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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Have Sri Lankan bowlers begin team’s redemption?

"While Lankans continued to pressurise the Afghanistan batsmen, the latter failed to decode the combination of Malinga and Pradeep, who ended with three and four scalps respectively" The World Cup 2019 kickstarted on a one-sided note when West Indies and...
Pakistan

A Trent Bridge classic and a Pakistani redemption

Pakistan have returned in a typical Pakistani style. They have ended their terrible losing streak by beating the hot favourites of the tournament - England. That's Pakistan for you...   Pakistan can be depended upon to produce Pakistan things. Things that...

Bangladesh: Opening match? No problem! The Tigers can roar!

 “An upset? Come on, you must be out of your mind if you even think such. Bangladesh are one of the big boys of world cricket right now. They not only win matches but have mastered the art of...

The same old story for South Africa

"They’ve lost two in a row now and there doesn’t seem to be light at the other end of the tunnel" Another day, another 300+ run-chase, another loss. Two games into the World Cup and South Africa just seem to be...

Afghanistan: Spirited, yet not substantial

"Overall, Afghanistan started of their World Cup campaign with a lot of flamboyance but there was hardly anything substantial to test a quality opponent like Australia" Whenever Afghanistan play, there is no shortage of drama and flair. It is their...

Sri Lanka batsmen need introspection before next match

"The track aided the bowlers with bounce and pace but it was not totally difficult to bat on and it was Sri Lanka's miserable batting that took slapped the islanders with the loss by 10 wicket" In the last few...
West Indies

West Indies use pace and bounce to blow away Pakistan

"Hence, West Indies seem to have issued a strong statement. You simply cannot take them lightly. The West Indies that played the Qualifiers a year back was a totally different team" If you take a look down that West Indies...

Pakistan pulls out a collapse spectacle on a run-filled Trent Bridge deck

"What will be more worrying for the Pakistani team management, apart from such depressing stats, is the impact that such a merciless drubbing can have on the mental levels of the players" Trent Bridge, Nottingham – the ground which boasts...
England

Magical Stokes shines at The Oval as England win the curtain raiser

"This was, in every sense, a strong and purposeful display of his might by the star all-rounder" Redemption is a word with a medium sized spelling but does not let the medium size of that grouping of the alphabets befool...
South Africa

South Africa batting pays the price for failing to adapt

"If South Africa need to go big in this tournament, their batting needs to click. The pre-tournament build-up was all about their bowlers and how they can wreak havoc. But unless the batsmen chase down and even put substantial...
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...
Cricket

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...
Cricket

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...
Cricket

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...
Cricket

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...
Cricket

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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