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Joe Root should step down

Joe Root is a world-class player but he looks like he has the world on his shoulders right now, so it might be time for him to have a break from the captaincy.

Joe Root is deluded and in denail

To listen to Joe Root’s interview with David Gower after England’s 10-wicket humiliation by West Indies in Grenada was to understand the scale of the denial and delusion that has come to define English cricket.

West Indies win the Test series against England

The West Indies registered a series win against England and the World Champions in the 50-over formats digested another series defeat that certainly needs some soul searching.

Australia conquer Pakistan

Australia, deservingly, won the Test series in Pakistan. The Pakistanis prepared tracks to negate Australia's strength and the strategy remained the same throughout the series whereas, Australia kept on pushing hard and maintained their attacking intent and when a team shuns their defensive mindset, they are bound to reap a rich harvest.

The loyalty of the Tigers towards Bangladesh paid off

The loyalty of the Tigers towards Bangladesh had paid off and let's hope, this loyalty doesn't lose its way in the coming days.

West Indies deny England at Barbados

The West Indies showed determination and grit to deny England victory in a tense final session of the second Test at Bridgetown Barbados.

Babar Azam the Tiger

196 runs off 425 balls are just numbers that can't justify the resolve, guts and technical efficiencies Babar displayed for two days amid the hot and humid conditions at Karachi. Numbers cannot judge a Tiger – numbers cannot measure the sacrifice during the battle between bat and ball, numbers become irrelevant in front of a leader. Babar’s epic vigil is not just all about numbers, rather, it’s a tribute o the warriors, who rise above the rest and let everyone know, the Baburs still exist.  

Pakistan survive the Australian scare at Karachi

If the Test match at Rawalpindi was a stalemate then the one at Karachi just burst into life. It produced moments to saviour and it started to build into a nail-biter as the day progressed.

Sri Lanka lose disgracefully

Sri Lanka have been very poor and they seemed to have given up as soon as the Test series commenced. The bowler wasted the conditions while the batters never exhibited the patience and positive intent – a defeat was always on the cards.

England and West Indies draw at Antigua

After 21 wickets had fallen on the first four days of the match, the likelihood of England forcing victory on an unforgiving surface at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium had always been slim. And slim seemed to have left town when it was confirmed that Wood - who had been withdrawn from the attack before lunch on day three - would play no further part in the match, after reporting "acute pain" in his injured right elbow during a nets session before the start of play on the final day.

The revised MCC rules

Mankad' dismissals will no longer be considered unfair play under a new set of laws announced by the MCC.

A dull end at Rawalpindi on a dead deck

The good thing was, finally, the Test series between Pakistan and Australia went ahead after 24 years on Pakistani soil and the frustrating matter was the way the highly anticipated Test ended – the dead deck really spoiled all the excitement where the bowlers toiled hard and bat dominated as if cricket is just a batsman’s world.

India script thumping victory

It was a forgone conclusion at Mohali and it was not unexpected. Even the best sides from Sri Lanka struggled to win a Test match in India and thus, the expectation with the current Sri Lankan unit was low – but still, the optimists thought, a miracle might happen. Well, the ending was a bitter one from Sri Lanka’s point of view.

BCB should think of working with Allan Donald on a long term basis

Ottis Gibson was creating an impact, but, ultimately, he was shown the door in a quite insulting manner and now BCB have appointed Donald who is a hard taskmaster, habituated to raise the game of the bowlers that are promising enough and spot new talents rather than listening to those people who rely more on nepotism. It would have been better if the BCB think of a long-term plan regarding Donald and for that, they need to give him enough freedom.

Video: A sad day for cricket: Deep Dasgupta

On Friday, world cricket was shattered to know about the loss of two of the most iconic cricketers in the history of the game. At first, the news of the sad demise of Rodney Marsh left everyone heavy-hearted and when the news of Shane Warne's death broke out, everyone was stunned.


Warnie – suited Warne and made him someone companionable for us who could not get in touch with him or watch him live in action. He became that boy for the world, who is reckless, but still gentle and playful, flawed and still charismatic, a genius in action, but still, the boy next door always coming close to say Hi and run to the field for doing things that the ordinary could only think of. Warnie flirted with unpredictability and unpredictability has always been his closest mate since that Colombo epic in 1992.

Rod Marsh: The field marshal

If the great Dennis Lillee had his cutters and outswingers working against the batters, then, certainly, Marsh played a big role in guiding the tearaway fast bowler of pitching it on the right area – and to do such things in crunch situations, a keeper is always needed to be at his smartest and bear clear knowledge of the game. Guess what, Marsh was a cocktail of both

The relentless fight for glory

The visit by the Australian Cricket team to Pakistan adumbrates a new era in annals of the relentless flight for glory between two spirited rivals and enables a whole new generation of fans to watch it in person for the very first time ever. 

The Indo-Sri Lankan cricketing bonhomie

The Indo-Sri Lankan cricketing bonhomie has traversed a glorious journey of more than a hundred years. It is the embodiment of mutual respect and admiration. May it strengthen the cricketing ties and bring forth the beauty of the fascinating contests in the years to come.

South Africa bounce back

After a horrendous performance in the first Test, South Africa put up a great show in Christchurch to level the series. The South Africans have started to fight back and this would help them to flourish in the coming days. Meanwhile, a Test series win against South Africa still remains a dream for the Kiwis.


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid