Strategy in cricket’s shortest format is key. There’s barely enough time to scratch out a guard and then face some thunderbolts or eye-poppers. The battle between ball and fielder is almost always won by the little white pill, especially when a boundary line is involved. Continue reading
It has taken just one-quarter of the 67 matches in the eighth instalment of the Indian Premier League to show cricket fans just why it was so highly touted in the lead-up.
Rajasthan Royals have blown everyone off the park, including the vaunted Chennai Super Kings, who have looked something of a shadow on their last season. Mumbai Indians have finally registered a win, and the Delhi Daredevils have been up and down like a yo-yo on a child’s finger. Continue reading
Forget that there’s a changeover at the top of the chain in May; England will still look like a pack of seagulls fighting over the last delicious hot chip. Except that chip isn’t delicious, and the men in blue aren’t close to setting themselves back on the rails just yet.
Welcome to the Ashes 2015, where the most dangerous issue on the table is whether England’s A-team will turn up in Cardiff for the first test. Continue reading
It is a devastating prospect to even contemplate; those “running the game” (think ICC, BCCI etc) have their wallets lined, yet “behind the scenes” it is chaotic. Corruption investigations galore, everywhere you turn.
These top dogs try – and fail – to hide the problems they say are not there, but to the smart fans out there today, everything is in plain sight. Continue reading
It is extremely difficult – yet so easy – to understand why India is not setting the world on fire. England trounced them 3-1 in the test series after losing the second test, making them look third-class.
Let’s have a look at India’s numbers in the past 12 months in regards to international matches (Test, ODI and T20I):
26 ODIS (back to the series against Zimbabwe, July-August 2013)
11 Tests (back to the West Indies series in November 2013)
5 Twenty20 Internationals (including 2014 WT20) Continue reading
Let’s start off with a figure, and that figure is 714. That’s the number of sixes hit across edition seven of the Indian Premier League, and 60 matches.
This tournament provided one of the greatest spectacles in the history of Twenty20 cricket. From game one between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, the stage was set. Continue reading
Trying to work international cricket around domestic – and vice versa – does not really work. Why?
For starters, too many matches are crammed within timeframes which leaves players fatigued – and next, they’re jumping to another country for the next tour. International teams rarely come home. Continue reading
The United Arab Emirates is the stage for the 2014 Indian Premier League – installment seven – and after just four matches, there has already been a platform set for all teams to play high quality cricket.
Let’s stop there for a moment, however. How does the world see such a contest, and in particular, Australia? Continue reading