Yuvraj Singh tops the list with 23 MoM awards, including four at the 2011 World Cup AB De Villiers picked up his 23rd ODI Man of the Match award against New Zealand in the 3rd and final match of the ODI series yesterday. The Proteas skipper’s knock of 64 from 48 balls proved crucial as the hosts won the match by 62 runs thereby clinching the series 2-1. In the process, De Villiers became the fastest to reach 8000 ODI
I will start this with an apology. No matter how hard I tried, I can’t fit all the fan favourites in this list. Consider this a purely non-emotional piece, based on the hard stats I have turned and tortured in the last few days. I have had to cut my heart out leaving Rahul Dravid out of this list even though he is one of only three Indian batsmen to score 10000 ODI runs and is in my opinion, the finest sportsman India has ever produced. Bu
Quite a lot of teams have already started planning earnestly for the ICC World T20 next year. From deciding their ideal bowling combinations to testing out the batting order in the T20 matches scheduled leading up to the World Cup, preparations seem to be in the full swing. But at the same time, every cricket fan has a personal list of players that he adores and follows. There are quite a lot of brilliant and explosive players we would love to s
India’s World Cup-winning moment; MS Dhoni with the trophy When the inaugural T-20 World Cup kicked on, I was too young to bother with the intricacies and technicalities of the game I’ve grown to love so dearly today. Being a fan back then meant painting my face and waving the national flag with uncontrollable excitement on the stands. 7 years after the historic triumph, I still wonder if I would have enjoyed the tournament as mu
Their dubsmash video went viral recently You must have seen countless Dubsmash videos of film celebrities, but have you checked out the Dubsmash videos that our sportspersons have been churning out? They are every bit as entertaining and surprisingly as good (and better, if we may say so) than many of the other ones you might have seen. Here’s a sampling of our favourite videos.
Soumya Sarkar bats during the Test series against India in June Prodigiously talented Bangladesh batsman Soumya Sarkar spoke about his cricketing influences, the new spirit in the Bangladeshi dressing room, and why he changed from being a right-handed batsman to being the classy left-hander that he is. The Daily Star reports that Sarkar said, “The batsmen who I have followed are Sourav Ganguly and Brian Lara. When I started playing c
'There is a tide in the affairs of men' is one of the most famous sayings of Brutus from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Good fortune does not last long and for some, the unpredictability of human life makes it a glorious gamble just to stay alive. One of the biggest reasons of popularity of sports in human culture is because it is at best a metaphor for the human condition. And then there is cricket - the game, as they say, of glorious
Yuvraj Singh responded in MJ style to Shoaib’s dance challenge Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh is not one to shy away from any challenge. His life is enough proof of it and it was no different when it come to a dance challenge issued by Shoaib Malik as part of a friendly banter on Twitter. It all started out when the Shoaib Malik posted a Dubsmash video featuring his wife Sania Mirza and several Pakistani cricketers celebrating t
Husband and wife cricket and tennis stars Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza All is going well for sporty couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik recently – Sania queened it at Wimbledon with doubles partner Martina Hingis, and she was present at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday, watching over her husband’s team’s victory over Sri Lanka in the third ODI. Sarfraz Ahmed scored 77 and Yasir Shah grabbed four wickets as Pakist
Wahab Riaz in action during the World Cup 2015 quarter final against Australia Extreme. Inconsistent. Mercurial. These are the words people use to describe Pakistani Cricket. Fantastic one day, horrendous the next. Better than the best on their day. Worse than the worst when it’s not. They lose when nobody expects them to. They win when nobody expects them to. Therein lies the beauty of Pakistani Cricket. In its capacity to s
In the massive pool of cricketers who want to play for their country, the majority consists of those who can’t keep up with the pace of the game, and make way for better performers, despite having tremendous records and achievements. The same has happened with some of the enchanting players from the Indian cricket in the last few years. They came and ruled the sport in the way they wanted and gave the team some unachievable feats. But, the
Kedar Jadhav of India 'A' bats, with broken wrist, during the 2014 Quadrangular Series Final match against Australia 'A' Recalled to the India team for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe after his unremarkable ODI debut last year against Sri Lanka, Kedar Jadhav is one of those in the squad who have been given a precious chance to make a mark for the ODI national team – Harbhajan Singh, Manish Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Murali
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Rahane hasn’t been able to change gears at number 4 after getting very slow starts The 4th number has always been a spot of bother for any captain. It is that position where a batsman is expected not only to get runs for the team but more importantly get them at a quicker rate to provide the lower order the thrust to go into the final 10 overs at a fierce rate. It is no coincidence that AB de Villiers, Andrew Symon