Sports journalist and commentator
Sports journalist and commentator.
So what's a safe total in ODIs these days? The Australians will state that even 376 is inadequate, after a rousing match against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground. True, they won by 64 runs, a hefty enough margin, but who would have bet against the Lankans winning the match when Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathew were going great guns?
After a superb win over South Africa on Saturday, diehard supporters of Pakistan are beginning to see similarities between this World Cup and the one in 1992 (also played in Australia-New Zealand) when their country had won.
07/03/2015 10:01 PM IST
Shami was brilliant in both his spells, but particularly the opening one when he dismissed Smith and Gayle, the hard-hitting openers. The pace he worked up, but more importantly the line and length he bowled, had the batsmen struggling to cope.
07/03/2015 8:09 AM IST
Of course cricket is a team game, but Gayle clearly is the biggest threat to India maintaining their position at the top of Pool B. This is important because India would not like to face either New Zealand or Australia in the quarter finals.
05/03/2015 11:18 PM IST
The competitive edge that one hopes to see in a tournament of this kind was missing. I suspect the lack of depth in experience more than ability is beginning to show up. But it would be unfair to think that only the associate members are lowering standards, as West Indies bowlers were also hit for 400-plus by the South Africans earlier.
05/03/2015 11:54 AM IST
Nobody anywhere in the cricket world could have remained aloof to the developments in Chennai on Monday, so riveting has been the build-up to the elections over the past year or so - and so full of drama the outcome.
03/03/2015 9:54 PM IST
With just a solitary win each in their respective pools and a dismal run rate these countries have surprised experts and dismayed their fans. True, both teams are alive for a place in the quarter-final, but only just; one more bad day could mean a premature exit from the tournament.
02/03/2015 12:26 PM IST
Only 303 runs were scored between the two sides and only 55.3 overs were bowled. While this would otherwise seem that spectators were massively short-changed, in fact the crowd at Auckland gave both teams a standing ovation for the hard-fought match which ended in a nail-biting finish.
28/02/2015 8:40 PM IST
On Friday last, I've had to tweak my list of the Top 10 batsmen of all time. I suspect this would have been true of most people. AB De Villiers's astonishing 162 not out against the West Indies made this imperative.
28/02/2015 1:21 PM IST
Matches over the next three days should determine the tempo of the tournament; perhaps also the fate of a few teams.
26/02/2015 7:04 PM IST
Chris Gayle's massive success in limited overs cricket - built around power and belligerence -- has obscured the beauty in his batting. This beauty is not more granite than marble, but it is wonderful to see anyway.
25/02/2015 7:16 PM IST
After his poor run of scores in Australia - in the Tests as well as the ODI tri-series -- not many people expected Shikhar Dhawan to succeed in the World Cup. I must confess to being among the skeptics, for this had come in the wake of a disappointing tour of England too.
23/02/2015 10:27 PM IST
India's 130-run victory over South Africa on Sunday was easily the most emphatic in this edition of the World Cup yet. Who
22/02/2015 10:32 PM IST
Watching Pakistan and West Indies in action on Saturday, anyone could be pardoned for believing this was a farce being played out, not sport at the highest level between two major cricket teams.
22/02/2015 2:02 PM IST
One reckons that Brendon McCullum and the Black Caps are going to increase the Gross National Happiness of New Zealand manifold during this World Cup. Their performance against England one Friday was sizzling, exhilarating and destructive -- everything that defines a champion team.
20/02/2015 9:15 PM IST
As the first week of the World Cup draws to a close, some presuppositions have already bitten the dust. The inability of
19/02/2015 9:27 PM IST
Barring Bangladeshis, it is doubtful whether there was anybody else not rooting for Afghanistan when the two teams met in the World Cup on Wednesday. In the commentary box I was sharing with Aakash Chopra, Sanjay Manjrekar and Shoaib Akhtar, among others, there was certainly no ambivalence: How wonderful if the Afghans could pull off a surprise.
18/02/2015 10:05 PM IST
One may say that unpredictability has been the flavour of IPL auctions ever since the first bid was made before the first season in early 2008. Bids tend to go haywire and calculations topsy-turvy. Even so, a record Rs 16 crore paid by Delhi Daredevils for Yuvraj Singh, rejected by the national selectors for the ongoing World Cup, was sensational stuff.
17/02/2015 10:05 PM IST
The decline of West Indies cricket is among the saddest stories in the history of sport. Only memories remain of a once-magnificent culture. Cricket lovers across the world will be hoping that the nadir has not been reached, that there is still scope of revival--hopefully in the World Cup itself.
16/02/2015 11:35 PM IST
For a team that had been struggling in recent weeks and looked physically and mentally fatigued and bereft of ideas, India's victory over Pakistan was clinical and comprehensive. Sunday's showing gave the world a good sense of how the team is coming together and what can be expected from them this World Cup.
16/02/2015 12:16 AM IST
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