“The Light of Faith tour” – Vatican’s St. Peter’s Cricket Club in England


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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The Vatican cricket team poses with the dome of St. Peter's basilica in the background. The newly-formed team will play against the Church of England first XI and the Royal household team. (Photo: Chris Warde-Jones)

The Vatican cricket team poses with the dome of St. Peter’s basilica in the background. The newly-formed team will play against the Church of England first XI and the Royal household team. (Photo: Chris Warde-Jones)

Father Tony Currer (41) leads Vatican’s first-ever cricket team. According to a released team list, seven Indians dominate the team and Father Curer is its only Englishman. Also, in the team are two Sri Lankans and one Pakistani. All members of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club are young seminarians training for the priesthood, many of them aged between 24 and 41.

Preparations for the cricket club began around a year ago due to the enthusiasm of Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy, who said the initiative was an example of “sporting diplomacy”.

Pope Francis with the members of Vatican's Saint Peter's Cricket Club (Photo: St. Peter's Cricket Club - Vatican Facebook page)

Pope Francis with the members of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club (Photo: St. Peter’s Cricket Club – Vatican Facebook page)

Pope Francis, born in Argentina is an avid football fan, but knows little about cricket. He blessed the Vatican’s “underdog” cricket team that will be facing a formidable Church of England XI during their maiden foreign tour to England dubbed “The Light of Faith tour“. The Holy Father signed a cricket bat, which the team will take with them to England.

Members of the St Peter's cricket team, from left, Deepak Anto, captain Anthony Currer, Ajeesh George, Davidson Jestus, and Pratheesh Thomas (PA)

Members of the St Peter’s cricket team, from left, Deepak Anto, captain Anthony Currer, Ajeesh George, Davidson Jestus, and Pratheesh Thomas (PA)

The papal XI will play matches against chaplains of the British armed forces at Aldershot and the Royal Household Cricket Club at Windsor Castle, as well as two other games. The climax of the tour will be a showdown with a Church of England team in Canterbury on September 19, 2014.

The manager of Papal XI Father Eamonn O’Higgins, and “spiritual director” of the team, said:

“Realistically, we are the rank underdogs with a very outside chance, but that’s OK. None of us has played first class cricket. The boys have not had a lot of time to practice. What we hope for, above all, is a good match.”

The Vatican cricketers will be praying and playing during the eight-day tour of England organized by the Anglican weekly newspaper The Church Times and Kent County Cricket Club. They will be visiting several holy sites and raising money for the Global Freedom Network, which fights against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Father Jery Njaliath (36), a priest from Kerala said:

“We’re going over there to beat them, to play to the maximum. But we’ll certainly play in the spirit of the game.”

Father Tony Currer, the captain of Saint Peter’s Cricket Club said:

“Win or lose, the first cricket match in history between the Vatican and the Church of England will be an event  to remember and to build on.”

St. Peter's team in London before moving on to Aldershot (Photo: St. Peter's Cricket Club - Vatican Facebook page

St. Peter’s team in London before moving on to Aldershot (Photo: St. Peter’s Cricket Club – Vatican Facebook page

On September 13, 2014, St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) won the first match of The Light of Faith Tour against the Chaplains of the armed forces played at Aldershot Army Cricket Ground. St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) won the match by 81 runs.

Scoreboard:
St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) 152/2 (20 overs)
Chaplains XI 71/4 (20 overs).

St. Peter's XI in Brighton (Photo: St. Peter's Cricket Club - Vatican Facebook page)

St. Peter’s XI in Brighton (Photo: St. Peter’s Cricket Club – Vatican Facebook page)

On September 14, 2014, in the 2nd match played between St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) Vs. St. Peter’s CC (Brighton), the Vatican team won the toss and chose to bowl first. St. Peter’s Vatican lost the T20 game to St. Peter’s Brighton.

Scoreboard:
St. Peter’s Brighton 168/6 (20 overs)
St. Peter’s Vatican 114/9 (20 overs)

St. Peter's XI at Ascott House (Photo: St. Peter's Cricket Club - Vatican Facebook page)

St. Peter’s XI at Ascott House (Photo: St. Peter’s Cricket Club – Vatican Facebook page)

In the third match of The Light of Faith tour played yesterday, September 14, 2014, St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) faced the Authors XI at Ascott House. It was a 30 overs match. The Authors XI won the toss and chose to bowl first. St. Peter’s XI (Vatican) won the match by 4 runs.

Scoreboard:
St. Peter’s 151 (29 overs)
Authors XI 147/4 (30 overs)

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Hey Shehzad, This Is Not Cricket!


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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On Saturday, August 30, 2014, Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final One-Day International cricket match played at Dambulla, Sri Lanka, to clinch the series 2-1.

Pakistan had slumped to 81-8 in the 26th over of the first session when, an hour-long rain interrupted the play. The umpires reduced the game to 48-overs-a-side after the rain stopped.

Sri Lanka seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34, and Dhammika Prasad took two wickets and the hosts bowled Pakistan out for 102.

PCB has ordered an investigation in the religious comments made by Shehzad against Dilshan.l  (Source: sports.ndtv.com)

PCB has ordered an investigation in the religious comments made by Shehzad against Dilshan.l (Source: sports.ndtv.com)

In the second session, Dilshan Tillakartane hit an unbeaten 50. Sri Lanka surpassed the Duckworth-Lewis target of 101 in the 19th over. It was apparently a one-sided game.

