Zaheer and Javagal, two of India’s finest fast bowlers Cricket has seen quite a few fast bowlers grace the sport from the Indian subcontinent. From the likes of Kapil Dev to Mohammed Shami, the land of spinners has produced some quality talent in terms of pace and swing. It is well known that bowling fast steamy spells on Indian pitches mostly non-conducive to pace and bounce is a very tough task. This is a region where spinners thrive
Madras Magic! When I was a child, one of the objectives of my life was to toss a coin and make sure it landed vertically instead of the usual horizontal resting position. It never happened, of course. To be honest though, the chances of that happening are rather slim – unless, of course, the coin lands on the tight division that we see between tiles on a floor. A similar scenario is looking for a tie in Tests
The game of cricket has managed to capture the imaginations of millions of fans around the world who follow their favourite teams and players with the utmost dedication. Cheering on the memorable performances, they also keep a keen eye on the scores, records that are being broken or any statistic that gains recognition. The game of cricket as we know it dates back to the 19th century and with a player’s career usually spanning more than 10
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
A general view of the 54,000 capacity Motera stadium in 2011 The Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad would be the biggest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity, said the Gujarat Cricket Stadium in a release on Friday. The stadium which will be built in place of the demolished Motera stadium, will have 1,00,000 seats – putting it alongside the MCG as the biggest cricket stadiums in the world. The demolition o
In today’s era of specialization and hardcore professionalism, it’s hard to find cricketing personalities who’ve expressed themselves in multiple areas. But once in a while comes around the true-blue allrounder who’s not just content in excelling in any one department, but explored multiple avenues and disciplines with glittering success. Here’s a scout over the entire last century, to bring to you the top 5 of
Cricket is often dubbed as a game of uncertainty and that is what makes the sport such a delight to watch. Often in cricket, teams that have chased down huge totals (read SA vs Aus at Jo’burg in ’06) are remembered but there are cases where teams have been dismissed for paltry totals but have gone on to successfully defend it. Low totals tend to produce some amazing matches as the margin for error is very mi
Pathan’s first over havoc in 2006 Karachi Test India has always been a powerhouse in the World cricket. They have been world-beaters and have proved consistently that they are one of the best in the business. Though India has been blessed with talented batsmen who have set the bar extremely high, the same has not been the case with the bowlers. While the trend is changing in the recent past with 140kmph+ becoming a common affair,
The butterfly effect is the theory that one small incident can ultimately cause a massive event elsewhere. For example, a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon rainforest could end up causing a hurricane thousands of miles away. The concept that a seemingly minor happening can actually change everything is also applicable to sport. Sport is very fickle in its nature. When dissecting a contest, wins or losses can generally be pinpointed on o
Kapil Dev with Puneri Paltan No one knows how a particular event can change the face of a sport in India better than legendary 1983 World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev. One of the premier all-rounders and one of India's cricketing icons, Kapil Dev interacted with the Puneri Paltan players before their third home encounter. The cricketing legend shared his thoughts on sportsmanship and team spirit with the boys at the Shree Shiv Chh
The team had plenty of reasons to smile 6-46 – Ashwin’s figures in today’s play- best for any Indian spinner in the first innings of away Tests. For all Indian bowlers, his figures are 4th best in 1st innings while playing a Test not at home after Kapil Dev’s 8-85 vs Pakistan and 8-104 vs Australia, and Irfan Pathan’s 7-59 vs Zimbabwe. 6-46 are Ashwin’s personal best no. 3 after 7-
AB De Villiers has opted out of South Africa’s ongoing tour of Bangladesh The South African run machine of the present generation, AB de Villiers, had the best opportunity to become the first ever cricketer to play all his team’s 100 Test matches consecutively since making his debut. But he missed on this by just two matches. He had previously played in all the 98 Test matches South Africa played since making his debut on Decem
Not quite the acclaimed ones Indian bowlers - The first response that would be evoked from many cricket aficionados would be disparage. In a country where bowlers are seen as the blue-collar workmen who act as a sideshow to the home-grown white-collar batting immortals, there have been quite a few bowlers who have managed to captivate the attention and instill buoyancy amongst the people. We take a look at the top ten such bowlers who have
Cricketers are the heartthrobs of an entire generation. When they adorn their respective national colours and fight it out in the middle, they arouse patriotism in the millions of fans, across the globe. They become an epitome of grit, patience and leadership. When they defy the odds like scoring a century on a hostile pitch or running through the opposition on a pretty docile pitch, their performances become ‘stuff of legends’.
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