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Keep up the good work West Indies and Sri Lanka

In the end, the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at North Sound witnessed no results. But there were plenty of positives to take from the series for both sides. Sri Lanka, recently, have been in a slump in white clothes whereas, the West Indies have been more about just Twenty20-performers. Thankfully, in this Test series, both teams raised the hopes of improvements in the 5-day format in the coming days.

Well played West Indies and Sri Lanka

From 169 to 476 had been a huge improvement and a morale-boosting one, and the same old thing can be stated about faring well – keep the basics right, the success would come and never lose the fighting spirit. The West Indians followed the same and in the end, it turned out to be a very enjoyable Test match.

Only if England exhibited resolve, the outcome might have been different

After winning the first Test it was thought that India might face a sterner challenge from the visitors, who have landed on the Indian soil with a certain purpose and which are to repeat the feat of that amazing...

Blame the pitch, no problem, but don’t forget to talk about the poor technique...

It was never hard for the likes of Root, Stokes, or Bairstow to go back to the basics and play with a straight bat, use the feet, trust the defence and occupy the crease. But what they really did was a below-par display of batsmanship, which set a poor example for those, who look up to such stars and learn

On the World’s Biggest Cricket Stadium

Ahmedabad has created something special and the whole world is eager to witness a historic Test on the biggest cricket stadium in the world.  

There was nothing wrong with the Chennai pitch

There was nothing wrong with the pitch; rather the technique and temperament had to be positive

West Indies: Get up, stand up and reach the top

The Test series victory in Bangladesh with an inexperienced but fighting unit should be that light, which would guide the way to revive the glory days.

Roar of the English Lions at Chennai

I remember the Test series of 1993 very well. The Indian unit had just completed a horrible series in South Africa and the upcoming home series against England was a litmus test for the skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. In the...

Hasan Ali is back

“The return of Hasan Ali should be a huge boost for Pakistan and one can expect this brilliant comeback to bore fruits for Pakistan and world cricket. The Pakistani pacers are always mercurial and world cricket needs more such...

Intensity of highest quality

“Their intensity brought a lot of significance to the partnership while they gave grit a good name when the world is more obsessed with the flair of Caribbean cricket. Steely resolve like Shivnarine Chanderpaul could be the answer to...

Clinical Pakistan in Karachi

 “It was the National Stadium in Karachi (NSK) that hosted the first Test and how wonderful it was to see a big team contest in white clothes in one of the most iconic venues in world cricket – the...

James Anderson is ready for the challenge in India

“World cricket is gearing up for another Clash of the Titans and Anderson is ready for it”   In the second Test at Galle, James Anderson completed his 30th five-wicket haul in Test cricket – six short of the great Sir...

What is the purpose of West Indies in Bangladesh?

Last year, since the Pakistan tour was called off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bangladesh hardly had any taste of international cricket except some mini shorter-format domestic tournaments here and there. Even though the threat of COVID-19 persists in...

The classic Joe Root in Sri Lanka

 “Joe Root has been absolutely brilliant in Sri Lanka and looked assured on his technique and temperament. He made Galle his run-scoring party ground” All is not well in the United Kingdom. At first, the COVID-19 devastated them and now...

Let’s talk about Australia

In 1987, the young Australian team of Allan Border and Bob Simpson astonished everyone by lifting the Reliance World Cup in front of a jam-packed crowd at the Eden Gardens. The Australians landed on the subcontinent as the no-hopers,...

Only if Sri Lanka batted sensibly in the first innings

There was a time when the Sri Lankans were a different kettle of fish in their own backyard. Even the best of the teams found it tougher against the Lankans. But those were the days when Sri Lanka played...

Jai Ho

“All was lost after the disgrace in Adelaide, but then team India started to try and get out of the mess. Setbacks after setbacks kept on testing the temperament of India, but adversity kept on motivating this young team,...

The joy of watching Mashrafe Bin Mortaza bowling for the first time

The General Election 2001   November 2001. Bangladesh had still not recovered from the hangover of the General Election which was held on October 1, 2001. The emergence of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the downfall of the Awami League remained...

Down but not out

“At Melbourne and Sydney, India have glorified Test cricket and showed the world how tough cricket can be and it is not everyone’s cup of tea – those teams, including their followers and media persons, who have disturbed the...

Kyle Jamieson: The Big Bird from New Zealand

“Kyle Jamieson is a tall and terrifying fast bowler and might be the fear factor for the batsmen around the world. He might be an asset for Test cricket”   The big man goes back towards the top of his bowling...

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