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Why the West Indies are right to drop Hetmyer and what he can learn...

"Hetmyer has too often been guilty of not batting according to the requirements of his team. Too often he’d be batting in some ease before gifting his wicket. Too often he’d try to delve into his sizable bag of...

England and South Africa prove how magnificent 5-day Test match could be

Joe Root won a huge toss on the first day of the second Test at Cape Town. It was a hard deck at Newlands, where the South Africans pacers shone to put the visitors on the back-foot, but still,...

A much needed victory for South Africa

Just imagine the state of South African cricket two weeks back. It was in a mess. 2019 has been annus horribolis for Proteas on and off the field. Some big guns showed a lesser amount of commitment. Some big...

Why Bangladesh should tour Pakistan

“Bangladesh must change its attitude towards Pakistan tour. After the Sri Lankan series the excuse for lack of security has become lame. If Bangladesh take the next big step, the beneficiary would only be them”   The Bangladesh Cricket Team is...

Karachi hardly disappoints Pakistan

When the Pakistanis were shot out for 191 in their first innings during the second Test at Karachi, the sword of plunder was drawn out to slice Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis into pieces. Even on home-decks, Pakistan batting under...

Test cricket returns to Pakistan: 10 years have been a long and painful wait

“Let the show begin in Rawalpindi. Let the sun always smile on the land of passionate cricket fans”   10 years ago, a Pakistani cricket fan would wake up and discover, the historic Lahore or Karachi stadium is left empty. There...

Bob Willis is dead: Cricket has lost a friend

Bob Willis was fast. In the 70s he excelled as a tearaway fast bowler, but more often his name was sandwiched between the likes of John Snow, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and Andy Roberts. But the English lad was...

New Zealand v England: It should not have been a Two-match Test series

“To maintain the standard of Test cricket, sporting pitches are needed. Who else but countries like England, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand have always offered such! These teams have a lot to offer to keep the interest in...

Another abysmal tour Downunder comes to an end for Pakistan

"Another dismal tour Downunder came to an end. As usual, it would be taken as a big learning curve. The fans and critics only wish, the team learns from this tour"     Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive Test matches in Australia,...

Can Rory Burns be the long term solution to England’s problem with opening slot?

"England have started to realize the value of his determination and patience, which went unnoticed at Pallekele and Bridgetown Barbados. But in each innings, his impact has been felt and perhaps, after the quick-falls of Comptons, Jennings, Robson, and...

Will Pakistan batsmen be inspired by the fightback of Yasir Shah?

“Whether Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed or Mohammad Rizwan would be inspired or not on fourth day only time would tell. But, they should not let down the fighting spirit shown Yasir and Abbas”   Yasir Shah had been reprieved...

David Warner loves batting in Australia

David Warner maybe below-par outside Australia but in Australia, he is simply invincible…..   Four years ago, a fan on Twitter requested David Warner a triple hundred in Test cricket at which Warner replied, “Have you seen my patience haha”. Indeed,...

He is Watling, BJ Watling!

England were on top, but as soon BJ Watling started to exhibit his true nature, they lost their way. New Zealand remain unbeaten at home since 2017 and at Bay Oval, the home team owes a lot to Watling’s...

What’s next for Bangladesh?

Bangladesh have taken humiliation to a whole new level in India. This is not the way a team should fare after spending 19 years in Test cricket…..   What’s next for Bangladesh? This has been one of the commonly asked questions...

The same old story for Pakistan

Pakistan lost at Brisbane and it is nothing new…..   For more than two decades or so, a Pakistan tour to Australia has been nothing but a mere formality. The men in Green would land on Australian soil only to be...

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 the...

Victory for England

Victory for England! The series is leveled 2-2. The Ashes has not witnessed a drawn series since 1972 when Ian Chappell's Australia discovered themselves in a familiar position in the fifth Test at the Oval. They were down 2-1, but Dennis Lille,...

Sam Curran, Jofra Archer and Of Course, Steve Smith……

The deck did not offer enough swing, but Sam Curran's persistence with full-length paid off. He created angles while bowling from over the wicket and most importantly, he generated pace to unsettle the Australian batsmen. His inswingers to the...

It was another memorable and classic Ashes Test match

Persistence. Patience. Boldness. Fightback. Attack. Keep on attacking. Keep holding on. Attack again. The final day of the fourth Test at Manchester had been all about this. There was a shade of Leeds. England answered at Leeds, while Australia...

Abdul Qadir is dead: A sad day for cricket

"Qadir was a genius. Number don't justify his abilities, but those who saw him in action would always regard him as one of the best spinners Pakistan have ever produced" Absolutely shocked to know about the death of Abdul Qadir....

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