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Stats: Brendon McCullum becomes only the fourth batsman to hit 200 ODI sixes
Stats: Brendon McCullum becomes only the fourth batsman to hit 200 ODI sixes

Brendon McCullum finished his ODI career with a record and a winAfter Brendon McCullum gave New Zealand a blistering start in the final ODI against Australia, like he usually does, his side gave him the perfect send-off as they defended 246 and won the Chappell-Hadlee trophy.During his whirlwind 47, McCullum also managed to achieve something that only three players had done before him. Hit 200 sixes in ODI cricket.Playing in his final ODI, McCull

Feb 8 2016
Hardik Pandya credits Tendulkar and Ponting for helping him become a batting all-rounder
Hardik Pandya credits Tendulkar and Ponting for helping him become a batting all-rounder

Pandya reiterated that he is aiming to be India’s batting all-rounder in the long runPromising Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya said that he considered himself more as a batting all-rounder and revealed how words of advice from cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, his mentors at IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, has helped him in improving his skills with the bat, ESPN Cricinfo reports. “I used to hear that after an IPL

Feb 2 2016
Five things the IPL should learn from BBL
Five things the IPL should learn from BBL

Mumbai Indians - the defending IPL champions In 2005, Australia had their inaugural edition of KFC T20 Big Bash. It was an inter-state tournament that had six teams (Queensland Bulls, South Australian Redbacks, New South Wales Blues, Victoria Bushrangers, Tasmania Tigers and Western Australia Warriors). It was a massive success and then all the cricket boards came up with an idea of setting up their own T20 league. India too had their own l

Jan 31 2016
5 anti-climactic endings to glittering captaincy tenures
5 anti-climactic endings to glittering captaincy tenures

The role of a captain is of greater significance in cricket than in any other sport. This is exactly why it is perhaps the most difficult task for any cricketer to even undertake during his career, let alone excel at it. The history of the game has seen numerous great captains that have emerged from different corners of the cricketing globe and won plenty of admiration for their outstanding leadership skills. But captaincy is a double-edged

Jan 25 2016
T20 cricket helping cricket prosper overall, says Ricky Ponting
T20 cricket helping cricket prosper overall, says Ricky Ponting

Australia’s highest Test and ODI run-getter believes that cricket overall is growing.While there is a debate going on, for a number of years now, over the sustenance of Test cricket in the era of Twenty20s, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has admitted that the condensed format of the game would stay for some time and then slowly vanish into oblivion.Ponting is considered one of the modern greats of cricket. Having been closely involv

Chris Gayle lashes out at former players who proved themselves to be hypocrites
Chris Gayle lashes out at former players who proved themselves to be hypocrites

Chris Gayle has said he will return to AustraliaChris Gayle has had a very eventful Big Bash League season, and he has saved his biggest killer blows for the very end. After smashing a 12-ball fifty on Monday, the world record for the fastest fifty, Gayle signed off from the BBL with a stinging social media rant against his critics.Gayle claimed in his post that there were several players who had criticised him in public, but had spoken to him in

Jan 19 2016
Perth Pitch : The transition from a fast bowler's paradise to a 'carpet of humanity'
Perth Pitch : The transition from a fast bowler's paradise to a 'carpet of humanity'

Sachin rates his 114 at Perth in 1992 as one of his best test innings everHad former Australian captain and legendary commentator Richie Benaud been alive today, looking at the modern day W.A.C.A (Western Australian Cricket Association) wicket he would have had no hesitation in telling “From our broadcasting box you can’t see any grass at all. It is simply a carpet of humanity.”Yes, that’s what the Perth wicket, once

Jan 18 2016
Stats: Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 7000 ODI runs
Stats: Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 7000 ODI runs

Kohli beat AB’s recordVirat Kohli became the fastest to reach 7,000 ODI runs after he reached the milestone in his 161st innings in the third ODI against Australia at the MCG. South Africa's AB de Villiers was the previous record holder, as he achieved the milestone in 166 innings.India's test skipper got to the milestone with a boundary down the leg side off James Faulkner in the 10th over. After losing the opening two ODIs, India

Jan 17 2016
Chris Gayle strikes controversy again by refusing to take a single
Chris Gayle strikes controversy again by refusing to take a single

Chris GayleWest indies cricketer Chris Gayle has stirred controversy again on Monday in the Big Bash League. The Jamaican was in the news only last week for his sexist comments to Network Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin during a live interview.Gayle refused to take an easy single during his match for the Melbourne Renegades against Sydney Thunder in a Big Bash clash. Commentators savaged him for turning his back to his fellow opening batsman Tom Coop

Jan 12 2016
Jasprit Bumrah: India's very own mystery fast bowler
Jasprit Bumrah: India's very own mystery fast bowler

Bumrah is gifted with a mystery action that could surprise the batsmen.Jasprit Bumrah is a unique fast bowling talent for India hailing from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In a country that always looks for a special fast bowling talent, this guy is a ray of hope. He was brought to the limelight by the then Mumbai Indians coach John Wright during his talent scouts for MI back in 2013.The former India coach was impressed by the youngster’s unique actio

Jan 11 2016
How Australian media has over-sensationalised Chris Gayle's on-air comments
How Australian media has over-sensationalised Chris Gayle's on-air comments

Gayle faced heavy criticism for his on-air comments to a journalistWhat has transpired in the past odd week or so has been made increasingly controversial by the Australian media, more than what the victim Mel McLaughlin or even Chris Gayle would have wanted.The fact that both Gayle and McLaughlin admitted it was an out-of-bounds incident and McLaughlin made it clear in an interview, she wants to move away from the controversy and continue doing

Jan 10 2016
5 memorable Indian ODI performances in Australia over the years
5 memorable Indian ODI performances in Australia over the years

Ravi Shastri's finest hour came during the World Championship of Cricket in 1985 With the arrival of 2016, one of cricket's most talked-about rivalries will be renewed when India lock horns with an in-form Australian side. While the latter does seem to be clear favourites despite missing some key players, the former has more than a point to prove to its detractors.  For beleaguered captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, nothing less tha

Jan 9 2016
5 instances when great batsmen fought poor form with a big innings
5 instances when great batsmen fought poor form with a big innings

South African run machine Hashim Amla's poor run of form, which had reached its peak in the series against India late last year, has finally come to an end. And Amla chose the best way possible to do it; by hitting a double century. In the last 10 innings prior to his 201 against England at Cape Town, the bearded genius had scored just 150 runs in 10 Test innings without even a single half-century. However, this was definitely not the first

Jan 9 2016
20 images that defined the year in cricket in 2015
20 images that defined the year in cricket in 2015

2015 started with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and ended with South Africa slowly but surely losing their grip on the No.1 ranking in Tests. In between there were some fascinating series between the top teams. Although the year was dominated by batsmen continuing to score loads of runs, Ravichandran Ashwin in Tests and Mitchell in ODIs made sure that the batsmen didn’t have it all their own way. Kane Williamson dominated the

Dec 30 2015
8 cricket captains who share traits with football managers
8 cricket captains who share traits with football managers

What the manager is in football, the captain is in cricket. Managers in their long overcoats,  with their crazy touchline antics and bullying post-match press conferences, are paradoxical figures of much reverence and ridicule in modern football. Every tactic of theirs is put under the knife and analysed by fans and pundits during and after the game. If managers are the favourite whipping boys of modern football, it is the captain in cricke

Dec 30 2015
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