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Talking Point: England, West Indies make history as rain deters opening day

Talking Point: England, West Indies make history as rain deters opening day

Southampton, United Kingdom (July 8): All eyes were glued on traditional rivals England and the West Indies as cricket returned after 117 days in a Covid-19 world. Cricket, inevitably, was no longer the same with the health and safety of the players given the primary concern.Rain deterred the play o...

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Cricket in the days gone by: When WI skipper presented Wadekar with a brand new Garry Sobers boot

Cricket in the days gone by: When WI skipper presented Wadekar with a brand new Garry Sobers boot

He was a quiet, well-mannered individual, rarely made a song and dance when he got a batsman out, maybe because for him taking wickets was not a novelty. A tireless performer, he could bowl with his clockwork action the whole day long.The incident, however, that I recall involving him is when 50 pro...

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COVID-19: Pujara returns to training following long break

COVID-19: Pujara returns to training following long break

New Delhi: India middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Monday returned to training following a long break which was put forward by the coronavirus pandemic. He uploaded couple of pictures on his social media handle, wearing pads and with the bat in hand.AHis Instagram post read: "Back at it. Fel...

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'From "our blue-blooded prince of English cricket" to "bloody Indian"'

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The racist remark brought to the fore by the West Indians, Jason Holder and Darren Sammy, on being called "Kalu" in India by their teammates and the crowd does make one feel sorry for them. However, both these players have played enough cricket in India to realise that such banter is in the DNA of c...

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How not to kill K L Rahul's career

How not to kill K L Rahul's career

When cricketers who are used to playing through the summer after an overseas tour and before a home series stagger back to the field after the coronavirus-enforced break, having given their tweeting fingers more exercise than their legs through the previous several months, a conundrum will await the...

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MSD shouldn't make Sachin's mistake

MSD shouldn't make Sachin's mistake

It is arguably the hardest thing for a sportsman to know when he must walk away from the field, when he must wave goodbye to the adoring crowds, when he must change his jersey for a suit and segue into a career in team management or commentary.Most international sportsmen, irrespective of the game t...

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Trump wants fans back by September, but coronavirus set to decide sports timeline

Trump wants fans back by September, but coronavirus set to decide sports timeline

The unthinkable, at least for sports fans, already has happened.The games, as we know them, are shut down. We’ll never know if San Diego State was a Final Four contender or if Tiger Woods would have defended his green jacket at the Masters.There was no opening day in baseball. The odds are increasin...

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Virat Kohli, a poor ambassador for the spirit of cricket

Virat Kohli, a poor ambassador for the spirit of cricket

Virat Kohli has been a darling of the Indian media ever since he made it to the national team, and more so since he took over its captaincy.He is affable enough when the going is good, which – to be fair – it has been rather often. But let us also keep in mind that Kohli has had an extraordinary run...

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Will Team India's stubborn selection process cost them dear?

Will Team India's stubborn selection process cost them dear?

When Rishabh Pant walked out to Old Trafford during the semi-final of a tense chase against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2019, there were many who expected a game-changing knock from the youngster. Pant failed to impress, walking back to the pavilion for just 32, sparking a wave of criticism. Br...

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Will India's selection game hurt Rishabh Pant?

Will India's selection game hurt Rishabh Pant?

"I think Rishabh Pant is a very confused, unsettled young man." Those were Harsha Bhogle's words in a video on Cricbuzz just a day back, where he discussed the confusing Indian wicket-keeping situation in the upcoming away series against New Zealand. With Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Sanju Samson ba...

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