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7 players who enjoyed a great run of form after turning 35
7 players who enjoyed a great run of form after turning 35

Time is a fickle mistress, they say. In sport, time is as slippery as a rattlesnake, slithering away, painfully, one day at a time. In case of cricketers, it is one game at a time, or sometimes, one season at a time. Many a great players smelt the earth, as age caught up with them, their arrogance grinded away in the wheels of time, their reflexes numbed with the heroin of grey hair. Runs stop flowing, wickets stop coming. Batsmen feel the ball

Jul 31 2015
India-Pakistan series in doubt
India-Pakistan series in doubt

India-Pakistan played during 2015 World Cup in Australia The most awaited cricket series between India and Pakistan is likely to get scrapped because of the political turmoil between the two countries. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said that a bilateral series between the two neighbours was unlikely because the political condition is still not stable between the neighbours. "Ev

Jul 27 2015
The much derided, yet flamboyant ones - Pakistan's 10 greatest batsmen of all time
The much derided, yet flamboyant ones - Pakistan's 10 greatest batsmen of all time

Pakistan Cricket: Filled with Panache   There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and a Pakistani batting collapse. Historically, two of the most ridiculed aspects of cricket are Pakistani batting and Indian bowling. Pakistan’s national obsession is bowling, specifically extreme pace and swing. But for all their batting frailties, they have produced some excellent batsmen who have added flair and charact

Jul 24 2015
Misbah vs Azhar - Appreciation, retaliation, and a response
Misbah vs Azhar - Appreciation, retaliation, and a response

Azhar replaced Misbah as Pakistan’s ODI captain after the World Cup There has been plenty of retaliation to my post comparing performances under Misbah and Azhar Ali. Most of the retaliation has come from Misbah fans, which is understandable. Instead of replying to each one individually, which I tried to do yesterday but failed to get the message across and in process got called all sorts of inventive names like "a well documente

Jul 24 2015
Azhar Ali has been a Revelation as an Opener
Azhar Ali has been a Revelation as an Opener

Azhar Ali plays a shot during the third One Day International match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan  The popular view when Azhar Ali was announced as Misbah's successor to lead the ODI team was that the PCB had taken a step backwards. Public opinion, and that of some experts, was that the PCB had not learnt from its past mistakes. Having seen the ODI team crumble under the defensive tactics of Misbah, the predominant view was that P

How Pakistan wasted 4 years of ODI cricket under Misbah
How Pakistan wasted 4 years of ODI cricket under Misbah

Stats show Misbah brought down the Pakistan team The third ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was one of those matches where everything went according to plan. That happens rarely for Pakistan but when it does, it feels like there is no team better than them. The openers gave Pakistan a solid start. The middle order consolidated the platform. The late order accelerated and ended the innings on a high note. The new ball bowlers got early br

Jul 21 2015
Pakistan jump to third place in Test rankings
Pakistan jump to third place in Test rankings

Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq with the stumps after Pakistan’s series triumph over Sri Lanka Dubai, July 7: Sixth-placed Pakistan jumped three places to the third spot in Test cricket rankings after triumphing over Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-match series. Pakistan won the third Test against hosts Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Pallekele on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-1, which leapfrogged them to third place with 101 points, pushing Ne

Jul 7 2015
Pakistan stun Sri Lanka in record chase to win series
Pakistan stun Sri Lanka in record chase to win series

Younis Khan led the chase with his splendid batting performance for Pakistan Pakistan chased down a record target of 380 runs to seal the Test series against Sri Lanka by 2-1. They won the final match by seven wickets with Younis Khan leading the chase from the front with his terrific 171 not out. This also gave the visitors their first series win in Sri Lanka since 2006. Younis knocked off a brilliant century, playing a smooth g

Jul 7 2015
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses

Winning and losing is a part of the game, they say. So is a slump and a revival in form. No cricketer has been at his peak for the entire duration of his career. There are ups and downs in every player’s form, but when the slump coincides with the team’s loss, some of them are not as lucky as others, to get away with it easily. The media and fans alike, play the blame game and accuse these players to be the sole reason behind the tea

Jul 5 2015
5 surprise captaincy picks that went on to become legendary leaders
5 surprise captaincy picks that went on to become legendary leaders

The art of captaincy holds more importance in cricket than in any other sport. While the manager/coach is in charge in most sports, cricket is a different game altogether as no other team sport goes on for as long as cricket. Hence, the role of a captain becomes pivotal and holds more significance than the coach as most of the decisions need to be made instinctively. A captain also needs to have thick skin as he is at the end of most criticism w

Jul 5 2015
Sri Lanka win to level series against Pakistan
Sri Lanka win to level series against Pakistan

Mathews and Thirimanne helped Lanka to win on the last day’s play Sri Lanka came out in full force and grabbed victory right under Pakistan’s nose. The hosts won the second test at Colombo by 7 wickets, thereby leveling the 3 test series against Pakistan. The test started with Pakistan scoring a paltry 138 thanks to PHT Kaushal and Dhammika Prasad scalping 5 and 3 wickets respectively. Sri Lanka were bowled out f

Jun 29 2015
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015: 1st Test, Day 1 - Rain washes out opening day at Galle
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015: 1st Test, Day 1 - Rain washes out opening day at Galle

Even the toss didn’t take place at Galle It's raining everywhere in the subcontinent as the opening day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle was washed out because of rain. Not a single ball was bowled, even the toss couldn't happen. The whole ground was under covers right from the morning and the umpires officially took the decision to called off day's play. Next four days, the match will begin 30 mi

Jun 17 2015
Misbah-ul-Haq and team ready for Rangana Herath
Misbah-ul-Haq and team ready for Rangana Herath

Rangana Herath took 23 wickets last year against Pakistan in only two Tests Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq reassures that his batsmen are well prepared to face the Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath in the first Test in Galle and they would not repeat the mistakes made in 2014. Last time when the two sides met in Galle, in August last year, Herath managed to take nine wickets, six in the second innings, and turned a dull draw into

Jun 16 2015
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - Major Personal Milestones Around the Corner
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - Major Personal Milestones Around the Corner

Misbah-ul-Haq drinks during a practice session ahead of the series against the Sri Lanka   Pakistan vs Sri Lanka has become an all too familiar sight for the cricket watching public. This is Pakistan's third visit to the Island for a full tour in the past 4 years. To put it into context, Pakistan has not toured Australia, England, New Zealand, or the West Indies during this period. Moreover, Pakistan has also played Sri Lanka i

Jun 16 2015
A recap of the 2007 ICC World T20 final
A recap of the 2007 ICC World T20 final

India won a thriller by 5 runs A World T-20 final between two arch rivals, a perfect backdrop for a mouthwatering contest, a match which every Indian will recall not only for the entertainment it provided but for the revelry that followed. The inaugural 2007 T-20 World championship held in South Africa revealed an exhilarating fast-paced version of the game which lured a lot of spectators to the sport. India and Pakistan with new captains a

Jun 10 2015
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