A video footage of the teams while they were leaving the field after Sri Lanka winning the series shows Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad allegedly delivering a religious comment to Dilshan Tillakartane. This has created an uproar in the cricketing circle.

The Associated Press report said that as the players headed back to the dressing room after Sri Lanka won the series, Ahmed Shehzad caught on camera told Dilshan “… if you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.

Dilshan’s reply was not clearly audible.

Then Shehzad continued saying, “Then, be ready for the fire,” the report added.

Dilshan Tillakartane and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board are unconcerned about the religion-focused comments Shehzad had supposedly made. Dilshan said he thought little of the exchange, and will not consider lodging a complaint. He said he does not remember what he said to Shazad. He further said that he had no issues at all because he was happy with the win. Michael de Zoysa, manager of the Sri Lanka team said, the SLCB Board will consider the matter closed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board became aware of the exchange after a journalist brought it to their notice. The footage went viral in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The PCB set up an inquiry under director of international cricket Zakir Khan and on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, summoned Shehzad for an explanation. The player said he came to know of Dilshan’s religious background during the match, and simply sought a lighthearted discussion. Shehzad said the video only showed part of their exchange, and that he had not wished to offend Dilshan.

Though no complaints have been, the PCB did not find a contract or code of ethics breach in Shehzad’s behaviour, he was officially reprimanded and not to engage in religious exchanges in the future.

Ahmed Shehzad (Source: sports.ndtv.com)

Ahmed Shehzad (Source: sports.ndtv.com)

Ahmed Shehzad was born on November 23, 1991 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. He is a right-handed opening batsman and a part-time leg-break bowler.  He played domestic cricket for Habib Bank Limited. He made his One-Day International and T20 debut for Pakistan against Australia on April 24, and May 7, 2009 respectively.

An incident happened at the end of the 19th over when Shehzad got involved in a debate with Dilshan, which ended with the former pushing Dilshan’s shoulder.

The on-field umpires Johan Cloete of South Africa and Pakistan’s Shozab Raza, as well as third umpire Richard Illingworth from England and fourth umpire Ahsan Raza of Pakistan  laid the charge. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Shehzad pleaded guilty to the offence.

Shehzad has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for pushing Sri Lankan opener Dilshan Tillakaratne during the third one-day game, the sport’s governing body said on Monday.  The ICC statement said:

The opener was found to have breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during an international match’.

Dilshan Tillakaratnee (Source: httpgunapalaalva.blogspot.in)

Dilshan Tillakaratnee (Source: httpgunapalaalva.blogspot.in)

Dilshan Tillakaratne was born on October 14, 1976 in Kalutara, Sri Lanka, to a Ja (Malay) Muslim father and a Buddhist mother and was earlier known as Tuwan Mohamed Dilshan. His younger brother formerly carried the name Tuwan Mohamed Nishan Sampath was born on June 23, 1982 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka and is a Sri Lankan first class cricketer.

When their parents got separated, Dilshan and his younger brother changed their religion and shed their Muslim names and took up an ethnic Sinhalese-Buddhist identity by changing their names to Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan and Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Nishan Sampath.

Dilshan’s childhood coach Ranjan Paranavitana said that even though Dilshan carried a Muslim name, from their childhood, he and his brothers and sisters followed Buddhism, their mother’s religion.

Another Sri Lanka cricketer Hewa Kaluhalamullage Suraj Randiv was earlier known as Suraj Mohammed.

Roshan Abeysinghe, the manager of both Dilshan Tillakaratne and Suraj Randiv said the players took up their mothers’ religion and identity for personal reasons. Abeysinghe also said that Dilshan wanted a Sinhala identity.

It is rumoured in certain quarters that both players changed their religion and names because being Sinhala-Buddhist enhanced their chances of selection to the highest levels in Sri Lankan cricket. But this rumour is just bull-shit, because Dilhara Fernando, Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhammika Prasad and Chaminda Vaas are Catholics, and most of them make the sign of the cross before they start their bowling run. Russel Arnold is a Methodist Christian of Tamil descent, and Muthiah Muralidharan is a Tamil Hindu by birth.

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Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in India – #21 to #40


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Season 7 IPL

After playing the first twenty matches of the seventh season of Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, the rest of the matches will be played in India.

JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India.

JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India.

The 21st match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played on May 2, 2014 at JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi.

Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in India

 M21 2nd May 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
 M22 3rd May 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M23 3rd May 2014 (Saturday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M24 4th May 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M25 5th May 2014 (Monday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
 M26 5th May 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M27 6th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M28 7th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M29 7th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
 M30 8th May 2014 (Thursday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
 M31 9th May 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M32 10th May 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi
 M33
10th May 2014 (Saturday) 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
 M34 11th May 2014 (Sunday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
 M35 11th May 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M36 12th May 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
 M37 13th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
 M38 13th May 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
 M39 14th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
 M40 14th May 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

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Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah


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Season 7 IPL

The seventh season of Pepsi Indian Premier League opens at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi today with an opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT) .

