India-England Chepauk memories

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...

Parthiv Patel always believed he’d be back in the Indian Test squad

Parthiv Patel always believed he’d be back in the Indian Test squad

Kanishkaa Balachandran recalls the vicissitudes in the keeper-batsman's career On Tuesday, Parthiv Patel was playing a Ranji Trophy match for Gujarat in Hubli when he got a call from the national selectors to join the Indian team for the third Test in Mohali against England. The wicketkeeper-batsman was a late inclusion after the regular keeper, Wriddhiman Saha, had to pull...

Amazing similarities between Kohli and Root

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...

First and fabulous: Bangladesh’s first Test win against England

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...

India becomes world’s number 1 Test team replacing Pakistan

India becomes world’s number 1 Test team replacing Pakistan

Kolkata, October 3 (ESPNcricinfo): At the historic Eden Gardens, in front of 12,068 people, India became the No. 1 team in the world with a 178-run victory over New Zealand and captured their fourth series trophy on the trot. It isn't groundbreaking for a team to dominate in their own conditions. And granted, the heat and the pitches left New...

Three Pakistani terrorists who had attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009 killed in an encounter on Saturday

Three Pakistani terrorists who had attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009 killed in an encounter on Saturday

Lahore, August 28 (Dawn): Four accused terrorists ─ three of whom had been charged with involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3,2009 in Lahore ─ were killed Saturday night, Punjab's Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) said in a statement early Sunday. "On Aug 27 at about 11pm, a CTD team was taking accused terrorists involved in...

Pakistan becomes number one Test team in the world

Pakistan becomes number one Test team in the world

Karachi, August 22 (Dawn): Pakistan's Test team made history Monday as it clinched the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings after the rain-hit fourth and last Test between the West Indies and India ended as a draw. Misbah-ul-Haq was delighted to become the first Pakistan captain to inspire his side to the top of the Test rankings. ICC-cricket.com...

Sri Lanka picks 18 year old Avishka Fernando for first two ODIs against Australia

Sri Lanka picks 18 year old Avishka Fernando for first two ODIs against Australia

Andrew Fidel Fernando Colombo, August 20 (ESPN Cricinfo): A starring turn in the recent Sri Lanka Under-19 team's tour of England has earned top-order batsman Avishka Fernando a call-up to Sri Lanka's squad for the first two ODIs against Australia. Left-arm spinner Amila Aponso has also been named in a national squad for the first time, following good outings in South Africa with the Sri...

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