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Book Review: The Greatest Year by Anindya Dutta

Anindya Dutta's fifth book The Greatest Year celebrates the achievements of the Indian cricket team in 1971 in beating both the West Indies and England away for the first time in almost four decades.   Dutta follows an altogether different narrative...

A dull end to the Test series

In the end, rain had the final say to the outcome of the much-anticipated Test series between England and Pakistan. The thrilling encounter in the first Test promised a lot, but since then Pakistan started to lose their momentum...

Rain forces a draw

The second Test between Pakistan and England met a dull end because of inclement weather.  After winning the toss Pakistan chose to bat and their response was shaky. The wicketkeeper, Mohammad Rizwan played a face-saving but brilliant and gutsy...

England prevail in a tense finish at Manchester

It was a Test match, which started off with a lot of hype. Surely, an England-Pakistan Test series always offers something more than just a cricket match. And as expected, the first test at Manchester lived up to its...

Wanted: A few good West Indian batsmen

"It was palpably noticeable the number of West Indies batsmen who got out LBW during the series. In the two Tests, they lost 15 batsmen via that route"   After conducting something akin to a masterclass in Test-match cricket at Southampton...

No surprise, England win

Obviously, England would strike back after the defeat at Southampton and in the end, they not only bounced back at Old Trafford but bagged the series at Oval.   There might be a school of thought that despite winning the toss...

Brilliant Stokes and Broad, England level

The third day of the second Test between England and West Indies was washed out and there was a doubt that it might cost England badly, who were 1-0 down. But in the end, it did not matter much...

Victory for West Indies as Test cricket returns in style

Nine out of ten times you would believe that the West Indies will crumble on Day 5 of the first Test at Southampton. It is not the West Indies of the past, for which chasing any totals on surfaces...

Runs on the board is what West Indies will need

"There is really no member of the batting unit that should cause the Englishmen sleepless nights. Hope and Brathwaite had unbelievable games at Headingly during the last visit but neither have shown anything approaching that level of proficiency since....

The legendary Sir Everton Weekes

“In a society, where racism ruled the roost and decided the fate, men like Sir Everton Weekes, defied all the odds to rise to the top and gift the deprived community the respect and joy, which worked like a...

Dale Steyn and the outswinger from hell

"It is only in Tests that we can truly appreciate the beauty and bewitchment of such a special delivery. Dale Steyn and his outswinger have been a compelling sight in the game. We are fortunate to have witnessed him...

West Indies pacers of promise could give England a hard time

"Whatever the result at the end, however, Caribbean cricket fans will be disappointed if their pacemen don’t leave a lasting mark on this series. These pacers of great-promise are expected to do well, even if the egos and bodies...

Babar Azam to lead Pakistan in ODIs

While the ex-cricketers of Pakistan are busy in dishing out the old nemesis and blame each other to make the cricketing environment chaotic, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not to dirty their hands in the mud, but take...

The forgotten and underrated displays: Craig McDermott nails West Indies at Sabina Park on...

The West Indies were still regarded as the best team in the world at that time. Touring West Indies meant, you would definitely lose, and exhibiting some fight was regarded highly during those days. When Imran Khan's young team...

The forgotten and underrated displays: Bruce Reid devours England at MCG

It was the much-hyped Ashes series in the 1990-91 season alongside the unofficial-best-in-Test-cricket series: Pakistan vs West Indies.   Graham Gooch took over the captaincy of England and enjoyed a magnificent summer where his boys relished a great time against the...

Bangladesh script the Banglawash

It was a pressure cooker situation at the Mirpur Cricket Stadium when just four runs were needed off four balls. Kyle Mills, who had previously exploited the batting Powerplay at its maximum best, was looking dangerous and was all...

The Shakib Al Hasan of Worcestershire

County Cricket provides an amazing opportunity for any cricketer to polish their skills. Testing conditions and variable wickets test a cricketer’s skill and character in each and every game. County Cricket makes a good cricketer better and a better...

Chris Gayle loves playing Test cricket, No?

How to answer your harsh critics?   Rather than wasting energy via words, it’s better to answer them via solid performances. Since that memorable Test series victory against England last year, Chris Gayle had been on the center of all the controversies...

The Sreesanth bouncer to Kallis

What is fast bowling without aggression!   These days it’s a rare sight. Except few, not many fast men exhibit aggression, which would add spice to the contest. On the field, at present, hostile characters are more seen rather than hostile bowling. The...

When cricket was the ultimate winner in Dubai

Cricket was at its very best in Dubai that night!   It offered some high-quality cricket and which is what a cricket-lover relishes the most. A fighting comeback from a team, a silky hundred from a batsman, some brilliant bowling and of...

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