India record their biggest ODI win against Pakistan

On September 11, 2023, India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 228 runs in the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four match, played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The previous day, rain played a spoilsport as India was left stranded at 147 for 2 in 24.1 overs. The match resumed on the reserve day as Virat Kohli and KL Rahul helped post 356/2 on the scoreboard, both scoring a ton. Pakistan’s innings folded at 128, with Kuldeep Yadav taking 5 wickets.

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>This was only the fourth time India’s top four made fifty-plus scores in ODIs.

>Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 13000 ODI runs. This record previously belonged to Sachin Tendulkar, who took 321 innings. Kohli achieved the same in his 267th inning.

>Kohli also posted his fourth century in four successive innings he played at the R Premadasa Stadium, in the process becoming only the second batter to achieve the feat of scoring four successive hundreds at a particular venue after Hashim Amla, who made this sequence at Centurion.

Piloo Reporter was one of the first neutral umpires in international cricket

Piloo Reporter, who passed away on September 3rd, 2023, in Mumbai, was part of the first pair of neutral umpires to stand in international cricket. This landmark feat took place in November 1986 when he, along with VK Ramaswamy, stood in a test played in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium between Pakistan and West Indies. This was one of the turning points in cricket, as Pakistan captain Imran Khan requested the ICC to setup a system with neutral umpires, to put an end to biased home umpiring.

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In 1993, Piloo Reporter officiated a Hero Cup ODI game in Bengaluru between Zimbabwe and South Africa as an umpire. 19-year-old Heath Streak made his debut in that match. Co-incidentally, Heath Streak too passed away on the same date as Reporter.

Rinku Singh hits 5 sixes in an over to create history

KKR’s Rinku Singh shot to instant stardom as he smashed 5 sixes in the final over to successfully chase down 29 runs against Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Former and current Indian cricketers took to social media to praise his performance, with India captain Rohit Sharma calling it an “unbelievable innings”.

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The little-known batter from the north Indian city of Aligarh was born into a low-income family and grew up helping his father transport gas cylinders on a motorbike.

He was picked up by film star Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR in a player draft for INR 800,000 in 2018 and has been earning a steady income which he says has helped uplift his family.