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World Cup Moments: The miserly Bishan Bedi and India’s first ODI win

"Two quick wickets, both to Abid, started the misery for the newbies. And Bishan Bedi, made to sit out in the first match as India inexplicably opted for four gentle medium pacers, started clogging up one end like a...
New Zealand

The analysis of New Zealand World Cup squad

"New Zealand have blown hot and cold in the 50-over format in the last 12 months or so. However, they have always tended to punch above their weight and have always been the dark horse going into the World...
West Indies

World Cup Heroes: Deryck Murray helps West Indies prevail in a thriller

"Murray was the man who stood between Pakistan and victory on the 11th of June. He is the unheralded knight of the West Indian victory in the first-ever humdinger at the marquee stage" Have you ever wondered where do the...
England

World Cup Moments: The Amiss gem and the Gavaskar curiosity

"On the balcony, Gavaskar’s teammates were growing frustrated" Summer of 1975. There was snow in Buxton, Derbyshire, which stopped play during a county match. Less than a week later, the World Cup started in glorious sunshine and the full splendour of the...
Australia

World Cup Heroes: A fiery Dennis Lillee nails Pakistan

"Pakistan supporters in the stands did not hesitate to show how delighted they were as they danced and cheered on every boundary. However, the celebration was short-lived when Aussie fast bowler Dennis Lillee began his carnage" It's been 44 long...

Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan: Pakistan need to nurture them

"The match fulfilled Pakistan’s quest for filtering the talents for near and mid-term future and both, Abid and Rizwan, will be the players to watch out for and when they get the opportunity" Can you ask for a better start...
Pakistan

Mohammad Amir’s slump in ODI cricket

"Hence, time is running out for Amir. After the disappointing show in the first ODI against Australia, he’s now been dropped for two games in a row" In recent times, when we talk about Mohammad Amir, it’s often the spell...
Australia

Pakistan failing to deliver on their own tactics

"Pakistan can take heart from the fact that they have the best pace bowling average in the English conditions (30.66) since the last World Cup but they need to buckle up the other two facets of their game i.e....
Australia

Australia’s World Cup combination gets trickier as Khawaja continues to deliver

"From struggling to build a competitive batting line-up to selection headache for the World Cup, the 5-time world champions Australia have come a long way" David Warner certainly was a bundle of nerves before his comeback match in India's T20...
Lyon

Nathan Lyon’s fading white-ball returns need some serious scrutiny

"Lyon can’t and should not make it to the World Cup squad just because of his good economy rate. His poor returns this year demand thorough scrutiny and the two alternatives suggested above need to be considered" Modern-day cricket has...
Australia

Australian pieces finally settling in before the World Cup

"Batting checked, spinners checked and fast bowling ever so menacing. Australia are peaking just at the right time" There is something extra-humane about the relationship of Australia with the World Cups which is beyond the comprehension of normal cricketing minds....
Australia

Aaron Finch roars back with a solid ton

"David Warner and Steve Smith will be back and there will be a minor rejig. But Finch ain’t going anywhere. He is still Australia’s premier white-ball batsman and his form is going to be crucial in the World Cup" There’s...
cricket

Afghanistan show “Test” resilience in Dehradun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nio9UfAmyO0 Afghanistan on Monday created history in Dehradun by winning their first-ever Test match, that too in just their second encounter in this format. After Australia, England and Pakistan, they are now the fourth quickest Test nation to...
Cricket

Fighting spirit keep Afghanistan alive in Dehradun Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klETBn9E9UA Never ignore an Irish team on a Saint Patricks Day... The onus of Day 3 perhaps goes to Afghanistan but the Irish boys have shown some terrific fighting spirits to keep themselves alive in the contest. And not just...

Rashid Khan: The white ball beast delivers with the red ball

"His presence has a huge impact on the game every time he steps on to the field. Afghanistan might not play Test matches as regularly as some other nations do, but every time he does, he will be challenged...
Sri Lanka

After raising expectations, Sri Lanka return to their sorry ways

"With only two ODIs remaining against Scotland, the Sri Lankan permutation and combination for the World Cup still seem in a disarray. There were hardly any positives to be taken from the series, except for the hopes of getting...
Cricket

Aiden Markram forces his way back into the World Cup fray for South Africa

"The 24-year-old has made it in the nick of time and entered back in the World Cup fray. He looked down and out a couple of weeks back when he was left out of the first three ODIs against...
Afghanistan

Rahmat Shah’s old-school batsmanship propels Afghanistan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mox2ePS88SE Let's come straight to the point. Rahmat Shah is the Cheteshwar Pujara of Afghanistan. In this flamboyant Afghanistan batting line-up, he is the one old-school batsman, who adds solidarity in the middle. Unlike the Shahzad and Co. Shah's instinct...
Cricket

Ireland batting lacked the application of Tim Murtagh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAvnFIgEUD4 On Friday morning, when William Porterfield won the toss and decided to bat first in the one-off Test in Dehradun, it seemed like a huge advantage for the Irish team. Medium pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was bowling the...
MCC

Why ‘Free-Hit’ in Tests is not a good idea for the game

"Clearly, bowlers have done their hard-yards and to penalize them in such a way won’t be an ideal reward for their ascendancy in recent times. The MCC committee’s other recommendations are very much welcome but, as of now, Free-Hit...

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