Naman Ojha and Kusal Perera (not in picture) made debut in the third Test between Sri Lanka and India In the third Test between India and Sri Lanka played at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo both the teams bring in players who are making their debut in Tests and they are the wicketkeepers as well. For Sri Lanka, as Kumar Sangakkara has retired after the second Test, he is replaced by Kusal Perera. They do have their wicketkeeper-
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.
AB de Villiers off the field AB de Villiers' is the man with many talents and he keeps proving it repeatedly on and off the field. He is one player who is loved by even the opponents' fans, every time he steps on the field, we wait to see his performance. But De Villiers has not performed just on the ground, but off it as well. The right-handed batsman is also a brilliant musician and also has an album to his name with singer-songw
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
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
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
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
South Africa defeated New Zealand in the final match by 62 runs and won the three-match one-day international (ODI) series by 2-1 at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban. They are now ranked three in the ICC ODI rankings, behind Australia and India. The series was battled with equal power, both the team played well. After winning the first match comfortably, the Proteas were thrashed in the second match by 8 wickets. It all went down to the se
South Africa were right on money from the first delivery South Africa defeated New Zealand by 62 runs and won the three-match one-day international (ODI) series by 2-1 at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban. They are now ranked three in the ICC ODI rankings, behind Australia and India. After winning the toss, South Africa's captain AB de Villiers decide to bat first, Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada were back in the Proteas si
AB looked dangerous After a gap of 13 years, Sourav Ganguly’s record of being the fastest to reach 8000 runs in one-day international (ODI) cricket has been broken by the swashbuckling AB de Villiers today. The South African batsman took 182 innings to reach the milestone whereas Ganguly belted the same numbers in 200 innings. In the match against New Zealand, De Villiers played an important innings to give a strong platfor
As the current year reaches the end of its middle third, preparations have already begun for the major event that will take place next year - the ICC T20 World Cup. Set to be hosted for the first time in India, it is one of the most expected sports events of 2016. After being hosted by South Africa, England and West Indies, the T20 World Cup finally set foot inside the subcontinent as Sri Lanka hosted it in 2014. Now, it all set to come back to I
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
The game of cricket portrays emotions in a beautiful canvas. The reactions of each team that plays the game is mirrored by its fans on a huge scale. Cricketers have immense potential to draw out emotions from the spectators of the sport, and their actions can make the entire world beam with joy, be it a cheeky gesture on-field, a witty remark during the presentation ceremony, a show of sportsmanship, or even an expressive celebration.
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