May 2, 2019

Creating calypso in the IPL

Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Alzarri Joseph, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle... It’s the West Indians who are dominating IPL 2019.



Six World Cuppers reminisce about their experience at cricket's biggest stage

From Kiran More's 82-run stand with Kapil Dev to Derek Pringle's three for 22, six former cricketers recall their best moments from the World Cup.


World Cup 1983 flashback: Best memory is that people still recognise us, says Madan Lal

We did not believe we would win until the last West Indian wicket fell because we did not post a big total. I can still visualise the full match.


World Cup 1975 flashback: Gavaskar's 174-ball 36 was 'unforgettable', says Abid Ali

Right-arm medium seamer Syed Abid Ali, part of India's first World Cup campaign in 1975, recalls Tony Greig's dismissal, Gavaskar's 36 and more.


Anshuman Gaekwad talks about India's lack of preparation in 1975 and 1979 World Cups

Anshuman Gaekwad, who played in the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, says India was merely going through the motions.


Eibar... raising the bar!

After a promotion to LaLiga, Eibar has transformed itself into one of the most well-run and self-sustaining football clubs in the division.

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Indian team not cut out for One-Day match

It must be galling for the Indians to watch their arch-rival Pakistan, which is so adept at it, making dramatic progress.

Star Struck

Mohit Sharma: 'How does Kapil Dev know my name?'

I literally froze and that was when Kapil Dev looked at me, smiled and called me by my name. I had gone into a state of shock.

Short Takes

Saurav Ghosal, the squash player with a photographic memory

Saurav Ghosal says his biggest accomplishment off the field is being the person he is.

Food For Thought

Smell natural, use natural

I am seeing more and more cases of asthma, food allergies and damaged liver enzymes due to rampant chemicals in athletes’ systems.

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The 1975 World Cup in numbers

From Glenn Turner's unbeaten 171 to Gary Gilmour;s 6/14, here's the 1975 World Cup in numbers.

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The 1979 World Cup in numbers

Here are all the statistics from the 1979 World Cup.

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The 1983 World Cup in numbers

From the leading run-scorers to the best bowling performances, here's a breakdown of all the numbers from the 1983 World Cup.

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The 1987 World Cup in numbers

From country-wise performance to highest and lowest team totals, here's a lowdown on the numbers from the 1987 Cricket World Cup.

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Allan Border: 1987 World Cup win extended my career

Allan Border wiped away the memory of dank days to recount to The Sportstar the highlights of Australia’s win.

Stroke of Genius

1987 World Cup: Gavaskar's touch of class

Sunil Gavaskar literally went into the inaugural match without proper practice. How would he fare? The first ball Gavaskar faced, from Craig McDermott, demonstrated his class.

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1987 World Cup final: David’s boon to the Aussies

David Boon, the stocky opener known for his grit and patience, played a critical role and produced a classy knock of 75. This innings, crafted against a tidy attack, is ranked among the finest in World Cup history.

Stroke of Genius

1979 World Cup final: When King brought England down

Collis King cut the very first ball he faced, from Ian Botham, for a four and then destiny played its part.

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1979 World Cup final: When Collis King outhit Viv Richards

Although Viv Richards scored a hundred, it was Collis King's marauding 86 off 66 balls that well and truly put the 1979 World Cup final out of England's reach.

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1983 World Cup: Comeback man Mohinder Amarnath grabs the limelight

Mohinder Amarnath was the Man of the Match in the semifinal against England and in the final against the West Indies.

Stroke of Genius

1983 World Cup: When BBC missed Kapil Dev's 'surgical strike' on Zimbabwe

Kapil Dev's match-changing — and tournament-defining 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup had no video coverage because the West Indies was playing Australia on that day and all the equipment had gone there. The BBC was also on strike and missed the whirlwind knock.

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The 1983 World Cup win in Kapil Dev's words

For World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev, Team India's 1983 win was a result of 'good fielding'. "A good fielder is more important than a poor fielder who scores a century," Kapil says.

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1975 World Cup final: West Indies’ triumph of character and skill

The sun shone; Clive Lloyd played an innings of surpassing skill and power; Australia resisted down to the last; and the crowd, not only its West Indian contingent, was exultant.

Stroke of Genius

1975 World Cup: When Alvin Kallicharran took Dennis Lillee to task

In a 10-ball assault, Kallicharran cracked Lillee for 35 runs, with seven fours and a six, the sequence running 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1, 4, 6, 0, 4.


1975 World Cup final: The day Clive Lloyd beat the daylights out of Australia

On June 21, 1975, Clive Lloyd scored a match-winning 102 off 85 balls with 12 fours and two sixes before nicking left-arm seamer Gary Gilmour to wicketkeeper Rodney Marsh.


Kagiso Rabada: Every team has a good bowling attack for the World Cup

South Africa pace machine Kagiso Rabada talks about the benefits of IPL and how it is a good preparatory tournament for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that starts from May 30 in the UK.


I'm not a mystery bowler, says Kuldeep Yadav

He is not, Kuldeep Yadav vehemently insists, some “mystery bowler” who is no longer effective once the novelty has worn off.

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Australia in World Cup: Very, very successful!

Australia has utterly owned ODI cricket’s showpiece event, the World Cup, by winning four of the last five titles although it struggled in the tournament’s early years.

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West Indies in World Cup: Gale force once, huffing and puffing now!

With Chris Gayle, 39, set to retire after this World Cup, an inspired West Indies might pull off the unexpected.

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England in World Cup: Never won the title, but favourite this time

England has disappointed the most at the World Cup. Three finals have been lost and, if you were being generous, each defeat could be seen as unfortunate in some way.


Cheteshwar Pujara: You become even more determined once you are benched

Cheteshwar Pujara never celebrated any festival when he was young — his father wouldn’t allow him to burst crackers during Diwali or fly kites at Uttarayan lest he hurt himself. That discipline shows whenever he walks out to bat.


Sanjay Manjrekar decodes batsman Cheteshwar Pujara

An important fallout of Cheteshwar Pujara’s success in Australia has been that he has converted Virat Kohli into believing and respecting defensive batsmanship!

Vantage Point

Federer keeps getting better

Not surprisingly, Roger Federer, the GOAT, boasts a terrific record against this century’s mega-servers — 21-3 against Andy Roddick, 13-1 against Ivo Karlovic, 11-3 against Milos Raonic, and 6-2 against John Isner.

On The Write Line

Creating calypso in the IPL

Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Alzarri Joseph, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle... It’s the West Indians who are dominating IPL 2019.


IPL in numbers: Alzarri Joseph's dream debut

Plus Dhoni's landmarks as captain, Jadeja's record for left-arm spinners, the most successful IPL pairs and more...

Last Word

Moments etched in memory

Players come off the field clutching backs, limping, with a shoulder out of place, a splattered nose, carried on stretchers thanks to an injured knee or worse, concussed and more. By bringing these images to our living rooms, television somehow makes us complicit in their misfortune.

View from the paddock

Ferrari just not quick enough as Mercedes domination continues

The advantage that the Mercedes drivers enjoyed in the corners was just too much for the Ferraris to overcome.