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5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis
5 reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis

The South Africans, who sat atop the ICC Test rankings for a long time, have slipped from their throne after a series of woeful performances in the past year. The last twelve months have seen nine Test matches and zero Test wins, a steep drop from the lofty pedestal they were on just a year back.  Here’s a look at five reasons why South African cricket is in a state of crisis:

Jan 22 2016
5 most successful bowler-fielder combinations in recent Test history
5 most successful bowler-fielder combinations in recent Test history

Cricket is a game of partnerships. A century stand in the middle of the innings or a couple of short, tight bowling spells in tandem from each end can shift the momentum of a game quite swiftly. However, one of the least talked about but one of the most significant partnerships in cricket is the bowler-fielder combination. That is so because it’s convenient to credit the bowler for inducing a fine edge, even though the fielder is equally i

Jan 12 2016
5 highest successful chases in ODI history
5 highest successful chases in ODI history

Chasing in ODI games is not as difficult as it might seem at first. Statistics tells us that the team batting second has won more ODIs than the team batting first. However, when team batting first scores in excess of 299 and sets a target of 300 or more, things change dramatically for the chasing side. Their success rate drops to an incomparable low and 300 plus seems to be a lost cause for chasing team. It is worth mentioning that only 60 out o

Dec 18 2015
5 Test bowlers with most top order wickets
5 Test bowlers with most top order wickets

Who has taken the most wickets of top order batsmen who batted from position 1 to 3 in test cricket? It is said that in Test cricket opening bowlers set the platform on the opening day for their teams by castling opposition teams top-order batsmen early. But for that you need to have the skill of either moving the ball with the hand or off the pitch or spinning the ball right from the start of an innings. Some bowlers have developed that

Dec 18 2015
Stats: Shared Man of the Match awards - An occasion when all 11 players were jointly named MoM
Stats: Shared Man of the Match awards - An occasion when all 11 players were jointly named MoM

When South Africa’s all 11 players got the Man of the Match award, it showed cricket is a team game indeed Probably we have seen or heard many times that two players from the same side share the Man of the Match award in a test match, or sometimes even from two opposite sides. But there was one occasion when all 11 players from a single side had got the Man of the Match award. Man of the Match awards are given to the player

Who said what: Reactions to India's brilliant victory over South Africa in the First Test
Who said what: Reactions to India's brilliant victory over South Africa in the First Test

Ravindra Jadeja picked up eight wickets on his Test cricket comeback to be named man of the match After losing the ODI and the T20I series, India were looking to get back to winning ways in the four-match Test series. It was no surprise when the Mohali curator prepared a spin-conducive track, considering that India would go into the first Test with three spinners. The fact that the Test match ended in three days is clear proof of the impact

Nov 7 2015
5 interesting comments caught on the stump microphone
5 interesting comments caught on the stump microphone

MS Dhoni has often been caught by the stump mic The gentleman’s game has evolved over the ages and a little banter on the field is no longer frowned upon. In fact, it livens up the game and calls for some healthy competition, as long as it’s not offensive. Over the years, players have exchanged conversations, but before the advent of stump microphones, these moments could neither be heard, nor be recorded. The microphones have a

Oct 13 2015
Shane Warne picks his greatest South African Test XI
Shane Warne picks his greatest South African Test XI

Warne chose Hansie Cronje as the skipper of his South Africa Test XI  Australian spin wizard Shane Warne has come up with his selection of the greatest South African Test XI, cricket.com.au reports. The 46-year-old enjoyed much success against the Proteas during his playing days and his Test XI of one of his favourite opponents throws in some surprises, the biggest being the choice of Hansie Cronje as skipper of the side. Warne previou

Sep 20 2015
5 Forgettable moments for South Africa in the World Cup
5 Forgettable moments for South Africa in the World Cup

If you are a South African fan, better visit your cardiologist before the World Cup begins. South Africa, despite playing in the least number of World Cups (among the Top 8 teams) has produced the most number of memorable (forgettable for the team) moments for cricket fans. Here’s a look at the Top 5 forgettable moments for South Africa in World Cups:

Feb 13 2015
10 important cricket records that were missed by a whisker
10 important cricket records that were missed by a whisker

Cricket is a sport where numbers play a very important role. It is these numbers that add a whole new dimension to the game. Players feel satisfied and fans get excited when a milestone is achieved. Though many significant milestones have been achieved in cricket till date, there have been quite a few records that have been missed by agonizingly small margins. Let’s take a look at 10 such records that were missed by a whisker: (

Feb 9 2015
Stats: Top 10 wicketkeepers with most dismissals in World Cups
Stats: Top 10 wicketkeepers with most dismissals in World Cups

Adam Gilchrist Australia’s Adam Gilchrist leads the list for the most number of dismissals in World Cup cricket, having accounted for a total of 52 dismissals in 31 matches, which included 45 catches and 7 stumpings, over his career. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is in second spot with 46 dismissals to his name in 30 World Cup games. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum comes in third with 32 dismissals, followed by South Africa

Feb 3 2015
Shahid Afridi's fastest 50s: A statistical look
Shahid Afridi's fastest 50s: A statistical look

The most experienced Pakistan cricketer at the moment, Shahid Afridi, smashed 67 off 29 balls – studded with three sixes and nine fours – against New Zealand at Wellington today in the first ODI of the two-match bilateral series.  Afridi got to his 50 in 21 balls. This is the ninth time he has scored a half-century in 21 or fewer balls. Shahid Afridi That no batsman has scored 50s in less than 21 balls on more than 4 occa

Jan 31 2015
6 fastest centures in ODI cricket
6 fastest centures in ODI cricket

With the advent of Twenty20 cricket, the strike rates in ODIs have gone up to a level that is scarcely believable. There have been times when a run-a-ball hundred was considered a good innings; now, batsmen are scoring centuries at a strike-rate of 50 and entertaining cricket fans in ways that many did not think was possible. Irrespective of the size of the boundaries, batsmen have demonstrated an ability to clear the rope with con

Jan 18 2015
The gruesome history of the gentleman's game
The gruesome history of the gentleman's game

Phillip Hughes Phillip Hughes, a young, energetic and a well established Aussie player shocked the world by a devastating exit from this world. Cricket has always been an aggressive game and promotes a thrilling, sharp and belligerent attitude. But the suddenness of the events of the last three days time has left the world in a catastrophic position as to how scary the game can get, causing the loss of life. Australia&

Nov 28 2014
Wicket-keepers to have taken a wicket over the last 40 years
Wicket-keepers to have taken a wicket over the last 40 years

In international cricket’s 137-year history, a wicket-keeper taking his gloves off and bowling has been an extremely rare occurrence. What has been even rarer is the wicket-keeper, then, going on to take a wicket or two. There have been only 26 glovemen to have discharged their wicket-keeping duties and bowled at least an over in the same match across all the three formats of the game. Out of those, only 11 have managed to take a wicket or

Sep 19 2014
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