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AB de Villiers: The man for South Africa this summer

AB de Villiers: The man for South Africa this summer

Since his return to the Test side in December against Zimbabwe, no other batsman has had more runs under his belt than De Villiers. In 13 innings so far, De Villiers has scored 616 runs at a staggering average of 56.
Sandpaper Smith Warner Bancroft

#sandpapergate: Batting wizard Smith’s disreputable tactics as a leader injures his legacy

"But from today, Smith has lost the respect and the appreciation that should have ideally come his way when he is back on his record-breaking spree. He has cheated the game and yearned to nudge ahead through unfair means,...
Sandpaper Smith Warner Bancroft

#sandpapergate: Oh Australia, that was unnecessary!

Australian have tarnished the image of cricket! The razzmatazz of Indian Premier League still has not engulfed world cricket. The ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe had everyone kept at the edge of their seats with its twists and turns...
Sandpaper Smith Warner Bancroft

#sandpapergate: Australia have let cricket down

Sad day for Australian cricket and their fans! Our lovely game of cricket was made fun of and was struck with a major irony of life on March 24, 2018. Rewinding to the same date three years back during the ICC...
Ball Tampering Steven Smith

#sandpapergate: ‘Disgraceful’ Smith and his abominable cohorts

"Batting great or not, his captaincy stint has been amongst the worst in the history of Australian cricket". “The leadership knew about it, we spoke about it at lunch. I'm not proud of what's happened, it's not within the spirit...

The silent worker

Tim Paine has been delivering well since his return to the Test side. A lot of eyebrows were raised when Tim Paine earned a Test recall in the Ashes after almost seven years of his last appearance in whites. Australia...

Australia deserve accolades for their fightback

Yet another day, yet another Australian fightback! The second day of third Test at Cape Town had plenty of things on offer – Dean Elgar became the first man in history of Test cricket to carry his bat through in...

Australia’s crucial comeback

"At the fag end of Day 1, Australia stole the show by making a crucial comeback". The day was just perfect; in fact, it was a merry for Test cricket lovers. Talking precisely about the bunch of people who watch...
Dean Elgar: Attritional but effective

Dean Elgar: Attritional but effective

Dean Elgar is a South African opening batsman. But when he bats, he won’t give you the impression of being a South African opening batsman. We, the generation of late 80s and 90s, are habituated to enjoy the attacking flair from a South African opening batter. And why not? Since South Africa returned to international cricket from apartheid in 1991, Andrew Hudson gave each and every one the impression, the openers from Proteas don’t see-off the new ball, but they attack – be it in Test or 50-over match, they mean business by hitting the ball from the word go.
Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins displays great spirit and soul in Cape Town

It was an outstanding display of superb spell of fast bowling at the fag end of Day 1. It’s always special. The first Test match. The first wicket. The first instance when you lead your team to a Test win...
AB De Villiers and Dane Vilas of South Africa during a two day cricket match between Indian Board President's XI and South Africa

Australia’s way past a ruthless AB de Villiers

Pat Cummins to Faf du Plessis - March 2018, Australia vs South Africa - 1st Test, Durban Cummins lands the ball short of a length, seams the ball back into the right-handed Proteas skipper and cleaned him up comprehensively, the...
Rabada suspension

Rabada’s suspension will take the sheen-off the series

"Yes, we understand that ICC wants the game to be played in the right spirit. But we need individuals like the Kohlis, the Warners and the Rabadas who inject a lot of passion in the game. We don't want the sport...
Steven Smith

Australia need Steve Smith to rediscover his run-scoring mojo

Steve Smith's bat is not responding well and that's why the Australian batting was found wanting in Durban and Port Elizabeth. The tail would not wag every day and that's why Smith must come back to his scoring mojo.   It...
South Africa bowler Lungi Ngidi is celebrated by teammate

Video: South Africa level the series Kagiso Rabada struck gold in the morning session and the Australian tail failed to put up a resistance. They took a paltry lead, but still, the home team made the weather heavy. They lost wickets quickly, but AB de...

Kagiso Rabada: The Black Panther Kagiso Rabada is the Black Panther of world cricket. Strong, fast, skillful and always surprises you something different.   Somewhere in the deep forests of Southern Africa, two eyes are focused to fulfil his wish. There are no movements...
Usman Khawaja

The beauty of second chances in Usman Khawaja’s world

"Just like de Villiers, Khawaja too saved his team the blushes and although both played strikingly different innings’, the ultimate aim was always to take the side to safety". “When the going gets tough, the tough get going” has been...
AB de Villies

The full repertoire of AB de Villiers came on display at Port Elizabeth “This series will be one to remember”. AB de Villiers had replied to a tweet that showed video footages of the Warner - de Kock stairwell saga. Even as heated debates went on about how Warner should be banned,...
South Africa's batsman AB de Villiers plays a shot

Video: AB de Villiers masterclass, brilliant South African bowling and Australian fight back AB de Villiers hogged the limelight with a high quality hundred on Day 3. Batting with the tail he flayed shots with great assurance and scored a hundred after almost two years. The Proteas bowlers struck gold to put...
Rabada and Smith

The spoilsport ICC rules that hamper the beauty of Test cricket

"Rabada is as fiery as they come in the fast bowling category. If a stare and a few words get him going, should the ICC really object, so long as it doesn't get personal? By clamping down characters like...
Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla’s unconventional knock leaves one wanting for more

We all know, Hashim Amla is a fluent striker of the cricket ball and not one of those batters who would hang around the park without scoring runs for a long time. But his batting on Day 2 was...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid