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5 cricketers whose retirements weren't as celebrated as they should have been
5 cricketers whose retirements weren't as celebrated as they should have been

As Shakespeare would say, "The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes". But in professional sport, are all the stalwarts of the game given a hero's farewell? Sports history bears silent testimony to the thousands of ill-fated souls who bowed out silently into oblivion. Some of these retired greats are unfortunate enough to reside perpetually in the fringes, in the unhallowed shadow of the common mind. Greatness notwith

Aug 29 2015
Why India need to be careful of not falling into old traps heading into the final Test
Why India need to be careful of not falling into old traps heading into the final Test

Can Virat Kohli end the 22-year wait? India will begin their quest to win their first Test series in Sri Lanka since 1993 at the Sinhalese Sports Club(SSC) in Colombo on Friday when the third and final Test of the series gets underway. After losing the opening Test in Galle, thanks to a splendid counter-attacking knock from Dinesh Chandimal and a fourth innings collapse on the Day 4, India bounced back excellently in the second Test at the

Aug 27 2015
Quiz: Which legendary Indian batsman are you?
Quiz: Which legendary Indian batsman are you?

Indian cricket’s modern Big 5 – Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag Indian cricket has contributed some of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the game. From players like Sunil Gavaskar and Mansoor Ali Pataudi who played in the era without helmets to the modern greats like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, the number of batting records that batsmen from the country possess is proof enough of the dominance. T

Aug 26 2015
Ajinkya Rahane: Not just the next Rahul Dravid, but also the next VVS Laxman?
Ajinkya Rahane: Not just the next Rahul Dravid, but also the next VVS Laxman?

Ajinkya Rahane’s signature celebration 1.118 against New Zealand in Wellington After having bowled out the Blackcaps for 192 on the first day, India, found themselves at 141 for 3 when Rahane walked out to the middle, to join Shikhar Dhawan. The right­-hander began his stay with a lovely crisp straight drive and followed that up with a terrific back foot punch, which yielded four more runs. But while he was in the process of

Aug 25 2015
Top 10 greatest Test innings by Indian batsmen
Top 10 greatest Test innings by Indian batsmen

India, over the years have produced some great cricketers that has matched the very best in the world. With the completion of 69 years of independence, here is a look at some of the finest knocks by some of the greats in our country that had forced the world to stand up and acknowledge batsmanship in its true form-Test cricket. While some have come in foreign soil and some in the sub-continent, it had ensured the fact that we are no gimmicks in T

10 Players who were successful in different batting positions
10 Players who were successful in different batting positions

A spot in the XI is a team’s gift to a player. Versatility is the player’s gift to the team. Given how the vagaries of sport throw a million permutations and combinations, the best teams are those which have a blend of the specialists and the versatile players. Test cricket is a game of specialists, but there are two types of versatile players who have proved invaluable to the team. There are all-rounders who can bat and bowl and the

Aug 21 2015
BCCI deliberating over separate India coaches for Tests and ODIs
BCCI deliberating over separate India coaches for Tests and ODIs

Ravi Shastri watches over a India practice session on the tour of Bangladesh earlier this year BCCI is deliberating over the option of appointing two separate head coaches for the long and the shorter formats. Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary, has revealed that the appointment of the coaches should happen before the South Africa series in October. The cricket advisory committee has been given full freedom to choose a coach but two coaches might

Aug 21 2015
5 iconic innings in Test Cricket
5 iconic innings in Test Cricket

Test Cricket is all about passion, commitment and dedication. The oldest form of the game builds up on a very unique format which allows players to showcase their real talent and brilliance. A very interesting contest between bat and ball, Test Cricket has seen some amazing batting performances over the years which are the essence of this gentlemen's game. These innings define the format in a way that they possessed that technique

Aug 20 2015
Why India need to look at their slip fielding and address the issue more seriously
Why India need to look at their slip fielding and address the issue more seriously

Ajinkya Rahane takes a blinder to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara in the opening Test at Galle These are extremely interesting times for Indian cricket. A new Test captain. A support staff, that is still not completely permanent, but at the same time, not totally unaware about the challenges that lie ahead for this young team Without dispute, it can be said that India probably has the best young batting line-up in world cricket, at the momen

Aug 18 2015
Give the ball the respect it deserves: Rahul Dravid speaks on India's spin debacle
Give the ball the respect it deserves: Rahul Dravid speaks on India's spin debacle

Dravid laid emphasis on footwork as key to tackling quality spin bowling Former Indian cricketer and present India A coach Rahul Dravid feels that most of the modern batsmen try to dominate spin from the beginning, thus leading to their downfall, IBNLive reported. He also laid emphasis on the importance of footwork as he talked to reporters in the wake of India’s embarrassing loss against Sri Lanka in the first Test match at The Galle

Aug 17 2015
Video: Mitchell Johnson sledges VVS Laxman; Laxman gives it back
Video: Mitchell Johnson sledges VVS Laxman; Laxman gives it back

Mitchell Johnson managed to get the under the skin of the usually cool Laxman Australia are currently taking on their age-old rivals England in the Ashes Test series and if there’s any other country that can stake claim to giving a fierce competition to the Aussies, it is India. And one man in particular, had been a constant thorn in their flesh – VVS Laxman. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman always reserved his best for

Aug 15 2015
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge
Sri Lanka vs India Day 3 Stats: Ravichandran Ashwin's 10-wicket haul and India's historic challenge

With two days left to play in the 1st Test match and India only requiring 151 runs to win with 9 wickets in hand, many might think an Indian victory is a foregone conclusion. Statistics often tell a story, and the story it tells in this instance however, is that India are attempting a feat that has never been accomplished before – chasing a 100+ 4th innings total at Galle International Stadium. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rah

Aug 14 2015
5 things to remember about India's previous Test tour to Sri Lanka
5 things to remember about India's previous Test tour to Sri Lanka

5 Years and 5 days ago, the last Sri Lanka-India Test was concluded on 7 Aug, 2010 at Colombo. It was the 13th bilateral series between India and Sri Lanka with 6 in favour of India and 4 in Sri Lanka’s favour while 3 were drawn. The two countries have played 35 matches with India winning 14, Sri Lanka 6 and 15 drawn.  The last Test series between these two Asian countries was played in July-August 2010. The s

Aug 12 2015
Top 10 Indian Performances Against Sri Lanka in Tests
Top 10 Indian Performances Against Sri Lanka in Tests

We are at the brink of another India – Sri Lanka series. Sometimes, you feel cricket boards squeeze more out of a relationship than they should. Given how many ODI bilateral series the two teams have played, they know each other’s style of playing, the players and the strategies way too well. But, to be accurate, the two teams have not played as many Tests as they have ODIs. In 35 Tests, India has an upper hand with 14 wins. Those win

Aug 9 2015
Former India legends' cricket involvement under conflict of interest scanner
Former India legends' cricket involvement under conflict of interest scanner

Former player like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble are now under the glare of BCCI’s crackdown on ‘conflict of interest’ The clean-up act of Indian cricket which the BCCI is attempting to do has already had some serious repercussions, and the dual roles of former India legends like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are the latest issue that has come under the spotlight, according to

Aug 3 2015
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