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Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed was bold and aggressive, Pakistan reap a rich harvest in Abu Dhabi

Sarfraz rethought his strategies at Dubai and struck gold for Pakistan……. Pakistan cricket was in an absolute jeopardy in 2010. The spot-fixing saga brought nothing but miseries to a nation, which already in a haphazard state due to a devastating...
Mohammad Abbas

Abbas en route a spot in Pakistan’s fast bowling folklore but PCB need to...

"If he indeed does follow what he is preaching and if the PCB can preserve him, knowing how integral he will be during the Test Championship, we can all expect a roaring Abbas to grab our attention with his...
Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch’s promising start to Test cricket a silver lining for Australia despite series...

"After such a promising outing against Pakistan, Aaron Finch has high chances of reinventing himself as a Test player, despite his age being on the wrong side of the 30s"  Australia might well have lost their series against Pakistan. They...
Azhar Ali run out

Two run-outs, two different reactions

"In reserving different modes of response to different sides, a disparity has seemed to crop up against the Asian sides, where they will either be ridiculed or judged, whilst the SENA countries are often let off with milder reactions...
Olly Stone England

Olly Stone, a promising find England sorely needed

"These are quite early days but the young seamer has everything England need in this One Day setup. If he can merely live up to his reputation in the domestic circuit, Stone isn't going anywhere else" He has only played...
Mohammad Abbas of Pakistan reacts during day two of the Second Test match between Australia and Pakista

Mohammad Abbas skittles out Australia with yet another promising show

"The reason for Abbas’ brilliant bowling on the day was his keenness to stick to a good line as well as a good length" Australia may have been mightily pleased with their dominance on the first day of the second...
Australia

Poor form of the Marsh brothers hurting Australia badly

“The lean patch of the Marsh brothers hasn’t helped Australia’s causes at all in this series. With the second Test in Pakistan’s grasps once again, it is high time that both of them stepped up” The place of the...
Australia

Nathan Lyon strengthens his stronghold in Australia’s cricketing history

"By scripting a memorable spell of 5-4-4-4 before lunch, Lyon not only boomeranged his way to further stardom but also gifted his side, reeling under the unceremonious incidents, with a huge chance of an upset win" Akin to the green...
Pakistan

Sarfraz Ahmed’s counterpunch brings Pakistan back into the game

“Sarfraz Ahmed did just what any boxer would have done under such circumstances. He started counterattacking in style instead of putting the anchor down. He gave a punch in return for a punch and the Australians were taken aback” A...
Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman’s composure on debut

Fakhar’s first day in Test cricket has been fruitful…….. Runs: 94 Balls faced: 198 Strike rate: 47.47 The above numbers are not about a batsman from the old ages, who used to play Test cricket in an attritional manner, but it is all...
Tim Paine

Tim Paine shows his resolve in adverse situations

"Yet destiny works in strange little ways. In a gasp, the gloveman stands at the cusp of history if he manages to win the second Test and even if a triumph deserts him, his outlook towards sports - the...
Pakistan

Sarfraz Ahmed needs to rethink his strategies

Sarfraz Ahmed has been mediocre as a captain and needs to pull his socks up as early as possible…. In this era, Pakistan don’t have the luxury to have so many captaincy-options like the era of Imran Khan and Wasim...
Australia

Usman Khawaja exorcises his Asian demons to inspire Australian fight back

“Although Khawaja couldn’t stay at the crease till the end of the match, he had already shown Paine the way to carry their team all the way through by that time. The 31-year old has now exorcised his Asian...
Australia

Second innings resilience massive confidence booster for depleted Australia

"This will not only lift their morals for this tour, but it will also inject a lot of positivity in the dressing room ahead of the massive home season" Depleted, yet not defeated. Batting out almost 140 overs in the fourth...
Pakistan

Pakistan batted too slowly to force the issue

"Champion teams of Test cricket, be it Don Bradman’s Invincibles, Clive Lloyd’s Windies or the more recent Australian sides of the 1990s and 2000s always scored quickly, thus giving their bowlers enough time to bowl the opposition out twice" There...
Aaron Finch in action against Pakistan at Dubai, 1st test, 2018

Aaron Finch’s assured start in Test cricket is just what Australia needed

"The desperate move of playing him paid off, and with Khawaja in some fine form too, Australia can shift their focus to rectifying the rest of the batting order before India come calling" It was a desperate move. Deep in...
Mohammad Abbas

Slow and Steady: Mohammad Abbas becoming Pakistan’s go-to bowler in Tests

“He might not belong to the ‘fast and furious’ breed of Pakistani bowlers that the world is accustomed to. But he is surely becoming Pakistan’s go-to bowler in Tests with his ‘Slow and Steady’ approach” Pakistan put themselves in the...
Pakistan cricketer Bilal Asif celebrates after taking the wicket of Australian batsman Usman Khawaja

From almost giving up cricket to tormenting Australia – the journey of Bilal Asif

"The other players failed to offer any resistance and folded up for just 202, as Asif, with his extra bounce and sharp turns remained the secret weapon for a side who never fails to surprise" “The backbone of a surprise...
Haris Sohail of Pakistan celebrates after reaching his century

Pakistan grit it to to display the various facets of Test cricket in their...

"It was by no means an exciting day of cricket, but it was clever and smart, which are few of the traits needed to succeed in the format" Even as the Indian Test Team are trouncing their rudderless opponents West...
Sarfraz Ahmed

Onus on Sarfraz Ahmed to inject positivity in Pakistan camp

"As a captain, Sarfraz needs to play a proactive role in this journey" Following Pakistan’s Asia Cup debacle, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had insisted the media not to press the panic button. Now, within a gap of 10 days, the on-field...

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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...