Nov 13, 2021

Battle Ready

After a gap of five-and-a-half years, there's a T20 World Cup again. In the age of fast-food cricket, if IPL offered a serving of T20 bites, a frivolous snack if you will, the World Cup is the main course.



New stars to emerge from IPL 2021

Be it Jasprit Bumrah, Shaun Marsh or T. Natarajan, the IPL has served as the ultimate platform to promote hidden talent. Here is a look at six rising Indian cricketers who laid claim to a bright future with their stellar shows in IPL 2021.


Flawless Bottas turns it around in Turkey

A year after his disastrous outing at Istanbul Park, Valtteri Bottas, now dropped by the Mercedes team for next year, produced one of the best performances of his career to end a year-long victory drought.

Last Word

Of India-Pakistan cricket

Any tour of Pakistan will be remembered by Indians for the generosity of the ordinary people, and their obsession with the game.

Food For Thought

Microbiome — the gut feeling in an athlete

The gut microbiome is of crucial interest for players as research shows that when added, certain foods can release molecules that harm or heal the body. It has been found that microbial ecosystems are different in athletes pursuing different sports.


T20 World Cup: England team preview - Form, a concern

The wounds of the 2016 final — where it lost a thriller against the West Indies — are still fresh. Placed in the same group with the West Indies, England will be hoping to make an impact right from the start.


T20 World Cup: South Africa team preview - Down but not out

Even though the U-19 team won a World Cup in 2014, an ICC title has eluded the senior side. While it reached the semifinals on several occasions, clearly there has been many a slip between the cup and the lip!


T20 World Cup: West Indies team preview - Caribbean Calypso or a collapse?

The team has a perfect blend of experience and youth, and ahead of the tournament, the top guns have had a fair idea of the conditions in the United Arab Emirates, as they featured in the Indian Premier League.


T20 World Cup: Intense competition in the offing in Group 1

While all eyes will be on the men from the Caribbean, Group 1 will witness intense battles, with England, Australia and South Africa in the fray.


T20 World Cup: Australia team preview - Chasing a missing piece in its trophy cabinet

Ever since the inception of the tournament in 2007, Australia has reached the final only once, in 2010, but was beaten by England.


T20 World Cup: Slam-bang cricket in desert heat

After a gap of five-and-a-half years, there’s a T20 World Cup again. In the age of fast-food cricket, if IPL offered a serving of T20 bites, a frivolous snack if you will, the World Cup is the main course.


T20 World Cup: Afghanistan team preview - Never short of confidence

Despite no game time as a unit in these months, Afghanistan will bank on its T20 experts to lead the contingent.


T20 World Cup: India team preview - A side in transition

The pace attack, comprising Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, is one of the best in the tournament. The duo can be lethal in the death overs, and the Super Over, if there is one. They have been there, done that.


T20 World Cup: New Zealand team preview - Setting short-term goals

Placed in a competitive group alongside India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Kiwis will thrive on the leadership skills of Kane Williamson.


T20 World Cup: Pakistan team preview - Babar Azam's team familiar with the conditions

Babar is a T20 darling. The World No. 2 batter is ahead of Virat Kohli, who is ranked fourth in the list. He scored runs in Australia, England, South Africa and most importantly, the UAE — 392 runs, four fifties at an average of 49.


T20 World Cup: India vs Pakistan game hots up Group B

Despite the presence of the mighty arch-rivals, Indians and Pakistan, it would be difficult to look beyond the Kiwis as the favourites from the group.


Return of the Ash

During the time away from international cricket in the shorter formats, Ravichandran Ashwin did not stay still and developed newer variations. And his experience can be vital when the stakes are high in a competition like the World T20.


IPL stars, over to the T20 World Cup

The form and performance of the players in the eight-team league dare us to draw a list of players from top international teams whose form in the IPL’s second phase could well be the key for their national team’s success at the global extravaganza.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2016: Second crown for Windies

With 19 required in the last over in the final, Carlos Brathwaite stole the thunder with four sixes in four balls off an inconsolable Ben Stokes as the West Indies became the most successful team at the event with two titles to its name.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2014: The Islanders come to the party

A consistent performer at the World T20, Sri Lanka finally got its due in the shortest format of the game in the 2014 edition in Bangladesh after falling agonizingly short of the title in 2009 (final), 2010 (semifinal) and 2012 (final).

T20 World Cup

T20 World Cup 2021: Let Captain Kohli lead from the front

The debate is should Virat Kohli open for Team India? K. L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma have settled into the role of openers, but Kohli should take charge at the top, and push Rahul to anchor the innings.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2010: England wins its first major ICC trophy

Marshalled by a 33-year-old Paul Collingwood, England won by seven wickets in the final against Australia.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2012: Franchise cricket superstars win it for Windies

Once written off as franchise cricket superstars, the West Indies players united to help the team clinch its first major title since Clive Lloyd’s 1979 triumph

On The Write Line

Sunil Gavaskar: 'MSD’s trust in his instincts sets him apart'

M. S. Dhoni just makes the players want to try something extra for him which very few captains in the history of the game have been able to get out of their teams.


Captain forever: Dhoni's envious T20 record

Dhoni has captained 86% of the T20 matches he has played since his debut in this format in the Johannesburg T20 international on December 1, 2006.


IPL 2021: Leadership, key to CSK’s success

The franchise from Chennai and M. S. Dhoni know the magic formula of getting the best out of their men.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2009: Pakistan stamps its authority in the shortest format

In the final against Sri Lanka, Pakistan sailed home by eight wickets with eight balls to spare in a run-chase sketched to perfection.

Magic Moments

T20 World Cup 2007: India’s moment of reckoning

With the equation down to six runs off four balls, Misbah-ul-Haq played the infamous scoop straight to S. Sreesanth at short fine-leg, handing India a five-run win and a World Cup title after 28 years.


Ruturaj Gaikwad - Unassuming youngster, making waves

Chennai Super Kings' Ruturaj Gaikwad is the first to achieve the double of being the Orange Cap holder and the Emerging Player in the same IPL edition.


IPL 2021: The highs and lows

As always, numerous Indian and foreign players made a name for themselves for their contributions with bat and ball. CSK stood out in the end, but all four playoff teams were in form in the home stretch and the title could have been anybody’s: