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No patience, no fighting spirit. Bangladesh looked pale at Indore

Bangladesh looked pale at Indore. None expected them to win the Test, but expected them to fight back, which, at least, would have helped to earn respect and boost the confidence….. Abu Jayed bowled with a spirit, with which...

Ben Stokes: The Imran and Botham of modern era

“Ben Stokes is the best allrounder in the world right now. The fans from Bangladesh can talk about Shakib Al Hasan, but mind you, Shakib is more interested in playing limited-overs cricket than Tests. Whereas Stokes takes Test matches...

Trust the defence, play with a straight bat. England hoping for a better outcome

England’s composure with the bat had been much, much better than the first innings. It was an attritional day of Test cricket where England kept the hopes alive. The circumstances demanded to trust the defence and play with a...

No repeat of Brisbane 1985, but it was Hazlewood’s day

Overcast conditions and a bit of grass on the deck prompted New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney to bowl first in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane. Sir Richard Hadlee rolled Australia for 179. Hadlee's figures were 23.4-4-52-9! Except...

It was all about rhythm at Leeds on Day 1

It is all about rhythm. Rhythm matters everywhere. For a singer or musician, it is a must. In life, it is hugely important. Whereas in sports it is a vital cog and in cricket, you can’t but accept it’s...

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand gave everything they could

There are a few moments that are difficult to put in words. The World Cup final between England and New Zealand is one of them. Technically, New Zealand did not lose the final, but England win the World Cup...

Ben Stokes and the redemption in the Final

"He was England’s crisis man throughout the World Cup and he stood up once again when everything was stacked against them. Yes, he had some luck go his way, but he had rotten luck in the group stages where...

Dominant England sends Kangaroos packing from the semi-final

"This sets up the finale at The Lord’s very nicely as the cricketing world gears up for a new world champion as the hosts will lock horns with the Blackcaps on Sunday. England will look to extend their comprehensive...
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Video: New Zealand defeat mighty India

It was supposed to be a one-sided affair. But in the end, it was New Zealand who advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-final turned out to be a battle of nerves. As usual, Kane Williamson and his boys kept...

A second chance for New Zealand

Two extensively different characters, two brilliant leaders lead New Zealand to two back-to-back World Cup finals.... Brendon McCullum's team in the 2015 World Cup was considered as a match-winning side. When Kane Williamson's BlackCaps made it to the semi-final in...

Pakistan: Unpredictability will surely have to go

"Players like Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, etc. will learn a lot from this campaign while going forward into their careers which will ultimately bode well for Pakistani cricket" The Pakistani campaign, almost till the end,...

Rassie van der Dussen: South Africa’s silver lining in a horrid World Cup

"Rassie van der Dussen was perhaps the sole or one of the few silver linings for the Proteas in what can be termed as their worst World Cup ever. He may well be the heart of South Africa's middle-order...

Alex Carey continues to be Australia’s unsung hero

"Australia have certainly got a player down the order who will not succumb to pressure down the order and that's a major boost ahead of the knockout stage" David Warner has hit the headlines after almost every Australia's fixture in...

Bangladesh: A frustrating end

"They showed talent but missed the crucial moments in the big games" If the previous edition of cricket’s biggest fair intimated the world about the fast-growing stature of Bangladeshi brand of cricket, this edition further concreted the fact that the...
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Video: India secure the semi-final spot beating Bangladesh

It was one of the most anticipated matches of this year's ICC World Cup. Bangladesh have shown the courage to challenge the might of India. But like the past, they went down fighting. India are through to the semi-finals.
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Video: England make a comeback

In a do or die encounter for the hosts, the English boys have finally made a comeback. It had been the England, which all expected to witness. India's unbeaten run came to an end.
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Video: India remain unbeaten

Manchester was abuzz as India gun down West Indies in style. The West Indian pacers did give the Indian batsmen some nervy moments, but in the end, they posted a fighting total. While their bowlers gave West Indies no...

Pakistan are well and truly alive

"The comparisons from 1992 are running at another level. It’s the mother of all coincidences. There has never been a similar result sheet for any team in the history of the World Cup" Three losses, one win, one washout. That was...

Clinical Bangladesh!

Afghanistan were no match for Bangladesh, who were ruthless with the ball and cultured with the bat..... Forget the semi-final berth, forget the finalist tag or even the World Cup glory, it might sound a bit crazy, yet true, that...

Finally, the other Pakistan turns up

"Hence, Pakistan will hope that the other Pakistan which was there in the game against South Africa or England turns up game after game" “That’s Pakistan cricket at it’s very best, one minute down, next minute up!” These are Nasser Hussain’s...

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