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35 years since the iconic tied Test match between India and Australia in Chennai
(Cricket news) On this day in 1986, the Test match between India and Australia ended in a tie. This was only the 2nd time in the history of Test cricket that a match had ended in a tie. The occurrence has not been repeated since. The first tied match occurred between Australia and West Indies in 1960 at the Gabba.
In 1986 Australia toured India for 3 Tests and 6 ODIs. The tour got off to a fantastic start with a rare occurrence of a tied Test match first up.
The first Test match happened at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Madras as it was known back then. Australian captain Allan Border won the toss and elected to bat first. Australia scored 574/7 declared thanks to a double century by Dean Jones and a ton each by Allan Border and David Boon. In the 2nd innings India could only manage 397 with skipper Kapil Dev scoring a century. Off spinner Greg Matthews took a fifer while Ravi Shastri, Mohammed Azharuddin and Krisnamachari Srikant scored fifties.
With a lead of 177 runs, Australia walked out to bat for the 3rd innings. Allan Border declared after Australia was 170/5 leaving India to chase 348. Sunil Gavaskar scored 90 runs and other Indian batters contributed as well, but Australia kept picking wickets to keep themselves in the game Greg Matthews grabbed his 2nd fifer of the match and while his partner in crime Ray Bright also ended up picking 5 wickets.
The ending of the game was as dramatic as it could get. India were 344 for 9 before the last over of the day requiring 4 runs to win the match. Ravi Shastri was batting on 45, joined by the number 11 Maninder Singh with Matthews ready to bowl. After a dot ball, Shastri ran two off the 2nd delivery. He made the bold choice of running a single on the 3rd ball, leveling the score but that also meant Matthews had 3 balls to get Maninder Singh out and that is exactly what he did. The 5th ball trapped Maninder on the back leg and the umpire signalled out. The match ended in a dramatic fashion as a tie.
Apart from the two tied Tests, there have been two other instances when the match has ended when time expired with the scores level in the fourth innings, but with the batting side still having wickets in hand. These matches are considered to be draws, rather than ties. The first one happened in 1996 between Zimbabwe and England at Bulawayo. The 2nd one was in 2011 between India and West Indies in Mumbai.
Michael Schumacher’s documentary is a nostalgic journey featuring the German’s Formula 1 dominance
(Motorsport news) Passion. Desire. Winner. Perfectionist. Relentless. Daring. These are just a few words that describe Michael Schumacher, the seven time Formula 1 World Champion and one of the greatest drivers to have ever lived. For motorsport enthusiasts in the 90’s and 2000’s, Michael Schumacher was the ultimate driver. A perfect combination of talent and the desire to exploit that potential to every last drop to get the desired result. A private and happy go lucky individual in his personal life, Michael Schumacher was a fierce competitor on the race track that earned him many fans and enemies over the years.
Schumacher’s documentary released on Netflix on 15th September 2021 and gave us a sneak peek into his journey, career, accomplishments, family life and the various obstacles the German has overcome to become the legendary racing driver we all know today. In an era of Formula 1 where drivers are assured a position on the grid by how rich their fathers are and which teams they own, Schumacher’s journey to the highest level of motorsport racing is very relatable to the average joe.
The path towards a professional racing drivers career is notoriously expensive and the documentary perfectly sums up his early years of struggle, where his family could not afford to get him new sets of tyres for his battered old go-kart for races. Schumacher made his way through sheer desire and talent, often rummaging through used tyres and go-kart equipment that were discarded and winning races with them. The German grew accustomed to this handicap, navigated through it with skill and precision and steadily climbed the ladder to his dream.
Along with talent and hard work, every career needs a bit of luck and if there is any driver that deserved such a break, it was Michael Schumacher. The German got a lucky break with the Jordan-Ford team in 1991 as a replacement for the imprisoned Bertrand Gachot. The German was an instant success, finishing seventh in qualifying, the team’s season-best grid position and was described as “the best talent since Stefan Bellof” by the German media.
