2022 T20 World Cup Review: The Quickest Review You Will Ever Find

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1. Afghanistan

Rain, rain go away, come again another day, little Rashid Khan wants to play. They never got to showcase their whole talent, did they? Ran Australia close with Rashid brilliance in Adelaide, Mujeeb’s Magic Ball, and Farooqi’s swing, some moments to cherish.

2. Australia

Foolish batting vs New Zealand, net run rate drops, never recovered, Stoinis only star, Starc-Cummins drop T20 credentials, Finch nearing the end.

3. Bangladesh

The Tigers were one win away from the semi-finals. That is already a big plus, isn’t it? Nothing was expected from them. Also Taskin’s menace and the elegance that Liton Das is.

4. England

Double World Champions, shall I say more? The talent that Sam Curran is, redemptions of Alex Hales & Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler’s calm captaincy paves new era for England cricket. England’s message to the whole world – Change or Perish. This is the way to go in T20s.

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5. India

A script so predictable that is starting to get boring. Virat Kohli’s usual magic, India breezes to the semi-finals, and then packs their bags only to return home. But disappointment aside, That Haris Rauf shot, SKY’s 360 game, and the emergency of Arshdeep is what we will all remember.

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6. Ireland

Coming of age. The Campher-Dockrell recovery vs Scotland set the tone for this World Cup, Balbirnie led from the front, Stirling with his one great innings, Fionn Hand’s Ball vs Stokes, Tector’s 71, and wins versus West Indies and England. Ireland are big boys now.

7. Namibia

Set the World Cup on fire with a dominating victory against Sri Lanka in the first game. Almost through to the Super 12s with David Wiese’s heroics but unfortunately the long boundaries went against them.

8. Netherlands

South Africa will be scarred forever courtesy Roelof Van Der Merwe’s catch and all-round performance. Consistent bowling throughout, Tim Pringle’s glasses, Max O’Dowd’s class, Ackermann’s assault, eye injury to de Leede, Van Meekeren’s fast bowling arrival, and enough support from the rest of the crew.

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9. New Zealand

They came, they saw, they left from the knockout stages without conquering. Same old, same old. Glenn Phillips, Santner, and one innings each of Conway/Allen only positives.

10. Pakistan

Almost a replica of 1992. World Cup down under, lost the first couple, almost out. Then came the Shadab show versus South Africa and they never looked back. Naseem-Shaheen-Haris-Wasim made a potential fast bowling attack that challenged England, but an archaic batting strategy cost them.

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11. South Africa

The reflection of Rilee Rossouw. 100s or nothing. Dominated Bangladesh & India and lost must win games against Pakistan & Netherlands. Another legendary choke in the books.

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12. Sri Lanka

Good, but not good enough. Injuries meant they were not even close to replicating their Asia Cup heroics. Hasaranga among the wickets again. But Off-field controversies are not helping.

13. Scotland

Brilliant victory against the West Indies but will be disappointed. Had one door in the Super 12s but could not stop an Ireland comeback. An end of era, retirements forthcoming.

14. UAE

Great bowling attack, some power hits, and one win against Namibia. That’s better than most expected.

15. West Indies

Hetmyer missed flight, West Indies missed on common sense cricket. Crashed out of the first round. Digging themselves in a hole now.

16. Zimbabwe

The team to support in this World Cup, lead superbly by Sean Williams with charismatic Sikandar Raza as their main man. Defeated Pakistan and were close to the semis if they hadn’t panicked in the Bangladesh run chase. Chakaba solid behind the stumps, Ngarava the pick of the bowlers with Muzarabani and Brad Evans other positives.

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16 South Africa World Cup Chokes and Heartbreaks: The Complete List (Men’s & Women’s Combined)

South Africa World Cup Chokes, a phrase we have often heard before, maybe too often.

SOUTH AFRICA HAVE BEEN ELIMINATE FROM THE 2022 T20 WORLD CUP, COURTESY THE NETHERLANDS.

I personally do not like the ‘choker’ term, but there is a reason why the Proteas have earned this tag—rain interruptions, inexplicable collapses, internal politics, dropped catches & runouts, mathematical errors, and sometimes they just don’t show up on the big day. So, to refresh your memories, here is the List of Top 15 South Africa World Cup Chokes & Heartbreaks—Men & Women Combined.

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Top 15 List of South Africa World Cup Chokes

1. 1999 World Cup Semi-Final (The Run-Out)

Match Scorecard:

What Happened?

The heartbreaks of all heartbreaks. 8 runs needed in 1 over, 1 wicket remaining. Lance Klusener, in the form of his life, hits two fours. 1 run needed in 4 balls. Klusener – 31*(14). Surely, Proteas has one foot in the finals. Unfortunately, not enough feet as Klusener calls for a panic run, Allan Donald ball watches, runs late, and gets run out. Match Tied. The tie breaker? The Super Six match between Australia and South Africa, which Australia won, most famously known for Steve Waugh’s comment to Herschelle Gibbs, “You just dropped the World Cup.” Waugh went on to make a century and Australia won that clash.

Video: The Final Over, Gibbs Drops the World Cup

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2. 1992 World Cup Semi-Final (Rain Drama)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of England vs South Africa 2nd SF 1991/92 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

What’s the fuss with DL method? Or the DLS vs VJD methods? Well, long, long time ago these rules did not exist. 22 needed in 13. Anyone’s game. Rain intervened for a short 10-minute break. Next thing you know, South Africa need 22 runs in 1 ball. Explain that.

3. 2022 T20 World Cup Group Stage Exit (Nerves)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Netherlands vs South Africa 40th Match, Group 2 2022/23 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, and Scott Edward’s little contributions took Netherlands to 158/4. Quick start by the Proteas but regular wickets and THAT CATCH by former South African cricketer, Roelof van der Merwe meant SA could only get to 145/8. From top of the group to crashing out. They only needed to win one game of the last two and they failed. The No-Result vs Zimbabwe will pinch them as well.

4. 2003 World Cup Group Stage Exit (Math/DL Method)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs South Africa 40th Match 2002/03 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

1, 0, 0, 5 wides, 1, SIX!, 0, RAIN. Match Tied. South Africa eliminated in the group stage at a home world cup.

Murali bowling to Klusener-Boucher. Last ball-Dot. Reason? South Africa management had miscalculated the DL method and stayed at 229. Had they taken a single, SA would have qualified for the next round.

When asked captain Shaun Pollock in the post-match presentation whether there was any confusion over DL calculations, Pollock replied with “Yeah, Boucher was given a message of 229.”

“So for the second time in a row, South Africa exited with a Tied game. South Africa and the public couldn’t believe it. One run the difference between success and failure.”

– Broadcaster

Video: Duckworth Lewis Drama

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5. 2015 World Cup Semi-Final (Politics, Nerves)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of South Africa vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final 2014/15 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Well on the field, you cannot really blame South Africa. With the bat, Faf-ABD-Miller got South Africa to a massive total in a, wait for it, rain curtailed game. NZ had less overs to chase, Baz went all out, Grant Elliot played the innings of his life, and Dale Steyn was on his feet at the end. Rain had arrived when SA were cruising at 216/3 in 38 overs. They got 281 in 43, but NZ magnificently chased 299 (DL).

Nerves, drops, run outs missed. But more serious was the off the field news that emerged later about the Abbott-Philander fiasco and the quota interference. The great South African generation was fractured and would collapse in the next couple of years.

Grant Elliot, Superman.

Video: Ian Smith’s Final Moments

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6. 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup Semi-Final (Rain/DL Method)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of AUS Women vs SA Women 2nd Semi-Final 2019/20 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Meg Lanning gets Australia to 134/5. Runs on the board, but still chaseable with South Africa’s solid batting order. But then, rain intervened. Again. And now they needed 98 in 13 overs, much more challenging with the higher required rate. Laura Wolvaardt played a gem of a knock 41* (27) and brought it down to 19 off 6, but unfortunately, no Carlos Brathwaite moment for them.

Video: Australia breaks South Africa’s Hearts

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7. 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup Semi-Final (Nerves/Drops/Extras)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of SA Women vs ENG Women 1st Semi-Final 2017 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

South Africa scored a competitive 218. South Africa defending their last over – Dropped dot ball, 1, Wicket, Four. Another last over heartbreak. The difference between the sides? Extras.4 given by England and 25 by South Africa.

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8. 2011 World Cup Quarter Final (Run-Out Induced Collapse)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of New Zealand vs South Africa 3rd Quarter-Final 2010/11 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Small total to chase, good partnership. All looking good. Then some harsh fighting on the field, a run-out, and the collapse. Perfect ingredients for the ideal South African choke.

From 108-2 in 24 overs to 172 all out in the small chase of 222.

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9. 2021 T20 World Cup Group Stage (Net Run Rate)

Match Scorecard: South Africa beat England South Africa won by 10 runs – South Africa vs England, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 39th Match

What Happened?

4 wins out of 5. Net Run Rate of +0.739. Temba Bavuma unites the team after Quinton de Kock sits out. Surely, nothing can stop them now? Nope. England & Australia both won 4/5 and had an EVEN BETTER net run rate. The Stoinis-Wade partnership in the low scoring first match hurt South Africa.

In their final match against England, they had scored 189/2 and won against the great English side. Even that wasn’t enough as they had to restrict England to 131 to get their NRR high enough.

10. 2009 T20 World Cup Semi-Final (Collapse)

Match: Full Scorecard of Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Semi-Final 2009 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

5 overs, 39/0 in chase of 150. Kallis, AB De Villiers, Smith, Gibbs. Pakistan team squeezed, SA lost by 7 runs. Another semi-final loss.

11. 2007 T20 World Cup Group Stage (Net Run Rate)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs South Africa 24th Match, Group E 2007/08 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

India won this one comfortably. South Africa could only get to 116 in chase of 154. Had they got 10 more runs, they would have qualified to the semi-finals of the inaugural T20 World Cup, but lost out due to NRR yet again.

12. 2007 World Cup Semi-Final (Outplayed)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final 2006/07 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Finally, South Africa could take revenge of the 1999 World Cup semi-final.

However they only scored 149 and at one time were reeling at 27/5. Never in the game as McGrath blew them away.

13. 2022 Women’s ODI World Cup Semi-Final (Outplayed)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of ENG Women vs SA Women 2nd Semi Final 2021/22 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Danni Wyatt 129* and Ecclestone’s 6/36 made sure South Africa were just not in the game.

14. 2014 T20 World Cup Semi-Final (Virat Kohli Special)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of South Africa vs India 2nd Semi-Final 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

Yuvraj Singh departs. India 133-3 in 16 overs, India still need 43 in 4, but Virat Kohli was just too good on that day.

Video: http://Kohli demolishes South Africa

15. 2000 Women’s ODI World Cup Semi-Final (Outplayed)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of SA Women vs AUS Women 1st SF 2000/01 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

South Africa got to 181 in 50 overs, but Lisa Keightley & Belinda Clark were just too good. Chase complete in 31.2 overs.

Also Read: History of Women’s Cricket World Cup – Everything You Need to Know to Prep Yourself for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup

16. 2014 Women’s T20 World Cup Semi-Final (Outplayed)

Match Scorecard: Full Scorecard of SA Women vs ENG Women 2nd Semi-Final 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

What Happened?

South Africa could only score 101, while England’s stalwarts Sarah Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, and Heather Knight breezed through the chase in 16.5 overs.

Why are South Africa called ‘Chokers’ in world cricket?
South Africa have failed to qualify due to rain & nerves in 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011, and 2015 ODI World Cups along with 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2022 T20 World Cups, 2014, 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup and 2000, 2017, and 2022 Women’s ODI World Cups.

