Pundits hail 'new Shane Warne' as leggie Lloyd Pope sets U-19 record

Updated 24 January 2018
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Pundits hail 'new Shane Warne' as leggie Lloyd Pope sets U-19 record

WELLINGTON: Australian Lloyd Pope's record-breaking eight-wicket spell at the U-19 World Cup on Tuesday has left the leg-spinner "on top of the world", as the feat sparks comparisons to the legendary Shane Warne.
Pope took eight for 35 against England to spin Australia into the semifinals and set a new benchmark at the youth tournament, which is currently under way in New Zealand.
"I always love playing for my country whether I'm taking wickets or not, so going out there and doing it with some really good mates is an awesome experience," a beaming Pope told reporters.
"I was on top of the world really today. I mean to win a quarterfinal is awesome," he added.
The 18-year-old came into the attack with England cruising at 47 without loss as they chased Australia's modest total of 127.
But, just as Warne did on numerous occasions, Pope soaked up the pressure and bamboozled England's batsmen to have them all out for 96.
"I've always loved to bowl wrong'uns from an early age," Pope said when asked about his lethal googly.
"It's a big part of my game and I love bowling variations and just working on new things in the nets."

Aussie media, still smarting from the senior team's ODI series loss to England, seized upon the red-headed tyro's heroics in Queenstown.
"The new Shane Warne has arrived," Pope's home-town paper the Adelaide Advertiser trumpeted on its website.
Cricket Australia's website cricket.com.au likened his impact to Warne's in the 1999 World Cup, when he took four for 29 against South Africa.
Even the game's governing body, the ICC, could not resist the comparison, saying: "This could justifiably be called a Warne-esque spell.
"This has a claim to being Australia's most explosive scene-bursting moment since Shane lobbed one up to Mike Gatting in 1993," it added.
Warne, the so-called "sheikh of tweak", remains among Test cricket's greatest wicket-takers, with 708 scalps over a stellar 15-year career.
His gravity-defying delivery to Gatting announced his arrival on the world stage and has been called "the ball of the century."
Warne himself was effusive about Pope's performance.
"This is terrific & brings a huge smile to my face. I had the pleasure of meeting this impressive young man in Adelaide a while ago," he tweeted.
"Was nice to have a bowl with him too — Lloyd give it a rip — well done & congrats! Spin to win my friend."


Five memorable India vs, Pakistan clashes

Updated 18 September 2018
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Five memorable India vs, Pakistan clashes

  • Arch-rivals to meet in Dubai on Wednesday.
  • Cricket's biggest rivalry is one of the biggest in sport.

LONDON: Sparks generally fly when India take on Pakistan at cricket, and Wednesday’s Asia Cup clash in Dubai will be an emotionally charged fixture as always.

Here are five of the most memorable clashes between the two cricketing powerhouses.

DARK DAY

On the same day the teams were playing a one-day match at Sialkot in Pakistan on Oct. 31, 1984, the Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her bodyguards in New Delhi.
Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri were piling on runs for India when the news came. Pakistan’s president Zia ul Haq ordered the match stopped, and India’s captain Sunil Gavaskar wanted the same.
“Obviously, we weren’t in any frame of mind to carry on and, sure enough, the ODI had to be abandoned,” Vengsarkar told India’s Telegraph later.
“Thirty years have gone by, but it’s a day one can’t forget,” he said.

IMRAN KHAN’S CLASH

Imran Khan’s best bowling figures of six for 14 were in a one-day international against India March 22, 1985, but for the swashbuckling Pakistan fast bowler it was all in vain.
Khan ripped apart the Indian batting line-up in Sharjah in the UAE to send the opposition packing for 125. But Pakistan’s own batting imploded, skittled for just 87.
Khan — now Pakistani prime minister — was still man of the match, however.

SIX WINS IT

The match that will always evoke the bitterest memories for India, and the sweetest ones for Pakistan, was on April 18, 1986, again an ODI in Sharjah.
With Pakistan needing four off the last ball to win, India’s Chetan Sharma ran in and bowled a full toss — which Javed Miandad swatted for six.
Miandad, who was presented with a golden sword, became a national hero, while Sharma faced barbs and insults on his return home.

TENDULKAR’S TEARS

A century from Sachin Tendulkar, India’s most celebrated batsman, was usually a recipe for success in the 1990s and 2000s but not in the 1999 Test match against Pakistan in Chennai.
Chasing 271 for victory, Tendulkar brought India close with a sparkling 136, but Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq got him out and India eventually lost by 12 runs.
A sporting Indian home crowd gave the Wasim Akram-led side a standing ovation, but Tendulkar was heartbroken.
Weeping in the dressing room, according to then-coach Anshuman Gaekwad, the “little master” refused to come out of the dressing room to receive his man-of-the-match award.

MISBAH’S MISHIT

An India-Pakistan final in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup and a sell-out crowd in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007 was a perfect setting for cricket’s newest format.
Pakistan’s Misbah ul-Haq was on the cusp of taking his team to a memorable win with his gritty batting in a chase of 158.
But then came a moment of madness as Misbah tried to play an audacious paddle shot to seal victory against paceman Joginder Sharma in the final over.
The ball went high into the waiting hands of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s India celebrated like never before as Misbah missed a chance of a lifetime.