Opinion

The slashing blade of Liam Livingstone and the monstrous future of the elegant backswing

We’ve known for a while that Liam Livingstone can hit a long ball but boy, does he hit a long ball. And it’s not just one fluky biff across the line carried by an abnormal wave of wind: he does it again and again and again. This Hundred, he has scored 348 runs (the most… Continue reading The slashing blade of Liam Livingstone and the monstrous future of the elegant backswing

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CricTracker: What’s wrong with Virat Kohli?

Again? In yesterday's T20I against England, Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck again. It had already happened twice in the England tests, a series in which he averaged 28.67. This is getting concerning. Kohli hasn't scored a century since the 23rd of November 2019. Just let that sink in. What began as brief lean… Continue reading CricTracker: What’s wrong with Virat Kohli?

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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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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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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?