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6 retired players who would still find a place in their respective teams
6 retired players who would still find a place in their respective teams

Harsha Bhogle once remarked- “Another flower must bloom, another boy must become a man.” This beautifully sums up the essence of retirement in a sport. The aura of our champion players seems to grow with each day after they are gone. All their failures on the turf are tucked in nicely in some dingy corner of our heart as we continue basking in the glory of the numerous achievements that defined their celebrated career

Jul 10 2015
Cricketers who braved injuries and continued to play for their country
Cricketers who braved injuries and continued to play for their country

Injuries have always been a part of the game in cricket or in any other sport. We have seen broken jaws and limbs as a result of players colliding with each other or getting hit by the ball on several occasions.  We all remember the tragedy that took the life of Raman Lamba. One more recent bad memory is that of Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who collapsed on the field was later declared dead. Sometimes, however,

Jul 10 2015
10 iconic ODI partnerships which changed the course of the match
10 iconic ODI partnerships which changed the course of the match

Cricket, though popularly known for the heroics of individual performances, is ultimately a team game and partnerships, although a hidden and relatively unknown criterion, have a deep impact over the game. Partnerships are very crucial in cricket and form the backbone for a high intensity and competitive match. They not only provide a firm and strong base for the batting side but they also play an immensely important role in helping a team

Jul 6 2015
5 surprise captaincy picks that went on to become legendary leaders
5 surprise captaincy picks that went on to become legendary leaders

The art of captaincy holds more importance in cricket than in any other sport. While the manager/coach is in charge in most sports, cricket is a different game altogether as no other team sport goes on for as long as cricket. Hence, the role of a captain becomes pivotal and holds more significance than the coach as most of the decisions need to be made instinctively. A captain also needs to have thick skin as he is at the end of most criticism w

Jul 5 2015
10 great players who failed to make a mark in India
10 great players who failed to make a mark in India

Cricket has had its fair share of legends. There are players who have shown class irrespective of pitch, conditions and opponents. Then there are some players who have done exactly the same at all places but one. You can call it jinx or luck or anything you want to. It doesn’t take their greatness away, but it does provide a talking point on their illustrious career. India, for example, has been a tough country to visit due to its turning

Special Performances in Landmark 100th Test
Special Performances in Landmark 100th Test

Younis Khan became fifth Pakistani player to play 100 Tests Not enough foreign tours, no International cricket at home, no International cricket against India, not enough Tests in a calendar year; despite all this, if a Pakistani cricketer manages to appear in 100 Tests, it is an achievement like no other. Definitely a bigger achievement than it is for cricketers from other test playing nations. Especially the ones from the so-called "B

Jun 28 2015
World Ambidextrous ODI XI of the 21st Century
World Ambidextrous ODI XI of the 21st Century

Ambidextrous people are those who can use both their hands to good effect (if not equal) for various tasks. Some people can even use both their hands for writing. The game of cricket has seen quite a few stars coming from such a breed. There are those who can switch from a right-hander to being a left-hander or vice-versa while batting – like Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell; while some can throw with either of their arms wit

Jun 27 2015
10 youngest captains in Test cricket history
10 youngest captains in Test cricket history

When Cricket Australia appointed Steven Smith to take over the Australian team’s Test captaincy in Michael Clarke’s absence last December, it surprised many, including the player himself, as the Aussie Test side included many players who had a lot more experience than the 25-year-old Smith. There are many contemporary players, apart from Smith, who have captained their national Test sides in their mid-twenties – the likes of Vi

Jun 17 2015
Has Australia's strategy of sticking with older cricketers ruined young talent?
Has Australia's strategy of sticking with older cricketers ruined young talent?

Australian players celebrate winning the 2015 World Cup final Cricket Australia has a phobia of going for the gamble with rookies. It has increasingly becoming a  trend with Cricket Australia (CA) to favour players above the age of 25 – veterans of the domestic league who are rewarded with a national call-up after having been ignored for a long time. Surprisingly, this has become a successful ploy over a period of two decade

Jun 16 2015
10 less gifted cricketers who became legends
10 less gifted cricketers who became legends

It is hard not to romanticise a game like cricket. There is so much involved at so many different levels, you cannot quite put your finger on just one aspect that you could do with or without. Some players were gifted with a lot of talent and very little temperament. Some were not naturally gifted. They didn’t come with a silken touch or natural swing. Yet, would you really call them not gifted because some of them went on to become legend

Jun 15 2015
Alastair Cook youngest to score 9,000 Test runs, overtakes Sachin Tendulkar by 94 days
Alastair Cook youngest to score 9,000 Test runs, overtakes Sachin Tendulkar by 94 days

England’s Alastair Cook during the 2nd Test match against New Zealand England may have lost the second Test match to New Zealand in Leeds, but it was a historic Test match for England’s captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler James Anderson. Alastair Cook became the youngest Test player to reach 9,000 runs, by making 56 runs on the last day of the match. Cook achieved this milestone at 30 years and 159 days,&nb

Jun 3 2015
The Forgotten 'ZULU' cricketer
The Forgotten 'ZULU' cricketer

Lance Klusener The South African cricketer, Lance Klusener who was famously known as 'ZULU' among cricket fans is one of the most skilled players to have ever played the game. Having spent his childhood among the Zulu children in a sugarcane farm, Klusener made his first-class debut for Dolphins at the age of 20 and soon broke into the South African side. When we talk about the best all rounders of modern era, names like J

Jun 2 2015
Jacques Kallis leaps to Graeme Smith's defence after divorce allegations
Jacques Kallis leaps to Graeme Smith's defence after divorce allegations

South Africa’s Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith celebrate during a Test match in 2012 Graeme Smith, the youngest ever South Africa captain, is currently facing a barrage of criticism for the way in which his impending divorce with wife of four years, Morgan Deane, is unravelling, but has found a backer in long-time colleague and friend Jacques Kallis. It was reported that Smith broke his marriage via a phone text, and later that i

May 10 2015
10 most embarrassing IPL records
10 most embarrassing IPL records

Although the Indian Premier League (IPL) is only in its eighth edition, there have already been plenty of records created. While some, like Chris Gayle's majestic 175* can be held aloft proudly, others like Graeme Smith's record is best buried in a deep, dark place, never to be found by anyone again. Over the course of this article, you will uncover those records that many players wish they didn't have to their name. The only crumb o

Apr 24 2015
10 off-field feuds between on-field teammates
10 off-field feuds between on-field teammates

It is amazing to think how players who turn up for the same color, the same team, day in and day out, can carry on a disturbing personal relationship. It is a sad truth that even the happiest team photo has traces of resentment. It just so happens that some personalities are not made to bond well, be it with members of the same side or the opposition. For how much do nationalities divide humanity after all? There are also some individ

Apr 1 2015
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