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Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions
Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions

Between January 2 and January 6 in 2008, India and Australia clashed at the SCG – a match more memorable for the umpiring decisions than the actual cricket played. It was the 2nd Test Match of famous Border-Gavaskar Series, being played well before DRS was brought into implementation in Test Cricket. In cricket, you lose the match because either you played bad or the other team played much better. But there is another reason

Jul 25 2015
10 cricketers who have got into trouble due to alcohol
10 cricketers who have got into trouble due to alcohol

James Faulkner is facing a five-match ban due to drink-drive incident in Manchester There is nothing like a few cold beers after a match to celebrate or drown away your sorrows and, unless the coach has a team on a wacky diet plan, there generally isn’t much wrong with it either. At times, however, a couple of drinks have turned into full-scale benders that would not have been so fondly remembered the next morning. Englishm

Jul 21 2015
5 batsmen who made ducks on Test debut but went on to become greats
5 batsmen who made ducks on Test debut but went on to become greats

It’s a batsman’s worst nightmare: a duck on Test debut! Nobody wants to feel the embarrassment of the long walk back to the dressing room without troubling the scorers, especially not on the biggest stage in world cricket. For these 5 players, though, that’s exactly what happened. However, they turned it around to be remembered in cricket folklore for all the right reasons. Read on to find out who they are.

Jun 24 2015
10 times an unfancied bowler tore through a top batting side
10 times an unfancied bowler tore through a top batting side

A good bowler is always expected to make a dent in the batting lineup of the opposition and usually can deliver when the team expects him to. But there have been numerous occasions in the past, where a bowler, following the real life example of David and Goliath has rattled a quality batting side, even when the odds were stacked heavily against the former. Here’s a look at 10 such top moments: 10. Ken MacLeay vs India

Jun 18 2015
Video: Unluckiest dismissal in the history of cricket
Video: Unluckiest dismissal in the history of cricket

On the 13th of January in 2006, during the 1st ODI match of the VB Triangular Series between Australia and Sri lanka, there was a freak dismissal which can be classified as one of the unluckiest ways of getting out.  The Sri lankan team won the toss chose to field first. The Aussies were in a good position, but lost a few quick wickets at the wrong time. They still had Michael Clarke and Andrew S

10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms
10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms

There have been various instances in the recent past where the gentleman’s game has shown its dark side to the world. Every player would always love to script his career in the way he wants it to progress, but not always can one escape the wrath of the misfortunes that the game brings.  Ups and downs are part and parcel of the sport but when a legend’s career ends in a decline, it is always heart-breaking. Every hero i

May 31 2015
Video: When Andrew Symonds allowed two kids to field in a match
Video: When Andrew Symonds allowed two kids to field in a match

A few years ago, ahead of every Australian summer we used to witness an all-star team taking on an Australian XI. The All-star XI would usually comprise of some retired cricketers whereas the Australian XI would consist of current players.  In November 2008, when the two teams clashed in the exhibition game, there was a wonderful moment at the Gabba when Aussie allrounder Andrew Symonds allowed two young kids to take his spot on t

May 29 2015
6 instances of 30 or more runs scored in an over in IPL history
6 instances of 30 or more runs scored in an over in IPL history

The IPL is back. Long sixes, fast fours, huge totals, high chases, fast fifties and centuries, and all the other razzmatazz. Seven seasons of IPL, but there have been no occasion of a batsman hitting six sixes in an over so far. There has been an over where more than 36 runs were scored though, courtesy a no-ball.  In all, there have been six instances where 30 or more runs were scored from one over. May there be a seventh occasion at lea

Apr 9 2015
Top 5 Australia-New Zealand ODIs of all time
Top 5 Australia-New Zealand ODIs of all time

It has been a month-and-a-half of carnival, and as the climax of cricket’s showpiece tournament, we have a fight-out for the World Cup title between the two nations who have jointly hosted the 2015 edition – Australia and New Zealand. Australia have an 85-35 win record against their neighbours in ODIs, and also have the advantage of having played 6 World Cup finals before, having turned out victors on 4 of those occasions. New Zeala

Mar 28 2015
AB de Villiers vs West Indies: Fastest 150 in ODIs and other records
AB de Villiers vs West Indies: Fastest 150 in ODIs and other records

AB de Villiers acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century against the West Indies AB de Villiers has produced another performance worthy of his present standards. He reached 50 off 30 balls, 100 off 52 balls, 150 off 64 balls and 162* off 66 balls in the innings which included 17 fours and eight strokes over the boundary line. He smashed the second fastest century in the history of World Cups and the second fastest century of hi

Feb 28 2015
South Africa are the standout team: James Faulkner
South Africa are the standout team: James Faulkner

James Faulkner According to Australian all-rounder James Faulkner, South Africa would be the standout team in the upcoming 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The 24-year-old believes that the Proteas have an extremely balanced side and if they bring their best out, it won't be easy to beat them. “I think South Africa will be very good in Australia. Obviously they had the opportunity to p

Jan 27 2015
Ponting names bowling trio as Australia's World Cup hopefuls
Ponting names bowling trio as Australia's World Cup hopefuls

Ricky Ponting names three bowlers who could be a part of Australian World Cup team Melbourne, Dec 29 (IANS) Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named three bowlers - pace pair Jason Behrendorff and Gurinder Sandhu and spinner Aston Agar - as potential candidates for Australia's 15-man 2015 ICC World Cup squad. "Jason Behrendorff from the Perth Scorchers has been a standout for me so far in the Big Bash, and his domestic reco

Dec 30 2014
Australian board let players down during 'Monkeygate': Allan Border
Australian board let players down during 'Monkeygate': Allan Border

Indian and Australian players at the ICC hearing in 2008 Sydney – Former captain Allan Border said the country's cricket board, Cricket Australia (CA), abandoned its players during the infamous 'Monkeygate' incident, surrendering to the considerable might of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and choosing money over morality. Border also said it was a reason for him to quit CA, he writes in his new book

Nov 9 2014
Satire: 6 excerpts from Harbhajan Singh's upcoming autobiography
Satire: 6 excerpts from Harbhajan Singh's upcoming autobiography

Illustrious Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh, better known as the Turbanator for his overused talent of running through the opposition line-up with uncanny regularity is finally set to release his long-pending autobiography titled ‘From Pav to Bhajji’. The charismatic Navjot Singh Sidhu is said to have penned the preface of the book that’s slated to release on April Fools’ Day next year. This autobiography is going to be t

Nov 8 2014
Wanted to call off Australia tour over 'Monkeygate': Sachin Tendulkar
Wanted to call off Australia tour over 'Monkeygate': Sachin Tendulkar

Umpires Mark Benson (2nd L) talking with India's Harbhajan Singh (2nd R) as Sachin Tendulkar (R) and and umpire Steve Bucknor (L) look on during day three of the second Test match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground Mumbai – Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday said he defended teammate Harbhajan Singh staunchly during the infamous 'Monkeygate' dispute in Australia and his stance "almost caus

Nov 5 2014
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