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Though ranked No. 1, are India really the best in Test cricket?
Though ranked No. 1, are India really the best in Test cricket?

Virat Kohli’s boys now sit atop the ICC rankings.Self-criticism, for Indians, is analogous to antacids. You are bound to have heart-burn and acidity unless you have completed your daily ritual of criticizing the country, its politics, its economy and its sporting figures.But Indians like to look at themselves as realists. ‘Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the fu

Jan 30 2016
Kagiso Rabada rips England apart as South Africa beat England on final day
Kagiso Rabada rips England apart as South Africa beat England on final day

Rabada celebrating with teammates after picking a wicketSouth Africa beat England by 280 runs in the 4th Test of their series at SuperSport Park, Centurion. Despite the loss, England won the series 2-1.Overnight, England were 52/3 and needed 330 runs for an improbable victory after losing their top three batsmen in their second innings inside the first 10 overs as Alex Hales, Alastair Cook, and Nick Compton all departed without rea

Jan 26 2016
South Africa v England, Day 2: Visitors fightback after Quinton de Kock century helps South Africa post 475
South Africa v England, Day 2: Visitors fightback after Quinton de Kock century helps South Africa post 475

De Kock remained unbeaten with a score of 129 runsSouth Africa picked on from the first-day score of 329 runs for the loss of five wickets and went on to post a total of 475 runs as Quinton De Kock scored a century on the second day of the fourth test match. In reply, the English batsmen started steadily and finished the day with 138 runs on the board. Alastair Cook and Joe Root remained unbeaten, with the former scoring a half-century.De Ko

Jan 23 2016
Stuart Broad strikes South Africa in the afternoon, England clinch series win with 7-wicket win
Stuart Broad strikes South Africa in the afternoon, England clinch series win with 7-wicket win

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of AB de Villiers The afternoon session on the third day of the 3rd Test at the Wanderers was stage to one of Stuart Broad’s typical giant-killing spells, reducing South Africa to rubble from what had seemed like a comfortable position. Like he had turned up unexpectedly to slew Australia in Trent Bridge in 2015, Broad bowled an unplayable spell during which he conceded one run and took fi

Jan 16 2016
Stats: Hardus Viljoen takes wicket with first ball of Test career, joins elite list
Stats: Hardus Viljoen takes wicket with first ball of Test career, joins elite list

Hardus Viljoen exults on taking the wicket of Alastair Cook with his first ball26-year-old Hardus Viljoen has been given his Test debut in the ongoing match between South Africa and England at Johannesburg, and he struck gold with the very first delivery he bowled. He was introduced into the attack in the 11th over, and he got the wicket of Alastair Cook with his very first ball, caught by wicket keeper Dane Vilas.Viljoen is not the first cricket

Alastair Cook hopeful that England can clinch series at the Wanderers
Alastair Cook hopeful that England can clinch series at the Wanderers

England are already 1-0 up in the series, with their 241-run win at Durban last year.England skipper Alastair Cook is hopeful that his side can achieve victory in the third Test against South Africa that begins at the Wanderers on Thursday. Cook expects the pitches in the remaining two Tests to be result-oriented and is excited at the prospect of winning away against a strong opposition such as the Proteas. The visitors won the opening match

Jan 14 2016
Alastair Cook, Brendon McCullum, Azhar Ali and Kevin O’Brien recall their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup days
Alastair Cook, Brendon McCullum, Azhar Ali and Kevin O’Brien recall their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup days

McCullum represented New Zealand in the 1998 edition of the tournamentWith just 15 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016, current stars Alastair Cook of England, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum, Azhar Ali of Pakistan and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien recall how their participation in this tournament has helped them develop as cricketers.The upcoming tournament will take place in fou

Jan 12 2016
History of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup
History of ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Cricket’s finest young talent will be on display when the 11th edition of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is played across four cities in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February 2016. The tournament, now a full-fledged biennial marquee event after taking its first tentative steps in 1988, is the stepping stone for wide-eyed youngsters towards fulfilling their dream of playing at the highest level. Players get a first-h

Jan 11 2016
Newlands shows the way - the first 'Test' of 2016
Newlands shows the way - the first 'Test' of 2016

Hashim Amla handed over the captaincy to De Villiers with two Tests to go.An England team brimming with confidence landed in the glorious southern South African city of Cape Town, their inconsistent run flowing like water in the Table Bay. Following double 1-1 results in the West Indies and at home to New Zealand, the Ashes was clinched by a slender 3-2 margin, only to have lost 0-2 to Pakistan in the UAE. And only a day ago, they had comprehensi

Jan 9 2016
10 players who first came into the limelight due to their performances at the U19 World Cup
10 players who first came into the limelight due to their performances at the U19 World Cup

U19 Cricket World Cups have never been as big an extravaganza as other multi-team International tournaments have been. But nonetheless, the event gives us a glimpse of the upcoming sensations of World Cricket. Some of them go on to make it big like Cook or Gayle while others fade into obscurity like Mohd. Kaif did. Transitions are not always smooth, as was the case with Shikhar Dhawan while some of these youngsters are quick to a

Jan 5 2016
6 of the most innovative tactics used in Cricket in 2015
6 of the most innovative tactics used in Cricket in 2015

In 1937, we witnessed possibly the most tactical Test match ever, between Sir Gubby Allen’s England and Sir Don Bradman’s Australia. Both captains were trying to outmanoeuvre each other with unexpected declarations, and there was an unprecedented reversing of the batting order by Bradman in the second innings to protect his batsmen from a difficult pitch. There have been a lot of other innovations by captains — Martin Crowe thr

Jan 3 2016
South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Day One: Stokes' fifty gives England upper hand
South Africa v England, 2nd Test, Day One: Stokes' fifty gives England upper hand

Ben Stokes scored his 6th Test fifty to lift England out of a troublesome situationA Dale Steyn-less South African side took on England in the second Test at Newlands, Cape Town. The Proteas would have hoped to get off to a good start to the Test. However, the day was dominated by a quality batting display by the English batsmen.This is the fourth Test in the last six Tests that Steyn has missed for South Africa. 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada wa

Jan 2 2016
Top 10 run-getters in Test Cricket in 2015
Top 10 run-getters in Test Cricket in 2015

Steven Smith had a remarkable year in Test cricketAustralian captain Steven Smith, who won the ICC Cricketer of the year and the ICC Test cricketer of the year awards, couldn’t have asked for anything more as he finished 2015 as the leading run-scorer in Test cricket with 1474 runs at an average of nearly 74.Smith’s achievement requires special mention because he was handed the captaincy role at a time when Australia were humbled

Jan 2 2016
10 bizarre cricket moments in 2015 that left everyone scratching their heads
10 bizarre cricket moments in 2015 that left everyone scratching their heads

Cricket can sometimes be a very strange game; yet the vagaries only make the game more attractive. Each year, we come across bizarre moments in the game which leave fans clueless. From weird looking dismissals to players’ antics, the game continues to create unusual moments on the field. Here are 10 bizarre cricketing moments from 2015 that left everyone scratching their heads:

Dec 31 2015
Best Test XI of the Year 2015
Best Test XI of the Year 2015

The longest format of cricket saw some exhilarating action in the past 12 months. It turned out to be a platform for a new generation of superstars to step up to the plate and prove their true worth. However, even some of the seasoned campaigners came up with exceptional performances of their own and continued doing what they do best. Statistically too, 2015 has been a rich year for the cricketing world with as many as 6 batsmen scoring more tha

Dec 30 2015
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