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Philander walks into the sunset promising a return in mentorship role

What really was Vernon Philander? A nagging pace bowler with subtle seam movement, a bit of swing, loads of heart and relentless in his pursuit of wickets? Just about. Hailing from a country where pace bowlers actually had pace, Philander’s challenge to stand out from the pack was huge. 120-odd …

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ICC U19 World Cup Super League quarterfinal Phase winning predictions

The under-19 World Cup has reached the quarterfinal phase with the top two teams from each of the four groups pushed into the Super League knockouts and the bottom two going into the Plate League. The four quarter final matches give way to the semi-finals which in turn decides the …

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IND vs NZ, 1st T20I: Bumrah, Chahal sowed the seeds of victory before Rahul, Iyer’s carnage at Auckland

The Eden Park in Auckland has always been a graveyard for bowlers. Among the grounds that have hosted at least 20 T20Is till date, bowlers have the worst overall economy rate (8.55) at this venue. That’s 1.11 more than the global T20I mean value (7.44).   Not only that, if …

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IND vs NZ T20Is : A look at some key numbers ahead of the series

India will kick off their tour of New Zealand with the first T20I of their five match series at Auckland on Friday. The visitors are coming on the back of a commanding ODI series victory against Australia at home and that puts them in good stead while going into the …

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South Africa vs England, 4th Test: What’s there in it?

This series went from lip-smacking competitive to lop-sided in just a session of the third Test when Ben Stokes lined up Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada earned a ban for venting out at the…well, stumps. From 1-1 and a lot of anticipation, the series suddenly wore a 3-1 expression as …

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How IPL inspired Japan’s Shogo Kimura to switch from baseball to cricket

They say the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the greatest annual cricketing spectacle in the world. Yes, Test matches, the World Cups and the World T20s have its own flavour and importance, but purely on the basis of glamour, cricketaintment as well as the monetary benefits of the players, the …

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Shafiqullah Ghafari, Tanveer Sangha and Ravi Bishnoi – Leggies dominating U-19 World Cup

The ICC Under-19 World Cup kicked off in a grand manner last Friday when a spirited Afghanistan U-19 side took down hosts South Africa by a massive margin of 90 runs. It was leg-spinner Shafiqullah Ghafari’s six-wicket haul that led to the destruction of the Proteas.  Ghafari produced a mesmerizing …

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IND vs NZ – Best replacements for Dhawan in T20I team

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand because of a shoulder injury. The left-hander picked up the injury after he fell awkwardly on his left shoulder while diving to stop a ball in the third ODI against Australia. Dhawan had …

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IND vs AUS – Statistical round-up of series

The short three-match ODI series between India and Australia was high in intensity and competition, with the Indians emerging victorious to clinch the series 2-1.  We look at the statistical highlights of the three games.  1st ODI, Mumbai The touring Aussies thrashed the Indians in the first ODI by ten …

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