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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Guptill scores 189; Luke Ronchi's rare feat...........

Even at a time when so much flowed in IPL and National channels busy with match fixing report and the temporary stepping aside of N. Srinivasan,  there is some excitement of Champions Trophy ~ the 8 Nation ODI tournament set to begin in England on 6th June 2013. For more on Champions Trophy : Champions Trophy 2013

Before you read further can you group :  WE Midwinter, Nawab of Pataudi Sr., Gul Mohammad, Amir elahi, John Traicos, Kepler Wessels, Ed Joyce, Eoin Morgan,  DP Nannes…………….

With many practice matches between the touring sides going on in England as a prelude for preparation of Champions trophy, England is playing touring Kiwis in an One day International and is all set to lose….

New Zealand made 359/3 with Martin Guptin making 189 not out in 155 balls in ODI no. 3361. That is not to be the highest in ODI… Virender Sehwag tops the list with 219; Sachin Tendulkar is the only other  double centurion with exactly 200 N.O.; Coverntry of Zimbabwe made 194*; Saeed Anwar made 194 at Chepauk ~ Vivian Richards made the same 189 at Manchester in 1984; and Sanath Jayasuriya too made 189 at Sharjah……………

Guptill opened with Luke Ronchi………… would sound strange for regular Cricket follower ~ I thought Ronchi was an Aussie and played for Mumbai Indians earlier in IPL………..

Ronchi was actually born in New Zealand but raised mostly in Australia.  His first international incarnation came for Australia in the West Indies in 2008 when he stood in for the injured Brad Haddin in four ODIs and a Twenty20. later he was dropped and was overtaken by Graham Manou, Tim Paine and Matthew Wade. At the end of 2011-12, he decided to try his luck in his country of birth and secured a contract with Wellington. His performances were strong enough to earn him a call-up to the New Zealand ODI side once he had qualified in 2013 and against England in May he debuted, becoming the first man since Kepler Wessels nearly 20 years earlier to represent two full ICC member nations.

The list in 2nd para is some of the players who have represented more than one country…

with regards – S. Sampathkumar.

photo courtesy : infact 2 photos merged ..


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