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Book Review: We are The Invincibles

"It was the series that saw Sir Donald Bradman lead an Australian side for the last time to the British Isles with but a single objective – return undefeated. Invincibility was the ultimate goal, a result that had eluded...
West Indies

World Cup Moments: The three moments of Viv Richards Magic in the 1975 final

"And there was Richards once again, sprinting from cover, picking the ball up, turning and throwing without breaking a step. The stumps were hit again. Greg Chappell ran all the way back to the pavilion" 291 was formidable. The asking...
England

Valiant heroes in World Cup: 1987 – Mike Gatting

"Make no mistake. Gatting was not the highest scorer in the tournament. His 354 runs were behind four men, including teammate Gooch. He averaged 50.57, which didn’t even feature in the top ten. And even if one put a...
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World Cup Heroes: Arjuna Ranatunga outshines South Africa

Cometh the hour, cometh the man - Arjuna Ranatunga gallant knock helped Sri Lanka to script a great victory against South Africa..... The Sri Lanka vs South Africa game in the 1992 World Cup is still being remembered for the...
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West Indies World Cup Squad: Aggressive intent writ large over a solid base

The Squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Evin Lewis. As soon as the Chairman...
Australia

World Cup Heroes: Captain Steve Waugh leads from the front

"A resolute Waugh instructed Ricky Ponting to go for his big shots, while Waugh targetted across the park himself. He reached a half-century off 47 balls. Between the overs 20 and 30, Australia piled up as many as 82...
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World Cup Heroes: The birth of Inzamam-ul-HULK

"A 22-year old batsman showing maturity beyond his age in attacking the opponent was a very rare occurrence in those days. Not only that knock helped Pakistan to romp into the finals but also instilled a self-belief among the...
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Afghanistan World Cup Squad: Afghanistan banks on batsmen and all-rounders for a memorable English...

The Squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The lead-up to Afghanistan’s World...
India

World Cup Heroes: Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 destroys Pakistan brutally and beautifully

"That Tendulkar innings set up India’s fourth successive win over Pakistan in World Cup cricket. It was a brilliant innings, a once in a generation kind. That 98 off 75 balls will forever be one of the greatest World...
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Pakistan World Cup Squad: A couple of surprise picks in a batting-heavy side

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain Pakistani Cricket and surprises go hand-in-hand and...

South Africa World Cup Squad: A powerful mix of experience and youth

The Squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi Hashim Amla’s wealth of...
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Sri Lanka World Cup Squad: A few big exclusions amidst a new captain

The Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Malinda Siriwardana, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep. The Sri Lankan Cricket Board...

Valiant heroes in World Cup: 1983 – Asantha de Mel

"de Mel played a lone hand, match after match, throughout the tournament" Asantha de Mel was, to cut things short, Sri Lanka’s first world-class pacer. He was fast – so fast that he once unleashed a bouncer barrage to force...
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Zimbabwe Cricket: Missing a World Cup and securing the future

"If Zimbabwe had qualified for the World Cup last March, perhaps the fundamental changes within the board and the team management would never have been made, and the can of worms would just have been kicked down the road...
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England’s World Cup Squad: Jofra Archer misses the preliminary bus but selectors keep the...

Preliminary 15-man Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, and David Willey. The build-up to England’s preliminary squad...
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Bangladesh World Cup Squad: A perfect blend of youth and experience

The Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Jayed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on...
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India World Cup Squad: A solid unit, which has covered all bases

The Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), MS Dhoni (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik The Board of Control for...
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Australia World Cup Squad: Couple of surprises amidst a well-rounded squad

Squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa Finally, after the months of speculation and...
West Indies

World Cup Moments: Clive Lloyd’s blistering masterpiece in the 1975 final

"Lloyd, however, was in a different zone. Walker was wafted through mid-wicket, with an almost straight bat, into the Grand Stand. ‘The stroke of a man knocking a thistle top with a walking stick,’ according to John Arlott. The...
Pakistan

World Cup Heroes: A ton for Imran Khan, victory for Pakistan

"Imran led the charge with some hard legs between the 22-yards and a flurry of boundaries to bring up his maiden ODI century" What exactly is the role of a captain of a cricketing side? Leading his team, off course,...

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