Village-level IPL-style cricket leagues are mushrooming across rural India, with matches played on clearings in fields, local landlords and small businessmen acting as sponsors, and teams sporting unique logos and uniforms.
That day is finally here. I have truly dreaded it and wished it would never come. But it has. And what other choice do I have but to face it. Nilesh Pinto writes.
England skipper Andrew Strauss presented a straight bat to questions about batsman Kevin Pietersen's undiplomatic tweeting on Thursday, saying it was a good thing all his players were not as boring as their captain.
Jaffer showed that he still had the will to succeed at the limited-overs stage, one from where most have written him off forever. G. Krishnan reports.
The only advantage that 50-overs each has is that it gives me that precious time to order, eat and put that bloody plate of chilli chicken away between the 21st and 42nd overs, writes Indrajit Hazra.
A billboard asking people to buy a detergent that ‘gives people the whiteness to shine’ is insensitive to say the least, writes Anand Vasu.
The quality of Sachin's strokeplay was uniformly high and the manner in which he pressed on even after reaching his hundred showed how focussed he was, writes Anand Vasu.
Holding the bat is the beginning of batting and holding it correctly marks a good beginning. Ideally, one should hold the bat from the middle of the handle with both hands quite close to each other, speaks Aakash Chopra.
Perhaps for the first time, a tailoring shop will be set up next to the pavilions during the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. The reason being the International Cricket Council will present a winner’s jacket to each of the players of the winning team.
Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feared being axed and struggled to cope with the pressure of playing at the Ashes before vice-captain Michael Clarke's advice and a bit of sledging turned things around for him.
England is all set to win the deciding fifth Ashes Test against Australia because Usain Bolt has broken the 100m world record, Michael Jackson is topping the music charts even in death and Iran is in the grip of a political turmoil.
Clive Lloyd (West Indies, ’75, ’79): It is in lock and key and I don’t think it will be on e-bay any time.
There have been plenty of flashpoints in cricket in the more than 75 years since an England team led by Douglas Jardine and under the auspices of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), arrived in Australia. Even so, few have been as controversial as the 1932/33 Bodyline series where Jardine’s despised tactics not only threatened the future of Test cricket but undermined the bonds of the British Empire.
Australian cricketers perform better in Ashes played on their home turf when the El Nino weather system dominates, and worse when its opposite prevails, said a British study published on Friday.
Star India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who came for a short visit to his residence here, was struck in the curfew that erupted after the murder of a religious Sikh guru in Vienna, Austria and had to fly to Chandigarh by a helicopter for his further journey to Mumbai.