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Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004
Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004

Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sourav Ganguly’s leadership skills were tested throughout the series Traditionally, whenever subcontinent powerhouses and arch-rivals India and Pakistan have squared off on the cricket field, the excitement generated among fans and spectators alike is enough energy to light up a few thousand villages back home in the two countries. As former wicket-keeper & captain Rashid Latif once pointed out, both sides give

Aug 30 2015
Shoaib Akhtar - An ode to the flying machine
Shoaib Akhtar - An ode to the flying machine

The Rawalpindi Express – Shoaib Akhtar The bowling mark, the run-up, the stride, the leap and the delivery - the words precisely define a fast bowler. What distinguishes one from the rest is the magnitude of velocity, aggression and the miles per hour that one is able to conquer. Fascination reaches peaks when you see Shoaib Akhtar integrating these bits. Oh boy, he created a different era of fast bowling. Heart-beat levels - maximum,

Aug 14 2015
Dravid my biggest nightmare: Shoaib Akhtar
Dravid my biggest nightmare: Shoaib Akhtar

It is indeed tough to climb over The Wall Shoaib Akhtar who turned 40 recently spoke to Wisden India about his career, toughest batsmen he has bowled to and the state of Pakistani cricket. The Rawalpindi Express, who terrorised most batsmen around the world, consistently clocked up speeds of over 150 kmph. On being asked about his toughest opponents, Akhtar remarked that facing Rahul Dravid was nightmarish for him. After mo

Aug 14 2015
Dravid talks about not being obliged to be perfect always
Dravid talks about not being obliged to be perfect always

Re-imagining Mr. Perfect In a recent interview with The HINDU, Rahul Dravid admitted losing his cool a number of times on the field. His comment was in response to the latest events where he was seen getting better of Naseer Hussain during a friendly chit chat in the commentary box. That became a viral sensation, instantly. Had it been some other player, it would not have got much attention, but coming from the proverbial Mr

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

6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket
6 times the stadium crowds shamed Cricket

Cricket, known as the gentleman’s game, has had many not-so-gentlemen-like moments over the years. While most of the incidents involve the players, the stadium crowds have had their share too, much to the embarrassment of their home team, stadium officials and board members. The recent crowd violence in the Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI in Colombo is an example of this trend. The unrest in the stand had escalated to such a level that security

Jul 23 2015
Inventions that changed cricket on TV
Inventions that changed cricket on TV

A Wagon wheel dissecting Kohli’s knock Long gone are the days when BBC (cricket broadcasters for close to eighty years now) used to telecast matches with only two cameras on opposite ends, and a handful of scattered cameramen across the ground. Modern broadcasters provide the conventional coverage with loads more, implementing technology like never before, making more out of the game than just wood and leather. Providing visual

Jul 6 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
Happy Father's Day
Happy Father's Day

 

Jun 21 2015
Video: Rahul Dravid gets into a rare fight, takes on Shoaib Akhtar
Video: Rahul Dravid gets into a rare fight, takes on Shoaib Akhtar

During the Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on 19th September 2004, there was a verbal fight between Rahul Dravid and Shoaib Akhtar. Dravid, who is known for his coolness, was seen in such a high-octane altercation for the first time. Only when then Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq came over to calm down the two players did Dravid and Akhtar go their separate ways. Watch the video here:  

Jun 15 2015
Fake FB Wall: Players comment on Ravi Shastri's coaching offer
Fake FB Wall: Players comment on Ravi Shastri's coaching offer

Disclaimer: This is a fake FB wall and should not be taken seriously.

Jun 14 2015
10 promising Pakistani cricketers who failed to live up to their potential
10 promising Pakistani cricketers who failed to live up to their potential

Pakistan has been blessed with cricketing talent in abundance, but has also been plagued with either that talent fizzling-out too soon or cases of premature retirement for various reasons (not in good books of selectors, match-fixing or consumption of banned drugs). ‘Stability’ has been the biggest headache for the Pakistani team for decades now. So much is expected from the 1992 WC winners. A nation that produced Zaheer Abbas, who p

Jun 11 2015
People often misunderstand Virat Kohli's aggression: Umesh Yadav
People often misunderstand Virat Kohli's aggression: Umesh Yadav

Virat Kohli and Umesh Yadav Indian pacer Umesh Yadav said that captain Virat Kohli is a thinking cricketer and that his aggression was of the controlled variety. The 28-year-old Vidarbha quick is one of Kohli’s first choice bowlers for the ongoing Test match against Bangladesh. Yadav praised Kohli’s nature of putting the team’s interest ahead of everything else. “I am very comfortable with Virat. He always asks

Jun 11 2015
Pakistan players being disciplined like schoolboys: Wasim Akram
Pakistan players being disciplined like schoolboys: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram Pakistan legend Wasim Akram lamented that the rigorous discipline Pakistan players are subject to is vastly different to how international players of other teams are treated, and warned that such an atmosphere was detrimental for the confidence and growth of the players – both as cricketers and individuals. "Having discipline is one thing but too much stress on it can also lead to some players losing confidence becaus

Jun 10 2015
Video: Shoaib Akhtar destroys New Zealand single-handedly
Video: Shoaib Akhtar destroys New Zealand single-handedly

Shoaib Akhtar has played 46 Tests for Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar was always impossible to play when in-form. His swinging yorker balls were lethal and devastating; he uprooted number of stumps by bowling the same yorker deliveries so many times. The right-arm fast bowler emerged in 90s and was a natural successor to the Pakistan’s legendary pace attack of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. He always kept his focus on speed, 150 plu

Jun 8 2015
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