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Virat Kohli’s 25 Best Innings Across International Formats (RANKED): Mohali 2016, MCG 2022, Hobart 133*, Adelaide 141…Which One is Your Favorite?

Ranking Virat Kohli’s best innings is no easy task.

With 71 hundreds, 127 fifties, and countless other important knocks out of his 529 international innings, picking the Top 25 is a challenge. As Roman philosopher, Lucius Anneas Seneca is credited of saying,

“It is a rough road that leads to the height of greatness.”

– Lucius Anneas Seneca

Kohli’s consistency and the ability to rise to the top from the depth of hardship is what makes him truly great.

The winning moment at the MCG give cricket fans chills. Literal chills. This match reminded us of Virat Kohli’s eternal greatness. No man has been as dominating of a cricket player in all the three formats. Here is our Top 25 ranking of Virat Kohli’s best innings across T20I, ODI, and Test cricket.

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List of Virat Kohli’s Best Innings

All the scorecards and some video highlights are linked for your reference.

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1. 82*(52) vs Pakistan, 2022 T20 World Cup

  • Format: T20I
  • Opposition: Pakistan
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, Australia

Context: Melbourne Cricket Ground. 90,000 crowd. India 31-4. Pakistan pacers all over India. The ghost of 2021. The 71st hundred wait. Questions on his form. Mental health break. And then came that innings. Then came that shot—The Shot Heard Around the World. From 31-4 to needing 28 runs in 8 balls to winning the match on the last ball. The chase master is back. The King is back.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Pakistan vs India 16th Match, Group 2 2022/23 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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2. 133*(86) vs Sri Lanka, 2012 CB Series

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Sri Lanka
  • Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart, Australia

Context: A love story begins in Australia. The coming of age for Virat Kohli. Needing to chase 320 in 40 overs, Kohli and co did it in 36.4 overs. Malinga’s figures of 7.4-0-96-1 says it all. The way Kohli handled the pressure, accelerated…this was only the signs to come for the record chaser he was about to become.

Video Highlights: Kohli Hobart Innings – YouTube

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs India 11th Match 2011/12 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.comScorecard: Full Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs India 11th Match 2011/12 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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3. 82*(53) vs Australia, 2016 T20 World Cup

  • Format: T20I
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh India

Context: Must-win game. A virtual quarter final. Australia & James Faulkner run into Virat Kohli at his absolute peak. Steady innings to begin with but flourish at the right time. The running, six hitting, and MS Dhoni, this innings had everything.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 31st Match, Super 10 Group 2 2015/16 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

4. 141 (175) & 115 (184) vs Australia, 2013-14 Border-Gavaskar Trophy

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, Austral

Context: A glimpse of Virat Kohli, the captain, before he was the official captain. India had never won a Test series in Australia and chasing 364 on Day 5 was unthinkable. Enter Kohli. Centuries in both innings. Aggressive approach. Got India so close, but he was caught on the boundary with sixty runs still to go. India continued their positive approach and collapsed agonizingly short.

Video Highlights: 2nd Innings, 1st Innings

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 1st Test 2014/15 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

5. 119 (181) & 96 (193) vs South Africa, India Tour of South Africa 2013-14

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: South Africa
  • Venue: New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Context: One of the great Test matches of the 2010s. Will always be remembered for the Faf-De Villiers partnership as South Africa almost chasing 438 before the draw was announced eight runs short. However, the game was nicely setup by the dominance of Kohli in both innings.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs South Africa 1st Test 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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6. 169 (272) vs Australia, 2013-14 Border Gavaskar Trophy

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia

Context: This match will always be remembered for THAT partnership. Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane smashing Mitchell Johnson’s bouncers. The transition from the Dravid-Tendulkar-Laxman era to the Kohli-Rahane era was complete.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 3rd Test 2014/15 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

7. 149 (225) vs England, 2018 Pataudi Trophy

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: England
  • Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England

Context: 134 runs in 10 innings. Six single digit scores. 2 ducks. And a Jimmy Anderson. Probably the lowest point in Kohli’s career, technically and mentally. To come back in the next tour, score 593 runs, dominate Anderson, and conquer his inner demons is a life lesson for us all. It all started with this 149 in tough conditions.

Video Highlights: Kohli 100 England 2018

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of England vs India 1st Test 2018 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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8. 100*(52) vs Australia, 2013

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, India

Context: Some of the best shots you will ever see. Dancing down the wicket, straight over the bowlers’ head, numerous inside out shots. The series will be remembered for the emergence of Kohli-Rohit duo as the next stars of Indian cricket.

Video highlights: Virat Kohli 100* off 52 Balls | Ind vs Aus 2013

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 2nd ODI 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

9. 49 (51) vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2016

  • Format: T20I
  • Opposition: Pakistan
  • Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh

Context: The scorecard doesn’t tell you what we all felt that day. Pakistan 83/10 and India won by 5 wickets. Easy, right? Wrong. Due to the comeback kid, Mohammad Amir. Rohit, Rahane were gone for ducks. Raina soon followed, India 8/3. Then came Kohli’s masterclass, one full of patience, perseverance, and maturity.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Pakistan vs India 4th Match 2015/16 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

10. 115*(66) vs Australia, 2013

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur, India

Context: One of the highest scoring ODI series in memory. Although he was already scoring loads of runs earlier in the series, this chase was the best of them all.

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli 115* of 66| India Vs Australia 2013

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 6th ODI 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

11. 72*(44) vs South Africa, 2014 T20 World Cup Semi-Final

  • Format: T20I
  • Opposition: South Africa
  • Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh

Context: Before Melbourne, before Mohali, there was Mirpur. He himself said it was his ‘best T20 knock’ until that point.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of South Africa vs India 2nd Semi-Final 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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12. 153 (217) vs South Africa, India Tour of South Africa 2017-2018

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: South Africa
  • Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion, South Africa

Context: Under testing conditions and batting against the trio of Philander-Rabada-Morkel, Virat Kohli was excellent. Next highest score was just 46.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of South Africa vs India 2nd Test 2017/18 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

13.160* (159) vs South Africa, 2018

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: South Africa
  • Venue: Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

Context: Kohli at his absolute peak.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs South Africa 3rd ODI 2017/18 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

14. 123 (257) vs Australia, Perth, Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: Australia
  • Venue: Perth Stadium, Perth, Australia

Context: “Masterclass in mind and skill. One for the ages.” The commentator couldn’t have described it any better.

Video Highlights: Full highlights of Kohli’s Perth classic

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Australia vs India 2nd Test 2018/19 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

15. 183 (146) vs Pakistan, 2012

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Pakistan
  • Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Bangladesh

Context: Smashed Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, and Shahid Afridi on his way to his top ODI knock.

Video Highlights: Kohli 183 vs Pakistan 2012

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Pakistan vs India 5th Match 2011/12 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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16. 103 (197) & 97 (152), 2018 Pataudi Trophy

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: England
  • Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Context: Test matches mean a lot more when the team wins. Although India lost 4-1 in THAT Sam Curran series, Kohli’s 97 & 103 ensured at least one win in the series.

Video Highlights: 1st Innings, 2nd Innings

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs England 3rd Test 2018 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

17. 243 (287) & 50 (58) vs Sri Lanka, 2017

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: Sri Lanka
  • Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi, India

Context: A marathon 7-and-a-half-hour knock followed by a fifty in the second innings.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test 2017/18 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

18. 35 (49) vs Sri Lanka, 2011 World Cup Final

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Sri Lanka
  • Venue: Wankhede, Mumbai, India

Context: Among his plethora of centuries and fifties, this one is usually forgotten. After 31-2 with both Sehwag & Sachin back in the hut, Kohli & Gambhir’s steady 83-run partnership got India back in the game. Useful, impact knock.

Video Highlights: 2011 World Cup Final Highlights

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs India Final 2010/11 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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19. 154* (134) vs New Zealand, 2016

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: New Zealand
  • Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, India

Context: Exhibition of the cover drive, pull shot, flick, and the straight drive.

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli 123 off 111 balls vs New Zealand 1st ODI Napier

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of New Zealand vs India 3rd ODI 2016/17 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

20. 89*(47) vs West Indies, 2016 T20 World Cup Semi-Final

  • Format: India
  • Opposition: West Indies
  • Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

Context: After Rohit-Rahane 40s provided India a decent start, Kohli took the mantle to finish the innings off. From 50*(33) to 89*(47), but it was not meant to be.

Video Highlights: 2016 T20 WC Semi-Final Highlights

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs West Indies 2nd Semi-Final 2015/16 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

21. 211 (366) vs New Zealand, 2016

  • Format: Test
  • Opposition: New Zealand
  • Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, India

Context: A Top-25 Kohli series should probably include one of his seven double centuries. A marathon 365 (673) partnership between Rahane & Kohli. NZ were out of the game in the first innings.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs New Zealand 3rd Test 2016/17 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

22. 94* (50) vs West Indies, 2019

  • Format: T20I
  • Venue: Ranjiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad, India
  • Opposition: West Indies

Context: Kohli’s highest T20I score. India chases 209 in a T20 with 8 balls to spare. 6 sixes and 6 fours. Destructive.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of West Indies vs India 1st T20I 2019/20 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

23. 107 (126) vs Pakistan, 2015 ODI World Cup

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Pakistan
  • Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia

Context: A solid knock. India win against Pakistan via Kohil magic, a theme over the last decade. Better yet, India started the 2015 WC well and went onto play the semi-finals despite dismal preparations.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of India vs Pakistan 4th Match, Pool B 2014/15 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

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24. 122*(105) vs England, 2017

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: England
  • Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Context: Known as the ‘Kedar Jadhav match’ who scored a 120 (76) from #6, Kohli held the innings together. From 53-4, a 200-run partnership followed between the two before Pandya finished it off.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of England vs India 1st ODI 2016/17 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

25. 123 (111) vs New Zealand, 2014

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: New Zealand
  • Venue: MacLean Park, Napier

Context: Not all matches have a positive ending. Although India lost, Kohli dragged India close. The next best score was 40, and India lost by 24 runs.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of New Zealand vs India 1st ODI 2013/14 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

26. 107 (114) vs Sri Lanka, 2009 (Bonus)

  • Format: ODI
  • Opposition: Sri Lanka
  • Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India

Context: Things have to begin somewhere, don’t they? Virat’s maiden ODI ton, including a 224-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Rescued India in chase of 316 after they were 23-2 after 3.4 overs. A glimpse of greatness for years ahead.

Scorecard: Full Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs India 4th ODI 2009/10 – Score Report | ESPNcricinfo.com

Honorable Mentions – Virat Kohli’s Best Innings – Which Knock Missed Out?

  1. 129*(96) vs South Africa, Centurion, 2018 (ODI)
  2. 70*(29) vs West Indies, Mumbai, 2019 (T20I)
  3. 90*(55) vs Australia, Adelaide, 2016 (T20I)
  4. 116 (213) vs Australia, Adelaide, 2012 (Test) – 1st Test Hundred
  5. 123 (95) vs Australia, Ranchi, 2019 (ODI)
  6. 107 (119) vs West Indies, Pune, 2018 (ODI)
  7. 131 (96) vs Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2017 (ODI)
  8. 140 (107) vs West Indies, Guwahati, 2018 (ODI)
  9. 157*(129) vs West Indies, Vishakapatnam, 2018 (ODI)
  10. 114*(99) vs West Indies, Port of Spain, 2019 (ODI)

Frequently Asked Questions – Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in Each Format

Other Virat Kohli Content

What is Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in T20I Cricket?

Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in T20I cricket are as follows: 82* (52) vs Pakistan (2022 T20 World Cup), 82*(53) vs Australia (2016 T20 World Cup), 72*(44) (2014 T20 Worl Cup Semi-Final, 89* (47) vs West Indies (2016 T20 World Cup Semi-Final), and 49 (51) vs Pakistan (2016 Asia Cup). Virat Kohli flexing his arm

What is Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in T20I Cricket?

Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in ODI cricket are as follows: 133*(86) vs Sri Lanka (2012), 100* (52) vs Australia (2013), 115*(66) vs Australia (2013), 160*(159) vs South Africa (2018), and 183*(146) vs Pakistan (2012).

What is Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in Test Cricket?

Virat Kohli’s Best Innings in Test cricket are as follows: 141 vs Australia (2013), 119 vs South Africa (2013), 169 vs Australia (2013), 149 vs England (2018), and 153 vs South Africa (2018).

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Top 10 Richest Cricket Leagues (By Average Salaries). Which Cricket League Pays the Most (2022)? Can You Guess Where SA20 Ranks Among IPL, BBL, PSL, UAE IL, CPL, T10s, and the Hundred?

The SA20 Auction caught everyone’s attention this week, which leads to the logical question, “What are the Richest Cricket Leagues, and where does SA20 league rank?” Here is a quick answer.

The Indian Premier League is the richest cricket league in the world. As per the 2022 Mega Auction & Retention, the IPL paid its players a whopping $116,339,000 combined for its 234 players who play for their ten franchise teams in a three-month season. The upcoming UAE International T20 & SA20 rank behind at #2 & #3 in terms of player salaries, while the Abu Dhabi T10 League is at #10 with a $2,500,000 combined salary for about 100 players.

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Times are changing, cricket is becoming infused with money, and different leagues are popping left and right. The SA20 Auction threw Tristan Stubbs and co into stardom, the UAE international T20 League will be a game changer, and the Big Bash is trying to attract overseas talent in their much-hyped Draft while keeping domestic stars like David Warner.

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Richest Cricket Leagues (Lowest to Highest)

Players now have choices, but maybe too many choices. As many as six leagues are scheduled between November & February. That is a daunting stat.

So, in Part III of our new series, Cricket & Finances, we try to help these players out & distinguish which leagues pay their players the most. We also cover the minimum & maximum wages, average salaries, total team salary cap, number of players a league can take, and the window it occupies in the cricket calendar.

Make Sure to Read the Earlier Content on Cricket & Finances

  1. Part I: How Much Do Different Types of Cricketers Earn Per Year (2022)? Salaries of Pujara, Stokes, Warner, Billings, Tim David Revealed!
  2. Part II: Salary of Cricketers (Men’s) from Each of the 12 Nations (2022)—The Complete Guide
  3. The Need for Champions League & a T20 League Calendar

How The Overall Cost Was Calculated: For leagues where all the information is public (like IPL auction player by player cost), each player’s cost was added for the total. For leagues where only partial information was available, the franchise’s maximum purse/salary cap was multiplied by the number of teams in that particular league.

10. Abu Dhabi T10 League ($2,500,000)

  • Abu Dhabi T10 League Average Cricketer Salary: $25,000
  • Minimum Wage: $5,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $50,000-$100,000

*$50,000 is the minimum amount paid for the highest category of player in the draft. However, to attract certain cricketers, the actual amounts may be higher.

Calendar Window: November-December

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $400,000-$600,000

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 100-110 (16-18 players per team)

9. Lanka Premier League ($3,000,000)

  • Lanka Premier League (LPL) Average Cricketer Salary: $30,000
  • Minimum Wage: $10,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $60,000

Calendar Window: December

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $400,000-$600,000

  • Number of Teams: 5
  • Total Players: 100 (20 per team)
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8. Caribbean Premier League ($4,500,000)

  • Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Average Cricketer Salary: $50,000
  • Minimum Wage: $3,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $160,000

Calendar Window: August-September

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $750,000

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 90 (15 per team)

*Note, in the 2020 season post-COVID, players took a 30% pay-cut.

Source: CPL confirms Trinidad & Tobago plans, will ask players to take pay cuts (espncricinfo.com)

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7. Bangladesh Premier League ($4,800,000)

  • Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Average Cricketer Salary: $40,000
  • Minimum Wage: $5,555
  • Maximum Amounts: $77,000

Calendar Window: January-February

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $700.000-$800,000

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 110-120 (18-20 per team)

*The BPL have suffered due to payments and franchise trouble in the last couple of years. In the earlier years, the BPL paid its foreign players up to $200,000 making it more lucrative than even the BBL. Now, the board has taken over the league instead of franchises.

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6. Pakistan Super League ($5,700,000)

  • Pakistan Super League (PSL) Average Cricketer Salary: $53,000
  • Minimum Wage: $5,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $170,000

Calendar Window: February-March

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $950,000

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 108 (18 per team)

Ramiz Raza has proposed changing the current drafts system (Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Emerging categories) to the auction format and increase the salary cap from $950,000 to $1.5 million. Watch out for the PSL. This is a fast-rising league and will survive.

Source: Pakistan Super League – PSL 2023 to start on February 9, final on March 19 (espncricinfo.com)

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5. The Hundred ($9,000,000)

  • The Hundred (Men’s) Average Cricketer Salary: $75,000
  • Minimum Wage: $33,000 (30,000 Pounds)
  • Maximum Amounts: $150,000 (135,000 Pounds)

Calendar Window: August

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $1,125,000 (1 Million Pounds)

  • Number of Teams: 8
  • Total Players: 120 (15 per team)

Source: The Hundred 2022 – England stars to receive Hundred salary boost for 2022 tournament (espncricinfo.com)

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4. Big Bash League T20 ($10,000,000)

  • Big Bash League (BBL) Average Cricketer Salary: $75,000
  • Minimum Wage: $27,000 (AUD 42,000)
  • Maximum Amounts: $ 225,000 (AUD 340,000) – overseas BBL Draft, $133,000 (AUD 200,000) – Australian players

Calendar Window: December-February

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $1,250,000 (AUD 1,900,000)

  • Number of Teams: 8
  • Total Players: 144 (18 per team)

*Replacement Cap: $33,000 (AUD 50,000) outside of salary cap

For the upcoming BBL draft, the categories are as follows:

  • Platinum: $ 225,000 (AUD 340,000)
  • Gold: $175,000 (AUD 260,000)
  • Bronze: $66,000 (AUD 100,000)

Sources: David Warner’s BBL return confirmed with two-year Sydney Thunder deal (espncricinfo.com); The BBL overseas draft is here: how will it work, how much can players earn and can star players be retained? (espncricinfo.com)

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3. SA 20 League ($13,421,200)

  • South Africa T20 League (SA20) Average Cricketer Salary: $133,000
  • Minimum Wage: $10,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $519,000

Calendar Window: January-February

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $ 2,000,000

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 101 (16-17 per team)

Overall, 101 players were sold via auction and pre-auction signings. In particular, the prices were

  • Average Auction Price: $89,000 (80 Players)
  • Estimated Pre-Auction Signing: $300,000 (21 Players)

Source: Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone sign up for CSA’s new T20 league as competition for players intensifies (espncricinfo.com)

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2. UAE International T20 League ($15,000,000)

  • UAE International League T20 (ILT20) Average Cricketer Salary: $138,889
  • Minimum Wage: $10,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $450,000 ($340,000 + $110,000 max in loyalty bonuses)

Calendar Window: January-February

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $2.5 Million ($1.5 million – minimum wage bill, $500,000 – signing/loyalty optional bonus, $500,000 – bid purse)

  • Number of Teams: 6
  • Total Players: 108 (18 per team)

Source: UAE T20 league sets USD 450000 annual contract for top players (espncricinfo.com)

1. IPL Mega Auction ($116,339,000)

  • Indian Premier League (IPL) Average Cricketer Salary: $497,175
  • Minimum Wage: $26,000
  • Maximum Amounts: $2,133,000

Calendar Window: March-June

Salary Cap Estimate (Per Team): $11 Million (Rs. 90 crore)

  • Number of Teams: 10
  • Total Players: 234 (20-30 Per Team)

The mind-numbing thing to think about is that each IPL franchise has a larger salary cap purse than most other cricket leagues. Here are the details from the IPL 2022 Mega Auction.

Royal Challengers Bangalore ($11, 785,000)

  • Auction: $ 7,386,000 ($388, 737 Average)
  • Retention: $ 4,399,000 ($1,466,333 Average)

Kolkata Knight Riders ($10,582,000)

  • Auction: $6,050,000 ($318, 421 Average)
  • Retention: $4,532,000 ($1,133,000 Average)

Punjab Kings ($11,198,000)

  • Auction: $9,065,000 ($412,045 Average)
  • Retention: $2,133,000 ($1,066,500 Average)

Chennai Super Kings ($11,596,000)

  • Auction: $5,997,000 ($285,571)
  • Retention: $5,599,000 ($1,399750)

Delhi Capitals ($11,508,000)

  • Auction: $6,309,000 ($315,350 Average)
  • Retention: $5,199,000 ($1,299,750 Average)

Rajasthan Royals ($11,862,000)

  • Auction: $8,130,000 ($ 387,143 Average)
  • Retention: $3,732,000 ($1,244,000 Average)

Mumbai Indians ($11, 977,000)

  • Auction: $ 6,378,000 ($303,714 Average)
  • Retention: $ 5,599,000 ($1,399,750 Average

Sunrisers Hyderabad ($11,977,000)

  • Auction: $ 9,045,000 ($452,250 Average)
  • Retention: $ 2,932,000 ($977,333.3 Average)

Lucknow Super Giants ($11,883,000)

  • Auction: $ 7,858,000 ($436,556)
  • Retention: $ 4,025,000 ($1,341,667)

Gujarat Titans ($11,971,000)

  • Auction: $ 6,905,000 ($345,250)
  • Retention: $5,066,000 ($1, 688, 667)

Source: IPL Auction 2022 – Live Updates | ESPNcricinfo

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SA20 Auction Big Takeaways: List of Players Sold, Squads, Surprises, Exclusions, and More!

SA20 Auction gathered lots of attention around the world.

This was not like South Africa’s earlier failed attempts to a T20 league. Graeme Smith is at the head of the organization (league commissioner), the IPL groups own all the franchises, and there was even an auction in this one. This was actually quite an enthralling event to witness.

Big Takeaways & Highlights from SA20 Auction

  • Sri Lankan (most) players go unsold despite a stellar Asia Cup performance
  • MI Cape Town stay true to their franchise and get as many as six uncapped South African players
  • This was a proper T20 league auction. Not one where home grown players’ reputation was kept in thought. T20 captain Temba Bavuma, Test captain Dean Elgar, and Andile Phehlukwayo were all unsold.
  • Tristan Stubb’s profile skyrockets. From an injury replacement at Mumbai Indians to $519,000 price at the SA20 auction.
  • Just like the IPL, the auction propelled a few relatively unknown names in the bags of riches. In this case, it was Donavon Ferreira at $311,000.

And finally, this adds to the tension between international and franchise cricket. This will add another layer to seven types of possible careers cricketers can choose from in the future.

