Dr Amyn Malyk

Dr Amyn Malik

The author is a PhD student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who likes to write. He tweets as @amynmalik

Mitchell Johnson, the hunter who instilled fear on the pitch

With a moustache that made him look more like a gangster than a cricketer, running in with a single-minded purpose of making you pay for just showing up at his turf (the crease), Mitchell Johnson must have been a scary site for many international cricketers. And he could make the ball talk when on song – not like Wasim Akram, who would make the ball swoon to his tune, but in a way that was more dangerous in the physical risk it posed to the batsmen. Photo: Reuters Johnson was an inconsistent performer at the highest level. There were days ...

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Thank you Zimbabwe, your determination was truly heroic

It ended in a way that it should not have; with logistical problems and the unpredictable weather having the final say. But even during these anticlimactic moments, the impact of the series will not be forgotten anytime soon. After a dry spell of six years, international cricket had returned to the green land. Normally, a series between the ninth and 10th ranked sides in the world would not generate much interest amongst cricket lovers and fans, but this was no ordinary series. This series allowed our Pakistani players to play in their home ground and in front of their people, who were longing to see their heroes ...

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December 3, 2014

Is Kohli better than Tendulkar?

The past week has been a sad one for the cricketing community with the untimely demise of a young Phillip Hughes, falling during a first-class match in Australia. If anything, this incident reminds us that life is short and very unpredictable, and should be celebrated for every moment of joy that it may bring. While we mourn Hughes’s death, I would like to focus on another young cricketer who brings joy to millions who follow him. Virat Kohli has been one of the best ODI batsmen of the last few years. Statistics may not always do justice to a person as ...

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So what if Gul won the T20i Performance of the Year Award, we still need to bring back our yorkers!

There was a time when yorkers used to be the favoured delivery of every seam bowler, especially in those matches that had limited overs. This was usually played when the opposing team was looking for quick runs, towards the end of an inning. If played perfectly, the yorker is a delivery that is almost impossible to hit. Even the most accomplished of batsmen face difficulty trying to get a yorker bowled at a fast pace. Pakistan had bowlers who could deliver yorkers almost at will. Sultans of Swing (Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis) had mastered the art in the ‘90s and, then we had ...

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He repented, forgive him and bring Mohammad Amir back!

At last some good news for Pakistan has come out of an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting. Interim Chairman Najam Sethi has requested the ICC in their annual meeting in London to consider relaxing conditions of Mohammad Amir’s ban. The fast bowler is serving a five-year ban on spot-fixing currently. Though, Amir will not be allowed to play any matches, he may be able to train and prepare himself for international cricket for when an opportunity arises.   The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made this plea to the ICC because Amir complied with all of ICC’s conditions of the ban and underwent ...

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IPL6: Finally, it’s Mumbai’s turn

Lately, off the field controversies have stolen the limelight and it seems as if everyone has forgotten about the IPL 6’s final that took place on Sunday. This match was played between two of the strongest sides of the tournament; Chennai versus Mumbai. There was something peculiar about these two teams playing in the final and Lalit Modi’s suspension in the previous IPL stood witness to that. Though the rowdy crowd at Eden Garden had not forgotten this, it was as crowded and boisterous as ever. For Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the match itself was nothing new; this was their fifth ...

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Chris Gayle shows the world how it’s done!

When Chris Gayle walks out to the centre, you can expect to see a trail of destruction with bowlers trying to hide and captains holding their heads not knowing what to do. And this is exactly what we witnessed yesterday when Gayle clobbered a 30 ball ton, becoming the fastest man ever to a century in T20 history!

A century in just 30 deliveries. AFP

Gayle reminds me of another West Indian who could similarly lay waste the opposition, Sir Viv Richards. He has absolutely no respect for the bowlers and that was on full display today as he ...

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Die Hard 5: A not-so-good day to die

Making a sequel is a difficult job considering how the first movie sets up expectations and sequels invariably let fans down – unless of course something terribly redefining is introduced. Now talk about making the fourth sequel to a movie and you can imagine the unforgiving nature of the task;  you probably have done all you could with the storyline in the first four parts and shown all the action sequences there are to be shown and made them look real at the same time. What else can you do to keep the movie from being dull? Each one of the movies ...

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Could India or Pakistan mimic Australian discipline?

The news of axing of four players – Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James  Pattinson and Usman Khawaja -from the selection for the third Test match in Mohali came as a shock to many judging by the reactions of the former players and media alike. However, Australian cricket is known for its ruthlessness and no nonsense attitude. At first, it seemed like a harsh punishment. The only thing these four players were guilty of was not submitting something akin to a half page review of how the team could improve to the coach in the stipulated time frame. It may seem all the ...

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Is it really time for Dav Whatmore to go?

Pakistan’s head coach, Dav Whatmore has suffered severe criticism at the hands of former players and administrators. The former captain, Moin Khan recently showed his dismay at the performance of the national team in the Test series against South Africa. Furthermore, this has opened up the debate on whether we need a foreign coach at all. Although this is a crucial topic, I will focus on the calls for Whatmore’s sacking. I disagree on the timing of these comments. While we drown ourselves in misery, it should not be forgotten that the tour is not over. Pakistan has yet to play a ...

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