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Pant-emonium at the Wankhede!

Rishabh Pant usually doesn't need time to settle down when he walks out to bat. On his Test debut last year in England, he had smacked his second ball for a six - his first scoring shot in the format. But on Sunday, against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, he got off ...
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Andre Russell magic stuns Sunrisers Hyderabad

Uthappa added a further 15 off 14, which actually had a negative impact on Knight Riders' score, according to ESPNcricinfo's Luck Index. By the time he got out, Knight Riders needed 95 off 50 balls. The win probability for Knight Riders at this point, according ...
Sunday, March 24, 2019

In Case You Missed It: IPL, injuries and selection struggles

Last week was a big one for ESPNcricinfo as we launched SuperStats, a set of new-age metrics that lend a whole new dimension to storytelling in cricket, quantify luck in the game, and forecast results, just in time for IPL 2019. What's that, you ask? Alagappan ...
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mohammad Naveed to remain UAE captain for T20Is against USA

Fast bowler Mohammad Naveed will continue as captain of UAE's T20I side for their two-match series against USA, the first of which will be played on March 15 at the ICC Academy in Dubai. UAE squad. Mohammad Naveed (capt), Ashfaq Ahmed, Sultan ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bangladesh cricketer Mosharraf Hossain diagnosed with brain tumour

Bangladesh cricketer Mosharraf Hossain has been diagnosed with brain tumour. Mosharraf is currently trying to complete visa formalities for Singapore where he wants to get the tumorous lump removed. The diagnosis, carried out a couple of days ago at a ...
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dhawan puts doubts to rest with signature century

Shikhar Dhawan is a West Delhi boy who lives in Melbourne with his wife and kids. But he's a proper Punjabi at heart, who can't resist dancing to the bhangra. Dhawan and Virat Kohli - another West Delhi and Punjabi boy - showed off their moves during a ...
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Nic Pothas lined up as Stuart Law's assistant at Middlesex

Middlesex look set to complete the restructuring of their coaching team with the appointment of Nic Pothas. A former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, Pothas has previously had spells as interim head coach of Sri Lanka and West Indies and will act as ...
Sunday, March 10, 2019

All the chances 'sloppy' India missed in the field

Following is the list of the chances India's fielders missed, from ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball commentary. 38.5 - 111 needed off 68. Kuldeep Yadav to Handscomb, no run, steps out to whip, but misses as Kuldeep shortens his length. Rolls to Pant, who can't ...
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Big Bash team of the tournament

After 59 matches over two months, Melbourne Renegades came out as BBL champions. Here ESPNcricinfo reveals its team of the tournament. Matthew Wade - Hurricanes (592 runs at 42.28, SR 146.89). Promoted to the captaincy shortly before the ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Freya Davies treads her own path to England recognition

Freya Davies can remember her first wicket in senior county cricket like it was yesterday. "I was 14. I got Charlotte Edwards out! Caught by Sarah Taylor! That one doesn't leave the memory." Davies' team, Sussex, lost the match by nine wickets, but ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

'Tough, a learning experience' - newbies look back on Ranji Trophy debut

The introduction of the first-timers from the north-east in the Indian domestic calendar, following the Lodha Committee recommendations being mandated by the Supreme Court, had raised eyebrows. Many observers feared that the quality of cricket would go ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Tickner, Seifert, and other takeaways from the Super Smash season

While most of you might have been watching the Big Bash League or the Pakistan Super League, the Super Smash concluded on Sunday, with Tom Bruce's Central Districts ambushing Dean Brownlie's Northern Districts in the final. ESPNcricinfo looks back ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Renegade Boyce atones for unceremonious Hurricanes exit

"I got dropped for the semi-final last year," Boyce told ESPNcricinfo after returning 2 for 30 in the Renegades' dramatic final win. "I felt like I did a good job and think I did a good job for the Hurricanes for the time I played with them, but I got ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

No tolerance for foulness, but think about the stump mics

It's hardly cricket's gallery of shame - for there's match-fixing and various forms of cheating and instances of graver misconduct - but in the first two months of this year, cricketers have brought varying levels of embarrassment on themselves and the ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

NZ begin U-19 World Cup preparations with tour of Bangladesh

Interestingly, they will not be naming their captain till the squad arrives in Bangladesh, with a New Zealand Cricket press statement saying that the intention is "to share that responsibility among several players". The tour will start with a 50-over ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

New Zealand begin U-19 World Cup preparations with tour of Bangladesh

Interestingly, they will not be naming their captain till the squad arrives in Bangladesh, with a New Zealand Cricket press statement saying that the intention is "to share that responsibility among several players". The tour will start with a 50-over ...
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Fractured finger rules Shakib out of ODI series in New Zealand

Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of Bangladesh's upcoming ODI series in New Zealand, starting next week, after fracturing a finger during the Bangladesh Premier League final on Friday. Shakib, the Dhaka Dynamites captain, was hit on his left ring ...
Friday, February 8, 2019

Playing with de Villiers in MSL was life-changing - Sipamla

Lutho Sipamla, the 20-year-old South Africa seamer, who made his international debut in the second T20I against Pakistan last week, has credited his experience of playing under AB de Villiers in the Mzansi Super League as a "life-changing" one. While ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

India slip to their worst-ever T20I defeat

80- India's margin of defeat in the first T20I at Westpac Stadium, their biggest ever in the format, in terms of runs. Their previous worst loss was by 49 runs against Australia in the 2010 World T20. This was New Zealand's joint fifth-biggest triumph ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Sune Luus' all-round efforts complete South Africa's 3-0 sweep

South Africa 163 for 5 (van Niekerk 38, Brits 36, Ranaweera 1-24) beat Sri Lanka 124 for 8 (Atapattu 43, de Klerk 3-27, Ismail 2-11) by 39 runs. South Africa cruised to a 3-0 sweep in their T20I series against Sri Lanka with a 39-run win in the third ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tahuhu, Devine smother India despite Mandhana's record fifty

New Zealand women 159 for 4 (Devine 62, Satterthwaite 33, Martin 27, Deepti 1-19) beat India 136 (Mandhana 58, Rodrigues 39, Tahuhu 3-20, Kasperek 2-25) by 23 runs. First, the big episode: Mithali Raj was dropped from India's starting XI for a second ...
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

'I consider Kedar Jadhav a proper spinner' - Rohit Sharma

When he made his India debut, Kedar Jadhav was 29 and had considerable domestic experience: 162 matches across first-class, List A and T20 cricket. In those 162 matches, however, he had only bowled 17 times, taking all of eight wickets. The second ...
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Neesham, Astle brought in for last two ODIs against India

With the five-match ODI series against India already lost after three games, James Neesham and Todd Astle have been brought back into the New Zealand fold, and will be available for selection for the fourth and fifth games in Hamilton (January 31) and ...
Monday, January 28, 2019

Taylor rues New Zealand's lack of penetration

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor put his team's series defeat at the hands of India down to the immense quality of their opposition. Even with India's world-beating potential, New Zealand's manner of capitulation has been uncharacteristic. Not since ...
Monday, January 28, 2019

Incoming Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez key against resurgent South Africa

After South Africa's domination of the Test series, a switch to the white ball should bring these two teams closer. The pitches will be flatter, the bouncers fewer, and a home side preoccupied with finding the combinations they will use at the World ...
Friday, January 18, 2019

Rajasthan Royals could become the England fan's IPL team, claims Liam Livingstone

"I've played cricket with Ben at Cumbria and Jos at Lancs, so I think that will be the best part of it, some familiar faces," Livingstone told ESPNcricinfo. "It's great to be going to a franchise with guys I already know, so hopefully that'll help me ...
Friday, January 18, 2019

Logan Cup games called off due to Zimbabwe unrest

The Zimbabwean government suspended access to the internet during the nationwide protests and the unavailability of normal communication channels has made it difficult to find clarity on the situation, but a cricketer confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that the ...
Friday, January 18, 2019

Pakistan heritage causes India visa delay for England Lion Saqib Mahmood

ESPNcricinfo understands that Saqib, who is Birmingham-born, is struggling to obtain a visa for India due to his Pakistan heritage. While the ECB hope the issue can be resolved within the next few days, he did not fly out with the rest of the squad ...
Friday, January 18, 2019

In the absence of seniors, Knights' bench strength holds sway

New Zealand's limited-overs players joined the national side for the series against Sri Lanka before returning to action in the Super Smash. ESPNcricinfo looks back at the major talking points in New Zealand's premier domestic T20 tournament ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Virat Kohli lives in our heads, rent-free

At ESPNcricinfo, as at any other media organisation, it becomes a matter of editorial judgement and even debate: go for an easy win or search for something else? It's not always a straightforward answer; you can't ignore the story of the day. Some ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The rise of the Bloemfontein Bone Collector

Duanne. Doozle. The Bloemfontein Bone Collector. Whatever you call him, Duanne Olivier has been the most outstanding performer on either side during South Africa's Test series victory over Pakistan. "From our point of view," said coach Ottis Gibson, ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

For UP's Rinku Singh, hardships are opportunities

Rinku Singh is no stranger to tough situations. Born in a lower middle-class family, he saw his father deliver LPG cylinders in Aligarh to make ends meet. Around 2015, when his family had a debt of INR 5 lakh, Rinku used to save his daily allowances ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Puducherry-Uttarakhand match called off after restart

