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The appointment of Rob Key is a gamble

Rob Key is someone I have known for a very, very, long time. He’s been involved in cricket throughout his career; as a player, as a captain, and then with Sky, where he has become a prominent voice, somewhat surprisingly. I say surprisingly because they tend to hire former England captains for their main punditry […]

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Rebels who rocked cricket to its core

Forty years ago, in the final week of February, 12 English cricketers slipped out of Heathrow, and into the eye of an international storm. The ‘Dirty Dozen’, as the tabloids called them, included five who had returned only the previous week from England’s Test trip to India and Sri Lanka. As they embarked on a […]

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From London to Bombay, via Afghanistan and the Taj Mahal, in a Rolls-Royce

In December 1975, John Woodcock and I were in Perth for an extraordinary Test between Australia and West Indies. We were staying at the Weld Club, and one evening I said to him that in a year’s time we would be with England in India. ‘The last time we went,’ he replied, ‘Brian Johnston, Michael […]

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The revised MCC rules

Mankad’ dismissals will no longer be considered unfair play under a new set of laws announced by the MCC. The ‘Mankad’ – where a bowler runs out the non-striking batter in their delivery stride if that batter is backing up – is now deemed a legitimate mode of dismissal. Fraser Stewart, MCC Laws Manager, told […]

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Video: A sad day for cricket: Deep Dasgupta

On Friday, world cricket was shattered to know about the loss of two of the most iconic cricketers in the history of the game. At first, the news of the sad demise of Rodney Marsh left everyone heavy-hearted and when the news of Shane Warne’s death broke out, everyone was stunned. What a sad day […]

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Warnie

“Warnie – suited Warne and made him someone companionable for us who could not get in touch with him or watch him live in action. He became that boy for the world, who is reckless, but still gentle and playful, flawed and still charismatic, a genius in action, but still, the boy next door always […]

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Rod Marsh: The field marshal

“If the great Dennis Lillee had his cutters and outswingers working against the batters, then, certainly, Marsh played a big role in guiding the tearaway fast bowler of pitching it on the right area – and to do such things in crunch situations, a keeper is always needed to be at his smartest and bear […]

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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 […]

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The exit of Ottis Gibson is a big loss for Bangladesh

“Gibson would not coach the youngsters of Bangladesh anymore. The news came as a big blow for many because under him the toothless Bangladesh bowling attack was coming back to track” Ottis Gibson is all about impact. During his playing days, he always played with a big heart and injected efforts that proved fruitful for […]