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Stats: Active players with the most Man of the Match awards in ODI's
Stats: Active players with the most Man of the Match awards in ODI's

Yuvraj Singh tops the list with 23 MoM awards, including four at the 2011 World Cup AB De Villiers picked up his 23rd ODI Man of the Match award against New Zealand in the 3rd and final match of the ODI series yesterday. The Proteas skipper’s knock of 64 from 48 balls proved crucial as the hosts won the match by 62 runs thereby clinching the series 2-1.  In the process, De Villiers became the fastest to reach 8000 ODI

Aug 27 2015
Kumar Sangakkara's Test career in pictures
Kumar Sangakkara's Test career in pictures

Thank You Sanga! Kumar Sangakkara’s international career came to an end at Colombo on Monday, with the culmination of the second Test against India. Sri Lanka’s greatest ever batsman failed to produce one final epic knock to save his side from defeat as he has so often done in the past, but that will not take any shine away from this elegant batsman’s glorious Test career. The 37-year-olds signs off from the Test arena as

Aug 24 2015
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge

With two days left to play in the 1st Test match and India only requiring 151 runs to win with 9 wickets in hand, many might think an Indian victory is a foregone conclusion. Statistics often tell a story, and the story it tells in this instance however, is that India are attempting a feat that has never been accomplished before – chasing a 100+ 4th innings total at Galle International Stadium. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rah

Aug 14 2015
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Dhawan's love affair with centuries
Sri Lanka vs India: Stats - Dhawan's love affair with centuries

India resumed their innings from 128-2 after dismissing Sri Lanka for 183 runs in the first innings. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan started from where they had left the previous day and went on to score centuries. They added 227 runs for the 3rd wicket and helped India post 375 on the board. Sri Lanka in reply were stuttering at 5-2 at the end of the day’s play with 187 runs behind. Here are some interesting numbers from

Aug 13 2015
Sanath Jayasuriya to lead World XI side against Nepal in charity match for earthquake relief
Sanath Jayasuriya to lead World XI side against Nepal in charity match for earthquake relief

Sanath Jayasuriya and Venugopal Rao are among the World XI side slated to take on Nepal Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya will captain the World XI side which will play against Nepal in the fundraising match at Kinrara Oval in Malaysia on August 9th – the proceeds of which will go to a relief fund for victims of the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year. The World XI team is a mixture of current and former players, with th

Lasith Malinga's nadir - Is the clock ticking for the veteran?
Lasith Malinga's nadir - Is the clock ticking for the veteran?

Lasith Malinga celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shahzad with Sri Lanka teammates during the 1st T20I against Pakistan The Sri Lankan team once had a lion in their team; the lion that swaggered around its territory, making the accidental trespasser cringe with fear; the lion whose roar itself pounded the hearts of prospective visitors with sheer fear and made them quiver with terror. So many battles did it win entirely of its own. No

Aug 2 2015
Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya gets emotional while paying his respects at  Army School, Peshawar
Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya gets emotional while paying his respects at Army School, Peshawar

Sanath Jayasuriya offering his prayers at the memorial site of the school The former Sri Lankan batting mainstay Sanath Jayasuriya was visibly moved after visiting the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, last week. The  southpaw was in Pakistan for his stint as the cricket analyst for PTV during the recent Pakistan vs Sri Lanka cricket series. The school was the victim to a vicious attack by heavily armed militants. Thi

Aug 2 2015
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

Jul 16 2015
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