Afridi’s inclusion in the Test side is sure to invite harsh criticism Shane Warne has chosen his best Pakistan Test side over the past 25 years, Cricket Australia’s official website reports. While the spin wizard named Wasim Akram as the skipper of his side, the most surprising decision was the selection of all-rounder Shahid Afridi in favour of one of Pakistan’s greatest leg-spinners, Mushtaq Ahmed. Warne has been p
“It was Gavaskar The real master Just like a wall We couldn't out Gavaskar at all, not at all You know the West Indies couldn't out Gavaskar at all.” Quite a few people remember The Gavaskar Calypso written by Lord Relator to celebrate Sunil Gavaskar's first Test series in the West Indies in 1970-71. The lyric is particularly significant as it epitomises the powerful sense of nostalgia that cricket never fails to evoke.
Sachin Tendulkar batting against Australia The name 'Sachin Tendulkar' is enough to make people crazy in respect, admiration and happiness. That's the impact the great man has had on the game and even after almost 2 years after his retirement from international cricket, he has not lost that spark among his fans and rivals the world over. He was the flag bearer of India’s batting throughout the 90s and th
A recent picture of Jinnah Stadium Sitting in the confines of the Lord’s media centre, packed to the rafters with assorted media men from all around the globe following the newly revitalised New Zealand Test team playing against a notoriously troubled England. Watching an Emirates A380 fly by as the cricket itself isn’t as riveting as one would have thought (it was day two, OK!). A dull, lifeless, flat wicket, producing the odd
15 years after that famous India win, Kanitkar remains a down to earth personality. I had this opportunity to talk to him for a while and was lucky enough to get myself clicked as well. It was during the month of October in 2012 that Rajasthan were about to start their Ranji Trophy campaign for the 2012-13 session. Popularity of the sport in Rajasthan was at all time high because of the growth in infrastructure as well as
Vettori has retired from international cricket Jamaica, June 18 (IANS) Former New Zealand left-arm spinner and captain Daniel Vettori believes the Twenty20 format has helped spinners evolve in the long run, also adding that it has made the spinners think a step ahead of the batsman and take extra risks. Having announced his retirement following the 2015 World Cup final, Vettori is now the coach of two franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mohammed Shami celebrates with teammates after the dismissing Younis Khan India beat Pakistan by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, to maintain their 100% record against Pakistan at World Cups. This was the Indian cricket team’s sixth victory over their arch-rivals in World Cups, with the first victory coming in 1992. Virat Kohli was the star of the show for the Indians as he slammed his 22nd ODI century to guide the defendi
Jubilant fans storm the pitch after Bangladesh thrashed Pakistan in their Group B clash at Northampton The new rule changes in One-Day International cricket may have found their share of disapprovals from a varied set of experts (both on and off the field), but there is no denying the fact that this World Cup will go down as one of the best ones ever. I have every reason to hedge my bets on this one – because the schedule shows a lot
If the all-time XI of each country played the ICC World Cup, it would be a sight for the gods. Pakistan could be one of the frontrunners in such a tournament, being a treasure-trove in all three departments – pace, spin and elegant batting. An all-time World Cup XI for Pakistan would mostly feature members of the great ‘92 winning team, although there are a few others who would make it in spite of being unlucky enough not to have eve
In cricket, or any sports for that matter, not always does quality shine through, not always are the most valiant rewarded, sometimes you have nothing to show for your good display, nothing but the appreciation from everyone. Sometimes, however, the encomium is just as big a reward as the silverware. In the history of cricket, we have seen numerous occasions when the so-called Goliaths were defeated by the tiny Davids of the game,. A case in
Saeed Ajmal Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who has been working with Saeed Ajmal to get his action right, has said that Ajmal will be able to resume playing for county side Worcestershire as well as Pakistan once his changed action is accepted. Ajmal hasn’t played a game for Pakistan since August of this year after being banned from bowling due to all his deliveries being found to be exceeding t
Saeed Ajmal The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to delay the biometric tests that were meant to be conducted on banned spinner Saeed Ajmal, days after asking the ICC for dates to conduct the tests. The 37-year-old was banned from bowling earlier this year after all his deliveries were found to be exceeding the 15-degree limit. A PCB official had earlier told PTI that the board had i
Spinners have some memorable tales to tell from the 1992 edition. How will they fare at the 2015 World Cup? In light of England's loss at home in ODIs to India and Sri Lanka, Stuart Broad recently said that England's fallibility to spin would not count for much down under during the World Cup. He may be right, as out of 16 venues for the World Cup (8 each in Australia and New Zealand), the grounds in New Zealand and venues such
Saeed Ajmal Suspended Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will have to continue work on his remedial action without the guidance of Saqlain Mushtaq as PCB’s Cricket Committee have decided against renewing the former player’s contract by 15 days, reports NDTV. The news contradicts from ESPN Cricinfo‘s report that said the former Pakistan international has been asked to stay for an additional 15 days. Further, t
Cricket is an ever-evolving sport, and has seen many changes in the way it is played over the years. Modern-day cricket has seen the introduction and incorporation of many new tactics and styles. We look at five players and their playing styles which have revolutionized modern-day cricket.