As Schumacher’s reputation on the grid grew, his rivals began to take notice of the newcomer on the block. As time went on, Michael Schumacher had his first nemesis who was none other than Ayrton Senna. The two were more similar than they would’ve liked to admit, both were extremely focused and ruthless, with a win at all costs mentality. It was a rivalry that can be described as the older king of the jungle against a younger lion, eager to take away his throne. Unfortunately, the rivalry is often viewed with sadness rather than a positive conclusion, as Senna tragically lost his life at the age of 34, succumbing to fatal injuries sustained due to a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994.
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The documentary captures Michael Schumacher’s emotions in the aftermath of Senna’s crash brilliantly, his grief, paranoia about racing and the mixed emotions of winning his first World Championship by default. As Formula 1’s best racing driver, Schumacher soon became the hottest property, with established teams like McLaren and Ferrari interested in his signature. In 1996, Schumacher signed for the oldest and most successful team in Formula 1 history, Ferrari. The documentary does a brilliant job in showing his struggles in the initial years, his hands-on involvement in salvaging a virtually unfixable car with fundamental flaws and how the German, along with Brawn, Byrne, and Jean Todt transformed a sleeping giant into the most successful team in Formula 1 history.
The documentary also shows Schumacher’s complicated relationship with his new nemesis Mika Häkkinen, one full of mutual respect and admiration mixed with tense moments of rivalry, controversy and heated discussions on the track. It wonderfully portrays a never seen before side of Michael Schumacher, the private family man who enjoyed skiing and skydiving. The documentary wraps up with Corinna Schumacher in tears, as she speaks about Michael’s horrific skiing accident. For a racing driver that always had his guardian angels on his side, one can only hope that Schumacher makes a full recovery and lives a long and happy life.
Must watch. Especially if you’re a motorsports fan. If you’re not, you should watch it anyway.
17 years since Manchester United signed an 18-year-old Wayne Rooney from Everton
(Football news) Manchester United is the most followed club in the world. 'The Theatre of Dreams' has showcased some of the world's most talented footballers in the world. The club has had many legends over its rich history. George Best, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs the list goes on and on. One of the legends, Cristiano Ronaldo, has recently made the headlines after his emotional return to Old Trafford.
In the illustrious history of the club the standout player has to be Wayne Rooney. On 31st August 2004 Manchester United signed the 18-year-old Rooney from Everton amidst interest from Chelsea and Newcastle United. Rooney at a very young age had made quite an impact at Everton.
At Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson Rooney burst onto the scene on another level. The striker became the 2nd youngest player to score 20 Premier League goals. He formed a formidable partnership with Louis Saha up front. The English striker along with Cristiano Ronaldo ruled the Premier League while at Old Trafford.
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He became Manchester United's all time top goalscorer with 253 goals. In his illustrious 13 year career at Old Trafford, Rooney won a total of 16 major titles. His Manchester United career ended in 2018 when he joined MLS club DC United. Rooney played as a striker for the majority of his career but later had to be deployed as a false 9 and a number 10 before finally becoming a midfielder. He had successful strike partnerships with Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Robin Van Persie.
Wayne Rooney has a very big legacy with Manchester United. All his teammates left or retired but Rooney stayed all along. He played with 2 or 3 different generations of Manchester United players. It was a good ride but it had its own bumps on the way. Rooney had a few controversies in his career, most notably transfer links with Chelsea every now and then. The Englishman had publicly expressed desires to leave Manchester United for Chelsea but never did.
Rooney came to Manchester United as a youngster with potential and left as the club captain and all time top goalscorer. Now at the age of 35 Rooney has hung up his playing boots and serves as the manager of Derby County in the Championship.
How baseball cards shaped America’s sporting culture
(Sports news) Earlier this year, a 1914 Babe Ruth minor league card, the first to feature the legendary Major League Baseball star as a player, was sold for $6 million, a record breaking price for a sports collectible. The card showed a 19 year old Ruth as a minor league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, and it’s estimated that only 10 copies of the card exist anywhere in the world.
