MS Dhoni Becomes First Captain to Be involved in 4 Ties in ODIs

MS Dhoni has become the first captain to be involved in four One-Day Internationals (ODIs) ties. This feat was achieved as India tied the third ODI against New Zealand in Auckland on January 25, 2014.

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India Retained Top-Spot in ICC ODI Rankings

World champion India have managed to retain their number one spot in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after the last two 50-over games in the seven-match home series against Australia were washed-out.

Australia lead the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bengaluru on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

India Retained Top-Spot in ICC ODI Rankings

India start the three-match series against West Indies assured of retaining their No.1 rank in the International Cricket Councul (ICC) One-Day International (ODI) Team Rankings table, irrespective of the outcome of the the contest beginning November 21 in Kochi click here for more information about India Top-Spot in ICC ODI Rankings.

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Magnus Carlsen of Norway Won FIDE World Chess Championship 2013

Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2013 at Chennai on 22 November 2013.

Magnus Carlsen defeated the previous world champion Viswanathan Anand of India by 6.5-3.5 in the match that was held from 7th November in Chennai, India.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway

The last 10th game (out of 12 possible) finished in a draw after 65 moves of play and Carlsen accumulated the necessary 6.5 points to claim the title. The victory was worth 8.4 crore Rupees for Magnus Carlsen. Anand settled for 5.6 crore Rupees. The match was sponsored by the Tamil Nadu state and organized by FIDE and AICF.

The Magnus Calsen’s victory was also the end of Anand’s six-year reign as the World champion. It was Anand’s first loss in a world title match since 2007. Magnus Carlsen, who became the youngest world No. 1 at 19, also holds the record of being the strongest rated player in chess history with a published rating of 2872, on 1 February 2013.

About 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship

The 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship match which took place from 7 to 22 November in Chennai, India. It is a match for the highest crown in chess between the Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and the Challenger Magnus Carlsen (Norway).

Virat Kohli Became Fastest Batsman to Score 5000 Runs in ODIs

Indian Cricketer Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 5000 runs in one-day internationals when he scored 86 against the West Indies in the first ODI in Kochi on 21 November 2013.

Virat Kohli achieved the feat in just 120 matches and 114 innings. He has so far scored 5005 runs, which included 17 centuries and 27 fifties in his short career.
Virat Kohli became Fastest Batsman to Score 5000 Runs in ODIs
In terms of innings, Virat Kohli has equalled the record of Sir Viv Richards of West Indies, Virat Kohli Fastest Batsman who also achieved the feat in 114 innings way back in 1987 but it was Viv’s 126th match.

Before Kohli, former captain Sourav Ganguly was the fastest to achieve the feat among Indian batsmen in 131 matches and 126 innings. From India, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (135 innings), Gautam Gambhir (135 innings) and Sachin Tendulkar (138 innings) are the next fastest batsmen to reach the 5000 runs in ODIs.

Batsman

Opposition

Match Date

Matches

Innings

Virat Kohli (India)

West Indies

21 Nov 2013

120

114

Viv Richards (WI)

England

30 Jan 1987

126

114

Brian Lara (WI)

South Africa

3 Nov 1997

120

118

Gordon Greenidge (WI)

Pakistan

13 Nov 1990

122

121

AB de Villiers (SA)

England

28 Aug 2012

129

124

Sourav Ganguly (India)

Pakistan

25 Jan 2000

131

126

Bharat Ratna For Sachin, C.N.R. Rao

Sachin Tendulkar, one of cricket’s greatest heroes, and top scientist C.N.R. Rao were on Saturday named for the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

On a day when the ‘Master Blaster’ bade an emotional adieu to his record-breaking career lasting 24 years, the Prime Minister’s Office announced the Bharat Ratna for him. Sachin is the first sportsperson chosen for the honour.

Bharat Ratna for Sachin, C.N.R. Rao

The PMO also announced the award for Prof. Rao, a well recognised international authority in solid state and materials chemistry, who has published hundreds of research papers.

He is the third scientist, after C. V. Raman and the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to be awarded the Bharat Ratna For Sachin.

Both Sachin, 40, and Prof. Rao, 79, are also recipients of the Padma Vibhushan — second highest civilian honour. Soon after the announcement from the PMO, a communiqué from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said: “The President of India has been pleased to award the Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar and Prof. C.N.R. Rao.”

They join the galaxy of 41 eminent personalities who have been honoured in “recognition of exceptional service or performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour.” The Bharat Ratna was instituted in 1954 and the last recipient was Hindustani classical music doyen Bhimsen Joshi, in 2009.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated both Prof. Rao and Sachin on the honour. Dr. Singh called up Prof. Rao and wished him many more years of service to the nation and science. He also spoke to Sachin and wished him success after his retirement, says a PMO release.

An official statement described Sachin “as a true Ambassador of India in the world of sports,” lauding his “unparalleled” achievements. “The records set by him are unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him is exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman,” it said.

Prof. Rao’s contributions have been recognised by most of the scientific academies around the world through membership and fellowship, and he has been honoured with national and international awards, the announcement said.

For the past few years, there have been demands that the Bharat Ratna be awarded to Sachin. The eligibility criteria for the award were revised last year to include sportspersons. The Prime Minister himself made the recommendation to the President, and no formal recommendations are necessary, says a statement of the Home Ministry.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh have congratulated Sachin on successfully completing his distinguished and inspiring career.

In a statement, the Minister said: “Sachin Tendulkar is one of the finest examples of sportsmen we have ever had with love for the sport, humility, integrity, honesty and pure and unbridled talent. His sterling performance across all formats of the game over 24 years is a rare feat of exemplary elegance, earnest application and commitment.’’ He described Sachin as a “national hero,” whose achievements will be a source of inspiration for all sports lovers.

Mr. Singh hoped to utilise Sachin’s expertise to promote excellence, good governance and ethics in all sports.

Malta to Host Next Commonwealth Summit in 2015

Malta, a Southern European country was on 17 November 2013 unanimously chosen as the host of the next Commonwealth summit in 2015.

The decision was made at the retreat session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo, Sri Lanka after Mauritius withdrew as host of the 2015 Commonwealth summit as a result of its prime minister’s boycott of the Colombo summit over Sri Lanka’s human rights concerns.

Malta to Host Next Commonwealth Summit in 2015

This is second time for Malta to host the Commonwealth summit. Before this, Malta hosted a Commonwealth Summit in 2005.

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