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The all-format, all-conquering genius of Jasprit Bumrah

Ignore the intangibles of his thrilling action, toe-crushing yorkers and electric pace - the numbers alone speak plenty loud enough.

India's bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of England's batter Ben Foakes (PTI)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:57 PM IST

The Pope, Bazball double whammy that hurt India

The injuries to Rahul and Jadeja, the absence of Kohli - England have earned their lead, but they have been given a chance to extend it to something formidable

England's Ben Stokes celebrates with Ollie Pope and teammates after winning the first Test match(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 29, 2024 08:40 PM IST

Australia’s new-ball attack is bringing a little Test cricket into the World Cup

India have built their winning streak on the aggression at the top order but will they change track against metronomes from Down Under

Australia's Josh Hazlewood in action (REUTERS)
Published on Nov 17, 2023 11:30 PM IST

Swing and a case to change the tactic of chasing at this World Cup

There has been less swing – Chennai is the exception – under lights at this ODI World Cup but batters chasing have found facing the new ball tough

 Trent Boult (R) bowls during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between New Zealand and Afghanistan at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai(AFP)
Published on Oct 19, 2023 08:03 PM IST

World Cup: Dissecting England’s early wobble

England’s triumphant 2019 WC campaign was defined by their ultra-attacking batting – this time the accusation is that their batters haven’t gone hard enough

England's captain Jos Buttler is clean bowled during the 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between England and Afghanistan (AFP)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 07:44 PM IST

Shaheen Afridi in a slump but aura remains

Poor form aside, the pacer carries with him a sense of occasion, conjuring a plug-and-play sense of spectacle

Currently, Shaheen has -38 average Bowling Impact in this World Cup; that isn’t just bad, it’s the worst of any bowler in the competition.(AP)
Published on Oct 13, 2023 10:31 PM IST

Ashes: Bazball commitment to batting unshaken

This series, England have attacked – tried to hit a boundary – just under half the deliveries faced

England's Ben Stokes reacts after being caught out by Australia's Steve Smith( Reuters)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 08:06 PM IST

Mumbai, Rohit Sharma has a problem

India’s T20I captain has suffered a severe, prolonged drought of form. He is, on paper, the worst opener in the IPL

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma walks back after getting out in a match against Chennai Super Kings(IPL Twitter)
Published on May 08, 2023 06:48 PM IST

IPL Impact Player: Many possibilities and an Indian reality

It would not be too cynical to suggest that the introduction of the Impact Player rule is a consequence of India’s player pool.

Gujarat Titans' Sai Sudharsan bats during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad.(AP)
Updated on Apr 01, 2023 06:26 PM IST

ICC World Cup 2019: Steady India vs quick England in bat battle

While Sharma and Dhawan are the most consistent, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root have made more century partnerships than any other pair.

File image of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan(Getty Images)
Updated on May 22, 2019 09:05 AM IST
ByBen Jones

ICC World Cup 2019: Wrist spin at death could change games

Of the six most prolific ODI bowlers since the last World Cup, four are wrist-spinners. As the age of two new white balls reduces the role of reverse-swing, the primary threat for bowling sides in the middle overs are unpredictable, unreadable, unorthodox spin bowlers.

Kuldeep Yadav of India celebrates with captain Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
Updated on May 21, 2019 09:34 AM IST
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