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Mitchell Starc: The Smiling assassin finally rediscovers his mojo

Mitchell Starc is back, finally....... In our fascinating sport, there always happen to be a few sportspersons for whom we develop a kind of soft corner in our hearts. We just can’t see them struggling at the 22-yards. Our heart...
Alzarri Joseph

Alzarri Joseph: The hero of the day

"There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart" Washington Irving The bond between a mother and son cannot be explained in few words. For a son, his...
Darren Bravo

Boring to watch, but West Indies batting need such resolve according to demand of...

“Their ability to pivot on the back foot earlier helped them to weather the storm well. England tried their level best to bring West Indian batters forward, but it was a day where they won’t commit a silly mistake...
Brathwaite

The West Indian fast bowlers make one nostalgic, but the batting has miles to...

Messrs. Roach, Gabriel, Holder and Joseph do invoke memories of the great West Indian pace bowling quartets of the 1980s. But what do we do about the missing Greenidge, Haynes, Richards and Lloyd?  It does take a while to grow...
Travis Head

Travis Head: The homecoming of Australia’s future

"He crunched a 155-ball hundred to ensure Australia’s dominance over the Lankan Tigers who were thrashed to all part of the ground at the Manuka Oval in Canberra" Almost three years back on the last night of 2015, Big Bash...
Victor Trumper

CS Flashback: Victor Trumper slams 335 in three hours, clearing the ground 22 times

The day Victor Trumper hit 335 for Paddington, sending the ball out of the ground 22 times...... Long Life to Victor Trumper! That brave, hard-hitting soul, That pounder, smasher, thumper Of all that Rhodes can bowl Ground, press-box, pavilion Have seen what he can do; His...
Joseph

Antigua track was spiteful, but delivered enough excitement

“Well, some high-quality pace bowling, a spiteful deck and tough character displayed by two batsmen on such a deck – what more does one need to enjoy Test cricket”? “People come to stadiums to watch boundaries and sixes” had been...
Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Cricket: A seemingly perpetual ‘Sorry’

"While the Lankan team, in the past year, suffered from a spate of injuries to the key players, it was the unwanted headlines around the head coach Chandika Hathurusingha which also played their part in increasing this ‘instability’ Let us...
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Hugh Tayfield : One of the best off-spinners ever

"Because, apart from the stubbing of the toe and kissing of the badge of the cap, Tayfield had another habit. Somewhat annoying for the opponents. Of pulling off incredible wins, almost magical" It was not really a turner. As Arthur...

Cricket Timeframes: Events January 16-31

Cricket Timeframes – Events: Jan 16-31 Jan 16, 1933: Bodyline struck again at Adelaide. Australian wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield struck on the head by Harold Larwood. An inch on either side and he could have been killed. Jan 20, 1950: Neil Harvey...
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Video: Stunning West Indies!

West Indies started as the underdogs against one of the best Test sides in the world. But at the end of the day, the memories of 80s and 90s were revived by a joyful Caribbean unit. England were simply...
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The line up of the England side is recipe for inconsistency

The England coach’s bafflement at England’s inconsistency is more baffling than the inconsistency itself. The very makeup of the side is the recipe of variance, and the outcomes should be expected..... Trevor Bayliss comes across as clueless. He cannot seem...
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West Indies should be wary of resurgent England

"The West Indies did good work in Barbados. Now they have the opportunity to do even more in Antigua" Seventy-seven all out was a shocker. Being dismissed for 77 meant there was no way back for England. The West Indies...
Usman Khan

Clinical Pakistan in Pink ODI

Pakistan rocked South Africa at the Wanderers…… When Shoaib Malik was seen at the toss instead of Sarfraz Ahmed, the experts and fans were struck by sheer astonishment. None knew about the status of Sarfraz and it took a while...
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England learn a harsh lesson following loss against West Indies

"It was a spineless performance from England especially from their batsmen in the first innings. They have shown that batting depth does not necessarily guarantee runs and instead should work on getting their balance, and combination right for their...
Boult

New Zealand need to overcome rustiness to stay alive in ODI series vs India

"Neither side has done anything spectacular in the series so far, yet, New Zealand find themselves on the verge of losing this series. The batsmen failed in the first match and in the second match, it was the bowlers,...
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Jason Holder: Leading from the front

Without a doubt, Jason Holder is one of the best cricketers in the world right now……. “Our consistency is something that has really plagued us in the past, particularly, with our batting. Our batting has probably let us down on...
Roach

West Indian devastation at Barbados

West Indies revived the memories of past in the most brutal fashion…… 46 all out in 1994 51 all out in 2009 77 all out in 2019 Over the years, Barbados has not given England anything to cheer for. Even though the...

Cricket Timeframes: Birth and Deaths January 16-31

Cricket Timeframes – Births and Deaths: Jan 16-31 Born January 17, 1925:  Abdul Hafeez Kardar, the first captain of Pakistan, a charismatic Oxford-educated figure who also played for India Born January 17, 1926: Clyde Walcott, the great West Indian batsman and...
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The persistence of Ben Stokes cannot be undermined

Ben Stokes bowled brilliantly to create pressure from one and fetch crucial wickets The first Test at Bridgetown Barbados started off with a surprise choice by the English think-tank to omit Stuart Broad and consider playing two spinners at...

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The Victory Tests: Part 1 – The Backdrop

In this series, Arunabha Sengupta relates the tale of the Victory Tests played between England and the Australian Services as a celebration of the...