Stories about winner

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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Tired of cricket? Try gulli danda, pitthu or baander killa!

Growing up in the streets of Punjab, we enjoyed playing popular sports such as cricket, hockey and football, but the real flavour of street games was in our local folk games. This piece is dedicated to all those who have played any of these games in their childhood and I hope it serves as a pleasant trip down memory lane.  Baander killa: The name might sound funny and the game actually looks so too, but it isn’t funny for one person – the baander (we’ll get to that in a bit). Every participant of the game takes his shoes off and places them ...

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As Dhoni lifted the cup, I thought of Afridi

After a strangely placid Sri Lankan fielding performance, we watch India lifting the Cricket World Cup. Mistakes will be forgotten and achievements exaggerated until the late entry of Sreesanth is seen as a phenomenal decision. Everything is so much more legendary in retrospect. As confusing as the sight of Munaf Patel and Sreesanth holding the World Cup may be, when Tendulkar holds it, a strong case is made for eternal justice. What a fitting destiny for a player who ruled the sport for longer than many of his fans have lived. And his team seemed to acknowledge that, with constant dedications ...

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There are no favourites in the World Cup

As the World Cup progresses we become even more unclear about who the eventual winner will be. No single team has been able to stand out, so far. When the event started, there were a few teams that appeared to be visibly ahead of the pack and were clear-cut favourites, or at least definite finalists. Foremost among these names were India, Sri Lanka and Australia. But India have one huge weakness. It seems they lack the ability to defend anything but the biggest of totals. To post 330 plus and still not win on home turf? It seems like a tough ...

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Pakistan’s World Cup strategy needs a lot of thought

With such a low total to defend, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi led from the front again and as it ended, Pakistan were home with a bit to spare despite facing a lot of anxious moments on the field. Afridi bowled very intelligently, keeping in view the inexperienced Canadian batting line-up. Mostly, he kept a good line and bowled to a good length, on and about the off stump with clever use of googlies and flippers. A lot of Canadians lost their wickets while going for the cut shot. There are very few right-arm leg-spinners in this World Cup but almost all of ...

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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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How to win boardroom battles

There are two ways to sell a solution. The first is the one we’re trained at school with. Do your homework. Learn facts. Test a hypothesis. Come to a conclusion. Create a data set to prove that the proposed solution is logically deducted and scientifically designed to work. You spend ten days finding out everything you need to know about a problem and summarize it on to a piece of paper that suggests a solution based on that data. You show said piece of paper to the other person. Here’s the suggestion, and here’s proof that it’ll work. But there’s another way, ...

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