October 10, 2013Sachin Tendulkar has just this hour announced that he will retire from Test cricket after his 200th Test match. The match will take place in Mumbai against the West Indies and will sure to be the hottest ticket in town. Who would bet against the Little Master finishing in style?
The 2013 T20 Champions League has been won by Mumbai Indians. In the all-IPL final that the whole of India wanted, they defeated Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs. Devon Smith (45), supported by Rohit Sharma (33) and Glenn Maxwell (37) launched Mumbai to a total of 202. The Royals made a spirited reply, but eventually fell away after man of the match Harbhajan Singh had claimed four wickets. The final had pitted two Indian legends against each other – Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were both playing their final T20 matches at the end of long and distinguished careers. In their personal duel, neither man came out on top. Tendulkar scored only 15, while Dravid who had dropped himself down the order to number eight, was bowled for just a single. Ajinkya Rehane (288) was the leading run scorer in the tournament, while Pravin Tambe claimed the most wickets (12).
Following the departures of India’s big two, more international retirements have been announced this week. England’s 2005 Ashes hero Steve Harmison, who at one stage reached number one in the ICC test bowling rankings, has finally hung up his boots. Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has retired from test cricket, but has indicated that he remains available for his country in the ODI and T20 formats. Dilshan, a veteran of 87 tests, made his debut in 1999.
Big names touted for a top job at the ECB are dropping like flies. So far, Andrew Strauss, Nasser Hussain, Mike Atherton and Angus Fraser have ruled themselves out of the running to replace Hugh Morris as Managing Director of English Cricket. All four, seemingly happy with their present roles, have indicated that they are not to be tempted down the lucrative path of cricket administration.
Hot Spot, which employs infrared camera technology to detect edges, will not be used as part of the Decision Review System in this winter’s Ashes series in Australia. Host broadcaster Channel Nine has chosen to drop the controversial system after concerns over its cost and reliability. Cricket Australia, which unlike other national boards does not contribute to the cost of providing DRS technology, has washed its hands of the decision.
The Scoop 10/10/13