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Has Test cricket in West Indies become irrelevant?
Has Test cricket in West Indies become irrelevant?

Will West Indies again become a Test cricket powerhouse?  West Indies have won just six while they have lost 11 of the 20 Test matches they have played since the start of 2013. A deeper look into this stat shows that they have lost all their eight Test matches abroad while they have won just half of their home games. So the best Test nation 30-40 years ago has stooped so low that they cannot win consistently at home while a win ov

Jul 30 2015
Cricketers and their philosopher alter egos
Cricketers and their philosopher alter egos

If cricketers were famous philosophers Virender Sehwag Like Voltaire, Sehwag is an advocate of the basic freedoms of life – he believed in the freedom of expression and voiced this through his gusto strokeplay. A devotee of radical freedom, his career has been a refutation of the philosophy of Rene Descartes: "I [don't] think, therefore I am." He taught us that an individual’s freedom to act transcends any rule a

Jul 24 2015
Shivnarine Chanderpaul still hoping to play for Windies in Tests
Shivnarine Chanderpaul still hoping to play for Windies in Tests

Chanderpaul has played 164 Tests for his country Georgetown (Guyana), June 28 (IANS) Veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul says he has no intention of announcing his retirement from Test cricket until perhaps the end of the year. Chanderpaul, 40, was dropped for the two-Test series against Australia in June after managing only 92 runs at an average of 15.33 in the three matches against England in April and May, reports CMC. He

Jun 28 2015
Shivnarine Chanderpaul asserts desire to play Test cricket for West Indies again
Shivnarine Chanderpaul asserts desire to play Test cricket for West Indies again

Shivnarine Chanderpaul during a West Indies training session in April 2015 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, currently playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, reiterated his desire of playing Test cricket for West Indies again. The 40-year-old left-handed batsman, who has represented his country for two decades, was excluded from the team to face Australia, and might be facing a dead end to his long international career.&n

Jun 26 2015
5 players who came back strong after relinquishing captaincy
5 players who came back strong after relinquishing captaincy

Some players are believed to have a natural penchant for leadership and are considered to be born leaders - they thrive under pressure and love to lead the team by example. South Africa's Graeme Smith stands out in this regard. He had played only 8 Test matches and 22 ODIs when he was handed over the captaincy at a very young age. But he successfully brushed aside all the scepticism engendered by his appointment and went on to become one of t

Interviewing a cricket ball from the England-New Zealand ODI series
Interviewing a cricket ball from the England-New Zealand ODI series

The white ball took a beating in the recently concluded series It was my great pleasure to meet with one of the unsung heroes of the recent England-New Zealand one-day international (ODI) series – a cricket ball. The chat took place at the Oval, the ground where a total of 763 runs were scored in 96 overs of cricket as the Kiwis edged a narrow victory on the pesky Duckworth-Lewis system in the second ODI. Upon my arrival, t

Jun 26 2015
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - The unostentatious servant of West Indies Cricket
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - The unostentatious servant of West Indies Cricket

 His final innings – Shiv Chanderpaul is bowled by England's bowler James Anderson during day three of the Test match in May 2015   So that's it. That is probably how it will all end for Shivnarine Chanderpaul, one of the most prolific run-getters in Test match history. No emotional farewell in front of a roaring home stadium, packed to capacity, chanting his name. No elaborate tributes from team

Jun 23 2015
5 longest-serving cricketers still playing the game today
5 longest-serving cricketers still playing the game today

While there are many talented cricketers who briefly dazzle at the highest level, it is the players who manage to do so for a prolonged period of time that separate themselves from the rest and establish themselves as all-time greats of the game.  However, enjoying a long and illustrious career has almost become impossible in modern-day cricket due to a variety of factors. Considering the amount of analysis that is done on the strengths and

Jun 22 2015
Why Jason Holder is the man to carry West Indies forward
Why Jason Holder is the man to carry West Indies forward

Holder has been immensely contributing with the bat  There is little cause for excitement in West Indies cricket at the moment. Two convincing losses have extended their Test drought against Australia to a decade, while the newcomers tipped to succeed the old guard have so far fallen well short of expectations. The once fearsome Caribbean outfit is now all too often tamed - alarmingly easily at times. It must, therefore, come as a huge

Jun 18 2015
Shivnarine Chanderpaul excluded from West Indies first-class draft
Shivnarine Chanderpaul excluded from West Indies first-class draft

Shivnarine Chanderpaul St. John's (Antigua), June 18 (IANS) There is no sign of recently discarded Test batsman Shiv Chanderpaul among the 90 players entered for the draft of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Professional Cricket League (PCL), which is the first-class competition in the Caribbean. Chanderpaul is conspicuously missing from Guyana Jaguars’ list of draft nominees. The veteran left-hander was controversially axed f

Jun 18 2015
5 sons of great cricketers who are ready to follow their fathers' footsteps
5 sons of great cricketers who are ready to follow their fathers' footsteps

Much like other sports, cricket has witnessed its fair share of dynasties – the Hearnes, the Headleys, the Mohammads, the Hadlees, Khans and Bracewells - all of whom boast of at least 3 players who have donned the national cap in Test cricket. Recent sensations include the sons of Geoff Marsh and that of Roger Binny. While Mitchell has already sealed his spot in the national team and Shaun has been in the reckoning for quite some time

Jun 14 2015
Chanderpaul officially left out of Windies Test squad
Chanderpaul officially left out of Windies Test squad

Shivnarine Chanderpaul Roseau (Dominica), May 31 (IANS) Shivnarine Chanderpaul's hopes of a happy farewell were squashed after the veteran left-handed batsman was left out of the 14-man West Indies squad for the first Test against Australia starting here on Wednesday. Chanderpaul, the second highest run-scorer for the Caribbean outfit, is only 45 runs behind that of Brian Lara's 11,912 runs. But recently in his last series against E

May 31 2015
10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms
10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms

There have been various instances in the recent past where the gentleman’s game has shown its dark side to the world. Every player would always love to script his career in the way he wants it to progress, but not always can one escape the wrath of the misfortunes that the game brings.  Ups and downs are part and parcel of the sport but when a legend’s career ends in a decline, it is always heart-breaking. Every hero i

May 31 2015
Chanderpaul axing 'untidy and distasteful': WIPA
Chanderpaul axing 'untidy and distasteful': WIPA

Chanderpaul has found more support now Kingston (Jamaica), May 29 (IANS) West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) has slammed Shiv Chanderpaul's sacking as "untidy and distasteful" and says it will continue to engage the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on the matter with the hope of finding an "amicable solution". The 40-year-old was controversially dropped from the Test side to face Australia next week with sele

May 29 2015
Chanderpaul sacking distressing: Guyana sports minister
Chanderpaul sacking distressing: Guyana sports minister

Shiv had a poor series against England after which he was dropped Georgetown (Guyana), May 29 (IANS) Guyana Sports Minister Rupert Roopnaraine, describing the axing of cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies squad for the series against Australia as "distressing", has said the veteran left-hander should have been allowed to leave "in a dignified way". Roopnaraine said the way Chanderpaul had been treated di

May 29 2015
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