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Evin Lewis

The outstanding Evin Lewis

Jake Ball steams in, gets the ball to pitch it fuller into the left-handed Evin Lewis, the southpaw inside edges it to his right ankle and is down on the ground in pain. He looks in discomfort, his team...

Moeen Ali’s breathtaking hundred takes the wind out of West Indies

It is not often that ODI cricket generates the buzz and hype of T20 cricket. But England have managed to ooze that kind of energy in One Day Internationals ever since they put together a revamped ODI squad since...

Johnny Bairstow’s timely hundred puts Jason Roy’s place under scrutiny

Is there anything Johnny Bairstow cannot do? He can play the sheet anchor role in Test cricket, go berserk from the word go in T20 cricket, keep wickets reasonably well, pluck catches out of thin air from deep mid-wicket...

West Indies have positives to take

Prior to the start of the Test series, one could have crystal glazed and see England whitewashing West Indies at home, but it wasn’t to be. Not many gave the visitors a chance to put up a fight leave...

Ben Stokes: The father, the son and the Holy Spirit

Ben Stokes’ rise in international cricket has been astronomical. He has been an integral part of the English side across formats and has proved his worth in gold. The lanky all-rounder stunned everyone with his emphatic all-round show in...
James Anderson scales the summit

James Anderson scales the summit

Jimmy Anderson is a freak. Why else would he stick around for one club - Lancashire - right from 2002, take wickets for fun, have an end named after him and end up as England's first Test bowler to...
Kemar Roach of the West Indies celebrates dismissing Dawid Malan of England

Kemar Roach shows Australia how to expose England

The biggest series of the year, The Ashes, is set to take place later in 2017. Just when the cricketing World was eagerly looking forward to a fiercely contested Ashes, Australia lost to Bangladesh in Bangladesh and England lost...
Ben Stokes waves magic at Lord's

Ben Stokes waves magic at Lord’s

West Indies are struggling at 123 for 9, Shannon Gabriel is the last man on strike and about to face a pumped up Ben Stokes. Everyone is on their feet as Stokes puts in the hard yards, the lanky...
Shannon Gabriel

Shannon Gabriel critical to West Indies’ resurgence

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope stole all the limelight in West Indies’ crushing win over England at Headingley courtesy two game changing partnerships. They were remarkable no doubt and were the architects of West Indies’ dramatic turnaround after a...
Sahi Hope

Hope dawns for West Indian cricket

We have had the Eden Gardens classic between India and Australia in 2001, the Edgbaston Ashes thriller of 2005, the Sharjah triumph of Pakistan over Sri Lanka in 2014, the magnificent stalemate between India and South Africa at Johannesburg...
Sahi Hope

Shai Hope adds a Caribbean twist at Headingley

West Indies needed two to win and Jermaine Blackwood had taken off his helmet, ready to pounce on Moeen Ali and send his teammates into a fit of joy. It was unfair. Unfair on Shai Hope, who had gritted...
Kraigg Brathwaite of the West Indies leaves the field after being dismissed

Kraigg Brathwaite: The sturdy shield in West Indies’ artillery  

This was one of the greatest comebacks by West Indies in Test history after being obliterated in the previous Test. They lost the Birmingham Test by an innings and 209 runs after which, a valiant batting performance backed by...
West Indies v England Moeen Ali

Delicious drama builds up at Headlingley as West Indies run out of steam

36 summers earlier, Headingley had witnessed one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of Test cricket. Following on, 7 down with 92 more runs required to make Australia bat again, Ian Botham had famously scripted a miracle while...
Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite

West Indies rise from the ashes to put up dominant display

West Indies were so deplorable at Edgbaston that a comeback in the series looked like a far-fetched dream. This early judgement took a beating the moment Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel ran in with purpose and broke open England’s...
England players standing for Anthem

Are Anderson and Broad England’s best ever pacers?

876 wickets. That is the total number of wickets James Anderson and Stuart Broad have in Test cricket alone. To put things into perspective, Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald had 751 between them, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis had 787,...

Two-tier system is the need of the hour for Test cricket

The future of Test cricket has generated as much interest as demonetization, lately. It does not need rocket science to understand why Test cricket is losing its charm, if not relevance. Although the emergence of Twenty20 cricket has occasionally...

Scratchy West Indies need to scratch deeper

The pink ball was supposed to be the only chance West Indies had in this series. Instead, it turned out to be a disaster as their bowlers were wayward, batsmen were clueless and fielders sloppy. Not for once did...

Blinders: Cricket in the Pink

Blinders: Cricket in the Pink Concept: Arunabha Artwork: Maha

Cricket stepping into the unknown a fifth time

Pink balls, day-night Tests, more crowd, more action. Cricket is going through an exciting phase with the oldest and purest format undergoing changes. Day-night Tests were brought in to curb the waning interest in Test cricket following the arrival...


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