The Teams for Pepsi IPL 2014

 CSK  DD  KKR  KXI
 MI  RCB  RR  SH

The Captains of Pepsi IPL 2014

The Captains  of IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen, Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

The Captains of IPL 2014 – Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen, Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey, Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni

Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan

Pepsi IPL 2014 – Schedule of Matches in Abu Dhabi,  Dubai and Sharjah

 M01 16th April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M02 17th April 2014 (Thursday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M03 18th April 2014 (Friday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M04 18th April 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M05 19th April 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M06 19th April 2014 (Saturday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M07 20th April 2014 (Sunday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M08 21st April 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M09 22nd April 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M10 23rd April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M11 24th April 2014 (Thursday ) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M12 25th April 2014 (Friday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M13 25th April 2014 (Friday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M14 26th April 2014 (Saturday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M15 26th April 2014 at (Saturday) 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M16 27th April 2014 (Sunday) at 4:00pm IST (2:30pm GST, 10:30am GMT)
Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M17 27th April 2014 (Sunday ) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
 M18 28th April 2014 (Monday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
 M19 29th April 2014 (Tuesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
 Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
 M20 30th April 2014 (Wednesday) at 8:00pm IST (6:30pm GST, 2:30pm GMT)
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
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Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club: An Initiative Aimed at Forging Ties


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From left, Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, Australian Ambassador John McCarthy, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, and Fr. Eamon O' Higgins. (AP Photo)

From left, Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, Australian Ambassador John McCarthy, Msgr. Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, and Fr. Eamon O’ Higgins. (AP Photo)

Cricket is a game traditionally played in Rome only by anglophones, eccentric English aristocrats and immigrants from the subcontinent. However, on October 22, 2013, John McCarthy, the Australian Ambassador to The Holy See, Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Father Eamon O’ Higgins, and Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India, met the journalists and announced the launch of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Cricket Club.

John McCarthy QC – Ambassador to The Holy See. (Photo:- Kerry Myers)

John McCarthy QC – The Australian Ambassador to The Holy See. (Photo:- Kerry Myers)

Saint Peter’s CC is the brainchild of John McCarthy, Australian Ambassador to The Holy See. His son trained for the priesthood in Rome was frustrated by the lack of cricketing possibilities in the Vatican even though there is a significant number of people, mostly seminarians and clerics from cricket-playing countries who are keen to play cricket. McCarthy wanted something similar to the Clericus Cup – a soccer tournament among the religious colleges and seminaries of Rome.

Father Theodore Mascarenhas

Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India.

Father Theodore Mascarenhas from India, the club’s chairman, an off-spin bowler, said:

“I think cricket will begin to speak a new language — perhaps Latin, coming into the neighbourhood of the Vatican and beginning to take its first baby steps. We have the expertise. We have the will to do things. And I’m sure we’ll start with our baby steps and we’ll go far ahead. … We hope to have ecumenical dialogue through cricket and play a Church of England side by September.”

In response to a suggestion that cricketing terms and field positions might be translated into Latin or Italian, John McCarthy was firm: “English is the language of cricket and will remain the language of cricket”.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, known for both intercultural and interfaith dialogue, is a known football enthusiast than a cricket watcher. He still supports the San Lorenzo football club of his native Buenos Aires. Father Mascarenhas said he believed the pontiff, as a “very open man”, would come to accept cricket.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture. ( Andrew Medichini  Associated Press  March 5, 2013 )

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture. ( Andrew Medichini Associated Press March 5, 2013 )

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the pontifical council for culture, praised the launch of Vatican’s Saint Peter’s CC as a chance to celebrate the nobility of “true sport,” an “expression of inter-culturality” and a “dialogue between people”.

Ambassador McCarthy said: “It is certainly the case that the Holy Father has heard of cricket … as a sport that was played in schools conducted by his [Jesuit] order in Argentina.”

Father Eamon O’ Higgins said: “But I think this is something that goes in line with one of the objectives of Pope Francis, which is to reach out and not stay within our own security zone.”

The organizers hope this initiative for forging ties with teams of other faiths, eventually, would lead to interfaith activities involving cricket matches against teams from Buddhist, Hindu,  Muslim, and Sikh educational institutions.

To begin with, the Vatican cricketers challenged their Anglican counterparts to play cricket at Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, London – the home of cricket. Ambassador John McCarthy said:

“It is hoped there will be a team of sufficient level that, for instance, in the next year they could play a team nominated by the Church of England. … It would be the dearest aspiration of so many of the cricketers here that that game take place at Lord’s.”

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, wears a cricket helmet. (AP Photo)

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, wears a cricket helmet. (AP Photo)

Monsignor Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, was not so optimistic. He quietly said the Vatican would try to put together a team which could “lose with dignity” against the English. “I think they’re very strong,” he added.

Reverend Mark Rylands, Suffragan Bishop of Shrewsbury

Reverend Mark Rylands, Suffragan Bishop of Shrewsbury

Responding to the Vatican’s proposal, Mark Rylands, suffragan bishop of Shrewsbury and a keen cricketer, said:

“I am delighted to hear of the formation of Saint Peter’s Cricket Club and look forward to welcoming them to England as brothers. We do not have a national team at present, but I’m confident that it will be possible for an annual fixture to be played in the spirit of ecumenism. To that end I hope we can keep any sledging to a minimum and that neutral umpires will not be necessary.”

Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy Durham diocese)

Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. (Photo courtesy Durham diocese)

On December 20, 2013, the Church of England formally took up Vatican’s challenge to settle scores on the cricket pitch almost 500 years after their split with the Vatican. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the 80-million strong worldwide Anglican communion, accepted the challenge through his representative to The Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop David Moxon, from New Zealand.

Archbishop David Moxon - Anglican representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Archbishop David Moxon – Anglican representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Archbishop Moxon said the match would be held at Lord’s in September 2014 after the Anglicans formed a team of amateurs from Lambeth Palace, the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and nearby theological schools.

When asked if a combination of sports diplomacy and inter-religious dialogue could help improve relations between the two Churches, Archbishop Moxon said:

“It will introduce a conversation piece all over the world whenever Catholics and Anglicans get together. … I think it can only do good and increase the bonds of affection we have for each other.”

Father Eamonn O’Higgins, the organizer of the Vatican cricket team, gave Archbishop Moxon the ball that will be used in the match.

A league composed of best players among priests and seminarians from countries with a cricket tradition – Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – form the Saint Peter’s Cricket Club.

The Official emblem on the Saint Peters Cricket Club jacket. (Credit Ellis Haris - CNA)

The Official emblem on the Saint Peters Cricket Club jacket. (Credit Ellis Haris /CNA)

The Vatican team will wear the official white and gold colours of The Holy See and their jackets will have two crossed keys – the seal of the papacy,

Brother K.K. Joseph, an Indian who trained a number of future test players while they were in schools run by his religious order in India will coach the Vatican team.

A Vatican XI player during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae's Catholic College in Rome. (Photo: Reuters)

A Vatican XI player during a training session at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae’s Catholic College in Rome. (Photo: Reuters)

Saint Peter’s CC has already organized trial matches. It aims to have a Twenty20-style tournament between all the pontifical colleges of Rome. A pitch near Ciampino airport on the outskirts of the city has been made available.

While Saint Peter’s CC is currently men only, the organizers are also on the lookout for Indian, Pakistani or Sri Lankan nuns, who have played cricket before, in order to form a women’s cricket team.

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International Cricketers Tweet Tribute to Sachin Tendulkar


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 “I don’t know about cricket but I watch to see Sachin play, as I want to know why my country’s production goes down 5% when he bats” – Tweet by Barack Obama.

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Sachin Tendulkar (Source: thehindubusinessline.com)

Sachin Tendulkar (Source: thehindubusinessline.com)

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Here are some of the tweets from cricketers all around the world who paid their tribute to Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar :

AB de Villiers (cricresults.com)

AB de Villiers (cricresults.com)

AB de Villiers (Abraham Benjamin de Villiers) is a South African cricketer, who captains the South African One Day International team:

“Now that things have settled down a bit, I’d just like to take this opportunity to congratulate @sachin_rt on an amazing career!”

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Alan Wilkins (123people.com)

Alan Wilkins (123people.com)

Alan Wilkins or ‘Wilko’ as he is known in the industry is an experienced sports broadcaster having taken up broadcasting after a career as a professional cricketer playing for Glamorgan and Gloucestershire. He is also a first-class rugby player:

“This is a Test Match like no other! Let Sachin enjoy it as much as he can…this is a celebration of the greatest Cricket Career of all time.”

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Alviro Petersen (trialx.com)

Alviro Petersen (trialx.com)

Alviro Petersen (Alviro Nathan Petersen) is a South African cricketer who plays his domestic cricket in England for Somerset and in South Africa for the Highveld Lions:

“A legend of the game says goodbye… #SachinTendulkar . An honour to have played against him.”

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Brett Lee (fanpop.com)

Brett Lee (fanpop.com)

Brett Lee is a former Australian cricketer and a Channel Nine cricket commentator. During his international career, Lee was recognised as one of the fastest bowlers in the world of cricket:

“All the best to the little Master Sachin. A true legend of the game @sachin_rt Best Ever!”

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Chris Gayle (fanphobia.net)

Chris Gayle (fanphobia.net)

Chris Gayle (Christopher Henry “Chris” Gayle) is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. He captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010:

“Was absolutely a pleasure being a part of history Sachin Tendulkar 200 Test Match. #legends #Lara…”

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Daniel Vettori (thesun.co.uk)

Daniel Vettori (thesun.co.uk)

Daniel Vettori (Daniel Luca Vettori, ONZM) is a cricketer for the New Zealand cricket team. He is the eighth player in Test history to take 300 wickets and score 3,000 runs:

“He has been in form longer than some of our guys have been alive.”

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Dinesh Karthik (espncricinfo.com)

Dinesh Karthik (espncricinfo.com)

Dinesh Karthik (Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik) is a wicketkeeper-batsman who made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods:

“Wishing Sachin paji a grt test match,will be watching it only for the legend. #ThankYouSachin”

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Graeme Swann (Rui Vieira - PA)

Graeme Swann (Rui Vieira/ PA)

Graeme Swann (Graeme Peter Swann) is an English international cricketer:

“I’m not sure if you heard but Sachin Tendulkar retired today! What a great little player and lovely bloke #ThankYouSachin”

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Harbhajan Singh (Reuters)

Harbhajan Singh (Reuters)

Harbhajan Singh (Harbhajan Singh Plaha) born 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India, commonly known as Harbhajan Singh, is an Indian cricketer and former captain of IPL team Mumbai Indians and Punjab state for the 2012–13 Ranji Trophy season:

“Let’s salute the master.cricket won’t be the same without u.for me u r cricket.thank u paji for everything.”

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Harsha Bhogle (hindu.com)

Harsha Bhogle (hindu.com)

Harsha Bhogle is an Indian cricket commentator and journalist. Bhogle has recently become a freelance TV presenter:

“Sachin, i’ll say this again, you were a great habit. i’ll live every moment of these last two games.”

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Ian Bell (ecb.co.uk)

Ian Bell (ecb.co.uk)

Ian Bell (Ian Ronald Bell, MBE) is an English cricketer who plays international cricket for the England cricket team. He also plays county cricket for Warwickshire County Cricket Club.

