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Why India need to encourage their spinners to carry out the clean up job
Why India need to encourage their spinners to carry out the clean up job

Ishant was at his best in Sri Lanka, but he too couldn't pick up the lower order wickets easily   2 India wrapped up their first series win in Sri Lanka by clinching the third and final Test by a margin of 117 runs at the Sinhalese Sports Club on Tuesday. It was a professional performance from Virat Kohli and his men, who put up an excellent show with both bat and ball, on a pitch, which had juice on almost all 5 day

Sep 4 2015
Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004
Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004

Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sourav Ganguly’s leadership skills were tested throughout the series Traditionally, whenever subcontinent powerhouses and arch-rivals India and Pakistan have squared off on the cricket field, the excitement generated among fans and spectators alike is enough energy to light up a few thousand villages back home in the two countries. As former wicket-keeper & captain Rashid Latif once pointed out, both sides give

Aug 30 2015
10 Indian sportspersons who did their bit for their country off the field
10 Indian sportspersons who did their bit for their country off the field

Sports are a big part of India, and the players who represent the game gain celebrity status depending on their performance. While most of the players are judged based on their on-field statistics, it is their contribution to society off the field that determines their status in history. Players can have a successful career in sports such as cricket, football, hockey, and athletics, but they will only be remembered by the fans for ages to come b

Aug 29 2015
Top 10 bowlers with most number of international wickets in cricket history
Top 10 bowlers with most number of international wickets in cricket history

Cricket, ‘the gentleman’s game’ has always been known as a game dominated by the batsmen, but there have been many outstanding bowlers who have made life hard for the batsman at the crease. No matter how many runs a team scores in a Test match, they need to pick up 20 wickets to win the match. The case in ODI’s and T20s is not much different with the bowlers playing a crucial role in restricting the opposition by pi

Aug 28 2015
Former Indian great compares Ashwin with Kumble
Former Indian great compares Ashwin with Kumble

‘Calm’ Ashwin bowling Ravichandran Ashwin is the next big thing to look forward to in India’s side, his form is taking steps of maturity and he is India’s prime spinner now in every condition. The off-spinner helped India win the second Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo to level the three-match series by 1-1. He is proving his worth in every match not only with the ball but also with the bat. After climbin

Why BCCI should involve Anil Kumble as well in the development of young cricketers
Why BCCI should involve Anil Kumble as well in the development of young cricketers

Anil Kumble during his final Test at the Ferozshah Kotla In the early part of June 2015, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) set up a three-member Advisory Committee, comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, to help provide a roadmap on how to take Indian cricket forward. The 4th member of the Big 4, Rahul Dravid was also given an important responsibility of coaching the India 'A' and the U-19 team

Aug 25 2015
India's 10 greatest ODI match-winners
India's 10 greatest ODI match-winners

I will start this with an apology. No matter how hard I tried, I can’t fit all the fan favourites in this list. Consider this a purely non-emotional piece, based on the hard stats I have turned and tortured in the last few days. I have had to cut my heart out leaving Rahul Dravid out of this list even though he is one of only three Indian batsmen to score 10000 ODI runs and is in my opinion, the finest sportsman India has ever produced. Bu

Aug 17 2015
5 times the five-bowler theory worked for India
5 times the five-bowler theory worked for India

For years, India have been a batting team. Cricket was a batsman’s game for them. MS Dhoni felt he needed the security of six batsmen apart from himself to avoid ignominious defeats. For a long time, he needed that security even with a middle order that read Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly, strange as that may seem. But new leaders generally come with new ideologies. And true to his style, with an air of characteristic diffidence and

Aug 16 2015
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge

With two days left to play in the 1st Test match and India only requiring 151 runs to win with 9 wickets in hand, many might think an Indian victory is a foregone conclusion. Statistics often tell a story, and the story it tells in this instance however, is that India are attempting a feat that has never been accomplished before – chasing a 100+ 4th innings total at Galle International Stadium. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rah

Aug 14 2015
When Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath bowled to a non-existent batsman
When Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath bowled to a non-existent batsman

They were India’s bowling spearheads for a while When Steven Finn returned to the English side in the third Test and picked up two for 38 in the first innings, Ricky Ponting said, “He looked in good rhythm today”. The words proved to be prophetic as Finn returned in the second innings to pick up a match-winning 6 for 79.  Unfortunately for Michael Clarke’s men, every single English bowler has looked in great rhy

Aug 13 2015
Top 10 Indian Performances Against Sri Lanka in Tests
Top 10 Indian Performances Against Sri Lanka in Tests

We are at the brink of another India – Sri Lanka series. Sometimes, you feel cricket boards squeeze more out of a relationship than they should. Given how many ODI bilateral series the two teams have played, they know each other’s style of playing, the players and the strategies way too well. But, to be accurate, the two teams have not played as many Tests as they have ODIs. In 35 Tests, India has an upper hand with 14 wins. Those win

Aug 9 2015
5 best bowling performances by an Indian in ODI Cricket
5 best bowling performances by an Indian in ODI Cricket

Indian fans will always remember the high-quality innings that have been played by our great batsmen. We have come across many of the top knocks by Sachin Tendulkar, arguably the biggest icon of the game, on numerous occasions. People also are aware of the Indian ODI Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s innings in the Wold Cup final or Kapil Dev’s 175 vs Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup. Be it Virat Kohli’s blazing centur

Aug 6 2015
Virat Kohli is bubbling with innovative ideas
Virat Kohli is bubbling with innovative ideas

  Sri Lankan captain, Angelo Mathews and Indian captain, Virat Kohli at a press conf. in Colombo Making the right noises about his teammates, skipper Virat Kohli may have won them over. Usually, captains are guarded while talking about the abilities of individual players. Not Kohli, he speaks his mind out to reveal his strategy and the men he needs to carry it out. The media has realised that the India captain, who is leading the team

Aug 5 2015
Former India legends' cricket involvement under conflict of interest scanner
Former India legends' cricket involvement under conflict of interest scanner

Former player like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble are now under the glare of BCCI’s crackdown on ‘conflict of interest’ The clean-up act of Indian cricket which the BCCI is attempting to do has already had some serious repercussions, and the dual roles of former India legends like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are the latest issue that has come under the spotlight, according to

Aug 3 2015
Stats: Fastest to 300 wickets and 2000 runs 'double' in Test cricket
Stats: Fastest to 300 wickets and 2000 runs 'double' in Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson jumps in delight after picking up his 300th Test wicket In what is becoming a day of landmarks in cricket, Mitchell Johnson picked up the wicket of Jonny Bairstow on Day 2 of the 3rd Ashes Test between England and Australia to reach the landmark of 300 Test wickets.  He is the fifth Australian bowler to reach this mark for Australia after Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee and Brett Lee. In

Jul 30 2015
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