By: D.K Choudhary
Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets
i .Indian off-spin specialist Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer to take 250 wickets in Test matches. He achieved this feat in his 45th test match against Bangladesh on 12 February 2017, when he dismissed captain of Bangladesh team Mushfiqur Rahim at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.
ii. Ashwin surpassed Australian fast bowler Dennis Keith Lillee, who played 48 matches to reach the milestone of 250 Test wicket.
iii. Earlier in 2016, Ashwin achieved the feat of taking fastest 200 wicket in Test in his 37th test surpassing Waqar Younis of Pakistan and Dennis Lillee of Australia who took 38 test matches each to take 200 wickets.
iv. Ravichandran Ashwin has become the sixth Indian bowler to reach 250 test wickets.
India Beat Pakistan to Win T20 World Cup for Blind
i. India defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch the T20 World Cup for Blind tournament on February 12, 2017 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
T20ii. Pakistan set a target of 198 runs for India to win. India chased the total with a loss of one wicket and 14 spare balls.
iii. India’s opening batsman Prakash Jayaramaiah was named as the Man of the Match.
iv. Badar Munir was named as the Man of the series who made the highest core for Pakistan.
v. Rahul Dravid, the former Indian Cricketer and Captain was the brand ambassador for 2017 T20 Blind Cricket World Cup.
vi. This was the second edition of the tournament. The first edition was played in 2012 in which India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.
NBA & Take Two to Launch NBA 2K E-League
i. The National Basketball Association (NBA), an American professional basketball league, is creating a brand new e-sports league called NBA 2K e-League in partnership with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the developers of the popular NBA 2K video games.
ii .This is the first time that a professional sports organization will operate an e-sports league. The competitive gaming league will be launched in 2018.
iii. The e-League will be similar to the typical NBA tournament. Each team will have five players, and play in a real league format complete with a regular season, playoffs, and a championship matchup.
iv .Like in regular NBA league, each team in E-league will also be individually operated by separate NBA franchises.
v. The main objective of NBA behind launching such e-league is to attract a new demographic of viewers, not only to watch e-Sports, but also become fans of basketball and also to grow the game of basketball among the one who might be playing some other game.