Stories about West Indies

Shahid Afridi, you showed us again why you are king!

I was cheering, overwhelmed by joy, jumping up and down, running around in my TV lounge shouting “He did it! He did it!”. This was the moment I had been waiting for for a very, very long time. I couldn’t have asked for more.  A hero, a legend, a fighter and a hope for millions of fans – that’s what Shahid Afridi is. He has once again shown what a prodigy he is on the pitch. For 15 years, he has been making his country proud, and he is still going strong! They are so right when they say that Lala is ...

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Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies: Last chance to set things right

The upcoming tour of West Indies may not seem as exciting as some of the other series we’ve played recently but for Pakistan this tour is of utmost importance. When the Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) himself says that Pakistani cricket is going through its lowest point, one has to sit up and make note. With no team ready to visit our country, endless spot fixing scandals and banned cricketers,  a lack of quality players and a string of poor performances has left questions unanswered for Pakistani cricket fans. Teamwork – where we consistently fall short Teams move forward because of two main ...

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Umar Akmal: Bringing much-needed balance to Pakistani cricket

There was a time when Pakistan had remarkable wicket keepers who added valuable runs lower down the order. In those good days, besides Alec Stewart, no other team had players as capable with the bat as Moin Khan or Rashid Latif, especially, when it came to scoring fast runs near the end of an innings.   There was also a time when Pakistan had legendary players like Wasim Akram, Azhar Mahmood, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik in their prime. These men could bowl and bat; they were the ultimate all-rounders. Additionally, the team boasted renowned players like Aamer Sohail, ...

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Misbah is not responsible for our loss in the Champions Trophy

Too long has Misbahul Haq been made fun of, criticised, and blamed for Pakistan’s losses. When Pakistan loses, it’s Misbah’s fault. When Pakistan wins, an individual performance by a more ‘exciting’ player is credited. Enough is enough! When Misbah replaced the infamous Salman Butt (former captain), the team and the country was at its worse in terms of its reputation, morale and performance.  Since then, Pakistan has been re-moulded into a force to be reckoned with – not by Afridi, or any other individual, but by Misbah. His mature and calculated approach to the game has not won him fans. Instead, it ...

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ICC Champions Trophy: Will Gayle be Aj-mauled?

In cricket, rivalries go way back; Miandad-Lillee’s and Imran-Botham’s conflict are a few examples worth mentioning. I have also witnessed the same between Wasim Akram and Brian Lara; Wasim Akram got the best of Brian Lara at least seven times. Similarly, there was a rivalry between Glenn McGrath and Brian Lara where McGrath got Lara out on 15 occasions. Although, this might not be interesting to some of us, this is something spectators invest their time looking upon. However, in recent years after the emergence of domestic T-20 leagues, players have gelled in well with each other and that dangerous yet ...

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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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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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Did somebody say World T20?

The World T20 2012 is set to commence in Sri Lanka tomorrow. This will be the first time this event is being held in an Asian country. The tournament will open the day after tomorrow, with the hosts taking on Zimbabwe at Hambantota. Despite the number of domestic T20 leagues led by the IPL, the ICC World T20 is at a totally different level altogether. It will feature the highest standard of T20 cricket with the best players of the format competing on a single platform. First let’s take a look at the grouping of the 12 countries participating in this year’s tournament; it ...

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Virender Sehwag: The Genghis Khan of modern cricket

Sometimes, we just have to admit that we have seen something just a little bit special. I was in Antigua when Brian Charles Lara broke the world record (the first time), in Durban when Yuvraj Singh flayed the young Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the 2007 World T20, and at The Oval in 1975 (albeit aged one) when a certain Alvin Kallicharran set the inaugural World Cup on fire with a scintillating assault on Dennis Lillee. They were moments when you simply inhaled deeply, and said “I was there!” In the modern era, smaller grounds, better ...

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An adventurer does what he must

It’s perhaps most apt to define Virender Sehwag by what he does to you, the watcher. You never feel the tension or the intensity of the match situation when he’s in flow. He reduces you to a giggling school kid, forcing you to throw your head back and laugh at his outrageous shots. The stadium suddenly transforms into a mohalla, the intense international contest seems like street cricket. If you’re curious and sensitive, you marvel at the audacity of his mind that allows him to use those skills and pull off these shots. Without those skills, he’d be Kris Srikkanth or Shahid ...

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