Every time the Indian cricket team goes on a tour of England, the wailing about blustery conditions, green tops, on which only English bowlers seemed to get wickets for the asking, used to be a routine. Some used to add unpalatable food, too, to round off the misery. To an extent, all these excuses come in handy only when India toured England in the first half of the summer when the weather is cruel with traces of residual winter accompanied by
Over the last decade, the India-England rivalry has taken a new turn, getting more intense than ealier. The added flavour of history – the British rule of India – has always been present, but the rivalry has become more vocal in the last 10 years. Here we look at some of the most memorable matches these two teams have played in Test cricket. India played its first cricket match against England in 1932 on June 25, when they
As India take a commanding 2-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar series with an all-round team performance, one wonders about the veracity and the depth of the team’s actual strength and potential, especially after its struggle to maintain its home-ground supremacy against the English team just a couple of months ago. Though against the Australians, the team’s performance has been quite solid and inspired, not much has been altered to make it so.
The axing of Gautam Gambhir prior to the highly anticipated and much important home series against the Aussies has come as a rude shock for many. For someone who was anointed the ‘second wall’ of Indian batting, many feel his omission was unceremonious and rather uncalled for. The classy southpaw, who took forever to cement his place in the Indian cricket team, owing to the batting line up being packed by to-be legends, became one of the mai
New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS): Bowing to pressure from the Pataudi family, particularly his wife Sharmila Tagore, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Wednesday finally decided to institute an annual lecture after former captain late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. “The memorial lecture will be an humble recognition of his contribution to the sport,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement. Tagore had written a scathing lett
While home conditions in any other sport would mean solid support from a packed stadium, familiar environment and probably some refereeing leeway in those borderline decisions, home conditions in cricket have an additional dimension added to it. Yes, that’s right – the nature of the pitch. Home conditions mean the very pitches that you played on ever since you first padded up to face your first delivery or marked your run up to bowl. It also
Sydney - Australian spinners Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty are analysing the performance of their English counterparts in India ahead of the four-match Test series in the sub-continent later in the month. Lyon and Doherty are the frontline spinners in the 17-man squad announced for the tour of India beginning in Chennai Feb 22. Though the Indians are considered great players of spin, the Australian duo have taken heart from Graeme Swann and Mon
Advertising has become an indelible part of cricket today, aiming to make the feeble whispers of the fifty over game and measured courtesies of the longer format heard amidst the clamour and frenzy of cricket’s cash-cows, the ostensibly promoted T20 leagues. No longer do you have just match stills played as a part of the advertisement, which would have sufficed to generate enough buzz, but now one must put up with cricketers or much worse, cel