9 Cricketers for Whom Teams Broke the Bank at the SA T20 Auction

  1. Tristan StubbR. 9,200,000 ($519,000)
  2. Rilee RossouwR. 6,900,000 ($389,000)
  3. Marco JansenR. 6,100,000 ($344,000)
  4. Wayne ParnellR. 5,600,000 ($316,000)
  5. Donavon FerreiraR. 5,500,000 ($311,000)
  6. Sisanda Magala R. 5,400,000 ($305,000)
  7. George LindeR. 3,900,000 ($220,000)
  8. Jimmy NeeshamR. 3,600,000 ($203,500)
  9. Duan JansenR. 3,300,000 ($186,500)

5 Prominent Players that were Left Unsold at the SA T20 Auction

  1. Temba Bavuma: Captain of South Africa’s T20 World Cup team, Base Price – R. 850,000 ($48,000)
  2. Andile Phehlukwayo: Base Price – R. 850,000 ($48,000)
  3. Duanne Olivier: Base Price – R. 175,000 ($9,800)
  4. Farhaan Behardien: Base Price – R.175,000 ($9,800)
  5. Aaron Phangiso: Base Price – R. 175,000 ($9,800)

Also Read: 49 South African Cricketers Who Left Their Country for Kolpak Deals

SA T20 List of Pre-Auction Buys

Prior to the auction, each franchise could acquire the services of maximum five players – 1 South African (capped), 1 uncapped, and three overseas players.

MI Cape Town (owned by Mumbai Indians group): Kagiso Rabada, Rashid Khan, Sam Curran, Dewald Brevis (uncapped)

Durban Super Giants (owned by Lucknow Super Giants group): Quinton de Kock, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Reece Topley, Prenelan Subrayen (uncapped)

Sunrisers Eastern Cape (owned by Sunrisers Hyderabad group): Aiden Markram, Ottniel Baartman (uncapped)

Johannesburg Super Kings (owned by Chennai Super Kings group): Faf du Plessis, Gerald Coetzee, Mahesh Theekshana, Romario Shepherd

Paarl Royals (owned by Rajasthan Royals group): David Miller, Jos Buttler, Obed McCoy, Corbin Bosch

Pretoria Capitals (owned by Delhi Capitals group): Anrich Nortje, Migael Pretorius (uncapped)

SA T20 Complete Squads

MI Cape Town

  • Kaigso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Ryan Rickelton, George Linde, Beuran Hendricks
  • Rashid Khan, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Olly Stone, Waqar Salamkheil
  • Dwald Brevis, Duan Jansen, Delano Potgieter, Grant Roelofsen, Wesley Marshall, Ziyaad Abrahams

Durban Super Giants

  • Quinton de Kock, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klassen, Kyle Abbott, Junior Dala, Wiaan Mulder, Simon Harmer
  • Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul Reece Topley, Dilshan Madushanka, Johnson Charles
  • Prenelan Subrayen, Matthew Breetzke, Christiaan Jonker

Sunrisers Eastern Cape

  • Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Tristan Stubbs, Sisanda Magala, JJ Smuts, Roelof van der Merwe
  • Mason Crane, Jordan Cox, Adam Rossington, Tom Abell, Brydon Carse
  • Ottniel Baartman, Junaid Dawood, James Fuller, Aya Gqamane, Sarel Erwee

Joburg Super Kings

  • Faf du Plessis, Janneman Malan, Reeza Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Gerald Coetzee, Lizaad Williams
  • Mahesh Theekshana, Romario Shepherd, Harry Brook, Alzarri Joseph, Lewis Gregory
  • Leus du Plooy, Donavon Ferreira, Nandre Burger, Malusi Siboto, Caleb Seleka

Paarl Royals

  • David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dane Vilas, Bjorn Fortuin, Wihan Lubbe
  • Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Obed McCoy
  • Corbin Bosch, Ferisco Adams, Imraan Manack, Evan Jones, Ramon Simmonds, Mitchell van Buuren, Codi Yusuf

Pretoria Capitals

  • Anrich Nortje, Rilee Rossouw, Wayne Parnell, Theunis de Bruyn
  • Phil Salt, Josh Little, Adil Rashid, Will Jacks, Kusal Mendis, Jimmy Neesham
  • Migael Pretorius, Shaun von Berg, Cameron Delport, Marco Marais, Daryn Dupavillon, Eathan Bosch, Shane Dadswell

Also Read: Salary of Cricketers (Men’s) from Each of the 12 Nations (2022)—The Complete Guide

SA T20 Auction – Prices & List of Players Sold (As It Happened)

The auction was held in several rounds.

SA20 Auction Round 1 – Marquee Capped Players

In Round 1, capped South African players were sold.

PlayerFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Lungi NgidiPaarl RoyalsR. 3,400,000$192,000
Tabraiz ShamsiPaarl RoyalsR. 4,300,000$243,000
Dwaine PretoriusDurban Super GiantsR. 4,100,000$231,000
Rassie van der Dussen MI Cape TownR. 3,900,000$220,000
Heinrich KlassenDurban Super GiantsR. 4,500,000$254,000
Marco Jansen Sunrisers Eastern CapeR. 6,100,000$344,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 1

  • Base price – 1,700,000 Rands ($96,000): Odean Smith, Jimmy Neesham

SA20 Auction Round 2 – Batters

PlayerInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Harry Brook EnglandJoburg Super KingsR. 2,100,000$118,000
Rilee RossouwSouth AfricaPretoria CapitalsR. 6,900,000$389,000
Janneman MalanSouth AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 2,700,000$152,000
Tristan StubbSouth AfricaSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 9,200,000$519,000
Jason RoyEnglandPaarl RoyalsR. 1,500,000$84,600
Reeza HendricksSouth AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 4,500,000$254,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 2

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Eoin Morgan, Brandon King, Temba Bavuma, Pathum Nissanka

SA Auction Round 3 – Wicketkeepers

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Kyle VerreynneSouth AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 175,000$10,000
Dane VilasSouth AfricaPaarl RoyalsR. 3,300,000$186,000
Ryan RickletonSouth AfricaMI Cape TownR. 1,000,000$56,000
Phil SaltEnglandPretoria CapitalsR. 2,000,000$113,000

*Note: Peter Handscomb withdrew before the auction

List of Unsold Players in Round 3

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Dinesh Chandimal
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Shai Hope, Kusal Mendis
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): David Bedingham

SA20 Auction Round 4 – All Rounders

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Keemo PaulWest IndiesDurban Super GiantsR. 850,000$48,000
Wayne ParnellSouth AfricaPretoria CapitalsR. 5,600,000$316,000
George GartonEnglandJoburg Super KingsR. 425,000$24,000
Sisanda MalagaSouth AfricaSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 5,400,000$305,000
Keshav MaharajSouth AfricaDurban Super GiantsR. 2,500,000$141,000
George LindeSouth AfricaMI Cape TownR. 3,900,000$220,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 4

  • (Base price: 850,000 Rands – $48,000): Chamika Karunaratne, Andile Phehlukwayo
  • (Base price: 425,000 Rands – $24,000): Sean Williams, Brydon Carse

SA20 Auction Round 5 – The Fast Bowlers

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Alzarri JosephWest IndiesJoburg Super KingsR. 2,100,000$119,000
Josh LittleIrelandPretoria CapitalsR. 1,500,000$85,000
Kyle AbbottSouth AfricaDurban Super KingsR. 175,000$10,000
Kyle AbbottSouth AfricaDurban Super GiantsR. 175,000$10,000
Beuran HendricksSouth AfricaMI Cape TownR. 275,000$16,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 5

  • Base price – 1,700,000 Rands ($96,000): Jayden Seales
  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Tymal Mills, Ollie Robinson, Matheesha Pathirana
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Oshane Thomas
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Hardus Viljoen, Lutho Sipamla

SA20 Auction Round 6 – The Spinners

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Junaid Dawood*Uncapped South AfricanSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 375,000$21,000
Shaun von Berg*Uncapped South AfricanPretoria CapitalsR. 325,000$18,000
Mason CraneEnglandSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 425,000$24,000
Adil RashidEnglandPretoria CapitalsR. 2,400,000$136,000
Bjorn FortuinSouth AfricaPaarl RoyalsR. 1,500,000$85,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 6

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Hayden Walsh Jr., Avishka Fernando
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Matt Parkinson
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Simon Harmer, Aaron Phangiso

SA20 Auction Round 7 – More Batters

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Cameron Delport*Uncapped South AfricanPretoria CapitalsR. 800,000$45,000
Leus du Plooy*Uncapped South AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 1,500,000$85,000
Will JacksEnglandPretoria CapitalsR. 1,100,000$62,000
Theunis de BruynSouth AfricaPretoria CapitalsR. 1,000,000$57,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 7

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Lendl Simmons
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Ibrahim Zadran, Harry Tector
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Sarel Erwee, Dean Elgar, Keegan Petersen

SA20 Auction Round 8 – More All Rounders

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Lewis GregoryEnglandJoburg Super KingsR. 850,000$48,000
Duan Jansen*Uncapped South AfricanMI Cape TownR. 3,300,000$187,000
JJ SmutsSouth AfricaSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 2,300,000$130,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 8

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Carlos Brathwaite, Karim Janat, Craig Overton
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Roston Chase,
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Colin Ackermann, Wiaan Mulder

SA20 Auction Round 9 – More Bowlers

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Junior DalaSouth AfricaDurban Super GiantsR. 175,000$10,000
Lizaad WilliamsSouth AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 325,000$18,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 9

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Akila Dananjaya, Olly Stone, Binura Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Tom Helm
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Chris Wood, Duanne Olivier, Daryn Dupavillon

SA20 Auction Round 10 – The Nexxt

This was an express round for uncapped players.

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Jordan Cox*Uncapped English playerSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 325,000$18,000
Dilshan MadushankaSri LankaDurban Super GiantsR. 275,000$c

List of Unsold Players in Round 9

  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Andile Simelane, Tiaan van Vuuren, Jonathan Bird, Caleb Seleka, Matthew Boast, Bryce Parsons, Dunith Wellalage

SA20 Auction Round 11 – The eXXpress Auction

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Johnson CharlesWest IndiesDurban Super GiantsR. 425,000$24,000
Adam Rossington*Uncapped English Sunrisers Eastern CapeR. 425,000$24,000
Nandre Burger*Uncapped South African Joburg Super KingsR. 175,000$10,000
Donavon Ferreira*Uncapped South AfricanJoburg Super KingsR. 5,500,000$311,000
Matthew Breetzke*Uncapped South AfricanDurban Super GiantsR. 175,000$24,000
Mitchell van Buuren*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 175,000$10,000
Wihan LubbeSouth AfricaPaarl RoyalsR. 350,000$20,000
Marco Marais*Uncapped South AfricanPretoria CapitalsR. 175,000$10,000
Delano Potgieter*Uncapped South AfricanMI Cape TownR. 175,000$10,000
Roelof van der MerweSouth Africa/NetherlandsSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 175,000$10,000
Marques Ackerman*Uncapped South AfricanSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 175,000$10,000
Ferisco Adams*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 325,000$18,000
Imraan Manack*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 175,000$10,000
Christiaan JonkerSouth AfricaDurban Super GiantsR. 175,000$10,000
Evan Jones*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 1,700,000$96,000
Malusi Siboto*Uncapped South AfricanJoburg Super KingsR. 175,000$10,000
Ramon Simmonds*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 175,000$10,000
James Fuller*Uncapped South African/New ZealandSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 425,000$24,000

List of Unsold Players in Round 10

  • Base price – 850,000 Rands ($48,000): Adam Lyth
  • Base price: – 425,000 Rands ($24,000): Jeffrey Vandersay, Jake Lintott, Paul Walter, Tom Moores, Sam Cook, George Scrimshaw
  • Base price -175,000 Rands ($10,000): Grant Roelofsen, Glenton Stuurman, Mbulelo Budaza, Ziyaad Abrahams, Aya Gqamane, Steve Eskinaz, Diego Rosier, Khaya Zondo, Johan van Dyk, Pieter Malan, Dayyan Galiem, Henry Brookes, Farhaan Behardien, Pite van Biljon, Unmukt Chand, Bayers Swanepoel

