When Virender Sehwag turns troll

‘’Dear sehwag, if you are a TRUE SPORTS MAN, u would never post this… SHAME ON U….,’’ another wrote. A third added, “This is not professional at all and not expected from you, this will create unnecessary hatred.”  Sehwag also took a dig at Sri Lanka, saying: “Pakistan ki khaas baat hai ki jis team … Read more

Virat Kohli proves again that form is temporary, class is permanent

I have been thoroughly enjoying the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and I am highly impressed with some of the performances on show.   As a batter, it has been magnificent to see and I’m not sure fans around the world could have asked for anything better.  Some of the pitches have been really good … Read more

India, expect more from Shubman Gill, world’s top ODI batter

India meet the Netherlands this Sunday at Bengaluru in what is otherwise an inconsequential tie. Not entirely so for Gill though, who would look to get a big one ahead of the knockouts. Thus far, it’s been Rohit Sharma’s high-risk batting in the powerplays which has made sure there is no undue rush when the … Read more

This team may not have a Yuvraj, but they have a Jadeja

A look at Sunday’s game reflects again, Jadeja’s stitch in time has again been overshadowed by the bigger stars in the constellation. As the cricketing world was busy doffing their hats to Kohli for emulating Sachin Tendulkar’s mark of 49 ODI centuries on his birthday, Jadeja became only the second Indian spinner after Yuvraj Singh … Read more

Can India emulate Australia’s all-win run in 2003, 2007?

After making it seven out of seven against Sri Lanka on Thursday, 2 November, the buzz among Indian cricket fans is — can they sustain the unbeaten run until the night of 19 November? Much like Australia, the only other country to do it, in both the 2003 and 2007 editions.  Presumptuous yes, but there … Read more

Good to see Australia show more energy with bat and ball

In my last column, I called for Australia to play more aggressively. Three wins on the spin and successive scores of 350-plus later, it is safe to say they have done just that. They have shown more energy with bat and ball and when you do that, the fielding comes along for the ride.  Someone who … Read more

Why have champions England been a flop thus far?

The England squad must be hurting badly now. A little over three weeks ago, they came into this ICC World Cup as the first country to hold both the 50-over and the World T20 crowns at the same time, definitely seen as certain semi-finalists.  Five matches down the line, their hopes lie in tatters, with … Read more

Time to give Mohammed Shami the respect he deserves

Barely two years back, during the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE, Shami had taken some pasting from the in-form Pakistan duo of Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan in their opening group league game, where India slumped to a rare 10-wicket loss. None of the bowlers, including Bumrah, had covered themselves in glory under … Read more

India beat New Zealand by 4 wickets; Shami shines with a fifer

Earlier, pacer Mohammed Shami grabbed 5/54 in his comeback game to help India restrict New Zealand to 273. Kuldeep Yadav bagged 2/73. Daryl Mitchell top-scored for New Zealand with a career-best 130. New Zealand lost openers Devon Conway (0) and Will Young (17) cheaply, but thereafter Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra (75) shared a 159-run partnership … Read more