Sri Lanka’s former sprint queen admitted to ICU

Sri Lanka’s former sprint queen admitted to ICU

Colombo, Dec 27 (NIA) – Sri Lanka’s former sprint queen, Susanthika Jayasingha was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Diyatalawa Hospital, in the country’s central highlands on Tuesday following an illness. Hospital sources said that Jayasingha had been suffering from fever and was admitted to hospital with the flu. However some local media […]

India really needs to talk about hosting day-night tests

India really needs to talk about hosting day-night tests

It’s time India started hosting day-night matches, says Kanishkaa Balachandran in www.scoopwhoop.com 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 […]

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 […]

What’s in a hockey world cup tourney without Pakistan?

What’s in a hockey world cup tourney without Pakistan?

When Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil, their skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic famously said: “One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch.” While Ibrahimovic is a self-indulgent and slightly delusional player, the words would not seem out of place if the Pakistan U21 hockey […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bangladesh are learning “how to win”

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 […]

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

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

Mirpur, October 30 (The Daily Star): He was born the year Bangladesh celebrated its first major success on a cricketing plain. He was only three years old when the fledgling cricketing nation was granted Test status after that famous ICC Trophy triumph in 1997. And on Sunday the 19-year-old Mehedi Hasan, who has grown up […]

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