SA20 Auction – Round 12 – The eXXpress Auction

PlayersInternational TeamFranchisePrice Sold (South African Rands)US Dollar Conversion
Odean SmithWest IndiesMI Cape TownR. 1,700,000$96,000
Jimmy NeeshamNew ZealandPretoria CapitalsR. 3,600,000$203,000
Eoin MorganEnglandPaarl RoyalsR. 2,000,000$113,000
Kusal MendisSri LankaPretoria CapitalsR. 425,000$24,000
Brydon CarseEnglandSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 425,000$24,000
Sarel ErweeSouth AfricaSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 175,000$10,000
Simon HarmerSouth AfricaJoburg Super KingsR. 200,000$11,000
Wiaan MulderSouth AfricaDurban Super GiantsR. 1,900,000$107,000
Caleb Seleka*Uncapped South AfricanJoburg Super GiantsR. 175,000$10,000
Daryn DupavillonSouth AfricaPretoria CapitalsR. 1,700,000$96,000
Ziyaad Abrahams*Uncapped South AfricanMI Cape TownR. 175,000$10,000
Wesley Marshall*Uncapped South AfricanMI Cape TownR. 175,000$10,000
Aya Gqamane*Uncapped South AfricanSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 175,000$10,000
Codi Yusuf*Uncapped South AfricanPaarl RoyalsR. 175,000$10,000
Olly StoneEnglandMI Cape TownR. 850,000$48,000
Grant Roelofsen*Uncapped South AfricanMI Cape TownR. 175,000$10,000
Shane Dadswell*Uncapped South AfricanPretoria CapitalsR. 175,000$10,000
Eathan Bosch*Uncapped South AfricanPretoria CapitalsR. 175,000$10,000
Tom Abell*Uncapped EnglishSunrisers Eastern CapeR. 850,000$48,000

Final List of Unsold Players in Round 12

  • Temba Bavuma, David Bedingham, Andile Phehlukwayo, Roston Chase, Craig Overton, Siyabonga Mahima, Thimas Kaber, Paul Walter, Sam Cook, Diego Rosier, Farhaan Behardein, Pieter Malan, Rahkeem Cornwall, Hardus Viljoen

Also Read:

Frequently Asked Questions – Get to Know the Players

Who is Junaid Dawood?

Junaid Dawood is a 25-year-old leg break bowler who plays domestic cricket in South Africa.

Who is Shaun von Berg?

Shaun von Berg is a South African bowling allrounder from South Africa.He is a 36-year-old cricketer who has played 124 first class matches and has taken 447 wickets. He was recently purchase by the Pretorius Capitals in the SA20 auction.

Does Ross Taylor still play cricket?

Even though Ross Taylor retired earlier in 2022, he still plays exhibition cricket. He played for the Road Safety series and was in the SA20 auction. He was unsold with base price at 850,000 Rands ($48,000).

Who is Nandre Burger?

Nandre Burger is a 27-year-old South African cricketer. He is a left-handed medium-fast bowling all-rounder.

Who is Donavon Ferreira?

Donavon Ferreira is a 24-year-old South African cricketer. He is a wicketkeeper from Pretoria. He was sold for 5,500,000 South African Rands ($311,000) in the SA20 Auction to Joburg Super Kings.

Who is Matthew Breetze?

Matthew Breetze is a 23-year-old South African cricketer who is a wicket-keeper from the Eastern Province.

Which team purchased Mitchell van Buren in the SA20 Auction?

Mitchell van Buuren, a 24-year-old legspinner from South African was purchased by the Paarl Royals.

Who is Wihan Lubbe?

Wihan Lubbe is a South African cricketer who has played 2 T20Is.

Was Unmukt Chand picked up the 2022 SA20 Auction?

No, Unmukt Chand, an U-19 World Cup winning captain from India who now plays for Team USA, was not picked up for SA20 Auction. His base price was 175,000 South Africa Rands.

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Top 13 Unlucky Indian Cricketers Who Were Dropped for No Reason

India is quietly growing its massive depth in cricket, which means there will always be a few unlucky Indian cricketers. Here is our Top 13 list as well as a list of cricketers at the bottom who only played 1-5 matches for India without being given more chances.

We have already done a list of 22 Unlucky Players of All Time. This is a list that only pertains to Indian cricketers who debuted for India.

Also Read: Indian Cricket’s Abundance of Talent: A Blessing or a Curse?, 54 Contenders for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad

List of Unlucky Indian Cricketers

*Note: We do not consider the current crop of players like Sanju Samson because their career is still to play out.

13. Parvez Rasool

All-rounder from Jammu & Kashmir, did not get to bat in his only ODI and 10-0-60-2. Waited 3 years for another chance and got picked for the T20I series vs England.

Run out for 5(6) and decent figures of 4-0-32-1. Never to play an international game again. 4 years and only 2 games where he did not have much of a chance to showcase his talent.

12. Pragyan Ojha

That match seem familiar? Not only was it Sachin Tendulkar’s last match in his 24-year career, it was also Pragyan Ojha’s last match in his five-year international career.

5/40 & 5/49 with a player of the match performance. Next thing you know, the Ashwin-Jadeja pair is tried out next season, and Ojha was never picked again. He was only 27 at that time (only 35 right now and doing commentary).

*One of the reasons may have been the legality of his action. He was officially banned a year and a half later but might be ‘why he disappeared from the selectors’ radar.’

11. Joginder Sharma

4 ODI matches, 4 T20I matches. His T20I career spanned between Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes & Misbah’s mistimed scoop that resulted in India’s victory.

3.3-0-20-2 & a World Cup winner tag to sign off his international career at the age of 24. Now an officer in Haryana police.

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10. Subramaniam Badrinath

Batting at #4, top scored with 43 (37) and won the player of the match award in his only T20I. A poor ODI series meant his career ended 9 days later. 2 Tests (in SA), 7 ODIs, and 1 T20I only for the domestic giant (10245 runs, 54.49 average, 32 – 100s, 45 – 50s). Vital cog in CSK’s 2011 victory.

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9. Barindar Sran

ODI debut: 9.2-0-56-3, T20I debut: 4-0-10-4, best T20I debut by an Indian.

Two days later, his second T20I & final match, 4-1-31-2.

Was picked after only 8 List A matches and performed well only to be dropped. Now doesn’t even get IPL gigs (net bowler for Gujarat Titans this year). With Khaleel Ahmed, Natarajan, and Arshdeep Singh in the scheme of things, it looks like the 29-year old has a tough road to a comeback and may have already played his last match.

8. Manish Pandey

A casualty of India’s bizarre chop and change policy between 2016-2019 in their quest to find a perfect #4 batter.

Debuting a year later than Virat Kohli & the first Indian to hit an IPL century, Pandey has never been able to do justice to his talent due to limited opportunities. It seemed that his time had come with a magnificent chase of 330, where he hit an unbeaten 104* at #6 to take India home.

An average of 44.31 in T20I with 3 fifties, more opportunities were expected, but it looks like that the time has passed.

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7. Manoj Tiwary

104* (1 hundred, 1 fifty), but didn’t get anymore than his 12 ODIs and 1 T20I. Made frequent appearances for KKR but his forte was first class cricket – 9398 runs, 49.98 average, best of 303*, 29 hundreds, 39 fifties – and never played a single Test match. His ODI debut itself was delayed for more than a year after he suffered a shoulder injury on the eve of his potential ODI debut.

Also fascinating is the XI fielded in Tiwary’s last match – 8 out of these 11 can be considered ‘unlucky Indian cricketers,’ at least in limited overs cricket.

  1. Ajinkya Rahane, 2. Murali Vijay, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Manoj Tiwary, 5. Manish Pandey, 6. Kedhar Jadhav, 7. Stuart Binny, 8. Mohit Sharma
  • Player of that series – Ambati Rayudu
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6. Vinod Kambli

Although Kambli had a decent 104 match ODI career and was rightly axed after India collapsed for 54 in the Champions Trophy final, it was his Test career that perplexes me. 17 Tests, best of 227, 4 hundreds, 3 fifties, and yet he played his last Test at the age of 23.

Sachin Tendulkar would play, almost to the date, 18 years longer in his Test career.

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5. Ambati Rayudu

More than Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu suffered the most & so did India as they crashed out of the 2019 ODI CWC semi-final.

A talent of his generation, ODI average of 47.05 (3 hundreds, 10 fifties) – he was unceremoniously dropped both before the 2015 ODI World Cup (after player of the series performance vs Zimbabwe) and the 2019 ODI World Cup.

His last 10 ODI scores were 24, 13*, 47, 40*, 0, 90, 13, 18, 2. Unlucky Indian cricketer at its finest.

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4. Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra played 22 Tests, 36 ODIs, and 10 T20Is, and he never looked out of sorts. With figures of 4-0-23-1 in his last T20I, 6-2-18-5 (player of the match & player of the series – 15 wickets) in his last ODI, we wonder how things could have been.

3. Wasim Jaffer

A domestic cricket giant with a couple of Test double centuries, he last played Test cricket at the age of 30.

Most capped Ranji player, most runs, 57 hundreds, 91 fifties, average of 50.67. Played 20 of his 31 Tests in West Indies, South Africa, England, Bangladesh, and Australia. Maybe if we was given more chances at home…

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2. Jayant Yadav

Although Jayant Yadav recently played, it seems that was more because of injuries and COVID replacement.

Scoring a century at #9 and a handy offspinner, it seemed that he was bound for better things. However, he has ended with only 4 Tests & 1 ODI. With Ashwin, Jadeja, Chahal, Kuldeep, Bishnoi, Sundar, and Axar’s glorious Test debut, it seems that his international career is good as done.

1. Karun Nair

Last but not the least – Karun Nair. Someone who has scored a triple century definitely deserves a rope longer than 6 Test matches.

Notable Exclusion: Faiz Fazal (55* in his only ODI with a 126* partnership with KL Rahul), Shahbaz Nadeem (Rewarded for domestic performances but only played 2 Tests, most notably at home)

List of Indian Cricketers Who Only Played in 1-5 International Matches

What is our definition of the ‘unlucky cricketer’?

  • Only given 1-3 opportunities without much chances after
  • Dropped inexplicably even after a few good performances

Here is a list of several other unlucky Indian cricketers who deserve a mention – Only played between 1-5 matches. In some cases, did not even get to bat or ball. How can someone showcase talent in these limited opportunities? I am glad the current Rohit Sharma-Rahul Dravid lead management are giving each player a run and ‘allowing players to fail’ (i.e. players will get enough of a run. If they do not perform, then only will they be dropped).

In any case, most of the retired players are now prominent coaches or commentators.

