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5 occasions when two star players had a difficult relationship
5 occasions when two star players had a difficult relationship

As an international cricketer you live an exciting lifestyle, travelling all around the world for various competitions. Unfortunately for some players, this also means spending a lot of time with your teammates at close quarters. This high pressure environment has gotten the better of many a man, as throughout history there has been countless occasions of big-name players butting heads. From dressing room scuffles to on-

Jul 29 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
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic
Wahab Riaz's Moments of Magic

Wahab Riaz in action during the World Cup 2015 quarter final against Australia Extreme. Inconsistent. Mercurial. These are the words people use to describe Pakistani Cricket. Fantastic one day, horrendous the next. Better than the best on their day. Worse than the worst when it’s not. They lose when nobody expects them to. They win when nobody expects them to. Therein lies the beauty of Pakistani Cricket. In its capacity to s

Jul 20 2015
What the two-year ban on Rajasthan Royals could mean for Indian cricket
What the two-year ban on Rajasthan Royals could mean for Indian cricket

The panel, led by RM Lodha delivered a critical verdict The Supreme Court of India delivered a decisive verdict on the IPL Sport-Fixing case, by handing out 5-year bans and lifetime suspensions to Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra respectively. Along with that, the Justice  RM Lodha-panel also took a massive step, by banning two IPL franchises- Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals- from the lucrative league for a period of 2 years

Jul 18 2015
An open letter to Shane Watson
An open letter to Shane Watson

Shane Watson carries drinks during Day 2 of the 2nd Ashes Test Dear Watto, Talent is a funny thing. Does it have to do more with ability, perseverance or intuition? As a young 20-year old Queenslander, selected for the one-day side, you oozed oodles of it. You were regarded as the next big thing in Australian cricket. Steve Waugh stated that you were possibly the first genuine all-rounder for Australia since Keith Miller. And Miller pl

Not the end of the road for Shane Watson
Not the end of the road for Shane Watson

Watson was dropped ahead of second Ashes Test Australian coach Darren Lehmann insists that it is not the end of Shane Watson’s Test run despite him being replaced by Mitchell Marsh for the crucial Lord’s Test in the Ashes series. Lehmann said that Watson had won a place in the side for Cardiff Test by a small margin, and after a poor performance with the bat and ball, the selectors believed that Marsh deserv

Jul 17 2015
Marsh to replace Watson in Australia's second Ashes Test team
Marsh to replace Watson in Australia's second Ashes Test team

(From left) Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh London, July 15 (IANS) All-rounder Shane Watson has been dropped for the second Ashes Test and will be replaced by Mitchell Marsh. After performing poorly in the first Test, Australia seek to hit back in the second to be played at the Lord's cricket ground from Thursday. Australia crashed to a 169-run defeat against England in the first Test in Cardiff last week. Watson will be one of two cha

Jul 15 2015
5 Things Australia need to do differently in the second Ashes Test
5 Things Australia need to do differently in the second Ashes Test

Some predicted Australia to win the Ashes outright, although they haven’t done so in England in a long time. Some predicted England to compete well but still gave Australia the thumbs up. There were very few loyalists who actually believed England can win. Even fewer still have entertained the idea of a thumping win that England dished out to the Aussies. It is a long series and the thing with long series is, it is very easy for things to t

Jul 15 2015
The Watson Wonder - Is this the end of Shane's career?
The Watson Wonder - Is this the end of Shane's career?

Shane Watson’s Test career hangs in the balance The first Ashes Test in Cardiff presented an all too familiar scenario for Australian Cricket; Shane Watson embarrassingly dismissed LBW in both innings for not many runs. The big all-rounder also proved ineffective with the ball, failing to take a wicket in the 12 overs he bowled in the match. For a player of so much class, it is almost unbearable to watch Watson struggle to

Jul 13 2015
Shane Watson's place looks shaky for Lord's Test
Shane Watson's place looks shaky for Lord's Test

Shane Watson has been in poor form lately The job of Australia’s selectors is cut out – they have to consider the position of Shane Watson and consider Peter Siddle in place of Mitchell Starc. Captain Micheal Clarke, who said that his side needed to treat their 169-run loss at the hands of England the same way they handled their loss to New Zealand during the World Cup campaign, admitted that Watson's performance was wo

Jul 13 2015
Why we shouldn't be surprised by Australia's defeat at Cardiff
Why we shouldn't be surprised by Australia's defeat at Cardiff

Watson’s failures have pulled Australia down It's a known fact that the vulnerabilities and deficiencies of a team become glaringly manifest soon after a loss. When things are going swimmingly, people hardly pick apart the team, believing everything to be fine and dandy. However, it's obviously not the same after a loss. There's the finger-pointing from the disappointed fans, the dressing room dressing down from the coach

Jul 12 2015
Ashes 1st Test Day 2 - Australia trail by 166 runs
Ashes 1st Test Day 2 - Australia trail by 166 runs

Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers of Australia in action of Day 2 of the 1st Ashes Test At the end of Day 2, Australia are 264/5 with Shane Watson (29) and night watchman Nathan Lyon (4) at the crease, trailing England by 166. Earlier in the day, Moeen Ali combined with the tail to take England to a first innings score of 430. Chris Rogers was Australia’s best batsman of the day, scoring 95, as wickets fell in regular interval

Jul 9 2015
Ashes 2015: Pre-series watchlist
Ashes 2015: Pre-series watchlist

The English and the Aussies are ready to battle for the urn for the third time in two years    After many months and days of anticipation, many opinions and suggestions heard, The Ashes is almost upon us. 25 days of intriguing and absorbing (hopefully) Test cricket to be played and I am eagerly waiting to follow the game closely as always I prepared a watchlist of events to follow during this series. Here are few important one

Jul 8 2015
Ashes 2015: Fitness secrets of top players
Ashes 2015: Fitness secrets of top players

How does Johnson generate the pace? It takes quite some effort for Mitchell Johnson to bowl at 90 mph - 20 overs in a day, or for Alastair Cook to stay on the crease for an entire day. On top of that, these cricketers cannot be slacking off while fielding either as 'catches win matches'. In order to accomplish these superhuman feats, international cricketers have to do a lot of things in addition to practising their skills. Since t

Jul 7 2015
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses
5 cricketers who are always made scapegoats when the team loses

Winning and losing is a part of the game, they say. So is a slump and a revival in form. No cricketer has been at his peak for the entire duration of his career. There are ups and downs in every player’s form, but when the slump coincides with the team’s loss, some of them are not as lucky as others, to get away with it easily. The media and fans alike, play the blame game and accuse these players to be the sole reason behind the tea

Jul 5 2015
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