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From zenith to nadir: How Kapil Dev's reputation faded away
From zenith to nadir: How Kapil Dev's reputation faded away

His travails notwithstanding, Kapil Dev remains India’s best all-rounder ever in the 20th century”Fame is a fickle friend, Harry.” – Gilderoy Lockhart, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”In all the years that India have played cricket on the world stage, there have been many instances when they were nothing more than amiable trundlers, and easy fodder for batsmen across the globe. There was, of

May 29 2016
Ravi Shastri angry with his portrayal in the Movie 'Azhar'
Ravi Shastri angry with his portrayal in the Movie 'Azhar'

Ravi Shastri during a practice session with the Indian teamFormer Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s biopic “Azhar” seems to have irked several people. The Emraan Hashmi starter film has now irritated former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri. According to a report in Times of India, Shastri is extremely angry by his portrayal in the movie. The Tony D’Souza-directed biopic doesn’t address any of Azharuddin&rsq

May 17 2016
Prabhakar and Mongia's inexplicable partnership  - The truth behind 1994's 'fixed' match
Prabhakar and Mongia's inexplicable partnership - The truth behind 1994's 'fixed' match

India were champions of the Wills World Series, losing only this one match against West Indies in the group stageJust when we thought the dreadfully murky episode of match-fixing in Indian cricket is safely tucked away in the shadows, the 2016 film ‘Azhar’ has opened the can of worms again. Despite its disclaimer that it is not meant to portray actual events and that characters mentioned in the film are not based on real characters, t

May 16 2016
'Azhar' movie review
'Azhar' movie review

Mohammad Azharuddin and Emraan Hashmi at a promotional event for the movieI sauntered into the cinema hall on Friday morning to watch the first show of the movie ‘Azhar’ with huge excitement, despite the forewarning by former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin that no scene in the movie had been filmed without his approval. From his interviews, one could make out that the movie, based on his life, would more likely be a

May 14 2016
ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Inzamam-ul Haq, Manoj Prabhakar helping Afghanistan cricket says Asghar Stanikzai
ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Inzamam-ul Haq, Manoj Prabhakar helping Afghanistan cricket says Asghar Stanikzai

Inzamam-ul Haq overseeing a practice sessionAfghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai said on Saturday that batting coach Inzamam-ul Haq and bowling coach Manoj Prabhakar are helping improve the level of cricket in the country.Afghanistan, who lost to Sri Lanka in their first match by six wickets, face a must-win game against South Africa in Group 1 of the World Twenty20 cricket tournament on Sunday.Also, posting 153/7 against defending champions Sri

5 instances when relationships of team-mates got sour post retirement
5 instances when relationships of team-mates got sour post retirement

A camaraderie between players is one of the essentials for building a great team. However, at the end of the day, a team consists of individuals who have their separate identities and may have diverse opinion on matters. Two players who are part of the same team may seem to share a good understanding of each other in their playing days. But there may be a few skeletons in the cupboard which mostly tend to come out when one or both the players ha

Feb 9 2016
5 instances when Indian batsmen played for a spot on the team
5 instances when Indian batsmen played for a spot on the team

Batsmen head out to the crease with a two-fold purpose. To score runs and avoid getting out. Sometimes circumstances demand that one of those concerns outweigh the other. If a team is chasing a high score and overs are scarce, a batsman is expected to allow the importance of scoring runs outweigh the risks of getting out. That is what the team requires at that point, a slight reckless abandon in batting.   Sometimes though the batsman allo

Jan 18 2016
5 former Indian cricketers who are currently coaching foreign teams
5 former Indian cricketers who are currently coaching foreign teams

The trend of foreign coaches in cricket has been around for quite a few years now and it has only grown in the recent past. The hiring of coaching staff from other countries became prevalent in Indian cricket primarily at the turn of the millenium.  However, there have also been instances when former Indian cricketers have been hired by teams from other countries for coaching jobs. Even in the present day, there are quite a few Indians who

Jan 7 2016
Manoj Prabhakar appointed as Afghanistan's bowling coach
Manoj Prabhakar appointed as Afghanistan's bowling coach

Manoj Prabhakar has been appointed as Afghanistan Cricket Team’s bowling coach. Former India all-rounder, Manoj Prabhakar has been appointed as the bowling coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team. His term would continue until the T20 World Cup to be held in India next year. Prabhakar is currently training the Afghan bowlers for their upcoming series against Zimbabwe, at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex

Dec 17 2015
5 bowlers who defended less than 6 runs in the last over of an ODI
5 bowlers who defended less than 6 runs in the last over of an ODI

Kagiso Rabada bowled very well in the last over to help South Africa win the first ODI As much skewed as the game may appear in the batsman’s favour, tight chases and last over results have often amounted to the best of matches and made unlikely heroes out of bowlers.The ever changing fielding restrictions and the advent of T20 might have made life difficult for them, but bowlers have had their share of last over he

Oct 19 2015
Manoj Prabhakar: Virat Kohli has to learn how to face moving ball
Manoj Prabhakar: Virat Kohli has to learn how to face moving ball

Virat Kohli Former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar has said that Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan need to leave the ball better in England to find success. Both Delhi batsmen have struggled to score runs on the England tour so far.  Prabhakar explained that the batsmen need to judge which balls to leave. Further, he emphasized that Kohli and Dhawan’s stance needs to be more side-on. Being side-on will ensure that they are ab

Jul 25 2014
Lack of enough match-winners is what is compounding problems for Team India
Lack of enough match-winners is what is compounding problems for Team India

Immensely talented, but he isn’t a ‘match-winner’ as yet Indian sides over the years have always been chock-a-block with talented cricketers coming through the ranks, and we’ve always had the pedigree of producing talented cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammed Azharuddin and the list can go on. But, the underlining factor is that whenever an India

Feb 6 2014
Manoj Prabhakar wants MS Dhoni to drop Ishant Sharma
Manoj Prabhakar wants MS Dhoni to drop Ishant Sharma

The calls for Varun Aaron are getting loud Former Indian fast bowler Manoj Prabhakar has said that the new entrant Varun Aaron must be given a chance in place of Ishant Sharma, who has been hit all around the park by the Kiwi batsmen in the ongoing bilateral series in New Zealand. According to a story published in the Times of India, Prabhakar said that a team comprising of incompetent pacers and spinners shouldn’t be playing at the high

Jan 23 2014
Top 5 all-rounders in Indian cricket
Top 5 all-rounders in Indian cricket

1. Vinoo Mankad Vinoo Mankad Vinoo Mankad was probably the finest all-rounder of the era that is known for the likes of the Pataudi’s and Gavaskar’s. An attacking batsman who was extremely versatile and was made to keep changing batting positions depending on the need of the team. As a batsman, Mankad scored 2109 runs at a healthy average for that time of 31.47 from the 44 matches he played for India. He was also more than handy bowler

Jan 11 2014
Top 5 India vs Zimbabwe ODI matches in ODI history
Top 5 India vs Zimbabwe ODI matches in ODI history

An India-Zimbabwe ODI match is always given a step-motherly treatment these days. The mighty Indians are always expected to crush the little minnows from the African subcontinent. Yes, India have got the better results out of the clashes, but there have been some nail-biting finishes in the past. Taking a look at history, one is forced to sit up and take notice of some amazing clashes between the two sides. Zimbabwe have sprung more than a surpr

Jul 25 2013
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