, the last time these sides met was in 2012 at Sharjah which Afghanistan won. They have played 6 matches overall in which Afghanistan leads with four victories. The players should be ready to start the season with a victory as Netherlands will also be seeking a win. Here are the top four players from Afghanistan to watch out for in the series.
Rashid is the leading wicket taker for the side in all the formats. The spinner will be leading the attack and will make sure the pitch is ready for some magical deliveries. The 23 year old is 10 wickets away from becoming the first bowler from his side to take 150 wickets in ODI’s or any in format. If he manages to do it in the first two matches then he can break Mitchell Starc’s record of 150 wickets in 77 matches, Rashid has 140 in 74 matches.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The finger spinner has been the next superstar after Rashid, Rahman is the fourth highest wicket taker for the side and had made his debut four years ago. He is the youngest player to pick up a five wicket haul in the 50 over format. The 20 year old can pick up wickets every time he bowls and has a lethal carrom ball which can put the batters in a maze.
Shahidi will be leading the side in the series for the first time and has led the side through the batting exploits. The left hander usually bats in at number 4 or 3 and can stay in the crease until the team is out of danger. The team is fielding youngsters as Mohammad Nabi is also not playing, it will be a tough first assignment for Shahidi as he will try to inspire his teammates to get going during the matches.
Rahmat has been the best batter for the side in recent times, the 28 year old has scored 5 centuries in the format which is only 1 behind Mohammad Shahzad who leads the list. Rahmat has been a consistent batter and has been involved in four of the seven 150 plus partnerships in the team’s ODI history. The right hander walks in at number 3 and can form a heavy run scoring partnership with Shahidi just like they did against Ireland last year.
Ahmedabad franchise have finalized their draft picks for IPL 2022
(Cricket news) With the IPL mega auction set to take place in mid February, the new franchises have limited time to select their three mandatory draft picks as the Ahmedabad franchise have finalized Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as their draft picks. Along with that the Ahmedabad team also finalized their coaching set up as they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten. Former England batter Vikram Solanki will be the team director. This is the second instance where the trio of Nehra, Kirsten and Solanki will work together, the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Ahmedabad have decided to pay both Hardik and Rashid INR 15 crore. It is most likely that Hardik will be Ahmedabad’s captain, which is going to be a first experience for the allrounder in the IPL. The third player will be Shubman Gill who will be paid INR 7 crore. The Ahmedabad franchise will go into the auction with a purse of INR 53 crore. This is the first time Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan will play for another team.
Hardik's rise since he was bought as an uncapped player for INR 10 lakh in 2015 has been exponential. Hardik, by the time of the 2018 season had already established himself as the best allrounder in India and Mumbai Indians subsequently retained him as their second pick at the auction that year, paying INR 11 crore. In the next two seasons the Mumbai Indians won the title twice in succession as Hardik had scored 762 runs and taken 32 wickets in 29 games. He is also a four-time IPL winner, winning it in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
For Gill, this will be his second team in the IPL, having been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 auction for INR 1.8 crore after he had a terrific U19 World Cup. The 22-year old has already played 10 Tests and three ODIs and has been regarded as one of the brightest young talents of this generation who at one point it looked like he was the future captain of the Knight Riders. The Knight Riders had several other options when it came to retention and couldn’t afford to keep Gill in the squad. It will be an interesting watch to see how the new franchise comes along as they opted for youngsters rather than taking in the experienced pros. It will be also interesting to see what the other new franchises do as the Lucknow team have till now only confirmed KL Rahul as their marquee player.
'Never edgy', Langer ready for contract extension talks with Cricket Australia
Sydney, Jan 19 (Cricket News) "Content" after guiding Australia to its maiden T20 World Cup title and a dominant Ashes victory, head coach Justin Langer is looking forward to the impending contract discussion with the country's cricket board which has been subject to a lot of speculations.
Langer was appointed head coach in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in 2018 to overhaul the team's culture and regain the respect of the Australian public. His contract is due to end in June.
