A cricketer takes wickets, makes truckloads of runs and wins games for his country, and in the midst of flash bulbs that chase these success stories, some men fade away in the background. These men were there for the players when others weren’t. These men helped the players correct their batting stance, and suggested improvements in the wrist position. These men carried the players pillion on their motorcycles, across the city, from on
Ganguly scored a century on his Test debut International cricket is a strange monster. Some started with greatness all over them and never went too far. Some looked mediocre but went on to become greats. Very few looked great, started great and ended great. Much of it is because of the rigors of competitive international cricket which is like the ocean that you can never gauge until you dive into it. Some learn and adapt while some perish.
Yes, Sachin and Akhtar played for the same team Cricket All-Stars Series kick-off in style yesterday in New York’s Citi Field Stadium. Sachin’s Blasters and Warne’s Warriors played out one exciting game of with legends from all around the cricketing world taking part in it. Shane Warne got Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and VVS Laxman out in the space of four overs. It is unbelievable, but it happen last night when the Unite
AB de Villiers was distraught after losing to New Zealand in the 2015 WC semi-final Cricket has always been known to evoke emotions. For both the cricketer and the audience, the game lays bare the deepest of emotions. Whether it is your favourite player hitting a century or someone missing a catch, every action on the field is lived by the audince. When there is so much at stake, maybe it is not unusual to see tears once in a while on t
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Cricket has witnessed the enthralling show of greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman, Wasim Akram and many more such players, who have given the game their everything and lived the sport. But there are other players who were not fortunate enough to continue their cricketing careers till their prime. Injuries, poor form and various other factors have cut short the careers of many a player. But still, among such cricketers, are a few wh
Great batsmen, despite their greatness, often remind us of their all-too-human weaknesses. It is this vulnerable side of theirs that they earnestly try to cover up so it isn’t exposed, but sometimes there is no escape. The flaws are laid bare for the world to see, the weaknesses are exploited to the full and the illusion of supremacy is shattered emphatically. These weaknesses are often unhelpfully non-uniform. For some, it is an old neme
Ramakant Achrekar A student is only as good as their teacher. The old axiom says that if all fails, do what your teacher once told you. Even in the sport of cricket, it holds firm. On the special occasion of Teacher’s day, we take a minute to honour one of the most successful teachers to have graced the game – Padma Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Born in Maharashtra, Achrekar quickly found out that he was not cut out for playing the g
Cricket is such an overwhelmingly large beast. It is so incredibly large that it is a wonder most fans haven’t taken a moment to think about the scale of operations. There is organised cricket in all corners of the world, in all formats of the game, at any given time – to say nothing of informal games in the gullies of the subcontinent or the beaches of Australia. International, county, state, school level – you name it, there&
Vinod Kambli and his wife Andrea An FIR has been registered against former India cricketer Vinod Kambli and his wife Andrea by their domestic help, who has alleged that the couple beat her up and locked her up in a room in their Mumbai residence, according to Times of India. According to police sources, the woman called Soni has said that she had lived in the Kambli household for the last two years as an employee. Her wages had not been pai
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),
Crowd trouble forced the play to be suspended twice during the 2nd T20 between India and South Africa 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
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
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
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