“The atmosphere in Mumbai right now must be immense!! #ThankYouSachin #LittleMaster”

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Irfan Pathan (skysports.com)

Irfan Pathan (skysports.com)

Irfan Pathan (Irfan Khan Pathan) is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in late-2003 and was a core member of the national team:

“Most emotional retirement of world cricket but Sachin Tendulkar isn’t retiring from our heart, #ThankYouSachin.”

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Joe Root (zimbio.com)

Joe Root (zimbio.com)

Joe Root (Joseph Edward Root) is an English cricketer, who plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England: 

“Sachin made his debut for India before I was born. Then played in my test debut #ThankYouSachin”

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Mahela Jayawardene (AFP)

Mahela Jayawardene (AFP)

Mahela Jayawardena (Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene), is a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a specialist batsman:

“@sachin_rt Great opponent, fantastic memories..no better role model. Enjoy ur last game!”

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Mathew Hayden (topnews.in)

Mathew Hayden (topnews.in)

Matthew Lawrence Hayden AM is a former Australian cricketer. He was a powerful and aggressive left-handed opening batsman, known for his ability to score quickly at both Test and one day levels:

“@bhogleharsha @alanwilkins22 Sachin…..Sachin #Legend please pass on my respects during your commentary in Honour to Tendulkar #whataplayer”

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Michael Vaughan (ecb.co.uk)

Michael Vaughan (ecb.co.uk)

Michael Vaughan (Michael Paul Vaughan, OBE) is a retired cricketer who represented Yorkshire and England.  A classically elegant right-handed batsman and occasional off-spinner, Vaughan was ranked one of the best batsmen::

“What a Speech… #ThankYouSachin #God”

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Rohit Sharma (topnews.in)

Rohit Sharma (topnews.in)

Rohit Sharma (Rohit Gurunath Sharma is an Indian international cricketer. He isright-handed batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler, who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is the captain of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.:

” I can never retire from Sachin. #SRTFOREVER”

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Russel Arnold (sify.com)

Russel Arnold (sify.com)

Russel Arnold (Russel Premakumaran “Rusty” Arnold) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer of Tamil descent. Arnold made his Test debut against Pakistan in 1997 and his One day international debut against South Africa later in the year:

“Good luck to Sachin today…. Hope he dishes out a treat for his mother!!! #IndvsWI”I

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Sanjay Manjrekar (jaintv.com)

Sanjay Manjrekar (jaintv.com)

Sanjay Manjrekar (Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar) is a former Indian cricketer. He played international cricket for India from 1987 until 1996 as a right-handed middle order batsman: “It was a long speech but then it was a long career. Every minute was worth it. Emotional words from Sachin to finish an emotional series.”

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Shane Warne (Paul Rovere)

Shane Warne (Paul Rovere)

Shane Warne (Shane Keith Warne) is an Australian former international cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game:

“@warne888 #Sachin was the best batsmen I’ve seen. @brianlara second and outstanding too. These 2 were so much better than everybody else….”

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Stuart Broad (topnews.in)

Stuart Broad (topnews.in)

Stuart Broad (Stuart Christopher John Broad) is an English cricketer who plays Test and One Day International cricket for England and is currently the captain of their Twenty20 team:

“Remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love. #200 #ThankYouSachin”

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Suresh Raina (espncricinfo.com)

Suresh Raina (espncricinfo.com)

Suresh Raina is currently a player of Indian Cricket Team from Rainawari, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir now living in Rajnagar town in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. He is an attacking left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler:

“No matter how many times u say it, still feels less. The greatest ever. The Legend. Wonderful to say #SalaamSachin”

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Virender Sehwag (DC)

Virender Sehwag (DC)

Virender Sehwag is an Indian cricketer. An aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler, he played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the Indian Test team in 2001:

“Been an emotional time for me since the announcement #SRT. Can’t articulate what he means to me, it’s so personal! @BCCI.”

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Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and Final Test Match of His Career.


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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I hate you Sachin, you are making millions cry, don’t go,‘ stated a placard at the ground.

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Sachin Tendulkar (PTI)

Sachin Tendulkar (PTI)

As a 16-year-old cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar made headlines on November 15, 1989, for being the third youngest Test debutante by playing against Pakistan. On October 10, 2013, the 40 year-old cricketer known to his ardent fans as “God of Cricket” announced his retirement ending a blazing 24-year career.

Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium  (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium (Source: dailymail.co.uk)

The 200th and last Test Match for Sachin Tendulkar began yesterday, November 14, 2013, at his home ground, Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai.

Before the start of the Second Test between India and West Indies, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) honoured Sachin Tendulkar by presenting him with a trophy.

Gold Toss coin

Gold Toss coin

India’s skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni tossed a specially crafted gold coin with Sachin’s image on one side and the MCA’s logo on the other as West Indies skipper Darren Sammy called. Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first disappointing Sachin’s fans.

Sachin  received the gold toss coin as a memento as he plays his 200th and last Test match of his 24 years career. Select dignitaries will receive 1000 replicas of the coin at the stadium.

Sachin Tendulkar poses with a stamp book released to commemorate  his last and 200th test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. (Photo - K.R. Deepak)

Sachin Tendulkar poses with a stamp book released to commemorate his last and 200th test match against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. (Photo – K.R. Deepak)

Two Postage Stamps to honour Sachin Tendulkar

Two Postage Stamps to honour Sachin Tendulkar.

After the toss, the Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal released the commemorative postage stamps to pay tribute to the prodigious cricketer. Union Minister Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla and Milind Murli Deora also joined in releasing the postage stamp honouring Tendulkar. After Mother Teresa, the 40-year old legend is the second person to have a postage stamp released after him, when still alive.

