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?

featurecricketa day ago

Rain, rain, and more rain - whose loss is it anyway?

The first T20I between India and South Africa has been washed out due to persistent downpour in Dharamsala and that means both the teams will now have to travel to neighbouring Mohali for the second T20I on September 18. The preparation has been delayed, so did much more of incurring revenue.
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featurecricket2 days ago

Ashes 2019 | Oval Day 3 Talking Points: Nathan Lyon’s forgettable Ashes and Joe Denly’s fight for self-worth

England have the complete strangle over The Oval Test now, with an effective lead of 382 runs in the second innings, leaving Australia a mountain to climb. The day, however, would remember two Englishmen for contrasting reasons - Joe Denly for good, and Jonny Bairstow for worse.
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featurecricket3 days ago

Joe Root’s frailties talk less about him and more about toxic English cricket culture

2013-14 was one of the worst periods in English cricket. Not only things plummeted massively as far as the team culture goes, but it was also the time they started losing some of their talented players who had helped them become a brute force in Tests, culminating with the No.1 ranking in 2011.
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featurecricket3 days ago

Ashes 2019 | The Oval Day 2 Talking Points : Sam Curran balm to English pain and the collective UltraEdge mess up

Jofra Archer and Sam Curran put up a great show with the ball at The Oval as the duo rose above another Steve Smith masterclass to give England a 69-run lead in the first innings. However, the way Curran tried to bring his weapon to the fore straight away had to be the day’s biggest talking point.
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featurecricket4 days ago

Ashes 2019 | The Oval Day 1 Talking Points: Joe Root’s lucky escapade and Mitchell Marsh’s redemption

Mitchell Marsh had a dream day-out at The Oval as on his comeback Test, he dismantled English middle-order with a four-wicket haul. While that was staggering, Joe Root’s travails continued for yet another day as the English skipper couldn’t convert his fifties to a hundred despite three lives.
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featurecricket5 days ago

Odisha is my target but I am fine turning up for anyone in Ranji Trophy, reveals Anshuman Rath

Former Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath, who decided to quit Hong Kong cricket for better opportunities in India, is looking for opportunities in Odisha Cricket team in the future. Rath, who hails from Bhubaneswar, also added that he is in talks with Saba Karim and doesn’t mind turning for others.
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featurecricket9 days ago

Ravindra Jadeja has grown as a player in the last couple of years, says Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma Vihari has expressed his happiness over Ravindra Jadeja’s consistent performances by saying that the latter has grown as a player in the last couple of years. Vihari has also stated that Sanjay Bangar helped him a lot in terms of getting mental clarity and also from a tactical point of view.
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newscricket9 days ago

Odisha Cricket Association sends notice to members for Special General Body Meeting

On the direction of the CoA, OCA has issued a notice to all the full members including international cricketers from Odisha to send their authorised representatives to participate in the Special General Body Meeting on Friday. OCA will conduct its election on September 28, after the CoA directives.
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featurecricket11 days ago

Salil Ankola - of fame and fall, and dealing with two extremes

What comes to your mind when you hear 15 November 1989? The picture of a kid walking to the ground for the first time for his country against the intimidating crowd in Karachi or that of a pace bowler, responding to the name of Waqar Younis, streaming in to bowl some devastating balls on debut?
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featurecricket12 days ago

Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment stokes positivity as Pakistan move away from archaic structure

In the truest sense, Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment in the dual role of Pakistan head coach and chief selector shouldn’t surprise anyone. Ever since the former skipper was given the duty to look after the national camp and further applied for the head coach position - the writing was on the wall.
Bastab K Parida