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Bastab K Parida

Senior Sub-Editor

Perennially waiting for next holiday on the beach, I found a job which will pay the bill. It is an easy job. I just watch and blabber about cricket all day and act like I can write. Easy money.

featurecricket2 days ago

ENG vs PAK | Old Trafford Day 4 Talking Points: Naseem Shah, Jos Buttler and everything in between

A stand-out partnership between Chris Wokaes and Jos Buttler ensured that England snatched the win from the jaws of defeat to secure a 1-0 series lead against Pakistan. While the hosts can enjoy the win, Naseem Shah’s reinvention wrote a new chapter in the pacer’s way to perceived greatness.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 days ago

The long and short of the unique corporate race for IPL title sponsorship

So VIVO has dropped the ultimate bombshell, leaving the BCCI sponsorless for the hottest property in the cricketing world in the middle of a health and economic crisis around the world. With Jio, Amazon, Byju’s being the front-runners in the race, what would you really make out of it?
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket3 days ago

ENG vs PAK | Old Trafford Day 3 Talking Points: Yasir ‘warne’ Shah and James Anderson regression

On Day 3 of the opening Test between Pakistan and England at Old Trafford, the visiting side tightened the grip in solid fashion, with an effective lead of 244 runs. While Yasir Shah (4/66) was absolutely fantastic with the ball for Pakistan, England were left to rue their Anderson-sized problem.
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featuresports4 days ago

Friday Fights | The Big ODI Fight - Sir Gordon Greenidge vs Gautam Gambhir

In one of the editions of the Friday Fights, we had Desmond Haynes locking horns with Virender Sehwag and what a fight it was! The hero of the 80s found a streak with Sehwag who had some of the glorious years in the 2000s. Now it is the time to turn back to their respective opening partners.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket4 days ago

ENG vs PAK | Old Trafford Day 2 Talking Points: James Anderson, Shadab Khan and everything in between

After Pakistans batsmen led the side to 326, their bowlers complimented the effort in a stunning fashion, dismissing three English batsmen to reduce them to 92/4 at the end of Day 2. Mohammed Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi were the two wreckers in chief to guide the side to a position of strength.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket5 days ago

Hope amidst pain only constant as Azhar Ali waits for turnaround

For Azhar Ali, life happens in a slow-motion, pretty much like the stylish yesteryear legend Zaheer Abbas, whose life Harsha Bhogle once explained, ‘Zindagi mein ek pal aata tha aur sabko mayana karke chala jata tha.’ Poetry cuts across the mighty willow - full of arcs and beautiful curves.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket5 days ago

ENG vs PAK | Old Trafford Day 1 Talking Points: The Masood reinvention and Pakistan’s enhanced approach

In a rain-curtailed day in Manchester, Pakistan found their innings beautifully paced, much better than anyone would have expected, to end the Day 1 in a commanding position. However, that couldn’t make up for the frustration of the part-lifeless wicket, landing a new question for the ECB.
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featuresports7 days ago

Truthful Tuesday | Go ahead, BCCI. Nothing wrong in clashing with WBBL

An oasis in the middle of a desert is a comforting illusion and a thriving modicum that lets the world feel the vibe in a way nothing else can. Women’s Cricket in India, out of nowhere, has found that dimmed light and, if anything, it has come as a celebration of a whole lot more.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket9 days ago

Varun Aaron promises to deliver big as IPL prepares for Emirates voyage

In a world clouded with a never-seen-before pandemic, cricket seemed like a distant afterthought. IPL? You must have been crazy if you were thinking about it. Such was the unpredictability of life that we were locked for mercy - a pause no one saw coming.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket9 days ago

ENG vs IRE | Today I learnt: Cricket’s Hybrid problem and the downside of English aggression

It was a better day of ODI cricket than the first match a couple of days ago, but the game left a void that was so much to fill from the outset. Jonny Bairstow made up for it with a clinical half-century while Curtis Campher hit the nail at the right spot but England scampered to a 2-0 series win.
Bastab K Parida