Sachin Tendulkar leading the Indian team on February 14, 2013. (Image - Cricinfo)

Sachin Tendulkar leading the Indian team on February 14, 2013. (Image – Cricinfo)

Great cricket stalwarts of yesteryear such as Clive Lloyd, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarksr, Ravi Shashtri, Wasim Akram greeted Sachin Tendulkar, walked on to the field with the rest of the Indian team to field against the West Indies.

Sachin Tendulkar's Amma (Mother).

Sachin Tendulkar’s Amma (Mother).

Union ministers Kabil Sibal, Sharad Pawar, Milind Murli Deora, Rahul Gandhi, actors Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, and many other VIPs, were seen at the stadium yesterday and today along with the ever-roaring die-hard fans including Sachin’s mother, his daughter Sara and son Arjun.

Sachin Tendulkar's daughter Sara along with brother Arjun.

Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara along with brother Arjun. (Image: Indiatimes)

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The West Indies were bowled out for 182 in their first innings. Pragyan Ojha took a five-wicket haul.

At the third session of day’s play, Darren Sammy opened the bowling for the visitors, and Murali Vijay took the strike.

At 13.2 overs, when the score was 77, Shikhar Dhawan was caught by Shivnarine Chanderpaul to Shane Shillingford bowling after scoring 33 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara walked into bat. Four balls later Murali Vijay fell to Shillingford for 43.

At the fall of the second Indian wicket the loud cheer from the live audience at Wankhade Stadium and Sachin’s fans around the globe glued to the TVs in their homes and offices, invariably welcomed Sachin. Coming on to bat as number 4 has been Sachin’s cherished batting position.

In 1948, while playing in his last Test innings at the Oval, Sir Don Bradman’s eyes became moist and he failed to spot Eric Hollies’ googly. He got out for a duck. Luckily, Sachin Tendulkar has escaped from that type of predicament for at the end of the first day’s play Sachin had scored 38 runs from 73 balls.

Cheteshwar Pujara scored 34 runs from 49 balls. At the end of the first day’s play India after facing 34 overs had scored 157 runs for the loss of two wickets. In the Indian dressing room Bhuvneshwar Kumar padded up as the nightwatchman removed his gear.

Here are some of the tweets from cricketers all around the world who paid their tribute to Sachin:

  • Alan Wilkins tweets: This is a Test Match like no other! Let Sachin enjoy it as much as he can…this is a celebration of the greatest Cricket Career of all time.
  • Ian Bell tweets: The atmosphere in Mumbai right now must be immense!! #ThankYouSachin #LittleMaster
  • Joe Root tweets: Sachin made his debut for India before I was born. Then played in my test debut #ThankYouSachin
  • Mahela Jayawardena tweets: @sachin_rt Great opponent, fantastic memories..no better role model. Enjoy ur last game!
  • Matthew Hayden tweets: @bhogleharsha @alanwilkins22 Sachin…..Sachin #Legend please pass on my respects during your commentary in Honour to Tendulkar #whataplayer
  • Michael Vaughan tweets: 38 no… #Sachin. #God. Alarm clock will be set…..
  • Russel Arnold tweets: Good luck to Sachin today…. Hope he dishes out a treat for his mother!!! #IndvsWI
  • Shane Warne tweets: @warne888 #Sachin was the best batsmen I’ve seen. @brianlara second and outstanding too. These 2 were so much better than everybody else….
  • Stuart Broad tweets: Remarkable achievement by a legend of the sport we love. #200 #ThankYouSachin

Tweets from Indian cricketers:

  • Dinesh Karthik tweets: Wishing Sachin paji a grt test match,will be watching it only for the legend #ThankYouSachin
  • Rohit Sharma tweets: I can never retire from Sachin. #SRTFOREVER
  • Suresh Raina tweets: No matter how many times u say it, still feels less. The greatest ever. The Legend. Wonderful to say #SalaamSachin

Today, morning, a very relaxed and calm Sachin Tendulkar walked on to the field with Cheteshwar Pujara. The play started with Pujara facing Best.

Tendulkar hit a four off Best’s last ball in the 39th over (38.5) to reach his 68th Test fifty. It was also, his 10th against West Indies. Pujara reached his 4th Test fifty getting one run off a ball from for Gabriel.

Last ball of the 48th over (47.5) off the relatively new bowler Narsingh Deonarine proved fatal for Sachin Tendulkar.

Narsingh Deonarine

Narsingh Deonarine

“Deonarine to Tendulkar, out Caught by Sammy!! No, no, no, Tendulkar, no, no, no. How many times have we seen a relatively new bowler get his wicket. It is that man Sammy again taking another blinder. I tell you what, it was not an easy catch at all. Flatter delivery outside off stump, Tendulkar looks to cut late and gets a thick outside edge, the ball flies quickly off, and Sammy leans back and takes a wonderful catch. The entire ground is stunned. He gets a standing ovation as some are in tears. Wife Anjali cannot believe that he’s been dismissed and so can I. He was batting so beautifully, unfortunately, the treat has come to an end. Thank you Master for all that you’ve done. “

Sachin Tendulkar walking back to the pavillion (Image - Cricinfo)

Sachin Tendulkar walking back to the pavillion  (Image – Cricinfo)

Tendulkar c Sammy b Deonarine 74(118) [4s-12] and Virat Kohli, right handed bat, came to the crease.

With his 68th half-century, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (born April 24, 1973) may well be concluding his long and spectacular cricketing career.

