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featurecricket13 days ago

Explained | Kolpak Deal - A curse turned blessing for South Africa

After getting battered in the home Test series by England, South Africa got some much needed good news and, more importantly, hope in the limited overs series. That, however, will be dwarfed by the hope of reclaiming a few of the players they had lost due to the much talked about Kolpak deal.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket13 days ago

Cricket's love for prodigies and the band of Naseem Shah

‘I've not seen a more talented young opening batsman in my 40-odd years in the game. Where his form and function have gone and disappeared to is a complete and utter mystery to us’ were the exact words by Lancashire director of cricket Paul Allott after Haseeb Hameed’s release from the county.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket22 days ago

U-19 World Cup a journey, not a destination

‘Hopefully, it's a memory they cherish for a long time, but hopefully, not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future,’ said Rahul Dravid after India’s 2018 U-19 World Cup win. It is not the only lasting memory that they have, and then the journey begins.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket24 days ago

Age and experience not the same thing in T20I cricket

‘Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced, you never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.’ Except that it and several other quotes regarding experience fall flat when the game is cricket- in particular, T20I cricket where it is haywire.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket25 days ago

Kudos to Pakistan’s ambition but can they be more responsible in hosting games

Cricket needs a strong Pakistan - a simple yet mighty line once delivered by Harsha Bhogle rings through my ears on a daily basis. They are the sport’s ultimate contrarians - enriching the sport, making us pull our hair out and adding to the chronicles.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa month ago

Gully Boy Haris Rauf's journey begins with Pakistan

It is indeed the next edition of rags to riches story, thanks to the 26-year-old Haris Rauf from the city that Pakistan calls home to pace bowlers with Shoaib Akthar the most notable one from Rawalpindi. From tape-ball to wearing the Green and Gold Pakistan jersey, Rauf’s journey just begun.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 months ago

Indian domestic cricket - an envious feeder system with no real chasing pack

It is a glorious time to be an Indian cricket fan. The national team is dominating the world with surgical precision, the pipeline is brimming with talents more than ever and the scene in domestic cricket is absolutely buzzing. It is times like these which give a perspective on things.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 months ago

Decade’s Lost and Found | Cricket’s waltz back to its old lover

As a 90s kid, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing a better part of the ‘golden era’ in cricket. While I still miss the magnificence of a certain Ricky Ponting or a Glenn McGrath, a Sachin Tendulkar or a Brian Lara, I’ve got to admit the new era has been far from disappointing.
Sritama Panda
featurecricket2 months ago

SportsCafe’s year-defining moments of the decade

It was an era-defining decade in the history of cricket, with not only some of the greatest of the generation retiring from the sport, but it also saw the arrival of some of the finest as well. We, at SportsCafe, roll the clock back to find that one event that defined every year in this decade.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 months ago

Indian cricket needs ‘knowledgeable Chennai crowd’ to salvage country's reputation - now more than ever

It was 20 years ago that the term ‘Knowledgeable Chennai crowd’ was born, after what the folks from the Southern part of the country did following Pakistan’s stunning victory at Chepauk: they gave a standing ovation to their fierce rivals who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
Anirudh Suresh