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Remembering India's last away series win over Sri Lanka
Remembering India's last away series win over Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar on way to 104* in the Colombo Test India’s announcement of the squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka has officially begun the countdown to yet another overseas excursion where India must look to register a series win – something India haven’t achieved in Sri Lanka  in 22 years. There have been four trips to the island nation since a 1-0 victory in 1993, but India have been bested twice (2001, 2008),

Jul 24 2015
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
5 Unsung Heroes of Mumbai Cricket
5 Unsung Heroes of Mumbai Cricket

Standing (third from left)- Sharad Diwadkar The Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, known for its 'khadoos' attitude, has often been the hotbed for cricketers in the national team – be it Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or Wasim Jaffer, who helped India to a historic win over the West Indians in 2006. Sometimes though, due to inconsistency or lack of opportunities because of a packed first team, a few Mumbai greats have misse

Jul 9 2015
Satire: An Indian coaching XI
Satire: An Indian coaching XI

Mumbai’s coaching staff has big names in it Secretly taking cue from Mumbai Indians’ success with multi-talented coaches in this year’s IPL and to avoid any country vs club debate, BCCI announced an Indian coaching XI, a group of 11 players that will coach the Indian team. A former coach from Australia was contacted by the BCCI to help with the process and was told to report to the BCCI advisory panel. Afte

Jun 26 2015
Vinod Kambli apologises after Twitter rant against Navjot Singh Sidhu and ex-Pakistan cricketers
Vinod Kambli apologises after Twitter rant against Navjot Singh Sidhu and ex-Pakistan cricketers

Vinod Kambli has found himself embroiled in an unnecessary controversy yet again After an extraordinary rant at cricketers-turned-commentators Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ramiz Raja and Shoaib Akhtar on Twitter yesterday, Vinod Kambli has now apologised and said that those tweets were sent by his friend through his Twitter account. Kambli’s Twitter handle had hit out at Sidhu for his style of punditry and also expressed fury ov

5 Indian prodigies who didn't live up to expectations
5 Indian prodigies who didn't live up to expectations

The term child prodigies is often associated to unprecedented talent, who tend to excel at a very young age and most of the time, they transition to the senior level with relative ease. However, not every child prodigy ends up becoming a superstar. In India, the case is not very different. The role of the media in hyping up a young talent affects his/her career trajectory. From cricket to tennis, child prodigies have built up a massive reputatio

Mar 13 2015
10 most heartbreaking moments in World Cup history
10 most heartbreaking moments in World Cup history

There is a lot at stake for all the participating teams at the World Cup with it being the most coveted trophy in the cricketing world. Given the enormity of the occassion, certain teams take their game to the highest level. When their performances gel with a little bit of good luck, they go all the way to the trophy. However, at times, certain teams just don’t have their lady luck smiling on them and in spite of delivering some reall

Mar 5 2015
10 cricketers who have appeared in Indian movies
10 cricketers who have appeared in Indian movies

For all Indians, if there are two professions that are celebrated like no other, they have to be cricket and movies. Cricketers and movie stars have the highest star status and they are both put on the same pedestal by the people. They are also the best paid professionals in the country. So it is only natural that these two professions would come together on occasion. There have been quite a few cricketers who have acted in I

Jan 14 2015
The selection conundrum: Talent or performance?
The selection conundrum: Talent or performance?

They are intersecting sets: talent and performance.  ‘When Sachin Tendulkar was born, did the nurses hand him over to his mother and say, there you go Mrs. Tendulkar, here’s a hundred international centuries?’ Cricket pundit Harsha Bhogle quipped during one of his most fascinating motivational lectures, addressing students at IIM Ahmedabad a few years ago. Bhogle’s observation has deeper implications than what

Dec 20 2014
Clock ticking for Rohit Sharma: What good is talent if it can't deliver?
Clock ticking for Rohit Sharma: What good is talent if it can't deliver?

Rohit Sharma The young, magnificently talented Rohit Sharma is taking guard. Lazy elegance. Jeez, what talent, what timing! What a shot, pure class. Oh no, he’s given it away.  Rohit Sharma comes to bat, Rohit Sharma enthralls the crowd. He cuts and drives from every length. He pulls a half-volley for four. He finds the gap, cutting the field like a pair of scissors in a tailor’s hands. Bowlers are wary, you never kno

Dec 13 2014
Vinod Kambli and I were completely different as individuals: Sachin Tendulkar
Vinod Kambli and I were completely different as individuals: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar with Vinod Kambli and Shane Warne in the early 2000s  Sachin Tendulkar has said that he and his childhood friend Vinod Kambli were distinctly different individuals who led their lives in a contrasting manner.  Despite sharing a memorable 664-run stand with Tendulkar in school cricket, Kambli could never make it big at the international level, playing only 17 Tests for India between 1993 a

Nov 13 2014
Top 10 Indian cricketers who could not realize their full potential
Top 10 Indian cricketers who could not realize their full potential

Over the last two and a half decades, Indian cricket has seen it all; the 90s were perhaps the darkest years in modern cricket history where India won only one away Test, that too against Sri Lanka, and was then dragged into the quagmire of match-fixing towards the end of the millennium. 2000-2010 was a definite high, with India registering several overseas victories under the able captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, and later A

Aug 26 2014
India's all-time left-handed Test XI
India's all-time left-handed Test XI

Left-handed cricketers, for some mysterious reason, always appear more elegant than their right-handed counterparts irrespective of whether they are batting or bowling. While there have been a few ugly-looking left-handers, with the likes of West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South African chinaman bowler Paul Adams coming to mind, the majority of them seem to make playing cricket look ridiculously easy on the eye. Be it David Go

Aug 13 2014
Video: Vinod Kambli hits Shane Warne for 22 runs in an over
Video: Vinod Kambli hits Shane Warne for 22 runs in an over

The Sachin-Warne rivalry is one of the most talked about in history. But even Tendulkar’s long lost friend and fellow cricketer, Vinod Kambli, has tasted success against the superstar leggie. Here’s an over by Warne where he leaks 22 runs against a rampant Kambli:  

Jul 16 2014
Stats: Most number of international matches before getting out for first duck
Stats: Most number of international matches before getting out for first duck

AB de Villiers Here is a list of batsmen who have played the most number of international matches before getting out for their first duck (0). South African wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers, arguably the world’s best batsman at this point of time when you take into account all 3 formats combined, is at the top. Interestingly, the next 3 slots are also occupied by wicket-keepers, thereby making it 4 in total

Jun 20 2014
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