Dhoni, Cricket - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   What is Sachin Saga Warm Up?

a. a book on cricket
b. a VCD on cricket
c. a game on cricket
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: a game on cricket

JetSynthesys, a digital and technology company on 11th Jan 2017 announced the launch of a game on cricket called “Sachin Saga Warm Up” under the gaming arm Playizzon.

The company is associated with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who trains players to gain expertise in playing cricket.

A batting game where players across the globe can complete in real time, this 2 minute powerplay allows users to get assistance from Sachin on shot selection.

The choice of play is determined based on where the ball pitches and what kind of delivery it is.

Game targets 8-45 year olds and is made in 7 languages.

The game will serve as a prequel to Sachin Saga where gamers across age groups can play an exciting new format of cricket digitally.

Know More About Sachin Tendulkar

  • Born: 24 April 1973, Mumbai
  • Height: 1.65 m
  • Education: Kirti M. Doongursee College
  • Movies: Sachin: A Billion Dreams
  • Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan

2)   Which India cricketer was named on Cricket Australia's ODI team of the year on 27 Dec 2016?

a. Virat Kohli
b. Ajinkya Rahane
c. Harbhajan Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Virat Kohli

India’s Test captain Virat Kohli was on 27 Dec 2016 named Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year.

He was earlier picked as Captain of the ICC ODI team of the year.

Cricket Australia stated Kohli played 10 ODIs in 2016

He scored back to back centuries against Australia in Jan 2016 and 154 against New Zealand.

Currently, he averages an incredible 90.10 in 59 successful run chases for India.

Cricket Australia’s ODI Team of Year:

  • Virat Kohli (India, Captain)
  • David Warner (Australia)
  • Quinton de Kock (South Africa, Wicket Keeper)
  • Steve Smith (Australia)
  • Babar Azam (Pakistan)
  • Mitchell Marsh (Australia)
  • Jos Buttler (England)
  • Jasprit Bumrah (India)
  • Imran Tahir (South Africa)

  • Know More About Virat Kohli

  • He is a right handed batsman.
  • Ranked 8th in 2016 ESPN list of famous athletes.
  • Debuted in 2016.
  • Captained the U-19 team to victory in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia.
  • Made ODI debut at age 19 and test debut in 2011.
  • Ranked number 1 in ICC ranking for ODI batsmen for the first time in 2013.
  • Won the Man of the Tournament in ICC T20 in 2014 and 2016.
  • Only batsman in the world to average more than 50 across all game formats.

3)   Ravichandran Ashwin won which honour on 22nd Dec 2016?

a. ICC’s Test Cricketer of the Year
b. Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
c. Both a and b
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Ravichandran Ashwin on 22nd Dec 2016 won the coveted Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.

Ashwin was chosen for the award after being adjudged the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year.

With this, he became the second Indian player after Rahul Dravid to bag the two prestigious prizes in the same year.

Ace cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar won the prestigious award in 2010.

Other recipients of the trophy include Andrew Flintoff, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Mitchell Johnson and others.

Ravichandran Ashwin: Know More

  • Right handed batsman.
  • Right arm off break bowler.
  • Plays for Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL.
  • Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 50,100, 150 and 200 wicket mark in Test - cricket.
  • He is the only bowler in recent times to bowl the carrom ball, besides Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka.

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy: Know More

  • Cricket trophy awarded by ICC.
  • Winner is chosen world player of the year.
  • It was named after former West Indies cricket captain Sir Garfield Sobers.
  • Cricketer’s name was chosen by a panel comprising Richie Benaud, Sunil Gavaskar and Michael Holding.
  • Trophy was first awarded in 2004 to Rahul Dravid.
  • International crystal manufacturer Swarowski has handcrafted the trophy.
  • Trophy features a red crystal cricket ball studded with 4200 Swarowksi crystal chantons, which rests on a brass hand extended from the gold plated base.
  • In 2015, the trophy was awarded to cricketer Steven Smith.

4)   A Pakistani Sikh has secured a place in the national cricket academy for the first time. Who is he?

a. Mahinder Pal Singh
b. Maninder Pal Singh
c. Manjeet Pal Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mahinder Pal Singh

For the first time, a Sikh has secured a place at Pakistan’s national cricket academy.

