Stories about wicket

Dear ICC, so what if Wahab Riaz blew a kiss at Shane Watson?

Wahab Riaz and his legendary bowling spell against Shane Watson have touched a chord with cricket fans all over the world. Riaz has made us realise that, in this world of powerplays and fielding restrictions, bowlers can also put on a show that “oohs” and “aahs” hundreds of millions of viewers. The fast-bowler needed just a few overs to demonstrate that a well placed bouncer is just as entertaining as a well timed sixer. The aggressive interaction between Riaz and Watson also showed how there is so much more to cricket than just bowling and batting. Pakistani cricketer ...

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The history of the ‘doosra’: Spinning cricket the other way

Two decades ago, when Pakistan was playing Australia in the deserts of Sharjah, the young spin wizard, Saqlain Mushtaq, broke the traditions and started spinning the ball the other way from the conventional off-spin to deceive the batsmen. The wicket-keeper, Moin Khan, would often shout from behind the stumps, “Saqi Bhai, doosra abhi karna hai.” (Bowl the other one now, Saqi Bhai) Tony Grieg picked it up from a stump microphone and eventually likened the word to the delivery after confirming it with Saqlain in a post-match interview. Thus, the term became a part of cricketing culture. Over the years, the same unconventional delivery ...

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You have to risk it to get the biscuit, Team Green!

Another Test match, another humiliating batting performance and another defeat. Forgive me if I am not surprised. It would be a lie if I said that I am at a loss of words when in reality I sort of saw it coming. The only benefit I’ve gained from such disappointing batting is that my vocabulary has improved significantly because now I have to explain just how bad their performance was. This embarrassing show of batting from the Pakistani team is nothing new but, unfortunately, just like our beloved Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), our cricket team has not shown any inclination in identifying ...

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Here is how cricket can help the minorities of Pakistan

Cricket fever in Pakistan is remarkable; in fact, the entire subcontinent is quite smitten by this sport. Cricket fans exist in every nook and corner of this region. In the past, we have seen how cricket has been used to create awareness, raise money for different causes and even be utilised to increase diplomatic ties. Because the game is so popular, cricket has helped in bridging many gaps and bringing different people closer together. A recent example of this is the cricket series underway at the Iqbal stadium, Faisalabad, which is aimed at raising funds for the IDPs of North Waziristan. In this ...

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The Gilchrist revolution and the role of a keeper

Before the 21st century, as you may already know, cricket was very different. T20s did not exist; neither did free hits or power plays. The sight of a 300 plus score in the 50 over game was rare and on the few occasions that it would occur, to chase it down was a fantasy. However, a few years before the millennium, the cricketing world was introduced to a new playing role which proved to be pivotal to the way the game is played now; the role of a wicket-keeper-batsman. The pioneer of this role was England’s most capped wicket keeper, Alec Stewart. ...

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Windies tour: Another dream shattered

The dream of recording the first ever Test series win in the Caribbean for Pakistan was shattered on Sunday after the greens lost by 40 runs. Many of us were sure that Misbahul Haq would be the one to succeed where the great Imran Khan failed. But sadly, it was not to be. A track that must have given bowlers worldwide hope and righted some of the travesties done to them over the past decade – coupled with an inept umpire – made sure that Pakistan ended up in the dumps. The World Cup left no doubt over the ineptitude of Asoka ...

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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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So what if Imran Khan picked India?

I respectfully disagree with Muhammad Khanani’s post “Where is Imran Khan’s patriotism?” in which he criticises former cricketer Imran Khan’s for predicting that the Indian team will gain World Cup victory and stating that Indian cricketer Dhoni was the “best player”. Khan picked India because they seem to be in good form to win the World Cup. Undoubtedly, as Pakistanis we all want our team to win. However, saying that South Africa, Australia or any other country may win based on the team’s recent performances is not wrong. This is not a show of Khan’s indifference towards Pakistan. During the World ...

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Australia’s top-order rattled again on rain-shortened day

Opinions and reports that the Ashes series of 2010/11 is an encounter that is heavily lopsided in favor of the visiting English team are certainly justified. But, be that as it may, the series has at least retained one of its key traits in its latest edition. From the first draw, to England’s mauling of hosts in the second test, to Australia returning the favor in the third and then to England’s crushing/ashes-retaining victory in the last test at Melbourne, the series has had more than its fair share of twists and turns. For England, the final test at the ...

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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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