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
Despite being regarded as a country lacking genuinely fast bowlers, India has managed to produce some of them who, at their peak, have managed to bowl some really fast deliveries to unsettle the batsmen all over the world. Here are some of the fastest deliveries bowled by Indian bowlers.The list includes only those deliveries whose speeds have been officially measured.
This record of Ajit Agarkar has to be one of the most hard to beat. During the 1999 tour of Australia, Agarkar made 5 ducks in Tests, out of which 4 were golden ducks. Again in 2001 in Mumbai, he got out on a duck in both innings. Here’s a collection of all those ducks. The funny part is his reaction when he survived his 5th consecutive golden duck and 8th consecutive duck. http://youtu.be/lIZ_V7wgEB8
The dictionary says: “Sport is an outdoor or indoor game, competition, or activity needing physical effort and skill and usually carried on according to rules.” On asking a sport fan how she defined the sport she follows madly, she replied “Sport is much more than being just a physical game; it is a way of life.” What allure do sports and the respective sportspersons hold for us? Why is sport such a big deal? Astronauts explore th
India’s got talent! Poor death bowling has finally forced BCCI’s hand to try something innovative Team India has been subjected to a string of defeats over the past few months and the prime reason for most defeats has been terrible bowling in the slog overs. Because of hapless death-overs bowling, India has lost many a game from comfortable positions. Much more importantly, the Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s beard has taken a beating.
Dhawal Kulkarni with Sachin Tendulkar It would have hurt a lot of people in Mumbai cricket after they lost to Maharashtra in the last Ranji trophy quarter final. Mumbai cricket is going through a phase, what is known as, transition period in cricketing dictionary. A certain Sachin Tendulkar won’t even make those rare appearances for them any more. With national selectors forgetting him, Wasim Jaffer may find it difficult to motivate himself f