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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.

featurecricket10 hours ago

IPL 2021 Schedule Announcement: A detailed low down

The IPL Governing Council, on Sunday, announced the schedule for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. Keeping the safety and bubble in mind, they have decided to go ahead with a cluster-caravan format this year, with no teams playing at their respective home venues.
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featurecricketa day ago

From Rohit Sharma’s A+ to Shubman Gill’s E: Grading every Indian player who played in the Test series

India confirmed a spot in the World Test Championship final by beating England 3-1 in the Anthony de Mello Trophy thanks to a combined team effort and the brilliance of the spinner. We, at SportsCafe, have decided to make things easier for you and Grade every Indian player’s performance.
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featurecricket2 days ago

IND vs ENG | 4th Test Day 3 Talking Points - Washington Sundar’s promise and England’s mental demon

After India secured a first-innings lead of 160 runs, it was the duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel who wrapped up the game in no time as England folded out for a minuscule 135 runs. With this innings and 25 runs victory, India have secured their place in the World Test Championship final.
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featurecricket3 days ago

Rishabh Pant - the white-clad genie who keeps on giving

One of the most defining images from India’s Gabba breach was a photograph of Rishabh Pant putting his hands on his chest, eyes closed, face tilted upwards. It was a moment that told everything that you need to know about Pant the cricketer.
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featurecricket3 days ago

IND vs ENG | 4th Test Day 2 Talking Points - Ageless Anderson and the Washi-Pant juxtaposition

Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar batted like a dream on a surface that was tricky from the beginning and helped India to a lead of 89 runs at the stumps on Day 2. The day, however, was a classy reminder of what James Anderson means to a generation of cricket followers for his skill and audacity.
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featurecricket4 days ago

IND vs ENG | 4th Test Day 1 Talking Points - Siraj’s trust in his skill and England’s 'spin hangover'

As the nature of the Ahmedabad pitch took a complete flip, England found their groove in parts but the lapse in concentration resulted in the side bundling out for 205 runs in the first innings. While Siraj bowled like a man possessed, England batsmen's approach was questionable, to say the least.
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featuresports6 days ago

Truthful Tuesday | Great that we have Women’s Cricket back but the arrangement makes it stupid

Let’s address the elephant in the room first. The Women’s international cricket is finally back to India after a gap of a year - much after the Indian men’s team partook in seven jaw-dropping Test matches and six limited-overs games. And hey, a season of full-throttle IPL as well.
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featuresports10 days ago

Friday Fights | The Big ODI Fight - Kapil Dev vs Imran Khan

Two of the greatest all-rounders of the sport, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan played their cricket with a lot of passion and zeal and were two of the biggest forces who had a cauldron at their mercy. The debate about their greatness will never end but can we try at least?
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featurecricket10 days ago

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and the learnings from Will McAvoy

Jeff Daniels, in Aaron Sorkin’s political series The Newsroom, had a beautiful insight when the panelists asked him to explain why America was the greatest country in the world. Daniels, playing Will McAvoy in the show, shut them up with an explosive monologue before ending with a legendary line.
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featurecricket17 days ago

By deciding for Pujara, we are doing a disservice to his own ambitions

Make no mistake - Cheteshwar Pujara is a decent limited-overs cricketer, has a century in domestic T20s with the 2018 season seeing him breaking the shackle audaciously. It would be too premature to suggest anything otherwise but CSK's Pujara purchase has divided opinions.
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