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?

Hardik Pandya is the kind of all-rounder Men in Blue sorely need

“I want to be the Jacques Kallis of India.” After his international debut for India a year back, an excited and enthusiastic Hardik Pandya had expressed his desire to be just like the legendary South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis. Notably, none of the Indian players had been able to fill the big boots of India's … Continue reading Hardik Pandya is the kind of all-rounder Men in Blue sorely need

Jhulan Goswami, Punam Raut heroics undone by hosts’ all-round show

In a parallel world, Jhulan Goswami and Punam Raut’s heroics might well have won the Indian women their first ever World Cup. However, they certainly didn’t turn out to be enough in this world. Who doesn’t want to be a hero on the cricket field? Almost everyone dreams of being the ‘messiah’ leading the team … Continue reading Jhulan Goswami, Punam Raut heroics undone by hosts’ all-round show