Shakib Al Hasan is silently carving out his own legacy as world’s finest all-rounder

A batsman can’t think much when he walks out to bat with his team reeling on a score of 10 runs for the loss of three wickets in quick succession. General notion is to hang in there in the middle and see off that tricky period. ‘Survival’ is the only word that keeps ringing in … Continue reading Shakib Al Hasan is silently carving out his own legacy as world’s finest all-rounder

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Jasprit Bumrah’s transformation from death overs specialist to new ball bowler is complete

There have been quite a few stages in Jasprit Bumrah’s short career as a cricketer so far. In the first stage, that is during the first three seasons of his IPL career, he was nothing more than a bowler with a slingy action. In the second stage, during the last two seasons of the IPL, … Continue reading Jasprit Bumrah’s transformation from death overs specialist to new ball bowler is complete

Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan divided in upbringing, but united in fuelling Tigers’ growth

It was a memorable day in Bangladesh's cricket history when the Tigers played their 100th Test on 15 March 2017. It was the second Test match of the series against the Sri Lankans at Colombo. And they celebrated the milestone with a thrilling victory over the hosts to level the two match series 1-1. That victory … Continue reading Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan divided in upbringing, but united in fuelling Tigers’ growth

KL Rahul in red-hot form, but needs controlled aggression in Tests to convert fifties into tons

In recent times, KL Rahul has emerged as the answer to most of the Indian cricket team’s questions. When they needed a stable batsman to open the innings for them in Tests, Rahul delivered in that role for them. Moreover, he also helped them to sort out their middle order woes in limited-overs cricket, becoming … Continue reading KL Rahul in red-hot form, but needs controlled aggression in Tests to convert fifties into tons

Where does Ravichandran Ashwin stand among the all-time all-round greats?

On Saturday, Ravichandran Ashwin claimed yet another five-wicket haul, the 26th of his Test career, which helped India bowl Sri Lanka out for a paltry total of 183 runs. In doing so, he also surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become the Indian with the second most number of five-wicket hauls in Tests; the first being Anil … Continue reading Where does Ravichandran Ashwin stand among the all-time all-round greats?

Cheteshwar Pujara Wields His Bat Like a Knight Protecting a Castle

Cheteshwar Pujara doesn’t use a sword, but he does use a bat that cuts deep into the opposition’s bowling unit. Pujara isn’t someone who would appear intimidating to the opposition by his mere looks and aggression. However, he is someone whose grit and patience could exhaust the opposition mentally. The 29-year-old isn’t someone who can … Continue reading Cheteshwar Pujara Wields His Bat Like a Knight Protecting a Castle

Is Axar a Better Bet Than Jadeja in Shorter Formats?

The Indian Cricket team is blessed to have someone like Axar Patel as a back-up option for Ravindra Jadeja. He is completely a like-for-like replacement for the Saurashtra southpaw. Both of them bat left-handed and bowl slow left arm-orthodox. Moreover, both have supreme big hitting abilities with the bat and are superb fielders as well. … Continue reading Is Axar a Better Bet Than Jadeja in Shorter Formats?