Thursday, January 20, 2022

India really needs to talk about hosting day-night tests

It’s time India started hosting day-night matches, says Kanishkaa Balachandran in Eight out of 13 Tests have been completed in India’s 2016-17 home season, but curiously, none of them are day-night games. The concept is gaining ground in other countries, with Dubai having hosted one recently, and Australia – the first to embrace the innovation – playing two back-to-back...

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India-England Chepauk memories

Previous Test matches between England and India in Chennai have produced some memorable anecdotes, both on and off the field, writes Kanishkaa Balachandran. For cricket starved fans in Chennai, the fifth Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium was something to look forward to. There was a huge scare that the timing of Cyclone Vardah would shift the Test...

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Amazing similarities between Kohli and Root

Kanishkaa Balachandran takes stock of the remarkable five year journey of two star batsmen In June 2011, three years after his first international match for India, Virat Kohli made his Test debut. A year and a half later, in Nagpur, Joe Root faced his first ball as a Test batsman. The Visakhapatnam Test that concluded yesterday (November 21) was coincidentally...

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Bangladesh are learning “how to win”

Kanishkaa Balachandran In February 2014, this writer and two other journalists went to meet Mehedi Hasan outside the dressing room in Abu Dhabi. It was the Under-19 World Cup and Mehedi, all of 16, was one of the youngest players in that tournament, and quite certainly, the youngest captain. Bangladesh had just suffered a monumental collapse, losing a game to...

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“A structure of bonding is born and nourished when Pakistan tours India,” said Pakistani cricketing legend the Late Hanif Mohammad

By, Hanif Mohammad/Outlook My first recollection of an Indo-Pak tie dates back to Pakistan's maiden Test series in 1952-53 in India. Since then, cricket has indeed changed a lot. The first Test in 1952 was at the Ferozeshah Kotla and we lost by an innings and 70-odd runs. It wasn't a very memorable game for us, but one must admit...

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