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Cricketing rivals who went on to become great friends
Cricketing rivals who went on to become great friends

Over the years, there have been rivalries galore in the world of cricket. While some have been between two great teams, quite a few others have been about individual players from different teams. On the other hand, there have also been memorable friendships too, but mostly within players from the same country. However, the sport also has a number of fine examples of how some fierce rivals on the field have developed friendships worth cherishing.

Jan 22 2016
5 cricketers who came back strongly after being banned
5 cricketers who came back strongly after being banned

It might have been described as “The Gentleman’s Game’ for years now, but cricket has seen a lot of controversies in the past few decades. From ball tampering to match-fixing and from drug usage to throwing, the game’s clean image has taken a nasty hit. Recently, Mohammad Amir, whose young career took a turn for the worse in 2010, made a solid comeback in the domestic circuit and clawed his way back into the Pakistani tea

Jan 21 2016
5 instances when Australian sledging met with a fitting response
5 instances when Australian sledging met with a fitting response

Australian cricketers over the years have been masters of the dark art of sledging. On many occasions, they have managed to unnerve opposition players by giving them a mouthful, particularly when they are out fielding. However, the Aussies have not always managed to have the last laugh as they have received many a fitting responses to their acts of sledging from players of different countries. A very recent incident occured in the 3rd ODI o

Jan 18 2016
As career gathers pace, Rahul Batham aims to become India’s 'Ian Botham'
As career gathers pace, Rahul Batham aims to become India’s 'Ian Botham'

Rahul Batham Rahul achieved new heights in 2015-16 season.Gwal Mohalla - a small colony in the outskirts of Bhopal was in the midst of celebration last December. Christmas was still 3 days away while New Year’s Eve was more than a week away. The reason for their celebration was the selection of Rahul Batham, a young lad, in the Under-19 cricket team.Exactly 10 years ago, Rahul was just like other kids in Gwal Mohalla. He used to play c

Jan 12 2016
Sir Ian Botham feels Ben Stokes is a better player than he was at 24
Sir Ian Botham feels Ben Stokes is a better player than he was at 24

Stokes scored 258 runs from 198 balls in the second test match against South AfricaSir Ian Botham has praised Ben Stokes and said that the 24-year-old is a better player than him at this age. All the appreciation came after Stokes broke his record by scoring the quickest double-century by an English batsman and second-fastest overall in the second test match against South Africa at Cape Town.Ben Stokes still has a long way to catch Botham’s

10 cricketers who have been banned for drug use
10 cricketers who have been banned for drug use

Although the definition of doping is very elaborate in the books of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the general understanding is that the usage of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs with the intent of achieving glory amount to doping. WADA not only maintains a prohibition list forbidding the players and athletes from using banned drugs but also conducts random tests on players as part of their comprehensive dope test system. The fa

Jan 3 2016
5 early-career comparisons of cricketers that failed to live up to expectations
5 early-career comparisons of cricketers that failed to live up to expectations

Legends are a rarity in Cricket. As is the case with most other sports, Cricket too suffers from the void created when a true gem of the game bids farewell. And when a bright spark emerges on the horizon in the form of an energetic youngster, the scouts rejoice in unison. Every time a young left-arm pacer runs in and swings the ball, comparisons with Wasim Akram are evoked. And when an all-rounder earns an international cap, we yearn that he mig

Jan 2 2016
10 greatest fast bowling pairs of all time
10 greatest fast bowling pairs of all time

Shoaib Akhtar once said that you have to be mad to be a fast bowler. To see the new ball bowlers send down the red cherry at lightning pace is one of the most riveting sights in cricket. Fast bowlers hunt in pairs, they say. There have been numerous new ball partnerships over the years, the success of one bowler rubbing on the other, or egging him on for a better performance. Here’s a list of the ten best new ball bowling pairs over the y

Dec 24 2015
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in Test cricket in each year starting from 1877 to 2015
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in Test cricket in each year starting from 1877 to 2015

Ashwin is the leading Test wicket-taker in 2015 The first Test match was played between Australia and England from 15th March to 19th March 1877. To date, 2194 Test matches have been played and many records have been created and broken in those Test matches. We know that 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 play

Dec 20 2015
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in ODI cricket in each year starting from 1971 to 2015
Stats: Highest wicket-takers in ODI cricket in each year starting from 1971 to 2015

Mitchell Starc is the leading ODI wicket taker in 2015 The first ODI cricket match was played between Australia and England on 5th January 1971. To date, 3703 ODI matches have been played and many records have been created and broken in those ODI matches. We know that 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 d

Dec 19 2015
Mitchell Johnson retirement will help batsmen sleep easier, says Sir Ian Botham
Mitchell Johnson retirement will help batsmen sleep easier, says Sir Ian Botham

Botham and Hussian praise Johnson for his perfection Legendary all-rounder Ian Botham said that Mitchell Johnson took a really good decision to retire from international cricket and he respect him for the same, reports NDTV. Botham concentrated on the fact that Johnson himself came to know that his body can’t produce those pace like fire spells and immediately called it a day. The Australian fast bowler announced his retirement mid-w

Nov 23 2015
Tracing the evolution of ODI Cricket
Tracing the evolution of ODI Cricket

A combination of smart bowlers and an ever innovative batsman has turned ODI Cricket into a game of endless possibilities When AB de Villiers walked out to bat in an unusual pink South African kit at Johannesburg on 18 January 2015, the West Indians were only just catching their breath. It was the 38th over and the scoreboard read 247/1. Twelve overs later, De Villiers walked back to the hut a content man. Despite facing just 44 balls, he

Oct 19 2015
Pakistan vs England - Reliving the thrilling conquest at Karachi
Pakistan vs England - Reliving the thrilling conquest at Karachi

Abdul Qadir of Pakistan celebrates after he captures the vital wicket of Allan Lamb of England in Karachi, 1984 Whenever there is a cricket series between Pakistan and England, the cricketing memories ebb away and a plethora of controversial incidents crop up in our mind. Over the years, the series between the two nations have been heavily affected by various contentious matters which have led to a strained relationship

Oct 11 2015
Top 5 Performances by an Overseas Bowler in India
Top 5 Performances by an Overseas Bowler in India

Bowling brilliant spells away from home is never an easy task. In India or anywhere in the sub-continent, creaking, cracking pitches or flat tracks meant it was spinners who would be more successful than the pacers. However, over the years, the world’s best spinners only returned disappointed considering how well most Indian batsmen played spinners on their home pitches. There have been stunning spells too of bowlers who have single-handed

Sep 21 2015
Stats: Greatest Fast Bowling All-rounders of All Time
Stats: Greatest Fast Bowling All-rounders of All Time

The rare breed of great seam bowling all-rounders What is the rarest commodity in cricket? An opener like Virender Sehwag who can rip the opposition bowling on his day and end the match before the first day ends? How about a wicket-keeper like Adam Gilchrist whose mercurial batting form often launched cricket’s best counter-attacks? How about a fast bowler like Dale Steyn or Wasim Akram, who could conjure magical spells that would turn

Sep 12 2015
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