Baseball cards have a history that dates back to over a century and started off as a marketing gimmick for tobacco companies. In the 1880’s, they would print 2.75 inch images of war heroes, athletes, actors and actresses on a cardboard print. Children would keep these cards once they were discarded by parents and start their own collections. It was not until almost fifty years later that Goudey Gum Company included baseball cards in a pack of gum to appeal to the younger generation and boy did it become a craze like no other!
In just a few decades, baseball cards were such an integral part of American sporting culture that the tables were turned and sweets were included in a pack of cards. Topps became an industry leader as cards became vibrant, with player bios and players were signed with exclusive contracts with the company. Kids who grew up in the 1950’s had plenty of spending power once they became adults in the 70’s and that’s when the baseball card prices began to boom. Soon enough, baseball card collection became less of a hobby for children and an “investment” by adults as some cards were valued at thousands of dollars.
The association between Major League Baseball (MLB) and Topps has existed since 1952 and that partnership is soon coming to an end. Fanatics, a company that makes sports apparel, is expected to get the trading card deal in 2026, leaving Topps with licensing deals with Major League Soccer, Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and National Hockey League. Fanatics’ deal with the MBA and MLPBA is more than 10 times larger than any the union has ever agreed to and is expected to generate $2 billion by 2045.
For many fans who have collected baseball cards over the years, it’s the end of an era. Topps has played an integral role in countless childhoods and those involved with baseball card collection will hope that Fanatics will do them justice. Time will tell if this is the beginning of how baseball card collection ends for good or whether Fanatics will encourage the newer generation of sports enthusiasts in this timeless hobby.
Also read: Five cricketing rumours every 90s kid believed to be true
Five cricketing rumours every 90s kid believed to be true
Rumours and fan theories for long have been an integral part of sports, especially during the pre internet era where access to quick and easy fact checking wasn't readily available. Nevertheless some of these harmless and funny rumors that we so innocently believed in, and excitingly discussed with our friends and siblings became a beautiful part of our childhood memories, thinking of which now brings a smile on our faces and gives us a sweet trip to nostalgia.
Here, we discuss some of these cricketing rumours every 90s kid believed to be true.
1. Ponting played with a spring bat during the 2003 WC finals against India
Probably the most popular and widely believed rumour during our childhood, this rumour surfaced after India's disappointing loss against Australia in the 2003 World Cup Final in Johannesburg, South Africa. Australian captain Ricky Ponting had scored a power packed 140 off 121, launching the most brutal assault on Indian bowlers, owing to which Australia had set India a target of 360 runs. India failed to chase the target and were wiped off on just 234 runs, scripting the most heartbreaking loss at the World Cup final. The Indian fans, too heartbroken and dejected at the outcome, started to come up with various theories regarding Ponting's 'spring bat' that helped him play one of the most unbelievable innings of those times. Some went a step further and even believed in the possibility of a rematch because 'Ponting had clearly cheated yaa.'
2. Milk is the secret of MS Dhoni's power hitting
MS Dhoni retired from international cricket last year, putting an end to his illustrious career as the most successful captain of all time along with the reputation of being the best finisher in the world. However when Mahi made his international debut in 2005, cricket lovers all over the world were mesmerized by his power hitting and ability to hit innovative and unorthodox shots. This gave birth to many stories and rumours about Dhoni's source of power. The most popular amongst them was of Dhoni drinking 5 liters of milk everyday to strengthen his muscles. The rumor was ruled out by MS himself, saying he could barely have one litre of milk in a day, let alone having five.
3. AB de Villiers qualified for the South African National teams in various sports
South African great AB de Villiers is a limitless player with extraordinary abilities on the cricket field. His ability to entertain the crowd and single handedly change the entire course of the game has earned him millions of fans in India and across the globe. This paved the way for a rumor that the former protea captain also excelled in multiple sports like hockey, tennis, rugby, badminton, football, swimming etc and even made it into some of South Africa's national teams in these sports.
