The victorious 2007 T20 World Cup squad Three hours might not seem much to many, but in cricket, three hours can change your entire life. Three hours can make a hasty decision to appoint a wicket-keeper as captain look like a master plan. Three hours can turn nobodies into superstars. Three hours can give the world a new champion. On this day – 24th September – eight years ago, India won the inaugural ICC World T20 and history wa
Ramakant Achrekar A student is only as good as their teacher. The old axiom says that if all fails, do what your teacher once told you. Even in the sport of cricket, it holds firm. On the special occasion of Teacher’s day, we take a minute to honour one of the most successful teachers to have graced the game – Padma Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Born in Maharashtra, Achrekar quickly found out that he was not cut out for playing the g
Cricket is such an overwhelmingly large beast. It is so incredibly large that it is a wonder most fans haven’t taken a moment to think about the scale of operations. There is organised cricket in all corners of the world, in all formats of the game, at any given time – to say nothing of informal games in the gullies of the subcontinent or the beaches of Australia. International, county, state, school level – you name it, there&
The game of cricket portrays emotions in a beautiful canvas. The reactions of each team that plays the game is mirrored by its fans on a huge scale. Cricketers have immense potential to draw out emotions from the spectators of the sport, and their actions can make the entire world beam with joy, be it a cheeky gesture on-field, a witty remark during the presentation ceremony, a show of sportsmanship, or even an expressive celebration.
It’s no secret that Cricket is a batsman’s game. Flat pitches, short boundaries, broad bats, fielding restrictions are all equally responsible for this tilt in balance towards the batsmen. With the advent of T20 cricket, the bowlers have been made to suffer even more. All the spectators want to see are fours and sixes. However, there are some bowlers who manage to attract crowds, who manage to steal the limelight. Bowlers such as Bre
Sometimes, a great beginning is all that kickstarts a career. It builds the platform for a player to launch his/her career, it certainly does boost the confidence. Some players start their career in the most blistering fashion. They explode to the scene, like the second-coming of a Big Bang, to make themselves known as the next big thing. Some do justice to their starts and become elite figures of the game. The others, however, disappear into ob
Ajit Agarkar surprised as Rahane selected as captain Former Indian bowler, Ajit Agarkar, expressed his astonishment, after Indian selectors named Ajinkya Rahane as the captain for the Zimbabwe tour, which starts on the 10th of July. The news of Rahane being selected as captain has come as surprise because he lost his spot in the playing XI in the ODI team after Dhoni stated that there were aspects in his batting that he
Rahul Dravid (R) celebrates victory in Adelaide with Ajit Agarkar As a bonafide stickler for storytelling, I love it when cricket tells a story. It adds so much depth to a rudimentary bat and ball game and gets nations invested with all their hearts – so much so that a victory is treated with an exuberant celebration tantamount to an Independence Day one. The Australia vs India Border-Gavaskar series of 2003-04, was in
The tour of Australia is one of the most difficult tours that a team can embark upon. The touring party is tested endlessly by the relentless Aussies on the field. They are equally tested by the fans and the media off the field. Team India, with many young faces has already begun this testing tour with one practice game ending in a draw and the other called off owing to Phil Hughes’ sad demise. The test series is just a few days away.
India touring Australia is always a mouth-watering prospect for cricket lovers. India’s tour this time kicks off with the first Test match at the Gabba, Brisbane which starts from December 4. Virat Kohli will continue with his captaining stint for the first Test, while for Australia, Michael Clarke is unsure to play given his hamstring injury and Shane Watson or even Steven Smith could step into his shoes. It will be a very fascinating contest
There’s no denying the fact that the number zero plays a significant role in all walks of life. Right from the clock hitting the 00:00 mark and bringing in a new day, month, year, decade and so on, to starting the car every morning from 0 and progressing to nearly about 100 km/hr, to celebrating every additional 0 to one’s pay check – the limit of this sometimes mysterious placeholder is boundless. The world of sport in no exce
Over the last two and a half decades, Indian cricket has seen it all; the 90s were perhaps the darkest years in modern cricket history where India won only one away Test, that too against Sri Lanka, and was then dragged into the quagmire of match-fixing towards the end of the millennium. 2000-2010 was a definite high, with India registering several overseas victories under the able captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, and later A
Ajit Agarkar delivers a half tracker that doesn’t bounce as much as Steve Waugh expects it to. Waugh gets a blow on his elbow, which forces him to retire hurt in his penultimate Test match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4v1e_WgYh4
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli The striking common feature in both the Indian practice matches in England – against Leicestershire and Derbyshire - is that the Indian bowlers have been unable to take more than 5 wickets in any of the three innings they have bowled in, and this despite giving a go to all their 6 pace bowlers and the pace bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny, an unusually large number to carry around even
Moeen Ali and James Anderson faced most deliveries for a 10th-wicket pair in 4th innings of a Test Despite James Anderson and Moeen Ali just failing in their task to get England home against Sri Lanka in the second Test match of the tour to squander the series to the visitors, they did successfully manage to break a record that stood for nearly 12 years. The England pair during their innings of high concentration, faced 121 delive