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‘I wanted to beat Australia twice’

‘I wanted to beat Australia twice’

The year 1998 was truly purple for Sachin Tendulkar: a record 1894 runs at an average of 65.31, with nine hundreds and a truly ahead-of-the-times strike rate of 102.15. It turned out to be his best bowling year too: 24 wickets at 26.5, a match-winning five-for among them. But he had started the year struggling…
From labour camps to left-arm fast

From labour camps to left-arm fast

11:27 PM ET Mohammad IsamESPN Salauddin Sakil's life as a migrant labourer on the outskirts of Dubai was tough and painful. "We used to head out to work at 4am every day," Sakil told ESPNcricinfo. "We had to put our cooked rice in a polythene bag. We couldn't eat from a plate because of the…
Talking points: Ashwin’s captaincy does the trick for Kings XI

Talking points: Ashwin’s captaincy does the trick for Kings XI

Why is everyone praising R Ashwin's captaincy? Well, first, he put his captaincy in the spotlight by saying he was going to be unpredictable. Second, he's taken a team that finished eighth, eighth and fifth in their last three IPL seasons to the top of the table, and his decisions have had a lot to…
23rd match (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, Apr 24 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

23rd match (N), Indian Premier League at Mumbai, Apr 24 2018 | Match Preview...

Big Picture Mumbai Indians are in an interesting position: they have only one win from five matches but they also have a positive net run rate that's better than at least three other teams. That means they are primed to do what they do best: beat teams late in the competition and edge them out.…
Pakistan hit by Mohammad Amir visa delay

Pakistan hit by Mohammad Amir visa delay

Pakistan's team took off for their tour of Ireland and England on Monday morning without one essential member of the squad: Mohammad Amir. The pace spearhead's departure has been held back because of a delay in his visa, but the PCB are confident that he should be granted a visa this week. Amir is the…
Centurion takes Boxing Day Test as CSA confirm 2018-19 fixtures

Centurion takes Boxing Day Test as CSA confirm 2018-19 fixtures

South Africa will play five home Tests, 13 ODIs and nine T20s in the 2018-19 summer, which will see incoming tours from Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The international fixtures, released on Monday, start on September 30 and end on March 24 but there is a 10-week gap between mid-October and Boxing Day, leaving room…
Rashid, Shakib and Tamim join World XI to face West Indies

Rashid, Shakib and Tamim join World XI to face West Indies

Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan, the No. 1 ranked T20I bowler, has been added to the World XI squad that will take on West Indies in a one-off T20I at Lord's on May 31. The match is being organised to raise funds for the reconstruction of stadiums that were damaged in the Caribbean last year by…
K Gowtham ‘believed’ in his miracle

K Gowtham ‘believed’ in his miracle

The equation read 43 off 17 balls when an uncapped batsman walks in to play his fifth IPL innings. One of the best death bowlers in the world will take charge of the next over. His previous six balls produced two wickets and only one run. How do you think the game ends? With the…
21st match (N), Indian Premier League at Jaipur, Apr 22 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

21st match (N), Indian Premier League at Jaipur, Apr 22 2018 | Match Report...

Rajasthan Royals 168 for 7 (Samson 52, Stokes 40, Gowtham 33*, Hardik 2-25, Bumrah 2-28) beat Mumbai Indians 167 for 7 (Suryakumar 72, Kishan 58, Archer 3-22, Kulkarni 2-32) by three wickets play4:57 Dasgupta: Gowtham relied on smart shots, not slogsShaun Tait, James Faulkner and Deep Dasgupta discuss where Mumbai Indians fell short in another…
22nd match (N), Indian Premier League at Delhi, Apr 23 2018 | Match Preview | ESPNCricinfo

22nd match (N), Indian Premier League at Delhi, Apr 23 2018 | Match Preview...

Big picture It was meant to be a grand homecoming for Gautam Gambhir and, along with that, a change in Delhi Daredevils' fortunes when the season was starting. Five games down, and they are back to where they were when Gambhir last played for Daredevils. Seated rock-bottom on the points table, and with the team…
20th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Hyderabad, Apr 22 2018 | Match Report | ESPNCricinfo

20th match (D/N), Indian Premier League at Hyderabad, Apr 22 2018 | Match Report...

Chennai Super Kings 182 for 3 (Rayudu 79, Raina 54*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 for 6 (Williamson 84, Yusuf 45, Chahar 3-15) by four runsnScorecard and ball-by-ball details play4:32 Faulkner: Sunrisers will be upset about the no-ball that wasn't calledJames Faulkner, Shaun Tait and Deep Dasgupta on the high full-toss and Kane Williamson's fifty in…
Want to make the game as simple as possible – Strauss

Want to make the game as simple as possible – Strauss

The ECB's proposed 100-ball tournament due to launch in 2020 will be aimed at a more "casual" cricket audience with a specific attempt to draw more "mums and kids" to the game, according to England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss. Under the radical format put forward last week, the matches will consist of 15 six-ball…