featurecricketan hour ago

Australia's recent struggles against spin is more than just a traditional problem

Mark Taylor’s team was annihilated, Steve Waugh claimed that winning in India would be his last Frontier, and Ricky Ponting made 3 visits to India. But none of them could achieve what they desired as India always turned into a difficult proposition for the Aussies of the lore and the millennials.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa day ago

Will BCCI’s over-reliance on Yo-yo test bid well for Indian cricket’s future

BCCI’s decision to replace an in-form Ambati Rayudu on the back of a failed yo-yo test after his brilliant 2018 IPL season would force one to ask whether the board has been giving way more important to fitness than skill. Being a hotbed of cricketing talent, BCCI might have got its focus all wrong.
Subhayan Dutta
featurecricket3 days ago

Winners and Losers from India’s thumping win over Afghanistan

Though a one-off Test match against Afghanistan wasn’t the best possible warm-up game for India ahead of their England tour, the match did throw some idea about how players could pan in of the overseas series. Here are the winners and losers from the match and what does it mean going forward.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket4 days ago

India vs Afghanistan | Three Talking points from second day of Bengaluru Test

India wrapped up a domineering performance against Afghanistan to secure a win by a margin of an innings and 262 runs, thanks to some brilliant bowling displays on the second day of the Bengaluru Test. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma ticked all the boxes ahead of the England tour.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket5 days ago

India vs Afghanistan | Talking points from Day 1 in Bengaluru

Afghanistan’s maiden Test match opened like a roller coaster ride with India first racing to 347/6 with Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay both getting centuries before experiencing a massive collapse. However, the inexperienced Afghanistan side learned quickly and are expected to improve from hereon.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket7 days ago

Dale Steyn's comeback gives cricket fans one more chance to celebrate a great career

In the mid-December 2017, when CSA had announced that the time was for Dale Steyn to dust off his old whites to take on India, there was a sense of hope in the air. Leaving behind the troubles of the past, for the first time in more than one year, SA had a full strength team to choose from.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket12 days ago

Dinesh Karthik vs Wriddhiman Saha - Race to be India’s "consistent" red-ball keeper begins

When Anil Kumble took over the reins of the Indian cricket team ahead of India’s Windies tour in 2016, the team management decided to promote R Ashwin above Wriddhiman Saha, who at that point, had already played 11 Tests and scored 367 runs at 21.58, with two fifties and no hundreds.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket16 days ago

Have IPL franchises been spending on coaches cluelessly

Despite not being one of the pioneers in bringing T20 cricket to the world, relentless resources and a cricket crazy nation have taken IPL to the zenith among all domestic T20 leagues in no time. However, while they have excelled in unearthing gems, it has been the mentors that have failed IPL.
Subhayan Dutta
featurecricket17 days ago

ICC’s decision to grant ODI status to four teams augurs well for the sport’s globalisation

ICC decided to expand the 12-team ICC ODI rankings table to accommodate Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and starting June 1, every ODI game that these teams play from here on will count towards determining their rank and it is a welcoming move.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket18 days ago

Should Virat Kohli cherry pick his games after his recent injury

Virat Kohli’s neck injury, just weeks ahead of his county stint, has arisen numerous apprehensions - the biggest of which is his dip in consistency. Kohli has played non-stop cricket with unparalleled uniformity over the last two years, all of which looks at stake now ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Subhayan Dutta