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Akash Kaware

(Akash Kaware is an Indian IT professional, who would've been a successful international cricketer if it hadn't been for an annoying tendency to run towards square-leg while facing tennis, rubber or leather cricket balls hurled at anything more than genuine medium-pace! Watching Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid convinced him that breaking into the Indian team was not going to happen anytime soon and hence he settled to become an engineer and MBA, who occasionally wrote about cricket. A few months ago, sensing his uselessness and constant use of cricket websites at work, his company banished him to Canada. His hopes of playing international cricket have, thus, been renewed!)

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Goodbyes are never easy, especially when it’s to the last link to your childhood Sachin Retirement Articles

Sachin Tendulkar retirement: Goodbyes are never easy, especially when it’s to the last link to your childhood

By November 3, 2013, 1:32 pm

While book cricket and audio cassettes are now relics of a happy past, Tendulkar is still very much a part of our lives — though not for very long. In about two weeks' time, he will walk out to bat for India for the last time ever. Some of the televisions that will be turned off after he gets out in Mumbai during November 14-18, 2013, may never turn on a cricket channel again.

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IPL 2013: Controversies have damaged what has otherwise been a good sixth edition

By May 23, 2013, 1:20 pm

The trouble with a tournament as long as the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has two games almost every day is that unless those games are punctuated by performances like David Miller’s whirlwind century against Bangalore, or Chris Gayle’s fearsome assault on Pune, or Kieron Pollard’s blinder against Hyderabad, even the most hardened fan would be hard-pressed to recall the results of matches that happened less than a week ago. Even by those low standards of recall, and notwithstanding the performances mentioned above, this has been a forgettable IPL, owing almost entirely to off-field controversies, and some on-field ones.

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Twenty20 is a five-bowler game

By April 27, 2013, 11:13 am

Unless they have a burly, broad-shouldered tree of a man called Jacques Kallis in their squad, most teams these days — regardless of the format — invariably starts a game with a four-man attack. In limited-overs games, they then hope to squeeze in the fifth bowler’s quota from bit-and-pieces players or even batsmen, praying all the time that the runs they concede don’t turn out to be the difference between winning and losing a game

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ICC World T20 2012: AB de Villiers’ explosive talent is wasted at No 6

By September 30, 2012, 8:42 am

By Akash Kaware    Picking a balanced playing XI in a cricket match is hard enough, but once a captain gets past that hurdle, it is important that even within that XI, he uses his resources wisely. This is especially true in a T20 game, where unless you get your batting order right, your best batsmen would be left with too few balls to face, while the effectiveness of a decent bowling line-up may be drastically compromised unless each of the bowlers is handed the ball at exactly the right time.

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MS Dhoni’s idea to drop Virender Sehwag may yet turn out to be a masterstroke

By September 29, 2012, 10:24 am

By Akash Kaware   MS Dhoni has always liked to have the cushion of seven batsmen, regardless of the format or the conditions he’s playing in. In the subcontinent in particular, the policy has served him well, since his part-timers are all tweakers. 

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Don’t blame IPL & T20 leagues; it’s about the absence of lucrative central contracts

By May 25, 2012, 11:03 am

By Akash Kaware    Last week, one the same day that Shivnarine Chanderpaul put up a familiar rearguard in the first innings of the first Test against England at Lord’s, two other West Indians distinguished themselves on a cricket field too.

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Dravid’s exit will not be realised till India next play outside the subcontinent

By March 10, 2012, 10:11 am

By Akash Kaware    When the end came, it was typical of the man. No farewell match. No grandstand finish. An almost business-like announcement, delivered with the sort of calm demeanour that has marked his on-field career. 

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Do we really have to vilify Tendulkar for having the temerity to continue?

By February 25, 2012, 9:45 am

The rotation policy that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has chosen to implement in the series has drawn the most flak.

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Cricketing world needs to see Sachin Tendulkar come out all guns blazing

By January 10, 2012, 11:05 am

Barring some amazing performances in the World Cups of 2003 and 2011, and an occasional innings here and there that turned back the clock, the second half of Sachin Tendulkar’s career has seen him transform from a marauding strokemaker to an efficient accumulator, a journey from Viv Richards to Sunil Gavaskar.

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Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma & Umesh Yadav can rattle Australia on a helpful track

By December 19, 2011, 8:49 am

It is an age-old saying that batsmen save Test matches or, at best, set up a win, but it is the bowlers who actually win them.  It is the performance of Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha that will decide India’s fate in the series.

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The mantra for an injury-free career: bowl more, not less!

By November 28, 2011, 10:49 am

Virtually every player’s injury is followed by platitudes like 'it’s all part and parcel of the game’ and 'these things happen’, yet there is no denying the fact that players in this era seem to get injured more often than their predecessors.

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Kambli, Tillakaratne aren’t whistle-blowers; sans proof, they are just rabble-rousers

By November 21, 2011, 10:34 am

I just hope that Kambli, Condon and Tillakaratne don’t think of themselves as whistle-blowers. Unless they offer proof of what they are saying, they are nothing more than rabble-rousers, who are doing grave disservice to the game they profess to love. And if I were any of them, I would keep a lawyer’s telephone number handy.

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Delhi and Cape Town Tests show age of batting mediocrity is well and truly upon us

By November 14, 2011, 10:22 am

Another disturbing similarity between the two games was the batsmen’s inability to deal with the demons in the pitch and the bowling, some real, most perceived. The Kotla track had low bounce and some turn, but the West Indian batsmen, and sometimes the Indians, pretended as if they were batting in a snake pit at night.

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Why it’s important that redemption lies somewhere in Mohammad Aamer’s future

By November 5, 2011, 12:29 pm

At a time when the world of cricket is starved for quality bowlers, here was an 18-year-old who was almost frighteningly good for his age. The tape-ball cricket in Pakistan will surely throw up enough talent to make sure that the team would not miss him too much, but such waste of God-given talent is as infuriating as it is sad.

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MS Dhoni has to take on a heartless establishment.

By August 29, 2011, 10:44 am

Dhoni will have to fight in the corridors of power of the BCCI.

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