In the game of cricket, there are primarily two types of batsmen – normal ones and great ones. However, there is another category which belongs to the batsmen who show signs of being great but end up with average careers. Their batting style may be pleasing to the eye and they may even leave the likes of a Bradman or a Sobers behind on their day, but these days tend to come once in 10 innings leaving much to be desired from them.
After his comeback Jos Buttler scored the fastest ODI century for England Ian Bell’s exclusion from the English side for the South Africa tour has drawn a lot of criticism but coach Trevor Bayliss is thinking in a different way. He feels that a ‘break’ from the team has helped Jos Butler, it will be so in Bell’s case as well. For England’s tour of South Africa, Bayliss said though Bell’s experience was c
Ian Bell has said that he was working tirelessly for the tour England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has axed Ian Bell from the national side for next month’s South Africa tour. The 33-year old English batsman opened up on twitter against this decision. Bell feels he could have contributed well against South Africa. He said via his twitter account, “I'm absolutely gutted not to be selected for the tour to SA. I certainly fee
Bell was dropped after a series of disappointing series England’s squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa saw wholesale changes, as Ian Bell and Adil Rashid were dropped and Nick Compton and Gary Ballance were recalled, reports Sky Sports. Bell’s poor run of form finally caught up with him, as the 33-year-old, who managed just a solitary fifty in the three-match Test series against Pakistan was dropped, which might spell the
Cook celebrates a career-saving century against Pakistan at The Oval, 2010 Alastair Cook isn't about flair. He's not flashy. He's not pretty to watch. His smile looks forced. His height, his body, his walk all seem unnatural. He almost always looks uncomfortable. He almost always is. Right under the media glare, as English captain, is not really his place. It never should have been. But it is. Only because there's nothing th
Faf du Plessis had a very special physio in MS Dhoni as he suffered from cramps Cricket is a sport which rules the heart of millions of people who are in love with this game. It is a fiercely competitive game in which every cricketer steps on to the field to only win it. However, there is something called spirit of cricket which goes beyond everything and asks every individual to play the game fairly and respect the opponents.
Ian Bell and England captain Alastair Cook cool down during day three of the 1st Test between Pakistan and England Ian Bell lauded skipper Alastair Cook’s masterful batting display against Pakistan during the first Test which concluded on Saturday. Cook’s brilliantly crafted 263 took England within touching distance of a famous win at Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, ESPN Cricinfo reports. Bell praised his capt
The umpires call off play for poor light at the end of Day 5 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium England captain Alastair Cook questioned the ‘letter of the cricket law’ after the umpires decided the light at the Abu Dhabi Stadium was too poor for play to continue on Day 5, with the visitors 25 runs short of overtaking Pakistan’s score with 6 wickets in hand. The 1st Test between the two sides came alive on Day 5, after being
Adil Rashid’s maiden 5-wicket haul nearly resulted in a famous win until fading light intervened England came excruciatingly within clinching a famous win against Pakistan in the final day of the 1st Test in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 99 to seal an unlikely victory, the England batsmen almost pulled off an ambitious chase. However, the umpires had the final say in the match as they deemed that the light had faded enough to call
Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday For a nation with a dry quiver of genuine fast bowlers, Zaheer Khan was a beacon of hope for fifteen years, right from his eye-catching debut in the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy. A hostile fast bowler to start with, he created an impact early in his career with his swinging deliveries and pinpoint yorkers. As he progressed and with injuries and age starting t
Alastair Cook sweeps on his way to an unbeaten 168 at the end of Day Three At the end of Day Three of the first Test between Pakistan and England at Abu Dhabi, England sit in a relatively comfortable position as they ended the day at 290-3. England was boosted by their captain's scintillating unbeaten knock of 168. England had finished Day Two on 56-0, with both batsmen getting through to the end of the day easily. Moeen Ali continued t
Gillespie believes that the young squad led by Alastair Cook can turn things around against Pakistan Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie said that he expects England’s tour of Pakistan in UAE to be nothing like the whitewash they faced three years ago, reports Cricket.com.au. He also praised the addition of Paul Collingwood and Mahela Jayawardene to the England backroom staff while he picked Alex Hales as the playe
Eoin Morgan The England skipper Eoin Morgan surpassed the former cricketer Graham Gooch to become the leading run-scorer for England against Australia. Morgan achieved the feat in the fourth ODI match against Australia at Headingley, where he scored 92 runs to ensure a win for his side and level the series. And England also recorded their highest ever run chase against Australians. Graham Gooch had scored 1395 runs against
Cricket is such an overwhelmingly large beast. It is so incredibly large that it is a wonder most fans haven’t taken a moment to think about the scale of operations. There is organised cricket in all corners of the world, in all formats of the game, at any given time – to say nothing of informal games in the gullies of the subcontinent or the beaches of Australia. International, county, state, school level – you name it, there&
There are good cricketers and there are bad cricketers. Amongst good cricketers, there are those who perform often and those who frustrate often. But, some always frustrate a lot more than others, because as delightful as they are to the audience, their potential always seems to have been under-utilised. Cricket isn’t an easy game, considering one mistake can cost you a lot. But, some often end up paying more for their mistakes, some never