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Satire: A cricket journalist grills rain, a long time match fixer
Satire: A cricket journalist grills rain, a long time match fixer

An interview with a perennial culprit There are things in life that you believe in; there are things you don’t. Then, there are things that you wished you could believe and there are things you wished you didn’t believe. I was first told about the man whom you are always a few lines away from knowing, during my childhood. It was told as a part of the onerous ritual to shove a ball of rice into my mouth. I often demanded 2 such t

Jul 28 2015
Those unheralded knights - Indian bowlers
Those unheralded knights - Indian bowlers

Not quite the acclaimed ones Indian bowlers - The first response that would be evoked from many cricket aficionados would be disparage. In a country where bowlers are seen as the blue-collar workmen who act as a sideshow to the home-grown white-collar batting immortals, there have been quite a few bowlers who have managed to captivate the attention and instill buoyancy amongst the people. We take a look at the top ten such bowlers who have

Jul 28 2015
The much derided, yet flamboyant ones - Pakistan's 10 greatest batsmen of all time
The much derided, yet flamboyant ones - Pakistan's 10 greatest batsmen of all time

Pakistan Cricket: Filled with Panache   There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and a Pakistani batting collapse. Historically, two of the most ridiculed aspects of cricket are Pakistani batting and Indian bowling. Pakistan’s national obsession is bowling, specifically extreme pace and swing. But for all their batting frailties, they have produced some excellent batsmen who have added flair and charact

Jul 24 2015
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic

Wahab Riaz in action during the World Cup 2015 quarter final against Australia Extreme. Inconsistent. Mercurial. These are the words people use to describe Pakistani Cricket. Fantastic one day, horrendous the next. Better than the best on their day. Worse than the worst when it’s not. They lose when nobody expects them to. They win when nobody expects them to. Therein lies the beauty of Pakistani Cricket. In its capacity to s

Jul 20 2015
To walk or not to walk - Jos Buttler's honesty and cricket's most difficult ethical dilemma
To walk or not to walk - Jos Buttler's honesty and cricket's most difficult ethical dilemma

Australia’s Peter Nevill appeals for England’s Jos Buttler’s wicket 24-year-old English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did the unthinkable on Saturday, the Day 3 of the 2nd Ashes Test – he walked. England were batting at 210/6, Alastair Cook and Buttler patiently trying to get close to Australia’s massive first innings score of 566, when umpire Kumar Dharmasena failed to spot the England No.7 feathering an edge

Mohammed Shami becomes father
Mohammed Shami becomes father

Mohammed Shami during the 2015 World Cup Kolkata, July 18: Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has been blessed with a baby girl. Shami became a father on Friday when his wife Hasin Jahan gave birth to a baby girl at a private health facility. "It is a baby girl. She is doing fine," a close relative told IANS over Shami's mobile phone on Saturday. Shami has been ruled out of action on the cricket pitch for three months following a

Jul 19 2015
New ODI rules could have been introduced before World Cup: Former India bowling coach Eric Simons
New ODI rules could have been introduced before World Cup: Former India bowling coach Eric Simons

Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons pictured during a 2011 World Cup training session One of the least high-profile heroes of the champion Indian cricket team in the 2011 World Cup, bowling coach Eric Simons, who was later thought to have been made a scapegoat for India’s poor shows in England and Australia, spoke about the new ODI rules and India’s current bowling lineup. Simons, a former South African player from t

Jul 18 2015
The Angelo Mathews-Marvan Atapattu combo and the retrograde of Sri Lanka cricket
The Angelo Mathews-Marvan Atapattu combo and the retrograde of Sri Lanka cricket

Angelo Mathews and Marvan Atapattu pictured prior to the Pallekele Test against Pakistan I thought about ranting on it after the Test defeat in Sharjah. Mathews had just been baptised as the captain. So let's wait, I thought. Then there was a glimmer of hope in Headingley, England. Mathews braved to Mankade Jos Butler and was found to be the chief architect of the bouts of sledging aimed at Joe Root. He is fast impro

Jul 18 2015
David Richardson hints ICC will hold further talks to get cricket included in Olympics
David Richardson hints ICC will hold further talks to get cricket included in Olympics

David Richardson backs MCC’s view of backing T20 cricket for the 2024 Olympics ICC chief executive David Richardson has given the strongest hint yet that they will push for cricket to be included in the Olympics, ESPNcricinfo reported. The game has been played at the world’s premier international event only once, way back in 1900, but cricket enthusiasts have been pushing for the T20 version to be made part of the 2024 games. Cr

Jul 17 2015
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