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Of spirituality and dogged determination - the Wasim Jaffer philosophy of life

There is hardly anything in the Wasim Jaffer tale that needs a revisit. The records speak for himself and his growing achievement, but if one thing that has transcended time and made him the force of his own will, it was the character that endured through his quarter-century career.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

Devendra Bundela hopes for a bright future for Madhya Pradesh cricket under Chandrakant Pandit

Chandrakant Pandit’s appointment as Madhya Pradesh head coach has come as good news for the state’s most experienced cricketer Devendra Bundela, who acted as the batting coach this season. Bundela retired in 2018 and has since taken over as the batting coach, with Abbas Ali as the head coach.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year ago

Chandrakant Pandit - The hard task-master on a mission to democratize his 'unique' philosophy

If you ever have witnessed a Chandrakant Pandit net session carefully, you might fail to understand his process at first - one moment, he seems like a best friend to his wards and a moment later, a hard task-master. A coach of varied philosophy, you might say.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year 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
featurecricketa year 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
featurecricketa year 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
featurecricketa year 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
featurecricketa year ago

Limited DRS in Ranji Trophy - a bitter pill to swallow

When the BCCI announced that a limited-DRS would be used in the semi-final and the final stages of the Ranji Trophy, it looked like a celebrated move from the cricketing board. The four sides were content that the number of incorrect decisions would be halved, but in reality, does it?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricketa year ago

Ranji Trophy 2019-20 | Quarter Final Qualification Scenarios - Elite Group C and Plate Group

If you think the complication in the Elite Group C is any less than that of Elite Group A and B, then I am sorry to disappoint you. Odisha’s slump in form in the latter half has made things interesting and not a single team has sealed a berth in the Quarter-finals as the last round gets underway.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricketa year 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