Following a meeting between the captains, umpires and match referee, the match was called off. ESPNcricinfo understands that with the possibility of a result, or even of establishing a first-innings lead, all but gone, Puducherry felt it was better to ...
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

UAE allrounder Amjad Javed announces international retirement

... line-up since December 2017, when he played against Nepal (http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8650/scorecard/1124088/united-arab-emirates-vs-nepal-56th-match-icc-world-cricket-league-championship-2015-2017-18) in the ICC WCL Championship.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Eoin Morgan backs 'brilliant' T10 format

England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has enthusiastically backed cricket's "brilliant" newest format after turning out for Kerala Knights in the T10 League in Sharjah. Morgan suggested that T10 is the closest cricket will get to baseball, and ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shaw 'recovering quickly', Shastri expects speedy return

India's batting seems in need of a boost after a poor start to their Test series in Australia, and it may come in the form of Prithvi Shaw. The 19-year-old opener, who made a century on Test debut, is recovering well from the ankle injury he picked up ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Shannon Gabriel, a fast bowler transformed

"First of all, I just want to be thankful to god," Gabriel tells ESPNcricinfo. "Without him, this wouldn't have been possible. In the past two and a half years, I really made a conscious effort about both the physical and mental aspects of my cricket ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Azhar and Shafiq answer the call, and yet...

It's impossible to avoid beginning at the end, the end in this case that of the first Test of this series. Two thoughts lingered after that. The first, that a previously unthinkable question had become thinkable. Could Asad Shafiq be dropped? At that ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

'A true fighter, a champion player'

Bidding farewell to one of the finest players of the country @GautamGambhir. Wish the best for you in the future Gauti Bhai pic.twitter.com/qr14XVN3q7. — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 5, 2018 ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Starc rediscovers his 2015 World Cup swing

You remember those yorkers. Those fast, swerving yorkers that Mitchell Starc unleashed in Auckland and Melbourne against New Zealand, the defining deliveries of the 2015 World Cup. You remember them more than you have witnessed them lately, ...
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Inglorious batting keeps Dilruwan Perera incognito once again

If you do not know much about Sri Lanka offspinner Dilruwan Perera, please acquaint yourself with some 100% accurate, rock-solid, absolutely-not-made-up facts about the man. As a reserve firefighter he routinely runs into blazes no one else dares go near.
Sunday, November 25, 2018

A happy homecoming for 17-year old Nayeem Hasan

"We used to call him the stump-size cricketer when he first came for practice," Mominul told ESPNcricinfo. "I think Nayeem was either the seventh or eighth member of my academy. I had begun my coaching career while I was still playing club cricket in ...
Friday, November 23, 2018

USA coach hails Walsh, Jones as 'special talent'

"I can't tell how happy I am about those two guys," Dassanayake told ESPNcricinfo after USA finished runners-up at WCL Division Two in Oman. "They're great players, they know how to behave inside a team and they fit straight into our culture. So I ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bangladesh's big problem outside the off stump

Driving, poking and nibbling at deliveries pitched outside off stump cost Bangladesh a wicket every 18 balls against West Indies' fast bowlers in the two-Test series in July this year. It was a new low, resulting in the worst Test series for batting ...
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Former South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi pleads guilty to corruption

Former South Africa and Lions batsman Gulam Bodi has pleaded guilty to eight charges of corruption and begged for clemency in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court. On Friday, Bodi became the first South African sportsperson to be criminally convicted ...
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Panchal's 112* gives Gujarat nine-wicket win

What did the Test stars do? Rain in southern India had a say as Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh shared a point in Dindigul. R Ashwin took a four-wicket haul, while it wasn't a productive game for M Vijay, who was out for 19. In Rajkot, Cheteshwar Pujara ...
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Honed by the lean years, Rangana Herath prepares for final feast

It is impossible to watch Rangana Herath bowl a difficult spell and not gain a sense of the human being. On those days - the tough ones - when he's set a batsman up for the slider only for the opponent to have worked him out, when he's tried the gentle ...
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Ranji Trophy: Cheteshwar Pujara retires with stiff neck vs Chhattisgarh

"He will be ready to bat on Friday, if required," Kotak was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Pujara has opted to play a couple of Ranji Trophy matches before flying to Australia for a four-match series starting December 6. Pujara has been one of India ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sunzamul Islam takes Rajshahi Division closer to the NCL title

After rain ruined the NCL's fifth-round matches in Barisal and Rangpur, ESPNcricinfo takes a look at the rest of the playing field in Bangladesh's biggest first-class competition. Championship race heats up. Rajshahi Division are in prime position to ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Azhar Ali retires from one-day internationals

Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has decided to quit ODIs and focus only on Tests going forward. He had mostly been out of Pakistan's ODI plans in recent months, having last played the format in January 2018 against New Zealand. Azhar never played T20 ...
Thursday, November 1, 2018