Mahinder Pal Singh, who hails from Nankana Sahib in Lahore, is among the list of top 30 emerging cricketers in the country, according to news reports.

Pakistan’s cricket team has many Hindus and Christians. But the cricketing history has seen only 7 non Muslim cricketers representing the country.

Singh is the first Pakistani Sikh and the 8th non Muslim to represent Pakistan.

Know About the Pakistan Cricket Board

  • Sport: Cricket
  • Jurisdiction: Pakistan
  • Abbreviation: PCB
  • Founded: 1948
  • Affiliation: International Cricket Council
  • Affiliation date: 28 July 1952
  • Headquarters: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
  • Chairman: Shahryar Khan

5)   Indian Off Spinner R Ashwin is on which position of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for test bowlers?

a. 2nd
b. 3rd
c. 4th
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: None of the above

Indian off-spinner R. Ashwin has surged to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for test bowlers after superb outing in the first test against West Indies in Antigua.

  • Ashwin has top ranked the 2015 year end rankings.
  • He replaced Yasir Shah to grab the number one ranking for bowlers.

6)   Pakistan captain Mishab-ul-Haq became the oldest cricketer to score a test hundred. What other record has he broken?

a. Oldest visiting player to play test on English soil in 3 decades
b. Oldest visiting player to play test on English soil in 4 decades
c. Oldest visiting player to play test on English soil in 5 decades
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Oldest visiting player to play test on English soil in 3 decades

Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest captain to score a Test hundred after scoring 110 against England at the Lord’s on 14th July.

  • The 42 year old cricketer became the oldest captain to score Test hundred.
  • He is also the oldest visiting player to play a test on English soil in the past 3 decades.
  • Previous oldest player was Somachandra de Silva of Sri Lanka at 42 years and 73 days. Misbah is 42 years and 47 days old.
  • He was also the ODI captain till his requirement from ODI cricket after the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
  • He scored the fastest test half century equalling the record of Viv Richards which was later broken by Brendon McCulluam.

7)   Who has been appointed as chief selector of the Sri Lankan Cricket team?

a. Sanath Jayasuriya
b. Romesh Kaluwitharana
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuirya on 27th April 2016 announced appointment of Sanath Jayasuriya as chief selector of the Sri Lankan cricket team

  • His committee will succeed Aravinda de Silva led committee
  • The new four member selection panel will take office on 1 May 2016
  • It will serve for two years
  • It will comprise of former wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, former fast bowler Eric Upashantha and former off spinner Ranjith Madurasinghe.

8)   Who is the first non cricketer to be inducted into Legends Club of CCI?

a. Nandu Natekar
b. Kapil Dev
c. Raj Singh Dungarpur
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nandu Natekar

Badminton ace Nandu Natekar in April 2016 became the first non-Cricketer to be inducted into the Legends Club founded by the late Cricket Club of India (CCI) president Raj Singh Dungarpur.

  • Natekar was inducted into the club along with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, who became the sixth cricketer to be inducted in the club.
  • The two, Nandu and Kapil were inducted into the Club’s legend group after consultation with the Cricket Club of India (CCI) president, Kekoo Nicholson.
  • Others in the club include Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Vinoo Mankad, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.

9)   Which Mumbai cricketer has become the first batsman in the country to score 1000 plus runs in an innings in any form of cricket?

a. MS Dhoni
b. Viral Kohli
c. Ajinkya Rahane
d. Pranav Dhanawade
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pranav Dhanawade

Pranav Dhanawade, a cricketer from Mumbai has become the first batsman to score 1000 plus runs in an innings in any form of cricket. Pranav reached 1000 runs in 323 balls at the under 16 inter school event organised by Mumbai Cricket Association for benefit of suburban schools. Pranav’s epic performance of 395 minutes included 59 6s and 129 4s. His team was declared winner at 1465/3 which is also a world record and Pranav remained an unbeaten 1009. He broke a 116 year old cricketing record.

10)   India won the 4 match test series against which nation on 7th December 2015?

a. South Africa
b. Australia
c. West Indies
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: South Africa

India on 7 December 2015 won the four-match Test series against South Africa 3-0, beating them by 337 runs in the fourth and last match. Proteas chased a score of 481 while Ashwin claimed his 15th 5 wicket hail to beat them. Test series was called Freedom Trophy and dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

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