No major shuffles on the crease, just a high back-lift, no hopping or jumping around; just pure focus. Smriti Mandhana’s game-play is quite uncomplicated like her approach to life. In an age where cricketers seem bubble wrapped in a gung-ho avatar, Smriti is a simple-I’ll just have a green tea, no honey, thank you- person.
“The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, who’ll reign in the T20s; will it be the Proteas fire or will they dance to the Caribbean beats?” If you were to rewind the clocks back to the events that transpired in 2016 between the West Indies and South Africa, you’d find that the outcomes of
Getting off to a winning start in a series is about as pleasant a feeling as is scaling the first milestone of a treacherous mountainous peak. That the Proteas Women have managed exactly that in the form of beating the Windies at Barbados calls for a celebration. But implicit in that celebration must be the
The sprawling beaches, sandy tropical heat, the bustle and vibe amid which one finds the pleasure to discover the sweet spots of the bat, and the crackling sound of displacing the timber with the roaring support of the crowd behind. Few places can be as interesting for playing cricket as the Caribbean. On the outset,
In the land of Joel Garner, Brian Lara, Vivian Richards, Sir Sobers, there will be big hits, massive scalps and big turnarounds as the Proteas arrive in the Caribbean to test their fire. But even before a ball is bowled in this series, South Africa will be mindful of a stat that doesn’t particularly go
Nine out of ten times, it’s always interesting when you play opposite a world-class opposition, be it England, Australia or South Africa. But it’s nervy and incredibly unique on every single count when you play amid yourselves, opposite your own teammates. While a Women’s IPL may be somewhere in the imminent future, through tournaments like
Cricket likes a great nickname. At least, the men’s game seems besotted by it. One wonders if impact players who are no longer active are still revered by some, for instance, Kevin Pietersen lovingly addressed as KP, why isn’t Katherine Brunt addressed as KB? It should ideally inform the curious fan that this is not
Even before she’d turned 22, Smriti Mandhana had collected over 1400 ODI runs, terrorized everyone from Brunt to Stafanie, became the first-ever Indian batswoman to join a premier English T20 league, stamped her authority in the mother of all cricketing battles- the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017- and proved that cricket needs no gender discrimination.
More important than exuberance- you might have heard- is the experience. And what values more than flamboyance is the character. Few are able to stay true to a rather feel good adage, seemingly straight out of a literary school of thought than White Ferns’ captain Suzie Bates. The only difference, however, is that Bates possesses
The last that Ireland contested against Bangladesh was in a World Cup qualifier contest. Not a happy sojourn then, in Colombo, Ireland suffered a comprehensive 7-wicket loss in the sub-continent as the likes of Rumana Ahmed, Sharmin Akhter led from the bat as arguably the star of the moment, Jahanara Alam contributed with the ball to