Indian team's decision to call Ian Bell back after the contentious run-out triggered myriad opinions. Some felt that Bell's dismisal was in the purview of laws of cricket and there was nothing wrong in the decision.
Bell shouldn't have been called out as he was entittled to beong out for him carelessness. While, others asserted that giving Bell out wasn't in sync with the spirit of the game and they expressed happiness over his recall. However, everyone was unanimous in saying that it was magnanimous on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's part to make a brave decision and call back Bell to bat again. Bell was going great guns after completing his century and taking the game away from India. Here is what some of the prominent names have
Zaheer Khan's injury in the first Test at Lord's has hit India extremely hard. Sans Zaheer, India's bowling attack looks weak and tepid. Former West Indies great Michael Holding has echoed the same thoughts. He thinks that from the current look of things, England is a far better side than India due to its potent bowling attack.
In an interview to DNA, Holding said, "I don’t think you need me to tell you that India’s weakest department is their bowling and that’s where England have the upper hand. Under English conditions, England have a better bowling attack and (against India) without Zaheer, England are streets ahead. It was obvious that without Zaheer, India’s bowling was very much exposed at Lord’s. There is
The star-studded launch of KFC's Big Bash tournament took place in Sydney. The glitzy tournament will kick-off on 16th December when Sydney Sixers will take on Brisbane Heat.
Eight teams will fight it out to provide spectacle and splendor to the spectators. Michael Klinger (Adelaide Strikers), James Hopes (Brisbane Heat), Tim Paine (Hobart Hurricanes), Andrew McDonald (Melbourne Renegades), Cameron White (Melbourne Stars), Marcus North (Perth Scorchers), Brad Haddin (Sydney Sixers) and David Warner (Sydney Thunders) will lead their sides in the competition.
Zaheer Khan's injury in the first Test at Lord's against England summoned up memories of RP Singh who collaborated with former to script a series victory in England in 2007 after the hiatus of 21 years. Zaheer and RP captured 18 and 12 wickets respectively in the series and looked formdiavle bolwing-duo.
RP started his Test career in 2006 against Pakistan in Faisalabad and immediately made an impact by picking up four top-order Pakistani batsmen including Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf. On a featherbed, his showing was impressive and he won Man-of-the-Match for his spirited performance in his debut Test. However, after his fantastic debut, his form deserted him and he was discarded from the team in 2008 after a
Lord’s is known as the ‘Mecca’ of cricket. It has hosted 122 Tests – the highest among all cricket grounds in the world – and every cricketer regards it as his privilege to play on this ground. It is not just the cricket and statistics that make Lord’s an iconic venue, but the memories and emotions attached to it.
One such individual who lit up Lord’s with his resplendent performance was Sir Alec Bedser, acclaimed as one of the finest bowlers to represent England. Bedser’s epic performance came on his Test debut. Bedser, six feet tall and powerfully-built, was an incredibly-accurate medium-fast bowler. He started playing first-class cricket for Surrey in 1939, but his career was interrupted by World War
Sachin Tendulkar has been an architect of many splendid innings in his illustruious career spanning four decades. His innings of 114 at Perth in 1992 against Australia is considered one of his best innings. India had a wretched series and had lost three Tests outr of four. Perth's pitch has the reputation of the most bouncy and fastest pitch in the world. Batting first, Australia had scored 346 runs and India were reeling at 159 for eight when Kiran More joined Tendulkar.
In an interview to 'Guardian', he fondly recalls the innings, "We were in bad shape when I came out to bat [159 for eight] but Sachin kept playing his strokes. And it wasn't as though he was just slashing it over backward point either. He's not a very tall
Wasim Akram, one of the greatest fast bolwers of all-time, is not too pleased with the recent happenings in pakistan cricket. He assserted that both cricket board and players are responsible for the unrelenting turmoil in the Pakistan cricket.
In an recent interview with 'Espncricinfo', the legendary fast bowler said, "If you can't handle players, you have no business being in the cricket board. It's simple. You announce the captain and then you back that captain. Naming a captain for one series means that everyone thinks they have a chance if the current captain fails or the team fails. So what we need is a strong captain who can be there for at least a year to start off, and then see how it goes."
Yesterday, New Zealand’s former fast bowler Iain O’Brien publicly admitted that he had been battling depression through out his career. The pacer owned up that during his team’s tour to South-Africa, he was too scared to go out and confined himself to the hotel room after the day’s play was over. He made some sensational revelations by stating that very few cricketers remain normal during their cricketing career. Most of them are always stressed and it badly affects their mental and psychological order which often leads to grinding depression but few come out in the open to fess up their problem.
