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Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket
Things that can be done to increase the popularity of Test Cricket

Indian fans light torches in the stands to celebrate India's victory over Australia at Eden Gardens in Kolkata 15 March 2001   If any cricketer is asked the question “which is the best format of cricket”, his answer would definitely be Test Cricket. Every cricketer aspires to be playing Test cricket for his country. The proudest moment in a cricketer’s life is when the first ever test cap is presented to him.

Aug 31 2015
The possible reasons behind Kumar Sangakkara opting to play only two Tests in a series
The possible reasons behind Kumar Sangakkara opting to play only two Tests in a series

Sangakkara walks towards the pavilion for the last time on August 23, 2015 The legendary Sri Lankan batsman, Kumar Sangakkara hung his boots at the end of the 2nd Test between India and Sri Lanka. Amidst all the raving encomium, there were few eyebrows raised about the veteran’s decision to play only two Tests in each series in what could now be considered as Sri Lanka’s cricket season. This article would try to do an appraisal

Aug 31 2015
Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004
Nostalgia, Friendship and Cricket: Recalling India's Tour of Pakistan, 2004

Inzamam-ul-Haq and Sourav Ganguly’s leadership skills were tested throughout the series Traditionally, whenever subcontinent powerhouses and arch-rivals India and Pakistan have squared off on the cricket field, the excitement generated among fans and spectators alike is enough energy to light up a few thousand villages back home in the two countries. As former wicket-keeper & captain Rashid Latif once pointed out, both sides give

Aug 30 2015
5 incidents which changed cricket forever
5 incidents which changed cricket forever

The butterfly effect is the theory that one small incident can ultimately cause a massive event elsewhere. For example, a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon rainforest could end up causing a hurricane thousands of miles away. The concept that a seemingly minor happening can actually change everything is also applicable to sport. Sport is very fickle in its nature. When dissecting a contest, wins or losses can generally be pinpointed on o

Aug 30 2015
10 instances where the ball swung/spun too much
10 instances where the ball swung/spun too much

For a cricket fan, there are very few things that bring more joy than seeing a wonderfully executed delivery that completely bamboozles the batsman and goes past his defences. Whether it is the ball which starts on off stump and ends up as a toe-crushing yorker, or the ball which pitches on leg stump and turns past the outside edge to hit the top of off-stump, the art of bowling is a joy to behold. While the game of cricket has seen many bowlers

Sanath Jayasuriya vs Shahid Afridi: A statistical comparison of two destructive all-rounders
Sanath Jayasuriya vs Shahid Afridi: A statistical comparison of two destructive all-rounders

Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi – Battle of the destructive sloggers, who won matches with both bat and ball Among the numerous schools of craftsmanship that cricket offers, slogging is the one that captures viewers’ emotions like none other. It may not possess the artistic flavor of maneuvering the gaps or produce the pleasing sound of the ball softly kissing the willow, but its compelling nature that instantaneously leaves

Aug 29 2015
Virat Kohli climbs up to third as India retain second spot in ODI rankings
Virat Kohli climbs up to third as India retain second spot in ODI rankings

Kohli ranks third in the latest ODI rankings India’s Virat Kohli has climbed to number three in the ICC rankings for the one-day international (ODI) batsmen, just two points ahead of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson while AB de Villiers’ continues to dominate the standing with 884 points. Besides Kohli, opener Shikhar Dhawan and ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the other two Indians in the top-10 list on rank six an

Aug 28 2015
Shaharyar Khan says Pakistan are not dependent on India
Shaharyar Khan says Pakistan are not dependent on India

Shaharyar Khan is not impressed with the development between Pakistan-India Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has said the bilateral series chances between Pakistan-India are very less looking at the current political turmoil situation between two nations, reports ESPNcricinfo. "Given the present circumstance, the chances of a Pakistan-India series look bleak and we have to live with the fact that India ar

Aug 28 2015
Top 10 bowlers with most number of international wickets in cricket history
Top 10 bowlers with most number of international wickets in cricket history

Cricket, ‘the gentleman’s game’ has always been known as a game dominated by the batsmen, but there have been many outstanding bowlers who have made life hard for the batsman at the crease. No matter how many runs a team scores in a Test match, they need to pick up 20 wickets to win the match. The case in ODI’s and T20s is not much different with the bowlers playing a crucial role in restricting the opposition by pi

Aug 28 2015
Qatar confirmed as hosts for Pakistan T20 league
Qatar confirmed as hosts for Pakistan T20 league

Doha’s only cricket stadium will be renovated ahead of the T20 league. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the country’s domestic T20 league competition will be held in Doha, ESPNCricinfo reports. The tournament will be a five-team affair featuring franchises from Pakistan’s provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – and will be held from February 4 to 24 next year.&n

Aug 27 2015
Future of India-Pakistan series will be finalised next month, says PCB
Future of India-Pakistan series will be finalised next month, says PCB

Former PCB chief Najam Sethi is confident that the Indo-Pak series scheduled for December will go ahead as planned Senior PCB official Najam Sethi said the fate of the Indo-Pak series scheduled for December this year will be finalised next month, IB Times reports. The 66-year-old is pinning his hopes on the two nations sorting out any issues at the likely meeting between the country’s top officials at the UN session in September. 

Aug 26 2015
Video: Umar Akmal bowled by girl in Norway
Video: Umar Akmal bowled by girl in Norway

One of Umar Akmal’s most awkward moments was played out in Norway this week Umar Akmal has faced a lot of flak for his mistakes during his Pakistan career, but his latest ‘feat’ is likely to put all his missed catches and miscued shots to shame. He got bowled by a Pakistani-Norwegian female leg spinner, one Isma Ahmed, who has been catapulted to internet stardom in the process. In a cricket match being play

Aug 26 2015
5 young domestic stars that we all need to know
5 young domestic stars that we all need to know

The only thing that remains constant in the world is change.With the retirement of stalwarts like Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke, the beacon of cricket will transfer to the younger generation. Currently there are few youngsters who have a made a name for themselves in the game – like Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Steven Smith – but more youngsters will be soon called upon to shoulder the responsibility of their teams, with

Aug 25 2015
5 famous batsmen who failed to deliver in South Africa
5 famous batsmen who failed to deliver in South Africa

Proteas pace attack is still lethal as always ‘Great’ is a term thrown around like a filthy old rag in modern cricket. It’s promiscuity is abominable. There is an irate tendency, almost an edginess to go searching for the next Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara or Ricky Ponting. The media feeds of the same sensationalism, a distressing reality of our times. Mere numbers aren’t the sole determinant of greatness. The hackne

Aug 25 2015