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10 Players who were successful in different batting positions
10 Players who were successful in different batting positions

A spot in the XI is a team’s gift to a player. Versatility is the player’s gift to the team. Given how the vagaries of sport throw a million permutations and combinations, the best teams are those which have a blend of the specialists and the versatile players. Test cricket is a game of specialists, but there are two types of versatile players who have proved invaluable to the team. There are all-rounders who can bat and bowl and the

Aug 21 2015
New Zealand vs PM's XI match to be played with pink ball
New Zealand vs PM's XI match to be played with pink ball

Pink balls will be used for the tour match between New Zealand and PM’s XI Pink balls will be used for the match between New Zealand and Prime Minister’s XI, Cricket Australia confirmed on their official website. The Black Caps will take on Australia in the first ever day-night Test match in the history of cricket at the Adelaide Oval in November and it has now been confirmed that the visitors will play their opening tour match

Aug 20 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
Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions
Umpiring at its Worst - The 2008 India-Australia match with nine wrong decisions

Between January 2 and January 6 in 2008, India and Australia clashed at the SCG – a match more memorable for the umpiring decisions than the actual cricket played. It was the 2nd Test Match of famous Border-Gavaskar Series, being played well before DRS was brought into implementation in Test Cricket. In cricket, you lose the match because either you played bad or the other team played much better. But there is another reason

Jul 25 2015
Cricketers who had a blistering start to their careers
Cricketers who had a blistering start to their careers

Sometimes, a great beginning is all that kickstarts a career. It builds the platform for a player to launch his/her career, it certainly does boost the confidence. Some players start their career in the most blistering fashion. They explode to the scene, like the second-coming of a Big Bang, to make themselves known as the next big thing. Some do justice to their starts and become elite figures of the game. The others, however, disappear into ob

An open letter to Shane Watson
An open letter to Shane Watson

Shane Watson carries drinks during Day 2 of the 2nd Ashes Test Dear Watto, Talent is a funny thing. Does it have to do more with ability, perseverance or intuition? As a young 20-year old Queenslander, selected for the one-day side, you oozed oodles of it. You were regarded as the next big thing in Australian cricket. Steve Waugh stated that you were possibly the first genuine all-rounder for Australia since Keith Miller. And Miller pl

Jul 17 2015
6 retired players who would still find a place in their respective teams
6 retired players who would still find a place in their respective teams

Harsha Bhogle once remarked- “Another flower must bloom, another boy must become a man.” This beautifully sums up the essence of retirement in a sport. The aura of our champion players seems to grow with each day after they are gone. All their failures on the turf are tucked in nicely in some dingy corner of our heart as we continue basking in the glory of the numerous achievements that defined their celebrated career

Jul 10 2015
Steven Smith - From spin option to No.1 Test Batsman
Steven Smith - From spin option to No.1 Test Batsman

Steven Smith – The mediocre leg spinner who became the world’s best Test batsman Steven Smith was never meant to be Australia’s No.3, a position that had been occupied by Ricky Ponting for such a long time. Most opponents hardly celebrated when they picked the first wicket in a Test against Australia as that would bring the great man to the crease. Steven Smith, who tasted fame and recognition as part of the U-19 team, wa

Jun 24 2015
Top 5 Ashes matches of the 21st century
Top 5 Ashes matches of the 21st century

The 21st century is still fairly young, but it has already had the decency to serve up some magical cricketing encounters – plenty of them coming in the Ashes. The England-Australia battle royal typically throws up some of the best that Test cricket has to offer; fortunately, we have been blessed with many unforgettable moments over the past decade and a half. Much of that is down to England’s increased competitiveness, after being t

Jun 23 2015
Has Australia's strategy of sticking with older cricketers ruined young talent?
Has Australia's strategy of sticking with older cricketers ruined young talent?

Australian players celebrate winning the 2015 World Cup final Cricket Australia has a phobia of going for the gamble with rookies. It has increasingly becoming a  trend with Cricket Australia (CA) to favour players above the age of 25 – veterans of the domestic league who are rewarded with a national call-up after having been ignored for a long time. Surprisingly, this has become a successful ploy over a period of two decade

Jun 16 2015
10 cricketers who should be released by their IPL teams
10 cricketers who should be released by their IPL teams

The recently concluded IPL-2015  encountered a rather one-sided final with giant killers, ‘Mumbai Indians’, after a sluggish start, going on to crush two-time champions and tournament favourites, ‘Chennai Super Kings’. The cash-rich league is never devoid of controversies and the latest one to hit is the change in retainment policy that is proposed, which could see the likes of M.S.Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Gau

Jun 1 2015
Top 5 opening pairs in IPL history
Top 5 opening pairs in IPL history

In Twenty20 (T20) cricket, in particular, it is really important for a team to get off to a good start as it lays a solid foundation for the others that follow. If the opening pair provides a decent partnership, the job becomes much easier for the middle-order batsmen as they can go for their shots without worrying about the fall of wickets. Similarly, in the Indian Premier League (IPL), we have had some sensational opening pairs who have been i

May 26 2015
IPL 2015: In the arena of youngsters, 'golden oldies' shimmer
IPL 2015: In the arena of youngsters, 'golden oldies' shimmer

Brad Hogg, 44, was a revelation for KKR Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Cricket's shortest format is usually said to be suited for the fresh legs and young blood, but a number of players in the latest edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) have yet again proved that age is just a number. If 17-year-old Sarfaraz Khan fearlessly hitting bowlers is a sight to behold, veterans like Ashish Nehra, Chris Gayle and Brad Hogg have turned back the clock a

May 26 2015
IPL 2015 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Venue, date and predicted line-ups
IPL 2015 Final: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Venue, date and predicted line-ups

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina addressed the press before the final Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final of the 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL). The match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. CSK had a troubled ride to the finals as they were defeated in the first qualifier by the red hot MI but courtesy of their finish at the top of the league table, they got another shot at reaching t

May 24 2015