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featurecricket9 days ago

The Indian pace attack is great - but it is high time they learn to finish big matches

Not so long ago, Mohammed Shami, a part of India’s exquisite pace battery, opined that the side’s pace quartet in Tests might be the best the sport has ever seen. That is both debatable and arguable, but without getting into comparisons, it is important to scrutinize their shortcomings in big games.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket17 days ago

Shakib Al Hasan picks Gautam Gambhir as captain in favourite IPL XI

Shakib Al Hasan, in conversation with Harsha Bhogle earlier this week, picked an IPL XI of the players he has played with and decided to name former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir as the captain of his side. Shakib’s side also had interesting choices in the form of Umesh Yadav and Lakshmipathy Balaji.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket23 days ago

Indian pace attack best in history of cricket, claims Mohammad Shami

Mohammad Shami, who is an integral part of India’s pace attack that has run riot in Test cricket since 2018, has claimed that the quartet, which includes himself, Umesh, Ishant and Bumrah, is the best in the sport’s history. Shami also further spoke about his secret of succeeding in the 2nd innings.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricketa month ago

IPL SRL | RR vs RCB Evaluation Chart - Jos Buttler's unbeaten 93 ensures a Royal win for Rajasthan

After opting to bat in this round of the Simulated Reality League, Rajasthan were riding on the back of the English keeper Jos Buttler’s performance, who scored a 93 to take RR to 170. On top of that, an inspired bowling performance from Ankit Rajpoot was enough to take RR home on the night.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricketa month ago

Umesh Yadav's hustle prior to 2009 Duleep Trophy showed his determination, recalls Faiz Fazal

Faiz Fazal has recalled an incident from 2009 when Umesh Yadav and he were picked to play for Central Zone, when the pacer had reached the airport on his brother’s bike. The Vidarbha captain also remembered that Yadav was carrying a suitcase in one hand and his cricket kit on the other.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa month ago

Picking Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s wickets gave me confidence, recalls Umesh Yadav

Umesh Yadav has revealed that picking up the wickets of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman in his five-wicket spell during the 2008-09 Duleep Trophy encounter between Central Zone and South Zone gave him confidence. He also added that prior to the clash, he was scared of bowling to the legendary duo.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket3 months ago

Haven’t been used properly by selectors in white ball cricket, asserts Umesh Yadav

India quick Umesh Yadav expressed utter disappointment on not getting enough chances to prove his mettle with the white ball, having not gotten a long run in the format. Yadav stressed that he would prove his worth if he is ever given a series of ODIs, unlike what it has been with him until now.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket3 months ago

Would definitely do well overseas if given more chances, claims Umesh Yadav

India pacer Umesh Yadav, who has almost turned into a home-specialist of sorts, admitted that his lack of game-time away from home is frustrating and believes that he will do well if he’s given a continuous run. The Vidarbha quick further lavished praise on the trio of Bumrah, Ishant and Shami.
SportsCafe Desk
featurecricket4 months ago

Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | The underwhelming XI of the tournament

Nothing divides opinion like stringing together a ‘Flop XI’ for a tournament. Arguments with colleagues can even make you pull your hair out in frustration. Thus after exchanging several verbal blows, we, here at SportsCafe, have collated together the underwhelming XI of the 2019/20 Ranji season.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket4 months ago

Time for India to close ‘homesick’ Umesh Yadav’s chapter away from home

There are not many times that fast bowlers get the chance to be heroes on the third day of a Test match. By the time the morning of Day 3 beckons, especially in New Zealand, the pitch flattens out, batsmen get acclimatized to the conditions and for pacers, it’s nothing but a painful toil.
Anirudh Suresh