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Who will be the 11th Test nation?
Who will be the 11th Test nation?

Papua New Guinea players celebrate the fall of a Netherlands wicket in the Intercontinetal Cup Unlike almost every other sport which seeks desperately for expansion, cricket, at its pinnacle at least, has always prided itself on being exclusive, rather than inclusive. Even now, only 10 countries compete in the Test arena, and two of those - Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - are something of a supporting cast. Since Bangladesh's admittance into

Jun 21 2015
Papua New Guinea to face Netherlands in historic ICC Intercontinental Cup clash
Papua New Guinea to face Netherlands in historic ICC Intercontinental Cup clash

Ten Doeschate’s 259 not out against Canada in 2006 is the highest individual score in the competition’s history. Netherlands will strive to take the home advantage when it faces debutant Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the four-day first-class Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 16 June. This will be the final match of the first round, which earlier saw Namibia defeat Hong Kong and Ireland earn 20 maximum points

Jun 14 2015
IPL 2015: Predicted Kolkata Knight Riders XI
IPL 2015: Predicted Kolkata Knight Riders XI

Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending IPL champions, had a pretty decent outing at the auctions this year. While the entire cricketing world was busy discerning the logic behind their humongous investment of Rs 2.4 crore on little known KC Cariappa, Venky Mysore & co. continued to silently enrich their artillery with a roster of Indian domestic talents in addition to James Neesham and Brad Hogg. However, with Australian sensation Chris Lynn a

Apr 5 2015
Video: Flashback 2011 World Cup - Netherlands lose 4 wickets in 3 balls
Video: Flashback 2011 World Cup - Netherlands lose 4 wickets in 3 balls

Ireland took 4 Netherlands wickets in 3 balls Multiple outs in a single pitch is quite common in baseball, but it is unheard of in Cricket. However, in a match between Ireland and Netherlands in the Cricket World Cup in 2011, the Dutch lost 4 wickets in 3 balls. Standing at an imposing 304/6 after 49 overs in the first inning, the Dutch looked like reaching 320 at the end of their inning. However, the Irish had other ideas. They bowled

Feb 13 2015
Top 5 individual performances from associate nations in World Cups
Top 5 individual performances from associate nations in World Cups

There have been many very good performances by several great cricketers in the ten editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup until now. While a number of these performances have come from players from the big teams, there have also been a few by players from associate nations, which is commendable considering the fact that these players are mostly coming up against teams blessed with superior quality. Here’s a look at the top fi

Cricket World Cup XI with only one player from each team
Cricket World Cup XI with only one player from each team

How many World XIs can boast (if I may use the term) the presence of players from Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the Netherlands? None that I have come across, in a season where World XIs are quite the flavour. My current task at hand is to unearth an all-time ODI World Cup (WC) XI, with a tiny condition which requires that not more than one player be selected from each team. The ‘tiny’ requirement kept increasing in stature over the cours

Dec 21 2014
5 recent cricketers who were unlucky to play in sub-par teams
5 recent cricketers who were unlucky to play in sub-par teams

There have been several players who have won several matches for their countries and won recognition for their performances from across the cricketing fraternity. These performances have ensured that their teams win matches on a consistent basis. However, there have been some players who despite being very good performers for their country, have not received the kind of praise that they deserve, simply because others around them haven’t pr

Dec 12 2014
10 current cricketers who could go on to become good commentators
10 current cricketers who could go on to become good commentators

A slight modification to the popular adage goes thus – you can take cricketer out of the game, but you cannot take the game out of him. As with most sportsmen requiring peak, or near-peak physical prowess to remain competitive, cricketers have a shelf-life. Even the seemingly evergreen Sachin Tendulkar also retired, after two and a half decades of pure magic, crushing a billion hearts when he did. The only silver lining for fans is that mos

Oct 14 2014
Gautam Gambhir gave me confidence and showed faith in me - Ryan ten Deoschate
Gautam Gambhir gave me confidence and showed faith in me - Ryan ten Deoschate

Ryan ten Doeschate The Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Deoschate has showered praise on his Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Gautam Gambhir for giving him confidence and has called him a good captain for his own methods. "He (Gautam Gambhir) is brilliant. He has given me a lot of confidence as a player. He has showed faith in me. Gautam is pretty quiet and I believe that you don't need to be loud. You don't

Sep 24 2014
Ryan ten Doeschate: The best associate cricketer of our times
Ryan ten Doeschate: The best associate cricketer of our times

Ryan ten Doeschate In the past 20 years or so, the cricket world has seen some of the all-time greats. Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Wasim Akram, Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, etc., but amidst these greats is another player, whose efforts have not been noticed as much, because he did not play for any of the Test playing nations. Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, only the 30th player from his nation to play ODIs, has been playi

Sep 18 2014
CLT20 2014: KKR win despite Ashish Nehra's heroics; Russell and Ten Doeschate script terrific comeback
CLT20 2014: KKR win despite Ashish Nehra's heroics; Russell and Ten Doeschate script terrific comeback

Andre Russell  Put into bat first, Chennai Super Kings could only manage 157/4 on a good batting wicket, courtesy Sunil Narine’s brilliant spell of 4-0-9-1. Despite Piyush Chawla’s double strikes, Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni seemed to have revived the innings and looked set to launch into the opposition like they are used to, with the scoreboard reading 108/4 in 15 overs.  Enter Narine. Bowls the 16th and 18th&

Sep 18 2014
5 fastest half-centuries in CLT20 history
5 fastest half-centuries in CLT20 history

The sixth edition of Champions League T20 begins today, with the qualifiers getting underway at Raipur. In the last 5 seasons, there have been some scintillating knocks to remember, with the best players of T20 competing against each other. Here, we take a look at the 5 fastest half-centuries struck in the tournament’s history.

Sep 13 2014
Infographic: Highest run-scorers, wicket-takers and batsmen with top strike-rates in CLT20 history
Infographic: Highest run-scorers, wicket-takers and batsmen with top strike-rates in CLT20 history

The qualifying stage of 2014 Champions League T20 begins on 13th September, with the group stages beginning on 17th September. This will be the 6th edition of the tournament, with previous 5 held in India and South Africa. Here’s a look at the highest run-scorers, wicket-takers and batsmen with highest strike-rate in the tournament’s history:

Sep 12 2014
GIFs: Suryakumar Yadav and Ryan ten Doeschate take spectacular catches for KKR
GIFs: Suryakumar Yadav and Ryan ten Doeschate take spectacular catches for KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Suryakumar Yadav pulled off a brilliant catch at the boundary on Monday, dismissing Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson. Yadav dismissed the dangerous Watson off Sunil Narine’s bowling when he held on to the ball which was fast going past him, and managed to keep his balance on one leg just inches inside the boundary rope. Though he ended up on the losing side, Yadav won the ‘Kanna Keep Calm’

May 6 2014
Video: Pravin Tambe's hat-trick wrecks Kolkata Knight Riders
Video: Pravin Tambe's hat-trick wrecks Kolkata Knight Riders

Man of the Match Pravin Tambe took a ‘rare’ hat-trick 42-year-old leg-spinner of Rajasthan Royals, Pravin Tambe claimed the first hat-trick of IPL 7, bringing Kolkata Knight Riders to its knees after they had almost too easily run to the target. After the openers were dismissed by skipper Shane Watson, Tambe demolished the middle order, dismissing Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate off successive deliveries. Tam

May 5 2014
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