The many hats of Aminul Islam, Bangladesh's first Test centurion

He chats with ESPNcricinfo on what his work entails, Bangladesh's rise as a limited-overs force, coaching methodologies and much more. Excerpts: How special is it to be remembered as Bangladesh's first centurion? Sometimes, I'm embarrassed. Sometimes ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Troublesome ankle could sideline Vernon Philander until November

Vernon Philander has begun bowling rehabilitation this week as he recovers from an ankle injury that could sideline him until at least November. Philander has struggled with his ankle since twisting it against India in late 2015 and while the latest ...
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How Pakistan became a world-class fielding side

As 2016 gave way to 2017 and Pakistan found themselves in Perth, Mickey Arthur made up his mind. A few months into a stint that had begun reasonably well - Pakistan had ascended to the top spot in the Test rankings soon after he took charge - he saw ...
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Mark Ramprakash emerges as Middlesex head coach candidate

England could soon require a new batting coach after Mark Ramprakash emerged as a leading candidate for the head coach role at Middlesex. Ramprakash, who started his career with the club and had a brief spell as batting coach before taking the England ...
Thursday, August 30, 2018

BBL to compete with Sri Lanka Test match

A vastly expanded Big Bash League will be in direct competition with a Test for the first time in a sign of how tightly Cricket Australia has been forced to squeeze in the season in order to fit in a full home and away schedule. The 2018 season will be ...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The resurrection of Ali Khan

"Bravo and Waqar Younis, working with them, that has helped me a lot," Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "They gave me a lot of confidence from day one, saying, 'You are the leader of the attack.' I was very confident when I was on the field and they were always ...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Karunaratne reveals strategy to tackle spinners

Get on top of the spinners before they get on top of you. So goes Dimuth Karunaratne's mantra, when playing on dusty tracks. Karunaratne hit 218 runs on his own on a Galle surface in which no other batsman could manage so much as a half-century.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

India vs England: Wriddhiman Saha in doubt for start of Tests, Dinesh Karthik ...

As reported by ESPNCricinfo, Saha still requires time to heal the left thumb he injured during the IPL. When BCCI had confirmed that Saha would not keep wickets during Afghanistan's Test debut last month, it has estimated the 33-year-old's recovery ...
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saha likely to miss England Test series

Wriddhiman Saha is understood to not have fully recovered from his thumb injury and hence is likely to miss at least part of India's five-Test series in England beginning in August. Saha, who hurt his left thumb while playing in the IPL for Sunrisers ...
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Recovering Cummins ponders all-format future

Especially for Australian bowlers it seems like our Test matches always go for basically the full five days and the bowlers are bowling lots of overs," Cummins told ESPNcricinfo. "I think certain tours, like India last year, in some games the pace ...
Monday, July 9, 2018

Three is crowded schedule for Australia pacer Pat Cummins

Cummins was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo, ”I think it's really hard. Especially for Australian bowlers it seems like our Test matches always go for basically the full five days and the bowlers are bowling lots of overs. I think certain tours, like ...
Monday, July 9, 2018

Delay after Pakistan player's positive dope test raises eyebrows

The details of why there has been such a delay in getting the reports confirmed is unusual - one PCB official told ESPNcricinfo that the review board of the government's anti-doping agency was doing a very thorough check of the lab results, which was ...
Monday, July 9, 2018

BCCI lays down strict guidelines for state-run T20 leagues

In the BCCI's advisory note, which ESPNcricinfo has seen, several anti-corruption measures and operational procedures for all such leagues have been put in place, while also making it clear that outstation players would not be allowed to participate in ...
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

'I came here to win trophies' - Heino Kuhn targets Lord's triumph for Kent

Heino Kuhn was in tears just before Kent reached the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup. Not, you understand, in anticipation of his team's wonderful victory over Worcestershire, but because he thought it his fault that his side had not already won ...
Thursday, June 28, 2018

'I've got too big a drive to stop' - Katherine Brunt

Over the past fortnight of international action, in both men's and women's cricket, there's been no place to hide if you are a toiling fast bowler. Records have been obliterated wherever you care to look - from New Zealand women's 490 against Ireland, ...
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Uncertainty continues to cloud Zimbabwe T20 tri-series

Uncertainty continues to cloud next month's T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe, also involving Australia and Pakistan, which remains at risk of a Zimbabwe player boycott. Less than a day after sources told ESPNcricinfo Zimbabwe's players "understood," they ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Zimbabwe players likely to call off protest and play in tri-series

Although several top-tier players are yet to take part in the practice matches against a touring Kenyan team, an insider told ESPNcricinfo that talks between Zimbabwe Cricket's newly-appointed consultant Vince van der Bijl and players' representative ...
Thursday, June 14, 2018