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'Being defensive effectively allows me to get wickets' - Gurney

Up until late last year, chances are you would spot Harry Gurney pouring a pint for his patrons at Leicester's Tap and Run - one of the pubs he co-owns with England fast bowler Stuart Broad - during the county off season. But a remarkable six months of plying ...
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Harbhajan Singh turns back the clock

Harbhajan Singh was one of the members of the "Daddy's Army", that infamous group of supposed cautionary tales that Chennai Super Kings picked in the 2018 auction. In the immediate aftermath of the auction, he was the one who had looked the most ...
Saturday, March 23, 2019

No. 4 is something we are looking to solidify - Kohli

India keep racking up ODI trophies - they'll collect their tenth in the last 11 series - but through it all there has remained one major area of concern: the No. 4 spot. Nine men have been tried since the end of the Champions Trophy in June 2017 with ...
Monday, January 28, 2019

The magnificent seven

Stand-ins, all-format leaders, Tests-only, limited-overs only - we have all sorts of captains among our nominees. India won 13 of the 14 limited-overs matches captained by Rohit Sharma © Associated Press. Rohit Sharma ODIs: P5 W5 T20Is: P9 W8 L1
Saturday, January 26, 2019

How many bowlers have taken two hat-tricks in the same Test?

I noticed that Kumar Sangakkara scored eight centuries in the space of 11 first-class innings during 2017. Was this a record? asked Michael Crump from England That purple patch by Kumar Sangakkara came during his remarkable farewell season with ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Should Pakistan use Amir as an overseas-only bowler?

He has played only four Tests out of the ten Pakistan have played in the UAE since his return, and perhaps there's a good reason for it. One glance at Mohammad Amir's record there suggests this isn't the kind of bowler Pakistan need on pitches in that ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Six wickets, four runs, 15 balls: when Boult wrecked Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's middle order was going about it patiently at 98 for 4 in reply to New Zealand's first-innings score of 178 in Christchurch, when Trent Boult decided to take matters into his hands. In a phenomenal burst of world-class swing bowling, he ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Paras Dogra's record double-ton, and a memorable debut for Shahrukh Khan

The fifth round of the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy underway on Thursday, with debutants stealing the show even as some established names shone with bat and ball. Here's a look at the highlights from the first day's play. Dashing debuts. Shahrukh Khan, a ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Who wins India's worst shot of the day award?

Each of India's top five batsmen played a poor shot to get out on the first morning in Adelaide, so much so that Mark Butcher, on commentary, joked, "Australia's fifth bowler has been India's shot selection." But who made the worst gaffe? Vote based on ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jadeja, the all-format specialist?

Is this finally it? The long-anticipated arrival of Ravindra Jadeja as a finished package across formats? For someone whose bowling style relies so much on flat trajectories, Jadeja is a bit of an anomaly. His is an approach you wouldn't expect to meet ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Pujara retires hurt because of 'stiff neck'

Pujara retires hurt because of 'stiff neck'. A stiff neck had Cheteshwar Pujara retire hurt midway through the opening day of Saurashtra's Ranji Trophy opener against Chhattisgarh in Rajkot. Pujara had complained of discomfort in the morning because he ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dhawan set to return to Daredevils after 11 years

Eleven years since he made his IPL debut with Delhi Daredevils, Shikhar Dhawan is set to play for his home team again in 2019. ESPNcricinfo understands that the batsman is likely to have been traded by Sunrisers Hyderabad in exchange for three players ...
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

'Fully fit' Jadhav stumped by ODI non-selection

When Kedar Jadhav was drafted in at the last moment to play the Deodhar Trophy match in Delhi on Thursday, on the same day as that of the team selection, Jadhav would have hoped it was a chance to prove his match fitness and make his way back into the ...
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

'I will never look to bowl restrictively. If I have the ball in hand, I'll go ...

As a breed, the Indian fast bowler was thought to be perpetually endangered when Umesh Yadav burst onto the scene in 2010, delivering balls at 140 kph-plus. Since his debut though, India's fast-bowling arsenal has been built up to the point where Umesh ...
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Kohli v Anderson: A hot take on a classic tussle

"I'm not sure he's changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he's got aren't in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation." It takes a brave man to say that when the "changed" batsman has scored 655 runs in the series. These ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

De Kock, bowlers, power South Africa to comfortable win

South Africa 246 for 6 (De Kock 87, Du Plessis 49, Dananjaya 3-60) beat Sri Lanka 244 for 8 (Mathews 79*, Dickwella 69, Phehlukwayo 3-45) by four wickets. De Kock stretches out for a sweep Associated Press. South Africa chased successfully for the ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018