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Is this the time for the best of 'gruelling' Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith rivalry?

Is this the time for the best of 'gruelling' Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith rivalry?

Cricket has witnessed some of the most intense and hard-fought rivalries over the years. The 70s and 80s witnessed a brutal combat between legendary cricketers Viv Richards and Jeff Thomson. This was followed by a hard-fought rivalry between Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne in the 90s, as well as th...

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Five Indians who will command interest at IPL auction after Syed Mushtaq Ali showing

Five Indians who will command interest at IPL auction after Syed Mushtaq Ali showing

The prestigious Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019 witnessed spectacular performances and exciting gameplay, which enthralled the audiences to no end. Karnataka emerged victorious over Tamil Nadu in the final of the tournament by a margin of only one run, in a clash which went down to the last ball. This...

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It's Pant vs Samson, not India vs West Indies!

It's Pant vs Samson, not India vs West Indies!

Sanju Samson recently returned to the Indian team for T20Is against Bangladesh but warmed the bench irrespective of Rishabh Pant continuing batting clueless. Not long after, out came the squad for the West Indies T20Is and Samson was indescribably nowhere to be seen in it. Poor Samson could do not...

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A touch of Rohit perhaps? Nah! Mayank Agarwal ain't 'avatar' of anyone

A touch of Rohit perhaps? Nah! Mayank Agarwal ain't 'avatar' of anyone

I had just woken up when I received this call from my editor who wanted to know if I could find any resemblance between Mayank Agarwal and some of the Indian greats of the past in terms of batting style. This was the day after Mayank had scored his second Test double ton in as many months. The truth...

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India leaping in the dark at Eden Gardens!

India leaping in the dark at Eden Gardens!

Almost four years after the first day-night Test was played between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide, India prepare for their first such experience against Bangladesh, who too are diving into unknown territory from November 22 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Which only leaves Ireland a...

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No longer at "Shikhar", Dhawan running out of steam

No longer at

It's been said several times over the last five years that the end is near for Shikhar Dhawan. But to his credit he has bounced back every time to prove the critics wrong. However to all intents and purposes, the present form of the batsman is stressing fans out and, god forbid, could prove damaging...

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'Declaring in the dark': Will du Plessis be the happiest with India embracing D/N Tests?

'Declaring in the dark': Will du Plessis be the happiest with India embracing D/N Tests?

As India and Bangladesh discuss and finally agree to the Eden Gardens Test next month being turned into a day-nighter, South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis is rummaging deep in his bucket of excuses. "Every Test match, they bat first, they score 500, they declare when it's dark, they get three ...

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From 'jahannum' to 'hasin' revival, Shami proves a top-notch fighter

From 'jahannum' to 'hasin' revival, Shami proves a top-notch fighter

"Shami abused me and started beating me, even after returning from South Africa. He has been doing this for quite some time now and now I have had enough. I gave him enough time (to rectify mistakes) and tried to calm myself down but instead of accepting his own mistakes, he would vent his anger on ...

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Ganguly to helm BCCI under a cloud of political undertones

Ganguly to helm BCCI under a cloud of political undertones

The richest and most powerful cricketing body in the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will soon be under new leadership. The new President, Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah will serve as Secretary, Mahim Verma of the Cricket Association of Uttarakhand will serve as Vice-President and ...

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Bumrah, a tragedy that must be averted

Bumrah, a tragedy that must be averted

A couple of months ago, I came across statistics on Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling across formats, and the figures shocked me. In 12 Test matches, he has bowled 451.5 overs, taking 62 wickets at an average of 19.24. In 58 one-day internationals, he has bowled 501.3 overs, taking 103 wickets at an averag...

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