New Zealand thrash South Africa within 3 days
It took just three days to gun down South Africa for New Zealand, who showed their firepower against one of the competent Test sides in world cricket. Neither South Africa looked better with the bat nor with the ball - New Zealand took full advantage.
I am waking up more confused and angrier each day
I have to confess that I wasn't expecting the phone call I received from Andrew Strauss on Tuesday that started with him saying: 'I've got some bad news.' That's not what you really want to hear on selection matters, and not something I have heard very often during my career of 152 Test caps.
A thousand glorious steps and more…
As India plays its 1000th ODI match under their new Captain Rohit Sharma, a new era beckons. The intent, talent and pugnacious attitude of the team heralds a wonderful age for the brave men in Blue as they seek their place in the Sun.
It’s the end of Justin Langer era
Justin Langer's time as head coach of Australia's men's team is over after the former opening batter ended six months of speculation and walked away from the role.
On Captain Virat Kohli and Joe Root
One of Kohli's great achievements was instilling in his team a-craving-for Test cricket. Despite his all-encompassing success, Kohli's major aim was to achieve victory in the Test arena and this is where his passion really shone
This team needs some tough love
Watching England collapse again, losing all 10 wickets for 56 runs, is just a reflection of where they have been for the last year, if not longer.
Leader Virat Kohli
Captain Kohli was the leader of men and a captain who gave Test cricket moments which is a part of cricket’s folklore – walk down the memory lane, you would be staggered t know how he made the team believe that impossible is nothing if the options are exploited in the right way – he was different than the others – different in approach, different in plan executions.
England implode, Australia win the Ashes by 4-0
After the breathtaking fight back at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) it was expected, England would put up a great show in Hobart and in fact, their bowlers did give their hundred per cent – sadly, yet again, the batters of England let the whole team down.
The exit of Ottis Gibson is a big loss for Bangladesh
“The exit of another competent coach like Gibson would not bring anything good for Bangladesh cricket that is run by syndication – as suggested by insiders. This syndication is dubbed to be run by some of the senior players and local coaches who use their political and media connections in a bad way to run the show – ultimately, such people are hailed as heroes whereas, their activities, behind the curtains, deserve harsh criticism. Already, Bangladesh have lost Chandika Hathurusingha, Steve Rhodes and now, Gibson due to petty politics”
South Africa complete the comeback
The South African side that was dubbed to be one of the weakest in recent times, have made a staggering comeback against the best Test team in the world – India. They were battered in the first Test, but still, regrouped and managed to bag the series by scripting back-to-back victories at Johannesburg and Cape Town.
New Zealand level the series against Bangladesh
New Zealand bounced back after the hiccup in the first Test and crushed Bangladesh, but, the visitors would return home as the first Asian side, who are undefeated in a Test series in New Zealand in recent times. Certainly, Bangladesh have played well and earned a lot of accolades and it would be better if they build on it.
England salvage pride
It was a dead rubber and for Australia, it was all about scripting yet another 5-0 whitewash and letting England leave the shores in shambles whereas for England it was about salvaging pride and rising from the ashes.
Gutsy Dean Elgar helps South Africa level the series
South Africa won courtesy of the guts of their skipper and this victory should lift the spirits of a team that is struggling at the moment in white clothes.
Bangladesh rise from the ashes
Playing Test cricket had become a torture-tale for Bangladesh in the last year and if we consider their performance away from home then it has been a story of disgrace and heartbreaks. Even though there had been shining moments, sadly, they just get overshadowed by the number of defeats and dismal displays. After the frustrating performances last year, the Tigers were scrapping the bottom of the barrel of fortunes in Test cricket. It was time to rise from the ashes; it was time to hit the punch above your weight.
Bangladesh create history
Bangladesh have created history in New Zealand – the champions of the World Test Championship – for the first time in their history of Test cricket. It was an astonishing performance by a bunch of boys who were battered at home in disgraceful fashions – but regrouped to pull out a stunning win with a disciplined performance.
Frustrating England, but they will bounce back because they can!
England Test team had been blunted in 2021 and this is very alarming for the longer format. England should not fall for the crazy-money-making models; rather make a model of their own that would help them grow organically and fly the flag of Test cricket with pride.
India break the Centurion hoodoo
Centurion is a fort for South Africa – they have been unbeatable on his venue, but in the course of time, things have changed. The South African unit has gone through a transition period and at present, the team as a whole is still searching for a way to become a force to be reckoned which once they were. In the meantime, their opponent, India are not poor travellers anymore, rather, they strike hard away from home and are the conquerors of the world. Team India has completed the successful year of 2021 – the hoodoo at Centurion has been broken in style by the Men in Blue.
Ross Taylor: The modern day great
Taylor had started from the scraps, worked harder to improve and elevate his game to the next level. He would blaze under the shadow of Williamson, but his achievements could neither be overshadowed nor undermined because Taylor is undoubtedly one of the modern-day greats.
Australia thrash England within 3 days
How could one describe England’s performance in Australia so far? It’s nothing but dismal, pathetic and frustrating! They have lost nine Test matches this year equaling Bangladesh’s below-par record almost two decades ago and the way England lost the...
The time to tour Pakistan is tomorrow
I do hope that Australia will not cry off from the nation’s first cricketing tour of Pakistan in over two decades. Pakistan, in particular, deserve to host a full-strength Australian team, having had to play almost all of their cricket in the UAE for the past decade