"I'm never edgy (about his future)," Langer told 'SEN Radio' on Wednesday.
"Before the World Cup and before the Ashes, we've never ever been better prepared. So it's not a coincidence I don't think that we've had the success that we've had," he said.
Langer faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but in the past four months, he has guided Australia to a maiden Twenty20 World Cup title and a 4-0 Ashes series victory.
"Whatever happens from now on, we can all be incredibly proud of this little period. We had two missions: To win the World Cup and to win the Ashes," he said.
"To do that in such a short period is a monumental effort and we're all really satisfied with that, we're all really happy about that, we're all really, really proud of that." Langer says he feels "really content" about Australia's recent achievements.
"I sit here at the moment feeling really content with the last two series," Langer said.
The former Test opener's job had been under the scanner since Australia's disappointing loss to India in Tests last year but he was backed by Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive officer Nick Hockley.
There were also reports of a rift between the players and Langer and all talk of a contract extension was put on hold by CA until after the Ashes series.
"People don't seem to believe this, but the absolute truth is before the World Cup and the Ashes, we all committed to the end of the Ashes to sit down and have some conversations," he said.
"It's been four really big years and it's an all-encompassing job and it's a tough gig...that's just the truth.
"We all said that we'd sit down after the Ashes. So in the next little bit, I'm sure those conversations will start to be had. There's plenty to be spoken about," Langer added.
Last month, the 51-year-old had hinted that he would seek an extension to his four-year contract.
Australian greats Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist have backed Langer to continue, while his predecessor Darren Lehmann, who stepped down after the ball tampering episode, has urged his former teammate to walk away on a high.
"I can't see how he's not (offered another contract)," Ponting told cricket.com.au " I know there was a bit of noise created the last couple of weeks and Cricket Australia giving no assurances to him continuing on.
"The way that I would equate it is if Justin is not to be offered another deal on the back of the best coaching year of his life, that's like (Ashes player of the series) Travis Head not getting offered a contract next year," the former skipper added.
Langer will oversee Australia's upcoming tour of Pakistan with three Tests, three ODIs and a T20I slated across March and early April.
Captain Ervine leads Zimbabwe to victory in 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka
(Cricket news) It was a captain’s day out in the 2nd ODI of Zimbabwe’s tour of Sri Lanka. Both the team captains led the team from the batting front but it was Zimbabwe's chance to take the reins this time to level the series. The decider will be held on 21st January as the first two matches have seen the batters prosper.
Zimbabwe won the toss again and chose to bat as they wanted to set things right for a win. The openers again had a 50 plus partnership but could not take it ahead as Jeffrey Vandersay again claimed the wickets of both opening batters. Captain Craig Ervine and Sean Williams kept the crease guarded for over 20 overs as the Lankan bowlers had a tough time navigating through the pitch. It was Vandersay once again who gave the breakthrough as he spun the ball and Williams wanted to just defend it but was stumped by Kusal Mendis.
Ervine missed out on a 4th hundred when he was bowled by Maheesh Theekshana and the team still needed 50 more runs to cross the 300 mark. Sikandar Raza took on the responsibility to score his 19th half century and was dismissed in the final ball of the innings by Nuwan Pradeep.
The men in blue had a bad start like the previous game as Tendai Chatara bowled Kusal Mendis in the 5th over of the innings and in the next over Pathum Nissanka too joined his opening partner at the bench. Kamindu Mendis scored his 1st half century in his 6th match as the runs finally started pouring but wickets were also falling down at the other end. Captain Dasun Shanaka’s maiden century couldn’t have come at a better time as he struck a high full toss by Chatara for a six but was dismissed on the very next ball. The team needed runs but his presence was more needed as he walked back with the team needing 56 runs from 33 balls.
Chamika Karunaratne was running between the wickets as he did not want to take risks losing the ball onto the boundary. The right hander was then run out in the final ball of the 47th over as the team now needed 38 of 18 balls. After Karunaratne’s departure the team could only score 16 runs in 3 overs as Zimbabwe kept the series alive with a powerful comeback.
Zimbabwe: 302/8 in 50 overs
Sri Lanka: 280/9 in 50 overs
Man of the match: Craig Ervine (91 off 98 balls, 10x4)
NZ's white-ball tour of Aus postponed indefinitely over quarantine-free home return
Christchurch, Jan 19 (Cricket News) The Black Caps' white-ball tour of Australia scheduled to start from January 30 has been postponed indefinitely after the New Zealand government could not guarantee relaxation in mandatory hard quarantine upon return of players back home in view of COVID-related restrictions.
The tour comprising three ODIs and one Twenty20 International was scheduled to be played between January 30 and February 8, but it now stands postponed until further notice as there is no guarantee as to when the players could return to New Zealand.
A change of stance from the New Zealand government to impose a hard 10-day mandatory quarantine in response to the Omicron wave of COVID-19 infections meant New Zealand Cricket could not secure guarantees that the Black Caps players would be allowed back into the country.
"The BLACKCAPS tour of Australia, initially scheduled for January 24-February 9, has been postponed until further notice, due to the lack of certainty over when the squad would be able to return to New Zealand," the country's cricket board said in a statement.
The players were originally scheduled to depart on Monday. No tour squad had been announced.
No managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) spots had been booked for the players and team management when the tour was confirmed last year, in anticipation of quarantine-free travel between the two countries in February.
"Despite a proposal from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia to extend the length of the tour so that the BLACKCAPS could return home at a time more manageable for the MIQ process, the Government confirmed today it had no capacity to meet the request," the NZC added.
Discussions are now continuing with Cricket Australia over when the postponed fixtures will be played.
NZC and Cricket Australia officials had discussed the possibility of rescheduling the matches to push back the date the Black Caps would be looking to return home in the hope of either an easing of restrictions or increased availability in spots in the country's overburdened managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) system.
NZC chief executive David White said the tour was initially scheduled last year, after the Government signalled its intention to relax MIQ restrictions relating to the trans-Tasman border.
“As we now know, the advent of Omicron prompted a change of strategy from the Government, resulting in a hard 10-day mandatory isolation period being imposed on all incoming travellers,” said White.
“NZC and CA had explored a proposal to expand the tour and to push out the date on which the squad might return to New Zealand, in the hope that might be more achievable for the Government.
“But we received advice this morning that they could not provide certainty over this, either,” he added.
The New Zealand government delayed the planned reopening of the country’s borders late last year as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surged around the world.
On Tuesday night, the government also announced a pause on new MIQ slots, effectively shutting the border to anyone without a reservation.
It is the third successive summer that Australia and New Zealand have had white-ball fixtures postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to reports, South Africa’s tour of New Zealand next month, however, remains on track with MIQ spots already booked for the tour party. The two Tests are scheduled for Christchurch from February 17 and Wellington from February 25.
England make 320/7 against Canada, SA stopped at 231/9 by Uganda despite Brevis hundred
Basseterre (St Kitts), Jan 18 (Cricket News) Captain Tom Prest struck a run-a-ball 93 as former champions England piled up a massive 320 for seven against minnows Canada in a group A league match of the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Tuesday.
Prest hit 10 boundaries in his entertaining innings though he missed a century by just seven runs after 1998 edition winners England were asked to bat first.
Coming at number three after England were 26 for 1 in the seventh over, Prest shared a 90-run stand for the second wicket with opener George Thomas (52) to lay the foundation of a big total. William Luxton (41 off 32 balls) and George Bell (57 off 37 balls) played aggressive innings down the order to take England well past the 300-run mark.
For Canada, Kairav Sharma was the most successful bowler with three scalps for 51 runs while Sheel Patel (2/52), Parmveer Kharoud (1/34) and Ethan Gibson (1/63) were the other wicket takers.
Brevis hundred in SA's 231/9 against Uganda ============================ Dewald Brevis smashed a century but South Africa were restricted to 231 for nine by Uganda in their group A match in Port of Spain.