If we look at some of the recent happenings, O’Brien’s statement holds water. Michael Yardy, England’s tweaker,
Stuart Broad has been one of England's strike bowlers in last five years. He has shown the glimpse of his bolwing prowess at many occassions to seal the match for England. He castled five for 37 runs at The Oval during the Ashes 2009 to help his side win the Ashes. It was the decisive Test and Broad came up with a fine performance.
However, his recent form is a cause of England's worry. After snapping up four for 15 runs against South Africa in the World Cup, Broad got injured and returned to England.
Since his come-back, he is struggling with his form. he only managed to grab eight wickets in the Test series against Sri Lanka and has went wicketless in the three ODIs played as yet.
Fidel Edwards made the kind of debut most of the players only dream of. He captured six wickets on his Test debut at Sabina Park, Jamaica against Sri Lanka and helped his team to seal the Test and Series victory. He later castled six scalps on his ODI debut as well against Zimbabwe.
With a round-arm action and rhythmic run-up with an ability to generate optimum pace, he was seen as the future of West Indies pace attack which had been in tatters since the retirement of Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. But his career was dogged by injuries and inconsistency with sporadic spark of spectacle. He celebarted his landmark of reaching 100 wickets by taking seven for 87 against New Zealand at Napier. Just when he was gaining the
27th March 1994 proved to be the watershed date in the history of One Day International (ODI) cricket. After rolling over New Zealand for a paltry total of 142 runs, Indian team management decided to send Sachin tendulkar as an opener. Tendulkar had established a reputation of a attractive stroke-maker and to utilise his natural aggresion to the best effect, it was decided to send him to open the innings.
Tendulkar relished the opportunity enormously and unleashed a blazing innings of 82 runs in just 49 balls. The innings took the world by storm and Tendulkar was showered with lavish adulation from one and all.
Tendulkar went on to score his maiden ODI hundred Australia later that year and as they say, rest is the history.
Dickie Bird, one of the most admired and competent umpires to stand in Test matches, has supported Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tirade against the atrocious umpiring his team suffered in the first Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica. Dhoni didn’t pull any punches while speaking at the after-match press conference and said, “If the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.”
The Yorkshireman told Mid-Day, an Indian tabloid, in an exclusive interview that he doesn’t deem it inappropriate captains raising their voice against the poor umpiring and they must not be penalised by ICC. He revealed that even during his time as an umpire, players used to openly
Martin Crowe, arguably the best batsman New Zealand has ever produced, has joined the bandwagon of cricketers who are in support of using UDRS.
In an exclusive interview to Indian tabloid Mid-Day, former great Crowe, who is contemplating to make a come-back to the cricket, said that he was one of the few people who conceived and recommended the idea of using UDRS to ICC in way-back 2007. He also lent his support to the usage of Hot-Spot along with UDRS to make the decision-making more accurate and compact. He also expressed his displeasure about India’s and ICC’s stand on UDRS and asserted that not using UDRS is a sad loss to the cricket.
Crowe is known to be a master innovator, someone who always wants to bring
Amidst all the hoopla about his Ferrari being sold out to a Surat businessman, Sachin Tendulkar has already bought a swanky Nissan GT-R 530, according to the sources.
News reports claim that Sachin couldn’t drive Ferrari in Mumbai due to its low-ground clearance and that’s the primary reason he decided to switch to Nissan. As per reports, master-blaster has taken the delievery of his Nissan a fortnight ago. The Times of India quoted Arabian Automobiles in Dubai, from where the car was bought, as saying that two engineers had flown in with the car to tune it to the Sachin’s preference.
The cost of the car is estimated to be Rs 40 lakh approx. Sachin’s fleet of cars already includes two BMWs and a Skoda.
Praveen Kumar has announced his arrival with the bang. Playing his first Test, he played a pivotal role in India’s thumping victory over the West Indies in the first Test at Sabina park, Jamaica.
He snapped up 3 crucial wickets in West Indies’ first innings before getting barred by Australian umpire Daryl Harper to bowl in the remaining inning for landing in the protected area of the pitch despite receiving two warnings.
Thankfully for Indian fans, he remained unfazed by the unfortunate happening and clawed back with renewed vigour in the second innings to wreak havoc on West Indies. He demolished Darren Bravo’s wickets early on day four and coaxed Shivnarine Chanderpaul into playing a lack-lustre drive only to have