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10 reasons why no batsman will ever come close to Sir Donald Bradman
10 reasons why no batsman will ever come close to Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman “There was no one like him and I don’t think anyone will be,” Sir Alec Bedser said of Sir Donald Bradman. Arguably the greatest cricketer of all time, The Don was born on this day 107 years ago and the rest, as they say, is history. More than 66 years since his retirement and 14 years after his death, the records that Bradman still has to his name are innumerable. Much like his iconic status, h

Aug 27 2015
Kumar Sangakkara did not achieve true potential, says father Kshema
Kumar Sangakkara did not achieve true potential, says father Kshema

Kumar Sangakkara seen with his family Father and first coach to Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, Kshema Sangakkara, expressed to The Indian Express his views on the career of his son, also comparing him to other Sri Lanka legends. In the flood of tributes that have come from all around the world to mark the legend’s retirement from the international stage, his father’s estimation has also struck a lot of people on th

Aug 26 2015
Why Kumar Sangakkara is, statistically at least, the greatest batsman after Don Bradman
Why Kumar Sangakkara is, statistically at least, the greatest batsman after Don Bradman

Thank You Sanga Kumar Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which he played in 134 Tests (scoring 12,400 runs, 182 catches, 131 catches as a wicket-keeper as well as 20 stumpings), 404 ODIs (14,234 runs, 402 catches, 383 as wicket-keeper and 99 stumpings) and 56 T20Is (1,382 runs, 26 catches as wicket-keeper and 20 stumpings). He also led Sri Lanka in 15 Tests, 45 ODI

Aug 24 2015
10 most heartbreaking moments in Cricket history
10 most heartbreaking moments in Cricket history

Sports, in many ways, mirrors reality television. Emotions run high, and the desire to succeed burns like a flame in the minds of players. Cricket is by no means an exception, and with the extent of hard work and determination that players show on the field, coming in at second place is no compensation. The level of competitiveness in professional sports reaches great heights, and when both sides give their all, end up as the second-best, i

Aug 22 2015
The Dhyanchand-Bradman meet: When India's greatest hockey player met Australia's greatest batsman
The Dhyanchand-Bradman meet: When India's greatest hockey player met Australia's greatest batsman

Major Dhyanchand and Donald Bradman One doesn't need any introduction to these two stalwarts of sports - Major Dhyanchand and Sir Donald Bradman. One captured everyone's imagination through his style, flair and his ability to score a flurry of goals at ease while Don Bradman scored runs as though it was the only thing he was born to do.  Field Hockey and Cricket have a lot in common and the most obvious bei

4 players who were supposedly better than Sir Donald Bradman
4 players who were supposedly better than Sir Donald Bradman

Let me begin this article apologizing to all cricket devotees who would consider questioning Bradman’s forte a blasphemy. But I indulge myself in questioning percepts and I am a proud adherent of “Socratic questioning”. Though, the belief world over is that Bradman is the greatest ever cricketer of all time, there have been nonconformists who have questioned such an Apocrypha. This article is not intended to draw comparisons b

Aug 16 2015
The 15 most iconic images in Cricket history
The 15 most iconic images in Cricket history

From a game played solely among the English elite as early as in the sixteenth century, the game of cricket has come a long way and is followed by millions of fans all over the world. In a sport as old and popular as cricket, there are certainly bound to be hundreds of moments that have captured a permanent spot in the hearts of people world over. After all, nine slips for a batsman, and aluminium bats aren't a very common sight in cric

Aug 14 2015
Steven Smith registers 10th highest Test batting rating of all time
Steven Smith registers 10th highest Test batting rating of all time

Steven Smith celebrates after reaching his double century at Lord's Australian batsman Steven Smith, over the last year, has been in batting form that has rarely been witnessed in the sport of cricket. After his double century against England at Lord’s last week, the 26-year-old regained the numero uno spot in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. Smith’s current rating of 936 is not only the highest in the world currently

Jul 22 2015
The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?
The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?

Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar – who is the greatest ODI cricketer of all time? You’re picking the Greatest ODI Player. You’d look among the Top 10 ODI Players, right? Why? They’ve been tested the most. Right? Wrong, says a jury that voted for Viv Richards. Those tired claims again – World Cup ‘final’ heroics, bowling, fielding, captaincy. In a history of over 3600 ODIs, do a few

Jul 7 2015
Angelo Mathews - The second innings superstar
Angelo Mathews - The second innings superstar

Angelo Mathews in action at Pallekele Angelo Mathews is pulling off another outstanding second innings rearguard act at Pallekele against Pakistan as I write. At end of the third day’s play in the ongoing Test, he has the second highest second innings average in the history of Test cricket, only behind Sir Don Bradman. The burly all-rounder, who was assumed to be a bits-and-pieces limited overs specialist when he debuted in 2008, has

Jul 6 2015
12 memorable quotes about defining Ashes moments
12 memorable quotes about defining Ashes moments

Doesn’t it feel like we just had the Ashes yesterday? And already, we have on our hands another chapter of this historic drama. This could be one of the more memorable ones purely because of the brand of cricket we’ve seen both these teams play recently. Australia have always been considered to play the aggressive no-holds-barred style of cricket. And if the England-New Zealand test and ODI series offered us a taste of how Engla

Jul 5 2015
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths

Viv Richards or Sachin Tendulkar – who is The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time? In a recent exercise by the Cricket Monthly, a panel of 50 expert players, commentators and writers voted Viv Richards as The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time. A closer look at Richards' batting average and strike-rate suggests that some stats hide more than they reveal. The Richards aura was heady – one that some just can’t shrug

Jul 4 2015
Factors to be considered while comparing cricketers of different eras
Factors to be considered while comparing cricketers of different eras

Is it fair to compare Bradman with Sachin? How often do we come across comparisons between two great players of different eras? Cricket is predominantly a numbers game with records getting tumbled one after another with time. One legend creates it, another legend breaks it. Every viewer will have their choice of cricketer that they’d deem as the greatest to have played the game. That choice will have been made after comparisons between

Jul 4 2015
New ICC President Zaheer Abbas ranks resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties as top agenda
New ICC President Zaheer Abbas ranks resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties as top agenda

Zaheer Abbas succeeds Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladeshi ICC President who resigned after the 2015 World Cup Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, the newly elected ICC President, stressed that reviving India-Pakistan bilateral tours would be one of his top priorities in his new post. He also said that resumption of India-Pakistan cricket ties would be good for the global image of the sport, apart from rightfully rekindling one of the most popul

Jun 28 2015