Ranchi Rays wins Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays won the third edition of Champions of Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015. In the final match they defeated Jaypee Punjab Warriors by score of 3-2 in the penalty shootout after 2-2 tie in regular time match.

With this Jaypee Punjab Warriors took second position followed by Delhi Waveriders in third position.

Awards from the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) 2015

  • Hero Goal of the Day- Barry Middleton of Ranchi Rays.
  • Man-of the-Match- Tyler Lovell of Ranchi Rays.
  • Hero Most Valuable Player of the Tournament- Ashley Jackson of Ranchi Rays
  • Dhruv Batra Motivator of the Tournament- PR Sreejesh.
  • Ponty Chadha Trophy for Upcoming Player of the Tournament- Harmanpreet Singh of Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
  • Airtel Award for Most Goals in the Tournament- Jaypee Punjab Warriors.

About Hockey India League

Hockey India League is organized by Hockey India. Number of teams is Five which are franchisee based. Teams have players from India and around the world.  The event is sanctioned by International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to hit double century in World Cup history

West Indies opener batsman Chris Gayle created history by becoming the first batsman to score a double century in the World Cup.

He made this record by scoring 215 runs off just 147 balls in a Pool-B match against Zimbabwe held at Manuka Oval stadium in Canberra, Australia.

Gayle’s record score comprised of 10 fours and 16 sixes that helped West Indies score 372 runs during the match. His fastest double century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) also broke the previous record which was held by Indian batsman Virender Sehwag.

In December 2011, Sehwag had scored a double century in 140 balls in a match against West Indies held at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. With this record, Gayle also became the first non-Indian to score a double century in one day cricket.

Indian cricketers to hit double century in ODI’s are

  • Sachin Tendulkar – First cricketer to reach double century landmark. He made 200 runs against South Africa in 2010.
  • Virendra Sehwag- second cricketer who scored 219 against West Indies.
  • Rohit Sharma- third cricketer to score 209 runs against Australia in 2013. In November 2014, he broke his previous record and became highest ODI scorer with 264 runs in match against Sri Lanka. He is only cricketer to hit 2 double centuries in ODIs.

Veteran Spinner Anil Kumble inducted in ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Former India Captain and ace spinner Anil Kumble has been chosen to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He will be 77th inductee into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

He will be felicitated and inducted on 22 February 2015 during the ICC Cricket World Cup match between India and South Africa in Melbourne.

  • Anil Kumble had played 132 Tests and 271 One Day Internationals (ODIs) from 1990 to 2008.
  • In his cricket career he had taken 619 Test wickets and is the 3rd highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800 wickets) and Shane Warne (708 wickets).
  • He also had claimed 337 wickets in ODIs making him the 9th most successful all-time great bowlers in this format.
  • Kumble is one of only two bowlers in history of cricket after England’s Jim Laker who had taken all 10 wickets in an innings.
  • He was captain of Indian Team and led it in 14 Tests between 2007 and 2008 .
  • Kumble also has scored 2,506 runs in Tests and 938 runs in ODIs.

He is the 4th Indian cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Others are Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar who were inducted into Hall of Fame in 2009.

About ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

The ICC Cricket Hall of Fame recognises the achievements of the legends from the game of cricket.

It was launched in January 2009 by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as part of its centenary celebrations in association with the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).