Archive for February, 2013
4 years, 1 month ago Posted in: International Cricket 1
Deconstructing Graeme Smith

When at 22, Graeme Smith was handed the charge to lead SA cricket, post the Cronje storm and Pollock’s matter-of-fact leadership, not many would’ve envisaged this unorthodox, up-front, untested debutant of a captain to bring back to their cricket, its lost loyalty and pilot the team to 50 Test wins. That is an epic stat, Smith being the first in the […]


4 years, 1 month ago Posted in: International Cricket 25
How Ashwin got it right and why Harbhajan struggled

It’s not often that you get an opportunity to see two similar kinds of spinners operating in tandem, for rarely a team fields two leg-spinners or two off-spinners in the playing XI. India did that with Harbhajan and Ashwin in the first Test at Chennai, both bowling parallel on a turning pitch against a batting […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
Clarke’s Australia have big cracks to paper over

It was Australian Test team’s invincibility that became synonymous with its cricket for the longest time. One needed to look hard to expose their weaknesses, for they dominated world cricket in the real sense of the word. They were not only tough at home but also conquered all frontiers overseas. While the mass retirement of […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
By ticking all boxes, little is left to chance

Post the disappointing summer of 2011, Preparation, or the lack of it, became one the most widely discussed subjects with regards to Indian cricket. Most analysis of that Great English embarrassment held our unpreparedness and thoughtlessness in drafting a plan liable for the debacle. We’d failed to prepare, and hence should’ve been ready to fail […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Guest Column 11
The furious case of Rohit Sharma -- By Jatin Sapru

If there was a court to put cricketers who waste their talent on trial, Rohit Sharma would’ve been issued a permanent visitor/convict card. Since his debut in 2007, he has been arrested by poor form, charges of not doing justice to what many reckon is gifted talent have been slapped against him, but even without […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 8
Opening conundrum ahead of the Test series

That which seemed inevitable, has finally happened. On 22nd Feburary, if India bats first against Australia, it won’t be Gambhir who’d be walking alongside Sehwag to partner and open the innings. Even though this isn’t going to be the first time that these two men wouldn’t go in together in a Test match, it will still […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Guest Column 9
The Enemy Within -- By Jatin Sapru

A hot and humid Thursday was bound to lead to an extremely overcast Friday in Chennai. While dark clouds covered the city along the Coromandel Coast since early morning, the thunderstorm that washed away the practice session closer to noon was not expected to be as ferocious as it turned out to be. What, however, […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket, International Cricket 0

Audiosode 1 – Talking Cricket with Aakash   Arya Yuyutsu in talk with Aakash


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 7
Plenty on MSD's plate for Australia series

Post the crushing losses oversees it was assumed that the series’ at home—our impregnable bastion, would prove to be our saving grace. Unfortunately, England, once again, routed India in the last Test series and in the process, widened the cracks that had opened up during its earlier losses. Now, as we gear up to salvage […]


4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket 0
Mumbai's dominance, flawed points system and placid pitches--Ranji Trophy 2012-13

To stake a claim on the illustrious Ranji Trophy is no mean feat. To be able to play quality first-class cricket consistently for three months you need to put in plenty of effort into your pre-season preparation and fitness training, work on your team combinations, and ensure you have a strong bench of reserves to […]