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featurecricket2 years ago

Why selectors are not to be blamed for overlooking individuals from winning sides

As a cricket fan in India, every year, certain episodes repeat itself. So much so that it becomes an annual ritual of sorts. You have players from the class of ‘11 dissing Dhoni for absolutely no reason and then you have the likes of Manoj Tiwary getting agitated over going unsold in IPL auction.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

A defeat for Bengal but a win for Sourav Ganguly’s Vision 2020

In 2016, when Mohun Bagan was playing Bhawanipore in the CAB Super League final at the Eden Gardens, with pink ball and under lights, Sourav Ganguly, standing at BC Roy Club House, struck a poignant pose. It was a pose that told a story of a dream, vision and planning for the future.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

The chaos that is 2020 Ranji Trophy final

Chaos at the bottom means order at the top, order at the bottom means chaos at the top. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy final, however, there is neither, with ‘chaos’ being the major talking point from even before the first ball was bowled at Rajkot, even before Bengal and Saurashtra locked horns.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 years ago

Jaydev Unadkat - embracing challenge from the front

Feb 9, 2015, was a dark day in Saurashtra Cricket. After dominating the first innings against Odisha in the latter's home base in Cuttack, a late order resistance saw the Jaydev Shah-led Saurashtra team suffer relegation to Group C towards the fag end of the day.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

The invisible wall between 'record-breaker' Jaydev Unadkat and Indian team

Have you ever witnessed a 65+ wicket season go unnoticed by the selectors? Well, we are all but ready to witness one with Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat pulling the plugs, getting his side to the Ranji Trophy finals. Having made only one appearance, what has stopped him from getting another go?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 years ago

Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | Quarter-final Qualification Scenarios - Elite Group A and B

So it has come to this - the last round of the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy and there are 14 more teams in contention for the remaining five QF spots in the entire tournament. The most dramatic, however, is the Elite Group A and B, for which we have analysed the qualification chances for the knock-outs.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Ranji Trophy | Where would your team finish ft. Elite Group B

With the group packed with super-star teams such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Baroda, only three teams can qualify to the next stage of the tournament. In this preview, we, at SportsCafe, take a look at Elite Group B teams and try to predict the position they might end up at.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket3 years ago

I’m at the peak of my powers, says Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat

‘One for the future’, Wasim Akram was indeed right about a tall and lanky left-arm pacer who had just received his first IPL contract with KKR. It was 2010, a year that turned out to be life-changing for a 19-year-old who on today’s date is leading the Saurashtra team in a new domestic season.
Sritama Panda
featurecricket3 years ago

Ranji Trophy | Four Vidarbha players selected in Faiz Fazal-led SportsCafe Team of the Tournament

As the Ranji Trophy has finally come to an end, it is time to look back at one of the most path-breaking seasons ever, with Vidarbha scripting history. We, at SportsCafe, have gone through the numbers and put them in context to form the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 team of the tournament.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket3 years ago

Ranji Trophy 2018-19 | How your favorite teams can qualify for quarter-finals

When BCCI re-introduced the new Elite and Plate system to make Ranji Trophy more competitive and relevant, it made the process more complicated for Elite Group A and B. While two teams would directly qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C, one plate team will find a place in the QFs.
Bastab K Parida