Stories about bowler

Ponting, it’s time to hang up your boots mate!

There was a time when bowlers would shudder and captains would hold their heads in their hands as this man would walk in. Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was at one time the most feared one-down in the game. After the carnage left by the Australian top order, Ponting would just hurt the bowling side more. He would upper cut or pull with contempt anything short from fast bowlers, dismissing the deliveries with disdain from his presence towards the boundaries. If it was full, he would drive. Even spinners rarely stemmed the run flow. He was a majestic sight to behold, an ...

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South Africa vs India: Battle for supremacy

If India had won, lost or even drawn the series there would have been no change in the ICC Test Ranking. It would remain on top and South Africa would be number two. However, since India has never won a series in Australia, England or South Africa, the team could not truly call itself the ‘best Test side’ in the world. Hence, this series in South Africa was the unofficial Test Championship for the best test side. The series lived up to the expectations with some exhilarating cricket being played by both sides. It will be remembered for Sachin Tendulkar scoring ...

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Our cricket team selectors and their mysterious agenda

The selection of the cricket team in Pakistan has never been child’s play. In other Test playing nations, teams might be selected solely on the basis such mundane issues as form and fitness, but not for Pakistan. That is the dull way of doing things. Frankly, what fun is there in seeing a player selected for the number of runs he has scored in the domestic season? It gets saucy when factors like politics, relations with the current captain, and more recently the player’s suspension status, decide the selection doesn’t it? In such circumstances, it is prudent to expect some surprises ...

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Australia’s selection woes mount as England shines

The mauling Australia had to endure at the hands of England in the second Test of the Ashes at Adelaide has prompted wholesale changes in the squad. If Australia’s batting was a worrying sight, their bowling was lamentable to put it mildly. In fact, such is their plight in the spin department that there have been numerous calls for a comeback from legendary leg spinner Shane Warne, who is 40 years old now. England on the other hand won the Test match firing on all cylinders, and it would not be surprising if they go into the third Test, which start ...

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Ashes: Australia’s toothless bowling attack fails them

A glance back into the annals of Test cricket would reveal that Test teams or at least those of a dominant variety always had potent bowling attacks. The fearsome West Indies sides of the 70s and 80s and the all-conquering Australians of a few years ago had bowlers whose names induced fear in the hearts of batsmen all over the world. It is widely known and accepted in cricketing circles that if you do not have a line-up that is capable of bowling out the opposition twice over the course of five days then you most probably would not have ...

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The lament of a jaded cricket fan

Sunday, August 29th, 9:30 am: I wake up, turn on the phone, check my twitter timeline, and I see that almost everybody is tweeting about one topic. Just to be sure, I click on the link, and read the News of the World story. And I say to myself, ‘Bugger off, cricket! You’ve lost me again.’ My visceral reaction was one of disgust. News of the World is a paper I tend to rubbish for its shady reputation, but this story was too fact-driven, the proofs within too clear-cut, to be ignored. So, I am disgusted – but at what, or whom? ...

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