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India tour of Sri Lanka, 2017

Indian cricket team tour of Sri Lanka, 2017 (Test series)

Question: Who was selected as the ‘Player of the Series’ in the recently concluded India-Sri Lanka Test Series?
(a) Ravichandran Ashwin
(b) Virat Kohli
(c) Shikhar Dhawan
(d) Ravindra Jadeja
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • Indian cricket team tour of Sri Lanka (July 20 – September 6, 2017).
  • 3 Tests, 5 ODIs, and one 20-20 matches will be played.
  • India won the Test series 3-0 with a clean sweep.
  • India, for the first time in their Test history, wins 3 Test matches on oversea (foreign), with a clean sweep series 3-0.
  • Player of the Series, Shikhar Dhawan (India), Most Runs (358) in the series.
  • ’Most Wicket in the series’ taken by Ravichandran Ashwin (17 wickets).
  • India won the first Test match by 304 runs.
  • In terms of runs, it is India’s biggest victory in the overseas.
  • Ravindra Jadeja became the first left-handed bowler (sixth in the world) to take the fastest 150 wickets in Test matches (32nd Test) in the second Test match of the series.
  • Australia Mitchell Johnson had achieved the feat in 34th Test.
  • During the series, Ashwin became the fastest player in Test matches by scoring his 2000 runs and 275 wickets (52 Test matches).
  • New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee had achieved this feat in 58th Test.
  • In the third match of the Series, Harder Pandya scored 108 runs became the fifth Indian player to post a maiden first-class hundred in a Test match.
  • Virat Kohli has become the first Indian captain to win 8 Test series.
  • Out of 29 matches played under the Virat Kohli’s captaincy, 19 were won, 3 lost and 7 draws.
  • Sri Lankan team captain was Dinesh Chandimal.


INDIA’S TOUR TO THE WEST INDIES 23 Jun 2017 - 09 Jul 2017

India’s tour to the West Indies

Question: The India tour of West Indies concluded recently.Who amongst the following players has been chosen as the Match of the Player in the five matches one day series?
(a) Virat Kohli
(b) Jason Holder
(c) Shikhar Dhawan
(d)Ajinkya Rahane
Answer- (d)
Related facts:

  • Indian cricket team played 5 ODIs and a T-20 match on the West Indies tour from June 23rd – July 9th, 2017.
  • Indian team won the one-day series 3-1 and the West Indies won the T20 match.
  • Indian team was headed by Virat Kohli in ODI and T20 matches.
  • Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who made highest score in the ODI series (336), was chosen Player of the Series.
  • Jason Holder (West Indies) and Kuldeep Yadav took highest nuber of wickets (8-8) in the series.
  • In the final and fifth match of the series Indian skipper Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in One-day Internationals while chasing.
  • This was Kohli’s 28th hundred in One-day cricket, 18 of which have come while chasing.
  • Tendulkar took 232 innings to reach 17, while Kohli reached the milestone in only 102 innings.
  • In the fourth ODI of the series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 50 runs off 108 balls which is the second slowest half-century in Indian cricket history.
  • Sourav Ganguly (50 runs /105 balls) was the second lowest scorer against Sri Lanka in 2005 before Dhoni.
  • Earlier in 1999, Team India’s Sadagoppan Ramesh scored 50 runs in 117 balls in ODIs against Kenya.
  • West Indies palyerEvin Lewis scored an unbeaten 125 (62 balls) in the only T20 match played during the tour.
  • This is the highest score ever made by any player pursuing the target in the Twenty20 match.
  • This is the third highest score of international Twenty20 cricket.
  • Aaron Finch holds the world record for highest score (156) in a T20I (against England, year 2013).
  • Lewis became the first batsman to score two T20I centuries against the same country.
  • Earlier in August 2016, Louis made a century against India in Florida, America.
  • Apart from Louise, Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum have also made two centuries in international Twenty20 cricket but against different teams.
  • Thus Louise became the third batsman to score two centuries in international Twenty20 cricket.


The 2017 Champions Trophy

ICC Champions Trophy-2017

Question: Who was selected as the Player of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament held on June 18, 2017?
(a) Shikhar Dhawan
(b) Hasan Ali
(c) Sarfraz Ahmed
(d) Junaid Khan
Ans: (b)
Related facts:-

  • 8th ICC Champions Trophy tournament was organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during 1st to 18th June 2017 in England and Wales.
  • ICC’s top 8 teams participated in this international ODI tournament. Those were divided into two groups of 4-4
  • Group A – England, Bangladesh, Australia and New Zealand
  • Group B – India, Pakistan, S.Africa and Sri Lanka
  • On 18th June, 2017, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy final defeating India at the Oval by 180 runs.
  • Pakistan batsman Fakhar Jahan, who made 114 runs in the final, was selected as Player of the Match.
  • The prizes given in the tournament are as follows:
  • Player of the Tournament – Hasan Ali (Pakistan)
  • Golden Ball – Hasan Ali (Pakistan), highest 13 wickets.
  • Golden bat – Shikhar Dhawan (India), highest of 338 runs
  • Pakistan’s 180-run victory is the highest margin of victory in any ICC ODI Tournament final.
  • Earlier in 2003, Australia defeated India by 125 runs in the ICC World Cup final.
  • 338 runs made by Pakistan is its highest score made in the final of any ICC tournament.
  • Earlier, Pakistan had scored 315 against India in the final of the 2008 Kitply Cup.
  • Azhar Ali and Fakhar Jaman’s 128-run partnership were the first century partnerships made by Pakistan against India for the first wicket in ICC ODI match.
  • Earlier, Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwar shared the highest partnership of 84 in the 1996 World Cup (Bangalore).
  • Fakhar Jaman’s century (144 runs) is the first century made by any Pakistani in the ICC World Cup Champions Trophy final.
  • Sri Lanka became the first team, in the history of the Champions Trophy, chasing the most runs to register a win.
  • On June 8, 2007, Sri Lanka successfully achieved the goal of 322 runs given by India.
  • On June 5, 2017, Australia played their 900th ODI match (against Bangladesh).

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