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Best quotes on fast bowling from the players in the line of fire
Best quotes on fast bowling from the players in the line of fire

“Batting may be cricket’s heartbeat, but fast bowling is its pulse” A matter that is explored in Speed Thrills, a new book released this week.  Written by ex-Australian pacer Rodney Hogg and features 17 fastest bowlers alive. Encompassing various aspects of pace bowling, the book promises to be a gripping read. The book contains many interesting examples and quotes to keep the readers glued to it. Facing qual

Aug 9 2015
5 things every fan remembers from the 90s
5 things every fan remembers from the 90s

“It was Gavaskar The real master Just like a wall We couldn't out Gavaskar at all, not at all You know the West Indies couldn't out Gavaskar at all.” Quite a few people remember The Gavaskar Calypso written by Lord Relator to celebrate Sunil Gavaskar's first Test series in the West Indies in 1970-71. The lyric is particularly significant as it epitomises the powerful sense of nostalgia that cricket never fails to evoke.

Aug 3 2015
Dale Steyn - The greatest fast bowler to have played Test cricket
Dale Steyn - The greatest fast bowler to have played Test cricket

Dale Steyn congratulated by his teammates after claiming his 400th Test wicket Mitchell Johnson blew away the English batting line-up with his pace at Lord’s to hand England a hiding. James Anderson responded for England, making the Australians dance to his tune at Edgbaston. Both of them, at different times, have been contenders for the title of “the best pace bowler of this generation”. In fact, many Australian

Aug 1 2015
Stats: Mustafizur Rahman becomes the 10th bowler to take a 5-wicket haul on ODI debut
Stats: Mustafizur Rahman becomes the 10th bowler to take a 5-wicket haul on ODI debut

Mustafizur has become the second Bangladeshi to take 5 wickets on debut 19-year-old left arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman made history last night during his side’s emphatic win over India by becoming the 10th bowler in ODI history to take a 5-wicket haul on debut.  Incidentally, exactly one year ago, another young prodigy Taskin Ahmed (his new ball partner last night) became the first Bangladeshi bowler to achieve this feat aga

Jun 19 2015
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time

Ricky Ponting with his two World Cup trophies as a captain Australia’s Ricky Ponting leads the chart of most successful One-Day International (ODI) captains, followed by South African Hansie Cronje and his compatriot Steve Waugh. The ranks were given on the basis of players leading his team in minimum 100 matches as a captain. Interestingly, Ponting is also the player who has captained a side for the most number of ODI matches (230)

Allan Donald steps down as South Africa bowling coach
Allan Donald steps down as South Africa bowling coach

Allan Donald Johannesburg, April 14 (IANS) Fast bowling legend Allan Donald on Tuesday stepped down as South Africa's bowling coach after four successful years in the role. The South African took over the job in June 2011 and helped the team become the top-ranked Test nation in 2012. "I was blessed to have worked with the best bowling attack in the world over a four-year period and leave with fond memories and experiences," D

Apr 14 2015
Injured Starc will be a big loss, claims Allan Donald
Injured Starc will be a big loss, claims Allan Donald

Starc will miss the first two to three weeks of the tournament Mitchell Starc’s loss for the initial few weeks of the tournament will be huge, claims Allan Donald. The bowling coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore expects the other bowlers to step up in his absence as the team also has to cope up with the potential absence of New Zealand speedster Adam Milne who is recovering from a bruised heel. "I heard last night that Star

Apr 5 2015
An open letter to the South African Cricket fans to keep supporting their team
An open letter to the South African Cricket fans to keep supporting their team

South Africa will be back stronger Dear South African National Cricket Team fans, Greetings!!! Firstly congratulations to you and your team for making it to the semi finals off ICC CWC 2015 and giving the sport one of the best ODIs ever. Your team has played its Cricket in the right spirit of the game. South Africa’s slot in the final four of this event aptly justifies the quality of Cricket they&nbs

Mar 29 2015
Steve Waugh - The Man O' War
Steve Waugh - The Man O' War

Steve Waugh – Down but never out They don’t make them as tough as Stephen Rodger Waugh. Called by many names such as Tugga, Iceman, Man o' War by his team mates, the elder of the Waugh twins could chew bones if he were asked to do so by his team. He was the type of character you would want beside you in a tough battle. A classic embodiment of the ultimate evolved cricketer. Steve Waugh’s cricket is a tale of

Mar 27 2015
Tales from World Cup semis: Wahab Riaz's fifer, the South African referendum and Gary Gilmour's dazzling entry
Tales from World Cup semis: Wahab Riaz's fifer, the South African referendum and Gary Gilmour's dazzling entry

1999 World Cup semi-final: Lance Klusener and Allan Donald run as Steve Waugh gestures The World Cup semis are upon us – that time of cricket’s showpiece tournament which produces the most well-known cricket anecdotes to last the years. History only ever remembered the victor though – Lance Klusener running back to the pavilion is the defining moment of the ‘99 World Cup only in the more obscure annals of t

Mar 24 2015
IPL 2015: RCB appoint Bharat Arun as assistant coach
IPL 2015: RCB appoint Bharat Arun as assistant coach

Bharat Arun has been credited for the improved showing of the Indian bowlers in the ongoing World Cup Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have appointed current Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun as their assistant coach for the 2015 IPL season. The 52-year-old will join Daniel Vettori (head coach), Allan Donald (bowling coach) and Trent Woodhill (batting coach) in the RCB support staff. Arun, wh

Mar 23 2015
Bowling coach Allan Donald confident of South Africa's World Cup chances
Bowling coach Allan Donald confident of South Africa's World Cup chances

Allan Donald Former South African fast bowler and current bowling coach of the national side Allan Donald has brushed away talk of their premier fast bowler Dale Steyn carrying any injury, adding that he didn't play the warm-up game against New Zealand on Wednesday only because they want him to be completely fit prior to their first fixture against Zimbabwe at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. "Everyone is fine. We

Feb 13 2015
Most incredible matches in World Cup history: 1 - Australia vs South Africa (1999)
Most incredible matches in World Cup history: 1 - Australia vs South Africa (1999)

The 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa continues to remain the greatest match in World Cup history Which games end up as the greatest ever? There have been numerous ties and even greater close shaves in ODI cricket. Some of them have been played between unequal opponents and others between equally formidable arch-rivals. All of them have evoked contrasting reactions – ecstasy for one and agony for another. Which one,

Feb 13 2015
5 Forgettable moments for South Africa in the World Cup
5 Forgettable moments for South Africa in the World Cup

If you are a South African fan, better visit your cardiologist before the World Cup begins. South Africa, despite playing in the least number of World Cups (among the Top 8 teams) has produced the most number of memorable (forgettable for the team) moments for cricket fans. Here’s a look at the Top 5 forgettable moments for South Africa in World Cups:

Feb 13 2015