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A Pakistani, an Indian and the gentleman’s game: And after the match…

Imran finished off the last bite of his dinner, washed it down with a cola and looked around the living room. It had been a long and tiring day for him, his wife and their house-maid.  Their friends had come over with their children for the day and the effects could be seen all over the house. He got up to switch off the TV when the familiar sound of an incoming Skype call diverted him to his iPad. He looked at the screen and grinned. As promised, it was Rajesh calling. Imran received the call and said immediately in a fake Bengali ...

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Afridi: Back with a Boom Boom!

We have all seen, admired and enjoyed the likes of Gilchrist, Jayasuriya, Gayle and Sehwag destroying bowlers with their powerful shots which could ruin the careers of bowlers and change the scenario of any match. And we all revere the player who literally makes our hearts skip a beat, for whom any ground in the world is not big enough, who still has the maximum fan following even among fans of rival teams and for whom the stadium erupts with chants of ‘Boom Boom’ when he comes to bat. A few years ago former England cricketer, Geoffery Boycott, said, “Shahid Afridi is fantastic, I love ...

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Did you know that Pakistan won the ODI series against India 8 days ago?

On February 23, 2014 the Indian cricket team had come to Pakistan despite prevailing security problems in the country. That seemed like it would be enough for the match to make headlines and draw crowds of spectators to the venue – the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi – but the crowd was thin and the media presence was non-existent. In the third and final match of the three-day One Day International (ODI) series, Pakistan came up to bat after India had put up a target of 365 runs in 40 overs with nine batsmen out. Pakistan’s score picked up quickly and they were ...

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Asia Cup 2014: 12 years of Pakistan and India mêlée, who will win tomorrow?

They don’t come bigger than this. No. When you talk of sporting rivalries what comes to mind? Australia Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks in rugby? Ashes? Brazil and Argentina in football? None of them compare to this one. The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry puts them all in the shade with its background of four wars, numerous skirmishes, disputed borders and nuclear weapons. From 1951 when the first India-Pakistan Test match took place to their last match in the ICC Champions trophy, every series, every tournament, every moment of every match has been a saga of raw emotion and unbridled passion. The India-Pakistan match on Sunday, ...

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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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Chasing targets: If Pakistan loses the toss, will it lose the match too?

It was evident from the moment that Pakistan lost the toss and was made to bowl first to the Proteas in their third encounter in the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series, that the spectator’s expectations would not be met. At best, it would be a nail-biting match. Statistics show Pakistan as a very poor side at chasing down targets for decades, but this flaw seems to be becoming worse over the last couple of years. The world last witnessed Pakistan successfully nailing down a target of over 260 runs against Kiwis in late 2011. However, since then winning when batting second in 50-overs has been ...

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The 3 greatest moments in the WWE ‘Hell in a Cell’ series

We all have certain happy childhood memories that we cherish throughout our lives. Some of these include playing with our siblings while others circle around spending time with our friends. And then there are those when we just enjoy the sheer thrill of watching someone else’s skull being crushed into the ground during a fight in an arena. No, I am not talking about childhood fights. Quite a few of my happiest memories originated from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) matches aired on television. The way two wrestlers are left in a cell to tear each other apart is simply ...

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Remembering the ‘Prince’ – Brian Charles Lara!

This is how it would happen – all cricket lovers would be hooked to their television sets, analysts would gush out new superlatives and the Caribbean beaches would light up to a string of thumping music. All hell would break loose as Brian Charles Lara, a bat in the cup of his palms, would stride out of the dressing room, sensing a rat on the cricket pitch.   It would truly be a sight too bewitching for any cricket lover and if it happened to be his day, then even the most skilful of bowlers would smell the dust. Why, you ...

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WWE’s Hell in a Cell: The good, the bad and the ugly

Hell in a Cell has been considered one of the most gruelling staple matches of all time, since its début in 1999. Although it has inspired many imitations, none have been able to replace the demonic steel cage that has shortened the careers of so many. What better month to ‘go to hell’ than October – the month of Halloween! Like most matches, this one also had its fair share of the ‘good, the bad and the downright ugly’. The Good Tag Team Division The titles were defended between the Rhodes Brothers – Cody Rhodes and Dustin ‘Goldust’ Rhodes – the Uso Brothers – ...

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Younis Khan: A legendary match winner

When Younis Khan helped Pakistan out of a precarious situation in Pakistan’s second innings of the first Test against Zimbabwe, you would have known that you were in for a Younis Khan special. When it comes to Test cricket, Younis Khan is arguably the best batsman Pakistan has produced. He always delivers when the team is in need, he is better than all when it comes to second innings performances, he saves Tests, he wins Tests and he is a team man. His exploits and relative standing compared to other batting greats of the game have been well documented. Now, we ...

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