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5 things every fan remembers from the 90s
5 things every fan remembers from the 90s

“It was Gavaskar The real master Just like a wall We couldn't out Gavaskar at all, not at all You know the West Indies couldn't out Gavaskar at all.” Quite a few people remember The Gavaskar Calypso written by Lord Relator to celebrate Gavaskar's first Test series in the West Indies in 1970-71. The lyric becomes particularly significant as it epitomises the powerful sense of nostalgia that cricket never fails to evoke. T

Aug 3 2015
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
Decoding the Yorker
Decoding the Yorker

Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is one of the greatest exponents of the yorker If there was ever a delivery that could change the course of a cricket match in a matter of seconds, it has to be the ‘yorker’. One of the greatest weapons for a pace bowler, the yorker has time and again proved its worth in every format of the game. Watching from the comfort of your homes, it may seem that yorkers are quite easy to bowl. But a

Jun 19 2015
Confident that Pakistan will qualify for 2017 Champions Trophy: Waqar Younis
Confident that Pakistan will qualify for 2017 Champions Trophy: Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis Speaking ahead of their upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has said that he is confident regarding their qualification for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka consists of 3 Tests, 5 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 2 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). With Pakistan currently languishing at No.9 in the ICC ODI rankings, they have to necessarily beat Sri Lanka in the ODI

Jun 9 2015
90's new age player: Ajay Jadeja
90's new age player: Ajay Jadeja

Charming Ajay Jadeja "An exuberant batsman and an incorrigible charmer off the field" is an apt description for the former Delhi and Indian middle order batsman Ajay Jadeja. With his ability to hit big shots towards the end of the innings, energetic running between the wickets, superb fielding and a winning smile, Jadeja not only won matches for India but also won the hearts of Indian fans. He was a main stay of the Indian batting

10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms
10 star players who were not able to retire on their own terms

There have been various instances in the recent past where the gentleman’s game has shown its dark side to the world. Every player would always love to script his career in the way he wants it to progress, but not always can one escape the wrath of the misfortunes that the game brings.  Ups and downs are part and parcel of the sport but when a legend’s career ends in a decline, it is always heart-breaking. Every hero i

May 31 2015
Shoaib Akhtar blames Pakistan's self-centred captains for failing to cultivate his talent
Shoaib Akhtar blames Pakistan's self-centred captains for failing to cultivate his talent

Shoaib Akhtar In a recent interview with Harsha Bhogle, retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar claimed that his career never reached the heights that it could have because he never played under a Pakistan captain who was endowed with the required vision to manage his talents. He also revealed an episode in his younger days when four senior Pakistan players had threatened to beat him up because they felt insecure by his presence.&n

May 28 2015
Unravelling the various facets of swing bowling
Unravelling the various facets of swing bowling

Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were exponents of swing bowling The recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup saw the resurgence of those crashing sidewinders that tail back in from outside the off-stump and dislodge the top of the leg stump. In more conventional terms, it is called the art of swing bowling. Tim Southee of New Zealand and Mitchell Starc of Australia, with their palpable command over swing, made early inroads into the opposition

May 27 2015
Pakistan fans turn up in large numbers for cricket's return
Pakistan fans turn up in large numbers for cricket's return

Gaddafi Stadium was jam packed for both T20s Lahore, May 25 (IANS) Fans celebrated international cricket's return to Pakistan after six years with the home team sweeping both the Twenty20 Internationals against Zimbabwe here. The 2-0 series win doubled the joy for thousands of Pakistani cricket fans who turned out in large numbers at the Gaddafi Stadium here as international cricket came back to the Asian country for the first time sinc

May 25 2015
Pakistan: A fall from grace for the once upon a time KINGS of ODIs
Pakistan: A fall from grace for the once upon a time KINGS of ODIs

Pakistan’s current crop seem to struggle in ODI’s My first few memories of watching cricket on TV or at the stadium involve Pakistan winning tournament after tournament in Sharjah. Aaqib Javed taking a hattrick of LBWs against India, Waqar Younis clean bowling Ian Bishop off the final ball of an ODI to lead Pakistan to a 1 run, Wasim Akram clean bowling Hughes, Rackemann, and Alderman off successive deliveries

May 12 2015
Waqar Younis should step down as Pakistan coach: Zaheer Abbas
Waqar Younis should step down as Pakistan coach: Zaheer Abbas

Waqar Younis Former Pakistani batting great Zaheer Abbas has demanded Waqar Younis‘ sacking as head coach of the Pakistan team after their comprehensive defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the recently concluded limited-overs series. After a disappointing World Cup campaign where they lost to Australia in the quarter-finals, they were whitewashed 0-3 in the ODI series and lost the lone T20 international as well.  &quo

Apr 27 2015
Waqar Younis hits out at critics; wants youth to be promoted
Waqar Younis hits out at critics; wants youth to be promoted

Waqar Younis is not pleased with the way he has been treated Current head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Waqar Younis, has hit out at comments made by former Pakistani players and critics. The former international skipper said that he does not think too highly of himself and shares a good rapport with the team. He also stated that he has nothing against the senior players.  "Look, the moment I hung up my cricket ki

Apr 14 2015
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal exclusion from Pakistan squad recommended by Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal exclusion from Pakistan squad recommended by Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis

Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad congratulate Mohammad Irfan during Pakistan’s World Cup match against South Africa Umar Akmal and Mohammed Shehzad, who have been excluded from the Pakistan squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, were axed on the recommendations of coach Waqar Younis and recently retired captain Misbah-ul-Haq, reports have surfaced. According to Geo news channel, Pakistan’s World Cup coach and cap

Apr 3 2015
Video: Imran Khan narrates how he discovered Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzamam ul-Haq
Video: Imran Khan narrates how he discovered Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Inzamam ul-Haq

1992 Cricket World Cup Victory – Proudest moment in Pakistan Cricket In other countries players emerge because of the system, but in Pakistan players emerge despite the system – Imran Khan Imran Khan is a born leader. The charismatic skipper, who instilled the “Cornered Tigers” mindset into the players. With genuine abilities both with the bat and ball, Imran was the blockbuster hit of the 1980s. The heart thro

Apr 3 2015
Sarfraz Ahmed - Two matches on, and everybody's champion
Sarfraz Ahmed - Two matches on, and everybody's champion

Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates reaching his century against Ireland I have never witnessed a team management being so wrong about a player. From Waqar Younis to Misbah Ul Haq, absolutely no one had the confidence in Sarfraz' ability to open the innings in Australia and New Zealand. One can't entirely blame them, considering that Sarfraz failed in 5 innings in ODIs and practice games in New Zealand and Australia leading up to the Wor

Mar 17 2015
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