It is exciting to see certain trends being followed up in cricket. The coincidences of what happens on the cricket field can sometimes turn out to be bizarre too and at times can be very captivating. You must be wondering what trends or coincidences we are referring to; well, these are a few happenings that have been common on two or more occasions during the historic moments of Indian cricket. If the point is still not clear, read on to find out what these 5 amazing coincidences of Indian cricket are.

1. MS Dhoni- The Greatest Non-Striker?

 The world knows MS Dhoni to be the best finisher and one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball. But the Indian ODI skipper has had the privilege to be the best non-striker too. He has been lucky to have witnessed some great moments of batting exploits from the best position in the ground – the non-striker end. During the World T20 match against England in 2007, when Yuvraj created history by hitting 6 sixes in an over, it was MSD who was at the other end watching the carnage. When Sachin created the record of being the first man on the planet to score an ODI double ton, it was again MS Dhoni witnessing history. Later when Rohit Sharma struck his maiden double ton in ODIs, Dhoni again was the best spectator at the non-striking end.

 2. Master misses, MSD hits!

When India played Pakistan in the 2nd ODI at Vizag in 2004-05, MS Dhoni launched himself on the world stage by hitting a belligerent 148 smacking the ball to all parts of the ground. He got an early opportunity to bat as Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for just 2 runs. He then reinstated the Indian innings by putting up a 96-run stand with Sehwag. Interestingly, months later, at Jaipur against Sri Lanka, MS Dhoni hit another superb ton, an unbeaten 183 this time to take India home. On this occasion too, the master blaster was dismissed for an identical 2 runs and Dhoni put on 92 runs with Sehwag for the third wicket. Close enough! Sachin gets out at 2, MSD hits his best knock!

 3. Rohit plays when Kohli is away:

Rohit Sharma or Ro-the hitman- Sharma is the only batsman to have scored two ODI double centuries in the history of the game. But on both occasions, a unique trend or coincidence took place. Rohit Sharma got Virat Kohli run out in both the matches. In the game against Australia in 2013, Kohli was run out as a result of miscommunication with Sharma for a score of 0. Against Sri Lanka in 2014, Kohli was run out on 66 with Sharma being on the other end. Interestingly, though, in both the innings, Sharma brought his fifty in 72 and 71 balls respectively and then built up the crescendo to create history. So the next time Rohit has a slow start and scores a 70-odd ball fifty and also runs Kohli out, be sure to witness another double ton; well, probably!

4. Sachin’s lucky man:

Sachin Tendulkar is hailed as the best batsman of his era. Three of his most spectacular innings and also his highest scores in ODI cricket have been 200*, 186* and 175. Sachin scored a gallant 175 against Australia in 2009 chasing Australia’s total of 350. India fell short by 3 runs on the occasion. He had earlier mustered an unbeaten 186 against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1999. He also scored the first ever double ton against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010. On all the three occasions, there was one man who was there to witness the greatest knocks from Sachin. It wasn’t any spectator, neither was it any player, but it was the Umpire! Shavir Tarapore was the match official on all the three occasions. Now that is quite some coincidence on the field!

5. The big fat victory margin:

India has been a dominating force in World cricket and most lately it has been the batsmen who have taken India to great victories. The first 3 double century-makers in ODIs were Indians. There have been 4 instances when Indians have scored a double ton- Sachin’s 200*, Sehwag’s 219, Rohit’s 209 and 264. Here come the coincidences. On 3 out of the four occasions, India went on to win the match by a big fat victory margin of 153 runs. When Sachin scored 200, he took India to a total of 401. In response, South Africa were bundled out for 248 giving India a win by 153 runs. When Sehwag scored 219 against West Indies, India registered 418 on the board and then restricted the visitors to 265. The winning margin being 153, again! When Rohit bludgeoned the Lanka attack in 2014 to score 264, India finished at 404 in their 50 overs. Sri Lanka, in return, could manage just 251 and India won by 153 runs! The only occasion when the theory failed was when Rohit hit 209 against Australia in Bengaluru. India had a close shave as Faulkner’s 116 off 73 balls steered Aussies to 326 during their chase of 384. India won the match by 57 runs.

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