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Star batsmen and their second home grounds
Star batsmen and their second home grounds

A look at where star batsmen scored most runs away from home.Any cricketer who has played at the highest level would testify that performing in front of the home crowd can unnerve even the best in the business. The expectations of the crowd create a mountain of pressure under which many crumble.Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, although the apple of the eye of the Kolkata crowd, could hardly replicate his silken drives on the off and lofted m

May 29 2016
How many runs can be taken by batsman by running?
How many runs can be taken by batsman by running?

A six is considered to be the most fruitful shot in cricket. At times, even commentators and writers use the word ‘maximum’ for it. It gives an impression that, this is the highest number of runs one can score off a single ball. If it’s a no ball, the number can be stretched to seven.Nevertheless, a cricket frenetic or an expert can easily explain, practically, eight runs could be the maximum score a batsman can fetch off one de

May 29 2016
From zenith to nadir: How Kapil Dev's reputation faded away
From zenith to nadir: How Kapil Dev's reputation faded away

His travails notwithstanding, Kapil Dev remains India’s best all-rounder ever in the 20th century”Fame is a fickle friend, Harry.” – Gilderoy Lockhart, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”In all the years that India have played cricket on the world stage, there have been many instances when they were nothing more than amiable trundlers, and easy fodder for batsmen across the globe. There was, of

May 29 2016
Rangana Herath reaches 300 Test wickets
Rangana Herath reaches 300 Test wickets

Rangana Herath’s 300th Test wicket was Steven FinnSri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath reached 300 wickets in Tests after picking Steven Finn on day two of the second Test against England. The 38-year-old who has been the backbone of Sri Lanka's spin attack following Muttiah Muralitharan's exit, has taken 16 years to reach the landmark.After dismissing Alex Hales on the same day, Herath went past English spinner Derek Underwoo

May 28 2016
Former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq offered role with England cricket team
Former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq offered role with England cricket team

Saqlain Mushtaq follows in the footsteps of compatriot Mushtaq Ahmed.Former Pakistani off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has been roped in by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as a spin consultant, according to reports. The news of the bowler being offered a crucial role by ECB was doing the rounds when The Guardian’s Nick Hoult confirmed the news with a tweet. The English team is currently playing Sri Lanka in a bilateral Test series at h

IPL 2016: The world’s best Test cricketers missing out. But why?
IPL 2016: The world’s best Test cricketers missing out. But why?

India’s cricket crazy fans would have loved to have seen Joe Root in the IPLIt cannot be a mere coincidence. When 16 out of the World’s best 26 Test cricketers by rankings do not play a single IPL game, there has to be more to it than meets the eye. And if you then take out Ravichandran Ashwin, who is currently the world’s best-ranked Test all-rounder and 2nd best-ranked bowler, and Ravindra Jadeja who also finds himself in sixt

May 28 2016
Monty Panesar reveals how he successfully emerged from mental health issues
Monty Panesar reveals how he successfully emerged from mental health issues

Panesar’s last international outing came during the ill-fated 2013-14 Ashes tourMonty Panesar is quite an enigmatic personality - capable of both boom and bust. With England still searching for a specialist spinner to replace Graeme Swann, the 34-year old has successfully managed to conquer mental illness by making a comeback into county cricket.Speaking to ESPN, the left-armer opened up on his arduous battle with depression and paranoia. H

May 28 2016
Wahab Riaz claims Pakistani bowlers will test England in the upcoming series
Wahab Riaz claims Pakistani bowlers will test England in the upcoming series

Wahab Riaz hailed Misbah ul Haq’s contributions to Pakistan cricketIf the ongoing Test series between England and Sri Lanka is anything to go by, Pakistan certainly have their task cut out. However, pace bowler Wahab Riaz remained quietly optimistic about his team’s chances.Speaking to PakPassion.net, Riaz expressed hope that his team-mates can exploit the loopholes in England’s batting lineup. But, the 30-year old conceded that

May 27 2016
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss appear to bury the hatchet during celebrity golf event
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss appear to bury the hatchet during celebrity golf event

Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen (then and now)One of the most spectacular falling outs between teammates in recent history has been between former England teammates Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss, but on proof of what was seen at a celebrity golf event this week, their enmity is behind them.The root of their dispute coming out in the public can be traced back to 2012, when Pietersen had texted members of the South African team in disparagi

May 27 2016
Monty Panesar opens up about how he battled mental illness
Monty Panesar opens up about how he battled mental illness

Monty Panesar is eyeing a national recall after battling mental illnessMonty Panesar, the English slow left-hand orthodox bowler has admitted on seeking professional medical advice to cope with feelings of anxiety and paranoia which led to loss of self-esteem and confidence after he was named as a Professional Cricketers’ Association mental health ambassador.He admitted that his initial reluctance to take the prescribed 

May 26 2016
Stuart Broad warns Sri Lanka ahead of second Test match
Stuart Broad warns Sri Lanka ahead of second Test match

Broad picked five wickets in the Headingley TestEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad warned Sri Lanka ahead of their second Test in Durham, saying that the hosts are confident about winning the series, though the contest is still open. After a commendable performance from Jonathan Bairstow and James Anderson, England crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs in the Headingley Test and are currently leading the series 1-0.Broad had picked five

May 26 2016
5 most underrated fielders in world cricket currently
5 most underrated fielders in world cricket currently

The game of cricket has evolved a great deal and today the importance of fitness is paramount. In the current day and age, a team which has a group of fit and agile fielders generally go into a match with their noses in front.Gone are the days when big fast bowlers would bowl their quota of overs and then saunter around at fine leg or third man region. Today with the advent of Twenty20s, there is no place on the field for the players to hide. Apa

May 26 2016
Here's how James Taylor's life is shaping up post his premature retirement
Here's how James Taylor's life is shaping up post his premature retirement

James Taylor enjoyed a brief career before being forced to retire because of a rare heart conditionJames Taylor’s world fell “upside down” when he was diagnosed with a rare but serious heart condition called ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia). In a shocking and saddening news for cricket fans all across the world, one of England’s most promising and talented batsman had to announce his retirement last

May 25 2016
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: The pros and cons of the points system in cricket
England vs Sri Lanka 2016: The pros and cons of the points system in cricket

Sri Lanka’s tour to England would, for the first time, see a points system being used in cricketCricket, historically, has been a sport that has resisted change. The jury has always been divided on any cricketing innovation that has been suggested, and many of those innovations have fizzled out due to the lack of support from the practitioners, sponsors, and other personnel involved in the successful execution of the sport. Several examples

May 23 2016
Kusal Perera replaces injured Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lankan Test squad
Kusal Perera replaces injured Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lankan Test squad

Kusal Perera plays a shot during the first Twenty20 match between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on November 9, 2015Kusal Perera, the 25 year old left handed wicket keeping batsman has been called up to Sri Lanka’s Test squad in place of injured Dhammika Prasad as soon as "visa formalities are taken care of", Sri Lanka Cricket  announced. Earlier renowned for his pr

May 23 2016
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