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Indian team in England: Disappointing!

When Parveen Kumar is your go to bowler, you know trouble is brewing. This is something India and Dhoni will never forget! A series that was billed as the clash of the titans, and was hyped up as a marquee series for months, has unfolded to be truly one sided, as the former number one team in the world spiraled down in style. Virender Sehwag, who was touted as India’s great savior after defeats in the first two tests, lasted only eight minutes at the crease and recorded his first ever king pair for his efforts, as India surrendered ...

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England vs India: Battle for world supremacy

One of the most anticipated cricket series will start at Lords Stadium on the July 21, when India takes on England in the first Test match. This series can be regarded as the battle for the World Test Champion, as the number one team in Test cricket, India, will play the number three team. If England wins the series, they will take the top position. Both teams are at the peak of their performance but England seems to have an edge where the future is concerned. The younger players in their line-up have already established themselves as world class players ...

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Afridi’s dilemma: Play to your strength

Shahid Afridi has been representing Pakistan for the last 15 years but he is still unsure about his role in the team. Afridi joined the Pakistan cricket team as a leg spinner, when Mushtaq Ahmed was injured and the former was asked to join immediately to replace him. At that time, Afridi was one of the highest wicket-taking bowlers at the under-19 level. As a result, he was considered a reliable spin bowler but no special attention was given to his batting. However, this changed soon, for Afridi, in his second One Day International (ODI) and his first international inning, ...

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Pakistan’s victory = Misbah’s victory

On a pitch that offered pace and bounce, especially if the bowler was willing to bend his back, Ravi Rampaul did well in reducing Pakistan to 12 for 3 as the top batting order of the greens disintegrated. Although they were not defending a big target, it looked as if West Indies could make a match of it at that point. But this was a short-lived dream, as Misbahul Haq’s calm presence at the crease not only assured Pakistan victory in the match but also an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five match series. Recently, Misbah has faced heavy criticism ...

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Windies tour: Who’s who on the Pakistan squad

Pakistan team selectors have made a smart move by picking a fresh squad for the one day and T20 matches to tour the West Indies later this month By excluding old horses like Younis Khan, Misbahul Haq, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal they have paved the way for the next set of players in order to rebuild the house for the next World Cup. It was a decision that had to be made and there’s no better time to groom younger players than now. If we can unearth another Umar Akmal, perhaps find another exciting fast bowler and a decent wicket ...

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Sledging in a gentleman’s game: It never helps the batsman

“Sledging” is a controversial activity that takes place on the cricket ground. It means teasing the opponent by exchanging harsh words, abusing or ridiculing him. It normally works for bowlers since distracting the batsman can make him nervous and help get his wicket. Only Australian cricketers believe it is an art and that their players must know how to tease the opponent. They ridicule the opponent and test his nerves so he gets annoyed and loses his wicket. Although all teams use it as a wicket-taking tactic, the Australians have mastered it and use it effectively. Apart from the Kangaroos, Indian cricketers like ...

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Shoaib Akhtar: A farewell to the Rawalpindi Express

As a boy, I was an avid athlete who played basketball, table-tennis and did sprint running.  But it was my passion for cricket that defined me. I started playing first-class cricket at the age of 16 and made it to the under-19 Karachi squad when I was 18-years-old. I always imagined myself as a cricketer. Nothing else appealed to me. Unfortunately, I sustained a major knee injury in a practice session which tore my ligament. This meant I could no longer play the game I love so dearly. When a sportsman gives up his career, no matter how big or small, it’s ...

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World Cup 2011: The Indian cricket team is no threat

Do you still think India are amongst the favourites for winning the Cricket World Cup 2011? While the Indian media presents its team as the world’s best, the truth is that India are not so strong. India lack fighters, and without them no one can emerge on top in such a big tournament. While I must admit that they have some great players and definitely provide entertainment, I cannot say that they are match winners; their players are only outstanding in favourable circumstances. Take Sachin Tendulkar as an example. Tendulkar is a god for all the coming generations of batsmen. I ...

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Pakistan are safe with physically-fit batsmen

So far in this tournament the majority of interest and concern has been surrounding the fitness levels of fast-bowlers: which ones are injured, who is completely fit and bowling fast, and so forth. But on these typically flat sub-continent pitches, where teams are scoring over 300 runs with temperatures reaching over 30 degrees and 70 per cent humidity, we tend to forget that the batsmen do most of the grunt work. They have to be able to able to steal regular singles, be expected to turn ones into twos and continue to concentrate with their heart-rates reaching as high as 185 ...

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The life of a fast bowler: Survival of the fittest

There’s no doubt that cricket in the current era has no season with all teams playing round the year. With so much cricket happening, what then, is the secret to ensuring that fast-bowlers are looked after well and that every player in the squad remains injury-free and is available for every match. And not only the matches and the training sessions, but how do we make sure that after years of training, they are fit enough to last the six weeks in the World Cup that comes round every four years? With the intensity of every match increasing as well, it seems ...

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