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featurecricket10 months ago

Dawid Malan carves a niche for himself amidst England's mighty lions

66, 42, 21, 19 and 55 read Dawid Malan’s last five innings going into the third T20I against South Africa but one thing that stayed pretty much constant was the overhead threat over his place. Malan was consistent and had a unique style but a place was never guaranteed.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket10 months ago

Questions loom and spots up for grab as Proteas enter first chapter of Mission 2021

After having seen their 2020 get abruptly halted by the pandemic, in March, the Proteas will take to the field for the first time in 8 months when they lock horns with the Three Lions on Friday. But lying on the other side of the welcome break is a handful of questions and healthy headaches.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

England in dire need of doing away with Jos Buttler experiment for own good

Sometimes you tend to look at experiments - or strategic moves - by captains on a cricket field and, no matter what potential it has to be successful, you get a gut feeling that it just is wrong. The tactic to elevate Jos Buttler to the opening slot in T20Is seems like an epitome of such a move.
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

Bruised and battered Faf du Plessis deserves better

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain - Harvey Dent’s line in The Dark Knight was more of an ode to an age-old truth than a film dialogue itself. It is one of conviction and steadfastness, a battle between a never-say-die attitude and knowing when to end.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

Cleaning the J’s out of England’s Test closet

England’s success in the 3-1 win over South Africa means that everyone (not you, Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow) put their hands up and outclassed the away from home. The bowlers overshadowed the batsmen in their triumph over the Proteas in a series that was muddled by the on-field controversies.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket2 years ago

End of a love story as Table Mountain bids farewell to its favourite son

Cape Town is a wanderlust’s paradise. A click on Google and you will be directed to some stunning photographs of pristine white beaches coupled with a craggy mountain range. With Zeitz MOCAA, the city has also become a spot for the biggest repository of contemporary African art.
Bastab K Parida
featurecricket2 years ago

King Kane in the time of Joe Root trials

‘Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not’ - which cricketer crosses your mind when you read this phrase? Well, it’s not just any phrase, it’s in fact an Arctic Monkeys album which had this cricketer, named Joe Root showcasing his loyalties with Sheffield, strumming his ukelele. 
Sritama Panda
featurecricket2 years ago

Instability looms as South Africa revel in false Centurion dawn

The Centurion victory, in many ways, was a historic one for the Proteas, for it marked the beginning of a new journey under the leadership of Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher and company. But the question is - is there a delusion setting in amongst everyone that things are fine when they clearly aren’t?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket2 years ago

The contrasting yet similar fortunes of England and South Africa in 2019

Cricket is a universe where worlds collide. While England were on the road to make history in the 2019 World Cup, South Africa crashed out of the competition with just three wins out of nine matches. 
Sritama Panda
featurecricket2 years ago

Vernon Philander: Jack of one trade, Master of one

“Tune in to the South Africa match - Vernon Philander is bowling” is a text I’ve never received from any friend till date, and one I never expected to. But whilst we were all busy adoring and idolizing our alluring and charismatic heroes, Philander inconspicuously scripted greatness - his own way.
Anirudh Suresh