One-down Brevis, who struck 11 fours and one six during his 110-ball knock, played a lone hand as he did not get any support from his team-mates except for his captain George Van Heerden (36) after South Africa opted to bat.
The duo stitched 74 runs for the third wicket to ensure that South Africa reach close to 250-run mark.
Pascal Murungi and Juma Miyaji took three wickets apiece while Yunusu Sowobi, Joseph Baguma and Edwin Nuwagaba got one each. PNG bowl Afghanistan out for 200 ====================== Katenalaki Singi grabbed four wickets as PNG shot Afghanistan out for 200 in a group C match at Diego Martin.
Singi (4/18) ripped through the Afghanistan middle-order after Rasan Kevau (3/23) rocked the top-order with three wickets upfront.
Opting to bat first, the Afghans suffered a batting collapse as they were reduced to 40 for three in the eighth over.
A 105-run stand between captain Suliman Safi (62) and Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai (45) for the fourth wicket revived their innings, but the lower-order batters fell in quick succession and the team was all out in 38.2 overs.
First India-South Africa ODI is Earsmus' 100th, 3rd South African to achieve milestone
Paarl, Jan 18 (Cricket News) Marais Erasmus will become only the third South African umpire to stand in 100 ODIs when he officiates in the first match between the Proteas and visiting India here on Wednesday.
The 57-year-old Erasmus, widely considered as one of the best umpires in the world, will join the duo of Rudi Koertzen and David Orchard when he steps out at Boland Park here for his milestone assignment.
Koertzen held the world record of 209 ODIs -- a mark set between 1992 and 2010 -- until he was recently overtaken by Pakistan's Aleem Dar (211), who is still going, while Orchard umpired 107 matches between 1994 and 2003.
Erasmus has been officiating at the highest level since 2007 and has also been the man in the middle for 70 Tests, 35 T20Is and 18 Women's T20Is.
"I'm very proud to have survived long enough to get to this milestone. It's a tough environment to survive because we're under scrutiny all the time, so to have gotten through that period fills me with pride," Erasmus was quoted as saying in the Cricket South Africa website.
"We are all servants of the game, but sometimes when milestone are reached, we are recognised, which is really nice." Erasmus said that getting to 100 ODIs was never something he thought about when his journey first began in Nairobi on October 18, 2007 -- in a match between Kenya and Canada.
"When you start out, you never look that far ahead. It's obviously a new thing and you try to enjoy those moments, which is what I've done.
"But as you get on to the third and fourth and fifth year, you naturally then think about reaching 50 or whatever landmark is closest. So getting 100 is fantastic, but it's not part of the goal-setting. You just want to be there and do the best job you possibly can." Erasmus, who will become the 18th umpire in the world to officiate in 100 ODIs, said he and his family have sacrificed a lot to get to where he is. He said his wife Adele left her job to look after their twin boys.
"And now in Covid times where I've been in a bubble for six weeks, she's alone for Christmas, so it's been tough at times. But umpiring has given us so many opportunities. We've travelled the whole world as a family, so there's been more good things than bad." He said it's nice to hear good things about his umpiring but at the same time "there's a certain level of expectation" which puts him under a little bit more pressure "because we all have pride in our performance".
"We don't want to be talked about and normally when that happens it's because we made a mistake. I'm just really happy that things have gone the way they have." So, does Erasmus have any preference when it comes to umpiring? Like players, he concedes that Test cricket is the most gruelling and can be tough on the officials too.
"Umpiring Test matches are definitely more challenging because of the length of games and the type of pressures that go with it. So, it is far more taxing, but that's not to say that ODIs and T20Is aren't.
"With the limited overs, if you have a bad day you know you don't have to be on the field tomorrow, but with a Test you know you have to come back and that is just psychologically challenging, especially if you have a bad start. You know it can be a long five days.
"They all bring different challenges, the different formats, but I've enjoyed everything about international cricket so far. I'm really motivated to continue... I'm still keen to do another two or three years."