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Unusual Interruptions in Cricket: Part 1 – The Whims of Nature

In the wake of sun stopping play at Napier, in this two-part series Arunabha Sengupta recounts unusual interruptions to have occurred in the history of the game. In this episode he deals with the incidents when nature stepped into...
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The two phases of Mohammed Shami’s ODI career

"With the World Cup around the corner, Shami and Team India will hope that he puts up a similar performance in the 2019 edition as he did in the previous World Cup" While Mohammed Shami over the years has established...
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Rassie Van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo turn it on at Durban

"South Africa were into stage one of knockout game preparation. At 80 for 5 they seemed well and truly behind the eight balls and saving the game from then on appeared an arduous task. The two most unlikely to...
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Persistent Pakistan edge out South Africa in first One Dayer

"It's been the case with Hafeez often. An enforcer in the middle overs and an excellent batsman when it comes to driving home the advantage, Hafeez has coped with more criticism than he probably actually deserved" No Pakistan run-chase is...
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Hashim Amla: Class is Permanent

"Form might not have been on Amla’s side of late, age also may not be on his side anymore but his innings today showed that class is permanently on his side" The last time Hashim Amla scored a century in...

Cricket history in quotes, part 39: “A draw would have been something of an...

Abhishek Mukherjee, cricketsoccer’s prolific writer, brings to you the words, verbal or written, almost never intended to be pathbreaking quotes in the history of cricket in this fascinating series…… Complete quote: “A draw would have been something of an anti-climax...
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Positives aplenty for Australia from narrow ODI series loss vs India

"With a 1-2 series loss, Australia have a lot to on their plates to resurrect. But with the imminent returns of Smith and Warner, and also returns of their fast bowling trio in the upcoming series, things might be...
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India have bowling combinations to fix ahead of decider

"It seems like India are struggling to control the flow of the game without Bumrah in the side and with the trend repeating in Australia, a few changes in personnel are in the offing" India went into the first two...

Cricket history in quotes, part 38: “Lord’s and its traditions belong to Australia just...

Abhishek Mukherjee, cricketsoccer’s prolific writer, brings to you the words, verbal or written, almost never intended to be pathbreaking quotes in the history of cricket in this fascinating series…… Complete quote: “Australians will always fight for those twenty-two yards. Lord’s...
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The encouraging return of Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir is still the leader of Pakistan bowling attack……            The star performers from subcontinent carry a lot of expectations with themselves whenever they take the field. Automatically, they become the heartbeat of nation. Performing...
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Question mark over Test form, Shaun Marsh lets the bat do the talking in...

"Marsh may or may not feature in the Test series against Sri Lanka, but he will try to make the best of his chance in the ODI series, incidentally, against India once again in the subcontinent" A lot of questions...
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Where is the sixth Indian bowler?

"The added bowling option started to disappear by the 2015 World Cup, with Kohli and Rohit bowling less and less and both Yuvraj and Raina making fleeting appearances" Ambati Rayudu bowled the sixth ball of the unfinished over after Hardik...

Cricket Timeframes: Events January 1-15

  Cricket Timeframes – Events: Jan 1-15 Jan 1, 1908 -  At Melbourne, the great Jack Hobbs made his Test debut. He batted for the first time on the following day, scoring 83. England won a thriller by one wicket. January 2, 1879: ...
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The invisible irrelevance of the Indian ODI middle-order

"One of India’s problems is that they cannot afford to play an extra batsman, for with the sole exception of the injury-prone Kedar Jadhav, none of their top six bowls" Why did India lose to Australia at Sydney? Some would...
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Will Pakistan forget this Test series without learning anything?

"Until and unless Pakistan decide to take foreign tours seriously and plan accordingly to win rather than maintaining formalities, their progress in Test cricket would remain stagnant" It was a matter about when and how! When would the batting lineup of...
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Cricket history in quotes, part 37: “I never understood reasons for having Hindu, Parsi,...

Complete quote: “I would like the public of Bombay to revise their sporting code and erase from its communal matches. I can understand matches between colleges and institutions but I never understood reasons for having Hindu, Parsi, Muslim and...
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Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendroff blend into their roles with ease

"The Australian team management will hope that this is not a one-off performance from them and continue to impress in the next two matches" In the absence of the regular pacers, it was a chance for some new fast bowlers...
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Rohit Sharma’s 133 at the SCG indicates that he has finally attained Chasing Nirvana

“The year 2017 saw the arrival of a new and improved version of Rohit Sharma” It is pretty difficult for a batsman to carve out his own identity in a team which has someone like Virat Kohli in its ranks....
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South Africa’s gen-X offer glimpse of future before Pakistan turn things around

"It was a glimpse into South Africa’s middle-order future but also a sharp reality check reminding that there is work left to do to regain the strength of yore" It wasn’t exactly a cultural revolution but it seemed like Johannesburg...
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Pakistan shine at Johannesburg from nowhere

Pakistan changed colour at the Wanderers to maintain the reputation of being unpredictable…..   It’s a new Test match. It’s a new day. But still, even the greatest expert of the game cannot predict, which Pakistan team they might see....

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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...