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The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?
The Greatest ODI Cricketer - Some stats don't lie, but do they hide the truth?

Viv Richards and Sachin Tendulkar – who is the greatest ODI cricketer of all time? You’re picking the Greatest ODI Player. You’d look among the Top 10 ODI Players, right? Why? They’ve been tested the most. Right? Wrong, says a jury that voted for Viv Richards. Those tired claims again – World Cup ‘final’ heroics, bowling, fielding, captaincy. In a history of over 3600 ODIs, do a few

Jul 7 2015
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths
Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar: Batting average, Strike-rate & other myths

Viv Richards or Sachin Tendulkar – who is The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time? In a recent exercise by the Cricket Monthly, a panel of 50 expert players, commentators and writers voted Viv Richards as The Greatest ODI Cricketer of All Time. A closer look at Richards' batting average and strike-rate suggests that some stats hide more than they reveal. The Richards aura was heady – one that some just can’t shrug

Jul 4 2015
Viv Richards relives World Cup triumph on 40th anniversary
Viv Richards relives World Cup triumph on 40th anniversary

Alan Turner is run out by Viv Richards' throw Bridgetown (Barbados), June 22: Cricket legend Vivian Richards recalled the epic day 40 years ago when he was a member of the West Indies team which won the first ever World Cup staged in England. The Caribbean side, led by now chairman of selectors Clive Lloyd, trounced Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord's on June 21, 1975. Richards played a key role in the match with three run o

Jun 22 2015
Why AB de Villiers and the like can never be as good as Viv Richards
Why AB de Villiers and the like can never be as good as Viv Richards

Viv Richard’s fearless attitude and aggressive aura made him a peerless batsman in world cricket The switch hit – where a right-handed batsman faces the ball as a southpaw, or vice-versa; the scoop-shot – where the batsman ramps the ball above and behind the wickekeeper; the off-side squeeze – where the batsman digs out a near-perfect yorker by angling the bat and sending the ball to the third man

Jun 11 2015
No pressure about equalling AB de Villiers' world record: Mominul Haque
No pressure about equalling AB de Villiers' world record: Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque is just a fifty away from equalling AB de Villiers’ world record Bangladesh’s Momimul Haque, who is on the verge of equalling AB de Villiers’ record of fifties in most consecutive Test matches, has said that he is not thinking about any record. Mominul currently has scored fifties in eleven consecutive Tests and a half-century against India will make him only the second batsman after De Villiers to

5 Players who changed the game of cricket for ever
5 Players who changed the game of cricket for ever

Everyone has the potential to really accomplish something in life. Some people get entangled in the intricacies and give up without giving their full, while some others keep fighting till their very last breath. The ones that make use of their potential achieve the purpose for which they were sent to the earthly realm. A very rare breed of individuals fully use their potential to the fullest and make a difference by revolutionising the field the

Jun 5 2015
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time
Stats: 10 most successful ODI captains of all time

Ricky Ponting with his two World Cup trophies as a captain Australia’s Ricky Ponting leads the chart of most successful One-Day International (ODI) captains, followed by South African Hansie Cronje and his compatriot Steve Waugh. The ranks were given on the basis of players leading his team in minimum 100 matches as a captain. Interestingly, Ponting is also the player who has captained a side for the most number of ODI matches (230)

Jun 4 2015
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch
5 batting partnerships we would have loved to watch

Wally Hammond and Sir Don Bradman were individual rivals in a team sport The beauty of the IPL is that we get to see batting pairs that we would have never been able to see if it wasn’t for this tournament. The best players from various countries amalgamate to give fans a more diverse version of the game. Pairs like Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner, and MS Dhoni-Brendon McCullum have captured the imagination of

May 17 2015
Denesh Ramdin needs killer instinct: Sir Vivian Richards
Denesh Ramdin needs killer instinct: Sir Vivian Richards

Denesh Ramdin St. John's (Antigua), April 29 (IANS) Former West Indies captain Vivian Richards says current skipper Denesh Ramdin needs to lead the team with more aggression, following their loss to England in the second Test. Richards says Ramdin needs to develop a killer instinct, a lack of which he believes has worked against the home team throughout the Test series. England lead the series 1-0 after drawing the first Test in Antigua

Apr 29 2015
India vs West Indies 1974/75: A series that will live on in everyone's memory
India vs West Indies 1974/75: A series that will live on in everyone's memory

 Gundappa Viswanath’s heroics wasn't enough for India In my 45 years of following this great game of cricket, I have never come across an interesting series like the one played between India and West Indies during the Indian home season of 1974-75. I was in the final year of my graduation and the interest in that series was so much that we cut classes on many days to hear the radio commentary. The series was held in the after

Apr 27 2015
Four Knights initiative a masterstroke, says WICB CEO
Four Knights initiative a masterstroke, says WICB CEO

Four Knights Academy was launched recently St. John's (Antigua), April 20 (IANS) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive, Michael Muirhead, has described the newly launched Four Knights Academy as a "masterstroke", and says it has the potential to play a critical role in national development here. The cricket academy, established in honour of Antigua and West Indies legends Vivian Richards, Curtly Ambrose, Andy Ro

Apr 21 2015
James Anderson ranks alongside Ian Botham: Vivian Richards
James Anderson ranks alongside Ian Botham: Vivian Richards

James Anderson St. John's (Antigua), April 13 (IANS) West Indian batting great Sir Vivian Richards said that pacer James Anderson will be remembered as an England great and a worthy heir to legendary all-rounder Ian Botham. Anderson earns his 100th Test cap on Monday when England take on the West Indies at the Antiguan ground that bears Richards' name. Four wickets in the game could take Anderson past Botham's national record o

Apr 14 2015
The place of sledging in cricket - Brad Haddin's rudeness and Virat Kohli's silent insult
The place of sledging in cricket - Brad Haddin's rudeness and Virat Kohli's silent insult

Brad Haddin and Virat Kohli during the volatile MCG Test "Greg, you know what it looks like, now go and find it", said Sir Vivian Richards after hitting a monstrous six - out of the ground and into a nearby river - in response to the famous Greg Thomas sledge, "It's red, round and weighs about five ounces, in case you were wondering”, to Sir Viv, when the latter had played and missed several balls in a row. Fe

Apr 5 2015
AB de Villiers becomes second batsman to break into top 10 all-time rankings in Tests and ODIs
AB de Villiers becomes second batsman to break into top 10 all-time rankings in Tests and ODIs

AB de Villiers playing his extraordinary improvised shot After AB de Villiers smashed a world record 31-ball hundred at Johannesburg earlier this year, former England captain Bob Willis had said that according to him, Viv Richards is the best batsman of all time but de Villiers’ brilliance has forced him to “reassess”. By the end of the World Cup, the South African ODI captain has achieved something that was unique t

Apr 1 2015
Tales from World Cup semis: Wahab Riaz's fifer, the South African referendum and Gary Gilmour's dazzling entry
Tales from World Cup semis: Wahab Riaz's fifer, the South African referendum and Gary Gilmour's dazzling entry

1999 World Cup semi-final: Lance Klusener and Allan Donald run as Steve Waugh gestures The World Cup semis are upon us – that time of cricket’s showpiece tournament which produces the most well-known cricket anecdotes to last the years. History only ever remembered the victor though – Lance Klusener running back to the pavilion is the defining moment of the ‘99 World Cup only in the more obscure annals of t

Mar 24 2015
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