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Virgo Super Kings off the mark in MCL with closely fought victory over Libra Legends
Virgo Super Kings off the mark in MCL with closely fought victory over Libra Legends

Super Kings skipper and Man-of-the-Match Graeme Smith hugs Brett Lee at the end of the matchVirgo Super Kings skipper Graeme Smith led from the front with a 42-ball 57 to help his side register their first win in the inaugural edition of the MCL. Chasing the target of 169 set by the Kings, Libra Legends fell short by 5 runs despite a 102-run stand for the opening wicket. Though Smith bagged the MoM award, it was former Indian cricketer Murali Kar

Feb 3 2016
When Graeme Smith and Jonathan Trott played together for South Africa
When Graeme Smith and Jonathan Trott played together for South Africa

The Proteas team with Graeme Smith(Top row 3rtd from the ight) and Jonathan Trott( same row 2nd from left)The Under-19 World Cup is presently on in Bangladesh. More than being the biggest prize for some of the best young batsman and bowlers from across the globe, the competition also serves as a platform for all of them to show that they are on track to be considered for the big league.The Under-19 World Cup in recent times has proved t

Jan 30 2016
AB de Villiers appointed as South Africa's new Test skipper
AB de Villiers appointed as South Africa's new Test skipper

De Villiers certainly has plenty of time at hand to assess the Test squad.Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed the appointment of AB de Villiers as the skipper of the Protea Test team in the long run after having led the side in the final two Tests after Hashim Amla had stepped down from his post midway through the series, NDTV Sports reports. Accepting the decision, De Villiers stated that he is ‘honoured’ to take up the role an

Jan 29 2016
5 anti-climactic endings to glittering captaincy tenures
5 anti-climactic endings to glittering captaincy tenures

The role of a captain is of greater significance in cricket than in any other sport. This is exactly why it is perhaps the most difficult task for any cricketer to even undertake during his career, let alone excel at it. The history of the game has seen numerous great captains that have emerged from different corners of the cricketing globe and won plenty of admiration for their outstanding leadership skills. But captaincy is a double-edged

Jan 25 2016
5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis
5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis

The South Africans, who sat atop the ICC Test rankings for a long time, have slipped from their throne after a series of woeful performances in the past year. The last twelve months have seen nine Test matches and zero Test wins, a steep drop from the lofty pedestal they were on just a year back.  Here’s a look at five reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis:

Graeme Smith believes the U-19 World Cup is an ideal platform for learning
Graeme Smith believes the U-19 World Cup is an ideal platform for learning

South Africa’s youngest captain.Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith termed the upcoming Under-19 cricket World Cup as a great learning experience for young players. Smith, who played in the 2000 event in Sri Lanka and emerged as the top scorer in the tournament, said it was a "wonderful platform" and a "stepping stone into international level"."It doesn't get bigger than that for a youngster," Smith, w

Jan 21 2016
Cricket greats Dravid, Atherton and Smith excited about ICC U19 Cricket World Cup
Cricket greats Dravid, Atherton and Smith excited about ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

Dravid is excited with his role as coach and wants his side to perform well, irrespective of the result Cricket greats Rahul Dravid, Michael Atherton and Graeme Smith are looking forward to the ICC U19 World Cup, saying the “fantastic” tournament gives the young players the chance to test themselves against the best in their age group.The 11th edition of the tournament will be played across four cities in Bangladesh from&nbs

Jan 21 2016
Management needs to take responsibility for poor form, says Graeme Smith
Management needs to take responsibility for poor form, says Graeme Smith

The former Proteas captain is worried about the environment around the dressing room.South Africa suffered their second successive series defeat and former captain Graeme Smith is of the opinion that the problem lies beyond the field and in the management of the national team. He spoke to the television channel SuperSport and expressed his views saying that the blame for the defeat is to be shared not only by the players but a

Jan 18 2016
How South Africa’s lack of a world-class all-rounder tarnished their number one status
How South Africa’s lack of a world-class all-rounder tarnished their number one status

SA have never been the same since the departure of Kallis.South Africa had it all. They were the number one team in the world, they had the number one bowler and batsman, but suddenly everything changed and now the Proteas are struggling to maintain their supreme status that they held for more than four years.And the answer to the question might be the lack of finding a decent (not necessarily great) all-rounder.SA sans KallisFor 18 years, the Pr

Jan 17 2016
10 players who first came into the limelight due to their performances at the U19 World Cup
10 players who first came into the limelight due to their performances at the U19 World Cup

U19 Cricket World Cups have never been as big an extravaganza as other multi-team International tournaments have been. But nonetheless, the event gives us a glimpse of the upcoming sensations of World Cricket. Some of them go on to make it big like Cook or Gayle while others fade into obscurity like Mohd. Kaif did. Transitions are not always smooth, as was the case with Shikhar Dhawan while some of these youngsters are quick to a

Jan 5 2016
5 greatest batting years in Test cricket history
5 greatest batting years in Test cricket history

Steve Smith, batting on 70* at Stumps, third day against West Indies in the ongoing Boxing Day Test, is 26 runs short of amassing 1500 Test runs in 2015. If he manages to do that, he will join a list that includes some cricketing luminaries, including his predecessors, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting. We take a look at the top five batsmen who hold the record of having scored the most Test runs in a calendar year.

Dec 28 2015
Stats: Highest individual Test scores for each year starting from 1877 to 2015
Stats: Highest individual Test scores for each year starting from 1877 to 2015

Sehwag's 319 turned out to be the highest score of the year 2008 There are many well-known Test centuries made by players that most of us have heard of. Many of us know about Brian Lara’s 400* or Matthew Hayden’s 380. Every die-hard cricket fan will know about Don Bradman and Virender Sehwag’s two triple centuries in Tests or Mahela Jayawardena’s 374 against South Africa 

Dec 20 2015
Top 5 players with highest catch per match ratio in Test cricket
Top 5 players with highest catch per match ratio in Test cricket

Cricket is a team game. All the players in the squad have a role to play in the side, even those who don’t make it to the playing eleven. It is the different skillset of the various individual players that combine together to form a team. The same logic goes for the fielding unit. The different kinds of fielders in a team gel together to form fielding attack for their bowlers. So, if you have a brilliant bunch of players in the field then

Dec 10 2015
Graeme Smith hints at possible comeback after Test series debacle
Graeme Smith hints at possible comeback after Test series debacle

Smith retired from Tests in 2014 South Africa suffered a crushing test series defeat at the hands of India in the recently concluded Freedom series. Former test captain Graeme Smith has hinted of making a comeback into the international stage after seeing South Africa surrender in the final test at New Delhi. Smith, will be seen playing in the Masters Champions League (MCL) for the Virgo Super Kings franchise and the thought of putting his

Dec 8 2015
5 world-class batsmen who were made to look ordinary in India
5 world-class batsmen who were made to look ordinary in India

Batsmanship in cricket over the years has been evaluated by the performances overseas. Batsmen become true legends if they are able to play overseas as good as they do on their home conditions. Players from subcontinent find it hard to adjust on the fast pitches of countries like Australia, South Africa and England. Similarly players from those places face the spin tests in the subcontinent. There have been absolute legends of the game who have

Dec 2 2015
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