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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

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
Statistical comparison: Sachin Tendulkar vs Kumar Sangakkara
Statistical comparison: Sachin Tendulkar vs Kumar Sangakkara

Who is the better batsman? ‘The Gentleman’s game’ has evolved through multiple decades as new aggressive shorter formats are widely played today. Despite the ways in which the game has evolved, test cricket still stands out as a testimony to the entire game, bringing out the sport’s true essence. The cricketing universe has seen many greats cherish in the white flannels while only a few have

Jun 27 2015
Is the Ashes still cricket's greatest rivalry?
Is the Ashes still cricket's greatest rivalry?

The Sporting Times’ mock-obituary that gave birth to the Ashes “In Affectionate Remembrance of English Cricket, which died at the Oval on 29th August 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances /R.I.P. / N.B. – The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The Sporting Times, September 1882 And so it began. Reginald Brooks’ amusing mock-obituary in The Sp

Jun 22 2015
Celebrating the Home of Cricket
Celebrating the Home of Cricket

Lord’s Cricket Ground Every admirer of the game has heard endless tales about the most storied cricket ground in the world. Its iconic pavilion, its Long Room, its Honour Board, everything within it is a symbol of its charm and undying dignity. Its name itself establishes it as a place of reverence. Hailed as the Mecca of cricket, the Lord’s Cricket Ground has a grandeur as great as the game itself. Third of the Lord’s gro

Jun 14 2015
The Chris Gayle Phenomenon - Cricket's Babe Ruth and Twenty20's Don Bradman
The Chris Gayle Phenomenon - Cricket's Babe Ruth and Twenty20's Don Bradman

Babe Ruth, Chris Gayle and Don Bradman These are not comparisons that should be made lightly. Sir Donald Bradman conquered his game in almost the same way that Babe Ruth, the master of sport’s other bat and ball game – baseball – did his. Both were unrivalled giants of their era, and their records and achievements still stand the test of time today. If there is a modern day equal though, Chris Gayle’s dominance

Jun 8 2015
A look back at the historic Bodyline series
A look back at the historic Bodyline series

The notorious Bodyline series threatened to jeopardise the future of the game In the days and months following Australian cricketer Phil Hughes’s untimely demise from being hit by a bouncer, fast bowlers across the world had been reluctant to use the short ball. However, the World Cup this year stood witness to some quality short-pitched bowling testing the mettle of the batsmen at every step. A potent weapon in the bowler’s armo

May 29 2015
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch

Wally Hammond and Sir Don Bradman were individual rivals in a team sport The beauty of the IPL is that we get to see batting pairs that we would have never been able to see if it wasn’t for this tournament. The best players from various countries amalgamate to give fans a more diverse version of the game. Pairs like Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner, and MS Dhoni-Brendon McCullum have captured the imagination of

May 17 2015
Top 10 current rivalries in sport
Top 10 current rivalries in sport

Sport ranks among the greatest of human creations. While all human pursuits that make use of imagination reflect, in one way or the other, the inconsistencies of life, it is in sport that we see the man’s fight with morality most poignantly captured. How else can sport aspire to reward its spectators with the vicarious thrill of success or for that matter the numbing taste of defeat but for the presence of rivalries that are so intense tha

May 7 2015
10 most iconic numbers in cricket
10 most iconic numbers in cricket

Numbers are important. For some, they are everything. Almost everything in life is defined by numbers. Words could be factual or rumours, but numbers are almost always definite. In fact, the whole of this cyber world is a grand representation of 1s and 0s. What we read, listen and watch have 1s and 0s at the hardware level to thank for. Anyways, this article’s intention isn’t to teach binary numbers, this is about the important numbe

May 5 2015
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