It must be that the Indian selectors were holding back Shikhar Dhawan so they could put him into the mix at the right time — like an army would withhold a secret weapon so as to unleash it when it is likely to inflict maximum damage. How else can we explain that a batsman, who has been playing for almost a decade, could come into the Indian side and play an innings that will be certainly rated as one of the best this year. Where were they hiding him all this time?
We know, of course, that no one could have foretold or even expected the Delhi left-hander to have played the way he did.
But his stroke-play was so divine that there must have been strong evidence of his capabilities long before he was finally selected. No debutant before him had scored a faster test hundred and there can’t have been many that played with such complete command. Continue reading
To the untrained eye, it might seem that all cricket balls are the same. But as those involved with the game know, cricket balls come in a variety of weights, sizes and brands. Even their colours vary between white, red and pink. Over time players tend to develop their individual preferences but choosing a cricket ball depends on several factors. In general, the main points to consider are budget, brand preference, experience and whether the match is friendly or League.
Prices range from as little as 4 for a trainer ball to 70 for those used on the international stage.
With approximately 200,000 people currently enjoying the game in Europe, cricket is now being introduced to schools all over the UK and continent. For children and to introduce newcomers to the game, the best kind of ball is the soft training ball. Usually made from foam, they are an easy way to develop skills and increase confidence. Relatively inexpensive, they are available from most major brands. Continue reading
The Ashes visit will commence in June and the thoughts of Australia’s cricket fans and pundits are already focused on one of cricket’s most storied contests. The emphasis on the coming skirmishes in England have been so all-consuming that one could be forgiven for forgetting that Australia must first do battle with India.
Australia will travel to India for a four-tests beginning February 22, and despite the host country’s difficulties of late, they will undoubtedly be hard to beat at home.
In fact, upon assessing the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, I propose that the hosts will be victorious in the end.
Having witnessed India’s recent humiliation at the hands an England team that was considered to be deficient against spin bowling, Australian fans would have been heartened about their side’s chances on the normally difficult subcontinent tour. But it does not necessarily follow that Australia will be able to pull off what England did. Continue reading
Have you ever thought about professional sport with competing teams having a mix of both sexes involved? Well we could be moving a step closer to that reality, although at the moment they are tiny baby steps.
David Kuzio takes a look into the news this week that Sussex are considering the option of including a women player to get match time with their Second XI at some point in the new season.
Even reading that back it looks like a daft statement, not for any sexist motive or anything like that but for years men and women have had their separate competitions and the likes of football, rugby union, rugby league and snooker have never really integrated both sexes.