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Ayaz Memon

Sports journalist and commentator

Sports journalist and commentator.
How T20 Cricket Has Changed ODI Batting Targets For

How T20 Cricket Has Changed ODI Batting Targets For Good

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?
08/03/2015 8:01 PM IST
Mercurial Pakistan Get Back To Their Winning

Mercurial Pakistan Get Back To Their Winning Ways

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
How Shami's Spells Changed India's Script In The World

How Shami's Spells Changed India's Script In The World Cup

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
Why ODI Cricket Needs Lesser Overs And More

Why ODI Cricket Needs Lesser Overs And More Teams

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
Jagmohan Trumps In Pawar-Srinivasan

Jagmohan Trumps In Pawar-Srinivasan Stalemate

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
Why England And Pakistan Are Down And Out Down

Why England And Pakistan Are Down And Out Down Under

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
Shikhar Dhawan: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The

Shikhar Dhawan: Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Man

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
The World Cup Desperately Needs A Close

The World Cup Desperately Needs A Close Contest

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
This New Zealand Team Could Go The

This New Zealand Team Could Go The Distance

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
The Rise Of Afghan Cricket Might Be The Most Epic Tale In All Of

The Rise Of Afghan Cricket Might Be The Most Epic Tale In All Of Sport

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
Why IPL Auction Prices Are No Measure Of A Player's

Why IPL Auction Prices Are No Measure Of A Player's Worth

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
5 Things We Learned Today About India's World Cup

5 Things We Learned Today About India's World Cup Squad

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