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Prakash Govindasreenivasan

(Prakash Govindasreenivasan is a reporter with cricketcountry.com. His twitter handle is @PrakashG_89)

Ravichandran Ashwin’s batting prowess reaffirms need for multi-dimensional players in modern-day cricket

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November 9, 2013, 2:04 pm

In modern day cricket, unidimensional players have taken a beating. The impact of the growing need for a cricketer to put in an all-round effort has been adverse on the bowlers. Not many in today’s competitive cricket can get away by just doing the job for their skipper with the ball. To put it in management terms, if you can’t multitask, even above average skill levels may not suffice in retaining your spot in the organisation.

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Ravichandran Ashwin can now be termed as a bowling all-rounder

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November 8, 2013, 10:33 am

Before the start of the two-match Test series against the West Indies, every iota of Ravichandran Ashwin’s energy would have been spent in devising ways to add eight wickets to his tally and enter the 100-wicket club. However, on Day Two of the first Test at Eden Gardens, Ashwin emerged as an able ally to Rohit Sharma, adding an unbeaten stand of 198 runs for the seventh wicket. On Day Three, he completed his second Test century.

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Bangladesh’s impressive show over New Zealand could be a sign of things to come

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November 7, 2013, 4:30 pm

Often considered as the most dangerous minnows, Bangladesh have yet again showed their ability to challenge a stronger Test playing nation in the longest form of the game and got the better of them in the One-Day International (ODI) series. Prakash Govindasreenivasan looks back at their successful home series against New Zealand and wonders if it is a sign of things to come.

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India vs West Indies 2013: Umesh Yadav’s chance to get back into scheme of things

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November 5, 2013, 4:18 pm

Even as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) go overboard with their tributes and celebrations for Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series, it is imperative to note that these two Tests could give fast bowler Umesh Yadav a chance to get back into the scheme of things. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

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Indian batsmen face real test in South Africa

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November 4, 2013, 2:34 pm

If cricket was a mere video game, then the Indian batsmen have been enjoying life at the 'semi-pro’ difficulty level which is bound to continue as India host the West Indies. However, the moment they set foot on South African soil, equations will change, escalating the difficulty two levels higher. Indian batsmen will face the real music only when they take on the famed South African pace battery in the three One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

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India vs Australia 2013: Did Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina cross the line by mocking Shane Watson’s injury?

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November 3, 2013, 10:18 am

Even as the Indian team registered a 57-run win to clinch the seven-match One-Day International (ODI) series 3-2 against Australia in Bangalore, a couple of on-field antics that could have easily been avoided, will be hard to ignore. In the name of sledging and unsettling the opponent, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina treaded a path they shouldn’t have, when they mocked Shane Watson’s hamstring pull during the latter’s batting. Prakash Govindasreenivasan questions whether the continued success is giving unnecessary liberties to the current 'young brigade’ and if the Indian duo were guilty of crossing the line.

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South Africa need to bridge quality gap between Tests and limited-overs cricket

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November 2, 2013, 2:40 pm

In Tests, the current South African side is perhaps the most feared one. With all areas of the game well-covered, it hardly comes as a surprise that they hold the Test Champions’ mace. However, add colour to their kits and the dominance fades away a little. Prakash Govindasreenivasan talks about South Africa’s need to bridge that gap and show consistency in all forms of the game.

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Akram Khan: One of Bangladesh cricket’s earliest heroes Moments in history

Akram Khan: One of Bangladesh cricket’s earliest heroes

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November 1, 2013, 5:18 pm

Born on November 1,1968, Mohammad Akram Hussain Khan is a former Bangladesh  skipper in the second half of the 1990s who was at the helm when the national side transitioned from being an associate to a full member of the ICC, registered their first ever win in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and qualified for the World Cup 1999. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

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Pakistan Cricket Team: A reporter’s nightmare

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October 31, 2013, 6:02 pm

It must have been a calm, sedate evening for most reporters on October 30 who were covering the South Africa-Pakistan game. While India and Australia were busy in a closely-contested scuffle in a high-scoring match, Pakistan had a straightforward chase ahead of them.

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Greg Blewett: Dawn of hope, dusk of despair Moments in history

Greg Blewett: Dawn of hope, dusk of despair

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October 30, 2013, 11:35 pm

Born on October 29, 1971, Greg Scott Blewett was a consistent and reliable top-order Australian batsman in the second-half of 1990s. He also bowled decent medium pace and earned the reputation of a partnership-breaker in Tests. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

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Australia 2.0: Young and silent performers replace intimidating superstars

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October 29, 2013, 12:25 pm

George Bailey’s Australia is a squad full of young, silent performers. Gone are the days when a spin wizard in Shane Warne and a disciplined, accurate fast bowler in Glenn McGrath, a quick, lethal pacer in Brett Lee and an in-your-face skipper in Ricky Ponting, who were all over their opposition irrespective of the situation in a match. It’s time Australia brace themselves as a team capable of carrying out a calmer demeanour and still reach the highs of the previous era. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

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Glenn Maxwell: The ‘million dollar baby’ starting to look worth the money

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October 27, 2013, 4:09 pm

Australia’s 25-year-old Glenn James Maxwell wouldn’t have even imagined what was about to come his way at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions in 2013. Till that point in time, Maxwell was taking baby steps in his international career. He got a half-century in only his second One-Day International (ODI) in 2012 and found himself on the plane to Sri Lanka for the ICC World T20 2012

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Russel Arnold: A hard-working utility player in the Sri Lankan ranks Moments in history

Russel Arnold: A hard-working utility player in the Sri Lankan ranks

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October 25, 2013, 6:25 pm

Born on October 25, 1973, Russel Premakumaran Arnold was a very useful batsman down the order in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). With his gentle off-break bowling, Arnold often provided his captain with an extra bowling option to fill in during the middle overs. Prakash Govindasreenivasan looks back at his career.

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India tour of South Africa 2013 may not live up to the initial hype

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October 23, 2013, 2:20 pm

Not long ago, India’s tour of South Africa 2013 was the most anticipated series. The idea of watching Sachin Tendulkar negotiate fiery spells from Dale Steyn gave fans a reason to smile and look forward to what most call 'the real cricket.’ All of a sudden, the series now looks a pale version of what it could have been. Tendulkar has decided to call time ahead of the tour and the prolonged discussions between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have led to a shorter schedule. Prakash Govindasreenivasan argues why the series will not be as exciting as it could have been.

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Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win the 1995 Singer Champions Trophy in Sharjah Moments in history

Sri Lanka beat West Indies to win the 1995 Singer Champions Trophy in Sharjah

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October 20, 2013, 2:46 pm

On October 20, 1995, Sri Lanka registered a comfortable 50-run victory over the West Indies to win the Singer Champions Trophy 1995. On a day when nothing was going right for Richie Richardson’s West Indies, Sri Lanka’s top three batsmen and Muttiah Muralitharan took their team to a commanding win. Prakash Govindasreenivasan has more.

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India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

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Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

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Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Highlights

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Highlights

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

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Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Tour Game at Adelaide: Pacers ensure advantage at Lunch

Live Cricket Score: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide

Live Scorecard: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide

Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood named in Australia’s squad for 1st Test against India

Sri Lanka vs England 2014: Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook’s form bodes well, says Mark Ramprakash

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Single-wicket cricket match between John Grange and James Sadler lasts three days

Bill Ashdown and Bert Wensley beat a team of 11 all by themselves

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

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