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Cricket: Pepsi IPL (IPL 2013; IPL 6) Tournament Schedule


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Cricket: Pepsi IPL (IPL 2013; IPL 6) Tournament Schedule

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Last season (Season 5) nine teams participated in this popular Cricket carnival. This season too, the number of teams participating remains the same; however, on September 14, 2012, at an emergency Governing Council meeting of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI terminated its contract with the cash-strapped Deccan Chargers and floated tenders for a new IPL franchise. Sun TV Network purchased the team by placing a bid substantially higher than that of PVP Ventures, and changed the name of the team to SunRisers Hyderabad.
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Match #1
Wed April 3: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets

Match #2
Thu April 4: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 2 runs

Match #3
Fri April 5: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Pune Warriors
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Warriors India by 22 runs

Match #4
Sat April 6: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 runs

Match #5
Sat April 6: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 9 runs

Match #6
Sun April 7: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Pune Warriors India by 8 wickets

Match #7
Sun April 7: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sunrisers Hyderabad wins Super Over.

Match #8
Mon April 8: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 19 runs

Match #9
Tue April 9: 16:00 local | 104:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

Match #10
Tue April 9: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs

Match #11
Wed April 10: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets

Match #12
Thu April 11: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets

Match #13
Thu April 11: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Pune Warriors India beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets

Match #14
Fri April 12: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 3 wickets

Match #15
Sat April 13: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors India by 41 runs

Match #16
Sat April 13: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

Match #17
Sun April 14: 16:00 local | 10:30
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs

Match #18
Sun April 14: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets

Match #19
Mon April 15: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Pune Warriors India beat Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs

Match #20
Tue April 16: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 runs

Match #21
Tue April 16: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Delhi Daredevils tied with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB win Super Over)

Match #22
Wed April 17: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Pune Warriors India by 11 runs

Match #23
Wed April 17: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 87 runs

Match #24
Thu April 18: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs

Match #25
Fri April 19: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs

Match #26
Sat April 20: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets

Match #27
Sat April 20: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets

Match #28
Sun April 21: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets

Match #29
Sun April 21: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Pune Warriors India by 7 wickets

Match #30
Mon April 22: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets

Match #31
Tue April 23: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors India by 130 runs

Match #32
Tue April 23: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets

Match #33
Wed April 24: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets

Match #34
Thu April 25: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 5 wickets

Match #35
Fri April 26: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets

Match #36
Sat April 27: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets

Match #37
Sat April 27: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs

Match #38
Sun April 28: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs

Match #39
Sun April 28: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Delhi Daredevils beat Pune Warriors India by 15 runs

Match #40
Mon April 29: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

Match #41
Mon April 29: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 runs

Match #42
Tue April 30: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Pune Warriors India by 37 runs

Match #43
Wed May 1: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Match #44
Wed May 1: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Delhi Daredevils beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets

Match #45
Thu May 2: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium – Chepauk, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs

Match #46
Thu May 2: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Pune Warriors India by 17 runs

Match #47
Fri May 3: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets

Match #48
Sat May 4: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets

Match #49
Sun May 5: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 60 runs

Match #50
Sun May 5: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Pune Warriors India by 5 wickets

Match #51
Mon May 6: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets

Match #52
Tue May 7: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets

Match #53
Tue May 7: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs

Match #54
Wed May 8: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 77 runs

Match #55
Thu May 9: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

Match #56
Thu May 9: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Pune Warriors India by 46 runs

Match #57
Fri May 10: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Delhi Daredevils by 4 runs

Match #58
Sat May 11: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors India by 5 wickets

Match #59
Sat May 11: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs

Match #60
Sun May 12: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets

Match #61
Sun May 12: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets

Match #62
Mon May 13: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

Match #63
Mon May 14: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets

Match #64
Tue May 14: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 33 runs

Match #65
Tue May 15: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
Result: Pune Warriors India beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs

Match #66
Wed May 15: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs

Match #67
Thu May 16: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 runs

Match #68
Fri May 17 : 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 23 runs

Match #69
Sat May 18: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by 50 runs

Match #70
Sat May 18: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Teams: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Result: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs

Match #71
Sat May 19: 16:00 local | 10:30 GMT
Teams: Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils
Venue: Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Result: Pune Warriors India beat Delhi Daredevils by 38 runs

Match #72
Sun May 19: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT7
Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi Int. Stadium, Hyderabad
Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets

IPL Standing 2013

SN TEAMS MATCHES WON LOST TIE NR PTS NET R.R
1 Chennai Super Kings 16 11 5 0 0 22 +0.530
2 Mumbai Indians 16 11 5 0 0 22 +0.441
3 Rajasthan Royals 16 10 6 0 0 20 +0.322
4 Sunrisers Hyderabad 16 10 6 0 0 20 +0.003
5 Royal Challengers Bangalore 16 9 7 0 0 18 +0.457
6 Kings XI Punjab 16 8 8 0 0 16 +0.226
7 Kolkata Knight Riders 16 6 10 0 0 12 -0.095
8 Pune Warriors India 16 4 12 0 0 8 -1.006
9 Delhi Daredevils 16 3 13 0 0 6 -0.848

Match #73
Tue May 21: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Qualifier 1 – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
(1st Placed Team vs 2nd Placed Team)
Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 48 runs

Match #74
Wed May 22: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Eliminator – Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
(3rd Placed Team vs 4th Placed Team)

Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Result: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets

Match #75
Fri May 24: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Qualifier 2 – Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
(Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1)

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets

Match #76
Sun May 26: 20:00 local | 14:30 GMT
Final – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
(Winner of Q1 vs Winner of Q2)

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Result: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs

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2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 6: Pepsi IPL


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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Click this link for the –> Pepsi IPL (IPL 2013 / IPL 6) Tournament Schedule

2013 Indian Premier League - Logo

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In 2008, The Board of Control for Cricket in India initiated the Indian Premier League – a billion dollar professional league for Twenty20 cricket competition in India.

