Unforgettable moments from 2019 in the world of cricket

The year 2019 was replete with several significant incidents in the world of cricket. Here’s a recap:

Virat Kohli's men became the first Indian team to have won a Test series in Australia. As the final Test match in Sydney ended in a draw, India came out victorious 2-1 in the four-match Test series.
#10. India steal Aussies' thunder Down Under
Virat Kohli's men became the first Indian team to have won a Test series in Australia. As the final Test match in Sydney ended in a draw, India came out victorious 2-1 in the four-match Test series.
Just when it seemed like MS Dhoni would pull off one of his famous finishing acts to get India into the 2019 World Cup final, the unthinkable happened -- Dhoni was run-out! A peach of a throw from the boundary line was all it took to make the India-New Zealand semifinal, in all likelihood, Dhoni's last World Cup match. Many believed that Dhoni was teary-eyed while making his way back to the pavilion.
#9. Dhoni runs India out at the World Cup
Just when it seemed like MS Dhoni would pull off one of his famous finishing acts to get India into the 2019 World Cup final, the unthinkable happened -- Dhoni was run-out! A peach of a throw from the boundary line was all it took to make the India-New Zealand semifinal, in all likelihood, Dhoni's last World Cup match. Many believed that Dhoni was teary-eyed while making his way back to the pavilion.
India playing its first pink ball match at a packed Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November, 2019. As the whole city turned pink, India left Bangladesh red-faced on the pitch as the match got over in well under three days.
#8. India turns pink for Day-Night Test
India playing its first pink ball match at a packed Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November, 2019. As the whole city turned pink, India left Bangladesh red-faced on the pitch as the match got over in well under three days.
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Consider this: 774 runs in 4 Tests (7 innings) at an average of 110.57, including a double hundred, 2 hundreds and 3 fifties. Smith's return to Test cricket, after the deplorable lows of #SandpaperGate, was a true cricketing high of 2019.
#7. Steve Smith piles on the runs
Consider this: 774 runs in 4 Tests (7 innings) at an average of 110.57, including a double hundred, 2 hundreds and 3 fifties. Smith's return to Test cricket, after the deplorable lows of #SandpaperGate, was a true cricketing high of 2019.
While most batsmen dream about scoring a single century in the World Cup, India's 'hitman' helped himself to five in the 2019 edition. A record that would take some breaking.
#6. Rohit's streak of World Cup tons
While most batsmen dream about scoring a single century in the World Cup, India's 'hitman' helped himself to five in the 2019 edition. A record that would take some breaking.
Is 2019 the last we'd see MS Dhoni in action in the Indian jersey. Retirement rumours swirled around MSD after India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal. Dhoni's post-WC Army stint too was interpreted as a signal of him not wanting to rejoin the team. But Dhoni, known for his mysterious nature, has still kept everyone guessing. The latest: 'Don't ask me till January.'
#5. Will he retire or will he not?
Is 2019 the last we'd see MS Dhoni in action in the Indian jersey. Retirement rumours swirled around MSD after India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal. Dhoni's post-WC Army stint too was interpreted as a signal of him not wanting to rejoin the team. But Dhoni, known for his mysterious nature, has still kept everyone guessing. The latest: 'Don't ask me till January.'
As close as a decade ago, it would have been tough to imagine India boasting the world's best pace attack. But this year, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav brought the world's premier batsmen to their knees with their firepower. In 2019, India's pace quartet took 95 wickets at an average of 15 in Tests. Their strike-rate was an astounding 31 -- a wicket every 5 overs!
#4. India's pacers blow opponents away
As close as a decade ago, it would have been tough to imagine India boasting the world's best pace attack. But this year, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav brought the world's premier batsmen to their knees with their firepower. In 2019, India's pace quartet took 95 wickets at an average of 15 in Tests. Their strike-rate was an astounding 31 -- a wicket every 5 overs!
The year 2019 was Ben Stokes' 'annus mirabilis'. After single handedly seeing England through to the World Cup trophy, Stokes snatched England an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat in the Ashes. With 72 runs needed and 1 wicket remaining, England was staring at a loss. However, Stokes defied history and logic with a brilliant, unbeaten and match-winning 135.
#3. Brilliant Ben Stokes does the unthinkable
The year 2019 was Ben Stokes' 'annus mirabilis'. After single handedly seeing England through to the World Cup trophy, Stokes snatched England an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat in the Ashes. With 72 runs needed and 1 wicket remaining, England was staring at a loss. However, Stokes defied history and logic with a brilliant, unbeaten and match-winning 135.
India ended this decade as the most successful Test team in the world as Virat Kohli's boys enjoyed yet another year of domination. Since 2016, India has been the top ranked Test side in the world. Team India is also placed comfortably at the top of the World Test Championship points table, with Australia a distant second.
#2. India turn Test giants
India ended this decade as the most successful Test team in the world as Virat Kohli's boys enjoyed yet another year of domination. Since 2016, India has been the top ranked Test side in the world. Team India is also placed comfortably at the top of the World Test Championship points table, with Australia a distant second.
While the record books will tell you that the World Cup final was won by England, the scorecard will reveal that the match ended in a tie. Even the super-over ended in a tie. Many who watched the game that night will tell you that England surely didn't win the final. And, then there were moments that could easily have gone New Zealand's way. Eventually, the match was decided on the number boundaries a team hit in that match. Go figure!
#1. Who won this World Cup?
While the record books will tell you that the World Cup final was won by England, the scorecard will reveal that the match ended in a tie. Even the super-over ended in a tie. Many who watched the game that night will tell you that England surely didn't win the final. And, then there were moments that could easily have gone New Zealand's way. Eventually, the match was decided on the number boundaries a team hit in that match. Go figure!

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