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Cricket headlines of 2013: the good, the bad and the ugly

india Updated: Dec 27, 2013 13:40 IST
Hindustan Times
Sachin Tendulkar

2013 was one exciting year for cricket fans, Indians in particular, both on the field and off it.

Was it a good year for cricket or bad, its hard to tell. But what is clear is that the year will go down in history for all the spins on and off the field. While few Indian cricketers went to jail, some international ones peed on the pitch

But when summing up cricket in 2013, it all comes down to one event: Sachin Tendulkar's retirement from international cricket after playing his 200th and final Test. Who can forget the sight of Rajni Tendulkar, Sachin’s mother, attending the second Test between India and West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, and almost fighting her tears, right?

Find out all that made news in the cricketing world in 2013.

Sreesanth goes to jail
Date:May 28
After Pakistan’s trio a few years ago, it was Sreesanth’s turn to get locked up behind bars for alleged spot-fixing. The temperamental pace bowler was banned from all forms of cricket by BCCI. Sreesanth has since been released on bail after the High Court shot down evidence supplied by Delhi Police.

Ashraful confesses to fixing
Date: June 4
A batting prodigy, he debuted for Bangladesh at 17 in 2001. In March 2013, he made 190 against Sri Lanka at Galle, an innings which earned high praise. Just when it all seemed hunky-dory for Ashraful, he was hauled up by ICC for alleged spot-fixing claims during the season’s Bangladesh Premier League T20. He confessed to his involvement.

Root is punched in a bar by Warner
Date: June 11
David Warner, the explosive opening batsman, was dropped at the last minute from Australia’s Champions Trophy match against New Zealand after what had been called "an unprovoked physical attack" on England’s Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. Root was subsequently dropped for the first few Ashes Tests.

Pommies pee on the pitch
Date: August 26
In a distasteful postscript to their Ashes triumph, three top England players – Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Kevin Pietersen – allegedly urinated on the Oval pitch hours after the fifth Test. The players allegedly took turns to urinate on the pitch, according to an Australian journalist.

Srinivasan pulls a fast one, gets re-elected
Date: September 29
BCCI’s controversial president was re-elected for another year in September. He was under immense pressure, after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was chargesheeted in the IPL corruption scandal, following the Supreme Court’s directive to N Srinivasan to stay away from BCCI’s top job.

Afghans spring a surprise
Date: October 4
In a fantastic display of grit and determination, strife-torn Afghanistan qualified for their maiden 2015 ICC 50-over World Cup after defeating Kenya in the World Cricket League Championship in Sharjah. The following month, they again defeated Kenya in the 20-over format to qualify for the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma joins 200-club
Date: November 2
The attractive batsman became the third Indian to hit a double century in ODI cricket, emulating Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Rohit also broke Shane Watson's record for the most sixes in the innings, hitting 16 in a knock that was as breathtaking as it was calculated.

Batsman Rohit Sharma celebrates his double ton against Australia in Bangalore. (Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)

Tendulkar retires
Date:November 16
It finally happened. India’s great batsman called it quits after a successful 2-0 outing at home against West Indies. November 16 was the last day Tendulkar was seen on a cricket field after his 200th Test, on his home turf at Wankhede Stadium. Subsequently, he was conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the affection and support of the spectators as he walks off the field at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. (PTI Photo)

Trott returns home
Date: November 25
On the receiving end of Mitchell Johnson’s "thunderbolts", England’s No 3 batsman left the Ashes tour Down Under after the first Test in Brisbane with a stress-related illness. It later emerged that he had been managing the condition for several years.

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