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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
Stats: Tillakaratne Dilshan breaks into the 10000 club
Stats: Tillakaratne Dilshan breaks into the 10000 club

Tillakaratne Dilshan – Getting better with age As soon as Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bat first, all eyes were set on the opener Tilakaratene Dilshan, who was just 55 runs away from reaching the 10,000 runs milestone. He didn’t upset the crowd too, reaching the new height and becoming the fourth Sri Lankan to ever score 10,000-plus runs in an ODI career. The home team, Sri Lanka restore their pride by winning the

Jul 27 2015
The Angelo Mathews-Marvan Atapattu combo and the retrograde of Sri Lanka cricket
The Angelo Mathews-Marvan Atapattu combo and the retrograde of Sri Lanka cricket

Angelo Mathews and Marvan Atapattu pictured prior to the Pallekele Test against Pakistan I thought about ranting on it after the Test defeat in Sharjah. Mathews had just been baptised as the captain. So let's wait, I thought. Then there was a glimmer of hope in Headingley, England. Mathews braved to Mankade Jos Butler and was found to be the chief architect of the bouts of sledging aimed at Joe Root. He is fast impro

Jul 18 2015
5 batsmen whose careers changed after a change in batting position
5 batsmen whose careers changed after a change in batting position

The game of cricket is by no means a simple one. Even the minutest of changes, such as giving a bowler an additional over in a spell, or experimenting with the batting order, can have a sizeable impact, not just on the game at hand, but also possibly on the future of the players involved in the change. Throughout its history, cricket has witnessed the reinvention of several batsmen, after their position in the batting lineup was altered. He

Jul 18 2015
Fastest 50s for and against each team in ODIs
Fastest 50s for and against each team in ODIs

Kusal Perera enters into record books Kusal Perera smashed 50 off just 17 balls against Pakistan at Pallekele in the second ODI of the 5-match series which is the joint fastest for Sri Lanka, joint fastest against Pakistan and the joint second fastest in the history of ODIs. Eventually, he fell after having scored 68 in 25 balls and setting the path to chase the target of 288 in 50 overs. He went to the pavilion in the 9th over with 92 run

5 world records registered against Minnows
5 world records registered against Minnows

Hundreds of cricketers might come and go. But, only a handful of players shall remain eternal in the hearts of the fans. Their feats keep them in our memories even after exit from the sport. ‘When the going gets tough, the tough gets going’ is a saying and the game has seen many record boards getting shattered by unexpected players in crucial games against tough oppositions. On the other side of the coin, there have been records crea

Jul 14 2015
The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?
The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?

Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar – who is the greatest ODI cricketer of all time? You’re picking the Greatest ODI Player. You’d look among the Top 10 ODI Players, right? Why? They’ve been tested the most. Right? Wrong, says a jury that voted for Viv Richards. Those tired claims again – World Cup ‘final’ heroics, bowling, fielding, captaincy. In a history of over 3600 ODIs, do a few

Jul 7 2015
10 iconic ODI partnerships which changed the course of the match
10 iconic ODI partnerships which changed the course of the match

Cricket, though popularly known for the heroics of individual performances, is ultimately a team game and partnerships, although a hidden and relatively unknown criterion, have a deep impact over the game. Partnerships are very crucial in cricket and form the backbone for a high intensity and competitive match. They not only provide a firm and strong base for the batting side but they also play an immensely important role in helping a team

Jul 6 2015
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths

Viv Richards or Sachin Tendulkar – who is The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time? In a recent exercise by the Cricket Monthly, a panel of 50 expert players, commentators and writers voted Viv Richards as The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time. A closer look at Richards' batting average and strike-rate suggests that some stats hide more than they reveal. The Richards aura was heady – one that some just can’t shrug

Jul 4 2015
13 legendary cricketers we would like to see in the MCL
13 legendary cricketers we would like to see in the MCL

Following the big announcement of a T20 tournament for retired legends by Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has announced another tournament for veterans called the Masters Champions League. The event will be held in the UAE in February next year. It will comprise of 6 teams consisting of icon players and players from associate nations. The catchcry will be the icons and Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchr

Jun 21 2015
10 times an unfancied bowler tore through a top batting side
10 times an unfancied bowler tore through a top batting side

A good bowler is always expected to make a dent in the batting lineup of the opposition and usually can deliver when the team expects him to. But there have been numerous occasions in the past, where a bowler, following the real life example of David and Goliath has rattled a quality batting side, even when the odds were stacked heavily against the former. Here’s a look at 10 such top moments: 10. Ken MacLeay vs India

Jun 18 2015
5 Players who changed the game of cricket for ever
5 Players who changed the game of cricket for ever

Everyone has the potential to really accomplish something in life. Some people get entangled in the intricacies and give up without giving their full, while some others keep fighting till their very last breath. The ones that make use of their potential achieve the purpose for which they were sent to the earthly realm. A very rare breed of individuals fully use their potential to the fullest and make a difference by revolutionising the field the

Jun 5 2015
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time

Ricky Ponting with his two World Cup trophies as a captain Australia’s Ricky Ponting leads the chart of most successful One-Day International (ODI) captains, followed by South African Hansie Cronje and his compatriot Steve Waugh. The ranks were given on the basis of players leading his team in minimum 100 matches as a captain. Interestingly, Ponting is also the player who has captained a side for the most number of ODI matches (230)

Jun 4 2015
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch

Wally Hammond and Sir Don Bradman were individual rivals in a team sport The beauty of the IPL is that we get to see batting pairs that we would have never been able to see if it wasn’t for this tournament. The best players from various countries amalgamate to give fans a more diverse version of the game. Pairs like Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner, and MS Dhoni-Brendon McCullum have captured the imagination of

May 17 2015
Kumar Sangakkara - Cricket's Man of Steel
Kumar Sangakkara - Cricket's Man of Steel

Kumar Sangakkara It isn’t every day that you celebrate someone scoring over 10,000 runs in Test cricket. In fact, since the first time a burly, old man said, “Play!” in a Test match in 1877, only 11 men have been able to cross that mark. How often has it happened that you tuned into a match starring Sri Lanka, and you saw Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene grinding it out in the middle? We’ve seen that visual w

May 10 2015
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