Bastab K Parida

Junior editor

Dreams to become a Geologist crashed during Post-Graduation to make way for the a dream that I am living now - Writing cricket for a living! Paid to watch and write about the game at SportsCafe. What more do you need in life?

featurecricket3 hours ago

The Faiz you know but the Fazal you don’t - understanding the man behind calm disposition

When things are put up in a carton box, it is only memories that the objects leave behind. Be it a letter from your ex-girlfriend or that pencil your best friend left behind before moving to a new city, memories are everything we cherish for life. For Faiz Fazal, it has been the ultimate thing.
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featurecricket2 days ago

Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | Where would your favourite team finish ft. Elite Group A

One of the most complicated aspects of Elite Group A and B is the process of selection for the knock-outs. To keep a fair margin and give top teams a fair chance as compared to Elite Group C, only five teams will be promoted to the knock-out phase - making it a race between 18 teams instead of nine.
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featurecricket6 days ago

Ranji Trophy | Where would your team finish ft. Elite Group C

In another fresh edition of the Ranji Trophy, all eyes will be set on the next Indian break-out star, after what Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari did with India. In this preview, we, at SportsCafe, take a look at Elite Group C teams and try to predict the position they might end up finish.
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featurecricket8 days ago

Success through batting chorus - Karnataka’s staple plan to double

When Vijay Kumar announced a move to Pondicherry - bidding goodbye to his home team Karnataka - things seemed gloomy for arguably the second-best domestic team in India’s cricket history. Karnataka needed solid support to back their strengths and then get up to extend their hegemony.
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featurecricket9 days ago

Priyank Panchal’s voyage through stretching limits and breaking boundaries

Parthiv Patel might have failed to achieve what he was once touted to be almost two decades ago but his influence on a bunch of cricketers from Gujarat is unparalleled. From being the only go-to person to be the man everyone wants to listen to, Patel had an aura of his own in Gujarat dressing room.
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featurecricket11 days ago

Style over substance - Pakistan caught in a tangle

There is a group of Pakistani fans, some of them have gone on to work as bloggers and media professionals, formed a group called “Pace is Pace yaar”. Their major work involved ranting about Pakistan cricket and celebrating Pakistani “Jazba” like no other, with an added sense of humour.
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featurecricket18 days ago

Bangladesh's lack of concussion planning reminder for other teams to have one

Concussion in sports is a real problem and it is a good sign that sports concussions are now taken seriously. Carrying on with visible problems related to brain injury is no longer considered a “macho” behaviour, with ICC rightfully introducing “concussion substitute rule”. The talks have changed.
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featurecricket19 days ago

A low down on Day/Night pink ball experiment in India

India are all set to take on Bangladesh in the first Day/Night Test match in India - at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata - something they had resisted for the longest time. Ahead of the historic encounter, here is everything that you need to know.
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featurecricket20 days ago

Spinners will get a grip because of prominent SG seam, asserts Premdip Chatterjee

Premdip Chatterjee, the on-field umpire for India’s first-ever pink ball match, has insisted that spinners can get a grip thanks to SG’s prominent seam. The BCCI panel umpire has also added that the arm-ball and flippers would cause more problems for batsmen than the normal spinning deliveries.
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featurecricket20 days ago

Shami and Ishant - A guidebook on two polar opposites complementing each other

As India wrapped up the proceedings in Indore, Harsha Bhogle caught up with three pacers for an interview with host broadcaster Star Sports. Shami was in a “chatty” mood and initiated a free-whelming chat, something that came out as a delightful conversation - extremely rare by Indian cricketers.
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