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MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Brian Lara and other legends to play in charity T20 match in September
MS Dhoni, Brendon McCullum, Brian Lara and other legends to play in charity T20 match in September

MS Dhoni is the latest cricketing superstar to be added to the list of names who will be seen in action in the T20 cricket match between ‘Help for Heroes XI’ and ‘Rest of the World XI’, which is to be held on September 17 at the Kia Oval. The match is the first ever cricket fundraiser for ‘Help for Heroes’, a charity for British soldiers who have been wounded in the line of duty. The initiativ

Sep 1 2015
Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket
Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket

Indian fans light torches in the stands to celebrate India's victory over Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata 15 March 2001   If any cricketer is asked the question “which is the best format of cricket”, his answer would definitely be Test Cricket. Every cricketer aspires to be playing Test cricket for his country. The proudest moment in a cricketer’s life is when the first ever test cap is presented to him.

Aug 31 2015
In the midst of a transition period, is Sri Lankan cricket dying a slow death?
In the midst of a transition period, is Sri Lankan cricket dying a slow death?

Sri Lanka’s next big step Kumar Sangakkara’s poignant farewell speech overwhelmed a country and touched a hundred souls, but it did not fail to leave a couple of questions lingering at the end. The bit about Sri Lanka having an amazing future under Angelo Mathews left cynics wondering whether the southpaw was indeed serious. Sangakkara is a kind man. For all we know, Bishen Singh Bedi, had he been interested in Sri Lankan cricket

Aug 31 2015
10 reasons why no batsman will ever come close to Sir Donald Bradman
10 reasons why no batsman will ever come close to Sir Donald Bradman

Sir Donald Bradman “There was no one like him and I don’t think anyone will be,” Sir Alec Bedser said of Sir Donald Bradman. Arguably the greatest cricketer of all time, The Don was born on this day 107 years ago and the rest, as they say, is history. More than 66 years since his retirement and 14 years after his death, the records that Bradman still has to his name are innumerable. Much like his iconic status, h

Aug 27 2015
Kumar Sangakkara did not achieve true potential, says father Kshema
Kumar Sangakkara did not achieve true potential, says father Kshema

Kumar Sangakkara seen with his family Father and first coach to Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, Kshema Sangakkara, expressed to The Indian Express his views on the career of his son, also comparing him to other Sri Lanka legends. In the flood of tributes that have come from all around the world to mark the legend’s retirement from the international stage, his father’s estimation has also struck a lot of people on th

Video: Jayawardene's farewell message to Sangakkara
Video: Jayawardene's farewell message to Sangakkara

For Sri Lankans, the departure of their star Kumara Sangakkara was more heartbreaking than losing the match to India. But, in his post-match chat, Angelo Mathews could not help but express his disappointment that they could not give the winning farewell to their champ. The significance of his retirement could only be gauged by the fact that both the President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka were present to congratulate Sanga at his last match. Sa

Aug 24 2015
Kumar Sangakkara's Test career in pictures
Kumar Sangakkara's Test career in pictures

Thank You Sanga! Kumar Sangakkara’s international career came to an end at Colombo on Monday, with the culmination of the second Test against India. Sri Lanka’s greatest ever batsman failed to produce one final epic knock to save his side from defeat as he has so often done in the past, but that will not take any shine away from this elegant batsman’s glorious Test career. The 37-year-olds signs off from the Test arena as

Aug 24 2015
Mahela Jayawardene's glowing tribute to the retiring Kumar Sangakkara
Mahela Jayawardene's glowing tribute to the retiring Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara will retire from international cricket after the 2d Test against India Former Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene has paid a glowing tribute to his long-time teammate Kumar Sangakkara, ESPNCricinfo reports. Jayawardene talked at length about the 37-year-old, who will be retiring from international cricket after the second Test against India which begins in Colombo on Thursday, recalling his best innings’, the

Aug 20 2015
Sri Lanka's ex-assistant coach Paul Farbrace calls Kumar Sangakkara 'most professional cricketer'
Sri Lanka's ex-assistant coach Paul Farbrace calls Kumar Sangakkara 'most professional cricketer'

Kumar Sangakkara inspects the pitch for his last Test Sri Lanka’s former assistant coach has called Kumar Sangakkara the most professional cricketer he has ever trained. Paul Farbrace went so far as to say that Sangakkara helped him become a better coach. “Kumar is, without doubt, the most professional I have ever seen in practice," Farbrace said, according to ESPN cricinfo. "I've never seen anyone practi

Aug 19 2015
Kumar Sangakkara proud of being an effective batsman but doesn't consider himself stylish
Kumar Sangakkara proud of being an effective batsman but doesn't consider himself stylish

Sangakkara doesn’t consider his cover drive as ‘stylish’ Kumar Sangakkara said that he is proud of the runs he has accumulated in international cricket and in being an effective cricketer, Firstpost reports. The ever modest wicket keeper batsman also said that he didn‘t consider himself stylish and added that he just wants to be remembered for the way he played the game. Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s highest run-get

Aug 18 2015
5 Best Farewells in Recent Cricket History
5 Best Farewells in Recent Cricket History

Cricket rarely allows you dream farewells. Sport rarely allows you dream farewells. Even great children of destiny bowed out quietly and were forced to leave without fanfare or royal guards or laps of honour on the shoulders of teammates. Some like Rahul Dravid chose those farewells deliberately, after a series loss, in the middle of a quiet period for Indian cricket, through a press conference. Some like Shivnarine Chanderpaul waited too long o

Aug 15 2015
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Dhawan's love affair with centuries
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Dhawan's love affair with centuries

India resumed their innings from 128-2 after dismissing Sri Lanka for 183 runs in the first innings. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan started from where they had left the previous day and went on to score centuries. They added 227 runs for the 3rd wicket and helped India post 375 on the board. Sri Lanka in reply were stuttering at 5-2 at the end of the day’s play with 187 runs behind. Here are some interesting numbers from

Aug 13 2015
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Ashwin gets 11th 5-wicket haul while opening woes continue for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Ashwin gets 11th 5-wicket haul while opening woes continue for Sri Lanka

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-

Aug 12 2015
5 things to remember about India's previous Test tour to Sri Lanka
5 things to remember about India's previous Test tour to Sri Lanka

5 Years and 5 days ago, the last Sri Lanka-India Test was concluded on 7 Aug, 2010 at Colombo. It was the 13th bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka with 6 in favour of India and 4 in Sri Lanka’s favour while 3 were drawn. The two countries have played 35 matches with India winning 14, Sri Lanka 6 and 15 drawn.  The last Test series between these two Asian countries was played in July-August 2010. The s

Aug 12 2015
Kumar Sangakkara talks about his best partnerships, his dream XI and Virat Kohli's future
Kumar Sangakkara talks about his best partnerships, his dream XI and Virat Kohli's future

Sangakkara is as sharp with his wit as he is with his bat Kumar Sangakkara has been a legend in the field of cricket. He is one of the chosen few who seem to be born for the game. As he pads up for his penultimate Test, he will definitely be missed in the game. Asked what he will miss the least out of wicket-keeping, captaincy or fielding, while talking to Cricbuzz, Sangakkara said, “I'll miss wicket-keeping the least. I'

Aug 11 2015
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