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Babar Azam fuels Virat Kohli comparison with elegance

Babar Azam fuels Virat Kohli comparison with elegance

"If this was Kohli, everyone would be talking, but as it's Babar Azam, no one is talking. He averages 68 since 2018 & 55 in white-ball cricket. He’s young, he’s elegant & he’s got swagger. They talk about the fab 4, but it’s the fab 5 & Babar is in that," former England captain turned cr...

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Talking Point: Stuart Broad one short of immortality

Talking Point: Stuart Broad one short of immortality

Stuart Broad holds such an influence that he has took the sheen off the English top three -- Rory Burns (90), Dominic Sibley (56) and Joe Root (68 not out) -- as most cricket fanatics on social media do not have a mention about their individual batting brilliance. It would be harsh on Root specially...

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Talking Point: Ben Stokes adaptability a lesson for Virat Kohli?

Talking Point: Ben Stokes adaptability a lesson for Virat Kohli?

Virat Kohli felt like it was the end of the world after his dismal performance in the Pataudi Trophy in 2014. He scored 134 runs in five matches at an average of 13.4, recording his worst performance in the English conditions.Kohli, however, came back strongly in 2018 to register his first century i...

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Talking Point: Dom Sibley reminds of the 'Rahul Dravid patience'

Talking Point: Dom Sibley reminds of the 'Rahul Dravid patience'

Mark Sibley, father of England top order batsman Dom, was the commercial director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for nearly a year. Dom Sibley, with his proper Test batting technique, could be employed by ECB for a longer period of time.No marks for artistry, none for aggression either...

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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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'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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