  • Gurkeerat Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Naman Ojha, Pankaj Singh, Tinu Yohannan, Bharat Arun, Manpreet Gony, Abhishek Nayar, Sudeep Tyagi, Abhimanyu Mithun, VRV Singh, Abhijeet Kale, Vivek Razdan, Lalchand Rajput, Ajay Ratra, Shiv Sundar Das, Deep Dasgupta, Dodda Ganesh, Pankaj Dharmani, Paras Mhambrey, Utpal Chatterjee, Prashant Vaidya, Bhupinder Singh Sr., Sardindu Mukherjee, Gursharan Singh, Margashayam Venkataramana, Shivlal Yadav, Suru Nayak, Bharat Reddy, Sanjay Raul, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Gyanendra Pandey, Gagan Khoda, Rashid Patel, Rajinder Ghai, Thirumalai Ananthanpillai Sekar, Randhir Singh, T.E. Srinivasan, Iqbal Siddique, Hemang Badani, Rahul Sanghvi, Sairaj Bahutule, Sarandeep Singh, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Vijay Bharadwaj, Nikhil Chopra, Devang Gandhi, Robin Singh, Robin Singh Jr., Debashis Mohanty, Nilesh Kulkarni, Harvinder Singh, David Johnson, Vijay Yadav, Subroto Banerjee

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57 Best Sport Movies, TV Shows, & Documentaries (Updated 2022) – Hollywood & Bollywood Combined

Today we rank the best sport movies & documentaries.

Welcome to the “All of the Above” best sport movies, TV shows, & documentaries ranking list. We consider it all – Sports drama films, biopics, documentaries, streaming platform content, Hollywood, Bollywood, English, Hindi, Spanish, American football, soccer, cricket, boxing, and more. Let’s cut to the chase.

The best sport movie of all time is Remember the Titans followed closely by the Blind Side, while Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Run Milkha Run) makes the cut as the best Bollywood sports movie.

List of Best Sports Movies and Documentaries

Disclaimer: This list is based upon the movies I have watched so far, but here are some sports films on my watchlist.

Currently Watching: Man in the Arena (2021), Becoming Champions (2018), Welcome to Wrexham (2022)

  • American Football: Rudy (1993), Draft Day (2014), Concussion (2015), Safety (2020), American Underdog (2021), Hard Knocks (2022)
  • Baseball: 42 (2013), Eight Men Out (1988)
  • Basketball: White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Hoop Dreams (1994), Coach Carter (2005), The Way Back (2020), Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), They Call Me Magic (2022)
  • Boxing: Raging Bull (1980), Ali (2001), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Irudu Suutru/Saala Khadoos (2016), Mukkabaaz (2017), Mike (2022)
  • Cricket: Chakda ‘Xpress (TBD), Kai Po Che
  • Field Hockey: Soorma (2018)
  • Golf: The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
  • Miscellaneous: ESPN 30 for 30 (ex: OJ: Made in America), Kai Po Che (2013), I Tonya (2017), Free Solo (2018), Icarus (2017), Budhia Singh – Born to Run (2018), Saand ki Aankh (2019), The Way Back (2020), Saina (2021), 14 Peaks, Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Off (2022), Hawaa Hawaai (2014)
  • Racing: Rush (2013), Ford v Ferrari (2019), Schumacher (2021)
  • Rugby: Invictus (2009)
  • Soccer/Association Football: Escape to Victory (1981), Goal Trilogy (2005), The Damned United (2009), All or Nothing (Arsenal 2022, Tottenham Hotspurs, etc.), Diego Maradona (2019), Bigil (2019), Jaadugar (2022)
  • Tennis: Venus & Serena (2012), Borg vs McEnroe (2017), King Richard (2021), Serena (2022)

These will be added one by one to the ranking list once I have finished watching them.

57. Apne (2007)

  • Sport: Boxing
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

In the most literal sense, it is a family-driven boxing drama marred by false doping accusation.

56. Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Sports Drama/Rom-Com
  • Language: Hindi

Girl playing cricket by concealing her identity in an all-boys’ team. A bit of romance and of course, an India-Pakistan local club match as well.

55. Brothers (2015)/ Warriors (2011)

  • Sport: MMA (mixed martial arts)
  • Genre: Sports drama (fiction)
  • Language: Brothers (Hindi), Warriors (English)

Brothers is the official Bollywood remake of the 2011 American film, Warriors.

54. Sachin: A Billion Dreams (2017)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: Hindi, English, Marathi

Documenting the journey of the greatest cricketer of all-time, the film explores the life behind the scenes and how he battled pressure while giving people hope. Great background music by AR Rahman as well.

53. Space Jam (1996)

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Genre: Sports fantasy, live-action & animation
  • Language: English

In the age of Marvel & Avengers, Space Jam looks like a joke in animation. Michael Jordan flying with Bugs Bunny and getting kidnapped in outer space isn’t exactly bingeworthy material, but if you are a sports fan, you have to watch it once in your life. Considered a classic.

52. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

Based on Indian captain MS Dhoni’s journey before he broke into stardom, the movie explores his family life, love angles, & early struggles. Late Sushant Singh Rajput did justice to the role, but the story & direction were a bit short. Good first half, but the story isn’t as tight in the second half. It did not help that the movie was released during the latter years of Dhoni’s career, before his retirement.

51. Sultan (2015)

  • Sport: Wrestling
  • Genre: Sports drama
  • Language: Hindi

Sultan is a fictional drama based on a couple who are both professional wrestlers and develop ego clashes along the way.

50. Azhar (2016)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Sports Drama, Biography
  • Language: Hindi

The movie explores the larger-than-life character of Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, and his interpretation of the 2000 match fixing scandal.

49. Welcome to Wrexham (2022)

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English (both American & British accents with a slight dose of Welsh)

Where to Watch: FX on Hulu

Imagine Deadpool’s actor Ryan Reynolds. Now imagine Rob McElhenney. Now imagine they randomly bought a fourth division team in Wales and try to resurrect it and promote it to the next level. Well, this is exactly what happened. Some humor, mostly reality, and a bit of soccer as well. Basically, Ted Lasso but in real-life.

*Note: I have only watched 5 episodes so far. This ranking is subject to change. 15 episodes will be released in total by the end of the season.

48. Becoming Champions (2018-)

  • Sport: Soccer/Association Football
  • Genre: Documentary Series
  • Language: Multiple Languages (Spanish, French, English, etc.)

Where to Watch: Netflix

The journeys of the 10 FIFA World Cup winners and how it all fit in the history of their respective countries. Good watch, but I have one complaint – there were a few World Cup clips, but not enough for a soccer documentary. Lots of newspaper cuttings instead.

47. Beyond the Boundary (2020)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Netflix

This hour-long film documents the 2020 T20 World Cup – a watershed moment in women’s cricket. Watch it for the inspirational journey of Thailand and the India-Australia final.

46. Toofan (2021)

  • Sport: Boxing
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Amateur fighter turned boxer gets banned for five years due to corruption and attempts to make a comeback.

45. Ta Ra Rum Pum (2007)

  • Sport: Racing
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

A carefree star NASCAR drive whose life turns upside down after a life-threatening crash.

44. Soorma (2018)

  • Sport: Field Hockey
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Based on the true story of India’s drag flicker specialist, Sandeep Singh, this is an inspirational story of a comeback of from being shot and paralyzed.

43. 99 (2009)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Crime Comedy
  • Language: Hindi

Not quite a sports movie in its entirety, 99 is a fictional behind the scenes underworld account of the match-fixing & betting scandal that married the India-South Africa series.

42. Ben Stokes: Phoenix from the Ashes (2022)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Live through Ben Stokes’ ups and downs of his iconic career, rising from the lows of mental health break and grief to the captaincy of England cricket team.

41. Bandon Me Tha Dum (2022)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Where To Watch: Voot Select

Relive India’s dramatic victory in Australia in the players’ own words – featuring Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Vihari, Pujara, and Tim Paine himself.

Also Read: India Vs Australia Series Review 2020-21: The Greatest Story of Them All? Better Than Ashes 2005?

40. Dickie V (2022)

  • Sport: College Basketball
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Disney+ESPN

Beautiful tribute to college basketball broadcaster, a former coach, and the face/voice of ESPN—Dick Vitale.

39. Toolsidas Junior (2022)

  • Sport: Snooker
  • Genre: ‘Coming of age’ Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Vowed to avenge his father’s defeat in a local club’s snooker competition, the young son goes out of his way to learn the game and enters the contest. Nice, cute movie.

38. Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007)

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Set in Southall, a predominantly South Asian community in the UK, a club overcomes their differences and comes together to play a tournament and save it from being demolished.

37. Bad Sport (2021)

  • Sports: Olympic figure skating, racing, basketball, horse riding, soccer, cricket
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Language: English

Six episodes of hour long each exploring scandal in a different sport. Firsthand interviews make this series special.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Read Complete Review Here: Netflix ‘Bad Sport’ Fallen Idol Review: Must Watch for All Cricket Fans – How Will History Judge Hansie Cronje?

36. Ferrari Ki Sawaari (2012)

  • Sports: Cricket
  • Genre: Sports Drama/Comedy
  • Language: English

Sharman Joshi shines as a middle-class man trying to come up with some money so he can send his talented son for a camp at the majestic Lord’s cricket ground.

35. Chhalaang (2020)

  • Sports: Multi-sports
  • Genre: Sports Drama/Comedy
  • Language: English

A sports film from the coach’s point of view. Funny and entertaining throughout.

34. Gold (2018)

  • Sport: Field Hockey
  • Genre: Historical Drama (based on true story)
  • Language: Hindi

On the backdrop of the Partition, the movie explores one of the all-time great field hockey teams disrupted by the separation of British India into current cay India & Pakistan.

33. 83 (2021)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

Where to Watch: Netflix

Well directed movie on Kapil Dev’s unlikely 1983 World Cup movie. Ranveer Singh and co do justice to their roles.

Read Complete Review Here: 83 Movie Review – Does the Film Do Justice to India’s Unlikely Dream 1983 World Cup Journey?

32. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Genre: Sports Comedy
  • Language: English

It is a story of two girls daring to play soccer against societal pressure. Very nicely done comedy sports film.

31. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

  • Sports: Track & Field
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Story of two competing colleges in a sport tournament—A classic.

30. Jersey (2022)/Jersey (2018)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Telugu (original 2018)/ Hindi (2022 – official remake

Where to Watch: Netflix

Fictional yet emotional movie based on a father’s drive to fight societal & physical for the sake of his son.

Read Complete Review Here: Jersey Movie Review Hindi: A Cricket Movie about Inspirational Comebacks, Mental Health Struggles, and Societal Pressure

29. The Test: New Era for Australia’s Team (2020)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Never before seen scenes of camera in Justin Langer’s new Australia dressing room as Australia try to recover from the sandpaper gate scandal.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

28. Safety (2020)

  • Sport: College Football
  • Genre: Biographical Drama
  • Language: English

As much as it is about football, this movie is about two brothers and a community coming together. Based on the true story of Ray McElrathbey and Clemson University. If you have time, this is a nice watch.

Where to Watch: Disney+

27. Rise (2022)

  • Sports: Basketball
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Disney+ESPN

A movie about family & sports on the true story of the Antetokounmpo brothers – Giannis, Thanasis, and Kostas from Nigeria to Greece to the NBA.

26. The Skater Girl (2021)

  • Sports: Skating
  • Genre: ‘Coming of age’ Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi/English

Where to Watch: Netflix

Inspirational story that shows how one person can have an immense impact in someone else’s life if they have the support & resources. In this case, a skateboard changes a young girl’s life who now dares to dream.

25. Kaun Pravin Tambe? (2022)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

One of the most underrated inspirational stories of a man who never gave up and finally received recognition and opportunities at the age of 41.

Where to Watch: Disney+Hotstar

Read Complete Review Here: Kaun Pravin Tambe? Movie Review: Does Shreyas Talpade Revive His Iqbal Magic?

24. Invincible (2006)

  • Sports: American Football
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Disney+ESPN

Mark Wahlberg plays the role of real-life inspiration of Vince Papale, who ends up playing for the Philadelphia Eagles at the age of 30 without having a professional background in the sport. A story of hope, realizing dreams, and friendship.

23. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changer (2021-)

  • Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Genre: Series
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Disney+

Nothing better than a group of misfits coming together as an underdog team. Great life lessons in this one and funny as well.

22. Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

  • Sport: Track & Field (Steeplechase)
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

Interesting twist of tale of a national level sportsman turned a rebel dacoit.

21. They Call Me Magic (2022)

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Apple TV

Brilliant documentary on one of the greatest American athletes of all time, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr. This documentary is as much about basketball as it is about HIV/AIDS awareness, the city of Los Angeles, the Black community, and life of a businessman.

20. Shabaash Mithu (2022)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

Inspirational story about women’s cricket in India. Not only is Mithali Raj’s journey well captured, but also the growth in Indian women’s cricket (and in the mindset of the general public) from the 90’s to the 2017 ODI Cricket World Cup.

Also Read: 20 Years of Mithali Raj And Jhulan Goswami: Eternal Legends for Indian & Women Cricket

19. Big Shot (2021-)

  • Sport: High School Basketball
  • Genre: Sports Drama (TV Series)
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Disney+

Fictional story of Marvyn Korn, a star college basketball coach, who loses everything due to anger management issues. The TV series is about how he finds himself learning the important things in life and building relationships while coaching high school girls.

18. The Longest Yard (2005)/(1974)

  • Sport: American football
  • Genre: Sports Comedy
  • Language: English

The remake of the 1974 film, the 2005 version is a star cast of Adam Sandler, the Great Khali, Terry Crews, and Chris Rock. This comedy movie revolves around a football match between prisoners and guards for a reduced jail sentence.

17. Mary Kom (2014)

  • Sport: Boxing
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

Priyanka Chopra nails her role in the true story of Olympic medal winner, Mary Kom.

16. Hustle (2022)

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: Netflix

Adam Sandler at his best (in a serious role, yes really). Scouting a 22-year-old basketball talent from Spain, he does his all to get him to the NBA draft, even if it means to fight against all odds. Inspirational. Must watch.

15. Man in the Arena: Tom Brady (2021-)

  • Sport: American Football
  • Genre: Documentary (TV Series)
  • Language: English

Where to Watch: ESPN+/Hulu

Documentary on the rise of Tom Brady. Champions are not made in a day. They are made with relentless efforts over the decades.

14. Dangal (2016)

  • Sport: Wrestling
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

The highest grossing Indian movie of all-time depicting the story of Mahavir Phogat and his daughters.

13. Rocky Series (1976-)

  • Sport: Wrestling
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: English

The boxing movie that started it all and took Sylvester Stallone to stardom. If you haven’t listened to this song a million times while working out, what have you been doing?

Movies In this series: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006), Creed (2015), Creed II (2018), Creed III (2023)

12. Chak De India (2007)

  • Sport: Field Hockey
  • Genre: Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Chak De has all the ingredients of a hit sports movie – Disappointment, despair, comeback, teamwork, friendship, fights, joy, and of course, good music.

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11. Iqbal (2005)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: ‘Coming of Age’ Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi

Depicting a deaf and mute aspirational cricketer trying to balance poverty and cricket dreams, Shreyas Talpade plays his debut role to perfection.

10. The Karate Kid Series (1984, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2010)

  • Sport: Martial Arts
  • Genre: ‘Coming of Age’ Sports Drama
  • Language: English

Center to any sport is the relationship between the teacher and the student. No movie does this better as Mr. Miyagi and Daniel LeRusso. The sequels and Jackie Chan’s reboot are also pretty good (and now has the Netflix series – Cobra Kai).

9. Lagaan (2001)

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Genre: Historical Sports Drama
  • Language: Hindi/English

One of the greatest movie of Indian cinema, Lagaan is a fictional cricket match between Britishers and Indian colonists (who do not know the sport) in exchange for reduced tax.

8. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Genre: Sports Comedy
  • Language: Cantonese/English (dubbed)

You know what’s better than Kung Fu or soccer? How about Kung Fu in a soccer match. Add an ounce of comedy as well.

7. Forrest Gump (1994)/Laal Singh Chaddha (2022)

  • Sport: Ping Pong (table tennis)/American Football
  • Genre: Sports Comedy
  • Language: English/Hindi (official remake)

Although not officially a sports movie, there are several sporty elements to Forrest Gump, All American college football, national level ping pong champion, and even ran across America.

6. The Last Dance (2020)

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Genre: Docuseries
  • Language: English

Where To Watch: ESPN+, Netflix

Relive the ups and downs of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, and Dennis Rodman’s career in Phil Jackson’s Chicago Bull’s six-peat victory and their final breakup.

5. Ted Lasso (2020-)

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Genre: Sports Comedy
  • Language: English (American & British)

Where to Watch: Apple TV

One of the most inspirational comedy shows in recent times. Comedy, drama, team spirit, mental health issues, and a bit of relegation-promotion soccer drama – this series has it all. Here’s my favorite scene from Ted Lasso

“Be Curious, Not Judgmental”

4. Moneyball (2011)

  • Sport: Baseball
  • Genre: Sports Drama (based on a true story)
  • Language: English

Not many books and movies can say they have had as much of a dramatic effect as Moneyball did. Data and statistics have changed sports all around the world, thanks to Billy Beane’s revolution at Oakland.

3. The Blind Side (2009)

  • Sport: American football
  • Genre: ‘Coming of Age’ Biography
  • Language: English

This movie is as much a sport movie as it is a film about a mother and a son. The film depicts ‘Big Mike’ Michael Oher’s journey from poverty to the NFL via adoption into the Tuohy family. Sandra Bullock gives a performance of the generation by her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy.

2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

  • Sport: Track & Field (400 m)
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: Hindi

The movie that began Bollywood’s obsession with biopics. Farhan Akthar’s stupendous transformation into Milkha Singh’s character is breathtaking. No other Indian sports movie has been able to match the direction, story, and filming of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

1. Remember the Titans

  • Sport: American football
  • Genre: Biography
  • Language: English

And Remember the Titans is #1 on our Best Sport Movie & Documentaries list. Based on a true story, high school football becomes central in racial integration. There was conflict, tension, inspiration, and happiness. Here are some of the inspirational moments from the movie.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Best Sports Movies & Documentaries

What is the best sports movie of all time?

Remember the Titans has to be the best sports movie of all time, followed closely by, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the best Bollywood biopic of all time.

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Should Virat Kohli be a part of India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Should Virat Kohli…be in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Should he not? The burning question in every Indian fan’s mind. Rohit Sharma is getting increasingly annoyed with every press conference (Here are his conferences after the 1st ODI and 2nd ODI vs England).

Virat Kohli has now been rested for the West Indies 5-match T20I series. India’s series against South Africa and Ireland gave a hint of India’s new aggressive gameplay and how the future might look without Kohli. These five games against the West Indies will make it clear, can India survive without Virat Kohli?

Here is my take—Virat Kohli should be in the Indian T20 World Cup squad but as a floater, not the #3 batter.

Also Read: 54 Contenders for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad — Do Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli Deserve a Spot?

Table of Contents

  1. What are the Pros of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?
  2. What are the Cons of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?
  3. Virat Kohli’s T20I Stats Since December 2020 (Post-Pandemic Break)
  4. Possible Scenarios for Virat Kohli
  5. Final Thoughts

What are the Pros of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Several international players have come to Virat Kohli’s defense. Rohit Sharma reiterated that even though each player suffers from ups and downs in his or her career, the player’s quality never reduces. Here are some other reasons why a player like Virat Kohli might be valuable in a T20 World Cup.

  • Experience matters in a World Cup
  • Great record across formats in Australia consistently for the past 14 years
  • Player of the tournament in 2014/2016 T20 World Cups. Single handedly carried India.
  • Although IPL record is poor, his recent T20I stats have been pretty decent
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Virat Kohli’s T20I Stats Since December 2020 (Post-Pandemic Break)

One of the misconceptions from Virat Kohli’s bad form is due to all formats getting mixed – Tests, ODIs, T20Is, and IPL. He has horrid IPL seasons and been found out at the Test level at times as well, but in ODIs and T20Is, he has been pretty solid.

  • In Australia (December 2020)
    • 9 (9)
    • 40 (24)
    • 85 (61)
  • Vs England in India (Match 2021)
    • 0(5)
    • 73*(49)
    • 77*(46)
    • 1(5)
    • 80*(52)
  • T20 WC
    • 57 (49) vs Pakistan
    • 9 (17) vs New Zealand
    • DNB vs Afghanistan
    • 2* (2) vs Scotland
    • DNB vs Namibia
  • West Indies (Feb 2022)
    • 17 (13)
    • 52 (41)
  • England (July 2022)
    • 1 (3)
    • 11 (6)

Source: Virat Kohli StatsGuru

In summary, since Dec 2020, Virat Kohli in T20Is has stats:

17 matches, 15 innings, 514 runs, 46.72 average, 134.55 SR, best of 85, 6 fifties, 1 duck

Here are his overall career T20I stats:

99 matches, 91 innings, 3308 runs, 50.12 average, 137.66 SR, best of 94*, 30 fifties, 3 ducks

What are the Cons of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Now that we have discussed some of the positives, now let us discuss what is on everybody’s mind. Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, and lots of other cricketers have asked for players to be picked on form and merit, not reputation.

Also Read: 3 Unfairly Treated Cricketer: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Prithvi Shaw

So, what are the cons of Virat Kohli in a T20 World Cup side?

  • Low Strike Rate in the Modern T20 Age
  • Needs some time to get going unlike a Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, or Deepak Hooda at #3, who can continue the momentum
  • Can get bogged down by spin in T20s during the middle phase
  • Does not offer another skill (bowling, keeping, and unfortunately, no longer captaincy)

To give a complete picture, here are Virat Kohli’s stats in the last three IPLs:

  • IPL 2020
    • 15 matches, 466 runs, 42.36 average, 121.35 SR, 3 50s, best of 90*
  • IPL 2021
    • 15 matches, 405 runs, 28.92 average, 119.46 SR, 3 50s, best of 72*
  • IPL 2022
    • 16 matches, 341 runs, 22.73 average, 115.99 SR, 2 50s, best of 73
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So, is there a way to fitting Virat Kohli in the squad while considering both of these things?

The answer is YES. Virat Kohli can play a similar role to what Steve Smith played during Australia’s 2021 T20 World Cup victory run.

Possible Scenarios for Virat Kohli

Since India are going with an ultra-aggressive batting approach, there will be volatile days when the team may collapse. Going for 225 everyday, the team might end up collapsing for a score below 100.

In this case, a Grant Elliot-esque insurance policy is needed. For India, Virat Kohli can be that insurance policy (In the current setup, either Dinesh Karthik comes in earlier to do this role or Axar Patel has been sent to delay DK’s entry. In both cases, India lost momentum. Virat Kohli instead of Axar Patel would be the ideal scenario)

Here are some get possible scenarios:

  1. If openers have a blazing start, send in Sanju Samson-Suryakumar Yadav-Hardik Pandya, etc. depending on the situation/number of overs left. Push Virat Kohli down the order until absolutely necessary.
  2. If an opener gets out early, still send Suryakumar Yadav in hoping he will continue the positive approach. However, if another wicket falls during this tricky phase, send Virat Kohli at #4 to stem the flow of wickets.
  3. While chasing, if it is a tricky small run-chase in difficult batting conditions, send Virat Kohli at #3.
  4. Another option is to carry him in the World Cup squad without playing him in the XI. In case another batter is horridly out of form during the World Cup or gets injured, Virat Kohli can adapt to whatever role is necessary.

