Saturday, December 24, 2011

India v/s Australia : Clash of Titans !!

Hey Everyone,
Today I'll be writing about Cricket (a game which is considered as religion in India whose god is treated to be Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, a professional game in Australia) tournament which is going to be started with Boxing day test from 26th Dec, 2011 ! You will see the best of the best playing against each other to win tournament.

Actually, tournament started on a high note with Rahul Dravid from India gave Sir Don Bradman oration (first man on earth who is not an Australian), focusing on importance of test matches and the glory of test matches !

Now, back to action, almost all the cricket fans are awaiting for Star Batsmen Sachin Tendulkar from India to score 100th Century in international cricket, and become first batsmen in history achieve this feat, at MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia).
Sachin tendulkar test match cricket 100th test ton/century

Currently India is positioned at No.2 (siped from No.1 after losing to England in India v/s England Series) in Test ranking & Australia at No.4, and that means you expect something interesting to happen.

Summary of Series:
How many Test Matches will India & Australia play in ongoing series ?
How many T20 Matches will India & Australia play in ongoing series ?
What is next ?
A tri-nation ODI (one day international) series, which includes India, Australia & Sri Lanka.
What kind of matches will India & Australia play ?
All test matches are day matches (as most of cricket fans know).
All T20 & ODI are day-night matches.

As Test series will start from 26th Dec, 2011 I'll be sharing the schedule for India v/s Australia test series and T20 matches in tabular format & as tournament goes on I'll be sharing the schedule for ODI series, which involve 3 nations (India, Australia, Sri Lanka).

India v/s Australia 2011 Test Series Schedule
Start DateEnd DatePlaceGame start time (GMT)Game Type
26th Dec, 201130th Dec, 2011MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)23:30Test
3rd Jan, 20127th Jan, 2012SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground)23:30Test
13th Jan, 201217th Jan, 2012Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth02:30Test
24th Jan, 201228th Jan, 2012Adelaide Oval 00:00Test
1st Feb, 20121st Feb, 2012Stadium Australia, Sydney 08:35T20
3rd Feb, 20123rd Feb, 2012MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground)08:35T20

More Cricket facts:
  • India has never won a test series in Australia in 9 previous tournament in past 64 years !
  • The odds of Sachin Tendulkar scoring 100th  international century at Boxing day test is 9/4 as per many bookies. And that is a huge odd !
Now, Let's see the line-up of the teams and try to compare them from following table,

Australia v/s India (First 7 Batsmen head-to-head)
Ed Cowan- (debut)92 - 7980 - 52.2Virender Sehwag
David Warner2 - 153 - 76.544 - 3531 - 47.7Gautam Gambhir
Shaun Marsh3 - 284 - 56.8160 - 13094 - 53.2Rahul Dravid
Ricky Ponting158 - 12656 - 52.3184 - 15183 - 56.0Sachin Tendulkar
Michael Clarke76 - 5283 - 46.3130- 8626 - 47.1VVS Laxman
Michael Hussey66 - 5196 - 50.44 - 191 - 27.3Virat Kohli
Brad Haddin39 - 2171 - 36.264 - 3407 - 38.3MS Dhoni
Australia v/s India (4 Bowlers head-to-head)
Nathan Lyon7 - 22 - 24.63 - 22 - 22.9R Ashwin
Peter Siddle27 - 91 - 31.779 - 273 - 31.8Zaheer Khan
Ben Hilfenhaus17 - 55 - 34.741 - 128 - 35.8Ishant Sharma
James Pattinson2 - 14 - 14.02 - 9 - 21.2Umesh Yadav

Note: I've created comparison table assuming these players will be in playing 11 in test match from both the sides. Also, I've kept background color to signify the color of respective country. :)

Awaiting Milestones:
  • Sachin Tendulkar scoring 100th international century.
  • India winning test series in Australia for first time in history of 64 years.
So, Are you ready for clash of titans ?

Many critics predicted India winning the series with scoreline of 2-1.
Do you agree with critics ?
If no, the who do you think will win the series ? And can you guess the scoreline of the series ?

Waiting for the prediction in comments from all of you..