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CricTracker: Kuldeep Yadav: The artist gone astray

“There is a time for everyone. But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner,” announced Ravi Shastri in February 2019. Really? Kuldeep Yadav, a rookie with just 6 Tests of experience, to be mighty India’s number one overseas spinner? Ahead of a seasoned veteran with 350+ Test wickets and India’s most valuable Test… Continue reading CricTracker: Kuldeep Yadav: The artist gone astray

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Ashwin vs Root: one will fall

Breathtaking. The Godzilla vs Kong trailer was simply breathtaking. I'll admit, I was never really an avid follower of the MonsterVerse franchise but this spectacular trailer has converted me instantly into a fanatic. A movie about a colossal lizard battling a gargantuan gorilla in a no holds barred battle till the death does sound primitive.… Continue reading Ashwin vs Root: one will fall

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The deadly simplicity of Lasith Embuldeniya

Sri Lanka, a diminutive island on the coast of South India, is heralded as the "pearl of the Indian ocean". Spectacular wildlife, sparkling splendour and mouth-watering cuisine: it is a commodity like no other, a fragment of literal paradise. Uniqueness is a trait that runs deep into Sri Lankan culture and into their cricket. From… Continue reading The deadly simplicity of Lasith Embuldeniya

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India’s 5th day rearguard and the timeless beauty of Test cricket

Cricket is undergoing a seismic change, an unprecedented shift that will alter the course of the sport. T20, the phenomenal entertainment package, is tailored towards the instant entertainment culture of today. It's mere 120 balls provide a short but giddying capsule of constant euphoria and sheer thrill, ideal for the present audience. It's like eating… Continue reading India’s 5th day rearguard and the timeless beauty of Test cricket

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Reading with Rahul: The Dhoni touch

Despite the constant furore that permanently shrouds him, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's innermost personality still remains an inquisitive question mark. From the exterior we witness a man with an unshakeably cool demeanour, a man to which no task is impossible. However, the interior consists of an ordinary being, with an extraordinary talent, who never forgot his… Continue reading Reading with Rahul: The Dhoni touch

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What next for Prithvi Shaw?

International cricket is an relentless spiral of unfathomable highs and lows. One day you are heralded for inevitable glory, the other you are the devil incarnate. It is futile to crave unerring success as the haunting presence of failure will barbarically hunt you down. No recent cricketer has epitomised this as much as Prithvi Shaw.… Continue reading What next for Prithvi Shaw?

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CricTracker: Sanju Samson: reckless or selfless?

"Sanju Samson’s mountainous strikes blazed the early stage of the IPL; he was a literal force of nature that savagely annihilated all in its path. Despite his newfound sheer muscle and power, he maintained the balletic poise and the ludicrously deft touch that we have all associated with Samson in the past. An audacious 74… Continue reading CricTracker: Sanju Samson: reckless or selfless?