AB, however cleared the rumours in his autobiography "AB: The Autobiography" and rejected the claims around him excelling in all these sports stating that they were "falsehood and exaggeration."
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4. The brand SG is named after Sunil Gavaskar
We're sure this one will come as a major shock to many of you even now - SG, the ball brand used in Test cricket and Ranji Trophy in India is actually an abbreviation for Sanspareils Greenlands and NOT for the legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar!
The roots of this rumor is believed to be the fact that the brand has been long associated with Gavaskar as he used the SG 'Triple Crown' and 'Sunny Tonny' bats while playing for India. Not just that, in 1983 the brand had also signed a lifetime contract with Indian batting maestro making the rumour all the more believable.
5. Sanath Jaysuriya used steel bats & special lens
Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was the man who revolutionized the course of ODI cricket in the 90s with his fiery batting. Cricket fans, till 1996, had not seen anyone scoring fifties and hundreds the way Jayasuriya did. This led to weird rumors about his bats and 'special lens' that were believed to be giving him some extra edge while batting. It was a popular rumour that Jayasuriya had steel structures in his bat that add extra power to his bat, enabling him to clear the fence with ease. Another fan theory that often found place in the 90s kids' lunchtime conversations in schools was about Jayasuriya using 'special lenses' that enabled him to see a small cricket ball as the size of a football, making it easier to hit!
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Everything you can expect from the Euro 2020 quarter-finals
The Euro 2020 has been an action packed competition already, with shock eliminations, high scoring matches and most importantly, fans back in the stadiums. The emotions are running high after the round of 16 fixtures as you may have read in the football news, but with the quarter-finals just around the corner, we’re here to give you a peek into what you can expect ahead of another set of exciting Euro 2020 fixtures.
Belgium vs Italy
Current world number 1 Belgium may have defeated the defending champions Portugal, but the ‘golden generation’ are currently struggling with injuries. Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are doubtful against Italy, having suffered injuries in the round of 16 clash. Neither of them have trained in the Belgium camp and doctors are working around the clock to have them ready against Italy. In comparison, Italy is on a high at the moment and are currently unbeaten in 31 games. They will definitely prove to be the toughest competition Belgium have faced so far in the Euro 2020 and it will be a clash that you shouldn’t miss out on.
Switzerland vs Spain
It’s fair to say that Spain will be approaching this fixture cautiously because while it might seem like a mismatch on paper, Switzerland defeated the current world champions France to reach the Euro 2020 quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Spain defeated Croatia, runners up of World Cup 2018 in an action packed 120 minutes which finished with a 5-3 victory for La Roja. Switzerland will be missing their skipper Granit Xhaka due to suspension, Denis Zakaria will replace the Arsenal midfielder and will be hungry to show his qualities while many European clubs are hunting for his signature. While the current Spanish side does not have the oomph of the old, Luis Enrique’s team still features some notable stars who could turn the tide in their favor in an instant. We predict a win for Spain, but it’s football and one thing is for sure that nothing is certain.
Ukraine vs England
Despite being overwhelming favourites in every international tournament, England last made a semi-final appearance in the European Championships back in 1996. Meanwhile, dark horses Ukraine have qualified for the Euros only thrice before and this is their first ever appearance at the knockout stage. In their last seven meetings, England have won four times, drawing twice and losing once and it’s likely that the Three Lions will continue their fine form to reach the semi-finals of the Euro 2020 this time around.
Czech Republic vs Denmark
Nobody would have predicted that Czech Republic and Denmark would have made it to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2020, but here we are and Baku Olympic stadium will witness one of those two sides progress to the semi-finals of the tournament. Czech Republic have only made it to the knockout rounds twice previously, as runners up in 1996 and semi-finalists in 2004. Meanwhile, Denmark are making their eighth appearance in the competition, having failed to qualify in 2016 the Danes have made a strong comeback this year. This evenly contested match has ended with two wins for Denmark and three wins for Czech Republic and seven draws in their last twelve meetings. Despite Czech Republic causing one of the many upsets by defeating the Netherlands, we predict Denmark to go through.