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

December 29, 2012

Yuvi’s masterclass: A star in T20 cricket!

India -Pakistan matches are always torrid love affairs, and what a nail-biting encounter the second T20 turned out to be! Pakistan’s loss and inability to cross the finish line with just 26 runs pending in the last two overs was a deeply heart rendering sight- however, the credit for that goes primarily to Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj may not be cut out for Test cricket as his repeated failures have shown, but in limited-overs cricket, he is one of the fiercest strikers there is and yesterday’s innings was a master class in clean hitting. This is one of those times when statistics tell the story ...

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Michael Clarke: All hail Australia’s golden boy!

The ‘pup’, as he was affectionately known as in the Australian cricket circles during his early days, Michael Clarke has matured into an enforcing bulldog who knows no fear. Clarke was marked for greatness from a very young age but would often gift away his wickets to the opposition while looking to play strokes. There was and still is no stroke that he cannot play, but the difference from back then is that he now has a more calculated approach and is the prized wicket in the Australian line up as his second successive double hundred against South Africa showed. This ...

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Farewell Ponting: You will be missed, but never forgotten!

Monday, December 4, 2012 marked the end of an era when Ricky Ponting walked out for the last time in an international match at the fall of Shane Watson’s wicket – a reality not lost on the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) crowd as they rose in unison to applaud him. Smith gathered his team in a guard of honour and they clapped Ponting to the crease.

Ponting is carried off the WACA in Perth by team mates David Warner (L) and captain Michael Clarke. Photo: Reuters

After the Australian openers had laid waste the opposition bowling, Ponting ...

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South Africa vs Australia series: Expect a neck-and-neck encounter

Another Australia–South Africa series and again the anticipations run high. Once more the number one ranking in Tests will be on the line – just goes to show how evenly the top three to four Test teams in the world are matched for the rankings to be on the line so often. This series, as was the series between England and South Africa, will be the battle of the pace attacks. South Africa currently possesses the best pace attack in the world with Dale Steyn being the torch bearer. Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are a handful too, and with ...

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Ginsoy’s ridiculous service charge and social media’s wonders

A new controversy broke around a few days ago when one of the upscale restaurants of Karachi decided to charge an additional 10% service charge over the bill for pre-reservation customers. The charge didn’t apply to walk-ins.  The restaurant I am referring to, Ginsoy, is located at Khayban-e-Shahbaz and despite not being too old, caters to number of reservations on a daily basis. The food quality is very good. This 10% service charge was a practice in pure customer exploitation as never before had I heard of a restaurant charging additionally for making prior reservations. Yes, there are some that charge ...

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West Indies dance to victory – literally!

Like a raging fire, West Indies rose again to finally be crowned world champs. And it was heartening to see so -not because Sri Lanka had ousted Pakistan in the semi-final, although I did feel a little satisfaction at that – but because it is after a very long time that West Indies have won something of note. This is the country, or a collection of Islands depending on your perspective, that gave us world class players like Viv Richards, Clive Loyds, Brian Lara, Curtley Ambrose and many more. They had the best pace attack to have ever graced this ...

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Warm up: Pakistan shows India how it’s done

The warm up game against India confirmed Pakistan’s unpredictability on one hand and sounded the alarm for everyone else on the other. The bowlers had an off day and were carted all around the ground by the Indian batting line-up with Virat Kohli being at the forefront. Except for Ajmal holding the fort, the likes of Gul and Afridi, two of the three highest wicket takers of all time in the format, had a dismal day and were rendered ineffective. To be fair, India’s batting line-up is the best in the business when it comes to the T-20 format, but ...

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Will England be annihilated again by South Africa?

England has an uphill battle to save their number one status in World Test Rankings going into the second test match with South Africa. They were annihilated in the first match by a team that displayed mastery of English conditions that England couldn’t muster itself. South Africa lost only two wickets to England’s runs of 20 and Amla outscored the whole of the England team’s second innings singlehandedly; 311 to 240. This certainly does not reflect a contest billed as the battle of the titans or battle for the world supremacy; it was as one-sided as a contest could ...

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Game on: How Shane Warne stumped the world

The year was 1993. The first Test of the series was underway between England and Australia at Manchester. A chubby, blond leg spinner was making his Ashes debut. The man facing up to him was Mike Gattings, who was known to dig into spinners as he would into his lunch. What transpired next single handedly revived the art of leg spin bowling. The world was to witness a delivery that would go on to be known as the ‘The Ball of the Century’. The bowler came off from three to four paces to ...

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Kolkata Knight Riders ride to victory

Finally the Delhi Lease & Finance Limited Indian Premier League (DLF IPL) 5 ended last night with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) being crowned the new champs. This season was marred by controversies including the ugly allegations of spot-fixing after a sting operation resulting in suspension of a few players. But for the Knight Riders, that would hardly seem relevant as they took the Cup with much aplomb and passion. And it only seems fair that the Knight Riders were the winners for the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who were making their third straight appearance in the final of the IPL, had ...

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