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?

featureshooting2 days ago

Know Your Heroes | Anjum Moudgil - A painter on the path of shooting greatness

Anjum Moudgil hasn’t heard about Jack Russell nor does she know about the magnificent persona of Clarrie Grimmett. She doesn’t know what do the two personalities have in common with her but, what she does know is that painting keeps her fresh and act as a distraction management tool.
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featurecricket3 days ago

India vs England : Takeaways - Cook’s defensive cracks and Ollie Pope’s youthful exuberance

Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow took the game away from India’s clutch to put England in total control of the second Test at Lord's. While that was one great partnership, Alastair Cook’s new-found technical problems while defending and Ollie Pope’s fantastic debut were the takeaways from the day.
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featurecricket5 days ago

India vs England | Why Cheteshwar Pujara’s selection was an inspired decision by Team India

Hi Readers. Give me some liberty to take you down the memory lane or should I say most of your other love interests apart from cricket. For many, like me in India, Cricket is the first love with cinema and music being the close seconds.
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featurecricket11 days ago

India vs England | Takeaways : Kohli’s innovative captaincy, and Ashwin’s use of variation

Virat Kohli put up another fighting performance out in the middle to complement the bowlers’ effort and led India close to a 1-0 series lead. However, it was his attacking captaincy and the incredible bowling performance by Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin that made for a fascinating viewing.
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featurecricket13 days ago

India vs England | Takeaways : India’s failure to exploit Root’s flaws and Ashwin’s English breakfast

After getting off to a very good start, England threw away the initiative and ended the day with 285/9 to hand India the honours of the Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test. While Ravichandran Ashwin had a brilliant day out, Joe Root’s inability to convert his fifty-plus scores made for another headline.
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featurecricket15 days ago

India vs England | India’s keys to end a decade of English heartbreak

The pre-series press conferences have always been about chatter and punching jibes, but when Alastair Cook and Ajinkya Rahane will face the press, it has to be a normal one. But will it remain the same for the next seven weeks? Or India will find a way or two to silent the critics?
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featurecricket16 days ago

James Anderson - Home track bully or legend in his own right

The year was in 2003 and Zimbabwe came to England for a two-match Test series. Yes, it was that time of the century when big teams used to play Zimbabwe in full Test series and England, led by Nasser Hussain, was firmly in the charge of the game after scoring a mammoth 472 runs in the first innings.
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featurecricket17 days ago

India’s slip cordon - A problem that screams for a desperate solution

Sometimes, a moment can make a cricketer a hero or the villain in a flash. It would be blasphemous to say that Pankaj Singh would have reached dizzying heights had Ravindra Jadeja grabbed Alastair Cook’s catch in the slips, but it would certainly remain as one of the saddest moments of his career.
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featurecricket18 days ago

Book Review | The Dhoni Touch - Flawless and beautiful

Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni - two names that resonate with Indians like nothing else. While one signifies everything perfect about cricket and how to conduct himself on the field with grace and charisma, the other has been the cynosure of all eyes thanks to his mysterious nature.
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featurecricket23 days ago

India must answer tough questions ahead of upcoming World Cup

The World Cup is less than a year away and it all seemed hunky dory for the Indian team with all its bases covered as the Indian dressing room is a place you want to be in now. The World Cup favorites and the only dressing room to have two world-class wrist spinners.
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