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Ben Stokes: The Imran and Botham of modern era

“Ben Stokes is the best allrounder in the world right now. The fans from Bangladesh can talk about Shakib Al Hasan, but mind you, Shakib is more interested in playing limited-overs cricket than Tests. Whereas Stokes takes Test matches...

Trust the defence, play with a straight bat. England hoping for a better outcome

England’s composure with the bat had been much, much better than the first innings. It was an attritional day of Test cricket where England kept the hopes alive. The circumstances demanded to trust the defence and play with a...

No repeat of Brisbane 1985, but it was Hazlewood’s day

Overcast conditions and a bit of grass on the deck prompted New Zealand captain Jeremy Coney to bowl first in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane. Sir Richard Hadlee rolled Australia for 179. Hadlee's figures were 23.4-4-52-9! Except...

It was all about rhythm at Leeds on Day 1

It is all about rhythm. Rhythm matters everywhere. For a singer or musician, it is a must. In life, it is hugely important. Whereas in sports it is a vital cog and in cricket, you can’t but accept it’s...

What a day it has been at Lord’s!

What were you doing when a predator named Jofra Archer was running to hunt for prey? What were you doing when the first-ever concussion substitute in the history of Test cricket - Marnus Labuschagne was hit and then stood...

Nothing matches the joy of watching a fast bowler in full flow

"They still love to watch a fast bowler in action. Cricket is not just boundaries and sixes, a fast bowler running in and ratting or bouncing the batters out are much more entertaining than power-hitting" The first time I experienced...

Steve Smith is the Marvel Hero

There was a battle between a raw fast bowler and the best batsman in the world. The Jofra Archer and Steve Smith show was a reminiscence of that Allan Donald vs Michael Atherton one at Trent Bridge in 1998....

258 is a fighting total

The track at Lord's provided the bowlers with the opportunity to exhibit their skills at which they are well-equipped. While Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins kept the length more on the goodish and shortish outside off, Stuart Broad and Jofra...

Australia break the jinx at Edgbaston

Since 2014, England have not lost a Test in Edgbaston whereas, since 2001, Australia have not beaten England on this venue in any format. Even Australia's start was so shaky in the first innings that it seemed England's domination...

Steve Smith exhibits his class, yet again

Gradually, Steve Smith reaching towards greatness. Yet again, he proved his worth and class at Edgbaston....  It's not like that England have not studied the weaknesses of Steve Smith, but still in the first and second innings, the English bowlers...

Joe Root needs to have faith in Moeen Ali on Day 4

The way the Edgbaston deck behaved yesterday, it is indicating that spin would play a huge role. The track is offering slow turn and plenty of drift for finger spinners. In that sense, Moeen Ali and Nathan Lyon should...

On the batting style of Rory Burns

Funky back lift. Quite a susceptible footwork. Stance changes against spin, which you can't explain why he did such. Not fully authoritative outside the offstump. But still, Rory Burns has played the role of a sheet anchor to keep the...

Steve Smith and his awareness about offstump

How pitiful it would've been for Australia if Steve Smith did not decide to challenge the onfield umpire's lbw decision! A Stuart Broad delivery pitched outside offstump and then nipped-back-in to hit the pads of Smith's back leg. On nacked...

Steve Smith returns to Test cricket in style

There is a difference between the best and the rest. Steve Smith is the best while the rest of Australian batters are miles behind him. Smith has resuscitated the Australian batting lineup, which was in total disarray at one...

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand gave everything they could

There are a few moments that are difficult to put in words. The World Cup final between England and New Zealand is one of them. Technically, New Zealand did not lose the final, but England win the World Cup...

Ben Stokes and the redemption in the Final

"He was England’s crisis man throughout the World Cup and he stood up once again when everything was stacked against them. Yes, he had some luck go his way, but he had rotten luck in the group stages where...

Dominant England sends Kangaroos packing from the semi-final

"This sets up the finale at The Lord’s very nicely as the cricketing world gears up for a new world champion as the hosts will lock horns with the Blackcaps on Sunday. England will look to extend their comprehensive...
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Video: New Zealand defeat mighty India

It was supposed to be a one-sided affair. But in the end, it was New Zealand who advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-final turned out to be a battle of nerves. As usual, Kane Williamson and his boys kept...

A second chance for New Zealand

Two extensively different characters, two brilliant leaders lead New Zealand to two back-to-back World Cup finals.... Brendon McCullum's team in the 2015 World Cup was considered as a match-winning side. When Kane Williamson's BlackCaps made it to the semi-final in...

Pakistan: Unpredictability will surely have to go

"Players like Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, etc. will learn a lot from this campaign while going forward into their careers which will ultimately bode well for Pakistani cricket" The Pakistani campaign, almost till the end,...

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