After the finals of the DLF IPL (fifth season) played at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on 27 May, 2012, the Kolkata Knight Riders went home richer by $2 million in prize money and the Chennai Super Kings received $1.5 million as the runners-up.

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In November 2012 PepsiCo, one of the two eligible bidders for the coveted title of the sixth IPL season, won over Airtel with a bid of ₹396.8 crore for the league to be called the “Pepsi IPL” for the next five years.

Pepsi IPL Logo

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Pepsi IPL (IPL 2013; IPL 6) Teams

Last season nine teams participated in this popular Cricket carnival. This season too, the number of teams participating remains the same; however, on September 14, 2012, at an emergency Governing Council meeting of the Indian Premier League, the BCCI terminated its contract with the cash-strapped Deccan Chargers and floated tenders for a new IPL franchise. Sun TV Network purchased the team by placing a bid substantially higher than that of PVP Ventures, and changed the name of the team to SunRisers Hyderabad.
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 Chennai Super Kings  .?????  Logo - Kings XI Punjab
 Logo - Kolkata Knight Riders  .Logo - Mumbai Indians Team  .Logo - Pune Warriors India
 .Logo - Rajasthan Royals  Logo - Royal Challengers Bangalore  .Logo - SunRisers Hyderabad

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IPL franchises

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Locations of IPL Teams

Locations of IPL Teams

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The tournament of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League to be held in India abbreviated as: Pepsi IPL, IPL 6 and IPL 2013, is scheduled to begin on April 3, 2013 and end on May 26, 2013 with the opening and closing ceremonies held in Eden Gardens, Kolkata – the home venue of the reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the opening match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday April 3, 2013 at 20:00 IST and the final match on Sunday, May 26, 2013 would be played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata and begin at 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT).

Click this link for the –> Pepsi IPL (IPL 2013 / IPL 6) Tournament Schedule

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Living Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar Has Retired from One-Day Cricket


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Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj

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Living Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar

Living Indian Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the 39-year-old living Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has retired from one-day cricket (ODI). Last Sunday Sachin Tendulkar announced the end of his illustrious career in one-day-international cricket.

In a statement released on Sunday, he said: “I have decided to retire from the one-day format of the game; I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup winning Indian team (in 2011); I am eternally grateful to all my well-wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.

In March 2012, Tendulkar played his last one-day match against Pakistan, the team against which he made his début almost exactly 23 years ago.

Known as the “Little Master,” Tendulkar holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in ODIs, and the first batsman in the history of the one-day cricket to score a double century.

All acknowledge Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest living batsman and second only to Don Bradman.

In June this year India glorified the living cricket legend by nominating him as a member of the Rajya Sabha (or Council of States or the upper house of the Parliament of India).

One Day Career Stats

Batting:

Matches played: 463
Innings played: 452
Runs taken: 18,426 runs
Highest score: 200 not out
Average: 44.83 runs
Centuries: 49
Half-centuries: 96

Bowling:

Total balls bowled: 8,054
Total runs given: 6,850
Total wickets taken: 154
Career best: 5 wickets for 32 runs
Average runs given : 44.48 runs per match

His ardent fans in India and abroad call him “The God of Cricket”, and the above figures justify that.

We have to thank Shri Raj Singh Dungarpur, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India for introducing Ramesh Tendulkar to the world of cricket. The BCCI selection committee under the chairmanship of Dungarpur chose Sachin Tendulkar for the 1989 Indian tour of Pakistan. On his international Test debut in November 1989, Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years 205 days of age, the third youngest cricketer to make his first appearance in international cricket.

Former Indian skippers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Sourav Ganguly were full of praises for Sachin Tendulkar. Both declared that his records could never be matched.

Srikkanth said: “I am surprised by his move, but he is leaving ODI cricket on a high.

Sourav Ganguly said: “I felt that he might have played on, but it is his decision.. There was a doubt on whether he would play ODI cricket or not. However, I am not surprised by his decision. He has done what he thought was right.

Actually I am surprised,” said Dilip Vengsarkar, the former India captain. “If he is continuing with international cricket [in Tests] then he should have continued with ODI also.

The Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted: “Sachin tendulkar a great batsman. great human being. a great friend. great man to look up 2. proud indian. Real son of india. I salute u nd love u. 423 matches, 23 yrs, 18426 runs !!!! These numbers no body else wil be able to come close to. salute salute salute to sachin.”

The England batsman Kevin Pietersen tweeted: “Statistics NEVER lie! They tell a very true story.. Well done Sachin! What an incredible ODI career.. #thebest.

Awards and Honours

    • Arjuna award
    • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
    • Padma Vibhushan
    • Wisden Cricketers of the Year
    • Maharashtra Bhushan Award
    • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World
    • Wisden India Outstanding Achievement Award
    • World Test XI
    • ICC World ODI XI
    • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sport
    • BCCI Cricketer of the Year
    • LG People’s Choice Award
    • People’s Choice Award
    • Membership of the Order of Australia
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