In this way, India will still be utilizing Virat Kohli’s core skills and experience rather than expecting him to be India’s modern T20 #3 batter.

Final Thoughts

Rohit Sharma made it clear in his press conference that each player will be given confidence, especially since India are trying to play with a new approach. Failures will happen, but judgements should not be made based on one or two series.

Based on his recent IPL stats, Kohli should not make it. Based on his recent T20I stats, he should be in contention for the World Cup, but not necessarily a certainty. But based on captain Rohit Sharma’s statements, Virat Kohli will be on that plane to Australia and more than likely, in the XI. So, why not give him our full support as fans?

These were my two cents. I have presented you with both perspectives. What do you think? Which side are you on?

Here is the Quora article that instigated this idea.

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Is SuryaKumar Yadav the Most Complete 360 Player in T20 Cricket?

Yes, Suryakumar Yadav, also loving known as SKY, is one of the most complete 360 degree batters right now in world cricket.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a 360 Player?
  2. What shots of Suryakumar Yadav make him unique?
  3. Can Suryakumar Yadav Keep It Going?
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The entire list of 360 degree players is as follows:

  1. AB De Villiers
  2. Kevin Pietersen
  3. Glenn Maxwell
  4. Jos Buttler
  5. Suryakumar Yadav
  6. Dinesh Karthik
  7. Glenn Phillips

The next generation of cricketers will add to this list, I am sure.

What is a 360 Player?

A 360-degree player is someone who utilizes each and every open area of the cricket ground. Traditionally, cricketers have been trained to play in the V, but due to limited overs cricket, the run scoring areas has expanded.

Suryakumar Yadav has shown that even though he was built with traditional cricket training (as can be seen from those perfect straight drives and classic shots), he has a lot more shots.

What shots of Suryakumar Yadav make him unique?

He has three shots that sets him apart:

  1. The sweep — Most modern day cricketers have the sweep shot, but what sets SKY apart is his range. Due to his beautiful wrist work, he can hit the ball anywhere from Deep Mid Wicket to Deep Square to Fine Leg behind the 45.
  2. The swipe — This swipe shot is something indescribable by the human eye. Most cases, it is used to hit a fast bowler over Square Leg for six. However, as seen in his marvelous 117 (55) vs England in 2022, he utilized this shot to great effect. One shot, in particular, caught my eye. He swiped the ball behind his leg and guided it almost straight behind Jos Buttler’s (WK) head for a one bounce four he
  3. The inside out shot — Another shot that has become a Suryakumar Yadav trademark. This can be employed against both spin and pace. As seen once again during that 117, he has perfected this shot. He hit an inside-out shot behind 3rd man for a majestic boundary!
  4. The Pull — Suryakumar Yadav began his career with a first ball pull over Fine Leg. Usually, boundaries here a bit shorter, and the fact that he can almost choose where to hit it makes him an effective 360 degree player.

And not only can he hit these wristy tricky shots, he can also play the classic straight drives. Another one of his shots that caught my eye during his incredible innings was that straight six with a little dance move. Here is highlights of his innings. If you have watched it once or twice, I request y’all to watch this innings again because it was that good.

Can Suryakumar Yadav Keep It Going?

There is no doubt that Suryakumar Yadav is in the form of his life.

These are just some of the many shots that help SKY cover what was once thought the unreachable areas of the ground. I hope he continues improving and stays in immaculate touch at the international level.

He has had to wait his time, but we have seen his gradual evolution from a finisher at KKR to a complete middle order batter at Mumbai Indians.

Surya did not receive his international cap as early as he should have, but he is making every innings count at the international level. That 117, with 14 fours and 6 sixes was a coming of age for him, and I just hope for the best for him going forward.

Keep going!

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IPL 2022 Prediction Results – Who Was the Closest?

IPL 2022 Prediction Results time!

Before this T20 festival begin, we asked our friends on Twitter on Facebook of their IPL 2022 Predictions. The predictions were recorded here. IPL 2022 Predictions – Orange Cap, Purple Cap, Emerging Players, and More!

Now is the time for the moment of truth. Who was the closest? Were there any major surprises? Let’s find out.

The Results

Before we dive to the winners, here are the results from this year’s IPL.

  • #OrangeCap:
    • Jos Buttler (863 Runs) RR
    • KL Rahul (616) LSG
    • Quinton de Kock (508) LSG
  • #PurpleCap:
    • Yuzvendra Chahal (27 wickets) RR
    • Wanindu Hasaranga (26 wickets) RCB
    • Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) PBKS
  • #Winner: Gujarat Titans
  • #Top4: GT, RR, RCB, LSG
  • #EmergingPlayer: Umran Malik
  • #SurprisePackage: Gujarat Titans team surprising everybody, Dinesh Karthik 4.0, Mohsin Khan, Rajat Patidar, Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh, David Miller 3.0, Umran Malik, Jitesh Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed 2.0, Dewald Brevis, Tim David towards the end, Arshdeep Singh’s death over accuracy, captain Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan providing balance to PBKS, SRH’s streaks of wins & losses, R Sai Kishore seamlessly going from SMAT greatness to IPL, R Ashwin being R Ashwin (retired out, promoted to #3, finishing games off, bowling behind the umpire, etc.)
  • #BrokenDream: Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson underwhelm, RCB so near so far yet again, Evin Lewis’ catch crushes Rinku Singh led KKR revival, Buttler 863 fails to break the 973 record, MI/CSK end at the bottom, KL Rahul on the losing side once again despite runs

Other IPL Awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Jos Buttler
  • Super Striker: Dinesh Karthik (183 SR)
  • Game Changer: Jos Buttler
  • Fastest Delivery: Lockie Ferguson (157.3 kph)
  • Perfect Catch: Evin Lewis (KKR vs LSG)
  • FairPlay Award: GT & RR

How Prediction Points Were Awarded

Depending on how many predictions you attempted, there were a total of 11/12 points up for grab. Here is the points breakdown:

  • Orange/Purple Cap: 2 Points for the Exact Answer, 1 Points for someone else in the Top 3
    • For example, you would get 2 points if you had predicted Buttler/Chahal for the orange/purple cap respectively, 1 point for KL Rahul or QDK/Hasaranga or Rabada, and 0 otherwise
  • Top4: 4 Points Total, +1 for each of the play-off participants
  • Emerging Player/Surprise Package: Since there were several uncapped players who performed above expectations this time around (and since there were 0 predictions for Umran Malik), any reasonable guess will get a point (examples in the #SurprisePackage list above)

IPL 2022 Prediction Results Part 1

For the first part, we look at predictions from the Subtle Curry Sports Facebook group.

And The Winners Are….wait for it…Drumrolls Please

SHIVASHIS PATRI! 5/11 🥇 predictions correct. Congratulations 👏

Close behind are Arnab Kumar, Srikar Chakka, Lakshya Kaviya, and Aalay Gandhi all with 4/11 points 🥈

Special mention to Aalay Gandhi for his Surprise Package comment: “GT (Yes, the whole team)“- when literally no fan or expert predicted this.

Orange CapPurple CapWinnerTop4Emerging PlayerSurprise Package
Arnab Kumar
4/11
Shreyas Iyer Avesh KhanCSKCSK, RCB✔, LSG✔, PBKS
(2/4)
Tilak Verma✔
+1
Hardik Pandya✔
+1
Neel Patel
3/11
Sanju SamsonBumrahRCBDC, RCB✔, RR✔, MI
(2/4)
Yash DhullKohli✔
+1
Surprising for sure, but in the wrong way.
Shalin Sheth
2/11
Shikhar DhawanBumrahPBKSPBKS, DC, LSG✔, MI
(1/4)
Raj BawaRishi Dhawan✔
Provided the balance for PBKS this season.
+1
Srikar Chakka
4/11
KL Rahul ✔
+1
Rabada✔
+1
Punjab KingsPBKS, RR✔, LSG✔, SRH
(2/4)
HangargekarRomario Shepherd
Sharan Sivakumar
3/11
Rohit Sharma/David WarnerJasprit Bumrah/Harshal PatelLSG/CSKLSG✔, CSK, RCB✔, PBKS
(2/4)
MS Dhoni/ DreRuss/T NatarajanVijay Shankar/Bhuvneshwar Kumar✔
Bhuvneshwar Kumar surprised with a good comeback, especially with his yorkers.
+1
Lakshya Kaviya
4/11
Rahul✔
+1
Wanindu Hasaranaga✔
+1
Delhi CapitalsDC, LSG✔, CSK, SRH
(1/4)
Yash DhullOdean Smith✔
Surprised at the death in finishing games, being hit by Tewatia, and coming back with decent spells.
+1
Aalay Gandhi
4/11
KL Rahul✔
+1
BumrahDelhi CapitalsDC, MI, CSK, RR✔
(1/4)
Tilak Verma✔
+1
GT (the entire team, yes)✔
Can you predict the future?😂
+1
Shivashis Patri
5/11
KL Rahul✔
+1
Kagiso Rabada✔
+1
Rajasthan Royals
*So Close…
DC, CSK, RCB✔, RR✔
(2/4)
Yash DhullHardik Pandya✔
+1

IPL 2022 Prediction Results Part 2

From our twitter page, we have our overall winner – ROHAN GULAVANI 👏🥇 7/12 Predictions Right! Congrats!!! Kudos to Kickit Wicket with 4/12 🥈 as well 👏

Orange CapPurple CapWinnerTop4Emerging PlayerSurprise PackageBroken Dream
Sourabh Sanyal
1/12
KL Rahul
+1
BoomMI/DelhiMI/DC/CSK/PK
(0/4)
Dhull/HangargekarHangargekar MSD
Rohan Gulavani
7/12
Shreyas/KL✔
+1
Y Chahal✔
+2
DCDC, CSK, LSG✔, RCB✔
(2/4)
Yash D/ BishnoiObed McCoy✔ & Conway
The way Obed McCoy held his nerve throughout this tournament was a sight to see.
+1
RCB failing to cross the line again✔
+1
Just Cricket
3/11
KL Rahul✔BumrahLucknowCSK, MI, Lucknow✔, PBKS
(1/4)
Hangargekar/JaiswalBrevis/Parag/Tilak Verma✔
+1
Cric Crazy Veer
3/12
KohliRashidLSGLSG✔, CSK, RR✔, MI
(2/4)
Shahrukh Khan/R Sai Kishore✔
+1
Ajinkya Rahane/MS DhoniKL Rahul underperforming, MSD Retires Forever
Kickit Wicket
4/12
KL Rahul✔Rashid KhanCSKDC, CSK, GT✔, RCB✔
(2/4)
Smeed (after called in as replacement)BishnoiRCB lose in the final✔
Close enough.
+1
Sourabh Negi
3/12
Shreyas/KL Rahul✔RashidKKRCSK, LSG✔, DC, KKR
(2/4)
Rasik Salam/Brevis✔
+1
MSD Retires Forever

My Own IPL 2022 Predictions

My own predictions ended up with a 4/12.

  • #OrangeCap: Shreyas ❌
  • #PurpleCap: Rashid ❌
  • #Winner: LSG ❌
  • #Top4: LSG✔, RCB✔, PBKS, DC (2/4)
  • #EmergingPlayer: R Sai Kishore/Brevis ✔ +1
  • #SurprisePackage: Rishi Dhawan/Tim David ✔ +1
  • #BrokenDream: Russell/Narine duo struggle & MSD Retires Forever ❌

Well IPL 2022 was fun while it lasted. Now on to international cricket. Test cricket, ODI Super leagues, women’s cricket, and the build up to the T20 World Cup. Stay tuned!

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