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 Decemb
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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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
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"A good coach will make his players see what they can be, rather than what they are.” A good coach is a man who always works behind the scenes, and yet remains one of the key reasons for his team’s success. These mentors often go unappreciated even when their teams perform well, despite giving their players the training lessons and the drive to win. India first appointed a coach for the cricket team in 1992 and has had a total o
Ben Stokes of England bats during day five of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand England's persistence with Ben Stokes is one of many areas where fans' patience with their side had been wearing thin. The supposed all-rounder had performed below expectations with both bat and ball and justifying his selection was becoming increasingly difficult. And then Lord's happened. Stokes crunched the quickest eve
Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev Since the term of Duncan Fletcher ended on March 31 right after the end of World Cup 2015, the BCCI has been on a frantic search for a head coach of the Indian Cricket team. Adding to this, the recent remarks of Mr.Gavaskar during the release of another former Indian opener Madhav Apte’s autobiography, ‘ As Luck Would Have Had It,’ saying that the issue is whether the Indian Cri
Virat Kohli has a huge challenge ahead in his role as Test captain Legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev has urged current Indian Test captain Virat Kohli to learn from MS Dhoni’s qualities as he prepares to lead India for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh. Kohli took over as full-time Test captain following the latter’s decision to retire from the longer format of the game on the completion of the 3rd Test match a